Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'
Another treasure from the Andes, this evergreen shrublet - to about 3 ft. - produces deep green leaves and way-abundant, burnt orange, pouched flowers from mid-spring through autumn, year round in mild climates. Sun to partial shade; even water. Root hardy with good drainage to the top of USDA zone 7. Reliably evergreen above zone 8. Excellent container plant.
Calceolariaceae $11 2D
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Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'
Callistemon pallidus 'Best Blue'
A Cistus introduction: definitely a collector's callistemon, selected from our blues. Dense evergreen shrub, marked by its striking, aromatic, blue leaves and new growth made silky with silver hairs. Blooms in late spring to early summer with pale yellow bottlebrush flowers, a nice contrast to the blue foliage. To 10 ft tall x 8 ft wide. Best in full sun and lean, well-drained soil with regular summer water until established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $12 2D
Callistemon pityoides 'Kosciuszko Princess'alpine bottlebrush
A particularly frost hardy callistemon collected on the upper slopes of Australia's Mt. Kosciuszko, this small bottlebrush, to 3-6 ft tall, has finely textured, long and narrow, evergreen leaves and pale yellow, “bottlebrush” flowers in late spring and early summer. Best in full sun to part shade with summer water, though quite drought tolerant once established. One of the hardiest of the genus, performing well to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Myrtaceae $15 2D
Calycanthus occidentalisspice bush
Deciduous shrub, 8-10 ft tall, native to the mountains of central and northern California. “Fancy” red-maroon flowers appear late spring to late summer Lovely and slightly aromatic though the leaves and twigs are the truly spicy element. Prefers sun; accepts part shade. Likes well-drained soil and moisture. Somewhat deer resistant. Frost hardy to the single digits F, upper USDA zone 7.
Calycanthaceae $12 2D
Camellia 'Debutante Benton'
Camellia 'Debutante', a close relative, is a slow growing shrub, to 6-8 ft tall though taller with great age, with the typical green, glossy leaves of C. japonica and, in spring, large, pink, peony-like flowers. The Japanese cultivar 'Debutante Benton', brought to us by Lance Reiners, is a variegated form, adding the interest of slightly ruffle-edged leaves decorated with a central golden marking or blotch. Evergreen, of course, and happy in dappled shade or morning sun with summer water and fertilizer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $16 3D
Camellia japonica 'Brushfields Yellow'
Compact, upright camellia from the famed Brushfield Nursery, to 6-8 ft tall and wide, with cream to pale yellow, semi-double flowers in abundance in late winter to early spring. This selection remains one of our favorites with its pyramidal shade and flowers that create a lovely contrast against dark green foliage. We have pale yellow hellebores planted at the base of our specimen to take the color to ground level. Full sun in all but the hottest places to dappled shade with decent drainage. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $18 4D
Camellia japonica 'Silver Waves'
It's the lovely flowers that set this winter blooming camellia apart -- large, semi-double flowers of the whitest white with wavy-edged petals and generous yellow stamens -- a standout against the dark green, typical C. japonica foliage. An upright and slow-growing shrub that can reach 10-12 ft tall x 3-8 ft wide in time. Evergreen, of course, and enjoying part shade in rich, acid soil that drains well. Mulch as winter protection for shallow roots and water regularly in the summer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $18 4D
Camellia sasanqua 'Narumigata'
A lovely plant, at one point nearly lost in cultivation. Ours comes from Portland's historic Platt garden where it has reached an astoundingly beautiful 10 ft or more in 30 something years. A full rounded shrub with beautiful bark and glossy leaves that support 2-3" white to pale rose flowers edged in rose-salmon. Quite fragrant, they begin flowering in early to mid October and continue through February. Full sun to dappled shade with regular summer water. Temperatures at the upper edges of USDA zone 7 has presented no problems.
Theaceae $16 2D
Camellia sinensis 'O. Kuntze'
european meadow sedge
Good, groundcovering grass, evergreen and happy in sun to deep shade and wet to somewhat dry soil and tolerates some mowing. Tolerant, indeed, but this versatile creature prefers some shade and at least occasional irrigation, forming clumps of arching, narrow leaves, to 12-18" tall x 2 ft wide with late winter to spring flowers, green turning brown. Good as a single specimen or in small to extensive groups. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4. Previously and still occasionally sold as Carex tumulicola, Berkeley sedge, but officially not that species.
Cyrillaceae $9 4D
Carex mertensiimerten's sedge
Western native sedge, found growing in moist to wet areas from Alaska to California and east to Montana. Bright green leaves form clumps to 15-20" tall, topped in summer with graceful, dangling clusters of overlapping flowers on tall stems. Does well in sun where moisture is plentiful, along waterways and even in boggy ground. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
Cyperaceae $9 4D
Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler'palm sedge
Tony Avent describes these as tiny variegated palm trees, but you might get the picture. This evergreen, variegated sedge is best on a moist site and out of the blasty sun. To 12-15" high with mini-papryus-like foliage. Handsome in the woodland garden and stunning in a container. From Japan and frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Cyperaceae $14 4in
Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat'
Fresh off the ship, this Terra Nova introduction from the days of yore proves a cheerful garden component, with warm yellow stripes on dark green thickly textured leaves. Deciduous, admires shade and even moisture. USDA zone 4. Very good container specimen. Don't forget where it is and put a shovel through it when dormancy strikes!
Cyperaceae $12 4D
Carpenteria californica - Sean’s Clone
From our 1990 collection in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, this particularly vigorous clone has a rounded form and large, glossy leaves that remain a bit more sturdily evergreen with summer drought. Clusters of late spring flowers, white with yellow stamens are smaller than the popular cultivar 'Elizabeth,' but with more numerous and ruffled petals that almost appear double. Can be trimmed into a hedge or "lifted" to reveal the flaky, golden bark. Accepting of summer water on the West Coast but also quite drought hardy in well-drained soil and full sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to 8F, upper USDA zone 7.
Hydrangeaceae $14 4D
One of the deepest blue flowered….blue bushes. This collection, from the foothills of San Diego County in California, possesses shiny, rounded leaves to about 2" and eye-popping flowers in mid to late spring then occasionally throughout the year if conditions are not too austere. This is a plant for the West Coast, as it seems to have little tolerance for extreme summer heat and humidity. And, oh…it’s not very hardy either… About 20F, bottom of USDA zone 9, should be its lower limit. However, it makes a beautiful container specimen as this 8 ft shrub can easily be trimmed back to encourage repeat flowering. Tolerant of summer garden water in coastal areas.
Rhamnaceae $14 2D
Ceanothus dentatus 'Bluette'
New selection of the evergreen Sandscrub Ceanothus with loads of bright blue flowers in spring and a low, mounding habit. Leaves are small, dark green, and handsomely textured. Height to 2-3' and 4-6 in width. Excellent as a groundcover in full sun to light shade. Occasional to little watering. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8, possibly upper zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14 3D
Ceanothus griseus 'Kurt Zadnik'california lilac
Perhaps Parker’s favorite ceanothus (‘Concha' a close second) for its graceful arching form, and the best blue in his opinion, A Roger Raiche selection from UCBG, named for his colleague. A spreading form, to 4-6 ft tall x 10-12 ft wide for full sun, well-drained soil, and little summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8b.
Rhamnaceae $14 2D
Ceanothus maritimus 'Popcorn'
Low-growing California lilac, with typically small, leathery leaves but atypical white flowers in abundant, early spring clusters. This evergreen, mounding shrub, to 2-3 ft tall x 6 ft wide, makes a fine groundcover for banks or any sunny garden spot. Prefers well-drained soil and very little summer water once established. Cold hardy into the low teens F, bottom of USDA zone 8.
Rhamnaceae $14 2D
Ceanothus sp. SBH 9172b
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Oregon Missed'
A chance seedling in the Cistus Nursery garden. Arising from a cross between a Paul Bonine/Greg Sheperd introduction, Oregon Mist', and the old selection 'Victoria', possessing full rounded leaves and rather dense growth of Victoria, but the quick upright form of 'Oregon Mist'. The seedling was noticed at the base of our original Oregon Mist specimen after it's untimely death at the age of over 10 years, at nearly 20' in height. Excellent screening plant, with dry position, where horizontal space is precious. Pleasing light blue flowers, early to midspring, sometimes repeated. USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14 2D
Cephalanthus occidentalis - red
One of the common button willows, native to creek sides throughout the South and West, this colony was found by Oregon's Frank Calahan. The plants are rather mounded, growing to 4-5 ft, with nice compact leaves and round, of course, button-like flowers. Rather than the normal creamy color, these begin maroon then slowly fade. Tolerant of both drought and poor drainage. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Rubiaceae $14 3D
Ice plant from S. Africa northeast of Cape Town with deep pink flowers tinged in orange. Stems on this species are often red hues. Zone 9
Just this side of tender, but worth taking a cutting to overwinter. Tall shrub, 6-8 ft x 3 ft wide. Ripe burgundy flowers are followed by glowing carmine berries. Sun or half sun, normal water. Excellent in a container as well. Evergreen to 20F and root hardy in USDA zone 8.
Solanaceae $12 4D
Chaenomeles japonica 'Atsuya Hamada'maroon-red flowering quince
A gorgeous quince with dark maroon-red, nearly black flowers, this from a wild collection by Pacific Northwest plantsman Roy Davidson on the slopes of Mount Fuji. Early spring bloom lasts over a long period and attracts lots of admiring attention - both insect and human. For full to half sun with regular summer water. These "must-have" plants can reach 10 ft tall or so x 5-6 ft wide. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5, and possibly colder.
Rosaceae $18 2D
Chaenomeles x superba 'Mandarin'coral-orange flowering quince
One of our favorite quinces, a nearly spineless shrub, to only about 4 ft tall, possibly 5, with deep coral-orange flowers over a long season in winter and spring. We have planted ours with golden foliage plants such as Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ for a dazzling winter effect, if we do say so ourselves. Excellent for cut flowers. Full sun to medium shade with at least occasional summer water to improve bud set. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, possibly zone 5.
Rosaceae $11 2D
Yellow Mountain Mesemb, Yellow Swallowtail Mesemb
Extremely tough and easy to grow succulent groundcover that forms a tight mat of evergreen foliage and a long-blooming display of bright yellow flowers that open in the afternoon sun. Water regularly in summer but allow to dry out between. Needs little to no winter irrigation, so valuable as an attractive potted specimen planted in porous soil. Part sun to full sun, if acclimated. Frost hardy to -10 degrees.
Aizoaceae $11 3D
Cheilanthes argenteasilver cloak fern
This fragile looking fern, native to rocky outcrops in China and Japan, is far from a wimp. Drought tolerant, easy, and gorgeous with fronds that are glittering green above and a ghostly, silver-white below. Best in walls, rock gardens, or containers, anywhere excellent drainage can be provided. Drought tolerant once established and said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Adiantaceae $12 4D
Cheilanthes wootonii SBH 9555.1
Another fabulous, evergreen, Southwest dryland fern. This, our collection, from about 6000 ft in the Pinaleno Mts. of SE Arizona, forms mats about 6" in height and spreading to several feet across. Its finely dissected, deep green fronds, massed tightly, create a wonderful bright light to shade groundcover. Especially useful under shrubs or between specimen succulents. Prefers some summer water for best growth. Hardy to USDA zone 6.
Pteridaceae $11 4D
red tussock grass
Lovely, dense tussock grass from New Zealand, to 3-5 ft tall, with long, lax leaves and an over all reddish cast making a fine textured presence. Best in sun with adequate summer water, but tolerates both wet and dry conditions. Remains evergreen in winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Poaceae $12 4D
Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget'gold nugget spider plant
From the Drakensburgs of eastern South Africa and shared with us by plantsman Gary Hammer, this is essentially a dwarf, variegated, ground-covery spider plant -- with no macramé hangers needed. (Does anyone remember macramé?) Has been a wonderful addition to container plantings for us with its 6", light cream and green striped leaves and has been hardy in the ground, frosting back only when temperatures drop to 20F, USDA zone 9, though we would recommend a mulch with such temperatures. Even summer moisture; bright light to fairly deep shade. Decent drainage best.
Asparagaceae $9 4in
mexican mock orange
Lovely, golden form of the Mexican orange, an evergreen shrub, to 6 ft tall or so and 4-5 ft wide, the narrow leaves pale yellow in new growth maturing to green, a bi-color contrast. Foliage is aromatic as well, emitting a spicy-sweet smell when brushed or crushed. Single white flowers are abundant in spring and often again in fall. Protection from the western sun is best in the hottest climates; otherwise full sun to part shade in well drained soil with some summer water. A great landscape plant, easy and rewarding. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rutaceae $14 4D
Choisya 'Goldstone'mexican mock orange
A Cistus introduction with the stoutness of C. mexicana and the fine feathery leaves of Choisya arizonica, the new leaves and stems emerging golden green and slowly aging to a handsome forest green. Evergreen, to 2.5-3 ft tall with a mounding habit. Nickel-sized, sweetly fragrant, white flowers appear in spring and then again periodically until late fall. Best in dappled shade to full sun in decently drained soil and at least occasional summer water where dry. An excellent container plant. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae $14 3D
Choisya arizonica 'Whetstone'mexican mock orange
A Cistus introduction. Our own collection from the Whetstone mountains of southern Arizona, selected for its fine filigreed leaves of 1-2" with winter red tint on the green foliage and for its extra vigor. This is a small shrub, to under 3 ft tall by 3 ft wide, yet it produces the largest flowers choisyas are known for, often in both winter and summer. Sun to dappled shade, good drainage. Drought tolerant in all but the lowest deserts. Cold hardy in mid to upper USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae $14 2D
Cute addition to your cut flower collection. Tight button flowers of lovely bright green transform to dusky rose late in the season. Mature height 3ft. Full sun to partial shade, decent drainage and occasional summer water. USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $6 4in
Upright, solid-caned, well mannered, clumping bamboo with “bottlebrush” branch arrangement. To 8-10 ft tall. New shoots are a breathtaking red, pink and green fading to white. For sun and summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. From Chile, there are ideal as specimen plants or statements in a South American design.
Poaceae $18 4D
Chusquea culeou 'Aisen'
Cissus incisa 'Guadalupe'
A Cistus introdution. Our collection of this succulent evergreen vine native from Mexico to the Southern Midwest and Southwest but never commonly encountered. This from the Guadalupe Mountains on the Texas/New Mexico border, outstandingly grey-blue leaves, scrambling to 4 feet or a little more as a vine, or as a sprawling ground cover. Evergreen to as low as 20 degrees or less, resprouting as a perennial in USDA zone 6 or even colder. Decent drainage, sun to 3/4 shade.
Vitaceae $11 3D
Cistanthe grandiflora 'Bill Teague'
Another form of C. grandiflora, the rosettes of blue-green leaves much bluer in this form given to us and named by Bart O'Brien's from garden in Pomona, California. To about 3 ft across, like the species, a small, succulent, branching shrubs, with cerise flowers on airy stems to 3 ft tall in spring and again in late summer . Best in sun and well-drained soil with little water required. Frost hardy into the mid 20s F, USDA zone 9b for outdoor planting, and a superb "temperennial" or container plant to winter indoors where temperatures dip lower.
Portulacaceae $9 3D
When we think of rockrose, this is the one that comes to mind: a 4 ft x 4 ft, evergreen shrub with sticky, scented, dark green leaves and huge white flowers marked in the center with crimson splotches. Easily trimmed to size after spring blooming period. Full sun, lean soil that drains well, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 4D
Cistus ladanifer var. sulcatus 'Mallorca'
A wild selection from our good friend and island hopper Kevin Hughes, recently of Spinner’s Nursery, Hampsted. He spotted it as a witch’s broom. The leaves are small and delicate but the flowers retain the overwhelming size of the ‘normal plant’. To 2 ft tall and wide. Full sun, good drainage, and very little summer water to avoid root problems. Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 2D
Cistus x dansereaui 'Portmeirion'rock rose
Evergreen rock rose, a cross between C. ladanifer and C. inflatus, this selection being somewhat more diminutive than the species, clumping to 4 ft tall or so x 4 ft wide. Leaves are shiny green, and slightly sticky from the infusion of slightly aromatic labdanum oil from the C. ladanifer parent. Spring flowers are pure white and somewhat ruffled. An excellent choice for the dry garden in sun and good drainage. Summer drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 3D
Cistus x lenis 'Grayswood Pink'
Spreading, low-growing evergreen rockrose, to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide, with silver-gray foliage that is especially lovely with the shining light pink flowers from late April to June. Can be shaped after blooming. As with all Cistus, full sun and lean, well-drained soil with little summer water once established. Said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Cistaceae $11 2D
Partially hardy evergreen citrus known for its wide medicinal and culinary uses (you'll have to look into those). Quite fashionable of late. Large shrub to small tree, 8-12', producing copious amounts of fragrant white flowers late winter to early spring and small lemon-like fruit. Hint: add sugar. USDA zone 8. Excellent container specimen.
Rutaceae $14 3D
Citrus aurantium var. myrtifoliabitter orange
Very pretty, small compact shrub or small tree to 8-10 ft tall with small, indeed, myrtle-like leaves that are glossy green. Found as a bud mutation on old sour orange trees in Florida, these are thornless! Spring flowers are white and sweetly fragrant, producing small, bumpy skinned fruit, edible but sour. Full sun, rich soil, and summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zones 9-11 with a fighting chance in zone 8.
Rutaceae $14 4D
Originally collected in the Canterbury foothills on the south island of New Zealand, this leafless clematis grows as a sprawling mound to 6 feet with bright green rush-like stems and creamy pale yellow flowers in late winter/early spring. Useful in sunny, open conditions where the mass bloom can be appreciated. Average water needs, though it can tolerate some drought. Zone 8.
Ranunculaceae $11 3D
sweet autumn clematis
Another gem from New Zealand, this low clambering or scandent vine, to 15 ft or so, has leaves to 2” dappled or entirely the color of... uncooked liver...Wow! Actually quite lovely in the landscape. Frequently encountered in Hobbit movies; otherwise rare in cultivation in the northern hemisphere. Small, creamy white flowers in abundance in August and September, but, really, the leaves are the true attraction. Moist, rather infertile ground. Full sun for best color though quite happy in shade. Low end of USDA zone 8. Great container plant.
Ranunculaceae $14 3D
Clematis x cartmanii 'Joe'
Tough evergreen clematis, spectacularly floriferous with white, cup-shaped flowers that nearly hide the foliage in early spring. This cross between New Zealand species C. marmoraria and C. paniculata is a non-climber, to 5-6 ft tall, happy spilling its fern-like, cut foliage over walls or containers or tied upright to display the gorgeous flowers. Full sun with good drainage, regular summer water, and protection to keep the roots cool. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Ranunculaceae $15 3D
Magenta pink flowers are gorgeous against the dark green foliage with a fragrance that is awesome and alluring. The leaf aroma, when touched, is found by some to be -- well -- less alluring, a bit peanut-buttery ... but consider that butterflies love the flowers and you will too. To 6 feet tall, flowering mid to late summer. Sun to part shade in good drainage with some water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Enjoy!
Lamiaceae $12 4D
Japanese Bamboo Fern
A useful, narrow-leaved fern that deserves more attention. Unlike its cousin, Coniogramme japonica, this fern (recently elevated to species level) remains smaller and tighter in formation, reaching about 3' in width and 15-18" in height. Truthfully, it doesn't look much like a fern but closer to a dwarf bamboo. Excellent for hillsides and thicket plantings beneath high-canopied trees where rich, moist soil is guaranteed. Part sun to light shade best. Hardy to USDA zone 7.
Coprosma 'Cocoa Butter'
A robust plant, to 4-5 ft tall with 2" glossy leaves of saffron yellow with coppery overtones, these shrubs are marvelous when placed with foliage in colors of olive to burgundy. Orange flowers stand out well against the foliage. Can be used as small hedge or screen plants or as specimens in mixed containers. Bright light for best foliage color and consistent moisture in any soil. This is one of the more tender Coprosma selections, frost hardy only for brief periods into the upper teens F, USDA zone 8b. Well worth treating as a tender pot specimen in colder climates.
Rubiaceae $11 4D
Coprosma 'Cutie'australian mirror bush
Newish release from New Zealand with small, particularly glossy, deep green leaves edged in black and marked with browns, all turning dark bronze in cooler weather. Perhaps more handsome than cute, but still rather small, to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide, perfect for a protected spot in a small garden. Where temperatures regularly fall below 20F, best in a protected spot in full to part sun and well-drained soil with regular garden water. Reliably frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9, possibly 8b in perfect conditions.
Rubiaceae $11 3D
Coprosma 'Karo Red'
A new introduction from New Zealand with a small texture but leaves of deep brick red, the same color as some of the better New Zealand flax (phormium) cultivars. Can grow eventually to about 5 ft but can also be easily pruned or shortened into small specimens or hedging. Great contrast of yellow flowers to foliage. Even summer moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $14 3D
Coprosma 'Pacific Sunset'
Wonderfully vibrant new coprosma with glossy, waved, deep coral-red leaves that turn dark purple-brown at their edges. Evergreen. Moderately fast-growing to 3' high and wide. Excellent container plant in sun or part shade. Hardy to USDA zone 8b.
Rubiaceae $12 4D
Coprosma 'Roy's Red'
Another coprosma for North America, this upright form makes a pleasingly pyramidal shrub, to about 4 ft, with foliage colored brick-red-toward-maroon and darkening in brighter light or with frost. An easy grower with better color in bright light and where summer temperatures are not excessively high. Low fertility enhances color as well. Even summer moisture and, again, bright light. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $14 3D
Coprosma aff. rhamnoidestwiggy coprosma
This collection from New Zealand’s South Island grows to 3 ft or so, replete with tiny divaricating branches and leaves to …oh, about a millimeter, all in a coppery, pink hue. Flowers are tiny as well, followed by interesting, almost violet berries in late summer. Particularly tough for a coprosma, withstanding temperatures of 10F with no damage … though who could tell on a copper-colored plant. Best with some summer water and bright light for best color. Makes a very good pot filler. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $010 3D
Low growing and attractive small-leaved New Zealand shrub with horizontal, divaricating branchlets, olive-green rosemary-like leaves, and loads of bright orange-red, globular fruit in fall. Height to 8" and width to 2'. Full sun. Drought tolerant. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8, possibly lower.
Rubiaceae $9 3D
Attractive evergreen shrub native to New Zealand. Thick glossy leaves and lovely orange berries. Sun. Reaches 6'
Coprosma repens 'Marble Chip'
A Cistus introduction. Another stable sport of C. repens 'Marble Queen', stabilizing for us into a most attractive tender shrub to about 4' x 4' in height and width. Large glossy leaves are edged and sometimes streaked in white. Can quickly fill a mixed container or bare spot in a warmer garden. Prefers adequate year-round water and dappled shade in hot climates. Evergreen. USDA zone 8b for brief periods. Prefers considerable moisture for best appearance.
Rubiaceae $9 3D
Coprosma repens 'Rainbow Surprise'willy wonka boxwood
Choice, tender, evergreen shrub that's hardly green at all. Yellow margins are flushed pink on green leaves -- all the colors darkening in winter. It's like adding paprika to your container. To 5 ft x 3 ft over time. Flowers are insignificant. Best with protection from afternoon sun except in cool coastal climates. Well drained soil and occasional to regular summer water. Can be sheared. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9.
Rubiaceae $12 3D
Corethrogyne filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet'
Frankly, we’ve not had a whole lot of experience with this native California beach-growing aster relation, but its silvery purple flowers with orange-gold centers pull you in, and the stunning Easter bunny foliage sticks you there. Good drainage site or container recommended. Reaches 1' in height and spreads to 6-8' across. Should be great, we know that much, as a coastal planting. USDA zone 8b.
Asteraceae $12 2D
Cornus mas 'Variegata'cornelian cherry
A grail plant for many, this strikingly variegated form of the deciduous cornelian cherry, with its green leaves marked in white, reaches 10-12 ft for us, with a compact umbrella shape, and yellow flowers in mid to late winter, followed by deep red, 1/2" fruit (with a pollinating partner) -- indeed, quite tasty, attracting birds, and making a lovely contrast with the glowing, variegated leaves in mid to late summer. Prefers rich moist soil in part shade but does well in full sun with mulch for cool roots and generous summer water. Frost hardy -30F, USDA zone 4. Does poorly in very hot places with high humidity.
Cornaceae $18 3D
Corokia cotoneaster - Devil's Staircase
A Cistus introduction. Our selection from collections in the Devil's Staircase area from the Southern South Island of New Zealand. Wiry divaricating shrub from 4 to 6 feet sporting tiny chocolate colored leaves, a most architectural plant and adorned by small yellow flowers in Spring. We expect this to be cold hardy at least to the bottom of Zone 8, quite possibly Zone 7. Sun for best color, decent drainage, and summer water in dry spots.
Argophyllaceae $12 3D
Corokia x virgata 'Orangerie'
A Cistus introduction. Though we would like to say this lovely plant is a result of years of careful hybridization under tightly controlled circumstances, we actually found it growing on the floor of one of the greenhouses as a tiny seedling. This grows as other C. x virgata forms, to a 6-8 ft shrub, but with a more upright form and butter-yellow-aging-copper-orange leaves with reflective, nearly white, undersides. In the garden, some summer water, the foliage showing warm yellow in light shade to deeper orange in sun. Very good container specimen. Great when planted with burgundies or other dark foliage plants. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Argophyllaceae $14 3D
Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band'gold band pampas grass
This may be the perfect pampas grass. It is handsome with gold bands along the leaf edges that sparkle in the sun and set off the white, late summer plumes that stand upright above the showy foliage, rising up to 10 ft tall. A slow grower, this form clumps to 3-6 ft wide by 6-10 ft tall but remains within bounds as they are seedless and can't reproduce. Perfectly happy in full sun with no summer water once established, 'Gold Band' is a happy plant for the dry border or in containers. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Poaceae $12 3D
Orange winter berries feed the birds while this small, evergreen shrub provides texture in the garden, the tiny leaves, dark gray-green with lighter undersides, on upright stems that arch with age. To 4 ft ft tall and spreading to 4-5 ft wide, but easily trimmed to any size. Pinkish-white flowers appear in early summer. Good as a small hedge or ground cover in sun to part shade. Drought tolerant once established but accepts summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Rosaceae $12 2D
Asteraceae $11 4in
Dense succulent from South Africa's Eastern Cape with gray-green leaves and striking reddish stems that eventually forms a nice 12-18" shrublet. Flowers small white clusters of flowers in summer, somewhat inconspicuously. Excellent container specimen, either alone or with friends. Full sun, low water. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Crassulaceae $7 4in
Crassula pubescens ssp. radicans 'Large Red'
This dense-growing succulent is a relative of the familiar Jade Plant. Growing to less than a foot high with plump leaves that give an overall appearance of a succulent leafy carpet. Very easy and adaptable, accepting drought with an occasional drink of water for optimal health. The plant takes on a lovely red glow if grown in full sun. Treat as a seasonal interest plant with the option of bringing it in for the winter as a houseplant. Frost hardy to 25F USDA zone 9b.
Crassulaceae $9 2D
Cuphea micropetalacandy corn plant
Woody sub-shrub, a Mexican native with abundant and gorgeous, candy corn flowers, red tubes with yellow tips, borne on the branch tips. To 3-4 ft tall and wide if winter doesn't interfere. Part sun, out of the hottest midday and afternoon heat, well-drained soil, and summer water to establish. Evergreen in frost-free places; a die back perennial in colder areas, returning in the spring in upper USDA zone 8. Hardier with protection from winter rains.
Lythraceae $9 2D
Cupressus gigantea - best blue 2007-095 UCSC
Cupressaceae $14 2D
Cupressus macnabiana SBH 7886
rather dense and narrow to 40 ft
Cupressaceae $16 3D
Orchidaceae $22 4D
Cymbidium dayanum 'Komatso Nishiki'
Orchidaceae $22 3D
One of the hardiest cymbidiums and one of the most popular. Summer blooming, the sweetly fragrant flowers are straw-yellow to green amongst grass-like foliage. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 where they can be grown outdoors in shaded conditions with humus rich, well-drained, somewhat gritty soil. Can also be grown in containers.
Orchidaceae $24 3D
Cymbidium ensifolium 'Green Top'
Orchidaceae $24 4D
golden edged orchid
Rusty brown/green with white lip. Spring /summer blooming. Shade. Cold hardy to USDA zone 9.
Orchidaceae $22 4D
Cymbidium sinense - Yucca Do Clone
Native from Queensland, Australia to Japan, a slowly spreading perennial, to 12-18" tall, with green, strappy leaves from a pseudo bulb. Yellow and green flowers often have a maroonish blush at the base and always the intense fragrance of lemons in late winter to mid spring, occasionally in autumn. This vigorous garden clone shared with us years ago by the great Yucca Do Nursery. For damp but well-drained light shade. Frost hardy to brief periods in upper USDA zone 7. However, we recommend protection during long periods below 15 to 20 F, mid to upper zone 8. Superb pot plant to bring indoors while in flower.
Orchidaceae $22 4D
Pale yellow flowers with darker veins on this summer to autumn flowering orchid. Bright light and regular misting with occasional water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9, so try outside in a protected spot or in pots outside until a cold snap and then enjoy them inside for the winter. Best fertilized with special orchid food or, at least, bloom fertilizer.
Orchidaceae $22 4D
Any cypella is delicious but this one from Peru is stunning, the three petals a deep golden yellow with red and purple markings in the center. A summer blooming bulb on stems to 18-24" tall, each flower lasts only one day but by carefully trimming the seed pods the blooming period can be extended. Requiring regular water in summer, these like to be dry in their winter dormancy, so well-drained soil is must or pot culture in full to part sun. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8 if winter dry. Hesperoxiphion peruvianum is a synonym and becoming a widely accepted name for this plant, lovely by any name.
Iridaceae $14 4in
Cyrtanthus brachyscyphusdobo lily
Orange-red, bell-shaped flowers rise above grass-like foliage for a long season in spring and summer. This South African bulb, a tender amaryllis relation, was shared with us by Nevin Smith of Watsonville. Foliage is semi-evergreen in mid USDA zone 9. Best in bright shade with well-drained soil and average summer water. A great container plant for the patio or in a plunge bed where it can be put away for the hard winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Amaryllidaceae $12 2D
Cyrtanthus breviflorus - bright yellow
A robust form from the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa, collected by plantsman Panayoti Kelaidis, with strap-like leaves emerging in spring followed by yellow trumpets that first look a bit like daffodils. Best in bright conditions and well-drained but summer-damp soil. Frost hardy to at least 0 and 10F, USDA zone 7. Have proven hardy in the ground in Colorada. Stunning pot specimen.
Amaryllidaceae $14 3D
Dahlia 'Bonne Esperance'
Blooming all summer with small pink, yellow-centered flowers, this is a classic small dahlia, reaching only 12-18” tall, a nice addition to a perennial border accent among shrubs. Bees love them. As with all dahlias, good drainage keeps them healthy in winter; and water keeps them blooming in summer. Best in full sun but tolerates some shade. No need to lift the tubers in USDA zone 8 with good drainage.
Asteraceae $12 2D
Dahlia 'Forncett Furnace'
Vibrant, intense orange-red selection of D. coccinea. Growing to about 5' tall and 3' wide on green foliage. Excellent fall color. Full sun and regular water. Don't lift.
Asteraceae $12 4D
Dahlia 'Yellow Hammer'
Yellow blooms contrast nicely with bronzey, blackish foliage. Grows 2-3 ft tall with deliciously cheerful flowers that persist into autumn. Can be lifted and stored for winter or left in the ground where the drainage is very good. Wonderful for containers. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7 with mulch.
Asteraceae $12 4D
Dahlia coccinea 'Chocolate Orange'
Delicious perennial dahlia, a dense and shrubby form with dark, purple-bronze leaves and creamy orange flowers standing tall through the summer and early fall. To 4-5 ft tall and very upright, needing little if any staking. Sun and rich, loamy soil with regular water for a plant that keeps on giving. Cut back in late fall or early spring to refresh. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $11 3D
Daphne tangutica - Retusa Group
An old fashioned garden plant that should still be used today with dense, 3-4 ft mounds of 1" narrow green foliage with light pink flowers, mostly in spring but happily popping up at almost any other time of the year if temperatures are not freezing. As well, orangey-red berries are produced on happy plants, adding to its fall and winter interest. Like other Daphnes, free drainage, bright light to dappled shade, occasional summer water, though this one is pretty drought tolerant, and little soil disturbance. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Thymelaeaceae $16 4in
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'burkwood daphne
A variegated form of a classic daphne with narrow, 1" leaves of sage-green edged in cream. These deciduous shrubs are dense enough to create a small hedge, to about 2-3 ft tall x 4 ft wide, covered with sweetly scented, white flowers, most profusely from late winter through early spring and occasionally year round. The custardy sweet fragrance makes it a perfect plant for the entrance garden. Best in part shade, possibly with mulch to keep the roots cool, and consistent summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Thymelaeaceae $14 3D
Yes, it does look like....but isn't. This is false hemp, a handsome and tall perennial, to 5-8 ft tall, with bushy, arching stems, toothy leaves, and light green flowers in summer. Tolerates almost any soil that is well-drained in sun with spring fertilizer for plants of size and average summer water. Frost hardy USDA zone 5.
Datiscaceae $9 4in
Tall nettle relation that came to us from Shanghai. Hardy in our Portland garden for 7 years. 10 ft+ with netted leaves that are dark on top and have reflective, white undersides. Site over pond for max effect. White flowers appear on the stems followed by orange berries that are edible, eaten raw in Taiwan. Sun to part shade with average summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 8, resprouting from the ground.
Urticaceae $12 4D
From interior cape of Southern South Africa, at fairly high elevations, comes this rather cryptogrammic ice plant, appearing much like the gravely soil in which it grows, with 1/2" rounded triangular leaves that can appear almost as if coated by a very fine sand. Plant grows to only a couple of inches in height and about twice the width. Pale yellow flowers appear in mid-spring and occasionally later. Appreciates very gritty and well-drained location. Fine in container or rock garden. Zone 5.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $7 2D
This Ice Plant is part of the Jewel of the Desert series and has saturated, vivid yellow flowers. A carpet of succulent leaves spreads out 10in wide and 4in tall. Flowers begin in spring and are continuos through the first frost. Drought tolerant though some summer water is best. Excellent in rockeries, along path edges, and in containers. Full Sun. USDA zone 6.
Aizoaceae $8 4in
Low growing, groundcover with green leaves and bright fuschia flowers slate spring through fall that close up at night. Foliage, too, turns a pleasing purple, yellow, and orange in the winter. Unlike other ice plants, the shape of this one remains compact and not leggy, making it a great choice for walls, near pathways, and in mixed containers. Full sun (or part sun inland) with little watering needed. Well-drained soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Aizoaceae $7 4in
One of the earliest of the hardy ice plants to be cultivated in North America. To about 3" in height and spreading to a couple of feet or more. This high-veld creature with succulent bright green foliage, and rose pink to lavender centered flowers, can be grown in any sunny , well-drained position. Areas as cold as zone 5, if provided gritty well drained soil. Excellent small scale ground cover or container plant.
Aizoaceae $8 4in
Another compact ice plant from South Africa's interior succulent desert, with dense clumps of slender light green leaves. Grows 4in tall x 18in wide. White flowers in spring and sporadically in summer and autumn. The plant's habitat can get water year round though sporadic and a bit heavier in winter. Lean soil and a bright spot is best. Very good container plant. Hardy to zero or a bit lower, especially when dry. USDA zone 6.
aizoaceae $8 4in
hardy yellow ice plant
Mat forming succulent covered in summer with bright yellow, daisy-like flowers. To less than 6" tall forming low mats of evergreen leaves that turn bronze in winter and spread to 15" wide and beyond over time. A good ground cover for the sunny garden where drainage is excellent and little summer water is provided. Lovely in a rock garden or spilling over a rock wall. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 5. Attracts butterflies and is said to be resistant to deer.
Aizoaceae $7 4in
Delosperma sanguinea 'Kirstenbosch'
Another hardy South African ice plant, this to only 2-3" tall spreading to 18" or more per season, with narrow leaves and stems of soft blue-gray with overlying burgundy tones in cold weather. The flowers are somewhere between crimson and plum appearing from late spring to mid-autumn and accenting the foliage beautifully. Seems an easy grower in poor soil and bright light. Summer water greatly speeds growth. We have this in several stock plantings in mixed containers - a lovely sight. Reported frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5; we'll go with upper zone 6 or zone 7 especially in places receiving winter wet.
Aizoaceae $7 4in
Delosperma sp. 'Leea Koppie'
A superb plant, new to us, brought by our own plantsman, Tim Hanis, from the small mountain of the same name in South Africa. This little treasure produces a very dense clump of deep green leaves, to only about 3" in height to 18" or more in width, and a very long season of intense cherry-red flowers from mid-spring until frost. One of the most outstanding ice plants for any bright, well-drained spot in the garden or, of course, container. Frost hardy to USDA zone 5, possibly even colder if dry.
Delosperma sphalmanthoides var. sutherlandii
Known as the Tufted Iceplant, this low growing species has a very unique appearance. A very tight arrangement of leaves gives the plant a uniform cushion formation- Almost like a tight little hedgehog burrowing into the ground. Stays under a few inches tall and slowly spreading. Provide good drainage in sandy or gritty soil. Some summer water now and again. Full Sun. Pink flowers in Spring. USDA zone 5.
Aizoaceae $7 4in
Dendropanax dentiger DJH 99162
This, from a collection of Dan Hinkley from several years ago, is a vigorous, upright small tree, to 15 ft or more, with a spreading umbrella-shaped top and two to three parted leaves about 1/2 the size of the more common D. trifidus. This is a contender for the perfect small patio tree or evergreen woodland addition. One of the evergrowing, evergeen araliaceae friends we are finding to be frost hardy in temperate gardens, this one frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Araliaceae $15 3D
Bushy, slow-growing shrub, 10 ft x 10 ft, with tubular flowers scarlet to orange with yellow tips, in summer–autumn. Cherry sized fruits. Needs a cool, moist climate and acid soil that is moisture retentive, partially shaded location. Water well in dry spells. Cold hardy in USDA zones 8-9.
Columelliaceae $12 3D
Evergreen mounding succulent, the small, 1-2", rosettes forming a low mound up to 3 ft in diameter. Leaves are bluish green with a few spines on the margins; flowers are yellow-green, appearing in early winter. They prefer bright light - full sun or, in the hottest places, light shade -- and well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 9. Previously known as Abromeitiella brevifolia.
Bromeliaceae $15 4D
Dianella intermedia 'Marcia's Giant'
new zealand blue berry
Fabulous plants with upright, flax-like green leaves, to 3-4 ft tall in this form. Plants are handsome, airy panicles of white to lilac flowers are nice, but the fruit is fabulous, rich, metallic blue berries on thin stems, seeming to float above the plants until fall. This selection from the Berkeley garden of Marcia Donahue is a very consistent fruit former. For half sun with even moisture. Excels in a container. Expect frost damage at 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae $16 4D
Dichroa febrifugaevergreen hydrangea
Clusters of sky-blue flowers adorn this evergreen hydrangea relative in late summer followed by metallic turquoise berries that linger through winter. To 4 ft tall and wide, this is a plant from the edges of forests, so best in part sun with adequate water. Happy in a container as well. Plant in a protected spot for frost hardiness in USDA zone 8.
Hydrangeaceae $14 4D
Dichroa sp. - dwarfdwarf evergreen chinese hydrangea
Dwarf and evergreen, hydrangea relative, adorned with clusters of sky-blue flowers in late summer followed by metallic turquoise berries that linger through winter. This selection stays under 2 ft tall and slightly wider, perfect for the small garden. Best in part sun with adequate water and happy in a container as well. Frost hardiness to 10F, USDA zone 8, is enhanced by planting in a protected spot, out of wind and perhaps with overhead protection.
Hydrangeaceae $12 4D
Dichroa versicolor 'Fan-Si-Pan Mauve'
This larger cousin of D. febrifuga is another of the evergreen members of the hydrangea family. From China and only recently available in the US, these shrubs reach 6-8 ft tall x 4 ft wide, the foliage a medium green becoming maroon in winter. Flowers are lace-caps, pinkish blue in this selection, and produce winter berries in metallic turquoise for extra winter interest. Half sun is best with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Hydrangeaceae $12 4D
Dicliptera suberectauruguayan firecracker plant
Hummingbird magnet! A stunning, perennial, subshrub from Uruguay, to 18-24" wide and tall, with slender, velvety, gray foliage on erect or arching stems, lovely by itself, AND all summer into autumn, hummingbird food, two-lipped, rusty-reddish-orange, tubular flowers in upright clusters. To see is to covet. Best in sun with summer water but tolerates some shade and occasional periods of drought. Cold hardy in USDA zones 7-11.
Acanthaceae $012 4in
Ebenaceae $12 4D
Wonderful small group of evergreen Solomon seals, this one spreading to small patches of 1 ft tall, unbranched stalks with shiny rounded leaflets and chartreuse flowers in mid spring. A terrific evergreen element for the woodland or subtropical garden and appreciative of even summer moisture and shade in dry places. Has been root hardy, recovering in the spring especially with snow cover in areas as far north as USDA zone 4. Who'da thunk it of this plant from far southern China?
Asparagaceae $16 4D
Yet another amazing ice plant from the Cape of South Africa, best seen in the National Botanical Garden at Worcester where the hills become florescent with orange and orange-yellow flowers in September. In mild areas of the West Coast, USDA zone 9 or above, this makes a wonderful 2-3 ft shrub with narrow 1/2” green leaves, flowering in spring and sporadically thereafter. A great pot plant elsewhere. As with all ice plants can be root bound for eons with no ill effects. Requires winter water but is able to withstand dry summers.
Aizoaceae $7 2D
One of the more widespread Dudleya species from the coast-facing bluffs and mountains from southern California to northwestern Baja, California. This form is shiny bright green, upward-reaching fingers often tipped purple, especially with light frost or summer drought. Clumping to about 18". Able to withstand more summer watering than many of the Dudleyas. One of the easiest in cultivation, though rather tender, only to about 20-25 degrees. We use this as a pull-in plant in both containers, either mixed and alone, treating this much as we would an Aeonium with cool, damp, but bright conditions in the winter, letting dry when temperatures become hot.
Dudleya lanceolatalanceleaf live-forever
Known as lanceleaf liveforever, this collection from Tim Hanis, taken in the California's San Bernadino Mountains at over 3500 ft, has succulent, narrow and pointed, blue-green leaves and appears in colonies of powder-blue starfish in gravelly spots and outcrops. In summer, clusters of yellow to red flowers appear on stalks to 2 ft tall. Adaptable to various soils but requires good drainage. Accepts droughty conditions as well as abundant water and sun to part shade. So far has been frost hardy to close to 0F, USDA zone 7, with superb drainage and dry summers.
Crassulaceae $9 2D
Dyckia 'Burgundy Ice'
Surprisingly frost hardy, sharp spined succulent, with rosettes of long, narrow, pointed leaves in shades of burgundy to nearly black, all edged in distinctive white spines. Flowers are orange, adding to the color palette. To 6-12" tall and wide. Full sun for the best color in well-drained soil with little summer water necessary. Frost hardy to 20-25 degrees, USDA zone 9. Possibly colder if really, really, really dry. Also does well in containers.
Bromeliaceae $14 4in
Dyckia 'Nickel Silver'
Rosettes of long, narrow, silver-gray leaves with hooked white spines set this dyckia apart. Summer flowers are orange on red stems to up to 4 ft tall. Individual plants are 6-10" tall x 15" wide, eventually forming larger clumps. Expects well-drained soil in sun to part shade with little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 16F, upper USDA zone 8. Fine in containers that are protected in winter.
Bromeliaceae $14 2D
This Brazilian native succulent, to 1 ft tall and wide, has blushed red leaves and is often used in hybridizing to add color to new cultivars. Summer flowers are orange on 3 ft spikes standing above the rosette of foliage. Needs sun in lean and well-drained soil with only occasional summer water. Frost hardy to the upper teens F, USDA zone 8b.
Bromeliaceae $9 3D
chile glory flower
The hummingbird and the glory flower evolved together in Chile so it is no wonder hummers go crazy for it when grown in your garden here. Both delicate and vigorous with small, tubular flowers ranging from orange to deep red. Rated USDA zone 9, we use it as a summer vine that reseeds readily, though some have had luck overwintering in a protected spot with mulch.
Bignoniaceae $9 3D
Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'
A plant with a sense of humor, this fasciated sport has cupped and undulated blue leaves on small rosettes, under about 6", with pink to salmon flowers in spring and summer. Prefers mineral soil. A great plant for dish gardens, containers, or planting out where temperatures fall to 20F, USDA zone 9. Fun for the whole family.
Crassulaceae $9 4D
Echinocereus x roetteri - Santa Fe
Cactaceae $12 2D
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono'red paper bush
Another amazing daphne relative, this rarer form of the paper bush shrub has Crayon® orange flowers rather than the usual yellow. Not quite as scented as the species. Deciduous, slow-growing shrub, to 5-6 ft tall, with winter blooms on handsome, bare stems. Sun to part shade with plentiful summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Thymelaeaceae $22 4D
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'gold flowered paper bush
2001 Cistus introduction retaining all the qualities we have come to know in Edgeworthia chrysantha, this upright shrub of bold texture, to 6-8 ft tall and wide, with large, 2" plus clusters of golden flowers begin appearing around the New Year or the end of January in the coldest places, on handsome, warm brown stems marked with leaf scars. The important features of our 'Nanjing Gold' form include particularly robust and fragrant flowers as well as, in our experience, less susceptibility to bud drop due to late summer/early autumn dryness. A winter architectural plant of bare stems, each divided into three and each bearing a down-turned cluster of buds. In summer, the leaves provide a lush, subtropical look. Most attractive maintained as a 1-3 stemmed plant and placed where the winter sun shining through the flowers can be enjoyed by all. Best in well-drained, evenly moist soil in full to part sun. Frost hardy in USDA zones 8-10.
Thymelaeaceae $18 3D
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'silverbush elaeagnus
Long sought and under delivered deciduous shrub with stunning silver foliage and early spring flowers with the aroma of vanilla. This chance seedling, discovered and named by British plantsman, Roy Lancaster, reaches an eventual 6-8 ft but can be kept much lower through pruning. Can also be stooled on occasion to create a dense perennial. A very good plant in cold or wet climates that often can’t accommodate silver foliage. Needs decent drainage and, though drought tolerant, enjoys occasional summer water. Full sun for best color. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Elaeagnaceae $14 2D
Elettaria cardamomum [Hardy Form]
Who knew that cardamom, native to the Malabar Coast of India where it grows wild in the understory of tropical rain forests, is actually a member of the ginger family and can grow to an astonishing 12' tall. Its long, lance-shaped, dark green leaves, some reaching 2' or so, have a pale underside that contributes to its soft and attractive, almost weeping, appearance. Because cardamom will only flower and fruit in tropical conditions, most grow it as a hothouse container plant. Needs moist soil and filtered shade. This form has been hardy for us in zone 8 and possibly zone 7 with mulch.
Zingiberaceae $14 4D
Recently discovered, vigorous, low-growing species from China with glossy dark green leaves and large, arresting flowers. White sepals with plum purple spurs--sometimes as many as thirty--hang from each stem in spring and sometimes again in fall. Excellent as am evegreen groundcover in shady areas. Height to 10" and spreading at a rate of 6-8" a year. Part sun to light shade best. Water occasionally in summer to keep from drying out. Divide in fall or spring. Frost hardy to USDA zone 5.
Epimedium pinnatum var. Thunderbolt
Epimedium sp. aff. acuminatum
Heavy red stippling on new foliage. Collected in Emeishan 2005 Sichuan China.
Erica arborea 'Estrella Gold'
Shared with us by eminent Portland garden, Stuart Fraser, this tree heather, though more compact than some green forms, still rises to 8-10 ft in fewer years. An eye-catching gold to chartreuse in winter and spring, changing to a light spring green in the heat of summer. White, late winter to spring flowers add to the sparkle. Sun to part shade with best coloring in sun. Summer moisture. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae $12 2in
Eriophyllum lanatum 'Takilma Gold'taklima gold oregon sunshine
A 2011 Cistus introduction from Oregon's Siskiyou Mtns, this a particularly robust "Oregon Sunshine" mounding to 18" by 3 ft with silvery leaves topped by a very long season of cheery gold flowers. Perennial and nearly evergreen in mild climates, dying back to a silvery resting rosette below USDA zone 7. Tolerant of drought or garden water. Full sun and decent drainage. USDA zone 5, possibly lower.
Asteraceae $9 2D
Eriophyllum lanatum 'Thompson Creek Silver'wooly sunflower
Asteraceae $9 3D
Eryngium aff. latifolium SBH
Our collection of this most handsome species, still only tentatively identified, from central western Argentina producing 18" to 2 ft rosettes of stiffly arching leaves, deep green with a hint of silver veining and even serrations, with 6 ft spikes of cream flowers the same arching leaves and cream colored stems. At present the most asked after Eryngium in our garden. Just as easy care as the others, heavy or light soil, dappled to full sun. Probably hardy to 10F.
Apiaceae $14 4in
Eryngium agavifoliumsea holly
Striking foliage in rosettes of spikey-edged leaves, to 18" long gets even better in summer when the Sputnik-like, burnished green flowers appear. Full sun to part shade. Regular summer water for best growth and appearance but tolerates summer drought as well. Deep rooted so not easily moved. Good for dried flowers and attracting bumblebees. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Apiaceae $12 6D
alpine sea holly
Compact and attractive, small, sea holly with leaves painted silver in intriguing patterns and, in mid summer, cream to steely blue flowers, thistle-like and strange, as if made of industrial steel. To 18 tall and spreading more widely. Though looking very like a dryland plant, these are quite happy in poorly drained soils and prefer regular summer water in almost full sun. Best left undisturbed after planting. Frost hardy to at least USDA zone 5.
Apiaceae $12 2D
Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Willott's Ghost'
This species puts out impressive spiny flowers of a silvery-grey Flowers are excellent cut fresh and dry well. 2-3ft
Apiaceae $12 4D
morocan sea holly
This handsome foliaged sea holly from Morocco has evergreen basal leaves, marbled and veined in white, and 1 ft spikes of very blue, thistle-like flowers subtended by silvery, spiny bracts in early to mid summer. Easy in full sun or very light shade in any soil. Drought tolerant once established and best left undisturbed to protect the tap root. Frost hardy -20 F, USDA zone 5.
Apiaceae $12 3D
Erythina herbacea 'Red Bean'
Native to Chile, this broadleaved evergreen shrub or small tree grows slowly, reaching 12-15 ft tall and wide -- or perhaps as much as 20-25 ft over a long time. Leaves are handsome, glossy, showy, and abundant, a fine background for the white flowers that appear at the ends of stems in early spring and occasionally though early fall. A delightful small garden tree or hedge in sun for best appearance or dappled shade. Fairly drought tolerant once established but tolerates summer water. This collection was made by plantsman Mike Remmick at the highest altitude where he could find it and has excellent potential into USDA zone 7. Also resprouts from the ground easily if winter damaged.
Escalloniaceae $14 4D
Eucalyptus neglectaomeo gum
By far one of the most desirable gums we can grow in the Northwest. Multi-trunked to 40 ft or so, its foliage has the best Vicks Vap-O-Rub smell around. Huge juvenile leaves on square stems become narrower and longer in adult foliage. Flowers in youth. Good in arrangements. Sun, well-drained soil and little summer water once established. Root hardy to 0F. USDA zone 7, though has been known to suffer leaf burn if not sufficiently hardened off before the harsh winter winds whip.
Myrtaceae $14 plugs
Eucomis 'Innocence'pineapple lily
From a South African native. Striking white to pale pink, “pineapple”-like flowers on purple tinted stems show off from August to September above rosettes of long, narrow, “tropical” leaves. Bright light, full sun to part shade with water in spring during growth and protection from excess winter water, perhaps by an overhang. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7; lower with mulch. Can be grown in pots or lifted for the winter.
Liliaceae $10 4in
Eucomis 'Reuben'pineapple lily
From South Africa by way of New Zealand, this cultivar has upright, green leaves to 18” tall and stalks of pineapple-like flowers, these with dark, red-purple buds opening to mauve-pink flowers. Handsome and a good cut flowers. Full sun or part shade in hottest climates and water in the spring and summer growing season with relief from winter moisture – very well-drained soil or overhead protection. Best left undisturbed for a long and fruitful life. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, and possibly lower; mulch for extra protection.
Liliaceae $11 4in
Eucomis autumalis - dark leaved form
Succulent bulbs from South Africa that produce long, fluted, fleshy leaves, in this form emerging purple in spring and maturing to olive-green edged in purple. Flowers are the typical "pineapple-on-a-stick" -- clusters of white flowers on a spike topped with a few leaves. Tolerates poor drainage and appreciates summer moisture in full to half sun. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, possible zone 5/6 with mulch.
Asparagaceae $10 4in
Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'
Wonderful, large evergreen shrub, upright to 20 ft tall over time x 6-8 ft wide, with large, glossy green leaves and, in late summer-early autumn, large, handsome, fragrant white flowers. A naturally occurring hybrid of two Chilean species, E. glutinosa and E. cordifolia, these enjoy bright light in part shade with regular summer water. Accepting of somewhat heavy soils. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cunoniaceae $14 2D
Euonymus alatus 'Firecloud'
variegated burning bush
Our name for a most beautiful sport of the well-known burning bush, with outstanding summer foliage of dark green evenly splashed with cream. Very striking. Smaller than is typical of the species, to 4-5 ft tall, but with the same green-tinged and red winged stems and the glorious purple-red autumn color of the species. Lovely as a small hedge or single specimen in part to full sun with a consistent source of water in dry climates. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5. A grand container specimen.
Celastraceae $18 4D
Euonymus europaeus 'Ace'
Celastraceae $14 3D
Euonymus nanus var. turkestanicus
turkestan burning bush
Small, deciduous shrub, reaching only 3 ft tall and wide at the most, with an open habit of slender, arching branches and narrow, blue-green leaves that turn brilliant red in fall. Spring flowers are purple brown but hardly noticeable. It's the fruit they produce that is enchanting, pink, 4-chambered capsules with bright orange arils. Easy in part to full sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 2.
Celastraceae $12 2D
Fatsia japonica 'Spider Web'speckled japanese aralia
A wonderful variegated form of the original Japanese aralia with typically palmate leaves that emerge spreckled overall in cream and white and mature to light green with white variegations. To 5 ft tall, this Japanese selection does well in shade or with morning sun, enjoying consistent summer water for best performance. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7 and a fine houseplant in colder climates.
Araliaceae $18 4D
Ficus afghanistanica 'Green Filigree'
A Cistus introduction, the third in a serious of selections made here from this beautiful species. This form has intricately lobed, filigreed leaves of deep green. Very drought tolerant once established in sun to part shade. Eventually 15-20 ft tall, kept smaller with pruning. Frost hardy to the upper edge of USDA zone 7 so far. From a species native to Northern India, western Iran, as well as Afghanistan.
Moraceae $15 2D
Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'
A Cistus introduction...yet another hardy fig. We wonder where it's been all our lives. Native from Northern India to western Iran and Afghanistan and a delicacy there with its small, dark, very sweet fruit. We have selected this form from seed for its entrancing, filigreed, silver-green leaves of about 5-7". So far, ours have been for external use only as we have not tasted the fruit. Eventually might reach 15-20 ft in height; can easily be kept smaller with pruning. Sun to part shade. Very drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to the upper edge of USDA zone 7 so far.
Moraceae $16 3D
Ficus carica 'Sticky Fingers'sticky kadota fig
Our own selection found as a seedling during a walk along a drainage ditch in Fresno, CA -- keeping our promise to bring you plants from the most exotic corners of the world. The shiny leaves are lobed so as to look like the fingers of ET -- both elegant and silly, depending on the view. We have not yet tasted the figs as the Scrub Jays beat us to them this year. But with or without the fruit, this fig, eventually from 10-15 ft, makes an intriguing specimen or component of the tropical garden. Great container plant. Full sun to part shade; very drought tolerant. Fully frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; a freeze-back shrub in upper zone 6 and 7.
Moraceae $16 4D
Ficus carica 'Violette de Bordeaux'
A fig with dwarf habit that does great in containers. Delicious late-ripening fruit with purplish skin, red flesh, and sweet flavor. Full sun for best harvest. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10.
Ficus sarmentosa var. nipponica
This cousin of the more common F. pumila, slightly tougher and a bit slower growing, has leathery pointed leaves of about 2-3” and the climbing, clinging, grasping, scraping, prying habits that we all desire… We have ours climbing the trunk of a trachycarpus palm, making a lovely green column. Shade or sun and occasional summer water for more vigorous growth. The best news: it has survived 0F, USDA zone 7, with little damage, though we still suggest mulching, at least where possible, when the next arctic express arrives.
Moraceae $12 4in
Fokienia hodginsii DJHC 182
Extremely rare native of China and Vietnam, this form collected by Dan Hinkley, a tree to 75 to 100 ft tall or so in its native habitat, in cultivation reaching 25 ft in a reasonable amount of time. This member of the cypress family has lovely sprays of red-tinted foliage, often silvery underneath. A pretty addition to any moist situation with careful drainage in dappled light to full sun. Not to be missed. Frost hardy to a little over 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cupressaceae $16 2D
Forsythia suspensa ssp. sieboldii
Another lovely plant in a genus we didn't think we really liked. Shared with us by Marshall Olbrich of Western Hills fame, this diminutive species remains under 2 ft with a pendulous, weeping habit. They have under 1", narrow leaves and produce a lighter-than-usual yellow flower in great abundance anywhere from January through March. Ranks almost with Jasminum nudiflorum in suitability for spilling over walls or placement on banks. Sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6; zone 5 with protection. (Also known as Forsythia suspensa.)
Oleaceae $12 2D
Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Kumson'greenstem forsythia
From Korea, a new forsythia on the scene, growing to about 4-6 ft and providing creamy yellow flowers in January, for us, in February and March in colder climates. The leaves present the most unique feature, patterned and veined with cream and white, the patterns becoming infused with pink and maroon as the late fall color settles in, for year round-interest rather than the one-shot show that forsythias usually provide. Plant as with other forsythias in sun to dappled shade and provide summer water in dry climes. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Oleaceae $12 2D
Forsythia x intermedia 'Gold Leaf'
Forsythia is famous for its bright display of bright yellow flowers on bare branches in late winter and early spring. An old garden standby indeed. This cultivar is showy after the blooms have faded, having golden-green leaves instead of the typical green leaves. Grows to 4-6 ft tall and wide in Full Sun to Part Sun. Provide some summer water where dry. Frost hardy to USDA zone 4.
Oleaceae $12 2D
Fothergilla x intermedia 'Blue Shadow'
A lovely, deciduous, witch hazel relative with elegant blue, blue, blue leaves, that are rounded and, yes, blue! except in autumn when they put on a display of purple-orange-red. In April and May, fragrant, frilly bottle-brushy white flowers decorate the branch tips just as the leaves are returning. A slow growing shrub discovered as a sport of Fothergilla 'Mount Airy'. To 5 ft tall x 3 ft wide, in full sun where water is plentiful to part shade with consistent moisture. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Hamamelidaceae $15 4D
Fragaria sp. - yellow fruit from Afghanistan
From a wild collection in the mountains of Afghanistan, this drought tolerant ground covering strawberry produces small, pleasing berries colored an ochre yellow. The flavor is almost like...Hmmmm...Bananas! Treat like other strawberries and grow in part shade to full sun with occasional summer water where dry. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7, possibly lower.
Rosaceae $11 4in
One of our favorites, with leaves of golden orange and sometimes pinky maroon. It is lovely for the foliar effect alone but produces deep cerise flowers as well. Low growing to about 2 ft, it is a good spiller. This has been hardy for us in the ground, but we would not consider it the hardiest of fuchsias. At its best in containers where other golden and maroon foliage is used. Full sun in coastal climates to dappled shade elsewhere. Ground hardy in USDA zone 8 or above.
Onagraceae $11 3D
Fuchsia 'White Knight's Cheeky'hardy fuchsia
Exciting, small-leaved fuchsia with small purple-pink flowers beginning in early summer and continuing into fall. The foliage is dark green infused with a purplish bronzy cast that fades to dark green. To only 3 ft tall or so and 2 ft wide. Fine in sun to part shade in rich, well-draining soil with regular summer moisture. For extra winter protection, plant with the crown just below ground. Frost hardy in low to mid USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae $11 2D
Fuchsia magellanica 'Purple Mountain'
Fuchsia regia ssp. regia
A most interesting climbing fuchsia with reddish stems, shiny green leaves, and an abundance of 3” hanging flowers of cerise and purple. In USDA zone 8b or above, where temperatures seldom fall below 15F, it is hardy in the ground and usually evergreen so can be used as a 10-12 ft climber in, preferably, dappled shade. Can resprout at 10F and grow with some vigor especially if mulched. Hummingbirds love ‘em.
Onagraceae $011 4D
Fuchsia regia var. serrae
This fuchsia will attempt to climb or drape on whatever it is near, reaching 10-20 ft if allowed. Silvery shiny leaves, purple flowers and violet berries make this patio plant a winner. Overwinter via cuttings on windowsill. Olé Brazil. Particularly colorful with morning sun. Happy in dappled shade. Regular summer water as well. Freezes back in the low 20sF, resprouts from the low to mid teens F, low USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae $11 3D
Gardenia jasminioides Summer SnowPP #22, 797
Gorgeous gardenia selected by Buds & Blooms nursery for its stunning, double white, highly fragrant flowers, nestled on short stems amongst the glossy green leaves in early summer. Extra cold hardiness, to at least -10F, USDA zone 6 with reports in zone 5. We have not tried it at those temperatures and hopefully we never will but we would be happy to hear from anyone who does. Shrubs reach 4-5 ft tall and wide in part sun to full shade with consistent summer moisture to establish and through the growing season. Fertilizer and iron after blooming helps maintain foliage. Here's to gardenias in colder areas. Worth growing in container in even colder zones.
Rubiaceae $16 4D
Gardenia jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes' PP8755hardy double gardenia, cape jasmine
Tough, hardy, and lovely gardenia for USDA zone 7, down to 0F, really! Wonderfully fragrant, double white flowers in June and July, and occasionally in autumn when temperatures cool down. Compact evergreen shrub, to 3 ft, blooms in full to half sun with normal garden water. Developed by the late Chuck Hayes and Dan Milbocker at the Virginia Beach Research Station, VA.
Rubiaceae $14 3D
Gardenia jasminoides 'Cream Picotee'
A Cistus introduction. Lovely, variegated gardenia, with smallish, shiny, green leaves that are both streaked and spotted creamy whites ... in an attractive way. This compact, evergreen shrub, to only 3-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, is vigorous to boot with large, semi-double flowers that rather resemble its relative, G. jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes'. As with other gardenias, sun except in the hottest places where part shade is preferred, rich soil, and regular summer water as well as generous offerings of nutrients and iron. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $15 4D
Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof'hardy double gardenia, cape jasmine
The “more” gardenia -- more tough, more cold tolerant and sun tolerant, more adaptable, and said to be more deer resistant -- not to mention beautiful! Double white flowers are extremely fragrant and profuse, continuing over a long season beginning in spring. They can even take a bit of spring frost without dropping. Evergreen, to 2-3 ft tall and a bit wider, and happy in full sun to part sun with summer water where dry. Definitely frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and expected well into the upper reaches of zone 7.
Rubiaceae $15 3D
Gasteraloe - hybrid
As the name might suggest, these intergeneric hybrids have intriguing characteristics of both. This producing rosettes to 8" of blunted leaves of deep emerald green, of course adorned with white polka dots. Believe it. Light orange flowers produced throughout summer. Slowly spreads via rhizomes and can fill a container quite handily in well-drained soil. Keep dryish in winter. Can take some frost. Alas, only hardy to USDA zone 9a. A most striking container specimen.
Aloeaceae $11 4in
Very small component of the South African Aloe family, this the typical “plant” collected by Captain Bayliss himself on the northwestern Cape. Each rosette to only 4,” rugose and tinted burgundy. Orange and green flowers shaped, indeed, like cute little stomachs. Frost hardy to low to mid 20’s, mid USDA zone 9. Otherwise, a fabulous container plant.
Liliaceae $11 4in
Genista aetnensismt. etna broom
Graceful and elegant, small tree with sparse, silky leaves and stems that act like leaves. Nearly invisible to the eye until it covers itself in yellow, fragrant pea flowers in mid summer to early fall. Can reach 12-15 ft tall or so with a narrow, weeping habit. This native of Sicily takes full sun, lean soil that drains well, and little summer water once established. Does not reseed! Frost hardy to 5F, USDA zone 7b.
Fabaceae $014 3D
Gladiolus 'Boone'boone hardy gladiolus
Apricot-peach-orange flowers with yellow and red markings in the throat held on narrow, 4 ft stalks -- what's not to love? -- open in early summer on this gladiolus of mysterious. Discovered at an abandoned homestead in mountainous Boone, NC, by Jeff Owens, a county extension agent, and studied by several plantsmen, this amazing glad made its way to market with its origins still unknown. Happy in full sun, multiplying and seeding itself to provide lots of plants to share. Frost hardy to at least -10F, USDA zone 6, with many claims of easy survival in zone 5.
Iridaceae $9 4D
Glumicalyx goseloidesnodding chocolate flower
Too cool rock garden/wall/container plant. A proliferation of 10" nodding flower stalks that turn from white to orangy/red that make the humming birds go mad from spring to frost. Oh, the flowers smell like chocolate, too. Yum. Full to half sun/good drainage. A CDN collection from Lesotho, South Africa. USDA zone 7, 0F or below
Scrophulariaceae $11 2D
From the Drakensberg region of eastern S. Africa, this buddleja relative grows 4-6' with soft gray leaves of a narrow 1" or so and white warm-season flowers. A plant, unfortunately, people seem to stay away from in droves when in nursery containers, it really is a lovely garden plant. Really. Bright sun, occasional summer water. We cut ours back every year or two to maintain luxuriant growth. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Scrophulariaceae $11 4D
Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'
One of the Poorinda hybrids, thought to be a cross between G. juniperina and a yellow G. victoriae. An evergreen shrub, up to 8-10 ft tall and wide. With long leaves- dark green above and silvery on the undersides, and clusters of soft, frilly, yellow to apricot flowers in late winter through spring and occasionally throughout the year. Best in sun and lean, well-drained soil, with little water once established. Can be shaped in mid summer for best appearance. Frost hardy into the low teens F, USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $16 3D
Grevillea 'Poorinda Queen'
One of the first of the Poorinda hybrids developed in the '50s and '60s, thought to be a hybrid between G. juniperina and a yellow-flowered G. victoriae. An evergreen shrub, up to 8-10 ft tall and wide, with long leaves, dark green above and silvery on the undersides, and clusters of soft, frilly, apricot-pink flowers, a pleasure over a long period in late winter and through spring. Best in sun and lean, well-drained soil, with little water once established. Frost hardy where temperatures occasionally dip into the low teens F, USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $014 3D
Grevillea alpina - GDIS
Another rather tough species from the highlands of southeastern Australia, this 4 ft shrub, with gracefully upheld branches and silver-backed, rosemary-like foliage, produces small, hooked, white flowers in spring and early summer that give off an intense honey fragrance. For a sunny spot in mineral soil. Like others of its protea family, prefers you go light on fertilizer containing phosphorous. Probably not at home in high summer heat with humidity but it has been done. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Proteaceae $14 4D
Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Valley Queen'
Winter flowering, evergreen shrub, to 6 x 6 ft, a Protea relation from southeastern Australia with frilly, orange flowers in winter and occasionally through the year. This selection was made for leaves that are green rather than the gray-silver of the species. Best in sun to part sun with good drainage and regular water until established. As with all proteas, avoid fertilizer with phosphorus. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $16 2D
Grevillea victoriae 'UBC'
Silver leaved protea relative from Australia, this selection from the University of British Columbia. Reaches 4-6 ft in time and has “spidery” orange flowers all winter. Best with full sun, well-drained soil and occasional summer water. Do NOT fertilize (it will respond by snuffing it.) As with all proteas, dislikes phosphorous. Super cold hardy, easily handling temperatures in USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $14 2D
Soap Tree, Chinese Coffee Tree
Outstanding, deciduous, ornamental tree from China (though endangered in its native habitats--it's on the list of the world's rarest trees) with ferny, bipinnate leaves and an open, airy architectural structure. Similar to locusts in appearance, these trees provide a tropical look in gardens with much more temperate climates, which is something we like! A vigorous species, growing up to 3' a year, expect growth upwards of 80-100' tall with a trunk diameter of 6' over time. Full sun and some summer watering until established. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7, though we think much lower.
Fabaceae $14 4D