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How Can I Add Winter Interest?

By Hannah Hunt

Are you finding that your landscape is no longer a source of joy during the long winter months? Although this isn’t the time of year for planting perennials, it sure is the perfect time to assess your winter garden! Here are some of my favorite plants that will help you achieve a beautiful all-season oasis.


Red twig dogwood, Cornus sericea

This dogwood shrub blooms white in the spring and sports showy bright-red branches in the winter. This shrub is also a larval host to the Spring Azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon).






Witchhazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’

This small to medium sized tree is lovely to look at all year-round but it especially shines in the winter months when it blooms yellow confetti-like flowers.







Goldenrod, Solidago spp.

While everyone likely recognizes the beautiful golden sprays of our Kentucky state flower, this

perennial continues to impress even into the winter, adding warm tones and interesting texture to the landscape.


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