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Shades of Green
Who say winter needs to be all gray and dull? There are plenty of interesting evergreens to fill the space and add some life to the humdrum of the colder months.
Gold Thread CypressWe thought about making this email 50 Shades of Green but knew that no one would read such a long list. Truth be told, there are tons of plants with winter interest and color. Here are five of our favorites:
Gold Thread Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea') - Say that three times fast. Striking golden color and a floppy dog form, this is a terrific plant to use in mass or as an accent plant.
 Skimmia (Skimmia japonica) - A plant for the shade. This plant has a deep olive leaf color, a white flower and red berries. No shade garden should be without it. Deer do not like to eat it!


Japanese Cedar (Caryopteria japonica 'Yoshino) - With its upright habit and interesting folliage, this is an excellent screening tree. Deer tend to leave it along so it is a wonderful alternative to Arborvitae and Leyland Cypress.


CephalotaxusJapanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata') - Yes that is a mouth full but it is worth it. This low growing shrub has a very soft texture and a great year long emerald color. It can be used in sun of partial shade. Best of all, deer leave it alone!


NandinaHeavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) - Do not let the name fool you, this plant is not in the bamboo family. It is a brilliant semi-evergreen, meaning that in most winters it keeps it leaves. With white flowers in the spring, red berries in the fall, and reddish leaves on new growth, this is a shrub not to be missed.


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