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 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 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 2D
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
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 2D
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
Quercus wislizeni SBH 7198interior live oak
Our collection, probably of the variety frutescens, from near Weaverville in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon. This evergreen, rounded tree to about 25 ft, produces crinkled, somewhat spiny, deep green leaves, silvery bark, and most attractive missile shaped acorns in late summer through autumn. A tough species for the droughty west and one of the most easily moved at larger sizes. Nice planted where one might want contrast to an olive as they reach about the same size. From this elevation we expect frost hardiness to be below 0F, into USDA zone 6. Full sun, well-drained soil, preferably on a steep cliff, but not necessarily so.
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
Aizoaceae $6 2D
Raoulia australisvegetable sheep.
Mat forming groundcover with silver-gray foliage, somewhat mossy, to 2" tall spreading to 1 ft wide, between and over small rocks and paving. Flowers are tiny and hardly noticeable. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Needs very! good drainage in full sun with summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 and possibly much lower.
Asteraceae $7 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 2D
Rhamnus alaternus 'John Edwards'italian buckthorn
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
Rhapidophyllum hystrixneedle palm
Wonderful rare species growing amid the cypress swamps of northern Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, and just nipping into South Carolina. This slow growing clumper -- eventually to 10 ft with multiple offsets -- has a trunk covered with blackish fur and numerous spines, and graceful, glossy green leaves on long petioles. An easy plant in the garden; happy in shade to full sun in coastal climates and appreciative of generous summer water. Slow growing where nights are cool. Possibly the hardiest palm with numerous reports of little to no damage at 0 to -10F, USDA zone 6, and some of survival as cold as -22F, upper USDA zone 4, with only a little protection. Avoid root disturbance when transplanting. Very slow from seed. Ours are 7 years old.
Arecaceae $19 4D
Aizoaceae $7 2D
Crassulaceae $8 3D
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 '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 4in
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 '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
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
Ribes viburnifolium 'Spooner's Mesa'
San diego evergreen currant
Another gorgeous form of evergreen currant, this growing to 3-4 ft tall and spreading to 6 ft, making a good ground cover, with aromatic leaves on dark red stems. Flowers are pink is late winter to mid spring. Sun on the coast to shade in hotter climates with little supplemental summer water once established. Well-drained soil, of course. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Grossulariaceae $12 3D
Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub'
Big, bold peltate (think 'umbrella') leaved perennial from Japan & Korea for a moist, shady spot. This selection has beautiful bronze new foliage. Same plumey white flowers in late summer, eventually growing to form a large colony. USDA zone 6, lower if mulched.
Saxifragaceae $15 4D
Rohdea japonica 'Mure-suzume Improved'
Exquisitely variegated rohdea, the deep green leaves delightfully bright with wide cream stripes and margins. Slow growing, though vigorous for a variegated rohdea and much more vigorous than the "unimproved" cultivar reaching 18-24" tall in clumps nearly as wide. Excellent as a pot specimen or in the woodland garden. Lovers of deep shade and even moisture for best growth. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $18 4D
Romneya coulteriMatilija poppy. Fried Egg Plant
Also known as ‘fried egg plant’ for its huge white flowers in late summer that look just like that. This is a big plant, fast-growing to 5 ft tall and forming large clumps of stalks with blue-green foliage and those fabulous flowers. HOT, DRY, DROUGHTY neglect is what it wants and lots of space. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Papaveraceae $18 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
Rubus irenaeusbigleaf raspberry
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
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
Aizoaceae $7 2in
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
This small evergreen shrub, to 2 ft, is nothing but stems, but seems to survive quite nicely, thank you. (What appear to be leaves are really flattened stems or cladodes.) Native from Italy to the Czech Republic, it’s often used to do rough cleaning (beating rugs, cleaning butchering blocks, etc.). In spring, tiny white flowers appear on the tops of cladodes. Indestructible border plant; better in the winter when it sets berries. Best in part to full shade in rich, well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae $15 2D
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
Salvia 'El Cielo Blue'
A superb species collected originally by the Yucca Do boys high in the Sierra Madre Orientale at about 6000 ft, this tall, flowering, hummingbird magnet has small leathery leaves to about 3” with dark stemmed cheery blue flowers on shrubs to about 6 ft. In our climate, it has frosted to the ground during the occasional dip into the low twenties, but has recovered in spring. Mulch in colder climates and provide occassional watering in dry summer climates.
Lamiaceae $9 4D
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 nipponica 'Fuji Snow'Japanese Woodland Sage
Lamiaceae $12 4D
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
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
Sarcandra sp. - purple leaf
Chloranthaceae $12 4D
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 2D
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
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 2D
Sarcococca sp. - narrow leaf
Buxaceae $14 3D
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
Schefflera arboricola BSWJ 7040dwarf umbrella tree
Nice, five to nine leafletted evergreen from southeast Asia collected by famous plants hunters Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones. Exciting and unusual. Can be pinched for a compact shrub or pruned as a small tree and allowed to reach its full height of 10-15 ft over time. Best in partial shade with rich soil and regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9B. A find pot specimen where temperatures drop into the low 20sF.
Araliaceae $28 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. albakaffir lily
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
Schoenus pauciflorusbog rush
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
Redbirds in a Tree, New Mexico Figwort
Rare wildflower that hails from the southern mountains of New Mexico and Arizona and blooms all summer on long, slender spires of red and white-tipped flowers that bloom all summer and resemble a flock of birds perched on a tree branch. Height to 3-4' and 18" wide. Part to full sun. Fast growing. Makes an excellent container specimen, attracting hummingbirds. Frost hardy to USDA zone 4.
Scrophulariaceae $12 4D
Scutellaria suffrutescens 'Peter's Pick'
Lamiaceae $11 4D
Sedum 'Chocolate Ball'
A new small sedum with entirely delicious, needled foliage -- like a teeny conifer -- in dark green with hints of black in summer, adding in dark red brown -- think chocolate -- in cold weather. To only 6-8" tall spreading to 12-14" wide. A great groundcover for sun, well-drained soil, and occasional summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8; reported hardy in zone 7 and even colder.
Crassulaceae $6 4in
Sedum 'Helen Payne'
Crassulaceae $7 4in
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
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
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 dendroideumbush sedum
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 laxum SBH 9393
Crassulaceae $9 3D
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 moutntain habitat has frequent thunder showers. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Crassulaceae $12 4in
Sedum niveum SBH 9227a [EL Toro]
Crassulaceae $7 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 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 4D
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 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 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
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 spathulifolium var. purdyi SBH 7404 - Red Satellites
Crassulaceae $9 3D
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
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
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
Sesleria 'Greenlee Hybrid'
Poaceae $15 6in
Sesleria caeruleablue 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
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 3D
Solanum pseudocapsicum 'Variegatum'Variegated False Jerusalem Cherry
Not only are the leaves of this tomato relative edged and streaked with creamy silver but the round, bright orange-red fruit also exhibits stripes and marbling as well. (Decorative but not to be eaten!) Actually found in Madeira rather than the holy land, the green form has been long cultivated as a house and garden plant, enduring in old Portland gardens from the Victorian era. We like to promote this as an excellent, hardy shrub, to 2 ft tall, with white flowers in late summer and striking berries holding for most of the winter. Sun to part shade with regular was. Can also be grown as a house plant. Frost hardy and easy in USDA zone 8.
Solanaceae $14 3D
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
Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby'
A smallish shrub from New Zealand with narrow wiry stems growing in a zigzag fashion, bearing pretty leaves with tiny leaflets. Golden orange pea flowers are produced late in the season. Most we’ve seen reach 4 ft or so in a glorious, Rastafarian tangle. Best in full sun, lean soil, not much fertilizer, and summer water to establish and occasional thereafter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8, possibly into zone 7.
Fabaceae $14 3D
Sophora secundiflora - Silver Peso Strain
Fabulous relative of the Texas bean tree from the foothills of Mexico's Sierra del Parras. 5 to 6 ft shrub plastered with velvety silver fur and deep purply-blue Wisteria-like flowers in late spring followed by toxic, yes toxic!, seeds. Frost hardy to the upper teens F. Well-drained hot spot with some summer water. Great container plant.
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
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
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
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 4D
Stomatium sp. 'Compact'
Aizoaceae $8 4in
Strobilanthes sp. - green ribbed
Acanthaceae $9 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
Tagetes lemmonii 'Martins Mutant'
Every Thanksgiving we have a bouquet of bright, lemon-yellow flowered Mexican marigolds filling the house with their distinct aroma. This one with finely divided, feathery foliage, tinged with silver. Yum! Height and width to 4-5 ft. Full to part sun and little summer water. A dieback shrub in USDA zone 8, resprouting in spring. Great as a mosquito and insect repellent, so plant near the vegetable garden.
Asteraceae $12 4D
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 4D
Teucrium scorodonia 'Crispum'curly leaved germander
A plant for dry shade! and pretty with bright green leaves that are crinkled and ruffled on the edges as well as fuzzy and aromatic. Did we mention drought tolerant once established? Grown for the foliage but flowers in summer with spikes of creamy flowers flushed pink. These mounding perennials, to 12-18" tall and spreading into 2 ft colonies, enjoy sun (with some water) to shade -- a ground cover that looks good in any conditions. Frost hardy to at least USDA zone 6.
Lamiaceae $11 4in
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 asiaticumasian 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 3D
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 '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 3D
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 4D
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 sp. - Cliff Parksstar jasmine
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
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 4in
Ugni molinae RCH 396
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 4D
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 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 3D
Umbellularia californica SBH 7635
8-10 ft, narrow, upright, and columnar small leaves
Myrtaceae $15 2D
red hook sedge
Ever-red, clumping sedge. 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 in USDA zone 8.
Cyperaceae $12 3D
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 3D
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 darrowii 'Rosa’s Blush'darrow's blueberry
Most blueberries have interesting fall color; this evergreen form has spring color as well. New leaves, narrow and fine-textured, emerge in reddish pink, changing to blue-green blushed pink before taking on their purple-blue fall color. Of course, they produce tasty blueberries, the pinkish, spring flowers developing into an early summer crop. Low-growing, possibly reaching 3 ft tall and wide, these natives of the sand dunes along the Gulf Coast, are drought tolerant in full sun to light shade and frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae $16 2D
Vaccinium macrocarpon 'Pilgrim'american cranberry
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'evergreen huckleberry
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 ovatum SBH 9143
Ericaceae $15 3D
Vaccinium x 'Pink Lemonade'
A pink blueberry! Introduced by Briggs Nursery in 2009, this highbush blueberry cultivar, the first of its kind, is a mid to late-season producer with medium-sized, firm fruit that turns from a lovely pale green to dappled pink to a stunning deep pink when ripe. In addition, its leaves turn a bright orange-red in fall, making this cultivar a changeling in the garden. Will perform well, or even better, in warmer areas. Plant with another rabbbiteye cultivar for good cross-pollination.
Ericaceae $12 4D
Vancouveria hexandrainside-out flower
An excellent choice for out under the Doug Fir where you just can’t seem to get enough water for anything to thrive. This West Coast native is low growing, to only 8-12" tall, and produces charming tiny white flowers with a spot of red dangle in spring. Shade is best, possibly some morning sun, in fertile soil with mulch. Needs water to establish and tolerates prolonged drought thereafter. Evergreen in USDA zone 8; root hardy to -10F, zone 5.
Berberidaceae $12 4D
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 4D
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 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 plicatum f. tomentosum 'Cascade'
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 tinus 'Bewleys Variegated'variegated laurustinus
This British cultivar of a Mediterranean species has handsome, variegated foliage, shiny green with white edges and pink, fragrant flowers in early spring followed by blue berries in autumn that feed the birds. A very sturdy, evergreen shrub, to 6-8 ft tall, with a dense and bushy habit. Little summer water once established in sun to part shade -- even rather deep shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7; hardier than the species.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 4D
Vitis vinifera 'Argentea'
Vitaceae $14 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
This temperate South African native thrives in wet to semi-dry conditions in bright light with iris-like pleated leaves of 4 ft or more topped by 4-6 ft deep yellow flowers from spring through summer. Evergreen to a little below 20F, but resporouts from 10-15F, USDA zone 8. Tough, long lasting garden perennial.
Haemodoraceae $14 4D
Woodwardia fimbriataGiant chain fern
The classic, redwood forest, understory fern, this monster can reach well above head height, up to 6 ft tall x 6-8 ft wide, in a moist, cool, shaded glen where the frost does not linger. Remains evergreen most winters. A sturdy native of the west coast, this clone has lingered where others fail. Rich, fertile soil with regular and plentiful moisture for best performance and size. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Blechnaceae $14 4D
x Fatshedera 'Gold Heart'
This cultivar is a particularly nice example of this interesting and non-invasive hybrid between fatsia and hedera. Shared with us by East Coast plantsman Don Jacobs, it has evergreen foliage with a reliable, large and golden, maple leaf pattern in the leaf center, foliage that burnishes red when temperatures fall to the 20s F or below. Plants have all the vigorous characteristics of x Fatshedera lizei 'Aureovariegata', scrambling and leaning to about 5 ft tall and 3 ft wide. Needs summer water in dry places and shade to part sun. Frost hardy well into USDA zone 7. Wonderful as a container plant.
Araliaceae $14 4D
x Fatshedera lizei - large leaf
Araliaceae $12 4D
x Fatshedera lizei 'Angyo Star'aralia ivy
One of the most beautiful selections of this popular plant form, a bi-generic cross between fatsia and hedera creating a vining shrub that is trouble free and useful as a low climber to 5 ft, a container plant, or ground cover. This cultivar, initially from Japan and shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens, has 5-6",evergreen leaves of deep green with clearly defined, creamy white margins. Though it has been successful in exceedingly dark places, happiest in light shade with supplemental summer water where dry. Should be frost hardy into the single digits, lower USDA zone 7.
Araliaceae $16 3D
x Fatshedera lizei 'Aureovariegata'
The classic variegated form of this cross between Fatsia japonica and Hedera hibernica. Leaves are splashed golden, light green, and deep green on upright stems eventually clambering up to a 6-8 ft, viney shrub or mounding as a large-scale ground cover. Part shade to deep shade is best with consistent summer moisture. Frost hardy to 10f or a bit lower, USDA zone 8 or upper zone 7.
Araliaceae $16 4D
x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'curly aralia ivy
This cross between ivy and fatsia is a winner in all respects. A viney shrub, non-clinging with somewhat lax stems that can reach 3 ft tall. This one has cute, curly leaves that add texture. Usually single stemmed, but branching can easily be encouraged by pinching the tips. As with others, it has been successful in exceedingly dark places, but prefers light shade with supplemental summer water where dry. Makes a fine houseplant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Araliaceae $12 3D
x Gordlinia grandiflora
A recent and long sought after cross between Franklinia alatamaha and Gordonia lasianthus by Dr. Tom Ranney at the North Carolina State University Station. Expected to be a lovely ornamental tree, to 15-20 ft tall x 12-18 ft wide, with shiny leaves of green with lovely red overtones, the red increasing in colder weather. Who wouldn't love a mostly evergreen tree that provides rich red fall color. Spring flowers are large, white, and showy. Easier than either of its parents in the garden in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardiness expected in USDA zone 7 if not 6.
Theaceae $22 4D
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
One of the larger hardy yucca, forming a trunk to 5-20 ft.... eventually. A great addition to the garden and fine in a container as well -- easy in both. Leaves are large, to 2 ft, sweeping, and sharply pointed. Mature plants produce spikes of white flowers tinged purple appear in early to mid summer. Full sun to half sun in well-drained soil. Easy. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae $14 4D
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'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
It has been long thought that many of the tree yuccas of northern Mexico are not frost hardy, but recently many of us rosette-fanciers have discovered their toughness. Yucca faxoniana produces 3-4 ft rosettes of stiff, emerald-green leaves with symmetric, pearly cream to brown filifers adorning each leaf. Quick to form full sized rosettes; slow to build a trunk that eventually reaches to 16 ft or more; and slow to branch. Fastest when given plenty of root room, free draining soil, and some supplemental water in very dry summer places. Excellent container plants. Prefer bright light. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7 with some success in warm zone 6 with excellent drainage and protection from freezing winds.
Agavaceae $16 4in
Yucca faxoniana - Albuquerque
Another of the tough Yucca faxoniana, this one collected near Albuquerque, New Mexico with the same 3-4 ft rosettes of stiff, emerald-green leaves, each leaf adorned with symmetric, pearly cream to brown filifers. Quick to form full sized rosettes; slow to build a trunk that eventually reaches to 16 ft or more; and slow to branch. Fastest when given plenty of root room, free draining soil, and some supplemental water in very dry summer places. Excellent container plants. Prefer bright light. USDA zone 7 with some success in warm zone 6 with excellent drainage and protection from freezing winds.
Agavaceae $15 4D
Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'
Amazing, variegated yucca, clumping to 3 ft, with gold-centered green leaves, the gold brightening in summer’s light. And, true to the species name, the foliage is dressed up with curly white filaments. White flowers in spring on 6 ft stalks. Sun, well-drained soil, and occasional deep summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Agavaceae $15 4D
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'
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 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 6in
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 3D
Zauschneria 'UC Hybrid'
Onagraceae $12 4D
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'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
Zauschneria septentrionalis 'Wayne's Silver'
These fabulous late summer bloomers, from California plantsman Wayne Roderick, attract flocks...well, crowds, gangs, companies... of hummingbirds to their bright red, tubular flowers. A small, deciduous shrub, to only a foot tall or so with very, very silver foliage. Perfect in a sunny rock garden or hillside with lean soil. These like a bit more summer water than their truly drought tolerant relatives, so occasional water where dry. (Occasionally included in the genus Epilobium.) Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae $12 4D
Zephyranthes 'Sunset Strain'
Amaryllidaceae $12 4D
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