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When choosing plants, do not focus on only the flowers they may provide. It is important take into consideration a plants foliage texture (feathery, shiny, fuzzy) and colour (yellow, silver blue). Consider fruit trees and shrubs that can provide attractive flowers, colors and a good quantity of edible fruit. Fruit can stay on the plant for several months and also feeds the birds. Consider fall leaf colour that may last for 2 weeks and stem and bark colour that can add to a dreary winter landscape.