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Winter in the garden

Here in the Pacific Northwest our weather is mostly cool and wet with the occasional winter storm of snow and cold. Like most people, I don't want to work in the garden during the winter but that doesn't mean I don't want to enjoy it.

There are a number of plants that will bring color and texture to your landscape during those dreary weeks. Here are a few favorites of mine:

Sarcococca.

This is an easy to grow evergreen shrub with pretty, shiny leaves. It grows to 3 ft. and does well in shade

With all of that going for it, the best thing about this shrub is that when it blooms in January or February it will perfume the whole garden. You walk outside one day and it smells like spring!

Hellebores

Hellebores are a perennial that like a little shade; perfect for planting under trees or in front of shrubs. They put up flowers starting in January and they last for weeks! Bonus - deerproof!

Red Twig Dogwood

When planted in a sunny spot this shrub will reward you with bright red stems when it drops it's leaves. They look great against a backdrop of green evergreens or snow.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a small tree that blooms with yellow or red flowers in mid-winter, right when you need to see some color.

Plan now for next year and you can enjoy some beauty in your garden every winter. I would be glad to help.

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