Plants that thrive in Cobb County
Sunshine Ligustrum offers year-round golden foliage that flourishes in full sun. It grows 3½ feet tall and wide, and contrasts beautifully with other evergreens like dark red Ruby Loropetalum. Doesn’t require a lot of water or fertilizing, but will benefit from a slow-release tree and shrub fertilizer in early spring.
I just love Pyracantha Silver Lining. I put three of these in a design for a customer in Marietta in 2014 and they look beautiful today. They get about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and in the winter they turn red (see the other photo)! They need full sun, moderate water, and prune it back whenever you want, to shape it.
Pyracantha Silver Lining in January.
Camellia Japonica – this camellia is covered in red blooms in early March. Although camellias can handle full sun, they do prefer a little shade during the hottest part of the day. Some stay relatively small – 6 feet tall. Others can get twice as big. Just make sure you read the label before buying so you get the right size. They benefit from slow-release acid fertilizer, and like to be watered during drought. It’s best to prune once every few years, and then only to thin them out by removing inner branches to increase air circulation.
Walter Reeves is a fantastic resource for Atlanta gardeners. I think I read a long time ago that he has not had a lot of luck with Winter Daphne, but I have! (It’s not one of the 400 plants I have killed!!) I have put it in a very large pot (where it gets excellent drainage) on my front doorstep which faces northeast, thus eliminating the sun’s hot rays during the summer months. The photo above was taken on January 27th of 2013 when it was in full bloom emitting an inviting, fresh, lemony scent to brighten up otherwise dreary winter days! It’s evergreen, too!
Spring Bouquet Viburnum is a great evergreen plant that blooms in late January and early February. It can get 6 feet tall and wide, but Jerry prunes ours after it finishes blooming to keep it within bounds. It benefits from a slow-release fertilizer, and doesn’t need a lot of water. Ours faces northeast so it doesn’t receive a lot of sun in the winter months and still does just fine.
Besides the Sierra Sunrise Nandina and a few evergreens, the only thing that livens up my front hillside in the dead of winter is the Threadbranch Cypress (Chamaecyparis Pisifera) which contrasts nicely with the berries on the Nandina Domestica.
As I look around at my garden in winter, I have to say that the four Sierra Sunrise Nandinas on our front hillside really stand out. In fact, they are beautiful during all four seasons which is why I’m so keen on them. Beautiful in summer, beautiful in fall, beautiful in the depths of winter, and beautiful right along with everything that blooms in spring, providing excellent contrast. And to think I never water them and rarely prune them. This year for the first time I put Nelson’s Tree and Shrub fertilizer around the base in spring, and now in fall they are just gorgeous.
Jerry French Landscaping – serving Cobb County since 1994