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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

Potting Amaryllis

I love growing amaryllis but I never get them planted early enough for a Christmas bloom. To do that, you need to get them potted at least 6-8 weeks before. So, once again, I will anticipate blooms in January. 

For now, I've placed them in our plant window that extends out the kitchen window. Once they begin to grow tall, I may have to move them to another location.

This year, I have three different varieties and I am also experimenting with pot sizes (mainly because I did not have three of the same size on hand). 

Amaryllis like to be pot-bound so that should not be a problem with my two smallest pots. Even the largest pot is not really that big so it should suffice. 

The varieties are -

'La Paz'


'Red Peacock'

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Mine arrived later than I'd expected (even though pre-ordered in August) and, as all my pots are sitting outside, they're not getting the warmth they want to push them into bloom quickly in any case. Only one, a dwarf variety, has begun to sprout so I suspect it'll be January or later before I see flowers also. I went crazy and ordered a total of 18 (8 varieties), one trio of which was 'La Paz'. Some will be gifts...

  2. You have some beautiful colors of amaryllis. I might even try one this winter. It is nice to have January blooms, something to look forward to. Everything is so grey and brown here.

  3. Have always wanted 'La Paz' and never can seem to find any Cybister type. What a beauty! You can always save the bulbs and time them next year to flower at Christmas. The method is somewhere on the internet. Here easier to plant them in the ground--they are dropping their foliage now, will wake up in March and flower in April.

  4. I've had unusually good luck planting amaryllis in cylindrical glass vases. Sometimes called "hurricane candle holders" I used 5" wide x 12" tall. I put a few inches of gravel in the bottom, then some soil surrounding the bulb and leave them on a windowsill. After they bloom and the leaves have completely died and dried, I put the entire thing in a dark closet. This is my 3rd year with some of them, so it will be interesting to see if they bloom. Leaves have emerged, so that's a good sign. Happy Holidays Phillip and Michael!

    1. Interesting - do you leave it in the closet all year? I've tried keeping them by planting outside and bringing them back in during the Fall but haven't had luck. I've seen photos of the glass vases. I need to try that.


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