Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Winter Wonderland of Plants

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As fall offers us crisp, sunny days to enjoy, we all know it is coming. Winter will set in, making our landscapes further down the list behind bundling up, chopping wood, and building a scale model of the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks.

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However, this does not have to be the case. With some forethought and good planning, you can truly create a garden your customer will cruise through even in the frigid days of January.

We can help you in achieving a complete year-round garden for your customers. Below are some examples of plants that show off in the dreary days of winter:

Deciduous hollies - Ilex 'Red Sprite' and Berry Heavy are compact selections with extraordinary fruit set which will last well into December, if not January in certain years. 

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Witchhazel - Hamamelis sp. 'Jelena', 'Arnolds Promise', 'Diane' are large shrubs with fragrant strap-like flowers anytime from December to February depending on how warm it is (or, isn't).
 
Heritage River Birch - Betula nigra Heritage is a landscape staple with exfoliating bark and creamy white undersides that brightens dark days.
 
Oakleaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee', 'Ruby Slippers' have it all! Great clean foliage in the spring, strong flower display in late spring/early summer, reliable red fall color and beautiful peeling bark for winter interest.


Ninebark - Physocarpus Little Devil, Summer Wine, Diablo, Amber Jubilee are much like oakleaf hydrangeas with winter interest. Ninebark has much to offer during the growing season, but it can really be an ocular treat when defoliated. Its tight branching and flaking bark does an excellent job of catching the morning frost. 

Whatever the season, if you are stumped on what to plant or use in a design, just give us a call. We'd love to tell you about our favorite plants.
 
Ben Cecil, Operations Manager, Loma Vista Nursery 

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