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Some Evergreen Shrubs

Mahonia repens (Creeping Mahonia) I can never over-emphasize the importance of evergreen shrubs in the garden. Otherwise, you have nothing to look at during the winter months. Here are a few of my favorites. Talk about a carefree plant! The PNW native  Mahonia repens (Creeping Mahonia or Creeping Oregon Grape) requires nothing special and will even tolerate drought after it is established. I tend to think of this plant more as a groundcover but after many years (six to be exact - it was planted in April of 2017) it is beginning to look more like a low-growing shrub. The height is less than 2 feet tall. Growth tends to be more horizontal and it has spread 3-4 feet. Not a fast grower. Sun or part-shade. The leaves are an attractive blue-green and they become tinged with red and purple when the weather is cooler.  Flowers have been sporadic but every year they increase. It usually blooms around April - The flowers are then followed (around July) by the berries or "grapes" - Os

Wednesday Vignette:

I am loving the colors on the Monterey Cypress. This is Cupressus macrocarpa 'Wilma Goldcrest' that I purchased at Xera last spring. It was tiny when I bought it and has grown quite a bit although it is still very small.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum. 

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Practically on fire! Beautiful!

  2. Oh yes! It's looking wonderfully fiery! Good shot.

  3. Those are fabulous colors! I assume it goes all green in the summertime?

  4. This is a yummy color. It looks so warm.

  5. It's a lovely specimen and I was impressed to learn that it's also lemon-scented. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that it would find my area of SoCal hospitable.

  6. Beautiful blend of colors that reminds me of an Aloe. There are some with the foliage that shade of green.

  7. Wilma got some nice things named after her.


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