Spotlight on Plants for November & December

Seasonal decorating can be fun and rewarding! Consider growing some of these plants for roping, planters and table decorations.


Winterberry: This native shrub usually likes damp locations and can grow up to 12 feet tall in large spreading clumps. They are ideally suited for mass plantings, edges of gardens near wetlands or boggy sites. People have been known to plant them where they can enjoy watching the birds devour the berries. If space is a limitation, there are many hybrids that offer larger berries, smaller stature and more prolific fruiting. The Red Sprite winterberry is just one of the popular hybrids. For more information click HERE


Branches from Hollies, Fir, Pine, and Mountain Laurel are all excellent choices for wreaths and holiday décor. But there are so many other greens to choose from. Why not add some zip with a golden colored juniper? Daub’s Frosted Junipers’ interesting golden foliage can be striking in arrangements. This easy to grow shrub looks lovely in the landscape especially when paired with a dark foliaged plant like Ninebark ‘Diablo’ or a Purple Leaved Sand Cherry.For more information click HERE


The GCA Plant of the year is the Abies Concolor. This is an amazing evergreen tree with beautiful form and foliage and it deserves a place in the landscape. The GCA website description is provided below:

The 2011 GCA Plant of the Year

Abies concolor or White or Concolor Fir

received the Garden Club of America Plant of the Year: the Montine McDaniel Freeman 2011 Horticulture Medal. This elegant silver fir has beautiful color in the landscape and is resistant to pests. Because its needles are soft, remain longer on the branches and emit an orange pine fragrance it is a good choice for Christmas trees. It grows in USDA Zones 3 – 7 across the country from the California Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east coast. It has great versatility in the garden, lending an architectural note and unusual silver color. Wildlife loves it as it serves as protective habitat for game birds, song birds, eagles, owls and small woodland animals.

Winter Decorating Tip:

If you use antidessicants to protect Hollies, Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurels, be sure to have some left over. Spray your fresh cut undecorated wreaths and trees with Wilt Pruf, Vapor Guard or Transfilm antidessicant spray to help maintain freshness. The spray helps slow the drying out process and the tree will hold its needles longer.