Susan Langenes of Portland, Oregon shared these photos she took of her garden on February 14th. Though her mild climate means there are some flowers blooming now, she mostly relies on incredible foliage to make a colorful late-winter/early spring display.
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis ‘Paradise’ (manzanita, Zones 8 -10) with Red leaved heather (Calluna vulgaris ‘Robert Chapman’, Zones 4 – 6).
Red leaved heather (Calluna vulgaris ‘Robert Chapman’, Zones 4 – 6). The Calluna genus, or Scottish heathers, are useful as ground covers and their small flowers attract bees. To learn more about this genus, visit our plant guide on Calluna.
Hens and chicks (Sempervivum, Zones 3 – 10), are an old favorite that can be planted in containers, along foot paths, or in rock gardens. Susan uses them to great success on a rock wall here. Click here for a guide to planting succulents.
Euphorbia myrsinites (myrtle euphorbia Zones 5 – 9).
A gorgeous, water-soaked red leaved euphorbia (Euphorbia x martinii either ‘Rudolph’ or ‘Red Martin’, Zones 6 – 9).
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