Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Spring 2022


Abutilon x 'Mother of Pearl' flowering maple
ID: 12613 Stock: UMB-E11 Fuchsia colored
Malvaceae $14 3D


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


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


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 $12 2D


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


Adiantum shastense Maidenhair fern
Relatively new on the scene, this our collection from several years ago when surprised to see what was thought to be A. jordanii, but remaining evergreen through summer. We are more then happy to put a name on it now. Relatively slow spreader, to about 3' in 5 years and about a foot in height with airy fronds of spring green foliage subtended by dark stems. This a great addition to the dry shade garden. USDA Zone 7.
Pteridaceae $14 4in

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 $12 4in


Aeonium 'Kiwi Verde'
Open rosettes, to 3-4" wide, of bluish green leaves with red edges top this multi-branched shrub from the Canary Islands. To up to 2 ft tall and wide, with late spring flowers of pale yellow to white that rise above the foliage. Full sun to light shade on the coast or light to full shade inland. Prefers well-drained soil and little to no summer water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9 so, where winter temperatures are colder, best in a pot with winter protection.
Crassulaceae $12 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 $15 4in


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


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 $16 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


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.
$15 4in


Aeonium haworthii
Open rosettes, to 3-4" wide, of bluish green leaves top this multi-branched shrub from the Canary Islands. To up to 2 ft tall and wide, with late spring flowers of pale yellow to white that rise above the foliage. Full sun to light shade on the coast or light to full shade inland. Prefers well-drained soil and little to no summer water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9 so, where winter temperatures are colder, best in a pot with winter protection.
Crassulaceae $9 4in


Aeonium haworthii 'Pinwheel'
Open rosettes, to 3-4" wide, of bluish green leaves top this multi-branched shrub from the Canary Islands. To up to 2 ft tall and wide, with late spring flowers of pale yellow to white that rise above the foliage. Full sun to light shade on the coast or light to full shade inland. Prefers well-drained soil and little to no summer water. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9 so, where winter temperatures are colder, best in a pot with winter protection.
Crassulaceae $12 4in


Aeonium x 'Green Genes'
This seedling from our own collection is a hybrid between A. haworthii and A. canariense. Upright to about 2 feet, with spring green rosettes to about 6 inches across, making a handsome miniature tree. 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 $14 4in


Aeschynanthus aff. buxifolius

Gesneriaceae $16 2D


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


Agapanthus 'Midnight Son'
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 chrysantha

Agave chrysanthagoldenflower century plant
Sharp spines -- on the margins of long and stiff, green leaves with a strong, particularly pointed one on the tapered leaf tip -- mark this striking agave that blooms in early summer with tall candelabras of yellow buds opening to bright, golden-yellow flowers - very showy with a faint aroma of coconut. Found on dry, open slopes in Arizona, these can reach 3 ft tall x 5 ft wide as solitary rosettes, growing in full sun and well-drained soil with little or no summer water once established. Best grown away from high traffic areas where the spines could be dangerous. Flowers only once before dying and regrowing from basal offsets. Frost hardy to 17F, uppermost USDA zone 8.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in


Agave ferdinandi-regis king ferdinand agave
This little century plant comes from one of the more exciting habitats in agaveland, a series of mountains northeast of Saltillo in northwestern Mexico where the beautiful A. victoriae-reginae crosses with both A. scabra and A. lechugilla. The form of this plant is particularly upright, its leaves marked white with a pinkish gray cast and topped with black spines. Reaching 12-18" and offsetting freely, it is hardy to between 0 and 10F, USDA zone 7, with excellent drainage. Full sun. Excellent pot specimen.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 2D

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


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


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 $18 4in

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 form 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 $18 4in


Agave parryi var. truncata 'Lime Streak'
Strikingly handsome agave with blue-gray, sharp-spined leaves with light green variegation in streaks along the leaf edges and a more open habit than the species. To 2 ft tall at maturity, these are best in full sun and soil that is lean and very well-drained. Extra protection from winter moisture increases frost hardiness. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 with that excellent drainage. Good in containers as well, with extra protection in winter cold.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in


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 $16 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 $16 4in


Agave toumeyana var. bella Bernhardt Tr., AZ
A rare and unusual plant with particularly dense rosettes of narrow, dark green leaves with striking white markings and decorative filifers, or threads, as an added attraction. Extremely compact, each rosette maturing to around 8-9" in diameter. A colonizer from high elevations of central Arizona, this form makes a fine rock garden specimen if excellent drainage and bright light can be maintained. Protect from excess winter moisture. Cold hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, or below in dry soil.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $16 4in


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


Akebia trifoliata chocolate vine
From China, this uncommon species of the chocolate vine has 5” or larger leaves with each of its 3 leaflets appearing as butterfly wings. Evergreen, with new growth tinted red to orange. The early spring flowers, a familiar pinkish to white, are followed by the unusual, unexpected, and even unearthly blue fruit, edible but only in dire emergencies. A beautiful addition to the subtropical garden where a delicate evergreen vine is desired. Afternoon shade and consistent summer moisture at least until established. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 5.
Lardizabalaceae $14 2D


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 $9 4in


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


Aloe 'Fabio hybrid'

Asparagaceae $14 2D


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 $14 4in


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


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


Aloe striata coral aloe
A stemless aloe from South Africa with orange-red flowers on 3 ft stalks and soft, pink striped blue green leaves that beg to be petted. Grows to about 1 foot high and 2 feet wide. Full sun to part shade. With excellent drainage can withstand temperatures down to 20F or lower.
Asparagaceae $16 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


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


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 $12 4D


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 $11 4in


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


Amarine tubergenii 'Anastasia'

Amaryllidaceae $12 4D


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


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 $12 4D


Amomyrtus luma - Nahuel Huapi
Collection by plantsman Mike Remmick in a rich area on the border of Chile and Argentina, this luma growing to small tree size to 12 ft or more with rounded leaves and beautiful patchy bark. The fruit is edible and flowers most attractive in mid-spring. This has been a particularly frost tolerant clone having taken low to mid-teens in stride, USDA zone 8b. Wonderful container or small garden tree. Can be trimmed as hedge or Disney character. Sun to dappled shade. Tolerant of wet feet.
Myrtaceae $14 4in

Anacampseros rufescens

Anacampseros rufescens
This is a sweet little succulent from South Africa, perfect for windowsill or mixed container or in the rock garden. Small, 3" rosettes of chubby, triangular leaves of green and purple are topped with showy pink-purple flowers in late spring. Give it bright light, well drained soil, and let it dry out between watering. Once thought to be tender, they have proven frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Portulacaceae $8 4in


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 4in


Arbutus unedo 'Northwoods' northwoods strawberry tree
A beautiful hybrid A.'Marina' x A. unedo back crossed A. unedo, retaining the red exfoliating bark of the former with the cold hardiness of the latter. Upright habit to 10 to 12' with dense rounded leaves and those sensuous red trunks. Clusters of cream bell-shaped flowers in winter are much loved by local hummers, and orange-red fruit in fall. Full sun to light shade in well drained soil. Drought tolerant but accepting of garden irrigation. USDA zone 8
Ericaceae $18 4in

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


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 californica
Indigenous through W California and SW Oregon, a vine or scrambler to 8 ft or so. Deciduous, with 3”, leaves on attractive olive green stems. In spring and into summer, light flowers appear often mottled or centered a maroon brown. Sun to part shade in the hottest climates. Happy with summer drought. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Host to the gorgeous blue Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.
Aristolochiaceae $12 4D

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 $15 4in


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 $16 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


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


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

Asclepias fascicularis

Asclepias fascicularis whorled milkweed
Primo butterfly nectar source from the Central Coast range of California south. White to off white flowers with a hint of lavender. Rich soil in the winter, but can go a very long time in summer with nary a drop of water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6. A fine plant; a wild collection from our beloved Sean Hogan.
Apocynaceae $11 4in


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


Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii' foxtail fern
Low growing asparagus, with needle-like leaves on pointed stems to 2 ft tall, creating a pointy, fluffy, fern-like mound to 2 ft wide. (Smaller in pots.) Few, tiny pinkish white flowers become red berries. See it and love it! Good as a houseplant or outdoors in a protected spot or patio pot plant with winter protection. In the garden, sun to light shade. Somewhat drought tolerant but best with average summer water. Evergreen into the low 20s F, root hardy in the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8, in a warmish spot with mulch.
Asparagaceae $14 4in


Asparagus sp. S. Africa/SBH Collection
From the South African Drakensberg Mountains, our collection 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 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

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'cast iron plant
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

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 $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'

Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'striped cast iron plant
A gorgeous selection of a cast iron plant. Though this isn't the "biggest aspidistra in the world," it reaches about 1/2 to 2/3 the size of typical at about 18" to 25" tall with 6" wide leaves brushed cream especially towards the tips. A stunning garden or container plant that can thrive in the deepest of shade. Best if kept out of direct sunlight especially in hot climates. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; upper zone 7 with protection. Protect from slugs and snails.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

Aspidistra elatior 'Chicory Asahi'

Aspidistra elatior 'Chicory Asahi'cast iron plant
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 4D

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


Aspidistra sp. [spotted and stripey] cast iron plant

$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 $19 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


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

Astelia chathamica

Astelia chathamicasilver 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


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

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


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


Begonia 'Ginny'

Begoniaceae $14 4in


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 $16 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


Begonia heracleifolia var. nigricans hogweed-leaf begonia

Begoniaceae $14 2D


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 4in


Bensoniella oregana

Saxifragaceae $9 2D


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 $9 4in


Beschorneria stricta [dwarf blue]

Asparagaceae $16 2D


Beschorneria yuccoides ssp. dekosteriana - SBH
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


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 spring. Protect at 15-20F, mid to upper USDA zone 8. Great indoor/outdoor houseplant. Sun to part shade.
Bromeliaceae $18 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 4in


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

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 4in


Bletilla striata 'Soryu'
A most lovely form of this hardy perennial orchid, to about 18" or so and clumping to a couple of feet. Leaves and flowering shoots emerge in early spring this producing the white-throated pastel flowers to the blue side of purple, over an extended period. Lovers of damp, free draining and preferably somewhat rich soils, happiest in more sun that one might intuit as long as not subjected to severe drought, otherwise easy-peasy. USDA zone 6
Orchidaceae $16 4in


Brachyglottis 'Leonard Cockayne'
Luxurious hybrid between Brachyglottis monroi and the much larger B. repanda, the 5” to even 6” leaves that are covered with tawny to silver fur on shrubs reaching 4-5 ft give the feeling of a comfortable velour chair with bold texture. Grown for the foliage, the light yellow, daisy-like flowers seem rather ho hum. Enjoys bright light in all but the hottest afternoon sun and loves coolish and consistently damp soil. We have found it frost hardy to about 20F, USDA zone 9, having seen it freeze to the ground at about 17F. Resprouts if mulched.
Asteraceae $14 3D


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 $14 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


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. Deer resistant. Frost hardy at least into the upper reaches of USDA zone 6, possibly colder.
Buxaceae $14 4in

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