Crushed foliage is scent-sational!


Creeping Wintergreen

3 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 32898
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procumbens

Flowers, fruits, and foliage create an ever-changing display that commands attention throughout the year.
You won't want to take your eyes off of this constantly changing Wintergreen. This small creeping evergreen offers year-round appeal. The fragrant, shiny dark green leaves turn a rich burgundy in fall, and petite, bell-shaped blossoms of white blushed with pale pink are borne in spring.

But the most amazing feature of Gaultheria procumbens is the bright scarlet fruits. These 1 1/2-inch fruits arise in midsummer and continue into the following spring, creating the most unusual sight of both flowers and fruit together! And the foliage is wonderfully aromatic when crushed -- still used in wintergreen tea, it was once also made into an oil.

After spending its first year establishing itself in the garden, this 6-inch plant spreads to make a most attractive groundcover or naturalized woody plant. Native to the eastern U.S., it likes an acidic, moist, organic soil and light shade in the North, medium to heavy shade further south. The more sun it gets, the darker are its leaves. Zones 3-cooler portions of 8.

Genus2 Gaultheria
Species procumbens
ItemForm 3 1/2-inch Pot
Zone 3 - 8
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Late Summer
Habit Prostrate
PlantHeight 6 in
PlantWidth 3 ft
AdditionalCharacteristics Berries, Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance
BloomColor Pink, White
FoliageColor Burgundy, Dark Green
LightRequirements Part Shade, Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained, Wet
Resistance Deer Resistance
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Gaultheria
Creeping Wintergreen / Checkerberry

Planting:

Set 1 to 2 feet apart, in partial shade, in moist, acid soil. We recommend a sandy, welldrained soil enriched with generous amounts of compost, leaf-mold or peat moss.


Maintenance:

Water regularly and deeply – Gaultheria needs moisture above all else, especially during periods of drought. A year-round organic mulch of compost or leaf mold is recommended to preserve moisture and help provide a cool root-run. Once established, plants resent transplanting.


Zones:

Zones 3 (cooler portions)-7

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