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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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    Euonymus f. 'Coloratus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus' (3.5-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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  • Euonymus f Coloratus bare root plant Euonymus f. 'Coloratus' (bare root plant)

    Euonymus f. 'Coloratus' (bare root plant)

    Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus' bare root plantCommon 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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  • Festuca glauca 'Blue Fescue' (4) 1-gallons Festuca glauca 'Blue Fescue' (4) 1-gallons

    Festuca glauca 'Blue Fescue' (4) 1-gallons

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    Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' (30)ct Flat

    Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Blue Fescue. Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' has soft powdery blue, finely-textured, semi-evergreen foliage. In late spring to early summer, light green flowers with a purple tinge appear on...

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    Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo' (10)ct Flat

    Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo'a/k/a Variegated Algerian Ivy, Gloire de Marengo Canary Island IvyZone: 7 to 10. Sun or shade.Mature size: 12 inch height, vigorous climber. Evergreen, slightly 3-lobed leaves are heart-shaped, glossy with cream to...

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    Hedera helix 'Gold Child' (10)ct Flat

    Hedera helix 'Gold Child' Gold Variegated English IvyZone: 6 to 10. Sun to full shade; southern zones may need more shade. Mature size: 6 to 8 inches height. Medium to large, 2 to 3 inch, ivy-shaped leaves; bright greenish-gold border variegation with a...

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    Hedera helix 'Ingelise' (10)ct Flat

    Hedera helix 'Ingelise' Variegated Needlepoint English IvyZones 6 to 10; Sun to filtered sun, and tolerates deep shade. Mature size can reach 6 to 12 inches height. Small leaf with green and white variegation. Similar to 'Needlepoint'. Native to most of...

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  • Hedera helix Needlepoint 10ct Flat

    Hedera helix 'Needlepoint' (10)ct Flat

    Hedera helix 'Needlepoint' Zones 4 to 10; Sun to filtered sun, and tolerates deep shade. Mature size can reach 6 to 12 inches height.American Ivy Society Classification - Bird'oot Needlepoint foliage has three prominent lobes and some leaves have two...

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    Helictotrichon sempervirens (30)ct Flat

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    Helleborus 'Blushing Bridesmaid' (20)ct Flat

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