Brighten Up Your Winter Landscape With Foliage & Berries
As we head towards the winter season, evergreen foliage becomes much more important in the garden. Think of foliage as the foundation of your landscape: Without it things may look pretty dreary in the off-season. Be sure to incorporate evergreen foliage into your landscape designs and juxtapose plants with varied foliage shapes and color for the biggest impact. Use accents like silver to brighten up your plantings and create contrast.
When choosing foliage for a landscape, you want to make sure you choose a variety of foliage colors to keep things interesting. Blue tinted foliage is always sought after and few plants deliver as well as ‘Blue Point’ Juniper. This sturdy and reliable evergreen is just the perfect size for urban landscapes and makes an excellent accent specimen or privacy screen. Need some stately accent planters at your entryway? ‘Blue Point’ makes the perfect large container statement plant or topiary.
Plants with bronze or burgundy foliage are perfect companions for blue-foliage plants. Combine any variety of Nandina domstica with Juniper ‘Blue Point’ and you’ll have beautiful color pairing and contrast. ‘Moon Bay’ Nandina is one of our favorites and its compact growth habit makes it a great choice for most urban landscapes. Throw some silver foliage into the mix and now you’ve got a landscape that turns heads. The silver leaves of Leucophyllum ‘Brave River’ are the perfect neutral contrast for blue and bronze foliage. Silver foliage in the landscape will brighten up plantings and also “glow” in the evening.
Don’t forget the berries! Planting varieties with winter fruit both brightens up the winter garden and attracts birds. Pyracantha ‘Santa Cruz’ offers up a bounty of stunning bright-orange berries that are both beautiful and a good food source for wildlife. Nandinas also sport bright red berries through winter.
November Featured Plants
Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Clara’
Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’
Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’
Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Brave River’
Dalea capitata ‘Sierra Gold’