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Landscapes with Year-Round Interest

Landscapes with Year-Round Interest

Winter can be a tough season. The days are short, the air is cold, and the skies are gray. In addition to the gloomy weather, the yard is looking a bit lackluster. Wouldn’t it be great to have a landscape that provides year-round interest? Join Jane as she discusses the plants to use when creating landscapes with year-round interest!

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Fall provides a colorful palette for us to appreciate; however, when all the leaves have fallen, we are left with bare branches. There isn’t much to appreciate once this happens. Unless you have a Coral Bark Japanese Maple. This Japanese Maple has earned its name for good reason — its bright-colored bark stands out among the barren landscape. When this tree sheds its leaves, we are left with its beautiful branches. This Japanese Maple is sure to turn heads.

Contorted Mulberry

Another tree named for its features, this tree is known for its corkscrew-like branches. The unruly branches twist and spin upwards and outwards. While it is beautiful in the summer with its bright green leaves, its beauty is best displayed in the winter, when its wild branches finally show off.

Stewartia

The Stewartia is a multi-faceted tree. In the spring and summer, it possesses a beautiful white flower. However, in the winter, it shows off with clusters of bright red berries amongst the evergreen leaves.

Daphne odora

The Daphne odora is known best for its fragrant winter-blooming flower. In addition to producing flowers during the winter, the daphne is also an evergreen!

Camellia japonica

Another evergreen, the camellia, is known for its winter-blooming flowers. The camellia grows rather large and can be used as a stand-alone shrub within a landscape. This plant provides winter interest with its glossy, deep green leaves and bright pink, red, or white flowers.

 

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