We currently have a lovely array of native winterberry holly shrubs and their varieties in stock. Ilex verticillata produces profuse red berries which are extremely attractive in fall and winter, often persisting to early spring unless consumed by local bird populations. The variety 'Winter Red' ranges from 6'-8' tall. New foliage is a glossy red bronze that then turns dark green with a leathery look in summer. 'Red Sprite' is a real stunner with large berries and typically grows only 2-3' tall. Glossy medium green leaves drop in early autumn. 'Berry Poppins' is a new variety that ranges from 3-4 feet tall. This dwarf Winterberry is just the right size for any garden and has large orange-red berries that will stand out against winters white blanket of snow (as do they all). 'Winter Gold' is taller, with delightful golden-orange berries that provide a delightful contrast to the vibrant red of the other varieties. All of the varieties are perfect for wildlife-friendly gardens and cut stem fruit displays. You will typically need one male plant to pollinate 5 to 15 female plants, depending upon how far apart they are.
Due to lower temperatures, and reduced water loss from plants (transpiration), fall is a most opportune season for installing those plants that you have been longing for. There are some beautiful perennials in flower right now, from asters to Pysostegia to turtleheads. We have a nice assortment of native Rhododendron, dogwoods, redbuds, viburnums, elderberies, spicebush, hazelnuts, Rudbeckias, Physostegia, maples, oaks, bottlebrush and red buckeyes, and other plants ready for planting. All are very nicely grown and ready to go home to your garden. White flowering dogwoods, and Appalachian Snow varieties are still available. We have native redbuds as well as 'Forest Pansy', 'Ruby Falls' and 'Rising Sun'. Our seed grown asters, ferns, woodland poppies, mountain mints, lobelias, bee balms, and other wildflowers are ready to go.
The ambient temperatures are basically telling us that autumn has arrived, but there is still lots of time to plant and to enjoy the beauty of our native flora. Newly installed plants will grow roots until the soil temperature reaches about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so plant now and give your garden a leg up for the coming spring!
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