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Moss' Top Plants of February

Flowers and Foliage for Your Winter Fix

This list is from 2007. I added the incredible Paperbush. The one at Hatcher Gardens is a treasure. If i were doing this list today, I would remove Winterberry and Paperwhites and replace them with windmill palm (I have become fascinated with palms) and wild bluets. Also I would substitute the native, understory American holly for the holly cultivar.

Enjoy these chimaphilic flora. And let me know if these Top Plant lists are helpful and/or enjoyable.

Tropical, mild winter, and Chicago winter hardy plants made the list.  

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snowy spruces

Weeping Hemlock (Tsuga)

Evergreen shrub. Many dwarf and weeping varieties available.

Cold winters. Northern climates and mountains

beech at Fernwood Gardens

Holly (Ilex cultivar)

Evergreen tree or shrub with decorative red berries through autumn and winter.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates Meserve holly is the best evergreen for cold climates.

snow on crabapple cluster

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

Deciduous holly with coloful, long lasting, fruit.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates

ivory prince mound

Arnold Promise witch hazel (Hamamelis)

Deciduous shrub with clusters of small fragrant, bright yellow, ribbon-like flowers. Close second Carnea witch hazel.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates

paperbush flowers
Paperbush (Edgeworthia papyrifera)
Deciduous shrub to 6'. White and yellow tubular flowers clustered into fluffy balls dangling from tips of branches. Fragrance often described as clove-like. Frost sensitive hairy buds open over many weeks. Mild to winters. Temperate climates.

velvety buds of edgeworthia

Snowdrop (Galanthus)

Nodding, fragrant white bells in late winter through early spring.

Mild to cold winters. Temperate climates.

winter sun mahonia

Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta cultivars)

Fragrant clusters of flowers.

Mild winters. Subtropical

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

Large, coloful flowers. Pot up several rounds of bulbs for successive blooms.

Mild winters. Subtropical

Voodoo lily (Amorphophallus)

Large, powerfully rank flower. Spadix smell of decay and the spathe mimics the color of flesh. Mottled foilage is decorative with interesting structure.

Mild winters. Subtropical

Cally lily (Zantandeschia aethopica)

Long lasting, creamy flowers with decorative foliage.

Mild winters. Subtropical

Corn plant (Dracena)
Spikes of tiny, intensely perfumed flowers on common foliage plant. Tropical 2009, Last Updated February 16, 2009