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Ornamental Grass Picture
Pictures of Winter Landscapes for Landscaping Inspiration
Not only are pictures of winter landscapes beautiful to behold in their own right, but they can also furnish inspiration as you're planning your landscaping. It's especially easy for those landscaping in the country to take their cue from Mother Nature, who finds a way to dazzle our senses even during the bleakest of months in the North. But city folk, too, can gain some ideas from these pictures of winter landscapes: for instance,... it doesn't take much room to grow ornamental grass, which shines most brightly when surrounded by snow. Browse the clickable photos below for some ideas.
Ornamental grasses are wonderful additions to a yard any time of year....
But ornamental grasses shine most brightly in the winter landscape, after the foliage of many other plants has cruelly deserted us.Continue to 2 of 27 below.
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Pictures of Winter Landscapes: Andromeda
This Pieris shrub (or "Andromeda") would provide nice winter color, all by itself....
But I especially like it with a backdrop of snow. If you wish to learn more about this plant, consult my fuller treatment of Andromeda.Continue to 3 of 27 below.
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Spruce Trees Dusted With Snow
These blue spruce trees form an effective windbreak....
But they add visual interest to the winter landscape, too, especially when snow clings to their branches.Continue to 4 of 27 below.
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Pictures of Winter Landscapes: Pond Scene
This winter scene has much to recommend it, boasting an attractive pond, fence and planting of trees and shrubs....
But the clincher is the waterwheel!Continue to 5 of 27 below.
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Weeping Elm Provides Structure
This weeping elm may be at its most beautiful in the winter landscape....
After it has lost its leaves, the weeping elm gives us a better look at its exquisite branching pattern. In the winter landscape, especially, such "structural elements" are greatly appreciated.Continue to 6 of 27 below.
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Beech Trees in a Snow-Covered Forest
American beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) hold onto their foliage longer than do most deciduous trees....
This feature is especially welcome in winter, as the winter landscape scene in this image attests to.Continue to 7 of 27 below.
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"Bend Like a Reed in the Wind"
You've probably heard the dictum, "bend like a reed in the wind"....
The common reeds (Phragmites) in this winter landscape have taken it literally! But Phragmites is invasive; as a substitute, consider feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Stricta').Continue to 8 of 27 below.
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Pictures of Winter Landscapes
This mailbox planting has a little bit of everything....
Most notably, evergreen shrubs with different forms, colors and textures. This is what you must rely on if you want winter interest around a mailbox in the North.
During the summer, of course, you have more options at your disposal. Looking for ideas for flowers to use in this area of your landscaping? See what I have to say in my article on mailbox plantings.Continue to 9 of 27 below.
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Winter Landscape Scene With Ornamental Grasses
This panorama offers a beautiful winter landscape scene for as far as the eye can see....
But without the foliage of the ornamental grasses, the foreground would be lacking something.Continue to 10 of 27 below.
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Wishing Well in Winter
Hardscape features, such as wishing wells, are important to a landscape design throughout the year....
But they are particularly helpful to the winter landscape, when vegetation is sparse.Continue to 11 of 27 below.
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Eastern Red Cedar in Winter Sand Dunes
A lonely sentinel in the winter sand dunes, this little tree goes by the somewhat misleading common name of "eastern red cedar"....
But this tree is actually not a cedar at all, but a juniper. This fact makes it a relative of Chinese juniper shrubs, for example. The botanical name for eastern red cedar is Juniperus virginiana. Our Forestry Expert, Steve Nix refers to it as "a small to medium tree that rarely exceeds 50 feet in height." It is a drought-tolerant tree and can be grown in plan...ting zones 2-9, making it very cold-hardy. Being an evergreen, it has inherent screening capabilities in the landscape. Its blue "berries" (which are actually classified as cones) are a nice bonus, not only because they are attractive, but also because the wild birds eat them.Continue to 12 of 27 below.
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Pictures of Winter Landscapes: Dried Ornamental Grass
This planting of ornamental grass effectively functions as a natural privacy "fence"....
More importantly, it greatly enhances this country home's winter landscape.Continue to 13 of 27 below.
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Photo of Cattails in Ice
If you have a swamp on your land, you may feel cursed for most of the year....
But the visual interest offered the winter landscape by swamp-dwellers such as cattails may just be consolation enough!Continue to 14 of 27 below.
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Pictures of Winter Landscapes
What elements in a yard catch our eye can, at times, be surprising....
In a properly planned yard, something as simple as a stack of firewood can be highly decorative.Continue to 15 of 27 below.
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The Majesty of Oaks
There's no need to get closer to the big tree shown in this photo to name it. Even at a distance, their branching pattern immediately gives oak trees away....
What caps off this winter landscape scene, enjoyed from atop a snowy hillock, is the majestic oak tree, towering above its woody underlings.Continue to 16 of 27 below.
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Is Phragmites Australis Edible?
This windswept winter landscape is too rough for anything but scrub and common reeds (Phragmites australis), those invasive plants discussed in an earlier photo....
Phragmites australis plants are omnipresent in marshy coastal areas of the northeastern United States. As much as they add to the winter scenery in a landscape, their invasiveness makes them "bad." But other than visual appeal, do they have anything good to offer, such as being edible?
The fact is, people in other parts of the world... have found numerous uses for Phragmites australis. As for their being edible, let me state immediately that:
- I, myself have never knowingly ingested any part of the plant
- Nor am I an expert in wild foods or in toxicology; always consult an expert before ingesting anything with which you are not intimately familiar
Having said that, the Plants for a Future website does discuss the use of different parts of Phragmites australis as a food source. They list the edible portions of the plant as being:
The site alludes to the use of Phragmites australis as a food source in Russia and in Japan.Continue to 17 of 27 below.
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This rounded pergola serves as a rose trellis in the summer landscape....
But in the winter landscape, this striking structure can be appreciated in its own right.Continue to 18 of 27 below.
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Picture of Stone Wall in Winter
Stone walls are attractive at any time of year....
But a stone wall hidden in the shade of the forest cover in summer comes into its own in the winter landscape, after the leaves have fallen. By the way, you can even build a stone wall in winter -- if you're a hardy soul.Continue to 19 of 27 below.
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Windswept Ornamental Grass
In choosing plants for your yard, take into account the "windswept" factor....
That is, one should appreciate the interaction the wind has with some plants. In the picture above, it's visual: I admire a winter landscape featuring windswept grasses. Use tall grasses such as maiden grass to achieve this look. In other cases, the wind may "play" a plant as if it were a musical instrument (think of the wind whistling through oak leaves). On other plants, the wind has little impact.Continue to 20 of 27 below.
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Pictures of Winter Landscapes
"Groundcovers" do what their name suggests: they cover up a patch of ground. They can thus be used to suppress weeds and, on hills, prevent soil erosion....
In the picture above, the slope in front of the house is planted with a juniper groundcover. But the groundcover itself is covered with a layer of winter snow, providing this winter landscape design with some interesting texture.Continue to 21 of 27 below.
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Sand Dunes in Winter
Unlike many folks, I enjoy the beach year-round, not just in summer....
And one reason for this is visual: Northern beaches undergo seasonal changes, and I don't want to miss any of them! Sand dunes always promise some interesting winter landscape scenes. What the sand dunes lack during the cold-weather months in the way of lush foliage they more than make up for with an artistic mix of colors and textures.Continue to 22 of 27 below.
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Picture of Yew Hedge
This dense yew hedge holds the winter snow well....
It looks like a big cake that's been frosted for celebrations at Yule time!Continue to 23 of 27 below.
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Cornfield in Winter
Folks in farming country may take winter landscape scenes such as this for granted....
But a cornfield in winter has a certain beauty to it, long after the stalks have become lifeless.Continue to 24 of 27 below.
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Pictures of Winter Landscapes
I like the way this farm, viewed from a snow-covered hillside, is nestled in the valley....
A wooded area serves as a backdrop, along with a rolling pasture that's nicely bounded by a stone wall and a tree-lined country road. The trees' branching patterns can be most easily appreciated in winter, when their leaves have fallen.Continue to 25 of 27 below.
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Picture of Ice on Branches
I know, ice storms can wreak havoc on human communities, causing us to lose electrical power or to lose control of our vehicles....
But winter landscapes are perhaps at their most gorgeous just after ice storms. In this photo, the ice coats otherwise bare tree branches and the bare bittersweet vine branches growing along a chain-link fence, creating wonderful winter scenery. The lawn's icy glitter, alone is worthy of a fairy scene.Continue to 26 of 27 below.
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Picture of Leaf Coated in Ice
The prior picture showed a landscape covered in ice....
The picture above illustrates how attractive a single component of a landscape can be, following an ice storm, if you take the time to appreciate "small things." No shellac finish can encase an oak tree leaf more beautifully than can ice (albeit for a limited time).
Had enough of winter landscapes? Perhaps you're ready to turn the page and "think spring?" If so, have a look at my article on spring flowers and find out about some... of the landscape's earliest bloomers in the North. Or if you can't get enough of winter landscapes, continue on to the next picture, which shows a scene worthy of a calendar.Continue to 27 of 27 below.
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Red barns are New England classics....
They never look better than in a snow-covered landscape. I photographed this quaint scene in February, in the midst of a winter season during which Old Man Winter dumped on us here in Western Massachusetts with alarming frequency. It's a splendid sight, yes, but I wouldn't want to have to shovel here to clear the driveway!