We have two Oregon grapes (Mahonia aquifolium) in the yellow/cat garden. I am not entirely sure which cultivar they are: they came with two tags (each), one of which said ‘Compacta’ and the other said ‘John Muir’. They are staying really small, anyhow. Yes, I wanted compact plants, but I am not sure if they have grown at all, and we’ve had them two years. Oh well, plenty of other things are already growing way too big. These pictures were taken mid-March.
I have a subscription to the Merriam-Webster Unabridged online, and I just looked to see if it told what the plural for pieris is, but the entry does not say. Pierises? Or just pieris?
Pieris are sometimes called lily of the valley shrubs. The photos of the plants blooming are from early March (I’m not sure if the variegated pieris bloomed–if so I didn’t take any pictures of it).
The big pieris (I’m not entirely sure its cultivar name, but I imagine it is Pieris japonica):
Pieris japonica ‘Valley Valentine’:
Pieris taiwanensis ‘Snowdrift’:
Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’ (variegated, maybe didn’t bloom):
I’m putting several viburnums in this post. ‘Pink Dawn’ bloomed during the winter–I think it may have even started blooming in November (but it may have been December). The two Spring Bouquet viburnums are evergreen and fill up an unattractive space beneath the stairs. The Korean Spice viburnum (front yard) and the Judd viburnum (backyard) both smell quite nice (they are related), but the Korean Spice viburnum bloomed more profusely (it has a better spot in the yard than the Judd viburnum). The Spring Bouquet viburnums bloomed in March and April, and the Korean Spice and Judd viburnums bloomed in April.
Right now the doublefile viburnums are blooming, and I’ll include pictures of them another time.
Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Pink Dawn’
Spring Bouquet viburnums: Viburnum tinus ‘Compactum’
Korean Spice viburnum: Viburnum carlesii:
Judd viburnum: Viburnum x juddii:
We have two red flowering currants: one is a cultivar, and the other is the regular native species. The cultivar definitely blooms more profusely (and earlier). The cultivar is in the woodland garden, which has pretty nice soil, while the regular species is in the swamp: that could make a different, I guess. These pictures were mostly taken in March, with a few taken in early April.
Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’:
Only some of the camellias bloomed this year, and of those that bloomed, some had more blooms than others. We have two “Chandleri Elegans.’ These photos were taken in March and April.
Camellia japonica ‘Pink Parade’:
Camellia japonica ‘Chandleri Elegans Variegated’ backyard:
Camellia japonica ‘Chandleri Elegans Variegated’ frontyard:
Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Gem’:
Camellia posts last year:
I call a certain area of the yard the “cat garden” or “yellow garden.” We have some kitties buried there, who were all yellow tabby cats, so we’ve planted yellow bulbs. There are plants in the area other than bulbs, but it is during tulip and daffodil season that the area looks the best.
Daphnes are early blooming and smell great. The pictures of the Daphne odoras were taken in February and March, and the pictures of Daphne x napolitana were taken in April.
Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’:
Daphne odora ‘Zuiko Nishiki’:
Daphne x napolitana:
New standard daphne, Daphne odora ‘Marginata’:
Hellebores are reliable late-winter bloomers.
For each plant, there are about a couple photos from February 13 and about a couple from March 6.
Helleborus x ballardiae ‘Pink Frost’:
Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’:
Helleborus orientalis ‘Frilly Kitten’:
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage Strain’:
Helleborus ‘Peppermint Ice’:
Helleborus argutifolius ‘Snow Fever’:
Helleborus ‘Cherry Blossom’:
Helleborus orientalis ‘Elly’: