When winter arrives most people let their winter landscapes fall by the wayside. Since everything is dormant or dead no one is going to be looking at your yard anyway, right? That’s all the more reason to make your yard stand out from the others.
I’m not talking about trudging in the cold and planting some trees in a foot of snow. I’m talking about landscaping for winter by planting trees in the spring that stay beautiful through the winter.
The obvious choice for winter landscaping. Evergreens come in many varieties and colors but they have one thing in common, they stay green year round. So when you might overlook them in the summer they steal the show in the winter.
Spruces, cedars, and conifers are great for retaining privacy through the winter. Plant them along your property line and along the road for some great curb appeal.
The challenge in the winter is to bring color to your drab and dreary landscape. If you planted a winterberry holly tree then your yard will be graced with its bright red berries that hold on through the winter. After a good snowfall, this tree is truly eye-popping and will catch anyone’s attention who comes to visit. I’m not only talking about people but birds too. Overwintering birds such as cardinals and chickadees in constant search for food will thank you for the easy meal and will continue to grace your yard with their presence through the cold months.
No stranger to the cold, the quaking aspen is a native to cold climates and a great addition to that winter landscape. As they mature with age their bark turns a greyish-white color that really stands out against the snow. Not only is this tree great for winter but it’s “quaking” name comes from the way it’s golden leaves shake in the breeze in the fall. It’s fallen leaves are also enjoyed by deer, snowshoe hares, and beavers.
Quaking Aspens are native to cold harsh climates. Older trees have a greyish bark that stands out in snowy landscapes. In the fall its leaves change from a brilliant shade of yellow, orange, or gold. In the winter Quaking Aspens continue to produce sugar for energy do its ability to capture sunlight through its bark.
Crabapples are a stunning winter tree that can add a splash of color and interest to your yard in a range of eye-catching colors. Crabapples are great for yards with limited space as they grow short and stout, making them easy to prune to your liking.
Varieties like the Sargent crabapple bear bright red fruit while the snowdrift crabapple adds a bit of orange. Plant several different colors and your yard will be sure to turn a few heads. The fruits are also sought after by foraging birds, adding even more color and attention.
Now that you know that it’s possible to have a stunning looking yard in the winter be sure to add some of these gorgeous trees to your yard in the spring.
If you need help choosing the best tree for your yard or just want to take the burden of lawn care off your shoulders, then call Lawn Jox at 901-529-6569 or request more information by leaving a message.