Winter Blooms and Foliage in my Oregon Garden
Icy and snowy weather has befallen the Pacific Northwest. It brings beauty to the garden and horror to the freeways as folks in these parts just don't know how to drive in the snow. We do not get snow frequently enough in the Willamette Valley to become good at navigating it on the roads.
I've been homebound a few days with the kiddos (the perks of working for a school district) and have had time to snap some pictures of snowy garden scenes. While I think I have a nice selection of winter blooming plants, I have many on my list to get. The Anna hummingbird stays around all year and I want to provide more natural nectar for those cute little things.
Here is my garden in winter.
I seriously love this plant. I love photographing it all year as it changes color. Right now, this summer blooming heath has pink tipped foliage and the dried blooms add creamy charm.
|calluna vulgaris 'firefly'|
The abelia is blooming and oh, that pink tipped foliage is so pretty!
|abelia 'Sunshine Daydream'|
When I bought this dwarf conifer..I wasn't expecting it to hold this 'blue' color all year. It is beautiful and the snow sharpens the color even more.
|chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Blue Surprise'|
I cannot get over panicums. In winter, they have remained upright with their petite seed heads dancing in the wind.
|panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'|
|polystichum setiferum 'Alaskan Shield Fern'|
|pinus densiflora 'Burke's Red Variegated'|
Isn't this a pretty picture? I've only grown pieris a few years and I have been so pleased with their early blooms for the bee's and hummers. They handle the part sun areas under tree's nicely. I had not noticed the winter red coloring and now it just adds to how great I think this shrub is.
|pieris japonica 'Scarlett O'Hara'|
|Demon the Terrible|
My only bloom..ish! 'Elly' from the Spring Promise line started blooming in November. The shape of the blossoms reminds me of fancy, ballroom dancing skirts.
|helleborus spring promise 'elly'|
Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens for December's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow up and check out more amazing gardens. Even in December we can find beauty in our gardens.
Wishing All a very happy, holiday season.