Many homeowners are surprised to learn of winter blooming plants. They are even more surprised to learn that these plants are evergreens! When building a landscape design, it is essential to create a landscape that provides year-round interest, which includes winter-blooming evergreens. Continue reading to learn Jane’s top recommendations for winter-blooming evergreens!
Camellias are an excellent evergreen shrub to include in your landscape design! With over 200 known species of Camellias, the most commonly found camellias in Fayetteville, North Carolina, are Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua.
The Camellia japonica blooms in late winter and early spring. It grows larger than its counterpart, reaching heights of 8 – 12 feet and producing larger flowers and leaves. The Camellia sasanqua blooms in the fall and grows 6 – 10 feet tall. Both require filtered light, growing best in a part shade location. Additionally, these plants thrive in acidic soil, which makes a spot underneath a pine tree the perfect home!
Mahonias also come in various species, with many growing well in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Also an evergreen shrub, the mahonia blooms from fall to late winter. These evergreen plants are known for their yellow flowers that grow upright toward the sky. Sizes can vary, depending on the variety, with options from 2-3 feet to 4-5 feet tall.
Japanese andromeda, also known as Pieris japonica, is a late winter blooming evergreen that produces white bell-shaped flowers. These flowers grow in a waterfall-like fashion, spilling from the plant. The Japanese andromeda can grow 6 – 8 feet tall and prefers full sun to part shade. It grows best in well-draining, acidic soil.
The Daphne odora, also known as Winter Daphne, is best known for its sweet winter fragrance produced by its light pink, funnel-shaped flowers. Also an evergreen, the Winter Daphne grows about 3 – 4 feet tall when planted in a landscape.