Plants For Fall And Winter Interest

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Purple BerriesKevin Wilcox of Silver Spring Nursery in Bloomfield will present a workshop on plants for fall and winter interest, along with tips for their care, Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the office of the Connecticut Horticultural Society, 2433 Main St., Rocky Hill.

“We will discuss the various features for fall and winter interest, such as colorful foliage, exfoliating bark and flowers,” Wilcox says, and a slide show will accompany his talk.

The fee is $10 for members of the horticultural society, $15 for others. To register, call the horticultural society at 860-529-8713.

Sourwood leaves

Ilex

Fountain Grass-Poisson

Red twig dogwood-Messina

Photos, from top: Callicarpa bodnieri var. giraldi ‘Profusion,’ a Japanese species of Beautyberry that Wilcox says grows best with some afternoon shade. Photo via Kevin Wilcox | Silver Spring Nursery.

The color change in the leaves of Oxydendrum arboretum, or Sourwood Tree. This native tree grows to around 20 to 30 feet high and is a member of the heath and heather family, just like rhododendron and mountain laurel. Photo via Kevin Wilcox | Silver Spring Nursery.

Ilex verticillata ‘Sparkleberry,’ or the Winterberry Holly, is a deciduous holly with stunning red berries. Photo via Kevin Wilcox | Silver Spring Nursery.

Showy ornamental grasses such as fountain grass (Pennisetum Alopecuroides) add graceful interest to a garden in winter. File photo by CLOE POISSON | The Hartford Courant

The fiery red stems of red twig dogwood stand out in any winter landscape. Unlike most shrubs, it is at its best after its leaves fall. File photo by RICHARD MESSINA | The Hartford Courant

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