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Pairing plants for stunning winter garden visuals

By
Judith Adam

Create cold season displays with these attractive plant partners

Plants with winter interest:

Legend: s - Full sun, f - Part shade, d - Full sun, h - Height, w - Width

  • Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) h 7 m, w 5 m, s f, Zone 6
  • River Birch (Betula nigra) h 13 m, w 10 m, s, Zone 4
  • ‘Green Gem' Boxwood (Buxus ‘Green Gem') h 75 cm, w 80 cm, s d, Zone 5
  • ‘Green Mountain' Boxwood (B. ‘Green Mountain') h 1.5 m, w 1 m, s f, Zone 5
  • ‘Green Velvet' Boxwood (B. ‘Green Velvet') h and w 1 m, s f, Zone 5
  • ‘Winter Gem' Korean Boxwood (B. microphylla var. koreana ‘Winter Gem') h and w 1 m, s f, Zone 5
  • ‘Pincushion' Korean Boxwood (B. sinica var. insularis ‘Pincushion' a.k.a. ‘Cushion' syn. B. microphylla ‘Pincushion' a.k.a. ‘Cushion') h and w 75 cm, s f, Zone 5
  • winter-plant-combos1.jpg‘Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster') h 1.5 m, w 45 cm, s, Zone 4
  • 'Winter Beauty' Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty' syn. ‘Anny', ‘Winter Flame', ‘Magic Flame') h 2 m, w 2.5 m, s, Zone 5
  • Red Osier Dogwood (C. sericea) h 2 m, w 2.5 m, s, Zone 3
  • Yellowtwig Dogwood (C. s. ‘Flaviramea') h 2 m, w 2.5 m, s, Zone 3
  • Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta') h and w 2.5 m, s f, Zone 4
  • Fern-leafed Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Aspleniifolia') h 16 m, w 13 m, s f, Zone 5
  • Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris) h 10 m, s f, Zone 5
  • PeeGee Hydrangea (H. paniculata ‘Grandiflora') h and w 2 m, s f, Zone 4
  • ‘Afterglow' (female) and ‘Jim Dandy' (male) winterberries (Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow' and ‘Jim Dandy') h and w 1 to 2 m, s f, Zone 4
  • ‘Mint Julep' Juniper (Juniperus x pfitzeriana ‘Mint Julep') h and w 1.5 m, s, Zone 5
  • ‘Blue Heaven' Juniper (J. scopulorum ‘Blue Heaven') h 4 m, w 2 m, s, Zone 3
  • ‘Pleniflora' Japanese Kerria (Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora') h 1.2 m, w 2 m, s f, Zone 5
  • Siberian Carpet Cypress (Microbiota decussata) h 30 cm, w 1.5 m, s f, Zone 3
  • Globe Blue Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Glauca Globosa' syn. ‘Globosa') h 80 cm, w 1.5 m, s, Zone 3
  • ‘Vanderwolf's Pyramid' Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf's Pyramid') h 5 m, w 3 m, s, Zone 4
  • ‘P.J. Mezitt' Rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘P.J. Mezitt' syn. ‘P.J.M.') h and w 1.5 m, f d, Zone 4
  • Autumn Joy Stonecrop (Sedum ‘Herbstfreude') h 60 cm, w 45 cm, s d, Zone 3
  • Emerald Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd') h 4 m, w 1 m, s f, Zone 4
  • ‘Sunkist' Cedar (T. o. ‘Sunkist') h2 m, w 1 m, s, Zone 4
  • Dwarf American Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum ‘Compactum') h and w 1.5 m, s f, Zone 3
  • Periwinkle (Vinca minor) h 15 cm, w indefinite, f d, Zone 4

Photo: Hydrangea

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