Winter in Andy’s Garden – Bagicha Bazaar

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My name is Andy Schenck, and I garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia) in zone 6B/7 (hardy). My garden is called the Look Again Garden (named after my friend David Culp). This is a collector’s garden full of “flow of one”. Winter is a wonderful time for conifers and broadleaf evergreens to shine. Here is a sample of plants that were photographed the week of December 12th.

Persea palustris (Zones 7-11), a hardy relative of the avocado native to the southeastern United States.

Close up of red and yellow camellia flowerCamellia japonica ‘Korean Fire’ (zones 7-11) is a vigorous selection from Korea that is one of the most cold hardy varieties of the species.

Near the yellow and green pine treeSciadopitis verticillata ‘Osorio Gold’ (Zones 5-9) is a Japanese umbrella pine selection with long golden needles. Canopy pines are never common in the landscape, although they are very beautiful, and this gold form is even rarer and possibly even more beautiful.

Close to conifers with small pineconesTsuga Seboldi (Southern Japanese Hemlock, Zones 6-8) is slow growing and shows great resistance to woolly adelgid, an invasive insect that is doing so much damage to our native North American hemlock species.

Japanese cedar fence with twisted branchesCryptomeria japonica ‘Rasin’ (Zones 5-9) is a selection of Japanese cedar that is an upright open grower with striking twisted foliage.

Close up of cones with funky foliageMaybe even cooler and more unusual looking. Cryptomeria japonica ‘Cristata’, which has short stature with scalloped or crusting leaves

Small white flowers covered in water droplets.Chimonanthus praecox (Zones 7-9) is a fragrant, winter-blooming shrub that begins blooming in early December. Although the flowers are small and delicate, they have a powerfully delicious aroma.

Close up of white and green conifersThojopsis dolobrata ‘Variegata’ (zones 5-9) is a large variegated conifer for light shade, and, even better, it exhibits good resistance to deer browsing.

Close to a young longleaf pinePinus palustris (longleaf pine, zones 7-9) is native to southeastern North America but appears to thrive in Pennsylvania. It is a young plant, about four years old.

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