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Stachyurus Praecox or Just Stachyurus
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Stachyurus Praecox or Just Stachyurus

What makes Stachyurus praecox, or stachyurus, special are the gorgeous pendent racemes of 4-petalled flowers, bell-shaped, primrose yellow flowers that are borne on the bare branches before the leaves in winter and spring. This deciduous shrub or small tree deserves […]

Angel’s Trumpet, or Brugmansia…Eye Candy for the Gardener
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Angel’s Trumpet, or Brugmansia…Eye Candy for the Gardener

There are few shrubs or trees that will catch your attention like Brugmansia or more commonly called angel’s trumpet. Their amazing, large, and wonderfully fragrant flowers give them their common name of angel’s trumpet This is a genus of seven […]

Are You Looking for a Beautiful Lavender Flower for Your Garden…Potato Bush
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Are You Looking for a Beautiful Lavender Flower for Your Garden…Potato Bush

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ or potato bush; sometimes referred to as potato tree can be an annual, perennial, evergreen or deciduous shrub, or twining climber depending on your Hardiness Zone and plant location, and the severity of your winters. The popularity […]

Shrubs That Ooze Personality…Azara Serrata, or Saw-Toothed Azara
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Shrubs That Ooze Personality…Azara Serrata, or Saw-Toothed Azara

Azara Serrata is more commonly referred to as Andean Gold, or you may find it labeled as saw-toothed azara in the nursery. This is an extremely fast growing evergreen tree or large shrub with rounded, serrated, glossy green foliage that […]

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Windcliff Flurry’
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Fuchsia magellanica ‘Windcliff Flurry’

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Windcliff Flurry’ (a hardy fuchsia) is a Dan Hinkley selection; prized for its exceptional display of brilliant red and purple flowers and improved winter hardiness. This magellanica blooms for several months, and is irresistible to hummingbirds. It is […]

Bellevue Botanical Garden…The Major Remodel Is Done
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Bellevue Botanical Garden…The Major Remodel Is Done

There are a lot of sophisticated design elements that went into the Bellevue Botanical Garden (this is a 53 acre garden) and its major remodel (finished just this summer), but that is not the reason it is one of my […]

Embothrium coccineum or Chilean Fire Tree
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Embothrium coccineum or Chilean Fire Tree

Embothrium coccineum or Chilean Fire Tree is an exotic looking upward growing tree that when it is in bloom during May and June is covered in masses of absolutely stunning, vivid red blossoms that will attract hummingbirds for miles. Flowers […]

Trochodendron Aralioides or Wheel Tree
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Trochodendron Aralioides or Wheel Tree

Trochodendron aralioides, commonly called wheel tree is a real eye catcher in your landscape or garden. It is a slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen tree or large shrub that is native to the mountain forests in Japan, Taiwan, and parts of Korea. […]

Actinidia polygama or Silver Vine
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Actinidia polygama or Silver Vine

Actinidia polygama or silver vine is a deciduous climbing vine that reaches a height of 15 feet at maturity. The plant gets its name from its long, dark green, 6 inch leaves with silver tips. This plant is primarily grown […]

Heronswood
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Heronswood

Those in the gardening community know the story, the folk lore that surrounds Herronswood. Two nurserymen Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones started the garden in 1987. During the period from 1978 to 2000 it was infused with plants from all […]