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Regional Picks: Foundation-Friendly Plants – Northeast

Fine Gardening – Issue 175
1. ‘Lemon Dream’ Rhododendron   Name: Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide Conditions: Bright shade or morning sun; moist, acidic, well-drained soil There are so many rhododendrons worthy of prominent display, but ‘Lemon Dream’ has caught my eye for the last few years at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Its rounded trusses of buttery-yellow blooms explode into soft, pastel glory in early June. Individual flowers occasionally sport a double set of petals, adding nuance and interest to the already beautiful blooms. The deep green leaves are small and rounded, emerging with a bronze tint, and sporting brownish-orange indumentum on their reverse. This compact and sturdy grower performs like a champ in exposed plantings in Maine’s Zone 6. Even the smallest borders have space for this showy little shrub. 2. Bird’s Nest Spruce   Name: Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’ Zones: 3 to…

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