With their similar common names and some similar characteristics, winter hazel and witch hazel can be easy to confuse. Here are the differences between these treasured shrubs that flower when little else is in bloom.
Visiting a garden center at this time of year may reveal pots of white-blooming hellebores among the poinsettia, Christmas cactus and other holiday favorites. These hellebores are usually selections and hybrids of Helleborus niger, also known as the Christmas rose.
Virtues: ‘Snowflake’ ficus or creeping fig has pretty white-edged leaves that brighten up terrariums, dish gardens or a pot where it grows alone. It is not as finicky about growing conditions as other types of ficus that can drop their … Read Article
Virtues: We love the foamy bells variety Honey Rose (Heucherella Honey Rose) for its toasty coral-pink foliage that adds warm color and lovely texture year-round in warm regions and into winter farther north.
Virtues: Poinsettia is the traditional choice for a holiday houseplant, but they can be a little gangly, with flower coverage that’s sometimes spotty. The Princettia line of poinsettia solves these problems. They’re compact poinsettias that make an even dome of … Read Article
Whether you’re looking for a host/hostess gift that’s a little bit different or you want to add some living cheer to your holiday decorations, check out these houseplants. We’ve looked past the usual poinsettia, amaryllis, Christmas cactus and cyclamen to … Read Article
Virtues: Once the iconic, dominant grass of the tallgrass prairie but now all too rare, big bluestem can offer a strong sense of place in planted landscapes. It can grow to 8 feet in moist soils, but it develops slowly … Read Article
Air plants (Tillandsia spp.) are quirky little plants that are easy to fit into any interior. For the most part they’re very low maintenance, but there are a few tricks to air plant care, and one key step that will … Read Article
Virtues: Blue star fern is an easy houseplant that does well in the lower light conditions found in most interiors. It enjoys moist soil, so it’s hard to overwater this fern. Its scrappy leaves and dusky green color make it … Read Article
Virtues: ‘Mount Everest’ is a white-flowered allium amid a sea of purple options. It offers the same large, round flower heads of many of the other varieties, only in bright white. This white-flowered allium is akin to the popular ‘Globemaster’ … Read Article
Virtues: Little Goblin winterberry holly offers the vivid berries of this favorite deciduous holly, but on a compact shrub that fits small spaces much better than other winterberry varieties. There’s a red-berried Little Goblin and one with orange berries for … Read Article