Episode 151: Underappreciated Crops for Winter Curiosity

Through the winter months many crops reveal refined patterns, high-quality particulars, and a brand new vary of colours that assist us to see acquainted beds and borders with contemporary eyes. This is a superb time to get outdoors, consider your backyard’s bones, and make some plans for spring planting. On this episode Danielle, Carol, and their visitor will discover a number of the crops that fly a bit underneath the radar in winter months, however actually deserve extra consideration. Do you could have any of those underappreciated wonders in your panorama? If not, it’s possible you’ll need to begin digging holes as quickly as the bottom thaws to make sure that a few of these unsung heroes get some well-deserved backyard actual property. Will any of those winter beauties make it onto your want listing this yr?

Jay Sifford is the proprietor and principal designer at Jay Sifford Backyard Design in Charolette, North Carolina.

Danielle’s Crops

Spotted wintergreen

Noticed wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata, Zones 4-8)

Peppermint Patty bergenia

‘Peppermint Patty’ bergenia (Bergenia ‘Peppermint Patty’, Zones 4-8)


Moosewood (Acer pensylvanicum, Zones 3-7)

ReJoyce drooping laure
Photograph: Crops Nouveau

‘ReJoyce’ drooping laurel (Leucothoe axillaris ‘ReJoyce’, Zones 6-9)


Carol’s Crops

Golden Duke Eastern hemlock
Photograph: Courtesy of Cherry Ong

Golden Duke Jap hemlock (Tsuga canadensis ‘Monjers’, Zones 4–8)

American hornbeam in winter
American hornbeam, winter foliage

American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana, Zones 3b–9)

Little Heath pieris

‘Little Heath’ pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’, Zones 5–9)

St Marys Broom blue spruce

‘St. Mary’s Broom’ blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘St. Mary’s Broom’, Zones 2-7)


Skilled’s Crops

American witch hazel
Photograph: Millette Photomedia

American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana, Zones 3-8)

Shades of Pink laurustinus
Photograph: Jay Sifford

‘Shades of Pink’ laurustinus (Viburnum tinus ‘Shades of Pink’, Zones 7b-10)

blue conifer with fountain grass in winter
‘Blue Cloak’ concolor fir with ‘Karley Rose’ fountain grass, Photograph: Jay Sifford

Blue conifers with assorted decorative grasses

Louie white pine
Photograph: Jay Sifford

‘Louie’ white pine (Pinus strobus ‘Louie’, Zones 4-9)


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