8 No-Care Plants for Killer Curb Appeal in Every Season

If you live in an area of the country with harsh winters, you may be resigned to a dead and dreary yard and garden during the cold months. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of plants that look great all season long, even in the northernmost reaches of the country. Check out our favorites, and see if you can get some of these cold-weather wonders in the ground before winter’s chill sets in.

  1. Blue Ice Bog Rosemary

    Rosemary Flowers

    Blue Ice bog rosemary's unique silvery-blue foliage looks good in all seasons, but this evergreen ground cover also delights with a shock of pink bell-shaped blooms in early spring. Perfect for rock gardens and moist soils, it will attract birds and bring interest to the yard all year long. Available at Amazon; $30.

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  2. Carsten’s Wintergold Mugo Pine

    Mugo Pine

    This dwarf pine variety turns from green to gold when cold weather arrives. In fact, the colder the climate, the more intense its color becomes. Deer-resistant and easy-care, this shrub will look good in every season in Zones 2 through 7. Available at Amazon; $21.95.

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  3. Weeping Norway Spruce

    Weeping Norway Spruce

    Many weeping ornamentals lose their leaves in cold weather—but not the weeping Norway spruce! With its unusual shape and showy cones, this evergreen makes a great accent in the garden and provides rich green in all four seasons. Available at Amazon; $21.95.

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  4. Tiny Buttons Stonecrop


    This evergreen succulent creates a lush and attractive carpet that thrives year-round. Small white flowers attract butterflies in early summer, and the plant's blue-green foliage may take on a reddish hue in colder months. Easy to care for in full sun, this little wonder packs a lot of life in its compact height. Available at Amazon; $5.49 for 1000 seeds.

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  5. Siberian Carpet Cypress

    Russian Cypress

    For evergreen ground cover in cooler climates, try one of the Siberian carpet cypress varieties. These short and colorful shrubs turn a coppery purple in winter, greening up again when warmer weather arrives in spring. Available at Amazon; $34.99.

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  6. Frosty Fire Dianthus

    Dianthus Gratianopolitanus

    This ground-hugging variety of dianthus is evergreen and cold hardy in Zones 2 through 8. Its gray-green foliage erupts in summer with red flowers, making it a wonderful filler both in the garden or in pots. Available at Amazon; $16.95.

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  7. Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce

    Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce

    If you’re looking for a distinctive shade of evergreen color, dwarf globe blue spruce delivers. Hardy in Zones 2 through 8, this densely branched little conifer has blue needles that become more brilliant in summer. It makes a wonderful low hedge, but it's even more outstanding when planted in combination with different species. Available at Amazon; $16.95.

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  8. Pink Pussytoes

    Fall Plants

    Adapted to Zones 2 through 9, pink pussytoes provides an evergreen mat of tiny silver-gray leaves. In late spring, it spikes deep pink, fuzzy flowers. It’s a slow grower and requires little water once established, so this cold-hardy beauty is a breeze to care for in any season. Available at Amazon; $5.85 for 100 seeds.

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  9. Blooms for Every Season

    Blooms for Every Season

    Major curb appeal doesn't have to mean major maintenance. It also doesn't have to be reserved just for warm seasons. With these plants, your yard will look good year-round. 


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