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To provide relief from the dreariness of winter, one idea is to accentuate those qualities of plants that are more visible because of their bareness in winter. Plants with green or red twigs, trees with colorful exfoliating bark, fruits that persist through winter or plants with late-winter or very early spring blooms all brighten the winter landscape. Many perennials also provide much-longed-for color in winter. The plumes of ornamental grasses and the bronze, winter foliage of many stems and seed heads persist in winter and provide an array of golden browns, rusts and yellows.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|