Category Archives: Plant Fix

Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ (Pearlbush)–Plant Fix

Bright as a beacon on this gray, drizzly day, my pearlbush is in full bloom.  Tons of pure white, cup-shaped flowers stand out in the shrub border.  The common name comes from the perfectly rounded buds that resemble strings of … Continue reading

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Blue Stars in the Garden: Camassia–PLANT FIX

My front garden is a sea of low, mounding plants.  In spring when larger perennials are still waking up, the tall, narrow racemes of blue camas are a counterpoint to the undulating foliage.  Against the backdrop of golden barberry, the 3′ spires … Continue reading

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Persicaria virginiana ‘Variegata’ –PLANT FIX

Such a cool plant–but I can never remember it’s name.  I purchased it from the old Heronswood Nursery in Kingston as Persicaria virginiana ‘Variegata’, but I see it listed from time to time now with the genus name of Tovara.  This … Continue reading

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Sarcococca confusa (Sweet box)–PLANT FIX

Valentine’s Day is upon us and I’ve always thought that the best gift for a sweetheart that adores flowers is a PLANT.  A bouquet is beautiful, but a flowering plant is the “gift that keeps on giving”.  And so, the … Continue reading

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Sorbus alnifolia (Korean Mountain Ash)–PLANT FIX

Our mountain ash tree has never been happier and neither have the cedar waxwings that call our neighborhood home.  Covered in berries inching toward ripeness, the mountain ash will soon host a grand bird feast.  All the Sorbus are well … Continue reading

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Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea)–PLANT FIX

The oakleaf hydrangeas are in full bloom and abuzz.  I would have never guessed that hydrangea, of all things, provides pollen and/or nectar to pollinators, but low and behold, the bed with 4 established Hydrangea quercifolia is alive with “winged … Continue reading

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Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ (Honeywort)–PLANT FIX

The first time I spied this neat annual, my friend Kellie Dawson was growing it in her Port Orchard garden.  She is quite fond of self-sowers–plants that reproduce freely and combine with other plants in delightful ways that she couldn’t … Continue reading

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Aristolochia durior (Dutchman’s pipe vine)–PLANT FIX

What is that vine?” first time visitors always inquire when they arrive at our house.  If you’re a gardener whose spent any time in the southeast where it’s native, you might know Dutchman’s pipe vine, but here on the West … Continue reading

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Azara integrifolia (goldspire)–PLANT FIX

I have an affinity for Chilean plants, but scant luck in growing many in my own garden.   That doesn’t keep me from trying–searching for the perfect microclimate, one that fits the bill of “sheltered location” while also having decent light.  … Continue reading

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May Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Convallaria majalis is starting to bloom away now, fittingly around my birthday, which makes sense since it is known as the birth flower for May.  Lily of the Valley represents humility, chastity, sweetness and happiness.  Did I mention all parts … Continue reading

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