Quercus berberidifolia SBH 7197
california scrub oak
One of several shrub or chaparral oaks from western North America. This form, one of our collections from the southern Siskiyou mountains, reaches 6 ft, though can be encouraged to a miniature tree to about 8 ft tall by pruning off excess branches. Somewhat spiny and leathery, downward-cupped leaves held closely together make this a most attractive garden subject. Loves hot, bakey, Mediterranean conditions but seems to thrive in a watered garden as well. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $14 4D
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Quercus berberidifolia SBH 7197
california scrub oak
Quercus berberidifolia SBH 9057
Our collection near the summit of the Santa Rosa Plateau in southern California, these dense, 6ft shrubs were adorned with flattened, somewhat spiny leaves on multiple stems. Very good for the western dry garden as a large shrub remaining under 10 ft tall or pruned into small tree form and reaching to 12-14 ft tall. Needs sun to half shade and well-drained soil; dislikes summer wet places. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, probably zone 6.
Fagaceae $14 3D
Quercus berberidifolia x engelmannii SBH 9064
Another oak from our collection near the summit of the Santa Rosa Plateau in southern California, these are also 6 ft shrubs with somewhat broader leaves with a blue finish suggesting intergression with the Engelman oaks included in our name. Also very good for the western dry garden as a large shrub remaining under 10 ft tall or pruned into small tree form and reaching to 12-14 ft tall. Needs sun to half shade and well-drained soil; dislikes summer wet places. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, probably zone 6.
Fagaceae $14 3D
Quercus berberidifolia x SBH 9065
Also from our collection near the summit of the Santa Rosa Plateau in southern California, these similar creatures, also 6 ft shrubs, have narrow leaves suggesting possible hybridization with what appeared to be Q. john-tuckeri nearby. Also very good for the western dry garden as a large shrub remaining under 10 ft tall or pruned into small tree form and reaching to 12-14 ft tall. Needs sun to half shade and well-drained soil; dislikes summer wet places. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, probably zone 6.
Fagaceae $14 3D
Quercus chrysolepiscanyon live oak
An extremely handsome, evergreen native oak found in western dry country and able to withstand great drought, these from acorns collected in the wild near Cave Junction, Oregon at 4000 ft. Wonderfully adapted to dry summer climates and very successful as a street tree. Fast growing when young and slowing in maturity, these can reach 20-30 ft in your lifteime in deep soil with bright sun to part shade. Frost hardy into at least the single digits, F, low USDA zone 7. Can be shrubby when young so encourage a strong leader.
Fagaceae $16 4D
From central western Mexico at about 7000 ft elevation this oak with rather long, leaves, hispid (hairy) above and pale underneath, and a silvery trunk was given to us by plantsman Alan Taylor. We expect it to make a very pretty, horizontally branched tree to about 35 ft tall, tolerant of long periods of drought and evergreen save for, possibly, a brief period in spring as new growth begins to appear. From its location we are guessing frost hardiness to 10F, USDA zone 8, but many of these oaks have surprised us with their ability to stand cold.
Fagaceae $16 4D
Quercus douglasii - Cache Creek [Peter Podaris]
Handsome, small, deciduous tree to 20 - 30 ft most easily seen in the northern Sacramento Valley. This collection from Solano County, California by plantsman Peter Podaris has particularly blue, 1-2" leaves with subtle fall color in pastel yellows and oranges. Tolerant of most garden conditions but also of severe summer drought, though summer water to establish is best in sun to part shade. Frost hardy to at least -20F, USDA zone 5.
Fagaceae $12 3D
Quercus guyavifoliachinese evergreen oak
Another fabulous evergreen oak, this to 20-25 ft tall with a rounded, pyramidal form and small leaves, dark green and shiny above with velvety brown indumentum on the undersides -- the guava leaf oak. This is a Chinese oak that is tolerant of both drought and summer water making it easy to place. A handsome addition to the garden or parking strip. Frost hardy to at least mid USDA zone 8 and probably lower.
Fagaceae $16 4D
lacey oak, texas blue oak
Rare endemic from the Big Bend region of Texas, forming a beautifully rounded, upright tree, to 20-30 ft tall, with gently lobed leaves of blue-green turning apricot tones only at the very end of autumn and shedding in early spring when new leaves emerge. Named for Howard Lacey who first collected it in Kerrsville, Texas. Perfect for the dryland garden... or giant limestone chasm planting. Prefers good drainage and little fertilizer. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. Full sun for best color.
Fagaceae $15 3D
Quercus myrsinifoliachinese evergreen oak
One of the more handsome of the evergreen oaks, this one native to Japan and Asia, with bronze new growth maturing to glossy green leaves that end in a curious drip tip. Grows at a medium rate to 30 ft tall as an upright and spreading specimen. Best full to part sun with regular summer water but tolerates summer drought once established. Makes an excellent street tree or container plant. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $15 3D
Quercus tomentellaisland oak
Quite rare in commerce, this striking tree, to 30 ft tall or so and endemic to the islands just off the coast of southern California, has 4" adult leaves that look very much like Lithocarpus densiflorus -- rather glossy green, rounded ovals with most attractive pleats particularly visible on the silvery undersides. Prefers sun and dry summers but tolerates average garden conditions as long as the drainage is good. These make good street trees or specimens for the mid-sized garden. Frost hardy to the upper end of USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $16 3D
Quercus tomentella x chrysolepis
This hybrid between the channel oak and the canyon oak, both occurring on the islands off the coast of Southern California, has a bigger and more upright growth, often with leaves emerging red as with Q. tomentella and the somewhat smaller and spinier leaves of Q. chrysolepis. These have made most attractive trees, showing great vigor and exhibiting silver bark with age. Remaining reliably evergreen, deep-rooted, and drought tolerant they should be marvelous dry garden or street trees in the. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Fagaceae $14 3D
Quercus vaccinifoliahuckleberry oak
Walking through a ‘"forest" of this oak can be hard on your ankles or knees since these only reach 2-3 ft at maturity, making this dwarf alpine oak perfect for the rock wall or rock garden. Evergreen with lustrous, green leaves and a dense, tight habit. A very dependable small shrub in full sun to part shade with at least occasional summer water. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7, and possibly into upper zone 5.
Fagaceae $16 4D
Quercus wislezenii SBH 9133
From the mountains above Eel River in California's Coast Range, these, at their higher elevation range, are most attractive, reaching about 40-50 ft tall and spreading to 30-40 ft with silvered, checkered bark and dark, flattened, evergreen leaves. At their best on dry garden slopes and have proven very good in urban conditions making them valuable street trees for the West. Should be long-lived and frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, possibly zone 6.
Fagaceae $14 4D
Though rare in cultivation in the US, this handsome, Chilean, broadleaved evergreen tree is entirely suited to life in the summer dry climates of the West. This slow to moderate growing tree can eventually reach 40 ft in cultivation with a rather narrow, rounded crown adorned with shiny, leathery, oval leaves and, in early summer clusters of small, creamy flowers. A handsome street tree or garden specimen in full to part sun requiring little summer water once established. This form, collected in Low Quines, Chile at 6000 ft and shared with us by plantsman, Mike Remmick, is expected to be easily frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8 and possibly lower.
Quillajaceae $14 3D
Rhamnus alaternus - Portuguese clone
This most attractive shrub, originating from Portugal's National Botanical Garden, ranges to 8 ft tall or a bit more with 1/2". ever-so-slightly silver-tinted, evergreen leaves. Flowers are insignificant and, in our experience so far, the fruit is negligible as well. But we like the plant itself, smaller and more fine textured than other forms and useful for screening and for specimens in the summer dry garden. Fine in sun to only lightly dappled shade and in most soils save for those sitting in winter water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14 4D
Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'variegated italian buckthorn
This tough, evergreen, Mediterranean shrub has been grown since the 17th century for its handsome variegated foliage, pale green leaves with creamy white margins that echo the white, spring flowers. Handsome red berries in fall stand out against the pale foliage. To 12-15 ft tall and nearly as wide. Has the best form in full sun but accepts part shade as well. Requires little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14 4in
Rhamnus alaternus 'John Edwards'
One of the most versatile, durable, easy, and drought tolerant plants for Mediterranean climates, this selection having come from Tilden Park in Berkeley, California. Small tree, to 20 ft, or large shrub, to 12 ft, easily trimmed as a handsome hedge. Evergreen leaves are small, crinkley, and dark green; greenish white flowers also small, and produce black berries adding texture. Full sun with very little summer water. Frost hardy to 5F, USDA zone 7b.
Rhamnaceae $14 4D
Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Pintado'rosy posy
Small plant, to only 5" tall, the grass-like leaves forming small clumps topped in late spring / early summer with the palest pink flowers tipped and centered in red. Said to be the most fragrant of the species. Best grown in full sun with summer moisture and soil that drains very well. These are winter deciduous and happiest if entirely protected from winter rains through movable pots or troughs. Late to emerge in spring, their spot should be well marked for safety. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Hypoxidaceae $9 4D
Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Venetia'rosy posy
From the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, a tiny, clumping perennial with grassy leaves, to only 3-4" tall. Grown mostly for its charming, star-shaped, rose-red flowers that sit on the top of each stem in late spring. Sun and well-drained soil is best with consistent moisture in summer and little moisture in winter. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, with good drainage.
Hypoxidaceae $11 4D
Rhodophiala bifidaoxblood lily
Lovely South American equivalent of the South African amaryllis. Flowers in late summer with deep dusky-red, lily-like blooms on 1 ft stems. Grass-like, strappy leaves follow the flowers. Easy in the garden, in well-drained soil with protection from the very hottest sun. Water in their growing season. Easily grown as a houseplant and encouraged into bloom for the holiday season. Frost hardy with mulch in upper USDA zone 6.
Amaryllidaceae $12 2D
Ribes aureum ssp. gracillimum
Shared with us by plantsman Nevin Smith, this deciduous, western native shrub, to about 4-6 ft tall and wide, has gray-tinted, rounded, gooseberry-like leaves and, in late winter to spring, small sprays of pretty yellow flowers that add red tints with age followed by yellow to pale red fruit that is edible and tasty if somewhat seedy. Monarchs and bees love the flowers, birds love the fruit. Sun for best appearance or part shade. Has performed well in the garden even with long periods of summer drought but doesn't seem to mind a little extra moisture here and there. Frost hardy to at least -10F, USDA zone 6, and possibly colder.
Grossulariaceae $12 3D
Ribes sanguineum 'Variegatum'variegated flowering currant
Variegated form of the flowering currant, deciduous, to 10 x 10 ft, with small, maple-like leaves, emerging green and maturing with splashes of creamy white -- the opposite development of most variegations. Hanging racemes of rose-red flowers appear in spring before the leaves appear. The dark fruit that follows is beloved by birds -- and people, too, for preserves. Bright sun and lean soil is best with very little summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. Sorry, cannot ship to the eastern United States.
Grossulariaceae $12 4D
Hardy ginger relation from Sikim with bright purple, orchid-like flowers amongst long, green, slightly fleshy leaves. To 12-18" tall in small clumps. A lovely addition to the part shade to shade garden when moisture is regular. Blooms over a long period in summer then dies to the ground to ride out the winter. Happy in sun to shade with rich soil and regular summer water. Protection for the hottest sun would be advisable in very hot climates. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Zingiberaceae $14 4D
A deer resistant, fruit producing groundcover, this prostrate, shrubby vine has huge shiny leaves, to 6" wide and green above with a white underside, clusters of white flowers in early spring, and raspberry-like fruit in late summer. A handsome rambler to 6-12" tall, good for weaving through shrubs, rooting where stems touch the ground. Prefers part to full shade with protection from the western sun and regular summer water where dry. Deciduous in colder areas, but can remain evergreen in mid winters. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rosaceae $12 4D
Rubus pentalobus 'Sonya's Parasol'variegated creeping raspberry
A sport of a most useful, groundcovering rubus, Sonya's Parasol maintains wonderfully cream-streaked, shiny green leaves on plants rarely exceeding 4" in height but spreading to form a small groundcover or container plant. We were thrilled to find this as our own variegated introduction was lost some years ago. Good for lighting the understory of small shrubs or shady nooks. Works in fairly deep shade to all but the most blasty full sun. Would like regular water in dry places. Frost hardy to upper zone 6.
Rosaceae $13 4D
Ruschia namaquanaice plant
Small shrub, to about 2 ft, with clasping succulent leaves giving it the appearance of a strange sea creature rather than a desert shrub. One of the first succulents Sean received as a child from a defunct succulent nursery in the San Joaquin valley. Very drought tolerant as its Namaqualand origins would indicate, though it prefers to be damp in the winter for best growth. Full sun. Excellent pot specimen. Reliably hardy to just a bit under 20F, uppermost USDA zone 8; colder with protection.
Aizoaceae $010 4D
From seeds shared with us by fellow plant nut, Hayes Jackson, in Aniston, AL, from his quick growing specimen, one having survived a couple of dips below 10ºF no worse for wear. The state tree of South Carolina, this stately palmetto reaches 30 ft or more, though quickly in the southeast, quite slowly in the cool summer night West. Lovers of heat and consistent summer moisture: fast growing in any hot-summer-night area and slow to form a trunk elsewhere. Because it stretches from the coast of the Carolinas to the Gulf to the Caribbean, we are always on the lookout for northern forms. "Don't be dumb, get you some" -- Hayes Jackson 2002. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Arecaceae $16 4D
Striking Central American species, these beautiful, evergreen shrubs have rusty stems and shiny patent leather, narrow oval leaves surrounded and underset by a rich copper indumentum. Autumn flowers are lilac and white. Can reach 4-5 ft but easily kept to a smaller size. Full sun to medium shade in nearly any soil conditions. Superb for containers and annual planting, or as a permanent feature in gardens where temperatures seldom fall to 25F, mid USDA zone 9. Easily propagated from cuttings at the end of the season.
Lamiaceae $12 4in
Sambucus nigra 'Eva'
Also sold under the name 'Black Lace,' this is an elderberry that knows how to behave itself ... or so we are told. Leaves are shining black-purple, deeply cut, and layered on a deciduous, somewhat dwarf shrub to 8 ft tall if left unpruned. Add the contrast of spring flowers in soft pink flowers followed by dark red berries ... berries that are delicious in pies, jams, and pancake syrup! Fun for all seasons. Sun is best and supplemental summer water. Frost hardy into -30F, USDA zone 4.
Adoxaceae $14 4D
Sarcococca balansae BSWJ 7285sweet box
A collection in Northern Thailand by the intrepid Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm, this is one of the first of the "big" hardy, sweet box to make it into the US. Up to 6 ft tall with rather large, tropical-looking leaves and the fragrant white flowers you have come to expect in mid-winter. Cold hardy 10F, USDA zone 8, in a sheltered site with moisture and shade. Very exciting!
Buxaceae $15 4in
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis
Small evergreen shrub with shiny leaves and, in January, tiny white, thread-like flowers that give a wonderfully spicy aroma to the winter air. To only 12-14” inches tall, these small shrubs spread slowing adding more stems for more flowers and more wonderful winter aromas and more of the distinctive, round black fruit. A must have for the shady garden with rich soil and a little summer water. Extremely choice. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Buxaceae $12 2D
Evergreen shrub, to 4-6 ft, quietly fills an empty spot in part to dense shade and bursts forth in winter with a remarkably sweet fragrance from an abundance of small, white, thread-like flowers. Red berries turn black and remain through summer. Branches root easily providing more plants for more winter fragrance. Regular summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Buxaceae $11 4D
Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate'
dragon gate sweet box
Discovered in 1980 by Roy Lancaster in Yunnan China, and named Dragon Gate for the temple entrance near which it was found. With this prestigious provenance, a 4 ft, arching shrub with staunchly evergreen leaves, looking much like Danae racemosa. Very late autumn to mid winter flowers of creamy white followed by blue-black berries. A wonderfully fragrant and handsome addition to the winter garden. Tolerant of deep shade to nearly full sun in all but the hottest climates. Appreciative of some summer water where dry. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Buxaceae $15 3D
Sarcococca salicifoliasweet box
One of the most unusual and graceful of the sarcococcas, this 4 to 5 ft shrub of equal spread possesses arching branches and long, yes, willow-like leaves of shiny light green, appearing very much like bamboo as well. The particularly fragrant flowers are most abundant in fall into early winter and are a creamy green-yellow melding beautifully with the shiny leaves. Light dappled shade to full shade -- ok in sun in coastal climates -- with reasonable summer water and fertile to average soil. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, though a form exists in the JC Raulston Arboretum in zone 7 in North Carolina suffering only occasional damage.
Buxaceae $15 4in
christmas false box
This winter-blooming shrub, with tiny white, thread-like flowers and delightful December to February fragrance, comes from the high mountains of Afghanistan. To 3 ft tall x 6 ft wide eventually, with densely held, evergreen leaves, narrow and tapered, dark green above and lighter beneath. Full sun to part shade with regular summer moisture. This form was shared with us by Western Hills Nursery. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Buxaceae $15 4in
Saxifraga umbrosa var. primuloidesminiature london pride
Wonderful saxifrage, with evergreen rosettes of dark green leaves - echeveria-like - forming a ground-covering mat in part shade or dappled shade. Can produce sprays of pinkish flowers. Accepts summer water but tolerates drought as well once established putting it on that short list of plants for dry shade! Frost hardy to a remarkable -10F, USDA zone 6.
Saxifragaceae $12 4in
Saxifraga x geum 'Dentata'
A "toothy" leaved selection of a cross between S. hirusta and S. umbrosa, naturally occurring in the Pyrenees mountains. An evergreen groundcover, with mat-forming rosettes of spoon-shaped leaves to 3" across and, in summer, clusters of tiny, white-spotted-red flowers on stalks standing above the plants. Part shade with summer water; accepts more light with more water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Saxifragaceae $9 4D
In our never ending search for garden hardy evergreen Schefflera relatives, here's one that's actually a Schefflera. This Himalayan species grows eventually to 6 or 8 ft and can have leaves in excess of 2 ft with an exquisite tawny indumentum. So far has proven hardier than even Fatsia to a low USDA zone 7!! Dappled shade is best with even moisture.
Araliaceae $19 2D
Schisandra propinqua var. sinensis
Shared with us years ago by plantsman Dan Hinkley, this small evergreen vine, to 6-8 ft, is replete with stems and petioles tinted burgundy and shiny, 3” leaves. The spring and summer flowers contribute another reddish element to the entire plant’s moody appearance. We have found it an attractive addition to the base of larger vines where woody stems are exposed and a useful spiller in containers. Suitable in both shade and sun with at least occasional summer water in either spot. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Magnoliaceae $14 3D
Schizostylis coccinea f. alba
Cheerful perennial with grassy leaves and, in this form, clear white, star-shaped flowers atop longish stems, appearing mostly in fall and into winter but here and there throughout the summer. To 2 ft tall forming clumps to 12" wide in full to part sun with regular moisture for best performance. Vigorous grower, easily kept in bounds. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Iridaceae $9 4D
A selected form of bog rush that is a particularly deep rich burgundy with copper tints and a very good texture, for border edge or container. Flowers on this New Zealand sedge are small and reddish purple, born on the tip ends of the spikes. Capable of withstanding inundation; otherwise prefers some water in sun or shade. Frost hardy to at least 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cyperaceae $14 2D
Scilla peruvianagiant squill
A Mediterranean bulb named for a South American country, botanists of the time having named it for The Peru, the ship that first brought bulbs to England. However it was named, this large flowered scilla is a huge hit in the early spring garden with 6-12" flower stalks of azure blue flowers resembling a hyacinth. Summer dormant with rosettes of strappy leaves emerging in fall. Full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant though remains evergreen with summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Liliaceae $11 4in
Tall sedum, earning its common names of bush sedum or tree sedum by reaching to 1-3 ft tall along rooting stems that create a large, ground-covering clump to 3-4 ft wide. Succulent leaves and long and green; flowers are yellow in star-shaped clusters appearing in late winter and early spring. Best in sun to part shade in the well-drained, dry garden preferably in a protected spot. Frost hardy to the mid 20s F, USDA zone 9.
Crassulaceae $8 3D
Sedum niveum SBH 9227a
From a small native range in the mountains above Palms Springs, California, comes this precious, small succulent, with winter resting rosettes to only about 1/4" spreading to make colonies eventually several feet wide. In spring and summer 3-4" stalks of starry white flowers stand above. Easy going, requiring only decent drainage and dappled sun to full sun. Drought tolerant but can handle water any time of the year as its moutntain habitat has frequent thunder showers. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Crassulaceae $12 4in
Sedum nussbaumerianumdonkey tail sedum
Also called copperstone stonecrop, this sedum is low growing, to only 8" tall x 2-3 ft wide, with 1" pointed, succulent leaves, green with rosy bronze tints. Flowers are fragrant, appearing in white umbrels in late winter to spring. Likes full sun in well-drained soil with occasional summer water and fertilizer. Does well in coastal areas. Frost hardy in mid to upper USDA zone 9. In colder areas, a good container sedum or houseplant that trails willingly over edges.
Crassulaceae $8 4D
Sedum oregonense SBH 2028creamy flowered stonecrop
Plants from this particular population probably represent a hybrid between S. oreganum and S. spathifolium, though mostly resemble the former. Robust green-tinted-blue-gray rosettes of about 1" quickly form mats that are most useful for small-scale groundcover, pots, or roof planting. Pale yellow flowers add color in spring to early summer. Prefers a bit of summer drought especially where hot, otherwise almost any soil in half shade to full sun. Frost yard to -10F, USDA zone 6, probably colder.
Crassulaceae $9 2D
Senecio jacobseniitrailing jade
Trailing succulent that roots along stems that can reach up to 4 ft long, carrying 2-3" rounded, fleshy, overlapping leaves, green in summer, becoming purplish in winter cold. Small orange flowers occasionally appear in fall or early winter. Happy draped over walls or containers in sunny dry conditions with only occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 30F, USDA zone 10 and possibly into zone 9. Does well as a houseplant with plenty of light.
Asteraceae $11 3D
blue moor grass
Lovely little grass with foliage that is blue on top and green beneath, giving an interesting, bicolor appearance. Forms clumps to 6-12" tall x 9-12" wide, a bit taller when the green, not-very-showy flowers stand above in spring. Easy and useful in the garden as fillers, accents, and borders or as a ground cover in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Evergreen in milder climates and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Poaceae $010 4in
Sophora gypsophila SBH 8986
guadalupe mountain necklacepod
These seedlings, from our collection from New Mexico's Guadelupe Mountains at close to 6000 ft elevation, resemble S. segundiflora but have slightly duller leaves, even gray-tinted, and sometimes a fine covering of silky hair. Reaching to 6-8 ft tall as shrubs, they can also be pruned to miniature trees -- either one is handsome with evergreen, multi-leafletted leaves and purple blue flowers reminiscent of a wisteria in spring and occasionally throughout the year. Best in bright light and good drainage. Drought tolerant but summer water improves the flowers and flowering season. Frost hardiness likely into USDA zone 6 as the region has recently experienced many winters with brief dips below 0F.
Fabaceae $12 3D
Speirantha convallarioidesfalse lily of the valley
Charming liliaceous evergreen ground cover, one of the myriad from south and east Asia. With bold leaves, this one forms 12" leafy rosettes of deep green slowly spreading to form small colonies to 3 ft or so at home in the deepest, darkest shade. The flowers are tiny trumpets, white and fragrant, appearing in spring and again in fall. Very good for a tropical effect. Needs summer moisture. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $15 4D
Lovely and unusual deciduous shrub, to 6 ft or so tall and wide, with purple-red stems and variegated leaves, long and pointed with large creamy margins and red tints in new growth. Blooms as other stachyurus, with long dangling racemes of cream-to-yellow flowers in early spring. Charming over a bank. Sun to afternoon shade with plentiful summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. From China, these are listed as both S. praecox or S. chinesis: we lean toward chinensis.
Stachyuraceae $18 4D
Vigorous, evergreen, hard to find vine - with large, glossy, compound leaves that emerge in tints of amber and darken to blue-green. Abundant white, fragrant, flowers flushed with purple cover the vine in spring to early summer followed by purple, edible fruit when cross pollinated. Tolerates sun where summer are not blisteringly hot and summer water is plentiful. Otherwise part shade with summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Lardizabalaceae $14 4D
Sycopsis sinensis - narrow leaf form
Selected from a seed batch, this graceful large shrub to small tree, reaching to 15 ft tall or more with silvery bark and horizontal branches, has, instead of the long, oval, deep green leaves of the species, leaves of 1/4" x 3" leaves, making this collection quite distinct. Small clusters of reddish flowers, similar to its cousins the hamamelids, appear in winter - not very flashy but lovely up close. Very good for screening or a small garden specimen in shade to sun, though we find it somewhat more graceful in at least afternoon shade. Prefers some summer water where dry. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, possibly colder.
Hamamelidaceae $15 4D
Handsome member of the witch hazel family, denser and more diminutive than its close cousin, Sycopsis sinensis. If unimpeded, grows from 6-10 ft eventually, with a very pretty pyramidal form and densely layered branches adorned with 2- 3", shiny and deep evergreen leaves and witch hazel flowers of orangy red set among their imbricate pattern in January and February. Mature plants produce shiny silver bark that is most attractive when plants are thinned so it is exposed for winter reflection. Shade to sun, possibly most sculptural in medium shade. Average soil and fertilizer with consistent summer water in dry climates. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Hamamelidaceae $16 4in
Taxodium mucronatum - historic New Mexico populationmontezuma cypress
A tall, handsome, Mexican native tree, to 50 ft or more by 30-40 ft wide and semi-evergreen, with a spreading crown, horizontal branches, and weeping foliage. Prefers sun to part sun and lean soil with regular summer water, though tolerant of summer drought. The Montezuma cypress was once thought to grow only in warmer climes of USDA zone 9 or so, but these plants, cutting grown from seed collected off 500 year old trees at 5000 ft in New Mexico, are very happy in the Pacific Northwest USDA zone 8. Taxodium huegelii is a synonym accepted by some as the proper name.
Cupressaceae $18 3D
Tephrocactus articulatus - white spined clonepaper spined cholla
This opuntia relative, one of our collections taken years ago from northwestern Argentina, grows into pyramidal clumps of 18" or so, each pad nearly round with thick, white "crows feet" toward the tip of each one. Established plants display yellow flowers. A good dry garden species in USDA zone 8b or above with protection from excess winter moisture. (Note: If plants become exceedingly dry, pads easily disarticulate.)
Cactaceae $14 2D
Tephrocactus articulatus var. strobiliformispinewood cactus
Weird and wonderful opuntia relative from northwest Argentina, this form looking for all the world like a stack of conifer cones... or various other things the imagination might conjure. Lovers of heat, drought and sun. Decent drainage, summer water, winter drought with frost hardiness to a little below 20F, USDA zone 9 or so. Otherwise fabo container plant to amuse friends and frighten neighbors.
Cactaceae $16 4D
New Zealand shrub, to 5 ft tall or so, with dainty, mid-green leaves and mustard-yellow stems that beautifully accentuate the dark leaf petioles -- a most attractive effect. White, pendulous flowers appear in winter and early spring. An architectural plant with interesting color combinations and unusual texture for the garden. Best in dappled sun to shade in rich soil with some summer water. Evergreen to 10F, USDA zone 9, and upper zone 8; resprouts from the bottom of zone 8.
Lamiaceae $12 2D
Creeping ever-silver Mediterranean perennial, fond of rugged mountain sides but happy in your garden, provided it is lavished with bright light, lean soil and temps not falling below 5F, mid USDA zone 7. Forming a silver mat to over 3 ft wide but only about 4" tall, it is adorned with purple-pink flowers for much of the year, but at least mid spring to late summer.
Lamiaceae $7 3D
Tigridia pavoniatiger flower
Beautiful irid widespread in Mexico, these high elevation collections produce 4” flowers of orange to dark yellow. Loves most garden conditions provided some summer water where dry. Sun to dappled shade, spreading freely into attractive clumps. Goes happily winter dormant in the 20s F but resprouts again in spring, especially if mulched ... even lower, to 10F, USDA zone 8, with more mulch … but there has to be a limit… Good in containers.
Iridaceae $11 4in
Trachelospermum 'First Snow'asian star jasmine
A Japanese selection and one of a small group of cultivars with dark-reddish leaves, especially with bright light or in cool weather, with new growth softening to nearly florescent pink and peach and cream -- and polka-dotted in contrasting colors! The plant, when grown to a large clump, vine, or cascade, indeed, looks as if it has been lightly frosted with snow. Drought tolerant though much more vigorous with reliable summer water and an occasional application of nutrients. Sun to shade with well-drained soil, though willing to growing in nearly concrete. Has sweetly scented flowers but seldom so when planted as a ground cover; only when allowed to climb or mound and it reaches its summit will the flowers appear. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $12 3D
Trachelospermum 'Woodlanders Yellow'
Another star jasmine from Bob McCartney in Aiken, South Carolina, this one very similar to T. jasminoides 'Mandianum' but, in our opinion, with more abundant and darker yellow flowers. An exceptionally durable, hardy star jasmine, to 10-12 ft, with shiny, leathery, dark green leaves and fragrant, creamy flowers at the yellow edge of the species’ variation. Regular summer water in full sun for most fragrant bloom. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $14 4in
asian star jasmine
Given to us by plantsman Neil Bell, this small vine or groundcover has narrow, deep green leaves, with deep veins -- almost appearing variegated. A handsome and vigorous, star jasmine, easily reaching 6 ft in 2-3 years. Though shy to flower as a ground cover, climbing or container plants produce sweetly scented, creamy yellow flowers. Happy in sun or shade with regular summer water for best performance. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $11 4in
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Chirimen'
asian star jasmine
A glittering, tiny star jasmine, brought from Japan as a gift several years ago. It remained quite dwarf growing only an inch or two a year at first, gaining vigor as time went by. The 1/4" to 1/3" leaves are closely held, narrow, and streaked silver-white and dark green on dark stems. Each plant grows no more than 6" in height, mounding if in bright light or in tight quarters, becoming a miniature vine in dappled shade or if allowed to climb. After several years, "adult" leaves form, to 1/2", and small, sweetly scented, creamy flowers appear. It is hard to imagine a better small container, rock garden, or freestone wall plant especially when contrasted with darker colors. Full sun, for most compactness, to shade. Rich, freely draining soil. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Apocynaceae $12 4D
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Goshiki'asian star jasmine
Another wonderful star jasmine, an evergreen vine climbing or spreading on the ground to 6 ft, with leaves emerging pink and turning to cream and green. Fragrant yellow flowers add to the attraction on mature plants. Can be kept as a mounding shrub as well. Light shade is best with some summer water. Frost hardy to the mid teens F, USDA zone 8b.
Apocynaceae $12 4in
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Hatsuyuki'
asian star jasmine
An Asian star jasmine, very like our T. ‘First Snow’ (the English translation of ‘Hatsuyuki’) but slower growing and shrubbier, so kept separate in order to distinguish these different habits. As with T. 'First Snow' the leaves emerge pinkish white adding green then turning mostly green with age, creating a wonderful color texture in the garden. Sun to part shade with summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Also useful as an indoor plant.
Apocynaceae $15 4in
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Kiifu Chirimen'asian star jasmine
Extremely congested Asian jasmine from the Miniature Plant Kingdom who used it mostly for bonsai & penjing work. It is a standout in the rock garden or in the open garden. Rarely flowering, its evergreen leaves are very handsome, especially with the slightly crinkled finish to them. Best in full to part sun with summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $14 4in
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Oblanceolatum'
asian star jasmine
Long in horticulture in the Willamette Valley, this vigorous ground cover or vine, to 8 ft, has narrow leaves (as the name suggests), wider at the base, deep green marked with silver that turns a most attractive purpley-bronze in winter. Sweetly fragrant creamy flowers if allowed to climb. Summer moisture for best growth. Sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $12 4in
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Chirimen'
asian star jasmine
Diminutive Asian jasmine to only 2 ft wide by 6” tall -- can grow larger in time. Orangey stems with tiny, shiny gold leaves, under 1/2”, and creamy, nearly yellow flowers in spring. Wonderful for planter or small scale ground cover. Superb with black mondo grass, but isn’t everthing? Shade to sun; can bleach in brightest light. Summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, or below.
Apocynaceae $12 4in
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki'asian star jasmine
Ever-colorful vine or scrambler keeps growing along the ground, over a bank or up a trellis or tree, showing off the yellow-orange-red-green marbled patterns of the evergreen leaves. We like the way the fresh new growth unfolds in the spring and the way the old growth colors in response to winter cold and hope you do too. Adaptable in sun to part shade with regular summer moisture for faster growth. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $14 4in
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon'
asian star jasmine
Diminutive Asian jasmine, to only 2 ft wide by 6” tall -- can grow larger in time, with shiny gold leaves under 1" on orangey stems and, in spring, creamy, nearly yellow flowers. Wonderful for spilling over planters or as a small scale ground cover. Especially striking with black mondo grass, but isn’t everything? Does well with regular summer water in shade to full sun, though the colors can bleach in the brightest light. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Apocynaceae $12 4in
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Red Top'asian star jasmine
Hardy flowering jasmine, evergreen, to 10 ft tall or so, for trailing or climbing a wall. This one with deep, reddish bronze new growth turns green in summer and a darker bronze in winter. White flowers, when they finally arrive, have a sweet and creamy fragrance. Sun to part shade with summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $12 3D
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Theta'asian star jasmine
A Cistus introduction, named for Sean’s mother, this extremely ornamental star jasmine has distinctve foliage -- very narrow, under 3/8" wide x 2" long -- and a vining, scrambling habit, draping beautifully over walls, in a rockery, or in a container. Eventually produced sweetly fragrant white flowers. Vigorous and hardy in full to part sun with some summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $12 2D
Trachelospermum jasminoides - pink flowered form
Everybody loves the cheerful white flowers and sweet scent of star jasmine in the summer. This plant offers the same sweet aroma from pink flowers, also on a 10-15 ft vine or ranging ground cover, with dark green leaves creating the perfect backdrop. Wonderful on low walls or fences. Happy in sun to part shade with regular summer water to establish, tolerating lesser amounts thereafter. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $14 4D
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Madison'star jasmine
A selection several years ago from Madison, Georgia where several species, some thought to be quite frost hardy were killed in a sub 0F freeze. This free flowering selection has 1 1/2" rounded leaves, quite felty on the reverse, and nearly 1/2" palest yellow flowers in great abundance in spring through early summer, then sporadically through fall. Makes a fine ground cover or pot specimen. One plant near our Portland home graces a 2 1/2 story chimney and is drop-dead gorgeous. Full sun to partial shade; at home in full shade but flowers more sparsely. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, possibly even brief dips into upper zone 6.
Apocynaceae $14 4in
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Tricolor'
Foliage is splashed with cream on this scandent evergreen vine. Typically T. jasminoides flowers, these creamy yellow, appear in summer, both lovely and fragrant. Lovely as a ground cover,scrambling over rocks or down slopes or climbing to 8-10 ft on any support. Provide full sun for best flowering along with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $12 3D
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'star jasmine
A pretty and delicate form brought from England in 1997, this cultivar is as vigorous as the species but the leaves, measuring about 1/2" x 2", are margined and streaked creamy white and plants show a great propensity for climbing. Sweetly scented flowers, more white than cream, in great abundance but small. Makes a wonderful contrast with other clinging vines with dark green leaves, e.g., creeping figs (Ficus pumila) or climbing evergreen hydrangeas (Hydrangea seamanii). We have used this in dark courtyards with such plants as variegated forms of Fatsia japonica and variegated aspidistra to great effect. Shade to sun, though not likely to flower in deepest shade. Fertile, well-watered soil preferably. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $14 4in
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Wilsonii'
Tough evergreen vine, willing to climb, scramble, or spread into a nicely textured groundcover of dark green leaves with prominent, silvery veins. Very glossy and even more striking in summer when sprinkled with sweetly fragrant, creamy white, star-shaped flowers. In autumn the foliage takes on red coloration from slight tints to a complete color change. Sun is best with some summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Apocynaceae $12 4in
Trachelospermum sp. - Cliff Parks
Purchased years ago from the great nursery, Camellia Forest, this Cliff Parks collection, clearly related to T. jasminoides, has uniquely broad, triangular leaves with a slightly ruffled surface adding a particularly lovely texture in the garden or container. The flowers, creamy white with maybe a drop of yellow, have the typical star jasmine fragrance with a little drop of custard. We’ve enjoyed this plant for many years but have just now propagated it in enough numbers for you to enjoy as well. Drought tolerant, as are the other star jasmine, but prettier with some summer moisture. Sun or shade with best flowers in sun. Has taken USDA zone 7 winters in stride.
Apocynaceae $14 4D
kumaon fan palm
A vigorous chusan palm, grown from closed pollinated seed originally collected by Hoffman years ago in Mt. Takil. The adult plants have exceptionally large fronds, standing upwards of 4-5 ft and bending in a uniform manner giving the tree a robust and almost weeping effect. Growth is quick, sometimes more than 18" of trunk per year in happy times. It is possible that these tend toward similar palms growing nearby and now called T. nova. Elegant in any case, in sun or dappled shade in rich soil with summer water where dry. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7 though fans can tatter below 10F, regrowing in summer.
Arecaceae $12 4D
Trachycarpus wagnerianusjapanese temple palm
To us the most exquisite of the Trachycarpus clan, found nearly 200 years ago in a temple in southern Japan and known only from cultivation. The stiff, symmetric leaves, looking as if shorn carefully at the ends, are lightly edged in white indumentum and often have most attractive pale blue undersides. Because of the rigidity of the leaves, they never tatter in high winds. Their most unique feature and what makes them most easily recognized is the several years spent resembling a miniature palm, as from very early on their fronds become "adult" -- even when only 4" or 5" across. Can be kept dwarf for many years but in the ground, with adequate summer water, they grow even more quickly than typical chusan palms, actually doubling in size for several years. Our 10 year old plants are now approaching 12-15 ft in height. (A small tidbit: though an incorrect entry, a palm book years ago confused T. wagnerianus with T. takil when actually they have little in common.) Best in bright sun. About as frost hardy as T. fortunei but shows damage less easily, e.g. no tattering. Our seed is produced from our own isolated plants. Woohoo! These plants already at least 4 years old and producing adult fronds. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Arecaceae $22 4D
Tradescantia 'Blue & Gold'
Slow-growing spiderwort with soft, foliage golden -- more golden in bright light and more chartreuse in shady conditions -- and stunning, deep, iris-blue flowers, an amazing contrast over a long season. To 18" tall in clumps as wide. Can be cut back in summer to refresh and rehsape. Sun for best color or part shade with regular summer water. Easy in the garden, even enjoying very moist spots. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5. Also known as T. 'Sweet Kate.'
Commelinaceae $11 3D
Tradescantia 'Gold Crest'
Our name for this spreading form with chartreuse foliage and white flowers -- very possibly the same form as ‘Gold Wing’. By any name, a good form for draping over the sides of rock walls or pots, or as a ground cover where there is a a bit of protection from afternoon sun and regular summer water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9, and into 8 with mulch.
Commelinaceae $9 4in
Tradescantia sillamontanacobweb spiderwort, gossamer plant
Fuzzy leaved spiderwort, appearing as if its pale green leaves were covered with...yes... spiderwebs. Low growing and spreading, to 10-12” x 18”, with striking magenta flowers in summer through autumn. Showy in containers or the garden. Found in the mountains of northern Mexico, they prefer sun and are easy growers, needing little water and generally thriving on neglect. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, in a well-drained environment.
Commelinaceae $11 4D
Tradescantia sillamontana 'Hogan's Hero'
cobweb spiderwort, gossamer plant
A Cistus introduction. Found by Cistus' own Sean Hogan and collected at 6500 ft elevation in Coahuila, Mexico, this cobweb spiderwort has green foliage covered with white hairs that shine when draping in a hanging basket or trailing over a wall. Forms mounds to 1 ft tall by 18" wide. Little purple flowers add sparkle in late summer. Best in part sun or bright shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Commelinaceae $11 4D
Trillium kurabayashii - Leach, N. CA
Described from near the mouth of Oregon’s Rogue River in the early 70s and endemic to that region as a northernmost form or representative of T. chloropetalum. These seeds, second generation and now 4 year plants, grow to 18” with purple mottled leaves and brick red to occasionally orange-yellow flowers. Prefers summer dry in dappled shade but not difficult. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Melanthiaceae $18 4D
Ugni molinae - large red fruit
Handsome shrub to 3 ft with glossy leaves, this form, a discovery in one of our seed batches, has particularly large – to over 1/3” -- pinky red fruit tasting particularly of strawberry pop tarts. (Sugar sprinkles not included.) Otherwise, 1" leaves, tipped maroon in new growth and white flowers, fragrant in spring to summer. Full sun, especially in coastal areas; dappled shade inland. Organic, well-drained soil a plus. Frost hardy to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $14 4in
Ugni molinae 'Flambeau'variegated chilean guava
Fabulous foliage, the small leaves variegated in green, creams, and pink on this small, evergreen shrub, slowly to 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Flowers are nodding pink bells that produce delicious edible berries in the fall. Sun to part sun with shelter from wind, well-drained soil and consistent water. Frost hardy to mid USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $14 3D
Ulmus parvifolia '11th Avenue'
This lovely selection of the semi-evergreen Chinese elm, propagated from a specimen on Portland's 11th Avenue, has small glossy leaves, mostly evergreen in warmer parts of its range, though a cold winter can strip the leaves. Deciduous in the colder zones, with fall color from yellow to red-purple. The bark is corky and mottled, exfoliating with age to combinations of gray, green, orange, and brown. Resistant to Dutch elm disease and city air, this is an excellent street tree, somewhat vase-shaped and reaching a luxurious 40-50 ft tall and wide in sun and well-drained soil with regular until well-estalblished summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Ulmaceae $15 3D
Umbellularia californica - dwarf form [O'Brien Bog]dwarf oregon myrtle
A Cistus introduction. Dwarf Oregon myrtle or California bay if living south of 42 degrees north). A normally stately tree in the avocado family inhabiting western Oregon and coastal California, these Siskiyou endemic forms reach only 6-8 ft as dense shrubs with evergreen leaves emerging bronze and aging to deep green. This clone becomes a dense, pyramidal form with leaves held upright displaying bluish undersides. A perfect chance to acquire this wonderful species in a manageable size. Small clusters of brush-like, yellow flowers produce shiny, green, nearly 1" “avocados” in autumn. Aromatic leaves can be used as seasoning (they are related to the Grecian Laurus nobilis). Drought tolerant for sun or part shade. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, at least.
Lauraceae $14 4D
Umbellularia californica [Fresno, CA]
california laurel, oregon myrtle
Previously known as U. californica var. fresnensis and now included in the straight species, this form of the California bay laurel from Fresno, California has some distinctive features. A large growing, broad-leaved evergreen, these can reach to 30-40 ft or more, often with weeping foliage, the leathery leaves undercoated with soft, light-colored pubescence, making them particularly attractive and lighter in appearance than typical.Leaves are aromatic, as usual, and useful in cooking, a bit stronger than true bay leaves from Laurus nobilis. Small yellowish flowers are produced in spring followed by a round, green berry that matures purple. Full sun for the best pyramidal form, good drainage, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Lauraceae $15 4D
Umbellularia californica SBH 7188 - dwarf formdwarf oregon myrtle
A Cistus introduction. Another dwarf Oregon myrtle (or dwarf California bay), this one, collected above the north fork of the Smith River just west of Oregon's Kalmiopsis wilderness, remains under 4 ft in height. Another opportunity for this wonderful species in the small garden. As with others, the dense, evergreen leaves emerge bronze and age to deep green and small clusters of brush-like, yellow flowers produce shiny, green, nearly 1" “avocados” in autumn. Aromatic leaves can be used as bay leaves from the related Laurus nobilis). Wonderful small shrub for the West Coast. Drought tolerant for sun or part shade. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 5, at least.
Lauraceae $15 3D
Umbellularia californica SBH 7190 - dwarf form
dwarf oregon myrtle
A Cistus introduction. Another dwarf Oregon myrtle (or dwarf California bay), this one from Josephine County, Oregon at 624 meters elevation, and another opportunity to have this wonderful species in a garden smaller than Texas. Upright to 8 ft tall, a very good, dense shrub, the upheld, evergreen leaves blue on the undersides. Small clusters of brush-like, yellow flowers produce shiny, green, nearly 1" “avocados” in autumn. Aromatic leaves can be used as seasoning (they are related to the Grecian Laurus nobilis). Should be an iconic shrub for the West Coast. Drought tolerant for sun or part shade. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 5, at least.
Lauraceae $15 3D
Umbellularia californica SBH 7204 - dwarf formdwarf oregon myrtle
A Cistus introduction, one of several dwarf forms of a normally stately tree in the avocado family inhabiting western Oregon and coastal California. This Siskiyou endemic form reaches only 6-8 ft tall and remains a tight, dense gumdrop shape for many years making it easy to use in a small garden. A handsome shrub with evergreen leaves emerging bronze and aging to deep, shiny green, and small clusters of brush-like, yellow flowers that produce green, nearly 1" “avocados” in autumn. The aromatic leaves, like the bay leaves of Laurus nobilis, can be used as seasoning. Should be an iconic shrub for the West Coast. Drought tolerant once established for sun or part shade. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 5, at least.
Lauraceae $15 4D
Uncinia rubra 'Belindas Find'
belinda's hook sedge
One of the bright, clumping sedges, this with bronze leaves variegated with striking. bright red coloration. Slow growing, to 12" tall x 15" wide and best used in the garden in combination with yellow or light green foliaged plants. For full sun to part shade with regular water in summer. Seed heads can get caught in fur -- both animal and people -- and are best removed. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cyperaceae $11 4D
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Sunshine Blue'
A very compact selection, reaching only 3 to 4 ft high and wide, with attractive semi-evergreen foliage, showy pink flowers and, yes, sweet and tasty berries. A good choice for warmer climates as it only requires abouth 150 hours of chilling for a good fruit set. Also tolerant of higher pH soils. Sun, well-drained soil, and regular summer water. Works great in containers too. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Ericaceae $11 4D
Vaccinium macrocarpon 'Pilgrim'
Grow your own cranberries with good, rich, acid soil, well-drained but able to hold moisture. No bog required. These small, evergreen groundcovers, to only 6" tall, have small, shiny leaves, and in summer, little pink bells that produce abundant, large purple-red berries in autumn. Self-fertile and spreading, rooting along the stems, they prefer sun to a very light shade with ample summer water. Fruit can be expected in 2-3 years after planting. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4, and possibly colder.
Ericaceae $12 3D
Vaccinium ovatum 'Huckleberry Hill'
A Cistus introduction, our collection of this western native, evergreen huckleberry, a form to only about 30" tall with predominantly upright branches and round, rather congested leaves, the new foliage tinted orange especially when young. The late winter / early spring flowers are a light pink followed by purplish-black fruit that tastes ... well ... ok. Good in the native or dry garden in full sun near the coast or as understory with larger shrubs and trees inland. Prefers a bit of mulch on the soil but surprisingly good in sterile places, unlike many of its kin. Summer drought tolerant, certainly, but doesn't mind the occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $14 3D
Vaccinium parvifolium 'Hood Glow'
A Cistus introduction. Our collection from near Lolo Pass on the northwestern flank of Mt. Hood in late November when this plant's leaves were glowing burgundy-to-orange-to-yellow towards the center and contrasting quite beautifully with the surrounding silver-blue of the local manzanitas. To 3.5 ft tall with winter branches that are red tinted, making a show for much of the year. Small, very light pink flowers should give way to "lil" red fruit: has not fruited for us but that's not why we got it. Does well in most soils and in at least afternoon shade at low elevations. Summer drought tolerant once established except in hottest places. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Ericaceae $12 2D
wavy leaf mullein
The gray-green and fuzzy leaves of V. undulatum do indeed undulate, their edges rolling and frilled, quite interesting and elegant in their first year, form a rosette close to the ground. It is in the second year that flower stalks rise up, to 1-3 ft tall, with sweet, yellow flowers along the stem -- producing seed to start the biennial cycle again. Having originated in Greece and the Balkans, these plants thrive in dry, inhospitable areas with full sun and little summer water. Interesting, unusual, and tough, they are frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Scrophulariaceae $12 2D
Viburnum aff. henryi
A particularly graceful shrub, larger in leaf and stature than the V. henryi that we have been growing for years, this with narrow and shiny leaves, to 5" or more, emerging with reddish coloration, maturing towards orange, and taking on a lovely sunset orange hue in frosty weather. White, late spring flowers look lovely against the evergreen foliage. This clone, shared with us by Scott McMahon several years ago, likes typical viburnum conditions -- shade to mostly sun with summer water in summer dry climates. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 4D
Viburnum arboricola HW 457343
Shared with us by plantsman Dan Hinkley we feel this narrowly upright plant to be one of the better examples of the genus that has come along in a while. Can be treated as a hedge or used as a small garden specimen tree to 18 -25 ft, adorned with large, shiny evergreen leaves, 4" wide x up to 6" long. In late spring to early summer flattened clusters of white flowers add to the interest. Ideal in dappled shade to full sun with occasional addition of water where summers are dry. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7b.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $16 4D
Viburnum harryanumsir harry veitch's viburnum
Diminutive species, to under 3-4 ft in five years, with arching branches and nearly round, spring-green leaves under 1/3". The flowers, in scale, are small and creamy white with small black berries late in season. At home in woodland gardens, but should be planted where large, falling leaves cannot smother it. Also at home in full sun and in containers with regular moisture and fertilization. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; possibly upper USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 3D
Viburnum henryihenry’s viburnum
This shiny-leaved, evergreen viburnum is a durable 6-10 ft backbone shrub with arching branches. Long and narrow, 2-5" x 1-1.5" leaves are dark green with an orange cast, a nice contrast with the white, spring flowers and abundant red-turning-black berries that follow. Sun to part shade with summer water until well-established. From Central China, cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 3D
Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'variegated wax leaf viburnum
Striking, evergreen shrub, to 6 ft tall x 5 ft wide, with yellow splash variegation on large, glossy green leaves. Early summer flowers clusters are white and fragrant, followed by red fruit that holds on into the winter. Still somewhat rare in cultivation. Part sun or high shade seems to suit it best with normal summer water. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 4in
Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki 'Chindo'
Compact, upright form of this species, widely grown in gardens in eastern Asia though still not used to its full potential in warmer areas of our continent. This clone, brought from Chollipo Arboretum in Korea by the late J. C. Raulston, has grown to nearly 20 ft in some of our gardens but, indeed, is compact with a pyramidal form and branches that seldom splay. The evergreen leaves are mirror-shiny and deep apple-green tinted red, especially in winter. The flowers appear in flat cymes of white in spring and, by Halloween, have produced orange and black berries. Handsome small garden or street tree provided some summer water. Ideal as woodland tree or even in full sun in all but the hottest climates. Proven a bit hardier to frost than its nearest kin. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 4D
Viburnum oliganthum - white flowered form
white flowered chinese viburnum
Shared with us by plantsman Ted Stevens after being obtained from a garden center in Japan. An upright shrub, to about 6 ft tall with thick, almost succulent evergreen, 3" leaves, and striking, hanging clusters of tubular, waxy flowers, white in this form, in spring and sometimes throughout summer. A rather new and interesting texture for woodland or full sun with occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 4D
Viburnum opulus 'Aureum'golden leaf european cranberry bush
This smallish, striking viburnum has leaves that emerge bronze in spring, aging to dark yellow then turning green as summer approaches. Umbrels of white spring flowers are intensely fragrant and showy against the bright foliage. Bright red berries follow in late summer holding on as long as the birds allow. To a compact 4 ft tall x 5 ft wide, this viburnum makes a statement in the woodland garden in part shade to full sun in coastal areas. Expects regular summer water. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $12 3D
Truly striking, evergreen viburnum from central and western China, to 6-8 ft tall x 4-6 ft wide, with shiny, dark green leaves on reddish stems. Late spring/early summer flowers are greenish white cymes followed by blue to black fruit in autumn. Average summer water in full to part sun; a bit of afternoon shade in hottest climates. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. One of the best and a great substitute for the more common V. davidii.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $12 4D
Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'
A charming wine grape, deciduous, with dark purple foliage in summer that turns bright scarlet in autumn for two seasons of spectacular color. Late-ripening grapes are edible with sour skins and sweet fruit. Happiest in full sun where it can ramble freely up onto an arbor or shrub, reaching up to 15 ft tall, the size easily controlled by early spring pruning back to a few buds. Good drainage and summer water to establish are best. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Vitaceae $14 4D
Weinmannia trichosperma RCH 448
Exotic looking, glossy green shrub to 6 ft from the Chilean Andes, with multiple leaflets and new growth emerging tinted bronze and pink. Wild collected and shared with us by plantsman Randall Hitchens, this compact shrub loves a damp situation but well-drained soil. Full sun on the coast; dappled shade inland to avoid overheating the soil. Frost hardy to the upper end of USDA zone 8.
Cunoniaceae $16 4D
x Citrofortunella x Poncirus trifoliata
One of the most useful of the confusing and sometimes vexing array of citrus hybrids to be found. A 6 to 8 ft evergreen shrub, easily pruned to a small tree with 3 or more leaflets and a very wide petiole on each handsome leaf. Typical orange blossoms in spring and early summer providing lovely fragrance, and small orange citrus fruit in fall. Though indeed edible, be sure to have lots of sugar on hand. We use this lovely plant primarily as a handsome broadleaved evergreen and for its fragrant flowers. By the way, it has big, nasty old thorns, so be careful when pruning or climbing. Not a bad idea for a security plant under a vulnerable window. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae $14 4in
x Graptosedum 'Vera Higgins'
Striking intergeneric hybrid to 4-5" and spreading with round pinky purple leaves, the color becoming more intense in winter. Full sun for best coloration; also best with some summer water. Otherwise, good drainage. Surprisingly frost hardy -- to 15F or so - mid USDA zone 8. Great addition to trough or container.
Crassulaceae $9 4in
x Pyracomeles vilmorinii
An interesting, arching cross between Pyracantha crenatoserrata and x Osteomeles subrotunda with small, lobed leaves, deeply cut, and profuse, white flowers followed by pink-red berries. Birds LOVE them. A 3-4 ft x 4-6 ft, semi-evergreen shrub for a sunny bit of your garden in moist, well-drained soil. Deciduous but frost hardy to -10F, the bottom of USDA zone 6, and possibly into zone 5.
Rosaceae $15 4D
Xerophyllum tenaxbear grass
A grass-like, evergreen perennial, native to the western states and once used in basket-making. Leaves are grassy and flowers are not -- spectacularly so. Rather they are fluffy plumes of white standing above the foliage on stems to 4 ft tall. Gorgeous in a large grouping. Happy in well-drained soil in sun to part shade and drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Melanthiaceae $12 4D
Exquisite and tiny yucca from the San Rafael Swell of southern Utah. The 6-8" rosettes, with their undulate, glaucous blue leaves edged white, seem as if a bunch of blue star fish were playing leap frog. Slowly multiplying to form a small colony. Spectacular in garden or in pots: we have placed ours in a stone wall. Would love bright light and free draining soil, preferably high in mineral content, but, really, not very fussy. Small 2-3 ft spikes of pearly white flowers appear on mature plants in May and June. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4, if not zone 3.
Agavaceae $16 4in
Yucca thompsonianathompson's yucca
Charming tree yucca, reaching up to 8 ft tall x 4 ft wide with leaves that are stiff and powder blue with serrated margins and early summer flowers, white on tall stalks above the leaves. Related to and sometimes overlapping with Yucca rostrata though somewhat shorter and more branched, the multiple heads looking something like a miniature Joshua tree (Y. brevifolia). Full sun with good drainage and some summer water is best. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5 or even lower.
Agavaceae $15 4in
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules'hercules calla lily
A truly large form of calla lily that we obtained from Western Hills Nursery in Occidental, CA, bigger in both leaves and flowers -- and, of course, better. Leaves are spotted with cream dots and 8-10”, white flowers appear in early spring on stalks up to 6 ft tall. Full sun to part shade with adequate summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Bulbs can be mulched or lifted in colder climates.
Araceae $16 4D
japanese pepper tree
Deciduous ornamental shrub or small tree, to 6-8 ft tall x 4-6 ft wide at maturity, with densely held compound, pinnate leaves, dark green and glossy with a fern-like appearance that suggests one of the common names, Japanese prickly ash. Clusters of small, greenish yellow flowers appear in summer producing reddish fruit with the black pepper seeds of the name. Prefers full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae $12 4in
Zauschneria septentrionalis 'Fiddler Silver'
A Cistus introduction. From an early 1990s collection atop southern Oregon's Fiddler Peak, the original plant growing in scree and reaching only about 2" tall while covered with relatively huge -- like about 1/2" -- orange-red flowers with their chins resting of the ground, awaiting hummingbirds doing bellyflops to come and pollinate. The leaves are indeed silver hued, a nice contrast with the July to late autumn flowers. At low elevations, plants spread vigorously but remain quite short. Winter deciduous in bright light and well-drained soil with little summer water once established. Expected to be frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5, or possibly below.
Onagraceae $12 4in