Justin W. Hancock

Add Color in Winter

wgoldenmugoIf you live in a cold, snowy climate like I do and long for a splash of color in your landscape, try interesting conifers.

Most gardeners are familiar with blue spruce, which shows off lovely silvery-blue needles all year long. Its cool hue is a wonderful subtle accent to the landscape.

Look around and you can find varieties that show off other shades, as well. For example, the golden mugo pine shown here offers rich green needles in spring, summer, and fall; in winter they turn a bright shade of gold. There’s another full-size pine, ‘Taylor’s Gold’, that does the same thing. You can find gold versions of many others, as well — from junipers to false cedars.

It’s easy to add an evergreen or two to your yard for year round beauty.

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