Tag Archives: year-round interest

Ghost Bramble: A Great Shrub for Winter Interest

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Virtues: We love fast-growing ghost bramble for the ghostly white coating that covers its thorny canes in the winter season. This eerie deciduous shrub also produces purple flowers that become small, black inedible fruit.

‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass

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Virtues: We love ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass for its feathery spires that appear in the summer and remain upright all through winter. It provides an excellent vertical accent for borders and narrow spaces. Common name: ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed …

‘Northwind’ Switchgrass

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Virtues: We love ‘Northwind’ switchgrass SO much it has made our list for a second time. It has a great fall and winter interest thanks to its bright off-season foliage and fluffy seed heads.┬áIt is tall and narrow, perfect as …

Annuals Aren’t Evil: Reasons to Grow Annual Flowers

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Question: I’ve read some opinions on different blogs stating that annuals aren’t a great choice because the methods of producing them aren’t always ecologically friendly and because they take a lot of water and fertilizer to grow well. Your thoughts?

Spider Agave

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We love spider agave (Agave bracteosa) for its drought tolerance and striking architecture. A great choice for hot, dry climates and a fine container specimen elsewhere.

Japanese Snowball

Japanese Snowball Viburnum plicatum

We love Japanese snowball bush (Viburnum plicatum) for its lovely white spring flowers, reddish fall foliage and lovely branch structure. A beautiful viburnum that stands out among shrubs.

Lacebark Pine

Lacebark Pine Pinus bungeana

We love lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana) because it is an evergreen pine tree with beautiful exfoliating bark, and because it is a deer resistant plant.

Russian Cypress

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Virtues: A rugged, dense evergreen shrub that makes a nice evergreen mat. Foliage turns bronze or purplish bronze in winter, for something “different.” A good alternative to mat-forming junipers.