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Topic: Winter Color?

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Subject: Winter Color?
Date Posted: 11/18/2008 8:03 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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Since it's been snow in Pa., I guess it's close enough to winter.  It would be nice to have some things that would be interesting in the winter but not much seems to be available for our area and less than great soil.

My one barberry was pretty for awhile but it's not showing much color now.  I remember that last spring it looked like a dead stick.  The other one, which I assume is the world's largest Crimson Pigmy barberry has some color throughout the winter.  It's about 6' tall and somewhere I read that it was probably the regular type, not the Pygymy (no kidding).

The boy hollies look nice; the girl holly has always looked sick.  That's about it for here.  Anything that looks attractive in winter there?

Subject: You're going to hate me
Date Posted: 12/11/2008 1:44 PM ET
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for this post but in South Carolina we can choose from a wide variety of blooming plants. It's just that I've lost my interest this year and didn't buy any pansies or snap dragons or even ornamental cabbage to dress up the little flower bed around the mailbox.

It's december and my Dragon wing begonia is still flush with blooms in its three foot pot. It's about four feet high now and it's been through a couple of frosts and remains beautiful.