Of the approximately 1,000 known species within the Rhododendron genus throughout the world, over 700 are represented in the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, WA. While the garden displays some impressive rhodies, my mission was to find new plants that not only survived but still look great after last month's big arctic frost where we had temperatures dip down to 10 F/-12 C.
First, let's take a look at a few ferns - the garden is filled with them. Dryopteris wallichiana is large and makes a very architectural statement. It would make a great landscape fern even if it went deciduous in the winter but look - it's completely evergreen!
This stand of Blechnum chilense definitely took a beating during the frost but should make a full recovery come spring. In milder winters the fronds will stay upright at 2-3 feet high.
|Not sure about this one - maybe some kind of mutant Vaccinium ovatum??|