Our top picks for Portland landscaping flowers

April 26, 2013 12:00 am landscape design

Every Portland landscape has the potential to be a breathtaking scene of color and texture. Our climate allows for lush greens and bright colors to fill the yard all year long. We live in the GREAT Northwest! However for some, choosing which flowers to fill a yard can be a little overwhelming. The “problem” is that we have so many great plants to choose from!

Think about colors, textures, blooming seasons, and smells. To help you on your flower choosing journey, we have listed some of our very favorites below.


Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Alaska’) – This is a classic shasta daisy that doesn’t need staking and is generally trouble free. It offers a lovely pop of white and is such a happy flower. (photo below)


Rhododendron ‘Mrs. G. W. Leak’ (Rhododendron) – The Rhody is a classic pick adding a huge burst of color when in bloom. This variety blooms early June with rose-pink flowers.


For the shade:

Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’) – This plant adds light to shady areas with it’s mottled green and white leaves and tiny blue flowers.

Helleborus (Helleborus orientalis) – These beauties flower early in the Spring, and their nodding blooms are sublimely beautiful. A few of our favorite varieties for Portland landscaping are Ivory Prince, Pink Frost, Double Queen & Royal Heritage. (photo below)



Amazing Aroma:

Winter daphne (Daphne odora) – Their delicate flower is quite charming, but what Daphnes are known for is their amazing aroma! Their scent is pleasant and lingering, perfect to plant near the back patio or front door. The daphne also provides winter interest.


Cut flower:

Peony ‘Big Ben’ (Paeonia) – If you want fantastic spring flare and a great cut flower, this peony is perfect. It’s red blooms will add a “wow” factor to your yard, and will be beautiful to display around the house as cut flowers.  They are stunning.



‘Sunshine blue’ blueberry – This variety of blueberry is a top choice for Portland landscaping.  It has a profuse bloom followed by an edible aftermath. Deliciously beautiful!


Flowering Shrubs:

Jean May Camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Jean May’) – This Camellia has soft pink flowers and deep green glossy leaves. It is a brilliant flowering shrub that can be used as a backdrop in landscaping or as a hedge/screen. (photo below, from Monrovia)


Royal Azalea (Azalea schlippenbachii) – This spring blooming shrub is well known for it’s good-looking Springtime bloom. But because it is deciduous, it also offers year round interest. In the fall it’s leaves turn gorgeous shades of red, yellow and orange, and in the winter it has a handsome silhouette making it perfect for year-round beauty in Portland landscapes.

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) – With its glossy leaves and cheery flower clusters, Little Linda is a great addition to any landscape!  It is a dwarf plant reaching its maximum size at just 3’ x 3’ making it easy to use in smaller residential lots. (photo below)


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