Four things to consider for winter gardens

Have you ever noticed how some colors pop in a winter garden? Whether December brings a gray and brown landscape or fresh, white snow, nature offers suggestions on how to enliven the winter landscape.

If these colors pop in nature, they’ll pop in added landscaping elements, too.

A winter garden doesn’t have to be dull and lifeless. Adding colors borrowed from nature—through garden ornaments, hardscapes and vibrant shrubs and trees—can enliven any winter landscape and attract wildlife, too.

As you observe nature and your garden during the winter months, take notice of the colors, both subtle and stunning. Your observations can help you plan for garden changes and additions in spring and summer—changes that will even pop next winter.

Beth Stetenfeld is a McFarland-based editor, writer, master naturalist and creator of the gardening blog