Snowberry – Symphoricarpos albus
Arnold Promise Witch Hazel – Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’
Star Magnolia – Magnolia stellata
I always tell my clients that a Seattle garden should be designed with winter in mind. If a garden looks good in winter, it’s almost guaranteed that it will look really great in spring and summer. Above are three great plant picks that are are certain to lift your spirits in winter: Snowberry, with its white berries on bare winter twigs; Arnold Promise Witch Hazel, with confetti-like yellow flowers in January, and Star Magnolia. The photo shows Star magnolia blooming in the spring, but in the winter, its fuzzy, pussy-willow-like buds are a lovely promise of spring to come. The larger Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia soulangiana) has equally gorgeous winter buds.