Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Spring 2015


Quercus aff. rugosa - La Siberica strain
This is from our 1991 collection from high valley in Mexico's Nuevo Leon state and named for the town and the cold climate from which it comes. In habitat these form dense 6-8 ft shrubs with undulate and glossy fiddle-shaped leaves, deep green and ever so lightly furry above with a thick woolly coating of cream to light orange fur beneath. OoooH! Our original seed collections have grown in our somewhat more lavish conditions to 15 ft small trees just large enough tshow off the reflective undersides of the leaves. OoooH! OooH! From its habitat we suggest this might well be frost hardy into USDA zone 6 but we know zone 7 is a no-brainer. Ohhhhh, ohhh, ohhh!
Fagaceae $14 3D


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 4D


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 chrysolepis SBH 9274.2

Fagaceae $12 2D


Quercus douglasii - Cache Creek [Peter Podaris] blue oak
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 Podaras 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 dumosa SBH 9360
Shrub oak, native to California, reaching from 5-6 ft tall and as wide with evergreen, spiny leaves. They grow much as manzanitas, in full sun and well-drained soil with little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Fagaceae $12 2D

Quercus myrsinifolia

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 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 2D


Quercus wislezenii ssp. fruticosa SBH 9058
Evergreen tree producing crinkled, somewhat spiny, deep green leaves, silvery bark, and attractive missile-shaped acorns in late summer. To about 25 ft tall with a rounded shape, a tough species for the droughty west. Makes a nice contrast with an olive tree of similar size. Best in full sun in very well-drained soil with only occasional water until established. Frost hardy to 0F, and possibly lower.
$12 2D


Quercus wislezenii ssp. fruticosa SBH 9361.1

Fagaceae $12 3D

Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'

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 2D


Rhinephyllum broomii
From high elevations, subject to moisture at almost any time of the year, though not very frequently, this little mimicking ice plant, to 1/2" to 1" in height, and only a few inches in width, has small cupped leaves, nicely blue-green, often tinted purply in bright light, very much like the surrounding small stones amid which it lives. Small yellow flowers appear in late summer or early autumn, sometimes spring. A little jewel. Likes particularly gritty, well-drained soil, though tolerant of water at any point of the year, bur best to let dry in autumn before winter's approach. USDA zone 5.
Aizoaceae $7 2D


Rhodiola pachyclados afghan sedum
A lovely evergreen groundcover for the dry garden, this sedum from Pakistan and Afghanistan, to only 6" tall, forms a spreading carpet of small, succulent, blue-green rosettes. A great texture for the rock garden. Clusters of white flowers appear in mid to late summer. Does well in fertile to poor soil, well-drained of course, in sun to part shade. Drought tolerant once established but accepts summer water as well. Frost hardy to at least -20F, USDA zone 5.
Crassulaceae $5 4in

Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Venetia'

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

Ribes 'Pink Pearl'

Ribes 'Pink Pearl'pink currant
A Cistus introduction. Though this new cross should involve long story about an involved, Cistus hybridization program, in fact, this was a seedling in our garden ... for which we are happy to take credit. And yes, it's possible the world doesn't need another Ribes sanguineum cultivar, but this one's different ... with dense, hanging clusters of late winter flowers that open white and fade to a warm pink. Flowers very well and we believe represents a color combination not in the trade. Typical western native plant care is required in lean soil and dappled shade -- though for this one full sun can't hurt --. with summer water to be applied sparingly and carefully only in cool weather. We expect frost hardiness to at least the bottom of USDA zone 7.
Grossulariaceae $14 4D


Rohdea japonica 'Mini'
Indeed, a very small form, from Japan, of this most useful evergreen perennial. To about 6", producing tufts of dark green leaves, edged and sometimes streaked white, with spring flowers, nondescript, unless you are another rohdea, but followed by most attractive bright orange fruit from late summer into winter. Evergreen. For deep shade. Excellent for container culture. Control for root weevils. USDA zone 7, if not 6.
$16 4D


Rosmarinus - weeping form [Brentwood Bay]
Weeping form of this shrubby, evergreen herb, to 2-4 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide with medium green, needle-like foliage on arching branches. Shared with us by Robin Dening of Brentwood Bay Nursery. Aromatic and lovely to brush against and useful in the kitchen. Well-drained soil is best with little summer water once plants are established. Said to be deer resistant and tolerant of salt spray. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae $12 3D


Rosularia chrysantha
A cheery little European mountain native with quickly spreading dense evergreen rosettes of bright green, each under an inch, spreading to form a 3" x 18" "groundcover" in but one season. Pale yellow flowers produced in spring. Excellent for rock garden or green wall/roof with a little extra summer water. USDA zone 5, if not colder. Sun to dappled shade.
Crassulaceae $7 4in


Ruschia clavata
Intriguing shrubby mesem (ice plant) from southern South Africa growing to 4 ft tall with open branches and adjoining globular, olive-green to bluish leaves. Bright light where soil is lean and well-drained and some summer water can be provided. Expected to be frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7 and possibly lower. Good container specimen as well.
Aizoaceae $9 4in


Ruschia hamata
From South Africa's interior cape, this shrubby little ice plant grows to only 8-10" in height, spreading to 2-3' in reasonable time, with quite small leaves and lavender flowers in at least one shot in mid-spring and sporadically later. Excellent for trough, container, or small-scale shrub in bright light and well-drained soil. Let dry in autumn to "harden off" for winter. Zone 5.
Aizoaceae $7 2in

Ruschia namaquana

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 4in

Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'

Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'variegated rue
Already a favorite cooking herb and medicinal plant, this variegated form has handsome splashes of yellow variegation on the bluish foliage that cools the garden. An evergreen shrub to 2 ft tall, excellent shrub for the hot, dry Mediterranean garden in full sun with little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Rutaceae $011 2D


Sabal palmetto cabbage palm
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


Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys' black pussywillow
Black pussywillow with both male and female catkins appearing in early spring before the leaves appear on stems that have turned purple-black in winter. The male catkins are fatter and showier, also a deep purple-black with red anthers slowly turning yellow with pollen. The dark green leaves are attractive, to 4" long with fine teeth and silver-green undersides. Deciduous shrubs, multistemmed to 6-10 ft tall and wide, these like well-drained soil, damp to wet, in full sun to part shade. Can be cut back hard to refresh every 3-4 years. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Salicaceae $11 2D


Salvia africana-lutea 'Kirstenbosch'
One of a great number of attractive shrubby salvias from the Cape of South Africa, this plant a selection from Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, from the dry winter rainfall country with very sterile soil, grows into a woody shrub of about 4 ft with very blue-green leaves and striking carmel-brown and gold flowers in spring in the wild but nearly year round in appropriate gardens. The savory aroma produced by the slightest brush is quite wonderful. Can be pruned lightly or severely to shape. Full sun, sharp drainage; low on the nutrients. Subject to occasional damage in our garden so we take emergency cuttings but we also use it as a constituent in many a community pot. Low end of USDA zone 9; possibly zone 8.
Lamiaceae $11 4D


Salvia microphylla 'Belize Form'
This collection--uncertain whether wild or cultivar--grows to about 3-4' with a long display of coral flowers late spring through autumn. Full sun to only dappled shade with occasional summer water to keep it flowering. Cut back hard in spring to encourage new growth and keep from getting woody. Reliable in zone 8, often returning in spring from USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae $9 3D

Sarcandra glabra

Sarcandra glabrasenryo
Evergreen gound cover with shiny, serrated foliage, the leaves 4-6" long and half as wide. Plants form small mounds 1 to 3 ft high and wide. Small, yellowish flowers appear in May followed by 1/4" orange-red fruits (drupes) in autumn, remaining through spring. A woodland plant in its native Asian habitat; appreciates regular water and at least dappled shade in hottest climates. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Chloranthaceae $14 4D

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilissweet box
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 4D


Sarcococca orientalis
Our selection of this exceedingly handsome, 4 ft, rather dense, evergreen shrub with 2" x 1" leaves set amid the layered branches, each festooned with flowers up to 1/3" from mid-fall to through late winter. Wonderfully fragrant. We have found this plant to be one of the most fully evergreen and rewarding of the genus. A great addition under other shrubs in nearly full shade to bright light, but best out of hottest afternoon sun in warm climates. Regular summer water and average fertilizing. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Buxaceae $16 2D

Sarcococca salicifolia

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 2in

Schefflera delavayi

Schefflera delavayi
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 3D


Sedum 'Silver Moon'
This hybrid sedum doubtless involving S. spathulifolium and S. laxum was collected in the days of yore in the rich Klamath country of the southern Siskiyou Mountains by famed succulent enthusiast Helen Payne. Light gray-green rosettes to about 3" spread quickly to form no-fuss mats. Wonderful in sun to light shade as a small-scale groundcover, for a green roof, or, yes, windowsill planter. Zone 5. Prefers summer drought.
Crassulaceae $7 4in


Sedum adolphii

Crassulaceae $7 4in


Sedum anacampseros
An unusual sedum with a great appearance. Low and spreading with rings of blue-gray succulent leaves. The rose-colored flowers are a nice added feature. 6in x 12in. Full sun. USDA zone 5.
Crassulaceae $9 4in


Sedum clavatum
This form is rumored to be bluer than the typical species found wild in Mexico. This form also tends to grow in shorter, denser clumps to a height of about six inches tall and gently spreading. Can likely handle brief periods of frost and is frost hardy in USDA zone 9b, maybe lower. Perhaps best treated as a container plant and then brought in as a houseplant during the winter.
Crassulaceae $9 4in


Sedum confusum
One of the best of the southern Asian sedums, to 18” or more in jade-plantesque green mounds that can be thinned to exhibit a tree-like form...otherwise can be used as dense ground cover. Bright yellow flowers. Full sun to part shade; summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy to between 0 and 10F - USDA zone 7.
Crassulaceae $5 4in

Sedum niveum SBH 9227a

Sedum niveum SBH 9227adavidson's stonecrop
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 mountain habitat has frequent thunder showers. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Crassulaceae $12 4in

Sedum niveum SBH 9227a [EL Toro]

Sedum niveum SBH 9227a [EL Toro]

Crassulaceae $7 4in

Sedum niveum SBH 9227b

Sedum niveum SBH 9227b
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. This one with somewhat red-tinted leaves in winter. 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 mountain habitat has frequent thunder showers. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Crassulaceae $7 4in

Sedum nussbaumerianum

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 umbels 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 4in

Sedum nussbaumerianum 'Coppertop'

Sedum nussbaumerianum 'Coppertop'donkey tail sedum
This copper sedum loves warm weather with sun and dry soil. 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 umbels 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 $7 2D


Sedum obtusatum SBH 9692

Crassulaceae $7 4in


Sedum obtusatum SBH 9697b

Crassulaceae $7 4in

Sedum oregonense 'Black Butte'

Sedum oregonense 'Black Butte'Stonecrop
A Cistus introduction. A vigorous form of the western Cascade native with blue-green, red tinted leaves forming what appear to be octagonal rosettes, 3-4 " in height spreading indefinitely, but 3 ft can be expected in a couple of years. The late spring flowers are a pale cream yellow, contrasting nicely with the foliage. The more sun the brighter the foliage. For best performance, mineral soil and a minimum of summer water, at least while temperatures are high. Probably frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Crassulaceae $8 3D

Sedum palmeri - hardy selection

Sedum palmeri - hardy selectionpalmer's sedum
A sprawling Mexican sedum, collected at 10,000 ft in elevation, with startling orange-yellow flowers in early spring and attractive rosettes of blue-green leaves throughout the year. Forms patches to 6" tall x 12" wide. Easy in full sun with good drainage and some to little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Drapes nicely over the sides of containers.
Crassulaceae $7 4in


Sedum palmeri 'Guatemala'
A cheerful, semi-trailing, dusty sedum in light sherbert colors. Does well in part to full sun as a groundcover, in rock gardens, or planted with other succulents in containers or in the kitchen windowsill. Flowers bloom in late winter and are bright, bright yellow and really push the color riot over the edge. Spreads to around 18-24" but only 6-8" tall. Semi-hardy, to USDA zone 8.
Crassulaceae $7 4in


Sedum rubrotinctum - dwarf form pork and beans
Teensy weensy pork and beans. Shiny reddish green, yes, bean-shaped leaves, to 1/4", on these clumping, spreading, evergreen succulents, to about 6” in height. Unlike most beans we get at home, these will root when in contact with soil. Excellent container or rock-garden plant for bright light and fairly well-drained soil. Drought tolerant of course, but summer water speeds growth. Frost hardy to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8.
Crassulaceae $5 3D


Sedum spathulifolium 'Serpentine Blue'
A Cistus introduction. From the beautiful Siskiyous of southern Oregon, on a shiny blue mountain named Serpentine Point, comes what might be a intermediate between S. spathulifolium and its often recognized variety 'Purdy'. On a mountain with at least five taxa of sedum, we found this one in the most shade. The under 1/2" rosettes are a good silver-blue with white stems, coloring a bit in winter and quickly spreading. Excellent for summer dry garden walls/roofs and containers. Probably USDA zone 5. Suggest afternoon shade in hottest places with little summer water.
Crassulaceae $7 4in

Sedum spathulifolium ssp. pruinosum SBH 9140 [Pistol River]

Sedum spathulifolium ssp. pruinosum SBH 9140 [Pistol River]
A Cistus introduction. This form from near the mountains of the Pistol River is a picturesque seastack. Has particularly whitish blue rosettes with large-stem leaves giving the appearance of the flowers being stacked beneath its spring yellow flowers. Evergreen sedum, native in Oregon's coastal range, with small rosettes of somewhat flat, gray-green leaves on long stems, suitable for draping over stone walls or the sides of containers or as a ground cover in sunny spots that drain well and remain dry in summer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Crassulaceae $8 4in


Sedum wrightii
A most compact succulent from the high mountains of Sonora and Chihuahua to N. Mexico with cheery green rosettes of only about 2" spreading to form clumps in their cliffside habitats with white flowers produced late spring and often late summer after the monsoons. Wonderful container or rock garden specimen. Be sure to give it your own monsoon in summer dry climates. Zone 7 with bright to dappled light.
Crassulaceae $7 4in


Sempervivum 'Desert Bloom'
A dusty gray-green houseleek that slowly forms a colony of 4-6" rosettes. Older leaves turn a slight pink-purple color as they flatten out, giving this particular cultivar a very Tuscan feel. Full to part sun. Excellent for roof gardens or in between stones in the rockery. Frost hardy to USDA zone 3.
Crassulaceae $7 4in


Senecio anteuphorbium
Striking blue-green succulent from northern Africa, producing small leaves that...deciduficate with drought, spreading by rhizomes and branches to form what looks like a bowl of upright worms tinted olive and pink. Everyone needs one. The flowers are medium to light yellow, smelling of grandma's attic. Remove immediately or not if it brings back memories, or if you're a grandma. USDA zone 10 with only light frost. Keep dryish in winter. Great houseplant.
$7 2D

Senecio articulatus

Senecio articulatuscandle plant
Fun-on-a-stick, this intriguing, succulent, South African daisy produces articulated stems of succulent blue with small, three-lobed leaves. They go deciduous after producing sweet-scented, pale pink shaving brush flowers. For winter rainfall areas with thin soil. These are easy to grow in bright light though would prefer to be damp in the winter and dry out a bit in summer...but seemingly impossible to kill no matter what you do. Very sculptural in a pot or as a strange ground cover where temperatures seldom fall below 20F. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8B/9a.
Asteraceae $006 4in

Senecio mandraliscae

Senecio mandraliscae
Blue-grey chalky fingers on vigorous spreading stems. Made famous as part of the floor of the “blue room” at Lotusland. Good to about 25 F, below that you can snap off a few stems to grow on a sunny windowsill for next year. Great in containers. Sun to part sun. Frost hardy to 25F, USDA zone 9b.
Asteraceae $7 2D

Senecio tropaeolifolius

Senecio tropaeolifoliusSucculent nasturtium
Here’s an odd little South African member of the daisy family that’s grown primarily for its funny glaucous blue foliage. Yellow flowers emerge in spring and are follwed by puffy white seedheads. Needs sharp drainage. Try it in a container, or in a rock wall (and cross your fingers in a cold Pdx winter). Sun to part sun. Cold hardy in USDA zone 9
Asteraceae $9 2D


Sisyrinchium 'Stripey'
We are so happy to see this little variegated blue-eyed grass selection just released! Small, clump-forming grasses for full sun areas with little or no access to water. Also great in pots planted with small, dark gravel. 8-10" tall and wide. In the ground, plant en masse and enjoy the long season of sky blue flowers above the yellow-edged green leaves. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Iridaceae $11 3D

Solanum pseudocapsicum

Solanum pseudocapsicumFalse Jerusalem Cherry, Winter Cherry
We wouldn’t have believed its hardiness had we not been watching it thrive in a neighborhood garden for the past 7 years. White flowers followed by orange-red to scarlet fruit that is held a long time. Part to full sun with good draining soil. Makes and excellent container specimen where it will grow to about 2' tall and wide. Reseeds if temps dip below 10F.
Solanaceae $7 2D

Speirantha convallarioides

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

Stachyurus salicifolius

Stachyurus salicifoliuswillow leaf spiketail
Elegant evergreen shrub from China with long and narrow pointed, rain-tipped leaves on arching stems to 6-8 ft tall x 5-6 ft wide. In winter pendulous chains of white-to-greenish-white blooms tantalize for a long time from bud to bloom. Truly striking year round and wonderful arching out over banks. Morning with afternoon shade, or dappled shade with regular summer water for best performance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Stachyuraceae $16 4in


Sternbergia lutea autumn daffodil
A fall-bloomer, joining with autumn crocuses to provide cheerful fall color, this Mediterranean native has been cultivated in the US since colonial times. An amaryillis relation, in miniature, to only 6" tall or so, with bright yellow flowers in October. Best in bright, hot spots -- full sun or just a bit of shade -- but protected from winter winds and, preferably, from below freezing weather. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 9 and above; possible with mulch and careful siting in USDA zone 8. Our clone from the University of California at Davis.
Amaryllidaceae $9 3D


Stomatium sp. 'Compact'

Aizoaceae $8 4in

Strobilanthes sp. - green ribbed

Strobilanthes sp. - green ribbed

Acanthaceae $9 4D

Tephrocactus articulatus - white spined clone

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. strobiliformis

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


Trachelospermum 'Woodlanders Yellow' [080539]
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 3D

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Goshiki'

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'

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 3D

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon'

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 3D

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Madison'

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 4D

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'

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 4D


Trachycarpus takil 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

Tradescantia 'Blue & Gold'

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 4D

Tradescantia sillamontana

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


Tricyrtis 'Lightning Strike'
Striking toad lily, literally, with handsome imbricate leaves streaked spring green and dark and light yellow. The late season, deep purple flowers make a delightful contrast. Perfect plant for the shade garden where even moisture can be applied and slugs and snails can be denied. Quickly makes a substantial clump. Regular fertilizer and mulch is helpful. Probably USDA zone 4, even colder with mulch.
Liliaceae $12 4D

Ugni molinae 'Flambeau'

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 4D


Umbellularia californica SBH 7635
8-10 ft, narrow, upright, and columnar small leaves
Myrtaceae $15 2D


Vaccinium darrowii 'Native Blue'
Low-growing, compact evergreen scrub blueberry with tiny bright green leaves, pretty white blossoms in spring, and an abundance of deep blue, flavorful berries in early summer. Foliage is spectacular, with new leaves blushing pink in early spring and acquiring purple-rust tones in fall. Height and width to 3 ft. Excellent in a wide variety of soil types as long as somewhat acidic. Also makes a good container specimen. Full to part sun. Slow growing. Great for coastal landscapes. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
$16 4in


Vaccinium ovatum SBH 9143

Ericaceae $15 3D


Vaccinium ovatum var. compacta SBH 7470.1

$14 3D

Viburnum aff. henryi

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 harryanum

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 4D


Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Cascade' doublefile viburnum
Large and handsome, deciduous shrub, to 10 ft tall and up to 12 ft wide, this cultivar somewhat smaller than the species, horizontally branched with dark green leaves. A striking structure alone, and magnificent with the long-lasting, white, lace-cap-like flowers, up to 4" across in late spring to early summer, and the red fruit that follows. Full sun to part shade with consistent summer water for best appearance. Tolerant of seaside conditions and said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $16 4D


Viburnum propinquum chinese viburnum
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 'Argentea'

Vitaceae $14 4D

Weigela 'Looymansii Aurea'

Weigela 'Looymansii Aurea'
Glowing yellow foliage emerges in spring and gradually fades to spring green on this handsome, deciduous shrub, to 4-6 ft tall and as wide. Pink flowers brushed with purple appear in late spring and early summer adding yet more bright cheer. Bright light with protection from the hottest sun keeps the foliage fresh along with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Diervillaceae $013 3D


x Fatshedera lizei - large leaf

Araliaceae $12 4D

x Graptosedum 'Vera Higgins'

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 Sedeveria 'Harry Butterfield'

$7 4in

x Sycoparrotia semidecidua

x Sycoparrotia semidecidua
Useful small garden tree, to 10-15 ft, a hybrid between drought tolerant Parrotia persica (Persian Ironwood) & evergreen Sycopsis sinensis (Chinese Fighazel) -- semi-deciduous as the name implies, growing in a graceful, narrow pyramidal form with layered branches. Late deciduous, if at all, with late winter, dark orange petalled flowers. Frost hardy to 5F - mid USDA zone 8 - or below. Full sun to dappled shade.
Hamamelidaceae $14 2D

Xerophyllum tenax

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

Yucca aloifolia 'Blue Boy'

Yucca aloifolia 'Blue Boy'spanish bayonet
A plant Sean knew at the Berkeley Botanic garden, now sometimes sold as Y. aloifolia 'Purpurea', with somewhat soft, arching leaves that are green with purplish highlights in summer, turning more red in winter temperatures. Very tropical. To 4-6 ft. Sun to part sun and well-drained, lean soil with only occasional summer water once established. Frost hardy to 15 to 20F, mid USDA zone 8. An outstanding pot plant.
Agavaceae $15 4D


Yucca baccata - upright #424

Agavaceae $15 4D

Yucca baccata var. vespertina 'Hualampai Blue'

Yucca baccata var. vespertina 'Hualampai Blue'banana yucca
A new Cistus introduction. From our earliest days of botanically exploring the rich area from south western Utah to northern Arizona we’ve noticed the banana yucca, with forms there having upright, very blue leaves looking much like a misplaced sanseverria. This clone, from the south side of the Colorado river in Mojave County, is one of the bluest of the blue. Slowly offsetting clumps have upright leaves, to 4 ft or more, of pale blue adorned with curly filifers. The flowers, cream with nearly red bracts, rise to about 1/2 the leaf height ... but don’t hold your breath for the flowers. This is one of the prettiest yuccas we have come across. Tolerant of all kinds of miserable conditions including drought and poor soil but deserving decent drainage and little push of summer water in the driest spots. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4!
Agavaceae $16 3D

Yucca filifera

Yucca filifera
Tree forming yucca and one of the most sculptural, the trunk eventually forming a swollen base and slowly branching. To upwards of 15 ft tall, with 2 ft rosettes of tightly held blue-green leaves covered with delicately intertwining filifers. Fabulous garden or container specimen for full sun and well-drained soil. Happy with summer moisture and winter drought, though quite versatile provided temperatures don't drop below 15F for extended periods. Cold hardy into the mid teens, mid-USDA zone 8; colder with exceptional drainage.
Agavaceae $16 6in

Yucca recurvifolia 'Gold Ribbons'

Yucca recurvifolia 'Gold Ribbons'
A Cistus introduction. This large growing native, from the Carolinas to the Gulf in sandy spots, forms a stunning rosette of weeping leaves and eventually a trunk to 4-5 ft. The plant is useful in all forms but Y. recurvifolia ''Gold Ribbons', can serve as a striking focal point or container plant with its blue dusted leaves and wide center strip of deep creamy yellow. We have used it as a substitute for the more spectacular, gold variegated, New Zealand flax (Phormium) in exposed or particularly frosty areas. Did we say spectacular? Fairly dry to quite damp conditions; decent drainage a plus. Full sun to dappled shade. Not advisable to let too many leaves collect in the crown if in shade. USDA zone 7; 6 in protected spots.
Agavaceae $16 4D


Yucca recurvifolia 'Margarita'
Fabulous yucca, evergreen with soft foliage, variegated in creamy yellow striped green with green edges. Very showy. Slow growing, to 4 ft x 6 ft eventually, with tall spikes of ivory bell flowers in summer. Best in full sun to part shade with occasional summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Recently changed from Yucca recurvifolia 'Margaritaville'.
Agavaceae $18 4D


Yucca schottii 'Chiricahua High' schott's yucca, mountain yucca
A Cistus Introduction, our collection from near the summit of the Chiricahua Mts., a hardy yucca with very blue-gray leaves, to 3 ft long and sharply pointed, both stiff and more flexible than other "tree" yuccas. Eventually to 10 ft tall, single-trunked in youth to about 6 ft tall x 4 ft wide, then multi-trunked. Early summer flowers are white on tall stalks. For sun to part shade. An excellent garden species, both very drought tolerant and very frost hardy, accepting temperatures to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Agavaceae $14 3D


Yucca whipplei var. parishii 6802
Our collection, from southernmost California, of what we think is the subspecies, producing compact, powder-blue rosettes, somewhat hesitant to offset. To about 3.5' high and wide with stoutly spine-tipped leaves, perfect for directing the mailman from cutting across the garden. The plants flower after about a dozen years, if happy, producing few offsets. Very well-drained soil, though this species is considered the only truly winter-rainfall yucca. Full sun to dappled shade. Good air circulation in rainy places. USDA zone 8.
$11 3D

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green Goddess'

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green Goddess'big green calla lily
Tired of those cliché, pure white calla lilies? These beautiful, green-tipped callas grow bigger and more robustly than your average ‘I don’t know where they came from; they were here when we bought the house’ plants. Striking flowers are truly green with white centers, appearing in mid to late summer on plant to 2-3 ft tall. Full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Araceae $12 4D

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules'

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


Zauschneria 'UC Hybrid'
Hybrid California fuschia from the U.C. Botanic Garden in Berkeley, or maybe not, with gray foliage and large scarlet blooms in summer and fall. Full sun and excellent drainage are must needs for this plant to thrive, though it can tolerate poor soils just fine. Height 12-18" and about 3-4' wide. Excellent for slopes and as a foreground plant in dry, sunny areas that receive little attention. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7, around 10 degrees.
Onagraceae $12 4D

Zauschneria californica 'Carman's Grey'

Zauschneria californica 'Carman's Grey'california fuschia
Masses of clear orange-red flowers cover this low, native, ground cover in late summer through autumn, just when you think the garden has gone to bed. To only 1.5 ft tall or so, this small, die-back shrub spreads by traveling rhizomes -- just enough to provide a lovely show. Best in full sun, little summer water once established, and soil that drains well, e.g, a hillside planting. This form, selected by Ed Carman for its silver foliage and particularly bright flowers, is frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Also known as Epilobium canum 'Carman's Grey' but we still think "zauschneria' sounds prettier.
Onagraceae $12 4D

Zauschneria canum 'John Bixby'

Zauschneria canum 'John Bixby'California Fuchsia
A new introduction from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA with soft gray-green leaves and particularly large scarlet flowers. This selection gets slightly taller than the typical native species, to 18" tall, and 4-5' wide. Full sun in well-drained soil. Excellent on slopes or in the mixed border. Hummingbird attractor. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7.
Onagraceae $14 4D

Zingiber 'White Feather'

Zingiber 'White Feather'
Dense clumps of long, handsome, green leaves edged in creamy white. This is the reverse variegation pattern of Z. mioga 'Dancing Crane.' This variegated form reaches 3ft tall and multiplies quickly to form a clump to 5 ft wide. Small, creamy white flowers appear at the base of the stalks in late summer and early fall. Best to avoid the hot afternoon sun and provide plentiful summer water. Easy and frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7 and possibly colder.
Zingiberaceae $15 4D

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