Is There Color After Frost? (Page 3)

Is There Color After Frost? (Page 3)

Is there Color after Frost? (Part 3)


It sometimes escapes me why anyone would want ice colored foliage decorating their gardens in the dead of winter, but then if you happen to have a lot of purples around, the silver can be effective, if not exactly warm. And people who are really pastel-people aren't going to change because of a drop in temperatures. Luckily, silver, gray and blue are easy, even in winter.

Veronica incana 'Sarabande'

For instance, although they will look like fuzzy mush by springtime, Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears) holds its shape and silver color most of the winter. So does lavender. A lesser known but lovely silver leaf is that on Veronica incana 'Sarabande', which spreads as fast as the Stachys but looks nicer all year and has pretty, porcelain blue flowers in late spring. Back that up with a mix of purples and then toss in some of the silvered heucheras for a gorgeous if subtle winter mix.

'Silver Scrolls'

'Pewter Veil' is a longtime favorite in silver-dappled Heucheras, but my newest, most treasured variety is 'Silver Scrolls pictured here. It's a smaller plant, and to my eyes a bit more colorful.

For a really romantic winter look I would plant these surrounding a Juniper called 'Moonglow', which is a soft powdery blue color. Or (once again keeping our feathered friends in mind, an 'Emerald Spire' juniper, which is traditional green but with beautiful blue berries that give the entire plant a bluish cast.

Juniper 'Moonglow'

'Emerald Spire' juniper

Believe it or not, I've barely scratched the surface here. This is merely an inventory of some of the things in my own back yard (many of which I will be rearranging now that I have finished said inventory.) There are many more plants that will bring us color all year round. Perhaps it will never equal the riot of color that greets us in summer, but it may be enough to tide us over from first to last frost.


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