Portulacaceae $7 4in
Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2014
Calceolaria aff. integrifolia RCH 455
From wild-collected seed in the high Andes of south central Chile, this shrubby slipper flower grows to about 3 ft, flowering through summer and into fall with its bright yellow pouches subtended by pleasing felty green leaves. Best in dampish soil. Evergreen to 20F, USDA zone 9 or so; root hardy and resprouting from 10F, USDA zone 8.
Calceolariaceae $12 4D
Callicarpa japonica 'Hatsushimo'first frost japanese callicarpa
Variegated beauty berry, this graceful shrub, new from Japan, is a beauty both in fruit and leaf. The 6-8 ft arching branches are indeed adorned with amethyst fruit in late autumn. But wait there's more. The leaves are evenly speckled cream and white with blushed red petioles. Ohhhh! Surprisingly tolerant of sun but we suggest at least afternoon protection. Regular if not frequent summer water. Be the first on your block to have this lovely creature. Frost hardy into USDA zone 6, possibly below.
Lamiaceae $16 4D
Callistemon 'White Anzac'
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 4D
Callistemon citrinuscrimson bottlebrush
Medium sized, evergreen shrub, to 8-10 ft tall, with handsome, narrow leaves that are lemony when crushed and crimson-red, “bottlebrush" flowers in June and July. A hummingbird's friend. This Australian native makes a great border shrub or small, specimen tree in full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant as well once established! Can also tolerate a bit of frost. Evergreen to 18F, or so, upper USDA Zone 8, and root hardy, resprouting from the base in colder temperatures.
Myrtaceae $12 4in
Callistemon pallidus 'Best Blue'
A Cistus introduction: definitely a collector's callistemon, selected from our blues. Dense evergreen shrub, marked by its striking, aromatic, blue leaves and new growth made silky with silver hairs. Blooms in late spring to early summer with pale yellow bottlebrush flowers, a nice contrast to the blue foliage. To 10 ft wide x 8 ft wide. Best in full sun and lean, well-drained soil with regular summer water until established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $12 2D
Callistemon pityoides 'Kosciuszko Princess'alpine bottlebrush
A particularly frost hardy callistemon collected on the upper slopes of Australia's Mt. Kosciuszko, this small bottlebrush, to 3-6 ft tall, has finely textured, long and narrow, evergreen leaves and pale yellow, “bottlebrush” flowers in late spring and early summer. Best in full sun to part shade with summer water, though quite drought tolerant once established. One of the hardiest of the genus, performing well to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Myrtaceae $15 2D
Lovely species, flowering profusely with intense crimson flowers tipped gold. As well, the new growth on this 6-8 ft shrub is flushed, especially in spring. A lovely, amiable creature that enjoys full sun and tolerates both drought and saturated soil. A fine pot specimen wherever temperatures fall below mid USDA zone 8. Resprouted for us after receiving damage below 20F. A hard pruning …or a freeze… encourages lush free flowering growth. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8a/9a.
Myrtaceae $14 2D
Another of the spectacular, hardy bottlebrushes from Australia, this upright, stiff shrub, to 3-9 ft tall x 4-8 ft wide, has narrow evergreen leaves and 2" long spikes of deep red, "bottlebrush" flowers in summer. Gorgeous in bloom; a hummingbird heaven, indeed! Best in full sun and well-drained soil. Enjoys moderate summer water though tolerates short periods of drought once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $12 4in
Yet another very hardy bottlebrush, this from southeastern Australia, found growing along creek beds and tolerant of both wet and dry conditions. This fountain-like shrub with fine-textured, narrow leaves can be pruned to maintain a dense structure or allowed to grow to its expected height of 6 ft or so. This form has tight chartreuse, 'bottlebrush" flowers in spring, often repeated in summer. Best in sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7.
Myrtaceae $12 2in
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
Camellia 'Debutante Benton'
Camellia 'Debutante', a close relative, is a slow growing shrub, to 6-8 ft tall though taller with great age, with the typical green, glossy leaves of C. japonica and, in spring, large, pink, peony-like flowers. The Japanese cultivar 'Debutante Benton', brought to us by Lance Reiners, is a variegated form, adding the interest of slightly ruffle-edged leaves decorated with a central golden marking or blotch. Evergreen, of course, and happy in dappled shade or morning sun with summer water and fertilizer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $16 4D
Camellia japonica 'Black Magic'
Stately tall shrub, even small tree, to 8-10 ft with large glossy leaves and, from late fall through February, drooping bell-like flowers of such deep orange-red as to almost appear black. Backlit in winter sun, they positively glow. We have ours planted with an assortment of black hellebores and Chaenomoles japoncia 'Atsuya Hamada'. Sun in coastal climates; dappled shade inland. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $16 4D
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
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
Camellia lutchuensisfragrant camellia
A special tea camellia, dainty in all its parts. The flowers are particularly wonderful; with the sweetest fragrance of any camellia, they are single and white emerging from pink buds as 1-1.5" flared blossoms with the faintest hints of pink. The evergreen leaves, too, are smaller than C. japonica, though still shiny dark green. Plants reach to 6 ft tall or a bit more x 3-4 ft wide in acid soil, protected from the hottest sun and provided regular summer water. Fully frost hardy to 18 to 20F, USDA zone 8b, protection should be provided when temperatures drop below 15 to 18F. A fine container plant.
Theaceae $16 3D
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 4in
Camellia sasanqua 'Setsugekka'
Somewhat more diminutive than some, this white flowered cultivar with a statuesque presence and slightly weeping habit is easily espaliered or kept in a container as the growth is medium and the plant is easily kept to 4 ft. Can also reach to 8 ft tall x 4 ft wide. The flowers, white and semi-double centered with bright golden stamens, often emerge in late October, continuing through midwinter, standing out against the dense and shining, dark green foliage. One of the best "impress your relatives from Iowa" specimens -- a sight to behold blooming by the front door on New Year's Day. Part sun to dappled shade with regular summer water is best. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8 or above.
Theaceae $14 3D
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
Carex buchananiileatherleaf sedge
Ever-brown sedge for any garden situation with somewhat stiff, upright blades of reddish, bronzy brown, forming clumps to 1 ft wide. Especially nice when backlit. Fine in full sun or part shade where soil is well-drained and summer moisture is plentiful. Can be divided in spring and should be allowed to reseed to renew the supply. Frost hardy -10F, USDA zone 6.
Cyperaceae $9 3D
Carex mertensiimerten's sedge
Western native sedge, found growing in moist to wet areas from Alaska to California and east to Montana. Bright green leaves form clumps to 15-20" tall, topped in summer with graceful, dangling clusters of overlapping flowers on tall stems. Does well in sun where moisture is plentiful, along waterways and even in boggy ground. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
Cyperaceae $9 4D
Carex platyphylla 'Blue Satin'
A wonderful introduction by Woodlanders Nursery and related to Carex plantaginea. Though frost hardy below USDA zone 5, above zone 7 it remains evergreen with iridescent blue-green leaves glowing in even the deepest of shade. A great contrast to yellows in the garden. Regular moisture, full shade to dappled sun. Cut back in early spring to renew growth.
Cyperaceae $12 4D
tataki grass, mutton bird sedge
Evergreen, New Zealand sedge, native to cold, coastal areas and forming dense, upright clumps, to 3 ft tall x 2 ft wide, the broad, green leaves providing cover for shore birds and suggesting the common name, muttonbird sedge. Flowers are brown, appearing in summer. Happy in half to full shade, these can also take full sun if kept cool and well watered. Tough and said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Cyperaceae $9 3D
Cassinia leptophylla ssp. vauvilliersii UCSC 1985.139
Erica-like, evergreen shrub from New Zealand, to 4-5 ft tall x 3 ft wide, with erect, slender branches, the leaves tomentose (reflective, greenish above and a beautiful gold to cream wool on the undersides) creating great contrast and form in the garden. Fine textured at a distance; a wonderful foil for broader leaved plants such as hebes or flax in sun and well-drained soil with summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and possibly upper zone 7.
Asteraceae $12 4D
Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'
The golden catalpa makes a huge ‘statement’ in the garden, the large yellow leaves keeping their soft color for most of the summer. Spring flowers are white, fragrant, large, and handsome. Can reach 30 ft tall by 20 ft wide in the garden over time and can be coppiced for a smaller, more manageable size. Full sun to part shade with average summer water. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Bignoniaceae $16 4D
Catalpa bignonioides 'Variegata'
The variegated bean tree has a warm and cheerful presence creating a pleasantly bright, large texture for the garden with its big, heart-shaped leaves streaked cream, gold, and green. A slightly smaller presence than it's close relations, reaching 12-15 ft tall x 8-12 ft wide over time. Can be coppiced for an even smaller size. Full sun hasn't created sunburn problems for us but part shade is fine as well with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Bignoniaceae $16 4D
Cautleya spicatahimalayan ginger
A fabulous, hardy true ginger with slender, deep green leaves in clumps to about 3 ft tall x 2 ft wide and spikes of yellow, summer flowers surrounded by deep red bracts that continue after the flowers fade. Easy in the garden in part sun to shade with regular water for consistent moisture. Very tropical and frost hardy to at least 10F, USDA zone 8, with reports of success in zone 7. Mulch for extra winter protection.
Zingiberaceae $14 4D
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. Evergreen into the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8, and frost hardy into upper USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14 3D
Ceanothus 'Tuxedo'tuxedo california lilac
A lovely sport from Ireland of C. ‘Autumnal Blue' with nearly black foliage and the deepest blue flowers, making it one of the most unique forms yet. Its parentage includes summer rainfall C. americanus so, though accepting of drought, it is tolerant of summer garden water. Evergreen (well, black), long-lived, and exciting. To 4-5 ft eventually. Sun is best for deepest color, but holds up well in medium shade. Very good hedging or container plant. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14 3D
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 3D
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 4D
Ceanothus parryi 'Forest Blue'
This Benton County, Oregon collection has pleasing medium blue flowers. The parent plant was upwards of 16 feet tall but only 4 feet wide in an understory situation with a strong central leader. A very good small specimen tree for street or garden. Full sun to medium shade with well drained, preferably not rich soil. Little summer water. USDA zone 7, possibly colder.
Rhamnaceae $14 3D
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus SBH 9139
Rhamnaceae $14 3D
Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Palmgold'desert skys plumbago
A 2001 introduction from the United Kingdom's Palmstead Nursery, this golden foliaged, shrubby perennial is a winner with its soft blue flowers appearing like little jewels from late summer until frost. Reaches 1-2 ft tall and wide at maturity. Best in full sun in cool climates and part sun with protection from western sun in hottest areas. Needs little supplemental water in the summer once established. Remains evergreen to 25F, mid USDA zone 9, and frost hardy to mid zone 7 with winter mulch. Cut back in spring after new growth appears.
Plumbaginaceae $16 4D
Chaenomeles japonica 'Atsuya Hamada'maroon-red flowering quince
A gorgeous quince with dark maroon-red, nearly black flowers, this from a wild collection by Pacific Northwest plantsman Roy Davidson on the slopes of Mount Fuji. Early spring bloom lasts over a long period and attracts lots of admiring attention - both insect and human. For full to half sun with regular summer water. These "must-have" plants can reach 10 ft tall or so x 5-6 ft wide. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5, and possibly colder.
Rosaceae $18 3D
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 $14 3D
Arecaceae $14 4D
Chamaedorea radicalismexican parlor palm
This little sweetheart thrives for us in the Portland area, weathering winters well and happy as a clam in half shade with consistent moisture. Single stems, but spreads by suckers. From our own collections in NE Mexico. Tops out at waist height. Mulch well. Zone 8
Arecaceae $18 4D
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 4in
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
Cheilanthes lindheimeri SBH 9545Fairyswords
Pteridaceae $12 3D
Cheilanthes tomentosawooly lip fern
A fern for the sunny garden as long as the drainage is excellent. Native to the southern United States, this fern earns its common name, the foliage silver green on top with fuzzy white undersides. Very nice. Grows by underground rhizomes to only 8-12” tall. Takes part shade as well as sun in gritty soil with occasional summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Pteridaceae $12 4D
Cheilanthes wootonii SBH 9555.1
Adiantaceae $11 4D
broad-leaved sow tussock grass
Lovely and graceful, New Zealand grass, arching with summer flowers in pale tassels that stand out against the finely textured, bright green leaves. Forms clumps to 30" tall x 40" wide in sun and well-drained soil. Can be cut back in mid season to refresh. This deciduous grass is drought tolerant, requiring little water once established, but accepting of summer water as well. Best in sun to part shade where soil is well-drained. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Poaceae $9 4D
Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget'gold nugget spider plant
From the Drakensburgs of eastern South Africa and shared with us by plantsman Gary Hammer, this is essentially a dwarf, variegated, ground-covery spider plant -- with no macramé hangers needed. (Does anyone remember macramé?) Has been a wonderful addition to container plantings for us with its 6", light cream and green striped leaves and has been hardy in the ground, frosting back only when temperatures drop to 20F, USDA zone 9, though we would recommend a mulch with such temperatures. Even summer moisture; bright light to fairly deep shade. Decent drainage best.
Asparagaceae $9 4in
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 $12 2D
mexican mock orange
Lovely, golden form of the Mexican orange, an evergreen shrub, to 6 ft tall or so and 4-5 ft wide, the narrow leaves pale yellow in new growth maturing to green, a bi-color contrast. Foliage is aromatic as well, emitting a spicy-sweet smell when brushed or crushed. Single white flowers are abundant in spring and often again in fall. Protection from the western sun is best in the hottest climates; otherwise full sun to part shade in well drained soil with some summer water. A great landscape plant, easy and rewarding. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rutaceae $14 4D
Choisya 'Goldstone'mexican mock orange
A Cistus introduction with the stoutness of C. mexicana and the fine feathery leaves of Choisya arizonica, the new leaves and stems emerging golden green and slowly aging to a handsome forest green. Evergreen, to 2.5-3 ft tall with a mounding habit. Nickel-sized, sweetly fragrant, white flowers appear in spring and then again periodically until late fall. Best in dappled shade to full sun in decently drained soil and at least occasional summer water where dry. An excellent container plant. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae $14 3D
Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'
Terrific perennial for ground cover, garden accent, or pot specimen in full sun to light shade with regular summer water. Foliage is a very respectable blue-green that is completely covered in late summer/early autumn by profuse daisy-like flowers, wonderfully warm pink with yellow centers -- a pink everyone can love. Forms clumps 2-3 ft tall by 2 ft wide, spreading underground. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Asteraceae $11 4D
Cissus striata RCH 393miniature grape ivy
A rich collection by plantsman Randall Hitchin from southern Chile in rocky areas in damp woodlands. A miniature Boston ivy in appearance, with reddish stems and 4” leaves crinkled with lighter veins, this most pleasing evergreen vine can grow to 10-15 ft if pushed. Wonderful for a wall or covering that old cyclone fence you’ve been meaning to get rid of. Also, a fine container component. Shade to full sun; some summer water in dry places for extra vigor. This collection should be fully frost hardy to 15F and resprout vigorously from 10F, USDA zone 8.
Vitaceae $12 4D
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 4D
Cistus 'Bicolor Pink'
small-flowered rock rose
Handsome cistus with soft gray, evergreen foliage and picotee flowers of deep pink and white with yellow centers in abundance from mid spring to early summer. A perfect groundcover, forming a dense mat to only about a foot high x 3 ft wide. Enjoys full sun, lean soil, good drainage, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 5F, USDA zone 7b.
Cistaceae $12 4in
Small and dense, evergreen shrub to only about 3 ft tall and wide with particularly attractive undulate leaves coated with fur ... yes (actually silky hairs) ... that create a jewel-like effect when moist. Spring flowers are large and dark pink with yellow centers, appearing in spring, lovely against the slightly olive-green foliage. For full sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 4in
When we think of rockrose, this is the one that comes to mind: a 4 ft x 4 ft, evergreen shrub with sticky, scented, dark green leaves and huge white flowers marked in the center with crimson splotches. Easily trimmed to size after spring blooming period. Full sun, lean soil that drains well, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 3D
Cistus ladanifer ssp. sulcatusrock rose
Evergreen shrub, to 4-5 ft, with dark foliage deeply infused with labdanum, the wonderfully aromatic oil that either feels silky smooth to the touch or like a sticky fly paper depending on the light and temperature. To us, it’s real beauty lies in the spring clusters of flowers, white with burgundy blotches -- most attractive -- and ruffled, appearing almost as a semi-double rose. Summer drought tolerant in full sun with mineral soil, so little to no summer water once established. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 3D
Cistus ladanifer var. sulcatus - Palhinhae Group
Extremely large unspotted white flowers on this 3 ft very drought resistant shrub. Full sun, little or no summer water. Shear if needed, but not necessary. This is from wild collected seed: Turkey. Zone 7b
Cistaceae $12 3D
Cistus 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 2D
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 4in
Citrus ichangensisichang papeda
Wonderful large shrub that can be pruned into a small tree, to 8-10 ft or more. Narrow, evergreen leaves and, believe it or not, attractive green branches and spines. Fragrant flowers produced in spring and summer become small orange ...uh... oranges that are a bit bitter for eating out of hand but fine made into juices in times of famine. Really, we grow it for the look. Sun to dappled shade. Has survived temperatures below 0F. We consider it frost hardy to 10F, the USDA zone 8 range, if water has been withheld in autumn for hardening.
Rutaceae $12 4in
Citrus medica [Variegated Fingered Citron]variegated fingered citron; buddha's hand
This strange and wonderful citrus with many common names -- Buddha's hand, finger citron, etc. -- that refer to the large and odd, "fingered" fruit of only pith and skin, both edible and useful for culinary purposes. As well, the skin is very pleasantly fragrant, though the largish flowers are not. Many surprises. A small tree or shrub that can reach up to 15 ft, with thorny branches and shiny green, oval leaves, marked with white variegations in this form. Enjoys bright light with protection from the fiercest sun and regular water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9.
Rutaceae $15 4D
Citrus reticulata 'Clementine de Nules'clementine
The clementine orange, a mandarin variety, is particularly attractive because the fruit is produced in the winter months. And of the clementines, Clementine de Nules is one of the best with its sweet, juicy, and seedless red-orange fruit. Trees, with their long, densely held, pointed leaves, are vigorous but easily kept pruned to bush size. Best with plenty of sun and water. Though the trees themselves are somewhat drought tolerant, they produce better fruit if kept watered. Where temperatures dip below freezing, USDA zone 10, best protected in winter.
Rutaceae $12 4D
Clematis 'Southern Cross'
A lovely evergreen hybrid, C. gentianoides x aristata, introduced from Australia in 1992 and also known as C. ‘Garden Surprise.’ Clamors a bit into a shrub or at the base of tree and makes a wonderful spiller or knitter with its evergreen leaves and fragrant, starry white flowers appearing in spring and often again in autumn. Enjoys even summer moisture in sun where its feet can be kept cool. Frost hardy to the low end of USDA zone 8 and possibly upper zone 7. Wonderful in containers.
Ranunculaceae $15 4D
Originally collected in the Canterbury foothills on the south island of New Zealand, this leafless clematis grows as a sprawling mound to 6 feet with bright green rush-like stems and creamy pale yellow flowers in late winter/early spring. Useful in sunny, open conditions where the mass bloom can be appreciated. Average water needs, though it can tolerate some drought. Zone 8.
Ranunculaceae $11 3D
Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica
fern leaved clematis
Vigorous, evergreen vine to 12-15 ft, native to the Balearic Islands and Corsica. Winter blooming, showing off from November to February in Oregon, the fragrant flowers are pale cream and flecked red inside. Leaves are deeply cut and tinted bronze -- just a bit. Sun to part shade in rich soil with good drainage and average summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Ranunculaceae $14 3D
Clematis fasciculiflora - silver marbled leaf form
Unusual, lovely, and vigorous evergreen vine, to 15 ft or so, with fragrant, nodding white flowers in winter to early spring - the magical time for flowers. Leaves are striking, larger and more marbled in this form than in the species, to 1.5-2" long and leathery with silvery markings around the veins. Blooms on last years growth, so can be cut back and renewed after blooming. As with all clematis, sun for the foliage and cool shade for the roots. Well-drained soil and regular summer moisture as well. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ranunculaceae $16 4D
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 4D
Clematis x cartmanii 'Joe'
Tough evergreen clematis, spectacularly floriferous with white, cup-shaped flowers that nearly hide the foliage in early spring. This cross between New Zealand species C. marmoraria and C. paniculata is a non-climber, to 5-6 ft tall, happy spilling its fern-like, cut foliage over walls or containers or tied upright to display the gorgeous flowers. Full sun with good drainage, regular summer water, and protection to keep the roots cool. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Ranunculaceae $15 3D
Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Golden Glory'golden glorybower
Though having much the same shape as the species, this slightly smaller cultivar, to 10-12 ft with umbrella form, has striking golden leaves often tinted orange when emerging and fading to spring green in mid to late season. Fragrant white flowers appear in mid to late summer followed by metallic blue, red-bracted fruit. A handsome addition to the garden in bright light for best color and at least occasional summer water where dry. Can colonize with root disturbance - a good or bad thing. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Verbenaceae $18 4D
Clianthus puniceuslobster claw, parrot's beak
Brilliant carmine-red, 3-4" flowers -- looking like, say, a lobster claw? a parrot's beak? certainly something exotic -- adorn this wonderful shrubby perennial in May and June. This New Zealand native reaches 4-8 ft tall and wide with arching, woody branches, dark green pinnate leaves and those fabulous flowers in early summer. Enjoys rich, well-drained soil in a warm, bright spot -- perhaps against a wall -- with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, in a protected spot and evergreen above 20F, zone 9.
Fabaceae $11 3D
Colletia spinosissima 'Rosea'
Upright shrub with very spiky, green spines on stems punctuated with tiny, deciduous leaves and adorned in spring with red flowers in our clone. Easily reaches 4-6 ft tall and, over time and, in the best conditions, can reach tree size, though easily kept smaller (with long handled pruners and tough gloves). A terrific barrier plant or hedge. Prefers sun and lean soil that is well-drained and preferably gritty. Drought tolerant once established but accepts and enjoys some summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rhamnaceae $12 4D
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 sploch on 18” stems. Excellent in a container or as an addition to the moist garden. Zone 8
Araceae $7 4D
Coprosma 'Cappuccino'looking glass plant
Handsome and interesting, evergreen shrub with tiny, glossy, red-mahogany colored leaves that become even darker in winter. To 4-6 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide with an upright growth habit and dense foliage that is easily trimmed and shaped into topiaries, formal hedges, or colorful, single garden specimens. Best in sun to light shade and tolerant of summer water though accepting of periods of drought once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $11 2D
Coprosma 'Cocoa Butter'
A robust plant, to 4-5 ft tall with 2", glossy leaves of saffron yellow with coppery overtones, these shrubs are marvelous when placed with foliage in colors of olive to burgundy. Orange flowers stand out well against the foliage. Can be used as small hedge or screen plants or as specimens in mixed containers. Bright light for best foliage color and consistent moisture in any soil. This is one of the more tender coprosma selections, frost hardy only for brief periods into the upper teens F, USDA zone 8b. Well worth treating as a tender pot specimen in colder climates.
Rubiaceae $11 4D
Coprosma 'Cutie'australian mirror bush
Newish release from New Zealand with small, particularly glossy, deep green leaves edged in black and marked with browns, all turning dark bronze in cooler weather. Perhaps more handsome than cute, but still rather small, to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide, perfect for a protected spot in a small garden. Where temperatures regularly fall below 20F, best in a protected spot in full to part sun and well-drained soil with regular garden water. Reliably frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9, possibly 8b in perfect conditions.
Rubiaceae $11 4D
Coprosma 'Evening Star'
Lovely evergreen shrub from New Zealand, growing to 3-4 ft eventually, the arching branches cloaked with small, shiny leaves colored in rich yellow through salmon to dark red. Great for containers or in the shrub border with adequate summer moisture and bright light. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8, in a protected site.
Rubiaceae $14 2D
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 4in
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 '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 4in
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. USDA zone 7.
Rubiaceae $12 4in
Coprosma 'Roys 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 acerosa var. brunnea UBC 1155opal berry
Tangled, sprawling, ever-brown shrub from New Zealand, forming springy, weed-supressing mats to 1 ft thick - one of those New Zealand plants that looks dead but isn't. A striking spiller with the best color in full sun where soil is lean and the best growth in well-drained soil with occasional summer water. Insignificant flower are followed by brilliant blue berries, nice with the brownish foliage. Expand your color palette! Cold hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. (Also known as Coprosma brunnea and C. acerosa.)
Rubiaceae $12 3D
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 2D
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 4D
needled leaved mountain coprosma
Collected by the wonderful Pukerau Nursery near Dean Burn on New Zealand's South Island, these 4-6 ft, rather tightly divaricating shrubs have tiny coppery to nearly purple leaves and flowers that, though hardly visible to the naked eye, produce light violet, translucent fruit. Mmmmm! A very good specimen or hedge plant for sun to dappled shade with some summer water in dry climates. Frost hardy to below 10F, upper USDA zone 7, and an excellent, or at least interesting, pot specimen.
Rubiaceae $11 2D
Coprosma sp. 'Stinking Stream'
How could we resist propagating a plant with such a ... lovely name, one that simply indicates the place from which it was collected on New Zealand's South Island. There is nothing odiferous about this divaricating shrub, to about 4-5 ft tall with tiny, narrow, rice-like, bronzy foliage, insignificant flowers, and faintly lavender, translucent fruit. Makes an architectural pot or garden specimen especially placed amongst plants with metallic colors - browns, black, silvers, rust, etc. Easy in the garden in sun for the best "dead" look and regular summer moisture. Frost hardy into the single digits F, upper zone 7.
Rubiaceae $9 3D
Coprosma x kirkii 'Goldstream'
Another of a raft of wonderful new coprosmas making its way to us from the mad-cap scientists of New Zealand, this a small plant, under 1 ft in height, but spreading and weeping to make a superb, small-scale ground cover or filler with sheets of small, spring-green leaves centered gold. Sun to part shade with some summer water where dry, though tolerant of many garden conditions including some drought once established. Also a very good container plant. Frost hardy to 10F or so, USDA zone 8. Can be used as a summer annual in cold climates or “pull-in” plant.
Rubiaceae $12 4in
Cornus alba 'Hessei'tartarian dogwood
An ornamental, deciduous dogwood that is perfect for the small garden, growing to only 6-8 ft tall x 8-10 ft wide, with multiple, upright branches, the stems bright yellow in winter. Late spring flowers are white in flat clusters, producing white fruit in fall, both lovely against the curly, densely held, dark green leaves. Cut back in early spring for new growth in the best winter color. Makes a useful small hedge or screen. Very adaptable, enjoying sun -- except in the hottest climates -- to part shade and regular summer water. Frost hardy to -50F, USDA zone 2.
Cornaceae $16 3D
Cornus capitata 'Mountain Moon'chinese evergreen dogwood
An extremely high elevation collection of this exciting broad-leaved evergreen, Chinese dogwood, to 20 ft or so moderately fast. Pure white flower bracts, large, 6" or more in diameter, and abundant in late spring, are followed by showy, somewhat edible, red fruit. Best in full to half sun with average summer water. From the mountains of Bhutan, introduced by Piroche Plants in 1992, these are frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cornaceae $18 4D
Cornus mas 'Aurea'
cornelian cherry dogwood
Cornelian cherry with golden foliage and, in late winter, yellow flowers adorning bare stems. Very golden, indeed. his small deciduous tree, to 15 ft tall and wide, also produces red, edible, cherry-like fruit in late summer, striking against the bright foliage. Accepts sun to part shade with the leaves remaining more yellow in brighter light. Regular summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy to at least -20F, USDA zone 5.
Cornaceae $16 3D
Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa'dwarf bloodwood dogwood
"Interesting", "unique", "strange", "tough", and "distinct" are all words used to describe this red twig dogwood, a very upright and narrow, dedicuous shrub, possibly reaching 6-8 ft x 3-4 ft wide. The leaves are wrinkled, veiny, curly and densely held on the stems, a textured addition to the garden, while the crowded, upright stems offer bright red, winter interest. Sun to part shade with regular summer water is best. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Cornaceae $12 3D
Corokia 'Tutti Frutti'
Stunning corokia, evergreen, with foliage colored a mixture of orange, bronze, and yellow! Especially cheerful in spring when little yellow flowers appear, later turning into bright orange berries that feed the birds. Reaches 4-5 ft tall and wide, perfect for a single specimen to brighten a shade spot or as a hedge that could be sheared as well. Best in half shade with good drainage and regular summer water. Frost hardy in upper teens F, USDA zone 8 in a protected spot with mulch.
Argophyllaceae $12 4D
Corokia cotoneaster - Devil's Staircase
Evergreen, divaricating shrub from New Zealand. This strain was collected from rocky areas in Devil's Staircase, New Zealand. Silver gray stems with tiny leaves and, in spring, tiny, fragrant, yellow flowers. To 8 ft x 8 ft in time. Full sun to part shade with good drainage and summer water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Argophyllaceae $12 2D
Corokia cotoneaster 'Antons Dwarf'wire netting bush
A dwarf version of the species, this evergreen, divaricating shrub from New Zealand matures at only 2-3 ft tall or so with delightfully attractive, tangled twiggy growth. Like the species, stems are silver gray with teeny tiny leaves and, in spring, tiny, fragrant yellow flowers. Full sun to part shade with good drainage and summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Excellent in a container or at the front of a bed.
Argophyllaceae $14 2D
Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca 'Citrina'
Evergreen Mediterranean shrub in the pea family growing to 3 ft and spreading even wider. Frilly, dissected blue-green leaves make a lovely texture. The fragrant flowers are somewhat paler in this hybrid, but equally floriferous throughout the early spring and into summer. Enjoys sun, good drainage, and a bit of summer water, though quite drought tolerant. Lean conditions for compactness. Easily trimmed to shape. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Fabaceae $12 4D
Correa 'Dusky Bells'
This old standby of the Australian fuchsias (actually in the citrus family) has been available but scarce on the West Coast for many years. Shrubs to 4 ft with small rounded leaves and nearly brick-red bell flowers, blooming profusely from mid autumn through winter and occasionally in summer, preferring soil that is not rich and summer water that is only occasional in any exposure but the deepest shade. Though most at home in coastal gardens, we find it makes an indispensable container plant – think winter flowers on the front porch -- having been damaged in our garden only twice when temperatures dipped below 20F. Frost hardy in uppermost USDA zone 8 in the ground.
Rutaceae $14 4D
mountain toetoe grass
Particularly handsome, smaller toetoe to 4 ft x 4 ft, a New Zealand grass closely related to pampas grass. Flowers are tawny white plumes, feathery and slightly arching, appearing in July and August, earlier than the pampas forms, and standing up to 7 ft tall. Broad, grassy, arching leaves, somewhat more refined than other toetoe forms, develop substantial clumps, or tussocks, in sun to part shade. Best in well-drained soil with regular summer moisture but tolerant of some summer drought. Said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Poaceae $12 2D
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 4D
Cortaderia toetoetoetoe grass
Large New Zealand grass, from the group of handsome, tussock-forming grasses known commonly as toetoes, this species found in swamps and wet areas on the North Island of Tauranga. Like the related pampas grasses, flowers appear in white plumes on nearly erect spikes that stand above the arching, narrow-leaved, tooth-edged foliage, but flowering time is earlier, from late spring to mid summer. Plants are large in this form, 6-9 ft tall x 4-8 ft wide and perform well in the garden in full sun. These plants enjoy summer moisture but tolerate some summer drought. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Poaceae $12 2D
Cotoneaster microphyllus var. thymifoliusdwarf rock spray
A dwarf species, perfect for the Mediterranean garden, remaining under 3 ft high x 3-5 ft wide with fine-textured, evergreen leaves, under 1/4", enveloped in silver-gray as are the young stems. Small scarlet berries develop from small white flowers and adorn the densely cloaked branches in fall through midwinter. Summer drought-loving though content in a well-watered garden provided sharp drainage. Cold hard to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Rosaceae $12 2D
Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga
Architectural South African succulent with chalky, finger-like leaves and light orange flowers that hang down from short stalks that rise from the middle of the leaves. Plant in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil. Keep away from livestock as plants can be deadly to grazing animals such as sheep and goats. Drought-tolerant. Cold hardy to 15-20 degrees.
Crassulaceae $9 4in
Cotyledon orbiculata var. orbiculata - very white
Crassulaceae $9 4in
Crassula 'Baby Necklace'
Sweet little succulent with puffy leaves, green with red edges, stacked on thin stems, indeed like beads on a baby's necklace. To only 6-12" tall forming clumps of upright stems to 9-12" wide adorned with small white flowers in late spring to early summer. A cross between C. rupestris and C. perforata, these do best in well-drained soil in bright light with protection from the hottest, midday sun. Should dry out some between waterings and never be allowed to sit in water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9. A happy container plant where temperatures are lower.
Crassulaceae $9 2D
Also known as Crassula arborescens ssp. undulatifolia and C. arborescens ssp. undulatifolia 'Bluebird', this succulent shrub has thick, twisted, blue-gray leaves on a many branched plant to 2-3 ft tall and wide. Very striking especially in winter when rounded clusters of white star flowers appear in abundance. Evergreen and sturdy in sun to part shade with little water needed. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9 and a good container plant for the indoor / outdoor life where temperatures dip lower.
Crassulaceae $8 3D
Crassula 'Hobbit'baby jade
Not unlike heroic hobbit Frodo Baggins, this form of baby jade is a bit shorter and stouter than the others, and certainly a curiosity piece, producing compact, shiny, succulent leaves shaped a bit like miniature elephant trunks. Eventually to 3 ft tall and nearly as wide, forming a succulent trunk with age -- but takes many years to get there. Best as container specimen as they are only frost hardy into the upper 20's F, upper USDA zone 9. Makes a good houseplant.
Crassulaceae $7 4D
Crassula arborescenssilver dollar plant
Striking, red-edged, silver-blue-gray leaves, to 3" long, cluster on thick and fleshy, branching stems to 3 ft tall and possibly taller on this outstanding succulent from South Africa. Though shy to flower, plants can produce pinkish white, star flowers. Effective pruning can produce a charming bonsai or protect against breakage. Bright light is best with lean soil that drains well and water only when soil is dry. Frost hardy to 25F, perhaps a bit lower, USDA zone 9b, and a handsome container plant.
Crassulaceae $8 4in
Crassula corymbulosashark's tooth crassula
Small succulent from South Africa, to 6-10" tall x 12-20" wide, with medium green, triangular leaves overlapping in stacked, pagoda-like rosettes that add red tones in the sun and produce small white flowers at the top before dropping its leaves to produce more plants. Full sun for best leaf color. Very drought tolerant once established and frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9. Excellent in pots or hanging baskets. Tres retro!
Crassulaceae $010 3D
Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset'
golden jade plant
Shrubby jade plant, this with leaves flushed and margined with golden yellow and copper-red along the margins. This one is a little smaller, denser, and more compact than the species, reaching only 2-3 ft high. Fine in bright light or dappled shade with little water necessary. Does not tolerate frost so best in containers to be moved indoors when weather becomes cold. Frost hardy to 30F, USDA zone 10.
Crassulaceae $8 2D
Crassula ovata 'Tricolor'variegated jade plant
Variegated jade plant, the dark green, succulent leaves decorated with creamy white irregular markings. A lovely shrub and slow-growing, reaching only 1 ft tall in several years, in bright light or part shade. Very drought tolerant, needing only occasional water in summer and almost none in winter unless grown in container and requiring a bit more frequent attention. A fine succulent shrub outdoors where temperatures don't drop below freezing, USDA zone 10. Otherwise a happy container plant spending at least the winter months indoors in bright light.
Crassulaceae $010 4D
Crassula perforata 'Variegata'string-of-buttons
Native to South Africa, this succulent looks like stacks of star-shaped, succulent buttons on stems growing slowly up to 2 ft tall in clumps to 3 ft wide. New leaves are variegated -- appearing yellow with a central blue green stripe and red along the edges -- and very sweet. Older leaves darken to blue green. Best in full sun to part shade always in a soil mix for good drainage. Water regularly in summer when soil is dry and less often in winter. Only frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9, so best as a house plant or indoors for the winter.
Crassulaceae $010 2D
Dense succulent from South Africa's Eastern Cape with gray-green leaves and striking reddish stems that eventually forms a nice 12-18" shrublet. Flowers small white clusters of flowers in summer, somewhat inconspicuously. Excellent container specimen, either alone or with friends. Full sun, low water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Crassulaceae $7 4in
Crassula pubescens ssp. radicans 'Large Red'
This dense-growing succulent is a relative of the familiar Jade Plant. Growing to less than a foot high with plump leaves that give an overall appearance of a succulent leafy carpet. Very easy and adaptable, accepting drought with an occasional drink of water for optimal health. The plant takes on a lovely red glow if grown in full sun. Treat as a seasonal interest plant with the option of bringing it in for the winter as a houseplant. Frost hardy to 25F USDA zone 9b.
Crassulaceae $9 2D
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
Cupressus bakeri RCH 564
Cupressaceae $12 3D
A most attractive, upright, cypress from our collection of NW Mexico's Nuevo Leon. Eventually, upwards of 40-50', but 20-30' in more reasonable time with only 15-20' spread, eventually broadening. These with a pleasing, blue-green foliage. Moderately fast growing if given supplemental irrigation in Mediterranean climates. Long-lived for a cypress. Best in full sun with at least moderate drainage. USDA zone 7.
Cupressaceae $18 4D
From the high barren region on the coast of Mendocino county, this species is distinguished from its close relative, C. goveniana, by its thin black seeds. The species name is a bit of a misnomer in that these plants will only be pygmies in very poor soil; otherwise they should eventually grow to over 50 feet high. Full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cupressaceae $15 4D
California endemic found in yellow pine forests and chaparral and serpentine communities. This adaptable cypress grows slowly in dry environments, reaching 12-15 ft tall over time, and more quickly where water is more plentiful, reaching a possible 50 ft tall -- a handsome evergreen tree of any size with layered branches and gray bark. Prefers lean, well-drained soil but tolerates a wide range of soils; also tolerates summer drought and accepts occasional summer water. Best in full sun and frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7 with reports of tolerance into zone 6.
Cupressaceae $14 2D
Cylindropuntia kleiniae - Colorado purple clonecandle cholla
A 4-5 ft shrub with occasional long golden spines on narrow stems, purple flowers, and abundant orange red fruit in autumn, this form shared with us by Marianne Heacock from her Denver Garden many years ago. Plants have performed very well for us both in our garden and at a desert house in eastern Oregon. Makes an excellent container or garden plant for full sun and well-drained soil. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Cactaceae $12 4D
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
Cypella coelestisgoblet flower
Semi-evergreen, iris relative, with fabulous, 3-petalled blue flowers with yellow markings from July to September. A clumping plant, to 2-3 ft tall, with blue-green leaves in a fan shape. These are native to Argentina and like full sun and rich well-drained soil. Accepting of some summer drought but better with occasional deep watering. Frost hardy to 5F, upper USDA zone 7. Once known as Tigridia coelestis & Phalocallis coelestis
Iridaceae $9 4D
Any cypella is delicious but this one from Peru is stunning, the three petals a deep golden yellow with red and purple markings in the center. A summer blooming bulb on stems to 18-24" tall, each flower lasts only one day but by carefully trimming the seed pods the blooming period can be extended. Requiring regular water in summer, these like to be dry in their winter dormancy, so well-drained soil is must or pot culture in full to part sun. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8 if winter dry. Hesperoxiphion peruvianum is a synonym and becoming a widely accepted name for this plant, lovely by any name.
Iridaceae $14 4in
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
Cyrtomium falcatum 'Rochfordianum'japanese holly fern
Leaves are dark green and glossy on this cultivar, to 2 ft tall, forming 2-3 ft, vase-shaped clumps of nearly erect, evergreen fronds. Handsome in part to full shade planted in rich, well-drained soil that is watered regularly in summer. Mulch to maintain consistent moisture. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. A fine and frost hardy container specimen.
Dryopteridaceae $12 4D
Cyrtomium fortunei - Cl 5japanese holly fern
Evergreen and very cold hardy holly fern for loamy soils in part shade to shade. Very choice, reaches to 30" tall over time, growing quickly into large, handsome colonies that can easily be used as neat and formal-looking groundcover. Likes rich and moist soil but once established tolerates dry conditions. Evergreen when temperatures remain above 15F, and cold hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Dryopteridaceae $12 4D
Soft yellow flowers with a vermillion center on this dark foliaged hardy dahlia. Plant in full sun for best color. Dazzling in a container or as an accent in your otherwise staid suburban landscape. No need to lift. To 3 feet tall. Zone 8
Asteraceae $14 4D
Denizen of cool damp Mexican highlands, the beautifully dissected leaves make a wonderful background for the 3" light pink flowers produced late spring until frost. One of the hardier dahlias, probably reliable in USDA zone 7, maybe colder with mulch. Also tolerant of dappled shade but requires even moisture for continual flowering.
Asteraceae $14 6in
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 $16 4D
Daphne 'Lawrence Crocker'
Spontaneous seedling, found among the cyclamen carpets in the garden of Siskiyou Rare Plants’ early owner in Medford, OR. Nearly year-round blooming with heavy-scented pink flowers. 2-3 ft evergreen shrub. Full to part sun; adequate moisture. Truly a choice shrub; adaptable to cultivation. Cold hardy in USDA zones 6-9.
Thymelaeaceae $16 4D
Daphne bholua 'Darjeeling'paper daphne
From a species native to eastern Himalayas, this is a particularly frost hardy cultivar, evergreen and upright to 4 ft wide and up to 10 ft tall in the best conditions. In winter and spring deep pink buds open to sweetly scented white-tinged-pink flowers followed by drupes that ripen to black. Grow in part shade with regular summer water. They are known as paper daphnes where paper and ropes were once made from their bark. Frost hardy in USDA zones 7-10.
Thymelaeaceae $22 3D
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 2D
Daphne odora 'Marginata'
Flowering in late winter with very fragrant pink flowers that open from magenta buds, this is a dense mounding shrub, to 4 x 4 ft, with nicely variegated evergreen foliage. Good for late winter cheer! Sun, good drainage, and summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Thymelaeaceae $12 4D
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 4D
Daphne x transatlantica 'Alba Everblooming'everblooming daphne
This white flowered form of the nearly everblooming daphne is easy and satisfying to grow. Dusky blue leaves are evergreen, a fine background for the intensely fragrant flowers blooming in all but the coldest months. Yellow fruit that turns red adds extra color. Easy in full to part sun with regular summer water. 3ft tall and 4-5ft wide though easily kept smaller. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Thymelaeaceae $16 3D
Daphniphyllum macropodumfalse daphne
Amazing and handsome large shrub from China, Korea, and Japan with red petioles bearing long, dark green leaves, to 6-10" long x 1-3" wide, arranged like whorls on the branch ends, the new growth emerging above, pale and flushed with pink. Flowers are inconspicuous. This multi-stemmed shrub can reach 12-15 ft tall and wide - possibly taller, growing slowly until well established in bright shade to shade, where soil is rich and water is regular. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Daphniphyllaceae $15 4D
Dasylirion texanumtexas sotol
As the name would imply, this gem of a garden plant is native to west and southern Texas into Mexico and is one of the hardiest of the lot. Deep green rosettes, with small backward pointing spines and attractive golden filifers at the ends of the leaves, eventually form small trunks but are attractive as focal points or repeated rosettes in the garden. As denizens of the southern Great Plains, they love a thunderstorm or two in the summer and don't mind being dry in the winter, though they are tolerant of moisture. Sun to dappled shade, the main problem with dappled shade being dead leaves, not fun to pull out of the center of the plant -- your arm could get stuck that way, as my dad used to say about forbidden things. Reports tell us of frost tolerance up to -20F, USDA zone 5. Wow! Also great container plants.
Liliaceae $16 4D
Decumaria barbara SBH 7320
Our collection of this lovely, climbing hydrangea relative from east central Georgia (also a newly charted, very northern habitat of the needle palm, Rhapidophyllum hystrix). These most attractive vines make an evergreen groundcover or a dense, clinging vine for tree or trellis, flowering only after they have climbed a year or two with white lace caps held horizontally against the foliage. Enjoys summer water in sun or shade, flowering more heavily in sun. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6, probably zone 5.
Hydrangeaceae $15 4in
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $7 2D
Delosperma 'Fire Spinner'
A new and exciting ice plant found at 6000 ft in South Africa's East Cape and shared with us by Panayoti Kelaidis of the Denver Botanic Garden. It's the flowers that stop people in their tracks, opening in late spring to early summer, the daisy-like flowers with a white eye and orange petals that mature to bright magenta towards the center. Stunning covering a 2" tall x 2 ft wide mat or succulent evergreen leaves. A terrific groundcover for sun and little summer water once established. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Aizoaceae $6 4in
Delosperma congestum 'Gold Nugget'ice plant
We found this ice plant growing at 10,000 ft elevation just east of Sani Pass on the border of South Africa and Lesotho, forming a dense growing cushion of only 1" tall by 10" wide, with stunning yellow flowers. These have become popular in the mountain states (think Denver) for their extreme cold hardiness (-20F) when soil is well drained. Tough and pretty in the sun. Frost hardy to -20F, the bottom of USDA zone 5.
Aizoaceae $7 4in
Delosperma nubigenum 'Basutoland'basultoland yellow ice plant
An easy and cold hardy ground-covering succulent selected by the Berkeley Botanic Garden, to only 6" tall forming clumps to 2 ft wide that trail over walls or containers or create an colorful mat, the evergreen leaves turning red in winter. Summer flowers are bright yellow daisys nearly covering the plant from late spring into summer. Sun to part shade is best in very well-drained soil with at least occasional summer water once established. Surprisingly frost hardy, accepting temperatures below 0F into USDA zone 6.
Aizoaceae $7 4in
Delosperma sanguinea 'Kirstenbosch'
Another hardy South African ice plant, this to only 2-3" tall spreading to 18" or more per season, with narrow leaves and stems of soft blue-gray with overlying burgundy tones in cold weather. The flowers are somewhere between crimson and plum appearing from late spring to mid-autumn and accenting the foliage beautifully. Seems an easy grower in poor soil and bright light. Summer water greatly speeds growth. We have this in several stock plantings in mixed containers - a lovely sight. Reported frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5; we'll go with upper zone 6 or zone 7 especially in places receiving winter wet.
Aizoaceae $9 4in
Delosperma sp. - red flowers
Tough and wildly floriferous succulent, to 4" tall with rounded, 2", succulent, blue leaves and, from May to frost, yellow-centered, red, daisy-like flowers covering the low-growing foliage that can spread up to 1.5-2 ft, making a good groundcover that is very cheerful in flower. Easy in full sun and lean, well-drained soil with little summer water. Frost hardy t0 -10, USDA zone 6 and possibly lower.
Aizoaceae $7 4in
Delosperma sp. 'Naudy's Nek'
From the South African location of the same name, this wild collection is a hardy compact grower, only a couple of inches in height, spreading 2-3'. The dense spring-green leaves support an abundance of nearly purple flowers over a long period from mid-spring though any first frost of autumn. At home in any sunny, well-drained soil or container. Another very hardy selection, to USDA zone 5.
Aizoaceae $9 4in
Dendropanax sp. EDHCH 97321
This collection in southern China by Eric Hammond exhibits characteristics of both Metapanax davidii and the genus Nothopanax -- basically any panax is good. This a glossy green shrub to small tree with thrice divided leaves in youth becoming single or double in age and forming an endearing, small, umbrella-shaped evergreen specimen that adds greatly to any lush tropical-leaning garden. White sputniky flowers followed by blue-black berries in fall. Lovers of shade to morning sun, and preferring consistently moist conditions. So far has proven frost hardy in the east into USDA zone 7 and has performed admirably on both left and right coasts.
Araliaceae $16 4D
Another marvelous ivy-on-a stick, this plant -- having had a presence in collector's gardens in the southeast and on the West Coast, then nearly disappearing in cultivation -- is back! Shiny, three-lobed, glossy green, evergreen leaves of about 6" adorn this narrow, umbrella shaped, small tree, eventually to 10-15 ft. A lover of shade to dappled sun, these seem fine in full sun if provided consistent moisture. A great plant for tropical effect in the garden. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Araliaceae $16 3D
Asteraceae $11 3D
Evergreen mounding succulent, the small, 1-2", rosettes forming a low mound up to 3 ft in diameter. Leaves are bluish green with a few spines on the margins; flowers are yellow-green, appearing in early winter. They prefer bright light - full sun or, in the hottest places, light shade -- and well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 9. Previously known as Abromeitiella brevifolia.
Bromeliaceae $15 4D
Dichroa febrifuga 'UBC'
evergreen chinese hydrangea
Possibly the most exquisite form yet of this delightful genus, shared with us by the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, one of the best public gardens in North America. This southern Chinese collection grows only to about 3 ft with 3-4" leaves lightly encased by silver hairs. The generous clusters of fertile blue flowers produce pea sized clusters of cobalt colored fruit in fall through spring, held exquisitely above the foliage. Another plant for shade - or at least protection from hot afternoon sun - with even moisture. It has withstood about ("aboot") 0F, USDA zone 7, at UBC in their protected woodlands.
Hydrangeaceae $14 4D
Dichroa sp. - dwarfdwarf evergreen chinese hydrangea
Dwarf and evergreen, hydrangea relative, adorned with clusters of sky-blue flowers in late summer followed by metallic turquoise berries that linger through winter. This selection stays under 2 ft tall and slightly wider, perfect for the small garden. Best in part sun with adequate water and happy in a container as well. Frost hardiness to 10F, USDA zone 8, is enhanced by planting in a protected spot, out of wind and perhaps with overhead protection.
Hydrangeaceae $12 4D
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
angel’s fishing rod
Lovely South African irid with nearly evergreen foliage appearing as a delicate grass, to 18” tall, with 4–6 ft wands bearing pleasing, often salmon-pink flowers at the ends. Each stem produces flowers for several weeks to several months, depending on the season, adding wonderful movement to any garden as they sway in the breeze. Given their wild habitat in damp meadows and near seeps, occasional deep irrigation in the summer is beneficial. These collections become deciduous below 10F, USDA zone 8, but should be quite frost hardy in zone 6 with a bit of mulch.
Iridaceae $12 4in
Disporopsis jinfushanensisdwarf evergreen soloman’s seal
Another of the small group of evergreen Solomon seals for the woodland garden, this one apparently closely related to D. fuscopicta, keeping many of its characteristics -- e.g., unbranched stalks and shiny, rounded leaflets with prominent veins -- but in smaller dimensions. Mid-spring flowers also emerge soft white and age to chartreuse. To only 6" tall or so and slowly spreading to create dense patches in shade to part shade with rich soil and regular summer moisture. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $15 4D
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
Disporopsis sp. - giant
Liliaceae $14 4D
Disporum cantoniense 'Golden Temple'chinese fairy bells
A still somewhat new and always lovely form of the Chinese fairybell, this with wide, deep gold centers in the green leaves, brightening any shady spot. Given to us by Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianas and one of the prettiest selections so far. To only 30" tall, these have typical white, bell flowers in early summer followed by purple-black fruit. Rich, moist soil in light shade is best with regular summer water. Evergreen above 0F, USDA zone 7 and root hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Liliaceae $12 4D
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'
purple hop bush
This red/purple-leaved Australian hop-shrub is an excellent seasonal foliage plant, reaching 3 ft in a season and up to 10-12 ft eventually. Sticky foliage glistens in full sun where it’s happiest with well-drained soil and occasional summer water. Try backlit or in a container. Frost hardy to 18F, upper USDA zone 8, brief spells; otherwise, zone 9 or treat as an annual or pot plant.
Sapindaceae $12 2D
Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette'variegated tasmanian pepperwood
An exquisite variegated form of the Tasmanian pepperwood, the foliage marbled cream and yellow throughout, the yellow variegation becoming even more striking against the red stems as plants mature. I first observed this form, still unnamed, at an exhibition in London by Bluebell Nursery. They sent us their first propagation with the only caveat that it be named after it's discoverer ... and here it is. Though requiring the same conditions as the species -- sun to part shade with regular garden water and protection from drying winds -- this garden seedling, now about 8 ft in our garden, is, luckily, from hardy stock and, so far undamaged by a windy 20F. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Winteraceae $17 4in
Drimys winteri var. andina
Oooh! The smallest of the D. winteri complex (and one does develop a complex trying to decipher the different subspecies), This collection from southern Chile at snowy elevations develops into a 4-5 ft shrub with 3", nearly succulent leaves with reflective powder blue undersides. Creamy white flowers, 3/4", with the fragrance of honey arrive in clusters, appearing always in spring but in Portland also sporadically throughout the year. These prefer a little overhead protection or dappled shade in hot climates or full sun along the cool coast. Tricky in the US Southeast. The frost hardiest of the forms, to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Winteraceae $14 4D
Drimys winteri var. chilensischilean winter bark
Gorgeous aromatic tree from Mexico, Chile and Argentina, with lance-shaped, lustrous leaves, green above and a stunning pale blue-white beneath. Smaller than the species, reaching 10-15 ft, rarely to 25 ft. Flowers are fragrant, creamy white, in umbels of up to 20 blossoms, in spring to early summer. Plant in sun to part sun with shelter from wind and provide regular moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8.
Winteraceae $14 4D
Drimys winteri var. chilensis - silver-leaved clone
chilean winter bark
Another delicious form of this gorgeous aromatic tree from Mexico, Chile and Argentina, this clone with stunningly white undersides on the otherwise typical, lance-shaped, lustrous green leaves. Very unusual and striking. Smaller than the species, as are others in the variety chilensis, reaching 10-15 ft, rarely to 25 ft. Flowers are fragrant, creamy white, in umbels of up to 20 blossoms, in spring to early summer. Plant in sun to part sun with shelter from wind, provide regular moisture, and sit back to enjoy. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8.
Winteraceae $14 3D
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 4D
A way excellent wood fern from China that is perfect for small, shady gardens. Grows 18-24" tall in rich soil. New shoots are a handsome, light green and sit floating above older, deeper green fronds. In general, this fern looks nice and compact year-round and can tolerate dry summers and wet winters. Hardy to 0 degrees: USDA zone 7
Dryopteridaceae $11 4D
Dudleya cymosa - Downieville, CA
From a genus found west of the mountains from Baja to Oregon from 500 to 8000 ft., this attractive "liveforever", collected at nearly 7000 ft in California's upper Yuba Canyon, has rosettes to 5" of purple-gray leaves and, in spring, particularly large reddish flowers atop tall, red stems. Wonderful rock garden plant or pot specimen for VERY well-drained soil, a bit of summer water, and dry winters. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, lower if kept winter dry, e.g. in a moveable pot.
Crassulaceae $9 4D
Dudleya cymosa ssp. paniculata - Pacheco Pass, CAcanyon live-forever
Another in the charming genus of "liveforevers", this California endemic has rosettes of powder-blue, dusted leaves and branched flowers 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
Dudleya cymosa ssp. pumila low canyon liveforever
From central California this collection from plantsman Tim Hannis represents a diminutive form of the species from sterile sites, each rosette looking like a silver-gray button about 3" in width. Creamy yellow flowers, sometimes orange-tinted, appear in spring through early summer. Best if kept summer dry or in a cool place with well-drained soil. Does well in cool coastal climates. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 8.
Crassulaceae $9 2D
Dudleya sp. var. nova - Santa Clara County, CA
From a pinch of seed given us by Tim Hannis 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
Dyckia 'Burgundy Ice'
Surprisingly frost hardy, sharp spined succulent, with rosettes of long, narrow, pointed leaves in shades of burgundy to nearly black, all edged in distinctive white spines. Flowers are orange, adding to the color palette. To 6-12" tall and wide. Full sun for the best color in well-drained soil with little summer water necessary. Frost hardy to 20-25 degrees, USDA zone 9. Possibly colder if really, really, really dry. Also does well in containers.
Bromeliaceae $14 4in
Dyckia 'Naked Lady'
Named for the lack of spines along the leaves, this cross between D. encholirioides x D. brevifolia is a terrestrial bromeliad with sharp-tipped, shiny green, strap-like leaves arranged in rosettes to 1 ft tall and 2 ft wide. Forms colonies rather quickly. In spring, bright orange flowers appear on tall stems. Part sun to bright shade is best with moderate water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9. Happy in containers where temperatures drop lower.
Bromeliaceae $12 6in
Dyckia 'Red Devil'red-leafed dyckia
This, one of the most colorful Dyckia in our collection and a probable hybrid between D. platyphylla and D. leptostachya, grows to 10-15" high and 18" or so wide in reasonable time with elegantly spined rosettes of deep olive green, burnished intense red, more so with more light. Spring and summer flowers are of burnt orange atop 2 ft stalks. One surprise is the reported frost hardiness, with some testimonials to 8F though we'd be a bit skittish there; we're more confident in the mid teens briefly, mid USDA zone 8, probably colder if dry. Fine container plant, a bit slow growing and offsetting so will remain within bounds for some time.
Bromeliaceae $16 4in
Terrestrial bromeliad with succulent, spidery leaves mottled deep purple and forming rosettes to only about 4.” Flowers are produced in summertime clusters of orangey red. 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
Echeveria 'Blue Wren'
Beautiful rosettes of blue green, tightly held leaves hug the ground and make pups creating a small carpet on the ground or in pots. Stays less than one ft tall. Best in lean soil and sun to part shade with moderate water during the summer growing season and only occasional water during the winter months. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9, so best in containers that can be protected in winter.
Crassulaceae $9 4in
Echeveria 'Doris Taylor'
A beautiful little cross between Echeveria setosa and E. pulvinata with 6" rosettes of foliage covered with fuzzy white hairs. Very nice, especially when spikes of large orange, bell-shaped flowers appear. Well-drained soil and careful watering is best in full sun to light shade. Frost hardy only into the low twenties F or so, USDA zone 9, but lower if kept dry in winter.
Crassulaceae $11 3D
Echeveria 'Fleur d'Or'
Medium green rosettes of shiny, closely held leaves hug the ground, reaching only 4" tall but offsetting more quickly than some, producing lots of pups. Flowers are orangey. E. agavoides is a very possible parent of this sweet succulent. Full sun to light shade is best in well-drained soil with careful watering. Frost hardy only into the low twenties F or so, USDA zone 9, but lower if kept dry.
Crassulaceae $12 4in
A cold hardy echeveria!! at least to 15-20F, upper USDA zone 8, but that means it came through the 2009 winter without damage and in a pot. Not bad. Pretty too, the rosettes formed with lavender-tinted leaves to 4" across. Well-drained soil with careful summer water, avoiding sogginess. Can come indoors for the winter in order to remain dry or stay on a porch or under an overhang. Enjoy.
Crassulaceae $9 4in
Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy'
A plant with a sense of humor, this fasciated sport has cupped and undulated blue leaves on small rosettes, under about 6", with pink to salmon flowers in spring and summer. Prefers mineral soil. A great plant for dish gardens, containers, or planting out where temperatures fall to 20F, USDA zone 9. Fun for the whole family.
Crassulaceae $9 4D
Echeveria elegansMexican Snowball
Dense, blue-gray succulent species from Mexico that mounds or spreads slowly in tight colonies. Edges of leaves are slightly pink, producing equally pretty small pink flowers with a yellow tinge. Very handsome and uniform in the garden. More cold hardy than many other echeveria hybrids, this one makes an excellent rock garden or container plant that needs occasional winter protection below 25 degrees. Drought-tolerant. Plant in part to full sun.
Crassulaceae $8 4in
Echeveria multicaulis 'Copper Roses'
Easy echeveria species with small rosettes of fleshy green leaves with red on the edges, the color increasing in bright light and cold weather. Flowers are also particularly lovely -- red with yellow orange. Like all echeverias, these must have lean soil and very good drainage to avoid root rot. Water infrequently when the soil has dried (before the soil shrinks from the pot edges). Frost hardy to 25F, mid USDA zone 9 so best in containers that can be protected in winter.
Crassulaceae $9 4D
Lovely fast growing echeveria, found in Mexico and north into California on rocky outcrops where drainage is very fast. Rosettes of silver-blue leaves are highlighted in purple and topped with stalks of dark orange flowers beginning in early summer. Best in lean soil that drains quickly and bright light where they are protected from the hottest sun. Little water is needed in the winter months with more provided in spring and summer. Frost hardy to 25F, USDA zone 9b, so best in containers with winter protection where temperatures drop below.
Crassulaceae $9 4in
Gray-green leaves form stemless rosettes, to 4-5" wide, growing slowly and gradually form 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 with 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
Echeveria secunda MK 3406
Powder blue rosettes form clusters to about 18" with nodding, orangey-pink flowers with yellow tips. Very nice. This high elevation collection has been frost hardy so far to as low as 12F! Wahoo! That's almost to the bottom of USDA zone 8. Needs lean, well-drained soil and occasional water, drying out a bit in between. Wonderful in rock garden walls or containers.
Crassulaceae $12 4in
Echinopsis oxygonaeaster lily cactus
Fast-growing, round little cactus, quickly offsetting to form large, handsome clumps that produce beautiful, trumpet-shaped, fragrant flowers on long, tubular stems, flowers that open at night and last only one day. Blooms from late spring through summer in colors from white tinted pink to lavender-pink. Thrives in sun to half-shade in porous and lean, well-drained soil with judicious summer water. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8 if kept dry in winter. Otherwise a successful indoor plant in good light.
Cactaceae $12 4in
Echium russicum x wildpretii
Boraginaceae $11 4D
Echium wildpretii - hybrid
Columns 6 ft tall of pink-turning-blue flowers arise from rosettes -- next year -- these are biennials. Stunning! Striking! Full sun, good drainage, a bit of water. Reseeds if ground is left undisturbed. Hardy into the upper teens -- upper USDA zone 8 -- for brief spells.
Boraginaceae $14 4D
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 4D
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'silverbush elaeagnus
Long sought and under delivered deciduous shrub with stunning silver foliage and early spring flowers with the aroma of vanilla. This chance seedling, discovered and named by British plantsman, Roy Lancaster, reaches an eventual 6-8 ft but can be kept much lower through pruning. Can also be stooled on occasion to create a dense perennial. A very good plant in cold or wet climates that often can’t accommodate silver foliage. Needs decent drainage and, though drought tolerant, enjoys occasional summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Elaeagnaceae $14 4D
Zingiberaceae $14 4D
This evergreen, clumping grass from New Zealand has startlingly powder-blue leaves making lax mounds of feathery foliage. Performs well in light shade to full sun if provided dampness. Spills most attractively over container edge or wall. Frost hardy to between 15 and 20F, mid to upper USDA zone 8, and possibly colder.
Poaceae $11 4D
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'
Gorgeous little barrenwort, selected by Harold Epstein for the chocolate-purple, spring foliage that forms a perfect backdrop for the large, late spring flowers of purple and white. Foliage turns green through the summer. To 8-12" tall and wide in part sun to dappled shade. Drought tolerant once established but accepts summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4. Said to be deer resistant!
Berberidaceae $15 4D
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 $22 4D
A wonderful but underused, small fruit tree from Japan, evergreen, to 10 ft or more in the garden, with long leaves, dark green and shiny with lighter undersides. White fragrant flowers appear in the winter but buds can sometimes freeze. A wonderfully tropical garden accent. Parker always fondly remembered from his childhood picking the ripe, orange fruit and spitting out the large seed. Full sun is best. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Rosaceae $15 4D
Eriogonum fasciculatum [Daisy Ma collection]
Polygonaceae $11 2D
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
Asteraceae $9 3D
Native to Chile, this broadleaved evergreen shrub or small tree grows slowly, reaching 12-15 ft tall and wide -- or perhaps as much as 20-25 ft over a long time. Leaves are handsome, glossy, showy, and abundant, a fine background for the white flowers that appear at the ends of stems in early spring and occasionally though early fall. A delightful small garden tree or hedge in sun for best appearance or dappled shade. Fairly drought tolerant once established but tolerates summer water. This collection was made by plantsman Mike Remmick at the highest altitude where he could find it and has excellent potential into USDA zone 7. Also resprouts from the ground easily if winter damaged.
Escalloniaceae $14 3D
Eucalyptus neglectaomeo gum
By far one of the most desirable gums we can grow in the Northwest. Multi-trunked to 40 ft or so, its foliage has the best Vicks Vap-O-Rub smell around. Huge juvenile leaves on square stems become narrower and longer in adult foliage. Flowers in youth. Good in arrangements. Sun, well-drained soil and little summer water once established. Root hardy to 0F. USDA zone 7, though has been known to suffer leaf burn if not sufficiently hardened off before the harsh winter winds whip.
Myrtaceae $14 3D
Eucalyptus parvulasmall leaf gum, kybean gum
An extremely well-mannered, small tree, often multi-trunked, growing slowly to 35 ft or so with a broad, graceful form, somewhat flat-topped with age. Narrowly oval adult leaves of 2-3" -- deep, matte green with purple and blue overtones -- follow the rounded juvenile foliage. The bark is colorful as well, brown peeling to pink and green patches. These tolerate drought and somewhat poor drainage, though well-drained soil is best in full to part sun. Frost hardy to 5 F, mid USDA zone 7. Can resprout from the base.
Myrtaceae $12 4D
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 3D
Eucomis 'Innocence'pineapple lily
From a South African native. Striking white to pale pink, “pineapple”-like flowers on purple tinted stems show off from August to September above rosettes of long, narrow, “tropical” leaves. Bright light, full sun to part shade with water in spring during growth and protection from excess winter water, perhaps by an overhang. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7; lower with mulch. Can be grown in pots or lifted for the winter.
Liliaceae $11 4in
Eucomis 'Reuben'pineapple lily
From South Africa by way of New Zealand, this cultivar has upright, green leaves to 18” tall and stalks of pineapple-like flowers, these with dark, red-purple buds opening to mauve-pink flowers. Handsome and a good cut flowers. Full sun or part shade in hottest climates and water in the spring and summer growing season with relief from winter moisture – very well-drained soil or overhead protection. Best left undisturbed for a long and fruitful life. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, and possibly lower; mulch for extra protection.
Liliaceae $11 4in
From the South African Drakensberg Mountains, these succulent bulbs produce fluted, bright green leaves edged purple in summer, and clusters of flowers late in the season that, from a distance, do appear much like a pineapple-on-a-stick. Tolerant of poor drainage but would appreciate summer moisture. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7 and possibly zone 5/6 with mulch.
Asparagaceae $9 2in
Perennial bulbs from South Africa, the flowers resembling a pineapple just as the common name suggests. The leaves are a bit tropical and exotic, upright, light green and strappy, to 2.5 ft long, appearing in late spring. In late summer they surround a 12" flower stalk of white-blushed-pink, star shaped flowers with a little crown of green bracts at the top, providing more pineapple-ness. Not so choosy about soil as long as its well-drained or protected from winter rains. Average summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae $11 4in
Eucomis comosa 'Tugela Ruby'pineapple lily
Upright, somewhat fleshy leaves to 18” tall, colored a deep, dark purple in this cultivar and, in mid summer, saturated pink, fragrant flowers, darkening over time. The flower stalks, looking indeed a bit like pineapples, make very good cut flowers. Full sun or part shade in hottest climates gives the best foliage color. Requires water in the spring and summer growing season and relief from winter moisture – very well-drained soil or overhead protection. This South African native is best left undisturbed for a long and fruitful life. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7; mulch for extra protection.
Liliaceae $11 4in
First discovered in Cornwall in the 1930s and not yet widely found in the United States, this evergreen hybrid has proven itself a dependable performer and refined texture in the garden. A large shrub or small tree, to 15-20 ft tall x 10 ft wide, exhibiting the upright form of its E. lucida parent and the shiny, dark green, wavy-edged leaves of E. cordifolia. Ever more attractive when the large, open, single white flowers appear in summer. Prefers sun to part or dappled shade and well-drained soil with regular summer water. Best kept out of wind in a sheltered position. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cunoniaceae $16 4D
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 4D
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Pagoda'fortune's spindle, wintercreeper
This fine-textured, broad-leaved evergreen can reach up to 6 ft in height and seldom exceeds 18" in diameter, providing upright punctuation in the garden with leaves closely held against upright stems. Architectural like a small "Italian Cypress" and thrives even in a dappled shade garden. Part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Celastraceae $12 2D
Euonymus myrianthusevergreen spindle tree
Bright yellow-orange fruit that opens to show off red seeds is a striking attraction of this evergreen shrub to small tree. Clusters of pale yellow flowers precede, of course. This native of western China, first introduced by famous plantsman Ernest Wilson, reaches 6 to 8 ft tall, the long, bright green leaves on branches with dark gray, smooth bark are lovely in their own right and provide the perfect background. Full sun to light shade in well-drained soil with average summer moisture. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Celastraceae $14 4D
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
Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' PPAFmilkwort
Small-scale evergreen spurge, a hybrid between E. nicaeensis and E. sequieriana ssp. niciciana, to only about 18” tall in dense mounds to 2 ft wide. Leaves are blue-green, 1" long and narrow on 2" rosettes; flowers are the typical chartreuse over a long season. Very good knitter or spiller with year-round color. Summer drought tolerant, preferring bright light and good drainage. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Euphorbiaceae $12 4in
Euphorbia characias ssp. characias 'Burrow Silver'
Grown mostly for its variegated foliage -- narrow, blue-green leaves with creamy margins -- the red stems and creamy yellow flower heads add interest to this multi-stemmed, shrubby perennial. Perfect as an accent or mass planting in the dry garden in sun to part shade -- out of hot afternoon sun in hottest climates. Accepting of summer water as well. Said to be resistant to deer and rabbits. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Please remember to take precautions handling euphorbias as their parts of toxic and the sap can be irritating to some.
Euphorbiaceae $11 3D
This handsome, handsome, handsome, shrubby euphorb’s striking foliage is where its attraction lies. Grows to 5 or so feet high & wide with sweetly scented, greenish yellow blooms. Full sun to part shade with little summer water once established. Evergreen to 18 to 20F, upper USDA zone 8 and resprouts from the base to 10F, zone 8a. Slightly larger, more succulent, and hardier than Euphorbia mellifera.
Euphorbiaceae $11 4D
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 4in
Ficus carica x pumila 'Ruth Bancroft'
Vining shrub seldom exceeding 4-6 ft in height, that clamors through deciduous shrubs & against walls. This cultivar, found in Ruth Bancroft's garden, has the same mitten-shaped leaves, to 3-4", but more gracefully lobed. Fegs are tiny, to only 1 cm. For sun to shade in damp or drought though average summer water is best. Essentially evergreen, but deciduous below 15 to 18F, mid USDA zone 8, and freeze-back at 10 to 15F. Resprouts from upper USDA zone 7.
Moraceae $12 4D
Ficus sarmentosa var. nipponica
This cousin of the more common F. pumila, slightly tougher and a bit slower growing, has leathery pointed leaves of about 2-3” and the climbing, clinging, grasping, scraping, prying habits that we all desire… We have ours climbing the trunk of a trachycarpus palm, making a lovely green column. Shade or sun and occasional summer water for more vigorous growth. The best news: it has survived 0F, USDA zone 7, with little damage, though we still suggest mulching, at least where possible, when the next arctic express arrives.
Moraceae $12 4in
Ficus vaccinioidesformosan creeping fig
Essentially appearing as a much smaller version of the more common F. pumila, the creeping fig, this small creature has shiny, rounded leaves of only a 1/3“ or so and creates a slow-growing vine or groundcover. Loves dappled shade to full sun and summer water where dry though established plants are quite drought tolerant. Frost hardy to 10 to 12 F, USDA zone 8, a little colder with protection. Very good container plant.
Moraceae $14 4D
Fokienia hodginsii DJHC 182
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 0F, USDA zone 7.
Cupressaceae $16 4D
Forsythia suspensa ssp. sieboldii
Another lovely plant in a genus we didn't think we really liked. Shared with us by Marshall Olbrich of Western Hills fame, this diminutive species remains under 2 ft with a pendulous, weeping habit. They have under 1", narrow leaves and produce a lighter-than-usual yellow flower in great abundance anywhere from January through March. Ranks almost with Jasminum nudiflorum in suitability for spilling over walls or placement on banks. Sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6; zone 5 with protection. (Also known as Forsythia suspensa.)
Oleaceae $12 3D
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 $9 4D
Fuchsia procumbenscreeping fuchsia
One of only two species from New Zealand, this beach dweller grows only a few inches in height but behaves as a ground cover. The stems are wiry with round 3/8" leaves and, in true New Zealand style, the flowers are weird, under 1/2" and green infused with blue, yellow, and orange. Attractive, purple-black fruit follows late in the season. A great spiller for containers or amid bold leaved plants in the semi-shaded perennial garden. Even moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae $9 4in
Gardenia 'Lasting Beauty'
Lovely small double flowered gardenia, selected for its long-lasting, creamy white flowers that stand out against the medium green, slightly toothed leaves. These evergreen shrubs are compact, to only 3 ft tall in full to half sun with regular garden water. Acid soil and supplemental iron improves performance. A reliable bloomer and reliably frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $14 4D
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 and for its 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' 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 4D
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 3D
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
Gardenia jasminoides 'Rosedown Beauty'
hardy gardenia, cape jasmine
One of an increasing number of garden tough forms, G. augusta ‘Rosedown Beauty’ quickly grows to a 4-5 ft, compact, rounded shrub, evergreen, with upturned leaves and a free flowering habit. The semi-double flowers occur throughout the summer season. Best in a sunny situation or dappled shade in the hottest parts of the world. Water in summer in dry climates. Has not been as fussy as some others about nutrients, but, as with all gardenias, benefits from generous amounts of nitrogen and iron. Frost hardy in mid to upper USDA zone 7.
Rubiaceae $14 4D
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
Ginkgo biloba 'Weeping Wonder'
dwarf maidenhair tree
Strange and wonderful new ginkgo introduction, a dwarf tree growing only 6-10 inches per years into tiny upright tree, eventually 4-5 ft tall with side branches that are horizontal to weeping. Adding to the interesting texture, the foliage is somewhat twisty and pale to dark green in summer, depending on the light, turning typical ginkgo yellow in the fall. Occasional trimming maintains good shape and form. Enjoys sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Ginkgoaceae $22 6in
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
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 4D
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 2D
Grevillea 'Pink Pearl'
Another wonderful grevillea, this also an evergreen shrub, to 4 ft tall and a bit wider, with needle-like foliage and saturated pink flowers all year long but particularly in winter and early spring. Best in full sun in well-drained soil with little or no summer water once established. As with all proteas, avoid fertilizers with phosphorous. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $14 2D
Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'
One of the Poorinda hybrids, thought to be a cross between G. juniperina and a yellow G. victoriae. An evergreen shrub, up to 8-10 ft tall and wide, with long leaves, dark green above and silvery on the undersides, and clusters of soft, frilly, yellow to apricot flowers in late winter through spring and occasionally throughout the year. Best in sun and lean, well-drained soil, with little water once established. Can be shaped in mid summer for best appearance. Frost hardy into the low teens F, USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $16 3D
Grevillea alpina - GDIS
Proteaceae $14 4D
Grevillea olivaceaolive-leaf grevillea
Wonderful protea family shrubs, one of the top constituents in our repertoire. To only about 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide, the 2-3”leaves, indeed olive-like and dusky green, are complimented by profuse cream to saffron flowers from fall to spring. Striking planted where they can spill over walls or embankments with other spillers such as Rosemary. Like all proteas be very careful with the fertilizer...in other words, don’t. For well-drained soil in USDA zones 8b or above.
Proteaceae $14 4D
Grevillea victoriae 'UBC'
Silver leaved protea relative from Australia, this selection from the University of British Columbia. Reaches 4-6 ft in time and has “spidery” orange flowers all winter. Best with full sun, well-drained soil and occasional summer water. Do NOT fertilize (it will respond by snuffing it.) As with all proteas, dislikes phosphorous. Super cold hardy, easily handling temperatures in USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $14 4D
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
Griselinia littoralis UCSC 83-109
This handsome, 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 collection of t he University of California at Santa Cruz is frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Griseliniaceae $12 3D
A "dinosaur" plant for the smaller lizards, this southern hemisphere perennial growing up to 2 ft tall with 6" wavy, green leaves. They love moisture, swampy moisture, in sun to part shade, dying back in the colder months to reappear in spring. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8..
Gunneraceae $14 4D
Gunnera tinctoriadinosaur food
Stunning as are all Gunneras, this version of "dinosaur food" has sharply lobed and wrinkled leaves with endearing little bumps. The rhubarb-like leaves can reach over 8 ft in height and width and are also tinted with purple -- always a good thing! The flowers appear as 2 ft ...ummm...blobs that look like they have been dipped in orange bird seed. So much for botanical descriptions. Best if used in a boggy situation where water is always present, especially in summer. With afternoon shade anywhere but at the coast. Can also be used in normal garden conditions but does not attain the great size. Often survives but not shiningly in high summer heat and humidity. USDA zone 8.
Gunneraceae $13 4D
Fabaceae $14 4D