Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Spring 2014

Abelia x grandiflora 'Margarita'

Abelia x grandiflora 'Margarita'margarita abelia
New and interesting abelia with red stems bearing variegated leaves, green with bright yellow margins, dressing up a smallish, evergreen shrub, to about 4 ft tall and wide. A cheerful addition to the garden as a single specimen or low-growing hedge. Flowers are white, typical of the species, and begin in May, continuing sporadically throughout the season. Best in sun -- they tend to be leggy in shade -- with average summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Caprifoliaceae $14 3D

Abutilon 'Savitzii'

Abutilon 'Savitzii'flowering maple
One of the few abutilons we sell that is quite tender. Grown since the 1800s for its wild variegation -- the leaves large and pale, almost white with occasional green blotches -- and long, salmon-orange, peduncled flowers. A medium grower, to 4-6 ft tall, needing consistent water and nutrients in sun to part shade. Winter mulch increases winter toughness as does some overstory. Frost hardy to 25 F, mid USDA zone 9. Where temperatures drop lower, best in a container or as cuttings to overwinter. Well worth the trouble!
Malvaceae $9 4D

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Ines'

Abutilon megapotamicum '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 $9 4D


Acaena caesiglauca DJH 22 100 55 silver new zealand burr
Collected by plantsman Dan Hinkley, this sweet little ground cover from New Zealand has tiny, blue-gray leaves that form mats of foliage spreading to 4-5 ft wide and only a few inches tall. Early summer flowers turn into bright red burrs, adding both color and texture. Effective between paving stones, along walks, or trailing over the sides of pots. Happy in full to part sun in any soil with some or little summer water. Easily trimmed back or divided in early spring. Evergreen into the teens F, and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Rosaceae $9 4in

Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold'

Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold'golden bear’s breech
An outstanding selection of bear’s breech with shiny golden-green leaves growing in clumps, to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide, and taller spikes of purple and white flowers rising above in early summer. Develops the richest color in a bit of shade, even dry shade, though plants may go summer dormant in too much drought. Otherwise accepting of summer water. Remains evergreen in mild winters and root hardy in USDA zone 7b.
Acanthaceae $12 4D

Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel'

Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel'variegated bear’s breech
The first variegated acanthus, still new and still exciting, the green leaves splashed with creamy white and later lined in white. And the flowers are PINK! To 2 ft tall by 3 ft wide. Evergreen to 20F in a protected spot; otherwise leafing out in spring. Part sun to shade in well-drained soil. As with many acanthus, somewhat drought tolerant once established. Root hardy in USDA zone 7.
Acanthaceae $18 3D


Acer fabri faber's maple
Extraordinary evergreen maple, this collected in the mid Fan Xi Pan area of Northern Vietnam by the late, great Peter Wharton. The shiny green leaves are oblong without lobes, about 4" long x 1" wide, and tinted red especially in the new growth and along the stems. Spring flowers are green and inconspicuous but the seeds, winged samaras, are bright red, spectacular against the foliage. Upright in form, eventually reaching 20-30 ft tall in full sun with shelter in windiest spots and occasional deep summer watering. These should be frost hardy to between 10 and 15 F, USDA zone 8 but may lose leaves below 20F.
Sapindaceae $16 4D

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 4in

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus'

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus'grassy-leaved sweet flag
Grassy, iris-like leaves with cream and golden-yellow variegation stand 12-18" tall, forming clumps to 1 ft wide or so, spreading by underground rhizomes. Summer flowers - sedge-like, tiny and green - contrast with variegated foliage. Easy in the garden, they enjoy sun or part shade in the hottest places and moist soils, even tolerating boggy conditions or standing water to 3" deep. Should not be allowed to dry out. Evergreen in USDA zone 8 and root hardy to -20F, zone 5.
Acoraceae $6 4D


Actinidia 'Silver Lining' kiwi
A lovely, small, deciduous vine, shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens. A bit more diminutive than other kiwis, growing to a dainty 10 ft or so, with narrow, platinum leaves and small flowers, truly insignificant unless you happen to be another kiwi. Tolerates sun but the foliage is most attractive in light shade. Enjoys good drainage and regular summer water. Has tested happily through USDA zone 7 winters.
Actinidiaceae $15 4D

Actinidia pilosula

Actinidia pilosulavariegated kiwi
Stunning and rarely seen kiwi with long narrow leaves tipped in a bold white that contrasts brilliantly with the basic green foliage, the coloration appearing and/or becoming more pronounced on mature vines. A deciduous vine, to 15-20 ft, with unusual flowers, clusters of pink blossoms, in spring. Originally from East Asia, these are vigorous growers, best with support in full sun to dappled shade or even full shade. Give them rich soil, moist and well-drained. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Actinidiaceae $14 4D

Adenostoma fasciculatum SBH 7633

Adenostoma fasciculatum SBH 7633chamise
A cutting grown crop from compact plants in Lake County, California. This important chaparral component, native from the Siskiyou mountains south to northern Baja California, has green, fine-textured foliage, resembling a compact erica. White flowers produce seed pods aging to mahogany. To 5-6 ft tall over time in lean soil with little to no summer water once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7 and probably into zone 6.
Rosaceae $14 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

Aeonium 'Cyclops'

Aeonium 'Cyclops'giant red aeonium
Reddish-bronze leaves with a green “eye” in the center are a standout on this large aeonium, to 4-5 ft tall and 3-4 ft wide. A cross between the darker A. ‘Zwartkop’ and the more wavy leaved A. undulatum, these succulents are cold hardy to 25F, USDA zone 9b, so best in pots or a very! protected area. Well-drained soil in sun or shade with little water for plants in the ground, a bit more in containers.
Crassulaceae $11 4D


Aeonium 'Jolly Green'
Jolly green indeed! A low-growing succulent that remains under 1 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide -- wider over time, with multiple green rosettes, each 8-10" wide. Pale, greenish yellow flowers cluster among the leaves in summer. Sun and well-drained soil is best with little water required in summer and almost none in winter. Frost hardy to 25F, USDA zone 9b, so, where temperatures drop lower, best in containers with winter protection.
Crassulaceae $11 3D

Aeonium 'Strybing Red'

Aeonium 'Strybing Red'
Another sedum relative, this with 4" rosettes of slightly toothed leaves that turn deep red in winter or in bright light. Forms clumps to 18" wide. Where temperatures don't drop below 25F and plants can be protected from freezing, these are fine in the garden. Otherwise best in pots that winter indoors or in a very! protected garden area. Well-drained soil in sun or shade with little water for plants in the ground, a bit more in containers. Frost hardy to 25F, mid USDA zone 9.
Crassulaceae $11 6in


Aeonium canariense var. virgineum velvet rose
From the Canary Islands, this virgin aeonium probably won't flower for you, but its pale green, aromatic rosettes of fuzzy, 8" leaves are very satisfying. Full to part sun with occasional summer water. Frost hardy to about 20F or so, the bottom of USDA zone 9, so best used as a container plant where temperatures are harsher and kept indoors in a bright but cool place with occasional water in winter.
Crassulaceae $12 6in

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


Aeonium undulatum
Stems to 3 ft tall hold rosettes 8” across with bright green leaves that ...yes...undulate on the edges. Yellow flowers emerge from the center of the rosette. Sun to part shade with normal water. Only frost hardy to USDA zone 9, so best in pots that can be protected when temperatures drop below freezing.
Crassulaceae $12 6in


Aeschynanthus sp. NAPE 008
This diminutive, unidentified species was collected in southern China and grows only 4-6" tall with a spread of about 18”. As is typical of the gesneriad family, these can be epiphytic on wood or damp scree or indeed can live on a windowsill with fertile soil. The crisp, light green and compact foliage makes a pleasing background for the 2”, fiery orange, trumpet flowers. We have found it most beautiful in a tall pot with the foliage tailing over the side. A superb woodland plant in mild places, these have so far tested frost hardy only to 20F, the bottom of USDA zone 9.
Gesneriaceae $11 4D

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


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


Agapanthus 'Ed Carman'
Named for Ed Carman, the famed San Jose nurseryman, a lovely perennial with variegated leaves to 24-28" tall, striped in pale yellow and chartreuse, and huge trusses of pure white flowers standing above the foliage in mid to late summer. Best in sun with summer water. Has been deciduous but frost hardy for us in Pacific Northwest, USDA zone 8 and would possibly into zone 7 with mulch for winter protection.
Amaryllidaceae $16 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 $010 4D


Agapetes smithiana
Enchanting small shrub, to only 3 ft tall and a bit wider, with small, leathery leaves held tightly on the arching stems and lovely yellow, tubular flowers that droop from the stems particularly in spring but any time of the year. Found in the mountain forests of the Himalayas, these are slow growing in bright light and well-drained soil with protection from frost where temperatures drop below freezing. Very successful in containers. Frost hardy to 30F, USDA zone 10.
Ericaceae $14 3D

Agave 'Blue Glow'

Agave 'Blue Glow'
Handsome, small agave, its stiff leaves -- to 1-1.5" wide and blue-green with red margins edged in yellow and a red terminal spine -- are particularly lovely when backlit. Plants are small, only 1-2 ft tall and wide at maturity. This hybrid between A. ocahui and A. attenuata was created by Kelly Griffin. It is solitary, enjoying full sun, good drainage, and little summer water. Frost hardy to at least 15F, mid USDA zone 8, with good drainage, of course, and possibly lower.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in

Agave 'Green Goblet'

Agave 'Green Goblet'green goblet hardy century plant
Also known as A. salmiana far. verox 'Green Goblet', this form, selected in the high Sierra Madre Orientale of eastern Mexico by Carl Schoenfeld and Wade Rosch, develops 4-5 ft rosettes of fleshy, moss-green leaves beautifully patterned and indented. From pine/oak woodland, it is adaptable to moist soil and even partial shade where autumn leaves won't collect in the rosettes. Thus far has frost been hardy to close to 0F, USDA zone 7. Note: sun and good drainage become more important the colder the climate.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

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 $15 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 'Silver Surfer' silver surfer hardy century plant
From a 1992 seed collection (YD 45-83) introduced by Yucca Do Nursery from the mountains above Palmillo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Probably a hybrid of A. scabra x A. americana ssp. protoamericana, this clone, selected by fellow agave geek Tony Avent, exhibits an almost bead-like, silvery cast on deep blue leaves. Sweeet! Sun and good drainage, of course. Expect at least 4 x 5 ft in climates not falling below 15F though has recovered quickly from below 10F, upper USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 6in

Agave americana 'Opal'

Agave americana 'Opal'opal century plant
A variegated agave from the larger group often just called Marginata’ or ‘Variegata,’ this one most pleasingly variegated in creamy yellow on upright, blue-green foliage with sharp spines. To 4-5 ft tall and wide. Shared with us by plantsman Tony Avent as having been hardy in coastal Virginia. Though it has been nuked in North Carolina below 10F with winter moisture, it does show promise as being one of the tougher of the americana group as a very similar plant has grown unharmed in Portland gardens for a number of years. We expect at least 15F, mid USDA zone 8, and possibly lower if winter dry. In any zone a striking pot or container plant. Sun, well-drained soil, and little summer water.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 6in

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 $11 4in


Agave arizonica - cl 2
Wonderful endemic from central Arizona, almost undoubtedly a natural hybrid, originally from only a few individual plants growing among chaparral in miniature oaks and manzanita. This is a selection given to us by the late agave God, Howard Scott Gentry, and of great ornamental and sentimental value to us. Fairly slow growing rosettes, to 12" or so with glossy green leaves edged in mahogany, slowly forming a colony to a couple of feet across. Beautiful for rock garden, dry stone wall or container. Not particularly fussy about moisture, though careful drainage and bright light are always a plus, and drier winter conditions can add several degrees of frost hardiness. So far undamaged between 5 and 10F, USDA zone 7, and very slow growing. Survived in our high desert, eastern Oregon garden a -12F dip in 1990, this under bone-dry conditions.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $18 4in

Agave bracteosa 'Calamar'

Agave bracteosa 'Calamar'solitary candelabrum agave
Selected by Pat McNeal, this is a non-clumping form of the species, still resembling a bromeliad with lax, spineless leaves that are, in this form, consistently blue-tinted. As with the species, polycarpic and rare in cultivation. Often found clinging to cliff sides, these plants love the cool summer nights of the Northwest. Half sun, well-drained soil, and only occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4D

Agave chrysantha

Agave chrysanthagoldenflower century plant
Sharp spines -- on the margins of long and stiff, green leaves with a strong, particularly pointed one on the tapered leaf tip -- mark this striking agave that blooms in early summer with tall candelabras of yellow buds opening to bright, golden-yellow flowers - very showy with a faint aroma of coconut. Found on dry, open slopes in Arizona, these can reach 3 ft tall x 5 ft wide as solitary rosettes, growing in full sun and well-drained soil with little or no summer water once established. Best grown away from high traffic areas where the spines could be dangerous. Flowers only once before dying and regrowing from basal offsets. Frost hardy to 17F, uppermost USDA zone 8.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $11 2in

Agave dasylirioides

Agave dasylirioidesdasylirion agave
New and obscure little century plants from Oaxaca, Mexico, appearing almost like sea urchins perched on their jagged limestone habitat, each plant to about 6” or so with narrow, quill-like leaves of dusty blue-green. Flower spikes, reaching to 8 ft or higher on mature plants, signal the end of the rosette. Sun to part shade in well-drained soil with only occasional summer water. Frost hardy only into the low 20sF, USDA zone 9, but a beautiful and manageable pot specimen.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $12 2D


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 flexispina

Agave flexispina
Rare in cultivation this agave comes from oak and grasslands of northern Sonora in Mexico. Up to 18” tall with silvery gray leaves, offsetting occasionally after becoming settled. Very drought tolerant but responds amicably to summer water if soil is very well-drained. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7 with reports surviving 0F unharmed. Think drainage!
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 6in

Agave geminiflora

Agave geminifloratwin-flowered agave
A rare relative in the Agave filifera group, this southwestern Mexico native has intriguing deep green rosettes of rubbery, somewhat weeping leaves with enchanting silver-white filifers toward the center of the rosette. Can even produce a short trunk. A tender species damaged under about 20F, USDA zone 9, it is best in a tall pot where its weeping foliage can spread out and over the rim. When the plants reach 1 ft. or more in diameter, they produce a spike of flowers well over 5 ft tall at which time, hopefully, they also produce an offset or two. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9, these are tender and damaged under 20F.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4D

Agave gentryi 'Jaws'

Agave gentryi 'Jaws'hardy century plant
From an intriguing group in an intriguing and floristically rich part of the world, northeastern Mexico's Sierra La Peña, where three agaves inhabit the upper slopes from 8-9,000 ft, this one now accepted as the species A. gentryi. This selection, made by the Yucca Do boys in the early 1990s, has beautiful gray-green rosettes of sharply pointed leaves with deeply indented leaf margins, double, reddish teeth, and embossed impressions of the older leaves on emerging new growth. Has been very slow to offset. To about 24-36" tall, this selection, found amid pines and oaks in light shade on rubbly limestone outcrops, accepts a myriad of garden conditions but resents wet leaves sitting in the crown. So far, unharmed in upper USDA zone 7 winters.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 6in

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 6in

Agave macroculmis YD 129

Agave macroculmis YD 129bigtooth agave
From several places in northeastern Mexico, this Yucca Do Nursery collection from oak, pine, and douglas fir forests at 7000 ft in mountain ranges north of Potosi, forms colonies of 4 ft rosettes tinted a lovely blue-gray and showing the leaf scars to beautiful effect as each new leaf emerges. The leaf margins are undulating and decorated with dark spines. Quite happy with abundant garden moisture with good drainage and air circulation So far these have proven frost hardy to the low teens F, low to mid USDA zone 8. A fine pot specimen. Also found as A. atrovirens.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in

Agave montana 'Baccarat'

Agave montana 'Baccarat'
Selected by Yucca Do Nursery from high elevation in Mexico’s Nuevo León Province and named after a fine crystal because of the dramatic, glaucous leaves with spiny black tips and backs imprinted with the shape of previous leaves. Rosettes form striking clumps to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide in sun and lean, well-drained soil. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in

Agave murpheyi

Agave murpheyimurphey's agave
Sweet little agave, from mid elevation deserts of central Arizona into Sonora, often found associated with Native American sites. To 18", or 2 feet at most, with narrow, upright leaves, slightly recurved and steel to powder blue. Offsetting fairly quickly. The eventual flowers also produce tiny bulbils -- as the song goes -- which might explain its being spread by people in the early days. Because of its drier habitats we keep ours in pots with very well drained soil, or only in the most exposed areas of our garden and growing in true grit. Full sun. Again, dry conditions with an occasional splash of summer water. Cold hardy into upper USDA zone 7 if dry.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

Agave neomexicana

Agave neomexicanamescal
A tough-as-nails species, closely related to A. parryi but with narrower, deep blue leaves held upright and out and adorned with gray marginal spines and long, terminal brownish red spines. Slow growing to an eventual 1-2 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, offsetting to form colonies. After 15 years or so, produces yellow flowers on a 12 ft stalk! Full sun and lean, well-drained soil with little, if any, summer water. This native of southeastern New Mexico is one of the hardiest species; tolerating temperatures to -20F, USDA zone 5, with good drainage.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 4in

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 $14 4in


Agave ovatifolia - Sierra de Lampazos clone whale's tongue agave
One of the most beautiful century plants, found in the Sierra de Lampazos in the early 80s by the late great plantsman, Lynn Lowrey and only named in 2004 by agave-ist Greg Starr. Growing in a limited range of pinion/juniper/oak country above 8000 ft, the chalky blue rosettes, exceedingly wide and beautifully toothed, can reach over 5 ft in width giving the appearance of a much more tropical species. Has proven to be one of the best performers where cold and wet is experienced in winter and has, thus far, proven hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, or even a bit lower. Sun to dappled shade; drainage is always a plus.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in


Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue' whale's tongue agave
A Cistus introduction. This mega-century plant, first discovered by Lynn Lowrey in northeastern Mexico some 30 years ago and just named recently by agaveist Greg Starr, might be the largest of the cold hardy agaves, reaching eventually to 6-8 ft with beautifully formed, blue leaves. Our selection, made from a more recent batch, has a distinct, pale aquamarine hue with the classically shaped leaves, cupped, upright, and slightly outward bending. The species has taken the cold and wet of Dallas TX, for instance, so upper USDA zone 7 for cold hardiness; possibly colder in gritty or dry soil. Fabo container plant.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $22 6in

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 $14 4D


Agave parryi - AZ parry's agave
Gray-green leaves with rounded shoulders, the backs of the leaves bearing impressions of the older leaves, and a dark, terminal spine distinguish this slow-growing agave found in Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. Reaches 1-3 ft tall and wide, eventually producing a late spring flower spike up to 20 ft tall!, with clusters of yellow-tinted-red buds opening to bright yellow flowers -- and then dying, of course, hopefully leaving a young and vigorous offset behind. Sun, well-drained soil, little summer water once established, and protection from excess winter water are best and increase winter frost hardiness. Plants are report to have survived -20F, USDA zone 5, and -5F, mid USDA zone 6 is considered reasonable.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $11 2in

Agave parryi (aff. var. couesii) SBHMPS 6728

Agave parryi (aff. var. couesii) SBHMPS 6728
From the high ponderosa woods at over 8,000 ft between Jerome and Prescott, Arizona, where, in 1981, we first set our eyes upon this particular "patch" growing in light shade with beautiful, 24", blue "artichokes" and dozens of offsets spreading from the plants, seemingly in a race to get to a nearby clearing. Sometimes the reason the plants are brought into cultivation is simply because they are easy to propagate. This little agave is beautiful and ... we can make more. The same culture as for other Agave parryi with dappled shade to bright light and fairly free drainage. This clone, however, should be exceedingly frost hardy to at least -10F, USDA zone 6, possibly colder. Should still be provided winter protection if grown in container below USDA zone 8.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in


Agave parryi var. huachucensis 'Huachuca Blue'
A Cistus introduction, bluer than its near relation. Our fabulous selection -- from 7000 ft in the Huachuca Mountains in southern Arizona and into northern Sonora -- exhibits particularly steel-blue leaves in the classic 20-24” artichoke shape, eventually offsetting and forming small colonies. Full sun in lean, well-drained soil with occasional summer water in dry climates. Though not the most frost hardy of the A. parryi clan, still takes 10F in stride, USDA zone 8, and lower if very soil is well drained.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 4in

Agave parviflora - Ruby, AZ

Agave parviflora - Ruby, AZsmallflower century plant
A jewel-like miniature agave from the dry grasslands of southern Arizona and adjacent Sonora, a habitat that includes Dasylirion wheeleri and the famed Opuntia violacea v. santa rita, a rich area where we have selected forms of heucheras, Zauschneria arizonica, and numerous desert ferns. Rosettes are only 6-8" with narrow leaves, deep green marked white, and curled filifers that make it an intriguing plant for container or garden. The flowering stalks are tall and narrow; the unusual, creamy flowers are tinted red, making hummingbirds very happy. Provide excellent drainage in bright light to only the lightest of shade for best form. The habitat has dry winters and thunderstorm laden summers so these plants are best well watered in summer and kept dry in winter, though plants in our Portland garden have been quite happy for some years in a stone wall with no cover. Frost hardy from 0 to 10F, USDA zone 7; colder if kept winter dry.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

Agave parviflora ssp. flexiflora

Agave parviflora ssp. flexiflora
Another rare plant from southeastern Arizona and further south with small jewel-like rosettes of under 6" consisting deep olive-green leaves marked white with occasional filifers and eventually producing narrow spikes of red-tinged flowers. Occasionally offsetting -- rather than off-putting. For sun and well-drained soil. Accepts average moisture if the soil is well-drained. Frost hardy at 12 to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 6in

Agave schidigera 'Black Widow'

Agave schidigera 'Black Widow'black widow thread-leaf century plant
A compact selection of this native of western Mexico. The dark green leaves are rigid, widest in the center and narrowing to a sharp spine, with silvery markings and showy filifers along the edges. Plants can reach 1 ft tall x 18” wide forming dense symmetrical rosettes that rarely offset. Lean soil and full sun are fine in coastal climates; protection from hottest afternoon sun is important inland. Prefers regular summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Also makes a charming container plant.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4D


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


Agave toumeyana - Fish Creek Hill, AZ bird food agave
Representing old seed collections from C&J Nursery, these colonizing plants, from higher elevations of Arizona, quickly offset forming clumps of 5-6" rosettes of narrow, sharp-tipped leaves edged and streaked white and dressed with filifers. Where they are provided excellent drainage, plants have proven frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, but might be protected at 10 to 15F, zone 8, just in case. A fine pot plant.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 3D

Agave toumeyana var. bella

Agave toumeyana var. bellatoumey's century plant
A rare and unusual plant with particularly dense rosettes, to 1 ft x 1 ft, of narrow, dark green leaves with striking white markings and decorative filifers or threads as an added attraction. A colonizer from high elevations of central Arizona, this form makes a fine rock garden specimen if excellent drainage and bright light can be maintained. Protect from excess winter moisture. Cold hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, or below in dry soil.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

Agave triangularis

Agave triangularistriangle agave
Unusual agave, the 18-14" long, olive-green leaves, narrow and, indeed, triangular (dagger-shaped), with a paler mid section, small spines on the leaf margins, and an intimidating, 1", terminal spine, these stiff leaves radiating from central rosette in an open, starburst pattern. Not known for blooming. Found in Mexico in both Puebla and Oaxaca, with little rainfall or winter frost, these are best in sun to part shade and good drainage with little summer water once established. A wonderful garden plant -- where spines won't hurt wandering friends -- where temperatures don't drop below 25F, mid USDA zone 9.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 3D

Agave utahensis ssp. kaibabensis SBHMPS 6747

Agave utahensis ssp. kaibabensis SBHMPS 6747utah agave
From the Tuweep area on cliffs and mountaintops on the northern edge of the Grand Canyon abyss amid junipers and beautiful red rocks ... and far away from restaurants that serve alcohol, our collection of a particularly wide and long leaf form of the highly variable Utah agaves, producing nearly 18” rosettes of a cheery blue-green with dark, evenly set spines. I believe this colony to be under the form kaibabensis. These plants offset rather sparsely to make attractive clumps rather than colonies. After 10 years or so, flowers spikes rise to nearly 10 ft. Though one of the most frost hardy agaves, they do like their drainage, so in areas of high moisture, best placed in stone walls or under cover. Cold hardy to about -20F, USDA zone 5. Good container plant anywhere.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4D

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Kazobana'

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Kazobana'gold-edged queen victoria agave
This special variegated century plant was introduced by Japan's Yoshimichi Harose and is a particularly lovely version of various gold-edged forms floating around horticulture world for some time. The rosettes grow to about 15" at maturity with lovely, golden brocade patterns on the leaves. The offsets made for a number of years should be coveted as valuable trading material. As gold variegated plants tend to be a bit more sensitive than their kin, best planted out of the most direct blast of the sun. Expected to be as frost hardy as the non-variegated forms, into upper USDA zone 8 with excellent drainage. Best tried in container first. We are currently offering young plants.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $18 2D

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Porcupine'

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Porcupine'porcupine queen victoria agave
This selection from Yucca Do Nursery has indeed white-tipped, porcupine quill-like leaves with gentle patterning on a symmetric plant (think of the shape of an artichoke), making it a more dazzling creature than the typical Agave victoriae-reginae. Slow growing but worth the wait. Bright light, good drainage, and, preferably, protection from winter wet. Frost hardy to below 10 to 15F, USDA zone 8, depending on moisture.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in

Agave victoriae-reginae var. compacta

Agave victoriae-reginae var. compactacompact queen victoria agave
A beautiful, compact form of an ever-popular species, each olive-green rosette to only 6" or less in width, made up of blunt, black-spined leaves marked with wide, silvery white striations. Begins to offset and form clumps in a year or so in bright light with good drainage. One of the hardier species, originally from near Saltillo in northern Mexico, it has been rated frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, but has survived in dry winter places such as Denver to well below 0F, zone 7. If this makes you nervous, it makes a beautiful potted specimen.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 2D

Agave weberi 'Arizona Star'

Agave weberi 'Arizona Star'
A most fortunate find at Mountain States Nursery of this round, blue-green century plant, to 2 ft, with leaves that are soft for the genus and, in this clone, streaked and edged creamy yellow. Very easy with bright light, good drainage, and occasional summer water. Best kept dry in winter. Vigorous and frost hardy to 15F or so, mid USDA zone 8. Otherwise, a fabulous container plant.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $18 6in

Agave x leopoldii

Agave x leopoldii
Compact and architectural century plant, a hybrid cross of A. filifera and A. schidigera brought to us by Yucca Do Nursery, the narrow, slightly curved leaves with a gray-blue-going-green sheen complete with a few stripes and polka dots. Offsets eventually. A most attractive, small container plant, rarely growing more than 18” x 24", and a great addition to the dry or rock garden in a sunny site with gritty soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8b, to 15F or so and as low as 10F if protected from overhead moisture.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4D

Akebia longiracemosa 'Victors Secret'

Akebia longiracemosa 'Victors Secret'chocolate vine
Most unusual for the genus with attractive evergreen leaves, almost butterfly-like, and racemes, to 5" or more, of vibrant purple-pink flowers lasting a long season. Otherwise the same fascinating (intimidating?) fruit aging to a nearly metallic blue. All this on a vine of about 10 ft; not as vigorous as some others. Full sun for best flowering though perfectly at home in shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7, to just above 0F.
Lardizabalaceae $14 4in


Allium 'August Confection' mountain garlic
Small, NON invasive allium, a selection by plantsman Mark McDonough that forms small, handsome clumps of grassy foliage, to only 5" tall, and produces dark, ruddy pink flowers in mid to late summer. Sun to part shade and fairly drought tolerant though accepting of summer water as well. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7. Said to attract butterflies and repel deer. Full name Alium senescens spp. montanum 'August Confection'.
Amaryllidaceae $7 4in

Aloe 'Brass Hat'

Aloe 'Brass Hat'
A most wonderful Hummel hybrid with dark bronzy leaves and rosettes forming clumps of 6” to 1 ft adorned throughout the year with brassy orange flowers. The cross, as follows -- A. (A. haworthioides x A. bakeri) x ((A. descoingsii x A. calcairophylla) x A. bakeri) -- seems algebraic and daunting. The plants are not. Alas, frost hardy only to about 25F, mid USDA zone 9, so take precautions. Great container plant. Keep dry in winter.
Asparagaceae $12 4in


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 folage arches on stems to about 10" tall and quickly spreads, forming clumps of 4-6 stems, eventually spreading to 2 ft 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


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 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

Aloe MarcoTM

Aloe MarcoTM
Gorgeous aloe hybrid, a Kelly Griffin and Proven Winners selection with rosettes of succulent leaves spotted white with brown "teeth" on the edges, eventually reaching 8-10" tall by 14" 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. Let potted plants dry a bit before watering. A nice addition to the succulent collection outdoors or in.
Asparagaceae $12 4D

Aloe striatula

Aloe striatulahardy aloe
Multi-trunked shrub from South Africa, the hardiest of the shrubby aloes. To over 3 ft tall and possibly up to 6 ft wide with dark green leaves, long, narrow, and pointed, and yellow flowers in spring and summer continuing into fall. Plant in sun where drainage is good. Top hardy to 18 F, upper USDA zone 8; has resprouted from 0F, zone 7, or below with mulch, good drainage, and protection from winter moisture.
Asparagaceae $12 4D


Alstroemeria psittacina 'Variegata' white edged princess lily
A plant with many common names including Peruvian parrot lily, for it's red flowers tipped in green and white, and lily-of-the-Incas, referring to its origins in South America. This Japanese selection has variegated foliage, grayish green with irregular white edges, on stems to 12-18" tall that form slowly widening clumps (eventually enough to share...). Stems emerge in early autumn, flowering in spring and enjoying a period of dormancy in summer. Best in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least the bottom of USDA zone 7 with mulch.
Alstroemeriaceae $9 4in


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 4in

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 4D

Amomyrtus luma

Amomyrtus lumaluma
Previously listed here and still occasionally known as Myrtus luma, but still the same large shrub or small tree, to 12 ft, with cinnamon bark peeling in patches. Leaves are pink tinged when young maturing to a solid, shining green with acute tips. Lovely white flowers in spring produce edible fruit in autumn. For full sun to dappled shade. Somewhat drought tolerant once established, but also tolerates wet feet. Frost hardy in the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8. Makes a wonderfully dense screen or hedge.
Myrtaceae $14 3D

Anacampseros rufescens

Anacampseros rufescens
This is a sweet little succulent from South Africa, perfect for windowsill or mixed container or in the rock garden. Small, 3" rosettes of chubby, triangular leaves of green and purple are topped with showy pink-purple flowers in late spring. Give it bright light, well drained soil, and let it dry out between watering. Once thought to be tender, they have proven frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Portulacaceae $8 4in


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

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 $22 4D

Araucaria araucana

Araucaria araucanamonkey puzzle tree
A heritage tree, given away as seedlings by the Chilean exhibition at Portland, Oregon’s 1905 World’s Fair and planted throughout the city. A coniferous evergeen growing slowly to a stately 30 ft tall x 15-20 ft wide or so in cultivation the crown rounding in maturity. Leaves are tough, dark-green, sharp-pointed, and triangular. Specimens should be carefully placed not to compete with other trees and to avoid nearby pathways as the 15 lb cones can maim! Full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil with regular summer water. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Araucaria $19 4D

Araujia sericifera

Araujia sericiferamoth plant
This asclepiad vine from Mexico, shared with us by Yucca Do Nursery, has large, white, tubular clusters of flowers in late summer. Reaches to 20 ft in full sun with summer water. Needs protection when temperatures reach as low as 20F, bottom of USDA zone 9. Fabulous in a container. White latex from bruised stems can be an skin irritant.
Apocynaceae $12 4D

Arbutus xalapensis

Arbutus xalapensistexas madrone
A lovely relative of the madrone or Arbutus menziesii, the Texas madrone is native in the southwest, from west Texas and New Mexico south into Central America, appearing as a multistemmed shrub or small tree, up to 20 ft tall, with all the features we love -- evergreen leaves that are dark on top and lighter beneath, white bell flowers in spring followed by bright red berries in the fall, and, best of all, exfoliating bark that peels away revealing smooth new bark in colors ranging from white to apricot to deep red. Very soil tolerant as long as the drainage is excellent. Requires little to no summer water but tolerates occasional water if, again, the drainage is excellent. A perfect addition to the dry garden. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $18 3D


Arctostaphylos 'Lolo'
A Cistus introduction. Our collection, from the top of Lolo Pass on the northeast shoulder of Oregon's Mt. Hood. This natural hybrid between A. nevadensis and A. columbiana forms a mounding shrub to 18" -2' tall x 3-4' in width with oh-so-fashionable gray-green leaves held on burgundy-tinted stems. Then, as if that weren't enough, cheery light pink flowers appear in winter and spring. Spills if placed atop a bank, wall, or container. As usual with manzanitas, prefers summer dryness and lean soil. Sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7, possibly even 6.
Ericaceae $14 2D


Arctostaphylos glauca 'Cholame Hills'
A Cistus introduction. This beautiful relative of the more common A. manzanita, from the Cholame Hills area of Monterey County California, was found growing under the shade of various oaks and maintaining its integrity very well. Though our cuttings were taken from a 10 ft specimen, the form can be tree-like, reaching 25 ft or more, with pleasing blue leaves, dark red bark, and cheery pink flowers in early December. Almost as easy in cultivation as a manzanita, with sun to part shade and decent drainage. Even accepts some carefully applied summer garden water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $16 2D


Arctostaphylos hispidula SBH 7709
A Cistus introduction. This collection from the Smith River drainage in Oregon's botanically fabulous Siskiyou Mountains grows only to 18" to 3 ft tall with a very dense habit and a propensity for spilling if planted near a bank or a wall. Leaves are olive-green and held upright; very pink flowers appear in winter to earliest spring. There is likely a little bit of A. nevadensis in the family history. As the habitat is on the coastal side where winter storms hit ferociously, it is quite tolerant of winter water... say inundation. Sun to dappled shade in almost any soil with very careful summer water if any. Frost hardy 0F, USDA zone 7,
Ericaceae $15 3D


Arctostaphylos hispidula SBH 9151
From an intriguing population near Orleans, California on the Klamath River, growing on bits and pieces of serpentine stone. These mounding plants, from 4-6 ft or a bit more to 8 ft in very old specimens, have a very dense habit, lustrous, green leaves to only about 1/2" and white-aging-pale-pink flowers with characteristics of both A. hispidula and A. stanfordiana. Either way, these should be wonderful shrubs for the dry garden. Can be shorn to maintain a smaller size or lifted to expose the pealing, orange-red bark. A bit more summer water tolerant than others as well. Sun to light shade in most soils. Likely frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, possibly colder.
Ericaceae $15 2D


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


Arctostaphylos hookeri SBH 7471
A Cistus introduction. Our selection from the Huckleberry Hill area near Carmel, California in a habitat of tiny, round-leaved, mat-like shubs, to only 4-6" tall, has, with a little loving, grown in excess of 18" with pointy leaves that become rounder with adult growth. The flowers are white to pearly pink in mid winter.A wonderful addition to the dry garden; also tolerates some summer water. Sun to dappled shade in most soils. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 8, and quite possibly zone 7.
Ericaceae $14 2D


Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Upstanding'
A Cistus introduction. From Northern Lake County California "amid a grove" of like-minded manzanitas, this form is particularly large -- to 15 ft or more but easily maintained at 4-5 ft -- with an upright habit, red stems, and green leaves slightly tinted mauve. Outstanding as a backdrop with very pale pink flowers occurring anywhere from the end of December through February. And yes, there is more ... most attractive, muscular, orange-red bark to set it all off. Of all our recent selections, this is among the top. Full sun to lightly dappled shade with good air circulation. More tolerant than most of some summer garden water but don't overdo it. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $16 3D


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 -- eventually a miniature tree -- 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 cootie resistant with no black spots so far under any 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


Arctostaphylos stanfordiana SBH 7891
From the Covelo Road area in Southern Lake County California growing with four other arctostaphylos species in an epicenter of manzanita land, this 5-8 ft shrub has blue tinted, olive-green leaves, a dense, upright form, and pale pink flowers held well above the greenery in mid winter. Easy in cultivation in sun to dappled shade and most soils if provided summer drought once established. Particularly beautiful if lifted to expose the bark of buttery browns and mahogany. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $14 3D


Arctostaphylos x mewukka SBH 9217
This beautiful medium to large shrub, from a location that has not been widely reported in Shasta County, California, reaches 6-8 ft tall with pleasing, lavender-tinted, blue leaves, pale pink flowers, and a basal burl that provides new sprouts should cutting back be required. This individual has been vigorous for us, not surprisingly as it was collected lovingly between 6 ft drifts of snow. Best in sun to dappled shade, in mineral soil that doesn't get too hot especially if there is moisture present. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Ericaceae $15 3D

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


Aristea major blue sceptre
Of this intriguing group of blue-flowered irids mostly from South Africa, we had thought this species too tender for permanent planting in these parts, but they have thriven for many years now, giving us courage. Easy in average garden conditions and luscious with summer water, with bright green, iris-like leaves to 2 ft or a bit more, and clusters of sky-blue flowers from spring through fall -- all from the small inflorescence, so don't cut them back. Bright light is best. Outstanding planted with yellow foliage nearby. Evergreen to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8; regrowing, especially with mulch, from 10F or so. (Also known as Aristea capitata.)
Iridaceae $14 3D

Aristotelia fruticosa [DW]

Aristotelia fruticosa [DW]mountain wineberry
Slow growing, evergreen shrub or small tree, with tiny, slightly toothed, oblong leaves of medium green on wiry, dense branches. Inconspicuous flowers are followed by little purple fruits -- very decorative. This collection at the University of California at Santa Cruz, reaches 8-10 ft tall with a rounded shape. Best in sun to part shade with good drainage and regular summer water, but tolerates brief periods of drought. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. To maintain the juvenile foliage, it's lovely shape and dark color, cut back frequently.
Elaeocarpaceae $14 2D


Arum palaestinum black calla lily
One of many amazing arums from the mountains of the Middle East and one that clumps for us instead of eating the garden. Winter growing with shiny, bright, 8-12” leaves and velvety, late winter flowers opening black and aging to rich, dark maroon. Seems tolerant of summer moisture or complete summer drought. Good for shade in the dry border. Remained intact in our garden after the December 2008 cold spell to 20F. We reckon root hardiness to at least mid USDA zone 7.
Araceae $14 4in

Asphodeline lutea

Asphodeline luteaking's spear
One of the best of the old fashioned garden standards for the modern landscape. Herbaceous perennial native to the eastern Mediterranean. Narrow gray-green leaves form clumps to 12" tall and long-lasting, highly scented yellow flowers rise above on leafy stalks in early summer. Full sun in rich, well-drained soil with some summer moisture especially in the hottest climates. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6, and even upper zone 5 in protected locations with winter mulch.
Xanthorrhoeaceae $11 3D

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 $22 4D


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 - very light variegations

Aspidistra elatior - very light variegations
Though the size and vigor of these plants is similar to the green form with leaves to 3 ft tall and 6" wide, these are consistently streaked in the leaf center with pale cream to light yellow making such a pleasing effect in the garden that we thought it worth propagating. Grows fairly fast - at least for an aspidistra - spreading to clumps about 3 ft wide, easily divided every 3-4 years. Same care as with others -- part shade to shade with occasional summer water and mulch to help keep away slugs and snails. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa'

Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa'cast iron plant
First introduced to the US, we believe, by Barry Yinger, this diminutive evergreen perennial, to about 1 ft or so in height, has very shiny leaves in dense clumps, each leaf stripped and splashed various shades of gold. Not the most stable creature in the world ... but then, neither are most of our friends ... and should be relieved of the occasional rogue green sport that might appear. Slow growing but one of the more striking variegated cast iron plants. Fine in even the very darkest shade with summer water to establish and for faster growth. Excellent container plant for medium to very low light. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6.
Asparagaceae $16 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 $22 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 elatior 'Variegata'

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'cast iron plant
The solution to your shadiest spot: a cast iron plant with lovely white stripes on dark green leaves, to 2+ ft tall. Hardy outdoors in light to deep shade with normal summer water, they prefer good drainage. Regular summer water for best appearance, though tolerant of long dry periods. Clumping plants, they are somewhat slow growing, doubling their size in a few years. Also fab in a container. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA 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

Aspidistra lurida 'Echi Ma Ji'

Aspidistra lurida 'Echi Ma Ji'
Gifted us from plantsman extraordinair Lance Reiner, this clumper produces leaves to about 3 ft in length but narrow and arching with subtly beautiful cream center variegation. Rather slow but with a prominent place in the shade garden or as a specimen container plant. Zone 8
Asparagaceae $16 4D

Aspidistra lurida 'Ginga'

Aspidistra lurida 'Ginga'cast iron plant
Often sold in the United States as 'Milky way", this one in no way resembles that one. The Japanese name 'Ginga' means "spotted and streaked" and this plant is that. Stunning purple flowers, often called "spider eggs", appear in early spring but can only be appreciated by lying belly down in an accommodating gardener's garden. Worth the trouble. Part shade to deep shade with little or no summer water necessary. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

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 $16 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 $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


Aster ageratoides var. ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki'
An aster that has it all! Compact and sturdy to 2 ft tall and wide - the clumps gradually spreading to 8-10 ft wide - plants are covered in the fall with bright purple flowers that bloom over a very long period and stand up against frost and fall drizzle. Sun to part shade with summer water. Still difficult to find outside collector’s circles these deserve a greater presence in the gardener’s autumn palette. Evergreen to 10F, USDA zone 8 and root hardy to -30, zone 4.
Asteraceae $12 4D

Astrolepis sinuata

Astrolepis sinuatawavy scaly cloak fern
A fern that loves sunny dry places. From the desert southwest come these luxurious clumps of gray-sage-green leaves with felty, orange undersides. To 1-2 ft tall eventually and evergreen to semi-evergreen. Full sun to dappled shade with excellent drainage and lean, gritty soil. Best placed where air circulation is good and the roots can remain cool, perhaps in a rock garden. Drought tolerant but enjoys occasional summer water. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Pteridaceae $14 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 4D

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

Aucuba himalaica

Aucuba himalaica
Another evergreen background or filler shrub useful for difficult garden spots, this 4-5 ft shrub with shiny, narrow, 5” leaves grows in any conditions from severe root competition to the darkest garden corners, never skipping a beat. This clone produces orange-red berries in great abundance if a male Aucuba is anywhere nearby. Provide some summer water where dry for best appearance. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 6.
Garryaceae $14 4D

Aucuba himalaica var. dolichophylla

Aucuba himalaica var. dolichophylla
Sweet shrub to small tree with 5", evergreen leaves, long and narrow, with particularly prominent cream-yellow spotting over the dark green leaf surface - just enough to create a texture moment. Useful in otherwise difficult conditions, from the darkest garden corners to places where root competition is severe. These can reach small tree size, but remain within the 8-10 ft range in the garden; easily kept smaller. Part to full shade serves in rich soil with summer water for best appearance though some drought is tolerated. Frost hardy to just below 0F, upper USDA zone 6.
Garryaceae $16 3D

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 4D

Aucuba japonica 'Merced'

Aucuba japonica 'Merced'
Classic and very handsome, evergreen shrub to brighten the deepest shade, this form, named at Cistus, having variegated foliage almost entirely gold and merely spreckled with green. Easy in the garden, thriving in most situations of dappled shade to shade with some summer water. Plants can reach 4 ft tall x 3 ft wide; a stunning presence in the shade garden. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Garryaceae $15 3D

Aucuba japonica 'Rozanne'

Aucuba japonica 'Rozanne'japanese laurel
Many garderners forget just how nice the large red aucuba fruit can be. Aucuba japonica ‘Rozanne’ is self-fertile and, from tiny purple flowers, produces unusually large red berries, beautiful against the shiny, leathery leaves, and often lasting through the winter. This is a handsome, evergreen shrub, to 3-4 ft tall and wide, with dark leaves and green stems. Happy growing in the lightest or deepest shade where soil is rich and summer water is provided. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, and said to be unpalatable to deer.
Garryaceae $12 4D


Aucuba omeiensis
Endemic to the slopes of China's famed Mt. Emei, a sacred mountain dubbed "the mother of gardens", and most unusual in the aucuba world for its overall size, ranging from 20-30 ft tall, and large, blue-green leaves, sometimes exceeding 8-10", with a waxy, light colored cuticle on the underside. Females have abundant crops of bright red fruits, typical of the genus. A superb garden specimen for shade in well-drained but damp garden soil. Reliable in low to mid USDA zone 8 and colder if kept from freezing wind. You need one!
Garryaceae $16 3D


Azara alpina HCM 98100 lilen de la cordillera
One of the smallest azaras, this high elevation species from Chile is found growing up to the timberline, remaining rather compact, to only 6-8 ft tall. A charming small shrub with sprays of bright shiny green leaves and, in late winter to early spring, fragrant, pale yellow flowers followed by large red fruits that linger. Well drained soil is best in partial or dappled shade protected from western sun. Found in areas of winter rainfall and occasional summer drought, so accepting of both water and dry summer conditions once established. One of the hardiest to frost to 10F, USDA zone 8, possibly into upper zone 7.
Salicaceae $12 3D

Azara integrifolia 'Variegata'

Azara integrifolia 'Variegata'variegated goldspire azara
A lovely, variegated shrub to small tree, to 14 ft tall x 10-12 ft wide, this Chilean evergreen has small rounded leaves of green with wide, creamy white edging, and pink overtones especially in cold weather. The small, yellow flowers that appear in late winter to early spring are followed by small, black fruit. A cheerful addition to the garden in sun to part shade with at least occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Salicaceae $14 2D

Baccharis magellanica

Baccharis magellanica
From southern Argentina, a place rich in baccharis species, comes this ground hugging plant from the wind-swept Magellanic Plains. This male clone, only 4-6" in height spreading to 4 ft or more with 1/4" glossy evergreen leaves makes a fabulous ground cover for bright light situations needing only occasional summer water where dry. Roots as it spreads. Late winter to spring cream-colored flowers enhance its appearance and make local pollinators do the happy dance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $12 2D

Banksia marginata

Banksia marginatasilver banksia
Evergreen shrub to small tree with a dense canopy of long, narrow, finely toothed leaves, medium green on top and silvery underneath for a bright, bicolor appearance. Yellow, bottle-brush flowers appear often but particularly in late summer through fall, making bees and hummingbirds very happy. Sun to slight shade with good drainage in almost any soil. Tolerates some drought once established and accepts moderate summer water. This form, collected the high plateau of Central Tasmania and shared with us by plantsman Ian Barclay, is expected to be one of the most frost hardy; tough, so far, to 15-18F, USDA zone 8b, and we are hoping for reports of lower temperatures.
Proteaceae $14 2D

Baumea rubiginosa 'Variegata'

Baumea rubiginosa 'Variegata'variegated striped rush
Spikes of upright, evergreen leaves -- to 2-3 ft tall with yellow stripes on deep green -- make a pointed statement for any water garden or irrigated locale. From New Zealand, they accept sun or shade in loose soil with plentiful summer water. Can be submerged with the crown above the water level. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Cyperaceae $9 4D

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

Begonia 'Metallic Mist' PP19567

Begonia 'Metallic Mist' PP19567
Leaves are seriously silvered on this fabulous and totally frost hardy begonia. with a mounding habit, to 18” tall, and pink flowers in the fall. Likes rich, moist soil that must drain well in part shade to shade and prefers to dry a bit between waterings... don’t we all. Easily frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, and possibly in zone 6. Plant patents prohibit proscribed propagation.
Begoniaceae $14 4D

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

Begonia hemsleyana

Begonia hemsleyanahelmsley's begonia
Very hardy begonia grown in gardens for many years. Dormant through winter, emerging in June with fuzzy red stems carrying palmate leaves, dark green spreckled white. A very nice texture for the shady, woodland garden, in moist conditions -- but not too moist. A bit of drying before watering is welcome. Requires good air circulation as well. Found at 4-6,000 ft elevation in Yunnan, China, these are frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Begoniaceae $14 4D

Berberis calliantha

Berberis callianthablack-berried barberry
A very pretty barberry and a good foundation plant or accent for the garden where prickly leaves won't molest a passerby. Evergreen, these shrubs, to 3-5 ft tall x 3 ft wide but easily trimmed, have small, holly-like leaves, dark green and shiny, contrasting with the reddish brown stems. Spring flowers are light yellow, inverted cups, nearly 1" across; autumn berries are blue-black as the common name suggest. Easy in sun to light shade with some summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Berberidaceae $16 4in

Berberis darwinii RCH 404

Berberis darwinii RCH 404darwin's barberry
A striking, evergreen barberry, with bright, yellow-orange flowers on red stems, showy and cheerful over a long season in spring. This form, collected by plantsman Randall Hitchin, reaches 8 ft tall and nearly as wide, with arching branches and spiny leaves, dark green above and lighter below. Native to Chile and Argentina, these handsome plants enjoy full sun to part shade in reasonably well-drained soil with average summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Berberidaceae $14 4D


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


Bignonia capreolata cross vine
Stunning and very fast-growing, evergreen vine from the southeastern US with clusters of large, tubular, scarlet-orange, flowers cloaking the entire plant in early summer. Flattened, pendant fruits follow for decoration during the off season. Climbs by tendrils and reaches up to 20 ft on a tree or strong trellis. Can be used as a screen or a little piece of heaven for hummingbirds. Full sun and summer water to establish. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Bignoniaceae $12 4D

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


Bomarea aff. edulis JSM
This Oaxacan collection from plantsman Joshua McCullough is a 6-8 ft vine adorned in mid to late summer with vibrant orange trumpets framed by lanceolate, deep green leaves. Stands out particularly well when combined with and supported by other evergreen vines. Deciduous with frost but rebounds in the following spring. Prefers medium shade of cool feet and sun on its face. Enjoys summer water. Best to mulch where temperatures drop below 20F. Root hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Alstroemeriaceae $15 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

Brachyglottis monroi

Brachyglottis monroi
This very dense little New Zealand shrub daisy is grown much more for its glossy, brownish green, undulate-margined foliage and tomentose (fuzzy) undersides than for its summer tiny yellow flowers. Handsome in the garden reaching to 5 ft or so. Prefers full sun and regular summer water. The hardiest parent of the Dunedin Group; frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $13 2D


Brahea sp. - super blue/silver
A clumping creature, to 10 ft tall, looking much like Brahea decumbens but with larger leaves and a more extended trunk. These are from a mid-elevation collection from central Mexico at the edges of thorn scrub where it meets oak country. Dappled shade to full sun and generous summer fertilizing with water to speed its slow growth. We know it makes a beautiful container specimen but don't yet know its potential frost hardiness. So we can only guess at 20F, the bottom of USDA zone 9.
Arecaceae $15 4D


Buddleja araucana
This evergreen, South American buddleja deserves a place in everyone’s garden. To 4-6 ft tall and wide, its creamy white, fragrant summer flowers compliment the silvery white undersides of the long, narrow, gray-green leaves. Sun to part shade with some summer water. Frost hardy into the teens F, upper USDA zone 8, and root hardy in lower zone 8, resprouting if damaged by lower temperatures. Also known as Buddleja nappii.
Scrophulariaceae $12 4D


Buddleja colvilei summer lilac
Considered one of the best of the buddlejas, this large shrub to small tree, grows quickly to 10-15 ft, with handsome, felted leaves and astonishing, terminal panicles of large, deep rose flowers blooming for several weeks in summer. Very lush and lovely. This species resents the severe pruning that keeps its cousins smaller, so provide lots of room for a large, gorgeous creature in full sun and well-drained soil with regular summer water and protection from wind. Evergreen in mild climates and frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Resprouts from the roots in zone 7.
Scrophulariaceae $14 3D


Buddleja crispa
We love furry plants (even though this one looks more like grandpa’s gray chest than anything else...). This intensely fragrant Himalayan butterfly bush’s silvery floccose leaves highlight the long blooming light lavender flowers with an orange eye. 6 ft plus. Full sun and normal garden water. Zone 8
Scrophulariaceae $9 4D


Buddleja limitanea butterfly bush
A lovely and restrained buddleja, a smallish Asian species found in India to western China, to only 6-8 ft tall and wide, with matte green leaves, paler and bluish on the undersides, and stunning clusters of pale violet to blue flowers opening from purple buds in late summer to early fall. Flowers are fragrant, attracting bees, butterflies, birds and the neighbors. Best in full sun to part shade with good drainage and regular summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Note to Californians - won't seed and run rampant in the yard and wild places.
Scrophulariaceae $14 2D


Buddleja macrostachya long 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 6in

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Variegata' - dwarf form

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Variegata' - dwarf formdwarf variegated japanese boxwood
Well...kind of dwarf anyway. This compact, 6-8 ft evergreen, given to us several years ago by the late, great gardener Jane Platt, has a naturally pyramidal growth and pleasingly cream and green leaves with nary a reversion to date. Excellent and hardy as a container or hedge plant. And easily shorn if a more formal look is desired. Sun to dappled shade with regular summer water at least until well established. Frost hardy in low USDA zone 6, we hear, possibly colder.
Buxaceae $12 4D

Buxus sempervirens 'Golden Swirl'

Buxus sempervirens 'Golden Swirl'golden common box
A collection from a lone surviving shrub in the shade of an ancient pecan in a North Portland “garden”, this 8 ft boxwood has a tall, rather narrow habit, with upright branchlets and a pleasing creamy-gold variegation throughout the leaves. Drought tolerant and vigorous. You should have one. We would like to see it used as good garden furniture. Considering its “habitat” it must be very drought tolerant and, from the original plant’s appearance, able to withstand occasional pruning with chainsaws. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, at least.
Buxaceae $14 3D

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