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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 […]

Beesia
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Beesia

Beesia deltophylla, or if you wish to use the common name beesia, is the fabulous plant I am always looking for to fill my shade garden.  Beesia has gorgeous, deep lustrous green, shiny, heart-shaped leaves that really catch your eye. […]

Aronia
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Aronia

Aronia (Photinia melanocarpa, formerly Aronia melanocarpa) is commonly referred to as black chokeberry, aronia berry, or simply aronia. This is a woody, very robust, perennial shrub in the rosaceae family that is native to the eastern United States and hardy […]

Mukdenia
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Mukdenia

Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ Crimson Fans more commonly referred to as mukdenia is a small perennial grown for its unique foliage. In early spring the new growth emerges reddish-bronze and then fades to green in summer. In autumn the tips turn […]

Oregon Grape ‘Lionel Fortescue’
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Oregon Grape ‘Lionel Fortescue’

Mahonia x media ‘Lionel Fortescue’ or Oregon Grape ‘Lionel Fortescue’ is a hybrid between Mahonia japonica and M. lomariifolia. This fully hardy (this plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C or 5°F) evergreen shrub is usually the first Mahonia to […]