Plants And Shrubs That Can Withstand The Winter


Many people give up on gardening when the cold temperatures of winter roll around. This is unnecessary because there are a wide variety of plants and shrubs that are hardy enough to withstand the harshest winter conditions. Many of these plants and shrubs will not only provide added greenery to your winter landscape but they also add color to the upcoming early spring months. With this in mind the landscaper should read up and find which species of plant or shrub will be best suited to their weather conditions.

The Long stalk Holly is perfect for virtually every winter habitat. The Long stalk Holly can be either a tree or a shrub depending upon what is available at the time of purchase from your home improvement store. Although called a holly, the leaves are a wonderful dark green that resemble the mountain laurel more than its name sake. The Holly works wonderfully as a winter resistant shrub but due to its ability to be extremely heat resistant, it will work excellently in climates where the summer months bring much higher temperatures. The trees will bear a gorgeous fruit during various seasons with the majority of the fruit arriving during the winter months, making this an excellent choice to add much needed color to your winter landscape.

The Bayberry is a great year round shrub that is very easy to maintain and thrives in and sun condition. For those who look forward to watching the birds in their garden, the Bayberry provides a wonderful fruit that attracts birds during summer, spring, and fall. The Bayberry is winter resistant but also does well when the temperatures rise in spring and summer and is a great choice for adding greenery to your garden year round.

One of the best available shrubs for winter use is the Evergreen Holly. Holly has become very popular as a Christmas decoration because it is widely recognized as the most adapt plant at surviving long harsh winter conditions. The Evergreen Holly is also popular for winter landscapes because it will don beautiful bright berries as well as excellent evergreen colored foliage. This contrast in color is perfect for homeowners looking to create a winter garden that will look just as good all winter long. All believed to be able to survive all weather conditions, the Evergreen Holly doesn't really fair too well in the most extreme northern winter conditions.

The Asacia has a couple of varieties for the landscaper to consider when looking for winter vegetation. Both the Prostrate Acacia and Acacia Redolens fall under the category of excellent winter resistant plants and shrubs. These plants also thrive as heat resistant plants and have been known to grow in areas of great drought. All the majority of Acacia's do not provide a bloom, they dove have a wonderful green foliage year round and will provide great color for winter time landscaping projects.

The Cranberry bush is also a great winter resistant shrub that would be perfect for landscapers. Although it is a shrub, the Cranberry bush is a very small shrub that can easily be mistaken for a plant and can be placed anywhere in a garden to add both color and flair. The Cranberry bush is perfect for all seasons but thrives during the colder winter months. It produces a huge quantity of red berries during the winter months, which add color and beauty to your project, as well as attract birds to your garden. In early to mid summer, the Cranberry bush will develop little white flowers and more red berries which make this shrub attractive for its year round production and attractiveness. The foliage on the Cranberry bush changes colors depending on the season. The colors range from a lush green to a deep reddish purple color, which is better for attracting landscapers to using this shrub for their projects.

The Evergreen Sarcococca is a perfect shrub for the smaller garden project because they use very small bulbs and don't require much room to grow. They tend to flower in late February and the evergreen produces extremely fragrant creamy white flowers in late winter followed by tiny black berries. These shrubs work well as a low hedge near the home where the scent will reach you regularly. There are several species of this shrub and each one carries different attributes, so consult with your gardening store to figure out which species is right for you.

Despite popular belief, gardeners can keep their landscapes both lush green and colorful for almost the entire year. Landscapers should develop a plan and look for plants and shrubs that fit both their needs and wants and will be able to survive under the amounts of sun light afforded them by the outline of your garden or project. With proper research and organization there is no reason you can't have an attractive landscape, even in the winter months.

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