Gardeners’ Top Picks February 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks February 2020

We may be gearing up for spring, but these featured winter plants are not to be missed! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for February. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus ‘Athens’ (seedpod)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full Sun – Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies are attracted to the nectar.

Tolerates: Deer & drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Fragrant flowers. Leaves release a pleasant aroma when crushed. Flowers produce urn-shape fruits that provide winter interest.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Herb Study Garden

Camellia (Camellia japonica)

Bloom Time: December – February

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Drought after established

Native to North America: No

Other: Provide winter protection in colder zones. Prune after flowering.

Zones: 7 – 9

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden: Hydrangea Trail

Sedge (Carex oshimensis ‘Eversheen’)

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – Wet

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Evergreen grass in milder climates.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Howe Garden Entrance

Quince (Chaenomeles x superba ‘Jet Trail’)

Bloom Time: January – March

Sun Requirement: Full Sun – Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Pollinated by bees

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: No

Other: The fruit is edible, but best used in preserves in jellies.

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden Entrance

Hazelnut / Common Filbert (Corylus avellana (catkins)

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full Sun – Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: The nuts are a food source for squirrels and birds.

Tolerates: High winds & shade

Native to North America: No

Other: The male catkins provide great winter interest.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erthrosora ‘Brilliance’)

Sun Requirement: Part shade – Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Rabbits & heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Other: Evergreen fern in milder climates. Makes a beautiful groundcover.

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Howe Garden

Ozark Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis ‘Sandra’)

Bloom Time: January – March

Sun Requirement: Full Sun – Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds eat the fruit.

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Wonderful winter-flowering hedge.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Howe Garden

Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus)

Bloom Time: January – March

Sun Requirement: Part shade – Full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Attracts bees and other insects.

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Makes a superb groundcover. True green flowers with pink tinge.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Turner Seasons Garden


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