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Embrace a new landscape with eye-directing lines and vibrant landscape colors that will showcase your yard year-round. The quiet season is a good time to inspect and notice where you can create some additional attention-grabbing interest. Afterall, evergreens are not the only backbone of a steady color you can count for a winter landscape.

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We specialize in solid timber structures such as pergolas, gazebos, pavilions, arbors, trellises, post and beam, trusses and more. It is a fast and easy way to ensure a year-round outdoor show of textural interest and sculptural beauty as well as the practical use of space. Plants and shrubs are also another way to introduce intensity and coloration as is a hedge, piece of garden art, and lights.

Here are some ideas to start you on your way towards more colorful, life-enhancing surroundings particularly suited to a winter landscape for four delightful seasons.

Brighten & Color Your Property w/Lights

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Snow-covered lights can set the mood and some of the most beautiful sceneries. The type of fixtures, coloring, and positioning of lighting can bring extra focus to your outdoor spaces and walkways. Lighting tends to be used more when the days are darker in the wintertime.

There are numerous ways you can add lighting. Our ShadeScape® pergola, pavilion, gazebo, cabana, and arbor kits have the option of upgrading with a TimberVolt® power post. This makes lighting a pleasure as it is all pre-wired and ready to plug-in.

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Your structure is ready to use the moment it installed no need to wait for someone to wire it up and you can add as many TimberVolt® posts as needed in various configurations. The Dragon and Inferno models are completely self-contained units. You simply plug the male plug into a generator and you’re ready to go. For a silent application, we recommend a GOALZERO generator with a GOALZERO solar panel installed on top of your outdoor living structure.

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The Inferno model features integrated USB outlets; charge your smartphones, tablets, and other USB devices, while you watch movies on your outdoor TV that is plugged into one of the main electrical receptacles up top. Lighting gives warmth and creates a welcoming atmosphere in a snowy landscape.

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Landscaping in the winter for lights couldn’t be easier than with TimberVolt® power. Some people have installed their timber frame shelter using the TimberVolt® post.

You can also go a step further and add in some decor such as boughs, cranberries, and holly leaves. An outdoor sculpture or art piece can also add enchantment to a lighted area. Color is a powerful communicator. It can be used as a tool to influence our mood and physiological reactions. There are certain colors that have been shown to soothe or increase eye strain; raise or lower metabolism, blood pressure, and energy.

Standard Stain Colors
Arbors • Gazebos • Pavilions • Pergolas • Trellises & More

Early American

Early American premium grade stain on an outdoor shade structure gives an inviting and traditional appeal to a landscape. It is extremely popular hue in our outdoor solid wood timber frame shelters.

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The Early American stain is a warm cocoa hue that entreats a sense of intimacy and togetherness to a place where loved ones can gather. It is a safe and protective color that gives a sense of belonging, cozy, comfortable, a refuge from the commotion of the outside world. Early American is a down-to-earth color of wholesomeness that gives a sense of belonging, stability, structure, and support; indeed it brings that comfortable feeling of being at home with dependable family and loyal friends.

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Early American Essense: earth, dependable, security, calming, protective, cozy, friendship, nurturing, common sense, organic, healing, orderly, knowing, hearth, caring, stability, simplicity, orderly, protective, outdoors, conventional, elegance, fertility, practical, home, approachable, abundance, grounded, foundation, expressive of Thanksgiving.

Rich Cordoba

Rich Cordoba stain adds a deliciously rich and inviting feel to an outdoor timber frame shade structure. Its depth, vibrancy, and superior in stain performance make it the perfect choice for a solid, prestigious appeal, especially with such oversized timbers. Rich Cordoba stain is more formal but will resonate with secure energy, promoting a feeling of acceptance and stability. To Native Americans, brown colors represent the power of self-discipline.

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Rich Cordoba stain is more formal but will resonate with secure energy, promoting a feeling of acceptance and stability. To Native Americans, brown colors represent the power of self-discipline.

Rich Cordoba Essense: steady, dutiful, conscientious, seriously dramatic, dependable, responsible, substantial, solid, rich, classy, sophisticated, masculine, vibrant, depth, inviting, stable, secure, sheltering.


Ebony is a bold stain color, with a dominating, dramatically heavy presence that is only enhanced by Western Timber Frame’s massively over-sized timbers.

Landscape color design analysts believe black to be a color of confidence, resilience, self-control, strength, and authority.

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Ebony is a powerful color and contrasts well with bright colors in landscape design on an outdoor shade structure. It is also a protective color that has a calm, magnetic, energetic strength to it that evokes a feeling of being grounded. To the Native American, black is a symbol of harmony and listening. Some of the words synonymously used to represent shades of ebony are: black, midnight, obsidian, jet black, ebony, ink, sable, onyx, raven, charcoal, and lampblack.

Rich Sequoia

A timber frame outdoor shade structure finished in a Rich Sequoia stain is an awakening, bold and dynamic color that demands attention. Although Rich Sequoia stain is vibrant it also adds an inviting warmth for artistic landscaping.

The rusty, reddish hue of Rich Sequoia stain boosts mental and physical energy; a determination and power to go after and achieve your goals being willing to take risks.

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Red mahogany is a tropical tree that Rich Sequoia stain so closely resembles; which is why in part it invites such a feeling of an adventure and exotic experience to an outdoor landscape.

Analysts of color say that rusty brown or reddish clay brown is a show of persistence, yet grace under pressure, with a pioneering spirit. Rich Sequoia is also associated with ambition, personal freedom, adventure, passion and strength to relationships, in life and work.

Rich Sequoia Essense: Communication, excitement, energy, love, strength, passionate, fire, protection, impulsive, vigorous, enthusiasm, energetic, healthy, assertive, intense, responsible, confidence, fire, activity, desire, the color of life, prosperity, respect, energy, vitality, recognition, and creative mind.

Canyon Grey

Our Canyon Grey stain is a wonderful silver-like color. Like gold, silver is symbolic of riches and is considered distinguished and glamorous, such as being “born with a silver spoon in the mouth”. It is also the traditional color used to celebrate a couple’s twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

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Some Native American tribes associate the color gray with friendship, a symbolic of dependability, security, and responsibility. In gemstones, the gray color properties are said to be a healing stone and improve the stability of relationships.

A timber frame outdoor shade structure finished in a Canyon Grey stain has a cooling and stabilizing effect when it is placed against more vibrant colors. In landscaping, gray is a reliable, conservative and composed, color.

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Beach Sand

Beach Sand is approachable and welcoming, bringing a sense of nurturing and belonging. It is also an easy color to appeal in charm or sophisticated based upon the colors it accompanies.

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The color of Beach Sand is the color of unbounded beaches and endless deserts; a hue evoking the sense of good health, sensibility, dependability, solitude, and order. Beach Sand is a natural color, the color of sand, wood, and stone. This wholesome tone has the warmth of brown combining the crisp coolness of white with undertones of warm and cool yellow variants.

Beach Sand Essense: Beach Sand is a practical, foundational color that is neutral, calm, and relaxing. invoking the feeling of honesty, loyalty, and sincerity. Beach Sand is friendly and welcoming, associated with grounding, home, healing, down-to-earth, comfort, warmth, and security.


Alpine is popular among our custom stain colors. Alpine white is a color of wholeness, innocence, and completion. In America, white has been a traditional color for weddings, christenings, communions, baptisms, and other joyful occasions. It carries a sense of order, a newness of life, fresh and clean.

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White in many cultures symbolizes purity, pristine, open, self-sufficient, goodness, heroism, magnetism, sharing, cleanliness, light, unity, truth, innocence, new beginnings, and as the color of perfection. 

Alpine Essence: spotless, virgin, unblemished, fresh, well-kept, tidy, spic-and-span.


A natural stain is always in style and goes hand in hand with timber frame and outdoor landscape design. On an outdoor shade structure, the premium grade Natural stain finish gives a comfortable feeling of wholesomeness, family life, loyal friends and dependability. It is also an earthy range of colors for those who have a preference for natural, solidity and simplicity.

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The clear finish of Natural stain shows the beauty of the wood as nature designed it. Douglas-fir displays as a more yellow color while a wood such as Incense Cedar or Western Red Cedar has reddish to light brown hues.


For the first hundred years or so, the colonies of America allowed the exterior surfaces of their homes and shelters to weather naturally. The Early American tradition of allowing timbers to weather naturally can be considered the first method of finishing.

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Later, people, in general, used paint on the surfaces. Today, interest is revived in the colonial tradition of rustic finishes, and natural beauty of weathered wood.

Beyond the comeliness of wood and timbers exposed for aesthetic appeal, the life expectancy and unity with future potential coatings are influenced by the process of exposure to weather. Structures left unfinished has lasted for centuries.

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The process of naturally exposing timbers to the weather modifies the molecular structure of the wood. Generally, within two months of being exposed to the sunlight, light woods will become darker and dark woods will become lighter. The progression of weathering is influenced by many factors, e.g. extent of exposure, the density of the material, the rate of growth, extractive and lignin content. The more exposure the faster the rate of weathering.

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Although the beauty of naturally weathered wood can be pleasing, the initial changes to becoming a seasoned surface is a slow development with varying results.

Weathering through commercially prepared bleach is the perfect alternative. The stain is water base bleach with a silver-gray pigment finish that is allowed to soak for hours and then exposed to sunlight. There is no restraining of the timbers. The longer the timber basks in its environment, the more beautiful the timbers become.

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Custom Color Stains

Western Timber Frame™ also offers custom colors to match existing elements or compliment another color. Talk with a Design Manager who can help if you have a particular color stain in mind.

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Cool-Weather Blooms


Camellias are Alabama’s state flower but they are not native. They are from Asia and are a spectacular and wondrous plant specimen. They can be a shade-loving flower, shrub or a small tree coming in a wide range of colors, forms, and sizes. Most varieties bloom in late fall, winter, and early spring. They are often planted several together to form a loose hedge or are trained to trail over fences and low walls.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Usually 6–9
Botanical name: Camellia japonica
Special Features: Creates Year-Round Interest

Landscape Style: Asian, Contemporary, Rustic, Southwest, Traditional, Tuscany, or Zen


Hellebores are famous for creating a four-season garden by taking center stage in late winter to early spring. Even when they are buried and flattened by snow they come to life with the first warm rays of sunlight. It is easy to love a plant that can brave the icy frost and still show itself off at this time of year and on through May.

USDA Hardiness Zone:  6–9
Botanical Name: Helleborus
Special Features: Creates Year-Round Interest

Suggested Landscape Style: Asian, Contemporary, Traditional, Tuscany, or Zen

Winter Shrubs & Trees

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick is a deciduous shrub to grace a winter bouquet. The stems of this thrilling specimen are gnarled and twisted with a striking beauty that stands out in a snowy backdrop. It blooms with bright yellow flowers from winter to early spring and grows to be 10-15 ft. tall.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3–9
Botanical name: Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’
Special Features: Waterwise, Easy to care for, Creates Year-Round Interest

Landscape Style: Asian, Contemporary, Rustic or Zen

Winterberry Holly

Winterberry Holly (aka black alder, false alder, and fever bush) is a deciduous shrub that loses its leaves in the fall. After the leaves have fallen, every stem joyfully is covered in thousands of luminous colored berries. The berries can be either a brilliant gold or bright red depending on what it was cultivated with. The full-sized variety can grow to be 6-8 feet tall. They have to have a male and female plant to grow them but one male can pollinate up to five female plants. As an added plus, the Winterberry Holly has historical medicinal uses as the Native Americans used the bark for the healing of cuts and bruises.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5–8
Botanical Name: Ilex verticillata
Special Features: Creates Year-Round Interest, Insect and disease resistant. 

Suggested Landscape Style: Asian, Contemporary, Southwest, Traditional, Tuscany, or Zen

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

The Coral Bark Japanese Maple is a gorgeous small, deciduous tree with vibrant red bark that becomes deeper and more intense more sun in the winter. Contrasted with deep green evergreens or an Alpine or Ebony ShadeScape®, the Coral Bark Japanese Maple is exquisite.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5–8
Botanical name: Acer palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’
Special Features: Creates Year-Round Interest

Landscape Style: Asian, Contemporary, Traditional, Southwest, Tuscany, or Zen

Japanese Flowering Cherry

The Japanese Flowering Cherry also known as Kwanzan, Kanzan, Sekiyama is a beautiful deciduous tree with pinkish-red blossoms that bloom in the early spring months.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5–8
Botanical Name: Prunus serrulata
Special Features: Creates Year-Round Interest, Deer-resistant

Suggested Landscape Style: Asian, Contemporary, Traditional, Tuscany, or Zen

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle sometimes called Crape Myrtle comes in more varieties than about any other plant. Crape Myrtle is excellent for ground covering, as flowering hanging baskets, bonsai, and shrubs. It also works well to grow for privacy screens and as a tree. You can even grow several different colors of blossoms on one plant. The bark of the Crepe Myrtle is exfoliating, creating intricate patterns on the trunk for a breathtaking winter display of cheerful colors.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Most varieties 7-9
Botanical name: Lagerstroemia indica
Special Features: Creates Year-Round Interest

Landscape Style: Asian, Contemporary, Traditional, Southwest, Tuscany, or Zen

Red Twig Dogwood

Want some bright gorgeous eye-popping red to stand out against the snow? Native to North America, the deciduous flowering Red Twig Dogwood shrub (sometimes called the Tatarian Dogwood) will give variegated year-round beauty. It grows to be 8 ft. fall with an 8 ft. spread, bearing white spring blossoms, broad summer leaves, and fall berries. Its vibrantly bright red twigs it displays in the winter and early spring is the reason most homeowners choose the Red Twig Dogwood.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3–8
Botanical Name: Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’
Special Features: Creates Year-Round Interest

Suggested Landscape Style: Asian, Contemporary, Traditional, Tuscany, or Zen

Timber Frame arbors, cabanas, gazebos, pavilions, and pergolas can easily be installed in the winter. Most planting for color will have to be done in the Spring but now is a good time to plan it out for a more colorful landscape of trees, shrubs, berries, and flowers for next winter.

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