Brenda’s Favorite Winter Interest Plants.

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Winter gardens definitely do not need to be boring if you include winter interest plants.

 

Here’s a list of my favorite winter interest plants to help you get started with turning up the heat in a cold winter landscape:

Perennials

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Snow Queen.  White flowers. Pure white flowers in spring. Deep glossy green foliage all winter
Rosi Klose.   Pink flowers in early spring. “””Ditto foliage
Bressingham Ruby.    Deep pink flowers in early spring.  Deep green glossy leaves turn rich red  in winter

 

 

 

heucherasHeuchera:
Heuchera ‘Zipper’
Heuchera ‘Forever purple’
Heuchera  ‘Lime Marmalade’
Heuchera   ‘Sugar  Frosting’

 

heucherella-brass-lanternsHeucherella ‘Brass Lanterns’

 

 

 

 

Euonymus japonica Paloma BlancaEuonymus japonica Paloma Blanca.   An upright growing shrub with glossy green small leaves.  New growth in spring is pure white.  Great in containers or as a hedging shrub or specimen plant

Euonymus japonicus  ‘Aureo Marginata’. With mid sized bright green and golden yellow variegated leaves

 

 

 

Gaultheria procumbensGaultheria procumbens.  Or Wintergreen.  A low growing acid soil loving ground cover for shade to part shade with evergreen leaves white flowers in summer followed by bright red berries that when crushed release a beautiful wintergreen scent.

 

 

Skimmia RubellaSkimmia Rubella.  A great small shrub suited to shady sites or container gardens.  This plant produces beautiful clusters of deep red buds in September that remain thru March and then open to creamy pink  blooms that are extremely fragrant.

 

polar_gold_arborvitaeAssorted conifers

 

 

 

 

 

winter-heatherWinter Heather
Mary Helen.   Golden foliage produces bright pink flowers in winter
Kramers Red.   The all time favorite with deep green foliage and the darkest  of the pink flowers in winter

 

ChamacyparisChamacyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’.  Aka dwarf golden hinoki cypress.  With its twisty turny form and brilliant golden and green foliage this plant is a star in the winter garden.   PAir it with  the sharp lance like foliage of Yucca ‘Garland Gold’ for brilliant effect.

 

Chamacyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood Gold'Chamacyparis lawsoniana  ‘Ellwood Gold’. This columnar shaped conifer has beautiful blue foliage with gold shimmer.  Absolutely gorgeous in a container or in the sunny border.

Thuja occidentalis ‘Konfetti’.  This cedar shrub has deep green foliage with white gold markings.  Very unique and it sparkles in the winter garden.

 

 

Taxis baccatta fastigiata 'Aurea, Golden Irish YewTaxis baccatta fastigiata ‘Aurea,   Golden Irish Yew.  Beautiful variegated foliage with red berries in fall winter.  A personal favorite
This extremely long lived conifer does well in full sun or shade gardens and  adds dramatic height in a container garden and acts as a sentinel in the border

 

 

 

Low growing juniperus horizontalis 'Mother Lode'Low growing juniperus horizontalis ‘Mother Lode’ is a brilliant Carpet of gold on a slope.  or draping overt he side of a container or for something a little taller but still under a foot  try ‘Lime Glow’ with it s bright gold green carpet of foliage.

 

All of these plants have been chosen because they are perfect for our wet, cool B.C. winters.  If you’d like some ideas on how to incorporate them into your garden, please feel free to come in and chat with our talented horticulturalists.

Choosing Ornamental Grasses for their Season of Interest

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Ornamental Grasses create visual interest, texture, color and movement when strategically used in your garden, particularly when paired with complementary plantings.

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Here are some tips on choosing Ornamental Grasses for their specific season of interest and suggestions for companion planting.

Spring:

Evergreen sedges, rushes and cool season grasses such as:
Juncus ‘Unicorn’, Milleum e ‘Aurem’, Carex ‘Bowles Golden’, Carex ‘Evergold’, Deschampsia ‘Northern Lights’, Festuca ‘Siskyou Blue’.

Companions:
Euphorbia, Pulsatilla, Spanish Lavender, Heuchera, Spring flowering bulbs.

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Summer:

Helictotrichon eempervirens, Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, Stipa gigantea, Hakonochloa ‘Aureola’, Pennisetum rubrum, Imperatea ‘Red Baron’

Companions:

Pervoskia ‘Little Sprie’, English Lavender, Guara, Coreopsis, Phygelius, Knautia, Cerntranthus ruber, Achillea, Eryngium, Helianthus, Echinacea, Phlomis.

For shade: Astilbe, Hosta’s, Coleus.

Autumn:

Pennisetum ‘Haemln’, Pannicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’, Miscanthus, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Pennisetum Rubrum.

Companions:

Anemone, Asters, Eupatorium, Helenium autumnale, Sedum, Schizostylis.

Winter:

Carex ‘Ice Dance’, Carex ‘Frosty Curls’, Carex Buchannii, Miscanthus

Companions:

Euphorbia wulfenii, Heuchera, Ivy, Winter bulbs such as Galanthus and Winter Aconites.

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Previous articles in this series:

Ornamental Grasses and Companion Planting – Part 1

Ornamental Grasses and Companion Planting – Part 2

Ornamental Grasses and Companion Planting – Part 3

Grasses and Companion Planting – Part 3

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In this article, we’re going to look at which types of ornamental grasses work for specific types of containers.

in our previous article, we looked at how to grow ornamental grasses and which grasses are best for specific conditions.  If you missed these article, click the links to read these.

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Specimen Grasses for Large Containers 12″ & Bigger:

Chasmanthium latifolium
Coraderia pumila
Miscanthus sinesis ‘Adagio’Miscanthus sinesis ‘Graziella’
Miscanthus sinesis  ‘Malepartus’
Miscanthus sinesis  ‘Morning Light’
Miscanthus sinesis  ‘Rotsilber’
Miscanthus sinesis ‘Variegatus’
Miscanthus sinesis  ‘Zebrinus’
Miscanthus transmorrisonesis
Molinia caerulea ‘Moorflamme’
Molinia caerulea ‘Skyracer’
Panicum virgatum ‘Haense Herms’
Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
Pennisetum alopecuroides
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Moudry’
Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’

Specimen Grasses for Containers 6″ – 12″

Anemanthele lessoniana
Carex albula ‘Frosty Curls’
Carex buchananii
Carex comans ‘Bronze’
Carex dipsacea
Carex flagellifera
Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
Carex testacea
Festuca Amethystina
Festuca glauca ‘Elizjah B;jue’
Festuca idahoensis ‘Skikiyou Blue’
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Imperatea cylindrica ‘Red Baron’
Juncus effusus ‘Gold Strike’
Juncus patens ‘Carmen’s Gray’
Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’
Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’
Pennisetum messiacum ‘Red Bunny Tails’
Stipa tenuissima

Grasses for Edge of Mixed Containers:

Carex albula ‘Frosty Curls’
Carex comans ‘Bronze’
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
Festuca iahoensis ‘Siskiyou Blue’
Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

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Grasses for Center of Mixed Containers:

Carex buchananil
Juncus effusus ‘Gold Strike’
Juncus patens ‘Carmen’s Gray’
Miscanthus sinesis ‘Adagio’
Molinia caerulea ‘Moonflamme’
Molinia caerulea ‘Skyracer’
Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’

In Part 4 of this series, we’ll look at choosing Ornamental Grasses for their season of interest.

 

Grasses and Companion Planting – Part 2

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In Part 1 of the article on Grasses and Companion Planting, we discussed the ‘how to’s’ of planting and caring for cold and warm season ornamental grasses.

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In Part 2, we’re going to talk about the grasses you should choose for specific environmental conditions.

Drought Tolerant Ornamental Grasses for Hot, Dry, Sunny Conditions:

Andropogon gerardii
Arundo donax
Bouteloua grucilis
Chasmanthium latifolium
Cortadaria varieties
Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Leymus arenarius ‘Findhorn’
Miscanthus sinesis ‘Gracillimus’
Panicum virgatum varieties
Pennisetum oriental
Phalaris varieities
Sesleria varieties
Sorghastrum mutans
Sporobolus heterolepsis
Stipa tennuissima

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Water Lovers

Acorus varieties
Arundo donax
Carex elata ‘Bowls Golden’
Carex muskingumensis varieties
Carex nigra varieties
Carex pseudocyperus
Carex speciosa ‘The Beatles’
Equisetum varieties
Glyceria maxima  ‘Variegata’
Imperatat cylindrical ‘Red Baron’
Juncus varieties
Phalaris varieties
Typha varieties

Dry Shade Drought Tolerant:

Calamagrostis arundinacca ‘Brachytricha’
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
Carex muskingumensis varieties
Chasmanthium latifolium
Luzula varieties
Phalaris varieties
Sesleria varieties

Shade Tolerant:

Acorus varieties
Arrhenatherum elatius bulbosum ‘Variegatum’
Briza media
Calamagrostis arundianacca varieties
Carex dolichostachys ‘Gold Foundtains’
Carex flagellifera
Carex morrowii varieties
Carex muskingumensis varieties
Carex nigra varieties
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
Carex pseudocyperus
Carex speciosa ‘The Beatles’
Chasmanthium latifolium
Deschampsia caespitosa varieties
Equisetum varieties
Hakonechloa varieties
Luzula varieties
Milleum effusum ‘Aureum’
Molinia varieites
Ophiopogon nigresence
Phalaris varieties
Schoenplectus tabernaemontani “Albescens’
Sesleria varieties

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Deer Resistant:

Fenneca varieties
Miscanthus varieties
Pennisetum varieties

Salt Tolerant:

Elymus magellanicus
Leymsu arenarius ‘Findhorn’
Panicum virgatum varieties
Phalaris varieties
Sporobolus heterolepsis

Grasses for Cut Flowers:

Arundo donax varieties
Briza media
Chasmanthium latifolium
Coradaria Varieties
Miscanthus varieties
Panicum virgatum varieties
Pennisetum varieties

In Part 3 of our Ornamental Grasses and Companion Planting article, we’ll feature ways to use grasses in containers.  In the meantime, here is some more reading:

Books worth looking at:

The Color Encylopedia of Ornamental Grasses – Rick Dark – Timber Press

The Encylopedia of Ornamental Grasses – John Greenlee – Rodale Gardening

Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses – Sunset Books

Plant Finder’s Guide to Ornamental Grasses – Martin Quinn & Catherine MacLeod – Whitecap

Heritage Perennials Perennial Gardening Guide  – John Valleau – Heritage Perennials

Grasses – Nancy J. Ondra – Storey Books

A Place in the Rain – Michael Lascelle – Whitecap

Gardening with Grasses – Michael King & Piet Oudolf – Timber Press

Bold Romantic Gardens – Wolfgang Oehme & James Van Sweden – Spacemaker