What To Plant For Winter Interest

Focus on the Garden

February 15, 2004

Winter garden plantings for the Mid-Atlantic zones recommended by Timothy Kane of Prides Corner Farms of Connecticut. Kane is also a contributing writer for the Mid-Atlantic edition of People, Places & Plants magazine.

SHRUBS

* Winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite,' 'Afterglow' and 'Winter Red') -- known for bright red berries

* Wentworth Viburnum -- (Viburnum trilobum 'Wentworth') -- known for red fruit

* Blue Muffin Viburnum -- (Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin') -- known for profuse blue fruit

* Ivory Halo Dogwood (Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo') -- known for striking red colored bark

* Silver 'N Gold Dogwood (Cornus x 'Silver 'N Gold') -- known for striking yellow colored bark

PERENNIALS

* Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) -- known for superb dried foliage and winter form.

* Royal Heritage Hellebore (Helleborus orientalis 'Royal Heritage') -- known for shiny evergreen foliage and February bloom in shades of whites, pinks, and reds

TREES

* White Barked Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis var. jacquemontii) -- known for its incredibly bright white bark

* Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia) -- known for mottled, multicolored bark

* Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) -- known for coppery colored exfoliating bark

* Harry Lauder's Walking Stick (Corylus 'Contorta') -- known for wavy, contorted branches and striking winter form

* Guinevere Crab Apple (Malus 'Guinevere') -- known for its dense, dwarf form and colorful red fruit

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