Planting for Winter Interest

Winter in the garden does not need to be boring or lifeless!  The garden in winter can be as beautiful as the rest of the year with a combination of interesting form and texture, by including many evergreens, deciduous and berry-bearing plants.

Evergreen Shrubs

  • Boxwood hedges
  • Golden Cypress (Chamaecyperis)
  • Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata)
  • Juniper
  • Holly
  • Oregon Grape (Mahonia) - purple berries, early yellow flowers
  • Pieris
  • Pyracantha


  • Cotoneaster
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
  • Winter Heather

Trees with Interesting Bark

  • Arbutus - red bark
  • Birch - white peeling bark
  • Elegant Dogwood (Cornus spp.) - red or yellow stems
  • Japanese Kerria - yellow or green stems
  • Maples - red bark
  • Salix 'Tortuosa' - twisted branches
Birch Tree


  • Bergenia
  • Blue Fescue
  • Carex Grasses
  • Christmas Rose (Hellebores)
  • Evergreen Ferns
  • Hardy Bamboo
  • Hardy Cyclamen
  • Italium Arum
  • Miscanthus Grass
  • Red Epimedium
  • Winter Aconite
  • Yucca

Winter Berries

  • Beauty Berry (Callicarpa spp.) - white or purple berries
  • Cotoneaster - red berries
  • Holly - red berries
  • Pernnetya (Gaultheria mucronata) - pink or white berries
Gaultheria mucronata

Add ornaments, containers and statuary to create a focal point in your winter garden; situate in a spot where they can be viewed from a window.

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