Plants for Winter Interest:Form

No matter what the weather is like outside, choosing plants which have a unique form, structure, or growth habit makes sense when trying to extend the growing season. Here are some favorites which will light up the winter landscape.

As far as structure goes, there aren’t too many plants which can compete with the overall form of a mature Japanese maple. Though they tend to be overused in suburbia, their interesting growth habit will add interest to any winter garden scene.

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’. A great form plant. Upright growth habit with drooping branches make for an interesting combination. Eventually a large tree which is sometimes prone to deer browsing.

Weeping Canadian Hemlock is a great specimen. Either in a weeping form or by exposing its branch habit through trimming.

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Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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