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Top Plant Picks January 2023

Top Plant Picks January 2023

It’s a new year of plant picks! Cheekwood’s Horticulturist, Sage McClain, shares her top plant picks for January.

Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’ (Topal Holly)

Bloom Time: April to May

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Berries attracts birds

Tolerates: Air pollution

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 6 to 9

Other: This small tree is a great landscape plant and is noted for producing showy, red fruit that is attractive in the fall and winter. This holly tree has softer leaves with fewer spines than other common holly trees.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’ (Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar)

Bloom Time: N/A

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: N/A

Tolerates: Drought tolerant

Native to North America: No

Zones: 6 to 9

Other: This weeping cedar tree makes a wonderful specimen tree in a landscape due to its beautiful bluish-green needles and cascading branches.

Location: Herb Garden

Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘White Cloud’ (White Cloud Muhly Grass)

Bloom Time: September to January

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Dry to Medium

Wildlife: Muhly grass provides shelter for birds and beneficial insects.

Tolerates: Tolerates drought, heat, humidity, air pollution and poor soils

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 6 to 10

Other: Muhly Grass is beautiful year round with attractive summer foliage and stunning clouds of fall inflorescences that last through the winter.

Location: Japanese Garden

Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper Bush)

Bloom Time: January to April

Sun Requirement: Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Deer Resistant

Tolerates: Shade tolerant

Native to North America: No

Zones: 7 to 10

Other: This shrub makes for an interesting landscape plant, especially during the winter months– it produces silvery winter flower buds that bloom before new leaves emerge.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (Corkscrew Hazel)

Bloom Time: March to April

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Fruit is an edible nut that is enjoyed by wildlife. The blooms are known for attracting bees and other beneficial insects.

Tolerates:

Native to North America: No

Zones: 4 to 8

Other: This shrub’s winter beauty comes from its twisted and spiraling branches that stand out in the landscape after its dropped its leaves for the season.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca)

Bloom Time: March to May

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Dry

Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds and small mammals.

Tolerates: Drought tolerant

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 to 11

Other: This slow-growing evergreen tree-like yucca forms a perfectly symmetrical pom-pom. It has pale bluish-green leaves.

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Alice’ (Oakleaf Hydrangea)

Bloom Time: Jun to July

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Provides roosting and nesting places for small mammals and birds.

Tolerates: No serious insect or disease problems

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 5 to 9

Other: This shrub makes a great accent plant and exfoliating reddish brown bark provides interesting color and texture in the winter!

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobozam’ (Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae)

Bloom Time: N/A

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Attracts birds

Tolerates: Wide range of soil tolerance

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 3 to 7

Other: This dwarf evergreen shrub has a perfectly round shape and aromatic foliage that is lacy and soft to the touch.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden


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