Category Archives: Evergreen

Pink Princess Escallonias

We have four Pink Princess escallonias (Escallonia x exoniensis ‘Fradesii’) in the backyard. They are evergreen and are situated to block the area under the deck (the yard is on a slope). They have a light scent and are quite pretty. Probably by next year the escallonias will need some pruning.

I took these pictures two days ago.

Pink Princess escallonia - Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii' Pink Princess escallonia - Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii' Pink Princess escallonia - Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii' Pink Princess escallonia - Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii' Pink Princess escallonia - Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii' Pink Princess escallonia - Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii' Pink Princess escallonia - Escallonia x exoniensis 'Fradesii'

Warty Barberries and Crucifixion Thorns

We have two evergreen warty barberries (Berberis verruculosa) in the front yard next to three crucifixion thorns (Colletia hystrix–also called “anchor plants”). I’m putting both types of plants in the same post because they are close together and thus share photographs. We bought the five pokey plants to keep the neighbors’ dog out of our yard, but then the neighbor went and built a chicken coop fence (I guess he got the hint). We’re not too found of the chicken coop fence, but the plants are growing to cover it nicely.

The warty barberries bloomed at the end of April. I think the crucifixion thorns have bloomed in the past, but I don’t remember off of the top of my head when they bloom, and I am not sure if they did bloom this year.

Warty barberries: Berberis verruculosa:

warty barberry - Berberis verruculosa warty barberry - Berberis verruculosa warty barberry - Berberis verruculosa warty barberry - Berberis verruculosa2014 Miscell 1278 warty barberry

Crucifixion thorns: Colletia hystrix:

crucifixion thorn - anchor plant - Colletia hystrix crucifixion thorn - anchor plant - Colletia hystrix

Both types:

crucifixion thorn - anchor plant - Colletia hystrix and warty barberry - Berberis verruculosa crucifixion thorn - anchor plant - Colletia hystrix and warty barberry - Berberis verruculosa crucifixion thorn - anchor plant - Colletia hystrix and warty barberry - Berberis verruculosa

Did we need all five pokey plants? Probably not. Also, when I (very enthusiastically) picked out these plants, I didn’t think about what it would be like weeding around them.

Variegated Viburnums

We have two variegated viburnums in the yard. One of the viburnums, Viburnum japonicum ‘Variegatum’, bloomed at the same time as the doublefile viburnums (early- to mid-May), but the other variegated viburnum, Viburnum tinus ‘Variegatum’, didn’t bloom–but I’m including pictures of it anyhow.

Viburnum japonicum ‘Variegatum’:

Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum' Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'

Viburnum tinus ‘Variegatum’:

Viburnum tinus 'Variegatum' Viburnum tinus 'Variegatum'

Mountain Laurel

We have one mountain laurel in the yard, Kalmia latifolia ‘Raspberry Glow’. Mountain laurels are related to rhododendrons. Ours is located in the shrubrow. These pictures were taken from late May to mid-June.

mountain laurel - Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow' mountain laurel - Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow' mountain laurel - Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow' mountain laurel - Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow' mountain laurel - Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow' mountain laurel - Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow' mountain laurel - Kalmia latifolia 'Raspberry Glow'

Ceanothuses

Ceanothuses are sometimes called California lilacs, and we have a few of them in the yard. They bloomed for a fairly long period, which is always nice. These pictures are from late April to late May.

Ceanothus impressus ‘Vandenberg’:

Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg'  Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg'

Ceanothus x ‘Dark Star’:

Ceanothus x 'Dark Star' Ceanothus x 'Dark Star' Ceanothus x 'Dark Star' Ceanothus x 'Dark Star' Ceanothus x 'Dark Star'

El Dorado Ceanothus: Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Perado’:

El Dorado Ceanothus--Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Perado' El Dorado Ceanothus--Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Perado' El Dorado Ceanothus--Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Perado' El Dorado Ceanothus--Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Perado'

Oregon Grapes

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.

Oregon Grapes - Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta' Oregon Grapes - Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta'

Pieris

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 Pieris japonica Pieris japonica

Pieris japonica ‘Valley Valentine’:

Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'

Pieris taiwanensis ‘Snowdrift’:

Pieris taiwanensis 'Snowdrift'

Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’ (variegated, maybe didn’t bloom):

Pieris japonica 'Little Heath'

Rhododendrons

These pictures range in date somewhat, from early April to mid-May. The Bee rhododendrons, ‘President Roosevelt’, and the plant I call “early blooming rhododendron” bloomed early. ‘Deep Clover’ and ‘Centennial Celebration’ are later bloomers. The two big front rhododendrons fall in the middle.

I really want another rhododendron, but I have absolutely no idea where I would put it. I think I want a late blooming deep deep purple one.

Two big front rhododendrons:

Rhododendrons Rhododendrons Rhododendrons Rhododendrons Rhododendrons Rhododendrons Rhododendrons and lilac

Early blooming rhododendron:

Rhododendron Rhododendron

Rhododendron x ‘President Roosevelt’ (variegated foliage):

Rhododendron x 'President Roosevelt' Rhododendron x 'President Roosevelt' Rhododendron x 'President Roosevelt'

Rhododendron ‘Centennial Celebration’:

Rhododendron 'Centennial Celebration' Rhododendron 'Centennial Celebration' Rhododendron 'Centennial Celebration' Rhododendron 'Centennial Celebration' Rhododendron 'Centennial Celebration'

Rhododendron ‘Deep Clover’:

Rhododendron 'Deep Clover' Rhododendron 'Deep Clover' Rhododendron 'Deep Clover'

Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ (scented, has not bloomed):

Rhododendron 'Polar Bear'

The Bee Rhododendrons (all allegedly dwarf):

Bee Rhododendrons Bee Rhododendrons Bee Rhododendrons Bee Rhododendrons Bee Rhododendrons Bee Rhododendrons

Rhododendron ‘Wanna Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Wanna Bee' Rhododendron 'Wanna Bee' Rhododendron 'Wanna Bee' Rhododendron 'Wanna Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Patty Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Patty Bee' Rhododendron 'Patty Bee' Rhododendron 'Patty Bee' Rhododendron 'Patty Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Must Bee’ (only one blossom this year):

Rhododendron 'Must Bee' Rhododendron 'Must Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Queen Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Queen Bee' Rhododendron 'Queen Bee' Rhododendron 'Queen Bee' Rhododendron 'Queen Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Too Bee’ (I don’t think it bloomed this year):

Rhododendron 'Too Bee' Rhododendron 'Too Bee'

Rhododendron ‘June Bee’:

Rhododendron 'June Bee' Rhododendron 'June Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Wee Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Wee Bee' Rhododendron 'Wee Bee'

Rhododendron ‘Peter Bee’:

Rhododendron 'Peter Bee' Rhododendron 'Peter Bee'

Early Blooming Viburnums

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’

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Pink Dawn'

Spring Bouquet viburnums: Viburnum tinus ‘Compactum’

Spring Bouquet viburnums: Viburnum tinus 'Compactum'

Korean Spice viburnum: Viburnum carlesii:

Korean Spice viburnum - Viburnum carlesii Korean Spice viburnum - Viburnum carlesii Korean Spice viburnum - Viburnum carlesii

Judd viburnum: Viburnum x juddii:

 Judd viburnum - Viburnum x juddii