One of the common woes we hear from new clients isn’t that they need a super cool, cutting-edge or hip garden. Rather, they simply want something interesting going on outside their windows even in the dead of winter. While we can almost always suggest a variety of plants with evergreen foliage and flowers in our PacNW winters, we also ask our clients to consider many other gorgeous and striking plant features that are non-blooming stand-outs from late summer through winter.
The end result when they look beyond the blossom? A berry hip garden.
There’s nothing quite as hip as a rose hip! Many native & non-hybridized roses offer particularly gorgeous hip (or seed pod) color that often holds well into winter. Wildcrafters will love harvesting them for their tasty nutrients!
Hypericum may lose its leaves for winter, but rigid stems stand tall, topped with iridescent rosy-red berries. Plus, they’re coveted for flower arrangements!
Seed pods like these unique forms will eventually, dry & burst forth with seeds, adding unique forms to the garden, dried material for floral arrangements & interesting receptacles for winter frost.
Abundant “cranberries” follow the snowball like blooms on Viburnum opulus – also known as the cranberry viburnum. You won’t want to eat these berries, but their eye-candy will fill your soul and perhaps a bird’s belly well into winter.
Chinese Lanterns (Physalis alkekengi) are a striking sight by late summer. They make great floral arrangement features & they are the perfect living decoration for your Halloween garden. Just watch out – this plant can be terribly invasive.
The evergreen needles on a pine tree are no-brainer winter interest, but don’t forget that bare as well as snow-laden cones are particularly eye-catching in mid-winter.
Red Cotoneaster berries add color well into winter. Birds will eat them, but usually they wait until the berries have fermented. Then, robins & other birds gobble them down, chattering drunkenly until they literally fall off the branches in a stupor. Now that’s interesting!
Need help figuring out how to add just the right berries, hips, cones, twigs, pods and other bits of “off season” interest to your garden? Contact us for personalized on-site help today! This list just scratches the surface of all the possibilities!