Gardens in winter have a quiet charm. They inspire peace and serenity, or a state of transition to new beginnings. Without the grass and colorful flowers, gardens in winter might also be desolating for some people. There are many ways to make a garden look very lively even during winter. Here are just five plants that you can grow and resist over winter.
1. Pansies and violas – the little colorful wonders
Pansies and violas are the most joyful among winter plants. These little flowers come in a spectacular range of colors and patterns and are also weather resistant. They look very much alike because both are members of the genus Viola. Violas are considered tougher and more weather resistant than pansies because they have alpine species in their ancestry.
The key to keep these amazing plants alive during winter is to plant them early. The most adequate month is September. October may also be the month for plantation in warmer zones.
2. Sempervivium – forever living plants
These wonderful plants are hardy alpine succulents in the Crassulaceae family and are strong at cold weather. In their natural habitat, they can be found at between 3,000 and to 8,000 feet above sea level in the mountainous regions. All you have to remember is that Sempervivium don’t like wet combined with cold. It will be just fine to have them in your garden during winter, but make sure they have a well-drained soil.
3. Paperbark maple (Acer griseum)- the tree that stands out from the snow
Paperbark maple or Acer griseum is native to central China. This small tree (6–9 m) is a garden attraction during all seasons. During Autumn its leaves are a real visual spectacle with colors that varies from green to shades of coral, peach and caramel. But since Acer griseum is a deciduous tree, during winter not the leaves are the main point of attraction. It is the stunning cinnamon colored exfoliating bark that produces an amazing contrast with the snowy landscape.
4. Ilex verticillata – decoration for your garden, food for birds
Ilex verticillata, or the winterberry, is a shrub native to eastern North America in USA and southeast Canada. This wonderful plant will give life to your frozen garden in many ways. After the leaves will fall in Autum, the fruits of this plant become more visible. The aspect of the red densely packed berries is amazing especially in contrast with the white snow. Then, you will have the rare privilege to enjoy birds’ chirps even in winter.
5. Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ should count among the winter plants that embellish your garden. Hamamelis originate from Eastern Asia and North America and usually can be found in woodland margins and along riverbanks.
After the shrub loses its leaves in autumn, the wonderful yellow frost-resistant flowers begin to adorn it. The flowers have an interesting look resembling with a spider or octopus. The most beautiful part is that they last very long; till mid and late winter.
As you can see, even in winter time your garden can look very colorful. Nature gives us all that we need no matter the time when we ask. What other plants do you have in your garden in the cold season?
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