by Toni Leland
I find it interesting that, as the winter months descend upon us, Mother Nature provides touches of red to brighten the barren landscape in many parts of the country. Here are some ideas to plant for brightening your own property next season.
|American Holly (Ilex opaca)|
|American Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)|
|Burning Bush (Euonymus alata)|
Of course, these tiny red berries are very fertile and those left behind by the birds will each produce a tiny shrub in the spring. To maintain a Burning Bush for its beautiful foliage, yet prevent being overrun by babies, shearing the branches as the yellow flowers mature is an answer. Some of the dwarf cultivars are considered not so invasive.
So, when it's cold and gray outside, what can you use to brighten the inside of your home? Two brilliant red houseplants come to mind, and both arrive in November and usually last through January, if conditions are right.
|Hippeastrum 'Grand Cru'|
|Poinsettia 'Jingle Bells'|
Do you have a favorite red winter plant?
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