Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2018


Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet' variegated white beautyberry
Recently released by the U.S. National Arboretum and shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens, this fabulous, variegated sport of C. dichotoma f. albafructus was discovered at Tennessee Technological University by Dr. Gary Bachman and Mr. Edgar Davis. A gracefully rounded, deciduous shrub, to 5-6 ft tall, the medium green leaves dressed with creamy yellow margins fading to white and clusters of white berries from late summer into late autumn. Easy in full sun to half shade with regular summer for best fruiting. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5-8.
Lamiaceae $16 3D

Callistemon pityoides 'Kosciuszko Princess'

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

Callistemon rigidus 'Clemson Hardy'

Callistemon rigidus 'Clemson Hardy'red bottlebrush
From Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana comes this extra hardy selection of bottlebrush that has withstood -9F. Quickly growing to 6 ft by 6 ft with lovely salmon-colored new growth, huge blooms of deep red throughout the summer, and evergreen foliage year-round. Great for a sunny, neglected spot. Works great in a container or in clay soils as well. Excellent.
Myrtaceae $16 2D

Callistemon viridiflorus

Callistemon viridiflorusmountain bottlebrush
Small and compact evergreen bottlebrush, to 5 ft tall x 6 ft wide, this from cuttings of a specimen in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Arching branches carry small, glossy leaves and, in mid summer, soft, greenish yellow, "bottlebrush" flowers. Best in a hot, sunny position, well-drained with occasional summer water. Easily frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and very likely into zone 7 in optimum conditions.
Myrtaceae $15


Calycanthus occidentalis 'Josephine'

$15 3D

Camellia 'Night Rider'

Camellia 'Night Rider'
The "black" camellia has dark red, semi-double flowers that are darker on the undersides -- very dark and gorgeous in late winter, early spring. New foliage also has red overtones. An evergreen shrub, upright and somewhat compact to only 4-5 ft tall and wide, this is a must have plant for any garden in part shade with protection from the afternoon sun and rich soil with regular summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. (For those who love nomenclature, the parentage is a follows: a hybrid of C. x williamsii 'Ruby Bells' (= C. saluenensis x C. japonica 'Fuyajo') and C. japonica 'Kuro Tsubaki'.)
Theaceae $18 3D


Camellia 'Showa-wabisuki'

$16 2D


Camellia 'Winter's Snowman'
Another great sasanqua camellia for the garden. Pink flushed buds open to semi-double flowers in the autumn. Flowers are white. Plant in a part sun area, at least avoiding hottest afternoon summer sun. Provide summer water. New growth is a nice burgandy color. Grows 12ft tall x 5ft wide. USDA zone 6.
Theaceae $16 2D

Camellia japonica 'Unryu'

Camellia japonica 'Unryu'contorted japanese camellia
Stems twist and turn on this medium-sized Camellia, to 6 ft tall creating an interesting shape in the garden. "Unryu" means "dragon in the clouds" suggesting the twisting of a dragon as it climbs to the sky. Spring flowers are red-pink and single. Evergreen foliage is glossy in part to full shade with summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 6.
Theaceae $16 3D


Camellia reticulata [Wilson/Coos Bay]
These lovely creatures represent offspring from quite possibly the first species to reach North America. Arrived from E. A. Wilson's collection, they were given to friends along the Oregon coast and have thriven there. To 15 feet or more with patchy, tan and green bark, large 5" plus leaves and flowers to 6" in deep shades of pink. They can be used as an elegant small garden tree. USDA Zone 8, some summer water/afternoon shade helpful where hot.
Theaceae $18 3D


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 'Blushing Maiden' blushing maiden tea camellia
A pink flowered, dark foliaged form of true tea camellia, sometimes found as C. sinensis 'Rosea'. And, yes, tea can be made from the leaf tips. This Chinese selection is daintier than the species with spicy-scented, pink flowers appearing in autumn to brighten those fall cleanup days. To 4 ft tall, eventually 5 ft x 4 ft wide. A handsome shrub for part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7.
Theaceae $15 3D

Camellia transarisanensis

Camellia transarisanensis
Picture an illicit affair between a camellia and a huckleberry – this is that lovechild. The handsome, orange-tinged, evergreen, lacy leaves of a huckleberry and tiny, dangling, pure white, heavenly scented, camellia flowers in winter. The scent fills the garden. Best in half shade with adequate water. 4-6 ft. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Theaceae $16 2D


Cardamine trifolia trifoliate bittercress
One of our favorite small-scale groundcovers, first given to us by Jane Platt. To only about 4" in height by 18" wide, the evergreen, fine textured leaves support (winter through spring) delicate white flowers. Slowly spreading, in the light woodland or in container. Excellent for holding soil. Does not re-seed, we promise. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 6, if not colder.
Brassicaceae $12 4D

Carex plantaginea

Carex plantaginea
Southeastern native sedge that does best in a relatively damp situation. Broad handsome leaves linger all summer. Tufted habit to 2 ft tall or so. Full sun if very damp; shade if in a drier site. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Cyperaceae $12 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

Cautleya spicata

Cautleya spicatahimalayan ginger
A fabulous, hardy true ginger with slender, deep green leaves in clumps to about 3 ft tall x 2 ft wide and spikes of yellow, summer flowers surrounded by deep red bracts that continue after the flowers fade. Easy in the garden in part sun to shade with regular water for consistent moisture. Very tropical and frost hardy to at least 10F, USDA zone 8, with reports of success in zone 7. Mulch for extra winter protection.
Zingiberaceae $14 4D

Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire'

Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire'blue sapphire california lilac
A new entry into the spectrum of California lilics, this low-growing shrub, with arching branches and, in spring, deep and brilliant blue flowers against dark foliage background, is the perfect plant for a border or a bank. Evergreen, to around 3 ft tall x 5 ft wide, plants are drought tolerant though willing to accept summer water where the drainage is good. Bright sun enhances the already fabulous foliage and flower colors. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Rhamnaceae $12 2D


Ceanothus 'Frosty Blue'

Rhamnaceae $14 3D


Ceanothus foliosus(?) SBH 9171.2
tiny leaves, 6-8" tall x 3 ft wide
Rhamnaceae $16 3D


Ceanothus SBH 12283

Rhamnaceae $15 2D


Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Black Diamond' variegated blueblossom
This variegated selection of the common coastal deerbrush, has striking leaves of yellow with green markings and medium blue flowers covering the branches in early spring, adding brightness to a shady spot. Forms a large shrub to small tree that can reach 15 ft tall x 10 ft easily where summer water is provided. Best in part shade, with protection from the western sun. Accepting of summer water and tolerant of summer drought - slower growing as well. Prune, if needed, in the summer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rhamnaceae $14 2D


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 $15 3D


ceanothus thyrsiflorus SBH 13582a

Rhamnaceae $15 2D


Ceanothus thyrsiflorus SBH 9139
Our collection from the coastal side of Oregon's Siskiyous mountains at about 2500' this to 12 to 15 feet, apically dominant center stem and pyramidal form. Small glossy evergreen leaves stand out well against the blue-green younger stems. Lilac colored flowers in early to late spring and often again at random throughout the year. For well drained summer-dry place and bright light. Excellent for fast growing screen or fine textured hedge. USDA zone 7
Rhamnaceae $14 4D


Centaurea cineraria velvet centaura
A wonderful evergreen species, heading toward being a shrub rather than a perennial. The finely dissected, silvery white leaves form a mound to about 3 ft or more and make a wonderful background for the lavender to rose-purple flowers that appear in the spring and sporadically through the rest of the year. Prefers sun and low fertility soil for best performance. Evergreen and hardy to the middle of USDA zone 7.
Asteraceae $12 4in


Cephalophyllum stayneri ice plant
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
$7 4in


Ceratostigma griffithii blue leadwort
Clouds of sky-blue flowers coat this small, evergreen sub-shrub through the summer. Handsome blue-green leaves when not in flower. Full to part sun with regular summer water. Usually 2 ft tall and as wide. Cold hardy in USDA zone 7.
Plumbaginaceae $11 3D

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Palmgold'

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Palmgold'desert skys plumbago
A 2001 introduction from the United Kingdom's Palmstead Nursery, this golden foliaged, shrubby perennial is a winner with its soft blue flowers appearing like little jewels from late summer until frost. Reaches 1-2 ft tall and wide at maturity. Best in full sun in cool climates and part sun with protection from western sun in hottest areas. Needs little supplemental water in the summer once established. Remains evergreen to 25F, mid USDA zone 9, and frost hardy to mid zone 7 with winter mulch. Cut back in spring after new growth appears.
Plumbaginaceae $16 3D

Chaenomeles x superba 'Mandarin'

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


Chamaedorea microspadix Bamboo Palm, Hardy Bamboo Palm
Handsome and useful, this dense clustering palm from Mexico with dark green leaves, pendulous orange-red fruits, and a bamboo-like appearance is an all-around winner. "Microspadix" refers to the tiny white flowers that appear on small stalks prior to forming berries, which emerge green and then ripen in color by late summer. 8-10' tall x 4-5' wide and very easy to grow. Best in part to full sun with moist, well-drained soil and regular fertilizer. Excellent container plant for patios, entryways, or even indoors in good light. Quite frost hardy, to USDA zone 7b, around 5 degrees.
Arecaceae $18 4D


Cheilanthes lindheimeri - very blue

Pteridaceae $14 3D


Chionochloa rubra 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'

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 3D

Choisya 'Bluestone'

Choisya 'Bluestone'mexican mock orange
A Cistus introduction in 2011 from our choisya captive breeding program. This cross between our own wild collection, C. arizonica 'Whetstone' and others has produced a 3-4 ft finely textured plant with pale stems, narrow, blue-tinted leaves, and dime-sized flowers in spring and possibly twice more in a year. Full sun to part shade, decently drained soil, and an occasional helping of water. Choisya 'Bluestone' has the robustitude of selections such as C. 'Aztec Pearl' and the increased hardiness of high elevation Arizona. Easily frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, and possibly zone 6.
Rutaceae $14 3D


Choisya 'Goldfingers' 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'

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 2D

Choisya arizonica 'Whetstone'

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


Choisya dumosa

Rutaceae $15 2D


Chrystanthemum 'Cottage Apricot'

Asteraceae $9 3D


Chusquea culeou 'Aisen'

$18 2D

Cinnamomum chekiangense
Large and handsome evergreen camphor from southern China, with glossy green, deeply veined leaves and eye-catching, copper-colored new growth. Grows quickly to 15 ft tall and then more slowly to 30 ft or more. Does well in sun to part shade with summer water. Much more cold hardy than its near relation C. camphora, this clone has gone through temperatures as low as 0F, bottom of USDA zone 7.
$18 3D


cinnamomum japonicum 'Mikey'

Lauraceae $19 4D

Cistus 'Little Gem'

Cistus 'Little Gem'rock rose
A small rockrose, one of Eric Sammons hybrids, with narrow green foliage on reddish stems and, best of all, spring flowers of pure white. Very striking. To 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Happy in sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established but accepts occasional summer water. Cold hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 3D

Cistus ladanifer ssp. sulcatus

Cistus ladanifer ssp. sulcatusrock rose
Evergreen shrub, to 4-5 ft, with dark foliage deeply infused with labdanum, the wonderfully aromatic oil that either feels silky smooth to the touch or like a sticky fly paper depending on the light and temperature. To us, it’s real beauty lies in the spring clusters of flowers, white with burgundy blotches -- most attractive -- and ruffled, appearing almost as a semi-double rose. Summer drought tolerant in full sun with mineral soil, so little to no summer water once established. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 3D


Cistus ladanifer var. sulcatus - Palhinhae Group
Extremely large unspotted white flowers on this 3 ft very drought resistant shrub. Full sun, little or no summer water. Shear if needed, but not necessary. This is from wild collected seed: Turkey. Zone 7b
Cistaceae $12 3D

Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink'

Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink'
Perhaps our favorite rockrose for its all around usefulness. To 4 ft tall and attractive in and out of flower. Grey leaves set off the soft pink flowers in late spring. It’s a real Sarah Hammond plant. Full sun and lean soil. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $14 4D


Cistus x cyprius 'Troubadour'
This cistus was selected from a cross between C. ladanifer and C. laurifolius, and exhibits a blend of traits from both with classic, white cistus flowers in spring, a signature red blotch at the base of each petal, and leaves that are dark green on top and gray below, evergreen of course. Growth is fairly upright growth then widely sprawling, to 4 ft x 5 ft or more. Best in full sun and average to poor soil, with a bit of summer water now and again. Frost hardy to bottom of USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $15 2D

Cistus x dansereaui 'Portmeirion'

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 gardianus rock rose
Another lovely Mediterranean rockrose, this one with small crinkled evergreen leaves and large, chiffon-pink, ruffled petals. Grows to about 3 ft x 3 ft in full sun with little or no summer water once established. Makes a good low hedge or just a cheerful spring blooming specimen in the dry garden. Tip pruning after blooming encourages a denser habit. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $011 2D

Citrus aurantium var. myrtifolia

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


Clematis paniculata 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'

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 2D


Clerodendrum bungei glory flower
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


Cleyera japonica

Pentaphylacaceae $16 3D

Colocasia fallax

Colocasia fallax
The hardiest taro for Portand, this smaller version of Elephant Ears grows in moist, rich soil and can be left in the ground over winter. Irridescent blue-green leaves with a center splotch on 18” stems. Excellent in a container or as an addition to the moist garden. Zone 8
Araceae $7 4D


Coniogramme gracilis 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.
$16 4D


Convallaria majalis 'Albostriata'
Very cool pinstriped lily-of-the-valley that grows to 9" tall in colonies. One of the most useful groundcovers for shade, this one adds a distinctive contrast to the green of shade gardens by its delicate, variegated appearance. Spreads easily but will need to be divided over time to maintain flowering. Plant in a woodsy soil in filtered sun or deep shade, underneath trees or among other woodland plants, such as ferns and crinums. USDA zone 3-8.
$11 4in

Coprosma 'Cocoa Butter'

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'

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'

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 '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. rhamnoides

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


Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey'
Striking, compact evergreen shrub with lime green new growth that matures into bright glossy green leaves tinged with pink-purple edges. Height and width to 3 ft. A star in any garden or patio container where a burst of color is needed. Older leaves, too, turn a wonderful burgundy color as they age. Full to part sun, but will color best in full sun. Moist, well-drained soil. Frost hardy to USDA zone 9a, USDA zone 8b with protection.
Rubiaceae $9 3D

Coprosma repens 'Rainbow Surprise'

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

Coprosma repens 'Spotted Queen'
A Cistus introduction. This fairly frequent sport of C. repens 'Marble Queen' has stabilized for us into a most attractive tender shrub to about 4' x 4' in height and width. 3" glossy leaves with pale cream-spotted green 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 'Taupata Gold'

Coprosma repens 'Taupata Gold'variegated mirror plant
Small, variegated evergreen shrub, to 3-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, the dark, shiny green leaves edged with a wide band of chartreuse. Native to the coastal areas in New Zealand, it is tolerant of salt spray and sun in coastal conditions; inland prefers part shade and regular summer water. Frost hardy to 18F, upper USDA zone 8.
Rubiaceae $14 4D


Corokia cotoneaster 'Devil's Smoke'
A Cistus introduction. The world needs another black-leaved plant! From seed collected from the wonderful Pukerau Nursery in NZ, we selected this particularly interesting clone. Wiry, silver-tinted stems give way to black, green-centered leaves on a densely contorting, divaricating shrub to about 6' eventually. From the Devil's Staircase formation near the tip of the South Island, it should be among the hardiest of the species, but who really cares cuz it looks dead anyways. USDA zone 7. Full sun for best color. By the way, cheery small yellow flowers in spring.
Argophyllaceae $12 6D


Corokia x virgata 'Frosted Chocolate'
New from New Zealand where a genus with only 4 species has produced amazing forms and colors, this dazzling shrub, to about 6 ft tall x 4 ft wide, has chocolate-maroon leaves with silvery undersides on silvery stems. Small, yellow flowers lead to fruit that is a light purple aging to nearly maroon. Sun or part shade in hottest climates with even summer moisture. A good small-scale background plant or pot specimen planted with contrasting colors. Frost hardy to the upper end of zone 8.
Argophyllaceae $16 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 2D


Corokia x virgata 'Red Wonder'
New Zealand evergreen shrub, to 6-8 ft, with small green leaves and dainty yellow flowers followed by large, wonderful red berries -- many more if there is another Corokia of any sort nearby. Winter brings an attractive bronze color to the foliage. Sun to part shade with good drainage and average summer water. Cold hardy in upper USDA zone 8.
Argophyllaceae $15 3D


Corokia x virgata 'Sunsplash' variegated wire netting bush
The foliage is green splashed with yellow and very cheerful on this evergreen, 6-8 ft, dogwood relation from New Zealand. Spring flowers are tiny and yellow -- also cheerful. Best in full sun or afternoon shade with regular summer water. Makes a bright screen or garden accent. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8 with leanish soil and a chance to harden off in early autumn or in an especially protected spot. Also does well in pots with indoor winter protection.
Argophyllaceae $14 2D


Crataegus mexicana - UCBC clone

Rosaceae $16 3D


Cupressus pygmaea mendocino cypress
From the high barren region on the coast of Mendocino county, this species is distinguished from its close relative, C. goveniana, by its thin black seeds. The species name is a bit of a misnomer in that these plants will only be pygmies in very poor soil; otherwise they should eventually grow to over 50 feet high. Full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cupressaceae $15 4D


Cyclamen coum - silver form
A delightful form of Cyclamen coum, the round green leaves more splashed with silver than the straight species. A wonderful plant for dry shade where soil is well-drained, providing colorful foliage all winter and pink to white flower from fall to spring. Spreads by dividing the underground tubers to form lovely colonies under shrubs and anywhere color is wanted. To 5-10" tall forming small colonies. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Primulaceae $9 2D

Cyclamen hederifolium - silver shades

Cyclamen hederifolium - silver shades
Our seedlings of these fall flowering beauties, taken from isolated plants of entirely silver-leaved forms. The same warm pink flowers appear early, at the end of August, and often continue into October and November giving way to way to sheets of silver leaves. Wonderful when interplanted with black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscarpus’Nigrescens’). Easy in USDA zone 6 or above in open areas of light shade and little disturbance. Has been grown successfully as low as zone 4 with culms mulched or planted a bit deep.
Primulaceae $9 3D


Cymbidium dayanum

Orchidaceae $22 4D


Cymbidium dayanum 'Komatso Nishiki'

Orchidaceae $22 3D

Cymbidium ensifolium

Cymbidium ensifolium
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


Cymbidium gyokuchin
Probably a horticultural selection of Cymbidium ensifolium. Green/yellow flowers in winter. USDA zone 8b.
Orchidaceae $22 3D

Cymbidium sinense - Yucca Do Clone

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


Cymbidium tracyanum
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

Cyrtanthus breviflorus - bright yellow

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


Cyrtomium macrophyllum big-leaf holly fern
China to Himalayas, Japan, Taiwan. Stipes to 12". Broad, firm, pointed, and pinnate fronds 8-12" x 1-3 ft. Easily grown in light sandy soil kept moist to dry, out of direct sunlight in summer. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8.
Dryopteridaceae $14 6in

Dahlia 'Bonne Esperance'

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 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 odora 'Aureomarginata Alba' white winter daphne
Evergreen shrub, to 5 ft tall and wide, with mid-green leaves edged in creamy yellow. Handsome year round and especially lovely with its combination of pink bud and fragrant globes of star-shaped white flowers from midwinter into spring. Hardier and easier to grown than the species in sun to part shade, well-drained soil and summer moisture. Native to China and Japan and cold hardy to USDA zone 8.
Thymelaeaceae $15 3D


Daphne odora f. leucantha
The green leaved, white flowered ‘version’ of the common winter daphne. Rather easier in the garden in culture as well as design. Clusters of pink buds open to intensely fragrant star-shaped white flowers mid to late winter, offering great late winter cheer! Sun to part shade. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Thymelaeaceae $16 3D

Daphne tangutica - Retusa Group

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'

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


Dendrobium kingianum - cl. 2 Rock Orchid
Epiphytic orchid that handles cool temperatures and extended drought like a charm. A tough and variable species from E. Australia with flowers from white-pink to magenta-red and leaves from spring-green to winter-purple. Withstands temperatures down into the 20s F and sunny droughts for months at a time -- Mediterranean coastal climate stuff. Outstanding container plant. Beginners (probably) won't kill it, greenthumbs will make it thrive.
Orchidaceae $16 3D


Desfontainia spinosa chilean holly
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

Dichelostemma ida-maia

Dichelostemma ida-maiacalifornia firecracker plant
Clusters of green-tipped, dark red flowers in early summer on 18-24” long stems brighten any garden. Grassy foliage sprouts in late winter and goes dormant just as late spring flowers are opening. This West Coast native hybrid prefers sun to part shade and dry summers, accepting moisture only when actively growing. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Asparagaceae $12 3D

Dichroa febrifuga - dwarf formdwarf 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 evergreen hydrangea
A new dichroa on the scene in these parts, this steroidal, evergreen hydrangea easily reaches 6-8 ft with bold 6-8" leaves on purple tinted stems and nearly 6" cymes of mauve to light blue flowers in spring and summer (and throughout the year in mild areas), followed by the typical deep blue fruit. Provide even moisture and protect from drying winds and hot afternoon sun. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Hydrangeaceae $16 4D

Dichroa versicolor 'Fan-Si-Pan Mauve'

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 suberecta

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 3D


Diospyros virginiana

Ebenaceae $12 4D

Disporopsis pernyi 'Bill Baker'

Disporopsis pernyi 'Bill Baker'evergreen solomon's seal
Neatly compact, evergreen solomon's seal, spreading into clusters of dark green stems to only 18" tall with shiny green, 5" leaves and, in late spring to early summer, tiny white, sweetly aromatic bell-flowers hanging from the leaf undersides. A perfect size to fit under larger shrubs or small trees in the shaded garden or set amongst ferns. Drought tolerant once established but enjoys summer water especially in very dry periods. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $12 3D

Disporum cantoniense 'Golden Temple'

Disporum cantoniense 'Golden Temple'chinese fairy bells
A still somewhat new and always lovely form of the Chinese fairybell, this with wide, deep gold centers in the green leaves, brightening any shady spot. Given to us by Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianas and one of the prettiest selections so far. To only 30" tall, these have typical white, bell flowers in early summer followed by purple-black fruit. Rich, moist soil in light shade is best with regular summer water. Evergreen above 0F, USDA zone 7 and root hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Liliaceae $12 3D

Disporum cantoniense 'Shina-No-Buki'

Disporum cantoniense 'Shina-No-Buki'fairy bells
We thought we had a wonderful form of evergreen fairy bells ‘til plantsman Ted Stephens shared this lovely creature with its branching stems and leaves centered light gold. Having arrived here from Japan only a couple of years ago, ours has been a “doer” in our shade garden and has led to the retiring of other variegated clones. Gorgeous underplanted with black mondo grass. Dappled sun is best with even summer moisture. Stems that look tattered in spring can be easily cut to the ground. Evergreen to the mid teens F and root hardy in USDA zone 7, possibly into zone 6.
Liliaceae $22 4D

Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette'

Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette'variegated tasmanian pepperwood
An exquisite variegated form of the Tasmanian pepperwood, the foliage marbled cream and yellow throughout, the yellow variegation becoming even more striking against the red stems as plants mature. I first observed this form, still unnamed, at an exhibition in London by Bluebell Nursery. They sent us their first propagation with the only caveat that it be named after it's discoverer ... and here it is. Though requiring the same conditions as the species -- sun to part shade with regular garden water and protection from drying winds -- this garden seedling, now about 8 ft in our garden, is, luckily, from hardy stock and, so far undamaged by a windy 20F. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Winteraceae $17 3D

Drimys winteri var. chilensis

Drimys winteri var. chilensischilean winter bark
Gorgeous aromatic tree from Mexico, Chile and Argentina, with lance-shaped, lustrous leaves, green above and a stunning pale blue-white beneath. Smaller than the species, reaching 10-15 ft, rarely to 25 ft. Flowers are fragrant, creamy white, in umbels of up to 20 blossoms, in spring to early summer. Plant in sun to part sun with shelter from wind and provide regular moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8.
Winteraceae $16 4D

Dryopteris pseudofilix-mas

Dryopteris pseudofilix-masmexican male fern
Handsome, vase-shaped fern found in Mexico's high, alpine forests, in clumps to 4 ft tall and wide that produce sturdy, upright fronds throughout the growing season, an unusual habit in this genus. Prefers a sheltered location in part to full shade, and rich, hummusy soil with consistent moisture for best appearance. Cutting back old fronds in late winter allows for a fresh new appearance in spring. Evergreen in warmer zones and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Dryopteridaceae $11 4D


Dryopteris sieboldii siebold's wood fern
Handsome and unusual, evergreen to semi-evergreen fern, to 20” x 20”, the shiny leaves shaped like the halberd of a sword with prominent mid veins. Fronds emerge pale green and mature to shiny dark, almost black, green. Discovered in Japan by Dr. Von Siebold and named in his honor. For shade to part shade with even moisture. Once established, reliably hardy to 5 F, mid USDA zone 7.
Dryopteridaceae $9 3D


echium amoenum 'Red Feathers'
Native to the Caucasus mountains of northern Iran this hardier and more compact echium adds color and architecture to the garden with 16" red flower spikes over handsome fuzzy long narrow foliage. Flowers late spring through summer if early flowers are removed. Gritty well drained soil with little water in full sun are best. USDA zone 4.
Boraginaceae $12 3D

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'

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


Edgeworthia papyrifera 'Akebono Improved' Red paper bush
A Cistus introduction, we were given a small plant of an orange flowered paper bush from Japan and although beautiful, was rather easy to kill with various rots or other coodies. This seedling is a bit larger to 5' or so, somewhat darker orange flowers producing a great abundance in mid to late winter, the fragrance wafting for some distance. Prefers some afternoon shade, and well drained soil, though adapts well to full sun if well watered. Sculptural container plant. USDA Zone 7.
Thymelaeaceae $18 4D

Elaeagnus pungens 'Clemson Variegated'

Elaeagnus pungens 'Clemson Variegated'silverthorn
Variegated olive relative, this with striking center markings of yellow and gold on dark green foliage ... or perhaps better described as yellow and gold foliage with a narrow, dark green margin. By either description a striking evergreen shrub, over time to 10 ft tall x 10 ft wide, with fragrant, white to cream flowers in the fall. Enjoys well-drained soil and average summer water. Plant in sun, where it holds its color very well, or part shade. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Elaeagnaceae $14 3D


Elettaria cardamomum [Hardy Form] cardamon
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

Embothrium coccineum

Embothrium coccineumchilean flametree
The Chilean flametree is stunning in late spring/early summer when it covers itself with bright scarlet flowers, tiny red ribbons. This protea relation is an excellent garden plant, evergreen in mild winters, deciduous when the temperature spends any time in the teens F. A slender tree, to 25 ft eventually in full to part sun, with regular water. Loves cool ground so best in a north aspect and/or with ground covering plants to protect the roots. No phosphorous fertilizer! Cold hardy to USDA zone 7b.
Proteaceae $015 2D


Ephedra equisietina [very blue]

Equisetaceae $15 2D


Epimedium epsteinii
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.
$15 2D

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Dark Beauty'
Gorgeous little barrenwort, selected by Harold Epstein for the chocolate-purple, spring foliage that forms a perfect backdrop for the large, late spring flowers of purple and white. Foliage turns green through the summer. To 8-12" tall and wide in part sun to dappled shade. Drought tolerant once established, but accepts summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4. Said to be deer resistant!
Berberidaceae $15 4D


Epimedium pinnatum 'Thunderbolt'
The cheeriest of the evergreen epimediums, this with 18" clumps of glossy green, streaked purple and bronzy orange in the winter produces early to mid-Spring creamy yellow and white flowers in some abundance. A very good year-round plant for shade or morning sun, somewhat drought tolerant, though regular summer water boosts growth. We cut ours back every couple of years in mid-Winter to renew foliage. USDA Zone 5 or 6.
Berberidaceae $14 4D


Epimedium wushanense
Stunning and rare epimedium found only in China's Wushan mountains, with long, to 10", and narrow, deeply veined leaves with distinct spines along the edges and red new growth fading to bronze before turning a lush green. Spring flowers are pale yellow and densely held above the foliage on stems to 2 ft tall. Part sun or light shade is best with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least -20F, USDA zone 5 and expected to tolerate colder temperatures. Also said to be deer resistant.
Berberidaceae $22 4D


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


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 alpinum 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 willmott’s ghost
Clumps of handsome, heart-shaped leaves produce 5 ft flower stalks with silvery blue flowers surrounded by spiky, prickly bracts, very whitish, very “ghostly.” Very striking and bees love ‘em from July - September.. For full sun and rich, moist soil - well-drained, of course. Frost hardy perennial in USDA zone 5. Though not long-lived, reseeds for continuance.
Apiaceae $12 4in


Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Willmott'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


Eryngium sp. - variegated

Apiaceae $14 6in


Eryngium variifolium 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 2D


Erythina herbacea 'Red Bean' Cherokee Bean, Coralbean
If you’ve ever walked around South Carolina, the itch you have may have been from the thorns of this pea family herbaceous shrub. Deep red bundles of petals drape from this 3 ft plant followed by handsome seed pods that last until hard frost. Sun, even moisture. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Fabaceae $14 4D


Erythrina herbacea cherokee bean
If you’ve ever walked around South Carolina, the itch you have may have been from the thorns of this pea family herbaceous shrub. Deep red bundles of petals drape from this 3 ft plant followed by handsome seed pods that last until hard frost. Sun, even moisture. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Fabaceae $16 4D


Eucomis autumalis - dark leaved form pineapple lily
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


Eucomis autumnalis pineapple lily
From the South African Drakensberg Mountains, these succulent bulbs produce fluted, bright green leaves edged purple in summer, and clusters of flowers late in the season that, from a distance, do appear much like a pineapple-on-a-stick. Tolerant of poor drainage but would appreciate summer moisture. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7 and possibly zone 5/6 with mulch.
Asparagaceae $9 4D


Eucomis comosa pineapple lily
Perennial bulbs from South Africa, the flowers resembling a pineapple just as the common name suggests. The leaves are a bit tropical and exotic, upright, light green and strappy, to 2.5 ft long, appearing in late spring. In late summer they surround a 12" flower stalk of white-blushed-pink, star shaped flowers with a little crown of green bracts at the top, providing more pineapple-ness. Not so choosy about soil as long as its well-drained or protected from winter rains. Average summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae $11 3D

Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'

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 japonica 'Rykujo'
Tiny, tiny, tiny dwarf version of this evergreen shrublet, rising to only 6". The rounded dark leaves are tightly arranged into a pagoda-like effect. Need I say bonsai? Sun to shade with regular summer water. USDA zone 8.
Celastraceae $15 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 'Tsumugi Shibori'speckled japanese aralia, Spider Web Fatsia
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 3D


Ficus carica 'Crusader'
A very old collection brought from the Castle at Cambridge in the United Kingdom to the garden of famed Portland gardener Margaret Mason, where it performed better than in Endland's cooler climate. To 15-20 ft with voluptuous pink-tinted figs, perfect with procisuetto on a crisp October day. A Portland icon, named by Cistus in concert with Margaret herself. Full to part sun and rich well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established and frost hardy in USDA zone 8, lower with winter protection.
Moraceae $15 4D


Ficus carica 'Panache' striped tiger fig
Hardy fig tree with fruit that’s yellow and green striped on the outside and has dark red flesh on the inside. Rich and wonderful flavor. Late ripening, so plant it in a hot spot. Grows to 20ft high and wide, but can be pruned hard each winter. Full sun, summer drough tolerant. Hardy to USDA zone 7.
Moraceae $15 4D


Ficus carica 'Violette de Bordeaux' Fig
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.
$16 4D


Ficus carica x pumila
An old phenomenon, having floated around West Coast gardens for many years, given to us by Mannings Heather Farm in the early 1980s. Vining shrub with mitten-shaped leaves to 3 or 4", seldom exceeding 4- 6 ft unless carefully trained. We use ours clamoring through the bases of deciduous shrubs and against walls. Little tiny figs -- about 1 centimeter or so. Essentially evergreen but goes deciduous below 15 to 18F; freeze-back plant at 10 to 15F. Sun to shade with average water; accepts damp to drought. Frost hardy into upper USDA zone 7.
Moraceae $14 3D

Ficus sarmentosa var. nipponica

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 3D

Fokienia hodginsii DJHC 182

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 weeping forsythia
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'

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


Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'
A deep purple-black selection of hardy Fuchsia that pumps out large semi-double flowers from summer to fall to keep the hummers returning all season. A strong upright habit 4 to 5 ft. tall and 4 feet wide. Sun to part shade with regular water and afternoon shade is best. frost hardy USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae $12 2D


Fuchsia 'Golden Harold'
Old-fashioned yet seldom available, this lovely upright to 4 to 5' smothers itself with nearly gold to light green leaves tinted orange in sun with a long season of flowers of cherry red centered, dark purple. Evergreen in zone 9 perennial flowering early on new wood to the bottom of USDA zone 7. Surprisingly sun tolerant thought quite happy in dappled shade.
Onagraceae $12 2D


Fuchsia 'June Bride'

Onagraceae $11 3D


Fuchsia magellanica 'Purple Mountain'

$12 2D


Fuchsia microphylla mexican mini-fuchsia
A cool, cute species from the Mexican central highlands, this petite flowered fuchsia is a sweet shade border addition. Tiny summer pink bells abundant. 4' mature plants sport peeling bark. Useful as a container plant as well. 15F.
Onagraceae $12 2D

Fuchsia procumbens

Fuchsia procumbenscreeping fuchsia
One of only two species from New Zealand, this beach dweller grows only a few inches in height but behaves as a ground cover. The stems are wiry with round 3/8" leaves and, in true New Zealand style, the flowers are weird, under 1/2" and green infused with blue, yellow, and orange. Attractive, purple-black fruit follows late in the season. A great spiller for containers or amid bold leaved plants in the semi-shaded perennial garden. Even moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae $9 4in


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 3D

Gardenia jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes' PP8755

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 2D


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 3D

Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof'

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

Garrya fremontii

Garrya fremontiibear brush
Winter-blooming evergreen shrub, to 5-15 ft tall, with shiny and thick, green, oval leaves and, long clusters of hanging catkins -- petal-less tassels with hints of purple and yellow -- followed by blue-black berries. Native to mountainous areas of Oregon and California, these plants accept sun to part shade in well-drained soil, tolerating summer moisture but drought tolerant once established. These dense shrubs make good screens or hedges and provide wonderful cover for birds and other creatures. Frost hardy to -10 F, USDA zone 6.
$16 3D


garrya fremontii (flavescens influenced) SBH 10037

Ericaceae $15 4D


Garrya wrightii wright’s silktassel
Evergreen shrub to small tree -- 6 ft up to a possible 15 ft over time -- native to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Wonderful for those tough environments. Leathery leaves are yellow green above, light green and a nice, contrasing light green below. White tassels in late spring followed by purplish blue berries. Best in coarse, well-drained soil and sun. Low water requirements. Frost hardy to 12F, lower USDA zone 8.
Garryaceae $15 3D


garrya x issaquahensis 'Glasnevin Wine'

Garryaceae $16 3D

Gladiolus 'Boone'

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


Gomphostigma virgatum Otterbush
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 'Constance'
Large and bold, winter flowering, evergreen shrub to small tree, to 10 ft or so, and nearly as wide. Leaves are long and narrow, a nice texture with the cheerful, spidery winter flowers of orange-red. Easy in a full sun garden and well-drained soil with little to no supplemental summer water once established. As with all proteas, beware of any fertilizer containing phosphorous. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $14 2D


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 2D

Grevillea victoriae 'Marshall Olbrich'

Grevillea victoriae 'Marshall Olbrich'
This Western Hills Nursery form is far superior to all others of the species. Extremely floriferous, this evergreen shrub reaches 6 ft or a bit more. The foliage is handsome and olive-like, lighter on the undersides, and the orange flowers brighten a winter day, for hummingbirds as well. Full sun, good drainage, and average summer moisture. As with all proteas, avoid fertilizers with potassium or phosphorous. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae $16 3D

Grevillea victoriae 'UBC'

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 3D

Griselinia littoralis 'Bantry Bay'

Griselinia littoralis 'Bantry Bay'broadleaf kapuka
Lovely and unusual evergreen shrub, to 10 ft tall by 6-7 ft wide, with shiny, leathery variegated leaves -- green with a large, creamy white central splash -- and a dense, upright habit. Easily pruned to shape as a striking specimen or dense hedge. Spring flowers are yellow-green but hardly noticeable though they produce purple berries in autumn. A good coastal plant, tolerating sun and wind. Enjoys part shade inland and rich soil with regular summer water everywhere. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Griseliniaceae $12 3D

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