Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shinning Stars of the Winter Border...

The sun was out yesterday and I grabbed my camera.
We have been so lucky, but it feels like January today,
it rained hard most of the night.
But here is a few tough plants that still look really nice
here are three favorites to talk about...

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First off is my Grandiflora  Magnolia ‘Blanchard’ , it is a new addition last summer.  But I love it’s glossy leaves and waxy cream blooms.  Plus the leaves are wonderful in arrangements and wreaths. It is about 8 ft. tall and narrow, but it will fill out nicely!

Can’t wait till mine gets a bit bigger and blooms!  It looks really healthy and has grown quite a bit in a few short months.
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My next favorite plant is one I was talking about on Facebook this week.  Might just be in my top 5 shrubs to have, that is heavenly bamboo or Nandina.   I believe this variety is “Firepower.”  It is a dwarf that only gets 30’ tall and wide.  This one is known for it’s color, thus the name…. but it does not set flowers or berries.  Which is unfortunate.  There are several varieties of Nandina, and after seeing how well this has done, I will be adding many more.  Plus it is winter interest, this photo is from today, what a wonderful color to have in the garden in January! 

Here is a video from YouTube about this plant, it gives you a good idea what it looks like in the garden.
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This one many of you will roll your eyes at, I know…. but I love it.  It is Manhattan Euonymus.  I know Euonymuses get a bad rap, but this one I really like this one.  I have found Manhattan to be like most Euonymus, super easy to root…. thus I have made several new starts of this beauty.  I love it’s glossy broad leaves and upright form.  I will admit, it will get pretty large, but it is easy to trim and I am a heavy pruner anyway, so it is well worth growing for this wonderful display.  I will cut this entire shrub down to 12 inches in spring once the plants have filled in.  It is now about 4 feet tall and it has put on that growth in 2 years.  This one has never been trimmed, this is it’s natural state.
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I hope this gives you an idea or two for some winter interest in your own garden!  As you can see we’ll take all that we can get! 

(The videos are just from YouTube.
I have found it to be interesting to look up plants for videos,
you can see what they really look like and find some
very interesting gardeners on there.
A fun way to spend a winter afternoon!)
Thanks so much for stopping by and please consider becoming a follower.
-Happy Gardening-
~Brooke~
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Wonderful to hear from you and taking the time to visit. Come back soon and let me know how I can visit you online as well. I love to meet new gardeners!

Here is the finalized list of all the stops on the Christmas in the Country Tour 2014 here at Creative Country Mom's.

Featured Home Tours - Panoply, Aiken House and Garden,


Featured Home Tours - A Delightsome Life, Shabby Art Boutique,


DAY THREE - DECEMBER 2ND

Featured Home Tours - Nancherrow and

Sweet Tea and Saving Grace


DAY FOUR - DECEMBER 3RD

Featured Home Tours - Meadow Lake Road, Designer's Sweet Spot,

Bohemian Juncktion and White Lace Cottage


DAY FIVE - DECEMBER 4TH

Featured Home Tours - Momcrieff and

Somewhat Quirky Designs


DAY SIX - DECEMBER 5TH

Featured Home Tours - Shabby FuFu, What Meegan Makes,

I Am A Homemaker and Major Huff Takes A Wife


DAY SEVEN - DECEMBER 8TH

Featured Home Tours - Lilacs and Longhorns,

Garden Matter and Southern Seazons


DAY EIGHT - DECEMBER 9TH

Featured Home Tours - Atta Girl Says, Our Southern Home

For What It's Worth and Designthusiasm


DAY NINE - DECEMBER 10TH

Featured Home Tours - Chatfield Court

and Holidays At The Harris Home


DAY TEN - DECEMBER 11TH
Featured Home Tours - Dwellings - The Heart of the Home,
DIY 180, Domicile 37 and Little Red Brick House

DAY ELEVEN - DECEMBER 12TH

Featured Home Tours - Dandelion Patina,

Real Inspired and Sweet Melanie


I wish to thank all of the bloggers that participated and all the ones whom shared their links at the party. I so enjoyed every day of the tour and all the wonderful homes all decorated for the holidays. Merry Christmas to everyone! xxx....Brooke