Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Spring 2020

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Abutilon 'Tangerine Mist'
We like to think all of our introductions are the result of lots of hard-work and research, however this introduction was a chance seedling behind the mist bench. And after many indiscriminate chopping's back, we discovered very large warm orange flowers and leaves, the largest of any we've grown - possibly even larger than Donald Trump's hands. Fabulous container plant, light afternoon shade, good nutrients, with even moisture. USDA zone 9a, probably colder.
$16 3D

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Brick house'
This megapotamicum hybrid grows to an upright 6' or more, with narrow eaves and pendulous, indeed, brick colored flowers and dark calyces. An easy grower, with abundant flowers, over a long period if the soil is kept fertile. protect below USDA zone 8b, maybe 8a, or bring inside for winter. Sun to dappled shade.
Malvaceae $9 3D

Abutilon x 'Louis Sasson'flowering maple
Smallish, deep red-orange, flowers clasped by a black calyx hang from black stems over a long blooming season. This was Parker’s favorite abutilon and it is very nice! Plant in a protected spot and out of afternoon blasty sun. Provide summer water and nutrients along with mulch or over head protection where temperatures drop to 18 to 20F, upper USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 3D

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Abutilon x 'Mother of Pearl' flowering maple
ID: 12613 Stock: UMB-E11 Fuchsia colored
Malvaceae $14 4D

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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

Acacia rubida

Acacia rubidared stemmed wattle
Medium sized tree from coastal SE Australia, with light green foliage -- 1-4" , narrow phyllodes (flattened leaf stalks) and occasional, pinnate juvenile leaves. Reddish stems create color contrast as do clusters of cream to yellow flowers in winter. Best in bright sun. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy into the upper teens F, mid to upper USDA zone 8; resprouts from lower temperatures. A good coastal plant and one that is easily stooled.
Fabaceae $14 3D

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Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus' grassy-leaved sweet flag
‘....the dwarf yellow version of the minature ... ' Let’s say it’s the smallest yellow sweet flag you can get. Die-back perennial, to 5-6" tall for sun to part shade with at least average summer water. Tolerates wet soils but doesn't do well if dry. Excellent as accent, in pots, bonsai/penjing, or in rock walls. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Acoraceae $8 4D

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Actinidia 'Silver Lining' kiwi
A lovely, small, deciduous vine, shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens. A bit more diminutive than other kiwis, growing to a dainty 10 ft or so, with narrow, platinum leaves and small flowers, truly insignificant unless you happen to be another kiwi. Tolerates sun but the foliage is most attractive in light shade. Enjoys good drainage and regular summer water. Has tested happily through USDA zone 7 winters.
Actinidiaceae $15 3D

Aeonium 'Cyclops'

Aeonium 'Cyclops'giant red aeonium
Reddish-bronze leaves with a green “eye” in the center are a standout on this large aeonium, to 4-5 ft tall and 3-4 ft wide. A cross between the darker A. ‘Zwartkop’ and the more wavy leaved A. undulatum, these succulents are cold hardy to 25F, USDA zone 9b, so best in pots or a very! protected area. Well-drained soil in sun or shade with little water for plants in the ground, a bit more in containers.
Crassulaceae $11 6in

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Aeschynanthus buxifolius

Gesneriaceae $16 2D

Agapanthus 'Tinkerbell'

Agapanthus 'Tinkerbell'dwarf variegated lily of the nile
The variegated companion to Agapanthus ‘Peter Pan’ has dwarf foliage -- green with white edges -- and a dwarf flowering stalk of medium blue flowers rising to 18" above the 8" leaves. Useful as a container plant especially for its sprightly, variegated look. Enjoys sun to part shade in well-drained soil and average summer water. Evergreen to the mid 20s F, USDA zone 9b, and root hardy to at least 10F, zone 8, and probably colder.
Amaryllidaceae $11 4D

Agave 'Kissho Kan'

Agave 'Kissho Kan'lucky crown century plant
Stunning blue-gray leaves edged in white make this symmetrical rosette an outstanding addition to any collection. Yellow leaf spines darken to reddish brown adding distinction. To 15” tall x 18” wide and slowly offsetting. Needs light, and well-drained soil. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9. Best in container protected from winter wet where temperatures drop into the teens F or sit in the low 20s.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4D

Agave 'Ruth Bancroft'

Agave 'Ruth Bancroft'shark skin agave
Found in the hills near Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, where 3 century plants converge (perhaps collide). This selection, from the California garden of Ruth Bancroft, has an exquisitely fine, platinum-colored sheen with no white markings, clearly showing its A. victoria-reginae and A. scabra parentage. To 2-3 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide. For bright sun and well-drained soil with little summer irrigation necessary. Great in containers. Cold hardy to 10F or so, USDA zone 8. Also known as A. ‘Sharkskin’ for its leaf color and texture.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $18 4D

Agave americana 'Opal'

Agave americana 'Opal'opal century plant
A variegated agave from the larger group often just called Marginata’ or ‘Variegata,’ this one most pleasingly variegated in creamy yellow on upright, blue-green foliage with sharp spines. To 4-5 ft tall and wide. Shared with us by plantsman Tony Avent as having been hardy in coastal Virginia. Though it has been nuked in North Carolina below 10F with winter moisture, it does show promise as being one of the tougher of the americana group as a very similar plant has grown unharmed in Portland gardens for a number of years. We expect at least 15F, mid USDA zone 8, and possibly lower if winter dry. In any zone a striking pot or container plant. Sun, well-drained soil, and little summer water.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4D

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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 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 4D

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Agave macroculmis
High elevation seed collection from Mexico. Dwarf semi-running agave. Excellent for rock gardens, walls, containers. Full sun, sharp drainage. Will stop bicycles cutting across your parking strip. Cold hardy to 10-15F, USDA zone 8, possibly colder with excellent drainage.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $18 6in

Agave montana

Agave montanamountain agave
One of the most sculptural century plants from high elevations in Mexico, this is often sandwiched between the larger, higher elevation Agave gentryi and the lower elevation Agave scabra and can show characteristics of both growing with pines and oaks. 1.5-2 ft, heavily toothed rosettes are deep olive-green brushed with blue. Accepts average garden moisture provided excellent drainage. Sun; adapts to partial shade. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 3D

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Agave ovatifolia - Sierra de Lampazos clone whale's tongue agave
One of the most beautiful century plants, found in the Sierra de Lampazos in the early 80s by the late great plantsman, Lynn Lowrey and only named in 2004 by agave-ist Greg Starr. Growing in a limited range of pinion/juniper/oak country above 8000 ft, the chalky blue rosettes, exceedingly wide and beautifully toothed, can reach over 5 ft in width giving the appearance of a much more tropical species. Has proven to be one of the best performers where cold and wet is experienced in winter and has, thus far, proven hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, or even a bit lower. Sun to dappled shade; drainage is always a plus.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 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 4in

Agave parryi (aff. var. couesii) SBHMPS 6728

Agave parryi (aff. var. couesii) SBHMPS 6728
From the high ponderosa woods at over 8,000 ft between Jerome and Prescott, Arizona, where, in 1981, we first set our eyes upon this particular "patch" growing in light shade with beautiful, 24", blue "artichokes" and dozens of offsets spreading from the plants, seemingly in a race to get to a nearby clearing. Sometimes the reason the plants are brought into cultivation is simply because they are easy to propagate. This little agave is beautiful and ... we can make more. The same culture as for other Agave parryi with dappled shade to bright light and fairly free drainage. This clone, however, should be exceedingly frost hardy to at least -10F, USDA zone 6, possibly colder. Should still be provided winter protection if grown in container below USDA zone 8.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $15 4D

Agave parryi var. truncata

Agave parryi var. truncataartichoke agave
Arguably the most beautiful form of the species with its rosette of wide, blue, truncated leaves -- think giant pine cone. Good drainage and the brightest light is best to maintain shape. Sadly this is also the least hardy for of the species, but possible in the ground in full sun with very sharp drainage in upper USDA zone 8 or above. Otherwise makes a stunning container specimen.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $018 plugs

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Aloe 'Delta Lights'
This aloe variegata cross produces 8" rosettes of wide herringboned patterned leaves of light green and cream. Quickly offsets to form large specimen, to 18" or more. Orange-red flowers produced primarily in late winter or spring. Fine indoor on container plant. Keep reasonably dry in winter, Zone 9b or above.
Asparagaceae $11 4in

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

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 $12 2D

Aloinopsis spathulata

Aloinopsis spathulatahardy living stone
Charming and unusual South African native with tightly held, rounded, bluish leaves forming a mat, 2" tall x 12" wide, of interesting texture adorned in early spring with bright pink, aster-like flowers that hover just above the leaves. Needs sun, occasional summer water, and well-drained soil to protect from winter wet or life in a container that moves to a dry spot for winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Aizoaceae $12 3in

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Alstroemeria isabellana Peruvian Lily
From the periodic drought area of Brazil and Northern Argentina, this imbricate blue-green leaved perennial with dusty salmon colored flowers, as if that could ever happen, adorned with olive green tips flowers from Spring through Autumn. Winter deciduous, enjoys the occasional Summer irrigation. USDA Zone 7.
Alstroemeriaceae $12 2D

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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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Alyssum repens

Brassicaceae $11 4D

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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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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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Antirrhinum braun-blanquetii [red-leaved]

$14 4in

Arbutus xalapensis

Arbutus xalapensistexas madrone
A lovely relative of the madrone or Arbutus menziesii, the Texas madrone is native in the southwest, from west Texas and New Mexico south into Central America, appearing as a multistemmed shrub or small tree, up to 20 ft tall, with all the features we love -- evergreen leaves that are dark on top and lighter beneath, white bell flowers in spring followed by bright red berries in the fall, and, best of all, exfoliating bark that peels away revealing smooth new bark in colors ranging from white to apricot to deep red. Very soil tolerant as long as the drainage is excellent. Requires little to no summer water but tolerates occasional water if, again, the drainage is excellent. A perfect addition to the dry garden. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $18 3D

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Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley'
Let this manzanita romp through your border, spreading to 6 ft wide and only 2-3 ft tall. A delicious and extremely durable, evergreen groundcover. Foliage is bronze in new growth and in winter, maturing to gray-green in summer. Late winter flowers are typical, manzanita bells, pink in this form and followed by red berries. Drought tolerant once established and frost hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $16 2D

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Arctostaphylos 'Monica'
Selected by Louis Edmonds, this cross between A. manzanita and A. densiflora is an upright shrub to 10 ft or more and can be trained as high as 15 ft. A handsome plant with green leaves, spring flowers that are many shades of pink and white -- both lovely against the dark mahogany bark that sheds in small curls. Easy in the garden, tolerating less than ideal conditions. More accepting of some summer water than most manzanitas but we recommend weaning after September to slow any luxurious growth before winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae $16 3D

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Arctostaphylos 'Pebbles'

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Carmel Sur'
A handsome garden tolerant and ground covering manzanita that often thrives where others fail. 10in tall x 6 ft or more wide. White flowers in winter through early spring. Excellent ground cover or spiller, even understory for larger manzanitas or ceanothus. Light shade to full sun. Tolerant of summer water. Upper USDA Zone 7
Ericaceae $16 2D

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Arctostaphylos glandulosa 'Gold Bear'
A Cistus Introduction: From the upper reaches of the Hellsgate area in Southern Oregon's Rogue River Canyon, a rather unique area where dense stands of A. glandulosa seem influenced by A. nevadensis. This form, though only 18" or so in height, can spread to 20 or more feet rather quickly. The deep green leaves are enhanced by small golden brown hairs, giving the whole plant a striking appearance, especially when white flowers appear in winter and early spring. We have seen flowers on this plant as early as November and as late as March. This could be a particularly useful medium-scale groundcover anywhere in the dry-summer west. Most soils with decent drainage, dryish at least in the summer. Zone 7 possibly 6. This from an area where we have seen an abundance of bears browsing on the chocolate colored fruit in autumn and winter!
Ericaceae $14 2D

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Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Buena Vista'
From a particularly useful species, this selection from the northern California coast to about 18" or more in height by about 5' in as many years. A dense growth habit, they have the glossiest spring-green leaves and pearl colored flowers usually mid-winter. Excellent groundcover in sun to dappled shade for summer dry places. USDA zone 7
Ericaceae $15 2D

Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Green on Black'

Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Green on Black'hooker's mazanita
A Cistus Introduction. This compact clone from the Huckleberry Hill area of California's Monterey County is another in a great series of this most useful garden shrub. To only 18" high and wide, with particularly round, shiny green foliage and abundant, small pink flowers in late winter. Tolerant of both sand and clay, these like a bit of summer drought but are not incredibly happy over 100 F in particularly hot inland places. Works well as an understory to a larger arctostaphylos or as a fine ground cover where the leaf form and the wiry blackish stem can be seen. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Mills'
One of the more diminutive of this northern California coastal species, this to only a couple of feet in height slowly spreading to 3-4' or more, densely held petite pointed shiny (and by the way very cute) leaves make a perfect background for the palest of pink masses of flowers occurring midwinter. A definite pollinator magnet. Sun, summer-dry. USDA zone 7
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'
Lovely, robust hybrid from the Sonoma Valley with 2-3" rounded leaves, light olive-green, and pearly white flowers February - April, sometimes earlier. Large shrub to small tree, to 8-10 ft, easily trimmed as a standard. Exquisite cinnamon bark! Fast growing in full sun. Tolerant of summer water but not much. Frost hardy USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $16 3D

Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Ishi Pishi'
A 2017 Cistus introduction, this from an old village site on the Klamath river and growing to about 10 to 12 feet by almost equal width if left unpruned with delicate open habit and grey-green leaves. Abundant white flowers begin often by mid December lasting into March. Excellent screen or small garden tree. Mineral soil, best in full sun. USDA zone 7
Ericaceae $16 2D

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Arctostaphylos mendocinoensis SBH 12150b

Ericaceae $16 2D

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Arctostaphylos mewukka SBH/GPP 12133

$15 3D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis x SBH 12189

Ericaceae $15 2D

Arctostaphylos nevadensis x viscida 'Oregon Blue'
A Cistus Introduction: One of our favorite finds on the Oregon mountain region in the Siskiyou Mountains, one of the most diverse Arctostaphylos spots we've seen. This hybrid, involving nevadensis, and well, somebody really pretty and blue, grows in an ever-increasing low mound to 18 inches with the periphery spreading or weeping. The entire plant has a purple-blue cast with red stems and blue-grey leaves. Prolific white-pale pink flowers in winter and early spring. Full sun to light partial shade, mineral soil, careful with the summer water. Good medium scale groundcover for zone 6.
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos pumila [grey selection]

$15 2D

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Arctostaphylos stanfordiana SBH 9834

Ericaceae $16 2D

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Arctostaphylos x 'Game Lake'
A Cistus introduction. Or, more accurately a Siskiyou Mt. introduction, this, on the edge of a vast serpentine range east of Pistol River, Oregon, is the result of an um...threeway cross producing a dense, spilling carpet of cheerful leaves maturing dusty blue, only about 6" in height, but over 10' wide. Pale pink flowers in late winter. Excellent for sunny slopes, containers, or wall spiller. Careful with summer water! Probably USDA zone 6.
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos x 'White Lanterns'
This A. hookeri cross is among the easiest in cultivation growing about 3' to 4' in height and width, densely held small green foliage, contrasting well with dark red stems and masses of white flowers often late Autumn through early Spring, a definite pollinator magnet. Excellent bank cover or spiller, full sun to lightly dappled shade, good drainage though tolerant of heavy soil, able to handle a bit more summer water than others. USDA Zone 7.
Ericaceae $15 2D

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Aristolochia californica 'Bridge Party'
This selection of the native Dutchman's pipe, discovered by plantsman Roger Warner, can be a vine to 8 ft or so. Deciduous, with 3”, heart-shaped leaves and olive green stems that are quite attractive in their winter leaflessness. In spring and sometimes beyond into summer, coppery-orange throated flowers appear -- the Dutchman's pipes of the common name -- Sun to part shade with afternoon protection in the hottest climates. Happy with extreme summer drought. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7. Host to the gorgeous blue Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.
Aristolochiaceae $16 4in

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 3D

Aristotelia fruticosa [DW]

Aristotelia fruticosa [DW]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 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 $14 2D

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Armeria maritima 'Alba' sea thrift
A white version of a typically pink flowered plant, the showy, rounded, white flower heads standing above the grassy foliage in early to late spring. To only 6" tall forming clumps to 9" wide in full sun to part shade, where drainage is very good and little summer water is provided once plants are established. Good for dry rock gardens and especially happy along the coast in salty environments. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Plumbaginaceae $11 3D

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Armeria maritima ssp. elongata tall sea thrift
This vigorous matt-forming evergreen from northern Europe is like a steroidal version of our coastal native sea thrift. Everything is larger and more robust from the deep green grassy leaves to the large pink pom-poms, show off! Flowering starts in April and continues sporadically through summer if spent flowers are removed, thick foliage covers ground well to about 6" tall and 2' wide. Great in containers and any well drained soil in full sun. Tolerates drought when established but best with a drink every few weeks in summer, who isn't really? Favored by bees and Butterflies. Cold hardy in USDA zone 6.
plumbaginaceae $14 2D

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Artemesia ludoviciana 'Cedar Silver'
A Cistus introduction (2016) from a most intriguing island in the Deschutes river in North Central Oregon's desert county, and also home to the northern most hydropinically fed calocedrus grove, comes this intense silver grey perennial to about 18" spreading to 3 feet or more, pale cream flowers, excellent for dry gardens, best in full sun, excellent knitter. USDA Zone 4, possibly less.
Asteraceae $12 2D

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artemisia mollenerii

Asteraceae $11 2D

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Arum palaestinum black calla lily
One of many amazing arums from the mountains of the Middle East and one that clumps for us instead of eating the garden. Winter growing with shiny, bright, 8-12” leaves and velvety, late winter flowers opening black and aging to rich, dark maroon. Seems tolerant of summer moisture or complete summer drought. Good for shade in the dry border. Remained intact in our garden after the December 2008 cold spell to 20F. We reckon root hardiness to at least mid USDA zone 7.
Araceae $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 3D

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'
Shared with us by plantsman, 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 spreckles. 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. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $22 4D

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Aspidistra attenuata BSWJ 377 attenuate cast iron plant

Asparagaceae $16 3D

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

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Aspidistra elatior 'Gold Sunray'
Particularly upright and narrow leaves cast iron or maybe cast gold plant (either ore) leaves only to about 4" in width, up to 24" in length. Deep glossy green with narrow, pale streaks. For deep shade, container or ground. More summer water = more growth. USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $19 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 lurida 'Echi Ma Ji'

Aspidistra lurida 'Echi Ma Ji'
Gifted us from plantsman extraordinair Lance Reiner, this clumper produces leaves to about 3 ft in length but narrow and arching with subtly beautiful cream center variegation. Rather slow but with a prominent place in the shade garden or as a specimen container plant. Zone 8
Asparagaceae $18 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 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

Aucuba chinensis 'Spotty'

Aucuba chinensis 'Spotty'
A Cistus introduction. Our aucuba phase is now of long standing as this very useful group of plants, found in only a few clones and usually lurking under stairwells, has so much to offer. A graceful, 4 ft, evergreen shrub, 'Spotty' has narrow leaves, to only about 1” x 4” sprayed with yellow polka dots. Excellent for deep, dark, dry shade! Happiest with some summer water in very dry summer places or way back there under the the stairs. Frost hardy as cold as upper USDA zone 6.
Garryaceae $16 4D

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Aucuba japonica 'Alabai'
A Cistus introduction. This selection from an old north Portland watering hole of the same name offers very large leaves of 6 inches or more of dark green adorned with creamy yellow polka dots, seeming to swirl before ones eyes a wonderful echo of many a late night patron leaving the premises. To 8 feet or more adding bold texture to a shady garden spot. This plant is male with small purple flowers adding interest in late winter. Drought tolerant though summer water speeds growth. Zone 7, if not 6.
Garryaceae $16 3D

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Aucuba japonica 'Dark Moon'
A Cistus introduction, this gracile plant produces narrow, densely speckled foliage on compact 4' plants with stems and bracts a deep moody purple. A female, this produces warm, orange red fruit in late summer lasting often through winter. Excellent for deep or mid shade, drought tolerant though summer water helpful. USDA Zone 6.
$16 3D

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Aucuba japonica 'Lisa White'
Given to us by Atlanta plantsman, Ozzie Johnson, and named for, well, Lisa, with 4-5'" vibrantly speckled leaves on a compact shrub, a great addition to a shady garden with very pale fruit from autumn through winter on this female plant. Evergreen. Hardy to USDA zone 7, if not 6. Shade to dappled sun. Extra summer water to push new growth in dry climates.
Garryaceae $16 3D

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Aucuba japonica 'Moonbright'
A Cistus introduction. This lovely shrub came as a seedling form plants shared with us by grand Aucubologist Ozzie Johnson. To 6-8" with densely held foliage of narrow lightly streaked and cream-margined leaves and pleasing orange-red fruit in winter. Easy to grow, and excellent for dark corners or container. One of the all too rare broad leaved evergreens hardy in USDA zone 6. For dappled to full shade, somewhat drought tolerant once established.
Garryaceae $16 3D

Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie'japanese laurel
Many garderners forget just how nice the large red aucuba fruit can be. Aucuba japonica ‘Rozanne’ is self-fertile and, from tiny purple flowers, produces unusually large red berries, beautiful against the shiny, leathery leaves, and often lasting through the winter. This is a handsome, evergreen shrub, to 3-4 ft tall and wide, with dark leaves and green stems. Happy growing in the lightest or deepest shade where soil is rich and summer water is provided. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, and said to be unpalatable to deer.
Garryaceae $16 4D

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Aucuba sp. [Willis H.]

Garryaceae $15 3D

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

Baccharis magellanica

Baccharis magellanica
From southern Argentina, a place rich in baccharis species, comes this ground hugging plant from the wind-swept Magellanic Plains. This male clone, only 4-6" in height spreading to 4 ft or more with 1/4" glossy evergreen leaves makes a fabulous ground cover for bright light situations needing only occasional summer water where dry. Roots as it spreads. Late winter to spring cream-colored flowers enhance its appearance and make local pollinators do the happy dance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $12 2D

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Baccharis pilularis 'Creeping Green' coyote bush
A Cistus introduction. Found on the windswept Oregon coast, this ground covering, evergreen shrub, to about 3 ft tall x 6 ft wide, has 1/2" dusty green foliage brushed gray-blue and, in late fall to early spring, creamy male flowers. We value this highly, not only for its weed suppression, but it is also a playground for Winter pollinators. Though the difference between fragrance and odor is in the nose of the beholder, these flowers waft the gentle scent of Grandma's attic in the winter breeze, just sayin. Tolerant of summer drought once established, this is good, large scale ground cover for the dry garden in sun to part shade where drainage is good. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae $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 4D

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Begonia chitoensis
Another hardy begonia to add to the garden. This one collected at high elevation in China. Rather tough, glossy leaves that remain evergreen unless a major frost should happen. Pink flowers in late summer through autumn. 16-18in tall. USDA zone 7. Zone 6 with mulch.
Begoniaceae $9 4D

Begonia emeiensis DJHC 98479

Begonia emeiensis DJHC 98479
A Dan Hinkley collection from Emei Shan and a striking addition to the increasingly large repertoire of begonias hardy in USDA zone 6 or above, this with 6-8” succulent, heart-shaped leaves and, in late summer and fall, attractive clusters of luscious pink flowers within the canopy. Shade to afternoon shade in moist conditions. Evergreen into the upper 20s F; deciduous but resprouting handily in early spring after temperatures as low as -10F, USDA zone 6, especially if mulched. A swollen (node) at the end of each leaf petiole can sprout and increase the plant. Easy.
Begoniaceae $16 6in

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berberis 'Lime Blow'

Berberidaceae $14 2D

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Bergeranthus jamesii - cl 2
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 $8 4in

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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 4D

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 4D

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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 'Big Bob' ground orchid

orchidaceae $16 4D

Brachyglottis greyi x monroi UCSC 89.189

Brachyglottis greyi x monroi UCSC 89.189
From a plant at the University of California Santa Cruz that had been in the garden for more than 20 years, quite possibly one of the Dunedin Hybrids from the 1950s. This form to about 3.5 ft tall with elongated and scalloped leaves, gray-green on top and nearly white on the undersides -- an elegant bi-color effect. Sun to dappled shade. Somewhat drought tolerant but best with some summer water in dry places. Loves cool coastal conditions; dislikes hot humid areas, i.e., the eastern US (sorry). Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae $14 3D

Brachyglottis monroi

Brachyglottis monroi
This very dense little New Zealand shrub daisy is grown much more for its glossy, brownish green, undulate-margined foliage and tomentose (fuzzy) undersides than for its summer tiny yellow flowers. Handsome in the garden reaching to 5 ft or so. Prefers full sun and regular summer water. The hardiest parent of the Dunedin Group; frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $13 2D

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Buddleia paniculata - shrub form

$12 4D

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Buddleja araucana
This evergreen, South American buddleja deserves a place in everyone’s garden. To 4-6 ft tall and wide, its creamy white, fragrant summer flowers compliment the silvery white undersides of the long, narrow, gray-green leaves. Sun to part shade with some summer water. Frost hardy into the teens F, upper USDA zone 8, and root hardy in lower zone 8, resprouting if damaged by lower temperatures. Also known as Buddleja nappii.
Scrophulariaceae $14 2D

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosaorange ball tree
To see it in bloom is to covet this cheerful plant, ours a Cistus collection from the highlands of Argentina. To 6-12 ft tall or so with long, narrow, "woolly" leaves of green-silver-grey and copious, 2" diameter, orange-yellow, puffball flowers.-- fragrant of course. Full sun and well-drained soil with regular water. Frost hardy and deciduous in USDA zone 7; semi-evergreen in upper zone 8 and above.
Scrophulariaceae $012 3D

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 3D

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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