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Marie Iannotti

It's Winter, but There's Plenty to See

By December 21, 2012

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Winter started at 6:12 this morning. It may not be a gardener's favorite season, but we know no matter how cold it might get, there is always something to look at in the garden. There's just less to see in certain seasons. One stunner for winter interest is Winterberry or Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata). This is a deciduous holly that drops its leaves and wows you with an abundance of colorful berries. That's right, a non-evergreen holly that's most attractive in winter.

Tim Wood, Resident Horticulturist and Plantsman for Spring Meadows Nursery as well as the Product Development and Marketing Manager responsible for selecting varieties that are marketed under the Proven Winners ColorChoice brand, obviously knows and loves winterberry holly in all its forms and he shares his favorites and suggestions for your yard here. Then read more about growing winterberry shrubs from About's Landscaping Guide, David Beaulieu.

Photo: Winterberry Berry Nice® ©Proven Winners ColorChoice Used with Permission.

Comments

January 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm
(1) June says:

The are beautiful! Can they be grown in the foggy pit of CA, know as the central valley? Zone 9 from Sunset zone map.
They appear to give the same warmth feel in this pea soup fog as it does in the snow. Thanks for great articles and inspiration.
June

January 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(2) gardening says:

[You paint quite a picture. I think red berries are hard to beat, for winter interest. It's nice to hear they dress up fog too.]

June, I misread your post, when I posted my first reply. I thought you were saying they can grow there, not can they grow there.

Tim Wood says they’re native “…from Nova Scotia, south to Florida and west to Missouri.” But they’re hardy down to about 20 degrees F., so I think you could give one a try, especially since they also like damp areas.

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