5 Super Fun Backyard Winter Games
Do you think nothing’s going on in your garden in winter? Are you simply resigned to it being gray and drab? Well, you don’t have to be! A garden can be almost as interesting during the winter months as it can during the growing season.One tip from home and garden experts is to install plants that look good even during the cold weather. Among these plants are grasses and flowers like coneflowers, which produce interesting seedheads that contrast beautifully with a blanket of snow. The beauty of other plants is enhanced when they’re touched on winter mornings by a bit of frost. One of the best loved of these plants is hellebore, especially the Lenten rose. It’s called this because the blooms actually come in late winter and early spring and are long lasting. The flowers themselves can be maroon, pink, pale green or white. Other plants that are pleasing to the eye during the winter include bugleweed cultivars, artemisia, pinks, English lavender, lamb’s ears and stonecrop.Adding a variety of texture and color is easy with ornamental woodies. Bark, berries, leaves and stems can be points of interest with different varieties. Berries look fantastic against a backdrop of snow! Holly and crabapples hold their fruit well into winter. And bark doesn’t have to be boring. Red and yellow-twigged dogwoods, for example, will add a pop of color despite their barren branches.
Want more color? True, plants with vibrant color can be limited, but why does the color have to come from plants? Add containers, chairs, tables and other staples from your landscape – but liven them with a coat of paint in a bold and cheery color. Planting pots in a cardinal red will not only be a welcome addition, but red partners well with many of the winter holidays, making it a natural choice.
Don’t think that just because it’s winter that your garden has to be bland and bleak. There are plenty of ways to boost energy and vitality using color.