Persimmons

Diospyroslotusfruit (2)Diospyros lotus – Date-plum is a native of Asia and southeast Europe, and is often used as a rootstock for larger-fruited cultivars. It produces small yellow to orange fruits that mature from October to November and only taste good when fully ripened. It can be picked and bletted (stored until soft) after a frost. Grows 20-30′ tall. USDA zone 7.

Diospyros'EaryJiro' (2)Diospyros kaki ‘Early Jiro’ – This cultivar ripens earlier than ‘Jiro’, making it useful for cooler Pacific Northwest gardens. The bright orange fruits begin ripening in October and can be eaten firm or allowed to fully ripen with a sweeter flavour. ‘Early Jiro’ is self-fertile and bears heavy crops at maturity. Grows 10-12′ tall. Hardy to USDA zone 6.

Diospyrosvirginianafruit (3)Diospyros virginiana ‘Meader’ – One of the few self-fertile American Persimmons with palatable fruits. The sweet orange persimmons are 1-2″ in diameter and often persist on the tree after leaf fall with foliage turning gold (with hints of burgundy) in autumn. Fruits are also seedless if not pollinated. ‘Meader’ grows 20-30′ tall. Hardy to USDA zone 4.

Diopyros'Nikita'sGift' (2)Diospyros x NIKITA’S GIFT – This hybrid persimmon is a cross of Diospyros kaki and virginiana with improved cold hardiness. It produces sweet reddish-orange rounded fruits and is self-fertile, bearing heavy crops at maturity. Expect consistent production 2-3 years from planting. NIKITA’s GIFT grows 10-12′ tall. Hardy to USDA zone 5.

diospyrosdragon (2)Diospyros rhombifolia – Princess or Diamond-Leaf Persimmon is native to China and features tapered orange to red fruits that are about an inch across. It can be trained into a bonsai specimen (but grows larger when planted in ground) and a strain called WILD DRAGON SERIES was released by Piroche Plants. Grows 12-15′ tall. Hardy to USDA zone 6.

 

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Unusual Berries

RubusSalmonberryFruit (2)Rubus spectabilis – Salmonberry is native to the North American west coast and tolerates moist soil conditions. It is a suckering deciduous shrub that bears bright magenta-pink blooms that are much favoured by hummingbirds. The mild raspberry-tasting fruits come in gold and bright red. Salmonberry grows 6 to 9′ tall by 5 to 8′ wide. Hardy to USDA zone 5.

 alohaberry3 (2)Fragaria ‘White Carolina’ – This hybrid strawberry goes by many common names including Aloha Berry and Pineberry. The fruits are white with contrasting red seeds and have a strawberry-pineapple flavour. It is an everbearing type that does require cross- pollination, with ‘Sonata’ being your best choice. Grows 6-8″ tall by 18″ wide. USDA zone 4. 

RubusMarionberry (2)Rubus x ‘Marion’ – Marionberry is an older cross of  ‘Chehalem’ and ‘Olallie’  blackberries out of Oregon State University. It has large elongated fruits with a complex flavour that are borne in July and August on the west coast. Old canes that have produced should be cut back to the ground in late autumn. Grows 5-6′ tall by 2-3′ wide. Hardy to USDA zone 6.

Rubus'AutumnGold'3 (2) Rubus idaeus ‘Fall Gold’ – An everbearing raspberry that is often overlooked due to its  bright gold fruits, which have a true raspberry flavour. It produces for several months in late summer. I prefer to cut everbearing types back to the ground in late winter for an easier pruning schedule. ‘Fall Gold’ grows 4-5′ tall by 2′ wide. Hardy to USDA zone 5.

GoumiFruit2 (2)Elaeagnus multiflora – Goumi Berry is a large deciduous shrub native to China, Korea and Japan. It bears fragrant pale yellow spring flowers that attract pollinators and the foliage is deep green with a silver reverse. The rod-shaped berries have a red currant-rhubarb flavour that is both sweet and tart. Goumi Berry grows 6-9′ high and wide. USDA zone 5.

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Heuchera & Heucherella

Heuchera'CarnivalWatermelon'Heuchera ‘Carnival Watermelon’ – A villosa hybrid which is part of the Carnival Series, this cultivar bears large bronze to cherry-pink leaves with a contrasting silver overlay. This 2014 introduction may shift a bit towards green by midsummer, but spring flush and cooler temperatures will revive the cheerier pink tones. Tolerates high humidity. Grows 12″ tall by 16″ wide. Z4.

Heuchera'CoffeBean'Heuchera ‘Carnival Coffee Bean’ – A part of Darwin Perennial’s Carnival Series with gold to mocha-coloured foliage dappled with faint silvery highlights. It is a heat-tolerant villosa hybrid that tolerates sun to shade in coastal British Columbia. ‘Coffee Bean’ is reliably evergreen in mild regions and bears white flowers from late spring to early summer. Grows 10-12″ high by 14″. Zone 4.

Heuchera'Limeade'Heuchera ‘Carnival Limeade’ – A large-leaved villosa-type with eye-catching chartreuse to lime green (with a silvery overlay) year-around foliage. It has a dense mounding growth habit that makes it ideal for part shade to shade container plantings. Tiny creamy-white flowers are produced in May and June. May attract hummingbirds. Grows 10-12″ high by 14″ wide. Zone 4.

Heucherella'ButteredRum'x Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’ – A more reliably evergreen Heucherella with everchanging foliage tones of caramel brown and chocolate, which shifts to rose-red with the onset of cooler weather. The interesting maple-like leaves are deeply cut on this Blooms of Bressingham introduction. White flowers from late spring to early summer. Grows 8-10″ tall by 16″ wide. Zone 4.

Heuchera'Paprika'Heuchera ‘Paprika’ – Finally, a Heuchera with foliage that approaches orange tones – although some cherry-pink can be expected, with silvery highlights between the veins. This Terra Nova introduction bears tiny white flowers on reddish stalks from May to June. ‘Paprika’ will make a great addition to fall or winter planters. Evergreen. Grows 8″ tall by 16″ wide. Zone 4.                                         

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Climbing Roses IV

rosaclimbingblossomtime (300x299)Rosa ‘Blossomtime’ (O’Neal 1951) (‘New Dawn’ x seedling) – A large flowered (3.5″ across) climber with strongly fragrant pink blooms with a slightly darker reverse. These are borne throughout the season in small clusters. ‘Blossomtime’ can be trained as a short climber or pillar rose with pruning. Mildew resistant. Good cut flower. Grows 10 to 15′ tall. Hardy to zone 5.

rosaclimbingblaze (300x296)Rosa ‘Blaze’ (syn. ‘Climbing Blaze’) (Kallay 1932) (‘Paul’s Scarlet Climber’ x ‘Gruss an Teplitz’) – An older climbing hybrid multiflora with 2.5″ wide scarlet blooms that are borne in small clusters and repeat well. These are produced over dark green leathery foliage which is somewhat prone to blackspot. Mildly fragrant. Grows to 15′ tall. Hardy to zone 6.

rosawhitedaw (300x297)Rosa WHITE DAWN (Longley 1949) (‘New Dawn’ x ‘Lily Pons’) – A heavy bloomer with Gardenia-like flowers that have a classic sweet rose fragrance. It repeats well and has dark green foliage. There is another German ‘White Dawn’ out there called ‘Weisse New Dawn’ which was discovered as a sport of ‘New Dawn’ in 1959. Grows 12 to 14′ tall. Hardy to zone 5.

rosaantique89 (283x300)Rosa ANTIQUE ’89 (syn. ‘Antique’, ‘KORdalen’) (Kordes & Sons 1988) ([‘Grand Hotel’ x ‘Sympathie’] x [seedling x ‘Arthur Bell’]) – A large flowering (4″ wide) climber with unusual ruffled blooms with a cream base and carmine-red edges. The flowers have minimal fragrance but the plant is quite disease resistant and cold hardy. Best in full sun. Grows 8 to 14′ tall. Hardy to zone 4.

rosaspiritoffreedom (299x300)Rosa ‘Spirit of Freedom’ (syn. ‘AUSbite’) (Austin 1988) (seedling x ‘AUScot’) – A short English rose climber with cupped soft pink blooms that fade to lilac-pink as they age. The flowers are fragrant and also repeat bloom – these are borne over attractive greyish-green foliage. ‘Spirit of Freedom’ can also be trained as a large shrub specimen. Grows 8′ tall as a climber. Hardy to zone 6.

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A Berry Sampler II

vacciniumblueberryglaze (299x300)Vaccinium BLUEBERRY GLAZE (syn. ‘ZF08-095′) – A hybrid blueberry which is part of the BrazelBerries series of compact berry bushes which can be grown in containers. It produces small, dark blue berries in midsummer with a strong wild blueberry flavour. The glossy green foliage shifts to deep burgundy in autumn. Grows 2-3’ tall and wide. Hardy to zone 5.

currantpink (296x300)Ribes rubrum ‘Pink Champagne’ – This cross of white and red currant features greenish-yellow spring blooms followed by pendulous clusters of blush pink berries in July. The fruit is not as sharp tasting as red currant, making them popular for fresh eating or jellies. ‘Pink Champagne’ can be trained into an edible hedge. Self-fertile. Grows 3-5′ tall by 4-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

cherrynanking (295x300)Prunus tomentosa – The Nanking Cherry is a large bush form which doubles as an ornamental and a fruit producer. It bears abundant pink buds which open to snow white flowers, followed by sweet 1/2″ wide translucent red cherries. Nanking Cherry is very cold hardy and fast growing, although not always long lived. Grows 5′ tall by 5-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 2.

gooseberryred (300x300)Ribes uva-crispa ‘Hinnonmaki Red’ – A mildew resistant gooseberry which works well for coastal gardens, ‘Hinnonmaki Red’ features medium-sized red fruit with tangy skin and sweet flesh. This Finnish introduction generally crops in July and is slower growing than most gooseberries. Attracts beneficial insects. Self-fertile. Grows 3-4′ tall with pruning. Zone 3.

loganberry (300x295)Rubus x loganobaccus ‘American Thornless’ – The original Loganberry resulted as a cross of Blackberry ‘Aughinbaugh’ and Raspberry ‘Red Antwerp’, with the flavour being a balance of both parents. The thornless variety was developed in 1933 as a sport or mutation. It will require some support for the trailing canes, to keep the fruit off the ground. Grows 6-8′ long. Self-fertile. Z5.

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Hydrangea Sampler III

hydrangeashowstopperdoublehotpink (300x296)Hydrangea macrophylla SHOWSTOPPER ‘Double Hot Pink’ – Part of the HGTV plant collection, this cultivar features full clusters of starry deep pink double blooms that show well against the mid green foliage. It is a compact deciduous shrub that prefers part to full sun exposures. Flowers from late spring through to autumn. Grows 2-3′ tall by 3-5′ wide. Zone 5.

hydrangeagoldrush (300x280)Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Goldrush’ (syn. ‘Nehyosh’) – A lacecap form Mophead hydrangea which is usually purchased well before the flowers appear due to its brilliant gold marginal variegation. It bears sparse pale pink florets (light blue in acidic soils) from midsummer to autumn. Best grown in morning or late afternoon sun with even soil moisture. Grows 4-5′ high and wide. Z5.

hydrangeacitylineparis (300x294)Hydrangea macrophylla ‘CITYLINE Paris’ – A compact Proven Winners selection with brilliant fuchsia-pink to red flowers borne throughout the summer. Its dwarf nature makes it ideal for growing in containers or small raised beds. This German cultivar has excellent mildew resistance and makes a good cut flower. Grows 2-3′ tall by 2-3′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

hydrangeaincrediball2 (300x292)Hydrangea arborescens INCREDIBALL (syn. ‘Abetwo’) – Another Proven Winners introduction which is supposed to be less prone to falling over (like ‘Annabelle’) with its huge pure white flowers that emerge with a green tint. This species blooms on new wood, so a hard prune in early spring is all you need. Very cold hardy. Grows 5-6′ tall by 4-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

hypreziosa (300x286)Hydrangea x ‘Preziosa’ – This hybrid is considered to be a cross of Hydrangea macrophylla and H. serrata, with blooms that emerge white and fade to pink, rose and then burgundy – often with all the colours showing at once. It prefers partial or open shade with even soil moisture. Flowers from late June through summer. Grows 5′ tall and wide. Hardy to zone 6.

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Hemerocallis IV / Daylily

hembuffysdoll (300x290)Hemerocallis ‘Buffy’s Doll’ (Williamson 1969) – A repeat-blooming daylily which starts flowering midseason and features buff pink blooms with a rosy-purple eyezone and a bright yellow throat. The 3-inch wide flowers are nicely contrasted by the mid green grass-like foliage. Repeat blooms are promoted with regular deadheading and watering. Grows 16″ tall by 18-24″. Zone 3.

hembelalugosi (296x300)Hemerocallis ‘Bela Lugosi’ (Hanson 1995) – A spectacular deep purple daylily that really lives up to its blood-sucking namesake. The 6″ wide blooms are borne on strong scapes and are nicely contrasted by a yellow to lime green throat. This daylily has received awards from the American Hemerocallis Society. Semi-evergreen. Grows 28-32″ tall by 18-24″ wide. Zone 3.

hemwhitetemptation (300x296)Hemerocallis ‘White Temptation’ (Sellers 1978) – A rare near-white (or palest yellow) repeat-blooming daylily for the Alba garden, accented with an attractive lime green throat. It begins blooming midsummer with large 4.5″ wide flowers held over dark green foliage. The blooms are edible on this plant and make a great addition to salads. Grows 26-30″ high by 24″. Zone 3.

hemsouthseas (300x291)Hemerocallis ‘South Seas’ (Moldovan 1993) – The spectacular colouring of ‘South Seas’ is truly exotic with rich coral to mango coloured flowers accented with a salmon-red eyezone and a bright yellow throat. The blooms are fragrant and borne abundantly, although spent scapes should be removed. Divide in early spring or fall. Repeat blooms. Grows 30″ tall by 18-24″ wide. Zone 3.

hemhereliesbutch (300x296)Hemerocallis ‘Here Lies Butch’ (Agin 2009) – The large (up to 5.5″ wide) attractive blooms are fragrant and often described as being pure white with a purple eyezone – what I have seen (in the photo) is more a pale creamy-pink or flesh tone with ruffled edges and a yellowish-green throat. The foliage is evergreen with flowers scapes reaching 22″ high. Grows 24″ tall by 26″. Z3.

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