Plants of the Week: February 13

Abies koreana JTB (4)Abies koreana

The Korean fir is a neatly branched, dense, conical evergreen with an interesting accent making it irresistible to the eye. Toward the ends of the branches, the needles curve upward to reveal a silver, dual-striped adaxial surface giving the impression of reflected light. This white underside is caused by a dense distribution of stomata (pores for gas exchange necessary for photosynthesis). This effect grants a bright accent against the standard green conical habit. The specific epithet comes from the species nativity to the mountains of South Korea. However a specimen can be found much closer to home, next …

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Plants of the Week: February 6

Helleborus niger 'Praecox' in flower Terry Shane Teaching Garden (5) JWCHelleborus niger ‘Praecox’ has been garnering quite a bit of attention lately. While few other plants are in flower – Hamamelis and Galanthus to name two, those plants don’t have such voluminous and eye-catching flowers as Helleborus niger ‘Praecox’. Helleborus niger is known as the Christmas rose for its tendency to bloom in late December. ‘Praecox’ is considered to be the best with large, cup-shaped outward facing white flowers rising well above the evergreen foliage. The cultivar has been a reliable January bloomer. Photo credit: J. Coceano

 

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Danny' in bloom with snow (2) JWCYellow is the color of early spring. Eranthis, Narcissus, and …

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Plants of the Week: January 27

Ternstroemia gymnanthera 'Sotall' JTB (4)

Ternstroemia gymnanthera ‘Sotall’

In the bleak conditions of mid-winter, evergreen plants can be essential to uphold a garden’s character. Ternstroemia gymnanthera is a small evergreen shrub that is native to southeastern Asia and is generally listed in hardiness zone 7a.

Blooming with small white flowers in the spring, its multi-seasonal interest continues into the winter with shiny evergreen foliage and subtle pops of red where the leaf petioles attach to the stem (similar to Daphniphyllum).

Ternstroemia is a member of the family Pentaphyllaceae and can reportedly reach heights of 15 feet at full maturity. It prefers well drained, acidic …

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