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Northwest Regional Reports

Regional Picks: Variegated Plants for Shade—Northwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 194
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1. ‘Angyo Star’ Tree Ivy

Name: Fatshedera lizei ‘Angyo Star’

Zones: 7–10

Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; average to dry, well-drained soil

Native range: Bigeneric hybrid selected in Japan

This cross between Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica, Zones 8–10) and English ivy (Hedera helix, Zones 4–9) looks right at home in many styles—from cottage to formal, and even tropical. With a liberal splash of cream on the margins of waxy, star-shaped leaves, ‘Angyo Star’ lends painterly fl air to darker spaces. And although large foliage usually belies a vulnerable nature, this deer-resistant, semi-evergreen shrub is quite durable. Retaining ivy’s bulletproof composure without the nightmarish invasive tendencies, this is a problem solver for adverse conditions such as dry shade. Its flexible shape, growing upright if staked or sprawling if left unchecked, is also a valuable asset.

Photo: Joshua McCullough

2. ‘Maejima’ Winter Daphne

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