Halimium halimifolium f. maculatum
Charming cistus relative, spring flowers are an easy-going yellow with a dark red spot on each petal near the flower center, handsome amongst the small-leaved, blue-green foliage. Plants are evergreen and upright, to 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide, a cool-looking shrub for the Mediterranean garden where the sun is bright, the soil is lean and well-drained, and summer water is rarely provided once plants are established. Hardy to USDA zone 8.
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Halimium halimifolium f. maculatum
Hebe 'Purple Shamrock'
One of the prettiest of the Hebes, this mounding, little shrub -- to about 2 ft -- has long, narrow leaves of olive-green with wide margins of mustard-yellow going orange to pink -- all set amid purple stems! We don't remember what the flowers are like, but we know it has them. With or without, the plant is stunning. Wonderful container plant especially with maroon foliage companions. Sun to part sun, good drainage and normal water. USDA zone 8.
Plantaginaceae $11 3D
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 2D
Hebe 'Silver Dollar'
One of the sweetest hebes around, a glaucophylla type with rounded leaves tinted powder blue and attractively streaked with cream and pink variegations. Evergreen, to only about 2 ft tall and wide, the form is dense and the colors striking. Spring flowers are pale lavender adding even more color. Hebes need good drainage in sun to part sun with summer water. Also one of the hardier hebes, easily accepting USDA zone 8 and fine in zone 7 in the best conditions.
Plantaginaceae $9 2D
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 3D
Rare plant from New Zealand, largely confined to catchment of the Clarence River, growing on slopes and valley floors from 3,600-5,000 ft in Nelson, Marlborough and N. Canterbury Mountains -- and, indeed, looking very much like pickle weed. A densely branched little "whipcord" -- usually under 15" -- with light green leaves and white flowers in early summer on upright branches and branchlets. A very architectural little plant. The mat-like growth is ideal for ground cover. Sun to part sun, good drainage and normal water.Has been reported frost hardy into upper USDA zone 7.
Plantaginaceae $12 2D
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
Helichrysum heldreichii - Hythe Form
The grayest subshrub in our garden at present, growing to a compact 18" tall or so with narrow, indeed gray foliage densely held, look a bit like lavender. Flowers in late spring through the summer, clusters of pale buttons to amongst the foliage. Very easy and striking in bright light with good drainage and a little summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. This form shared with us by Hythe Alpine Nursery in the United Kingdom.
Asteraceae $10 3D
Helleborus x 'Golden Sunrise'
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 2D
Helleborus x hybridus - pink picotee
Featuring soft white single blooms edged in a lovely lavendar-pink, these beauties begin flowering as early as December. For part sun to shade in humus rich soil with average summer water. Cultivated in the gardens at Cistus Nursery. Frost hardy to USDA zone 5.
Helleborus x sternii - Janet Starnes garden
Named for the famed Willamette Valley nurserywoman by Phillip Curtis Farms, this selection’s leathery leaves, green and heavily speckled white, light up a shaded spot and bring texture to a sunny location. Evergreen and versatile, to 2 ft tall and wide. Spring flowers are creamy chartreuse, standing in clusters above the foliage in late winter, lasting a long time. Easy in sun or part shade and frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Ranunculaceae $16 2in
An odd dogwood family relation from China, its main claim to fame being a cool habit of having blooms emerge directly from the ‘leaves’-- followed, if male and female clones are present, by nice purple berries. Choice evergreen for a shady spot, watered in summer.. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Helwingiaceae $14 4D
Hemerocallis 'Pennys Worth'
Lovely yellow daylily, this one a dwarf, early blooming, long blooming, and reblooming with small, bright yellow flowers in abundance. To 10-14” tall in clumps as wide. Sun to light shade with average summer water. Lovely in and about a rock garden. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Asphodelaceae $11 4D
china blue vine
This evergreen akebia relation is an excellent trellis or fence cover, reaching 15-20 ft or so, with twining stems and dense, leathery, dark green, trifoliate leaves. In early spring it is covered with cascades of sweetly scented, tiny flowers -- purplish for male flowers, and greenish for females -- followed, under the right conditions, by plum colored, fleshy fruit. Best in part to full shade -- needing some sun to produce flowers -- with consistent moisture. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7 or lower.
Lardizabalaceae $14 4D
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 zones 3.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae $16 4D
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
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 3D
xi shan mo il
Rarely offered evergreen shrub to small tree. Grows slowly. Can reach 30 ft, but 15 ft is more reasonable in the garden. Closely related to Styrax, this collection from Yunnan is frost hardy in USDA zone 8 if planted where it gets even moisture over the summer and isn’t soggy in the winter. Long, narrow leaves are shiny green with bronze coloration in new growth. White bell flowers are abundant in spring when mature. Best in sun to part shade.
Styracaceae $014 2D
In our never-ending search for new hydrangeas, especially the evergreens.... this mid elevation species from Taiwan provides horizontal, rounded, glossy green leaves and rounded, flattened heads of fertile flowers surrounded by white to the palest pink, sterile bracts, over 1", appearing to float amid the dark green background. In our garden it has remained evergreen and rewarding, having only suffered during the dry, 20ºF cold spell of 2003. A plant for dappled shade in a protected corner, provided plentiful moisture and out of drying wind. Upper end of USDA zone 8; will recover from a bit lower if mulched.
Hydrangeaceae $14 4D
Hydrangea serrata 'Golden Sunlight' PPAF
golden mountain hydrangea
Deciduous shrub, to 5 ft tall and wide, with foliage emerging clear yellow in spring and turning soft green in late summer. Primarily grown for the bright foliage, the lacecap flowers are white but rather sparse. Accepts full sun without burning in all but the harshest light and tolerates shade as well. Bred by H. Kolster, Netherlands in 1995. Supplemental summer water. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Hydrangeaceae $14 4D
Hypericum empetrifolium 'Nanum'
miniature st. john's wort
Tiny leaved St. John's wort, perfect for the well-drained, rock garden creeping along at less than 1" tall and producing golden yellow flowers in early summer. Full sun to part shade is fine with rich soil and regular summer water for best performance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Hypericaceae $11 4D
Hypericum olympicum var. uniflorum 'Citrinum'variegated st. john's wort
Interesting and textural St. John's Wort, ours from the beautiful gardens of Cold Springs Nursery in Duvall, WA. A low growing, perennial or shrublet, to 15" tall in wide clumps of single, nearly erect stems with small, blue-green leaves and, in midsummer, pale, lemon-yellow flowers sitting atop the stems. Very showy but subtle. Prefers sun, well-drained soil and summer water to establish. Very drought tolerant thereafter. Evergreen into USDA zone 7 and expected root hardy in zon
Hypericaceae $12 2D
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 3D
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
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 2D
Impatiens cathcartii 'Cherry Bomb'
This wonderful selection was shared with us by Mr. Impatiens himself, Derick Pitman, hailing from Arunachal Pradesh in northern India, and differs from the usual yellow blooming form in two ways. First, it bares distinct maroon spotted stems, and second, red calyxes from which paired blooms emerge as early as late spring in cool climates. From damp places, preferring cool temperatures and rich, moist soil, and bright light for best bloom color. Similar to I. mengtszeana, up to 18" in height and rambling wider, though not quite as aggressively. Hardy to USDA zone 9b, most likely root hardy to zone 8.
Balsaminaceae $14 3D
Very new to cultivation and rare, this species from East Africa grows to 3 or 4 ft on red, potato-like, prolific, tuberous roots and produces masses of orchid-like flowers on tall stems with magenta upper petals and large soft pink lower petals. Very exotic. For shade and moist soil. From a low elevation, but surprisingly frost hardy, to 10F, USDA zone 8, or lower.
Balsaminaceae $12 4D
A handsome, hardy dwarf impatiens, winter deciduous, with cream-yellow flowers hidden by the handsomely variegated foliage. Reaches 8-10” tall and spreads slowly but has not seeded around. Part shade to shade with regular moisture. Very well behaved and frost hardy, resprouting in USDA zone 7, and possibly lower, with mulch.
Balsaminaceae $12 2D
Impatiens omeiana - silver and greenmt. omei impatiens
A diminutive, wide-leaved form of this somewhat uncommon species from China’s Mt. Omei, this form with green leaves dusted silver and golden flowers beginning late summer and lasting to fall. Another lovely impatiens from Mr. Impatiens himself, Derick Pitman. 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 $14 4D
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
Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink'
This wonderful new selection of the Mt. Omei impatiens spreads slowly into a dense colony of 6" bronzy stems and gorgeous leaves in a dark bronzy green sprinkled with silver, like fairy dust, with central veins in pink that darkens and spills into the leaf. Yum. Mustard to salmon flowers make a great contrast from late summer to frost. Shade to deep shade in moist soil with, of course, summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Balsaminaceae $12 4in
Indigofera kirilowii 'Alba'
Tall-growing pea family arching shrub, treated as perennial, with about 3' of growth each year. Our form, sent to us from Japan, with late spring or summer through autumn starchy-white flowers. Handsome. USDA zone 7 or colder as a perennial. Deciduous. Enjoys summer moisture, at least occasionally, with non-swampy soil.
Fabaceae $12 3D
Ipheion uniflorum 'Froyle Mill'starflower
This native of Uruguay was selected for its deep, uniform blue-purple color and its large flower size. A hardy bulb, its foliage appears with the flowers in early spring, then fades in summer heat, returning in September. Best in light shade in rich, light soil with regular summer water. Extremely easy to naturalize. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Amaryllidaceae $9 4in
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
Iris unguicularis 'Ginny Hunt'
A Cistus introduction. .well, kind of. Actually grown from seed from the fabulous plantswomen Ginny Hunt. Of all the plants, this clone has much larger, more deeply purple-blue flowers on robust, evergreen plants from November often into April. Handsome year-round. Good for winter cut. Sun to light shade. Cold hardy in USDA zone 7.
Iridaceae $14 4D
Jasminum mesnyi 'Gold Crown'
Also known as Jasminum primulinum, a mounding shrub to 4-5 ft or a vine to 10 ft or more with glowing golden leaves that create a bright spot in the garden. Sun for best color but very adaptable to shade....cheerful, too. Flowers are pale yellow appearing from spring through autumn. Drought tolerant though appreciates occasional summer water in dry climates. Frost hardy to 10F, the bottom of USDA zone 8.
Oleaceae $14 3D
Jasminum nudiflorum 'Aureum'golden winter jasmine
Rare, diminutive form of the winter jasmine, reaching to less than 4 ft tall but bright with yellow-splashed leaves and, before the leaves appear, the same yellow flowers as the species in late winter to early spring. The willowy stems are attractive as well in winter. Beautiful year round for espalier, hanging baskets, or ground cover. Flowers best in bright light, sun to part shade. Very drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Oleaceae $11 2in
Jasminum officinale 'Argenteovariegatum'variegated poet's jasmine
Lovely and vigorous, deciduous vine, with gray-green leaves edged in white and emerging very red in spring. A climber to 10-12 ft or so, but easily kept smaller. Blossoms are white and very fragrant in mid summer to early fall. Plant in good, rich soil in full sun or part shade with summer water for best appearance. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds will love you. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Oleaceae $014 4D
Kadsura japonica 'Variegata'
variegated magnolia vine
Choice evergreen vine with handsome, variegated leaves, shiny green, irregularly edged in creamy white -- sometimes entirely white. This magnolia relative, found in China, Japan, and Korea, eventually reaches 15 ft tall and 10 ft wide, twining on pergolas, sculptures, fences, or anything handy. Spring flowers, also creamy white, are cup-shaped and add to the show, as do the fall clusters of red berries. Brightens any shady spot that has rich soil and receives ample summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Schisandraceae $14 4in
Kniphofia hirsuta 'Fire Dance'
fire dance dwarf red hot poker
These South African natives, from the high Drakensburg Mountains, stand only 18" tall, forming a clump to 18" wide. Good for a small, perennial bed. Flowers are bi-color red and yellow on spikes. Easy in good garden soil with little summer water but lots of sun. Extremely frost hardy; to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Xanthorrhoeaceae $12 3D
dwarf torch lily
Thought to be extinct in its native South African habitat, this charming, small kniphofia, to only 18" tall in clumps to 15" wide, has grassy, green foliage and tall stems of butter yellow flowers over a long season beginning with the first blooms in spring and continuing occasionally into September. Originally found in marshy grasslands, these enjoy moist soil -- so summer water in full sun. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7 with winter mulch for extra protection.
Xanthorrhoeaceae $11 3D
Visually striking evergreen poker from Australia that should receive more attention, perhaps even a little fame, in NW gardens. With large strappy leaves and tall orange-y flowers that open from the top of 3' tall stalks in the middle of winter (and are undamaged by cold), what's the hold-up? We're really not sure. Full sun best. Height and width both to around 3'. Drought-tolerant and fairly easy to grow, even along the coast. We recommend planting them against a bright blue wall or in a cluster of the dry garden near agaves, grasses, and the like. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Xanthorrhoeaceae $11 4D
Kunzea 'Badja Carpet'
A trailing or prostrate shrub, is an excellent ground cover. Fluffy white flowers in early summer. Native to New South Wales.
Myrtaceae $12 2D
Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' - multi
white crape myrtle
Beautiful, vase-shaped small tree (to 25-30 ft tall x 20 ft wide) that covers itself with trusses of pure white flowers in late summer. Dark green leaves in summer change to bright red in the cool of fall. Cinnamon pealing bark on mature plants adds to the appeal. of this wonderful garden specimen or street tree. Full sun, good drainage, and regular water for best blooms. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Lythraceae $16 4D
Lagerstroemia indica 'Pixie White'
Smaller growing crepe myrtle, to only 6 ft or so, with sprays of white flowers mid season to late season, starting in July around Portland or even August. Easy in the southeast. A wonderful contrast with dark foliage in any sunny but well drained, summer watered spot. Can easily be kept as small standard or even smaller cut back shrub. USDA zone 7.
Lythraceae $16 3D
Laurus nobilis 'Crispa'undulate grecian laurel
Also known as "wavy bay," this selection of Grecian laurel has leaves that are not only tasty, used for flavoring meats and soups, but also handsome, the leaf edges crisply textured with tight undulations. Easy to grow, this large shrub to small tree, to 12 ft tall or so, is evergreen, upright and fast-growing in full sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little to no summer water once well established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Sometimes found as Laurus nobilis 'Undulata.'
Lauraceae $14 3D
Easily one of the most attractive of the lavenders, with substantial, silver fur covered leaves on compact shrubs to about 18” by 3 ft. The flowers are fattened clusters of rich...lavender, freely produced. Alas not the most frost hardy, reliable only into the upper teens, mid USDA zone 8, but well worth container culture or replacing if needed. Mineral soil, full sun, abd as little attention as possible for longevity. Can be shorn once or twice a year to maintain tidiness.
Lamiaceae $12 3D
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
Leonotis leonurus [albus]
Lamiaceae $11 4D
Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'
Ground cover, to only 2" tall, and spreading by runners with ferny foliage, very black in this cultivar. Sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Prefers summer moisture but tolerates low summer water. Good for rock gardens or cover for gravel mulch where the color makes a good contrast. Evergreen to 20F and frost hardy in USDA zone 8, recovering quickly.
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 3D
Beautiful low evergreen shrub from Australia with small bright green leaves and attractive, pinkish-red bark. In spring, light pink buds form along the branches, opening to the creamiest of white flowers. In late summer, seed pods emerge and stay on the plant through the winter and sometimes longer. Height to only 12" but spreading to 3-4' wide, making it an excellent choice above low walls or in a rockery. Full sun. Drought tolerant and deerproof. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Myrtaceae $14 4D
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.
Leptospermum rupestre 'Highland Pink'
alpine tea tree
A new and welcome alpine tea tree selection with gorgeous pale pink flowers with dark pink centers and flowering reliably from late spring into summer. Endemic to highland mountains of Tasmania, where this one takes its name, these tough evergreen shrubs make great prostrate specimens in the alpine garden. They can also make handsome upright shrubs in subalpine or coastal areas. Happy in almost any well-drained soil. Expect slow growth, eventually reaching 3-5' tall and 5-6' wide, a bit larger than the species. Full sun. Drought tolerant and deerproof. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $9 2D
Leptospermum sp. [Eugene, OR hardy]
Collected and shared with us by plantsman Ian Barclay, this clone of a tough plant from Eugene, Oregon, has small, dark green leaves on dark stems, similar, we think, to L. sericeum but with the added provenance of having been through some of the coldest winters in Eugene's Willamette Valley frost pocket. By its early growth rate, we would guess to an eventual height of 6-8 ft, or smaller with pruning or hedging. White spring flowers are often repeated into fall. Sun to part shade in well-drained soil with at least occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Myrtaceae $12 3D
Leucosceptrum stellipilum 'October Moon'october moon shrub mint
A rare but most useful fall-flowering perennial, sometimes semi-woody in mild climates for dappled shade. The 4-5” leaves are a velvety light green to chartreuse with cream edges in this lovely Japanese selection. The autumn flowers, a light lavender, are a very nice contrast and useful for late season effect when there is little else in bloom. This Japanese selection, brought to North America by plantsman Barry Yinger, enjoys evenly moist soil in shade to sun in particularly moist places. Endures in temperatures to at least USDA zone 5.
Lamiaceae $16 4in
Lewisia 'Best of Sunset Seedlings'
One of Northern California and Southern Oregon’s most beautiful native wildflowers. These have been hybridized into an eye popping range of colors. 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.
Montiaceae $11 3D
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
Libertia ixioides UCSC
A New Zealand iris relative with fan-shaped green leaves, tinted yellow with a center stripe of orange or yellow. This form, from the University of California at Santa Cruz collection, is a most attractive, miniature form with narrow, clumping rosettes or fans to only 6" tall. Dainty white flowers, held above the foliage in spring, turn to orangish berries in summer. Loves full sun or dappled shade and occasional summer water. This UCSC collection, though coastal, has endured temperatures below 20F and is expected to be frost hardy in upper USDA zone 8.
Iridaceae $9 2D
Ligustrum japonicum 'Ko Ryu'japanese privet
New and unusual evergreen shrub, a Japanese selection, with shiny, dark green leaves that are narrow, curved, and slightly twisted with a ridge along the midrib, creating a striking and irregular texture. Becomes graceful with age as, eventually, a handsome, small tree for sun to part shade with regular summer water. A good container plant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Oleaceae $16 3D
Ligustrum japonicum 'Rotundifolium'curlyleaf privet
Evergreen shrub that grows quickly to a dense 4-6 feet tall x about half as wide, with smooth and shiny, dark leaves, somewhat curled with margins occasionally showing a bit of red. White flowers are scented in pyramidal panicles in spring. A very useful shrub for sun or part shade, well-drained soil, and regular summer water. Easily pruned to shape. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Oleaceae $15 2D
Ligustrum lucidum 'Variegata'glossy privet
Forget all you know about privets. This plant rocks! with its tricolor leaves in cool white-grey-green and panicles of tiny white flowers in spring for hummingbirds and butterflies, followed by tiny black fruits (drupes) that birds love. Evergreen, these are easily maintained as large shrubs or small trees, to 6-10 ft tall, useful as single specimens or as a screen or hedge. Happy in full sun to almost full shade with good drainage and regular summer water. Rewarding in that difficult spot. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Oleaceae $12 3D
Liriope muscari 'Monroe White'
white lily turf
A durable ground cover for full sun to full shade, with narrow, dark green leaves and white, grape hyacinth-like flowers rising above the foliage on 6" spikes in early summer. Slowly spreads by underground rhizomes to form small clumps 1-2 ft wide. Good under trees or shrubs where grass refuses to grow. Full sun in cool, coastal conditions; a bit of shade in hotter places. Evergreen in USDA zone 7 and frost hardy in zone 6.
Liliaceae $12 4D
Liriope muscari 'Pee Dee Gold 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 4D
mexican cardinal flower
An extremely durable perennial for the mixed border, this Mexican native tosses red and orange, tubular flowers all summer to delight the hummingbirds. To 1-3 ft tall, spreading by underground rhizomes to forms clumps of red stems with attractive, narrow green leaves. Easy in sun to shade with average summer water. Dies back when temperatures drop into the low 20s and recovers easily at 10F, USDA zone 8.
Campanulaceae $12 3D
From rainforests of Argentina and Chile, evergreen tree, 15 ft wide x 30 ft tall, with divided dark-green, fern-like leaves on brown felty stems. Clusters of red & yellow flowers in leaf axils, in summer. Cold hardy in USDA zones 9-10. A sjpw stp[[er of a plant for those familiar with Gre robusta or soak oak this appears as a miniature form of such with leaves and stems lightly indumented (Is that a word?) with silkey golden to chocolate fur, the minutely dissected leaves are adorned with honey white flowers tinted orange in spring and learly summer. Typical of th protea family it is -- and can collapse in particularly hot soils. So pacific coast, this is for you.
Proteaceae $16 2D
Lonicera aff. albiflora 'Guadalupe'
A Cistus inroduction. Striking southwest native, our collection from the Guadalupe mountains in South-central New Mexico. Silvery blue leaves on a scandant subshrub growing only 6' or so. Particularly striking if you happen to own red sandstone cliffs. As well, this form sports light pink flowers. Bonus! Zone 6, quite possibly 5, deciduous, full to part sun, a thunderstorm or two in the summer helps.
Caprifoliaceae $12 3D
Lonicera crassifoliacreeping honeysuckle
A teensy weensy goundcovering honeysuckle….it’s about time. This Asian, woodland, evergreen rarely grows more than 3” in height, a single plant spreading to about 3 ft in as many years. Foliage is dense, with small, shiny, rounded leaves, thick and succulent as the crassifolia name implies. A profusion of cream colored flowers with hints of pink appear in late spring to early summer leading to bluish black berries for autumn and beyond. Great small-scale groundcover for the woodland or spiller for container. Likes consistent moisture and shade to half sun. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae $15 2D
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 4in
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'
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 $9 2D
Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy' dwarf box honeysuckle
Sweet version of a classic, landscape plant with tiny golden leaves that hold their color well. Smaller than the species, growing slowly to 2 ft tall and wide, dense and, indeed, twiggy, these are excellent as hedging, border plants, or single specimens creating a bright spot in sun to part shade with average summer water. A New Zealand introduction, evergreen to 10F, USDA zone 8, and cold hardy to -20F, zone 6.
Caprifoliaceae $10 3D
Lonicera standishii 'Platt Garden Form'
This robust selection of the deciduous, 6-8 ft shrub was introduced by the late and great gardener, Jane Platt. It’s most outstanding feature is the white, 1” trumpets that begin opening as early as November, most often in December, lasting through April in great fragrant abundance. That said, a plant for the background but within 15 ft of the front door. We prune ours back slowly over the winter by harvesting the small, upright branches from those larger arching ones, for continuous winter bouquets. Sun to part shade. Drought tolerant, though some summer water in dry climates helps bud formation. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Caprifoliaceae $14 3D
Loropetalum chinense 'Pipa's Red'chinese fringe flower
A particularly popular and sturdy fringe flower and probably the darkest leaved cultivar available, this purple-leaved shrub is gorgeous by itself, and spectacular in late spring with its sprinkling of cerise-pink flowers. Reaches 8-10 ft eventually, but easily kept as a low spreading shrub with careful pruning. Even moisture, dappled shade to full sun, well-drained soil our of winter winds. Evergreen in the upper teens F, easily recovering to the bottom of USDA zone 8 especially with a bit of overhead protection. Root hardy in USDA zone 7.
Hamamelidaceae $014 2D