Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2018

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Abelia x grandiflora 'Francis Mason'
The golden leaves on this glossy, semi-evergreen shrub are certain to catch your eye. As with other abelias, this one is very easy to love, producing soft, shell-pink flowers and often attracting bees and butterflies. Also easy to maintain. Grows best in sun to part shade, perhaps sighted out of hot afternoon sun, with some summer water, though tolerates periodic drought. To 4 ft x 4 ft and easily shaped or clipped. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6. Oh, and did we say great fall color?
Caprifoliaceae $14 3D

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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
red flower
$14 4D

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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

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Marathon' flowering maple
Flowering shrub for sun to part shade with regular summer water and fertlizer. Blooms on new wood, and blooms its heart out with yellow, slightly flared bells. May go deciduous in a cold winter where temperatures fall into the 20sF of below. Mulch and overhead protection adds to winter frost hardiness in USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $12 2D

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Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Paisley' flowering maple
Variegated foliage, green splashed with yellow, sets this flowering maple apart from its cousins. Familiar “megapotamicum” flowers, sweet yellow bells backed by a dark red calyx, hang from the branches throughout the summer until cold weather. Sun to part shade in hottest climates with regular summer water and nutrients. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 9; also in zone 8 with mulch and overhead protection. Great in pots as well.
Malvaceae $12 3D

Abutilon x 'Halo'flowering maple
An old hybrid from A. megapotamicum, arching 4-5 ft with narrow, pointed and flared petals of warm yellow to peach depending on temperature. A lover of consistent moisture and fertile soil, it makes a fine garden addition in dappled shade to shade. Protect with mulch and overhead protection where temperatures drop 12 to 15F, mid USDA zone 8. Makes a fine pot plant.
Malvaceae $10 2D

Abutilon x 'Kenny Sweetheart'flowering maple
A Cistus introduction. New in 2005; named for our Jack-of-all-trades, Kenny Kneeland. Medium plant; warm yellow to peach flowers flushing to saturated coral pink with temperature drops or serious embarrassment. Dappled shade, even moisture, and good fertilizer. Mulch for winter protection where temperatures drop below 29F. Recovers with protection in mid USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 4in

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 $10 4D

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Abutilon x 'Orange Drop' flowering maple
Flowering maple with large, dark green leaves and slightly flared, bell flowers, orange with prominent red veins, hanging from long, slender stalks. A robust hybrid, to 5-6 ft tall with a less than graceful growth habit but gorgeous flowers to enjoy. Sun to part shade with plentiful fertilizer and summer water. Overhead protection and mulch can provide extra insurance in winter. Top hardy into the upper teens F, and expected to resprout in USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 3D

Abutilon x 'Souvenir de Bonn'flowering maple
Probably one of the oldest abutilon cultivars (from the Victorian era), but sadly, also one of the least hardy. Large, maple-like, variegated leaves, green splashed white, and large, hanging-bell, apricot-orange flowers with dark veins to be enjoyed over a long bloom season. We keep ours in a pot or replace it each spring. Well worth it! Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
Malvaceae $009 3D

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Abutilon x 'Tiffany Sconce' flowering maple
Wonderful flowering maple. Upright and hardy into the upper teens. Flowers all year or until a cold snap takes the buds. Several cold snaps might discourage it to the ground where resprouting is possible, even likely. Partial shade, summer water and plenty of fertilizer. Provide mulch or overhead protection where temperatures drop to 18F, upper USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 3D

Abutilon x 'White Parasol'flowering maple
Stout shrub with large, pure white flowers facing outward in abundance. Reaches 4-5 ft tall. Evergreen and everblooming to 20F. Where temperatures drop below, best to site out of wind and provide winter mulch. Recovers in the mid teens with mulch or overhead protection. Frost hardy to mid USDA zone 8.
Malvaceae $009 4in

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Abutilon x megapotamicum - UC Davis White flowering maple
An unusual A. megapotamicum hybrid, shared with us by the University of California Arboretum at Davis. To an arching 6 ft, with hanging, white bells providing striking contrast to narrow, dark green leaves. The flowers are produced year-round providing temperatures are above about 20F, though plants have survived the low teens, mid USDA zone 8, with only some stem damage. Provide even moisture and nutrients along with dappled shade.
Malvaceae $009 2D

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Acaena saccaticupula 'Blue Haze'
A seedling strain of this classic, ground-hugging, moisture-loving, New Zealand beauty with, yes, hazy blue leaves. Best in full sun with regular summer water. To perhaps 4” tall and spreading moderately. Good in pots. Pet owners beware: the little, burr-like seeds stick to fur, leg hairs, and other unmentionables. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Rosaceae $9 4in

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Acer aff. sikkimense DJHV 147
Lovely small, evergreen maple from northern Vietnam, collected there by Dan Hinkley. Leaves are longish and un-maple-like, but handsome, with orange-red new growth changing to green. Reaches 20 ft or so in height in sun to dappled shade with plentiful summer moisture. We don’t know the ultimate frost hardiness but assume it to be 10 F, USDA zone 8.
Sapindaceae $18 4D

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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

Adiantum 'Golden Michael'

Adiantum 'Golden Michael'
Lovely maidenhair fern, a form introduced by Lance Reiner with lacy foliage tinged with gold over a gentle green, both colors standing out again the black stems. To only 6” tall, spreading slowly by underground rhizomes to form a clump up to 3 ft across. Light shade with plentiful moisture is best and encourages faster growth. Evergreen to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8 and root hardy to at least –20F, USDA zone 5. Also does well in containers, indoors and out.
Adiantaceae $14 4D

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Aesculus pavia
This red flowering, southeastern US native buckeye is well at home in the small garden, topping out at 15 ft with a very handsome silhouette. Scarlett candelabras of flowers cover the tree in spring. A bird magnet. Full sun to part shade in hottest climates. Likes fertile soil and moderate water; scorches in dry conditions. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Sapindaceae $14 4D

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

Agapanthus 'Winter Dwarf'

Agapanthus 'Winter Dwarf'dwarf lily of the nile
Selections from the old seedling strain of A. ‘Peter Pan’ and even smaller with strap-like leaves to only 6" or so and lavender-blue flowers on foot long stalks. Both dainty and indestructible in the garden. Does best in sun to part shade with regular water in spring and summer. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, with mulch for extra protection.
Amaryllidaceae $10 4D

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Allium senescens 'Blue Twister'
A choice selection of Allium senescens with corckscrew blue-green leaves. Great for the rock or xeric garden. Long display of lavender flowers attractive to pollinators. 12" tall. Hardy to Zone 5. Full sun.
$11 3D

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Alstroemeria isabellana Peruvian Lily

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 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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Angelica pachycarpa
A nearly evergreen biennial or short-lived perennial, to 2 ft, with very glossy pinnate leaves to over 12" long with toothed leaflets -- all shiny. Small green flowers in ball-like heads quickly turn to seed and are best removed to encourage lush foliage. Full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7-9.
Apiaceae $12 4in

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Arctostaphylos 'Elizabeth McClintock'

Ericaceae $16 2D

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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 $14 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 $15 3D

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Arctostaphylos 'Pebbles'

Ericaceae $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos coloradoensis SBH 13448

Ericaceae $16 3D

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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 $15 2D

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Arctostaphylos glauca - small leaf selection

ericaceae $15 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

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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

Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Willow Creek Blue'

Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Willow Creek Blue'
A Cistus introduction. Pleasing blue-green foliage and abundant soft warm-pink flowers from December or January through early spring, followed by a coppery-brown fruit that matches this plant's beautiful bark. From a rather high rainfall area along the Klamath River, growing to about 8-10' but easily kept smaller with careful pruning. Stunning, if "lifted" into a miniature tree form. A bit more summer water tolerant than others of its ilk, but summer drought hardy with bright, well-drained, mineral soil best. Frost hardy to at least USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $16 4D

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Arctostaphylos manzanita var. roofii x canescens SBH 12144

Ericaceae $16 2d

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Arctostaphylos mendocinoensis SBH 12150b

Ericaceae $16 2D

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Arctostaphylos nevadensis SBH 12227

$15 2D

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Arctostaphylos nummularia - select form
An unusual selection of an unusual species, this handsome Arctostaphylos is compact, to only 2-3 ft tall and up to 4 ft wide, with rounded, shiny leaves - evergreen, of course -- and those striking red stems. Spring flowers are white in small clusters. Accepts occasional summer water in bright light to a bit of shade with well-drained, lean soil. Does well in coastal conditions. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae $15 3D

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arctostaphylos SBH 12203

Ericaceae $15 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 cineria SBH 10672

Ericaceae $16 2D

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 3D

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

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Artemisia ludoviciana 'Deschutes Silver'

Asteraceae $11 3D

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artemisia mollenerii

Asteraceae $11 3D

Asarum hartwegii

Asarum hartwegiihartweg's wild ginger
Native to northern California and southwestern Oregon and rare in cultivation, this wild ginger has heart-shaped mottled leaves and maroon, spring flowers held close to the ground -- worth getting on one’s knees for. A good groundcover for the moist, shady garden, spreading by rhizomes. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Aristolochiaceae $15 4in

Asparagus sp. SBHMPS 4719

Asparagus sp. SBHMPS 4719
From the South African Drakensberg Mountains, our collection of an as-of-yet unknown species forming either a mounding perennial or a climbing vine, depending on what is nearby. Soft needled foliage with small, white flowers smelling of coconut and red berries following. Shade to full sun; summer moisture is best. Surprisingly frost hardy, to 10F, USDA zone 8, or lower.
Asparagaceae $14 4D

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

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Aspidistra lurida 'Aminogawa-a-go-go'

Asparagaceae $18 3D

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

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 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 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 3D

Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'

Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'red sword sedge
Our favorite A. nivicola collection, New Zealand natives, forming clumps to 2 ft wide by roughly 18" tall with numerous leaves all coated with a soft silver fur and turning deep red, almost burgundy, with light and frost in winter. Very striking! This has been one of the toughest creatures, having not had frost damage even in our 14F, arctic extravaganza in 1996. Also an amazing container plant where burgundy tones in rosette-forming plants are hard to come by. Prefers even summer moisture in bright light for best color, though accepting of shade. Tolerant of frost to 10F, USDA zone 8, with reports of near 0F out of the wind.
Asteliaceae $16 4D

Aucuba 'Gold Mound'

Aucuba 'Gold Mound'gold-dust plant
Yes, we have said before that aucubas are cool. This cultivar, selected and named by plantsman Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianus, reaches only 3 ft or so with a rounded habit. The 5" scalloped and rounded leaves are speckled and streaked with gold and cream - almost appearing entirely golden. Berries are orange turning nearly red in autumn and winter especially if a female clone is nearby. Great for dry shade (such as under dusty stairwells) or as a long lived container specimen. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6.
Garryaceae $14 3D

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 $14 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 $14 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.
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Aucuba japonica 'Katoaba'
Another flashy Aucuba, this with large bright gold centers on 5" leaves on a rather dense 4-5' shrub. Orange fruit contrasts sharply late autumn through winter. Perfect for lighting up a dark corner whether in the ground or container. Average water though able to endure a surprising amount of drought if not in direct sun. USDA zone 7 if not upper 6.
Garryaceae $14 4in

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Aucuba japonica 'Lisa White'
Given to us by Atlanta plantsman, Ozzie Johnson, and named for, well, Lisa, with 4-5'" narrow, 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 $14 3D

Aucuba japonica 'Merced'

Aucuba japonica 'Merced'
A Cistus introduction. Classic and very handsome, evergreen shrub to brighten the deepest shade, this form, named at Cistus, having variegated foliage almost entirely gold and merely spreckled with green. Easy in the garden, thriving in most situations of dappled shade to shade with some summer water. Plants can reach 4 ft tall x 3 ft wide; a stunning presence in the shade garden. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Garryaceae $15 3D

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Aucuba japonica 'Ova Easy'
A Cistus introduction. Not to be overloooked, this fairly stable all-gold sport of A. 'Overloook' has 4-6" toothed leaves, spring green and velveteen gold when exposed to more light. To 6' or so, a very cheery addition to a dark corner. Particularly adapted to shade, best out of full or afternoon sun. Fine container plant or even indoor. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6. Surprisingly drought tolerant in dry shade when established.
Garryaceae $15 3D

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Aucuba japonica 'Overlook'
A Cistus introduction. One of two sports found in the Overlook neighborhood in North Portland to 6 feet or more with particularly large, glossy green leaves, bordered cream. A vigorous and bold addition to the shady garden. Drought tolerant though extra summer moisture speeds growth. The male flowers are small and purple and add to the effect in late winter. Zone 7, possibly 6.
Garryaceae $14 2D

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Aucuba japonica 'Pepper Cream'

Garryaceae $14 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 $14 4D

Azara dentata

Azara dentata
With sweet fragrance from its bright yellow flowers in spring, this evergreen Chilean shrub or small tree shines in the mixed border. Sun to part sun with a bit of summer water. Easily pruned to tree form, plants can reach 12 ft or so but can be trimmed and maintained at smaller sizes. Frost hardy in the Pacific Northwest, at temperatures of 12F, USDA zone 8.
Salicaceae $14 4D

Azara dentata - 11th Avenue

Azara dentata - 11th Avenue
With sweet fragrance from its bright yellow flowers in spring, this evergreen Chilean shrub or small tree shines in the mixed border. Sun to part sun with a bit of summer water. Easily pruned to tree form, plants can reach 12 ft or so but can be trimmed and maintained at smaller sizes. Frost hardy in the Pacific Northwest, at temperatures of 12F, USDA zone 8. This clone from a tree on 11th Avenue in Portland.
Salicaceae $12 2D

Azara microphylla

Azara microphyllaboxleaf azara, chinchin
Beautiful, arching, small shrubby tree, eventually to 15 ft, grown primarily for its tiny, glossy, evergreen leaves. Small, creamy yellow flowers in spring are intensely vanilla scented (our employees swear its white chocolate). Site in full sun to part shade or dappled shade where soils are well-drained and moisture is regular or use in container to show it off. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Salicaceae $18 3D

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

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 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

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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 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 4in

Begonia pedatifida

Begonia pedatifida
From the highlands of southern China, this is one of the loveliest and hardiest begonias. To only 1 ft tall with feathered leaves to about 6", pale green often veined pink with silver markings. Substantial pink flowers appear mid to late season. Best in shade, in rich soil with adequate summer water. Remains green to the mid 20s F and resprouts in USDA zone 7.
Begoniaceae $014 4D

Berberidopsis corallina

Berberidopsis corallina
Rewarding evergreen climber with leathery, heart-shaped leaves and, in summer, dangling bunches of deep, coral-pink flowers.. A scrambler, to 8 ft, that needs the support of a wall or neighboring shrub as well as moist, rich soil, free of lime, and part shade to shade. An oddity from the Chilean Andes. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Berberidopsidaceae $16 3D

Berberis replicata

Berberis replicata
This clone from the United Kingdom via Western Hills Nursery is perhaps more bronze leaved that the wild species. Evergreen, arching shrub, to 3 ft tall, with yellow spines, pale yellow flowers in late spring, and red berries ripening to black in autumn. Handsome foliage. For full to part sun in well-drained soil and average summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Berberidaceae $12 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 $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 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

Bletilla ochracea 'Chinese Butterfly'chinese butterfly hardy ground orchid
Wonderful ground orchid from a vigorous strain introduced by Linda Guy of Carolina Nurseries, with exotic flowers of five petals, in pale creamy yellow and a darker yellow lip spreckled with purple -- 3-5 blossoms on stem to 20" tall amongst iris-like foliage. Morning sun or light, dappled shade. Frost hardy at least into the single digits, F., upper USDA zone 7.
Orchidaceae $14 4D

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Bommeria hispida SBH 9550
From about 6200 ft on the south slopes of the Pinaleno Mountains of SE Arizona comes this mat-forming desert fern, to only 4-5" in height but spreading indefinitely, not to encircle the entire planet, but reasonably to about 3', with parsley-like, succulent kinda-hair evergreen fronds and growing in shallow-pans of granitic and limestone soil. Take a breath. Fabulous at home, in rock garden, rock wall, or as a container plant, or very small-scale groundcover under shrubs, agaves, etc. Tolerant of great drought, partially for their roots ability to access tiny fissures in stone. Best with some summer water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Adiantaceae $11 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 3D

Buddleja macrostachya

Buddleja macrostachyalong spiked buggerfly bush
Tall shrub or small tree, to 20 ft tall, with squarish, winged branches holding long, somewhat felted, green leaves and, from spring throughout the growing season, very long racemes of sweet, sweet, sweet flowers in creamy white with reddish throats. Will go to the ground at 20F, USDA zone 9, and become perennial, regrowing each year. Butterflies will love you.
Scrophulariaceae $11 4D

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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Buxus sempervirens 'Rotundifolia'
Shared with us by Luen Miller, this statuesque boxwood reaches a narrow 6-8 ft with round, shiny leaves held pleasingly outward from the branches and turning purple bronze in winter. A nice large texture and lovely winter color. Part shade to full sun with regular summer water at least until established. Frost hardy at least into the upper reaches of USDA zone 6, possibly colder.
Buxaceae $14 3D

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