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1920 Northwest 18th Avenue
Northwest District, OR, 97209

503-490-6866

Pomarius Nursery is a retail nursery in Northwest Portland, Oregon open to the public.  We are also renowned for our garden design services.

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Winter Flowering Favorites

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While we don't often get dry days this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, getting out in the garden when we do is a great reminder of how fortunate we are to live here, where things aren't (always) covered in snow and ice, and where many winter-flowering plants thrive. Below we've detailed three our favorites winter bloomers to consider in the garden.

Hamamelis x intermedia

Hamamelis x intermedia

 

The genus Hamamelis, commonly name Witch Hazel, is a relatively new plant to West Coast gardens. Two of the four known wild species are native to the eastern U.S., where they were used medicinally by Native Americans for centuries, but it was the hybridization of the Asian species in the mid-20th century that eventually led to the plant's prominence in home gardens. This genus fares well in our Pacific Northwest winters, but can handle much colder temperatures then we are accustomed to in Portland. Hamamelis are particularly well-suited to life under deciduous trees, where they will receive plenty of light in winter and protection from the hot sun in summer. While these plants provide year-round interest in the garden, they are beloved for their colorful winter blooms, which appear on bare twigs typically in January and February. Plant Hamamelis in a conspicuous spot in your garden, along a path you use regularly or within view of your favorite window. A backdrop of evergreen shrubs will help the fine winter blooms to stand out.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Cinnamon Snow'

Helleborus x hybridus 'Cinnamon Snow'

 

Hellebores, genus Helleborus, also known as Lenten or Christmas Roses, are another beloved winter-flowering plant in the Pacific Northwest. While they are quite popular in our region, they could be used much more profusely to great effect. The variety of flower colors among Hellebores alone is enough to write an entire book, not to mention they are still actively hybridized, with new and more dazzling results each year. Hellebores are adapted to flower with very little light, making them an ideal choice to brighten up otherwise difficult areas of the garden. One of the first plants to bloom in winter, low-growing Hellebores are often best featured by removing any or all of last year's leaves. These leaves are best removed in early winter as the buds on the plant begin to swell, creating an opportunity for the sweet, nodding flowers to really stand out. While Hellebores prefer plenty of fall and winter moisture, they are quite drought-tolerant in the summer, making them an ideal choice in the Pacific Northwest garden.

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Edgeworthia chrysantha

 

Perhaps the most striking plant for the winter garden is Edgeworthia, commonly known as Paperbush. An Edgeworthia plant is a showpiece, best in a prominent spot that enjoys winter's dappled sunlight. The firework-like blooms come on slowly, starting as delicate, fuzzy nodes as the plant loses its leaves in fall, and transitioning to uniquely textured, creamy-colored buds as winter arrives. Finally, in January or February, the buds burst open to reveal masses of fragrant and long-lasting flowers ranging in color from soft yellow to gold to orange and even fiery red. While prized for its winter flowers, Edgeworthia is a delightful plant year round. It features long, alternate, lance-shaped leaves that have a somewhat tropical look. Keep your Edgeworthia well-watered and protected from the hot sun in summer, and it will remain one of your favorites throughout the year.

Come and visit us at the nursery this winter to see any of these wonderful plants for yourself! We are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.


 

Pomarius & Friends Holiday Bazaar

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holiday vintage bottlebrush trees

 

Join us Saturday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our first ever holiday bazaar. Visit our warm and inviting greenhouse and then wander the arcade bustling with guest vendors for this festive occasion!

Pomarius welcomes...

Kate Blairstone illustrator, wallpaper designer, colorist - highlighting her prints, scarves, gift wrap, and holiday cards

Blockhouse holiday inspired drinks from our neighboring kitchen event space

Lucy Blue Glass ornaments

Koop Kitchen apple cider donuts

Mid Valley Farm holiday wreaths

Collectivoconnecting with Mexico through handcrafted beauty

Alice Sergeant Design - eclectic & classic interior design

and other lovely surprises!

If you haven't visited recently, this is a great time to check out our showroom which is decked out with lots of holiday goods. If you time your visit right, we hear one very large Koop Kitchen paella is scheduled to make an appearance.

Bring your family, bring your friends, don't miss out on the fun!

 

holiday orchid and succulent planter

The holidays have arrived at Pomarius Nursery

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Although fall planting season is still in full swing, we have been busy gearing up for the holiday season here at Pomarius. In addition to brand new selections of cactus, succulents, and Tillandsia in the greenhouse, our new indoor showroom is packed with items to inspire you this season. If you haven't yet explored our new space, now is the perfect time for a visit.

Hundreds of amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs are speckled throughout the showroom alongside bowls full of unique glass ornaments and vibrantly colored cyclamen. Wes has selected a variety of festive new containers and houseplants and has re-ordered last year's extremely popular vintage-look bottlebrush trees.

Once again this year we will be offering handmade wreaths built with local evergreen boughs and other native materials - expect them to arrive in late November. In addition, Peter recently picked up a truckload of rare conifers, including Hake Hinoki Cypress, Yellow Point Mugo Pine, and Nodding Oriental Spruce. 

Other distinct gift ideas you'll find at the nursery include paper mache animal trophy mounts, myrtle topiaries, Modernica Case Study pots, mounted staghorn ferns, and terrariums.

From all of us at Pomarius - we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you this holiday season!

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SUCCULENT SHOWCASE DAY & DESIGN SEMINAR

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Saturday, September 9th

A day of all things succulents.  

11am  Little Prince of Oregon, Director of Business Development, Mark Leichty will be on site to discuss succulents and Little Prince in detail.  Open to all.  rsvp's are politely requested for the talk: pomarius@me.com

12:30pm  Design Seminar with Pomarius Founder & Proprietor Peter Lynn and Designer Wes Younie.  Reservations recommended as spots are limited to 25 guests.  Purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pomarius-succulent-showcase-design-seminar-tickets-36877065295

10am to 6pm  Shop Pomarius' special curated selection of Little Prince succulents, from Open to Close.

10:30am to 2pm  Blockhouse will offer an array of brunch style beverages (coffee, juice, mimosas, bloody marys) available for purchase during these hours of our event.    

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