“It’s important to have not only the trees with needles like spruce and pine, but to have a variety of textures and leaves like magnolias, rhododendrons and hollies.”
While many homeowners gladly embrace the joy of gardening in spring and summer, many turn their backs on the outside of their house as the weather cools. It may not be as easy to surround your home with colorful flowers and greenery in the winter, but landscape designers and home remodeling experts can recommend ways to improve the appeal of your grounds even when they are hard with frost.
Popping a few annuals into pots and garden beds can make a big difference in warm seasons, but options are more limited in winter. Instead, experts recommend planning for the season in advance.
“When we’re in the planning stages for a property, we try to look at all 12 months and all four seasons to create a landscape that doesn’t disappear for half the year,” said Scott Brinitzer, owner of Scott Brinitzer Design Associates in Arlington. “I’m not a fan of decorating a yard with a few pansies to make it look better. I think that just looks sad. It’s much better to have evergreen plants that become more visible after other plants lose their leaves.”
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By Michele Lerner