When thinking about topiaries the first thing that comes to mind is the classic outdoor English garden. However, topiaries also make excellent statements potted indoors. They come in ivies, angel vines, herbs, hibiscus, and many others. Topiaries are a great way to add old world style to your home environment.
Orchids are an outstanding way to add unique color and texture to your collection of house plants. Orchids come in an array of color, flower size, and flower shape. Orchids typically like being root bound in a special compost mix and fertilized during the summer. Possessing a blooming orchid is a sure way to arouse jealousy in a friend or neighbor.
Golden Glory Cornelian Cherry
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’
Cornus mas 'Golden Glory' is a beautiful, early spring flowering tree. It is known for being the heaviest and best flowering of all the cultivars, usually blossoming in February. For about a month, 'Golden Glory' will be covered with yellow flowers - reliably every year without regard to frost. It can be grown into a single-stemmed tree or a multi- stemmed shrub. The exfoliating bark matures into shades of brown and gray, providing interest in the winter garden. In mid-summer, the rich green foliage is contrasted by small, cherry-red fruits that can be used to make preserves or syrup, unless eaten by the birds.
Arnold's Promise Witch Hazel
Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’
Yellow witch hazel is a deciduous shrub. 'Arnold Promise' is an upright, vase-shaped cultivar with ascending branches and a spreading habit. The shrub has delightful, spidery flowers in late winter or early spring. Flowers are very showy and has a sweet fragrance around February-March. Yellow witch hazel is used as screen or tall hedge. Good specimen due to late winter flowers, attractive summer foliage and fall color. The plant does well under the shade of tall trees or on the north or east side of structures.
With a spreading, somewhat oval crown, Magnolia stellata is a deciduous large shrub or small tree when mature. Very slow growing, star magnolia is usually seen in home landscapes as a medium sized shrub. Star magnolia is, however, a good deal denser and more compact. In autumn the leaves turn yellow to bronze before falling. It is striking in late winter or early spring when it appears smothered in brilliant white flowers as it blooms before the leaves appear. This magnolia puts on a show at a very early age.
Winter King Hawthorn
Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’
This handsome Hawthorn will bring royalty to your landscape. Its reign begins in the spring with a princely array of pure white flowers, followed by clusters of radiant red berries hanging like jewels against the silver-gray bark in the fall. A Gold Medal Plant Award winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness, and eye-appeal.
Maybe a late bloomer, but still Queen of the Dogwoods. After all the other dogwoods are finished blooming in spring, this one produces pure white flowers in midsummer that float atop the bright green leaves. The red and purple fall color of the leaves is equally as attractive. The strawberry-like fruit creates added fall interest. Cary Award winner from the Worcester County Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness, and eye-appeal.
Black Lace Elderberry
Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’
Black Lace has intriguing lacey dark black foliage that does not fade to green in summer, but actually gets darker. Loads of lemon scented rich pink flowers in late June – early July that contrast wonderfully with the foliage. Grow it as a shrub, or cut it back each year and use it as a bold perennial. Dark purple berries in late summer attract birds. It is hardy and tolerant of a wide range of soil types.
Similar to the more commonly known Stewartia pseudocamellia with the same beautiful, ornamental features. Differs by having a more vigorous habit with glossier leaves which turn a brilliant red in fall.
Lagerstroemia X faurei ‘Hopi’
A spreading, semi-dwarf deciduous plant. Clear light pink 5" flower panicles bloom throughout summer. The dark green foliage turns orange-red in fall. Mildew-resistant. A U.S. National Arboretum introduction. Long Blooming.
Yukon Belle Pyracantha
Pyracantha angustifolia ‘Monon’
Hardy evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub prized for its mid-winter color provided by bright orange berries. Abundant white blooms in spring. Perfect barrier hedge or screen. Fast growing. Use this handsome shrub as a thorny hedge or barrier between driveways and yards. Also looks lovely as an espalier against a wall or fence, where it will show off flowers and berries to good effect.
Winter Red Winterberry
Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’
'Winter Red' is a compact, very heavily berried selection of Winterberry, a deciduous holly. They have rich green leaves that turn bronze then yellow before falling off in the fall. Dense clusters of red berries are clustered along the stems from late summer into winter. All 'Winter Red' plants are females and therefore need a male pollinator. The berry laden branches are also very nice as cut stems for decorating.
This plant is suitable for growing indoors and outdoors. Water regularly; do not overwater. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Good for containers and borders in bed.
Suitable for growing in containers
If you can allow your pansy plants to remain in your garden and rest during the hottest months, they will probably begin blooming again in the fall. Shearing the plants back when they start to set seed, will encourage new growth. Deadheading will encourage more blooms. As with any long blooming annual, pansies appreciate some fertilizer. However too much food will just make them leggy. They respond well to monthly foliar feeding.
The Christmas Cactus is a plant that will add long term color to your home. This beautiful seasonal favorite will bloom November through January. Their colors range from pink to dark red.
Cyclamen is one of the most popular of all winter flowering potted plants. The blooms come in bright colors and pastel shades. With little care this plant will bloom for months and also flower next year.