Best of the West
Best of the West
Rose in victorias garden
Physocarpus opuifolius/ Ninebark.
'Tiny Wine' brought to you by Proven Winners. A cultivar of the native shrub, Tiny Wine is a snazzy smallish shrub well adapted to this region. While the native ninebark is a bit leggy, this cultivar is better behaved, 4-5 feet tall and as wide at maturity (five years). Once established, it is very drought and heat tolerant and the dark bronze leaves make a colorful accent in a perennial border. Hardiness Zones 3-7.
Philadelphus lewisii/ commonly called Syringa.
Idaho's state flower, was named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Also called
Lewis' Mock Orange or Mock Orange. Incredibly fragrant, a "jasmine-like" or orange blossom fragrance. It goes by the alternate name, Syringa, but shouldn't be confused with the real syringa which is a lilac. Philadelphus is actually in the hydrangea family. Tough as nails, underused. I try to add them to every garden I work in. The flower show is only about a month-long, but worth it. 6-8 feet tall and as wide. Deer may browse it, but it isn't their first choice. Drought tolerant. Full sun to sun/shade. Zones 4-9.
Symphoricarpos sp./'Proud Berry®' Coralberry
Also commonly referred to as "snowberries," the white berried native shrub is a favorite from mychildhood. Drought tolerant, but more of an "understory" plant, they seem to prefer some afternoon shade or a partial canopy of trees overhead. I prune them back in the late spring to clean up/remove the old dried up berries and to reshape the plant. Zones 3-8.
Rhus typhinia/Staghorn sumac 'Tiger Eyes'
A real dazzler, prone to running, but I can live with that. If you are the type of gardener that dislikes somewhat aggressive plants, you have now been forewarned. In spring the leaves unfold in a bright lime green. Summer sees them a nice green, but more subdued. The autumn color is a riot as shown in the photo. Drought tolerant. Funky winter interest with the sculptural branches stretching out. 3-6 feet tall, and as wide or wider. Pruning it is easy to keep it manageable. Zones 4-8, Full sun or part shade.
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun), Part Shade (4-6 hrs morning sun), Part Sun (4-6 hrs afternoon sun)
Irrigation Requirement: (1/2" every 10-14 days)