You will find this favorite of hummingbirds and visitors climbing on thewestside of the Manor House. The deciduous vine sports leaflets grouped in threes, with plentiful heart-shaped flowers that eventually form into a pod. Many people are familiar with our native perennial, Dicentra formosa, the bleeding heart flower seen in moist, shady, wooded areas, but have never seen this unique, climbing relative.
2. Botanic name: Epilobium canum Common name: California Fuschia Family: Onagraceae
Keep an eye out for this showy perennial in the rock garden next to the Manor House where it enjoys full sun. This clumping, yet compact plant is a visual treat with the contrast between its frosted-silver leaves and bright orange tubular flowers. This is another favorite of the hummingbirds.
This particular viburnum is not native to the Pacific Northwest, yet it is quite happy here, especially when planted in woodland-like partial shade. It can grow up to 10’ tall and 8’ wide, with coarsely toothed, ovate green leaves about 5” long. In spring it sports creamy white flowers, but in the fall we instead see red berries, which provide a food source for birds. Watch for this hardy resident in the forested area above the Manor House.
A slender tree with a rounded crown, Styrax obassia produces white blossoms with yellow stamens that are sometimes partially hidden behind the tree’s large oval, rounded green leaves. The flowers form drupes, which you can see hanging from the branches this time of year.
5. Botanic name: Styrax japonica Common name:Japanese Snowbell Family: Styracaceae
This Asian native resides comfortably in our garden’s upper forest. It is noted for its pendulous clusters of bell-shaped, mildly fragrant, 5-petaled, waxy white flowers. These flowers are typically easy to see because they droop beneath the branches. This time of year, instead of flowers, you will see drupes. The 3” leaves are oval and glossy green.