Winter Garden Tips
Winter Garden Color
Cut brown, dead stems of perennials back to ground level before new growth begins

Winter was official on Sunday, December 21st, at 6:03 p.m. ET when the Northern Hemisphere was at its furthest distance from the sun. It was the longest night and shortest day of the year. For those who are not winter fans, each day on after solstice is supposed to get longer and warmer. But as we have experienced for at least two winters, accurate predictions are hard to come by. We can plan for the best and prepare for the worst. For a long range forecast, check out the Home and Garden Almanac below or The Old Farmer's Almanac.



We completed winter fertilization applications at the end of November. Check our November Garden Tip for specifics.  Turf grass is still active and has not gone dormant yet, so an application will benefit the health and color of your turf.  Most leaves are down by now and have been removed from your turf. 


Once excess leaf debris has been cleared from plant beds, it is a good time to replenish your mulch. Did you know that mulch will increase the soil temperatures around your plants by at least 10 degrees? Popular mulches include pine needles, pine bark, and shredded pine or double hammered hardwood.


We are ready to take seasonal mulching orders. A reminder will go out after the holidays. If you are interested in this service, email Derek Kelly or call 704-335-3775.



Cold temperatures certainly reduce the desire to garden, but don't completely abandon your plants. Many trees, evergreens and newly planted shrubs still require a little extra water in the winter months.  If we haven't had significant moisture for two weeks, it may be time to check. Feel the soil to detect the moisture level. Do not rely on the leaves for signs. Evergreens such as Rhododendron will curl in response to cold, but that doesn't necessarily reflect a lack of water! If the soil feels dry, do your plants a favor and water.


  • Houseplants need less care this time of year: be careful to not overwater and cut down on fertilization.
  • Roses: leave the last blossoms to form seedpods.  This helps the plants into dormancy.  After the first good freeze, cut back the canes and cover with mulch or topsoil.  This will protect the plants through the winter.
  • Multi-stemmed evergreens, such as Arborvitae or upright Junipers can be tied up to prevent snow and ice from causing the plant to split.





Plants with eye-catching color and features are welcome in a garden in any season. Winter plants are no exception with textured bark, berries, colorful branches, and winter blooms. Winter gardens also offer food and shelter for birds and other wildlife.


Pink-A-Boo Camellia

(Camellia sasanqua 'MonDel' PP#21,687)

Large, fragrant, deep-pink flowers with bright yellow centers in winter. Nice hedge or border shrub. Slow grower, Grows 8 to 10 feet tall and wide. Part sun. Hardy to USDA Zone 7.


 Winterberry Berry Poppins

(Ilex verticillata 'FarrowBPop USP-PAF)

Cold-hardy native deciduous shrub with stunning red berries through winter. Heavy fruiting dwarf variety fits in most landscapes. Use Mr. Poppins as a pollinator to yield fruit. Grows 36 to 48 inches high and wide. Part sun to sunny. Hardy to USDA Zone 3. 



Charity Mahonia

(Mahonia x media 'Charity')

Unusual evergreen shrub has dramatic frond-like leaves and sprays of yellow flowers in winter, which develop into black berries by late summer. Striking accent plant. Grows 10-15 feet tall and upright. Part sun to sunny. Hardy to USDA Zone 7.


Our office will be closed on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 26th.
We will also celebrate the New Year on Thursday, January 1, 2015.
Please email should you have a special need.

 We wish you a very Happy New Year!

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