Winter Blooming Shrubs with Elegant Conifers for All Season Structure

There's much to enjoy in this mixed border, even in late winter when these "off-season" blooms steal the show. Soft yellow, enchantingly fragrant blooms cover Edgeworthia chrysantha (left) while the Stachyurus praecox (right) is bedecked with unique strings of pendulous pearls on bare branch. In fall the Stachyurus delivers a second season of interest with a reliable display of fall color, though the foliage color and quality can vary plant to plant. The all-season structure of this vignette is solid thanks to a healthy percentage of evergreen shrubs and trees; most prominent are Cryptomeria japonica 'Rein's Dense Jade' (right) and Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Filicoides Compacta' (left) which are anchored by neighboring compact evergreens, Podocarpus 'Blue Gem' and Astelia 'Red Gem', among others.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8
Exposure: Open Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average

Design Considerations

Style: Naturalistic, Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Features: Flower Fest, Fragrance, Winter Interest
Focus: Year-round Interest, Curb Appeal, Mixed Border
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Year-round Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plants In this Combo