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Plant of the Month: March 9, 2015

Forsythia giraldiana

Plant Name: Forsythia giraldiana

Plant Location: Hillside

Plant Notes: The Forsythia flower is a bright yellow blossom that graces gardens in spring. These shrubs are deciduous and grow to 6-9 feet tall. We have several of these shrubs in the Garden that go unnoticed in the leafless understory of winter until their yellow blossoms brighten an empty palette. One of our plants in the Garden forms a lovely arch over our new staircase to the Meadow. Forsythia giraldiana is available at MsK Nursery.

Plant of the Month: February 7, 2105

Oemlaria cerasiformis

Plant Name: Oemlaria cerasiformis

Plant Location: On main pathway down to the lower garden.

Plant Notes: The sign of spring in the Northwest, Indian plum (Oemlaria cerasiformis) is a common shrub in the understory of established forests in Washington. Indian plum is dioecious, which means there are both male and female plants. Only the female plants get the plums in the late spring. Our hillside has many that form a tunnel of green in the spring and summer. 

PLANT OF THE MONTH: JANUARY 10, 2015

Mahonia arthur menzies

Plant Name: Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies'

Plant Location: Upper Garden, Mahonia Lane

Plant Notes: Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies' is an ornamental evergreen shrub that is an excellent planting for a winter garden. Unlike the PNW natives in the same genus, the cultivar 'Arthur Menzies' has large, distinct whorls of compound leaves on upright stems up to 6 feet high. Golden flowers blossom in winter and develop into the familiar “grapes” by late summer. The 'Arthur Menzies' hybrid was identified at Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum. It was named by Washington Park Arboretum curator Brian Mulligan for his colleague Arthur Menzies, whose garden produced the original seed. 

PLANT OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER 5, 2014

Gowen cypress

Plant Name: Cupressus goveniana

Plant Location: Lower Garden, near Wood Wave

Plant Notes: Branches of this endemic California conifer are always a highlight in our holiday wreath workshops. The foilage has a lovely, delicate arrangement and the new cones will just be forming, which creates the delightful apearance of many tiny chartreuse balls. The cones actually take two years to mature and remain closed for many years, only opening after exposure to fire. There are two varieties in the garden: Cupressus goveniana - Gowen cypress and Cupressus goveniana var. pigmaea - Mendocino cypress. Limited quantities are available at MsK Nursery.

PLANT OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER 5, 2014

stauntonia

Plant Name: Stauntonia hexaphylla

Plant Location: Growing on the Cottage in the courtyard

Plant Notes: Stauntonia hexaphylla is a lovely evergreen twining climber with palmate leaves and small, fragrant bell-shaped flowers. Fall brings an extremely rare sighting of edible purple fruit (we found one this year!). "Hexaphylla" means six-leaved, and the handsome, glossy foilage is the true reason to grow this plant. It can be very difficult to grow, so a perfect site is needed. Stop by and look at our mature specimen, growing along the roof of the cottage.

Plant of the Month: October 4, 2014

Leycesteria

Plant Name: Leycesteria formosa

Plant Location: Corner of parking lot

Plant Notes: A charming deciduous shrub,Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle) is fast-growing with pendulous racemes of small white flowers subtended by a purple bract. It is considered invasive in some countries, but not in the United States.
Our specimen is growing in the southeast corner of our parking lot. This plant is available in MsK Nursery.