by Kathy Diemer Whether novice or experienced gardeners, we all strive for gardens that look good no matter the season. And that is indeed a challenge. What can we do to maintain some structure and color when the temperatures hover …
Virtues: We love winter and sambac jasmines for the cheerful splendor their blooms bring during the winter season.
Virtues: We love redvein enkainthus for their clusters of bell-shaped creamy, white flowers marked with radiant red veins that bloom in spring through early summer. Their deep green leaves transform into striking shades of yellow, orange and red in fall.
Virtues: We love ‘Ascot Rainbow’ spurges for their striking, sage and lime green foliage that turn stunning shades of pink, red and orange during the colder months. These perennials also have vibrant green flowers with radiant red centers.
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.
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 …
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. It is tall and narrow, perfect as …
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?
We love ‘Fat Albert’ spruce (Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’) for its short, wide stature and its blue needles.
We love winter heath (Erica carnea) for its early bloom and evergreen presence. Deer resistant.
We love dwarf sweetbox (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) for its very fragrant late winter flowers and its evergreen foliage.