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Winter Wonders: Plant a Winter Garden

How to maintain beautiful gardens during the cold months.



An elegant ponderosa pine stands over creeping juniper (Juniperus procumbens) at the southwest entrance to the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Japanese garden.
The forking, furry branches of staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Lacinata’) are said to resemble antlers.
Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) brings color to the winter garden.
An elegant ponderosa pine stands over creeping juniper (Juniperus procumbens) at the southwest entrance to the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Japanese garden.
Photography by Povy Kendal Atchison
Sempervivums are succulents whose water-storing leaves make them cold hardy and drought resistant.
Ornamental grasses such as this Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha)?are perfect for adding texture to winter gardens in the West.
Sedum ‘Angelina’ has beautiful yellow foliage that deepens to yellow-orange throughout autumn and winter.
Burning bush (Euonymus alatus compactus), suitable for USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8, adds vibrant color to winter gardens.
Coneflower’s (Echinacea purpurea) seedheads turn bristly in winter, adding interesting shape to the garden.
Sparrows and blackbirds love the seeds of switchgrass (Panicrum virgatum).
In winter, groundcovers such as speedwell (Veronica spp.)?stay green, while ice plant (Delosperma ‘Mesa Verde’) turns a deep burgundy.

















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