This video is a walk-n-talk through my personal garden. In it, I show you six shrubs that are looking particularly good and that have done very well for me in my Portland, Oregon, USDA zone 8 garden. It is by no means a comprehensive account of what I’m growing—more a set of informal and impromptu comments on a few plants in my back garden that seemed to raise their hand to say “pick me” as I strolled my garden that morning.
Seeing plants in actual garden situations can be really helpful when trying to decide whether you want to grow them yourself. One of the ways to do that is to visit lots of gardens, but that isn't always practical, so a virtual tour is a good stand-in.
The hydrangeas I mention are widely available and should be relatively easy to find at your local nurseries. The others might take a bit more effort to locate, particularly the Schefflera delavayi. The Schefflera taiwaniana 'Yuan Shan' and Camouflage Fatsia are being grown by Monrovia, so are becoming more common. Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ is a Proven Winners selection, so it’s also getting easier to locate.
I link to the six shrubs below. If you click through you’ll find more detailed descriptions as well as ideas of what to plant with them.
These are the Six Shrubs I Mention in the Video
If you’d like to see more of my garden and get a better sense of the context within which I’m growing these shrubs, the video below is a behind-the-scenes tour.