I grew up in the very southeastern part of what this book outlines as the midwest [just below Poplar Bluff, MO], and I currently live far east of this area [the South New Jersey Shore]; yet, I have found that many of the lists work for where I live now–as well as where I grew up, in Missouri.
- The Arctic Fire Dogwood is a dwarf shrub with outstanding winter appeal. Plant one by a front entrance to draw the eye or several as a magnificent shrub border.
- Lovely four foot stems of red fire will seem to capture the winter sunlight amid the browns and grays of your cold landscape
- Even through the winter color is the outstanding feature of this shrub, spring and summer also have their charms.
- Tiny clusters of delicate white flowers appear in spring and continue sporadically into the summer months.
Ivory Halo Tatarian Red Twig Dogwood
- The Dogwood ‘Ivory Halo’, Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’, also known as Tatarian dogwood, is a cultivar that is noted for its compact size, large variegated,white-edged leaves and bright red twigs in winter.
- It is a rapid-growing, multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub that grows to a maximum size of 4-6′ tall on erect, usually unbranched, stems. It will grow in any soil type with adequate moisture and full sun to part shade.
- The bright red winter stems which are particularly showy against a snowy backdrop.The the medium-dark green leaves, are up to 4.5″ long, and are edged with white.
- The tiny, yellowish-white flowers appear in 2.5″ diameter flat-topped clusters in late spring. It may have sparse, intermittent additional flowering sometimes continuing into summer.
- Flowers give way to clusters of blue-white drupes in summer. Fruit is quite attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers.
- The fall color is variable, but foliage may turn attractive shades of purple-red.
- *Large White Edges Leaves
*Red Stems in Winter
*White Berries Which Attract Birds
Syringa vulgaris • Zones 3 to 8
Blooming lilacs are among the most anticipated sights and scents of spring. A deciduous shrub growing up to 22 feet tall and wide, it’s at its best in small groupings or as a specimen plant.
10. Witch Hazel