March Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum
(Part II)

March 24th, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Pacific Connections Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum (March 18 - 31, 2013)

Pacific Connections Garden

1)  Corokia x virgata    ‘Sunsplash’

  • An odd shrub from New Zealand with variegated foliage and wiry, twisty branches.
  • This carefree evergreen tolerates some dry and looks great in containers.
  • Specimens can be found in the New Zealand Entry Garden.

2)  Grevillea victoriae

  • Fine-textured foliage, long thin flower clusters and drought tolerance make these evergreen shrubs very popular.
  • Also known as Royal Grevillea, it is endemic to parts of Victoria in Australia.
  • Several varieties of Grevillea can be found in the Australian Entry Garden.

3)  Gaultheria mucronata   ‘Rubra’ 

  • A hardy evergreen shrub with pinkish-white bell-shaped flowers followed by beautiful red berries late summer through winter.
  • Often referred to as “female prickly heath”, it needs a male plant to ensure fruiting.
  • Beautiful masses of G. mucronata can be found in the Chilean Gateway Garden.

4)  Phyllostachys dulcis

  • Sweet shoot bamboo is considered one of the best edible bamboos.
  • Large drooping leaves, thick culms and a white ring at the node make this a very beautiful bamboo.
  • A lovely drift graces the Chinese Entry Garden.

5)  Ribes sanguineum cv.

  • Flowering current is native to western coastal North America.
  • It and its varieties and cultivars are valued for their brightly-colored spring flowers and bird and habitat support.
  • Enjoy the incredible display of Ribes currently blooming in the Cascadian Entry Garden.

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