Gardeners’ Top Picks December 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks December 2020

There are still plenty of beautiful plants that stand out during winter! Check out our garden team’s top plant picks for December. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds!

Ajania (Ajania pacifica)

Bloom Time: November – December

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Poor soils

Native to North America: No

Other: Needs good drainage in order to perform well. Great container plant. Foliage is variegated and provides interest prior to bloom in late fall.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Burr Terrace Garden

Creeping Raspberry (Rubus hayata-koidzumii)

Bloom Time: July

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Birds will eat the fruit

Tolerates: Acidic soils & drought

Native to North America: No

Other: Evergreen. Incredibly attractive fall color. Beautiful ground cover!

Zones: 7 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Coral Bark Willow (Salix alba subsp. vitellina ‘Britzensis’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer, wet conditions

Native to North America: No

Other: Vibrant red stem color provides winter interest. Thrives in wet conditions. Excellent screen selection.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Bradford Robertson Children’s Garden

Ornamental Kale (Brassica oleracea ‘White Peacock’)

Bloom Time: October – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Acidic soils

Native to North America: No

Other: Kale does flower, though it’s best to remove flower stalks to ensure the continual growth of foliage. This variety was bred for ornamental value and is not particularly flavorful.

Zones: 7 – 11

Location: Chihuly Quad Pod – near Burr Terrace Garden

Alabama Croton (Croton alabamensis)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: This is a RARE plant that is currently on the global vulnerable list. Terrifically unique foliage with excellent fall and winter color. Semi-evergreen to evergreen.

Zones: 6 – 8

Location: Howe Garden/Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail

White Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricata ‘Eastern Star’)

Bloom Time: August – September

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Drought & heavy shade

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Perfect woodland or cottage garden perennial filler.

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Howe Garden

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Munchkin’)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Native to North America: Yes

Other: A dwarf shrub, ‘Munchkin’ was developed here in Tennessee. The fall foliage is a deep and dramatic mahogany red.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Robinson Family Water Garden

Bearberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri `Coral Beauty` )

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Drought & Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Tough Plant! Excellent evergreen, woody groundcover used for erosion control.

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden


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