It appears as though the Heuchera ‘Fire Chief’ has survived, and is already starting to put out baby leaves! The color of this plant is amazing, and was so glad to find it at the Lewis Ginter plant sale this fall.
This is the third installment of pictures of the garden from the first of the year. You can see the first post here and the second post here. This post will mostly feature plants that keep going all winter long.
The Nippon Lily, also known as Sacred Lily, is a broadleaf evergreen with lily-like leaves. It stays relatively small, and loves deep shade. I have several groupings of this plant, which is originally from Japan. I missed their flowers this year, as they are small and usually hidden by the foliage. But in the shot above, you can see the red berries that form afterwards.
There are numerous plants in the garden right now with berries of some sort. I already shared the Nandina bushes, with their white and red berries:
Poets Laurel has larger bright orange berries all season long:
The low growing groundcover, juniper, has new growth as well as little berries. I’m not really sure what the brown tips are, but I think it is new growth.
And the blue berries:
Some other plants that stay green and really stand out this time of year include Euonymous:
This is a variegated variety, which has a pretty yellow striping to the lighter green leaves.
I’ve got two other )much larger) Euonymous bushes growing- one in front of our front porch, and there’s a gigantic variegated version in the backyard which has been left to grow wild on the edge of the property.
When one thinks of succulents, you think of plants that prefer sun, hot and dry climates. This mini plant has been growing in between some pavers in the front yard, and is still green this time of year!
This (maybe pink) Camilia japonica looks like it’s about to pop!
It’s been a week since I took that photograph, and it hasn’t opened up yet. Camilia japonica may bloom any time late winter through Spring, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this bush. I have at least ten Camilia bushes in the garden, and I don’t think I caught all of them blooming last year.
And lastly, Lichen, which isn’t a plant at all. Lichen is actually an algae (or cyanobacteria) that lives in between filaments of a fungus. They help each other grow in a symbiotic relationship, and do not actually do anything to the wood or other substrate they exist on. I had no idea until I looked it up for this post!