Winter Landscaping Ideas: Creating Your Own Winter Wonderland

Don’t get cold feet about landscaping this winter.

Keeping your yard from looking like a wintery wasteland isn’t as difficult as it may seem. From flowers that bloom when the snow falls to tips on how to keep your yard tidy, we cover all of the best winter landscaping ideas to spruce up your home!

Let’s get started!

Add Winter Plants to Your Yard

One of the simplest ways to keep your landscape gorgeous during the winter is by planting evergreen vegetation. Plants that stay green all year round or bloom during the winter are great for avoiding a scraggly, barren yard appearance by adding color and texture.

In this section, we’ll be going over a few of our favorite winter gardening ideas!

1. Evergreen Bush Garden

Rather than having a yard full of bone-dry trees and sticks, evergreen bushes give you a springtime landscape through every season. When properly trimmed, these bushes can provide a uniform appearance, giving your lawn an overall healthy, well-manicured aura.

Evergreen shrubs are fast-growing, easy to maintain, and are the perfect fillers and companion plants for your winter gardens.

You can find evergreen shrubs at your local plant nursery or online through Amazon.com.

Winter Gem Boxwood - 10 Live Plants - 2" Pot Size - Buxus Microphylla Japonica - Fast Growing Cold Hardy Formal Evergreen Shrub
  • Grown, packaged and shipped exclusively by Florida Foliage. An excellent evergreen shrub for small hedges. Among the hardiest of the small-leaved boxwoods, the rich green foliage can acquire a golden bronze hue in cold winter zones, but is one of the first to become green again in spring. Makes a wonderful addition to formal gardens, providing year-round interest.
  • This is the classic hedge plant. Its dense, evergreen growth makes it perfect for shearing into a small, formal hedge. Ideal for defining different spaces in the garden or for a tidy foundation cover-up. It is especially lovely against red brick. Use as a partition to divide your front yard or driveway from your neighbor's. Also beautiful as background foliage. Creates lovely topiaries, particularly in cone shapes if planted where it snows. An excellent plant for parterres and hedge mazes
  • Winter Gem is a round-shaped cultivar that is relatively vigorous. It tolerates a wide range of sites and uses. New foliage emerges a lime-green color and transitions to a deep, glossy green. It has a tendency to bronze when exposed to direct winter sun but the bronzing will quickly disappear in spring as temperatures rise and as new growth emerges. 'Winter Gem' is very similar to the cultivars 'Wintergreen' or 'Faulkner'. Deer resistant.
  • Winter Gem Boxwood should be pruned each year in late winter to early spring to maintain desired shape. Use hand pruners or shears. Additional lighter prunings may be necessary in early to mid-summer, depending on the desired look and vigor of the plant. 'Winter Gem' tolerates more radical pruning if the plant has outgrown its desired size. Thinning is not necessary on this cultivar. 'Winter Gem' is very resistant to boxwood leafminer and very tolerant to boxwood blight.
  • Winter Gem Korean Boxwood is the 'go-to' boxwood for colder areas of the country. Much more hardy than other boxwoods, it will stay fresh and green all winter, even with temperatures falling to minus 20. If you want boxwood hedges, balls and other clipped shapes, or just want a naturally-dense and rounded evergreen shrub, this reliable plant will give you what you want.

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2. Holly and Holly Berries

Hollyberry bushes are the quintessential winter plant. Whether you’re looking to have a Holly Jolly Christmas, or just want to add a bit of color to your yard when the weather turns sour, Hollyberry’s got your back.

These bushes do incredibly well in extreme environments. Melted snow? It’s no problem for these wet soil loving plants. And even while some varieties are not evergreen, these plants never shed their clusters of bright red berries – so expect magnificent color in your yard this winter.

You can find Hollyberry Bushes at your local plant nursery or online through Amazon.com.

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3. Pansies

Despite their delicate appearance, Pansies are no joke.

These low-lying flowers bloom throughout the winter, even during snowfall, turning your plain white landscape into a serene, colorful ocean of blooms. Their colors range from purples and blues to yellows and whites (and everything in between) so there’s really no limit to what you can do to your landscape with these little flowers!

You can purchase Pansies at your local plant nursery or online through Amazon.

300 Pansy Mix Swiss Giants Seeds - Heirloom Flowers - Open Pollinated
  • Pansy Seeds Swiss Giant Mix (Viola Wittrockiana)
  • Tender Perennial: 93% Germination Rate
  • Spring Planting - Containers, hanging baskets, or bedding flowers
  • Technically a perennial - Usually grown as a cold hardy annual
  • 300 Seeds Per Packet - Hill Creek Seeds - Idaho USA

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4. Snowdrops

Snowdrops bloom… well… in the snow. These wintery wonders are perfect for the serious wintertime gardener.

They’re small, sure – but they are mighty. Surviving through frost and snowfall, Snowdrops are a must-have for your December landscape. Planting dozens of these little guys in their very own space will give your yard a dainty, but sophisticated look that is sure to make your landscape the envy of the gardening club.

You can find Snowdrops at your local gardening center or online through Amazon.com.

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5. Winter Honeysuckles

Blooming from November through April, Winter Honeysuckles would make a lovely addition to any winter landscapes. And not only would their blooms add to the scenery, but their lemony scent would, too.

Though other flowers have sweet scents, the scent of the Winter Honeysuckle is quite strong, wafting through yards and bringing a magical feel to an already sparkling landscape.

You can find Winter Honeysuckles at your local gardening center or online through Amazon.

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Use Wildlife to Enhance Your Landscape

When animals are either hibernating or off searching for food, your yard can become quite barren without their fuzzy and playful presence. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can make your landscape more inviting to winter-enduring critters…

6. Bird Feeders

Birds are quite possibly the most popular wildlife used to bring color and liveliness to a landscape. Their flittering movements, beautiful feathers, and happy songs are enough to make any gray winter day bright and sunny.

Hanging a bird feeder in your yard is a great way to attract common winter birds, such as Cardinals or Black-Capped Chickadees (shown in the photo). You can birdwatch from the warmth of your own home – and give the birds the food they lack during colder months.

You can find bird feeders at your local gardening center or online through Amazon.

We love this squirrel-proof feeder:

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Droll Yankees Yankee Flipper Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder, 21 Inches, 4 Ports, Forest Green
  • CAPACITY: Tube bird feeder holds up to 5 pounds of birdseed; 4 seed ports
  • EFFICIENCY: Internal baffle evenly disperses seed to all 4 ports
  • SQUIRREL-PROOF: Motorized perch ring spins when triggered by the weight of a squirrel
  • DURABILITY: Powder-coated metal base and cap; UV-stabilized polycarbonate tube
  • POWER: Includes rechargeable battery and AC/DC adapter

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7. Squirrel Feeders

While squirrels do spend the Fall gathering and storing nuts, they often forget where they buried or stowed them, making squirrel feeders a worthwhile investment for you, your landscape, and the animals.

Plus, those chubby little furballs you see climbing your trees and running across your lawn can be fluffy-tailed thieves when not given their own winter food supply.

Often, squirrels will raid and destroy bird feeders in an attempt to retrieve the seeds inside. So, if you want to keep squirrels from getting into your bird feeders, you can add a simple squirrel feeder, like the one above, to a tree in your yard.

There are plenty of options available on Amazon, like this adorable picnic table squirrel feeder:

Picnic Table Squirrel Feeder
  • Start Your Day With a Smile by Watching the Squirrels Play on This Cute Picnic Table Feeder
  • A Wonderful Gift For Nature Lovers and Backyard Enthusiasts. You Will Love This Feeder From the Moment You Open it Up and Smell the Freshly Cut Cedar.
  • Great For Deterring Squirrels From Bird Feeders! (Corn is NOT Included). Nice Additional Product to Go Along with Your Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder.
  • Feeding Squirrels is a Great Way to Have More Fun With the Wildlife in Your Yard. Watch the Squirrels Chase Each Other in Circles While They Take Turns Sitting on the Benches.
  • Our Feeders Are Made by Hand in Our Small Shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We Are Certain That You Will Love This Feeder and Offer an Unconditional Money Back Guarantee. The Feeders are Made From Naturally Decay Resistant Cedar and Will Age Beautifully in Your Yard.

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And, if online shopping isn’t your thing, you can find a squirrel feeder at your local gardening center.

No matter what feeder you choose, this is one of the many winter landscaping ideas that are sure to bring adorable life to your yard come frost or snow.


8. Deer Feeders

If you live in a rural area, placing a deer feeder in your yard will allow you and your family to observe the deer from the comfort and exclusion of a home environment, keeping your family – and the animals – safe and sound. And not only will you be rewarded with an awesome visual experience, but the deer will also more readily survive the winter.

Deer feeders like the one in the photo have a rustic appearance and may not keep hay (or other feed options) dry throughout the winter. Luckily, you can find more efficient choices online through Amazon or at your local hunting or game shop.

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Moultrie Deer Feeder PRO
  • Digital timer programs up to 6 feed times per day, 1 to 20 seconds each
  • Fill height of 5.5 feet for easy ground-level access
  • Black plastic Quick-Lock hopper, spin plate and funnel
  • Built-in varmint guard, feed-level estimator, battery indicator and external power port
  • One (1) 6-volt battery required

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Inanimate Winter Landscaping Ideas

If keeping up with plants or welcoming furry creatures into your snowy yard isn’t your cup of tea, consider adding these non-living winter landscaping ideas!

9. Sculptures

Garden sculptures, like the cherub in the photo, are known for intensifying the appearance of gardens with their unique shapes, telling human-like features, and timeless workmanship. Cue sparkling white snow and your home automatically turns into a serene, sophisticated landscape that’s hard to beat.

You can find similar garden statues online through Amazon or at your local gardening center.

Grasslands Road Cherub with Dog, 7-Inch, Gift Boxed
  • Cement with resin blended in to enhance details of texture and relief for indoor or outdoor use not exposed to extreme elements
  • Figurine stands 7.25" tall and 5.75" wide
  • Figurine is securely packaged in 9.3 x 7.3 x 6.7 inch Kraft paper gift box for shipping
  • A beautiful home, deck, gazebo or garden accessory
  • See all charming cherub figurines in Grasslands Road collection

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10. Flattering Christmas Lights

Of course, the first thing most of us think of when considering winter landscaping ideas is Christmas. And with Christmas comes glowing wreaths, warmly lit entryways, and inviting holiday lights scattered across the yard and on the roof. As you know, adding Christmas lights to your landscape creates a festive, joyful aura – and this is one winter landscaping idea that we’ll never be able to get enough of!

11. General Outdoor Lights

Though, if it’s too early for (or passed) the Holidays, you can add some general landscape lighting to illuminate shady areas around your home and give your snow-carpeted lawn an extra-magical sheen.

The two vintage-style lamposts in the photo remind us of the entrance to a quaint wintery village and the warm, light-wrapped evergreens simply reinforce our sentiment.

12. Landscape-Enhancing Seating

Wooden benches with intricate iron detailing, like the one in the photo, look striking against a washed-out, glacial background. Benches can be placed in various corners of your property to make your landscape appear less barren and bring some contrast of color.

You can find gorgeous iron benches on Amazon.com or at your local home furniture store:

Best Choice Products Patio Garden Bench Cast Aluminum Outdoor Garden Yard Solid Construction New - Bronze
  • Outdoor bench is constructed of all-weather cast aluminum for longevity
  • Rose and cross-weave design is featured all over the bench, adding elegance to any outdoor living space
  • Bench's solid frame is designed to endure shifting weather conditions while being resilient to corrosion and rust
  • Perfect for any garden, porch, front yard, backyard, or outdoor entertainment area
  • Overall Dimensions: 42.5"(L) X 24"(W) X 33"(H); Weight Capacity: 500 lbs.

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13. Covered Bridge

If you happen to have a large creek on your property (and the money and time), you could consider adding a covered bridge. Covered bridges are extremely common in the Northernmost part of the United States and are usually painted with notable red or rustic tones. They are some of the most prominent winter landscaping ideas and are often associated with Christmas themes in movies, Christmas decor, and other Holiday favorites.

Of course, building a huge covered bridge may not be possible for some, but scaling the structure down to even replica size could make an adorable addition to an icy landscape.

15. Petite Creek Bridge

If a covered bridge is out of the question, you could consider a simple wooden bridge placed over a creek – or even over a do-it-yourself dry river bed. There’s nothing like bridges covered in snow, and even miniature bridges are a frosty sight to behold.

Small bridges are also great for if you have a large ditch on your property that needs conquering. Rather than tripping in a ditch every day, you could simply have this cutesy means of crossing instead.

We love Outsunny’s 5-foot Rustic Decorative Garden Bridge:

Outsunny 5' Wooden Rustic Decorative Garden Bridge with Railings - Natural Wood
  • ENHANCE YOUR GARDEN: Place Outsunny's backyard bridge over a small stream or garden walkway and add a decorative touch to your outdoor surroundings.
  • ADD BEAUTY: The elegant arched footbridge frame adds instant and classic charm with its traditionally designed walkway.
  • SAFE DESIGN: There are curved side rails with three posts on each side of the bridge for added safety and convenience.
  • SOLID CONSTRUCTION: The wood has a natural finish which is weather-resistant to prevent rot, cracking, and splitting.
  • STRONG WEIGHT CAPACITY: The durable fir wood construction is designed to hold up to 400 pounds of weight.

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16. Garden Arbor

One of the most beloved winter landscaping ideas (and landscaping ideas in general) garden arbors are wonderful for enhancing a garden scene. Their subtle presence adds just a touch of human structure to an otherwise natural area, and their fine details create close-up intrigue. An arbor placed in a wintery garden or at front entrance walkways can tie an uncomplete landscape together with a pretty, red bow.

You can purchase a garden arbor through Amazon or find one at your local gardening center:

Dura-Trel 11178 Providence Arbor, White
  • 20 Year Warranty; 100-percent maintenance free; PVC vinyl will not crack, fade, peel or discolor
  • Easy to Assemble; pre-cut and pre-drilled holes with all hardware included
  • Easy to Install; 16-inch steel ground anchors included
  • Inside dimension:42 in. W x 78 in. H x 22 in. D; Outside dimension 64 in. W x 85 in. H x 28 in. D
  • 2 by 2-Inch posts with pergola style arbor top

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Keep Your Landscape Neat

During the winter when most plants become dormant, landscapes often become messy and littered with debris. In this section, we’re going to go over some winter landscaping ideas that can help you can keep your landscape looking spiffy.

  • Pick up fallen sticks and branches. When large sticks or branches fall onto a snowcovered landscape (and aren’t removed) they can create dull, yellow and brown patches that ruin your grass. By the time Spring rolls around, you’ll have quite the mess on your hands – best to nip it in the bud!
  • Trim your bushes and trees. Well-manicured evergreen shrubs are a great way to keep your yard looking clean and professional, no matter how dreary and gray the winter days are. And even though your trees are likely dormant, cutting away any broken or scraggly limbs will add to the overall tidiness of your yard.
  • Clear your walkways and stairs of snow. Not only will clearing your front walkways of snow save you from having to drudge through a cold sea of white, but it will also make your yard look less messy. Plus, you’ll avoid slipping and falling on any black ice!
  • Keep your driveway clear of snow and ice. Like your front walkways, keeping your driveway clear will save you from future headaches. Clear driveways are easier to get in and out of, safer for walking, and look much better than a snow-covered mess.

Snow and winter plants are beautiful – but not when they’re smothering the aesthetics of your home. That’s why we feel that it’s important to implement these seemingly trivial tasks into your winter landscaping routine to avoid having a messy yard.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to winter landscaping ideas, it can be tricky to determine what’s beneficial to the aesthetics of your yard, and what isn’t. There are quite a few ways in which you can keep your landscape looking great: vegetation, small structures, and overall tidiness.

Because winters can be harsh, particularly in Northern regions, keeping your garden lively can only be done with plants that tolerate extreme cold and snowy conditions. Additionally, snow is an expert at blotting out your home and making everything look dreary – which is where garden structures come into play to bring contrasting color and visual intrigue. And lastly, scraggly bushes and trees and snow-suffocated walkways never do a landscape justice; so it’s always best to keep things neat.

We hope we were able to give you some insight into our favorite winter landscaping ideas so that you can enhance the appearance of your yard this upcoming season!