Ideas to resuscitate your yard during the deadest part of the year.
Waterfalls, ponds, and fountains are landscaping upgrades that keep running in winter. Moving water is an attention-getter when everything else is hushed and motionless. When temps are above freezing, cut back water plants; clear debris; run the pond pump all winter. If below freezingg, keep fish alive by installing an aerator ($150) and floating de-icer ($21-$40); keep fountains running with a heater ($66).
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7 Ways to Brighten Your Curb Appeal in WinterFabulous Flowering Plants
Opt for shrubs that bloom when all other plants are asleep. Winter-bloomers add color — and provide living privacy borders. Contenders include: Camellia (Camellia japonica): Some varieties bloom through early winter and make great shrub borders (zones 8-10). Winter hazel (Corylopsis): Delicate, yellow flowers hang from bare branches (zones 6-8). Blue holly (Ilex x meserveae): Bright red berries look stunning against snow (zones 3-9).
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7 Ways to Brighten Your Curb Appeal in WinterColorful Entry Door
Splash your entry door with bold color to brighten the facade. Pick a semi-gloss, exterior paint; don’t apply below 40 degrees (oil-based paint) or 50 degrees (acrylic-based paint).
7 Ways to Brighten Your Curb Appeal in WinterColorful Annuals in Temperate Climes
Plant cold-hardy annuals along borders and under trees. Try these colorful plants if you’re lucky enough to live where it doesn’t stay below freezing: Calendula (Calendula officinalis): Bright yellow/orange; deadhead often to prolong blooms. Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana): Blue-family stunners that can last eight months. Dianthus ‘Ideal Violet’ (Chinensis x barbatus): Scarlet beauty that’s cold and heat-tolerant.
7 Ways to Brighten Your Curb Appeal in WinterHoliday Lights Throughout Winter
Wrap holiday lights around trees, birdbaths, and fountains. Lights brighten a winter landscape, while enhancing property safety and security. Pick strings of LED holiday lights that use up to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Bonus: If one goes out, the others stay lit.
7 Ways to Brighten Your Curb Appeal in WinterColorful Mailboxes
A distinctive mailbox adds flair to your front yard. Make sure you don’t paint over house numbers, which impedes mail delivery and emergency responders. The U.S. Postal Service requires mailbox coatings to be free from “flaking, peeling, cracking, crazing, blushing, and powdery surfaces.”