A few of the plants that are putting on a show in the back garden. All of the plants are in the oldest bed that is located around the cherry tree. As a matter of fact these plants were the first plantings at Beech Street when the property was purchasedin 1990.This flower bed was established the following year.
Solomon's Seal USDA hardiness zone 3 to zone 9
Snakeweed USDA hardiness zone 4 to zone 8
Bleeding Heart USDA hardiness zone 2 to zone 9
Disporum lanuginosum Fairy Bells USDA hardiness zone 4 to zone 8
Grafted Fernleaf Full Moon Maple that I bought a couple of years ago. I lost interest in Bonsai after that, but I love the tree so I stuck it in a pot and added the Hosta. Perfect companions..........Wish I could remember what the Hosta is that I planted in there. I will have to work on the tree a little to bring it back to a better shape. Maybe it will inspire me to get back to Bonsai, NOT.
Saturday morning before work I went to the Leach Botanical Garden Sale at Floyd Light Middle School. As always there are great plants to see and purchase. First tables to hit are the Leach Garden, many of the plants are from the garden itself that volunteers have potted up for the sale. Picked up a nice 5" pot of 6 yellow Trout Lilies(Erythronium americanum) at an awesome price of $4.00. Next table was Humble Roots Nursery located in Mosier, owned and operated by Andrew and Kristen, they specialize in drought tolerant native plants of the Columbia River Gorge and Pacific Northwest. I have purchased from them over the years and a nursery worth the time to see what sales they will be at. From them I purchased a one gallon Golden Current (Ribes aureum), it will have beautiful yellow flowers which turn to delightful berries, reaching a height of 6 to 8' and about 5 to 6' width. Looking forward to this shrub growing and producing fruit. Next I hit Sebright Gardens for Hostas.........the plant I have the most variates of at Beech Street Gardens than any other plant species. I purchased two one gallon plants of Earth Angel and White Ray. Somewhere along the sale I picked up an Agave Americana v. marginata and a little 3" pot of Allium oreophilum. That was it since I only had about 40 minutes to shop, but well worth the time to go.
Beech Street Gardens is located in a USDA zone 8b, at an elevation of 253 ft./ latitude 45.54983/ longitude 122.603747 in NE Portland, Oregon which is located in the Willamette Valley of the Great Pacific Northwest. My partner Will and I purchased our 1,100 sq. ft. bungalow home that the gardens are based around in the summer of 1990. When the gardens first started there was lawn (2 1/2+ hours of edging and mowing) and a couple of flower beds. Today there is a very small lawn (15 mins. top to edge and mow) and small minor gardens within three major gardens consisting of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. These gardens are based on drought tolerant plants, very close to a Mediterranean style. Plants receive most of their water during the fall, winter, spring months from the rains and with very little help from me during the summer.
Certified Backyard Habitat
Beech Street Gardens is an organic garden and certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation
It Is A Fact
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