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Regional Picks: Seasonal Combo—Northwest

Fine Gardening - Issue #193
Illustration: Elara Tanguy

1. ‘All Gold’ Japanese Forest Grass

‘All Gold’ Japanese Forest Grass
Photo: Steve Aitken

Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’

Zones: 5–8

Size: 12 to 15 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide

Conditions: Partial shade; fertile, well-drained soil

Native range: Eastern Asia

Shockingly brilliant and well-behaved, this ornamental grass glows in the garden. In April the buttercup yellow blades emerge and quickly form a lush clump by May. As the clump matures, it broadens to graceful mounds that move with the slightest breeze. The golden yellow color will hold through the growing season with some morning sun. If there is more shade it will soften to chartreuse. This is an excellent plant to soften bold foliage and mix with cool colors such as blues and purples, or hot colors such as reds and oranges. Water this grass regularly during extended dry periods, and protect it from the reflective heat of intense late afternoon sun.

 

2. ‘Arneson Gem’ Deciduous Azalea

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