In today’s post I’ve decided to give you a quick list of plants that offer you winter interest. Over the next couple of months I’ll try to discuss them further in the Plant Profile posts.
Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) - this tree is grown in the winter for its beautiful exfoliating bark
Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) - the form and silhouette of Japanese maples make them perfect in the winter
- Cunninghamia lanceolata (China Fir) – beautiful large trees with striking blue foliage
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' (Weeping Alaskan Cedar) - large tree with graceful weeping arms
Picea abies 'Pendula' (Weeping Norway Spruce) - if you're looking for a specimen for the garden, this is it!
Ilex verticillata (Winterberry) - produces an outstanding crop of berries and available in both dwarf and non-dwarf sizes
Hamamelis x intermedia (Witch Hazel) - this plant surprises people in February with its blooms
Callicarpa americana (Beautyberry) - beautiful purple berries are borne in the fall and often last into early winter if the birds don't get them first
Helleborus orientalis (Lenten Rose) - see my post for more information
Dryopteris erythrosora (Autumn Fern) - large clumps of evergreen foliage that can reach 3'-4' tall
Arum italicum 'Pictum' (Lords and Ladies) - see my post for more information
Deciduous Perennials – well it kind of goes without saying that deciduous perennials look like mulch since all of their perennial parts are underground for the winter.
I hope that you’ve received some inspiration to add some of these beauties to your garden. Too often we overlook the simpler, quieter parts of plants like the bark or marbled foliage for showy flowers. But it’s during the winter that we can appreciate the exfoliating bark of a paperbark maple or the bright red berries of the Winterberry. I’d love to hear about the plants that you enjoy in your winter garden. Leave me a comment in the section below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy winter gardening!