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Featured Plants

Bird’s Nest Spruce

Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’ This dwarf conifer looks good throughout the year, but proves invaluable in the winter landscape when the short fine-textured needles remain a dark rich green. In spring, new growth appears a cheery yellow-green at branch tips. This flat-topped, spreading spruce has a...

Hydrangea

Hydrangea Arborescens ‘Annabelle’ Stunning winter interes t can be achieved by juxtaposing dry hydrangea flowers against a dark background. ‘Annabelle’, a cultivar of our native hydrangea arborescens, is particularly effective, with extremely large corymbs (flower heads) up to a foot across on...

River Birch

Betula nigra ‘Heritage’ Yearning for winter interest in your bare garden? The craggy trunk of river birch ‘Heritage’ can spice up your garden with exfoliating bark in shades of salmon pink, cinnamon, and white. At 40-70 feet tall, this medium-sized tree fits most landscapes. The glossy green leaves...

Golden Stars or Lady Fingers Cactus

Mammillaria elongata A plant for people who kill plants, Golden Stars cactus requires little watering and accepts a variety of light levels. Three to four hours of direct sunlight is optimal, though all but a north window should work. Water sparingly; more sparingly in winter. In summer, it enjoys...

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary plants shaped like little pine trees make popular holiday decorations. An ancient Mediterranean plant, rosemary needs lots of sunlight--full sun if possible. In winter, keep it cool (50-60 degrees) and water sparingly. Ironically, it also needs humidity, so spritz it...

Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata Winterberry, our native wetland holly, makes a stunning specimen for the winter garden. Its autumn leaves turn yellow and fall to reveal a breathtaking view of thousands of brilliant red berries clinging to bare stems. What a joy to have such color in the middle of winter. Bird...
With the pressure on to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving meal, simple food safety measures often get left on the backburner. However, serving up a side dish of prevention could go a long way toward...

Little Bluestem

Photo by Sara Tangren
Photo by Sara Tangren Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius) This native grass is coming on strong as gardeners switch to plants both ornamental and beneficial. In fall, its bluish blades give way to bright gold and reddish tones. Don’t cut back this ornamental grass before winter and it...

Rugosa Rose

Rosa rugosa Planning the multi-season garden, an unusual choice is rugosa rose, with leaves puckered like seersucker, summer flower show, fall color and, to top it off, red rose hips into winter. Their hips (seed capsules) are substantial enough to stand out in the landscape. Like all roses, look...

Crabapple

Malas species Crabapple trees can to be more than a one-season wonder. Besides fabulous spring flowers, winter trees can be red with crabapples and alive with feasting birds. To attract birds, plant trees that produce small crabapples, less than ¾”. Birds also favor crabapples that must freeze and...

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