The photos below are all from our gardens and illustrate some of my favorite plants for winter interest:
Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium ) has a feathery growth habit throughout the season and then turns a rich, deep reddish brown for fall and winter. As long as the snow is not too deep the plant remains surprisingly vertical.
Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor) is another native that we encourage and incorporate in the landscape. The seemingly delicate cream colored flower clusters turn eventually to dark brown and persist through much of winter.
These River Birch (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’) are closely related to the native Black Birch and provide a continuously evolving show of trunk transformation. Colors range from almost white to pinks and browns.
Oregon Grape (Mahonia repens, M. aquifolium, etc.), though quite common and often used in the landscape remains one of my favorite plants for winter interest. Each year seems to bring different combinations of leaf color – green, purple, scarlet)