Winter Interest: Plant Materials

Posted on: December 21, 2019 | Written By: | Comments


Denise Quittmeyer

So many ways to create winter interest! Evergreen plants; bark on deciduous trees; berries on both trees and shrubs; hardscape such as garden structures, urns, statuary; to name just a few.

In this picture a Winter King Hawthorn tree, with its small red berries, is underplanted with Ilex Red Sprite sporting its bigger, brighter berries. In the foreground, a small conical boxwood and the remains of the Hakonechloa grass create even more winter interest.

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