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Winter in Andy’s Garden – FineGardening

My name is Andy Schenck, I garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania ( a suburb of Philadelphia) in Zone 6B/7 (depending on the winter). My garden is called Look Again Garden (named by my friend David Culp), it is a collectors garden full of “drifts of one “. The winter is an amazing time for the conifers and broadleaf evergreens to shine. Attached is a sampling of plants that were photographed the week of December 12th:

close up of large shiny foliage

Persea palustris (Zone 7 – 11), which is a hardy relative to the avocado native to the southeastern United States.

close up of red and yellow Camellia flower

Camellia japonica ‘Korean Fire’ (Zone 7 – 11), a vigorous selection from Korea that is one of the most cold hardy varieties of the species.

close up of yellow and green pine tree

Sciadopitys verticillata ‘Ossorio Gold’ (Zone 5 – 9) is a selection of the Japanese umbrella pine with long golden needles. Umbrella pines are never common in the landscape, though they are very beautiful, and this gold form is even rare and possibly even more lovely.

close up of conifer with tiny pinecones

Tsuga seiboldii (southern Japanese hemlock, Zone 6 – 8) is slow growing and showing great resistance to wooly adelgid, an invasive insect that is doing great damage to our native North American hemlock species.

close up of Japanese cedar with twisted branches

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Rasen’ (Zone 5- 9 ) is a selection of the Japanese cedar which is an upright open grower with amazing twisted foliage.

close up of conifer with funky foliage

Maybe even cooler and more unusual looking is Cryptomeria japonica ‘Cristata’ which is smaller in stature with loads of fasciation or cresting of the foliage

small white flowers covered in water droplets

Chimonanthus praecox (Zone 7 – 9) is a fragrant, winter blooming shrub, it starts blooming in early December, and though the flowers are small and delicate, they have a powerfully delicious aroma.

close up of white and green variegated conifer

Thujopsis dolobrata ‘Variegata’ (Zone 5 – 9) is a great variegated conifer for light shade, and, even better, is shows good resistance to deer browsing.

close up of young longleaf pine

Pinus palustris (longleaf pine, Zone 7 – 9) is a species native to southeastern North America, but seems to thrive in Pennsylvania. This is a young plant, about four years old.


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