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A Splash of Color

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Even though cold and snow are heading our way, it doesn’t mean winter landscapes have to be colorless. Splashes of color can easily be added by planting shrubs with colorful and attractive berries.

“Even when leaves drop off, berries stay on the shrubs for months, adding interest to winter landscapes,” said Phil Riske, horticulturist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. To enliven a yard or garden, he suggests five different shrubs.

A Southeastern native shrub, the Red chokeberry, offers scarlet berries that can continue into January.

The Winterberry, a holly, loses its leaves in fall but keeps bunches of fire-engine red berries. But like most hollies, you’ll need both male and female plants to get the fruit, Riske said.

The tough, drought-tolerant Bayberry offers clusters of small ice-blue berries and is native to the East Coast. It is also useful for sites with poor soil, or for slopes.

Wild down in Missouri and elsewhere in the South, the Coralberry produces coral red berries in bunches that sit on arching stems.

This shrub can form large thickets.

Finally, the showy cotoneaster, native to Asia, offers big bunches of red berries that line the arching stems of this substantial shrub.

No need be colorless this winter--splash the landscape with berries.

 
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