Winter plants: Many trees and shrubs have berries they hold onto during fall and winter, and those can provide food for birds overwintering in your area.

Winter plants: Many trees and shrubs have berries they hold onto during fall and winter, and those can provide food for birds overwintering in your area.

Snowball viburnum - flowering hedge, requires full sun/partial shade, stands 3-15 ft tall and 3-12 feet wide.  Perfect for backyard privacy! :)

Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

Snowball viburnum - flowering hedge, requires full sun/partial shade, stands 3-15 ft tall and 3-12 feet wide. Perfect for backyard privacy! :)

Shrubs: Yaupon Holly  Shrubs: Yaupon Holly  Genus: Ilex vomitoria  Zones: 7 to 10  Cost: $12 to $30  Expert says: "This drought-tolerant Texas native can grow to 15 feet or taller. In winter, its attractive red berries feed birds." —John Dromgoole

13 Plants That Give You More Bang for Your Buck

Shrubs: Yaupon Holly Shrubs: Yaupon Holly Genus: Ilex vomitoria Zones: 7 to 10 Cost: $12 to $30 Expert says: "This drought-tolerant Texas native can grow to 15 feet or taller. In winter, its attractive red berries feed birds." —John Dromgoole

Winning Landscape Plants for Georgia - beautyberry is a native and exquisite

Winning Landscape Plants for Georgia

Bluebeard - Sunshine Blue™. Evergreen - yellow in winter.  Blooms attract butterflies in spring and summer. http://www.naturehills.com

Bluebeard - Sunshine Blue™. Evergreen - yellow in winter. Blooms attract butterflies in spring and summer. http://www.naturehills.com

Sunless Success: 15 Great, Easy-to-Grow Shrubs for Shade | Virginia Gardener Web Articles (Camellia)

Sunless Success: 15 Great, Easy-to-Grow Shrubs for Shade | Virginia Gardener Web Articles (Camellia)

This evergreen shrub  typically opens white flowers in early spring. The blooms are fragrant and bell-shaped, strongly resembling lily-of-the-valley flowers. You can find varieties that flower in shades of red or pink, as well. Flower buds form in summer and remain on plants through winter, adding strong seasonal interest. Give pieris partial shade. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8.

This evergreen shrub typically opens white flowers in early spring. The blooms are fragrant and bell-shaped, strongly resembling lily-of-the-valley flowers. You can find varieties that flower in shades of red or pink, as well. Flower buds form in summer and remain on plants through winter, adding strong seasonal interest. Give pieris partial shade. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8.

Barberry bears sharp spines that provide a nearly impenetrable barrier on this 3- to 6-foot-tall shrub. There's a wealth of varieties that bear foliage in shades of chartreuse, green, burgundy, and rosy red. The leaves develop golden, orange, and red hues in fall.    Test Garden Tip: In some areas, Japanese barberry is considered invasive, so check local regulations before planting.    Name: Berberis selections    Zones: 3 - 9

Best Plants for Hedges

Barberry bears sharp spines that provide a nearly impenetrable barrier on this 3- to 6-foot-tall shrub. There's a wealth of varieties that bear foliage in shades of chartreuse, green, burgundy, and rosy red. The leaves develop golden, orange, and red hues in fall. Test Garden Tip: In some areas, Japanese barberry is considered invasive, so check local regulations before planting. Name: Berberis selections Zones: 3 - 9

Great Design Plant: Purple Needle Grass, California’s State Grass

Great Design Plant: Purple Needle Grass, California’s State Grass

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