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Woody Winter Wonderland

We’re rapidly approaching our Winter Open Garden and Nursery, from February 23-25 and March 1-3, 9am-5pm each day. Here’s a current image of one section of the woodland garden showcasing what’s possible, even during the winter months. So many shade gardens simply aren’t very interesting in the winter, usually due to the lack of botanical

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Aucuba japonica var. borealis 'Male Man'

Time for the Male Man

Looking good in the garden this month is Aucuba japonica var. borealis ‘Male Man’. The subspecies “borealis” is from a much colder region than typical Aucuba japonica, and consequently will survive much further north, reportedly as far north as Zone 6a. This subspecies grows in the Honshu region of Northern Japan, where they are subjected

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Acer palmatum 'Fjellheim'

Fine Fjellheim

Looking great in early February is the fabulous red-twigged Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Fjellheim’. Don’t confuse this with the better-known Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’. Interestingly, Acer ‘Fjellheim’ is a witches broom (dwarf mutation) discovered on a plant of A. ‘Sango Kaku’. For us, the parent has red twigs when it’s very young, but looses the

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Daphniphyllum macropodum

Looks like a Daphne, but…

When people first hear the name, Daphniphyllum, they immediately think, Daphne, and obviously, when this was named by Blume in 1826, he thought the same. Daphniphyllum, however, couldn’t be more different. First, it’s completely unrelated. Daphne is in the Thymelaeaceae family, while Daphniphyllum sits alone in its own family, Daphniphyllaceae. Daphniphyllum is a small genus

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If you grow it, they may not buy it

One of the frustrating things about growing and propagating plants is when you find an incredible plant, offer it for sale, and virtually no one buys it. Such is the case with the Texas native, Ageratina havanensis, aka: Havana Mistflower, Eupatorium havanense. This fascinating woody perennial, formerly classified as a eupatorium, forms a 3′ tall

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A Snow-white Beauty

Putting on a lovely show in the fall garden this month is the native Callicarpa americana ‘Lactea’. Callicarpa americana is a native from Maryland southwest to Texas, where it pops up, usually in disturbed areas as an early/mid successionary species in sunny sites. The typical fruit color is purple, but the white-fruited Callicarpa americana ‘Lactea’

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