Planting for Winter Interest

We get it, nobody wants to think about the snow and cold when it’s still so beautiful outside! However, planning for some winter interest in your garden can give some life to a season that can feel long and dreary.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite First Editions® varieties that give amazing winter interest.

Firedance Dogwood
The Dogwood Days of Winter

Dogwood offer amazing winter interest with their colorful stems that stand out against the white snow. Firedance and Neon Burst Dogwood are two varieties with great spring blooms, summer foliage, fall color and those amazing red stems in winter.

Technito® Arborvitae
Foliage Year Round

Evergreen shrubs and trees are four season superstars in the garden that give you year-round interest and structure. The First Editions® Distylium collection, including Chapel View Japanese Cedar, Pink Frost Florida Anise Tree, and BananAppeal Small Anise Tree, offer warm climate varieties that help give four seasons of interest to the garden, but really stand out in that winter landscape.

Cold climate gardeners will love Technito® Arborvitae and the entire First Editions® Arborviate collection for plants that keep their green foliage in the garden all winter long.

Amber Jubilee Ninebark
Exfoliating Bark

Amber Jubilee Ninebark and Tianshan® Seven-Son Flower are deciduous shrubs, meaning that they lose their leaves in winter. These shrubs have bark that looks like it is peeling, also known as exfoliating bark. This adds an amazing and unique texture to your garden in those winter months.

Candy Coralberry
Winter Berries

Berries offer little pops of color throughout your winter landscape that are playful and fun ways to brighten up the cold days. Autumn Revolution Bittersweet, Candy Coralberry, and Wildfire Winterberry are all great options for your berry needs.

Vanilla Strawberry Panicle Hydrangea

They may not be freshly blooming, but hydrangeas offer amazing fourth season interest with their dried flowers. You don’t want to prune panicle hydrangeas, like Vanilla Strawberry, until the spring, so the gorgeous blooms catch snow and add some much needed structure to a faded landscape.

 Learn even more from Ryan about these varieties and the interest they can bring to your garden!