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Friday, February 10, 2012

Snow Days

Maybe we can’t eek past this weekend without some white stuff falling to the ground but there’s always a bright side in the world of horticulture and design. Have your thoughts crossed over yet to plant palettes and nursery excursions, anticipating new texture and color for your landscape? If you’ve been counting down how many days until spring, it’s probably so. But let’s dig a little deeper for those underused and overlooked specialty shrubs when developing your plant list.

A deciduous beauty often forgotten is Exochorda racemosa (Common Pearlbush).  Its large springtime flower is a dashing snow-white. The common shrub can get a tad high (15 feet) but a weeping, dwarf variety that some plant lovers may be familiar with is ‘The Bride.’ To keep in today’s winter theme, Proven Winners has an Exochorda you may want to consider; The Snow Day™ ‘Blizzard’. This variety has ‘extra large flowers roughly twice the size of ‘The Bride.’ These plants do best in acidic soil and can handle some pretty chilly temps. It makes a perfect New England sampler shrub or one you can mass in drifts; no plows or snow blowers required.

What’s in your spring planting plan? Does it include deciduous shrubs? If so, think beyond the usual suspects. Think pearls. Think snow-like flowers called Blizzard and Bride. Add white to your springtime plant palette while remembering tomorrow’s snow shall quickly reside.

To end this February blog week, a garden quote from Barbara Winkler keeps our spring spirits chugging. "Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream."

Image of Snow Day™ ‘Blizzard’ from Proven Winners website
Image of Valentine’s Day card by Ann Bilowz

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