Once the weather turns cold, most gardens go barren for the winter as summer annuals are pulled when frost hits and perennials are cut back for next season. Even traditional fall annuals like cabbage, kale, mums and most pansies can’t tolerate freezing temperature so the only thing brightening your yard during the dreary winter months are holiday lights, should you choose to decorate. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. There are many trees, shrubs and plants that thrive in winter, adding bursts of color even in areas with the most frigid temperatures. Here are five things to plant in your winter garden that will perk up your landscape even on the grayest of days.
Roseann Losito-Raia is an entertainment industry veteran who now prefers spending her time throwing sandbags around in the gym or toiling in her garden with the hopes of one day saving her tulips from voracious squirrels. When she is not at her day job, at the gym or in the yard, this mom of soon-to-be three beautiful kids can be found writing about any of the above topics here on Momtastic, eHow, Stack and SF Gate Home Guides. And if you still can’t find her, she’s probably either cleaning the house obsessively or watching her beloved Mets bumble their way through another baseball season.