With merriment in the air the FarmGirls have been cheerfully sprucing up yards.  

The winter season can be a little dreary in our landscapes.  Most perennials have lost their leaves and been cut back.  Many trees are naked with no leaves and no color.

 So many home owners only think of landscaping in the spring. Please consider landscaping in the winter months.  

Shrubs, trees and plant material may not be as showy in the winter but most plants will establish in the cool season.  

Typically, in North Central Texas the winters are less brutal than the extreme heat of the summer. With the exception of the tender perennials most of the landscape can be installed and will easily establish in the winter months.

When planning the landscape consider capturing natures best in all seasons.  Delve into some research; consider the possibilities of seasonal color, textures, evergreens, seed pods and garden structure.  

The earliest spring color in my yard are ice folly daffodils. Ice folly is a white daffodil and soon to follow are my yellow King Alfred’s.  

Another early bloomer is Carolina jasmine, an ever-green climber that blooms abundantly in early spring. A few more early bloomers are red bud trees, Mexican plum trees, flowering quince, and white candytuft, purple and pink thrift.

Thinking and planning the all season landscape, one may think of themselves as a conductor of a symphony for your eyes.  

The scattering of sturdy, dependable evergreen shrubs and the landscape anchored with shade and specimen trees are like the steady beat and always there.  

The earliest of the spring color is usually soft and muted colors.  Flowers catch the eye but the gentle hues of leaves pushing and budding on naked branches create a natural backdrop for the landscape.  

April landscapes that were thought out and planted in the fall by the diligent gardener can dance with tall colorful larkspur, love in the mist, red poppies, and Texas bluebonnets.

Late April into May many perennials and roses should come into full bloom. Purple May knight, red greggii salvia, white ox-eye daisy and antique roses will be bursting in bloom.

Late May through June colorful butterfly bushes, red Turks- cap and zinnias will both shout with color and bring in the butterflies that will add a whole new dimension to gardening.   

As the heat of summer sets in strategically planted crepe myrtles, hardy Texas yellow lantana, purple indigo spires will carry the color into fall.  

The fall landscape is sort of like natures finest sunset, settling us into the winter season.  

Outrageous reds, burgundy, yellows and oranges are all displayed on many trees.  

Chinese Pistache consistently displays wonderful fall foliage. Red Oaks hold onto their red and maroon leaves celebrating well into late November.

Winter honeysuckle will provide flowers and fragrance in the dead of winter.  

Possum haw holly drops it’s leaves and radiates with red berries all winter.  Many hollies display red berries. The stately magnolia is ever- green has beautiful seed pods that burst open showing their red seed pods creating winter interest.

Annuals scattered into the landscape will always highlight walk ways, pathways and brighten entrances to your homes.  

By making a landscape plan, nature’s abundant glory can be captured in your back yard! Tune into our weekly show, The FarmGirls Radio Show on 770 AM and like us on Facebook: Garden Inspirations, from our garden gate to yours…

FarmGirls of Garden Inspirations, a garden education company are Marilyn Simmons and daughter, Donelle Simmons.  You can email us at farmgirls@gardeninspirations-tx.com and join our weekly email by signing up through our website: www.gardeninspirations-tx.com, like us on Facebook!  Tune in every Friday at 1 p.m. to the FarmGirls Organic Radio Show on KAAM 770 AM.