Gray skies and gloomy weather are the norm for most of the winter season, but that doesn’t mean your property needs to look drab. You can easily add some “cold-weather flair” to your landscape with the right plantings this fall.

There are plenty of plants that will provide attractive colors, shapes and textures throughout the winter months. Consider some of the following:

  • Evergreens are an obvious choice for keeping things green over the winter. Some tried-and-true favorites include Austrian pine, white pine and arborvitae.
  • Winter-blooming ornamental grasses or flowering plants such as heaths and witch hazel are great for adding a splash of subtle color.
  • For colorful berries or winter fruit, try barberry, holly or pyracantha. Flowers such as mums, ponsetties and verbenas can also add a burst of color.
  • Eye-catching bark can be found on Chinese elm, paperbark maple, shagbark hickory, sweet gum and sycamore.

Interesting shapes can also add life to your winter landscape. Beech, mulberry, weeping cherry and weeping willow will all stand out. Regardless of the plants you choose, it’s important to make sure they can thrive in the growing conditions on your property. Also, keep in mind that they’ll need room to expand as they mature. With the right plants in the right places, your landscape can be a beautiful sight to behold this winter!