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Regional Picks: The Experts’ Top Ten Plants – Northwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 143

Northwest

 

No. 1

Low Oregon grape (Mahonia nervosa)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 8

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; slightly acidic to neutral, well-drained soil

This Northwest native boasts four-season appeal and thrives in dry shade. Its early-spring flowers develop into summer berries with a blue glaucous coating, and in winter, its evergreen leaves turn shades of claret.

 

2. ‘Grace’ smoke bush (Cotinus ‘Grace’)

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 15 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. ‘Setsugekka’ camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’)

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: 8 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; slightly acidic, well-drained, evenly moist soil

 

4. ‘Nana’ dwarf hiba arborvitae (Thujopsis dolabrata ‘Nana’)

Zones: 5 to 7

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

 

 

 

 

 

5. ‘The Fairy’ polyantha rose (Rosa ‘The Fairy’)

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil

 

 

 

 

 

6. ‘Lemon Queen’ perennial sunflower (Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’)

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained, evenly moist soil

 

 

 

 

7. ‘Lionel Fortescue’ hybrid mahonia (Mahonia media ‘Lionel Fortescue’)

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 10 to 15 feet tall and 5 feet wide

Conditions: Partial shade; evenly moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil

8. ‘Golf Ball’ kohuhu (Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’)

Zones: 8 to 11

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

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

9. ‘Belle Etoile’ mock orange (Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’)

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; prefers evenly moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soil

10. ‘Mönch’ aster (Aster frikartii ‘Mönch’)

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 30 inches tall and 16 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil

 

Marty Wingate gardens in Seattle, Washington, and is the author of Landscaping for Privacy.

Photos: courtesy of James Ellingboe; Bill Johnson; www.cfgphoto.com; courtesy of Monrovia Nursery; Jerry Pavia; courtesy of Marty Wingate; author, courtesy of Leighton Wingate

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