Category Archives: Variegated

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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White-Variegated Jasmine

The white-variegated jasmine (Jasminum officinale ‘Argenteovariegatum’) suffered a little over the winter, but it bounced back quite nicely. The plant has the lovely jasmine scent and also has really interesting feathery foliage. These pictures are from mid-June and early July.

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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'

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’:

Weigela florida 'Red Prince' Weigela florida 'Red Prince' Weigela florida 'Red Prince' Weigela florida 'Red Prince'

Weigela florida ‘Eyecatcher’:

Weigela florida 'Eyecatcher' Weigela florida 'Eyecatcher' Weigela florida 'Eyecatcher' Weigela florida 'Eyecatcher'

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):

French Lace weigela--Weigela florida 'Brigela' French Lace weigela--Weigela florida 'Brigela' French Lace weigela--Weigela florida 'Brigela' French Lace weigela--Weigela florida 'Brigela' French Lace weigela--Weigela florida 'Brigela' with hummingbird French Lace weigela--Weigela florida 'Brigela' with hummingbird French Lace weigela--Weigela florida 'Brigela' with hummingbird French Lace weigela--Weigela florida 'Brigela' with hummingbird

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’:

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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'

Variegated Flowering Dogwoods

We have two dogwood trees that are cultivars of the native dogwood (they are Cornus nuttallii ‘Goldspot’). We planted them against the side of the house two years ago to replace some vine maples that died. Um, I don’t think they are especially healthy (dogwoods sometimes get a disease), and they don’t become covered in blossoms in spring they way some non-native dogwoods do. They are all right, I guess. The yellow corkscrew willow is really pressing over into their area–it is perhaps a bit too robust (I’ll post pictures of it later).

These pictures were taken in late April.

western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot' western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot' western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot' western flowering dogwood - Cornus nuttallii 'Goldspot'

Hmm, the foliage doesn’t look especially variegated in these pictures. It is, though, although maybe less so than before (I’d have to go out and inspect them to know).

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:

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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'

New June Plants

I am still catching up on some posts. These plants were purchased and planted in early June. For some of them I have included more recent photos, as well. We went to a variety of stores: nurseries, the everything store, hardware stores, the farm stand… I think I will only talk about some of the plants here, because about some I don’t have much to say: we liked them and thus bought them.

some purchases

some purchases

some purchases

some purchases

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is a plant that I’ve heard Ciscoe Morris talk about numerous times (hummingbirds apparently love it). We saw this one for a pretty reasonable price and bought it. It is questionable if it will survive over the winter – it could go either way.

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

These miniature daisies are going to act as groundcovers in the rose garden. They have not been planted yet.

miniature daisy: Bellium minutum

miniature daisy: Bellium minutum

miniature daisy: Bellium minutum

miniature daisy: Bellium minutum

miniature daisy: Bellium minutum

miniature daisy: Bellium minutum

I bought this agastache specifically for a pot. The co-gardener has a tall blue pot with pink flowers, and the salvias that were in it died over the winter.

Agastache 'Nectar Series'

Agastache ‘Nectar Series’

mixed pot with Agastache 'Nectar Series' and annuals

mixed pot with Agastache ‘Nectar Series’ and annuals

pot with Agastache 'Nectar Series' and annuals

mixed pot with Agastache ‘Nectar Series’ and annuals

The co-gardener collects shasta daisies, and I think I encourage it.

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Esther Read'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Esther Read’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Esther Read'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Esther Read’

shasta daisies: Leucanthemum 'Esther Read' and 'White Mountain'

shasta daisies: Leucanthemum ‘Esther Read’ and ‘White Mountain’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'White Mountain'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘White Mountain’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'White Mountain'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘White Mountain’

Unless the co-gardener can find a good place to shelter it, this heliotrope won’t last over the winter (they are not hardy in our zone).

Heliotrope: Heliotropium arborescens 'Fragrant Delight'

Heliotrope: Heliotropium arborescens ‘Fragrant Delight’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum hybrid 'Darling Daisy'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum hybrid ‘Darling Daisy’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum hybrid 'Darling Daisy'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum hybrid ‘Darling Daisy’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum hybrid 'Darling Daisy' and Hebe carnosula

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum hybrid ‘Darling Daisy’ and Hebe carnosula

This hebe isn’t supposed to get too huge, which is good since I’m running out of space in the front yard (where the hebes are).

Hebe carnosula

Hebe carnosula

Hebe carnosula

Hebe carnosula

star jasmine: Trachelospermum jasminoides, annuals, and Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

star jasmine: Trachelospermum jasminoides, annuals, and Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

star jasmine: Trachelospermum jasminoides, annuals, and Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

star jasmine: Trachelospermum jasminoides, annuals, and Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

star jasmine: Trachelospermum jasminoides, annuals, and Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

star jasmine: Trachelospermum jasminoides, annuals, and Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

‘Wendy’s Wish’ was on clearance. The co-gardener bought it and put it in the pot with the star jasmine…. I think it has stopped blooming.

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

Green is my favorite color, so I was enthused about this dianthus.

Dianthus 'Green Ball'

Dianthus ‘Green Ball’

Dianthus 'Green Ball'

Dianthus ‘Green Ball’

Dianthus 'Green Ball'

Dianthus ‘Green Ball’

Osteospermums are always nice. They typically don’t last the winter in this zone.

Osteospermum 'Red Fox Summertime Sunset'

Osteospermum ‘Red Fox Summertime Sunset’

Osteospermum 'Red Fox Summertime Sunset' (a month later)

Osteospermum ‘Red Fox Summertime Sunset’ (a month later)

celosia

celosia

fuzzy annuals pot

fuzzy annuals pot

Veronica prostrata 'Goldwell': speedwell

Veronica prostrata ‘Goldwell’: speedwell

Salvia x microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer'

Salvia x microphylla ‘Heatwave Glimmer’

We didn’t need another cape fuchsia, but I love the way dark pink and yellow show inside the throat of the blooms. Hummingbirds absolutely adore these. It should get large (maybe next year).

cape fuchsia: Phygelius x rectus 'Trewidden Pink'

cape fuchsia: Phygelius x rectus ‘Trewidden Pink’

cape fuchsia: Phygelius x rectus 'Trewidden Pink'

cape fuchsia: Phygelius x rectus ‘Trewidden Pink’

cape fuchsia: Phygelius x rectus 'Trewidden Pink'

cape fuchsia: Phygelius x rectus ‘Trewidden Pink’

The three yellow dahlias were for the cat/yellow garden.

Dahlia 'Garden Princess' 1

Dahlia ‘Garden Princess’ 1

Dahlia 'Garden Princess' 2

Dahlia ‘Garden Princess’ 2

Dahlia 'Park Record'

Dahlia ‘Park Record’

Dahlia 'Thomas Edison'

Dahlia ‘Thomas Edison’

Dahlia 'Thomas Edison'

Dahlia ‘Thomas Edison’

Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation White'

Salvia nemorosa ‘Sensation White’

Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation White'

Salvia nemorosa ‘Sensation White’

dwarf plumbago: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

dwarf plumbago: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

dwarf plumbago: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

dwarf plumbago: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Freak'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Freak!’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Freak!'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Freak!’

I got a little tricked with this blue daisy plant. I bought it at the hardware store for a reasonable price, believing the “perennial” tag. Well, the tag didn’t say anything about temperatures, and so when I got home and looked up the plant I found that it isn’t hardy in our zone! I think the co-gardener knew this, but I was alone.

blue marguerite daisy: Felicia amelloides

blue marguerite daisy: Felicia amelloides

blue marguerite daisy: Felicia amelloides

blue marguerite daisy: Felicia amelloides

I got tricked by the hardware store about the marguerite daisy, as well.

'Madeira Crested Violet' marguerite daisy: Argyranthemum frutescens

‘Madeira Crested Violet’ marguerite daisy: Argyranthemum frutescens

'Madeira Crested Violet' marguerite daisy: Argyranthemum frutescens

‘Madeira Crested Violet’ marguerite daisy: Argyranthemum frutescens

'Madeira Crested Violet' marguerite daisy: Argyranthemum frutescens

‘Madeira Crested Violet’ marguerite daisy: Argyranthemum frutescens

Salvia greggii 'Heatwave Sparkle'

Salvia greggii ‘Heatwave Sparkle’

Salvia greggii 'Heatwave Sparkle'

Salvia greggii ‘Heatwave Sparkle’

Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Deep Rose'

Salvia nemorosa ‘Sensation Deep Rose’

Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Deep Rose'

Salvia nemorosa ‘Sensation Deep Rose’

saxifraga 'Dark Red Dwarf'

saxifraga ‘Dark Red Dwarf’

Eupatorium cannabinum

Eupatorium cannabinum

These miniature brass buttons are going to be stepable groundcovers somewhere, but I’m not yet sure where.

miniature brass buttons: Leptinella gruveri

miniature brass buttons: Leptinella gruveri

miniature brass buttons: Leptinella gruveri

miniature brass buttons: Leptinella gruveri

Hebe 'Variegata'

Hebe ‘Variegata’

Hebe 'Variegata'

Hebe ‘Variegata’

Hummingbirds love this salvia, but I’m not sure if it will last the winter

Salvia 'Amistad'

Salvia ‘Amistad’

Salvia 'Amistad'

Salvia ‘Amistad’

sea holly: Eryngium planum 'Blue Hobbit'

sea holly: Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’

sea holly - Eryngium planum 'Blue Hobbit'

sea holly – Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’

sea holly: Eryngium planum 'Blue Hobbit'

sea holly: Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Daisy May' same as 'Daisy Duke'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Daisy May’ same as ‘Daisy Duke’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Daisy May' same as 'Daisy Duke'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Daisy May’ same as ‘Daisy Duke’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Daisy May' same as 'Daisy Duke'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Daisy May’ same as ‘Daisy Duke’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Snow Lady'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Snow Lady’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Snow Lady'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Snow Lady’

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum 'Snow Lady'

shasta daisy: Leucanthemum ‘Snow Lady’

The tradescantia is in the swamp

Tradescantia andersoniana 'Concord Grape' - spiderwort

Tradescantia andersoniana ‘Concord Grape’ – spiderwort

Tradescantia andersoniana 'Concord Grape' - spiderwort

Tradescantia andersoniana ‘Concord Grape’ – spiderwort

I have been collecting elfin thyme from many places… unfortunately, the least expensive places do not restock it – the amount they get in the spring is it. So, many places I bought up the remainder. Elfin thyme is going to be our lawn replacement. I am not sure if it is enough – but then again, the lawn isn’t out yet anyhow.

elfin thyme: Thymus serphyllum 'Elfin'

elfin thyme: Thymus serphyllum ‘Elfin’

elfin thyme: Thymus serphyllum 'Elfin'

elfin thyme: Thymus serphyllum ‘Elfin’