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Top Shrubs for Winter Interest

There’s a plant for each and every season. Developing year-round interest within a landscape or garden provides delightful displays that continue into the long winter months. Our plant experts selected a few of their favorite winter interest plants below.

Callicarpa x Pearl Glam® Beautyberry

Stunning violet-purple berries develop each fall on dark purple foliage. Foliage maintains its color from spring to frost with white flowers appearing in late summer. Pearl Glam® has an upright habit, making an excellent space saving option compared to more conventional beautyberry.

A showstopper within a landscape, Pearl Glam® reaches a mature height of 4 to 5 feet and a spread of 3 to 4 feet. Plant this Proven Winner shrub as border, mass or focal point in USDA Zones 5 to 8.

Pinus mugo

Also known as mugo pine or swiss mountain pine, Pinus Mugo is a lovely evergreen shrub that grows to a mature height of 15 to 20 feet and spread of 25 to 30 feet. Grown in Zones 2 to 7, mugo pine tolerate deer and air pollution. They are native to the mountains of central and southern Europe from Spain to the Balkans. You can plant mugo pines in your landscape rock gardens or as foundation plantings.

Pro tip: make sure to prune in late winter to maintain shape within a landscape.

Chamaecyparis pisifera Gold Mop

            A dwarf evergreen shrub, gold mop cypress, offers mounded slow growth on yellow thread-like foliage. This shrub reaches a mature height and spread of 3 to 5 feet and grows in Zones 5 to 7. Gold mop can be planted in areas of full sun to part shade. Gold mop will typically reach 2 to 3 feet tall within the first 10 years of growth and will eventually mature to a height of 3 to 5 feet.

Our plant experts love this low maintenance shrub for its delightful color throughout the winter, versatile use in gardens and landscapes and size for smaller spaces.


Photos courtesy of Proven Winners.

Cornus stolonifera

This Proven Winners variety know as Arctic Fire® Red Dogwood is a dwarf variety which reaches 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Dark green foliage turns red each fall before disappearing. Hardy throughout Zones 2-7, this shrub is extremely shade tolerant, deer resistant and provides wonderful winter interest with berries and red stems. Pro tip: take red stems cuttings and place them in holiday containers for a pop of color.

Our plant experts recommend this plant for small spaces due to its upright habit and dwarf size. It is great for perennial or shrub borders, mass plantings and container gardens.

Although many believe spring and summer to be the most beautiful time of the year for gardens and landscapes, there’s something to be said for plants with winter interest. With a light dusting of snow, winter interest shrubs create a wonderful display for all to enjoy. This season, enjoy the brilliant colors and textures within your landscape.

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