Richie Steffen

Lonicera ciliosa, commonly called orange honeysuckle or western trumpet vine. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: orange honeysuckle

Its orange trumpets announce spring is here, and hummingbirds are irresistibly drawn to it.

 

Shibataea kumasasa, aka zig-zag bamboo, is one of the finest small garden bamboos. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: zig-zag bamboo

This is one of the very best garden bamboos, and it won’t take over your entire yard.

 

Rhododendron ‘Girard’s Fuchsia’

Great Plant Pick: Rhododendron ‘Girard’s Fuchsia’

This hardy shrub looks great under spring flowering cherries or dogwoods.

 

Epimedium × perralchicum ‘Fröhnleiten’ (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Epimedium × perralchicum ‘Fröhnleiten’

This German cultivar is a superb ground cover for the Northwest garden.

Epimedium × perralchicum ‘Fröhnleiten’ (Richie Steffen)
Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’

Great Plant Pick: Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’

This Japanese maple puts on its most vibrant colors in spring rather than fall.

Acer palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’
LONGLEAF LUNGWORT

Great Plant Picks: Longleaf lungwort

This well-mannered, low-growing garden plant adds pops of color to shady areas.

LONGLEAF LUNGWORT
Trillium luteum, commonly called yellow trillium

Great Plant Pick: yellow trillium

These choice woodland wildflowers will reward your patience with beautiful flowers and a citrus fragrance.

Trillium luteum, commonly called yellow trillium

Great Plant Pick: Magnolia denudata

Creamy white flowers cover the lily tree in spring. Later on in summer, it’s an excellent shade tree. And its handsome bark is a feature in winter.

Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe.' (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe’

This beautiful miniature daffodil heralds the imminent arrival of spring.

Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe.' (Richie Steffen)
Yucca flaccida ‘Golden Sword’, commonly called Golden Sword variegated yucca, (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Golden Sword variegated yucca

This easy-to-grow shrub provides strong structural relief to perennial gardens and evergreen color to winter gardens.

Yucca flaccida ‘Golden Sword’, commonly called Golden Sword variegated yucca, (Richie Steffen)
Cryptomeria japonica “Sekkan-sugi”

Great Plant Pick: Cryptomeria japonica “Sekkan-sugi”

If you love golden foliage, the golden Japanese cedar is for you. When planted against a dark green backdrop, it shines like a beacon.

Cryptomeria japonica “Sekkan-sugi”
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Great Plant Pick: Hart’s Tongue fern, Fimbriatum group

With unique fronds that are delicately fringed along the edge of the leaf blade, it’s a distinctive perennial for the shade garden.

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GPP

Great Plant Pick: Acer tegmentosum “Joe Witt”

This Manchurian snakebark maple boasts beautiful highly striped white bark that brightens the shade garden.

GPP
× Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’
GOLDEN VARIEGATED FATSHEDERA

Great Plant Pick: Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’

This unusual plant is a rare hybrid between Fatsia japonica and Hedera helix (English ivy).

× Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’
GOLDEN VARIEGATED FATSHEDERA
Camellia × vernalis “Yuletide,” commonly called the Yuletide camellia. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Camellia × vernalis “Yuletide”

This one will lift your winter doldrums with bright Christmas-red flowers from December through January.

Camellia × vernalis “Yuletide,” commonly called the Yuletide camellia. (Richie Steffen)
The GPP for this Friday is Crambe maritima, commonly called sea kale. The image credit is to Richie Steffen.

Great Plant Picks: Sea kale

This bold, distinctive plant adds an eye-catching presence to the sunny garden.

The GPP for this Friday is Crambe maritima, commonly called sea kale. The image credit is to Richie Steffen.
The GPP for tomorrow is Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light', commonly called MORNING LIGHT VARIEGATED MAIDEN GRASS. Image credit to Richie Steffen.

Great Plant Pick: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

Commonly called morning light variegated maiden grass, it’s a silvery addition to garden borders.

The GPP for tomorrow is Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light', commonly called MORNING LIGHT VARIEGATED MAIDEN GRASS. Image credit to Richie Steffen.
Orangebark Stewartia, Stewartia monadelpha,

Great Plant Pick: Orangebark Stewartia

This tree’s stunning bark is shown to perfection when it’s planted with a backdrop of evergreens.

Orangebark Stewartia, Stewartia monadelpha,
Cardamine trifolia has three palmate, dark green leaflets that are topped in spring with short spikes of small white cupped flowers. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Cardamine trifolia

This little charmer has three palmate, dark green leaflets that are topped in spring with short spikes of small white cupped flowers.

Cardamine trifolia has three palmate, dark green leaflets that are topped in spring with short spikes of small white cupped flowers. (Richie Steffen)
Disanthus cercidifolius (redbud hazel). (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Redbud hazel

This shrub is one of the best for fall color, even in partially shaded conditions.

Disanthus cercidifolius (redbud hazel). (Richie Steffen)