My name is Andy Schenck, and I am a self-professed plant nerd, having worked in the horticulture industry since graduating from the University of Delaware many years ago. As the owner of a local wholesale nursery in Malvern, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b), I pride myself on introducing new plants to my customers. I often try plant introductions in my own garden, where I can see firsthand how they perform. I’m sharing photos of plants from my garden that look particularly nice right now and are great selections for winter interest.
Hollies are always tops for winter interest, but how about a variegated one? Pretty stunning! This is Ilex ‘Solar Flare’ (Zones 6–9).
This beautiful conifer—Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Korean Gold’ (Zones 6–9)—has a narrow, upright form and new growth flushed golden yellow.
The bright red berries of Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo, Zones 6–11)
Flower buds of Cornus angustata ‘Elsbry’ (Zones 6–9, also marketed under the name Empress of China®). Most gardeners are familiar with deciduous dogwoods, but this is an evergreen species, with abundant showy white blooms in the spring and evergreen foliage all year.
This hardy winter cyclamen (Cyclamen coum, Zones 4–8) has beautifully patterned leaves all winter. Then in late winter or early spring, it puts out showy pink or white blooms.
Rohdea japonica (Zones 6–10), an extremely durable evergreen perennial for shade, is grown mostly for its glossy green leaves, but the red berries are a nice bonus.
Thujopsis dolabrata ‘Variegata’ (variegated Hiba arbovitae, Zones 5–8) has evergreen branches irregularly marked with white.
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