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Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That – Northwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 153
‘Standishii’ Yew


Overused: Arborvitae

(Thuja occidentalis cvs.)

Photo: Michelle Gervais

1. ‘Standishii’ Yew

Name: Taxus baccata ‘Standishii’

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8

Size: Up to 10 feet tall and 2 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to full shade; moist, well-drained soil

There is a reason why the great English designers plant yews: They are dramatic. Not for the timid, ‘Standishii’ yew punctuates space and captures light in a way that few architectural plants can match. There’s no need to prune it as this plant has a handsome form. It works both as a single feature and en masse, creating a wall or enhancing a pathway. Bonus winter berries decorate and contrast beautifully with the winter-induced golden foliage.


‘Looking Glass’ Brunnera


Overused: Hosta

(Hosta spp. and cvs.)

Photo: Michelle Gervais

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