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Jim’s Portland Garden

A beautiful garden full of unusual plants

drooping purple flower in front of tiny pink flowers

Today we’re in Portland, Oregon, visiting Jim Rondone’s beautiful garden.

close up of White western redbudWhile the more widely planted eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis, Zones 5–9) is native to the eastern half of North America, the western redbud (Cercis occidentalis ‘Alba’, Zones 6–9; pictured) is a similar species native to Utah, Arizona, and Nevada.

close up of unique cup-shaped flowerArisaema taiwanense (Zones 6–9) is a beautiful species from, as the name suggests, Taiwan. Jim finds that it needs regular watering during the summer to thrive in Portland’s summer-dry climate.

close up of Yuletide CamelliaCamellia ‘Yuletide’ (Zones 7–10) blooms for Jim starting in November and continuing until March. Jim encourages heavy blooming by pruning ruthlessly in April, which encourages new growth in plenty of time to develop new flower buds for the next flower display.

close up of light purple and white Ivy-leaved cyclamenA gorgeous clump of Cyclamen hederifolium (ivy-leaved cyclamen, Zones 4–9). This hardy species grows a little backward, being completely dormant in the summer and then bursting into bloom in the fall. The leaves you can see just beginning to emerge here will look beautiful all winter and into spring before going dormant again.

close up fo bottle gentian flowerThe flowers of this bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii, Zones 3–7) remain closed, which saves the pollen and nectar for the plant’s preferred pollinators, bumblebees, which are strong enough to pull the petals apart to access the nectar inside. This species is native to usually moist areas in the eastern half of North America.

view of garden in summer with lots of grasses and flowersThe Pacific Northwest, including Portland, is often thought of as cold and rainy, but that is actually only true seasonally. It is very dry during summer, with the steady rains returning in fall.

close up of colorful, peeling bark on a treeLagerstroemia subcostata var. fauriei ‘Fantasy’ (Zones 6–9) is a beautiful crape myrtle. It has clusters of pretty white flowers in summer, but the real show is this incredible bark, which gets more beautiful with each passing year.

drooping purple flower in front of tiny pink flowersIf you are only familiar with the typical large-flowered hybrid clematis, you are missing out on some of the most beautiful flowers in this genus. This is Clematis crispa (Zones 6–9), a vine native to the central and southeastern United States that has these magically shaped flowers. Here it shows off beautifully with a backdrop of the soft pink Ceanothus × pallidus ‘Marie Simon’ (Zones 6–9). This ceanothus is a hybrid of species native to the east and west coasts of North America, giving it extra adaptability and vigor, along with those romantic flowers.

garden in may with lots of purple flowersThe rear garden in May

view of a small fountain and greenery in the gardenThe lush green of April in the garden


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    simplesue 12/27/2022

    I found myself saving like 4 of your garden photos to my Pinterest for inspiration! I'm just so impressed with what you've accomplished here...also learned about a few plants from your post. The April and May photos of the garden are just breath taking, I'd love to see more seasons in this garden!

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      treasuresmom 12/27/2022

      Sue, are you able to get the emails anymore? I wish I could but even after trying several times -- no joy.

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    treasuresmom 12/27/2022

    Love it all but especially the clematis.

  3. btucker9675 12/27/2022

    Stunning... just wow...

  4. bdowen 12/27/2022

    Wonderful views and inspiration for a cold winter day in New England. Thank you for sharing your garden.

  5. jos29803 12/28/2022


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