Would you like to see a short garden tour this time of year for planting zone 6? We’ve had some low temperatures, but plenty of warm days to keep the ground from freezing. Most of my plants are dormant now, but there are a few hanging on. I’m not watering anything anymore, and we’ve been having a very dry fall. We used to get a lot of rain in the fall, but not the past few years. That’s why I now over seed my lawn in the spring.
This is an Autumn Fern. They are hardy all the way down to zone 5. It gets a lot of protection from the weeping cherry tree that it sits under. The cherry tree is bare of leaves now, but I guess the sun isn’t as intense to cause it to burn.
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is an evergreen, which is nice to have around this time of the year. In early spring it will be filled with beautiful tiny white flowers. It’s best as a front border since it only gets 12 inches tall at the most.
Lamb’s Ear, Stachys Byzantina, still looks pretty. Many of the leaves on the underside of the plant are brown. It’s a beautiful ground cover, but be aware. It spreads fast.
Dead Nettles, Lamium, is semi-evergreen. It looks like some are giving up while others are going strong. Some people have problems with this plant being invasive. But the variety I have is a very slow growing ground cover. Very slooow.
Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, still looks pretty. There is some dead among it, but not much. It hasn’t flowered for a couple of months now. It’s a soft, delicate looking plant. But delicate, it’s not. Hardy, and tough as a weed.
That wraps up my December 2017 garden tour. Everything else is brown and dormant. I hope you enjoyed it.