Category Archives: Shrubrow

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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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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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.

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Carolina Allspice

I didn’t notice the Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) blooming until I think it had already been at it awhile. It is located in the shrubrow, and I have to remind myself to go over there sometimes. We bought this plant when it was not in bloom; then, I got home and read that one should always buy this type of plant in bloom because the scent varies. We have had it two years and I have still not made up my mind about it–the scent is really different.

This picture was taken in late May.

Carolina allspice - Calycanthus floridus

Mock Oranges (Philadelphus)

We have five mock oranges in the yard, and I especially like them. They smell like orange blossoms and bloom for a fairly long period. ‘Yellow Cab’, the latest mock orange, is still blooming now, although I think it is now past its height. ‘Manteau d’Hermine’ was the first mock orange to bloom this year, and it has been finished for quite a while. We purchased a native mock orange for our vacation home, but we have not planted it yet. I wish we had room in our regular garden for a native mock orange–too late now.

These pictures range from mid-May to mid-June.

Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Manteau d’Hermine’:

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Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Belle Etoile’:

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Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Dwarf Snowflake’:

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Philadelphus ‘Snow White Fantasy’:

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Philadelphus virginalis ‘Yellow Cab’:

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Weigelas

We have five weigelas in the yard. I think we mostly became interested in the plants upon learning that hummingbirds visit them, but also some weigelas have great variegated foliage. The last few years I have forgotten to prune the weigelas at the appropriate time, and I really need to do it this year (some are getting rather large). CIscoe Morris talks about pruning weigelas in his book. These photographs are from mid-May to late May, but actually some of the weigelas are still blooming.

Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’:

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Weigela florida ‘Eyecatcher’:

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My Monet weigela–Weigela florida ‘Verweig’:

My Monet weigela--Weigela florida 'Verweig' My Monet weigela--Weigela florida 'Verweig'

Wine and Roses weigela–Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’:

Wine and Roses weigela--Weigela florida 'Alexandra' Wine and Roses weigela--Weigela florida 'Alexandra' Wine and Roses weigela--Weigela florida 'Alexandra'

French Lace weigela–Weigela florida ‘Brigela’ (note the hummingbird in the last four photos):

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Doublefile Viburnums

We have two doublefile viburnums in the backyard. The photographs of the plants blooming are from late April to late May. ‘Summer Snowflake’ will probably bloom again during the summer (which is what it did the last two years).

Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’:

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Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake’:

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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:

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Early blooming rhododendron:

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Rhododendron x ‘President Roosevelt’ (variegated foliage):

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Rhododendron ‘Centennial Celebration’:

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Rhododendron ‘Deep Clover’:

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

Rhododendron 'Polar Bear'

The Bee Rhododendrons (all allegedly dwarf):

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Rhododendron ‘Wanna Bee’:

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Rhododendron ‘Patty Bee’:

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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'

Mountain Laurel

The mountain laurel bloomed a couple of weeks ago (yes, still behind on posts, but catching up!)

Mountain laurels are related to rhododendrons. This one is in the shrub row.

Kalmia latifolia ‘Raspberry Glow’:

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