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Friday Favorite: Labeled Plants

September 25th, 2015

I’m sure I’ve told of my love for labeled plants before, but after visiting Longwood Gardens I’m once again going to talk about how much I LOVE this!
Winterberry Holly 1
In the parking lot there are these lovely Winterberry Holly shrubs that I admire every single time I visit, which has always been in the spring and summer. The berries on it this fall were stunning! Now that I’ve seen it in all three season I’m certain I’ll be adding some to my garden.
Winterberry Holly 2
Over the past few winters I’ve been reading about adding winter interest to the garden. I’ve also been keeping a keen eye as I’m out and about to find things that work in my area. I think this plant will be a stunning addition to the garden for fall and winter interest.
Winterberry Holly 3
Winterberry Holly 4
When it comes to plant descriptions, my favorite place to check first is the Missouri Botanical Garden database. See what they have to say about Winterberry Holly here. It’s great to bookmark this site to use as a reference guide. Now off to find a few plants!

Do you have any plants that add winter interest in the garden?

5 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Labeled Plants”
  1. Fiona on September 25, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I just planted some winterberry holly in my garden this spring (three females and one male plant so I get plenty of berries). I also planted a group of winter flame cornus in that area so I have something to look at from my living room during the long winter months.

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  2. Robin Follette on September 25, 2015 at 11:36 am

    My newly found free-ranging bush is some sort of winter berry, I believe. The berries are turning red now. I’m happy to save seeds for you when they’re ready and drop them in the mail if you want to give them a try.

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  3. Kyle on September 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I have been trying to build a winter garden right by my front door. It is the area of my yard I pay the least attention to in the summer but the most attention to in the winter. When it is raining and gray here, there isn’t much motivation to get out to the rest of the garden, so I wanted to create something that I would see every time I walked to the car. I put in some red osier and yellow dogwood, both of which had a hard time getting through this summer’s drought, but two-thirds of which seems to have made it. There is a holly bush and two winterberry bushes backed by some charity mahonia for yellow flowers late in the winter.

    Now, this garden is currently proportionally a mess, not what I had envisioned, and completely immature. I’m waiting to see what it does in the spring before I start fussing with it and ripping things out or planting new things, but there will probably need to be some changes made to make it an aesthetically pleasing space. But, I am enjoy the red berries on the holly bush already and am looking forward to my winterberries growing up next year!

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  4. Nebraska Dave on September 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Susy, glad your back home and online. I was missing my Susy blog fix every morning. I don’t have any winter plant interest in my garden. This year there might be a few dead weed displays but nothing I planned. The year is fast winding down, isn’t it. We just we through a three day rain of five inches. It’s finally stopped with bright sun shine today. Yea! I’m hoping to get out in the garden today and start the cleanup process. I’m really sad to see gardening winding down for this year. I’m not planning on any fall gardening and just focusing on preparation for next year. I have the deer fence done but want to get the corn fortress done before shutting down for the year.

    Have a great winter garden display day.

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  5. Rachel on September 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    It IS so nice when plants are labeled at gardens in case you want to research or purchase the plant yourself. If you’re ever this far west, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to visit, by the way!

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