After summer’s flowers fade and autumn’s foliage falls, what’s left? Well, if you think ahead and plan for the shoulder season of late fall to early spring, plenty of sexy structure that keeps the garden interesting during the downtimes. None of these “I want it” plants below are difficult to grow, get too large, or only look great in the winter. You’ll enjoy them year-round with a secret little smile knowing that come winter, the best is yet to come. Here are seven of our favorites for multi-season appeal.
With it’s Dr. Seuss-like gnarled and twisted branches, terrific fall foliage color, and showy greenish-yellow catkins in winter, this will be the one they talk about. Grown on its own root, will not produce suckers common from the understock of grafted plants.
Full sun. Slow growing up to15 ft. tall and wide.Zone: 3 – 9
Use: Does well in large containers. Excellent specimen tree. Use shoots in floral arrangements.