Visit one of our Unilock Outdoor Idea Centers to see products laid in large scale, natural settings. This can help you appreciate how the color swatches you see in our catalog look in real life applications. Or take a stroll through your local neighborhood and take note of the colors that you’re drawn too. You may even find inspiration in the exterior brick of your home, other elements of your landscape or a door color.
Consider the specific application
Are you paving a pool deck? Or adding an extension to your existing patio? Perhaps you’re connecting your driveway to your backyard retreat with a walkway. Each application might be best suited for a different color. For a pool deck, we recommend light colors that are cooler on the feet, while a driveway might be better suited for a darker shade. If you’re adding onto an existing patio you might decide to complement the color rather than try to match it exactly.
It is much more natural to leave plants standing into winter — Mother Nature does. Seed heads can be attractive in winter and provide food for birds. Most ornamental grasses are superb in the winter garden.
Many perennials are partially or totally evergreen. These can all be left to provide good winter effect: bergenia, arabis, aubretia, heuchera, thyme. The foliage of yucca and red hot poker are best tied up to protect the crown of the plant.
Cutting back perennials in the fall
What do we cut down and why? The reason for our action is always important.
All perennials, even those with winter foliage, can be cut down in the fall. This certainly presents a neater garden, and allows for the use of protective mulch in areas where snow cover is not dependable.
Plants that harbour fungus spores should certainly have the foliage removed. Remove succulent foliage, such as iris or day lily leaves that rot in winter.
Some plants can benefit by being cut down to almost ground level in the fall of the...