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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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    Echinacea p. 'PowWow White' (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow White' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Coneflower; Like its bright magenta pink counterpart 'PowWow Wild Berry', this seed selection from PanAm Seed Co. also performed impressively in our trials. Pure white flowers with a golden...

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    Echinacea p. 'PowWow Wild Berry' (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea purpurea 'Pow Wow Wild Berry' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Coneflower; This variety is incredibly impressive for a seed grown Echinacea. It’s no surprise that it is a 2010 All America Selections winner. In our trials, we noted how...

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  • Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' (3.5 inch pot) Echinacea purpurea Magnus 3.5 inch pot

    Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' (3.5-inch pot)Common Name: Purple Coneflower The classic purple coneflower. Beautiful rose pink ray petals with a coppery brown, spiky central cone. Petals are held horizontally, making the flowers appear even bigger...

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  • Echinacea purpurea White Swan 3.5 inch pot Echinacea purpurea White Swan 3.5 inch pot

    Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' (3.5 inch pot)

    Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' (3.5-inch pot)Common Name: White Swan Coneflower Height: 2-3 Feet Spread: 12-18 Inches Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Full Sun Blooms Summer into Fall White petals around golden center cones Thrives in Summer heat Great cut flower ...

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  • Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow' (25) BR Plants Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow' (25) BR Plants

    Echinops b. 'Blue Glow' (25) BR Plants

    Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow' (25) Bare Root PlantsCommon Name: Globe Thistle A member of the Aster family, Echinops is a clumping perennial that is very easy to grow but not invasive. Beginning in early summer, intense blue spheres measuring 1.5"...

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  • Euonymus f Acutus 2.5 inch pot

    Euonymus f. 'Acutus' (2.5 inch pot)

    Euonymus fortunei 'Acutus' (2.5-inch pot)Common Name: Wintercreeper Height: 12-24 Inches Spread: 2-3 Feet Space 12-18 inches apart. Hardiness Zone: 5-8 Full Sun to Shade Tough Ground Cover Only newer growth turn Burgundy in Winter Best used in areas...

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  • Euonymus f Acutus 3.5 inch pot

    Euonymus f. 'Acutus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Euonymus fortunei 'Acutus' (3.5-inch pot)Common Name: Wintercreeper Height: 12-24 Inches Spread: 2-3 Feet Space 12-18 inches apart. Hardiness Zone: 5-8 Full Sun to Shade Tough Ground Cover Only newer growth turn Burgundy in Winter Best used in areas...

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  • Euonymus f Acutus bare root plant

    Euonymus f. 'Acutus' (bare root plant)

    Euonymus fortunei 'Acutus' bare root plantCommon Name: Wintercreeper Height: 12-24 Inches Spread: 2-3 Feet Space 12-18 inches apart. Hardiness Zone: 5-8 Full Sun to Shade Tough Ground Cover Only newer growth turn Burgundy in Winter Best used in...

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  • Euonymus f Coloratus 2.5 inch pot Euonymus f Coloratus 2.5 inch pot

    Euonymus f. 'Coloratus' (2.5 inch pot)

    Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus' (2.5-inch pot)Common Name: Purple Wintercreeper Mature height up to 2', spread 3', climbs 20' Hardiness Zone: 5-8 Full Sun to Shade Tough Ground Cover Leaves turn Burgundy in Winter Best used in areas where it can be...

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