Six on Saturday 12.12.20

Brought to us by the Propagator (, Six on Saturday provides an opportunity to share the seasonal delights of our gardens with other plant lovers from around the world.  Join in!

The theme of my Six today is Natives.

1. Carpenteria californica (Bush Anemone).  This evergreen bush, native to the chaperral and oak woodlands of the Sierra Nevadas in California, grows 3-8 ft.  I have never smelled the flowers, but they are supposed to have a pleasant fragrance.  I planted this along the front fence, as part of an ornamental hedgerow that I hope will ultimately enhance the privacy of our front garden, which is rather exposed to the street at the moment.  Without doing adequate research, it looks like I managed to choose a well drained, partially shaded location that my sources suggest this plant will enjoy.

2. Ceanothus x Blue Jeans and Ceanothus “Victoria” (California Lilac).  Blue Jeans was acquired at another favorite local nursery, Shooting Star, which features an excellent selection of drought tolerant, native, and “pollinator friendly” varieties.  This hybrid is identified as particularly tough, growing 6 ft tall and wide, which it will certainly not have space to do in its current location at the middle of a crowded bed.  It bloomed this year, albeit briefly.  Later in the summer it showed some signs of stress, responding with yellowing and dropping leaves to the sustained, dry heat, but appears to be back in good form now.  I love the miniature holly like leaves.  Victoria has been planted off on her own where she will have plenty of space to stretch out, along the front fence.

3. Holodiscus discolor (Oceanspray), with just a few leaves hanging on.  This was acquired at a local nursery after its brethren were observed on a hike at Oregon Caves National monument.  It grows to 15 ft., with a foamy profusion of cream colored flowers that apparently appeal to pollinators.  My reading suggests that this plant thrives in disturbed areas, which is one excellent description of the area that lies along the boundary with our neighbors to the East.  The flowers were quite short-lived this year, which I optimistically attribute to transplant stress.

4. Zauschneria californica (California Fuschia), rather the worse for wear at the moment.  This lovely plant has come to my attention since relocating to Southern Oregon.  The bright orange-red, trumpet shaped flowers are striking against the backdrop of furry, silver foliage.  These are supposed to attract hummingbirds, but appeared to me to be mainly frequented by what I believe to be carpenter bees, which pierce the flower and rob its nectar without pollinating it.  The California Fuschia had the longest bloom time of any plant in my garden this year.

5. Eriophyllum (Oregon Sunshine).  Another exemplar of contrast between foliage and flowers is Oregon Sunshine, which has interestingly shaped leaves covered in silvery hair which complement the yellow, daisy shaped flowers.  So far, this plant has thrived through drought and deluge.  I plan to get more!

6. Arctostaphylos “Howard McfMinn” and Arctostaphylos “Pacific Mist.”  The manzanitas are among my very favorite plants.  I see them on most hikes in the area and I love their twisting, gnarled, peeling cinnamon colored trunks and diminutive bell shaped flowers.  They are perfectly adapted to our growing conditions, preferring excellent drainage, no summer irrigation, and no soil amendments.  I think they contribute nicely to the framework of larger plants in the garden that create an aesthetic context in which the perennials and annuals are interpreted.


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