Colder temperatures don’t eliminate any chance for lush landscaping—your winter garden can be equally as exciting and beautiful.
Many Southerners prefer evergreens for their long season of color. But deciduous winter plants offer a special beauty, especially in winter gardens in the Upper South, where cold spells can be long. Here are some of our favorite winter plants, trees, perennials, and annuals to try: Kentucky coffee tree, winterberry, Flowering dogwood, Japanese flowering tree. Transplants of cilantro, parsley, and chives are at their best in late winter months, both in containers and in the garden. And, remember, you can always plant your favorite perennials as winter flowering annuals—just because they won’t survive past the colder temps doesn’t mean they can’t be a great addition to your winter garden.