Ashley’s Gardening Tips – January 2013
Add these plants to your garden for early bloom and color! They’ll be sure to melt the winter blues and enhance excitement for the coming spring season!
Hamamelis x intermedia- Witchazel Hybrids
Deciduous, large shrub or small tree size. Offers early bloom anywhere from late January to March, varieties available provide red, yellow, or orange bloom color and fragrance. Flowers are small, but showy and look as if confetti is covering the branches.
Helleborus sp.- hellebore or Lenten rose
Flowers appear in mid-late February and persist through the spring season. Many varieties available offering an extensive range of bloom color. Small-med sized perennial plant great for containers or along walks where flowers can be seen up close. Foliage stays evergreen to semi evergreen depending on location.
Eranthis hyemalis-Winter aconite
An early spring flowering bulb with cheery yellow flowers! Often blooms amidst a blanket of snow! Bloom time is usually early March. Will spread and naturalize an area.
Another early flowering bulb. Delicate white flowers appear in late February to early March.
* Another great feature of all plants listed is their resistance to deer browse!
**Photos taken from Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Database and google images