Spring Flamboyance

Botanic name: Camassia quamash
Common name: common camas
Family: Asparagaceae

Botanic name: Camassia leichtlinii
Common name: Leichtlin’s camas
​Family: Asparagaceae

In the upper garden along the main path to the east is a thick  patch of camas. The name, camas, comes from the Nez Perce for “sweet.” Prior to settlers arriving, several Northwestern native peoples  depended upon vast camas filled prairies as an important food source. Camassia quamash is the lighter variety, while Camassia leichtlinii is the darker.

Botanic name:  Disporum smithii
Common name: Smith’s fairybell
Family: Liliaceae

This northwestern native lily species produces bell-shaped hanging flowers along slender stems that may grow up to 3’ in height, and are sometimes sheltered by wide, oval-shaped leaves up to 1’ long. Bees adore the blooms!  Post flowering, you will notice red or orange oval-shaped berries.

Botanic name:  Rhododendron x loderi ‘King George’
Common name: King George rhododendron
​Family: Ericaceae

One of the most flamboyant residents in the garden this time of year are the rhododendrons.  The fragrant, bell-shaped groups of pink buds may overshadow the relatively pale leaves on this shrub. This is another popular spot for pollinators.

Botanic name:  Rhodotypos scandens
Common name: jetbead
​Family: Rosaceae

Who would believe that such delicate, white flowers could produce clumps jet blackbead-shaped fruit? This Asian shrub does exactly that.  It grows 3-6” in height, and may spread 4-9” across. The ovate, serrate, medium leaves can be seen amongst the bloom, and later the berries.  The bees are enjoying it this spring - come and see.

Can you find these  glorious Leach Garden residents?

Pretty Pink Flourishes

Stroll through the garden and enjoy the many pink and white flourishes…

November’s Fall Garden Treasure Hunt

To all eyes it would seem the garden is quieting down for the season, but if you look closely…


There are several different kinds of Hydrangeas that grow in our area….

Quiet Winter Blooms

One typically does not think of a garden being particularly interesting in February, however…

Bee Loving Native Shrubs

June is a busy time for pollinators, and the garden offers many native shrubs for them…

What do they have in common?

These plants all have something in common other than being residents at the garden…

Fabulous Fall Fruits

Look closely and you will see that the garden plays host to many autumn fruits that are easy to overlook…

May Flowers

It’s that time of year! Pollinators and garden lovers rejoice, the blooms are here…

The Waking Garden

February may still seem like Winter here in Portland, but in the garden…

Spring Flamboyance

The garden is celebrating it’s awakening from the quiet winter months. Here are some of the many flamboyant…

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