Winter Landscape Ideas: Four Tips for Getting the Most out of the Cold Months
When most people think of landscaping, they think of lush, green grass and a breadth of floral diversity. For the central and northernmost regions of the U.S., however, the winter months provide opportunities for some surprisingly charming landscape ideas to come to life. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite winter landscape ideas to focus on over the holidays:
Lean on the hardscape aspects of your property
A trellis, some well-placed benches, decorative arches, and ornate sculptures can find new life in winter, and don’t need the same maintenance as seasonal plants. Smaller fixtures, such as window boxes, hanging baskets, and various pots and jars can all be updated to fit seasonal styles as well. Who said plants have to be the focal point of your winter landscape this season?
Take advantage of the beauty of evergreens
Not only do evergreens last through all sorts of weather, they provide color for your winter landscape in a season that struggles to maintain a diverse palette. While green is the most popular color for these beauties, they actually come in a range of pigments: the Gold Thread false cypress has yellow overtones, while the dwarf blue spruce adds some icy blue tones to your property. Evergreens aren’t just great for winter: they’ll last all year, so they’re a staple for four-season climates.
Fall in love with four-season foliage
Evergreens aren’t the only all-year-round landscape champions. Some perennials, such as ornamental grasses hellebores, and dianthus, have evergreen foliage. Looks for plants with this winter foliage to make sure you can enjoy them in every season.
Focus on the B’s: Bark, berries, and bird-feeding
Most properties don’t just have evergreens. Deciduous trees are at their most vibrant in the warm months, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored in the winter. Find trees with distinct, aesthetically-pleasing bark, so you can enjoy them as part of your winter landscape as well. Include berries somewhere on your property as well; not only are they great for feeding non-migratory birds, but greenery like crabapples and holly bring a bit of color to your landscape’s winter look, and keep things feeling festive.
Whatever your landscape needs this winter, the experts at Alfresco can help you get it. For more great winter landscaping ideas, call 616.453.2530 to schedule your free consultation now. We’re accepting new clients for 2017!