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Top 5 Plants To Warm Your Winter Soul

Top 5 Plants To Warm Your Winter Soul

By Kim Toscano, Southern Living Plants
Photographs courtesy of Southern Living Plants

A quiet peace blankets the landscape and a subdued backdrop of greens and browns only accentuates unexpected treasures — from frosted blooms to brilliant berries. Here are some of our favorite Southern Living Plants that glow in winter!

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1. October Magic® Camellias

What better way to brighten a winter day than with soft ruffles of rosy red or pink petals? With winter blooms and shiny green leaves all year, camellias are the plant to fend off winter blues. Southern Living® Plant Collection camellias are bred to grow compactly with dense, beautiful evergreen foliage. They are ideally suited for the high-shade or filtered-light garden, though sasanquas can tolerate more sun than most imagine.

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2. ‘Marvel’ Mahonia

This stately shrub screams for attention as it erupts with sprays of yellow blooms in early winter. The fragrant flowers provide a reprise of summer and color the winter landscape in radiant hues. The plant itself is majestic, with gracefully-arching arms of deep-cut foliage radiating in whorls along upright stems. This evergreen is sure to make a statement.

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3. Robin™ Holly

Brilliantly colored dark-red berries shine against deep green leaves for a stunning winter display. With a strong pyramidal form, Robin™ makes an outstanding specimen. Hollies are a flurry of activity in winter, sheltering and feeding a variety of birds that are sure to provide countless hours of entertainment.

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4.  ‘Kaleidoscope’ Abelia

A plant that shifts color with the seasons, ‘Kaleidoscope’ paints the winter garden in golden hues. The arching branches form a vibrant mound highlighted with red and orange accents. Mass this playful shrub in your entryway beds for a warm winter welcome.

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5. Snow Joey™ Viburnum

Viburnums are quintessential winter shrubs with masses of bright-colored fruits that attract a diversity of birds. The bright red fruits of Snow Joey are no exception. Fruits hang in large clusters along bare winter branches. After dropping its leaves in fall, Snow Joey exposes dappled-gray bark and a graceful vase-like form.


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