Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2021

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Acacia pravissima oven's wattle
A lovely mimosa, becoming a large shrub or small, multi-trunked tree to 15 ft with odd-looking soft, evergreen foliage - actually small phyllodes or flattened leaf stalks - held close to the stems, and abundant, fragrant yellow blooms in spring. Best in full sun and well-drained soil with little summer water needed once established. Frost hardy for brief periods in the mid teens F, mid to upper USDA Zone 8.
Fabaceae $18 3D

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Aciphylla glaucescens
Fabo member of the “carrotaceae”...from the chilly hinterlands of NZ looking ravishingly xeric. Clumps, 18” x 3 ft, of evergreen, dagger-like leaves tinted a lively blue support umbelled, pale cream flowers in mid summer. Prefers mineral soil, good drainage, bright light and cool feet - say on a north slope with gravel cover for coolth and even moisture. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8 on the West Coast.
Apiaceae $16 4in

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Acis autumnalis autumn snowflake
Delicate lookung (but tough) bulb from the Mediterranean, to 6-8” with white flowers appearing before the leaves from the end of August through October. Can be planted between stones or where it will emerge through small ground covers. For full sun to dappled shade -- a dry summer spot is preferred. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, possibly lower.
Amaryllidaceae $012 2D

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Acorus calamus varigata Sweetflag
Great addition to a water feature or moist spot in your garden. 1-2ft evergreen.
$11 4D

Acorus gramineus 'Masamune'

Acorus gramineus 'Masamune'dwarf sweet flag
A very old Japanese cultivar, a true dwarf used mainly in bonsai work, but equally at home in the garden where clumps of grassy foliage in variegations of green and white can reach 6" tall. Slowly spreads in part shade to shade where moisture is consistent. Even tolerates shallow standing water. Also can be tucked here and there to hide the cracks. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Acoraceae $11 4in

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Adiantum shastense Maidenhair fern

Pteridaceae $14 4in

Aeonium 'Strybing Red'

Aeonium 'Strybing Red'
Another sedum relative, this with 4" rosettes of slightly toothed leaves that turn deep red in winter or in bright light. Forms clumps to 2ft tall 18" wide. Where temperatures don't drop below 25F and plants can be protected from freezing, these are fine in the garden. Otherwise best in pots that winter indoors or in a very! protected garden area. Well-drained soil in sun or shade with little water for plants in the ground, a bit more in containers. Frost hardy to 25F, mid USDA zone 9.
Crassulaceae $12 4in

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Aeonium 'Tom'
A Cistus introduction. This probable A. simsii hybrid grows to 18" tall, or so, with compact, 4" rosettes of purple foliage with a bluish cast. Dappled shade to full sun for best coloring. Winter water is preferred so allow to go a bit dormant where summer temperatures are a bit hot. These make particularly good container specimens or garden plants where temperatures do not fall below 25F, USDA zone 9b.
Crassulaceae $15 4in

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Aeonium 'Velour' velour houseleek
A voluptuous red succulent forming large soft textured rosettes of glossy round ended leaves. Growing up to 2 ft tall and wide, does very well in the garden where temperatures don't drop below 25F, mid USDA zone 9b, and plants are protected from freezing. Great in patio pots or grown indoors in winter. Does best in sun with sheltering from hottest afternoon rays and a bit of summer water now and again.
crassulaceae $016 4in

Aeonium canariensecanary island aeonium
Another wonderful succulent for the gardener’s palette. Growing up to 3 ft tall and wide, this rosette-forming plant does very well in the garden where temperatures don't drop below 25F, mid USDA zone 9, and plants are protected from freezing. Otherwise, best in pots or as a temporary garden display. Does best in sun with sheltering from hottest afternoon rays and a bit of summer water now and again. Too cool!
Crassulaceae $12 4in

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Aeonium canariense 'Derick' derick house leek
Found by friend of Cistus Derick Pitman, this bronzy rosette former to 18" or more, with its origin in the Canary Islands as the name would suggest. Is an easy cool growing coastal plant, or in container where temps drop below 25 degrees for winter protection. Bright light, allow to dry in summer. USDA zone 9b.
$015 4D

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Aeschynanthus aff. buxifolius

Gesneriaceae $16 2D

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Agapanthus 'Midnight Blue' lily of the nile
Gorgeous globes of deep blue-violet flowers on 2.5 ft stalks appear in July and August above 18-24” clumps of dark green, strap-like leaves, narrower than other forms. This Irish selection of a South African native loves sun to part shade, plenty of fertilizer in summer, and well-drained soil. Needs water during the growing season but resents too much water at any time. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Amaryllidaceae $16 4D

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Agapanthus 'Midnight Sun'
This from plantsman Luin Miller presents as one of the more nicely variegated of the selections. Cream white and grey-green mix in stripes on leaves to about 18 inches. the plant producing inky blue flowers up to a couple of feet in height. Excellent evergreen perennial zones 9 or above occasionally becoming deciduous but re-sprouting in spring from lower zone 8. Excellent container plant in any case. Feed regularly to maintain vigor, best in bright light with free draining soil.
Amaryllidaceae $15 4D

Agave americana 'Variegata'

Agave americana 'Variegata'variegated american century plant
Striking plant with beautifully curved blue leaves, well toothed and edged in rich cream. An imposing garden icon, reaching to 3-4 ft tall and wide, where winter temperatures seldom dive below 20F, USDA zone 9, for any length of time. A plant in Brookings, OR measures 10 x 10 ft. after 10 years. Has survived 8F, zone 7b, with overhead protection for winter dryness.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in

Agave bracteosa

Agave bracteosaspider agave
Looking more like a bromeliad, this agave’s lax, spineless leaves are very choice. Polycarpic and rare in cultivation, these plants are found clinging to the high rocky mountains between Saltillo and Monterey in northeastern Mexico growing with pines and, yes, even Douglas fir and they love the cool summer nights of the Northwest. Slow growing, each rosette to 1 ft tall x 18" wide, gradually forming a wider clump. Sun to part shade in well drained soil with occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, when kept dry in winter.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

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Agave deserti var. simplex
Representing something probably between A. mckelveyana and the much more widespread A. deserti, this colonizing form produces 18 in. (roughly), quickly offsetting rosettes of striking bluish white leaves tipped with dark spines. This collection is from the Kofa Mountains of western Arizona and, considering its habitat, these plants would clearly like very sharp drainage and bright conditions. A fine pot plant. Hardy to 10º to 15ºF.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4D

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Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Curls' variegated gypsum agave
A very cool century plant, wavy grey-green leaves with a broad band of cream and narrowly-spaced rubbery teeth along each leaf edge. Compact to only 2 to 3 ft wide and tall makes it ideal as a container subject or patio plant. Golden orange flowers when it eventually blooms after 15 or 20 years. Full sun to light shade and fast drainage. Able to withstand light frosts particularly if dry. Drought tolerant but grows faster with infrequent deep summer irrigation. USDA zone 9, protect from hard frosts.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4in

Agave havardiana

Agave havardianahavard's century plant
One of the best and hardiest agaves, with olive-green or, often, dusty-blue, curving leaves in the classic agave shape. Big, robust, and wickedly spined, usually as a solitary rosette though sometimes with pups. To 2 ft tall and wide. Best with good drainage and full sun. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, or lower. Found in Texas, New Mexico, and Coahuila, Mexico.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

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Agave lophantha 'Splendida'
A brightly-colored, compact agave native to Mexico and south Texas that reaches no more than 12" tall and 18" wide. Dagger-like leaves are dark green with a light green interior stripe and possess serrated teeth along its margins. This exceptionally good-looking cultivar is great in pots and can be planted in mass for great effect. Can be planted in full or sun or light shade. Hardy to 0 degrees, USDA zone 7.
$16 4in

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Agave parrasana 'Meat Claw'
Cool Yucca Do selection of the Mexican A. parrasana with long, hooked spines that first emerge red and upright, thick, blue leaves. This selection will stay very compact, reaching only 10" tall and a foot wide. Full sun with good drainage. A great container or rock garden specimen, rarely offsetting. Frost hardy to mid USDA zone 7, around 5 degrees.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $18 2in

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Agave parryi 'J.C. Raulston' JC Raulston Hardy Agave
One of the hardiest clones of Agave parryi tolerating cool wet winters better than others in the species. Big rounded blue "artichoke-y" rosettes to 2ft tall and 3ft are slow to pup, for nice singular rosettes. For full sun to part shade in excellent drainage. Occasional summer water speeds growth, with long dry spells in between. Also great in containers sacrificing a little hardiness compared to in the ground. Adapts well to being indoors in a bright area over winter if desired. USDA zone 7.
asparagaceae $018 4in

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Agave parryi var. couesii
From Arizona, an extremely hardy century plant growing in colonies of giant (nearly 2 ft), blue, artichoke-like rosettes. Good air circulation, bright light and good drainage. Native to cold climates of snow-covered and frozen ground; should be frost hardy to well below -10ºF or USDA zone 6.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 2D

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Agave parryi var. truncata 'Lime Streak'

Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 4in

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Agave schidigera 'Royal Flush' PPAF royal flush century plant
A sport from A.'Shira ito no Ohi', this compact century plant has an extra wide cream colored leaf margin and grows to about a foot tall with an 18" spread. Makes an excellent container subject indoors or out or patio plant for bright light with excellent drainage. Cold hardy in upper zone 8, protect from hard frosts.
Asparagaceae $14 4in

Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'

Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi'queen of white thread century plant
The cultivar name (NOT translated as "Honey, I shrunk the kids") refers to the silky threads or filifers that decorate these rosette-forming agaves. They are solitary plants, to 18" tall and wide, with the dark green leaves, strikingly variegated with creamy margins, the quite symmetric filifers adding to the show. The species, from the high country of Mexico's Durango State, shows a decent tolerance for moisture and frost in USDA zone 8. But temperatures below 20F, bottom of USDA zone 9, can mark the beautiful variegations so we recommend a moveable container.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $14 4in

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Agave toumeyana var. bella Bernhardt Tr., AZ KJS 323

Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

Agave utahensis ssp. kaibabensis SBHMPS 6747

Agave utahensis ssp. kaibabensis SBHMPS 6747utah agave
From the Tuweep area on cliffs and mountaintops on the northern edge of the Grand Canyon abyss amid junipers and beautiful red rocks ... and far away from restaurants that serve alcohol, our collection of a particularly wide and long leaf form of the highly variable Utah agaves, producing nearly 18” rosettes of a cheery blue-green with dark, evenly set spines. I believe this colony to be under the form kaibabensis. These plants offset rather sparsely to make attractive clumps rather than colonies. After 10 years or so, flowers spikes rise to nearly 10 ft. Though one of the most frost hardy agaves, they do like their drainage, so in areas of high moisture, best placed in stone walls or under cover. Cold hardy to about -20F, USDA zone 5. Good container plant anywhere.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

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Agave xylonacantha 'Frostbite'
A variegated stunner with distinctively jagged, black marginal leaf spines. Long narrow glaucus green leaves have distinctive edge variegation which transitions from yellow to white as the plant ages. This cultivar is a slow grower, but it can eventually reach 2.5' wide and 1.5' tall. makes an excellent container specimen. Sun to light shade and fast draining gritty soil. Winter dry with occasional water in summer to speed growth. USDA zone 8a if kept dry.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in

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Allium 'August Confection' mountain garlic
Small, NON invasive allium, a selection by plantsman Mark McDonough that forms small, handsome clumps of grassy foliage, to only 5" tall, and produces dark, ruddy pink flowers in mid to late summer. Sun to part shade and fairly drought tolerant though accepting of summer water as well. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7. Said to attract butterflies and repel deer. Full name Alium senescens spp. montanum 'August Confection'.
Amaryllidaceae $7 4in

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Allium senescens 'Blue Twister'
An Excellent selection of Allium senescens with twisted blue-green leaves. Great for the rock or xeric garden. Long display of lavender flowers starting in late spring to early summer. 12" tall. Full sun. scant summer water. Zone 5
$11 4in

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Aloe 'Fabio hybrid'

Asparagaceae $14 2D

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Aloe 'Rooikappie'
A very attractive smaller clumping aloe that grows to less than 1 foot tall with many densely clustered 12" wide rosettes of medium green, attractively spotted leaves that arch outward then slightly down near the tips and produce 2 foot tall branched, flat-topped inflorescences of flowers that are orange in bud with pendant flowers opening to show pale yellow interior and petals. Flowering has been noted year round but is especially prolific in the fall. Plant in full sun to light shade. Give occasional to infrequent irrigation. A great accent plant in a small garden or massed as a ground cover. USDA zone 9.
Asphodelaceae $014 4in

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Aloe 'Safari Sunrise'
This cheery, compact aloe is a great multiplier and reblooms readily. Blue-green leaves compliment the peachy bicolor flowers. Fast growing and staying under 10in tall. Excellent hummingbird candy. Frost hardy to bottom of USDA zone 9, so best treated as a container plant that can be moved inside if winter temperatures get too chilly. Also, a great indoor plant for that bright, sunny windowsill.
$16 3D

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Aloe dorothaea Sunset Aloe
Tanzaninan aloe whose leaves, like a chameleon, turn from bright green to vibrant orange in warm, sunny conditions. Rosettes stay low, but clumps can grow to an impressive 2' across. This is one of the most attractive aloes in a container or rock garden and sends up flower spikes in late winter. Protect from frost, especially if temperatures last for more than a few hours. Water very occasionally, if at all. Zone 9b.
$12 2D

Aloe JimmyTM
Gorgeous aloe hybrid, a Kelly Griffin and Proven Winners selection with rosettes of succulent leaves, white edged with with lots of small white spots, eventually reaching 2-4" tall and wide. Best in well drained soil in full to part sun. Both heat and drought tolerant in the ground. Frost hardy only to 25F, mid USDA zone 9, so best kept in containers to be moved indoors in winter. Potted plants should dry a bit before watering. A nice addition to the succulent collection outdoors or in.
Asparagaceae $12 4in

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Aloe polyphylla spiral aloe
One of the most endangered Aloe species, endemic to the high plains of the landlocked South African country of Lesotho at over 10,000 ft. Succulent leaves, pointed and toothed, form a single rosette, to 1 ft tall x 1.5 ft wide, developing a wonderfully distinct spiral pattern as plants mature. Pink flowers appear on a 2 ft stem in early summer. Best in cool sun or part shade with abundant summer water. Accustomed to damp summers and dry winters, it is also one of the hardiest aloes, to 10F, the bottom of USDA zone 8 and lower if kept dry in the winter.
Asparagaceae $24 4in

Aloe striatula

Aloe striatulahardy aloe
Multi-trunked shrub from South Africa, the hardiest of the shrubby aloes. To over 3 ft tall and possibly up to 6 ft wide with dark green leaves, long, narrow, and pointed, and yellow flowers in spring and summer continuing into fall. Plant in sun where drainage is good. Top hardy to 18 F, upper USDA zone 8; has resprouted from 0F, zone 7, or below with mulch, good drainage, and protection from winter moisture.
Asparagaceae $15 4in

Alstroemeria 'Glory of the Andes'

Alstroemeria 'Glory of the Andes'peruvian lily
An unusual Peruvian lily in that the flowers, a lovely gold with maroon markings, are also slightly sweet and the leaves are variegated, green edged in creamy yellow. Blooming from June through August, plants form clumps to 3 ft tall x 30" wide. Best in rich soil in full sun to part shade with regular summer water. This cultivar is well-behaved in the garden and doesn't spread. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Alstroemeriaceae $12 4D

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Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'
A most unusual Peruvian lily with particularly bronzed foliage that provides an excellent background for its fairly relentless assault of cream and orange flowers that emerge in spring through summer. Height to 2.5' or so, the clump slowly increasing in size over time. Full sun and decently drained soil best for bloom. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7. Very long-lasting cut flower!
Alstroemeriaceae $12 4D

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Alstroemeria 'Valley Red' red peruvian lily
One of the finest Peruvian lily hybrids suitable for the garden, the warm, red-orange flowers looking exotic and tropical through the summer. A vigorous plant -- though not enthusiastic enough to be a garden pest, this form has been floating around northern California's Pajaro Valley for many years. To 2 ft tall, forming clumps to 2 ft wide in bright light and well-drained soil with ample summer water for best bloom. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Alstroemeriaceae $012 4D

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Alstroemeria psittacina 'Variegata' white edged princess lily
A plant with many common names including Peruvian parrot lily, for it's red flowers tipped in green and white, and lily-of-the-Incas, referring to its origins in South America. This Japanese selection has variegated foliage, grayish green with irregular white edges, on stems to 12-18" tall that form slowly widening clumps (eventually enough to share...). Stems emerge in early autumn, flowering in spring and enjoying a period of dormancy in summer. Best in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least the bottom of USDA zone 7 with mulch.
Alstroemeriaceae $9 4in

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Alstromeria 'Inca Bandit'
Medium-large, solid deep red flowers on compact plants. 24"-36" tall and wide. Full sun to part shade. Hardy to USDA zone 7.
Alstroemeriaceae $9 4D

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Amarygia [hybrids]
Amaryllis belladonna X Brunsvigia josephinae crosses from plantsman Wayne Roderick with long, strappy leaves to 2 ft that die back in summer. In late summer/early fall a 2 ft stem appears producing clusters of very fragrant flowers in colors that vary from pure whites to dark pinks. These are best in a spot that receives bright light and little summer water. Frost hardy to a bit below 20F, upper-upper USDA zone 8 and best in containers in areas of prolonged periods below freezing.
Amaryllidaceae $15 2D

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Amaryllis belladonna - typical West Coast clone
A choice and deliciously fragrant flowering bulb to perfume the late summer garden with abundant light to dark pink trumpets on dark stems, to 18-24” tall -- “naked” since the strappy leaves that appeared in winter have usually died back during the dry summer. Definitely a beautiful lady. Best in a Mediterranean climate with summer heat, good drainage, and very little summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and into zone 7 with a bit of mulch.
Amaryllidaceae $11 4D

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Anemanthele lessoniana pheasant grass
Cool evergreen Australian grass that turns a glowing orange in the winter, fading to a orangish-spring green in summer. Height and width to 3 ft. Full to half sun with regular water inland and occasional water near the coast. This grass is all about texture and highlighting the garden with warm earthy tones. Think backlit by the sun or spilling out near a sidewalk edge. Deer and salt spray tolerant. Cold hardy to 5 degrees F, mid USDA zone 7.
Poaceae $12 2D

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Anemone x lipsiensis rock garden anemone
A natural hybrid, this cute little anemone has all the good qualities of the species and few of the bad. No ‘I turned my back and it ate my Hellebores”; no ‘It lifted the sidewalk.’ Large pale yellow flowers on very finely divided stems that carpet the ground in spring. Excellent knitter in the rock garden, rock wall or between stepping stones. Frost hardy to USDA zone 4. Excellent.
Ranunculaceae $12 4D

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Arctostaphylos glandulosa 'Rogue Gem'
A Cistus introduction. Another of our series of A. glandulosa, this, from the reaches above Oregon's Rogue River canyon, spreads to a multiple stemmed mound, 3 ft tall x an eventual 6 ft wide, with deep chocolate brown stems, glossy green leaves, and very pale pink flowers from late winter through late spring depending on weather. Can be cut back. Dappled shade to bright sun with decent drainage. Tolerant of some summer irrigation. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $16 3D

Arisaema consanguineum - silvered centered

Arisaema consanguineum - silvered centered
Shared with us some years ago by our friends the O’Byrnes, these graceful jack-in-the-pulpits rise to nearly 3 ft in late spring with narrow graceful leaflets centered indeed silver. Flowers are deep cinnamon. Adds to its beauty by clumping quickly. Dappled shade is best with consistent summer moisture and, of course, decent drainage. A wonderful addition to the woodland garden or container. Frost hardy in the ground to 0F, USDA zone 7 or below.
Araceae $15 4in

Arisaema ringens - UCBG formjack-in-the-pulpit
A particularly robust form of an easy Jack-in-the-pulpit with an outstanding and dramatic flower resembling a cobra's head, the purple stalks topped with spathes of green and purple stripes folded over and showing the dark, purple-black interior. Herbaceious, emerging early in the spring with two, tripartite leaves from each bulb, eventually offsetting and forming clumps to 12-24" tall and up to 3 ft wide. Stunning in bright light, part sun or dappled shade, in moist, rich soil with regular water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5. Benefits from winter mulch.
Araceae $18 2D

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Aristea major blue sceptre
Of this intriguing group of blue-flowered irids mostly from South Africa, we had thought this species too tender for permanent planting in these parts, but they have thriven for many years now, giving us courage. Easy in average garden conditions and luscious with summer water, with bright green, iris-like leaves to 2 ft or a bit more, and clusters of sky-blue flowers from spring through fall -- all from the small inflorescence, so don't cut them back. Bright light is best. Outstanding planted with yellow foliage nearby. Evergreen to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8; regrowing, especially with mulch, from 10F or so. (Also known as Aristea capitata.)
Iridaceae $14 4in

Aristolochia fimbriata

Aristolochia fimbriatadutchman’s pipe
Small Dutchman's pipe from Brazil to northern Argentina, a prostrate, deciduous ground cover to only 6" tall and 2-3 ft wide, the leaves heart-shaped with prominent, pale, netting following the veins. The exotic flowers, produced all summer, are striking, strong, curved green tubes, 1" across, with long hairs and interiors that are purple-brown, veined yellow. Good for hanging baskets where the flowers can be seen. Average summer water in gritty or sandy soil in sun to part shade in hottest climates. Evergreen where temperatures only dip into the 20sF. Deciduous with good autumn color at lower temperatures. Root hardy in USDA zone 7.
Aristolochiaceae $16 2D

Aristolochia sempervirens

Aristolochia sempervirensevergreen dutchman's pipe
Cool evergreen vine or goundcover, native to the Mediterranean, with heart-shaped leaves and in spring through fall "Dutchman pipe" flowers, yellow-throated, purplish tubes. Reaches 5 - 15 ft tall and thrives in sunny to partly shaded, gardens tolerating summer drought or water. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Aristolochiaceae $012 4in

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Aristotelia fruticosa - UCSC 2008.34 mountain wineberry
Slow growing, evergreen shrub or small tree, with tiny, slightly toothed, oblong leaves of medium green on wiry, dense branches. Inconspicuous flowers are followed by little purple fruits -- very decorative. This clone, from the collection at the University of California at Santa Cruz, reaches 8-10 ft tall with a rounded shape. Best in sun to part shade with good drainage and regular summer water, but tolerates brief periods of drought. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. To maintain the juvenile foliage, it's lovely shape and dark color, cut back frequently.
Elaeocarpaceae $014 3D

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Aristotelia x fruserrata 'Jessie Cockburn' Wineberry
Robust, glossy and light green-leaved evergreen shrub with pink spring flowers and pink to dark burgundy fruit in fall, somewhat heavier fruiter than other forms. Branches and stems are a beautiful reddish brown. Compact form, around 3-4' tall and wide. Full sun in coastal gardens and semi-shade inland. Well-drained soil and occasional summer watering. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8b.
Elaeocarpaceae $14 3D

Armeria maritima 'Rubrifolia'sea pink
Sea pinks have traveled the world enough to be thought of as native on coastal areas of both European and Western North America. This selection has particularly burgundy leaves to only 8-10" and a tightly mounding habit that is adorned by a long series of saturated purple-pink flowers. Prefers year round moisture with good drainage and bright light. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, or below. Great for rock gardens and the front of perennial borders.
Plumbaginaceae $11 4in

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Artemisia 'Powis Castle' wormwood
This probably hybrid between Artemisia arborescens and A. absinthium, a woody, perennial subshrub to 2-3 ft tall and wide, is grown for its feathery, aromatic, silvery foliage. Spreads by underground rhizomes making a good goundcover up to 6 ft wide if unrestrained. Best in a sunny garden with good drainage and little summer water once established. Evergreen in mild climates and root hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. Said to be unpalatable to deer and rabbits.
Asteraceae $11 4in

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Arthropodium cirratum new zealand rock lily
This rock lily is grown mostly for its long, glaucous, evergreen leaves. The large, white, highly scented flowers midsummer are just a bonus. Purple anthers! To 2 ft tall in sun to shade with little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

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Asarum splendens orifice ginger
A hardy evergreen ginger from China for a shaded nook. Cyclamen-like foliage, green mottled with with gray-silver, to only 6" tall, spreads moderately by underground rhizomes making a good groundcover for shade. The flowers are also wonderful, sometimes hidden but often upfacing, purple with white markings. One of the best of the genus and worth kneeling for in spring. Shade is best in rich soil with regular summer water. Bait for slugs. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Aristolochiaceae $14 4D

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Asclepias speciosa showy milkweed
Fabulous west coast native perennial with large round clusters of rose and white fragrant star flowers on 3 foot stems in mid summer. Large, soft silver-green leaves are pleasant on the eyes as well as the fingers. Attracts and feeds butterflies, including our western Monarch. Full sun, summer drought, well-drained soil. Winter deciduous. Reliable, easy and rewarding. Cold hardy to -20 F, USDA zone 5.
Apocynaceae $9 4D

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Asparagus sp. S. Africa/SBH Collection

Asparagaceae $14 4in

Asphodeline lutea

Asphodeline luteaking's spear
One of the best of the old fashioned garden standards for the modern landscape. Herbaceous perennial native to the eastern Mediterranean. Narrow gray-green leaves form clumps to 12" tall and long-lasting, highly scented yellow flowers rise above on leafy stalks in early summer. Full sun in rich, well-drained soil with some summer moisture especially in the hottest climates. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6, and even upper zone 5 in protected locations with winter mulch.
Xanthorrhoeaceae $12 4in

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Aspidistra 'Dr. Yakoi's Stars'
Shared with us by Nurseryman Ted Stephens and named for the famous plantsman, this to only 12-18" in height, has particularly attractive rounded leaves and large polka dots growing to clumps of a couple feet in under 5 years. As with others, excellent for deep shade or in container. Extra summer water speeds growth. Upper USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'
Shared with us by Linda Guy, this wonderful cast iron plant, growing to over 3 ft tall with narrow dark green leaves, has way spotted leaves held upright, almost glowing with the creamy speckles. Clumps to about 4 ft wide in a reasonable time. Able to withstand dark shade to dappled light but bleaches in too much sun. Prefers damp well drained soil. Excellent container or houseplant too. Frost hardy to 0F., USDA zone 7
Asparagaceae $22 4D

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Aspidistra 'Yunnan Sword'
Our love of cast iron plants continues with this uniquely handsome selection. Narrow, upright leaves, only 3-4" by about belly button in height, maintain a handsome deep green shine throughout the year. Vigorous in deep to light shade, requiring only a little boost of summer water to speed growth where dry. Undamaged at the bottom of USDA zone 8, resprouts after zone 7 spell.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

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Aspidistra caespitosa 'Jade Ribbons' cast iron plant
Shared with us years ago by Barry Yinger, this small, cast iron plant produces leaves, to only about 18" in height, in dense clusters of deep green with a satiny blue finish. Intriguingly beautiful for gardens or containers in medium shade to the deepest, darkest recesses of the garden. Fairly fast growing in the southeast due to hot summer nights; on the West Coast, they are slower but worthwhile. Regular summer water in dryer climates to push them along a bit, though they can go without for long periods. Undamaged at 10 to 12F, USDA zone 8, if out of wind; can recover from 0F, zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa'

Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa'cast iron plant
First introduced to the US, we believe, by Barry Yinger, this diminutive evergreen perennial, to about 1 ft or so in height, has very shiny leaves in dense clumps, each leaf stripped and splashed various shades of gold. Not the most stable creature in the world ... but then, neither are most of our friends ... and should be relieved of the occasional rogue green sport that might appear. Slow growing but one of the more striking variegated cast iron plants. Fine in even the very darkest shade with summer water to establish and for faster growth. Excellent container plant for medium to very low light. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Chicory Asahi'

Aspidistra elatior 'Chicory Asahi'
Akin to a new and improved Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi', this plant, shared with us by Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianus, has a very white center variegation, broader than 'Asahi', covering most of the leaf except for a distinct green band on the leaf edge. Gorgeous in the shade garden. Like its near relative, expected to reach 3 ft tall with leaves to 6" wide. Beautiful and slow, though nearly as vigorous as 'Asahi'. Best in good soil with regular summer water to establish and at least occasional water thereafter. Mulch helps keep slugs and snails away. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Gold Strike'

Aspidistra elatior 'Gold Strike'cast iron plant
Tall and vigorous aspidistra, reaching 3' or more, with deep green glossy leaves, rather narrow, with a reliable light green-to-gold stripe through each leaf. Substantial clump in a few seasons, indeed striking for any place with deep shade to dappled sun (avoiding afternoon sun). Drought tolerant, though much faster growing with regular summer water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' ['Living Cloud']

Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' ['Living Cloud']cast iron plant
Small and hard-to-find aspidistra, the leaves only 2" wide by 12" tall and heavily spreckled with yellow spots on both sides, forming a cheerful, multi-stemmed, clumping perennial for the woodland garden in bright shade to the darkest part of the garden. Lovers of rich soil and even moisture, they are not supposed to be attractive to deer. Evergreen in upper USDA zone 8; root hardy to 10F, the bottom of zone 8; and a bright, sturdy houseplant where temperatures drop into zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'cast iron plant
The solution to your shadiest spot: a cast iron plant with lovely white stripes on dark green leaves, to 2+ ft tall. Hardy outdoors in light to deep shade with normal summer water, they prefer good drainage. Regular summer water for best appearance, though tolerant of long dry periods. Clumping plants, they are somewhat slow growing, doubling their size in a few years. Also fab in a container. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra longiloba

Aspidistra longilobacast iron plant
An unusual cast iron plant, slowly spreading to make 4 ft wide clumps in a reasonable amount of time, with shiny spring-green leaves of only about 6" long, but pleasingly rounded at the base making them nearly oval. Easy in cultivation, for addition to containers or repeating in the shade garden. A layer of mulch over existing soil helps their little rhizomes spread a bit more quickly. Provide even summer moisture for more rapid growth, especially along the West Coast. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; zone 7 with reliable mulch and protection.
Asparagaceae $18 4in

Aspidistra lurida 'Ginga'

Aspidistra lurida 'Ginga'cast iron plant
Often sold in the United States as 'Milky way", this one in no way resembles that one. The Japanese name 'Ginga' means "spotted and streaked" and this plant is that. Stunning purple flowers, often called "spider eggs", appear in early spring but can only be appreciated by lying belly down in an accommodating gardener's garden. Worth the trouble. Part shade to deep shade with little or no summer water necessary. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

Aspidistra minutiflora

Aspidistra minutifloracast iron plant
One of the more intriguing of the cast iron plants, a genus on which we have become rather fixated, this with very narrow leaves, to 30” tall and only 1/2 to 1” wide, of deep green with a bit of silky blue overlay. Creates graceful clumps reasonably quickly in the woodland garden or in container where the nearly black stem sheaths can be easily observed for hours on end … or at least a second or two. Enjoys ample summer moisture, though, as with other aspidistras, seems to accept being nearly moisture free in dark, cave-like spaces. A perfect addition under shrubs where other plants are not likely to thrive, or in dark entry gardens for instance. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 8. Has also been offered as Aspidistra linearifolia.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

Aspidistra minutiflora 'Spangled Ribbons'

Aspidistra minutiflora 'Spangled Ribbons'spangled cast iron plant
Introduced by Don Jacob this appears very much like A. caespitosa 'Jade Ribbons' with 18" leaves, about 1" wide, tinted blue, and held very upright, but these have endearing yellow polka dots throughout. Slow growing like all cast iron plants, but growth can be hastened with fertile soil and extra summer moisture, especially where nights are cool. Like the others, capable of growing in very dark rooms (they like to hang out in bars) and of course the shadiest nooks in the garden. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; zone 7 with protection.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra retusa 'Nanjing Green'

Aspidistra retusa 'Nanjing Green'nanjing cast iron plant
Smallish aspidistra with medium green, 3" wide leaves distinguished by prominent veins and forming clumps to 2 ft tall and wide. Brought back from the Nanjing Botanic Garden in the 1990s and shared with us by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery, this handsome and unusual cast iron plant does best in part to full shade with summer water. Evergreen and undamaged to 5F, USDA zone 7b, and expected to be root hardy below that.
Asparagaceae $16 4D

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Aspidistra sp. [spotted and stripey]

$22 4in

Aspidistra tonkinensis - all green form

Aspidistra tonkinensis - all green formcast iron plant
An all green form of this aspidistra species from Southeast China, with graceful, narrow, arching leaves, to 3 ft or more, emerging with black sheaths. These are vigorous growers, appearing earlier in the spring and seemingly more frost tolerant than the species. Best in shade to deep shade and, though accepting of drought, prefers regular summer water and rich soil. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $16 4in

Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Spotty'

Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Spotty'cast iron plant
A Cistus introduction of a lovely species, this our seedling selection from Southeast China, with graceful, long green leaves, to 3 ft or more, emerging with black sheaths, the leaves humorously spotted almost golden. Tolerant of deep shade and drought, but more pleased with ample summer moisture and good soil. Thus far frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7. We think this is one of the most graceful of all the aspidistras.
Asparagaceae $22 4D

Aspidistra typica 'Old Glory'

Aspidistra typica 'Old Glory'cast iron plant
Small cast iron plant, selected in Sichuan Province in 2002 by Darrell Probst and named by Plant Delights Nursery. To only 15" tall, the wide and shiny green leaves marked by a broad, greenish yellow band down the middle and, especially with age, spreckles and spots adding texture. Slowly forms clumps. As with others of the genus, does well in containers or in the garden in shade to very deep shade, bringing color to dark corners. Tolerates some drought but prefers even moisture in rich soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 to upper zone 7 with protection.
Asparagaceae $18 4in

Aspidistra yingjiangensis 'Singapore Sling'

Aspidistra yingjiangensis 'Singapore Sling'cast iron plant
This lovely creature, found in a market in Singapore (we believe) both by Barry Yinger and Hayes Jackson, grows to 3 ft or more with only 1-2" wide leaves of deep green, strikingly polka dotted cream yellow. Very spiffy even in deepest darkest shade. Summer water to establish and regularly thereafter for fastest growth though tolerates dry shade as well. As many others, this one is slow growing and we are happy to finally have enough to share. Despite its origins has been frost hardy in the garden at least into USDA zone 8. Also makes a lovely container specimen for medium to low light.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

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Astelia 'Red Devil' red mountain astelia
Found some years ago on NZ's south island after many quasi-successful endeavors in bringing this plant to North America, our original collection is finally available from Christchurch's fabulous Texture Plants Nursery. Similar in size to A. 'Red Gem' (to 2ft tall and wide) but with deeper burgundy tones in winter and throughout summer in exposed locations. Often quite stunning. Despite its xeric appearance, it prefers reliably damp conditions and a slight northerly aspect in hotter climates. Plants have survived to 0 F in others gardens, but we will say upper zone 7 to be on the safe side. Woohoo!
Asteliaceae $16 4D

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Astelia chathamica silver spear
Dazzlingly silver rosettes, offsetting clumps 3-5 ft high & wide with 3-4" wide leaves. Best in light shade and well-drained soil. Accepts continual moisture but not prolonged drought or excessive summer heat. Great container plant. Cold hardy to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8, recovering from 10 to 12F.
Asteliaceae $16 4D

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Aucuba - no name - male

Garryaceae $16 4D

Azara integrifolia

Azara integrifoliagoldspire azara
We like azaras, including this Chilean species, a large shrub or small tree that is a bit gawkier than others, but its spring blooms - fragrant, yellow powderpuffs that are lovely against the dark green, leathery leaves - make up for any small physical flaws. The purple-blue fruit, loved by birds, is an added charm. Easily to 12 ft tall or so and up to 30 ft over a long time, the canopy becoming denser in age. Best in sun with good drainage and at least occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Salicaceae $12 2D

Beesia deltophylla

Beesia deltophylla
Very nice small, evergreen groundcover from China with shiny, heart-shaped leaves and spikes of white flowers in late summer. Lovely vein patterns add texture to the leathery foliage. Plants form clumps 18” wide x 1 ft tall in dappled shade to full shade. Tolerant of many soils but best planted in areas that are consistently moist and well-drained soil. Creates a good backdrop for other shade loving perennials. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Ranunculaceae $14 4in

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Begonia 'Chandler's Hardy'
From plantsman Shayne Chandler, from a group trip several years ago this lovely creature, looking a bit like a hefty form of B. hemsleyana grows to a vigorous 18" with leaves mottled silver-pink and white, with pink flowers rising above. Tough in any woodland situation given adequate drainage and consistent summer water. Deciduous, USDA Zone 7b.
$16 3D

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Begonia 'Ginny'

Begoniaceae $14 4in

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Begonia 'Passing Storm'

Begoniaceae $14 4in

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Begonia 'Torsa' torsa big leaf begonia
This purported hybrid involving b. evansiana with the most unusual texture with few broad triangular leaves approaching 10" or more green often tinted red. Late season large trusses for pink flowers are also an attraction. Perfect for a damp well drained place in medium to dappled light and consistent summer moisture. Reproduces by occasional bulbils produced in autumn so don't clean it up too fast. USDA zone 8a.
Begoniaceae $18 3D

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Begonia dregei
Intriguing caudex forming species from summer rainfall South Africa. Grows only to about 18" but quickly forms a caudex of up to 3" giving the appearance of a miniature baobab (Adansonia digitata). Makes us want to create a tiny national park. Ruffled leaves, under 1", are pleasingly undulate and shaded in purples and grays. Small, white flowers complement its stature. Frost hardy to only upper 20s F, upper USDA zone 9, but fine for the protected garden or as a pot specimen. Faithful list perusers who wonder if this was previously listed as B. richardsonii are right to notice a name correction.
Begoniaceae $12 4in

Begonia hatacoa var. meisneri

Begonia hatacoa var. meisneri
Tender begonia with spectacular, silver leaves, the veins widely marked in dark green on top, the whole pale underneath. The flowers are lovely as well, white with petals blushed pink. For pot culture outdoors and wintering indoors. Rich soil in part to full shade with plenty of water. A good accent plant in mixed containers or alone. To only 14" tall. Frost hardy in USDA zone 10.
Begoniaceae $14 4D

Begonia hemsleyana

Begonia hemsleyanahelmsley's begonia
Very hardy begonia grown in gardens for many years. Dormant through winter, emerging in June with fuzzy red stems carrying palmate leaves, dark green spreckled white. A very nice texture for the shady, woodland garden, in moist conditions -- but not too moist. A bit of drying before watering is welcome. Requires good air circulation as well. Found at 4-6,000 ft elevation in Yunnan, China, these are frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Begoniaceae $14 4D

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Begonia heracleifolia var. nigricans hogweed-leaf begonia

Begoniaceae $14 2D

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Begonia U512
This rex type Begonia has beautiful green and silver leaves with a dark maroon star shaped center. It will do well as a patio plant in a container, but will need to be protected during the winter months. Blooms are a soft pink. While this beauty looks delicate, it's been easier to grow for us than other rex types. USDA zone 10.
Begoniaceae $14

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Bensoniella oregana

Saxifragaceae $9 2D

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Berberis 'Lime Glow'

Berberidaceae $14 2D

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Bergeranthus jamesii - cl 2 yellow iceplant
Ice plant relative from South Africa, to only about 2” tall in clumps to 5-6” wide with succulent, triangular leaves. In summer, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers cover the the plant. Requires very good drainage in lean soil, sun in all but the very hottest climates, and an occasional watering in summer by hose or monsoon. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Aizoaceae $009

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Beschorneria sp. - Driveway
Another bold non-agave from northeastern Mexico, producing rosettes to 2 ft of deep green, 4" wide leaves, the plant resembling a pile of hung-over starfish. The flowers, held on red stems, are a deep red edged with green and produce red tinted seed pods. Hummingbirds love them! People too. Drought tolerant but loves a little summer water along with excellent drainage and partial shade to full sun. Essentially a USDA zone 8 plant though success has been achieved in USDA zone 7 gardens with occasional protection.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 3D

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Beschorneria stricta [dwarf blue]

Asparagaceae $16 2D

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Beschorneria yuccoides ssp. dekosteriana
One of the more robust species of this agave relative, this collection is from the high mountains of northeastern Mexico, growing in the shade of oaks and pines. Leaves are 5" wide in rosettes, each stretching to over 3 ft. And flower spikes are 6 ft tall or more with astoundingly red stems, red and green flowers, and pink-blushed seed pods! Drought tolerant but loves a little summer water. A bold-textured garden plant in dappled shade to full sun where temperatures seldom drop below 15F, mid USDA zone 8. Plants have recovered quickly from temperatures as low as single digits, zone 7, provided good drainage and a wee bit of overhead protection. Previously sold as Beschorneria decosteriana; the name change conforming to current taxonomy.)
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $014 3D

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Billbergia nutans friendship plant
A hardy bromeliad from Paraguay, this old fashioned plant is rarely sold– most people get a piece from a friend’s plant -- hence the common name.. Odd pink and blue flowers in late sping. Protect at 15-20F, mid to upper USDA zone 8. Great indoor/outdoor houseplant. Sun to part shade.
Bromeliaceae $18 4D

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Billbergia nutans 'Blondie' friendship plant
A variation on a variation with entirely creamy yellow leaves on a perennial to 18" by 3 ft. This "friendship" plant, in our gardens since Victorian times, is a good part shade to shade perennial in upper USDA zone 8 and makes an ideal container plant where temperatures regularly drop below 15F, mid zone 8. Keep moist...and prosper. Named by Luen Miller.
Bromeliaceae $16 3D

Blechnum penna-marina

Blechnum penna-marinaalpine water fern
Native to the southern hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand as well as South America, this is a dwarf, evergreen fern, to only 12" tall, with dense fronds that emerge bronze and age to dark green. A lovely groundcover for part to full shade, spreading slowly primarily by underground rhizomes to form clumps. Doesn't actually grow in water -- in spite of the common name -- but often near water courses. Enjoys moist conditions as long as drainage is good. Best if roots aren't planted too deep. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Blechnaceae $14 4in

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Bletilla 'Yokohama'
This delightful hardy ground orchid features beautiful ultra- violet pink blooms borne in clusters on 1-2' stems, dancing above the deciduous foliage, from June through July. Spreads 2-3'. Part shade to shade, well-drained soil, USDA zone 6.
Orchidaceae $14 3D

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Bletilla striata 'Soryu'

Orchidaceae $16

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Buddleja coriacea

Scrophulariaceae $14 4in

Bupleurum fruticosum

Bupleurum fruticosumshrubby hare's ear
Graceful evergreen shrub from southern Europe and the Mediterranean regions with shiny, prominently veined, dark blue-green leaves on branches that become ever more graceful, bending under their own weight as the plant reaches its mature height of 4-5 ft. Yellow flowers in 3-4” umbels add spice and contrast from July to September. Thrives in sun to part sun with well-drained soil of average fertility. Drought tolerant, so little summer water once established. Very tolerant of salt spray in coast areas. Cold hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Apiaceae $12 2D

Buxus sempervirens 'Golden Swirl'

Buxus sempervirens 'Golden Swirl'golden common box
A collection from a lone surviving shrub in the shade of an ancient pecan in a North Portland “garden”, this 8 ft boxwood has a tall, rather narrow habit, with upright branchlets and a pleasing creamy-gold variegation throughout the leaves. Drought tolerant and vigorous. You should have one. We would like to see it used as good garden furniture. Considering its “habitat” it must be very drought tolerant and, from the original plant’s appearance, able to withstand occasional pruning with chainsaws. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, at least.
Buxaceae $14 2D

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