Denver Landscape Design Company Offers Tips for Year-Round Green in Your Yard


We see our fair share of cold weather in the winter, but if you have been in Colorado and the Front Range for any length of time, you know that we can enjoy the outdoors year-round. Why not plan your yard for maximum enjoyment for 12 months of the year by planting for color and greenery? Denver landscape design company, Landscaped Retreats, has put together a list of some of the plants you might want to consider to ensure your landscape’s beauty from January through December.

Flowering Plants That Stay Green in Winter

Although many flowering plants stay green during Colorado winters, you shouldn’t expect the flowers to grow during the cold months. But these plants, which mostly flower in early spring, will hold a lovely green color during the winter:
  • Mountain Laurel – This broadleaf evergreen shrub has glossy, deep green leaves. You can enjoy white and pink blooms in the early spring months.
  • Daphne – If you want to get the version of this plant that stays green, be sure to pick the evergreen variety rather than the deciduous type. Pink and white flowers appear in the spring along with bright berries.
  • Viburnum – Just as you need to do with the Daphne family of plants, be sure to choose evergreen varieties for green in the winter.
Perennial Plants That Stay Green in Winter

Perennial plants are those that come back year after year, so you don’t need to keep replanting as you would with annual plants that bloom then die. Here are some of the more popular evergreen shrubs that do not need to be replanted:
  • Boxwood – These are often used as hedges to provide privacy barriers.
  • Holly – These tough plants are very festive, reminding people of the holiday season.
  • Juniper – Juniper are extremely low-maintenance plants that are difficult to kill.
Evergreen Grasses That Stay Green in Winter

Although Colorado lawns die off and turn brown during the winter, there are ornamental grasses that will provide greenery all year. Here are a few examples:
  • Fescue – These can range in color from green to a bluish color and are quite hearty up to 10,000 feet altitude. 
  • Japanese sedge – These will stay green all year in the milder climate of the Front Range area; at higher elevations, they will struggle.
Trees That Stay Green in Winter

Obviously, evergreen trees stay green all year long since that is essentially their name. Some of the popular trees that grow well on the Front Range include:
  • Colorado Blue Spruce – These trees are always popular because of their symmetry and distinctive blue hue.  .
  • Dwarf Conifers – Dwarf conifers are a good choice for many homeowners because they won’t reach the massive height as the native variety. In fact, homeowners will want to double-check that they are indeed choosing the dwarf variety to avoid planting a massive tree near their home.
Improve the Look of Your Landscape With Greenery Year-Round

If you are unsure about what you should plant in your yard, contact the professionals at Landscaped Retreats. We can work with you to ensure your landscape is a place you can enjoy every month of the year. Contact us today!
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