This winter looks like one for the record books, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a monochromatic vista of white.
By adding a few shrubs that look good in January (make a list–spring planting will be here before you know it), you can have color, interest, and excitement to keep your heart happy until spring arrives.
Here are six varieties that we think are pretty special.
A much sought after collector’s plant for years, this exquisitely fragrant shrub offers tremendous value to the late winter garden with creamy yellow flower clusters at its branch tips. Full shade to partial sun. Reaches up to 10 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous. Zone: 7 – 9
Cascading, glossy green foliage looks great now with red-maroon flowers blooming next month. Partial to full sun. Up to 5 ft. tall and wide. Evergreen. Zone: 6 – 9
When the garden is looking dull, here comes this wonder with lavender-pink flowers last through early spring. Use as a dense groundcover or fronting a border. Partial to full sun. Up to 1 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. Evergreen. Zone: 6 – 8
When bloom are few, count on glossy mint-green foliage with creamy edges to bring the magic. Fuss free and compact. Full to partial sun. Up 2½ ft. tall and wide. Evergreen. Zone: 8 – 11.
What? It’s so common. Nope. It’s classic. Perfect white azalea for warmer climates, with masses of showy blooms over the entire plant. Filtered sun to partial shade. Up to 5 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Evergreen. Zone: 9 – 11