Category Archives: Shrub

Lavender Festival 2014

About a month ago we went to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington. We started at the street fair (where I had lavender ice cream) and then visited three farms. Fun!

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Next year I will try to get pictures of the lavender hillside in our yard. The last two years it has been too weedy at lavender-blooming time.

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’ (Five-Leaf Aralia)

I am using the Latin name as the title of this post–and boy is it a mouthful! I have read that Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’ is sometimes called five-fingered or five-leaf aralia. It is a little bit of an obscure plant, and maybe for that reason I will categorize it as “exotic” (something that I can’t do that often). I spotted this shrub at the nursery and loved the variegated foliage and thorns (yes I like thorns for some reason). I see online that it does bloom, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it blooming (we’ve had it two years now).

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Willows

We have three willows in the garden: one in the swamp and two in the cat garden area. The willow in the swamp is a black pussy willow, so I’m posting pictures of it from February that show its fuzz. I may add more recent photographs of that willow after I weed the area (but it is in February when it looks interesting). The pictures of the other two willows are from spring and summer.

I see some pruning in the future, especially for the two willows in the cat garden. Actually, I’m not super fond of the shape of the black pussy willow, so maybe sometimes I’ll prune it down too.

You can see other views of two of the willows in this recent post about the cat garden.

black pussy willow: Salix gracilistyla ‘Melanostachys’:

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purple willow: Salix purpurea Nana’:

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golden curls corkscrew willow: Salix matsudana ‘Golden Curls’:

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purple willow: Salix purpurea ‘Nana’ and golden curls corkscrew willow: Salix matsudana ‘Golden Curls’:

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Spiraeas

Spiraea is the Latin word for these plants, and the English word is spirea. I think that the words are pronounced the same. Generally, I just use spiraea (instead of switching back and forth).

We have six spiraeas in the yard: two spring-blooming and four summer-blooming. The pictures of the two bridal veil spiraeas are from April, and the pictures of other four spiraeas are from June (although I think most are still blooming now in July).

bridal wreath spiraea: Spiraea prunifolia:

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Spiraea x bumalda ‘Candlelight’:

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Spiraea japonica ‘Bullata’:

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Spiraea japonica ‘Shirobana’:

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Spiraea x bumalda¬† ‘Flowering Choice’:

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I heard Ciscoe Morris say once how to prune spiraeas, but I really don’t remember what he said. I think I will likely need to look it up, because some of these plants are getting somewhat large (or at least I don’t want them much bigger).

Indigofera

The Indigofera amblyantha is in the shrubrow, and it has been blooming since early June. It is an airy shrub (the opposite of dense), and it has quite pretty little blooms and leaves.

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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.

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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:

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Crucifixion thorns: Colletia hystrix:

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Both types:

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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’:

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Viburnum tinus ‘Variegatum’:

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Himalayan Leptodermis

This year, a lot of plants get posted after they are done blooming (for several reasons), but the Himalayan leptodermis (Leptodermis oblonga) is blooming right now! I took these pictures a few days ago. It is in a section of dwarf shrubs in the front yard (and it is actually staying dwarf, unlike some of the plants). I think that this plant is rather sweet. However, I tend to always forget its name–I can remember that “Himalayan” is in the name, but I forget the rest. Oh well, I could probably try harder to remember.

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