If you live in the Northeast, Mountain West, or Midwest your idea of winter interest is certainly different than say, a gardener living in the South. Those of us who live in cooler locales are often satisfied with calling any plant that sticks its head above a snowbank “a winter stunner.” But in today’s episode we’re holding the bar a bit higher and talking about plants that really do save their best for the months of December, January, and February. We discuss shrubs that flower in winter, perennials that are evergreen, and even a few trees that every garden (regardless of geographic location) would benefit from. Our special guest is from Montana, so if she can find plants for winter interest, you know that anyone can.
Kielian DeWitt lives and gardens on a horse ranch in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana.
‘Carsten’s Wintergold’ mugo pine (Pinus mugo ‘Carsten’s Wintergold)
‘Red Sprite’ winterberry (Ilex verticillata ‘Nana’)
‘Wintergreen’ Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata ‘Wintergreen’)
‘Primavera’ witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’)
‘Glauca Prostrata’ noble fir (Abies procera ‘Glauca Prostrata’, Zones 5-9)
Fluffy® Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata ‘SMNTPGF’, Zones 5-8)
‘Ice Dance’ sedge (Carex ‘Ice Dance’, Zones 5-9)
Replacement: Feather Falls™ sedge (Carex‘ETCRX01’, Zones 5-9)
Arctic Fire® Red red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera ‘Farrow’, Zones 2-7)
‘Compact Gem’ Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii ‘Compact Gem’, Zones 5-8)
Ivory Halo dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’, Zones 3-7)
‘True Love’ hellebore (Helleborus ‘True Love’, Zones 4-9)
Mother of thyme (Thymus serpyllum, Zones 4-8)
Bobo® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘ILVOBO’, Zones 3-9)