In a landscape, plants can enhance the visual aspects or carry out some practical functions. Winter can be a tough time for certain plants as many plants are not resilient enough to survive cold weather.

However, some varieties are hardy enough to cope well with the cold weather and keep your yard looking its best year-round.

Here are some winter plants worth considering for your residential landscape.


Winterberries provide a bright splash of color to winter landscapes. Native to the United States, Winterberry does well in light and heavy soils. Its berries ripen in late fall. Its bright red berries make it a popular addition to gardens. In its native setting, winterberry needs partial shade to full sun. In a garden setting, it can adapt to a wide variety of growing conditions.


Known for their lush foliage (especially leaves that come in a wide variety of greens), hostas are easy to grow. They are perfect for gardens that do not receive too much sun. Hosta can survive winter temperatures up to -40 degrees F. Some hostas can live for decades.

 Blue Spruce 

Blue Spruce or Colorado Blue Spruce is a beautiful native American conifer. It is usually used in open landscapes and large backyards. Known for its sturdiness, Blue Spruce can withstand drought and extremely low temperatures (up to -40 degrees F).

Caring for Blue Spruce is simple. Water the soil regularly to keep it moist through the first season. Add a layer of mulch that extends beyond the tips of the branches.


Though Pansies look delicate, they are quite sturdy and can survive low temperatures. You can even plant them in late winter. They are easy to grow. Pansies are famed for their delicate perfume-like aroma and are one of the best plants for a blissfully scented garden. Your pansies will need some help to survive and thrive. Cover them to protect them from strong winds.

 Witch Hazel 

Shaggy orange blossoms of witch hazel add a splash of color. It is indigenous in the United States.

Witch hazels are perennial shrub and can help heal hemorrhoids. Most varieties reach 10-20 feet high and wide. You can prune your witch hazels to control their size. Add a layer of mulch to help with moisture retention.

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