Garden Tuesday ~Nandina

Sidewalk Shoes Nandina

Well, the cold weather has finally made it’s way out of here.  While I know that we didn’t get anything like most of you got, we are ill-prepared for below zero windchills down here in the south.   I’m from St. Louis, so I know cold, but I’ve grown weak in these past 20+ years in Southeast Tennessee.

Sidewalk Shoes Nandina

Simultaneously as the warm weather blew in from the south, I headed outside to check on my winter garden.  I know that I have posted a zillion times about my nandina.  Can’t help it.  It is the year-round garden workhorse.  Believe me you would grow tired of photos of brown grass and bare trees.

Sidewalk Shoes Nandina

Nandina is a sight for sore eyes in the winter garden, with it’s deep red new growth leaves and it’s bright red berries.  Since it is in the bamboo family, it is super easy to grow and propagates easily.  I think we have about 10 bushes around our yard and I’m guessing they all came from one or two original bushes. 

How about you, what’s in your winter garden?

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  1. says

    Yeah! I did it!!!

    I had no idea Nandina was in the bamboo family, Pam. Now I definitely will be looking for some clipping, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  2. says

    We have it too although I have you to thank because now I know what it is. A gardener I’m not but I’m sure willing to learn. Ha.

  3. says

    “Well, the cold weather has finally made it’s way out of here.” – for a few days at least. We have several nandinas – full and dwarf – and I like the year round color – if they just wouldn’t come up every where.

  4. says

    I have a love/hate relationship with Nandinas. They’re pushy and they get leggy and ugly if the older branches aren’t cut back occasionally, BUT the berries last much longer than hollies in Christmas arrangements and the greenery (or the redder!) is very pretty in arrangements. I wouldn’t be without one, but I sure tire of pulling up all its relatives.