Lenten roses, snowdrops and cyclamen are blooming right now, and if you are not enjoying them in your garden, now is a good time to think about adding them before this next year.
A stroll through the Washington Park Arboretum or Kubota Gardens will reveal more plants and trees with winter interest. At this time of year, colorful conifers pop, and deciduous trees with intriguing bark and interesting branching patterns stand out. Early-blooming deciduous trees are flowering and one of the first to bloom, the Witch Hazel, is just finishing up. When in bloom, its bare branches are adorned with tiny confetti-like flowers held close to the branches illuminating them with colors ranging from pale yellow to fiery red depending on the cultivar. One of the most popular, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’, has vivid yellow flowers that seem to warm a cold winter day.
What would make your garden more winter-friendly? If you’re thinking about a new garden or ready to update the one you have, some of these plants can be incorporated into a comprehensive plan that is suitable for your yard.
Winter blooming plants, perennials and bulbs can be the first in a succession of seasonal flowers that continue throughout summer and into autumn. A diverse palette of plants that includes flower and foliage interest throughout all the seasons is the best way to maximize the appeal of your garden as well as the time and money you invest in it.
Planning garden upgrades this winter is a great way to prepare for spring!
If you’re looking for more ideas, please reach out to me for a design consultation to learn about landscape design or how to maximize the impact of garden plantings.
The Silver Dollar Lenten Rose is one of the first Hellebore to bloom during winter. Its muted emerald green foliage is mottled with soft yellow variegation and begins to emerge in late fall just a couple months after going dormant. Once the stems and leaves develop in late fall, flowers buds begin to appear at the end of the year. Each blossom consists of a profusion of intricate flowers clustered on large, arching, stems. The creamy moon yellow flowers bring out the same color in the foliage. Together they create an eye catching display at a time of year when most plants are not doing much.
In contrast to other Hellebore, it foliage is as interesting as its flowers and holds up throughout summer, even though it is technically a perennial. Because of it long life cycle, it can be a mainstay of an ornamental landscape. It prefers some indirect or morning sunlight to keep the foliage robust, large and brilliantly colored, but keep it out of deep shade or afternoon sun for best results. Like most Lenten Rose it is pest resistant and doesn’t need rich soil or much water once established.
Silver Dollar is a good companion with dark green or blue-toned conifers, burgundy foliage and any rich, deep green. Pure white and bright yellow are best avoided in direct vicinity as the tend to compete with the otherworldly lemon chiffon color of the flowers.
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Lenten Rose, Snow Drops and Cyclamen are flowering now. It is a good time to think about adding these to your garden for next year.
It is also a good time for a stroll through The Washing Park Arboretum, Kubota Gardens and other local parks and botanical gardens to see what is blooming now. You will notice other plants and trees that stand out. Many extraordinary and colorful varieties of conifers and deciduous trees with intriguing bark are striking during the winter months.
Enjoy the view and fresh air or take notes and pictures if you are looking to update your garden and make it more “winter friendly”.
Back home, look at your own garden and decide what adjustments would make a show at this time next year. If you are getting ideas for a new garden or major renovation, a garden designer will help you to select the right plants and incorporate the best choices into a comprehensive plan for your site.
Whether you need help with plant selection or a comprehensive landscape plan, I tailor my services to you project and lifestyle. Contact me if now you are looking to make changes to your garden in 2015.