Saturday, April 25, 2015

Whats looking good, Now!

       I want to publish this more often but limits of free time prevail.  Here are a few photos I took this week.  Who says we can not have lots of color in Central Oregon?   The challenge is to choose the correct plants to provide color each week of the growing season.


Phlox is a great ground cover for Central Oregon.   There is a native Phlox found in the desert to the rocky alpine areas in the Cascades. 


I love pansies, plant and old wheel barrow with Pansies each spring at Snowshoe Inn.  I have had them survived 9  degree nights with a frost cover.  The one challenge is Deer, they love pansies.  I use a wire screen over mine and they do just fine. 


We are at the end of the daffodils season.  Blooming season can be extended by choosing many different varieties.  Some bloom early, others mid season and some late season. 

bleeding hearts

I have numerous bleeding hearts at Snowshoe Inn.   They do OK in town in damp shady locations but burn out when summer heat arrives.

sweet wood ruff

Sweet wood ruff is another damp soil deep shade site plant.  I also grow this at Snowshoe inn.  It does OK in town if kept damp. 

Oregon grape

There are two Oregon Grapes that do well in Central Oregon.  M. repens is our native, it is a low growing species.  M. aquafolium is our state flower.  It can grow up to 6 feet tall.  Both species grow will in shade.  When well established the flowers have a plesent sweet sent.  Yellow flowers yield to blue berries later in the summer.

Service berry

Service berry comes in two forms, shrub form here and tree form with is a nice small tree suitable for small urban lots.  It does best in partial shade.  Note the grazing height of our local deer heard.  If the service berry is caged to 4 feet you can have flowers to the ground.  In the fall it has great bright red fall color. 

crab apple

Crab apple comes in two colors, pink in photo and white.  The crab apple is the flowering cherry of Central Oregon.   Great tree for Central Oregon and can fit the urban landscape.  Also depending on cultivar you can choose large or small crab apples later in the summer.  If you with there are edible crab apples that make great jelly. 


In most cases not a good choice for Central Oregon, between deer and our aggressive squirrels.  these are located in a court yard, so far the squirrels have not found them. 

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