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Adding Color to
a Winter Garden with Artificial Flowers

When looking for ways to add a
touch of color to a winter garden, check out online garden sites for
plants that you might want to add in the spring. Look for plants that
add winter interest and you’ll be ready to go shopping as soon as
springtime arrives. And while northern winters won’t support flower with
hues as vibrant as those in your

sailboats wall decor
, keep in mind that there are many ways to add
interest to a winter garden.

Plan Ahead

Look for plants with
colorful branches and bark, such as the red twig dogwood, so
that after all of the leaves have fallen, the plant takes on a
colorful and architecturally interesting look in the garden.

Many evergreen plants are
quite colorful, and they often are embellished with natural
ornaments like pine cones.

winter garden holly

Other cold weather plants like
holly, boast colorful berries throughout the frigid months of winter.
Climbing plants like ivy manage to stay green all winter, but bear in
mind some of the climbing plants, like ivy, can be quite invasive when
planted in a garden; so plan accordingly.

Some plants, like the corkscrew filbert, have really interesting shapes,
which offer interest in the winter garden.

Many grasses also retain most of
their color even as temperatures drop, such as blue fescue; but even
grasses that turn brown are still pretty when their seed heads dance in
the winter wind..

Artificial Accents

However, since it does take several seasons to develop a colorful and
appealing winter garden, to give a garden a little pick me up
immediately, consider adding some artificial plants as accents. The
trick to making artificial blooms look real during the winter is to
choose plants that naturally bloom during this timeframe.

Consider adding sprigs of
evergreen to the winter garden for a natural, green richness that looks
amazing against the gray background of a winter landscape. An artificial
evergreen can be added in any size from a tiny shrub to a full sized

winter garden poinsettiaArtificial poinsettias
can be placed in flower boxes and containers for the holiday
season, as well as artificial holly and ivy.

They can often be reused
season after season, but check for fading before using them

To keep an outdoor box or
container looking more realistic, push in a few empty branches
or cut evergreen branches before the soil freezes.

Add Interest with Hardscaping

Another way to maintain an
interesting winter garden is to add a trellis on the patio. This adds height and
interesting lines and shapes to a winter garden.

Pathways and metal garden accents, like an obelisk or sundial, also add
structure and interest.

If your winters are not especially harsh,
statuary may be left outdoors; however this is not advisable in areas
where snow and freezing rain can cause cracking or damage.

While ceramic
pots are beautiful, they should not be left outdoors when temperature
dip below freezing.

metal bike wall art

Another way to cheer up those dark,
winter days is to bring the garden indoors and what better way than with
something like the above
metal bike wall art.




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