Whether you’re just starting to acquaint yourself with your green thumb or are looking for inspiration for your already established garden, we’re here to offer some landscaping ideas to give your home some extra curb appeal for the winter months ahead. Although real estate sales typically slow down during the winter, it is still, if not more, important to make sure your curb appeal is in tip top shape to entice potential buyers during these months. Great landscaping can set your home above the rest and make a huge impact on not only your likelihood of selling, but overall appreciation of your space. The outside of your home is the last thing you see when you leave and the first when you return; having a beautiful exterior can boost mood and sales.
Living in South Carolina lends us to more options when it comes to winter landscaping; although the winter nights can still bring a ferocious frost, our worry of snow is little to none and we still experience a good amount of sun. As long as appropriate precautions are taken against frost, these plants will make a great addition to your home’s landscaping. An important trick to remember is that landscaping should have a fair amount of variety, both in color and texture, while retaining a sense of unity. An easy way of accomplishing this is to have a vein of Sweet Alyssum running throughout your garden. This cold-growing annual can be found in pink, white, or lavender and is a great way of creating a natural edging for garden beds and paths or to brighten dark corners. These delicate flowers are fragrant and flourish in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Another fantastic neutral flower to add to your garden is candytuft, which offers clusters of white blooms with shiny dark green leaves that add much wanted greenery during the winter months. These plants are also wonderful for making bouquets; the clusters of flowers are carried on stems that are long enough for most vases. These white blooms are the perfect neutral base to any garden.
To add some colorful highlights and bring variation to your garden, you may want to consider the beautiful, warm tones of calendula, Iceland poppy, nemesia, English primrose, winter jasmine, witch hazel, or snapdragons. Since the winter months are cold in both temperature and color, gardens rich in yellows, oranges, and reds can help give those winter blues the boot. All of these options are favorable to the South Carolina sun, so be sure they are planted in an open area so they can flourish. An added benefit to Calendula is that its petals may be used as an edible garnish to your favorite dish or added to dips for a pop of festive color. Witch hazel offers more than just decoration as well; with no serious insect or disease vulnerabilities, this beautiful and fragrant shrub explodes with ribbon-petal flowers in yellow, copper, or red that bloom into March and can be extracted and used as a powerful botanical.
If your taste runs more on the blue and purple side of the color spectrum, there is an abundance of great choices for this color scheme as well. Honeywort is a stunning winter annual that is native to the Mediterranean and is unusual and underused, making it an eye-catching addition to any garden. Its silvery blue-green leaves and blue-purple flowers are a powerful statement, and once spring rolls back around, are the perfect plant to provide both pollen and nectar for honey bees. This plant is easy to care for, grows best in full sun, and self-sows, but will die out during hot weather. Other great plants include ornamental kale, pansies, violets, dwarf iris or fragrant, edible herbs such as purple sage. No matter the color scheme of your garden, a touch of evergreen, such as Daub’s Frosted juniper or Fernspray false cypress, can go a long way in brightening up your garden.
It’s one thing to plan and plant your winter garden, but it’s another to care for it. When purchasing your plants from your local nursery, be sure to ask questions and read all care instructions to ensure optimal bloom. Also keep in mind that a quality fertilizer goes a long way, and can truly bring your garden to the next level. Our top recommendation for fertilizers is Alaska Fish Emulsion Plant Food, which can be found at any Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your plants will double their size into a lush, healthy looking garden. Tending to your beautiful garden can prove to have therapeutic side effects; once your garden has been established with love and care, you are sure to notice a beneficial impact on your mood, even in the dreary months of winter.