Posted: Jan-16-2005 at 3:25pm
The topic this week is color in the winter landscape. We will explore all plants that add winter color by way of flowers, bark, twigs, and foliage. For me it is a wonderful challenge to have the garden look good year round. It usually means the winter garden is quieter. Today I start with flowers in the landscape. Please add any plants that may not be in this list that you note flowering during our dark days of winter and what are your favorites?
Who ever said a winter landscape has to be drab and boring? There are many exciting flowers bursting into bloom and wondering why they are not in your garden. If it was not for the average 40°F winter temperatures and cold rain with a winter garden in bloom, you could believe yourself to be in paradise. Just envision that tall Mahonia ‘Charity’ outside your breakfast nook window, while you sip your hot tea. There you have it! You are already dreaming your way to paradise. Here’s some plants that flower in winter to help you make your paradise.
Helleborus foetidus 'Wester Flisk' makes quite a show in the winter garden. It starts in November, continues opening its buds during winter, and has its final say around March. This is a reliable bloomer, here in our maritime climate, throughout the winter months.
Helleborus argutifolius lies quietly in wait during the growing season. When winter arrives, the Corsican hellebores begin to bloom in an almost quiet way, as any classic beauty would. Along with the flowers, its attractive foliage adds polish to the winter garden.
Mahonia x media 'Charity' is a very showy winter flowering shrub. If you have Anna hummingbirds wintering over this shrub will give them nectar. I like to think the hummers get tired of eating insects all winter and a little nectar is probably a nice bonus to their winter diet.
Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, is wonderful trained up an obelisk, or allowed to drape over rock walls. Its epithet, nudiflorum, describes its twigs that are bare of foliage during winter. Yet it is not ready to join a nudist colony in winter, for its branches are heavy in beautiful blossoms. What better way to brighten up a rainy winter garden then with the cheery yellow flowers of this shrub. This winter jasmine has no scent, but it packs a wallop with its bright color. This one starts blooming in November and as some flowers fade others open and continues flowering until early spring.
Viburnum tinus ‘Spring Bouquet’ flowers open early some years. Even when the buds are not open, they are colorful in their rosy-red charm. The evergreen leaves are also a plus for the winter garden as they serve as a dark background for the flower and buds.
Other viburnums add their flowers in the middle of winter. Two deciduous shrubs that spring their flowers in winter are Viburnum bodnantense 'Charles Lamont' and V. bodnantense 'Dawn'.
Smaller shrubs and mainstays for flowers in winter are many of the heathers such as Erica carnea 'Springwood White'. With just heathers and heaths, you can have something in bloom nearly year round. Many have colorful foliage that adds to the winter garden, which I will touch on later in the week with good foliage plants for the cold seasons.
Hamamelis (Witch hazel), and Corylopsis (Winter hazels) are very good choices for the winter garden. Witch hazels come in orange-red to yellow flowers, which add a sweet fragrance to the garden. Especially effective with a dark backdrop and backlit by the winter sun.
Winter sweets, such as Chimonanthus praecox var. luteus are another way to add color and fragrance to the winter garden.
Any more flowering plants you can think of for the winter landscape?
I will post color that comes from foliage, bark, twigs and berries soon!
Posted: Jan-17-2005 at 7:46am
Those are all great plants, Debbie! I will be looking for that Mahonia "Charity".
I would like to add Sarcococca to the list--a friend has one by her front door, and it was blooming on New Year's Day, when we went over for a visit. The blossoms were lovely, and the scent was heavenly.
Posted: Jan-17-2005 at 11:13pm
Definately Sarcococca for its wonderful scent, Barb. Do you know which cultivar it was? There are quite a few Mahonia's that bloom during winter so you can stretch the bloom time. There's M. 'Hope' or is that 'Hope'? M. 'Arthur Menzie's is fabulous but I don't have a great pic of it, but the candles on it are huge! Definately is a show stopper! You can probably see it at the Ballard Lock's in bloom right now.
Posted: Jan-18-2005 at 9:13am
Gorgeous plants! I saw an Anna's on the M. 'Charity' at the Portland Chinese Garden a couple of weeks ago. Beautiful.
Nothing blooming in my garden yet but I think in a week or two the hellebore will be blooming. My daphne aureomarginata is almost ready to bloom. I am definitely trying to add to the winter interest in my garden. Anybody have a edgeworthia cristata? Mine was in a pot and was burned a bit by the cold weather Portland had early last week. But I am hoping it will bloom any way.
Great suggestions, Debbie.
Posted: Jan-18-2005 at 10:19am
Blooms are just beginning to peak out from the foliage on my Helleborus orientalis. These are the classic white flowered forms, which stand out so well against the dark background of mulch and the arborvitae hedge.
My Sarcoccoca hookerania var humulis should be blooming, too, but I haven't been outside during the cold spell to check. As Barb said, they have such a wonderful fragrance. I wish I had mine planted closer to my front door.
For those in the Portland area, a visit to the Hoyt Arboretum (near the Vietnam Memorial area, just up from the new Max station) will offer up a wonderful variety of witch hazels. I'm not sure if it will help or hinder the selection process though! LOL
Posted: Jan-18-2005 at 10:22am
And for us in the Puget Sound area, The Washington Arboretum has a wonderful winter garden with quite a few witchhazels too. There is a new listing in the plant gallery for Sarcococca confusa.
Posted: Jan-18-2005 at 6:08pm
How about adding fragrance to the winter garden? Barb mentioned Sarcococca for winter flowers and it makes my list for fragrant winter flowers.
Chimonanthus praecox, common name: Fragrant wintersweet
This eight feet tall deciduous shrub’s common name describes its fragrance, which is an unexpected delight during the cold dark days of winter. Small, creamy yellow flowers smell fruity sweet and bloom from December in Sunset zone 17 and later in February to March in Sunset zones 4-7. My own shrub typically blooms in my Sunset zone 5 garden from mid January to February. USDA Zone 7-9.
Hamamelis mollis and H. intermedia, common name: Witch hazel
Makes the list again! These shrubs or small trees have a wonderful spicy fragrance in winter and brilliant autumn colors of reds and yellows. Flowering in fragrant lemon yellow blossom, as in the Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida', it blooms December through March. I still want to add H. intermedia 'Diane', a burgundy flowering beauty at my favorite nursery. Flowering December-March, this 15 foot vase-shaped shrub also features brilliant red foliage in the fall.
Daphne odora is an evergreen shrub I met at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show a few years ago, and enjoyed the acquaintance to its sweet citrus scent. February, when the weather takes a few warm spells, Daphne’s small pink blossoms open up and release a heavenly scent, bringing visions of Spring just around the corner. Of all the fragrances in the garden, this one is the most cherished. Blooming at a time when I think winter should have left weeks ago and before the awakening of spring, Daphne odora certainly brightens my day. USDA zones 7-9, Sunset zones 4-10, 12, 14-24.
Another evergreen Daphne that can reach 10 foot tall has very fragrant white, with a blush of pink, flowers blooming in February and March. Although Sunset’s Western Garden Book only lists D. bholua for Sunset zones 14-17, other references say USDA zone 7. A rare plant from western China and a source can be found at Heronswood.
Since this is a relative to Daphne and like Daphne has late winter fragrant flowers, I include it here. White buttons appear in autumn and when late winter arrives, the buttons transform to golden yellow blossoms. The stems of Edgeworthia are used commercially as a source for rice paper. USDA zones 8-10, zone 7 with winter protection.
Sarcococca, common name: Sweet box
Sarcococca, evergreen shrubs that gives off a honey sweet winter fragrance, blooms from late December into February, depending on the variety. S. confusa bears black berries, not the normal red berries of other Sarcococcas. S. hookeriana is supposed to be the most fragrant, but another source says S. confusa has more. It grows three to four feet tall and tolerates shade. I recommend this highly, not only for its fragrance but for adding structure to the winter garden. It is on MY list to be planted along the new garden path to the front door. USDA zones 6-9 and Sunset zones 4-9, 14-24.
Commonly called honeysuckles, a few of them bloom in winter. With a few good choices of species or cultivars, you could have a honeysuckle fragrance in the garden nearly year round. L. fragrantissima and L. standishii are both evergreen shrubs in warmer areas, blooming in late winter to early spring, with fragrant, creamy white, short tube flowers. USDA zones 5-8, Sunset zones 1-9, 14-24.
Corylopsis glabrescens, common name: Winter hazel
While looking through my Heronswood plant catalog, I came across this shrub reported to have an overwhelming fragrance in late winter. Leaves are red margined and flowers of soft yellow in short drooping racemes, this deciduous shrub grows to 15 feet tall. C. pauciflora, another winter fragrant plant, grows five feet tall with primrose yellow flowers in drooping clusters. USDA zones 6-9, Sunset Zones 4-7, 15-17.
Posted: Jan-19-2005 at 4:37pm
Today the Chimonanthus was lovely in flower.
Tomorrow I will show foliage for winter color.
Posted: Jan-19-2005 at 4:49pm
What a great photo, Debbie!
As I bent to smell my neighbor's Sarcococca confusa today, I almost met a bee nose to nose. Thank goodness I heard his buzzing or I'd be wearing a big, red honker! Yikes! I didn't really need to lean in to smell the fragrance but it is so tempting to inhale it deeply, I almost couldn't stop myself.
My Lonicera fragrantissima isn't in bloom yet but when it is, it is an incredible scent to greet my visitors. IIRC, it has a long bloom period.
Posted: Jan-19-2005 at 7:18pm
No fragrance but lets not forget the lowly heathers and heaths. Most of mine are in bloom now and they really add something to the low-level landscape. Even the plain white ones look nice when everything else seems so drab around them. I'm really enjoying this thread! Next?
Posted: Jan-20-2005 at 8:44am
Wow, a bee already, Lisa? Aren't they still supposed to be in hibernation? I know there have been more bugs out with this warm weather. Had a couple of mosquitos buzz me yesterday. Need to get the mosquito dunks in my neighbors' "dry" pond. Maybe we will have an early spring.
My nandinas and hollies add lots of bright red color to the landscape. I also have a few camellias in bloom.
How about ferns for foliage plants? They certainly keep my winter garden going!
Posted: Jan-20-2005 at 12:48pm
You just solved a puzzle of what to do with a dull area in the shade and for winter cheer. Thanks. Now I just need to get busy and go nursery shopping--oh poor, poor me! I love this site! Watch out --I am shopping for sarcococca, and Mahonia x media. We are enjoying the beginnings of the first of the hellebors, After looking at the buds bursting through the ground, I think I am leaning towards cutting off most of last years leaves because now I can see the buds from the window, before, those buds that were hidden under the shiny green leaves.
Posted: Jan-21-2005 at 6:31pm
With the warmer days we have had the Sarcococca has been almost too much fragrance. Nah, can't be too much, right? The pollinators were swarming them. Glad they have some food when we have these warm spells.
Well cj here comes some more for you that might work for a dull shady spot and feed the hummingbirds during the warmer months.
Posted: Jan-21-2005 at 6:45pm
Foliage is an important aspect of the winter garden. Its part of the “bones” that keep a garden looking lush during the long drawn out rainy season. Colorful and variegated evergreen foliage makes the garden lively.
Colorful heucheras are wonderful foliage plants. Many of them I prefer the foliage and keep the stems of flowers cut so that I can enjoy the form of the plant better. Although in the descriptions the flowers are mentioned they do not bloom in winter. The summer flowers are just one of the reasons to grow Coral bells.
Heuchera sanguinea 'Monet'with its handsome variegated foliage makes my heart beat faster every time I look at it. Not only is the foliage fantastic, it also has the typical small red coral-bells of many of the species that many of the fabulous foliage hybrids are without. I almost have to fight the hummingbirds off to cut flowers for the house.
Before H. ‘Monet’ came into my life Heuchera americana 'Plum Pudding' was my favorite Coral bell. In 1996, Terra Nova Nurseries introduced Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’, which they consider one of their finest heucheras. The plum-colored, evergreen foliage is outstanding; even in full shade it holds its color well. This little perennial is worth growing just for its foliage alone. The white flowers are striking on the dark plum stems, although I remove the stems and use for cut flowers, as I consider the flowers detract from the plant. The plant is more compact than most heucheras.
Two other purple foliage ones that I have in my garden are Heuchera 'Silver Scrolls' and Heuchera 'Purple Petticoats'.
Some new introductions of Heucheras with fabulous foliage, due out this year, can be seen at Terra Nova:
Heuchera ‘Blood Red’ has large, blood red flowers on 20” stalks erupt over bright green leaves swirled with a silvery-white overlay. Small compact foliage habit. Best red yet. Great in the border and one of the best for container production!
Heuchera ‘Chinook’ Fresh, vigorous, glossy, and ruffled brown foliage carries a catch of fat pink flower buds, which open to delightful salmon-colored flowers. A very large flowering form. Great for containers, cottage, and woodland gardens. Foliage turns brown only in full sun.
Turn to the next page at Terra Nova's new heucheras. Oh and be sure to make it back here after you get lost in their pages.
Heuchera ‘Fandango’ Very free flowering with wand-type pink flowers on short stalks. Small habit, metallic ruffled leaves, well veiled. Differs from ‘Gypsy Dancer’ with leaves ruffled, flowers stalks much shorter and tighter due to wand type flowers, darker flower color. A charmer from Terra Nova’s “Dancer” series.
Hold onto your hats for the next three. Be still my beating heart!
Heuchera ‘Peach Flambé’ Bright peach-colored leaves that literally glow in spring and summer and turn to plum in winter. Differs from H. ‘Marmalade’ and H. ‘Amber Waves’ with larger smoother leaves and flaming red infusions – hence the flame in the name (flambé). A vigorous medium-sized plant that produces white flowers in spring on stems to 16". Wonderful accent or container plant.
Heuchera ‘Peachy Keen’ might be tough to get a hold of this year but the photo and catalog description promise this will be worth looking for: Lovely hot pink flowers in cut-able spikes. Wildly splashed foliage develops in colors ranging from day glow pink to peach tones as it blooms. A standout for variegated plant lovers; a splashed leaf Heuchera with electric pink and peach in the variegated areas! Cools down to light peach and green as the season progresses.
Heuchera ‘ Sparkling Burgundy’ Burgundy-colored foliage literally glows all spring and summer and has captured a place amongst our Rainbow Series as being completely new and unusual.. This beauty pushes up clean white flowers in spring. The evergreen leaves darken in winter. Forms a medium sized mound that is great in the landscape or in containers.
Two more I have grown and this pic was taken in the winter of 1999.
Left: Heuchera 'Lime Frost'
Right: Heuchera 'Pewter Veil' ©1999
All these heucheras are outstanding year round. Now if those are not enough to brighten up a winter garden well I have more plants I will add in the next installment.
Posted: Jan-21-2005 at 8:08pm
Those Heucharas are spectacular! I love "Blood Red", and "Peach Flambe" looks nice, too! I also like "Lime Frost" and "Pewter Veil". As I look into my crystal ball, I see a trip to a nursery in my future . . .
Posted: Jan-23-2005 at 6:25pm
Sarcococca is flowering and it smells heavenly. When you walk out the front door this wonderful sweet scent hits you upside the head LOL Someone convinced me to buy it last year at Home Depot. It was less then $3.00. Nice and healthy and I like that it is evergreen and grows in the shade. Ahhhh but the smell....I would like to have a couple of these planted around the house. But how long do they flower? I will have to go look so you all don't have to answer, just thinking out loud!
I love the links you all have to plants/flowers. I have the bug for sure!
Posted: Jan-24-2005 at 8:25am
Great links, Deb. But I find my heucheras take a vacation during the winter like a lot of perenials. They don't make much of a presence until spring when they put out new leaves. I have H. 'Plum Pudding' and H. 'Pewter Veil'. I do enjoy them for the foliage most of the year.
Posted: Jan-24-2005 at 3:11pm
Jeanne, Your heucheras die completely back to the ground? Very interesting, as mine always stay evergreen although they sometimes can get a bit ratty looking in late winter. How are they during milder winters?
Posted: Jan-24-2005 at 3:51pm
They don't totally die back, they just sort of shrink back. Many of the leaves do get ratty and die. They loose width and height. I guess that's why I don't consider them a winter foliage plant like, for example, a sword fern. Sure, a leaf or two die off on the sword fern but most stay upright and look reasonable. Heucheras are the one genus I have tried and just don't get very good results. Maybe it's a mineral deficiency?
But I do have to say that Peache Flambe is a beauty!
Posted: Jan-24-2005 at 6:27pm
It would be interesting to see what others say. I probably am a bit milder in temperature than you, so perhaps the foliage is better because of this?
Posted: Jan-25-2005 at 7:53am
Temperature may be a big factor also. I do get East winds and the garden where the heucheras are is a north facing garden although open to the sky. I think you do get milder temps. Didn't Travis say your garden might be USDA zone 8b or 9?
Posted: Jan-27-2005 at 2:00pm
My nandinas are showing fantastic color. Nandina 'Purple Passion' is looking wonderfully purple this winter. And the Nandina purpurea is a brilliant red.
I have Heuchera 'Velvet Night" which I also love for the continual winter color. I live in the cold east wind area of Multnomah County and it has done well.
I have been enjoying Camellia Sasanqua 'Kanjiro' this winter. I planted it as a one gallon plant 2-3 years ago and this winter it has brilliant pink blooms. It is supposed to bloom from November to February and it has not disappointed.
My Sarcococca confusa is planted on the far side of the yard by the fence. The fragrance is so far reaching that I have people wondering about the fragrance as they walk beside the house across the yard.
I love the winter contrast of the yellow twigged dogwood Cornus stolonifera that I planted at the house we just sold. I had Nandina purpurea, fine leafed evergreens, Chinese holly, sword ferns and white blooming heather combined with it. It is a great winter color combination. Deb, I also included a winter hazel among the plantings. Perhaps I will go by and see how the blooms look in the next few weeks. I imagine it will be great. There were old dried racemes from last year's blooms hanging on the plant when I planted it. In addition to the winter bloom, it has an attractive branching growth habit and I placed it in a raised bed close to the driveway. I was going for winter interest in these plantings since we were offering the house for sale in the winter. I trooped out to the recycled plant nursery and landscaped the whole front for relatively cheap as well as interesting.
I have all the usual Hellebore orientalis showing wonderful color, the witch hazel is blooming and the Beauty berry has had great purple/lavender berries all winter. The winter daphne is threatening to burst open at any time but it has had buds most of the last month or so. The heathers are blooming, of course.
It has been a bonus that we have had some decent weather to garden in recently. It helps ease the pain of not having any snow to ski in this winter.
To winter and unscheduled sick days off,
Posted: Jan-27-2005 at 2:10pm
How could I have forgotten my Loropetalum 'Plum Delight?' Since I am addicted to purple/maroon foliage it is certainly making my winter more interesting. In addition to the graceful foliage, it has bright pink buds almost ready to burst into the characteristic bright pink fringe flower. It is a close relative to the witch hazel but will retain its foliage through almost all of the winters we have here.
Posted: Jan-27-2005 at 9:11pm
Amy we sold those (plum delight) at Home Depot but the plant tag said they might not keep leaves in winter. Glad to know they keep. I think they must be really pretty.
Posted: Jan-28-2005 at 11:27am
Amy, I love the sound of your winter garden, I can picture the sights and sounds very well by your descriptions. The witchhazels are already blooming up here, so yours probably is due to flower.
Good luck with selling your house. I hope you are not moving out of the region!
Barb, Since the tag is probably generic for all zones, we may have mild enough temperatures to keep the leaves every year? Just a guess on my part as I do not know this plant. I am going to check it out though.
Posted: Jan-28-2005 at 11:36am
This is an article I wrote about winterberries some time ago. Please add any berries to my list and your thoughts on them!
Berries of Winter
As winter draws near, daylight shortens and endless rain fills our gray Northwest skies. Gone are the bright flowers and green foliage of the herbaceous perennials of the summer garden. After the leaves fall what is left are evergreen conifers, shrubs and a scattering of flowers. What brighten the winter garden most at this time are beautiful berries. Glancing around the garden in winter usually makes me realize my garden needs a color lift. This is the season when I find one diminutive flower in the garden and regard it as a precious jewel. I continually strive to enliven my winter garden. One way to accomplish this is by planting shrubs that keep their bright berries well into winter.
One brisk January day, while picking up an order at Heronswood Nursery, I took the time to tour their gardens. Although it was halfway into the winter season, I found much color in the gardens. Many flowers were in bloom, but the most vivid color came from the berries. I wrote about that January winter day in the article, There is Life in the Winter Garden. My new winter garden was only months old then but it gave me hope of what my garden was to become once it gained a little maturity. Along with hope were new ideas such as the Mahonia 'Arthur Menzes' and Skimmia japonica with its bright red berries.
Growing plants with winterberries also helps the year round resident birds. I do not mind if the birds eat the berry display, because I know this helps them survive the leaner months of winter. Although I keep bird feeders stocked with seed in winter and spring, I take pleasure watching the birds hop around the shrubs with berries.
I added Gaultheria mucronata to my garden without realizing the berries were good for winter interest. Its evergreen foliage, although somewhat great guyly, makes a choice four-foot tall hedge that looks good year round. The bright berries with their matte finish hang on the shrub until December, with a bonus of bronze colored winter foliage. G. mucronata 'Alba' has white berries, and G. mucronata 'Heronswood Variegated' grows to three feet tall with white streaks on its leaves. Adding a male plant for pollination will result in better fruit production—a good choice would be a male, G. mucronata 'Thymifolia'. You can use it as an eight-inch high groundcover at the base of the taller gaultherias.
A more commonly grown evergreen shrub, Skimmia japonica, brings its glossy red or white berries out in winter. Skimmia's beautiful glossy foliage blends well with other shade plants, making this a perfect year round plant. Male and female plants are needed for berries to light up the shade garden all winter. The male's flowers are very fragrant, blooming in late spring. The rest of the year, the glossy evergreen foliage makes a good backdrop for flowering perennials. Skimmia berries can cause stomach upset so instruct your children not to eat them.
Billardiera longiflora is a vine that produces violet-purple oblong berries that hang on the vine well into January. I planted my vine at the base of Nandina domestica, where it settled in comfortably and now climbs the nandinas with ease. Billardiera reaches six feet tall and blooms in summer with long trumpet shaped, yellow flowers. Mine has not flowered yet so I look forward to its fruit hanging on the nandinas like ornaments in winter.
Another evergreen vine, Lonicera henryi has blue berries. The berries hold on to this vigorous vine well into December. I value it year round because it blooms in summer, has evergreen leaves and long lasting berries in winter. The tubular purplish-red flowers attract hummingbirds, while other birds make a feast of the berries. Since it climbs up to thirty feet, it can quickly make a vertical statement in the garden. I am adding L. alesuosmoides to my garden for its winterberries of dark blue. It will also be a hummingbird magnet with its tubular flowers.
In his book, My Garden in Autumn and Winter, E. A. Bowles writes about Coprosma, an evergreen shrub from New Zealand. He hoped to see the winterberries from C. acerosa and C. propinqua in his garden. I do not know if he ever saw a berry from them in his garden, but I like to think he did. From what I can find, C. acerosa (now accepted as C. brunnea) is the hardiest of the species and can be grown in our maritime climate. I am tempted to try this New Zealand native because of the translucent blue berries that follow autumn flowering. Even if the berries do not last into winter, the evergreen glossy foliage that trails along the ground would still be of value in my winter rock garden. Another New Zealand species hardy in our climate is Coprosma robusta. This one might be great for the bright shade garden. Berries follow the cream-colored flowers in autumn on stems with glossy evergreen leaves. Both are on my list for a future planting.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Kinnikinnick
Ardisia japonica Marlberry
Berberis Barberry, B. jamesiana, B. parvifolia, B. wilsoniae
Billardiera longiflora Climbing blueberry, Purple apple berry
Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' Beauty Berry
Cotoneaster bullatus, C. 'Cornubia', C. henryanus, C. horizontalis, C. lacteus, C. 'Rothschildianus'
Crataegus viridis 'Winter King' Hawthorn, C. douglasii Black Hawthorn (Northwest native)
Fatsia japonica False Castor-oil Plant
Gaultheria mucronata syn. Pernettya mucronata
Lonicera alesuosmoides Honeysuckle, L. henryi, L. pileata
Malus spp Crabapple
Rosa spp Rose (rosehips)
Sorbus aucuparia Mountain Ash, S. forestii, S. hupehensis, S. hupehensis 'Pink Pagoda', S. prattii
Stranvaesia davidiana, S. davidiana var. undulata
Symphoriarpos alba Snowberry
Posted: Jan-28-2005 at 3:07pm
That's a great guyly list, Debbie! Lisa's legacy continues on!
How about adding Rhodea japonica to your list? Beautiful, big, red berries.L. alesuosmoides is a beauty but I really like Lonicera henryi also. The pics of Billardiera longiflora show the berry more of a mauve color. Do yours get a true purple color or more like the mauve?
Posted: Jan-29-2005 at 7:54pm
Debbie I think we looked it up in the Sunset book and I was still not sure how it would do here. I guess for me the hard part is I just don't know what will and won't survive here and or how hard the weather is on things here yet.