When we first moved in, one of our goals was to include as many natives as possible. Salmonberry is certainly at the top of the list for a lowland native you’d be likely to see if you head out for a hike and is easy to spot to this time of year with its bright magenta blooms. The hummingbirds love it and it has been a great addition to our hedgerow, despite its want to spread. I just keep pulling out the new starts and it’s working out fine.

Perhaps the bigger issue now that the main shrub is eight feet tall and eight feet in diameter is that corner of the garden is over-planted. Do we keep this messy native or give the medlar with its crazy fruit a bit more room to grow. Do I stay content never to see the honeysuckle behind it and to let it slowly shade out our large granny-scented peony?