Last winter wasn't too bad. I had a few cacti losses, but other than that almost everything I had planted out survived (or seems that way): I went out and got myself some new stuff:
Magnolia 'Exotic Star' It's a hybrid of M. grandiflora 'russet' with M. sieboldii. Exotic genes, no? it's evergreen, with white flowers/red stamens. The leaves are more pointed than Grandiflora. I got myself a 7gal from Broken Arrow nursery (it wasn't cheap; thanks, tax return!!!) and before planting it, I placed it next to M. grandiflora for comparison.
A close-up of the leaves. It's rated hardy to z6. I don't know how cold hardy "russet" is, but sieboldii is supposed to be hardier than grandiflora. I didn't know crossing Asian and American Magnolias was even possible.
Eleaganus 'olive martini' is replacing a Magnolia virginiana that ended up very deciduous in the front lawn.
What's left of Sabal minor 'mcurtain' after a low of -5F. The spear is firm. I think it will recover, but it won't look pretty for a while.
Another replacement: A Yucca treculeana got fungus while it was winter-enclosed and the top croaked. I dug it up and replaced it with a lowes-monrovia yucca gloriosa 'variegata'. For the front lawn, I want something that will stay reasonably good looking. I know I can rescue the treculeana roots, but it will never probably look its best.
Nandina Domestica + illicium parviflorum. I've been meaning to pot up these illiciums for several weeks, but everytime it's not raining or disgustingly windy, I've been at work. Today it was windy, so they'll have to wait in their pots, sunk in the ground for a little longer.
Trachycarpus 'nainital'. I protected this one with rose cone/leaves/lights.. it didn't lose its spear and I love the way the shadows work.