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15 plants that add winter interest in the garden

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Your garden doesn’t have to be a boring, depressing mass spans of white all winter long. With a little planning (or maybe just a bit of laziness and procrastination), your winter gardens can actually be very beautiful.

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I used to be the kind of person that had to clean my gardens out every fall. I would spend hours cleaning up my gardens and bagging up every last piece of plant material, even the fallen leaves! As a result, my gardens during the winter… well, they were non-existent. After a few inches of snow, you could look out into my backyard and you wouldn’t even know there were gardens under there. It was sad.

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Barberry Bush Berries Add Color To The Winter Garden

Well not anymore! I like to look out into my backyard during the winter and see reminders of my gardens, and to know that there’s still life under all that snow. Plus, the plants I leave in my garden for winter interest aren’t there just for me to enjoy, they’re also for the birds and other wildlife (and for my cats, they love watching all the wildlife too… actually, they enjoy it more than I do).

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These days, my winter gardens are full of life and a source of food for my favorite birds (and my not-so-favorite squirrels and rabbits). It’s fun to look out there now and see that my gardens are still teeming with life, even on the coldest days.

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Cone Flowers Add Winter Interest and Feed The Birds

So, to make it really easy for you to add winter interest to your gardens, I decided to put together a list of my favorite plants for adding winter interest to the garden. These are really common plants, and you might already have them growing in your garden.

15 plants that add winter interest in the garden

  1. Coneflowers
  2. Sunflowers
  3. Zinnias
  4. Marigolds
  5. Tall grasses
  6. Coreopsis
  7. Liatris
  8. Gaillardia
  9. Clematis
  10. Barberry bush
  11. Astilbe
  12. Sedums (top photo)
  13. Hydrangea
  14. Bee Balm
  15. Gaillardia

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Frost Covered Bee Balm

There you go, now your garden truly will be functional through all four seasons, and no longer just a boring three season garden (cause everyone does that!). You’re welcome.

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Snow Covered Hydrangea

Which plant would you add to this list?







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One Response to 15 plants that add winter interest in the garden

  1. Sue says:

    I agree completely, Amy. Attached is a photo of a coyote in my back garden this past winter.

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