Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2015

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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 $9 4D

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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 $009 4D

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 $009 2D

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Abutilon x 'Mother of Pearl' flowering maple
ID: 12613 Stock: UMB-E11 Fuchsia colored
Malvaceae $009 4D

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

Acer pentaphyllum

Acer pentaphyllumasian maple
Deciduous and rare Chinese maple, with deeply cut, 5-lobed leaves - very un-maple-like and very graceful and charming, leafing out late in spring and showing off in autumn with bright colors. This delicate tree, nearly extinct in the wild, grows slowly, reaching perhaps 15 ft over a long time. A lovely addition to a garden of any size in sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Requires regular summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Sapindaceae $014 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 3D

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

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Aeonium 'Salad Bowl'
What appears to be an aeonium undulatum canariense hybrid, the 8-10" appetizingly-green rosettes appear on stems to a couple of feet in height, offsetting quickly to form a small succulent tree. This Canary Island native is at home in coastal California or Oregon but inland, where temps fall below the mid-20s, treat as a container specimen. A cool grower, it's dormant period is summer, it maintains active growth in winter so maintain moisture and place in a bright position then. USDA zone 9b.
Crassulaceae $9 3D

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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

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

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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 '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

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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

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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 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 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 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 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

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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 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 schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'

Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'queen of white thread century plant
The cultivar name (NOT translated as "Honey, I shrunk the kids") refers to the silky threads or filifers that decorate these rosette-forming agaves. They are solitary plants, to 18" tall and wide, with the dark green leaves, strikingly variegated with creamy margins, the quite symmetric filifers adding to the show. The species, from the high country of Mexico's Durango State, shows a decent tolerance for moisture and frost in USDA zone 8. But temperatures below 20F, bottom of USDA zone 9, can mark the beautiful variegations so we recommend a moveable container.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 4in

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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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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 triangularis

Agave triangularistriangle agave
Unusual agave, with 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 the 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 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 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

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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 'Quicksilver'
Enormously pleasing small aloe with very light green, almost white, serrated leaves and dark green spotting. Several spikes of orange-red blooms emerge from the center in late spring and possibly again in fall, if you're nice. Excellent in containers or as a kitchen window specimen. Part sun with occasional watering.Not frost tolerant.
Asparagaceae $12 4in

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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

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

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

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 $011 4D

Amorphophallus konjac

Amorphophallus konjacvoodoo lily
This arum from southeast Asia is widely cultivated for its edible tuber but we grow it for the huge tropical looking leaves and "snakeskin" stem. In spring, long before the leaves appear, a huge and astonishing flower dazzles with a 2 ft, purple spadix standing above the purple-black spathe. (The "perfume", designed to attract flies for pollination, can be mitigated by simply rinsing the flower.) Plant stems and leaves develop after a well-deserved rest and can reach 6 ft tall in part sun to shade with regular summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Araceae $12 4D

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Anacampseros sp. - Sutherland Plateau

Portulacaceae $9 4in

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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

Arctostaphylos aff. hispidula SBH 9274.3

Arctostaphylos aff. hispidula SBH 9274.3
These oddly distributed mounding shrubs from the Klamath River near the town of Orleans are a bit of a mystery. Planted or wild we don't know. Clearly an affinity to Arctostaphylos hispidula or an A. stanfordiana hybrid. 4 ft in height by 6ft in width. Glossy small leaves, late winter pale pink to white flowers, and brick colored fruit and bark. Nice and very easy in the garden. A bit more tolerant of summer garden water than most. Full sun to dappled shade. Undoubtedly hardy to USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $14 2D

Arctostaphylos hispidula SBH 9151

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

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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 SBH 9849d

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos mendocinoensis SBH 9849h

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos mewukka SBH 9707

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis (mostly) 'Shiny Happy'
A Cistus Introduction. Another from the manzanita rich mountains west of O'Brien, Oregon comes this low spreading, and most-graceful little groundcover. 4-5 inches in height by 10 feet or more in width, crawling or spilling with glee. The narrow green leaves are densely held on red stems, creating a fine texture and contrasting well with the nearly white flowers in winter and early spring. As A. glandulosa appears to be in its heritage, burls are set where roots occur, enabling it to be cut back with ease. Sun to partial shade, mineral soil. Zone 6
Ericaceae $14 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis SBH 9755

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis ssp. knightii x columbiana SBH 9858

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis x columbiana (patula) SBH 9867

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis x columbiana/nortensis SBH 9764

Ericaceae $15 3D

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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 sp. SBH 9864

Ericaceae $15 2D

Argyrocytisus battandieri

Argyrocytisus battandieripineapple broom
The Moroccan pineapple broom is a shocker in bloom. You’ll be blown away by the fruity pineapple fragrance pouring out of the bright yellow Laburnum-like flowers. The silvery, fuzzy, evergreen foliage is very attractive as well as aromatic A large shrub or small tree, to 10-15 ft if allowed. Can be multi-trunked. For full sun and good drainage with water to establish. Drought tolerant thereafter. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Fabaceae $16 4D

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 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

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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 4D

Armeria maritima 'Rubrifolia'

Armeria maritima 'Rubrifolia'sea pink
Sea pinks have traveled the world enough to be thought of as native on coastal areas of both European and Western North America. This selection has particularly burgundy leaves to only 8-10" and a tightly mounding habit that is adorned by a long series of saturated purple-pink flowers. Prefers year round moisture with good drainage and bright light. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, or below. Great for rock gardens and the front of perennial borders.
Plumbaginaceae $8 4D

Asarum caudatum

Asarum caudatumheart-leaved ginger
One of our best native groundcovers for the dry woodland with 4-6" leaves on spreading plants to 1 ft tall or so forming clumps to 6 ft wide. Spring flowers are maroon, hidden under the leaves but interesting enough to bend and stoop for. Happy in light or deep shade and tolerant of summer drought but accepting of summer water as well. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Aristolochiaceae $012 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 $22 4D

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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 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 '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 4in

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 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 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

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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
The largest of a beautiful group of agave/hypoxiodes (phormioides?) ... whatever ... with dazzlingly silver rosettes, this one making an offsetting clump from 3-5 ft high and wide with 3-4" wide leaves. The stunning silver effect is best, for us, in light shade. We keep our specimens in single rosettes as they are most striking, giving away the offsets (or selling them at extraordinarily high prices...But for you...) Love well-drained soil, though certainly don't mind being continually moist. Not fond of prolonged drought. Avoid excessive summer heat. One of the best and most striking container specimens. This species, frost hardy to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8, recovering from 10 to 12F. If those temperatures are expected, at least go out and throw a tarp over it. It's ok, all of us have been seen in our bathrobes doing the same thing.
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

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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 6 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 'Katoaba'
large yellow center
Garryaceae $14 4D

Aucuba japonica 'Merced'

Aucuba japonica 'Merced'
A Cistus introduction. 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

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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 4D

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Azara alpina HC 98012
This Chilean collection from Washington's Dan Hinkley maintains smaller stature than others in the genus. To a shrubby 10-12' in height, with arching branches clothed in oblong, somewhat wavy evergreen leaves. Flowers in late winter light creamy yellow, somewhat tropical scented (whatever that means) followed by pale blue fruit. Took awhile for this one to grow on us, but now it's a fave. USDA zone 7. Partial shade. Give some summer moisture in dry places.
Salicaceae $14 3D

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

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 6in

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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

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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

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

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

Boehmeria nipononivea 'Nichirin'

Boehmeria nipononivea 'Nichirin'
A brightly variegated woodland perennial from Japan. This selection has irregular, white-bordered fuzzy leaves and grows about 2 feet tall and nearly as wide. A great accent for the shade to part shade garden. Average moisture, summer water where dry. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Urticaceae $9 3D

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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

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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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

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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

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

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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Buxus sempervirens 'Rosmarinifolia' rosemary-leaved box
Compact and fine textured, upright little evergreen shrub, slowly to 3-4 ft tall, with narrow, rosemary-like leaves of green dusted gray. In spring, unrosemary-like clusters of small but fragrant, creamy white flowers appear at the branch tips. Plants make very good, small scale, garden furniture or a slightly formal hedge in places where rosemary doesn't thrive. Enjoys full sun to medium shade, decent drainage, and summer water. Frost hardy to -12F, or so, upper zone 5. This plant is by various names but the above is the choice of the Royal Horticulture Society which we have followed.
Buxaceae $012 3D

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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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