Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2020

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Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet' variegated white beautyberry
Recently released by the U.S. National Arboretum and shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens, this fabulous, variegated sport of C. dichotoma f. albafructus was discovered at Tennessee Technological University by Dr. Gary Bachman and Mr. Edgar Davis. A gracefully rounded, deciduous shrub, to 5-6 ft tall, the medium green leaves dressed with creamy yellow margins fading to white and clusters of white berries from late summer into late autumn. Easy in full sun to half shade with regular summer for best fruiting. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5-8.
Lamiaceae $16 3D

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Callistemon 'White Anzac' white bottlebrush
Just as the cultivar name suggests, this bottlebrush has the white flowers fading to cream of the genus appearing in spring and early summer. Found on Anzac Cover in New Zealand as a form of C. citrinus and reaches 4 ft tall or so with substantial evergreen leaves. Full sun, not much summer water. USDA zone 9
Myrtaceae $14 2D

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Callistemon pallidus 'Best Blue' lemon bottlebrush
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 tall 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 $15 2D

Callistemon viridiflorus

Callistemon viridiflorusmountain bottlebrush
Small and compact evergreen bottlebrush, to 5 ft tall x 6 ft wide, this from cuttings of a specimen in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Arching branches carry small, glossy leaves and, in mid summer, soft, greenish yellow, "bottlebrush" flowers. Best in a hot, sunny position, well-drained with occasional summer water. Easily frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and very likely into zone 7 in optimum conditions.
Myrtaceae $15 3D

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Calycanthus occidentalis - Josephine Co. Oregon
This represents the northern-most distribution of a lovely Oregon native deciduous shrub with the only other species residing in Florida and Asia. Growing along seasonally dry creeks, these plants can reach 6-8' height with equal spread. Deep red flowers in spring then, with this strain, throughout summer smelling of a rich red wine, sadly more like Elmer's glue with the afternoon heat... can't win them all! Attractive seed pods and lemon yellow fall color. Sun or shade, any drainage, dry in summer USDA zone 7
$15 3D

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Camassia leichtlinii large camas
One of the most beautiful native bulbs of the Willamette and Umpqua valleys, very deep blue flowered. Plant in winter wet areas that dry out for the summer. Think a bakey summer spot without sprinklers or garden hoses...Parking strip? Grows to 2 feet or so in height and flowers in April and May. Frost hardy to well below 0F, into USDA zone 6. Very easy, colony -forming native wildflower for the garden border.
Liliaceae $12 3D

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Camassia leichtlinii [Deep Blue]
One of the most beautiful native bulbs of the Willamette and Umpqua valleys, very deep blue flowered. Plant in winter wet areas that dry out for the summer. Think a bakey summer spot without sprinklers or garden hoses...Parking strip? Grows to 2 feet or so in height and flowers in April and May. Frost hardy to well below 0F, into USDA zone 6. Very easy, colony-forming native wildflower for the garden border.
Liliaceae $11 4D

Camellia 'Night Rider'

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 $14 4in

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Camellia sasanqua 'Lil Rose'

Theaceae $16 4in

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Camellia sasanqua 'Narumigata'
A lovely plant, at one point nearly lost in cultivation. Ours comes from Portland's historic Platt garden where it has reached an astoundingly beautiful 10 ft or more in 30 something years. A full rounded shrub with beautiful bark and glossy leaves that support 2-3" white to pale rose flowers edged in rose-salmon. Quite fragrant, they begin flowering in early to mid October and continue through February. Full sun to dappled shade with regular summer water. Temperatures at the upper edges of USDA zone 7 has presented no problems.
Theaceae $16 2D

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Camellia sinensis 'Blushing Maiden' blushing maiden tea camellia
A pink flowered, dark foliaged form of true tea camellia, sometimes found as C. sinensis 'Rosea'. And, yes, tea can be made from the leaf tips. This Chinese selection is daintier than the species with spicy-scented, pink flowers appearing in autumn to brighten those fall cleanup days. To 4 ft tall, eventually 5 ft x 4 ft wide. A handsome shrub for part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7.
Theaceae $15 4in

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Carex flagellifera var. Red

Cyperaceae $12 3D

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Carex gregii

Cyperaceae $12 2D

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Carex lambertiana
Shiny bright green leaves and a vigorous clumping habit make this evergreen sedge a great addition to pair with other moisture loving plants. 2 x 2' an a little larger, sun to shade in moist soil, tolerant of even periodic standing water, so perfect near a pond edge or water feature. Lovely mixed with bold textures like Phormium or large-leaved Mahonia. Cold hardy 5 to 10F. USDA zone 7b
Cyperaceae $12 2D

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Carex secta
A large distinctive grass as it builds a trunk of dead roots which can raise the living tussock to 3 ft above ground giving the whole plant a height of 5 feet. Leaves are bright green with attractive bronze tones and 24" long, deeply grooved and strongly keeled. Will grow in wet ground as in its native habitat in New Zealand. Blooms mid spring thru midsummer. Sun to part shade, cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Cyperaceae $12 2D

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Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat'
Fresh off the ship, this Terra Nova introduction from the days of yore proves a cheerful garden component, with warm yellow stripes on dark green thickly textured leaves. Deciduous, admires shade and even moisture. USDA zone 4. Very good container specimen. Don't forget where it is and put a shovel through it when dormancy strikes!
Cyperaceae $12 4D

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Carpenteria californica - Sean’s Clone
From our 1990 collection in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, this particularly vigorous clone has a rounded form and large, glossy leaves that remain a bit more sturdily evergreen with summer drought. Clusters of late spring flowers, white with yellow stamens are smaller than the popular cultivar 'Elizabeth,' but with more numerous and ruffled petals that almost appear double. Can be trimmed into a hedge or "lifted" to reveal the flaky, golden bark. Accepting of summer water on the West Coast but also quite drought hardy in well-drained soil and full sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to 8F, upper USDA zone 7.
Hydrangeaceae $16 3D

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Casuarina glauca gray she-oak
A most attractive Australian "she-oak,” this from seed collected at some elevation. A medium tree, to 30 ft or more, with wispy, blue foliage, the "leaves" expressed as tiny scales on small, multi-branched stems and providing wispy blue foliage. Full sun is best for blueness. Very drought tolerant but accepts summer water as well. Evergreen in USDA zone 8 and up; surprisingly perennial in zone 7. Impressive. Very good container subject. Somewhat invasive in Florida and Hawaii.
Casuarinaceae $14 4D

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Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue'
Abundant flowers of a rich lavender-blue appear in late summer into autumn and intermittently all year on this award winning shrub. Fast growing to 8-10 ft tall and wide with an open and upright habit. Striking, shiny foliage is 2+" long, finely toothed, and softer than many of the genus. A handsome addition to the garden in full sun and well-drained soil. Completely evergreen in USDA zone 8, partially deciduous and frost hardy into lower USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14

Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire'

Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire'blue sapphire california lilac
A new entry into the spectrum of California lilics, this low-growing shrub, with arching branches and, in spring, deep and brilliant blue flowers against dark foliage background, is the perfect plant for a border or a bank. Evergreen, to around 3 ft tall x 5 ft wide, plants are drought tolerant though willing to accept summer water where the drainage is good. Bright sun enhances the already fabulous foliage and flower colors. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Rhamnaceae $16 2D

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Ceanothus caeruleus
One of the deepest blue flowered….blue bushes. This collection, from the foothills of San Diego County in California, possesses shiny, rounded leaves to about 2" and eye-popping flowers in mid to late spring then occasionally throughout the year if conditions are not too austere. This is a plant for the West Coast, as it seems to have little tolerance for extreme summer heat and humidity. And, oh…it’s not very hardy either… About 20F, bottom of USDA zone 9, should be its lower limit. However, it makes a beautiful container specimen as this 8 ft shrub can easily be trimmed back to encourage repeat flowering. Tolerant of summer garden water in coastal areas.
Rhamnaceae $14 2D

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Ceanothus gloriosus 'Point Reyes'
This fairly prostrate Ceanothus makes a great ground cover in a summer droughty area. Medium blue flowers cover the 8' wide, 2' tall shrub in late spring. Mix with other drought hardy plants in full to part sun. Evergreen and frost hardy in USDA Zone 7.
rhamnaceae $16 3D

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Ceanothus gloriosus [3-4" larger leaves]

Rhamnaceae $14 2D

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Ceanothus lemmonii 13318

Rhamnaceae $14

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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Oakridge'
This represents an unusual collection by our own Brian Brown, from a population from the Cascade range SE of Eugene OR. Most often a species of the immediate coast, this inland habitat receives much more heat and cold than the norm. To about 10 ft with dense pyramidal form. 1" rounded leaves and densely held clusters of sky blue flowers mid spring, often repeated throughout the year. Bright light, at least decent drainage, summer drought. USDA zone 7 possibly lower.
Rhamnaceae $15 2D

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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Oregon Missed'
A chance seedling in the Cistus Nursery garden. Arising from a cross between a Paul Bonine/Greg Sheperd introduction, 'Oregon Mist', and the old selection 'Victoria', possessing full rounded leaves and rather dense growth of Victoria, but the quick upright form of 'Oregon Mist'. The seedling was noticed at the base of our original Oregon Mist specimen after it's untimely death at the age of over 10 years, at nearly 20' in height. Excellent screening plant, with dry position, where horizontal space is precious. Pleasing light blue flowers, early to midspring, sometimes repeated. USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $15 2D

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Ceanothus x 'Cielo Blue'
A Cistus nursery introduction; this cross between our coastal native C. thyrsiflorus and C. caeruleus from NE. Mexico has the ease of cultivation of both parents with the addition of more summer water tolerance. Quarter inch leaves on fine textured shrubs 3-4 feet eventually to 5, with soft blue flowers mid to late spring and often again in autumn. Bright light, well drained soil USDA zone 7. Excellent planted as a low hedge.
Rhamnaceae $12 2D

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Ceratostigma griffithii blue leadwort
Clouds of sky-blue flowers coat this small, evergreen sub-shrub through the summer. Handsome blue-green leaves when not in flower. Full to part sun with regular summer water. Usually 2 ft tall and as wide. Cold hardy in USDA zone 7.
Plumbaginaceae $11 3D

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Cestrum nocturnum lady of the night
Forget the cocktails and repartee, this night blooming jessamine is reason enough to stay out on the patio after dark. Intoxicating creamy white blooms in mid to late summer on this 8 ft shrub for sun and well-drained soil with regular summer water. A die-back perennial, going to ground after a freeze and resprouting in spring. Root hardy in USDA zone 8. Fine in containers as well.
Solanaceae $11 4D

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Chasmanthe floribunda 'Variegata'

Iridaceae $11 4D

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Chionochloa rubra red tussock grass
Lovely, dense tussock grass from New Zealand, to 3-5 ft tall, with long, lax leaves and an over all reddish cast making a fine textured presence. Best in sun with adequate summer water, but tolerates both wet and dry conditions. Remains evergreen in winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Poaceae $12 4D

Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget'

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

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'mexican mock orange
Wonderful, medium-sized, evergreen shrub, a cross between dryland species, C. ternata and C. arizonica, with handsome, narrow leaves and abundant, fragrant, white, orange-blossom-scented flowers in spring and summer. To 3-5 ft tall and wide, a useful and tough evergreen shrub for full sun to part shade, fertile, well-drained soil, and occasional summer water at least to establish. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Also found as Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl'.
Rutaceae $14 3D

Choisya 'Goldstone'

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

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Choisya dumosa

Rutaceae $15 2D

Choisya ternata 'Sundance'

Choisya ternata 'Sundance'mexican orange
Golden foliaged Mexican orange contrasts nicely with its green leaved parent. Evergreen shrub, to 3-5 ft tall and wide, with shiny, dense, aromatic foliage and citrus-scented white flowers in spring, occasionally in summer with a second flush in autumn. Full sun to morning sun in hottest climates and regular garden water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8.
Rutaceae $14 2D

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Chrystanthemum 'Cottage Apricot'

Asteraceae $9 3D

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Cirsium diacanthus ivory thistle
A striking biennial that spends its first season as an attractive rosette of deeply incised dark green leaves marbled with bright silvery goodness and edged with many spines. The second summer, a branched flower stalk studded with spines also dramatically marbled silver rises 18-24" and is topped with vibrant deep pink thistle flowers. Very cold hardy (USDA zone 5) and best in well drained soil in a sunny location.
Asteraceae $11 4D

Cistus libanotis 'Major'

Cistus libanotis 'Major'rock rose
A vigorous and free flowering rock rose, to 4 ft, evergreen, its dark, narrow leaves creating a somewhat delicate texture. In spring, erect racemes of white flowers with red sepals appear at the end of each branch. Like the species, found growing on rocky slopes in southern Portugal and Spain, this form likes good drainage and mineral soil in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 4D

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Cistus x 'Christopher Gable'
Evergreen shrub to about 3 x 3 for sun and lean well drained soil. Perfect with other Mediterranean climate plants or mixed with summer-dry western natives. Grey-green leaves and 2" white flowers, each petal bearing a deep crimson dot in early summer. Overly pampered plants will live fast and die young - so don't be too nice. USDA zone 8
Cistaceae $12 2D

Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink'

Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink'
Perhaps our favorite rockrose for its all around usefulness. To 4 ft tall and attractive in and out of flower. Grey leaves set off the soft pink flowers in late spring. It’s a real Sarah Hammond plant. Full sun and lean soil. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $14 3D

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Cistus x cyprius 'Troubadour'
This cistus was selected from a cross between C. ladanifer and C. laurifolius, and exhibits a blend of traits from both with classic, white cistus flowers in spring, a signature red blotch at the base of each petal, and leaves that are dark green on top and gray below, evergreen of course. Growth is fairly upright growth then widely sprawling, to 4 ft x 5 ft or more. Best in full sun and average to poor soil, with a bit of summer water now and again. Frost hardy to bottom of USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $15 3D

Cistus x dansereaui 'Portmeirion'

Cistus x dansereaui 'Portmeirion'rock rose
Evergreen rock rose, a cross between C. ladanifer and C. inflatus, this selection being somewhat more diminutive than the species, clumping to 4 ft tall or so x 4 ft wide. Leaves are shiny green, and slightly sticky from the infusion of aromatic labdanum oil from the C. ladanifer parent. Spring flowers are pure white and somewhat ruffled. An excellent choice for the dry garden in sun and good drainage. Summer drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 3D

Citrus aurantium var. myrtifolia

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. 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

Clematis x cartmanii 'Joe'

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 2D

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Cleyera japonica 'Variegata'
Large shrub in the Camellia family grown for its stunning, evergreen, variegated foliage and also for its sweetly scented, cream, spring flowers. Half sun, good summer water. Plants in the Pacific Northwest usually reach 6 ft or so. Cold hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Pentaphylacaceae $16 2D

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Clivia miniata
Patio or container plant with huge umbels of bright orange flowers. These are seedlings from a superior flowering form and may take two years to flower. Evergreen leaves. Will take shade. Tender.
Amaryllidaceae $28 4D

Colletia hystrix

Colletia hystrixbarbed wire bush
A very prickly shrub, as one of its common names, crucifixion thorn suggests, but also striking with its tiny, inconspicuous, deciduous leaves on gray-green, rounded spine-tipped stems that do most of photosynthesis. Produces abundant, tiny, scented, tubular, white flowers in late summer-autumn. Slowly to 4-6 ft tall and wide, (larger over a long time but clippers can be used) in full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant but accepting of summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8.
Rhamnaceae $16 2D

Colocasia fallax

Colocasia fallax
The hardiest taro for Portand, this smaller version of Elephant Ears grows in moist, rich soil and can be left in the ground over winter. Irridescent blue-green leaves with a center splotch on 18” stems. Excellent in a container or as an addition to the moist garden. Zone 8
Araceae $7 4D

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Conradina canescens

Lamiaceae $14 2D

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Convallaria majalis 'Albostriata'
Very cool pinstriped lily-of-the-valley that grows to 9" tall in colonies. One of the most useful groundcovers for shade, this one adds a distinctive contrast to the green of shade gardens by its delicate, variegated appearance. Spreads easily but will need to be divided over time to maintain flowering. Plant in a woodsy soil in filtered sun or deep shade, underneath trees or among other woodland plants, such as ferns and crinums. USDA zone 3-8.
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Coprosma 'Beatson's Gold'
One of the early coprosmas to migrate to North America from New Zealand via England, this tiny-leaved shrub grows to a layered 3 ft or so in height by about 4 ft wide with bronzed stems and pea-green leaves blotched with mustard yellow. Even moisture. Though frost hardy to low USDA zone 8, every coprosma makes a fabulous pot specimen or filler with C. 'Beatson's Gold' looking particularly fetching with maroons and oranges.
Rubiaceae $11 2D

Coprosma 'Cutie'

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 'Fire Burst'

Coprosma 'Fire Burst'
Another exciting Coprosma variation, this time with green, cream, pink, and purple variegated foliage that turns fire red in fall. Height and width to 3-4 ft. Excellent in containers or used as a low hedge where the glossy foliage really shines and brightens the duller greens. Full sun to partial shade. Likes well-drained soil. Prune periodically to maintain flushed appearance. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8b.
Rubiaceae $11 2D

Coprosma 'Kiwi Gold'

Coprosma 'Kiwi Gold'
Yet another coprosma new to these parts, this diminutive form grows to only a couple of feet and mounds or weeps beautifully in the small garden or in containers. The 1/4" leaves are a spring-green streaked and edged lemon-yellow and seem to maintain their bright colors year-round. Good plant for the rock garden. Sun to part shade with even moisture. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $14 2D

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 2D

Coprosma aff. rhamnoides

Coprosma aff. rhamnoidestwiggy coprosma
This collection from New Zealand’s South Island grows to 3 ft or so, replete with tiny divaricating branches and leaves to …oh, about a millimeter, all in a coppery, pink hue. Flowers are tiny as well, followed by interesting, almost violet berries in late summer. Particularly tough for a coprosma, withstanding temperatures of 10F with no damage … though who could tell on a copper-colored plant. Best with some summer water and bright light for best color. Makes a very good pot filler. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $10 3D

Coprosma repens 'Rainbow Surprise'

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

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Coprosma rugosa - Beaumont Station

Rubiaceae $12 2D

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Cordyline australis 'Torbay Dazzler'
Dazzling foliage on this new introduction from New Zealand. Reaches tree-like size of 15 to 20 ft along the OR and CA coasts, though below 15ºF it might freeze to the ground and resprout vigorously from the base. Great container plant for inside or out. Even summer moisture and bright light for best color. USDA zone 8. Will make you look 10 years younger.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae $18 2D

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Corokia x virgata 'Frosted Chocolate'
New from New Zealand where a genus with only 4 species has produced amazing forms and colors, this dazzling shrub, to about 6 ft tall x 4 ft wide, has chocolate-maroon leaves with silvery undersides on silvery stems. Small, yellow flowers lead to fruit that is a light purple aging to nearly maroon. Sun or part shade in hottest climates with even summer moisture. A good small-scale background plant or pot specimen planted with contrasting colors. Frost hardy to the upper end of zone 8.
Argophyllaceae $16 2D

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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 $14 2D

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Corokia x virgata 'Red Wonder'
New Zealand evergreen shrub, to 6-8 ft, with small green leaves and dainty yellow flowers followed by large, wonderful red berries -- many more if there is another Corokia of any sort nearby. Winter brings an attractive bronze color to the foliage. Sun to part shade with good drainage and average summer water. Cold hardy in upper USDA zone 8.
Argophyllaceae $15 3D

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Corokia x virgata 'Sunsplash' variegated wire netting bush
The foliage is green splashed with yellow and very cheerful on this evergreen, 6-8 ft, dogwood relation from New Zealand. Spring flowers are tiny and yellow -- also cheerful. Best in full sun or afternoon shade with regular summer water. Makes a bright screen or garden accent. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8 with leanish soil and a chance to harden off in early autumn or in an especially protected spot. Also does well in pots with indoor winter protection.
Argophyllaceae $14 2D

Corokia x virgata 'Sunsprite'

Corokia x virgata 'Sunsprite'
A Cistus introduction, this is one of two all-yellow seedlings that have occurred in our nursery -- we wish we could say through great effort and hybridization, but no....we just found it in the pathway. For an all-golden plant it is quite vigorous with nearly black stems and sunny yellow leaves that, with bright light, turn a bit orange bronze at the base. Cheery yellow flowers in spring with reddish fruit late in the season if another Corokia happens to be nearby. Might protect from the harshest light in hot summer areas. Wonderful sculptural garden or container plant especially when paired with silver or tangerine colors. Bottom of USDA zone 8 with leanish soil.
Argophyllaceae $16 2D

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Cotoneaster dammeri 'Coral Beauty'

Rosaceae $12 3D

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Cotoneaster glaucophyllus
Orange winter berries feed the birds while this small, evergreen shrub provides texture in the garden, the tiny leaves, dark gray-green with lighter undersides, on upright stems that arch with age. To 4 ft tall and spreading to 4-5 ft wide, but easily trimmed to any size. Pinkish-white flowers appear in early summer. Good as a small hedge or ground cover in sun to part shade. Drought tolerant once established but accepts summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Rosaceae $12 3D

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Cotoneaster rhytidophyllus

Rosaceae $12 4in

Cupressus arizonica var. glabra

Cupressus arizonica var. glabrablue arizona cypress
Sparkly cypress with frosted blue foliage and smooth, gray bark. Useful and beautiful in the dry garden as a striking accent, background, or hedge. To 15 ft tall x 6-8 ft wide in bright sun with good air circulation, well-drained soil, and very little supplemental water in summer once established. Forms deeper and more stable root structures in dryer conditions. Very frost hardy, to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Cupressaceae $14 4D

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Cupressus gigantea - best blue 2007-095 UCSC
From seed shared with us by the UCSC arboretum this beautiful form of a rare Himalayan giant grows to some 30 to 50', eventually reaching much greater size. Deep rooted, durable, this should make a fine garden or street tree where space is allowed, if given some summer water, especially in youth. USDA Zone 7.
Cupressaceae $14

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Cupressus gigantea - silver select
From seed shared with us by the UCSC arboretum this beautiful form of a rare Himalayan giant grows to some 30 to 50', eventually reaching much greater size. Deep rooted, durable, this should make a fine garden or street tree where space is allowed, if given some summer water, especially in youth. USDA Zone 7.
Cupressaceae $14 4D

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Cupressus macnabiana 13301

Cupressaceae $16 3D

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Cyclamen coum - select leaf forms
Native to Bulgaria, Turkey, and Iran these seedlings were selected for the variations of leaf pattern of the species. A wonderful plant for dry shade where soil is well-drained, providing foliage pattern all winter and pale pink to magenta flowers from fall to spring. Forms lovely colonies under shrubs and anywhere color is wanted. To 5-10" tall forming small colonies. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Primulaceae $9 4in

Cyclamen hederifolium - silver shades

Cyclamen hederifolium - silver shades
Our seedlings of these fall flowering beauties, taken from isolated plants of entirely silver-leaved forms. The same warm pink flowers appear early, at the end of August, and often continue into October and November giving way to way to sheets of silver leaves. Wonderful when interplanted with black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscarpus’Nigrescens’). Easy in USDA zone 6 or above in open areas of light shade and little disturbance. Has been grown successfully as low as zone 4 with culms mulched or planted a bit deep.
Primulaceae $11 2D

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Cymbidium dayanum

Orchidaceae $22 4D

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Cymbidium ensifolium 'Green Top'

Orchidaceae $24 4D

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Cymbidium floribundum golden edged orchid
Rusty brown/green with white lip. Spring /summer blooming. Shade. Cold hardy to USDA zone 9.
Orchidaceae $22 4D

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Cymbidium gyokuchin
Probably a horticultural selection of Cymbidium ensifolium. Green/yellow flowers in winter. USDA zone 8b.
Orchidaceae $22 3D

Cymbidium sinense - Yucca Do Clone

Cymbidium sinense - Yucca Do Clone
Native from Queensland, Australia to Japan, a slowly spreading perennial, to 12-18" tall, with green, strappy leaves from a pseudo bulb. Yellow and green flowers often have a maroonish blush at the base and always the intense fragrance of lemons in late winter to mid spring, occasionally in autumn. This vigorous garden clone shared with us years ago by the great Yucca Do Nursery. For damp but well-drained light shade. Frost hardy to brief periods in upper USDA zone 7. However, we recommend protection during long periods below 15 to 20 F, mid to upper zone 8. Superb pot plant to bring indoors while in flower.
Orchidaceae $22 4D

Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus

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 $12 2D

Cyrtanthus mackenii - yellow

Cyrtanthus mackenii - yellowifafa lily
From a beautiful genus -- akin to a red agapanthus -- springing forth with leaves emerging in late spring and dangly flowers, usually orange, but dazzlingly golden yellow in this form. To 12-18" for bright conditions and well drained but summer damp soil. As its high, Drakensburg Mtn., South Africa, habitat suggests, hardy to between 0 and 10F, USDA zone 7, if well mulched. Stunning pot specimen.
Amaryllidaceae $012 2D

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Cyrtanthus sanguinea
One of the boldest and brightest of this South African genus, but wouldn't you know, not the hardiest. Gray-green leaves from 12-18", with spikes of warm orange flowers to over 2" in length, at any time, but particularly late summer and autumn. Fairly rapidly clumping to 18" or more, has been evergreen for us most years in the garden, but temperatures in the low to mid-20's will "deciduify" it quickly, and we consider it hardy to only a bit below, 20F. Superb in containers. Bright light and occasional summer monsoons for best performance. USDA zone 9.
Amaryllidaceae $14 4D

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Cyrtomium fortunei Fortune's Cold Hardy

Dryopteridaceae $18 4in

Dahlia 'Bonne Esperance'

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 $16 4D

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Dahlia pinnata BSWJ 10240
This lovely Crûg Farm collection from 2700m near Ixtalan in southern Mexico, is a smaller tree Dahlia growing at least so far, only to about 8 feet and with a fairly shrubby habit. The flowers approach violet in color and begin much ealier in the season thats mid-summer for us, earlier if the plant does not have winter dieback. Excellent in a large container or mixed border with your Fuchsias. Sun to dappled shade, good drainage with ample summer moisture. Mulch to protect tubers from frost in the ground. USDA zone 8a.
Asteraceae $16 4D

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Danae racemosa poet's laurel
Out of the Middle East comes a slow-to-propagate and hard-to-find evergreen shrub for the shade garden. Handsome AND drought tolerant, this 3 ft shrub has arching stems with waxy green leaves once used to crown athelets and poets. A nobel history as well! White summer flowers are not showy but produce large red-ornage berries that last through autumn and winter. Part shade to shade with water to establish. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7.
Marattiaceae $18 3D

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Daphne 'Briggs Moonlight'
A chance discovery found at Briggs Nursery. This eye-catching Daphne has variegated creamy yellow and green leaves and early spring pink flowers. The fragrance is delicious and can perfume an entire space. Best sighted out of the hottest sun. Some summer water. Deciduous. Grows 3.5ft x 3.5ft. Hardy to USDA zone 7
Thymelaeaceae $18 2D

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Daphne odora f. leucantha
The green leaved, pale pink flowered ‘version’ of the common winter daphne. Rather easier in the garden in culture as well as design. Clusters of pink buds open to intensely fragrant star-shaped white flowers mid to late winter, offering great late winter cheer! Sun to part shade. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Thymelaeaceae $16 3D

Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'

Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'burkwood daphne
A variegated form of a classic daphne with narrow, 1" leaves of sage-green edged in cream. These mostly evergreen shrubs are dense enough to create a small hedge, to about 2-3 ft tall x 4 ft wide, covered with sweetly scented, white flowers, most profusely from late winter through early spring and occasionally year round. The custardy sweet fragrance makes it a perfect plant for the entrance garden. Best in part shade, possibly with mulch to keep the roots cool, and consistent summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Thymelaeaceae $14 2D

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Dendrobium kingianum - cl. 2 Rock Orchid
Epiphytic orchid that handles cool temperatures and extended drought like a charm. A tough and variable species from E. Australia with flowers from white-pink to magenta-red and leaves from spring-green to winter-purple. Withstands temperatures down into the 20s F and sunny droughts for months at a time -- Mediterranean coastal climate stuff. Outstanding container plant. Beginners (probably) won't kill it, greenthumbs will make it thrive.
Orchidaceae $16 3D

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Dendrobium kingianum [cerise]

Orchidaceae $16 4D

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Dianella intermedia 'Marcia's Giant' new zealand blue berry
Fabulous plants with upright, flax-like green leaves, to 3-4 ft tall in this form. Plants are handsome, airy panicles of white to lilac flowers are nice, but the fruit is fabulous, rich, metallic blue berries on thin stems, seeming to float above the plants until fall. This selection from the Berkeley garden of Marcia Donahue is a very consistent fruit former. For half sun with even moisture. Excels in a container. Expect frost damage at 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae $16 4D

Dichelostemma ida-maia

Dichelostemma ida-maiacalifornia firecracker plant
Clusters of green-tipped, dark red flowers in early summer on 18-24” long stems brighten any garden. Grassy foliage sprouts in late winter and goes dormant just as late spring flowers are opening. This West Coast native hybrid prefers sun to part shade and dry summers, accepting moisture only when actively growing. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Asparagaceae $12 3D

Dichroa versicolor 'Fan-Si-Pan Mauve'

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

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Dicksonia fibrosa rough trunked nz tree fern
Equal to or slightly more hardy than its northern cousin D. antarctica but slower growing, more compact and dense with a larger trunk and greener leaves. Similar but different. Hardy in Portland if you protect the crown from the freeze/thaw cycle of prolonged cold. The leaves can be wrapped up and over the top or fronds from other ferns can be used to make a protective covering.
Dicksoniaceae $22 4in

Dicliptera suberecta

Dicliptera suberectauruguayan firecracker plant
Hummingbird magnet! A stunning, perennial, subshrub from Uruguay, to 18-24" wide and tall, with slender, velvety, gray foliage on erect or arching stems, lovely by itself, AND all summer into autumn, hummingbird food, two-lipped, rusty-reddish-orange, tubular flowers in upright clusters. To see is to covet. Best in sun with summer water but tolerates some shade and occasional periods of drought. Cold hardy in USDA zones 7-11.
Acanthaceae $012 3D

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Dietes vegeta 'Variegata' variegated fortnight lily
Clumping evergreen iris relative, originally from South Africa, with 2-4 ft, narrow, upright leaves striped with a creamy white on the margins, a wonderful background for the stalks of white-blushed-purple flowers appearing in early summer, reblooming every 2 weeks or so. Fine in shade with little summer water or sun with regular irrigation. Frost hardy to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8.
Iridaceae $12 4D

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Disporopsis pernyi
Another of the increasingly abundant evergreen Solomon seals from southern China, this 1 ft tall - or a little more -- dark green leaved perennial spreads slowly to clumps of 3-4 ft and produces green tipped chartreuse to cream flowers in mid spring. Similar in habit to A. fuscopicta but with much narrower leaflets. Prefers summer moisture and capable of growing in amazingly dark places. Frost hardy and evergreen to USDA zone 7; colder with protection.
Liliaceae $14 4in

Disporopsis pernyi 'Bill Baker'

Disporopsis pernyi 'Bill Baker'evergreen solomon's seal
Neatly compact, evergreen solomon's seal, spreading into clusters of dark green stems to only 18" tall with shiny green, 5" leaves and, in late spring to early summer, tiny white, sweetly aromatic bell-flowers hanging from the leaf undersides. A perfect size to fit under larger shrubs or small trees in the shaded garden or set amongst ferns. Drought tolerant once established but enjoys summer water especially in very dry periods. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $12 3D

Disporum cantoniense 'Golden Temple'

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 2D

Dorycnium hirsutum

Dorycnium hirsutum
This grey-leaved, pea shrub is a workhorse in the garden. The leaves gleam in the sun; the flowers, pink and white, are subtle and attractive; and the red seeds in star-shaped pods provide a long season of interest. To 3 ft tall x 2.5 ft. wide in full to part sun, they need lean, well-drained soil and little supplemental summer water once established. Easy. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Fabaceae $12 2D

Drimys winteri 'Mike Remmick'

Drimys winteri 'Mike Remmick'
South America’s attempt at the Madrone... Stately, small tree, to 20 ft or so and often multi-trunked, with smooth bark, glossy evergreen leaves with very blue undersides, and clusters of white flowers in late winter to early spring. Full sun to part shade. These, a selection from Vilches, Chile by Michael Remmick, need summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Winteraceae $14 3D

Dryopteris pseudofilix-mas

Dryopteris pseudofilix-masmexican male fern
Handsome, vase-shaped fern found in Mexico's high, alpine forests, in clumps to 4 ft tall and wide that produce sturdy, upright fronds throughout the growing season, an unusual habit in this genus. Prefers a sheltered location in part to full shade, and rich, hummusy soil with consistent moisture for best appearance. Cutting back old fronds in late winter allows for a fresh new appearance in spring. Evergreen in warmer zones and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Dryopteridaceae $11

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Dryopteris sieboldii siebold's wood fern
Handsome and unusual, evergreen to semi-evergreen fern, to 20” x 20”, the shiny leaves shaped like the halberd of a sword with prominent mid veins. Fronds emerge pale green and mature to shiny dark, almost black, green. Discovered in Japan by Dr. Von Siebold and named in his honor. For shade to part shade with even moisture. Once established, reliably hardy to 5 F, mid USDA zone 7.
Dryopteridaceae $9 3D

Dyckia choristaminea

Dyckia choristaminea
Terrestrial bromeliad with succulent, spidery leaves mottled deep purple and forming rosettes to only about 4”. Flowers are produced in summertime clusters of orangey yellow. Offsets quickly after flowering. Full sun for best color. We find it best as a pot specimen though would make a good wall or rock garden plant where temperatures seldom drop to 18F, upper USDA zone 8.
Bromeliaceae $15 4in

Echinopsis oxygona

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

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Echium amoenum 'Red Feathers'
Native to the Caucasus mountains of northern Iran this hardier and more compact echium adds color and architecture to the garden with 16" red flower spikes over handsome fuzzy long narrow foliage. Flowers late spring through summer if early flowers are removed. Gritty well drained soil with little water in full sun are best. USDA zone 4.
Boraginaceae $12 4D

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Echium gentianioides 'Tajinaste'

Boraginaceae $12 4in

Echium russicum

Echium russicum
This extremely hardy European echium is smaller than most of its kin, to only 2 ft tall with tall spikes of saturated dark red flowers. To 2 ft tall in clumps to 18" wide. Though considered biennial, these are perennial in well-drained soil that is very lean. Also seeds itself in undisturbed gravel mulch. Sun is best. Tolerant of drought but intolerant of transplanting. Frost hardy and perennial in USDA zone 7.
Boraginaceae $12 4D

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Echium tuberculatum
Prickly leaves with polka dots and little hairs -- yea! --on this bushy plant to 18” in compact clumps. Lilac to purple red flowers all summer. Full sun and well-drained, humusy soil are best. Frost hardy in zone 8.
Boraginaceae $8 4D

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'gold flowered paper bush
2001 Cistus introduction retaining all the qualities we have come to know in Edgeworthia chrysantha, this upright shrub of bold texture, to 6-8 ft tall and wide, with large, 2" plus clusters of golden flowers begin appearing around the New Year or the end of January in the coldest places, on handsome, warm brown stems marked with leaf scars. The important features of our 'Nanjing Gold' form include particularly robust and fragrant flowers as well as, in our experience, less susceptibility to bud drop due to late summer/early autumn dryness. A winter architectural plant of bare stems, each divided into three and each bearing a down-turned cluster of buds. In summer, the leaves provide a lush, subtropical look. Most attractive maintained as a 1-3 stemmed plant and placed where the winter sun shining through the flowers can be enjoyed by all. Best in well-drained, evenly moist soil in full to part sun. Frost hardy in USDA zones 8-10.
Thymelaeaceae $18 4in

Elaeagnus pungens 'Clemson Variegated'

Elaeagnus pungens 'Clemson Variegated'silverthorn
Variegated olive relative, this with striking center markings of yellow and gold on dark green foliage ... or perhaps better described as yellow and gold foliage with a narrow, dark green margin. By either description a striking evergreen shrub, over time to 10 ft tall x 10 ft wide, with fragrant, white to cream flowers in the fall. Enjoys well-drained soil and average summer water. Plant in sun, where it holds its color very well, or part shade. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Elaeagnaceae $14 3D

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Epimedium grandiflorum 'Purple Pixie' Purple pixie barrenwort
A compact grower to 12" height and width. Refined heart shaped leaves emerge in spring a bronzy-purple developing burgundy leaf margins as the season progresses. Deep violet spring flowers have long white spurs that add sparkle to the shaded garden. Shade to part shade with protection from afternoon sun, average water and good drainage. Cold hardy in USDA zone 5.
berberidaceae $16 4D

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Epimedium pinnatum 'Thunderbolt'
The cheeriest of the evergreen epimediums, this with 18" clumps of glossy green, streaked purple and bronzy orange in the winter produces early to mid-Spring creamy yellow and white flowers in some abundance. A very good year-round plant for shade or morning sun, somewhat drought tolerant, though regular summer water boosts growth. We cut ours back every couple of years in mid-Winter to renew foliage. USDA Zone 5 or 6.
Berberidaceae $16 4D

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Epimedium sagittatum horny goat weed
A deciduous epimedium from China reputed to have aphrodisiac effects -- only if ingested, we assume but we don't know for sure. To 20" tall in clumps of upright stems topped with heart-shaped leaves of pale green that turn yellow, bronze and red in autumn before winter dormancy. Pale pink flowers stand above the foliage in spring. Good groundcover for shady areas in rich soil with consistent moisture, though willing to accept periods of drought. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Berberidaceae $18 4D

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Epimedium wushanense
Stunning and rare epimedium found only in China's Wushan mountains, with long, to 10", and narrow, deeply veined leaves with distinct spines along the edges and red new growth fading to bronze before turning a lush green. Spring flowers are pale yellow and densely held above the foliage on stems to 2 ft tall. Part sun or light shade is best with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least -20F, USDA zone 5 and expected to tolerate colder temperatures. Also said to be deer resistant.
Berberidaceae $32 6in

Eriophyllum lanatum 'Takilma Gold'

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 $11 3D

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Eryngium giganteum miss willmott’s ghost
Clumps of handsome, heart-shaped leaves produce 5 ft flower stalks with silvery blue flowers surrounded by spiky, prickly bracts, very whitish, very “ghostly.” Very striking and bees love ‘em from July - September.. For full sun and rich, moist soil - well-drained, of course. Frost hardy perennial in USDA zone 5. Though not long-lived, reseeds for continuance.
Apiaceae $12 4D

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Eryngium paniculatum sea holly
Yet another graceful evergreen sea holly, this from south central Chile and growing to about 18” with arching, shiny, spring green leaves, often faintly marked silver. The flowers in spring and summer are decorated with sputnik florets, small white flowers, and are particularly attractive at a distance. Drought tolerant, though summer water is appreciated. Sun to light dappled shade and tolerant of poorly drained soil. Frost hardy to 10 to 12F – USDA zone 8, or even a bit lower.
Apiaceae $12 4in

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Eucalyptus perriniana [spreading]

Myrtaceae $14 2D

Eucomis 'Innocence'

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 $10 4in

Eucryphia lucida 'Spring Glow'

Eucryphia lucida 'Spring Glow'leatherwood
Small, evergreen tree with cream-edged leaves, growing slowly -- 1.5 ft or so per year -- to 12 ft tall, remaining very narrow. Easy in full to part sun and well-drained soil. Regular summer water and mulch to cool the roots. Mid-summer flowers are nodding and white, appearing on mature plants. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cunoniaceae $014 2D

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Euonymus japonica 'Rykujo'
Tiny, tiny, tiny dwarf version of this evergreen shrublet, rising to only 6". The rounded dark leaves are tightly arranged into a pagoda-like effect. Need I say bonsai? Sun to shade with regular summer water. USDA zone 8.
Celastraceae $15 3D

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Euonymus microphylla 'Butterscotch'
A particularly charming little shrub to only about 18" in height and width, with upheld branches sporting gold leaves aging to a very light green. Excellent small container plant, rock garden, or 'lil tiny hedge. USDA Zone 7.
Celastraceae $12 2D

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Fabiana imbricata f. violacea false heath, pichi-pichi
This Chilean evergreen shrub looks for all the world like a tall heather, but its tubular lavender flowers give it away as a tomato relation instead, an upright, multistemmed shrub, to 4-6 ft with tiny, needle-like leaves ranged along the stem. Unusual especially when covered with tiny, lavender tubes. Summer blooming in full to part sun with normal water. Cold hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Solanaceae $12 2D

Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum'

Farfugium japonicum 'Giganteum'giant leopard plant
"Wild collected" at a hotel in San Juan, Argentina (with permission of course). An over-the-top evergreen perennial from Japan, the rounded leaves exceeding 2 ft with a deep green, glossy finish and an oaky aftertaste. Forms clumps to 1/5 ft tall x 3 ft wide topped by yellow, daisy-like flowers that just aren't the point. It's the foliage! Part shade to shade in well-drained soil with consistent summer moisture. Frost hardy to below 20F, upper USDA zone 8, with mulch.
Asteraceae $18 4D

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Fascicularia bicolor ssp. caniculata 'Spinners Form'
From a wonderful group of terrestrial (as opposed to extraterrestrial?) bromeliads from southern Chile, this forming rosettes to 18", clumping, with inner leaves turning scarlet before exposing the sky-blue flowers within. Often found not only growing on the ground, but among rocks and in rotten wood. This form shared with us by Spinner's Nursery years ago, having lived happily thru 0 degrees F. Sun or shade. A conservative USDA zone 8.
Bromeliaceae $18 4D

Fatsia japonica 'Tsumugi Shibori'speckled japanese aralia, Spider Web Fatsia
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

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Ferula communis 'Gigantea' giant carrot
A giant carrot from the Mediterranean that reaches 4-6 ft tall in its early years, displaying its lacy, fern-like leaves, silvery blue on white stems. When mature, in 2 or several years, plants bloom and reach further upward, producing stunning yellow flowers in umbels 1 ft or more across on branched stems that rise above the foliage to 10-12 ft! Ooo... Then, being monocarpic, the mother plant dies, having produced seeds for more giants and more fun. Requires well-drained soil and summer sun. Goes dormant in summer dryness and reappears with the rain. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apiaceae $12 4D

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Firmiana simplex chinese parasol tree
The parasol tree, native of southeast China to Japan and a member of the chocolate family, is vigorous, reaching 20-30 ft in the garden with huge leaves -- 18" to even 2 ft across, like giant maple leaves - and few but thick branches on a stout trunk of bright green bark. Perfect for the tropical garden. Small, greenish flowers and lemon-yellow fall colorare added attractions. Prefers evenly moist soil and good drainage in sun to part shade with a little organic matter and regular summer moisture. Though somewhat drought tolerant, the leaves would be smaller. Too seldom offered. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 with many specimens found growing in zone 7. A freezeback plant in USDA zone 6.
Malvaceae $19 4D

Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Kumson'

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 $12 2D

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Fuchsia 'June Bride'

Onagraceae $11 3D

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Fuchsia microphylla 'Silver Lining'
Gifted us by plants people extraordinnaires at Krúg Farm, this, their collection from the wild in Mexico, small shrub to about 4 feet tall by the same width. Stunning all silver leaves with contrasting small cerise flowers over a long season. Sadly for us, not as frost hardy as other microphylla selections, but well worth growing as die back perennial, container plant, or temperennial. USDA Zone 10A.
Onagraceae $14 2D

Gardenia jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes' PP8755

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 2D

Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof'

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

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Garrya wrightii wright’s silktassel
Evergreen shrub to small tree -- 6 ft up to a possible 15 ft over time -- native to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Wonderful for those tough environments. Leathery leaves are yellow green above, light green and a nice, contrasing light green below. White tassels in late spring followed by purplish blue berries. Best in coarse, well-drained soil and sun. Low water requirements. Frost hardy to 12F, lower USDA zone 8.
Garryaceae $15 3D

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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

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Gasteria baylissiana 'Variegata'

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Gasteria glomerata
This long time favorite South African succulent rapidly grows into a clumping umm... glom of chubby gray leaves in multiple rosettes. One of the more rewarding of the genus, it's topped by orange, globular flowers rising up to 1' in height, for which it's named. Excellent small container plant, well drained soil, bright light, USDA zone 9.
Liliaceae $12 4in

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Gasteria sp. - variegated
Given to us long ago by a Japanese collector, this beautiful membeer of the South Arican genus grows to 6” with gray-green leaves brushed pearly white. Slow growing but special. Frost hardy to the low 20s of upper teens, but best as a protected pot plant. For sun, greety soil and winter dry.
Liliaceae $11 4in

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Gladiolus flanaganii
Stunning, red gladiola, one of many species of South African bulbs, these seductive creatures found growing on cliffs in the Drakensberg mountains in places with extremely difficult access, hence the common name, suicide lily. Not dangerous in the garden, needing well-drained soil in sun to produce spikes of red flowers in summer before becoming dormant. Grassy leaves return in late fall and winter. Somewhat drought tolerant but accepting of moderate summer water. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae $12 3D

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Globularia repens

Plantaginaceae $12 4in

Graptopetalum paraguayense

Graptopetalum paraguayensemother of pearl plant
Surprisingly tough, silvery purple succulent from the state of Tamaulipas in NE Mexico (not Paraguay as one might guess), with rosettes to 6" across. Very attractive spilling over pots or planters. Quite drought tolerant, but grows quickly with summer moisture. Full sun to part shade. This clone has been hardy for many years in Portland and can be planted out where temperatures seldom drop below 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Crassulaceae $12 4in

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Graptopetalum pentandrum

$9 4in

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Grevillea 'Constance'
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

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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 6-8 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 2D

Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Valley Queen'

Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Valley Queen'
Winter flowering, evergreen shrub, to 6 x 6 ft, a Protea relation from southeastern Australia with frilly, orange flowers in winter and occasionally through the year. This selection was made for leaves that are green rather than the gray-silver of the species. Best in sun to part sun with good drainage and regular water until established. As with all proteas, avoid fertilizer with phosphorus. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $16 4in

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Griselinia littoralis - Washington Park hardiest form broadleaf
This evergreen, beach shrub, a New Zealand native, grows quickly to 5 ft tall and eventually to 10 ft or so with rounded, leathery leaves and, in spring, inconspicuous white flowers. Good as a single specimen or as a dense hedge in full sun to light shade plus well-drained soil and average summer water. This form from the University of Washington Arboretum, a long-term survivor of harsh winters, is particularly wind resistant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Griseliniaceae $14 4in

Griselinia littoralis 'Bantry Bay'

Griselinia littoralis 'Bantry Bay'broadleaf kapuka
Lovely and unusual evergreen shrub, to 10 ft tall by 6-7 ft wide, with shiny, leathery variegated leaves -- green with a large, creamy white central splash -- and a dense, upright habit. Easily pruned to shape as a striking specimen or dense hedge. Spring flowers are yellow-green but hardly noticeable though they produce purple berries in autumn. A good coastal plant, tolerating sun and wind. Enjoys part shade inland and rich soil with regular summer water everywhere. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Griseliniaceae $12 3D

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