The seasons are changing but the garden doesn’t have to stop. daWhether you have flower beds to fill or pots and containers, we have a few ideas of interesting fall and winter plants to try this year. Here are a few of our favorites:
Chrysanthemum: You can create a fabulous floral display with a few varieties of mums. With so many colors to choose from, it’s easy to brighten your fall garden with these cool-weather flowers. Chrysanthemums have large beautiful flower heads and delicate, fern-like foliage. Plant them in full sun to enjoy them throughout autumn.
Gloriosa Daisy: When many spring and summer bloomers are starting to fade, gloriosa daisy, also known as Rudbeckia hirta and black-eyed Susan, is just hitting its stride. With daisy-like blooms in harvest colors, it bridges the floral gap from summer into fall.
Sedum ‘Autumm Joy’: This lovely succulent starts blooming in August and transitions to fall. The pink blooms fade to a bronze color which adds a nice texture and contrast.
Cordelyne & Grasses: Cordelyne comes in a variety of reds and electric pinks and really pops in the garden, particularly when placed next to a bloomer with contrasting colors. Mounding grasses, such as Carex Everest and Carex Testacea (bronze) are fantastic for color and texture. With its neat clumps of purplish maroon blades topped by rose red flower spikes swaying elegantly in the breeze summer through fall, Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’ is terrific planted in beds and containers.
Trees: Deciduous trees are always good choices for your fall and winter garden. Trees like Crepe Myrtle and Dogwood give you interest throughout the changing seasons with blooms during spring (Dogwood) and summer (Crepe Myrtle), and stunning foliage color in autumn. Japanese Maples are available in a variety of magnificent fall foliage colors. It’s a good time to shop for them as the colors are changing during fall, so you can get the color you want. After all the leaves have dropped, Coral Bark Japanese Maple adds drama with its brilliant bark color. It’s especially striking when up-lit.
Hellebores: These perennials boast serrated, textured foliage that can be enjoyed year-round (most are evergreen), but the floral display comes into full effect in the dead of winter. Nicknamed ‘Lenten Rose’ because the blooming starts in February, the waxy, bowl-shaped flowers bloom in a variety of colors from chartreuse, pastel hues, dark purple and almost black. Hellebores are an unusual and excellent addition to your garden.
Yuletide Camellia: True to its name, this gorgeous shrub blooms close to the holidays and into January. Single, brilliant, fiery red blooms centered with bright yellow stamens make this a beautiful addition to the winter garden. The show-stopping blossoms stand out in high contrast against glossy, dark green foliage. Make this plant a focal point in your garden to celebrate holiday cheer!
Daphne: This may be the sweetest thing that winter brings. This small evergreen shrub blooms in winter and early spring with small clusters of rosy-pink flowers that smell like heaven itself. Daphne is ideal for north- and east-facing beds, against walls and around patio and deck edges, where its scent can be enjoyed up close. As a specimen, its variegated leaves are good for lightening shade garden plantings. Daphne is also well suited for a container by your door to delight your guest with its heady fragrance.
Come into Evergreen Nursery and chat with one of our Friendly Experts to choose the right plants for the right spots in your garden.