Western Washington hosts two species of hummingbirds, the Anna’s Hummingbird and the Rufous. Learn how to improve your habitat and see plant suggestions for each season so that you can turn your garden into a year-round hummingbird feeder with flowers that provide nectar every day of the year.
After my garden goes to sleep in the fall I look forward to the approach of winter. Tucked among the ferns are some of my favorite winter blooming perennials: hellebores. I love seeing the evergreen leaves throughout the year and excitedly wait for flowers to emerge during a season when there is little else in bloom.
As I approached the winter garden, the enjoyable scents started filling my senses. The garden was alive with various shades of flowering hamamelis (witch hazels) and the Garrya ellipitica was feeling proud to display its sensuous catkins letting me know the alders will be soon to follow.
Greetings from the depths of winter. January in Puget Sound country. Dark in the morning. Dark in the afternoon. And it's mostly dreary in between. As a saving grace, our relatively moderate winter temperatures offer a hospitable climate for a dazzling array of winter blooming shrubs. And there is no better winter bloomingshrub for greater Pugetopolis than Mahonia x media 'Charity'.