Plants for Winter Color
Fall is the ideal time for planting and we’ve been pretty busy lately with many of our clientele adding to their beds with shrubs, spring bulbs and even perennial beds. Soil and air temperatures are almost PERFECT for root growth. Here are some plants to consider if you are tired of staring at the bland foliage trees with a few scraggly leaves hanging on and patches of snow in your yard each winter? This is a short list of some fantastic winter garden plants that add greenery and cool shapes, and will even blossom outside your window in the heart of winter. Give your yard a dose of winter color by including plants that steal the spotlight during cooler weather.
Traditional evergreens also bring reliable color to winter landscapes. Pine, spruce, fir, juniper, yew and arborvitae withstand even the coldest winters. Along with familiar green hues, look for needled evergreens in shades of blue and gold.
While many plants are dormant during the winter months, there are plants that can survive and even thrive in the cold. These plants provide color and beauty against a stark and sometimes dreary winter landscape. Planting a variety of these winter blooming plants will add interest to your garden until warm weather plants start blooming in the spring. Whether you prefer bulbs, bushes or trees in your garden, there are plants that will grow and provide pleasing blooms, even in the winter.
Fall is really an ideal time for planting. It is an optimal time because after you get a few frosts, the plants go dormant and are less active. However, we still have soils that are warm enough throughout the winter that we get root growth. So by planting in the fall, you are planting in the cooler time of the year, and you get root growth that will be ready to take up water during our hot spring temperatures. When leaves unfurl and expand, the increased roots are better able to access the reservoir of water, and the stress of transplanting is drastically reduced.