This week highlights “winter interest” in the garden as snow provides a dramatic backdrop for many plants.
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aureovariegata’ (Sawara false cypress); this variegated thread-leaf form of Sawara cypress has excellent green and golden yellow foliage making it an an instant eye-catcher in the winter garden
Pinus mugo ‘Aurea Fastigiata’ (Mountain pine); this cultivar of mugo pine is distinguished by its relatively upright growth and golden-yellow winter foliage.
Fagus sylvaticaforma purpurea ‘Cuprea’ (Purple/Copper beech); these beautiful slow-growing trees with attractive ,smooth silver bark will hold their leaves through the winter.
Sedum spectabile (now Hylotelephium spectabile) (Stonecrop); this clump forming perennial known for its succulent-like fleshy leaves and stems, holds up well in Canadian winters with flattened flower heads held until chopped down in spring
Liatris spicata (Blazing star) with Echinacea ‘Sunrise’ (Big Sky series) (Purple coneflower); Liatris is a native prairie flower, here with the hybrid coneflower Sunrise; these two plants will hold their seed heads up under a blanket of snow until we gardeners cut them back in spring
Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (Switch grass); valued for its red-tipped foliage in summer, turning deep burgundy by fall, this native prairie grass stands up well through winter – bring on the snow!