Our picks for the very best bulbs, greens, trees, and more to set out now for a vibrant garden come spring
Photo by Thomas J. Story
A few high-impact shrubs are valuable garden building blocks. We already love the burgundy leaves and bright pink flowers of Chinese loropetalum, and Purple Pixie is the first and strongest dwarf form. Graceful and weeping, it grows 4 to 5 feet wide but tops out at less than 2 feet tall. It’s especially pretty spilling over the edges of a container. Plant this evergreen shrub in full sun or light shade; give it acidic, well-drained soil. Find Purple Pixie at Orchard Supply Hardware (osh.com).