Gardeners’ Top Picks January 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks January 2020

Kick off the new year by checking out a few of our featured plants! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for January. 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: The seed provides food for the sparrow, junco, and finch.

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Provides fall & winter interest. Great for floral arrangements.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Howe Garden (Tool Shed Bed)

Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Wilma’)

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Seaside conditions

Native to North America: No – Native to the Central Coast of CA

Other: Evergreen

Zones: 7 – 10

Location: Turner Seasons Garden (TRAINS!)

Lentern Rose (Helleborus hybrid)

Bloom Time: November – February

Sun Requirement: Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer & heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Other: Evergreen, easy-to-grow, no serious disease issues.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

Bloom Time: January – March

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Provides cover for wildlife.

Tolerates: Heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Other: Use as a groundcover in a naturalized area.

Zones: 6 – 10

Location: Robinson Family Water Garden

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

Bloom Time: March

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Insect pollinators

Tolerates: Clay soil, drought, and poor drainage.

Native to North America: No

Other: Excellent specimen Magnolia. Buds provide winter interest.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Maidenhair Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder’)

Bloom Time: August – February

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Birds

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: No

Other: Provides fall & winter interest. Great for floral arrangements. Though the species is considered invasive in many states, this cultivar is less aggressive.

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Japanese Apricot (Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’)

Bloom Time: January – February

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Native to North America: No

Other: Fragrant. The fruit can be used to make jams and preserves.

Zones: 6 – 9

Location: Bradford Robinson Color Garden

Goldie’s Wood Fern (Dryopteris goldiana)

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Rabbits, Heavy shade

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Perfect evergreen fern for massing in woodland gardens.

Zones: 3 – 7

Location: Howe Garden (Wildings)


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