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Groundcovers That Stay Colorful in Winter

Not all groundcovers are green in winter; some have burgundy, yellow or variegated colors. But these low-growing plants won't quit when the mercury drops.

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Brass Buckle Ilex

Hardy in Zones 5 to 8, Brass Buckle is a dwarf Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) with glossy, yellow-green foliage that stays colorful all year. Plant it in sun or partial shade, in moist, acidic soil with good drainage. The plants spread 12 to 18 inches.

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Celtic Pride Siberian Cypress

Although deer will eat almost any plant if they're hungry, they tend to leave Celtic Pride Siberian cypress alone. This evergreen shrub grows 1 to 3 feet tall and spreads 48 to 60 inches.

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Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow'

Also known as bugleweed, Ajuga's foliage looks good year-round. 'Burgundy Glow' is creamy white, burgundy and dark green, and becomes more bronze in fall. Short, spiky blue flowers open in spring.

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Juniper 'Nana'

Blanket a slope or add year-round greenery to an entry garden with a planting of dwarf Japanese garden juniper ‘Nana’ (Juniperus procumbens). Deer resistant and shade tolerant, this ground-hugging evergreen boasts an easy growing personality that holds its color all winter long. Hardy in Zones 5-9.

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