Magazine article Sunset

Mix Master

Magazine article Sunset

Mix Master

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A successful planting combination is as much about beautiful foliage as it is about flowers--that's the premise of the upcoming book Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017; $25). For example, this lively planting, one of more than 100 ideas in the book, is perfect for front-entry containers and can be transferred into the ground come spring. The conifer Thuja 'Forever Goldy' (top) has a golden glow that takes on an orange tint as the temperatures drop, setting the stage for the moonlight yellow tones on the speckled hollylike leaves of Osmanthus 'Goshiki' (bottom) to shine. With their long bloom time, pink- and white-flowering heathers keep the color coming for weeks.


Order bare-root roses now for a wide selection; plant in January. Introductions for 2017 from Regan Nursery ( include 'Fruity Petals', a climber with pale-edged pink flowers; 'Princesse Charlene de Monaco', a ruffled apricot hybrid tea rose; and gold shrub rose 'Edith's Darling', named for a character on Downton Abbey.


Cyclamen, pansies, and primroses are plentiful in nurseries and perfect for adding winter color to the garden. Plant large drifts in a single hue to make the most impact.

Potted conifers, often sold as "living Christmas trees," can stay indoors this month but should be planted outside in January. The exception is Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla), which is happy as a houseplant. …

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