Like the United States Postal Service, these plants won’t let rain, sleet, or driving snow keep them from getting through the worst of winter. It can be hard to find plants that can look two months of dry winds in the eye and laugh—or sit in a frozen puddle for four months and not rot. We decided to sing the praises of these perennials and woodys that will take whatever January, February and March take and come out the other side. Tune in to this episode to learn about plants that really rise to the challenge of enduring the worst winter conditions on the chin.
Expert Guest: Mayne Newcomer is a native Idahoan who gardens, gardens, and writes about gardening in the Intermountain West..
‘Ninja Stars’ Epimedium (Epimedium (‘Ninja Stars’, Zones 4-9)
Leather Leaf Verbena (Viburnum rhytidophyllumzones 5-8).
‘Blue Chip’ Juniper (Junipers horizontal ‘Blue Chip’, Zones 3-9)
‘Biokovo’ hardy geranium (Geranium cantabrigensis ‘Biokovo’, zones 5-8).
Smooth Blue Easter (Symphyotrichum leavezones 3-8).
Golden Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris ‘Oriya’, zones 3-7).
Siberian Iris (Iris sibericazones 3-9).
Specialist plants German bearded iris (Iris x Germany cvs., zones 3-10).
European Snowball Verbenum (Viburnum opulus ‘Rosium’, Zones 3-8) ‘Autumn Glow’ Serviceberry (Amelincheer × Grand Flora ‘Autumn Glow’, Zones 4-9)
‘Blue Shag’ Eastern white pine (Pinus strobes (‘Blue Shag’, Zones 3-8)