Monthly Archives: February 2015

Favorite Plant Friday

This week Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku – Coral Bark Maple is the featured plant. A tree growing slowly to 20-25′ tall and about 15 – 20’ wide is of interest year-round. In the spring it dons bright green leaves edged in red. In summer the lime green leaves provide shad for other plants in the garden.… Read More »

Favorite Plant Friday

This week I wanted to feature one of my favorite winter bloomers, Hamamelis or Witch Hazel.  Deciduous shrubs to 8-12′ in the Pacific Northwest. These V-shaped shrubs are an attractive addition to garden borders in zones 4-9. It provides color in the middle of winter when everything else is drab. These spider-like flowers appear in… Read More »

Favorite Plant Friday

Before Friday slips away I want to tell you all about a not too common winter blooming shrub; Edgeworthia chrysantha or Paper bush. Not particularly glamorous in summer months, it really puts on a show in mid to late February. It grows virtually maintenance free to about 5′ tall and wide. It is not fussy… Read More »

Favorite Plant Friday (Feb. 6)

One of my all time favorite large shrubs is Garrya or Silk Tassel. Garrya elliptica is a native of southern Oregon and California coastal ranges is a somewhat untidy evergreen shrub that produces these wonderful long catkins from late December through February. This Zone 4-9 shrub is beautiful when not in bloom as well. With… Read More »