14 Nov Hot Plant Tips to Add Interest to Cold Winter Landscapes!
Many people assume that once Winter hits unless it snows, their landscape loses most of its visual impact. With the right Winter Interest plants, this does not have to be the case. In fact, many plants look their best when Old Man Winter sends a chill through the air. Here are some of our favorites! We would love to consult with you on how to maintain your personal paradise through the Winter months. Leave us a comment for more information.
The Contorted Filbert is a nut-bearing shrub that has a unique “corkscrew” shape to its branches, which is revealed as the leaves drop in the Autumn. This deciduous shrub is a medium sized plant growing up to 15feet in height, with a spread that is similar to the height. It thrives in a variety of soils and climates and works well with Oklahoma’s sometimes temperamental weather. Not to mention, it produces delicious filbert nuts!
The Corkscrew willow has a similar twisted shape to its branches, but is slightly taller than the filbert, reaching up to 30 feet in height. The branches grow upward from the trunk before turning horizontal, creating interesting branch shapes that account for its inclusion in the “Winter interest” category. They are fast growing and can be raised in a variety of soils, climates and sun/shade conditions.
The coral bark Maple is especially dramatic under lights at night.
Coral Bark Japanese Maple
The Coral Bark Maple is known for its brilliant pink bark. It is a small ornamental tree, with similar growth pattern to other Japanese Maples. It reaches up to 25 feet in height and can spread up to 20 feet wide. The trunk features a pale, almost white bark, with the upper branches ranging from light, to brilliant pink, creating a crown of color that adds a pop to any Winter landscape.
Red Twig Dogwood
The Red Twig Dogwood has bark similar to the Coral Bark Maple. Its coloring is more red than pink, and it is a lower lying shrub, reaching up to 8 feet tall. Its preference for slightly damp soil makes it ideal for planting for planting near water, or in low-lying areas on your property.
Kale, Cabbage, and Pansies
Kales, cabbages, and pansies are all plants that can be used to provide color for your bedding areas, as well as food for your table. Kales and cabbages come in a wide range of greens and violets, some with very large flowering heads that last for weeks even in cold temperatures. Pansies come in a huge variety of colors and are easy to plant and care for. All three plants can be added to salads for color and added flavor, while kale and cabbage are main ingredients in many hearty soup recipes!