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Hyacinthus orientalis

Scientific name: Hyacinthus orientalis Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Hyacinth” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 3-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich, fertile soils Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid excessive winter wet Aesthetic: Plant Size: 8-12″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy, broadly strap-shaped leaves Flower: Highly fragrant flowers with recurved petals in all… Continue reading Hyacinthus orientalis

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Muscari armeniacum

Scientific name: Muscari armeniacum Synonym: Muscari colchicum, Muscari cyaneo-violaceum, Muscari polyanthum, Muscari steupii, Muscari svovitzianum, Muscari szovitsianum Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Armenian grape hyacinth” “blue bells” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 4-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or Sheltered Soil: Average, handles clay Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-9″ W 3-6″ Leaf and Stem shape: Narrow, arching… Continue reading Muscari armeniacum

Deer Resistant Plants! · Drought Resistance · Edible · Fragrant Flowers · Shrub

Elaeagnus multiflora

Scientific name: Elaeagnus multiflora Family: ELAEAGNACEAE Common names: “Goumi” “silverberry” Plant Type: Deciduous shrub Conditions: Zone: 4-9 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average – poor, nitrogen fixer so prefers less fertile soils Moisture: Well drained, drought tolerant Aesthetic: Plant Size: 6-8′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Young branches with brown scales,… Continue reading Elaeagnus multiflora

Beneficial Insects! · Edible · Fragrant Flowers · Vine

Apios americana

Scientific name: Apios americana Synonym: Apios tuberosa Family: PAPILIONACEAE, previously FABACEAE Common names: “Groundnut” “potato bean” “hopniss” “Indian potato” “America-hodoimo” “cinnamon vine” Plant Type: Herbaceous vine Conditions: Zone: 3-10 Light: Full sun – light shade Exposure: Sheltered, best with some support Soil: Average – poor Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 4-8′ W indefinite Leaf and Stem… Continue reading Apios americana

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Rubus parviflorus

Scientific name: Rubus parviflorus Family: ROSACEAE Common names: “Thimbleberry” Plant Type: Deciduous shrub Conditions: Zone: 3-10 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich, slightly acidic Moisture: Moist well drained, tolerant of seasonal flooding, doesn’t handle wet soils Aesthetic: Plant Size: 4-8′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Spineless branches and soft velvety,… Continue reading Rubus parviflorus

Drought Resistance · Edible · Fragrant Flowers · Shrub · Tree

Cordyline australis

Scientific name: Cordyline australis Synonym: Dracaena australis Family: ASPARGACEAE Common names: “New Zealand cabbage palm” “Dracaena” “cabbage tree” “New Zealand dragon plant” “palm lily” Plant Type: Evergreen shrub or tree Conditions: Zone: 8+ Light: Full sun – semi-shade Exposure: Sheltered from cold, handles seaside conditions Soil: Fertile deep soil Moisture: Moist-average, well drained – drought resistant Aesthetic: Plant… Continue reading Cordyline australis

Aquatics · Deer Resistant Plants! · Fragrant Flowers · Perennial · Vancouver Island Native

Lysichiton americanus

Scientific name: Lysichiton americanus Synonym: Lysichitum americanum Family: ARACEAE Common names: “Skunk cabbage” “yellow skunk cabbage” “American skunk cabbage” “western skunk cabbage” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, marginal aquatic Conditions: Zone: 7 Light: Part shade, rarely flowers in dense shade, can take full sun with lots of moisture Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Fertile, humus-rich loam at pool margins… Continue reading Lysichiton americanus