By Marion Meesenburg, Marketing Coordinator, Darwin Perennials
Many perennials die back in the winter season, and then roar back to their full glory the following spring. But there’s no need to mourn dormant plants; some classes of perennials offer beautiful color, structure, and shelter for birds and animals. With winter interest like that, you’ll be pleasantly gazing out your window or even walking through your garden for a breath of fresh, frosty air.
You can create your own winter wonderland landscape with some of our favorite choices from Darwin Perennials. So layer up on your outerwear and trek down the garden path with me to uncover several unique perennials that will delight you all season long.
Sedum repestre Prima Angelina
Striking needle-shaped foliage offers a bright-green color in the spring and summer, and turns shades of gold and auburn in the fall and winter. Perfect for groundcover or rock gardens. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4a-9b.
Heuchera Carnival series
Enjoy an incredible choice of color assortment all year. These Carnivals can handle the cold in the winter and also have excellent heat tolerance. Zones 4a-9b.
Echinacea Sombrero® series
In the summer and fall, Sombrero offers a sea of color that attracts butterflies to your garden. In the winter, the spent coneflowers offer a banquet of food to the local bird population. Zones 4b-9b.
Miscanthus sinensis Bandwidth
Bandwidth is a short-statured ornamental grass that delivers big impact in the landscape. It produces banded, frothy texture in the warm months, and tall plumes October to November. The grass will mature to brown in the winter, but it still provides an interesting vertical structure and shelter for small animals. Zones 5a-9b (infertile).
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By Joe Raboine, Director of Residential Hardscapes,
Photographs courtesy of Belgard
When designing outdoor spaces, most homeowners historically leaned towards traditional designs. But as outdoor living becomes a more integral part of daily life design concepts have changed. Belgrade has an interesting article that details some of the modern design ideas. Click here for an interesting article.
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