Sandra Schumacher

Plant of Merit: Hybrid oriental hellebores, Lenten rose

What: Oriental hybrid hellebores, with the common name Lenten rose, are a…


Plant of Merit: Hippeastrum ‘Elvas,’ amaryllis bulb

What: Hippeastrum “Elvas,” with the common name amaryllis, is one of the…


Plant of Merit: Hypericum ‘Ignite Scarlet Red,’ St. John’s Wort

What: Hypericum “Ignite Scarlet Red” is a colorful deciduous shrub also known…


Plant of Merit: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata,’ Japanese aralia

What: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata,’ or variegated Japanese aralia, is an evergreen shrub native to Japan. Prized for its foliage, it has year-round interest and should… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Mahonia x media ‘Charity,’ evergreen shrub

What: Mahonia x media “Charity” is a statuesque, evergreen shrub with bright yellow flowers that bloom from late fall through the winter. It is an… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Nerine bowdenii

What: Nerine bowdenii may resemble a lily, but it is actually a member of the amaryllis family. The bright pink color brings a tropical touch… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Dahlia ‘Kelsey Annie Joy,’ an orange collarette

What: Dahlia “Kelsey Annie Joy” is a soft and delicate miniature dahlia in the collarette form. A past winner of an American Dahlia Society medal,… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Clerodendrum trichotomum, harlequin glorybower

What: Clerodendrum trichotomum, commonly known as harlequin glorybower, can be grown either as a small tree or large shrub. This plant has some very interesting… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Rosa ‘Purple Splash,’ wine-colored climbing rose

What: Rosa “Purple Splash” provides the garden with more than just its interesting wine-colored blooms, but also produces flowers that are veined and splashed with… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Rosa ‘Pat Austin’ named for rose breeder’s wife

What: Rosa “Pat Austin” was introduced in 1995 by the famous English rose breeder David Austin, in honor of his wife. It was a color… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Lilium ‘Leslie Woodriff,’ orientpet hybrid lily

What: Lilium “Leslie Woodriff” was named in honor of Leslie Woodriff, the father of the oriental hybrid lily. This lily, which is part of the… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Rosa korfullwind, ‘Baby Blanket’ rose

What: Rosa korfullwind, commonly called “Baby Blanket” rose, was introduced in 1993 by the Kordes Co. It’s a striking semi-double light pink rose that blooms… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Rosa ‘Eden,’ Eden climbing rose

What: Rosa “Eden,” or simply Eden climbing rose, was named the World’s Best Rose in 2006 by the World Federation of Rose Societies. Its large,… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: ‘Hakuro-nishiki,’ dappled Japanese willow

What: Salix integra “Hakuro-nishiki,” also known as dappled Japanese willow, can be grown as either a shrub or small tree. Its delicate three-tone leaves bring… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Fascicularia bicolor is a rainbow of color

What: Fascicularia bicolor is an eye-catching terrestrial bromeliad that is literally a rainbow of color. Its toothed and linear leaves are dark green and it… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Brugmansia sanguinea, ‘Scarlet Angel’s Trumpet’

What: Brugmansia sanguinea is commonly known as the “Scarlet Angel’s Trumpet.” Growing brugmansias in our climate takes extra effort, but the rewards are many. B.… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Chaenomeles japonica ‘Texas Scarlet’

What: Texas scarlet flowering quince (Chaenomeles japonica ‘Texas Scarlet’) Flowers that are the color of fire precede its red leaves in early spring. As the… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Itoh peony or ‘Morning Lilac’

What: Itoh peony “Morning Lilac” Itoh peonies are also known as intersectionals, and are hybrids between tree and herbaceous peonies. The first intersectional was introduced… Continue reading

From Glen to Glen: A garden tour of Ireland

A gardener’s bucket list must surely include Ireland, for it is a garden treasure hunt with surprises at every turn. Northwest Horticulture Society travelers were… Continue reading