Winter Landscaping Ideas


While other seasons boast a vibrant array of colors and textures, winter can appear quite dull--most plants become dormant during the colder months leaving behind a monochrome landscape with white, grey, and brown hues dominating. But don't let this stop you from having an eye-catching garden even in the depths of winter–it's totally possible to wow onlookers without sacrificing all that cozy hibernation time for your beloved greenery.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for sprucing up your winter landscape:

Include Winter-Tolerant Plants

Look for evergreen shrubs, trees, and other perennials that can withstand the chilliest of temperatures. The good news is that many of these are surprisingly colorful. Plus, their ability to withstand snow and frost makes them ideal candidates for winter landscaping. It's also a good idea to include some plants with berries for added color.

Ornamental Grasses for Added Structure

Grasses can help add texture and structure to your winter garden, as well as a subtle hint of color. Dwarf varieties are particularly ideal for smaller gardens, while larger ones will look great in the corners of large outdoor spaces.

Invest in Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting fixtures can add a special touch to any winter garden, creating an atmosphere that's comfortable and warm. While you can go with traditional string lights, more modern options like LED spotlights are also available for extra flair.

Lean on Your Hardscape

Your yard is more than just greenery. Paving stones, benches, and other hardscaping elements can give your garden an extra lift. Consider adding a decorative walkway or patio to create a winter-worthy focal point that's sure to draw the eye of passersby.

Decorate Summertime Containers

Container gardens don't have to be just for summer. When it comes to winter landscaping, window boxes, hanging baskets, and winter-hardy containers are a must. Dwarf Alberta spruce and broadleaf evergreen shrubs such as Japanese Andromeda, holly, and rhododendron all make great additions during the colder months–just ensure you're mindful of watering requirements in dry periods. If live plants aren't for you though, fill containers with evergreen boughs using different colors and textures.

Bring in Natural Elements

Winter landscapes can easily be accessorized with natural elements like pinecones, birch logs, and mounded snow. These all provide a wonderful rustic touch that will have you feeling festive throughout the season. For extra sparkle, add twinkle lights or shattered glass pieces in between stones to bring your landscape alive.

Install an All-Weather Deck or Porch

An all-weather deck or porch can be a great addition to any winter landscape design. Include a fire feature for a cozy spot to spend time with friends or family on brisk winter evenings, and add some comfy furnishings to complete the look.

Add a Landscape Structure

Landscape structures such as pergolas, arbors, or trellises can add structure and interest to your winter landscape. Not only can these provide shelter for plants during the coldest months, but they also make excellent focal points when adorned with twinkle lights or evergreen garlands.

Trust Dundee for All Your Winter Landscaping Needs

At Dundee, we know that winter doesn't have to be mundane–with a bit of creativity and the right tools, you can create an incredible landscape that looks great, even in the coldest months. We offer a range of landscaping services, from outdoor lighting and hardscaping installation to plant selection and care. Get in touch today to see how we can help you transform your winter landscape into a stunning work of art.