Richie Steffen

Great Plant Pick: Clematis ‘Helsingborg,’ purple alpine clematis

What: Clematis “Helsingborg,” commonly known as purple alpine clematis, is an easy-to-grow vine that produces a spectacular show in mid-spring of nodding blooms. The flowers… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: ‘Royal Azalea,’ rhododendron schlippenbachii

What: Rhododendron schlippenbachii or “royal azalea,” as its common name suggests, is top class. Its branching structure is shapely and well-balanced, creating a pleasing winter… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Narcissus ‘February Gold’

What: Narcissus “February Gold,” also known as February gold miniature daffodil. Nothing trumpets the arrival of spring like the early blooming miniature daffodils. Narcissus “February… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Primula ‘Guinevere’ aka Guinevere primrose

What: Primula “guinevere,” also known as guinevere primrose. This pretty-in-pink primrose with bronze foliage is beautiful and long lived. Established clumps of primula “guinevere” march… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Hebe ‘Emerald Gem’

Hebe “Emerald Gem” caught the eye of Great Plant Pick judges over the course of a three-year hebe evaluation at North Willamette Research and Extension… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’ Maple

A lovely small Japanese maple, Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’ Maple, is a bold element with a quiet elegance in the garden. This deciduous tree leafs… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Colchicum autumnale ‘Alboplenum’

What: Colchicum autumnale ‘Alboplenum’ In early autumn, large star-shaped white, fully double flowers burst from the ground. This enduring bulb has broad strappy and shiny… Continue reading