Plants for Winter Interest

Dennis’ 7 Dees is fully stocked with a wide array of wonderful winter plants for your landscape. Due to our mild climate, late fall is a perfect time to plant new trees and shrubs in the garden. We have a fantastic selection of interesting winter plants,  fragrant winter bloomers and even a few that shine when completely bare-branched! Keep reading to find out more about our favorite plants for winter interest. Pick up a few at any of our four garden centers, located around the Portland Metro area and in Seaside.


Heather (Calluna sp)

These low-lying evergreen shrubs offer spectacular winter interest and fall and summer blooms. Foliage varies from pastel colors to coppers and bronze tones that can change into deeper reds and golds when the weather turns cold. It makes for a fantastic winter show, when planted in groups. Heathers prefer full sun to partial shade and are quite drought tolerant, once established. We have several different varieties to choose from. Come pick out a variety to showcase in your landscape this winter.

Hellebore 'Ivory Prince'

Hellebores (Helleborus sp)

Hellebores are a favorite winter plant in the Northwest! They are perennial plants and mostly evergreen, so you can enjoy that foliage year-round. Usually low-growing, shade-loving plants, hellebores provide winter interest with their textured, interesting leaf structure. Bowl-shaped flowers bloom in late winter in a variety of milky, dusky shades of apricots, pinks, maroons and deep blues. We have a wide selection of colors and sizes so come pick out your favorites! These are winter stand-outs in shade gardens and along borders and entryways. read more…

Acer palmatum 'Sangokaku'

Sango Kaku Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’)

Also called the Coralbark Japanese Maple, this charming little tree gives incredible winter interest! Reddish-gold branches shine brightly against the winter landscape, once all the fall leaves have fallen. New branches are especially bright but the entire tree boasts a luminescent salmon-colored bark that intensifies in color with the cold. But don’t be mistaken- its fall colors are vibrant as well! Delicate leaves appear yellow-green in spring and change to a beautiful peachy- gold in autumn. ‘Sango Kaku’ is quite the show! This tree reaches a mature height of 20-25 feet is a brilliant focal point to any winter landscape.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Yuletide Camellia (Camellia sasanqua “Yuletide”)

This cheerful evergreen shrub blooms beautifully throughout the fall and early winter, making it the perfect plant for the holiday season with an abundance of large, ruffled red flowers. Evergreen foliage is glossy and dark green, providing the perfect contrast to showcase the long-lasting flowers.  Hummingbirds love this plant for its winter blooms. Try it as a focal point in your home landscape or as a hedge or screen plant. Plant one by the front door to greet your guests with holiday cheer!

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

A sunny shrub for the winter garden! Witch Hazel has gorgeous green foliage that turns into a colorful rainbow in autumn, changing over time into a wide range of colors from gold to glowing oranges and reds to even deep burgundy! Once the leaves have fallen, another treat comes around January or February: winter-blooming fragrant yellow flowers that fill the air with bright sweetness.

Note: We will have these in stock in January and February.

Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'

Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinier “Profusion”)

Beautyberry is a lovely shrub all year round but really shines in late fall and winter. It’s long, arching branches hold yellow-gold fall foliage that give way to lingering bunches of shiny, iridescent purple and white fruit. This deciduous shrub truly earns its name! The dense clusters of glossy gorgeous berries bring life and color to the winter landscape as well as food for the birds! We have a full selection of these shrubs in stock and can help you figure out the best place to plant them in your garden.

Christmas Holly

Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

This is a festive classic! Hollies offer bright red berries in winter, on a background of evergreen foliage, giving a distinctive holiday look to any home or landscape. There are many different species within the holly species and Dennis’ 7 Dees carries lots of them! We have holly shrubs and trees, many of which are just starting to bear fruit so come see our selection to find the cheerful holiday holly that fits your landscape needs.

Winter Daphne

Winter Daphne (Daphne odora ‘Marginata’)

Another gorgeous winter bloomer, Winter Daphne is a small evergreen shrub that blooms with rosy-pink, fragrant flowers in winter and early spring. It grows well in shade and adds beauty to the landscape year-round with its shiny, variegated leaves. Because this shrub only reaches about 4 feet tall and wide, it works well near doorways and paths. It’s a great way to greet holiday guests- with a pop of color and a heavenly scent to say “welcome!”

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

Henry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana  ‘contorta’)

Also called Twisted Filbert, this unique little tree provides some of the most unusual winter interest you will ever see! Its deciduous leaves turn a lovely yellow in autumn and fall to the ground, leaving the contorted, twisted branches in full visual display! It’s a striking sight to behold: dark brown, gnarled branches that twist and turn. It’s absolutely perfect to adorn with ornaments for the holidays!

Yellow Twig Dogwood

Yellow Twig (Cornus ‘Flaviramea’)

During the spring and summer, this dogwood produces lovely foliage and flowers. However, when the leaves have all fallen, that is when its beauty is most distinct. Aptly named, this dogwood has vivid yellowish-green bark that stands out, colorful and bright, against the winter sky. Pair it with evergreen foliage for a stunning winter display.

Red Twig Dogwood

Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Similar to the Yellow Twig Dogwood, the Red Osier (or Red Twig) is at its best in winter. All branches display a deep red hue but newer twigs bare the brightest color, lighting up against a dark background and absolutely coming to life when there is snow on the ground. This is a Northwest native deciduous shrub and does quite well in our climate. Plant it in groups to show off that deep burgundy color for winter interest that makes a statement.

Sweet Box

Sweetbox (Sarcococca ruscifolia)

Also called Christmas box, this lovely evergreen shrub lives up to both names by producing lovely, fragrant flowers in late fall and early winter. Just in time for the holidays! The small winter blooms almost hide among the bright green foliage but their scent will not go unnoticed. It is rich and heavenly! After flowering, small black berries form and persist throughout the winter, adding further interest to brighten the winter garden during stark months.

Come into any of the Dennis’ 7 Dees garden centers today to see these plants up close! We’ll help you select the ones that are right for your yard.