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Mountain Pepper

Drimys

Mountain Pepper

Although the genus epithet is derived from the acrid taste of its bark, everything else about this impeccably tailored shrub is elegant and sweet. Native to Tasmania, Mountain Pepper spawns a striking composition of small lance-shaped lustrous dark greenery juxtaposed against wine-red stems, leaf buds and petioles. The tiny spherical shiny black berries, which follow petite greenish white flowers, plus the smooth thick evergreen foliage with paler undersides, deliver a spicy pepper-like taste savored in Australian cuisine. A swank botanical aristocrat for milder climates, Drimys lanceolata can grace a large container, forge a hedge or stand alone, preferring partial shade as well as rich evenly moist, well-drained soil.

Blooms May–June

Size: 6' 0" – 10' 0" high x 4' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’

A sprightly spring prelude, Fetching February flowers and foliage!

Shrubs for a sprightly spring prelude...

The dainty late winter blossoms of the following deciduous shrubs are a hopeful signal that spring is around the corner. Corylopsis pauciflora offers dangling fragrant primrose-yellow blooms amid graceful branches, while the Flowering Currant produces long-lasting richly colored flowers followed by bird-friendly berries. 

In the realm of evergreen shrubs, Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’ celebrates some of the most vibrant brick-red foliage among the species. Dusted in blue, The Dwarf Port Orford Cedar’s finely dissected gray-green needle-like leaves sculpt a dense slow-growing mound of artfully cascading branches. Both shrubs furnish a deer-resistant small-statured year-round presence that appreciates adequately moist, somewhat acidic niches.

Fetching February flowers and foliage...

While the blooms of Teucrium, Correa and many Hellebores open in January, they're still dressing up our garden in February. A handful of Brunnera flowers peek out by the middle of the month against a backdrop of welcome unfurling foliage. Of course, once the dazzling pendulous Corydalis flowers appear they tend to steal the show. We hope you'll be smitten by at least one or perhaps many of the plants that we featured in this newsletter.

All of us plant wranglers at the nursery, along with Boobah, our wee greeter and self-appointed nursery manager, and shy kitty, Parker, wish you countless happy hours digging in a garden of your own! 

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