Many gardeners are proud of their spring, summer and autumn gardens, but they find winter landscape design very difficult.
There are many trees and shrubs which may add a lot of color with their red or yellow berries, or unusual bark hues. Others, like evergreen trees, add visual interest in black and white landscape. Many of those trees attract wild birds providing them with food and shelter.
When you are looking for your winter trees, choose trees with berries, lovely bark or interesting branch pattern.
Best Winter Landscaping Trees with Unique or Colorful Bark
The trunk of a Lacebark Elm has a beautiful, flaking bark in many shades of grays, tans and reds. It has been described as “one of the most splendid elms”. Exfoliating 3 color patchwork bark adds soft, mottled colours to your winter landscaping. Great for zones 5 to 9.
If you like trees with beautiful bark, consider Quaking Aspen in your winter landscaping. Quaking Aspen has a tall trunk marked with green or black scars and knots. This tree looks stunning in autumn when the leaves turn bright yellow, yellow-orange, or gold. Grows well in zones 1 to 7.
For those Southern gardeners, another tree to take into account when developing your winter landscaping ideas is Crape myrtle. With its mottled light gray exfoliating bark, and its resistance to frost, it makes a perfect choice for any winter garden in zones7 to 9.
Best Winter Landscaping Trees with Color
One of the best options for any gardener who prefers trees with berries is the crabapple family. Sargent Crabapple has bright red fruit that stands out in winter. It is a good choice for smaller gardens because of its dense branching and low height. Good choice for zones 4 to 8.
Snowdrift Crabapple, with gorgeous orange-red fruit, adds a lot of color to your landscape. It attracts birds and makes winter landscaping easy. This tree looks great during all four seasons, and prefers full sun. Perfect for zones 4 to 8.
Winterberry Holly, is a nice bark brighten up winter landscapes with its abundant red clusters of long lasting, bright red fruits. Please note it is advisable to plant one male ‘Southern Gentlemen’ in close proximity (within 50 feet) for every 3-5 females.
Just like the evergreen trees, Redosier Dogwood can be used as a screen or windbreak. Its deep red bare branches look magnificent against snow. Redosier Dogwood’s colorful red bark makes it a great choice for gardens in zones 2 to 7.
Favorite Winter Landscaping Evergreen Trees
Colorful winter trees look splendid, but some gardeners prefer evergreen trees that add welcomed patches of green color to the winter landscape. Colorado Blue Spruce with its blue-green aromatic needles are often planted in rows as windbreaks or privacy screens, and they’re a popular choice for a Christmas Tree. Zones 2 to 8.
Deodar Cedar, Another favourite evergreen tree, looks very elegant with its soft green needles and gracefully bent branches. Native to the Himalayas grows well in zones 7 to 9.