On a typical winter day, when the sky is gloomy gray and the wind whirls through the trees, what is there to see that will renew the soul? Is there any color? Any movement? Anything to catch the eye?
In most landscapes, the most that can be hoped for is something evergreen, usually an overgrown Taxus or Rhododendron. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Good design creates a landscape that never stops giving inspiration and energy to the viewer. There are so many elements that can be included in a landscape or garden for winter interest.
Consider incorporating trees and shrubs with colored and/or exfoliating bark and/or ones with unusual structure to be utilized as architectural tools.
Conifers (other than Taxus) may be green but may also be blue or yellow or tipped with white or cream and have different textures.They may also change color during the winter.
Perennials that remain evergreen or evercolor, have imposing structure or have pods can also add winter interest.
Don’t overlook ornamental grasses that retain their inflorescence for all or most of the winter
nor woody ornamentals that have bright berries.