Gardening Basics

Shrubs and Trees for Winter Color and Interest

If your garden's winter color palette consists mainly of brown, gray and white, consider adding a few of these ornamental beauties.

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Witchhazel (Hamamelis sp.) unfurls its spidery flowers in either fall or deep winter (and sometimes even spring), depending on the species and cultivar. Some of the H. x intermedia) hybrids begin blooming in late January, the Japanese and Chinese witchhazels a month or so later. Fall foliage is colorful in all witchhazels. The spiderlike, fragrant yellow flowers of the common witchhazel (H. virginiana ) often get outdone by its yellow leaves. You can also find cultivars of H. virginiana that drop their leaves before the flowers form.

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