Winter Gardening

In The Garden

07-12-2021 • 10 mins

[00:00:20] Keith: so when it gets cold outside everybody thinks that gardening comes to a halt, but some of the most interesting plants, in my opinion, bloom during the wintertime or really show off during the winter so it's an interesting time too. It's also a, really good time to plant plants.

[00:00:53] They don't get to go through very little stress through the wintertime. People always think they're going to be too cold. They're sitting out in the nursery in a pot. So if you can get that pot down into the soil, it'll start growing roots. We grow roots throughout the winter, so it's a perfect time to plant, but it's also a good time to go to the nursery and look at plants.

[00:01:12] There's a lot of plants that bloom all winter long or throughout the winter Camelia is in the south or are one that just consistently bloom. There are two types of chameleons. There's a succinct that starts blooming in the fall. It's a smaller leaf and a little bit smaller flower, but a more profusely.

[00:01:31] And, within this as sank as there are hundreds of varieties of pink, white, red, and lots of different size plants, but sank was start blooming in October, November. They'll bloom October, November, December, January for about two and a half, three months. Depending on the variety of the.

[00:01:50] And then japonica is, which is a larger leaf, a chameleon and a larger bloom will pick up. And then they start, they bloom on, into the winter and in spring. So they'll start blooming in December, January, February, March, and finish up at the beginning of April. And chameleons are more like the japonicas are more like.

[00:02:11] A large rose flower or a peony flower. It's a flower. That's probably four to five inches across six inches across. And full of ' full of color again, whites, pinks and reds yellow stamens woven through the flower. It's a great cut flower to bring in and use a vase or pot, floating.

[00:02:33] But the chameleon is even without flowers on them have just dark shiny green leaves. It's a perfect plant, 12 months out of the year, to fill a space in your garden. So because

[00:02:45] Joe: it blooms in the winter, does that mean it doesn't

[00:02:47] Keith: bloom in the summer? Exactly. But most of the things that bloom in the winter bloom for a long period of time there aren't as many pollinators out so that they need a few warm days.

[00:02:59] To get pollinated so they can produce seed. So of most, all of the winter-blooming stuff will bloom a lot longer than summer blooming. Summer blooming will come into bloom and azaleas are a good example. They come into bloom and they bloom like crazy when pollinators are out and then they go out of bloom and they're done.

[00:03:17] So you get two to three, four weeks in blooms and then they wrap it up. Chameleons you really. Two to three months of solid bloom time. And that's from one bloom to peak bloom and then back down to one, but a really good show of flowers for a long period of time.

[00:03:34] And the other thing that's interesting about winter plants is a lot of them are very fragrant because they need pollinators to pollinate. They're extremely fragrant to get the few pollinators that are out and about in the wintertime to come to them. Daphne is one of those plants.

[00:03:50] It's the, it's a plant that smells It's just, it's got probably the most fragrance of anything that out there. I always tell people it smells like fruit loops and it really truly does when you smell it, it's a fruit loop cereal. If you can bring back that that smell, that's what it smells like.

[00:04:05] But Daphne will bloom for a long period of time through the wintertime. And it's a plant that needs are a little tricky in our soil that Clay's heavy and if they get overwatered, They get they'll fail. But once you get one established and it's doing well it'll live, 10 years, 20 years.

[00:04:23] I always tell people to plant three of them but don't plant them together, plant them and scatter them around the yard. It's a plant we guarantee for a year, but if you plant three of them, you're probably going to replace one. And, it's there, it's a tough plant to establish, but once it's established, it'll be one of your favorite plants through the wintertime.

[00:04:40] Fatsy is another one fatty as a tropical-looking plant, big leafy foliage. And in the wintertime, it blooms with a round sphere up on top of the plant bees, and pollinators go crazy over it, and the winter in the middle of the wintertime. So when we have those warm days in the middle of the winter and either back out and try to forge for nectar pollen they're all over a fat.

[00:05:02] And in that same kind of time, the same kind of hellebores is a perennial that blooms for a long period of time. It's an evergreen plant. Super easy to establish and very long-lived. Usually, once you plan a hell of, or you'll have them there for a. It'll seed itself and generate babies.

[00:05:20] But it's it again is a great pollinator plant. One of the plants that don't really, it doesn't help much with nectar but helps with Poland and the spring is our conifers and conifers in the wintertime and is a good time to take a look at the garden. You've lost everything that's deciduous, or that dies back to the ground.

[00:05:39] You've lost your perineal. And a lot of times a garden can look sparse. It's a good time to look at the bones of a garden and figure out, where are you really need something that's lacking? You can just, you've got a garden that was all perennials and there's really nothing there, at this point in time.

[00:05:55] So to go out and put in evergreens in an area like that, like a. Conifers are it's, they're a perfect contrast to a chameleon. You've got the needle, evergreen, you might have chartreuse or golden foliage up against that dark green, big, bold leaves. So it's a great plant to add to the winter landscape red twig and yellow twig dogwoods are another one.

[00:06:19] It's deciduous. But it's one that shows off in the wintertime. It's really, it's a, it's an, it's a nice leafy plant through the year, but in the wintertime, you've got really brilliant red foliage or red stems or yellow stems. And if you plant contrasting ground cover underneath it the red twigs with creeping Jenny or something like that under.

[00:06:41] Really shows off the plant and then red twigs and snow obviously just makes it really up. A lot of the garden pictures we don't have very often, but when we do it, it really shows off that plan. And another deciduous plant with winter berries, which is a deciduous Holly Holly's is great for pollinators.

[00:07:01] They're great for honey bees. And decking the halls exactly objecting the halls and in with Winterberry is actually definitely one of those plants. So it's deciduous. Holly drops all its leaves. And then it's got nothing but red berries all over it. When we can find it, it's always a great plant to decorate with.

[00:07:20] You've got to stick that just covered in red berries and nothing else to distract your view. So the winter berries are super plants in the wintertime. In the spring, I didn't say it's almost even an ugly plant or just a leafy green plant and then nondescript. But it surprises you in the fall.

[00:07:37] You'll see the berries in there. They're green and they're starting to turn red, but all of a sudden the foliage turns yellow and you can see red berries and then the following two drops. And you've just got a big display of berries on top of the standards, which is really pretty another perennial plant that I always love to plant is Aram, and Aaron's kind of a, it's a, it's an anomaly of a plant.

[00:08:01] . The foliage starts coming up. It's a perennial plant and the foliage starts coming up in the fall when everything else is dying back. So you'll have these deeply veined leaves almost like a hostile-looking plant. So you've got this, tropical leafy plant coming out of the ground in the fall when everything else is dying back.

[00:08:20] So it's a nice plant to add to a hostile, a hosta garden, or a shade guard. And then in the summertime, when all the other plants are coming up, its foliage is dying back and it'll bloom, and then it produces this Berry stock and the Berry stock stays on top of the plant on, on, on the stem, and just dries onto the stem.

[00:08:40] And then usually you'll end up with new plants coming up from those berries. But it's a super neat plant for the winter. And then the other annual plants there, aren't a lot of annual plants for the wintertime. Not, summertime's definitely winning when it comes Daniels, the main annual plant that you put out is our pansies or vials.

[00:08:59] And pansies have always had a name of being, the week or the not so strong, but pansies hold up better than anything. They're super easy in the wintertime. They can take the cold, they can handle a fair amount of dry. Viola's or even better than that, a little bit smaller flower.

[00:09:16] But they'll give you a ton of color. Looking at the landscape, coming up with where you've got holes and evergreen plants and counter first, and then for any meals in front of those where you've got some holes from losing your summer perennials, and then finishing off when, and when I plant pansy beds, I usually try to plan.

[00:09:35] I'll pop up one plan in here or there occasionally. But I usually try to plant decent-sized beds for them. They're inexpensive to go in. They make a serious difference in the winter landscape and they give you a focal point. Gardens are never going to look pristine in the wintertime.

[00:09:51] You always feel like you're missing something leaves are gone or plants are dormant. It's not quite as exciting as the spring of. So it kinda distracts your view. It gives you a focal point of nothing but the color and they'll and if you keep them fertilized and keep them watered they will carry your garden through the winter.