Low maintenance & bird-friendly evergreen screen - A) Juniperus x pfitzeriana ‘Gold Coast'; B) Canada hemlock; C) Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’); D) Bugleweed ‘Variegata’; E) Threadleaf false cypress ‘Golden Mop’; F) Bird’s-nest spruce‘Nidiformis’); G) Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita Blue'; H) Eastern white pine ; I) Colorado blue spruce; J) Black Hills spruce (Picea glauca var. densata); K) Compact blue spruce (Picea pungens); L) Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’

Low maintenance & bird-friendly evergreen screen - A) Juniperus x pfitzeriana ‘Gold Coast'; B) Canada hemlock; C) Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’); D) Bugleweed ‘Variegata’; E) Threadleaf false cypress ‘Golden Mop’; F) Bird’s-nest spruce‘Nidiformis’); G) Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita Blue'; H) Eastern white pine ; I) Colorado blue spruce; J) Black Hills spruce (Picea glauca var. densata); K) Compact blue spruce (Picea pungens); L) Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’

Dwarf conifers & Japanese Maples [Abies cvs.; Pinus cv.; Acer palmatum cvs.]. Jim Swift, Bellingham, WA

Dwarf conifers & Japanese Maples [Abies cvs.; Pinus cv.; Acer palmatum cvs.]. Jim Swift, Bellingham, WA

I like the large evergreens with the graceful grasses in front.  The yellow shrubs in front add to the color combination.

I like the large evergreens with the graceful grasses in front. The yellow shrubs in front add to the color combination.

Evergreen foundation planting, via IR Landscape and Design.

Evergreen foundation planting, via IR Landscape and Design.

Beautiful display of landscaping with evergreens. This is a berm built for privacy.  It serves it's purpose well. This is beautiful all season.

Beautiful display of landscaping with evergreens. This is a berm built for privacy. It serves it's purpose well. This is beautiful all season.

this picture inspired the idea of using dwarf, upright conifers as a backbone along the south side of the front yard.

this picture inspired the idea of using dwarf, upright conifers as a backbone along the south side of the front yard.

Imagine this plant nestled among a bunch of evergreens, and you'll really see it pop. Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress. To 6-8 feet tall, 1-2 feet wide. Smells like Lemon Pledge.

Imagine this plant nestled among a bunch of evergreens, and you'll really see it pop. Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress. To 6-8 feet tall, 1-2 feet wide. Smells like Lemon Pledge.

If you live in an area of the country with harsh winters, you may be resigned to a dead and dreary yard and garden during the cold months. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of plants that look great all season long, even in the northernmost reaches of the country. Check out our favorites, and see if you can get some of these cold-weather wonders in the ground before winter’s chill sets in.

If you live in an area of the country with harsh winters, you may be resigned to a dead and dreary yard and garden during the cold months. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of plants that look great all season long, even in the northernmost reaches of the country. Check out our favorites, and see if you can get some of these cold-weather wonders in the ground before winter’s chill sets in.

Shrubs can add ample color and energy to your garden. The 10 best small evergreen shrubs recommended can provide a charming environment all year round.

Shrubs can add ample color and energy to your garden. The 10 best small evergreen shrubs recommended can provide a charming environment all year round.

A row of conifers make for a gorgeous privacy screen along this drive.

A row of conifers make for a gorgeous privacy screen along this drive.

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