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Winter Landscaping Tips for Boosting the Color in Your Yard All Season Long

1. Focus on bark.

Deciduous trees lose their leaves in wintertime, leaving their branches and trunks in focus. Many trees and some shrubs that are smaller, meaning they're easier to find spots for in the landscape. A few include: dogwood shrubs and birch trees; both offer outstanding winter color and texture.

2. Include plants with berries.

Many trees and shrubs have berries they hold onto during fall and winter, and those can provide food for birds overwintering in your area.

3. Remember evergreens.

Evergreens are workhorses in the winter landscape for many reasons. First, there's color: Evergreens are not just green; they're available in yellow, such as Gold Thread false cypress, and blues, including dwarf blue spruce, and all colors in between. And evergreens just make good design sense. They are really important for a winter landscape, but they make good focal points all year-round.

4. Rely on your hardscape.

Winter is a good time to critically assess your landscape, figuring out where it's missing focal points. The solution to enhancing your winter garden might not be a plant at all.

6. Choose four-season perennials.

Some perennials have evergreen foliage, making them great for winter landscaping.

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