Four Ideas For Winter Landscaping

You might think that the arrival of winter puts an end to your landscaping activities.  However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth!  Winter landscaping is definitely a thing.  And when the landscape is covered in a blanket of white you have an ideal canvas on which to work.  To help you figure out what to do in what many amateur landscapers and gardeners might consider the offseason, we present four ideas for winter landscaping.

 

Evergreens

Evergreens are a winter standby.  In the winter they provide colour in an otherwise stark landscape.  And you’re not necessarily restricted to green either – look for gold or blue shades of evergreen for some variety.  Not only do evergreens stand out in the snowy season, they provide a strong focal point throughout the year.  Many professional landscapers insist on at least one evergreen when breaking new ground.

 

Berries

Berry producing trees and shrubs can add a bold splash of colour when most of the winter landscape is either black or white.  They can also attract birds and other creatures to add some animation to your landscape.  The orange berries of mountain ash or the red berries on holly bushes provide welcome bright colours in the colder months.

 

Hardscaping

When most of your softscaping is in hibernation mode, hardscaping is allowed to come to the forefront.  Without the bustle and commotion added by warm weather plants, hardscaping really comes into its own and has the potential to become a focal point.  Use the winter months to concentrate on and understand which hardscape elements work best in the overall landscape design.

 

Repurpose Outdoor Containers

Just because you can’t fill your outdoor containers such as pots, baskets and window boxes  with growing plants during the winter doesn’t mean that they have to sit empty.  You could fill them with cold hardy plants or simply arrange boughs of holly, spruce and other evergreens that feature hardy sprigs of berries and texturally interesting branches and twigs.  You can keep the feeling of abundance alive throughout the winter with a little bit of seasonal creativity.