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COUNTRY GARDENING Make your winter landscape more interesting By Trisha Gedon Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

Chokeberries not only provide a vibrant splash of color in a winter landscape, they also provide food for birds and other wildlife. Photos courtesy of David Hillock.

rightly colored flowers, deep green grass and leafy trees make a beautiful spring, summer and early fall landscape. But what can gardeners do to spruce up their winter landscape? Do not despair – just because it is winter does not mean your landscape has to be blah and uninspiring, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist. “There are many varieties of shrubs and they all can play an important role in your landscape,” Hillock said. “They can be used as hedge borders, focal points, fill large areas and used to soften the 48 — Oklahoma Country

strong architectural lines of your home. In addition, shrubs screen and separate space in the garden, create garden rooms and absorb noise. ” Shrubs also can offer other characteristics that will brighten up your winter landscape. Many popular shrubs are evergreen, which can provide a backbone of color during the winter months. Some varieties of shrubs also provide excellent beauty and interest through fruit, stem form and color, bark texture, and in some cases, beautiful winter flowers. Hillock said several species are adorned during the winter with colorful fruit,

including species such as chokeberry, cotoneaster, evergreen hollies, firethorn and viburnums. “The native deciduous hollies make wonderful additions to the landscape,” he said. “Female forms of hollies produce the fruit. As an added bonus, they’re often loaded with bright, colorful berries most of the winter. In late winter, when the berries are fully ripe, birds will choose your yard as their favorite hangout spot. Consider planting Possumhaw holly and winterberry holly. A great cultivar of the Possumhaw holly is Warren’s Red with its bright red fruit. Be sure to plant a male form to pollinate the female to get the

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