Saturday, February 15, 2014

Two Stunning New Plants for the Northwest Garden

Clematis lovers will drool over this one. Keep an eye out for this new variety in the Texensis group--Clematis 'Zoprika' (sometimes sold under the trade name Princess Kate) I love this group of clems, the only group that gives us the red flowers. This one is going to be a heartbreaker at 10-12 feet tall. Leaves are fragrant when brushed against The flowers are snow-white inside and rose-violet on the outside. I can't wait to see this one in person! (Photo by J. van Zoest) 

Another plant to keep an eye out for is an early flowering Hibiscus 'Tangria,' which flowers well in our cool Pacific Northwest gardens. I have one hibiscus that for the most part sits in the ground all pretty and rarely blooms. It buds up some years, but without the heat in summer and cold springs, it doesn't flower in time before fall slices it back to the ground. This one flowers earlier so should be a reliable bloomer.

Hibiscus ‘Tangri''s flowers are up to nine inches across. Am I back in Hawaii, yet? The young foliage is purple-ish red. Flowers from July to September. (Sopho image)


  1. Is that a hardy Hibiscus, like Kopper King, that dies back in the winter? I have a Kopper King that never flowers.

  2. Alison, I have a hibiscus that never flowers either, except for last year with the long season we had it finally flowered just before the frost hit. One flower. This one is an early bloomer and should do better for us as it is adapted to cooler summer climates. Keeping fingers crossed this one will be a good one!

  3. Both gorgeous flowers! Love the tulip look of the clematis. Looks like the flowers are creamy yellow on the inside when new, then age to white?

    I love the large flowered hibiscus but as you have both pointed out, often don't flower well without lots of heat. We do get a bit more heat here in Portland. I have Hibiscus syricus "Red Heart" that flowers well - white with a red center. Flowers are not as large though.

    Will have to check out H. "Tangria".

    1. I think this year I am going to pull the hibiscus-that-doesn't-bloom-in-time out of the ground and pot it up and winter it over in the greenhouse. Maybe some faster spring growth there might help it reach blooming stage earlier in the season. I hope to see H. 'Tangria' at the FarWest Show and in full flower. I don't know if it's made it over here yet, but the flowering in milder climates it should be here soon.


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