Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2016

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Abutilon 'Christina'

$9 2D

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Abutilon megapotamicum x
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$14 4D

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'China Bells' flowering maple
Similar to the species, but the flowers are larger, with the same red calyx and yellow petals adorning the shrub in abundance for much of the year. Tall and viny, reaching 3 ft or so in the garden on delicate stems. Evergreen for most of the year. Does well with regular water and a bit of protection from hot sun. Very hardy in the ground. USDA zone 7b.
Malvaceae $9 2D

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Ines' flowering maple
The pale yellow, nearly white flowers of 'Ines' -- flared and backed by a dark red calyx -- are striking and abundant from spring through first frost. This new flowering maple is a fast-growing, medium shrub, to 5 ft tall x 5 ft wide, with slightly fuzzy leaves. A wonderful introduction by Monterey Bay Nursery, best with protection from hot afternoon sun as well as consistent water and nutrients. Mulch and overhead protection provide extra winter frost hardiness in USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $10 4D

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Marathon' flowering maple
Flowering shrub for sun to part shade with regular summer water and fertlizer. Blooms on new wood, and blooms its heart out with yellow, slightly flared bells. May go deciduous in a cold winter where temperatures fall into the 20sF of below. Mulch and overhead protection adds to winter frost hardiness in USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 2D

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Paisley' flowering maple
Variegated foliage, green splashed with yellow, sets this flowering maple apart from its cousins. Familiar “megapotamicum” flowers, sweet yellow bells backed by a dark red calyx, hang from the branches throughout the summer until cold weather. Sun to part shade in hottest climates with regular summer water and nutrients. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 9; also in zone 8 with mulch and overhead protection. Great in pots as well.
Malvaceae $11 4D

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Teardrop' flowering maple
This extremely hardy hibiscus relation will breeze through a Portland winter in the ground or with some protection in a pot. Easy in semi-shaded area around a patio or in a perennial bed. Remove the stake and you’ll have an awesome hanging basket. Frost hardy in mid-USDA zone 8
Malvaceae $009 4in

Abutilon x 'Halo'

Abutilon x 'Halo'flowering maple
An old hybrid from A. megapotamicum, arching 4-5 ft with narrow, pointed and flared petals of warm yellow to peach depending on temperature. A lover of consistent moisture and fertile soil, it makes a fine garden addition in dappled shade to shade. Protect with mulch and overhead protection where temperatures drop 12 to 15F, mid USDA zone 8. Makes a fine pot plant.
Malvaceae $10 2D

Abutilon x 'High Noon'

Abutilon x 'High Noon'flowering maple
A Cistus introduction with yellow-orange flowers marked with red veins, the bells turned in at the bottom -- handsome against the large, maple-shaped leaves. A bit less frost hardy than some abutilons, so sun to part shade with lots of summer water and fertilizer but in a protected spot, near a warm structure or in the bright understory wherever temperatures often drop into the low 20s, upper teens F. Mulch of course for more winter protection or take cuttings for insurance. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 4D

Abutilon x 'Hot Pepper'

Abutilon x 'Hot Pepper'flowering maple
One of the deepest colored abutilons, near magenta with a hint of salmon, the vibrant color accentuated by the very dark stems and leaf petioles. This A. megapotamicum hybrid is among the hardier to frost, taking mid teens F with little damage and flowering nearly year round where temperatures remain above 25F. Culture as for most abutilons, with ample nutrients and moisture and at least afternoon shade especially in the hottest climates.
Malvaceae $009 3D

Abutilon x 'Kenny Sweetheart'

Abutilon x 'Kenny Sweetheart'flowering maple
A Cistus introduction. New in 2005; named for our Jack-of-all-trades, Kenny Kneeland. Medium plant; warm yellow to peach flowers flushing to saturated coral pink with temperature drops or serious embarrassment. Dappled shade, even moisture, and good fertilizer. Mulch for winter protection where temperatures drop below 29F. Recovers with protection in mid USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 4in

Abutilon x 'Souvenir de Bonn'

Abutilon x 'Souvenir de Bonn'flowering maple
Probably one of the oldest abutilon cultivars (from the Victorian era), but sadly, also one of the least hardy. Large, maple-like, variegated leaves, green splashed white, and large, hanging-bell, apricot-orange flowers with dark veins to be enjoyed over a long bloom season. We keep ours in a pot or replace it each spring. Well worth it! Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
Malvaceae $009 3D

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Abutilon x 'Temple Bells' flowering maple
Ba’zillions of deep orange, red-veined, rounded bells bedazzle this gangly-armed shrub over a long bloom period from spring to fall. A tallish abutilon, to up to 10 ft tall in a season, with large, maple-shaped leaves for a floral backdrop. Best in part sun and regular moisture and fertilizer and in a protected location as these are less frost hardy than some abutilon relatives. Provide mulch or overhead protection where temperatures drop to 18F, upper USDA zone 8. Fall cuttings can be taken for insurance.
Malvaceae $009 4D

Abutilon x 'White Parasol'

Abutilon x 'White Parasol'flowering maple
Stout shrub with large, pure white flowers facing outward in abundance. Reaches 4-5 ft tall. Evergreen and everblooming to 20F. Where temperatures drop below, best to site out of wind and provide winter mulch. Recovers in the mid teens with mulch or overhead protection. Frost hardy to mid USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 4in

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Abutilon x megapotamicum - UC Davis White flowering maple
An unusual A. megapotamicum hybrid, shared with us by the University of California Arboretum at Davis. To an arching 6 ft, with hanging, white bells providing striking contrast to narrow, dark green leaves. The flowers are produced year-round providing temperatures are above about 20F, though plants have survived the low teens, mid USDA zone 8, with only some stem damage. Provide even moisture and nutrients along with dappled shade.
Malvaceae $009 2D

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Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' new zealand sheep burr
A seedling strain of this classic New Zealand ground-hugging, moisture-loving beauty with, yes, purple-green leaves, darker purple in the sun. Best in full sun with water. To perhaps 6” tall and spreading moderately. Good in pots. Pet owners beware: the burr-like seeds stick to fur, leg hair, and other unmentionables. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6.
Rosaceae $008 4in

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Acaena saccaticupula 'Blue Haze'

$9 4in

Acanthus sennii

Acanthus senniiethopian acanthus
A most unusual and striking species from the highlands of Ethiopia, a shrub to 3 ft or more with silvery green leaves, to about 3" wide with spines on ruffled edges, and spikes of bright orange-red flowers in summer into autumn. Drought tolerant once established but accepting of summer water in full to part sun with good drainage. The tops are frost hardy into the low 20s F, dying back but resprouting with vigor to at least the low teens, lower USDA zone 8, and even lower with mulch.
Acanthaceae $12 3D

Acorus gramineus 'Masamune'

Acorus gramineus 'Masamune'dwarf sweet flag
A very old Japanese cultivar, a true dwarf used mainly in bonsai work, but equally at home in the garden where clumps of grassy foliage in variegations of green and white can reach 6" tall. Slowly spreads in part shade to shade where moisture is consistent. Even tolerates shallow standing water. Also can be tucked here and there to hide the cracks. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Acoraceae $9 3D

Adiantum 'Golden Michael'

Adiantum 'Golden Michael'
Lovely maidenhair fern, a form introduced by Lance Reiner with lacy foliage tinged with gold over a gentle green, both colors standing out again the black stems. To only 6” tall, spreading slowly by underground rhizomes to form a clump up to 3 ft across. Light shade with plentiful moisture is best and encourages faster growth. Evergreen to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8 and root hardy to at least –20F, USDA zone 5. Also does well in containers, indoors and out.
Adiantaceae $14 4D

Adiantum pedatum

Adiantum pedatumnorthern maidenhair fern
Native to eastern North American on wooded slopes and dampish shade sites, this sweet maidenhair fern has frilly fronds arranged in a circle on wiry, nearly black stems to 1-2 ft tall in clumps to 1-2 ft wide. Where happy, can spread by rhizomes to form large colonies, a lovely and delicate groundcover for part to full shade where soil is rich and summer water is plentiful. Often grown indoors as well, tolerating low light. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
Adiantaceae $9 4D

Adiantum venustum

Adiantum venustumhimalayan maidenhair fern
Striking maidenhair fern, native to China and the Himalayas, with lacy foliage that emerges bronzy pink and ages to a gentle green that stands out again the black stems. To only 6” tall, these spread slowly by underground rhizomes to form a clump up to 3 ft across. Light shade with plentiful moisture is best and encourages faster growth. Evergreen to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8 and root hardy to at least –20F, USDA zone 5. Also does well in containers, indoors and out.
Adiantaceae $11 4D

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Aeonium 'Blackbeard'
Charming aeonium, 'Cyclops' with its bronzy maroon leaves with a green "eye" in the center of the rosette. But 'Blackbeard' branches lower on the stem, forming a clump of rosettes to 2-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide. Though to be a hybrid of A. 'Zwartkop' and A. simsii, these stunning succulents require well-drained soil in sun or shade with a little water for plants in the ground and a bit more for those in containers. Frost hardy to 25F, mid USDA zone 9, so best in pots or a very!! protected area.
Crassulaceae $9 4in

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Aeonium 'Cornish Tribute'
Aeonium 'Cornish Tribute' is a new, compact Aeonium and was Plant of the Year finalist at 2012 Chelsea Flower Show. Originating at Trewidden Nursery, our piece was kindly shared with us by Dave Fross of Native Sons Nursery. Grows 18in x 12in and shows good drought tolerance. Foliage is dark red with a green center, and leaves are narrow and curve in towards the base. Great container plant. Full sun to part sun. USDA zone 9b.
$9 4in

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Aeonium arboreum 'Variegatum'
This sedum relative has a branching growth habit producing compact, variegated, succulent rosettes to approximately 12" tall. Prefers full to part sun, well-drained soil, and occasional water, especially during the growing season. Excellent as a container plant that can be brought inside if temperatures fall below the upper 20’s F. Frost hardy to mid USDA zone 9.
Crassulaceae $14 4in

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Aeonium domesticum 'Variegatum'
Compact evergreen succulent with loosely held rosettes on short stems, the succulent green leaves variegated in creamy white to yellow. Bright yellow flowers appear in summer. To only 12" tall. Prefers well-drained and lean soil and, during the winter growing season, bright light and regular water. In summer, keep cool and shaded with occasional careful water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9b; protect below 30F. Cheerful container plant.
Crassulaceae $9 4in

Aeonium haworthii

Aeonium haworthiipinwheel
Open rosettes, to 3-4" wide, of bluish green leaves with red edges top this multi-branched shrub from the Canary Islands. To up to 2 ft tall and wide, with late spring flowers of pale yellow to white that rise above the foliage. Full sun to light shade on the coast or light to full shade inland. Prefers well-drained soil and little to no summer water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9 so, where winter temperatures are colder, best in a pot with winter protection.
Crassulaceae $11 4in

Aesculus californica - Oregon collection

Aesculus californica - Oregon collectioncalifornia buckeye
Large deciduous shrub to small tree, typically multi-stemmed, native to dry slopes in California and southwestern Oregon. Compound leaves have 5 leaflets, dark green and finely toothed. Hummingbirds love the cylindrical panicles of sweet-scented, creamy white flowers, pink tinged in early summer. The fig-shaped fruits that follow open to a stunning, shiny chestnut...of the non-edible sort. Accepts summer moisture and tolerates heat and summer drought, often beginning to drop leaves in mid summer. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Sapindaceae $14 4D

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Aesculus pavia
This red flowering, southeastern US native buckeye is well at home in the small garden, topping out at 15 ft with a very handsome silhouette. Scarlett candelabras of flowers cover the tree in spring. A bird magnet. Full sun to part shade in hottest climates. Likes fertile soil and moderate water; scorches in dry conditions. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Sapindaceae $14 4D

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Agapanthus 'Midnight Blue' lily of the nile
Gorgeous globes of deep blue-violet flowers on 2.5 ft stalks appear in July and August above 18-24” clumps of dark green, strap-like leaves, narrower than other forms. This Irish selection of a South African native loves sun to part shade, plenty of fertilizer in summer, and well-drained soil. Needs water during the growing season but resents too much water at any time. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Amaryllidaceae $012 4D

Agapanthus 'Tinkerbell'

Agapanthus 'Tinkerbell'dwarf variegated lily of the nile
The variegated companion to Agapanthus ‘Peter Pan’ has dwarf foliage -- green with white edges -- and a dwarf flowering stalk of medium blue flowers rising to 18" above the 8" leaves. Useful as a container plant especially for its sprightly, variegated look. Enjoys sun to part shade in well-drained soil and average summer water. Evergreen to the mid 20s F, USDA zone 9b, and root hardy to at least 10F, zone 8, and probably colder.
Amaryllidaceae $11 4D

Agapanthus 'Winter Dwarf'

Agapanthus 'Winter Dwarf'dwarf lily of the nile
Selections from the old seedling strain of A. ‘Peter Pan’ and even smaller with strap-like leaves to only 6" or so and lavender-blue flowers on foot long stalks. Both dainty and indestructible in the garden. Does best in sun to part shade with regular water in spring and summer. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, with mulch for extra protection.
Amaryllidaceae $10 4D

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Agapetes smithiana var. major
Larger in all respects than the more often seen A. serpens with rounded 1” leaves and vibrant, orange-red flowers appearing in profusion at nearly any time of the year but especially in spring and fall. Loves cool dampness in dappled sun. If your garden doesn’t include a cliff at 12,00 ft in the Himalayas, then any container with rich soil will do. Superb in hanging baskets. Protect below 20F, USDA zone 9.
Ericaceae $015 4D

Agave 'Kissho Kan'

Agave 'Kissho Kan'lucky crown century plant
Stunning blue-gray leaves edged in white make this symmetrical rosette an outstanding addition to any collection. Yellow leaf spines darken to reddish brown adding distinction. To 15” tall x 18” wide and slowly offsetting. Needs light, and well-drained soil. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9. Best in container protected from winter wet where temperatures drop into the teens F or sit in the low 20s.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4D

Agave 'Ruth Bancroft'

Agave 'Ruth Bancroft'shark skin agave
Found in the hills near Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, where 3 century plants converge (perhaps collide). This selection, from the California garden of Ruth Bancroft, has an exquisitely fine, platinum-colored sheen with no white markings, clearly showing its A. victoria-reginae and A. scabra parentage. To 2-3 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide. For bright sun and well-drained soil with little summer irrigation necessary. Great in containers. Cold hardy to 10F or so, USDA zone 8. Also known as A. ‘Sharkskin’ for its leaf color and texture.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $18 4D

Agave americana 'Variegata'

Agave americana 'Variegata'variegated american century plant
Striking plant with beautifully curved blue leaves, well toothed and edged in rich cream. An imposing garden icon, reaching to 3-4 ft tall and wide, where winter temperatures seldom dive below 20F, USDA zone 9, for any length of time. A plant in Brookings, OR measures 10 x 10 ft. after 10 years. Has survived 8F, zone 7b, with overhead protection for winter dryness.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in

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Agave ferdinandi-regis king ferdinand agave
This little century plant comes from one of the more exciting habitats in agaveland, a series of mountains northeast of Saltillo in northwestern Mexico where the beautiful A. victoriae-reginae crosses with both A. scabra and A. lechugilla. The form of this plant is particularly upright, its leaves marked white with a pinkish gray cast and topped with black spines. Reaching 12-18" and offsetting freely, it is hardy to between 0 and 10F, USDA zone 7, with excellent drainage. Full sun. Excellent pot specimen.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4D

Agave gracilipes

Agave gracilipes
The name A. gracilis applies to a group of plants in northwestern Texas into New Mexico, natural hybrids between A. lecheguilla and A. neomexicana. This forms blue-gray rosettes of narrow leaves with horizontal striping. Rosettes of about 12” make a dense colony if allowed. Bright light and average to gritty, well-drained soil. Collected in the Guadeloupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico at 6200 ft making frost hardiness probable well into USDA zone 6.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4D

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'quadricolor century plant
This lovely Japanese selection of an easy to grow species is small, only to about 6-8", with shiny green leaves edged cream and tan. Eventually forms clumps of several rosettes. Best if kept out of hottest afternoon sun in well-drained soil with occasional summer water where dry. A fine rock garden creature where temperatures seldom fall to 15F, mid USDA zone 8 and superb in containers where temperatures are too harsh.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4D

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Agave murpheyi 'Rodney'
A beautiful new variegated version of the standard, narrow-leaved A. murpheyi that is identical in size and leaf shape, only variegated! To a medium 3' x 3' form. Native to Mexico and central Arizona, this agave makes an excellent container specimen or in a collection, grouped with other agave specimens. Full sun with well-drained soil. Extremely drought tolerant, no additional watering required. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae $15 4D

Agave ornithobroma

Agave ornithobromamaguey pajarito
Wonderful, short-trunk forming species from subtropical western Mexico, these collections from Sinaloa at under 500 ft elevation -- did we say warm? Closely related to A. geminiflora, the 18" rosettes, with extremely narrow, flexible leaves of dark green, are beautifully framed by a gazillion curly white filifers or hairs. Quite happy with a fair amount of summer moisture; winter drought decreases chance of problems. Full sun to dappled shade, in a bright window, or your nearest lava outcrop. We have had this in our garden, hardy for the last few years with luck. Should be protected below the mid 20s F, so best for mildest parts of the world or as fabulously small-scale container plants. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in

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Agave ovatifolia 'Vanzie'
Solitary, more compact selection of the large-growing and frost-hardy Whale's Tongue Agave. Beautiful and wide, silver-blue leaves with fine teeth along the margins and excellent form make this agave a prize choice in the dry, sunny garden or as a container specimen. Little water unless you want to grow monstrous, then water it plentifully when temps are above 80 degrees during the day. Full sun. Cold hardy to 5 degrees or lower zone 7.
Agavaceae $10 4in

Agave parrasana

Agave parrasanacabbage head agave
This Mexican species is most easily identified by its thick triangular leaves, beautifully marked blue-green in color, arranged in a striking rosette and edged with equally thick brown and white spines. Plants form low dense mounds, each rosette eventually measuring 2 ft x 2 ft and, in time, sending up 12 ft branched flower spikes of warm yellow blushed apricot. Best in mineral soil, sharp drainage, full sun. This represents a high elevation collection at over 8,500 ft that has thus far withstood between 0 and 10F, USDA zone 7, with overhead protection from excess winter moisture. Stunning pot plant or container specimen.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4D

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Agave schottii shott's century plant, shindagger
Smallish agave, from the eastern Whetstone mountains of southern Arizona, with narrow, upright, green leaves forming rosettes to 18" or so in large colonies. Leaves have a sharp, spiny tip -- easily inserted into the inattentive shin -- and filifers along the leaf margins but no marginal spines. Altogether a yucca-like agave. After 20 years or so, plants produce yellow, tubular flowers on 9 ft stems, dying after seeds set but leaving behind many pups. Native to southern Arizona and New Mexico southward into Mexico, these thrive in hot, dry places where soil is poor and summer water infrequent. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7 with good drainage.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $19 4D

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Allium senescens 'Blue Twister'
A choice selection of Allium senescens with corckscrew blue-green leaves. Great for the rock or xeric garden. Long display of lavender flowers attractive to pollinators. 12" tall. Hardy to Zone 5. Full sun.
$11 3D

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Aloe 'Christmas Carol'
Another lovely recent aloe hybrid. This small plant features rosettes under 5" in width and retains various colors of blue, pink, and peach throughout the year, edged as its name might imply, a deep orange-red. Orange flowers predominately in late winter and spring, if you keep it warm. Used as an indoor plant or in outdoor container anywhere below zone 9b-and-a-half. The brighter the light, the more radiant. Prefers drier conditions in winter. Pups quickly.
Asparagaceae $12 4in

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Aloe 'Delta Lights'
This aloe variegata cross produces 8" rosettes of wide herringboned patterned leaves of light green and cream. Quickly offsets to form large specimen, to 18" or more. Orange-red flowers produced primarily in late winter or spring. Fine indoor on container plant. Keep reasonably dry in winter, Zone 9b or above.
Asparagaceae $11 4in

Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid'

Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid'
This so-called "grass aloe" has long arched leaves, still succulent but less so than its close relatives. The bright green, white-spotted foliage arches on stems to about 10" tall and quickly spreads, forming clumps of 4-6 stems, eventually spreading to 2' wide when happy. Flowers are bright, bright, orange with green tips and stand to 18" tall above the foliage. This is a vigorous and long blooming plant. Drought tolerant requiring little summer water. These are tough and frost hardy to 20F, perhaps a bit below, USDA zone 9. An excellent pot plant requiring winter protection where temperatures hover below freezing or drop into the teens.
Asparagaceae $11 6in

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Aloe 'Moondance'
A new aloe hybrid that is virtually pure white with tiny dot-matrix-like markings all along its leaves. Slow-growing, but clumping and pupping easily. This is a handsome aloe to pair with others in a pot, especially with more typically green and blue-green hybrids. Move indoors in winter unless you live in zone 9b or above. Orange-red flowers open atop slender stalks in warm conditions. Prefers very good light, but no direct sun.
Asparagaceae $11 4in

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Aloe 'Safari Sunrise'
This cheery, compact aloe is a great multiplier and reblooms readily. Blue-green leaves compliment the peachy bicolor flowers. Fast growing and staying under 10in tall. Excellent hummingbird candy. Frost hardy to bottom of USDA zone 9, so best treated as a container plant that can be moved inside if winter temperatures get too chilly. Also, a great indoor plant for that bright, sunny windowsill.
$9 3D

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Aloe aristata torch plant
Haworthia-like creature from high elevations of South Africa forming rosettes to 5-6” with each leaf spiked and mottled with cream zigzag markings. Slowly offsets, clumping to form wonderful architectural patterns. Dappled to full sun, decent drainage, and summer water where dry. Probably the most cold hardy, non grass-like Aloe, accepting at least 10F, USDA zone 8, and below into upper zone 7 when planted in the ground. Possibly even lower if kept dry in winter.
Asparagaceae $14 3D

Aloe DonnieTM

Aloe DonnieTM
Gorgeous aloe, a Kelly Griffin hybrid and Proven Winners selection, with rosettes of succulent leaves edged in red and spotted in white, eventually reaching 2-4" tall and wide. Best in well drained soil in full to part sun. Frost hardy only to 25F, mid USDA zone 9, so best kept in containers to be moved indoors in winter. Both heat and drought tolerant in the ground. Let potted plants dry a bit before watering. A nice addition to the succulent collection outdoors or in.
Asparagaceae $012 4in

Aloe JimmyTM

Aloe JimmyTM
Gorgeous aloe hybrid, a Kelly Griffin and Proven Winners selection with rosettes of succulent leaves, white edged with with lots of small white spots, eventually reaching 2-4" tall and wide. Best in well drained soil in full to part sun. Both heat and drought tolerant in the ground. Frost hardy only to 25F, mid USDA zone 9, so best kept in containers to be moved indoors in winter. Potted plants should dry a bit before watering. A nice addition to the succulent collection outdoors or in.
Asparagaceae $12 4in

Alstroemeria 'Glory of the Andes'

Alstroemeria 'Glory of the Andes'peruvian lily
An unusual Peruvian lily in that the flowers, a lovely gold with maroon markings, are also slightly sweet and the leaves are variegated, green edged in creamy yellow. Blooming from June through August, plants form clumps to 3 ft tall x 30" wide. Best in rich soil in full sun to part shade with regular summer water. This cultivar is well-behaved in the garden and doesn't spread. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Alstroemeriaceae $12 4D

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Alyssum spinosum
Compact evergreen perennial growing only to 6-10" in height, by 18" in width, with most architectural divaricating branches and flower stems. Topped by creamy flowers mid to late spring. Shared with us by our propagator Evan Bean, for full sun, gritty soil, USDA zone 6. Summer drought tolerant.
$11 2D

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Amarygia [hybrids]
Amaryllis belladonna X Brunsvigia josephinae crosses from plantsman Wayne Roderick with long, strappy leaves to 2 ft that die back in summer. In late summer/early fall a 2 ft stem appears producing clusters of very fragrant flowers in colors that vary from pure whites to dark pinks. These are best in a spot that receives bright light and little summer water. Frost hardy to a bit below 20F, upper-upper USDA zone 8 and best in containers in areas of prolonged periods below freezing.
Amaryllidaceae $15 4D

Amaryllis belladonna

Amaryllis belladonnanaked lady
A choice and deliciously fragrant flowering bulb to perfume the late summer garden with abundant light to dark pink trumpets on dark stems, to 18-24” tall -- “naked” since the strappy leaves that appeared in winter have usually died back during the dry summer. Definitely a beautiful lady. Best in a Mediterranean climate with summer heat, good drainage, and very little summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and into zone 7 with a bit of mulch.
Amaryllidaceae $12 4in

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Amaryllis belladonna - typical West Coast clone
A choice and deliciously fragrant flowering bulb to perfume the late summer garden with abundant light to dark pink trumpets on dark stems, to 18-24” tall -- “naked” since the strappy leaves that appeared in winter have usually died back during the dry summer. Definitely a beautiful lady. Best in a Mediterranean climate with summer heat, good drainage, and very little summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and into zone 7 with a bit of mulch.
Amaryllidaceae $11 4D

Amicia zygomeris

Amicia zygomeris
Handsome perennial herb from eastern Mexico, to 4-7 ft tall x 2-4 ft wide, easily seen as a pea relative, with its, indeed, pea-like, glaucous green leaves that close up at night. Long racemes of yellow flowers, yes also pea-like, sit above purplish discs -- and dress the tops of stems through summer into autumn. An odd and endearing plant for sun to part shade with summer water. Top hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9, and root hardy to at least the single digits, upper zone 7.
Fabaceae $11 4D

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Anacampseros aff. rufescens - Sutherland Plateau
A Cistus introduction, our collection from over 7400' on South Africa's Sutherland plateau growing in gritty soil, sometimes inundated in winter by vernal pools near which they grow. Plants of only a few inches across, barely protruding from the soil but most attractive purple-tinted leaves emerging from tufts of wool. These have taken temperatures well below 0 F, USDA zone 6, even lower. Bright light, ideal for trough container or fine jewelry.
Portulacaceae $9 2D

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Anemanthele lessoniana pheasant grass
Cool evergreen Australian grass that turns a glowing orange in the winter, fading to a orangish-spring green in summer. Height and width to 3 ft. Full to half sun with regular water inland and occasional water near the coast. This grass is all about texture and highlighting the garden with warm earthy tones. Think backlit by the sun or spilling out near a sidewalk edge. Deer and salt spray tolerant. Cold hardy to 5 degrees F, mid USDA zone 7.
Poaceae $12 2D

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Anemone x lipsiensis rock garden anemone
A natural hybrid, this cute little anemone has all the good qualities of the species and few of the bad. No ‘I turned my back and it ate my Hellebores”; no ‘It lifted the sidewalk.’ Large pale yellow flowers on very finely divided stems that carpet the ground in spring. Excellent knitter in the rock garden, rock wall or between stepping stones. Frost hardy to USDA zone 4. Excellent.
Ranunculaceae $12 4D

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Angelica pachycarpa
A nearly evergreen biennial or short-lived perennial, to 2 ft, with very glossy pinnate leaves to over 12" long with toothed leaflets -- all shiny. Small green flowers in ball-like heads quickly turn to seed and are best removed to encourage lush foliage. Full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7-9.
Apiaceae $12 4in

Arachniodes standishii

Arachniodes standishiiupside-down fern
Much sought-after and hard to find fern from Japan and Korea with handsome evergreen to semi-evergreen fronds that are almost frilly in appearance and from 1-3 ft long. Forms clumps that reach 2-3 ft wide after many years, spreading by underground rhizomes. For light to deep shade with average summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Dryopteridaceae $16 4D

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Arctostaphylos 'Monica'
Selected by Louis Edmonds, this cross between A. manzanita and A. densiflora is an upright shrub to 10 ft or more and can be trained as high as 15 ft. A handsome plant with green leaves, spring flowers that are many shades of pink and white -- both lovely against the dark mahogany bark that sheds in small curls. Easy in the garden, tolerating less than ideal conditions. More accepting of some summer water than most manzanitas but we recommend weaning after September to slow any luxurious growth before winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae $15 2D

Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist'

Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist'
An easy manzanita, a wonderful choice for a sunny hillside that doesn’t get watered in the summer. To 2 ft tall x 6 ft wide with blue, evergreen foliage that looks oh so nice against the cinnamon colored bark. Prune the tips for extra bushiness. Full sun to light shade in well-drained soil with no summer water necessary once established. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $16 2D

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Arctostaphylos 'Wy'East' manzanita
A Cistus introduction. Long sought after, an east side meets west side manzanita from the desert transition mountains just west of Dufur, OR, these A. columbiana x patula hybrids are 4 -5 ft rounded shrubs with pale jade green leaves and palest of pink flowers in late winter through spring. They have been among the easiest for us to grow and have potential wherever there is good drainage, full sun, not abundant summer water. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5. Sweet.
Ericaceae $016 2D

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Arctostaphylos columbiana 10090

$15 2D

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Arctostaphylos columbiana x nevadensis 10006 blue?

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Arctostaphylos glandulosa 'Rogue Gem'
A Cistus introduction. Another of our series of A. glandulosa, this, from the reaches above Oregon's Rogue River canyon, spreads to a multiple stemmed mound, 3 ft tall x an eventual 6 ft wide, with deep chocolate brown stems, glossy green leaves, and very pale pink flowers from late winter through late spring depending on weather. Can be cut back. Dappled shade to bright sun with decent drainage. Tolerant of some summer irrigation. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $016 2D

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Arctostaphylos hispidula SBH 9782

Ericaceae $15 2D

Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Green on Black'

Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Green on Black'hooker's mazanita
A Cistus Introduction. This compact clone from the Huckleberry Hill area of California's Monterey County is another in a great series of this most useful garden shrub. To only 18" high and wide, with particularly round, shiny green foliage and abundant, small pink flowers in late winter. Tolerant of both sand and clay, these like a bit of summer drought but are not incredibly happy over 100 F in particularly hot inland places. Works well as an understory to a larger arctostaphylos or as a fine ground cover where the leaf form and the wiry blackish stem can be seen. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae $15 3D

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Arctostaphylos manzanita SBH 9837.1

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos mendocinoensis [tall, red, furry stems]

$15 2D

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Arctostaphylos mendocinoensis SBH 9849g

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos mendocinoensis SBH 9849h

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos mewukka 'Mottley Crue'
This northern collection of what appears to be the burl-forming comes from Shasta County in the southern Siskiyou's. This plant, to 4-6' in height , with narrow powder-blue leaves, beautifully set amid red stems and warm orange bark on older wood. Light pink flowers in midwinter. Prefers mineral soil, bright light, and very little summer water (or when temperatures are warm). Can be cut back severely and re-sprout (if your significant other gets carried away with the chainsaw on the weekend). USDA zone 6, possibly colder.
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis SBH 9755

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis SBH 9772

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis ssp. knightii SBH 9861

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis x columbiana/nortensis SBH 9754
Nice rounding/spilling form. Rounded blue-green leaves, red stems. 6" x 4'.
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis x viscida x nevadensis 10066

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Arctostaphylos nummularia ssp. mendocinoensis SBH 9170a
From the pygmy forest plant community of California's Mendiceno coast, this probable hybrid between A. hookeri and A. uva-ursi forms a compact, rounded shrub to only about 4 ft tall with 1/4" green leaves on red stems and, in mid-winter, showy, light pink flowers produced en masse. This clone has been quite black-spot resistant under all conditions. Enjoys sun to dappled shade and tolerates dense clay and heavy winter rain but still prefers only very light summer water at most. Frost hardy to the bottom of zone 8, probably zone 7. Very good container plant.
Ericaceae $14 3D

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Arctostaphylos pumila UCSC 1982-83

$15 2D

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Arctostaphylos stanfordiana 'Lynne'

$15 2D

Arisaema consanguineum - silvered centered

Arisaema consanguineum - silvered centered
Shared with us some years ago by our friends the O’Byrnes, these graceful jack-in-the-pulpits rise to nearly 3 ft in late spring with narrow graceful leaflets centered indeed silver. Flowers are deep cinnamon. Adds to its beauty by clumping quickly. Dappled shade is best with consistent summer moisture and, of course, decent drainage. A wonderful addition to the woodland garden or container. Frost hardy in the ground to 0F, USDA zone 7 or below.
Araceae $15 4in

Arisaema sp. JSM - Fan Xi Pan, Vietnam

Arisaema sp. JSM - Fan Xi Pan, Vietnamcobra lily
This collection from northern Vietnam by Joshua McCullough produces leaves of only about 18" in a pleasing spring-green. But more interesting are the late spring and summer, striped flowers with coloring nearly chocolate to yellow to light spring-green between the stripes. Shade, rich soil, and summer dampness are best, with good drainage for winter rains. Frost hardiness is as yet untested, but we assume at least USDA zone 8.
Araceae $014 4D

Arisaema taiwanense

Arisaema taiwanensetaiwan cobra lily
Extremely rare in commerce but we have a good supply from seeds collected by intrepid friends. This cobra lily has lizard-mottled stems that burst out of the woodland ground in April followed by dazzling, hooded, dark purple to nearly black flowers, and mind-boggling, deeply cut, acid-flashback leaves. Stunning at 30-36" tall. For shade to dappled shade in rich soil with average of summer water. Frost hardy in the ground in upper USDA zone 6, possibly lower.
Araceae $22 4D

Aristolochia sempervirens

Aristolochia sempervirensevergreen dutchman's pipe
Cool evergreen vine or goundcover, native to the Mediterranean, with heart-shaped leaves and in spring through fall "Dutchman pipe" flowers, yellow-throated, purplish tubes. Reaches 5 - 15 ft tall and thrives in sunny to partly shaded, gardens tolerating summer drought or water. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Aristolochiaceae $012 3D

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Aristotelia chilensis maqui
From Chile and Argentina, an unusual evergreen shrub to small tree, to 15-25 ft, for sun to dappled shade in fertile, well-drained soil that is kept moist. Small, white flowers appear in May and purple, edible berries in fall. This form, from Mike Remick is a heavy fruiting form that has proven cold hardy to below 10F - USDA zone 8.
Elaeocarpaceae $9 2D

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Aristotelia x fruserrata 'Abigail Gordon' Wineberry
Robust, glossy and green-leaved evergreen shrub with pink spring flowers and pink to dark burgundy fruit in fall. Branches and stems are a beautiful reddish brown. Compact form, around 4-6' tall and wide. Full sun in coastal gardens and semi-shade inland. Well-drained soil and occasional summer watering. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8b.
Elaeocarpaceae $14 4in

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Artemisia pedemontana

Asteraceae $11 2D

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Asarum caudatum SBH 9727

$10 4D

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'
Shared with us by plantsman, Linda Guy, this wonderful cast iron plant, growing to over 3 ft tall with narrow dark green leaves, has way spotted leaves held upright, almost glowing with the creamy spreckles. Clumps to about 4 ft wide in a reasonable time. Able to withstand dark shade to dappled light but bleaches in too much sun. Prefers damp well drained soil. Excellent container. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $20 4D

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Aspidistra attenuata BSWJ 377 attenuate cast iron plant

Asparagaceae $16 3D

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Aspidistra caespitosa 'Jade Ribbons' cast iron plant
Shared with us years ago by Barry Yinger, this small, cast iron plant produces leaves, to only about 18" in height, in dense clusters of deep green with a satiny blue finish. Intriguingly beautiful for gardens or containers in medium shade to the deepest, darkest recesses of the garden. Fairly fast growing in the southeast due to hot summer nights; on the West Coast, they are slower but worthwhile. Regular summer water in dryer climates to push them along a bit, though they can go without for long periods. Undamaged at 10 to 12F, USDA zone 8, if out of wind; can recover from 0F, zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra columnaris 'Giraffe'

Aspidistra columnaris 'Giraffe'
A spreckled aspidistra with leaves to only about 8" tall, reminiscent of the rounded forms of A. typica but more undulating on the edges and cleverly spotted over all. Fairly slow growing but worth a prominent spot in the shade garden ... preferably a prominent spot close to a path. Grows best if regularly watered in summer and kept free of slugs and snails. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 8, and possibly zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'

Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'striped cast iron plant
A gorgeous selection of a cast iron plant. Though this isn't the "biggest aspidistra in the world," it reaches about 1/2 to 2/3 the size of typical at about 18" to 25" tall with 6" wide leaves brushed cream especially towards the tips. A stunning garden or container plant that can thrive in the deepest of shade. Best if kept out of direct sunlight especially in hot climates. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; upper zone 7 with protection. Protect from slugs and snails.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Chicory Asahi'

Aspidistra elatior 'Chicory Asahi'
Akin to a new and improved Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi', this plant, shared with us by Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianus, has a very white center variegation, broader than 'Asahi', covering most of the leaf except for a distinct green band on the leaf edge. Gorgeous in the shade garden. Like its near relative, expected to reach 3 ft tall with leaves to 6" wide. Beautiful and slow, though nearly as vigorous as 'Asahi'. Best in good soil with regular summer water to establish and at least occasional water thereafter. Mulch helps keep slugs and snails away. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Gold Strike'

Aspidistra elatior 'Gold Strike'cast iron plant
Tall and vigorous aspidistra, reaching 3' or more, with deep green glossy leaves, rather narrow, with a reliable light green-to-gold stripe through each leaf. Substantial clump in a few seasons, indeed striking for any place with deep shade to dappled sun (avoiding afternoon sun). Drought tolerant, though much faster growing with regular summer water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

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Aspidistra elatior 'Gold Sunray'

Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' ['Living Cloud']

Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' ['Living Cloud']cast iron plant
Small and hard-to-find aspidistra, the leaves only 2" wide by 12" tall and heavily spreckled with yellow spots on both sides, forming a cheerful, multi-stemmed, clumping perennial for the woodland garden in bright shade to the darkest part of the garden. Lovers of rich soil and even moisture, they are not supposed to be attractive to deer. Evergreen in upper USDA zone 8; root hardy to 10F, the bottom of zone 8; and a bright, sturdy houseplant where temperatures drop into zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra longiloba

Aspidistra longilobacast iron plant
An unusual cast iron plant, slowly spreading to make 4 ft wide clumps in a reasonable amount of time, with shiny spring-green leaves of only about 6" long, but pleasingly rounded at the base making them nearly oval. Easy in cultivation, for addition to containers or repeating in the shade garden. A layer of mulch over existing soil helps their little rhizomes spread a bit more quickly. Provide even summer moisture for more rapid growth, especially along the West Coast. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; zone 7 with reliable mulch and protection.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

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Aspidistra lurida 'Aminogawa-a-go-go'

Asparagaceae $18 3D

Aspidistra minutiflora

Aspidistra minutifloracast iron plant
One of the more intriguing of the cast iron plants, a genus on which we have become rather fixated, this with very narrow leaves, to 30” tall and only 1/2 to 1” wide, of deep green with a bit of silky blue overlay. Creates graceful clumps reasonably quickly in the woodland garden or in container where the nearly black stem sheaths can be easily observed for hours on end … or at least a second or two. Enjoys ample summer moisture, though, as with other aspidistras, seems to accept being nearly moisture free in dark, cave-like spaces. A perfect addition under shrubs where other plants are not likely to thrive, or in dark entry gardens for instance. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 8. Has also been offered as Aspidistra linearifolia.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

Aspidistra minutiflora 'Spangled Ribbons'

Aspidistra minutiflora 'Spangled Ribbons'spangled cast iron plant
Introduced by Don Jacob this appears very much like A. caespitosa 'Jade Ribbons' with 18" leaves, about 1" wide, tinted blue, and held very upright, but these have endearing yellow polka dots throughout. Slow growing like all cast iron plants, but growth can be hastened with fertile soil and extra summer moisture, especially where nights are cool. Like the others, capable of growing in very dark rooms (they like to hang out in bars) and of course the shadiest nooks in the garden. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; zone 7 with protection.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra retusa 'Nanjing Green'

Aspidistra retusa 'Nanjing Green'nanjing cast iron plant
Smallish aspidistra with medium green, 3" wide leaves distinguished by prominent veins and forming clumps to 2 ft tall and wide. Brought back from the Nanjing Botanic Garden in the 1990s and shared with us by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery, this handsome and unusual cast iron plant does best in part to full shade with summer water. Evergreen and undamaged to 5F, USDA zone 7b, and expected to be root hardy below that.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Spotty'

Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Spotty'cast iron plant
A Cistus introduction of a lovely species, this our seedling selection from Southeast China, with graceful, long green leaves, to 3 ft or more, emerging with black sheaths, the leaves humorously spotted almost golden. Tolerant of deep shade and drought, but more pleased with ample summer moisture and good soil. Thus far frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7. We think this is one of the most graceful of all the aspidistras.
Asparagaceae $22 4D

Aspidistra yingjiangensis 'Singapore Sling'

Aspidistra yingjiangensis 'Singapore Sling'cast iron plant
This lovely creature, found in a market in Singapore (we believe) both by Barry Yinger and Hayes Jackson, grows to 3 ft or more with only 1-2" wide leaves of deep green, strikingly polka dotted cream yellow. Very spiffy even in deepest darkest shade. Summer water to establish and regularly thereafter for fastest growth though tolerates dry shade as well. As many others, this one is slow growing and we are happy to finally have enough to share. Despite its origins has been frost hardy in the garden at least into USDA zone 8. Also makes a lovely container specimen for medium to low light.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

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Astelia 'Red Devil' red mountain astelia
Found some years ago on NZ's south island after many quasi-successful endeavors in bringing this plant to North America, our original collection is finally available from Christchurch's fabulous Texture Plants Nursery. Similar in size to A. 'Red Gem' (to 2ft tall and wide) but with deeper burgundy tones in winter and throughout summer in exposed locations. Often quite stunning. Despite its xeric appearance, it prefers reliably damp conditions and a slight northerly aspect in hotter climates. Plants have survived to 0 F in others gardens, but we will say upper zone 7 to be on the safe side. Woohoo!
Asteliaceae $16 4D

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Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear' silver spear
Dazzlingly silver rosettes, offsetting clumps 3-5 ft high & wide with 3-4" wide leaves. Best in light shade and well-drained soil. Accepts continual moisture but not prolonged drought or excessive summer heat. Great container plant. Cold hardy to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8, recovering from 10 to 12F.
Asteliaceae $16 4D

Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'

Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'red sword sedge
Our favorite A. nivicola collection, New Zealand natives, forming clumps to 2 ft wide by roughly 18" tall with numerous leaves all coated with a soft silver fur and turning deep red, almost burgundy, with light and frost in winter. Very striking! This has been one of the toughest creatures, having not had frost damage even in our 14F, arctic extravaganza in 1996. Also an amazing container plant where burgundy tones in rosette-forming plants are hard to come by. Prefers even summer moisture in bright light for best color, though accepting of shade. Tolerant of frost to 10F, USDA zone 8, with reports of near 0F out of the wind.
Asteliaceae $16 4D

Aucuba 'Gold Mound'

Aucuba 'Gold Mound'gold-dust plant
Yes, we have said before that aucubas are cool. This cultivar, selected and named by plantsman Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianus, reaches only 3 ft or so with a rounded habit. The 5" scalloped and rounded leaves are speckled and streaked with gold and cream - almost appearing entirely golden. Berries are orange turning nearly red in autumn and winter especially if a female clone is nearby. Great for dry shade (such as under dusty stairwells) or as a long lived container specimen. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6.
Garryaceae $14 2D

Aucuba chinensis 'Spotty'

Aucuba chinensis 'Spotty'
A Cistus introduction. Our aucuba phase is now of long standing as this very useful group of plants, found in only a few clones and usually lurking under stairwells, has so much to offer. A graceful, 4 ft, evergreen shrub, 'Spotty' has narrow leaves, to only about 1” x 4” sprayed with yellow polka dots. Excellent for deep, dark, dry shade! Happiest with some summer water in very dry summer places or way back there under the the stairs. Frost hardy as cold as upper USDA zone 6.
Garryaceae $14 4D

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Aucuba japonica 'Alabai'
A Cistus introduction. This selection from an old north Portland watering hole of the same name offers very large leaves of 6 inches or more of dark green adorned with creamy yellow polka dots, seeming to swirl before ones eyes a wonderful echo of many a late night patron leaving the premises. To 8 feet or more adding bold texture to a shady garden spot. This plant is male with small purple flowers adding interest in late winter. Drought tolerant though summer water speeds growth. Zone 7, if not 6.
Garryaceae $12 4D

Aucuba japonica 'Clear Picture'

Aucuba japonica 'Clear Picture'
Classic evergreen shrub to brighten the deepest shade, this one with clear, yellow variegations on dark green leaves. To 4 ft tall x 3 ft wide, dense and upright with a rounded shape. Easy, thriving in most situations of dappled shade to shade in rich, well-drained soil. Tolerant of some drought once established though perhaps more luscious with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Garryaceae $15 3D

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Aucuba japonica 'Ova Easy'
A Cistus introduction. Not to be overloooked, this fairly stable all-gold sport of A. 'Overloook' has 4-6" toothed leaves, spring green and velveteen gold when exposed to more light. To 6' or so, a very cheery addition to a dark corner. Particularly adapted to shade, best out of full or afternoon sun. Fine container plant or even indoor. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6. Surprisingly drought tolerant in dry shade when established.
Garryaceae $15 3D

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Aucuba japonica 'Overlook'
A Cistus introduction. One of two sports found in the Overlook neighborhood in North Portland to 6 feet or more with particularly large, glossy green leaves, bordered cream. A vigorous and bold addition to the shady garden. Drought tolerant though extra summer moisture speeds growth. The male flowers are small and purple and add to the effect in late winter. Zone 7, possibly 6.
Garryaceae $14 3D

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Aucuba japonica var. longifolia
Low growing -- to 3-4 ft -- deep green leaved form of this oh-so-useful genus. With 2 ft wide, 6-8" long leaves and bright red berries, sometimes produced with no "men" nearby. Although drought tolerant, best with even summer moisture and able to grow in the darkest spots. We have them growing among the golden culms of a timber bamboo, providing a great contrast. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7; zone 6 out of wind.
Garryaceae $14 4in

Azara dentata - 11th Avenue

Azara dentata - 11th Avenue
With sweet fragrance from its bright yellow flowers in spring, this evergreen Chilean shrub or small tree shines in the mixed border. Sun to part sun with a bit of summer water. Easily pruned to tree form, plants can reach 12 ft or so but can be trimmed and maintained at smaller sizes. Frost hardy in the Pacific Northwest, at temperatures of 12F, USDA zone 8. This clone from a tree on 11th Avenue in Portland.
Salicaceae $12 4D

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Banksia (marginata) - cl 3

Proteaceae $15 2D

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Banksia integrifolia ssp. monticola White Mountain Banksia

Proteaceae $15 3D

Beesia deltophylla

Beesia deltophylla
Very nice small, evergreen groundcover from China with shiny, heart-shaped leaves and spikes of white flowers in late summer. Lovely vein patterns add texture to the leathery foliage. Plants form clumps 18” wide x 1 ft tall in dappled shade to full shade. Tolerant of many soils but best planted in areas that are consistently moist and well-drained soil. Creates a good backdrop for other shade loving perennials. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Ranunculaceae $14 4D

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Begonia chitoensis
Another hardy begonia to add to the garden. This one collected at high elevation in China. Rather tough, glossy leaves that remain evergreen unless a major frost should happen. Pink flowers in late summer through autumn. 16-18in tall. USDA zone 7. Zone 6 with mulch.
Begoniaceae $9 4D

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Begonia dregei
Intriguing caudex forming species from summer rainfall South Africa. Grows only to about 18" but quickly forms a caudex of up to 3" giving the appearance of a miniature baobab (Adansonia digitata). Makes us want to create a tiny national park. Ruffled leaves, under 1", are pleasingly undulate and shaded in purples and grays. Small, white flowers complement its stature. Frost hardy to only upper 20s F, upper USDA zone 9, but fine for the protected garden or as a pot specimen. Faithful list perusers who wonder if this was previously listed as B. richardsonii are right to notice a name correction.
Begoniaceae $12 4in

Begonia emeiensis DJHC 98479

Begonia emeiensis DJHC 98479
A Dan Hinkley collection from Emei Shan and a striking addition to the increasingly large repertoire of begonias hardy in USDA zone 6 or above, this with 6-8” succulent, heart-shaped leaves and, in late summer and fall, attractive clusters of luscious pink flowers within the canopy. Shade to afternoon shade in moist conditions. Evergreen into the upper 20s F; deciduous but resprouting handily in early spring after temperatures as low as -10F, USDA zone 6, especially if mulched. A swollen (node) at the end of each leaf petiole can sprout and increase the plant. Easy.
Begoniaceae $12 4in

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Berberis dictyophylla

Berberidaceae $9 3D

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Berberis fendleri
Lovely yellow flowers in spring produce copious red fruit in the fall. Great as a specimen or in a wildlife hedge. A fantastic deciduous shrub to 6'.
Berberidaceae $9 3D

Berberis jamesiana 'Exuberant'

Berberis jamesiana 'Exuberant'jame's barberry
Splendid, tall, deciduous shrub, this from a particularly lovely specimen growing near Cistus on Suavie Island and having reached 12 ft tall and nearly as wide in 10 years. Hard to resist with its large green leaves and abundant hanging clusters of fruit that begin pale yellow and gradually turn vivid red-orange - each stage more gorgeous than the last, decorating the entire plant. Brilliant fall foliage is a bonus. Fine in sun to part shade with little summer water necessary once established. Said to be deer resistant as well. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Berberidaceae $14 4D

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Bergeranthus jamesii - cl 2
Ice plant relative from South Africa, to only about 2” tall in clumps to 5-6” wide with succulent, triangular leaves. In summer, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers cover the the plant. Requires very good drainage in lean soil, sun in all but the very hottest climates, and an occasional watering in summer by hose or monsoon. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Aizoaceae $8 4in

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Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty' cross vine
Stunning and very fast-growing, vine from the southeastern US, the large, trumpet-shaped, orange flowers cloaking the entire plant in early summer with occasional blooms on into fall. Truly tangerine and truly a beauty. To 10 to 20 ft; needs strong support, climbing by tendrils that can attach to textured walls and cover problem areas. Blooms on old wood so prune immediately after flowering. Full sun to part shade and average summer water. Evergreen in USDA zone 8 and frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Bignoniaceae $14 3D

Billardiera longiflora

Billardiera longiflorablueberry Vine
Think of this as a vining pittosporum to 10 ft tall. Evergreen vine from the mountains of Tasmania with small foliage and sweetly scented, creamy chartreuse bell flowers followed by metallic blue berries (edible!). Cool feet and sun at its head suits it best along with average water in well-drained soil. Choice. Frost hardy to 5 to 10F, mid to upper USDA zone 7.
Pittosporaceae $11 2D

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Billbergia nutans friendship plant
A hardy bromeliad from Paraguay, this old fashioned plant is rarely sold– most people get a piece from a friend’s plant -- hence the common name.. Odd pink and blue flowers in late sping. Protect at 15-20F, mid to upper USDA zone 8. Great indoor/outdoor houseplant. Sun to part shade.
Bromeliaceae $16 4in

Blechnum chilense

Blechnum chilensechilean hard fern
Striking evergreen fern, large and bold with dark green fronds, upright and leathery on rose- pink stems. Reaches 5-6 ft tall in perfect conditions, e.g., moist, cool shade. Can take more light with plenty of summer water. Forms colonies through underground rhizomes making a larger presence. Very nice and very effective in the woodland or dappled shade garden. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Blechnaceae $19 4D

Blechnum penna-marina

Blechnum penna-marinaalpine water fern
Native to the southern hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand as well as South America, this is a dwarf, evergreen fern, to only 12" tall, with dense fronds that emerge bronze and age to dark green. A lovely groundcover for part to full shade, spreading slowly primarily by underground rhizomes to form clumps. Doesn't actually grow in water -- in spite of the common name -- but often near water courses. Enjoys moist conditions as long as drainage is good. Best if roots aren't planted too deep. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Blechnaceae $14 4D

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Bletilla 'Yokohama'
This delightful hardy ground orchid features beautiful pink blooms borne in clusters on 1-2' stems, dancing above the deciduous foliage, from June through July. Spreads 2-3'. Part shade to shade, well-drained soil, USDA zone 6.
Orchidaceae $14 3D

Bletilla ochracea 'Chinese Butterfly'

Bletilla ochracea 'Chinese Butterfly'chinese butterfly hardy ground orchid
Wonderful ground orchid from a vigorous strain introduced by Linda Guy of Carolina Nurseries, with exotic flowers of five petals, in pale creamy yellow and a darker yellow lip spreckled with purple -- 3-5 blossoms on stem to 20" tall amongst iris-like foliage. Morning sun or light, dappled shade. Frost hardy at least into the single digits, F., upper USDA zone 7.
Orchidaceae $14 4D

Bletilla striata 'Variegata' - magenta

Bletilla striata 'Variegata' - magentavariegated chinese orchid
Hardy ground orchid, a familiar friend in Portland gardens, passed back and forth across the back fences of gardeners citywide. This selection has the trademark, eye-crossing pink blooms and its leaves are accented by thin white variegation. Rich soil and normal garden water out of hot sun is best. Start a plant exchange in your neighborhood! Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Orchidaceae $18 4D

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Bommeria hispida SBH 9550
From about 6200 ft on the south slopes of the Pinaleno Mountains of SE Arizona comes this mat-forming desert fern, to only 4-5" in height but spreading indefinitely, not to encircle the entire planet, but reasonably to about 3', with parsley-like, succulent kinda-hair evergreen fronds and growing in shallow-pans of granitic and limestone soil. Take a breath. Fabulous at home, in rock garden, rock wall, or as a container plant, or very small-scale groundcover under shrubs, agaves, etc. Tolerant of great drought, partially for their roots ability to access tiny fissures in stone. Best with some summer water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Adiantaceae $11 4D

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Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' [PPAF]
A tufted, warm-season bunchgrass native to prairies, plains, open rocky woodlands and along railroad tracks throughout the Western U.S. Known as Blue Grama, these grasses will reach a height of 12-15" tall and wide. 'Blonde Ambition' distinguishes itself from the species by its chartreuse flowers (instead of purple) which make a striking contrast with the blue-gray leaf blades. The flowering stems are also much taller, as much as 2.5' tall above the clump! Flowers then produce interesting blonde seedheads which remain on the stalks until early winter. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Easy grower.
$9 4D

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Brachyglottis 'Otari Cloud'
Shared with us by plantsman Neil Bell, this is one of several lovely shrubby daisies adorned with silver leaves with white undersides, represented in this country until recently by the cultivar sunshine. 'Otari Cloud' grows to about 4 ft tall with a rounded form and oval, silver-gray leaf surfaces slightly crinkled on the margins exposing the white undersides. Shy flowering and that's ok; the bright yellow daisies can add a shaggy appearance to the plant and could be clipped away if they appear. Well drained soil, bright position; occasionally summer water in dry positions. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae $12 3D

Brachyglottis greyi x monroi UCSC 89.189

Brachyglottis greyi x monroi UCSC 89.189
From a plant at the University of California Santa Cruz that had been in the garden for more than 20 years, quite possibly one of the Dunedin Hybrids from the 1950s. This form to about 3.5 ft tall with elongated and scalloped leaves, gray-green on top and nearly white on the undersides -- an elegant bi-color effect. Sun to dappled shade. Somewhat drought tolerant but best with some summer water in dry places. Loves cool coastal conditions; dislikes hot humid areas, i.e., the eastern US (sorry). Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae $14 4D

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Buddleia paniculata - shrub form

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Buddleja 'Peter'
From friend and plantsman extraordinaire, Peter Podaras, this result of just a tiny piece of his breeding work, has resulted in a soft blue-gray leaf with warm yellow flowers on an evergreen shrub to only about 3-4' in height and width and a long flowering time. It has thriven in containers with plants such as Phlomis or even succulents. We trim ours once a year to maintain compactness. Remove dead flower heads to shape. A bit sensitive to heavy soil, so should be planted in sharp-draining mix in full sun. USDA zone 7.
$12 4D

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Buddleja davidii 'Evil Ways'
A Cistus introduction. This garden seedling has not only remained evergreen for us, but has leaves of eye-crossing chartreuse to gold and flowers so purple they seem nearly black. A stunning plant! Needless to say, should be used as carefully in the garden, because of its bold color but also...We are confident the flowers are sterile and this cultivar should not become a weed problem. USDA zone 6
Scrophulariaceae $14 4D

Buddleja macrostachya

Buddleja macrostachyalong spiked buggerfly bush
Tall shrub or small tree, to 20 ft tall, with squarish, winged branches holding long, somewhat felted, green leaves and, from spring throughout the growing season, very long racemes of sweet, sweet, sweet flowers in creamy white with reddish throats. Will go to the ground at 20F, USDA zone 9, and become perennial, regrowing each year. Butterflies will love you.
Scrophulariaceae $11 4D

Bupleurum fruticosum

Bupleurum fruticosumshrubby hare's ear
Graceful evergreen shrub from southern Europe and the Mediterranean regions with shiny, prominently veined, dark blue-green leaves on branches that become ever more graceful, bending under their own weight as the plant reaches its mature height of 4-5 ft. Yellow flowers in 3-4” umbels add spice and contrast from July to September. Thrives in sun to part sun with well-drained soil of average fertility. Drought tolerant, so little summer water once established. Very tolerant of salt spray in coast areas. Cold hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Apiaceae $12 2D

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Buxus sempervirens 'Rotundifolia'
Shared with us by Luen Miller, this statuesque boxwood reaches a narrow 6-8 ft with round, shiny leaves held pleasingly outward from the branches and turning purple bronze in winter. A nice large texture and lovely winter color. Part shade to full sun with regular summer water at least until established. Frost hardy at least into the upper reaches of USDA zone 6, possibly colder.
Buxaceae $14 3D

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