The winter months are a quiet time in the garden at Heritage. The bright red fruits on American and English hollies (Ilex opaca and Ilex aquifolium) are current standouts in the landscape. Beyond their beauty, hollies provide an important winter food source for wildlife. Holly berries are a favorite winter food for bird species such as cedar waxwings and American robins. Keep an eye out for hollies and the backyard birding they invite. Hybrid witch hazels (Hamamelis x intermedia) are also starting to come into bloom. The spidery, fragrant flowers on these shrubs will last from late January through March. The witch hazels ‘Arnold’s Promise’ and ‘Ruby Glow’ are in full bloom now at Heritage. Another plant to watch for is red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea). Red twig dogwood is a native wetland shrub with crimson bark on new stems. It provides beautiful winter interest in the garden, and can be found at Heritage outside of the administration building.
Behind the scenes, the Heritage Horticulture team is making preparations for the coming growing season. Late winter/early spring is the time to start annuals in the greenhouse. The majority of the summer annuals at Heritage are grown in our onsite greenhouse facility. Even with winter here, there is still much to enjoy and look forward to in the garden!
There’s always something blooming at Heritage. Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.