Articles in Category: Shrubs

Punica granatum

on Monday, 24 January 2011. Posted in Attracts Pollinators, Fall Color, Edible, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Pomegranates

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pomegranate-angel-red-plantThe Rogue Valley climate allows us to get away with growing Pomegranates; with the possibility of getting fruit!  Unlike the Pacific Northwest, which generally doesn't get enough heat to ripen Pomegranates, Pomegranates will thrive in our longer, hot summers. We also usually don't get cold enough to damage them so give this Persian fruit a try!  They thrive in a hot, dry, and ideally protected spot (to make sure the fruit ripens) and the tropical looking bright orange flowers add an unusual element to any garden.   Against a south facing wall is best. We have seen some old specimens in Ashland and Central Point so we know once established they will make it through most any winter.  The key is to protect them if it gets below 20 degrees the first couple of winters.  Once established, a severe cold snap can kill them to the ground - however they regrow quickly from the roots.  Pomegranates have narrow, bright green leaves turning golden in the fall and frilly, saturated orange/red blooms.  Pomegranates make a great landscape plant even if you don't get fruit.  The fruit usually ripens in September or October.  You can grow them as a large shrub or small multi or single trunk tree; maybe getting to 15' at maturity.  They can be quite drought tolerant once established.  They are self-fertile and the nutritional benefits of pomegranates are well known.  Ask Scott if you want to know more- he is obsessed!

 

Choisya arizonica x ternata 'Aztec Pearl'

on Monday, 23 August 2010. Posted in Good for Screening, Winter Interest, Fragrant Blooms, Evergreen, Deer Resistant, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

'Aztec Pearl' Cutleaf Mexican Orange

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Here's something for that elusive 4-5' high evergreen, plus it has great fragrance and is deer resistant. This cross has much finer foliage than the straight Choisya ternata and seems less fussy on its location.  The five fingered leaves have a wonderful texture that contrast well with rounded leaf forms or purple foliage.  It is reported to get larger that 5' but in our experience it is easy to tip prune it to keep it around 4' tall and wide.  It is also reported to be hardy to Zone 8 but we have not had any problems with keeping it through the winter, even when we got to 7 degrees this past December.   The key is to place it where it gets at least some winter sun, and that the soil is well draining and doesn't get over watered.  If those needs are met, it seems very cold hardy for the Rogue Valley.  'Aztec Pearl' will take more sun than the straight species, either full sun to half a day of sun.  It looks handsome all year and especially when it has clusters of white flowers in the late spring that have a spicy, citrusy fragrance.  The leaves are poisonous which keep the deer away and can be drought tolerant once established.  

Feijoa sellowiana

on Monday, 26 July 2010. Posted in Good for Screening, Winter Interest, Attracts Pollinators, Evergreen, Edible, Deer Resistant, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Pineapple Guava

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The botanical name is difficult but you CAN grow something as tropical sounding as Pineapple Guava in your yard, plus it's drought tolerant and deer resistant- our two favorite qualitites.  Reading about it you will find that it can get quite large, but in our climate we find it will stay about 4-6' tall and wide and can be easily pruned to 4'.  Feijoa has very fresh looking, thick leaves with a silvery underside that look great with other Meditteranean themed plants or especially for highlighting purple leafed plants like Smokebush or Barberry.  The flowers are not very large and are kind of tucked into the plant but when you do see them the red stamens shine against the pale pink petals.  The flowers are edible and some customers have reported actually ripening fruit on their shrubs.  Our summers are not usually long enough but if it's placed in just the right microclimate, against a south wall, you may be able enjoy Pineapple Guava fruit.   A warm, protected microclimate with good drainage will also help it survive the winter.  Feijoa are hardy to around 10 degrees; about the same as an Escallonia, but they seem to grow back from the base if damaged.  They will take both heat and drought and the evergreen, coarse leaves discourage deer.

Drimys lanceolata

on Monday, 05 July 2010. Posted in Showy Bark/Stems, Evergreen, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Tasmanian Pepper Bush

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Anything with red stems and evergreen leaves grabs my attention so this handsome shrub from the alpine areas of Tasmania could be a nice specimen in most gardens.   It gets small white flowers followed by black berries in the spring.  The dramatic red stems shine against the deep green, glossy, lance shaped leaves.  We are still experimenting with the ideal location for this tidy looking shrub.  It is hardy to Zone 7, at 5 to 10 degrees, but seems susceptible to cold winter winds so a protected spot near a wall or enclosure seems best.  It will take full sun or part shade but if in shade it needs to not stay frozen during the low sun days of winter.  So an east or south exposure would be ideal.  Regular water in well draining soil keeps it looking its best but is reputed to be drought tolerant once established.  It is slow growing to 6' tall by 4' wide so it won't overwhelm your garden and looks excellent in a container.  Looks great combined with yellow foliaged sedums or grasses or as a backdrop to red flowered perennials.