Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2017

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Brick house'
This megapotamicum hybrid grows to an upright 6' or more, with narrow eaves and pendulous, indeed, brick colored flowers and dark calyces. An easy grower, with abundant flowers, over a long period if the soil is kept fertile. protect below USDA zone 8b, maybe 8a, or bring inside for winter. Sun to dappled shade.
Malvaceae $9 3D

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

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

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

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

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

Abutilon x 'Louis Sasson'flowering maple
Smallish, deep red-orange, flowers clasped by a black calyx hang from black stems over a long blooming season. This was Parker’s favorite abutilon and it is very nice! Plant in a protected spot and out of afternoon blasty sun. Provide summer water and nutrients along with mulch or over head protection where temperatures drop to 18 to 20F, upper USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 3D

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Abutilon x 'Orange Drop' flowering maple
Flowering maple with large, dark green leaves and slightly flared, bell flowers, orange with prominent red veins, hanging from long, slender stalks. A robust hybrid, to 5-6 ft tall with a less than graceful growth habit but gorgeous flowers to enjoy. Sun to part shade with plentiful fertilizer and summer water. Overhead protection and mulch can provide extra insurance in winter. Top hardy into the upper teens F, and expected to resprout in USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 3D

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

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Abutilon x 'Tiffany Sconce' flowering maple
Wonderful flowering maple. Upright and hardy into the upper teens. Flowers all year or until a cold snap takes the buds. Several cold snaps might discourage it to the ground where resprouting is possible, even likely. Partial shade, summer water and plenty of fertilizer. Provide mulch or overhead protection where temperatures drop to 18F, upper USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 3D

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

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

Acacia pravissima

Acacia pravissimaOven's Wattle
A lovely mimosa, becoming a large shrub or small, multi-trunked tree to 15 ft with odd-looking soft, evergreen foliage -- actually small phyllodes or flattened leaf stalks -- held close to the stems. and abundant, fragrant yellow blooms in spring. Best in full sun and well-drained soil with little summer water needed once established. Frost hardy for brief periods in the mid teens F, mid to upper USDA zone 8.
Fabaceae $14 4in

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Acaena saccaticupula 'Blue Haze'
A seedling strain of this classic, ground-hugging, moisture-loving, New Zealand beauty with, yes, hazy blue leaves. Best in full sun with regular summer water. To perhaps 4” tall and spreading moderately. Good in pots. Pet owners beware: the little, burr-like seeds stick to fur, leg hairs, and other unmentionables. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Rosaceae $9 4in

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

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

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

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

Agapanthus 'Tinkerbell'

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

Agapanthus 'Winter Dwarf'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aralia californica SB119651

$12 4D

Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths'

Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths'
Lovely manzanita -- easy in our climate, to 8 ft tall and as wide, densely structured with round, gray-green leaves and white, bell flowers in late winter followed by small red berries. Full sun to light shade in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $16 2D

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Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet'
A Rancho Santa Ana introduction, this hybrid groundcover manzinita is much more durable on the west coast than the A. uva-ursi cultivars. A foot or so high by 4-6 feet wide. Full sun or part shade. Water every 3 weeks or so for best growth. Bronzed red foliage in winter; pink flowers in spring. Cold hardy to 0 to 10F, USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos 'Greensphere'

Ericaceae $15 2D

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

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 2D

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Arctostaphylos mewukka SBH/GPP 12133

$15 3D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis ssp. knightii SBH 9861

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos pumila UCSC 1982-83

$15 2D

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Arctostaphylos standfordiana 'Mills'

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos x 'Canyon Blush'
This beautiful hybrid, introduced by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, as a seedling under A. glauca, and looking to have had a long night out with A. pajaroensis. Grows to a rose-blushed 3' tall by 5' wide, with light pink flowers in winter, and even more bronzie cast during the new growth of spring. Has been a very good performer for us. Sun, any soil, dry summer, USDA zone 7.
$15 3D

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Arctostaphylos x 'Game Lake'
A Cistus introduction. Or, more accurately a Siskiyou Mt. introduction, this, on the edge of a vast serpentine range east of Pistol River, Oregon, is the result of an um...threeway cross producing a dense, spilling carpet of cheerful leaves maturing dusty blue, only about 6" in height, but over 10' wide. Pale pink flowers in late winter. Excellent for sunny slopes, containers, or wall spiller. Careful with summer water! Probably USDA zone 6.
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos x 'White Lanterns'
This A. hookeri cross is among the easiest in cultivation growing about 3' to 4' in height and width, densely held small green foliage, contrasting well with dark red stems and masses of white flowers often late Autumn through early Spring, a definite pollinator magnet. Excellent bank cover or spiller, full sun to lightly dappled shade, good drainage though tolerant of heavy soil, able to handle a bit more summer water than others. USDA Zone 7.
Ericaceae $15 2D

Arisaema consanguineum - silvered centered

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

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Aristolochia californica - Red Bluff, CA california pipevine
This western native Dutchman's pipe, indigenous through western California and southwest Oregon, is a vine to 8 ft or so or a happily scrambling specimen. Deciduous, with 3”, heart-shaped leaves and olive green stems that are quite attractive in their winter leaflessness. In spring and sometimes beyond into summer, light flowers appear -- the Dutchman's pipes of the common name -- often mottled or centered a maroon brown. Sun to part shade with afternoon protection in the hottest climates. Happy with extreme summer drought. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7. Host to the gorgeous blue Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.
Aristolochiaceae $12 2D

Aristolochia sempervirens

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

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Artemisia pedemontana

Asteraceae $11 2D

Asparagus sp. SBHMPS 4719

Asparagus sp. SBHMPS 4719
From the South African Drakensberg Mountains, our collection of an as-of-yet unknown species forming either a mounding perennial or a climbing vine, depending on what is nearby. Soft needled foliage with small, white flowers smelling of coconut and red berries following. Shade to full sun; summer moisture is best. Surprisingly frost hardy, to 10F, USDA zone 8, or lower.
Asparagaceae $14 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 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 '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

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Aspidistra elatior 'Gold Sunray'
Particularly upright and narrow leaves cast iron or maybe cast gold plant (either ore) leaves only to about 4" in width, up to 24" in length. Deep glossy green with narrow, pale streaks. For deep shade, container or ground. More summer water = more growth. USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $19 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' ['Living Cloud']

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

Aspidistra longiloba

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

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Aspidistra lurida 'Aminogawa-a-go-go'

Asparagaceae $18 3D

Aspidistra minutiflora

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

Aspidistra minutiflora 'Spangled Ribbons'

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

Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Spotty'

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

Aspidistra yingjiangensis 'Singapore Sling'

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

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

Aucuba 'Gold Mound'

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

Aucuba chinensis 'Spotty'

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

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Aucuba japonica 'Alabai'
A Cistus introduction. This selection from an old north Portland watering hole of the same name offers very large leaves of 6 inches or more of dark green adorned with creamy yellow polka dots, seeming to swirl before ones eyes a wonderful echo of many a late night patron leaving the premises. To 8 feet or more adding bold texture to a shady garden spot. This plant is male with small purple flowers adding interest in late winter. Drought tolerant though summer water speeds growth. Zone 7, if not 6.
Garryaceae $12 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 3D

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Aucuba japonica 'Lisa White'
Given to us by Atlanta plantsman, Ozzie Johnson, and named for, well, Lisa, with 4-5'" narrow, speckled leaves on a compact shrub, a great addition to a shady garden with very pale fruit from autumn through winter on this female plant. Evergreen. Hardy to USDA zone 7, if not 6. Shade to dappled sun. Extra summer water to push new growth in dry climates.
Garryaceae $14 4in

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

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

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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 4D

Azara dentata - 11th Avenue

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

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Banksia (marginata) - cl 3

Proteaceae $15 2D

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

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

Berberidopsis corallina

Berberidopsis corallina
Rewarding evergreen climber with leathery, heart-shaped leaves and, in summer, dangling bunches of deep, coral-pink flowers.. A scrambler, to 8 ft, that needs the support of a wall or neighboring shrub as well as moist, rich soil, free of lime, and part shade to shade. An oddity from the Chilean Andes. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Berberidopsidaceae $16 3D

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

Berberis jamesiana 'Exuberant'

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

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

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

Blechnum penna-marina

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

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

Bletilla ochracea 'Chinese Butterfly'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

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

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

Brachyglottis 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 3D

Buddleja macrostachya

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

Bupleurum fruticosum

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

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

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