Keep things interesting in the landscape all year long! With our mild Northwest climate, plants can go into the soil well into the fall. We have several specimens in stock that will help keep things vibrant and interesting this winter. Weâ€™ve compiled a list of our favorites. You can view our entire plant inventory by clicking here. To order any of these plants, please call us today. (866) 816-5080
Red Twig Dogwood – Cornus stolonifera
Red Osier Dogwood. Photo thanks to Northscaping.com
This is a wonderful native shrub with interesting qualities, year-round. It is very hardy, with a multi-stemmed growth habit. It produces attractive green foliage and white flower clusters. In autumn, leaves turn brilliant shades of red and, when they fall, the bare winter branches shine in bright scarlet. They are extremely showy against the stark background of winter and add lots of interest to the landscape. When fully grown, Red Osier Dogwood reaches about 8 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide. It grows well in our native soils and is tolerant of some shade.
Winterglow Bergenia – Bergenia ‘Winterglut’
Winter Glow. Photo thanks to Northscaping.com
This lovely little Bergenia is an herbaceous evergreen perennial so it is a great choice for low-lying winter greenery. Even better, the large succulent leaves turn beautiful shades of burgundy-red in autumn. They are perfect for shady areas and do well to brighten up the landscape, off season. This ground-hugging evergreen reaches about 15 inches in height and spread. Winterglow Bergenias look wonderful in mass plantings, lining walkways and brightening container plantings.
Beautyberry – Callicarpa japonica ‘Leucocarpa’
Beautyberry. Photo thanks to Puget Sound Plants
This deciduous shrub shines in fall and winter with bright clusters of shiny purple and white fruit. Itâ€™s narrow green leaves fall in autumn, leaving a gorgeous scene of stark branches and shiny berry bunches. It is a fairly small shrub, reaching 4-6 feet tall when fully grown. It grows well in full sun to partial shade and does well in most soils. Plant these beauties where everyone can see them this winter!
Switch Grass – Panicum virgatum
Switch Grass. Photo thanks to Northscaping.com
Switch Grass is a lovely herbaceous ornamental grass. It has a strong, upright growth habit that features feathery plumes of rosy flowers each summer. Grassy leaves are a bold green for most of the year, turning lovely shades of yellow and gold in the fall. Additionally, it features rusty red seedheads on the tips of the plumes that add to an attractive fall display. It is a smaller grass, reaching about 5 feet when fully grown. This ornamental is fairly low maintenance and will mix well with a variety of landscape plantings.
Snowberry – Symphoricarpos albus
Snowberry. Photo thanks to Northscaping.com
Snowberry is a hardy deciduous shrub that is native to our area. It grows easily in Northwest soil and manages our climate beautifully. Snowberry has delicate features that delight, all year round. Most of the blue-green foliage appears in pointed ovals but occasional leaves display irregular grooves and dips, making it a quirky, interesting plant. It produces tiny, delicate pale pink flowers in the summer with large bunches of white berries forming in the fall. The white berry clusters persist into the winter, after the leaves have gone, giving Snowberry its name.
Contorted Filbert -Â Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’
Contorted Filbert. Photo thanks to Puget Sound Plants
A striking specimen, the contorted filbert is a winter stunner! Its unique twisting, gnarled branch formation makes for an eye-catching and strangely beautiful little tree. Known also as â€˜Harry Lauderâ€™s Walking Stickâ€, this small tree is a member of the hazelnut family. It has lovely green foliage throughout the year but the tree really stands out in winter, when the leaves are gone. It is also outstanding again in spring, when delicate clusters of yellow flowers dangle from bare, twisted branches.
Blue Princess Holly – Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess’
Blue Princess Holly. Photo thanks to Northscaping.com
This is one of the hardiest evergreen hollies available! This large, spreading shrub features the classic spiny blue-green leaves and the showy red berries in winter. It is a traditional holiday favorite and will look great in the landscape every single year, for years to come. The berries begin to appear in mid-fall and will stay through later winter. This shrub reaches about 8 feet, both in height and width. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.
Paperbark Maple – Acer griseum
Paperbark Maple. Photo thanks to Northscaping.com
The Paperbark is a great ornamental tree for fall and winter. Its dark green foliage turns a brilliant crimson red in the fall. But it is most beloved for its signature peeling bark. Dark brown, chestnut curls peel off every year, to expose new pink and tan bark underneath. It is a remarkable winter feature that will attract a lot of attention in any landscape. Paperbark Maple reaches about 30 feet tall, when fully grown. It is fairly low-maintenance and grows well in the Pacific Northwest.
Spiketail – Stachyurus praecox ‘aureomarginata’
Spiketail. Photo thanks to Puget Sound Plants
This deciduous shrub boasts both late fall and early spring interest. Its narrow green leaves turn rosy red and yellow in the fall, making for a lovely display. In early spring, catkin-like flower clusters dangle from bare branches in shades of yellow-green. Spiketail prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.
To order any of these plants, please call us today. (866) 816-5080
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