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.