Quite beautiful Chilean perennial with succulent gray-green leaves and large, bright purple flowers that nod on the top of tall, sometimes 2.5' tall, stems above the low-growing foliage. Height 12-15" and 36" in width. Plant in full sun with well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Will tolerate a variety of soil types and conditions, including coastal areas. A great pollinator and bee attractor, it's excellent in rock gardens or as a mass planting where it is allowed to spread and form a small carpet. Drought tolerant. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8, but treated as a re-seeding annual in colder climates.
Portulacaceae $7 4in
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Rhizomatous, tufted, perennial herb from Chilean Andes, to 12- 24" tall. Evergreen leaves are silvery, covered with white hairs, a great backdrop for the purple flowers, pouch-shaped with two lips, a small hooded upper lip and a larger lower lip, appearing from mid summer onward. Sun to part shade where drainage is excellent and roots can be kept cool and moist -- but not wet. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Calceolariaceae $11 4in
Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'
Another treasure from the Andes, this evergreen shrublet - to about 3 ft. - produces deep green leaves and way-abundant, burnt orange, pouched flowers from mid-spring through autumn, year round in mild climates. Sun to partial shade; even water. Root hardy with good drainage to the top of USDA zone 7. Reliably evergreen above zone 8. Excellent container plant.
Calceolariaceae $11 2D
Callistemon pallidus 'Best Blue'
A Cistus introduction: definitely a collector's callistemon, selected from our blues. Dense evergreen shrub, marked by its striking, aromatic, blue leaves and new growth made silky with silver hairs. Blooms in late spring to early summer with pale yellow bottlebrush flowers, a nice contrast to the blue foliage. To 10 ft wide x 8 ft wide. Best in full sun and lean, well-drained soil with regular summer water until established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $12 2D
Lovely species, flowering profusely with intense crimson flowers tipped gold. As well, the new growth on this 6-8 ft shrub is flushed, especially in spring. A lovely, amiable creature that enjoys full sun and tolerates both drought and saturated soil. A fine pot specimen wherever temperatures fall below mid USDA zone 8. Resprouted for us after receiving damage below 20F. A hard pruning …or a freeze… encourages lush free flowering growth. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8a/9a.
Myrtaceae $14 2D
Calycanthus occidentalisspice bush
Deciduous shrub, 8-10 ft tall, native to the mountains of central and northern California. “Fancy” red-maroon flowers appear late spring to late summer Lovely and slightly aromatic though the leaves and twigs are the truly spicy element. Prefers sun; accepts part shade. Likes well-drained soil and moisture. Somewhat deer resistant. Frost hardy to the single digits F, upper USDA zone 7.
Calycanthaceae $12 4D
Camellia 'Debutante Benton'
Camellia 'Debutante', a close relative, is a slow growing shrub, to 6-8 ft tall though taller with great age, with the typical green, glossy leaves of C. japonica and, in spring, large, pink, peony-like flowers. The Japanese cultivar 'Debutante Benton', brought to us by Lance Reiners, is a variegated form, adding the interest of slightly ruffle-edged leaves decorated with a central golden marking or blotch. Evergreen, of course, and happy in dappled shade or morning sun with summer water and fertilizer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $16 3D
Camellia 'Night Rider'
The "black" camellia has dark red, semi-double flowers that are darker on the undersides -- very dark and gorgeous in late winter, early spring. New foliage also has red overtones. An evergreen shrub, upright and somewhat compact to only 4-5 ft tall and wide, this is a must have plant for any garden in part shade with protection from the afternoon sun and rich soil with regular summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. (For those who love nomenclature, the parentage is a follows: a hybrid of C. x williamsii 'Ruby Bells' (= C. saluenensis x C. japonica 'Fuyajo') and C. japonica 'Kuro Tsubaki'.)
Theaceae $018 2D
Camellia 'Tama Peacock'
One of eight seedlings from a jewel of the Camellia world, Camellia 'Tama-no-ura'. This cultivar, one of our favorites, features a small to medium flower with semi-double maroon washing to its white border, just shy of spectacular. A rapid grower with an open, weeping habit. Displays long-lasting, show-winning blooms in trays of shallow water in your home. Midseason to late bloomer. Zone 7.
Theaceae $16 3D
european meadow sedge
Good, groundcovering grass, evergreen and happy in sun to deep shade and wet to somewhat dry soil and tolerates some mowing. Tolerant, indeed, but this versatile creature prefers some shade and at least occasional irrigation, forming clumps of arching, narrow leaves, to 12-18" tall x 2 ft wide with late winter to spring flowers, green turning brown. Good as a single specimen or in small to extensive groups. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4. Previously and still occasionally sold as Carex tumulicola, Berkeley sedge, but officially not that species.
Cyrillaceae $011 3D
Carex mertensiimerten's sedge
Western native sedge, found growing in moist to wet areas from Alaska to California and east to Montana. Bright green leaves form clumps to 15-20" tall, topped in summer with graceful, dangling clusters of overlapping flowers on tall stems. Does well in sun where moisture is plentiful, along waterways and even in boggy ground. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
Cyperaceae $9 4D
Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler'palm sedge
Tony Avent describes these as tiny variegated palm trees, but you might get the picture. This evergreen, variegated sedge is best on a moist site and out of the blasty sun. To 12-15" high with mini-papryus-like foliage. Handsome in the woodland garden and stunning in a container. From Japan and frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Cyperaceae $14 4in
Carex platyphylla 'Blue Satin'
A wonderful introduction by Woodlanders Nursery and related to Carex plantaginea. Though frost hardy below USDA zone 5, above zone 7 it remains evergreen with iridescent blue-green leaves glowing in even the deepest of shade. A great contrast to yellows in the garden. Regular moisture, full shade to dappled sun. Cut back in early spring to renew growth.
Cyperaceae $12 4D
Ceanothus pinetorum SBH 9883
Ceanothus pumilus SBH 9766.2
Rhamnaceae $14 3D
Cephalanthus occidentalis - red
One of the common button willows, native to creek sides throughout the South and West, this colony was found by Oregon's Frank Calahan. The plants are rather mounded, growing to 4-5 ft, with nice compact leaves and round, of course, button-like flowers. Rather than the normal creamy color, these begin maroon then slowly fade. Tolerant of both drought and poor drainage. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Rubiaceae $14 3D
Chaenomeles japonica 'Atsuya Hamada'maroon-red flowering quince
A gorgeous quince with dark maroon-red, nearly black flowers, this from a wild collection by Pacific Northwest plantsman Roy Davidson on the slopes of Mount Fuji. Early spring bloom lasts over a long period and attracts lots of admiring attention - both insect and human. For full to half sun with regular summer water. These "must-have" plants can reach 10 ft tall or so x 5-6 ft wide. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5, and possibly colder.
Rosaceae $18 3D
Bamboo Palm, Hardy Bamboo Palm
Handsome and useful, this dense clustering palm from Mexico with dark green leaves, pendulous orange-red fruits, and a bamboo-like appearance is an all-around winner. "Microspadix" refers to the tiny white flowers that appear on small stalks prior to forming berries, which emerge green and then ripen in color by late summer. 8-10' tall x 4-5' wide and very easy to grow. Best in part to full sun with moist, well-drained soil and regular fertilizer. Excellent container plant for patios, entryways, or even indoors in good light. Quite frost hardy, to USDA zone 7b, around 5 degrees.
Arecaceae $14 4D
Chamaedorea radicalismexican parlor palm
This little sweetheart thrives for us in the Portland area, weathering winters well and happy as a clam in half shade with consistent moisture. Single stems, but spreads by suckers. From our own collections in NE Mexico. Tops out at waist height. Mulch well. Zone 8
Arecaceae $18 4D
Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget'gold nugget spider plant
From the Drakensburgs of eastern South Africa and shared with us by plantsman Gary Hammer, this is essentially a dwarf, variegated, ground-covery spider plant -- with no macramé hangers needed. (Does anyone remember macramé?) Has been a wonderful addition to container plantings for us with its 6", light cream and green striped leaves and has been hardy in the ground, frosting back only when temperatures drop to 20F, USDA zone 9, though we would recommend a mulch with such temperatures. Even summer moisture; bright light to fairly deep shade. Decent drainage best.
Asparagaceae $9 3D
mexican mock orange
Lovely, golden form of the Mexican orange, an evergreen shrub, to 6 ft tall or so and 4-5 ft wide, the narrow leaves pale yellow in new growth maturing to green, a bi-color contrast. Foliage is aromatic as well, emitting a spicy-sweet smell when brushed or crushed. Single white flowers are abundant in spring and often again in fall. Protection from the western sun is best in the hottest climates; otherwise full sun to part shade in well drained soil with some summer water. A great landscape plant, easy and rewarding. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rutaceae $14 4D
Choisya 'Goldstone'mexican mock orange
A Cistus introduction with the stoutness of C. mexicana and the fine feathery leaves of Choisya arizonica, the new leaves and stems emerging golden green and slowly aging to a handsome forest green. Evergreen, to 2.5-3 ft tall with a mounding habit. Nickel-sized, sweetly fragrant, white flowers appear in spring and then again periodically until late fall. Best in dappled shade to full sun in decently drained soil and at least occasional summer water where dry. An excellent container plant. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae $14 3D
Choisya arizonica 'Whetstone'mexican mock orange
A Cistus introduction. Our own collection from the Whetstone mountains of southern Arizona, selected for its fine filigreed leaves of 1-2" with winter red tint on the green foliage and for its extra vigor. This is a small shrub, to under 3 ft tall by 3 ft wide, yet it produces the largest flowers choisyas are known for, often in both winter and summer. Sun to dappled shade, good drainage. Drought tolerant in all but the lowest deserts. Cold hardy in mid to upper USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae $014 2D
Cute addition to your cut flower collection. Tight button flowers of lovely bright green late in the season. Mature height 3ft.
Asteraceae $11 4in
Cinnamomum japonicumkorean camphor
This 25-40 ft tall, evergreen from southern Korea and Japan is an excellent choice for a specimen tree. Not the cinnamon tree from which the spice comes, but a near relation with prominently veined, mid-green leaves that contrast nicely with dark conifers. Very upright, somewhat narrow, and easily underplanted. Thrives in full or part sun with normal water. Frost hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
Lauraceae $14 4D
Cinnamomum japonicum 'Harlequin'
Shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens some years ago, this lovely small cinnamon tree has grown to about 8' in as many years, essentially remaining a graceful shrub--or, if trimmed up a bit--a very small tree, the evergreen leaves are deep green, edged white. Seems best suited to a bit of afternoon shade and at least occasional summer water in dry climates. Cold hardy to at least upper zone 7. Fine container plant.
Lauraceae $18 3D
Cissus incisa 'Guadalupe'
A Cistus introdution. Our collection of this succulent evergreen vine native from Mexico to the Southern Midwest and Southwest but never commonly encountered. This from the Guadalupe Mountains on the Texas/New Mexico border, outstandingly grey-blue leaves, scrambling to 4 feet or a little more as a vine, or as a sprawling ground cover. Evergreen to as low as 20 degrees or less, resprouting as a perennial in USDA zone 6 or even colder. Decent drainage, sun to 3/4 shade.
Vitaceae $11 3D
When we think of rockrose, this is the one that comes to mind: a 4 ft x 4 ft, evergreen shrub with sticky, scented, dark green leaves and huge white flowers marked in the center with crimson splotches. Easily trimmed to size after spring blooming period. Full sun, lean soil that drains well, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 3D
Cistus ladanifer var. sulcatus - Palhinhae Group
Extremely large unspotted white flowers on this 3 ft very drought resistant shrub. Full sun, little or no summer water. Shear if needed, but not necessary. This is from wild collected seed: Turkey. Zone 7b
Cistaceae $12 3D
Cistus sp. - prostrate form
A hybrid rockrose, evergreen and, in this form, low growing, to only 12-16” tall and to around 3 ft wide. Nice on walls, where it can hang over a bit. Leaves are narrow, pointed and bright green, providing a textured backdrop for the pure white flowers, showy in May and July. Best in full sun, lean and light well-drained soil, and little to no summer water once established. Also adapted to seaside conditions tolerating high winds and salt spray. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $9 4in
Partially hardy evergreen citrus known for its wide medicinal and culinary uses (you'll have to look into those). Quite fashionable of late. Large shrub to small tree, 8-12', producing copious amounts of fragrant white flowers late winter to early spring and small lemon-like fruit. Hint: add sugar. USDA zone 8. Excellent container specimen.
Rutaceae $14 3D
Citrus aurantium var. myrtifoliabitter orange
Very pretty, small compact shrub or small tree to 8-10 ft tall with small, indeed, myrtle-like leaves that are glossy green. Found as a bud mutation on old sour orange trees in Florida, these are thornless! Spring flowers are white and sweetly fragrant, producing small, bumpy skinned fruit, edible but sour. Full sun, rich soil, and summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zones 9-11 with a fighting chance in zone 8.
Rutaceae $14 4D
Originally collected in the Canterbury foothills on the south island of New Zealand, this leafless clematis grows as a sprawling mound to 6 feet with bright green rush-like stems and creamy pale yellow flowers in late winter/early spring. Useful in sunny, open conditions where the mass bloom can be appreciated. Average water needs, though it can tolerate some drought. Zone 8.
Ranunculaceae $11 3D
Clematis fasciculiflora - silver marbled leaf form
Unusual, lovely, and vigorous evergreen vine, to 15 ft or so, with fragrant, nodding white flowers in winter to early spring - the magical time for flowers. Leaves are striking, larger and more marbled in this form than in the species, to 1.5-2" long and leathery with silvery markings around the veins. Blooms on last years growth, so can be cut back and renewed after blooming. As with all clematis, sun for the foliage and cool shade for the roots. Well-drained soil and regular summer moisture as well. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ranunculaceae $16 4D
sweet autumn clematis
Another gem from New Zealand, this low clambering or scandent vine, to 15 ft or so, has leaves to 2” dappled or entirely the color of... uncooked liver...Wow! Actually quite lovely in the landscape. Frequently encountered in Hobbit movies; otherwise rare in cultivation in the northern hemisphere. Small, creamy white flowers in abundance in August and September, but, really, the leaves are the true attraction. Moist, rather infertile ground. Full sun for best color though quite happy in shade. Low end of USDA zone 8. Great container plant.
Ranunculaceae $14 3D
Clematis tibetana var. vernayi
It is hard to believe this strikingly architectural vine is a relative of the loved and maligned C. tangutica. Reaches to about 10 ft, with finely dissected leaves looking as if they have been cut from metal. From mid to late summer and into the fall, waxy, six-petalled, yellow flowers appear looking as if they have been cut from orange rind. These are followed by large, fluffy, white seed heads every bit as beautiful as the flowers. An easy grower in dappled shade to full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy from 6F to near 0F, mid USDA zone 7.
Ranunculaceae $16 3D
Clematis x cartmanii 'Joe'
Tough evergreen clematis, spectacularly floriferous with white, cup-shaped flowers that nearly hide the foliage in early spring. This cross between New Zealand species C. marmoraria and C. paniculata is a non-climber, to 5-6 ft tall, happy spilling its fern-like, cut foliage over walls or containers or tied upright to display the gorgeous flowers. Full sun with good drainage, regular summer water, and protection to keep the roots cool. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Ranunculaceae $15 3D
Clerodendrum bungei 'Pink Diamond'
Magenta pink flowers are gorgeous against the dark green foliage with a fragrance that is awesome and alluring. This form with leaves tinted red with striking pink and white variegation. The leaf aroma, when touched, is found by some to be -- well -- less alluring, a bit peanut-buttery ... but consider that butterflies love the flowers and you will too. To 6' tall, flowering mid to late summer. Sun to part shade in good drainage with some water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Keep an eye out for non-variegated suckers, which do happen.
Lamiaceae $14 4D
A Mediterranean genus, our plants were wild collected as seed in Majorca. This diminutive member of the citruses has narrow, shiny, glossy, and deep green leaves on a compact shrub, to about 3 ft, showing off tiny yellow flowers in spring and sporadically throughout the year followed by tiny little "oranges" produced late in the season. A great and tough-as-nails plant for the dry summer garden provided lean soil, a decent amount of sun, and temperatures above 15F - mid USDA zone 8.
Cneoraceae $012 4D
Coprosma 'Cocoa Butter'
A robust plant, to 4-5 ft tall with 2" glossy leaves of saffron yellow with coppery overtones, these shrubs are marvelous when placed with foliage in colors of olive to burgundy. Orange flowers stand out well against the foliage. Can be used as small hedge or screen plants or as specimens in mixed containers. Bright light for best foliage color and consistent moisture in any soil. This is one of the more tender Coprosma selections, frost hardy only for brief periods into the upper teens F, USDA zone 8b. Well worth treating as a tender pot specimen in colder climates.
Rubiaceae $11 4D
Coprosma 'Cutie'australian mirror bush
Newish release from New Zealand with small, particularly glossy, deep green leaves edged in black and marked with browns, all turning dark bronze in cooler weather. Perhaps more handsome than cute, but still rather small, to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide, perfect for a protected spot in a small garden. Where temperatures regularly fall below 20F, best in a protected spot in full to part sun and well-drained soil with regular garden water. Reliably frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9, possibly 8b in perfect conditions.
Rubiaceae $11 3D
Coprosma 'Karo Red'
A new introduction from New Zealand with a small texture but leaves of deep brick red, the same color as some of the better New Zealand flax (phormium) cultivars. Can grow eventually to about 5 ft but can also be easily pruned or shortened into small specimens or hedging. Great contrast of yellow flowers to foliage. Even summer moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $14 3D
Coprosma 'Pacific Sunset'
Wonderfully vibrant new coprosma with glossy, waved, deep coral-red leaves that turn dark purple-brown at their edges. Evergreen. Moderately fast-growing to 3' high and wide. Excellent container plant in sun or part shade. Hardy to USDA zone 8b.
Rubiaceae $12 4D
Coprosma 'Roy's Red'
Another coprosma for North America, this upright form makes a pleasingly pyramidal shrub, to about 4 ft, with foliage colored brick-red-toward-maroon and darkening in brighter light or with frost. An easy grower with better color in bright light and where summer temperatures are not excessively high. Low fertility enhances color as well. Even summer moisture and, again, bright light. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $14 3D
Low growing and attractive small-leaved New Zealand shrub with horizontal, divaricating branchlets, olive-green rosemary-like leaves, and loads of bright orange-red, globular fruit in fall. Height to 8" and width to 2'. Full sun. Drought tolerant. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8, possibly lower.
Rubiaceae $9 3D
Attractive evergreen shrub native to New Zealand. Thick glossy leaves and lovely orange berries. Sun. Reaches 6'
Coprosma repens 'Marble Chip'
A Cistus introduction. Another stable sport of C. repens 'Marble Queen', stabilizing for us into a most attractive tender shrub to about 4' x 4' in height and width. Large glossy leaves are edged and sometimes streaked in white. Can quickly fill a mixed container or bare spot in a warmer garden. Prefers adequate year-round water and dappled shade in hot climates. Evergreen. USDA zone 8b for brief periods. Prefers considerable moisture for best appearance.
Rubiaceae $9 3D
Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey'
Striking, compact evergreen shrub with lime green new growth that matures into bright glossy green leaves tinged with pink-purple edges. Height and width to 3 ft. A star in any garden or patio container where a burst of color is needed. Older leaves, too, turn a wonderful burgundy color as they age. Full to part sun, but will color best in full sun. Moist, well-drained soil. Frost hardy to USDA zone 9a, USDA zone 8b with protection.
Rubiaceae $9 3D
Coprosma repens 'Rainbow Surprise'willy wonka boxwood
Choice, tender, evergreen shrub that's hardly green at all. Yellow margins are flushed pink on green leaves -- all the colors darkening in winter. It's like adding paprika to your container. To 5 ft x 3 ft over time. Flowers are insignificant. Best with protection from afternoon sun except in cool coastal climates. Well drained soil and occasional to regular summer water. Can be sheared. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9.
Rubiaceae $12 3D
Coprosma repens 'Spotted Queen'
A Cistus introduction. This fairly frequent sport of C. repens 'Marble Queen' has stabilized for us into a most attractive tender shrub to about 4' x 4' in height and width. 3" glossy leaves with pale cream-spotted green can quickly fill a mixed container or bare spot in a warmer garden. Prefers adequate year-round water and dappled shade in hot climates. Evergreen. USDA zone 8b for brief periods. Prefers considerable moisture for best appearance.
Rubiaceae $9 3D
Cordyline 'Electric Pink'
Exciting new Cordyline hybrid with long and narrow, florescent leaves -- dazzling pink with burgundy stripes -- forming striking clumps to 4-5 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide. Sun promotes the best color but light shade is possible as well, both in well-drained soil. Very drought tolerant once established but more lush inland with regular summer water. Frost hardy to the mid teens F, USDA zone 8. Excellent container and/or coastal plant.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae $16 4D
Corethrogyne filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet'
Frankly, we’ve not had a whole lot of experience with this native California beach-growing aster relation, but its silvery purple flowers with orange-gold centers pull you in, and the stunning Easter bunny foliage sticks you there. Good drainage site or container recommended. Reaches 1' in height and spreads to 6-8' across. Should be great, we know that much, as a coastal planting. USDA zone 8b.
Asteraceae $12 2D
Cornus sericea 'Golden Surprise'
golden american dogwood
This more diminutive but every bit as lovely dogwood came as a sport at Hedgerows Nursery from their own C. sericea 'Hedgerows Gold.' Small, to 6-8 ft, with reddish twigs and brilliant yellow leaves that are surprisingly sun resilient for their "golditude". Can be coppiced. Particularly wonderful as foreground to dark-leaved evergreens -- or a snowbank if you live in Montana. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4, possibly lower. Tolerant of wet feet in half shade to sun.
Cornaceae $015 4D
Corokia cotoneaster - Devil's Staircase
A Cistus introduction. Our selection from collections in the Devil's Staircase area from the Southern South Island of New Zealand. Wiry divaricating shrub from 4 to 6 feet sporting tiny chocolate colored leaves, a most architectural plant and adorned by small yellow flowers in Spring. We expect this to be cold hardy at least to the bottom of Zone 8, quite possibly Zone 7. Sun for best color, decent drainage, and summer water in dry spots.
Argophyllaceae $12 3D
Corokia cotoneaster 'Devil's Smoke'
A Cistus introduction. The world needs another black-leaved plant! From seed collected from the wonderful Pukerau Nursery in NZ, we selected this particularly interesting clone. Wiry, silver-tinted stems give way to black, green-centered leaves on a densely contorting, divaricating shrub to about 6' eventually. From the Devil's Staircase formation near the tip of the South Island, it should be among the hardiest of the species, but who really cares cuz it looks dead anyways. USDA zone 7. Full sun for best color. By the way, cheery small yellow flowers in spring.
Argophyllaceae $12 3D
Corokia x virgata 'Orangerie'
A Cistus introduction. Though we would like to say this lovely plant is a result of years of careful hybridization under tightly controlled circumstances, we actually found it growing on the floor of one of the greenhouses as a tiny seedling. This grows as other C. x virgata forms, to a 6-8 ft shrub, but with a more upright form and butter-yellow-aging-copper-orange leaves with reflective, nearly white, undersides. In the garden, some summer water, the foliage showing warm yellow in light shade to deeper orange in sun. Very good container specimen. Great when planted with burgundies or other dark foliage plants. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Argophyllaceae $014 3D
Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band'gold band pampas grass
This may be the perfect pampas grass. It is handsome with gold bands along the leaf edges that sparkle in the sun and set off the white, late summer plumes that stand upright above the showy foliage, rising up to 10 ft tall. A slow grower, this form clumps to 3-6 ft wide by 6-10 ft tall but remains within bounds as they are seedless and can't reproduce. Perfectly happy in full sun with no summer water once established, 'Gold Band' is a happy plant for the dry border or in containers. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Poaceae $12 3D
Corylopsis aff. pauciflora - evergreen form
Sent to us by Pierre Piroche, this rare, 10-12 ft, gracefully spreading evergreen shrub, collected in the Himalayas, appears to be a form of the more common C. pauciflora with, in this case, winter flowers of light yellow, just a bit fragrant, and most interestingly, evergreen leaves, to about 4", pleated a bit like a ruffled potato chip and a very pretty blue-green, lighter on the underside. Needless to say, nearly nonexistent in cultivation. So far frost hardy to at least USDA zone 7. Some summer water. Dappled shade is best but has thriven in full sun as well.
Hamamelidaceae $14 4in
Cotoneaster microphyllus var. thymifoliusdwarf rock spray
A dwarf species, perfect for the Mediterranean garden, remaining under 3 ft high x 3-5 ft wide with fine-textured, evergreen leaves, under 1/4", enveloped in silver-gray as are the young stems. Small scarlet berries develop from small white flowers and adorn the densely cloaked branches in fall through midwinter. Summer drought-loving though content in a well-watered garden provided sharp drainage. Cold hard to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Rosaceae $12 2D
Crassula 'Hobbit'baby jade
Not unlike heroic hobbit Frodo Baggins, this form of baby jade is a bit shorter and stouter than the others, and certainly a curiosity piece, producing compact, shiny, succulent leaves shaped a bit like miniature elephant trunks. Eventually to 3 ft tall and nearly as wide, forming a succulent trunk with age -- but takes many years to get there. Best as container specimen as they are only frost hardy into the upper 20's F, upper USDA zone 9. Makes a good houseplant.
Crassulaceae $7 3D
Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset'
golden jade plant
Shrubby jade plant, this with leaves flushed and margined with golden yellow and copper-red along the margins. This one is a little smaller, denser, and more compact than the species, reaching only 2-3 ft high. Fine in bright light or dappled shade with little water necessary. Does not tolerate frost so best in containers to be moved indoors when weather becomes cold. Frost hardy to 30F, USDA zone 10.
Crassulaceae $8 2D
Crassula ovata 'Tricolor'variegated jade plant
Variegated jade plant, the dark green, succulent leaves decorated with creamy white irregular markings. A lovely shrub and slow-growing, reaching only 1 ft tall in several years, in bright light or part shade. Very drought tolerant, needing only occasional water in summer and almost none in winter unless grown in container and requiring a bit more frequent attention. A fine succulent shrub outdoors where temperatures don't drop below freezing, USDA zone 10. Otherwise a happy container plant spending at least the winter months indoors in bright light.
Crassulaceae $010 4D
Dense succulent from South Africa's Eastern Cape with gray-green leaves and striking reddish stems that eventually forms a nice 12-18" shrublet. Flowers small white clusters of flowers in summer, somewhat inconspicuously. Excellent container specimen, either alone or with friends. Full sun, low water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Crassulaceae $7 4in
Crassula pubescens ssp. radicans 'Large Red'
This dense-growing succulent is a relative of the familiar Jade Plant. Growing to less than a foot high with plump leaves that give an overall appearance of a succulent leafy carpet. Very easy and adaptable, accepting drought with an occasional drink of water for optimal health. The plant takes on a lovely red glow if grown in full sun. Treat as a seasonal interest plant with the option of bringing it in for the winter as a houseplant. Frost hardy to 25F USDA zone 9b.
Crassulaceae $9 2D
Cuphea micropetalacandy corn plant
Woody sub-shrub, a Mexican native with abundant and gorgeous, candy corn flowers, red tubes with yellow tips, borne on the branch tips. To 3-4 ft tall and wide if winter doesn't interfere. Part sun, out of the hottest midday and afternoon heat, well-drained soil, and summer water to establish. Evergreen in frost-free places; a die back perennial in colder areas, returning in the spring in upper USDA zone 8. Hardier with protection from winter rains.
Lythraceae $9 2D
Cupressus gigantea - best blue 2007-095 UCSC
Cupressaceae $14 2D
California endemic found in yellow pine forests and chaparral and serpentine communities. This adaptable cypress grows slowly in dry environments, reaching 12-15 ft tall over time, and more quickly where water is more plentiful, reaching a possible 50 ft tall -- a handsome evergreen tree of any size with layered branches and gray bark. Prefers lean, well-drained soil but tolerates a wide range of soils; also tolerates summer drought and accepts occasional summer water. Best in full sun and frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7 with reports of tolerance into zone 6.
Cupressaceae $14 2D
Cyrtanthus brachyscyphusdobo lily
Orange-red, bell-shaped flowers rise above grass-like foliage for a long season in spring and summer. This South African bulb, a tender amaryllis relation, was shared with us by Nevin Smith of Watsonville. Foliage is semi-evergreen in mid USDA zone 9. Best in bright shade with well-drained soil and average summer water. A great container plant for the patio or in a plunge bed where it can be put away for the hard winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Amaryllidaceae $012 2D
Cyrtanthus breviflorus - bright yellow
A robust form from the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa, collected by plantsman Panayoti Kelaidis, with strap-like leaves emerging in spring followed by yellow trumpets that first look a bit like daffodils. Best in bright conditions and well-drained but summer-damp soil. Frost hardy to at least 0 and 10F, USDA zone 7. Have proven hardy in the ground in Colorada. Stunning pot specimen.
Amaryllidaceae $14 3D
Dahlia 'Bonne Esperance'
Blooming all summer with small pink, yellow-centered flowers, this is a classic small dahlia, reaching only 12-18” tall, a nice addition to a perennial border accent among shrubs. Bees love them. As with all dahlias, good drainage keeps them healthy in winter; and water keeps them blooming in summer. Best in full sun but tolerates some shade. No need to lift the tubers in USDA zone 8 with good drainage.
Asteraceae $12 2D
Dahlia 'Forncett Furnace'
Vibrant, intense orange-red selection of D. coccinea. Growing to about 5' tall and 3' wide on green foliage. Excellent fall color. Full sun and regular water. Don't lift.
Asteraceae $12 4D
Dahlia 'Yellow Hammer'
Yellow blooms contrast nicely with bronzey, blackish foliage. Grows 2-3 ft tall with deliciously cheerful flowers that persist into autumn. Can be lifted and stored for winter or left in the ground where the drainage is very good. Wonderful for containers. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7 with mulch.
Asteraceae $12 4D
Dahlia coccinea 'Chocolate Orange'
Delicious perennial dahlia, a dense and shrubby form with dark, purple-bronze leaves and creamy orange flowers standing tall through the summer and early fall. To 4-5 ft tall and very upright, needing little if any staking. Sun and rich, loamy soil with regular water for a plant that keeps on giving. Cut back in late fall or early spring to refresh. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $11 3D
Dahlia sp. D67-61 - black flowered
A must for the chocoholic! This Cistus wild collection from Neuvo Leon, Mexico has dark, 2” flowers that are both chocolate colored and chocolate scented. Reaches to 3 ft tall easily, developing from tubers that are huge... but not chocolate. Easy in the garden with sun and summer water. Fully frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae $12 4D
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata Alba'
white winter daphne
Evergreen shrub, to 5 ft tall and wide, with mid-green leaves edged in creamy yellow. Handsome year round and especially lovely with its combination of pink bud and fragrant globes of star-shaped white flowers from midwinter into spring. Hardier and easier to grown than the species in sun to part shade, well-drained soil and summer moisture. Native to China and Japan and cold hardy to USDA zone 8.
Thymelaeaceae $11 4D
Dasylirion texanumtexas sotol
As the name would imply, this gem of a garden plant is native to west and southern Texas into Mexico and is one of the hardiest of the lot. Deep green rosettes, with small backward pointing spines and attractive golden filifers at the ends of the leaves, eventually form small trunks but are attractive as focal points or repeated rosettes in the garden. As denizens of the southern Great Plains, they love a thunderstorm or two in the summer and don't mind being dry in the winter, though they are tolerant of moisture. Sun to dappled shade, the main problem with dappled shade being dead leaves, not fun to pull out of the center of the plant -- your arm could get stuck that way, as my dad used to say about forbidden things. Reports tell us of frost tolerance up to -20F, USDA zone 5. Wow! Also great container plants.
Liliaceae $16 4D
Dasylirion wheeleri - select form
common sotol, desert spoon
The best known and one of the more spectacular of the genus, these trunk-forming plants are denizens of southeast Arizona to southern New Mexico and south into Sonora. This form from Tony Avent at Plant Delights Nursery has long and narrow, powder-blue leaves with spines along the sides, twisting slightly towards a spineless tip. Rosettes to 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide can, when mature, be topped by tall flower stalks to up to 10 ft tall. Prefers sun and enough drainage that it doesn't sit in winter wet, but isn't fussy about water. A good container specimen. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7 especially in bright light with good air circulation and very well-drained soil.
Liliaceae $014 6in
Yes, it does look like....but isn't. This is false hemp, a handsome and tall perennial, to 5-8 ft tall, with bushy, arching stems, toothy leaves, and light green flowers in summer. Tolerates almost any soil that is well-drained in sun with spring fertilizer for plants of size and average summer water. Frost hardy USDA zone 5.
Datiscaceae $9 4in
From interior cape of Southern South Africa, at fairly high elevations, comes this rather cryptogrammic ice plant, appearing much like the gravely soil in which it grows, with 1/2" rounded triangular leaves that can appear almost as if coated by a very fine sand. Plant grows to only a couple of inches in height and about twice the width. Pale yellow flowers appear in mid-spring and occasionally later. Appreciates very gritty and well-drained location. Fine in container or rock garden. Zone 5.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $7 2D
Low growing, groundcover with green leaves and bright fuschia flowers slate spring through fall that close up at night. Foliage, too, turns a pleasing purple, yellow, and orange in the winter. Unlike other ice plants, the shape of this one remains compact and not leggy, making it a great choice for walls, near pathways, and in mixed containers. Full sun (or part sun inland) with little watering needed. Well-drained soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Aizoaceae $9 4in
One of the earliest of the hardy ice plants to be cultivated in North America. To about 3" in height and spreading to a couple of feet or more. This high-veld creature with succulent bright green foliage, and rose pink to lavender centered flowers, can be grown in any sunny , well-drained position. Areas as cold as zone 5, if provided gritty well drained soil. Excellent small scale ground cover or container plant.
Aizoaceae $11 4in
Another compact ice plant from South Africa's interior succulent desert, with dense clumps of slender light green leaves. Grows 4in tall x 18in wide. White flowers in spring and sporadically in summer and autumn. The plant's habitat can get water year round though sporadic and a bit heavier in winter. Lean soil and a bright spot is best. Very good container plant. Hardy to zero or a bit lower, especially when dry. USDA zone 6.
aizoaceae $9 4in
Exceedingly compact little ice plant with spring green leaves and a long season of cerise to purple from mid-spring until frost, sometimes taking a rest during high-heat periods. Only a couple of inches in height and a foot in width after several years. Rewarding for container, trough, or open sunny spot in the garden as long as the soil is well-drained. Frost hardy to USDA zone 5, possibly even colder.
hardy yellow ice plant
Mat forming succulent covered in summer with bright yellow, daisy-like flowers. To less than 6" tall forming low mats of evergreen leaves that turn bronze in winter and spread to 15" wide and beyond over time. A good ground cover for the sunny garden where drainage is excellent and little summer water is provided. Lovely in a rock garden or spilling over a rock wall. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 5. Attracts butterflies and is said to be resistant to deer.
Aizoaceae $7 4in
Delosperma nubigenum 'Basutoland'basultoland yellow ice plant
An easy and cold hardy ground-covering succulent, selected by the Berkeley Botanic Garden. Growing to only 6" tall, forming clumps to 2 ft wide that trail over walls or containers or create a colorful mat. The evergreen leaves turning red in winter. Summer flowers are bright yellow daisies, nearly covering the plant from late spring into summer. Sun to part shade is best in very well-drained soil with at least occasional summer water once established. Surprisingly frost hardy, accepting temperatures below 0F into USDA zone 6.
Aizoaceae $7 2D
Delosperma sanguinea 'Kirstenbosch'
Another hardy South African ice plant, this to only 2-3" tall spreading to 18" or more per season, with narrow leaves and stems of soft blue-gray with overlying burgundy tones in cold weather. The flowers are somewhere between crimson and plum appearing from late spring to mid-autumn and accenting the foliage beautifully. Seems an easy grower in poor soil and bright light. Summer water greatly speeds growth. We have this in several stock plantings in mixed containers - a lovely sight. Reported frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5; we'll go with upper zone 6 or zone 7 especially in places receiving winter wet.
Aizoaceae $9 4in
Delosperma sphalmanthoides var. sutherlandii
Aizoaceae $9 4in
Dendropanax dentiger DJH 99162
This, from a collection of Dan Hinkley from several years ago, is a vigorous, upright small tree, to 15 ft or more, with a spreading umbrella-shaped top and two to three parted leaves about 1/2 the size of the more common D. trifidus. This is a contender for the perfect small patio tree or evergreen woodland addition. One of the evergrowing, evergeen araliaceae friends we are finding to be frost hardy in temperate gardens, this one frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Araliaceae $15 2D
Another marvelous ivy-on-a stick, this plant -- having had a presence in collector's gardens in the southeast and on the West Coast, then nearly disappearing in cultivation -- is back! Shiny, three-lobed, glossy green, evergreen leaves of about 6" adorn this narrow, umbrella shaped, small tree, eventually to 10-15 ft. A lover of shade to dappled sun, these seem fine in full sun if provided consistent moisture. A great plant for tropical effect in the garden. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Araliaceae $16 2D
Bushy, slow-growing shrub, 10 ft x 10 ft, with tubular flowers scarlet to orange with yellow tips, in summer–autumn. Cherry sized fruits. Needs a cool, moist climate and acid soil that is moisture retentive, partially shaded location. Water well in dry spells. Cold hardy in USDA zones 8-9.
Columelliaceae $12 3D
Evergreen mounding succulent, the small, 1-2", rosettes forming a low mound up to 3 ft in diameter. Leaves are bluish green with a few spines on the margins; flowers are yellow-green, appearing in early winter. They prefer bright light - full sun or, in the hottest places, light shade -- and well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 9. Previously known as Abromeitiella brevifolia.
Bromeliaceae $15 4D
Dichroa sp. - dwarfdwarf evergreen chinese hydrangea
Dwarf and evergreen, hydrangea relative, adorned with clusters of sky-blue flowers in late summer followed by metallic turquoise berries that linger through winter. This selection stays under 2 ft tall and slightly wider, perfect for the small garden. Best in part sun with adequate water and happy in a container as well. Frost hardiness to 10F, USDA zone 8, is enhanced by planting in a protected spot, out of wind and perhaps with overhead protection.
Hydrangeaceae $12 4D
Dichroa versicolor 'Fan-Si-Pan Mauve'
This larger cousin of D. febrifuga is another of the evergreen members of the hydrangea family. From China and only recently available in the US, these shrubs reach 6-8 ft tall x 4 ft wide, the foliage a medium green becoming maroon in winter. Flowers are lace-caps, pinkish blue in this selection, and produce winter berries in metallic turquoise for extra winter interest. Half sun is best with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Hydrangeaceae $12 4D
This showy, underused South African grassy perennial has arching 4 ft flower stalks from which pendulous blooms hang. Flowers are magenta-pink. The foliage grows 4-6 ft tall. Grow in full sun with some summer water. Although evergreen, very hard freezes can knock it to the ground- but it will then emerge from its underground corms. USDA zone 7.
Iridaceae $12 4in
Ebenaceae $12 4D
Disporopsis sp. - giant
Rhizomatous, larger-growing selection of Solomon Seal with large, pale green leaves and small creamy white, downward-facing, bell-shaped flowers May to June. Height to 24-30". Light shade to shade. Prefers moist soils. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7. Evergreen.
Liliaceae $14 4D
Disporum cantoniense 'Golden Temple'chinese fairy bells
A still somewhat new and always lovely form of the Chinese fairybell, this with wide, deep gold centers in the green leaves, brightening any shady spot. Given to us by Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianas and one of the prettiest selections so far. To only 30" tall, these have typical white, bell flowers in early summer followed by purple-black fruit. Rich, moist soil in light shade is best with regular summer water. Evergreen above 0F, USDA zone 7 and root hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Liliaceae $12 4D
Yet another amazing ice plant from the Cape of South Africa, best seen in the National Botanical Garden at Worcester where the hills become florescent with orange and orange-yellow flowers in September. In mild areas of the West Coast, USDA zone 9 or above, this makes a wonderful 2-3 ft shrub with narrow 1/2” green leaves, flowering in spring and sporadically thereafter. A great pot plant elsewhere. As with all ice plants can be root bound for eons with no ill effects. Requires winter water but is able to withstand dry summers.
Aizoaceae $7 2D
Dryopteris uniformis 'Cristata'
crested uniform wood fern
Useful and lovely evergreen fern for deep to moderate shade with slowly clumping rosettes of scalloped fronds with variable fans toward each tip. We use these even in dryish shade though they appreciate moisture when particularly hot. Fully evergreen into USDA zone 7. Responding to leaf damage in zone 7 and to the bottom of zone 6.
Dryopteridaceae $15 4D
Dudleya cymosa - San Luis Obispo, CAcanyon live-forever
Another attractive "liveforever", this, collected by plantsman Tim Hanis in San Luis Obispo, California, has particularly large rosettes with rather shiny, purple tinted leaves and cream to very pale orange flowers. As with others, a wonderful rock garden plant or pot specimen for VERY well-drained soil, a bit of summer water, and dry winters. Though has survived in Tim Hannis' Salt Lake City, Utah garden, we still recommend USDA zone 8 for those of us less able to work such miracles.
Crassulaceae $9 4D
Dudleya cymosa ssp. paniculata - Pacheco Pass, CAcanyon live-forever
Another in the charming genus of "liveforevers", this California endemic has rosettes of powder-blue, dusted leaves and branched flower stalks of button-like buds opening to light yellow flowers. Prefers gritty soil that drains well in a sunny location with protection from summer water, especially in warm weather. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, but should be protected from sudden freezes.
Crassulaceae $9 4D
Dyckia 'Burgundy Ice'
Surprisingly frost hardy, sharp spined succulent, with rosettes of long, narrow, pointed leaves in shades of burgundy to nearly black, all edged in distinctive white spines. Flowers are orange, adding to the color palette. To 6-12" tall and wide. Full sun for the best color in well-drained soil with little summer water necessary. Frost hardy to 20-25 degrees, USDA zone 9. Possibly colder if really, really, really dry. Also does well in containers.
Bromeliaceae $14 4in
Dyckia 'Naked Lady'
Named for the lack of spines along the leaves, this cross between D. encholirioides x D. brevifolia is a terrestrial bromeliad with sharp-tipped, shiny green, strap-like leaves arranged in rosettes to 1 ft tall and 2 ft wide. Forms colonies rather quickly. In spring, bright orange flowers appear on tall stems. Part sun to bright shade is best with moderate water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9. Happy in containers where temperatures drop lower.
Bromeliaceae $12 6in
Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy'
A plant with a sense of humor, this fasciated sport has cupped and undulated blue leaves on small rosettes, under about 6", with pink to salmon flowers in spring and summer. Prefers mineral soil. A great plant for dish gardens, containers, or planting out where temperatures fall to 20F, USDA zone 9. Fun for the whole family.
Crassulaceae $9 4D
Echeveria elegansMexican Snowball
Dense, blue-gray succulent species from Mexico that mounds or spreads slowly in tight colonies. Edges of leaves are slightly pink, producing equally pretty small pink flowers with a yellow tinge. Very handsome and uniform in the garden. More cold hardy than many other echeveria hybrids, this one makes an excellent rock garden or container plant that needs occasional winter protection below 25 degrees. Drought-tolerant. Plant in part to full sun.
Crassulaceae $8 4in
Echeveria multicaulis 'Copper Roses'
Easy echeveria species with small rosettes of fleshy green leaves with red on the edges, the color increasing in bright light and cold weather. Flowers are also particularly lovely -- red with yellow orange. Like all echeverias, these must have lean soil and very good drainage to avoid root rot. Water infrequently when the soil has dried (before the soil shrinks from the pot edges). Frost hardy to 25F, mid USDA zone 9 so best in containers that can be protected in winter.
Crassulaceae $9 4D
Lovely fast growing echeveria, found in Mexico and north into California on rocky outcrops where drainage is very fast. Rosettes of silver-blue leaves are highlighted in purple and topped with stalks of dark orange flowers beginning in early summer. Best in lean soil that drains quickly and bright light where they are protected from the hottest sun. Little water is needed in the winter months with more provided in spring and summer. Frost hardy to 25F, USDA zone 9b, so best in containers with winter protection where temperatures drop below.
Crassulaceae $9 4in
Gray-green leaves form stemless rosettes, to 4-5" wide, growing slowly and gradually, forming a small mound to 1 ft wide. Yellow flowers appear in late winter to early spring, standing above the foliage on arching stems. Best in well-drained, lean soil in bright shade to morning sun. Water in spring and summer during the growing season and occasionally in winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9, so best in pots with winter protection.
Crassulaceae $9 4in
Echinopsis oxygonaeaster lily cactus
Fast-growing, round little cactus, quickly offsetting to form large, handsome clumps that produce beautiful, trumpet-shaped, fragrant flowers on long, tubular stems: flowers that open at night and last only one day. Blooms from late spring through summer in colors from white tinted pink to lavender-pink. Thrives in sun to half-shade in porous and lean, well-drained soil with judicious summer water. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8 if kept dry in winter. Otherwise a successful indoor plant in good light.
Cactaceae $12 4in
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono'red paper bush
Another amazing daphne relative, this rarer form of the paper bush shrub has Crayon® orange flowers rather than the usual yellow. Not quite as scented as the species. Deciduous, slow-growing shrub, to 5-6 ft tall, with winter blooms on handsome, bare stems. Sun to part shade with plentiful summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Thymelaeaceae $22 3D
Elettaria cardamomum [Hardy Form]
Who knew that cardamom, native to the Malabar Coast of India where it grows wild in the understory of tropical rain forests, is actually a member of the ginger family and can grow to an astonishing 12' tall. Its long, lance-shaped, dark green leaves, some reaching 2' or so, have a pale underside that contributes to its soft and attractive, almost weeping, appearance. Because cardamom will only flower and fruit in tropical conditions, most grow it as a hothouse container plant. Needs moist soil and filtered shade. This form has been hardy for us in zone 8 and possibly zone 7 with mulch.
Zingiberaceae $14 4D
Eriophyllum lanatum 'Takilma Gold'taklima gold oregon sunshine
A 2011 Cistus introduction from Oregon's Siskiyou Mtns, this a particularly robust "Oregon Sunshine" mounding to 18" by 3 ft with silvery leaves topped by a very long season of cheery gold flowers. Perennial and nearly evergreen in mild climates, dying back to a silvery resting rosette below USDA zone 7. Tolerant of drought or garden water. Full sun and decent drainage. USDA zone 5, possibly lower.
Asteraceae $9 2D
Eriophyllum staechadifoliumSeaside Wooly Sunflower
Perennial herb native to coastal areas of California and Oregon with soft green leaves and fragrant, bright gold flowers. Specimens may vary from 4-5' tall rounded shrubs to low, sprawling forms only a foot or so in height, though ours will reach a shapely 3' x 3'. New leaf-tip growth is silver-gray, giving the shrub a pleasing "frosty" appearance. Blooms from May until September constantly, providing vibrant color and valuable nectar for bees and other insects. Full sun and well-drained soil best, but easy to grow. Especially handsome when massed. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae $9 3D
Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Willott's Ghost'
This species puts out impressive spiny flowers of a silvery-grey Flowers are excellent cut fresh and dry well. 2-3ft
Apiaceae $12 4D
Eucalyptus parvulasmall leaf gum, kybean gum
An extremely well-mannered, small tree, often multi-trunked, growing slowly to 35 ft or so with a broad, graceful form, somewhat flat-topped with age. Narrowly oval adult leaves of 2-3" -- deep, matte green with purple and blue overtones -- follow the rounded juvenile foliage. The bark is colorful as well, brown peeling to pink and green patches. These tolerate drought and somewhat poor drainage, though well-drained soil is best in full to part sun. Frost hardy to 5 F, mid USDA zone 7. Can resprout from the base.
Myrtaceae $12 4D
Eucomis 'Innocence'pineapple lily
From a South African native. Striking white to pale pink, “pineapple”-like flowers on purple tinted stems show off from August to September above rosettes of long, narrow, “tropical” leaves. Bright light, full sun to part shade with water in spring during growth and protection from excess winter water, perhaps by an overhang. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7; lower with mulch. Can be grown in pots or lifted for the winter.
Liliaceae $11 4in
Eucomis autumalis - dark leaved form
Succulent bulbs from South Africa that produce long, fluted, fleshy leaves, in this form emerging purple in spring and maturing to olive-green edged in purple. Flowers are the typical "pineapple-on-a-stick" -- clusters of white flowers on a spike topped with a few leaves. Tolerates poor drainage and appreciates summer moisture in full to half sun. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, possible zone 5/6 with mulch.
Asparagaceae $12 4in
Eucomis comosa 'Tugela Ruby'pineapple lily
Upright, somewhat fleshy leaves to 18” tall, colored a deep, dark purple in this cultivar and, in mid summer, saturated pink, fragrant flowers, darkening over time. The flower stalks, looking indeed a bit like pineapples, make very good cut flowers. Full sun or part shade in hottest climates gives the best foliage color. Requires water in the spring and summer growing season and relief from winter moisture – very well-drained soil or overhead protection. This South African native is best left undisturbed for a long and fruitful life. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7; mulch for extra protection.
Liliaceae $11 4in
Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Mt. Usher'
Wonderful, late-summer flowering shrub - tall, multi-stemmed, to 20 ft in time. Dense and vigorous, with dark, leathery leaves, somewhat wavy on the edges, and large white, fragrant flowers in late August-September when little else is showy. Full to part sun and normal water. Can take somewhat heavy soils. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Cunoniaceae $14 2D
Euonymus alatus 'Firecloud'
variegated burning bush
Our name for a most beautiful sport of the well-known burning bush, with outstanding summer foliage of dark green evenly splashed with cream. Very striking. Smaller than is typical of the species, to 4-5 ft tall, but with the same green-tinged and red winged stems and the glorious purple-red autumn color of the species. Lovely as a small hedge or single specimen in part to full sun with a consistent source of water in dry climates. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5. A grand container specimen.
Celastraceae $18 4in
Euonymus nanus var. turkestanicus
turkestan burning bush
Small, deciduous shrub, reaching only 3 ft tall and wide at the most, with an open habit of slender, arching branches and narrow, blue-green leaves that turn brilliant red in fall. Spring flowers are purple brown but hardly noticeable. It's the fruit they produce that is enchanting, pink, 4-chambered capsules with bright orange arils. Easy in part to full sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 2.
Celastraceae $12 2D
Eurya japonica 'Sea Brocade'
An arrival from Japan in 2007, this graceful small shrub -- to 3 ft or so, with imbricately arranged, narrow leaves splashed and margined cream white and rose -- is a long coveted plant that was, until now, available only in pictures. We prefer the real thing! Though slow to root, plants progress nicely becoming reliable shrubs in a light woodland situation or with morning sun with well-drained soil and even summer water. The winter flowers are tiny and, as a bonus, do NOT have the fragrance/odor of burning tires for which the species is known! Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 7.
Theaceae $17 4D
Fatsia japonica 'Spider Web'speckled japanese aralia
A wonderful variegated form of the original Japanese aralia with typically palmate leaves that emerge spreckled overall in cream and white and mature to light green with white variegations. To 5 ft tall, this Japanese selection does well in shade or with morning sun, enjoying consistent summer water for best performance. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7 and a fine houseplant in colder climates.
Araliaceae $18 4D
Fatsia japonica 'Spilt Milk'
A Cistus introduction found as a seedling with lustrous green leaves edged and splashed cream and white. Particularly vigorous and happy in shade to morning sun, with consistent moisture for best variegation. Evergreen, multistemmed shrub to 10 ft with panicles of white flowers followed by black berries. Bold specimen for tropical effect, great in a container. Upper USDA zone 7.
Araliaceae $18 4D
Ficus afghanistanica 'Dwarf Green Filigree'
A Cistus introduction, the third in a serious of selections made here from this beautiful species. This form is a diminutive and compact plant, growing less than 3 ft in as many years, and finely textured with filigreed, lacy foliage. Very drought tolerant once established in sun to part shade. Frost hardy to the upper edge of USDA zone 7 so far. From a species native to Northern India, western Iran, as well as Afghanistan.
Moraceae $016 4D
Ficus afghanistanica 'Green Filigree'
A Cistus introduction, the third in a serious of selections made here from this beautiful species. This form has intricately lobed, filigreed leaves of deep green. Very drought tolerant once established in sun to part shade. Eventually 15-20 ft tall, kept smaller with pruning. Frost hardy to the upper edge of USDA zone 7 so far. From a species native to Northern India, western Iran, as well as Afghanistan.
Moraceae $15 2D
Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'
A Cistus introduction...yet another hardy fig. We wonder where it's been all our lives. Native from Northern India to western Iran and Afghanistan and a delicacy there with its small, dark, very sweet fruit. We have selected this form from seed for its entrancing, filigreed, silver-green leaves of about 5-7". So far, ours have been for external use only as we have not tasted the fruit. Eventually might reach 15-20 ft in height; can easily be kept smaller with pruning. Sun to part shade. Very drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to the upper edge of USDA zone 7 so far.
Moraceae $16 3D
Ficus carica 'Sticky Fingers'sticky kadota fig
Our own selection found as a seedling during a walk along a drainage ditch in Fresno, CA -- keeping our promise to bring you plants from the most exotic corners of the world. The shiny leaves are lobed so as to look like the fingers of ET -- both elegant and silly, depending on the view. We have not yet tasted the figs as the Scrub Jays beat us to them this year. But with or without the fruit, this fig, eventually from 10-15 ft, makes an intriguing specimen or component of the tropical garden. Great container plant. Full sun to part shade; very drought tolerant. Fully frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; a freeze-back shrub in upper zone 6 and 7.
Moraceae $16 4D
Ficus sp. - Camellia Forest
Attractive small species, somewhat resembling the Ficus pumila but with more triangular leaves and a more matte green color. This collection by Cliff Parks, as yet unidentified, creates a most useful groundcover or small wall covering and has been at least 10 degrees more frost hardy than its cousins. Medium shade to full sun and drought tolerant though faster growing with adequate moisture. Has survived a little below 0F, USDA zone 7, and been undamaged at 10F, zone 8.
Moraceae $12 2D
Fokienia hodginsii DJHC 182
Extremely rare native of China and Vietnam, this form collected by Dan Hinkley, a tree to 75 to 100 ft tall or so in its native habitat, in cultivation reaching 25 ft in a reasonable amount of time. This member of the cypress family has lovely sprays of red-tinted foliage, often silvery underneath. A pretty addition to any moist situation with carefully drainage in dappled light to full sun. Not to be missed. Frost hardy to a little over 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cupressaceae $16 4D
Forsythia suspensa ssp. sieboldii
Another lovely plant in a genus we didn't think we really liked. Shared with us by Marshall Olbrich of Western Hills fame, this diminutive species remains under 2 ft with a pendulous, weeping habit. They have under 1", narrow leaves and produce a lighter-than-usual yellow flower in great abundance anywhere from January through March. Ranks almost with Jasminum nudiflorum in suitability for spilling over walls or placement on banks. Sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6; zone 5 with protection. (Also known as Forsythia suspensa.)
Oleaceae $12 3D
Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Kumson'greenstem forsythia
From Korea, a new forsythia on the scene, growing to about 4-6 ft and providing creamy yellow flowers in January, for us, in February and March in colder climates. The leaves present the most unique feature, patterned and veined with cream and white, the patterns becoming infused with pink and maroon as the late fall color settles in, for year round-interest rather than the one-shot show that forsythias usually provide. Plant as with other forsythias in sun to dappled shade and provide summer water in dry climes. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Oleaceae $012 2D
Forsythia x intermedia 'Gold Leaf'
Forsythia is famous for its bright display of bright yellow flowers on bare branches in late winter and early spring. An old garden standby indeed. This cultivar is showy after the blooms have faded, having golden-green leaves instead of the typical green leaves. Grows to 4-6 ft tall and wide in Full Sun to Part Sun. Provide some summer water where dry. Frost hardy to USDA zone 4.
Oleaceae $12 2D
Fothergilla x intermedia 'Blue Shadow'
A lovely, deciduous, witch hazel relative with elegant blue, blue, blue leaves, that are rounded and, yes, blue! except in autumn when they put on a display of purple-orange-red. In April and May, fragrant, frilly bottle-brushy white flowers decorate the branch tips just as the leaves are returning. A slow growing shrub discovered as a sport of Fothergilla 'Mount Airy'. To 5 ft tall x 3 ft wide, in full sun where water is plentiful to part shade with consistent moisture. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Hamamelidaceae $15 4D
Fragaria sp. - yellow fruit from Afghanistan
From a wild collection in the mountains of Afghanistan, this drought tolerant ground covering strawberry produces small, pleasing berries colored an ochre yellow. The flavor is almost like...Hmmmm...Bananas! Treat like other strawberries and grow in part shade to full sun with occasional summer water where dry. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7, possibly lower.
Rosaceae $11 4D
One of our favorites, with leaves of golden orange and sometimes pinky maroon. It is lovely for the foliar effect alone but produces deep cerise flowers as well. Low growing to about 2 ft, it is a good spiller. This has been hardy for us in the ground, but we would not consider it the hardiest of fuchsias. At its best in containers where other golden and maroon foliage is used. Full sun in coastal climates to dappled shade elsewhere. Ground hardy in USDA zone 8 or above.
Onagraceae $11 3D
Fuchsia 'White Knight's Cheeky'hardy fuchsia
Exciting, small-leaved fuchsia with small purple-pink flowers beginning in early summer and continuing into fall. The foliage is dark green infused with a purplish bronzy cast that fades to dark green. To only 3 ft tall or so and 2 ft wide. Fine in sun to part shade in rich, well-draining soil with regular summer moisture. For extra winter protection, plant with the crown just below ground. Frost hardy in low to mid USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae $11 2D
Gardenia jasminioides Summer SnowPP #22, 797
Gorgeous gardenia selected by Buds & Blooms nursery for its stunning, double white, highly fragrant flowers, nestled on short stems amongst the glossy green leaves in early summer. Extra cold hardiness, to at least -10F, USDA zone 6 with reports in zone 5. We have not tried it at those temperatures and hopefully we never will but we would be happy to hear from anyone who does. Shrubs reach 4-5 ft tall and wide in part sun to full shade with consistent summer moisture to establish and through the growing season. Fertilizer and iron after blooming helps maintain foliage. Here's to gardenias in colder areas. Worth growing in container in even colder zones.
Rubiaceae $16 3D
Gardenia jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes' PP8755hardy double gardenia, cape jasmine
Tough, hardy, and lovely gardenia for USDA zone 7, down to 0F, really! Wonderfully fragrant, double white flowers in June and July, and occasionally in autumn when temperatures cool down. Compact evergreen shrub, to 3 ft, blooms in full to half sun with normal garden water. Developed by the late Chuck Hayes and Dan Milbocker at the Virginia Beach Research Station, VA.
Rubiaceae $14 3D
Gardenia jasminoides 'Cream Picotee'
A Cistus introduction. Lovely, variegated gardenia, with smallish, shiny, green leaves that are both streaked and spotted creamy whites ... in an attractive way. This compact, evergreen shrub, to only 3-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, is vigorous to boot with large, semi-double flowers that rather resemble its relative, G. jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes'. As with other gardenias, sun except in the hottest places where part shade is preferred, rich soil, and regular summer water as well as generous offerings of nutrients and iron. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $15 4D
Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof'hardy double gardenia, cape jasmine
The “more” gardenia -- more tough, more cold tolerant and sun tolerant, more adaptable, and said to be more deer resistant -- not to mention beautiful! Double white flowers are extremely fragrant and profuse, continuing over a long season beginning in spring. They can even take a bit of spring frost without dropping. Evergreen, to 2-3 ft tall and a bit wider, and happy in full sun to part sun with summer water where dry. Definitely frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and expected well into the upper reaches of zone 7.
Rubiaceae $15 3D
Gasteraloe - hybrid
As the name might suggest, these intergeneric hybrids have intriguing characteristics of both. This producing rosettes to 8" of blunted leaves of deep emerald green, of course adorned with white polka dots. Believe it. Light orange flowers produced throughout summer. Slowly spreads via rhizomes and can fill a container quite handily in well-drained soil. Keep dryish in winter. Can take some frost. Alas, only hardy to USDA zone 9a. A most striking container specimen.
Aloeaceae $11 4in
Very small component of the South African Aloe family, this the typical “plant” collected by Captain Bayliss himself on the northwestern Cape. Each rosette to only 4,” rugose and tinted burgundy. Orange and green flowers shaped, indeed, like cute little stomachs. Frost hardy to low to mid 20’s, mid USDA zone 9. Otherwise, a fabulous container plant.
Liliaceae $11 4in
Gladiolus 'Boone'boone hardy gladiolus
Apricot-peach-orange flowers with yellow and red markings in the throat held on narrow, 4 ft stalks -- what's not to love? -- open in early summer on this gladiolus of mysterious. Discovered at an abandoned homestead in mountainous Boone, NC, by Jeff Owens, a county extension agent, and studied by several plantsmen, this amazing glad made its way to market with its origins still unknown. Happy in full sun, multiplying and seeding itself to provide lots of plants to share. Frost hardy to at least -10F, USDA zone 6, with many claims of easy survival in zone 5.
Iridaceae $9 4D
From the Drakensberg region of eastern S. Africa, this buddleja relative grows 4-6' with soft gray leaves of a narrow 1" or so and white warm-season flowers. A plant, unfortunately, people seem to stay away from in droves when in nursery containers, it really is a lovely garden plant. Really. Bright sun, occasional summer water. We cut ours back every year or two to maintain luxuriant growth. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Scrophulariaceae $11 4D
Large and bold, winter flowering, evergreen shrub to small tree, to 10 ft or so, and nearly as wide. Leaves are long and narrow, a nice texture with the cheerful, spidery winter flowers of orange-red. Easy in a full sun garden and well-drained soil with little to no supplemental summer water once established. As with all proteas, beware of any fertilizer containing phosphorous. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $14 2D
Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'
One of the Poorinda hybrids, thought to be a cross between G. juniperina and a yellow G. victoriae. An evergreen shrub, up to 8-10 ft tall and wide. With long leaves- dark green above and silvery on the undersides, and clusters of soft, frilly, yellow to apricot flowers in late winter through spring and occasionally throughout the year. Best in sun and lean, well-drained soil, with little water once established. Can be shaped in mid summer for best appearance. Frost hardy into the low teens F, USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $16 3D
Grevillea 'Poorinda Queen'
One of the first of the Poorinda hybrids developed in the '50s and '60s, thought to be a hybrid between G. juniperina and a yellow-flowered G. victoriae. An evergreen shrub, up to 8-10 ft tall and wide, with long leaves, dark green above and silvery on the undersides, and clusters of soft, frilly, apricot-pink flowers, a pleasure over a long period in late winter and through spring. Best in sun and lean, well-drained soil, with little water once established. Frost hardy where temperatures occasionally dip into the low teens F, USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $014 3D
Grevillea alpina - GDIS
Another rather tough species from the highlands of southeastern Australia, this 4 ft shrub, with gracefully upheld branches and silver-backed, rosemary-like foliage, produces small, hooked, white flowers in spring and early summer that give off an intense honey fragrance. For a sunny spot in mineral soil. Like others of its protea family, prefers you go light on fertilizer containing phosphorous. Probably not at home in high summer heat with humidity but it has been done. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Proteaceae $14 4D
Grevillea victoriae 'UBC'
Silver leaved protea relative from Australia, this selection from the University of British Columbia. Reaches 4-6 ft in time and has “spidery” orange flowers all winter. Best with full sun, well-drained soil and occasional summer water. Do NOT fertilize (it will respond by snuffing it.) As with all proteas, dislikes phosphorous. Super cold hardy, easily handling temperatures in USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $14 2D