Winter Interest in the Garden

Plants with Great Winter Interest

This nice outline from Chicago Botanic Garden is a great guide for winter interest.

A few plants we like for winter interest:

Ornamental Bark

- Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

- River Birch (Betula nigra)

- Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

- Lacebark Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Interesting Habit

- Willow (Salix babylonica)

- Weeping forms of almost any conifer (like weeping false cypress Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula')

- Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) and other Japanese-like maples like Acer shirasawanum

Interesting Flowers

Ornamental Grasses (like switchgrass - Panicum virgatum)

- Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

- Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis)

Interesting Fruit

- Crabapple (Malus)

- Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

- Hazelnut (Corylus americana)


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