Winter Magnificence in Bonnie’s Backyard

We’re visiting with Bonnie Plikaytis in north Georgia as we speak.

Probably the most tough design options for me to perform in my Zone 7 woodland backyard is to include winter curiosity. After 10 years of gardening, I’ve discovered just a few issues, which I share with you as we speak.

In our woodland group in North Georgia there are a lot of evergreen timber and shrubs native to the property, together with mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia, Zones 4–9), American holly (Ilex opaca, Zones 5–9), and quite a lot of species of pine timber. Within the areas of the property that had been cleared throughout development of our dwelling, I’ve planted quite a lot of evergreens that are usually deer tolerant to supply a backdrop for the deciduous timber and perennials within the backyard.

Low-growing Japanese plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia, Zones 5–9) and ‘Savannah’ holly (Ilex ‘Savannah’, Zones 7–9), with its brilliant purple winter berries, body this dormant Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9). The big backyard boulder in entrance gives extra curiosity with its pure form.

Evergreen low-growing vegetation are an actual treasure. This variegated Rohdea japonica ‘Piccadilly Tempo’ (Zones 6–10) attracts further consideration with its variegated leaves and purple berries.

Throughout summer season and fall, the perennials and totally different varieties and sizes of Japanese maples that line this backyard path are the celebs. Nonetheless, in winter and spring the hardy anise (Illicium parviflorum, Zones 6–9), anise (Illicium floridanum ‘Swamp Hobbit’, Zones 7–10), and a number of other forms of rhododendrons reign supreme with their evergreen broadleaf construction and early spring blooms.

Dwarf candy flag (Acorus gramineus, Zones 6–9) is a grasslike floor cowl that’s evergreen in Zone 7. On this picture it’s paired with ‘Autumn Bride’ heuchera (Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’, Zones 3–8) and champion wooden fern (Dryopteris championii, Zones 5–8) to border a dormant dwarf Japanese maple. Backyard boulders present year-round curiosity with no menace of deer harm!

Siebold’s wooden fern (Dryopteris sieboldii, Zones 6–9) with its uncommon formed, leathery fronds virtually seems tropical. As with most evergreen ferns the fronds do are likely to look tattered in spring and ought to be trimmed.

This stumpery constructed within the fall of 2018 all the time attracts the eye of these visiting the backyard. The evergreen ferns actually stand out in winter. The evergreen ferns within the stumpery embrace shaggy protect (Dryopteris cycadina, Zones 5–8), champion wooden fern (Dryopteris championii, Zones 5–8), autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora, Zones 5–8), onerous protect fern (Polystichum aculeatum, Zones 3–8), and East Indian holly fern (Arachnoides simplicior, Zones 7–9).

Winter daphne (Daphne odora, Zones 7–9), although considerably temperamental, is effectively value its diva standing. The variegated shiny leaves and darkish pink flower buds in winter are gorgeous. In February it blooms, and the candy perfume is intoxicating.

Evergreen Solomon’s seal is an unusual evergreen floor cowl. It spreads by rhizomes to kind clumps however will not be aggressive within the backyard. As a bonus it blooms in Might, producing white 3/4-inch tubular bell-shaped flowers. The clump on this picture accommodates each Disporopsis pernyi (Zones 6–9), which has lance-shaped leaves and Disporopsis arisanensis (Zones 6–9), which has rounded leaves. Hardy begonia (Begonia grandis, Zones 6–9) seedpods are glistening within the daylight within the background.

Typically winter curiosity doesn’t come from an evergreen in any respect. The darkish burgundy colour of the big leaves of this oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’, Zones 5–9) actually holds one’s consideration. (Word that this shrub has grown a lot bigger than the anticipated dimension!) The picture exhibits a Southgate® Grace™ rhododendron (Zones 6–9) within the foreground and a Japanese plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia, Zones 5–9) to the aspect.

Our property borders a paved mountaineering path. My gardening companion, Cody, is checking to see if any of his canine buddies are heading down the path to his water bar.

We hope that you just discover serenity in the fantastic thing about our winter backyard.


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