Gardeners’ Top Picks December 2019

Gardeners' Top Picks December 2019

There are still plenty of beautiful plants that stand out during winter! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for December from 8 of our distinct gardens. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Bushy Bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus)

Bloom Time: September – February

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Attracts butterflies in summer. Birds and small mammals eat the seeds. Provides nesting material for birds.

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Low maintenance, ornamental grass. Excellent rain garden component.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Howe Garden

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Bloom Time: November – December

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds will eat the fruit.

Tolerates: Poor soil, clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Showy, fragrant flower

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Herb Study Garden

Possumhaw (Ilex decidua ‘Warren’s Red’)

Bloom Time: May, but flower is insignificant

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds, deer, opossums & other small mammals eat the fruit.

Tolerates: Clay soil, low pH

Native to North America: Yes

Other: A deciduous holly, the berries provide exceptional winter interest. Excellent component for rain gardens.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Turner Season’s Garden (Winter)

Weeping Alaskan Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Provides cover for birds, small mammals & (sometimes) deer.

Tolerates: Strong winds, alkaline soil, shade.

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Drought tolerant once established. Outstanding specimen tree.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Martin Boxwood Garden / Petite Swan Lawn

Persian Parrotia (Parrotia persica)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Clay soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Beautiful bark. Excellent street tree. Flowers are attractive, though very small. Yellow & orange fall color.

Zones: 6 – 9

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Japanese Camellia (Camellia sasanqua)

Bloom Time: October – January

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Squirrels and birds will eat the seeds.

Tolerates: Acidic soil & drought (once established)

Native to North America: No

Other: Evergreen. Very showy & fragrant blooms. Reliably hardy to zone 6.

Zones: 7 – 9

Location: Shōmu-en, Blevins Japanese Garden

Creeping Raspberry (Rubus hayata-koidzumii – formerly calycinoides)

Bloom Time: July

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Wildlife: Birds will eat the fruit.

Tolerates: Difficult sites with poor soils & drought.

Native to North America: No

Other: Wonderful ground cover, especially for rock gardens. Edible fruit. Brilliant fall color.

Zones: 7 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii ‘KLMTWO’ Beaver Creek®)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Wet soils, drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Showy, fragrant flower. Vibrant fall color. Works well as an accent or planted in groupings.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Burr Terrace Garden


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