The garden explodes with color from spring into summer, making everything look beautiful and fresh. Even during the fall, some attractive leafy and flowering plants hit their peak. But in colder climates, winter is traditionally the time when plants go dormant and prepare for the warmer weather. Avid gardeners can change this by adding some winter-friendly blooming shrubs to the garden.
You will need:
Step 1: Determine placement of the shrubs. Many of these come in dwarf versions so they can be used in porch or balcony gardens in addition to the garden area within the yard. These shrubs may have flowers that bloom in winter, adding color to the area.
Step 2: Select the desired winter-blooming shrubs from these below or find your own favorites:
Witch Hazel- sprays of yellow flowers from October until December, attracts desired bugs
Japanese Pieris, Lily of the Valley Bush, or Andromeda- green and glossy all year, small white flower clusters between November and May, flowers on some varieties begin as bright red buds and change to off-white flowers
Winter Jasmine- green stems throughout winter, rows of yellow and white flowers appear on the tall stalks from December until June, non-fragrant
Burning Bush- has no flowers but becomes rich, bright red in winter, then reverts to dark green during the spring
Purple and white cabbage plants in large and small varieties added together with colorful pansies are pretty in pots or small flower beds.
Winterthur- during winter, red leaves feature pink accents and then non-edible blue berries appear, flowers in spring
Step 3: Follow the instructions that came with the shrub or with the trowel, dig a hole twice as wide as the pot and deep enough to be even with the height of the soil in the pot.
Step 4: Remove the shrub from the pot and place it into the hole. Tamp down the dirt around the area, removing any air pockets.
Step 5: Water lightly but thoroughly and pat down any more loose dirt.