It was fun to observe some of our common plant species covered in frost. How many of them do you recognize? I suggest you look up any that are new to you and learn more about them.
Acer ginnala (Amur maple)
This is a common landscape shrub in the Lower Mainland. The berries are attractive. Hand prune when required. When it’s this frosty, just enjoy the view.
Symphoricarpos albus (Common snow berry)
This is a native species and birds love it.
Imperata cylindrica (Japanese blood grass)
Some people deadhead their Hydrangeas and use the flower heads in vases; some people leave the spent flowers on so they have something to look at in winter.
This perennial should have been flush cut at ground level weeks ago. I don’t find it attractive, even when it’s covered in frost.
Gaultheria shallon (Salal)
Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum)
This is a common landscape tree and a nice alternative to maple trees.
Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood)
This is an attractive landscape tree with great fall colours.
Cotoneaster salicifolius var. floccosus (Willow-leaf cotoneaster)
Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ (Black Mondo grass)
What plants did you notice on your walks and in your own gardens?