Pacific Northwest

August, 2003
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Rhododendron Plant Sale
If you like rhodies as much as I like rhodies, you'll love this sale. The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden will be holding its annual Fall Plant Sale on September 20 at Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, 2525 South 336th Street in Federal Way, (253) 838-4646. The sale offers thousands of plants, including rhododendron species and hybrids, trees, shrubs, perennials, and alpines.

Favorite or New Plant

When Rosy Meets Aurea, it's a Winning Combination
I'm always on the prowl for foliage that acts as a counterpoint to flowers, or even replaces them. At the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, I found a striking combination – two cultivars of the Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), a mound-shaped, spiny shrub with small leaves and bright red berries.

The foliage of 'Rosy Glow', a deep, intense burgundy mottled with pink, makes a perfect backdrop for the radiant gold leaves of 'Aurea'. This wonderful color contrast lasts all season long.

These two barberries can set each other off nicely in low shrub borders or massed in groups. Both are spreading and compact in habit. Japanese barberry is widely adapted but is most at home in full sun and in soil that is on the dry side.

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