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A Cover-Worthy California Garden

Fine Gardening’s January/February 2018 cover story will feature the display beds at Singing Tree Gardens Nursery in McKinleyville, California. This beautiful spot is about 300 miles north of San Francisco, a few miles inland from the Pacific coast. Here are a few extra photos that we couldn’t fit into the magazine feature. 

‘Hupp’s Single Snake’ noble fir (Abies procera, Zones 5-9) produces terminal leaders that shoot straight up with very few side branches. The dark-leaved shrub on the right is Red Jewel barberry (Berberis x media ‘Red Jewel’, Zones 6-9)

Silky wisps of Mexican feather grass catch the breezes, giving this part of the garden a distinctly different vibe. ‘Garnet’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’, Zones 5-9) and Himalayan birch (Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, Zones 5-9) complete the scene.

Beautiful textures, left to right: ‘Golden Fern’ Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Fern', Zones 5-8), ‘Van Ness Sensation’ rhododendron (Zones 7-9), and ‘Thorson’s Weeping’ Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla 'Thorsen's Weeping', Zones 6-8).

'Preziosa' hydrangea (Hydrangea ‘Preziosa’, Zones 6-9) has flowers that start out a creamy beige, then turn to shades of pink, then red, blue, and even bronze. Golden-leaved hardy fuscia (Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis ‘Aurea’, Zones 7-9) adds another bright note to the mix.

Here’s the golden-leaved hardy fuchsia again, this time with ‘Tokyo Delight’ hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Tokyo Delight', Zones 5-9).

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 11/16/2017

    I couldn't help but be intrigued by the star of the first photo, 'Hupp's Single Snake' noble fir. I'm not sure if I like that unusual growth habit but it did get my attention and sent me off on a google search to read more about it. I guess the one in the photo is an example of how it looks in maturity. Do any of our more adventuresome gpod-ers grow it?
    I can check the box of total enthusiasm for the evergreens in the 3rd picture...a lust worthy trio, for sure.

  2. user-6841468 11/16/2017

    Wow! i want all those beautiful combinations in my property!

  3. BTucker9675 11/16/2017

    The weeping hemlock reminded me of Cousin Itt.... : )

  4. user-4691082 11/16/2017

    I had the same reaction as Beth to the weeping hemlock! I have looked online at Singing Tree gardens website, but the shipping charges to the east coast hold me back. The post doesn’t say what zone the hardy fushsia is hardy in! Thanks.

  5. user-4691082 11/16/2017

    Oops, I just saw the zone...sorry

  6. Dvngardener 11/16/2017

    Lush and lovely! Number for is my favorite

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/16/2017

    I love that you've shared these extra photos from the shoot. They're awesome. I've visited the Singing Tree website: it's nice to have a virtual visit of their beautiful display gardens.

  8. user-7008735 11/16/2017

    I love the gleaming white bark of the Himalayan birch and the deep jewel colours of the Hydrangea 'Preziosa'. Why is my garden already so full? Alas.

  9. greengenes 11/16/2017

    What a treat today! I sure enjoy seeing new to me conifers! Iam currently making room for some and these would be fantastic! All these combinations are well worth doing for sure! Thanks for sharing these with us!

  10. user-7008421 11/17/2017

    Beautiful mix of colors, textures and shapes in your garden. Definitely a "fine garden"!

  11. user-6536305 12/28/2017

    Beautiful combination of plants. Thanks for sharing! I somehow missed this post until now. Especially like all the botanical names and zones.

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