127 posts in Plant Profiles

May 2015 Plant Profile: Paeonia suffruticosa subsp. rockii

Striking tree peony in Pacific Connections China Entry Garden in full, fragrant bloom this month

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April 2015 Plant Profile: Anemone nemorosa ‘Viridiflora’

A unique woodland charmer that’s easy to grow even in dry shade, Anemone nemorosa ‘Viridiflora’ is a charming spring ephemeral that’s a “must have” for the avid gardener.

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March 2015 Plant Profile: Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Sentinel’

The manzanita is one of the most iconic of all West Coast native trees and shrubs, yet they are rarely ever seen in gardens. Like their famous relative, Arbutus menziesii (The Pacific Madrone), they’ve earned a reputation of being slow and difficult to establish. But with a strong emphasis in introducing more of our native flora into our gardens and the constant demand for drought tolerant plantings, the wide range of Manzanita species and hybrids have really started to come to the fore and gardeners are rediscovering their unique and stately presence in the landscape. 

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February 2015 Plant Profile: Sarcococca

A common sight and scent in the winter garden, Sweet Box never fails to perform.

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January 2015 Plant Profile: Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Shooting Star’

A new and reliable hybrid Hellebore for the winter garden is planted throughout the Center for Urban Horticulture.

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December 2014 Plant Profile: Schlumbergera

Looking nondescript throughout most of the year, the “Christmas cactus” puts on a tremendous show during the holiday season with little care.

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November 2014 Plant Profile: Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’

After a long, sunny summer our Beautyberry ‘Early Amethyst’ looks spectacular.

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October 2014 Plant Profile: Amaryllis belladonna

When most people think of Amaryllis, the holiday season come to mind. However, true Amaryllis is hardy and one of the few plants to flower in autumn.

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September 2014 Plant Profile: Coreopsis Big Bang™ ‘Star Cluster’

A new Coreopsis that has proven itself worthy in the garden with prolific and dependable blooms all summer and into autumn!

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August 2014 Plant Profile: Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum

Succulents continue to be popular plants for gardeners of all levels. Even though some might not be hardy over the winter, they are strikingly architectural annuals and easy to care for given the right conditions.

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