Last winter there was a Duranta with scant protection from pine trees to the north of it that managed to stay green through the whole mild winter.
It looked like this mid-May of 2013; identical shrubs killed
back to the roots were about 18 inches tall, no blooms.
In November of 2013 we still had blooms and golden berries.
All the Durantas were still green until Sunday night.
You may know this plant as Pigeon Berry or Golden Dewdrop.
I read that deer browse them, berries first. Not here that I noticed.
Durantas are frequently visited by butterflies and sometimes a hummingbird.
If you can grow Esperanza Tecoma stans and Plumbago, you can grow Duranta.erecta as a tall summer annual or shrubby perennial depending upon the severity of winter temperatures and as an annual in zones cooler than zone 8b.
In 2011 I took cuttings to keep through the winter.
Making a note to do that again next fall.
I made a conscious decision to keep white and red begonias this winter, not pink. Why?
When I review previous years' pics I find many things I wish I'd potted for winter.
Do you do that?