Tag Archives: Ilex verticillata

Native Alternatives to Overused Foundation Plants, Part II

In Part I of this article, posted last week, we presented alternatives to some traditional foundation shrubs that are considered invasive in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. In Part II, we consider alternatives to other overused non-native shrubs. Continue reading

Posted in Invasive Plants, Native Plants, Sustainable Landscaping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native deciduous holly produces prodigious quantities of plump, red, berry-like fruit (called drupes), which decorate the plant from mid-fall into early spring. ‘Red Sprite,’ a female dwarf cultivar, needs the services of the male ‘Jim Dandy’ to make fruit. Purchase at least two females and one male for a “berry” good show. Continue reading

Posted in MG in the Garden, Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic | Tagged , , ,

Seeing in the Winter Garden

As the cold of winter approaches, the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden winds down. Shorter days and colder temperatures signal some of the garden perennials that it is time drop leaves and turn brown, while for others it is their time to shine. Continue reading

Posted in Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, MG in the Garden | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Native Plants for Winter Interest

A number of plants native to our region provide continuing value and interest in our gardens into the winter. Their evergreen foliage or interesting bark add beauty to the landscape, while their berries, seeds, or stems provide support to wildlife through the cold months. Continue reading

Posted in MG in the Garden | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,