In the deep of winter when the garden is taking a rest, bright pops of color draw us out into the yard (or give us something exciting to look at out the window!). Two of the most impactful colors against the snow, fog, rain, or whatever you’re dealt by winter, are brilliant red and gleaming gold. We asked two Monrovia craftsmen to share which of these colors they love the most in the winter garden. Here’s what they told us and a selection of plants they recommend for your zone.
Justin's Picks for Red-Hued Plants to Add Zip to the Winter Garden
I’m enamored with red in my winter garden thanks to a cardinal. I clearly remember being out one January day—probably shoveling snow or something—when there was a sudden streak of red moving across my yard. The bird stopped atop a branch and watched me for a while as I worked. The combination of its showy plumage against the winter backdrop and the cheery sound of its song instantly made spring seem all that much closer. Ever since, I’ve always included red fruits, foliage, and bark in my winter garden to help ward off cabin fever and connect with a fond memory.
How dramatic and eye-catching is the burgundy grass-like effect with long arching leaves! Great year-round color. Partial to full sun. Up to 3′ tall and wide.
Megan's Picks for Golden-Hued Plants to Warm-Up the Winter Garden
Winters in the Pacific Northwest are dreary. It’s months of short days and cloudy skies and rarely do I look out into the landscape and see something bright. Instead of hugging a light therapy lamp, I try to have year-round interest in my garden. In winter I rely on bright splashes of gold. Foliage or flowers, golden hues always stand out, no matter how drab the background may be. Outside of my window I see a beacon of hope: The rain will end, the sun will come back…someday.
A rare bright yellow flowered form with strappy leaves that adds bright color to the winter garden (and as a bonus thrives in dry shade). Full shade. Up to 2′ tall and wide.
Which Would You Choose?
So, after all of that, which color would you choose to add into your winter landscape? We’d love to know and also hear why. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (Note-it is okay to say both!)