Spring Hours

8:00am-7:00pm Sun. - Thur.
8:00am to 8:00pm Fri. & Sat.

5050 SE Stark, 503-231-5050

9000 SE Division, 503-788-9000

Portland, OR

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Portland Nursery

Shrubs, Roses & Vines

We love shrubs and keep a giant selection on hand year round. They have an essential role in creating the look and feel you want in your yard and often have the added benefit of easy care..

Winter at Portland Nursery

 

Shrubs and Vines at Portland Nursery

Shrubs add…

  • vibrant color
  • fragrance
  • easy maintenance
  • privacy
  • wildlife habitat
  • structure

Vines…

  • add vertical dimension to a garden space
  • are quick privacy screens
  • attract hummingbirds & butterflies
  • need the support of a sturdy trellis or arbor

 

2014 Rose Lists

Each year, we offer more than 300 different varieties of roses. They begin to arrive in February and our selection is complete early in March.

Help with Roses

Please note that roses can sell out quickly, so please call us to be sure your selection is in stock.
Portland Nursery on Stark
(503)231-5050

Portland Nursery on Division
(503)788-9000

 


Hedges & Screens

Abeila grandiflora

“I recently moved into a new house, and my neighbors aren't exactly what I dreamed of…What do you have in the way of quite fast growing shrubs for privacy?” March 29, 2010

This is a common question year 'round. Privacy is important! One important thing to consider is that the faster something grows, the more you'll have to manage it. This means sometimes pruning 3 times a year! If you choose something that may take a little longer to fill in, it will require less work in the long term.


Traditional Hedges

Traditional Hedges

Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis

Upright, narrow, low-maintenance. Prune for height, but rarely width. Problems: mites and breakage.

Boxwood
Buxus

Commonly used for low fence-like hedges, but can grow large over time. Slow-growing. Prune once a year for shape. Problems: smelly flowers, mites.

English Laurel
Prunus laurocerasus
Very fast growing shrub or tree makes a dense screen. Prune two to three times a year! Problems: high maintenance, on the city's nuisance plant list.

Euonymus
Euonymus japonica

Evergreen leaves can be green or a mix of green and gold or white. Moderate growth rate, prune once a year. Probems: powdery midlew

Privet
Ligustrum

Upright oval shape, moderate growth-rate, Prune once a year.

Redtip Photinia
Photinia fraseri

Very fastgrowing member of the rose family. Has all the same problems as roses without the pretty flowers, plus pruning twice a year.

Yew - Taxus
Fat & soft green needles form a dense screen. Some Yews grow upright and narrow, others lower and wide. Takes pruning very well, and likes sun or shade. Moderate growth, prune once a year.


Unique Hedge Options

Non-traditional Hedges

Bamboo
Evergreen grass-family plants come running or clumping forms. Running types must be contained, but fill in quickly. Clumping types grow slowly and are shrubbier. Prune once a year. Problems: mites & containing running types is work!

Blueberries
Hedges that you can eat! They
come in evergreen and deciduous types and grow between 2' & 6' tall. Prune once a year, if at all. Problems: keeping birds from eating all fruit

Wild Lilac (Ceanothus)
Blue flowers and evergreen leaves, drought tolerant and fast growing. Grows wider than tall, but prunes well. Flowers attract bees.

Mexican Orange (Choisya ternata)
Green or gold evergreen leaves, white scented flowers, 3-6' tall. Nice choice for shade.

Columnar Apple Trees
Apples that grow only 12' tall x 2' wide.

Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa
'Gracilis' or 'Well's Special'

Upright slender conifers with fan-like leaves. Grows 25' x 6'.

Rosemary
Culinary hedges! Lavender flowers, 3-4' tall, smells delicious.

Viburnum
Many viburnum options will work. This one is V. davidii, evergreen, white flowers, blue berries, 4' x 5-6'.

Austrian Copper Rose

Rosa 'Austrian Copper'

Rose Essentials

Sun

At least 6 hours a day. Attempting roses with less sun is an uphill (and generally losing) battle.

Space

Good air circulation is essential to keeping disease at bay. Plant roses at least 3 feet from other plants. Prune out branches that grow toward the inside of the plant.

Food

Roses will perform best (lots of flowers & limited disease) if they are fertilized. Choose a fertilizer that is labeled for use on roses. Whether the food is organic or synthetic, liquid or granular, follow the directions on the package exactly.

Water

Water in the morning so leaves can dry (on sunny days) before night-time. Use enough water to soak the roots completely, but do it just once a week for established plants. If temperatures are very hot, water more often.

See our tips for Planting a bare root rose

Rose Pruning

Pruning Roses

Spring Rose Pruning

Wild Roses

Rosa pisocarpa

Rosa pisocarpa 'Wild Rose'

Learn more about Oregon's Native Roses

Rose FAQs

What are these black spots on my roses?

What are the fuzzy spots on my roses?

When can I move my rose bush (or other shrubs)?