Plants for Winter Interest
Evergreens are a wonderful way to add color and interest to your winter garden — particularly when they’re not green! ‘Lionel Fortescue’ (above left), like other mahonias, will reward you and your Anna’s hummingbirds with stately spires of bright yellow flowers in mid winter. Its flower spikes are even taller and more frost resistant than its delightful sister ‘Charity.’ As an added bonus, its shiny foliage will develop copper and red tones in the cold. Plant this one in a shady corner where you want an eye-catching winter color accent.
If your spot that needs some dramatic color is more on the sunny side, you can hardly improve on this dwarf globe arborvitae, ‘Fire Chief.’ Growing two to four feet tall and wide, ‘Fire Chief’s’ foliage rivals the best of the heathers for multi-season color display — bright golden in spring, overlaid with red in the fall, over a forest green base color. Best of all, it doesn’t need pruning to maintain that neat globular shape.
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