This winter looks like one for the record books, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a monochromatic vista of white.
By adding a few shrubs that look good in January (make a list–spring planting will be here before you know it), you can have color, interest, and excitement to keep your heart happy until spring arrives.
Here are six varieties that we think are pretty special.
What a way to weather winter! Rich coppery-orange flowers on this unusual shrub add blazing color to the landscape. Plant near entries and patios, where their sweet fragrance can be enjoyed. Full sun. Reaches up to 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide. Deciduous. Zone: 5 – 8
Vivid berries are the best reason to plant this fuss-free shrub. Needs alate blooming male variety planted nearby. Ideal natural hedge. Partial to full sun. Up to 10 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous. Zone: 4 – 8
In winter it’s zippy foliage morphs from green and gold to bronze and purple. Use as an accent or in the foreground of borders. Full sun. Reaches up to 2 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Evergreen. Zone: 3 – 9
If you live in a colder zone you like have some conifers which is great, but you might different shapes to break up borders or lawn features. Carefree spreading conifer with bright color, this adds welcome contrast to darker shrubs. Many layered branches create nest-like compact form, requiring little maintenance. Excellent for border or accent. Very hardy and wind resistant. Full sun. Slow up to 5 ft. tall and 6 ft wide. Evergreen. Zone: 2 – 8
A unique spreading evergreen with blue-green needles. The lowest of the dwarf cedars, use for a perfect groundcover or cascading off raised planter edges and retaining walls. Full sun. Reaches up to 4 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Evergreen.
Hardy evergreen to semi-evergreen prized for its bright orange berries that persist into winter. A favorite nesting spot for birds. Use as a barrier hedge or screen. Full sun. Reaches up to 10 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Zone: 5 – 8