fbpx

Top Plant Picks January 2022

Top Plant Picks January 2022

Kick off the new year by checking out a few of our featured plants! Cheekwood’s Plant Collections Manager, Shanna Jones, shares her top plant picks for January.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

Bloom Time: June

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Bees collect nectar for honey production. Raccoons, bears, wild hogs, deer and tortoises enjoy the fruit.

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 8 – 11

Other: Resistant to most disease and pests. Performs best in well-drained soils.

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa)

Bloom Time: July

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry

Wildlife: A diverse range of bees feed on the nectar and collect pollen.

Tolerates: Drought, rabbit, & dry soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Irregularly shaped. Excellent specimen plant. Susceptible to wind damage.

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) larvae

Tolerates: Deer & salt

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Irregularly shaped. Excellent specimen plant. Susceptible to wind damage.

Location: Blevins Japanese Garden

Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia)

Bloom Time: June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 8

Other: Outstanding fall color. A member of the tea family. Will not tolerant drought.

Location: Turner Seasons Garden

Quince (Chaenomeles japonica ‘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

Zones: 5 – 8

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

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Camellia (Camellia japonica)

Bloom Time: December – February

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Honeybees and bumblebees

Tolerates: Drought, once established

Native to North America: No

Zones: 7 – 9

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

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Sedge (Carex oshimensis Evercolor® ‘Everlime’)

Bloom Time: May

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Seeds provide food for turkeys and sparrows. Caterpillars eat the leaves.

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Zones: 5 – 9

Other: Evergreen grass in milder climates.

Location: Howe Garden

Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’)

Bloom Time: Flower are very inconspicuous.

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Nesting site for songbirds. Shelter (and food) for deer during the winter

Tolerates: Heat & clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 2 – 7

Other: Narrow, compact, and pyramidal form, excellent for screening

Location: Bradford Robinson Color Garden


Back to Blog

Back to Top