Winter gardens definitely do not need to be boring if you include winter interest plants.
Here’s a list of my favorite winter interest plants to help you get started with turning up the heat in a cold winter landscape:
Snow Queen. White flowers. Pure white flowers in spring. Deep glossy green foliage all winter
Rosi Klose. Pink flowers in early spring. “””Ditto foliage
Bressingham Ruby. Deep pink flowers in early spring. Deep green glossy leaves turn rich red in winter
Euonymus japonicus ‘Aureo Marginata’. With mid sized bright green and golden yellow variegated leaves
Gaultheria procumbens. Or Wintergreen. A low growing acid soil loving ground cover for shade to part shade with evergreen leaves white flowers in summer followed by bright red berries that when crushed release a beautiful wintergreen scent.
Skimmia Rubella. A great small shrub suited to shady sites or container gardens. This plant produces beautiful clusters of deep red buds in September that remain thru March and then open to creamy pink blooms that are extremely fragrant.
Chamacyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’. Aka dwarf golden hinoki cypress. With its twisty turny form and brilliant golden and green foliage this plant is a star in the winter garden. PAir it with the sharp lance like foliage of Yucca ‘Garland Gold’ for brilliant effect.
Thuja occidentalis ‘Konfetti’. This cedar shrub has deep green foliage with white gold markings. Very unique and it sparkles in the winter garden.
Taxis baccatta fastigiata ‘Aurea, Golden Irish Yew. Beautiful variegated foliage with red berries in fall winter. A personal favorite
This extremely long lived conifer does well in full sun or shade gardens and adds dramatic height in a container garden and acts as a sentinel in the border
Low growing juniperus horizontalis ‘Mother Lode’ is a brilliant Carpet of gold on a slope. or draping overt he side of a container or for something a little taller but still under a foot try ‘Lime Glow’ with it s bright gold green carpet of foliage.
All of these plants have been chosen because they are perfect for our wet, cool B.C. winters. If you’d like some ideas on how to incorporate them into your garden, please feel free to come in and chat with our talented horticulturalists.