Evergreen shrubs offer greatly needed color and texture in the midst of winter, but deciduous shrubs should not be overlooked; many provide strong winter appeal as well. By choosing shrubs for their exceptional form, structure or bark, beauty and color can be added to the winter landscape as well as year-round appeal. Here are just a few shrubs that feature amenity in both the dormant and growing season.
Burning Bush – corky, winged stems and brilliant red fall foliage.
Japanese Barberry – bright berries that persist throughout winter
Rockspray Cotoneaster – bright red berries and fishbone branching pattern
Shadblow Serviceberry – smooth gray branches subtly marked with dark gray and white striations.
Red-twig Dogwood – bright, coral-red stems
Winter Honeysuckle – slender, recurving branches and sweet, lemon fragrance in fall
Yellow-twig Dogwood – bright yellow stems