Richie Steffen

Great Plant Pick: Crocus ‘Goldilocks,’ Goldilocks crocus

This large-flowering bulb features golden blooms with a splash of burgundy on the outer petals.


Great Plant Pick: Cotoneaster glaucophyllus, gray-leaf cotoneaster

This evergreen shrub produces showy white flowers in spring and ember-red berries in winter.


Great Plant Pick: Abies nordmaniana ‘Golden Spreader,’ Caucasian fir

Plant this tree in a spot with enough sun to bring out the golden coloration of the needles.


Great Plant Pick: Mahonia repens, creeping Oregon grape

This tough mahonia has tight clusters of canary-yellow flowers in early spring.

Great Plant Pick: Rhododendron ‘PJM Elite,’ hybrid rhododendron

This rhodie is a harbinger of spring — the upright shrub will be covered in red-purple flowers.

Great Plant Pick: Stachyurus praecox aka stachyurus

This elegant shrub has arching stems that display pendulums of creamy-yellow bell-shaped blossoms.

Great Plant Pick: Pulmonaria ‘Benediction,’ aka lungwort

Plant this mounding perennial — featuring navy-blue flowers — with foilage plants like ferns and hostas.

Great Plant Pick: Pink dawn viburnum

What: Viburnum x bodnantense “Dawn,” commonly known as pink dawn viburnum, is most noted for its floral displays during winter and early spring. Pink buds… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis, dwarf sweetbox

This variation of sweetbox has white flowers in early spring and blue-black berries in summer.

Great Plant Pick: Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Pendulum’

No matter where you plant it, weeping giant sequoia is a tree that won’t go unnoticed.

Great Plant Pick: Erica carnea ‘Vivellii,’ winter heath

This evergreen spreading shrub will provide you with a profusion of pink flowers in the winter.

Great Plant Pick: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida,’ witch hazel

The pale-yellow flowers of “Padilla” witch hazel are bright additions to the winter landscape.

Great Plant Pick: Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor,’ variegated two-row stonecrop

The sedum is a fine selection as a weed-smothering groundcover or for spotting into rock walls.

Great Plant Pick: Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Pendula,’ weeping Alaskan yellow cedar

What: One of the most eye-catching and beautiful of the weeping conifers, weeping Alaskan yellow cedar makes a stately and graceful accent in the landscape.… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Cotoneaster dammeri, bearberry cotoneaster

This mounding shurb grows masses of tiny spring flowers, followed by red berries in autumn.

Great Plant Pick: Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’

This variegated false holly boasts five colors on its leaves — cream, pink, orange, yellow and white.

Great Plant Pick: Viburnum davidii aka David’s viburnum

This spreading shurb is a year-round evergreen with white flowers in spring and berries in autumn.

Great Plant Pick: Blechnum penna-marina, alpine water fern

The evergreen fern’s new fronds emerge in the spring copper red and gradually fade to rich green.

Great Plant Pick: x Fatshedera lizei, fatshedera

This “botanical wonder” is a rare hybrid between Fatsia japonica and Hedera helix (English ivy).

Great Plant Pick: Pinus parviflora, blue-needled Japanese white pine

Glauca Group represents blue-needled selections of the Japanese white pine. Each blue needle has a white stripe.