While Mother Nature has teased the arrival of spring later this month, it's still technically winter. That doesn't mean that all of Bishop's Garden is hibernating. Bishop's Gardener Addie Schopf highlights four of the lovely things that give our garden interest even when the days are short and cold.
Helleborus niger a.k.a. Christmas Rose and Helleborus orientalis a.k.a. Lenten Rose
Christmas Rose blooms first and Lenten Rose usually blooms February into March. Addie suggests cutting back any tattered leaves this time of year to better see the blooms. They bloom best in shade to part-shade and will self-seed but not aggressively.
Lagerstomeria sp. a.k.a. Crepe Myrtle
While Crepe Myrtle blooms in late summer, their winter bark is especially lovely and fall leaves turn red, orange or yellow depending on the variety. They love our hot summers as well.
Camellia sp. a.k.a. Camellias
Camellia 'Winter's Snowman' and Camellia 'Snow Flurry' are 2 varieties we grow in the borders surrounding the Lawn area of the Bishop's Garden
These are fall blooming camellias that in a mild winter will continue blooming. These are not Camellia japonica which bloom in the spring. Camellia 'Snow Flurry' flower along the Norman Walk in the Bishop's Garden. 'Winter's Snowman' is more columnar in shape, about 10' tall, 5' wide while 'Snow Flurry' gets to be about 4-6' tall and wide.The boast shiny, dark green leaves, enjoy sun and part-sun, and come in white, pinks, and reds, all different sizes.
Juniperus virginiana a.k.a. Idyllwild Juniper
This dark green evergreen has lovely blue berries which the birds love to eat. They are native to our area and love full sun.