December Featured Plants
The weather may be cooling down, but there are plenty of things to see in our gardens this time of year! From pansies to winterberry holly, there is something for every garden lover to see and enjoy. Be sure to keep an eye out for the labels throughout the gardens, and see if you can find all of our featured plants this month.
Martin Boxwood Gardens
Taxodium distichum ‘Peve Minaret’
A pyramidal deciduous conifer with fern-like foliage that turns an attractive orange to cinnamon-brown color in the fall. Tolerates wet soils.
Bradford Robertson Color Garden (Arches)
Matrix Rose Blotch Pansy
Viola x wittrockiana ‘Matrix Rose Blotch’
Winter annual with large, cheerful flowers from fall through winter. Adds winter interest to the garden space with subtle pink and purple rose tones.
Carell Dogwood Garden
Medium-sized tree that can grow to 20 – 40 feet in height and 20 – 30 feet wide. Noted for its excellent fall color with leaves turning yellow, orange and red. The exfoliating bark also provides winter interest. Prefers full sun.
Herb Study Garden
Camellia sasanqua ‘Rose of Autumn’
Medium to large evergreen shrub featuring semi-double flowers of rose-pink. Prefers shade to partial sun and cold-hardy up to Zone 6.
Shomu-en, Japanese Garden
Japanese Black Pine
A two- needle pine native to the coastal regions of Japan known to reach heights of up to 100 feet, but are often sculpted by pruning to be kept small. In Japanese they call this term Niwaki meaning ‘garden trees’, also referred to as ‘the king of bonsai’.
Burr Terrace Garden
Sunshine Daydream™ Abelia
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Abelops’
Mounding evergreen shrub noted for its tri-colored foliage and featuring white blooms from spring to fall. Prefers at least six hours of full-sun exposure and hardy in Zones 6 through 9.
Ilex verticillata ‘Golden Verboom’
Mid-sized deciduous shrub that enjoys full sun and rich, moist, acidic soil. Produces yellow berries in late fall.
Robinson Family Water Garden
Japanese Plum Yew
A coniferous, low-growing, evergreen shrub with attractive foliage. Prefers partial shade and moist soil, but able to tolerate full sun or full shade.
Wills Perennial Garden
Native to South and Central America, this tall, stately and showy grass can grow up to an imposing nine feet in height. Prefers full sun.
Turner Seasons Garden
Small to medium, evergreen shrub with elegant, sharp foliage often described as heavenly bamboo, although totally unrelated to the prolific Asian grass species. Graced with bunches of berries that are sometimes white, but more consistently yellow here in the Seasons Garden.
For more information about Cheekwood’s gardens, visit https://cheekwood.org/explore/gardens/.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Bruckse Photography.