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Wake Up Your Winter Garden

Though it's not a bloom blast, a winter garden offers its own version of beauty. Here are 7 ways to perk up your yard.

Add structures

Tall structures such as fences, arbors and trellises offer architectural interest. Benches, birdbaths or gazing balls also add beauty to a winter vista.

Add life by attracting wildlife

Hang bird feeders in trees, or provide an open water source (warm it with a birdbath heater).

Include colorful plants

Try holly, winterberry or some crab apple trees (such as those pictured at left) that hold their berries into winter. The berries not only add color; they're another draw for wildlife.

Think texture

The dark branches of redtwig dogwood or ninebark shrubs stand out against snow. Tree bark, such as the torn-paper look of birch (left) or coarse burr oak, adds interest, too.

Enjoy bare branches

Bare tree branches look sculptural. Plus, sunlight passing through them creates dappled shadows.

Add structures

Tall structures such as fences, arbors and trellises offer architectural interest. Benches, birdbaths or gazing balls also add beauty to a winter vista.

Go evergreen

Evergreens and shrubs maintain winter appeal, provide year-round privacy and attract wildlife.

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