+-
Bark Planting trees and shrubs with unusual bark (Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer)

Bark

Planting trees and shrubs with unusual bark can add a lot of interest to the winter garden. Branches will be bare, but in many cases that can be a plus. Consider red twig dogwood , a ho-hum shrub during summer that becomes a dramatic, eye-catching showstopper in the snow.

Plants for the winter garden

Though you're cleaning up the perennials, raking leaves and mulching over the roses, there's no need to give up on the garden until spring. You can keep it going all year with these winter workhorse plants. -- BY JESSICA DAMIANO

Bark Planting trees and shrubs with unusual bark
(Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer)

Bark

Planting trees and shrubs with unusual bark can add a lot of interest to the winter garden. Branches will be bare, but in many cases that can be a plus. Consider red twig dogwood , a ho-hum shrub during summer that becomes a dramatic, eye-catching showstopper in the snow.

Stewartia has smooth, multicolored bark.
(Credit: Photo by Bruce Curtis)

Stewartia has smooth, multicolored bark.

Fruit When flowers fade, showy fruit takes over
(Credit: Photo by Bruce Curtis)

Fruit

When flowers fade, showy fruit takes over on Viburnum

Not all hollies are evergreen. Winterberry holly ,

Not all hollies are evergreen. Winterberry holly , for example, loses its leaves in the fall, but the red or yellow berries remain on the branches throughout winter. More Gardening 101 : Step-by-step how-tos for a great garden, from Jessica Damiano, Newsday's Garden Detective.

Callicarpa (Beauty berry)

Callicarpa (Beauty berry)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
Crab apple
(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Crab apple

FlowersChristmas rose (Helleborus)
(Credit: Associated Press)

Flowers

Christmas rose (Helleborus)

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
(Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photo)

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)

Yellow winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

Yellow winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

Winter jasmine (Jasmine nudiflorum)
(Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer)

Winter jasmine (Jasmine nudiflorum)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
Suill (Scilla tubergeniana)
(Credit: Dow Gardens Archive photo)

Suill (Scilla tubergeniana)