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A Glowing Winter Border with Dogwood, Heath and Grasses

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Fall Borders, Winter Borders

Garden ideas, Border ideas, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Fall borders, Winter Borders, Dogwood sibirica, Cornus alba 'Sibirica', Erica carnea, Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold', Hakonechloa macra

This incredibly pretty planting includes plants of great winter interest that will lift your spirits during the dull days of winter.

A carpet of winter-flowering heathers including Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’ and ‘Springwood White’ is backed by the glowing crimson stems of Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Tatarian Dogwood), the luminous foliage of Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ (Wintercreeper), and the tall, arching leaves of Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea (Purple Moor Grass), still topped with a haze of delicate flower spikes, that sway gracefully in the slightest breeze.

At the front, a sea of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Hakone Grass) completes this spectacular border, their thin brown-beige winter leaves continuously moved by the wind.

If you consider planting your own winter-interest garden in a similar fashion, do not hesitate to add some snowdrops, early bulbs and hellebores.

Low maintenance, deer resistant and fairly easy to replicate, this planting includes top performing plants which have been awarded prestigious awards. Enjoy a glorious and colorful spectacle from winter to even spring!

 

 

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 - 7
Heat Zones 5 - 7
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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Hakonechloa (Hakone Grass) Erica (Heath) Cornus (Dogwood) Euonymus
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Erica carnea ‘December Red’ (Winter Heath)
Erica x darleyensis ‘Alba’ (Winter Heath)
Erica x darleyensis ‘Furzey’ (Winter Heath)
Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Golden Lotus’ (Hellebore)
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ (Bloodtwig Dogwood)
Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Blue Giant’ (Glory of the Snow)
Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ (Cyclamineus Daffodil)

Learn About These Genera

Heath and Heather
Hakonechloa macra (Hakone Grass)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 - 7
Heat Zones 5 - 7
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden
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Hakonechloa (Hakone Grass) Erica (Heath) Cornus (Dogwood) Euonymus
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