Last weekend I had to pop into Vandusen Botanical Garden to pick up tickets for their Festival of Lights. As I walked to the entrance I stopped to look at the display of what’s in bloom in the garden. I knew I would see some interesting plants.
At VanDusen Botanical Gardens they have a display set up with whatever is currently in bloom in the garden. Above is a Camellia with its pretty pink blooms. I know many of you are under snow and wondering how we have flowers at this time of year. We live in a zone 8 and have very mild winters with the lowest temperatures getting to about -6C so far but no snow. Yes, we don’t get much snow here. If we do, it often doesn’t arrive until January. So its worth looking for varieties of Camellia that bloom in December.
It’s not just flowers that were highlighted in the display. I loved this variegated boxwood and might just have to get some. I am hoping to build a vegetable garden with raised beds and this may be a nice plant to use as a border. Imagine a food garden surrounded by a hedge of this pretty boxwood with arbors at each end. A girl can dream, right?
How about this Holly with its yellow berries? It’s a bit different from the traditional red. At VanDusen there is a Holly garden full of interesting cultivars. It’s definitely worth a walk in the winter to see the trees.
Of course, no garden should be without Skimmia with its red flowers. This is one of my most favourite winter shrubs with its glossy green leaves and rosy red flowers. It is the one shrub I love to cut for winter arrangements. This plant loves a shady site and is an understory plant for larger trees and shrubs.
This is a photo from my garden where the Skimmia grows on the east side of a very tall hedge. It thrives in this relatively dry area with bits of morning sun.
I had no idea what this plant was when I saw it. This is evergreen spindlebush. I wish I had written the Latin name down but I didn’t so I will have to do a bit more research on this plant. That’s the problem with common names. If you look up spindle bush you will find several entries.
Mahonia ‘Charity’ takes the stage in a winter garden with its bright yellow flowers. This native plant grows well here with its holly like leaves and winter flowers.
Out of all the flowers I saw on display this is one that caught my eye. I love the seed heads from this plant. It makes you want to reach out and touch them. Imagine the interest they would have in the garden. This is leopard plant or Farfugium japonicum aka Ligularia. When did this change names? Okay as a hort person, this name changing drives me crazy. Is it just me?
Above the display of what was in bloom at the garden was a wall of greenery with Callicarpa or beauty berry woven among it. Lights twinkled even in the daylight. This plant is going on my wish list for the garden. Have you got these plants in your garden? There is nothing better than flowers in winter to brighten up our days.