Plants and shrubs that add texture, visual interest and colour are easy to keep in spring, summer and fall. Trying to find plants, however, for a four-season garden is tricky, especially in colder climates. For this job, shrubs with green leaves in spring and summer and bright-red berries in fall and winter are the best choice for keeping your landscape attractive while at the same time feeding the birds.
This evergreen shrub grows upright on canes and can reach a height of 10 feet. This plant grows well in either full sun or full shade, has beautiful white flowers in the spring and red berries in the fall, and is drought-tolerant. There are also dwarf varieties for gardeners who have small spaces. Nandina grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6b to 9 and likes to be protected form harsh wind.
Winterberry holly is hardy in zones 3 through 9. It's deciduous, and it has small white flowers in the spring that set to clusters of red berries in fall and winter on female plants. Winterberry holly is a bird favourite and can grow to be 6 to 15 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide. It prefers full sun for the best flowering, as well as moist, well-drained soil.
This fine-textured shrub is a low-spreading plant that tends to mound. Dark-green leaves in spring and summer accentuate the pretty pink flowers of summer. In the fall, the flowers are replaced with a deep-red berry. Cranberry cotoneaster grows only to 3 feet in height and approximately 3 to 6 feet in width. It tolerates drought conditions but prefers moist, well-drained soil. The one thing it dislikes is having wet roots. This shrub is a good choice for a bank or slope and will tolerate some salt spray, so it may be a good choice for a seaside home.
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