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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - SHRUBS WITH WINTER INTEREST

Here is a list of some of my favorite shrubs for winter interest.
  1.  WINTER JASMINE  -  Jasminum nudiflorum  -  Winter jasmine is a broad-spreading mounded mass of trialing branches that will eventually grow to be 3 to 4 feet tall and twice as wide.  This plant will develop bright yellow flowers that will open from January to March but peaking in February.  Winter jasmine is a good plant for banks and poor soil areas and needs to be planted in full sun or, at least, six hours of direct sunlight.
  2. CAMELLIA sasanqua  -  What a wonderful winter blooming evergreen shrub for the part shaded gardens.  Camellia sasanqua tends to grow 6 to 10 feet high and wide.  Many varieties of sasanqua ranging in color from white to red to various shades of pink in single flower form to double flower forms.  Camellia sasanqua will form their flower buds starting in late summer to early fall.  I suggest very little pruning in order to not to interfere with its natural growing habit. 
  3. EDGEWORTHIA papyrifera  -  Sometimes referred to as Paperbush.  What a unique shrub for your gardens.  This deciduous shrub will have creamy-yellow, fragrant flowers at the end of the branches in late winter before it leafs out in the spring.  Edgeworthia needs to be planted in partial shade in high organic matter soil.
  4. DAPHNE odora  -  Referred to as Winter Daphne or Fragrant Daphne.  Daphne odora is a densely branched, mounded evergreen shrub that will grow to be 4 feet in height and width.  In the Richmond area, Daphne odora will begin blooming with small pinkish / lavender flowers in February with an unforgettable wonderful fragrance.  It is best to plant in an area that has some winter wind protection.  Be sure to plant with well drain organic soil in sun to part shade.
  5. CORYLUS avellana ‘Contorta’  -  Often referred to as Harry Lauder’s Walkingstick.  What a unique plant that I appreciate more in the winter with no leaves than any other time of the year.  In the winter it shows off its stems that are curled and twisted.  Be sure to plant in sun to only partial shade and can grow to become a large shrub or small tree.  Harry Lauder’s Walkingstick branches can be pruned to be used in flower arranging.
Posted: 10/24/2014 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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