Virginia Sweetspire is a small shrub with attractive red stems in winter.

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Plants for Winter Interest

  • American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), tree
  • American Holly (Ilex opaca), evergreen tree
  • Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens selections), evergreen tree
  • Golddust Plant (Aucuba japonica Variegata), evergreen shrub
  • Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana Contorta), large shrub
  • Heath/heather (Erica darlyensis), small shrub
  • Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica), small shrub
  • Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), shrub
  • Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis), perennial
  • Little Bluestem (Sczycharium scoparium), grass
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia Brilliantissima)
  • River Birch (Betula nigra), tree
  • Thomas Winter Crocus (Crocus tommassinus), bulb
  • Waterfall Japanese Weeping Maple (Acer palmateum dissectum Waterfall), small tree
  • Winter King Hawthorne (Crataegus phaenopyrum Winter King)
  • Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata Winterberry), large shrub
  • Fragrant Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), large shrub
  • Witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia Diane, H. vernalis), large shrub

Additional images

Our American Beech holds its leaves late into the winter

and is especially nice with Little Bluestem nearby.

Golddust Plant has gold-speckled, evergreen leaves.

It needs both male and female plants for berries.

Harry Lauder's Walkingstick has twisty stems and

weird long flowers. Kids will love this plant!

This Winter Heath blooms from January through April in my


Lenten Rose is another early bloomer, February through

May, with attractive evergreen leaves.

Little Bluestem has a pretty buff color and sways with

the wind.

River Birch with its salmon-colored peeling bark looks

nice with Winterberry Holly.

Thomas' Crocus is an early crocus that naturalizes and

blooms in February.

Weeping Japanese Maple has a beautiful shape all

through the year.

Winter King Hawthorne in December, with Dwarf

Winterberry Holly Red Sprite below.

Fragrant Wintersweet starts blooming around the

holidays and can be cut and forced to bloom. The blooms

are extremely fragrant -plant this near your door.

A red Cardinal watches the snow falling from a blooming

Diane Witchhazel.