Winter Plants

I wanted to thank NereidNina, the I-Tunes listener, for reminding me to do a task that is critical to you, our listeners. Chris Hansen and I talked about a number of winter trees, shrubs and perennials but I failed to give you a list so you could find them again. Here is that list and if you need more information I am more than willing to provide it.
The trees: Corylus ‘Contorted’ (Corkscrew hazel or Harry Lauder’s walking stick), Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) “Kango Saku” or coral bark maple, Parrotica persica which has great branching and offers three seasons of interest, Betula (Birch) pendula (European white birch) , Crape myrtles. The shrubs were: Edgeworthia chrysantha, Witch hazels, Camellias, Daphne odora or Winter Daphne, Yellow and Red Twig Dogwoods, Mahonias, various Hollies and the Rhododendron “Christmas Cheer”. The perennials that we talked about were Helleborus Hellebores (Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose), Rohdea japonica or Sacred lily, evergreen ferns called Christmas, Autumn Holy and Shield, Arum italicum or Italian arum, Blue spruce sedum (Sedum rupestre), Rue anemone, Broadleaf toothwart (Cardamine diphylla), Cyclamen hederifolium and Little brown jug (Asarum arifolium).

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About Kathy Ballard Cropp

Kathy is a gardener of two generations: her grandfather-who gardened out of necessity and her father, who gardened purely from the love of it. She started out with indoor plants when they lived in Chicago and Atlanta, she and her father then begin teaching her children about growing vegetables, roses and anything else green since they moved to Virginia in 1987. She took the Master Gardener training class in September 2006, is a member of the Danville Master Gardener Association and in 2010 achieved her 1,000 hour award. She is also a member of the Garden Writers Association, Virginia Master Gardener Association and the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens. She has been the executive producer and co-host of a local master gardener radio show called "Here’s the Dirt" that was on WBTM AM in Danville, VA for almost four years. Kathy has spoken locally, state-wide and nationally, through her local cooperative extension, the VA Master Gardener College, and the Garden Writers Symposium in Dallas, Texas. She will be a presenter at the International Master Gardener College which is being held in Charleston, WVA in October, 2011. She has been asked by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company to be part of a national group of garden radio hosts who are spending time working with the company on a national education outreach program through radio. This year she and her 3 adult children have started a company called Gardeners Four Generations and will be producing podcasts for Horticulture magazine’s, Horticulture Radio. They will also be using other forms of social media to draw other gardeners for more research-based gardening information.

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