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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

Time to Plan for the Season Ahead
February 02, 2012

Without the cover of snow, you may have noticed a number of interesting plants this winter to add to your landscape for seasonal appeal. Unfortunately you may not be able to find them in your garden center immediately but if you do, you should be careful about planting this time of year. Some hardy shrubs have an excellent chance of survival but others will have a hard time acclimating to the many changes in temperature and conditions.

Take heart! This is an excellent time to plan for the season ahead and determine to add winter interest long before next year. Consider adding a few of these plants this spring:

      Twig Dogwood: A shrub form with handsome spring foliage, flower, and berry. The branches change to amazing winter colors ranging from bright yellow to deep red.

      Royal Star Magnolia: A compact multi-stemmed tree. The pussy willow-like buds open in March to graceful white flowers.

      Witch Hazel: A large growing shrub with amazing fringe-like flowers in shades of copper, red, and yellow which will emerge as early as mid-February. Fall foliage color is outstanding, and it is extremely resistant to disease.

      Harry Lauder's Walking Stick: The twisted stems are most interesting in winter and early spring when the catkins form before the leaves emerge. Even the spring and summer foliage is twisted. Most plant it just for the winter appeal.

      Winterberry Holly: It is likely that you won't even notice this deciduous holly until the foliage falls and the bright red berries appear up and down the stems. The berries last from September to February and sometimes longer. Great for cutting stems for Christmas arrangements and containers.

All of these plants are available here at Waterloo Gardens in the spring and some are in our inventory already. Please call or come in and talk to one of our plant experts. We can help you with choices that extend the beauty of your landscape to all four seasons!

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Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.