Upright rosemary shrubs are blooming freely now, their pale blue flowers reminiscent of the clear skies we have been missing here in the Pacific Northwest. Both ornamental and edible, Rosmarinus officinalis has a great many assets.
Heuchera is revered for its foliage, making a great groundcover or striking accent in the perennial border, or combined with other plants in a container garden. Colors include shades of green, chartreuse, pink, red, bronze, orange, chocolate, and purple.
For year-round seasonal interest, Pieris japonica should be on every northwest gardeners must-have list. Also called Lily-of-the-Valley bush or Japanese Andromeda, Pieris is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that typically grows 9-12’ tall with a dense, upright habit.
To continue with our winter fragrance theme, let’s talk about daphne odora, or winter daphne. Often placed near doorways and walks, the jasmine-like scent of this lovely shrub wafts from Pacific Northwest gardens from late January through March.
Just when we need it most, witch hazel puts on a dazzling show for winter-weary gardeners. Depending on the species and cultivar, fragrant, strap-like, crumpled petals bloom in vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red.
While on a walk, a honeyed fragrance unexpectedly tickles my nose. Although I don’t immediately see the source, the vanilla-perfumed air is unmistakable and I know in an instant that Sarcococca is nearby.