Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2021

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Habranthus brachyandrus
Our collection of a particularly large-flowered form from Northeastern Brazil, where it is sometimes inundated with summer pools and can go very dry in winter. These flowers, over 2" across, and of a cheery pink color respond very well to periodic moisture, letting dry between waterings. They will quickly grow to lose clumps of 6" tall gray-green leaves. Bright light, excellent for containers, border fronts, rock gardens, you get the picture. USDA zone 8, 7 with mulch.
Amaryllidaceae $14 4in

Halimium ocymoides

Halimium ocymoidesbasil-leaved rock rose
Spring flowers of golden yellow with a burgundy center make this cistus relative a cheerful addition to the summer dry garden. A small and spreading, evergreen shrub, these can reach 2 ft tall x up to 4 ft wide, with grayish-green leaves and abundant spring flowers. Like cistus, they love bright sun, blasty heat, lean soil, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae $12 2D

Hebe 'Blue Mist'

Hebe 'Blue Mist'
Lovely gray green narrow leaves cover this sprawling hebe. Light lavender cone shaped flowers. Full sun. Good drainage. Summer water. 1.5ft x 2.5ft. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Plantaginaceae $12 3D

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Hebe 'Icing Sugar'
An older selection, this proven garden plant grows to about 12 to 18" in height by a couple feet in width, small rounded bright green leaves and dense form with a long season of flowers opening a blue violet and fading to nearly white. Even moisture, bright light, excellent container plant. USDA Zone 7b.
Plantaginaceae $12 2D

Hebe 'Mrs. Winder'

Hebe 'Mrs. Winder'
Striking and colorful evergreen shrub, the dark green, narrow leaves adding purple highlights in new growth and during cold weather. Late summer flowers are lovely spikes of lavender-purple. To 3 ft tall x 2 ft wide over time in well-drained soil in sun to part sun with regular summer water. Best protected from cold winter winds, but otherwise frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Plantaginaceae $9 2D

Hebe 'Red Edge'

Hebe 'Red Edge'
A seedling of H. albicans that originated in 1968 at County Park Nursery in the United Kingdom, we brought ours as cuttings from there in 1995. Plants form the same 2-3 ft, dense mounds, beautifully patterned in silver-blue leaves edged in maroon-pink, and bearing mauve flowers in June to July. We have planted ours in combination with Phormium tenax 'Pink Sprite', Nerines, and small, silver-leaved shrubs. Low USDA zone 8, possibly briefly zone 7 (though that would nuke the Phormium.)
Plantaginaceae $12 3D

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Hebe glaucophylla
Hardy and drought tolerant, this Hebe's ever-gray foliage spreads at a height of 16" and blooms in early summer with clusters of pure white. Prefers well-drained soil and lots of sun. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Plantaginaceae $14 2D

Hebe glaucophylla 'Korbel Pewter'

Hebe glaucophylla 'Korbel Pewter'
A useful evergreen shrub with natural good looks. Like the species, an upright shrub to 2 ft x 2 ft with small, gray-green leaves, grayer in this cultivar as the name would suggest. Blooms in early summer with clusters of pure white. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil in sun to part shade with average summer moisture. Evergreen to at least mid-USDA zone 8 and possibly lower.
Plantaginaceae $9 2D

Hebe gracillima UCSC 91-910

Hebe gracillima UCSC 91-910
From New Zealand, an upright-growing shrub, to 4 ft, from around Westport and montane to lowland sites in the northwest part of South Island. The narrow, lanceolate to oblong leaves are a most attractive, bright blue-green. White flowers appear in early to mid spring and often into winter. Sun to part sun, good drainage and normal water. Frost hardy to the upper end of USDA zone 7.
Plantaginaceae $9 2D

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Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei'
A low growing evergreen subshrub that forms a matt of attractive grey-blue leaves 10 inches tall spreading to about 3ft.Sprays of small white flower in late spring are attractive to pollinators. Great for filling the front of boarders or between ornamental grasses in a modern landscape. Also useful spilling over low walls or the edges of containers. Sun to part shade with regular water and good drainage. USDA zone 7
Plantaginaceae $15 2D

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Hebe salicifolia
A very tall and bushy hebe, to an eventual 6-8 ft tall and wide, with long, narrow, willow-like leaves, and, in summer, spikes of white to pale lilac flowers. Sun to part shade out of drying winds in soil that drains well with moderate summer water to establish and occasionally thereafter. USDA zone 8.
$12 2D

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Hebe topiaria UCSC 89.210
A very hardy hebe with such compact, tight growth that it does, indeed, look like a trimmed topiary in maturity. Leaves are gray-green with creamy edges and are held at an upright angle creating an interesting texture in an evergreen shrub that eventually reaches 3-4 ft tall x 4-5 ft wide. In the best of times, small, gauzy white flowers are decorative in late spring to early summer. Good drainage is important for hebes and full sun with occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Plantaginaceae $14 2D

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Hebe venustula 'Sky Blue'
Shared with us by one of North America's great centers of "hebeosity", the University of Southern California Arboretum at Santa Cruz, this is one of the most often remarked upon plants in our New Zealand border where 3 ft, nearly orbicular mounds of glossy round leaves set in geometric patterns make a stunning sight! All this with dark stems and the prettiest of blue flowers, usually late spring to early summer. Sun to part sun, good drainage and normal water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Plantaginaceae $12 2D

Hedera nepalensis - adult formnepal ivy
This from an old plant at the renowned Western Hills Nursery, a evergreen shrub to roughly 4 feet with architectural narrow leaves to about 5 inches streaked silver and burgundy in winter. Juvenile growth can arise from these, they can either be allowed or trimmed. This is not an invasive species on the West Coast, enjoys some summer water, sun to dappled shade, excellent in container. USDA Zone 6.
Araliaceae $14 2D

Hedychium greenii

Hedychium greeniired ginger
Rare and spectacular ginger, to 3-5 ft tall x 3-5 ft wide, with red stems, dark green leaves with red undersides, and stunning, orange-red flowers from early summer to fall. After flowers fade, little plantlets are produced for even more of these lovelies. Light shade in hot areas, full sun on the coast. Regular summer water. Frost hardy, resprouting from temperatures as low as 0F, USDA zone 7 with mulch for winter protection.
Zingiberaceae $16 4D

Heimia salicifolia

Heimia salicifolia
A surprisingly handsome small deciduous shrub native from the Southern US to Argentina. Clear lemon yellow flowers cover the narrow leaves in summer. Extremely abuse resistant. Full to part sun. A little summer water. 3 to 4' feet.
Lythraceae $16 3D

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Helleborus sp. Hellebore

Ranunculaceae $16 2D

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Helleborus x 'Golden Sunrise' Winter Jewels
Another new, large-flowering hellebore from Oregon's own master hybridizer, Marietta O'Byrne. 'Golden Sunrise' has a youthful combination of single, clear yellow petals with cheerful dark red picotee freckling and veining! To 18" tall and 24" wide. Perfect for woodland areas in part shade where it can spread out. Flowers, which can appear as early as January and last until April, are downward facing and large, almost 3" across! Trim old leaves to the ground in late winter before the buds emerge to allow flowers maximum impact. Very cold hardy. Zone 5.
Ranunculaceae $16 4in

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Hemerocallis 'Secured Borders' daylily
A stunning, variegated daylily, the grassy leaves appearing in spring with a narrow, green center on a white field, the result of careful breeding over many years by Sybil and Walter Przypek of Virginia. Plants are small, to 12" tall in clumps growing to 18" wide. Into summer yellow flowers appear above the foliage which has turned to green in the warm weather. A lovely plant and a collector's dream. For full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 3.
Xanthorrhoeaceae $16 4D

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Hemiboea subcapitata

Gesneriaceae $14 2D

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Hesperaloe parviflora - red

Liliaceae $16 2D

Hesperaloe parviflora - yellow flowered

Hesperaloe parviflora - yellow flowered
A selection from Ron Gass at Mountain States Nursery in Glendale, Arizona, this form is typical of H. parviflora in its 3-4 ft rosettes and 5-6 ft flower stalks but with canary yellow flowers. A very pretty and unusual selection and most attractive when combined in single plantings with the coral-orange flowered forms. Full sun to part shade with little summer water. An easy grower, frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $16 4in

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Heuchera 'Pink Wave'
A neat cross of the SW H. sanguineum and H. elegans, forming mounding evergreen clumps to about 12" by 18" wide. Densely held, rather dark green leaves and cheery, bright pink flecked white flowers, held upright in spring and occasionally later. Somewhat drought tolerant. Additional summer water will push flushes of flowerers. USDA zone 5. Full sun, great for rock gardens.
Saxifragaceae $14 4in

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Holodiscus dumosus mountain spray
An attractive if underused western native, this our collection from southern Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains. Multi-branched deciduous shrubs 4-6ft. with a similar spread. July flowers are creamy-white aging to soft orange in dense sprays, nearly cover the plant, much loved by native pollinators. New stems are a warm orange complimenting small grey-green leaves. Aromatic leaves have a spicy sweet scent. Native to summer-dry, rocky soils, these are good performers in the low/no water native or Mediterranean garden. Sun to part shade and at least decent drainage, scant summer water once established. Cold hardy to USDA zone 3.
Rosaceae $014

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Homoglossum huttonii
Syn. Gladiolus huttonii. S. Africa. Almost 3' tall, leaf x-shaped in cross-section. Spike 2-7 flowers, upper red to orange-red, lower tepals yellow to orange-yellow or red with yellow midline.
Iridaceae $12 3D

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Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'
This super-cute hosta is a mutation of H. ‘Blue Cadet’, proving that sometimes a little mutation is good. In this form small silver-blue leaves, slightly rolled at the edges, form rounded clumps, to 8" tall x 1 ft wide, topped in early summer with short, sweet spikes of lavender flowers. Best in light shade to shade where the soil is rich and summer water is regularly supplied. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae $16 4in

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Hosta 'Praying Hands'
“Like a multitude of hands folded in prayer” according to Tony Avent, this ”un-hosta” grows to an 18" wide clump of folded and crinkled dark green leaves, with a narrow cream border. Sends up 18" spikes of light lavender flowers in late summer. For light shade in USDA zones 3-8.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae $19 4D

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Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'
Brightly colored perennial with variegated leaves, in shades of red, pink, yellow, and cream, on red stems. Aromatic too, when crushed. Mid-spring flowers are tiny and green but the petal like bracts are showy and white. A vigorous spreader that should be planted where the rooting rhizomes can be restrained -- e.g. by sidewalks or buildings, etc. To 1-2 ft tall. Enjoys medium to very wet soils, even boggy conditions, in sun to full shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Saururaceae $8 2D

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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Halo'

Hydrangeaceae $12 4D

Hydrangea macrophylla 'New Wave'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'New Wave'big-leaf hydrangea
A Cistus introduction, a fabulous sport of H. macrophylla ‘Lemon Wave’ that we have been perfecting for some years, selected for its green leaves with wide, gold-yellow margins and, sometimes thin, silver centers. Lacecap flowers are pale blue (in acid soil), blooming in July and lasting into autumn. A large-leaf hydrangea, to 3-6 ft tall and wide, and definitely as robust as ‘Lemon Wave’. Has not sunburned in our experience but best in part shade with reliable summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Hydrangeaceae $16 3D

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Hydrangea paniculata 'Yuki Gessno'

Hydrangeaceae $14 3D

Ilex aquifolium 'Crassifolia'

Ilex aquifolium 'Crassifolia'leatherleaf holly
Cultivated since the 1700s, this oddly handsome, small holly reaches 6 - 8 ft tall but very slowly, its curved leaves, shiny and dark with their distinctive, soft spines standing out on dark purple stems in the new growth. Spring flowers are white but inconspicuous, producing no fruit on this male cultivar. Sun to part shade with average summer moisture, though these can tolerate some drought once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Aquifoliaceae $14 2D

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Ilex cornuta x aquifolium chinese holly

Aquifoliaceae $14 4in

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Ilex x 'Mary Nell'
Given to us by the late J.C. Raulston and name after the great holly man himself, Tom Dodd, comes this fairly rapid-growing hybrid, which forms an 8-10' pyramidal shape in a few years and then slowly marches to 20-25'. Leaves have a most interesting ruffled texture and gloss, giving it an almost artificial appearance. Excellent screen, easily hedged, but we think it's better looking if you don't. USDA zone 7, possibly 6. Sun to 3/4 shade. Give it a little extra water in summer dry places. Excellent container specimen.
Aquifoliaceae $12 3D

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Ilex x attenuata 'Sunny Foster'
The hybrid itself is a beautiful plant but I. x a 'Sunny Foster' is a dazzlingly golden yellow soaring to 6-8 ft in a dense pyramid. Not sunburning for us in even the most reflective places, it is also warmed by orange-red fruit in fall and winter. Any well-drained soil. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7, maybe 6 with protection.
Aquifoliaceae $15 4in

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Impatiens 'Sichuan Gold'
Collected by Darrell Probst in China's Sichuan Province, this well-behaved impatiens has dark green leaves on stems to 18" tall and large, pale yellow flowers all summer long. A cheerful addition to the partly shaded garden -- no hot afternoon sun, preferably in moist soil but tolerates some dryness. Besides being lovely and cheerful, it is very tough and frost hardy to at least -15F, upper USDA zone 5.
Balsaminaceae $14 4D

Impatiens aff. omeiana DJHC 98415

Impatiens aff. omeiana DJHC 98415pink unknown impatiens
Another lovely impatiens from South China, collected and shared with us by Dan Hinkley. Growing in deep shade with velvety green leaves, to 2", on succulent stems and soft, shell-pink flowers beginning midsummer and continuing into fall. Provide shade and consistent moisture. Dormant in our garden from December until the end of February. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Balsaminaceae $12 4in

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Impatiens omeiana 'Ice Storm' mt. omei impatiens
A diminutive, wide-leaved form of this somewhat uncommon species from China’s Mt. Omei with leaves dusted silver-pink and golden flowers beginning late summer and lasting to fall. Named by Mr. Impatience, Derick Pitman, of Sacramento, CA. Easy to grow in light to heavy shade if kept moist - the deeper the shade the more silver the leaves. Perennial and frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Balsaminaceae $12 4in

Ipheion uniflorum 'Rolf Fiedler'

Ipheion uniflorum 'Rolf Fiedler'spring starflower
One of the prettiest of the numerous cultivars now available, ‘Rolf’ forms a moderately expanding clump of blue-green leaves rising to only 4-5“ with fragrant, deep purple-blue streaked flowers fading to violet from fall here to early spring. Likes sun to part shade and appreciates summer water though doesn't depend on it. Particularly useful under the bright edges of shrubs where there is much root competition. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Amaryllidaceae $12 4D

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Iris 'Big Wheel' [Pacific Coast Hybrid]
Astonishing flower color is one reason to love this large flowered Pacifica hybrid. Orange/coral/pink all morphed into one hue with a central zone of deep purple near the center. To 1′ tall and forming spreading clumps of evergreen foliage. Blooms April-June. The large flowers are showy from quite a distance. Part shade is ideal but endures full sun and tolerates total shade. Water regularly through the first summer to establish - the clump should increase by twice its size then none in subsequent years. Resents disturbance, so best left where it is to live. Hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
iridaceae $16 4D

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Iris 'Canyon Snow' [Pacific Coast Hybrid]
Another in the group of wonderfully useful native irises, especially loved for their spring flowers in rich, saturated colors -- this one with snow white flowers -- and evergreen leaves, held upright to 15" and looking good all year. Easy to tuck in the garden in sun or part shade where the soil is reasonably well-drained. Very drought tolerant once established but accepting of some summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
iridaceae $14 4D

Jasminum mesnyi 'Full Moon'

Jasminum mesnyi 'Full Moon'primrose jasmine
Also known as Jasminum primulinum, a mounding shrub to 4-5 ft or a vine to 10 ft or more, these with green leaves and some gold variegation. But the flowers are bright yellow and double, very striking from spring through autumn. Sun for best color but very adaptable to shade. Drought tolerant though appreciates occasional summer water in dry climates. Frost hardy to 10F, the bottom of USDA zone 8. Shared with us by Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianus.
Oleaceae $12 4D

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Juncus patens common rush
Handsome and very useful clumping reed to 18" tall. Stiff blue- green evergreen leaves add texture throughout the year. A versatile accent plant doing well in a wide range of conditions from wet clay soil to full sun to dry shade. Occasional summer water will keep it looking its best although it’s drought tolerant. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Juncaceae $5 2D

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Kniphofia galpinii
Dainty grass like foliage with 2' spikes of pure orange plumes mid summer. Needs excellent drainage in winter to thrive. Much smaller in all respects than other Kniphofia.
Xanthorrhoeaceae $14 4D

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Kniphofia hirsuta
The name says it all: hairy stiff leaves. As handsome out of as in bloom. Orange-red flowers on 2 foot stalks. Best in well drained soil. A CDN seed collection from Lesotho. Tolerates full sun, lean soil and dry conditions. Frost hardy to -10F - USDA zone 6.
Xanthorrhoeaceae $13 4in

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Lampranthus deltoides 'Compacta' Tiny Ice Crumbles
This compact form of the seriously cute ice plant from South Africa is a great succulent. Light blue-green succulent leaves are somewhat 3-sided with toothed edges -- on dark stems! What’s not to love? Add the fragrant, deep pink, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers for more fun in spring and summer. Full sun to a bit of shade and good drainage. Drought tolerant but fatter and fuller with regular water. Frost hardy to 15-20F, upper USDA zone 8.
Aizoaceae $012 4in

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Laurus nobilis 'Sicillian Sunshine'
New to us, this very golden selection of the culinary bay, reaches a densely pyramidal 20-25 feet with age. Easily kept smaller. Leaves are an intense gold winter to mid summer, then greening with heat - the new growth remaining gold. Beautiful for accent or container. Dry summer, sunny location, well drained soil. We suspect this is a bit more tender than some. USDA zone 8b.
Lauraceae $18 3D

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Laurus nobilis 'Starbright'
A Cistus introduction, but given to us by plantsman Mike Remmick of a plant he selected and has grown in McMinnville Oregon for many years. Upright in habit with luxurious red-purple stems and fluted leaves making an imbricate pattern with the typical culinary flavor and aroma. Expect 20-25' but easily trimmed and excellent for a container. Sun to part shade in upper USDA zone 7, prefers good drainage and able to withstand summer drought.
Lauraceae $15 4D

Lavandula stoechas 'Silver Anouk'

Lavandula stoechas 'Silver Anouk'butterfly lavender
Butterfly lavender is a perfect name for the flowers of Spanish lavender with the large (for lavender), showy heads of dark purple flowers with petal-like, purple wings on top. Blooms throughout the growing season. This is an upright and compact form, to 2 ft tall x 18" wide, with lovely, narrow, blue-silver, aromatic foliage, a perfect backdrop for the purple flowers. Best in full sun and well-drained soil with little to no summer water once established. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Lamiaceae $11 2D

Ledebouria cooperi

Ledebouria coopericooper's false scilla
Sweet and easy bulb from South Africa with 4", narrow, olive-green leaves, upright and marked with purple stripes and spots. Decorative in themselves, and more so in spring when adorned with racemes of pink, scilla-like flowers. Spreads slowly to form a 1 ft wide clump. Easy in the garden in sun or part shade where good drainage can protect from too much winter wet. Tolerates some summer drought but accepts summer water as well. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $12 2D

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Ledebouria socialis silver squill
Small, South African plant, to 6” x 8” with fancy, strappy leaves of silver-gray “leopard spotted” with green rising from red bulbs just above the soil. Greeny white flowers are a winter addition. Loves well-drained soil in sun or, in hottest climates, a bit of shade. Needs to dry out between waterings and tolerates some drought. Frost hardy in the ground into the upper teens F, USDA zone 8b. Easily grown in pots or indoors on the windowsill.
Liliaceae $11 4D

Leptospermum grandifolium

Leptospermum grandifoliummountain tea tree
Our clone from good friend Kevin Hughes, most recently of Hampshire's Spinner's Nursery. A shrubby tree to 10 ft or so with thick, gray-green leaves with a silver shimmer. In midsummer, the foliage is absolutely smothered with 3/4" whitish pink flowers, lasting a very long time. A must have for the proper garden. Frost hardy through the single digits F, USDA zone 7.
Myrtaceae $15 4in

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Leptospermum lanigerum - purple leaf form wooly tea tree
Spring flowering tea tree with handsome, darkish blue leaves infused with purple, rather than the silver blue of the straight species. Similarly small and fragrant when crushed or brushed, and is a perfect backdrop for the 1", single, white, fragrant flowers in early summer. Evergreen, reaching 5-10 ft tall x 3-5 ft wide in full sun to light shade where soil is well-drained. Needs little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $12 4in

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Leptospermum namadgiensis alpine tea tree
One of the nicest tea trees to come to us in a long time, this shared with us by Paul Bonine of Xera Plants and named after Namadgi National Park on the Australian Capital Territory/ New South Wales border. Only found in the late 80s growing on thin soils at high elevations and introduced to us recently. To 8 ft tall and 4' wide with small, shiny, evergreen leaves and spring flowers, white ever so slightly tinted pink, for sun to dappled shade. To us the most striking feature is the bark, peeling in sheets to a light orange. Plants in the garden should be lifted to expose this lovely feature. Good hedging or container plant and rather drought tolerant in the ground. Has been tested so far in this country to as low as 5F with no damage, therefore a confidant USDA zone 7b.
Myrtaceae $16 2D

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Leptospermum rupestre tasmanian tea tree
This usually low-growing Tasmanian tea tree outshines itself on a wall where its thick, glossy, aromatic, evergreen leaves are a delight to brush past. Typically less than 2-3 ft and covered with white, star-shaped flowers in early spring. Full sun to part shade where soil is well-drained. Once established, needs little summer water. In addition, a few leaves in a cup of just boiled water, a squeeze of lemon and all your ills will go away -- or so we hear. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $14 2D

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Lewisia 'Best of Sunset Seedlings'
Seedlings of Northern California and Southern Oregon’s most beautiful native wildflowers. These have been hybridized into an eye popping range of colors in bright sunset shades. Nice evergreen rosettes as well. Give these plants sun and excellent drainage and enjoy the show. May go deciduous in too much heat or cold, but they are hardy in USDA zone 4.
$11 4in

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Libertia - Pale Green Sport of 'Taupo Blaze'

Iridaceae $14 4D

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Libertia 'Amazing Grace' amazing grace satin flower
Useful iris family relative from New Zealand with green, somewhat stiff, grassy leaves forming fan-shaped clumps, the creamy white, late spring flowers, standing above on airy, arching stems. To 24-30" tall in clumps to 15" wide in sun to part shade with good drainage, lean soil, and regular summer water. Evergreen to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8, and root hardy to at least 5F, mid zone 7, resprouting from the ground once cut back.
Iridaceae $14 4D

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Libertia cranwelliae cramwell's iris
A rarely offered iris, endemic to New Zealand's north Island and threatened in its natural habitat. Cranwell's iris resembles Libertia ixioides, with fans of slightly wider, somewhat stiff, grass-like leaves, to 20" tall. Turning a bit more yellow in bright sunlight, and short sprays of white flowers nestled among the leaves in spring followed by decorative, orange seed pods that hold on for months. Best in full to part sun with regular summer water for best appearance. Frost hardiness is known reliably to 20F, USDA zone 9, but colder tolerances haven't been tested. Let us know.
Iridaceae $12 4D

Libertia grandiflora

Libertia grandifloranew zealand satin flower
Bold, evergreen iris relative from New Zealand forming clumps to 3 ft tall x 2 ft wide of long narrow leaves, green and a bit shiny and coppery especially with cold weather. Clusters of small white, perfect iris flowers stand above the foliage for a long period in late spring. Full sun to part shade in rich, well-drained soil with regular water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Iridaceae $14 4in

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Libertia ixioides 'Taupo After Dark'
A Cistus introduction. This sport, from a green seedling of the cultivar, 'Taupo Blaze', has been eye-catching from the start, its dark, olive-green leaves with, indeed, violet hues make it a standout in any container or garden. Stiff leaves, to 18" tall or so, form clumps to 1-2 ft wide showing off clusters of 3-petaled, white flowers in spring followed by yellow-orange seed pods. To for best color but dappled shade is fine with even summer water for best growth. Frost hardy, with summer water and protection especially from freezing winds, to the mid teens F, USDA zone 8b.
Iridaceae $11 4D

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Libertia ixioides 'Taupo After Lunch'
A Cistus introduction. This appeared for us as a sport in one of our batches of Taupo seedlings. From a pleasing orangey plant came this solidly olive-green with burgundy tint. To about 14" by 2' wide, the color is perfect for a sun to part shade garden where one might take a long nice afternoon nap. Not on the plants, of course, cuz you would crush them. Spring and early summer flowers are white and float pleasingly above the dark foliage. Fine container plant and useful in the occasionally-watered garden. Vigorous. USDA zone 8a. More sun equals darker color.
Iridaceae $9 4in

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Libertia ixoides [dark sport of 'Taupo Blaze']

Iridaceae $12 4in

Libertia peregrinans

Libertia peregrinansorange flag
Odd iris relative from New Zealand with flaming orange foliage to 1 ft tall and handsome, flattened, upward-facing white flowers. Slowly spreads to fill its space. Full to half sun with summer moisture and decent drainage. Excellent in containers. Frost hardy to mid USDA zone 8.
Iridaceae $14 4in

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Libertia sessiliflora - cl.2

Iridaceae $14

Lilium lancifolium 'Flore Pleno'

Lilium lancifolium 'Flore Pleno'double devil lily
This very old Chinese selection of a double flowered tiger lily was shared by Vader, WA nursery, A Plethora of Primulas. Dark green foliage rises to 5 ft capped by orange many tepalled flowers in late summer. Baby bulbils nestle in leaf axils so you may easily share this bulb with friends.. Easy in sunny well watered border.
Liliaceae $14 3D

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Lindera communis

Lauraceae $14 2D

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Liriope muscari - sport of Merrifield variegated

Liliaceae $12 4D

Liriope muscari 'Peedee Ingot'golden lily turf
This golden-foliaged monkey grass, from the highlands of Kentucky, can take a bit of shade and still flower just like the regular green one, producing purple clusters in midsummer, a great contrast with the chartreuse foliage. Accepts half sun to full shade, growing to 12” or so. Useful as edging or in a container. Be the first on the block with this stunner. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $12 3D

Lonicera japonica 'Gold Nancy'

Lonicera japonica 'Gold Nancy'
A Cistus introduction. This golden sport, occurring in our own garden, has retained all the vigorous characteristics of L. japonica without the propensities for leaf loss of L. japonica 'Aureoreticulata'. Reaching to 6 or 8 ft with uniform, warm golden leaves on orange-red stems and the typical, yellow-cream flowers. This has been a beautiful addition to the honeysuckle world. For nearly full sun to dappled shade, the leaves appearing more towards chartreuse in shady conditions. Occasional summer water is desired. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6 at least. Named for Nancy Goldman, Portland plantswoman and lover of all things shiny or golden.
Caprifoliaceae $14 3D

Lonicera nitida 'Briloni'

Lonicera nitida 'Briloni'briloni box-leaf honeysuckle
Golden leaved honeysuckle shrub for the shaded garden. Blooms sparsely in spring, the small white flowers followed by small, bluish fruits. Slow growing, to only 3-4 ft tall and wide over time and smaller than other golden forms, with arching branches that add texture and bright golden accents. Tolerates sun but tends towards a more chartreuse color. Enjoys summer water but tolerates some drought once established. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Caprifoliaceae $11 4in

Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'

Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'lemon beauty box-leaf honeysuckle
If you are going to commit a horticultural faux pas, you might as well do it with this. Evergreen shrub, to 4-6 ft with tiny green leaves edged yellow, remaining so in a bit of shade; variegation becomes less distinct, more overall yellow, in brightest light. ‘Lemon Beauty’ makes a very nice low hedge. As a single plant, it shines. Sun to part shade with normal water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Caprifoliaceae $12 2D

Lonicera nitida 'Silver Beauty'

Lonicera nitida 'Silver Beauty'
Tough and useful evergreen shrub for full sun to bright shade, this with handsome, variegated foliage, light green edged in white. Occasional small cream flowers produce purple berries. Good for a finely textured hedge or garden specimen. Grows slowly to 6 ft or so, but easily sheared to shape. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Caprifoliaceae $11 2D

Lupinus albifrons

Lupinus albifronssilverbush lupine
Stunning shrub lupine from Mountains of southern Oregon, and northern California forming mounds 24-36”, completely covered with silky silver fur. Produces great purple flowers in spring and early summer. Not for the faint-of-heart, this lovely requires mineral soil, summer drought, and a minimum of attention. We find it best in troughs, rock gardens, or the most forsaken part of the dry border. Worth the effort to neglect properly. Frost hardy to 0F or so – bottom of USDA zone 7.
Fabaceae $15 4in

Lysionotus pauciflorus

Lysionotus pauciflorus
Another intriguing gesneriad, this with deeply lobed shiny leaves, to about 18” frequently adorned with lavender-purple “snapdragons”. A very good plant indoors anywhere, or outdoors where temperatures do not fall below the upper 20sF. We find it is vigorous enough to make a very good pot stuffer for shady situations. Keep from the hottest of sun and place on a saucer of damp gravel if used as an indoor plant. Frost hardy to 25F, USDA zone 9b.
Gesneriaceae $12 3D

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