Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Spring 2016

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Calandrinia grandiflora Rock Purslane
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

Calceolaria arachnoidea

Calceolaria arachnoidea
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 3D

Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'

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

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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 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

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 $12 4D

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Camellia 'Debutante Benton' DEBUTANT CAMELLIA
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 japonica 'Brushfields Yellow'

Camellia japonica 'Brushfields Yellow'
Compact, upright camellia from the famed Brushfield Nursery, to 6-8 ft tall and wide, with cream to pale yellow, semi-double flowers in abundance in late winter to early spring. This selection remains one of our favorites with its pyramidal shade and flowers that create a lovely contrast against dark green foliage. We have pale yellow hellebores planted at the base of our specimen to take the color to ground level. Full sun in all but the hottest places to dappled shade with decent drainage. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $18 4D

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Camellia japonica 'Silver Waves'
It's the lovely flowers that set this winter blooming camellia apart -- large, semi-double flowers of the whitest white with wavy-edged petals and generous yellow stamens -- a standout against the dark green, typical C. japonica foliage. An upright and slow-growing shrub that can reach 10-12 ft tall x 3-8 ft wide in time. Evergreen, of course, and enjoying part shade in rich, acid soil that drains well. Mulch as winter protection for shallow roots and water regularly in the summer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $18 4D

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Carex divulsa 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 $9 3D

Carex mertensii

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'

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

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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 dentatus 'Bluette'
New selection of the evergreen Sandscrub Ceanothus with loads of bright blue flowers in spring and a low, mounding habit. Leaves are small, dark green, and handsomely textured. Height to 2-3' and 4-6 in width. Excellent as a groundcover in full sun to light shade. Occasional to little watering. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8, possibly upper zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14 3D

Ceanothus griseus 'Kurt Zadnik'

Ceanothus griseus 'Kurt Zadnik'california lilac
Perhaps Parker’s favorite ceanothus (‘Concha' a close second) for its graceful arching form, and the best blue in his opinion, A Roger Raiche selection from UCBG, named for his colleague. A spreading form, to 4-6 ft tall x 10-12 ft wide for full sun, well-drained soil, and little summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8b.
Rhamnaceae $14 2D

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Ceanothus maritimus 'Popcorn'
Low-growing California lilac, with typically small, leathery leaves but untypical white flowers in abundant, early spring clusters. This evergreen, mounding shrub, to 2-3 ft tall x 6 ft wide, makes a fine groundcover for banks or any sunny garden spot. Prefers well-drained soil and very little summer water once established. Cold hardy into the low teens F, bottom of USDA zone 8.
Rhamnaceae $14 3D

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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

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Cephalophyllum stayneri ice plant
Ice plant from S. Africa northeast of Cape Town with deep pink flowers tinged in orange. Stems on this species are often red hues. Zone 9
$7 4in

Cestrum 'Newellii'

Cestrum 'Newellii'
Just this side of tender, but worth taking a cutting to overwinter. Tall shrub, 6-8 ft x 3 ft wide. Ripe burgundy flowers are followed by glowing carmine berries. Sun or half sun, normal water. Excellent in a container as well. Evergreen to 20F and root hardy in USDA zone 8.
Solanaceae $12 4D

Chaenomeles japonica 'Atsuya Hamada'

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 2D

Chaenomeles x superba 'Mandarin'

Chaenomeles x superba 'Mandarin'coral-orange flowering quince
One of our favorite quinces, a nearly spineless shrub, to only about 4 ft tall, possibly 5, with deep coral-orange flowers over a long season in winter and spring. We have planted ours with golden foliage plants such as Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ for a dazzling winter effect, if we do say so ourselves. Excellent for cut flowers. Full sun to medium shade with at least occasional summer water to improve bud set. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, possibly zone 5.
Rosaceae $11 2D

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Chamaedorea microspadix 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 $18 4D

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Chasmatophyllum musculinum Yellow Mountain Mesemb, Yellow Swallowtail Mesemb
Extremely tough and easy to grow succulent groundcover that forms a tight mat of evergreen foliage and a long-blooming display of bright yellow flowers that open in the afternoon sun. Water regularly in summer but allow to dry out between. Needs little to no winter irrigation, so valuable as an attractive potted specimen planted in porous soil. Part sun to full sun, if acclimated. Frost hardy to -10 degrees.
Aizoaceae $11 3D

Cheilanthes argentea

Cheilanthes argenteasilver cloak fern
This fragile looking fern, native to rocky outcrops in China and Japan, is far from a wimp. Drought tolerant, easy, and gorgeous with fronds that are glittering green above and a ghostly, silver-white below. Best in walls, rock gardens, or containers, anywhere excellent drainage can be provided. Drought tolerant once established and said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Adiantaceae $12 4D

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Cheilanthes wootonii SBH 9555.1 Beaded Lipfern
Another fabulous, evergreen, Southwest dryland fern. This, our collection, from about 6000 ft in the Pinaleno Mts. of SE Arizona, forms mats about 6" in height and spreading to several feet across. Its finely dissected, deep green fronds, massed tightly, create a wonderful bright light to shade groundcover. Especially useful under shrubs or between specimen succulents. Prefers some summer water for best growth. Hardy to USDA zone 6.
Pteridaceae $11 4D

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Cheiridopsis candissima Carpet Weed

Aizoaceae $7 2in

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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

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Choisya 'Goldfingers' 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'

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'

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 $14 2D

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Chrysanthemum 'Froggy'
Cute addition to your cut flower collection. Tight button flowers of lovely bright green transform to dusky rose late in the season. Mature height 3ft. Full sun to partial shade, decent drainage and occasional summer water. USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $6 4in

Chusquea culeou

Chusquea culeou
Upright, solid-caned, well mannered, clumping bamboo with “bottlebrush” branch arrangement. To 8-10 ft tall. New shoots are a breathtaking red, pink and green fading to white. For sun and summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. From Chile, there are ideal as specimen plants or statements in a South American design.
Poaceae $18 4D

Cinnamomum japonicum

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

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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

Cistanthe grandiflora 'Bill Teague'

Cistanthe grandiflora 'Bill Teague'
Another form of C. grandiflora, the rosettes of blue-green leaves much bluer in this form given to us and named by Bart O'Brien's from garden in Pomona, California. To about 3 ft across, like the species, a small, succulent, branching shrubs, with cerise flowers on airy stems to 3 ft tall in spring and again in late summer . Best in sun and well-drained soil with little water required. Frost hardy into the mid 20s F, USDA zone 9b for outdoor planting, and a superb "temperennial" or container plant to winter indoors where temperatures dip lower.
Portulacaceae $9 3D

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Cistus ladanifer
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

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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 ladanifer var. sulcatus 'Mallorca'

Cistus ladanifer var. sulcatus 'Mallorca'
A wild selection from our good friend and island hopper Kevin Hughes, recently of Spinner’s Nursery, Hampsted. He spotted it as a witch’s broom. The leaves are small and delicate but the flowers retain the overwhelming size of the ‘normal plant’. To 2 ft tall and wide. Full sun, good drainage, and very little summer water to avoid root problems. Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 2D

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 slightly 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

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Cistus x hybridus 'Gold Prize'
This striking Cistus cultivar is a real stand out for the garden. Covered in golden yellow and lime green variegated leaves with wavy edges. In late spring to summer, white flowers appear adding to the display. Grow in full sun and even with a bit of afternoon shade in hottest summer situations. Drought tolerant once established, though an occasional deep watering on a cool summer day would be beneficial. Approx 3-4ft high x 3-4ft wide. USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 4in

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Cistus x laxus 'Snow White'
Yet another movie tie-in product? Nope. Just an ab-fab rockrose with bright green leaves, arching branches, and pure white flowers galore. Bright light and lean soil. Very drought tolerant. Vigorous but usually stays under 2 ft. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 4D

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Cistus x lenis 'Grayswood Pink' rock rose
Spreading, low-growing evergreen rockrose, to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide, with silver-gray foliage that is especially lovely with the shining light pink flowers from late April to June. Can be shaped after blooming. As with all Cistus, full sun and lean, well-drained soil with little summer water once established. Said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Cistaceae $11 2D

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Citrus 'Yuzu' yuzu lemon
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. 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, 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

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Clematis afoliata
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

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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 3D

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Clematis paniculata 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

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'

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

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Clerodendrum bungei glory flower
Magenta pink flowers are gorgeous against the dark green foliage with a fragrance that is awesome and alluring. 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 feet tall, flowering mid to late summer. Sun to part shade in good drainage with some water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Enjoy!
Lamiaceae $12 4D

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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

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Cneorum tricoccon spurge olive
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 $12 4D

Coprosma 'Cocoa Butter'

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'

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'

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'

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'

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

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 $010 3D

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Coprosma cheesemanii
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

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Coprosma lucida
Attractive evergreen shrub native to New Zealand. Thick glossy leaves and lovely orange berries. Sun. Reaches 6'
$12 3D

Coprosma repens 'Marble Chip'

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

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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'

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'

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 3D

Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band'

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

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Cotula linearifolia

Asteraceae $11 4in

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Crassula pruinosa
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

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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 micropetala

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

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Cupressus gigantea - best blue 2007-095 UCSC

Cupressaceae $14 2D

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 $9 3D

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 breviflorus - bright yellow

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'

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'

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'

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

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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

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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

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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

Daphne tangutica - Retusa Group

Daphne tangutica - Retusa Group
An old fashioned garden plant that should still be used today with dense, 3-4 ft mounds of 1" narrow green foliage with light pink flowers, mostly in spring but happily popping up at almost any other time of the year if temperatures are not freezing. As well, orangey-red berries are produced on happy plants, adding to its fall and winter interest. Like other Daphnes, free drainage, bright light to dappled shade, occasional summer water, though this one is pretty drought tolerant, and little soil disturbance. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Thymelaeaceae $16 4in

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 deciduous 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 3D

Dasylirion texanum

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

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Datisca cannabina false hemp
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

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Deilanthe peersii
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

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Delosperma 'Peridot'
This Ice Plant is part of the Jewel of the Desert series and has saturated, vivid yellow flowers. A carpet of succulent leaves spreads out 10in wide and 4in tall. Flowers begin in spring and are continuos through the first frost. Drought tolerant though some summer water is best. Excellent in rockeries, along path edges, and in containers. Full Sun. USDA zone 6.
Aizoaceae $8 4in

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Delosperma 'Tiffendell'
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 $7 4in

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Delosperma karooicum
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 $8 4in

Delosperma nellii

Delosperma nellii
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.
$7 4in

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Delosperma nubigenum 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 sanguinea 'Kirstenbosch'

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 $7 4in

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Delosperma sp. 'Leea Koppie'
A superb plant, new to us, brought by our own plantsman, Tim Hanis, from the small mountain of the same name in South Africa. This little treasure produces a very dense clump of deep green leaves, to only about 3" in height to 18" or more in width, and a very long season of intense cherry-red flowers from mid-spring until frost. One of the most outstanding ice plants for any bright, well-drained spot in the garden or, of course, container. Frost hardy to USDA zone 5, possibly even colder if dry.
$9 4in

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Delosperma sphalmanthoides var. sutherlandii
Known as the Tufted Iceplant, this low growing species has a very unique appearance. A very tight arrangement of leaves gives the plant a uniform cushion formation- Almost like a tight little hedgehog burrowing into the ground. Stays under a few inches tall and slowly spreading. Provide good drainage in sandy or gritty soil. Some summer water now and again. Full Sun. Pink flowers in Spring. USDA zone 5.
Aizoaceae $7 4in

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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

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Desfontainia spinosa chilean holly
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

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Deuterocohnia brevifolia
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

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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

Dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifugaevergreen hydrangea
Clusters of sky-blue flowers adorn this evergreen hydrangea relative in late summer followed by metallic turquoise berries that linger through winter. To 4 ft tall and wide, this is a plant from the edges of forests, so best in part sun with adequate water. Happy in a container as well. Plant in a protected spot for frost hardiness in USDA zone 8.
Hydrangeaceae $14 4D

Dichroa sp. - dwarf

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'

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

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 4in

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Dierama pendulum
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

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Diospyros virginiana

Ebenaceae $12 4D

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Disporopsis fuscopicta
Wonderful small group of evergreen Solomon seals, this one spreading to small patches of 1 ft tall, unbranched stalks with shiny rounded leaflets and chartreuse flowers in mid spring. A terrific evergreen element for the woodland or subtropical garden and appreciative of even summer moisture and shade in dry places. Has been root hardy, recovering in the spring especially with snow cover in areas as far north as USDA zone 4. Who'da thunk it of this plant from far southern China?
Asparagaceae $16 4D

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Drosanthemum speciosum
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

Dudleya cymosa ssp. paniculata - Pacheco Pass, CA

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

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Dudleya edulis
One of the more widespread Dudleya species from the coast-facing bluffs and mountains from southern California to northwestern Baja, California. This form is shiny bright green, upward-reaching fingers often tipped purple, especially with light frost or summer drought. Clumping to about 18". Able to withstand more summer watering than many of the Dudleyas. One of the easiest in cultivation, though rather tender, only to about 20-25 degrees. We use this as a pull-in plant in both containers, either mixed and alone, treating this much as we would an Aeonium with cool, damp, but bright conditions in the winter, letting dry when temperatures become hot.
$9 4in

Dudleya lanceolata

Dudleya lanceolatalanceleaf live-forever
Known as lanceleaf liveforever, this collection from Tim Hanis, taken in the California's San Bernadino Mountains at over 3500 ft, has succulent, narrow and pointed, blue-green leaves and appears in colonies of powder-blue starfish in gravelly spots and outcrops. In summer, clusters of yellow to red flowers appear on stalks to 2 ft tall. Adaptable to various soils but requires good drainage. Accepts droughty conditions as well as abundant water and sun to part shade. So far has been frost hardy to close to 0F, USDA zone 7, with superb drainage and dry summers.
Crassulaceae $9 2D

Dudleya sp. var. nova - Santa Clara County, CA

Dudleya sp. var. nova - Santa Clara County, CA
From a pinch of seed given us by Tim Hanis, this yet to be described creature has 5-6" rosettes of very green, succulent leaves and panicles of light yellow flowers from late spring to early summer. We'll leave it to the experts to decide what exactly makes it different from the others, but horticulturally it's a pretty thing. Care is the same as for most others; if you don't happen to have a small cliff, then well-drained, mineral rich soil in rock garden wall or container. Avoid watering in summer especially when hot and if in containers make sure the soil is evenly moist during the winter months with bright light. Cold hardy for brief periods in upper USDA zone 8.
Crassulaceae $9 4D

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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

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Dyckia 'Nickel Silver'
Rosettes of long, narrow, silver-gray leaves with hooked white spines set this dyckia apart. Summer flowers are orange on red stems to up to 4 ft tall. Individual plants are 6-10" tall x 15" wide, eventually forming larger clumps. Expects well-drained soil in sun to part shade with little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 16F, upper USDA zone 8. Fine in containers that are protected in winter.
Bromeliaceae $14 2D

Dyckia leptostachya

Dyckia leptostachya
This Brazilian native succulent, to 1 ft tall and wide, has blushed red leaves and is often used in hybridizing to add color to new cultivars. Summer flowers are orange on 3 ft spikes standing above the rosette of foliage. Needs sun in lean and well-drained soil with only occasional summer water. Frost hardy to the upper teens F, USDA zone 8b.
Bromeliaceae $9 3D

Echeveria elegans

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 peacockii

Echeveria peacockii
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

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Echeveria pulidonis
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

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Echinocereus x roetteri - Santa Fe

Cactaceae $12 2D

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

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono'

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

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 3D

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Elettaria cardamomum [Hardy Form] cardamon
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

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Epimedium epsteinii
Recently discovered, vigorous, low-growing species from China with glossy dark green leaves and large, arresting flowers. White sepals with plum purple spurs--sometimes as many as thirty--hang from each stem in spring and sometimes again in fall. Excellent as am evegreen groundcover in shady areas. Height to 10" and spreading at a rate of 6-8" a year. Part sun to light shade best. Water occasionally in summer to keep from drying out. Divide in fall or spring. Frost hardy to USDA zone 5.
$15 2D

Eriophyllum lanatum

Eriophyllum lanatumwooly sunflower

Asteraceae $9 3D

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 $9 2D

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Eryngium alpinum alpine sea holly
Compact and attractive, small, sea holly with leaves painted silver in intriguing patterns and, in mid summer, cream to steely blue flowers, thistle-like and strange, as if made of industrial steel. To 18 tall and spreading more widely. Though looking very like a dryland plant, these are quite happy in poorly drained soils and prefer regular summer water in almost full sun. Best left undisturbed after planting. Frost hardy to at least USDA zone 5.
Apiaceae $12 2D

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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 parvula

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 2D

Eucalyptus perriniana

Eucalyptus perrinianaspinning gum
This is the eucalyptus most often seen as cut foliage at the florist, with the juvenile leaves that encircle the stem. Plants can be coppiced to maintain a smaller size as well as the attractive, juvenile foliage or grown into multi-trunked trees, quickly reaching 30 ft, with flaking bark and long, narrow adult leaves to 6" with juvenile foliage showing as well. Requires full sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little summer water once established. Easy and very frost hardy, to 0F, USDA zone 7, or lower.
Myrtaceae $12 4D

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

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Eucomis autumalis - dark leaved form pineapple lily
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 $10 4in

Eucomis comosa 'Tugela Ruby'

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 $10 4in

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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

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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

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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

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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 $16 4D

Ficus afghanistanica 'Green Filigree'

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'

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'

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

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Ficus carica 'Violette de Bordeaux' Fig
A fig with dwarf habit that does great in containers. Delicious late-ripening fruit with purplish skin, red flesh, and sweet flavor. Full sun for best harvest. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10.
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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

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

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Forsythia suspensa ssp. sieboldii weeping forsythia
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 2D

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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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

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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

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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

Fuchsia 'Autumnale'

Fuchsia 'Autumnale'
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'

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

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Fuchsia magellanica 'Pause'

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Fuchsia regia var. serrae
This fuchsia will attempt to climb or drape on whatever it is near, reaching 10-20 ft if allowed. Silvery shiny leaves, purple flowers and violet berries make this patio plant a winner. Overwinter via cuttings on windowsill. Olé Brazil. Particularly colorful with morning sun. Happy in dappled shade. Regular summer water as well. Freezes back in the low 20sF, resprouts from the low to mid teens F, low USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae $11 3D

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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 4D

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 3D

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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'

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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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

Gasteria baylissiana

Gasteria baylissiana
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'

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

Glumicalyx goseloides

Glumicalyx goseloidesnodding chocolate flower
Too cool rock garden/wall/container plant. A proliferation of 10" nodding flower stalks that turn from white to orangy/red that make the humming birds go mad from spring to frost. Oh, the flowers smell like chocolate, too. Yum. Full to half sun/good drainage. A CDN collection from Lesotho, South Africa. USDA zone 7, 0F or below
Scrophulariaceae $11 2D

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Gomphostigma virgatum Otterbush
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

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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 2D

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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 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

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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

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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 '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 2D

Grevillea victoriae 'UBC'

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

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Gymnocladus chinensis Soap Tree, Chinese Coffee Tree
Outstanding, deciduous, ornamental tree from China (though endangered in its native habitats--it's on the list of the world's rarest trees) with ferny, bipinnate leaves and an open, airy architectural structure. Similar to locusts in appearance, these trees provide a tropical look in gardens with much more temperate climates, which is something we like! A vigorous species, growing up to 3' a year, expect growth upwards of 80-100' tall with a trunk diameter of 6' over time. Full sun and some summer watering until established. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7, though we think much lower.
Fabaceae $14 4D

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