Winter can wreak havoc on a yard, leaving your once-beautiful oasis a mess of brown you just want winter to cover with snow. But here in Lethbridge, mild winters can mean your yard stays bare as much as it is white. Don’t rely on winter weather to keep an unsightly yard covered. Your yard can look great year round with proper winter landscaping.
Below you’ll find five tips for winter landscaping in our zone 3 climate.
Install Colourful Conifers
Evergreens are the obvious choice for keeping colour in your winter landscape. But just because they’re called evergreens doesn’t mean you’re restricted to just green. Conifers come in colours ranging from bright yellows to silvery blues, and run the gamut in-between.
‘Carsten’s Wintergold’ mugo pine is just one great example of a colourful conifer that’s perfect for winter landscaping. It displays a staid green in the summer when all your flowers keep your yard bright, but when winter hits it goes gold, and the colder the weather the brighter it goes. Sounds like some winter magic, doesn’t it?
Add Some Berries
Berries can add a great hit of colour that will stay through most, if not all, of the winter. Plus, clusters of berries capture snow, making your bush or tree a festival of white and red (or whatever colour the berry is).
Rowan trees or bushes will add vibrant red to your garden or yard long past autumn and love the southern Alberta climate. The berries usually stay through much of the winter, and may attract birds, adding flitting life to your winter landscape
The Beauty of Bark
The leaves on your deciduous plants may be gone, but leaves aren’t the only thing those plants have to offer your garden. Some species of deciduous plants have bark that is as striking as their foliage, if not more so, and make a great addition to your winter garden.
The Red Ossier Dogwood is as striking without it’s leaves as it is with. And, whether covered with a thin coat of snow or against a dull backdrop of brown, the smooth, red bark creates a focal point for your yard.
Your yard isn’t just about plants. well laid-out hardscaping can save a yard in the winter, creating visual interest in your yard whether the snow is covering it, or the chinook winds have left your yard a drab brown.
Add a little colour with your hardscaping, through structure like arbors or colourful brick. Just make sure to choose the colours well, or they might end up clashing with your garden during spring.
Diversify Your Yard’s Shape
Colour is usually the first thing that comes to mind when planting in your yard or garden, but there is more to plants than just their colour.
Weeping Willows are a great example of a tree that is known for its shape more-so than for its colour. And, they look beautiful with a light dusting of snow.
A Yard for Every Season
This is just the beginning. With proper research, and a well-though out plan, your yard can shine no matter the season. But, if you don’t have the time, or desire, we can help you create a dream space that will inspire you year-round.
At Infinity Landscapes we can help you make that four-season sanctuary. Contact us today.