This Month's Featured Plant
Illicium floridanum 'Haley's Comet'
Haley's Comet Anise Tree
The holiday season is upon us, and we have already had a snow. The timing was poor, right before Thanksgiving, but it was beautiful non the less. Our fall foliage color was spectacular. Seemed like the best ever, and we are ending the year with a surplus of rain. That’s great. Doubtless, your gardens are cleaned up and ready for winter. Right? Far south gardeners still can plant successfully now. Soil temperatures are still warm enough to grow good roots. Otherwise, it is cleaning and planning time for the rest of us.
In front of our own house, we have a beautiful, nearly maintenance free planting which includes fothergillas, our native fringe tree, and the Florida anise tree which is our featured plant this month. It forms a nicely branched shrub about 4 feet high and wide, and being evergreen, looks great all year long. At this time of the year, we wind small white holiday lights all around it that show up even during the day light hours because of the lustrous dark green leaves. It is perfectly hardy here. Ours is in high, open shade, and is underplanted with evergreen Solomon’s Seal, blue phlox, and Carex Blue Zinger. This is truly a planting for all seasons. And one last thing, deer don’t like it!
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