Richie Steffen

Hummingbirds flock to this hardy fuchsia for its colorful flowers, which bloom summer through fall. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Fuchsia ‘Lord Byron,’ Lord Byron hardy fuchsia

Hummingbirds flock to this hardy fuchsia for its colorful flowers, which bloom summer through fall.

 

Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ has blue foliage from late spring through early fall. In summer, tall flower spikes bear lavender blooms. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ aka ‘Ginba Giboshi’

This hosta has blue foliage from late spring through early fall. In summer, tall flower spikes bear lavender blooms.

 

Great Plant Pick: Aster x frikartii “Jungfrau,” Frikart’s aster

Frikart’s aster has an extraordinarily long bloom period, from late July into early October.

 

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.