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Winter Interest

Winter interest perennial plants offer a welcome burst of color, texture, and form in the often bleak landscape of winter. They add visual appeal and life to your garden even when most other plants are dormant. Here are some key characteristics to look for:

  • Evergreen Foliage: This is a major category, showcasing plants with leaves that retain their color and form throughout winter.
  • Colorful varieties: Heuchera with burgundy leaves, Helleborus with evergreen foliage and winter blooms, Carex Evergold with golden blades.
  • Textured foliage: Ferns like Dryopteris erythrosora with coppery fronds, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' with cascading variegated blades, ornamental grasses like Pennisetum setaceum with feathery plumes.
  • Unique Plant Structures: Even without color, interesting plant structures add visual interest. Look for:
  • Architectural forms: Miscanthus with tall stalks, tall Sedums with upright clusters, Echinops ritro with spiky blue seed heads.
  • Evergreen groundcovers: Creeping Jenny with bright green foliage, Pachysandra with emerald leaves, Ajuga reptans with bronze or purple foliage.
  • Colorful Stems and Bark: Some plants add winter interest with vibrant stems or interesting bark:
  • Red Stems: Dogwood varieties with red twigs, Cornus sanguinea.
  • Exfoliating Bark: Betula papyrifera with peeling white bark, Cornus kousa with mottled bark.
  • Berries and Seed Heads: These provide food for birds and add visual interest:
  • Berries: Viburnum with red berries, Nandina domestica with clusters of red berries, Gaultheria procumbens with red wintergreen berries.
  • Seed Heads: Echinacea with spiky seed heads, Rudbeckia with cheerful cones, Echinops ritro with spherical blue seed heads.

Remember: Choose plants suitable for your climate and growing conditions. Consider your desired level of maintenance and whether you want primarily color, texture, or structural interest. With careful planning, you can enjoy a vibrant and beautiful winter garden despite the cold weather.

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    Bergenia 'Fairytale Romance' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Fairytale Romance' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Heartleaf Bergenia, PigsqueakThis charmed perennial will be among the first perennials to bloom in spring. Clusters of apple blossom pink flowers emerge with glossy evergreen foliage for a...

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  • Bergenia 'Happily Ever After' PPAF (20)ct Flat Bergenia 'Happily Ever After' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Happily Ever After' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Happily Ever After' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Heartleaf Bergenia, PigsqueakFind your garden's fairytale ending with 'Happily Ever After' Bergenia. This perennial Pigsqueak will impress early in the season with large clusters of near-white...

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  • Bergenia 'Miss Piggy' PP32132 (20)ct Flat Bergenia 'Miss Piggy' PP32132 (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Miss Piggy' PP32132 (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Miss Piggy' PP32132 CPBRAF - Proven Winners (20)ct Flat Common Name: Heartleaf Bergenia, PigsqueakBergenia earned the common name Pigsqueak due to the squeaky sounds the leaves make as they are rubbed together. This new genus for the Proven...

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  • Bergenia 'Miss Piggy' PP32132 (4) 1-gallons Bergenia 'Miss Piggy' PP32132 (4) 1-gallons

    Bergenia 'Miss Piggy' PP32132 (4) 1-gallons

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  • Bergenia 'Once upon a Dream' PPAF (20)ct Flat Bergenia 'Once upon a Dream' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Once upon a Dream' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Once upon a Dream' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Heartleaf Bergenia, PigsqueakAn early season stunner, 'Once Upon a Dream' will delight the spring garden with tall flower scapes of carmine pink flowers. Dark red stems carry interest down to the...

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  • Bergenia 'Peppermint Patty' PPAF (20)ct Flat Bergenia 'Peppermint Patty' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Peppermint Patty' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Peppermint Patty' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (20)ct Flat Common Name: Pigsqueak, Heartleaf BergeniaA very unique look for Bergenia. White flowers have a pink throat with color radiating down each petal. The petals are then edged with a...

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  • Bergenia 'Ripple Effect' PPAF (20)ct Flat Bergenia 'Ripple Effect' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Ripple Effect' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Bergenia 'Ripple Effect' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: PigsqueakUnique even among Bergenia, 'Ripple Effect' is set to stand out in the landscape with a robust habit of massive 13" wide leaves. The glossy green leaves are circular with a serrated, wavy...

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  • Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF (4) 1-gallons

    Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF (4) 1-gallons

    Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF (4) 1-gallons HUMDINGER® Collection Common Name: Butterfly BushThis new addition to the HUMDINGER® Collection shares the same compact habit and shorter stature as the other members. Purple flower panicles are...

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  • Buddleia Grand Cascade PP30868 30ct Flat Buddleia Grand Cascade PP30868 30ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Grand Cascade' PP30868 (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Grand Cascade' PP30868 (30)ct FlatCascade CollectionCommon Name: Butterfly Bush Think all Buddleia look the same? Think again! Unlike the typical Butterfly Bush, the panicles on this flowering shrub cascade downward, similar to the look of...

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