Regional Picks for Late-Winter Interest

Fine Gardening - Issue 167

While most gardeners can find interest in things like bare branches and seed heads, we all get to a point where we want a dose of garden color in the depths of winter. Spring seems like a lifetime away, and though we love our houseplants, we’re desperate for something pretty to look out at from our window.

Luckily, there is no need to settle for hues of brown until the ground thaws. Many trees, shrubs, and perennials offer an array of color during the coldest months of the year (sometimes even when there is still snow on the ground). These hardy stars can be an opening act, serving you winter interest while your spring bloomers are still warming up.

In this collection, you will find a wide range of late-winter plants in various colors and forms—some with fantastic foliage and others with beautiful blooms. Find your region below, and discover late-winter plants that will work in your garden.