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Plants with Winter Interest

Winter, the other season, is upon us and I have no plans to stop gardening; winter interest is part of the program around here. During the last seven years we have added evergreen trees and shrubs, winter-flowering plants, plants with interesting bark color, and plants with berries to jazz it up and make being in the garden in February a pleasure. While some of these plants might not dazzle in July, they more than reward us by shining in our darker months. Azara microphylla , an evergreen small tree or large shrub, is about 10 feet tall in my garden and about five years old. Its sweet, round leaves reflect light year round and sparkle, but the yellow very fragrant flowers in January or February smell like brownies and that's always a good thing.

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