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Cold Weather Gardening: Landscaping During Ottawa Winters

Ottawa lawn care in the Fall tends to be all about raking, seeding, and feeding.  Frankly, its more of the art of maintenance the the art of lawn care – and the work as well as your yard can become pretty… blah.

Gardens can be a saving grace for your Ottawa yard as they can really shine in the cold, dreary, flowerless months between November and April. Creating visual interest in the winter lawn can be a surprising way to enjoy your Ottawa property year round! Zoryk’s recommends some plants that’ll catch the eye above the snowdrifts, beyond the usual berry-bearing bushes.

When thinking of the plants that contrast the dull colors of winter after the red leaves have fallen to the ground, imagine the intense flash of a Redstemmed Dogwood with the bare red stems expressed against a wall, or when mixed in with some yellow-stemmed dogwoods look like Fall never left. Many wintercreeper flowering plants have great winter color, too. This evergreen shrub, which grows when supported and turns reddish and purply in the cold.

Add the element of shape to an Ottawa Winter garden! Include weeping mulberry and corkscrew hazel shrubs, which have twisted, slender limbs, which add year-round interest to gardens

Boy, does wildlife come out in the winter, and our gardens can offer food and shelter to sustain life outside. Zoryk’s is fond of Persimmon trees for this reason! From mid-September, through Christmas and into the new year, tons and tons of this particularly delicate and delicious wild fruit can be harvested for eating or left on branches as a seasonal bird feeder.

Zoryk’s Landscaping services go beyond the typical growing months. With careful planning, including matching textures and colours to the natural elements of your landscape. Our softscape design services will help you bring even your outdoor spaces to life!

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