Plant Catalog for Mail Order: Fall 2020

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Quercus hypoleucoides High el 12042
Our favorite oak since our first sighting in Arizona in the 1980s, these are exquisite trees reaching 25 ft tall x 15 ft wide. This collection from 9100', with leaves reminiscent of an upheld olive.Fast growing when young then slowing to a sedate pace. Sun, lean and well-drained soil and little summer water once established. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7; quite possibly low to mid USDA zone 6. Makes a fine street tree.
$28 5"Tree

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Reineckea carnea
Very tidy, evergreen ground cover for shade and even very dense shade. Slowly spreading. Liriope-like, very fragrant, pinkish flowers emerge from purple buds to be followed by beautiful bright pink berries. Choice and very easy. Becomes more gorgeous with age as the colony grows and develops. Some summer water is the trick. Quite hardy too. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $12 6in

Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'

Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'variegated italian buckthorn
This tough, evergreen, Mediterranean shrub has been grown since the 17th century for its handsome variegated foliage, pale green leaves with creamy white margins that echo the white, spring flowers. Handsome red berries in fall stand out against the pale foliage. To 12-15 ft tall and nearly as wide. Has the best form in full sun but accepts part shade as well. Requires little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae $14 2D

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Rhamnus californica ssp. tomentella [Sierra Silver seedlings]

$14 2D

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Rhodiola pachyclados afghan sedum
A lovely evergreen groundcover for the dry garden, this sedum from Pakistan and Afghanistan, to only 6" tall, forms a spreading carpet of small, succulent, blue-green rosettes. A great texture for the rock garden. Clusters of white flowers appear in mid to late summer. Does well in fertile to poor soil, well-drained of course, in sun to part shade. Drought tolerant once established but accepts summer water as well. Frost hardy to at least -20F, USDA zone 5.
Crassulaceae $7 4in

Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Pintado'

Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Pintado'rosy posy
Small plant, to only 5" tall, the grass-like leaves forming small clumps topped in late spring / early summer with the palest pink flowers tipped and centered in red. Said to be the most fragrant of the species. Best grown in full sun with summer moisture and soil that drains very well. These are winter deciduous and happiest if entirely protected from winter rains through movable pots or troughs. Late to emerge in spring, their spot should be well marked for safety. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Hypoxidaceae $9 4in

Rhodophiala bifida

Rhodophiala bifidaoxblood lily
Lovely South American equivalent of the South African amaryllis. Flowers in late summer with deep dusky-red, lily-like blooms on 1 ft stems. Grass-like, strappy leaves follow the flowers. Easy in the garden, in well-drained soil with protection from the very hottest sun. Water in their growing season. Easily grown as a houseplant and encouraged into bloom for the holiday season. Frost hardy with mulch in upper USDA zone 6.
Amaryllidaceae $12 4D

Ribes sanguineum 'Variegatum'

Ribes sanguineum 'Variegatum'variegated flowering currant
Variegated form of the flowering currant, deciduous, to 10 x 10 ft, with small, maple-like leaves, emerging green and maturing with splashes of creamy white -- the opposite development of most variegations. Hanging racemes of rose-red flowers appear in spring before the leaves appear. The dark fruit that follows is beloved by birds -- and people, too, for preserves. Bright sun and lean soil is best with very little summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. Sorry, cannot ship to the eastern United States.
Grossulariaceae $12 2D

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Rohdea japonica - crested
Old cultivar from Asia that we found in the San Francisco area. Slow growing for full shade. Greenish cream flowers followed by bright red berries in summer. Extremely collectable. Hardy outdoors.
Liliaceae $18 2D

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Rohdea japonica 'Mure-suzume'
Another lovely and variegated, miniature Rohdea with 8-12'' rosettes and diminutive deep green leaves streaked and margined cream and white. Very slow growing. Excellent as a pot specimen or in a small space in the woodland garden. Lovers of deep shade and even moisture for best growth. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae $21 3D

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Rosa lucieae [wichuraiana]

Rosaceae $14 3D

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Rosmarinus officinalis 'Mrs. Reeds Dark Blue'
A mid-sized (2') selection made for its dark dark blue flowers in winter. Our guess is that Mrs. Reed made a exquisite lamb with rosemary cream sauce. Just a guess. Martha: eat your heart out... One of the hardiest of the dark blues, having sailed through USDA zone 7 winters, indeed even zone 6.
Lamiaceae $9 2D

Ruscus aculeatus 'Wheelers Variety'

Ruscus aculeatus 'Wheelers Variety'butcher's broom
A self fertile clone of butcher’s broom with stiff, upright stems and insignificant green flowers in late winter to early spring followed by bright red berries alone or in a crowd along the branches. From the Mediterranean, this is an extremely drought tolerant, evergreen shrub, to approximately 3 ft tall and wide. We've seen it used in place of boxwood very effectively. Fine in sun to part shade with little summer water needed once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae $15 4D

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Ruscus hypophyllum - cl. 1
This form from Greece, with handsome rounded leaves, a small evergreen shrub, to 2 ft, is nothing but stems, but seems to survive quite nicely, thank you. Native from Italy to the Czech Republic, it’s often used to do rough cleaning (beating rugs, cleaning butchering blocks, etc.). An indestructible border plant; better in the winter when it sets berries. Best in part to full shade in rich, well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $15 3D

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Ruscus hypophyllum - cl. 3
This form from Greece, with handsome rounded leaves, a small evergreen shrub, to 2 ft, is nothing but stems, but seems to survive quite nicely, thank you. Native from Italy to the Czech Republic, it’s often used to do rough cleaning (beating rugs, cleaning butchering blocks, etc.). An indestructible border plant; better in the winter when it sets berries. Best in part to full shade in rich, well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $15 3D

Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'

Ruta graveolens 'Variegata'variegated rue
Already a favorite cooking herb and medicinal plant, this variegated form has handsome splashes of yellow variegation on the bluish foliage that cools the garden. An evergreen shrub to 2 ft tall, excellent shrub for the hot, dry Mediterranean garden in full sun with little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Rutaceae $011 3D

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Salvia 'Calamity Jane' Mounding black sage
Woody sage, a cross between Salvia leucophylla and a prostrate form of S. mellifera, mounding to 3-4 ft tall and wide with fragrant, gray-green foliage and pale lavender flowers in spring that are delicious to bees and hummingbirds. Best in sun to bright shade in well-drained soil with only occasional summer water once established. Said to be deer resistant as well. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 8.
Lamiaceae $11 3D

Salvia africana-lutea

Salvia africana-lutea
Seed from our good friend Ginny Hunt and her fabulous garden in Watsonville, this is most UNsalvia like. Shrubby foliage with a very pleasant fragrance and fabulous flowers: brown fading to golden fading to mauve. Floral arranger's delight. Full sun with little water in the garden. Take an insurance cutting to over winter in the windowsill. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
Lamiaceae $12 2D

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Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine'
A terrific, extremely cold hardy sage from 8000 ft in the mountains of southern California, a woody shrub to 3 ft x 3 ft with whorls of blue flowers, very, very fragrant blue flowers in late spring and early summer. Full sun and lean, well-drained soil with little water once established. Can be cut back after blooming. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae $14 2D

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Salvia greggii 'Playa Rosa'
Another beautiful S. greggii cultivar, this selected by Xera Plants in Portland. Lovely, light rose colored flowers on a dense plant to 2ft x 2ft. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Full sun. Provide some summer water where dry. USDA zone 8.
Lamiaceae $12 2D

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Salvia heldreichiana
Another tough Mediterranean perennial, this collection from rocky habitat in Turkey to about 24" or higher by 3' with woolly blue green leaves deep lavender to blue flowers mid-spring through autumn, sometimes a break in mid summer. Full sun to partial shade, with very good drainage, preferably mineral soil, long lived to upper USDA Zone 7, possible colder.
Lamiaceae $14 3D

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Salvia involucrata 'Boutin' roseleaf sage
Nice cultivar of a beautiful and unusual sage. To 8 x 8 ft with velvety leaves bronzed and tinted pink and, from summer until frost, fuzzy headed, deep pink flowers that emerge from the crowning bracts. Very attractive to hummingbirds and neighbors. Full sun in rich soil. Somewhat drought tolerant but best with ample summer water. Frost hardy USDA zone 8, possibly zone 7 in protected location.
Lamiaceae $10 3D

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Salvia lavandulifolia Spanish sage
A sage with leaves that look like a lavender and smell like rosemary. Sounds like we might have some self-esteem issues here... trying too hard to please everyone... in any case, there’s room in our rock garden for this one. Upright habit, growing to about a foot high and wide with 2 foot spikes of lavender-blue flowers. Full sun, well-drained soil. Hardy to 5F or so. USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae $9 2D

Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow'

Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow'Japanese Woodland Sage
Beautiful, white-edged variegated salvia from Japan that stays low, around 12" tall, and forms a nice 2' clump. In late summer, spikes of the lightest yellow flowers emerge on tall 18" stalks. Leaves are hairy and oval-shaped. Part sun to light shade. Regular watering. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Lamiaceae $12 4D

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Salvia regla mountain sage
This Texas native is a tough, deciduous shrub, possibly reaching 6 ft tall x 4 ft wide in a season but easily pruned to shape. Flowers in late summer, producing its bright, bright scarlet flowers until frost. Happy hummingbirds! Likes sun to part shade and summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Lamiaceae $11 3D

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Salvia roemeriana
One of the few Texans we’ll invite to our garden, this 2 ft tall, wonderfully scented sage is a non-stop factory of red (RED, R-E-D!!) flowers all darn summer long. Full sun and normal water. Perennial and frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae $5 2D

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Salvia sp. - nice red flower

Lamiaceae $14 2D

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Santolina chamaecyparissus silver cotton lavender
For the dry garden, silver-gray foliage, very aromatic, topped in summer with bright yellow, button flowers. To 18" tall x 36" wide, this is a small, mounding shrub that likes lean, well-drained soil and dislikes clay. Very summer drought tolerant and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5. Said to be deer resistant. Shear after blooming to maintain the best appearance.
Asteraceae $6 2D

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Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen'

$9 2D

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Santolina rosmarinifolia

asteraceae $15 4D

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Sarcococca orientalis
Our selection of this exceedingly handsome, 4 ft, rather dense, evergreen shrub with 2" x 1" leaves set amid the layered branches, each festooned with flowers up to 1/3" from mid-fall to through late winter. Wonderfully fragrant. We have found this plant to be one of the most fully evergreen and rewarding of the genus. A great addition under other shrubs in nearly full shade to bright light, but best out of hottest afternoon sun in warm climates. Regular summer water and average fertilizing. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Buxaceae $16 2D

Sarcococca salicifolia

Sarcococca salicifoliasweet box
One of the most unusual and graceful of the sarcococcas, this 4 to 5 ft shrub of equal spread possesses arching branches and long, yes, willow-like leaves of shiny light green, appearing very much like bamboo as well. The particularly fragrant flowers are most abundant in fall into early winter and are a creamy green-yellow melding beautifully with the shiny leaves. Light dappled shade to full shade -- ok in sun in coastal climates -- with reasonable summer water and fertile to average soil. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, though a form exists in the JC Raulston Arboretum in zone 7 in North Carolina suffering only occasional damage.
Buxaceae $15 2D

Saxifraga stolonifera

Saxifraga stoloniferastrawberry begonia
Classic pass along houseplant that is actually hardy outside ***Photo is incorrect, should be a green leaf with silver veins and a maroon underside
Saxifragaceae $11 4D

Saxifraga stolonifera 'Harvest Moon'

Saxifraga stolonifera 'Harvest Moon'strawberry begonia
Just right for a carefree addition to a shaded spot, to only 3-6" tall , spreading slowly into small colonies with golden foliage. Best with just the right amount of light to bring out the brightest of yellows while avoiding any burn. Sprays of tiny white flowers appear in late spring to early summer. Extremely easy in well-drained soil and summer moisture with a little dryness between waterings. Evergreen in USDA zone 8 and 9; root hardy in USDA zone 6.
Saxifragaceae $012 4D

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Saxifraga veitchiana Green Strawberry Begonia
A lovely strawberry begonia shared with us by the Elizabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle. Much like the classic pass-along plant, but possessing smaller leaves, evergreen and deep velvety green adorned with scalloped edges that could only be described as cute. White summer flowers appear in delicate sprays. Spreads gently by runners. Part shade to shade in moist soil with summer water in dry areas. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. A very nice container plant or small scale groundcover.
Saxifragaceae $11 4in

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Saxifraga x 'Primuloides'
Deep green and rapidly spreading evergreen groundcover, this "london pride" is a great knitter for the garden under shrubs and between other diminutive or clump forming plants. Attractive rosettes bare cerise 10" stalks that carry cheery pink flowers in early summer. Can tolerate deep shade but flowers best in more sun. Sun to shade and average moisture. USDA zone 7
Saxifragaceae $11 4in

Schefflera delavayi

Schefflera delavayi
In our never ending search for garden hardy evergreen Schefflera relatives, here's one that's actually a Schefflera. This Himalayan species grows eventually to 6 or 8 ft and can have leaves in excess of 2 ft with an exquisite tawny indumentum. So far has proven hardier than even Fatsia to a low USDA zone 7!! Dappled shade is best with even moisture.
Araliaceae $19 2D

Schizostylis coccinea f. alba

Schizostylis coccinea f. albakaffir lily
Cheerful perennial with grassy leaves and, in this form, clear white, star-shaped flowers atop longish stems, appearing mostly in fall and into winter but here and there throughout the summer. To 2 ft tall forming clumps to 12" wide in full to part sun with regular moisture for best performance. Vigorous grower, easily kept in bounds. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Iridaceae $9 4D

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Sedum 'Silver Moon'
This hybrid sedum doubtless involving S. spathulifolium and S. laxum was collected in the days of yore in the rich Klamath country of the southern Siskiyou Mountains by famed succulent enthusiast Helen Payne. Light gray-green rosettes to about 3" spread quickly to form no-fuss mats. Wonderful in sun to light shade as a small-scale groundcover, for a green roof, or, yes, windowsill planter. Zone 5. Prefers summer drought.
Crassulaceae $7 4in

Sedum niveum SBH 9227a

Sedum niveum SBH 9227adavidson's stonecrop
From a small native range in the mountains above Palms Springs, California, comes this precious, small succulent, with winter resting rosettes to only about 1/4" spreading to make colonies eventually several feet wide. In spring and summer 3-4" stalks of starry white flowers stand above. Easy going, requiring only decent drainage and dappled sun to full sun. Drought tolerant but can handle water any time of the year as its mountain habitat has frequent thunder showers. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Crassulaceae $12 4in

Sedum niveum SBH 9227b
From a small native range in the mountains above Palms Springs, California, comes this precious, small succulent, with winter resting rosettes to only about 1/4" spreading to make colonies eventually several feet wide. This one with somewhat red-tinted leaves in winter. In spring and summer 3-4" stalks of starry white flowers stand above. Easy going, requiring only decent drainage and dappled sun to full sun. Drought tolerant but can handle water any time of the year as its mountain habitat has frequent thunder showers. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Crassulaceae $7 4in

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Sedum oregonense 'Bear Camp'

Crassulaceae $8 4in

Sedum palmeri - hardy selection

Sedum palmeri - hardy selectionpalmer's sedum
A sprawling Mexican sedum, collected at 10,000 ft in elevation, with startling orange-yellow flowers in early spring and attractive rosettes of blue-green leaves throughout the year. Forms patches to 6" tall x 12" wide. Easy in full sun with good drainage and some to little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Drapes nicely over the sides of containers.
Crassulaceae $7 4in

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Sedum wrightii
A most compact succulent from the high mountains of Sonora and Chihuahua to N. Mexico with cheery green rosettes of only about 2" spreading to form clumps in their cliffside habitats with white flowers produced late spring and often late summer after the monsoons. Wonderful container or rock garden specimen. Be sure to give it your own monsoon in summer dry climates. Zone 7 with bright to dappled light.
Crassulaceae $7 4in

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Sempervivum 'Gizmo'
Leaves are green with purplish tips and held upright in a distinctive rosette on this somewhat slow-growing succulent that offsets and creates mats for the rock wall, outdoor container, hell strip, or random little nooks and/or crannies. Best in sun to half shade where there is sharp drainage. Tolerates drought; grows more quickly with summer water. Plenty hardy in USDA zone 4.
Crassulaceae $7 4in

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Senecio palmeri
Silvery gem in the daisy clan with a lot of eye-appeal. Silvery soft leaves adorn the plant followed by golden flowers. Grows 2-3ft x 2-3ft. Drought tolerant once established. Full sun. USDA zone 8b
Asteraceae $11 2D

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sideritus syriaca

Lamiaceae $11 4D

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Sisyrinchium 'Stripey'
We are so happy to see this little variegated blue-eyed grass selection just released! Small, clump-forming grasses for full sun areas with little or no access to water. Also great in pots planted with small, dark gravel. 8-10" tall and wide. In the ground, plant en masse and enjoy the long season of sky blue flowers above the yellow-edged green leaves. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
Iridaceae $11 4in

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Sisyrinchium striatum 'Aunt May' variegated yellow-eyed grass
This gorgeous iris relative is coveted by collectors and it's easy to see why. Aunt May behaves herself in the garden unlike the rest of that side of the family. With mostly evergreen, creamy variegated foliage with dainty yellow flowers in mid summer this is a clumper that spreads out slowly. Nice accent, border, or wall plant. Stands out in any container combination. Easy and frost hardy to mid USDA zone 8.
Iridaceae $014 4D

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Soldanella villosa

Primulaceae $12 4in

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Sophora davidii
This tough but graceful medium-sized shrub from Western China remains rare in horticulture despite it's hardiness and beauty. Small-textured leaves provide excellent background for the blue-tinted flowers spring through summer. Full sun to part shade, excellent long-term, container plant, often semi-evergreen in our climate. Deciduous, but hardy to USDA zone 5.
Fabaceae $12 3D

Sophora microphylla 'Sun King'

Sophora microphylla 'Sun King'
This Hillier’s introduction is hardier than either of its parents, withstanding temperatures in the upper teens F. Striking, vase-shaped shrub to 6 ft or so, loaded with large, luscious, bell-shaped, golden pea flowers over a long late spring bloom period. Evergreen foliage is dark, the leaves pinnate and fine-textured. Sun with average summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Fabaceae $18 3D

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Sophora prostrata 'Little Hut' - NZ
Our collection of this diminutive form of the beautifully golden flowered kowhai, to about 3' or so with strongly arching, almost weeping stems of angled ochre gold, festooned with tiny leaves and 1" brightly colored flowers mid to late spring, and occasionally at other times. One of the hardiest of the genus to low USDA Zone 8, with possible dips into 7, even colder if its not outside! Full sun and regular if infrequent water for best stem color, excellent container or bonsai subject.
Fabaceae $18 2D

Speirantha convallarioides

Speirantha convallarioidesfalse lily of the valley
Charming liliaceous evergreen ground cover, one of the myriad from south and east Asia. With bold leaves, this one forms 12" leafy rosettes of deep green slowly spreading to form small colonies to 3 ft or so at home in the deepest, darkest shade. The flowers are tiny trumpets, white and fragrant, appearing in spring and again in fall. Very good for a tropical effect. Needs summer moisture. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae $15 4D

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Stipa barbata Silver feather grass
A long time, garden-tested needlegrass from southern Europe with long, feathered seedheads that curl sinuously above the foliage, reflecting the low angled sunlight of a fall afternoon. One of the most asked about plants in the Cistus garden when in bloom. A clumper, the blades grow to 2 ft by 2 ft, and the inflorescence (flowering stalk) to 3 ft. Sun, and not much summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Poaceae $7 2D

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Stipa elegantissima

Poaceae $14 2D

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Syringa 'Miss Kim'
Hybrid of central asian Lilacs, this shrub, to under 5 ft, with....lilac-purple flowers in mid-spring, sweetly fragrant, the plant much more tolerant of warmer climates than other lilacs and more drought hardy. Full sun and some summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Oleaceae $12 3D

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Tagides lemmonii 'Little Lemon'

Asteraceae $16 4D

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Taxus baccata - golden spreading

Taxaceae $15 2D

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Taxus baccata 'Minuet'
This fastigiate & congested-leaved version of English Yew is perhaps a better plant for a modern small garden. Dark green leaves are an excellent backdrop for many other lighter leaved plants. Fine in a formal situation or container. Full to part sun with normal water. Slow growing, to a very narrow 10' in a fair time.
Taxaceae $15 2D

Tephrocactus articulatus - white spined clone

Tephrocactus articulatus - white spined clonepaper spined cholla
This opuntia relative, one of our collections taken years ago from northwestern Argentina, grows into pyramidal clumps of 18" or so, each pad nearly round with thick, white "crows feet" toward the tip of each one. Established plants display yellow flowers. A good dry garden species in USDA zone 8b or above with protection from excess winter moisture. (Note: If plants become exceedingly dry, pads easily disarticulate.)
Cactaceae $14 2D

Tephrocactus articulatus var. strobiliformis

Tephrocactus articulatus var. strobiliformispinewood cactus
Weird and wonderful opuntia relative from northwest Argentina, this form looking for all the world like a stack of conifer cones... or various other things the imagination might conjure. Lovers of heat, drought and sun. Decent drainage, summer water, winter drought with frost hardiness to a little below 20F, USDA zone 9 or so. Otherwise fabo container plant to amuse friends and frighten neighbors.
Cactaceae $16 4D

Thalictrum ichangense [seedlings]
A shimmering herbaceous jewel to add to the shady border or woodland garden. Grows to approximately 12" x 12" and performs best in fertile, moisture retentive soil in shade to part shade. Frost hardy to USDA zone 4.
Ranunculaceae $12 4D

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Thermopsis macrophylla california false lupine
This native "false lupine" is a gray-leaved summer perennial to 2 feet tall. Common on serpentine rock outcroppings where soils are less than ideal. Yellow pea-like flowers are followed by velvety brown seed pods. Part to full sun with moderate to little water once established. Hardy to 0 degrees F, USDA zone 7.
Fabaceae $11 3D

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Torreya californica california nutmeg
YEW would know this rare member of the yew family that occurs with only a few species in China, Florida and along the Pacific West Coast. All have tiered branches and a wonderful fragrance to the foliage. This species, an understory or chaparral dweller to 30 ft or more under favorable conditions, has cones on adult plants, seed structures that become drupe-like when mature, a single seed covered in red to purple flesh. Yum! One of the better confers for West Coast drought situations. Stun your friends with it’s prickly foliage – or not. Our plants' parents were in the southern Siskiyou Mountains of Shasta County California. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Not lovers of high summer heat with humidity.
Taxaceae $18 4in

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Hatsuyuki'

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Hatsuyuki'asian star jasmine
An Asian star jasmine, very like our T. ‘First Snow’ (the English translation of ‘Hatsuyuki’) but slower growing and shrubbier, so kept separate in order to distinguish these different habits. As with T. 'First Snow' the leaves emerge pinkish white adding green then turning mostly green with age, creating a wonderful color texture in the garden. Sun to part shade with summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $15 3D

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon'

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon'asian star jasmine
Diminutive Asian jasmine, to only 2 ft wide by 6” tall -- can grow larger in time, with shiny gold leaves under 1" on orangey stems and, in spring, creamy, nearly yellow flowers. Wonderful for spilling over planters or as a small scale ground cover. Especially striking with black mondo grass, but isn’t everything? Does well with regular summer water in shade to full sun, though the colors can bleach in the brightest light. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Apocynaceae $14 3D

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Red Top'

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Red Top'asian star jasmine
Hardy flowering jasmine, evergreen, to 10 ft tall or so, for trailing or climbing a wall. This one with deep, reddish bronze new growth turns green in summer and a darker bronze in winter. White flowers, when they finally arrive, have a sweet and creamy fragrance. Sun to part shade with summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $12 3D

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Trachelospermum jasminoides asian star jasmine
You can’t beat the sweet scent of star jasmine in the summer. Evergreen scrambling vine for full to part sun. Can be a rangy ground cover or reach 10-15 ft easily as a vine. Best out of wind corridors in a spot where heat accumulates. Sun and some summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $16 3D

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'star jasmine
A pretty and delicate form brought from England in 1997, this cultivar is as vigorous as the species but the leaves, measuring about 1/2" x 2", are margined and streaked creamy white and plants show a great propensity for climbing. Sweetly scented flowers, more white than cream, in great abundance but small. Makes a wonderful contrast with other clinging vines with dark green leaves, e.g., creeping figs (Ficus pumila) or climbing evergreen hydrangeas (Hydrangea seamanii). We have used this in dark courtyards with such plants as variegated forms of Fatsia japonica and variegated aspidistra to great effect. Shade to sun, though not likely to flower in deepest shade. Fertile, well-watered soil preferably. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Apocynaceae $14 3D

Trachelospermum sp. - Cliff Parks

Trachelospermum sp. - Cliff Parksstar jasmine
Purchased years ago from the great nursery, Camellia Forest, this Cliff Parks collection, clearly related to T. jasminoides, has uniquely broad, triangular leaves with a slightly ruffled surface adding a particularly lovely texture in the garden or container. The flowers, creamy white with maybe a drop of yellow, have the typical star jasmine fragrance with a little drop of custard. We’ve enjoyed this plant for many years but have just now propagated it in enough numbers for you to enjoy as well. Drought tolerant, as are the other star jasmine, but prettier with some summer moisture. Sun or shade with best flowers in sun. Has taken USDA zone 7 winters in stride.
Apocynaceae $14 2D

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Trachycarpus fortunei - Taylor's form
Originally shared with us by plantsman Pat McCracken, this strain selected through multiple cold winters in the Carolinas having survived 0 fehrenheit and a little below unscathed. To 30 ft or so with 3 foot wide by 5 foot long fronds gently bent at the tips and producing copious ammounts of deep blue fruit on female plants. USDA zone 7 for sure. Regular summer water for best appearance.
Arecaceae $15 4D

Tradescantia 'Blue & Gold'

Tradescantia 'Blue & Gold'
Slow-growing spiderwort with soft, foliage golden -- more golden in bright light and more chartreuse in shady conditions -- and stunning, deep, iris-blue flowers, an amazing contrast over a long season. To 18" tall in clumps as wide. Can be cut back in summer to refresh and rehsape. Sun for best color or part shade with regular summer water. Easy in the garden, even enjoying very moist spots. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5. Also known as T. 'Sweet Kate.'
Commelinaceae $11 4D

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Tricyrtis 'Lightning Strike'
Striking toad lily, literally, with handsome imbricate leaves streaked spring green and dark and light yellow and late season, purple-speckled white flowers. Perfect plant for the shade garden where even moisture can be applied and slugs and snails can be denied. Quickly makes a substantial clump. Regular fertilizer and mulch is helpful. Probably USDA zone 4, even colder with mulch.
Liliaceae $12 4D

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Ugni molinae RCH 396
Handsome shrub to 4-5 ft with glossy leaves, this form, a discovery in one of our seed batches, has particularly large – to over 1/3” -- pinky red fruit tasting particularly of strawberry pop tarts. (Sugar sprinkles not included.) Otherwise, 1" leaves, tipped maroon in new growth and white flowers, fragrant in spring to summer. Full sun, especially in coastal areas; dappled shade inland. Organic, well-drained soil a plus. Frost hardy to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae $14 3D

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Umbellularia californica SBH 9689
Also known as California bay laurel, this tough, 6 to 8' evergreen shrub to small tree is great for the dry garden. Leaves are aromatic and used in cooking, although stronger than true bay leaves from Laurus nobilis. Small yellowish flowers are produced in spring followed by a round, green berry that matures purple. Best in sun.
Lauraceae $15 3D

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Uncinia rubra red hook sedge
Ever-red, clumping sedge. Slow growing, to 12" tall x 15" wide and best used in the garden in combination with yellow or light green foliaged plants. For full sun to part shade with regular water in summer. Seed heads can get caught in fur -- both animal and people -- and are best removed. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cyperaceae $12 2D

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Viburnum farreri 'Candidissimum'
This is the winter-blooming Viburnum in the garden, to the west of the main entrance path to BigTop...
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 2D

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Viburnum kansuense
A large flowered viburnum from China with white spring bloom followed by red berries. Nice warm red fall color. May reach 6 ft or so in the garden. Full to part sun with normal summer water. Cold hardy to less than 0F - below USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $16 2D

Viburnum opulus 'Aureum'

Viburnum opulus 'Aureum'golden leaf european cranberry bush
This smallish, striking viburnum has leaves that emerge bronze in spring, aging to dark yellow then turning green as summer approaches. Umbrels of white spring flowers are intensely fragrant and showy against the bright foliage. Bright red berries follow in late summer holding on as long as the birds allow. To a compact 4 ft tall x 5 ft wide, this viburnum makes a statement in the woodland garden in part shade to full sun in coastal areas. Expects regular summer water. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $12 3D

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Viburnum utile
evergreen shrub to 5' with profuse and dense white fragrant spring flowers. Handsome foliage throughout the year. Full to half sun. z7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae $14 2D

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Vitex agnus-castus CHASTE TREE
Here’s an outstanding addition to the dry border. Dusky silvered green leaves below huge candles of purple densely packed September flowers . Large deciduous shrub to 10 ft or a bit more, though easily pruned back. Full sun, no supplemental water needed once established. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6. Easy and carefree addition to the garden.
Lamiaceae $12 4D

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Woodwardia unigemmata Chinese Chain Fern, Jeweled Chain Fern
Gorgeous new fronds emerge in spring, colored pink, copper, and red, aging gracefully to a glossy green, on arching stems to 2-3' in height, growing from the center of evergreen rosettes to 5-10' in width on mature specimens. New ferns form at frond tips on mature specimens. Prefers bright shade to shade, consistent moisture in well-drained soil. USDA zone 7.
Blechnaceae $15 4D

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x Amarygia 'Rose Dark'

Amaryllidaceae $12 4D

x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'

x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'curly aralia ivy
This cross between ivy and fatsia is a winner in all respects. A viney shrub, non-clinging with somewhat lax stems that can reach 3 ft tall. This one has cute, curly leaves that add texture. Usually single stemmed, but branching can easily be encouraged by pinching the tips. As with others, it has been successful in exceedingly dark places, but prefers light shade with supplemental summer water where dry. Makes a fine houseplant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Araliaceae $14 3D

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x Graptoveria 'Pinkie'
This intergeneric hybrid, growing to only about 6", but freely spreading or trailing, boasts cherry-blue foliage, indeed tinted pink, especially in bright light. Fine succulent or rock garden participant or container/windowsill specimen below USDA zone 9. Easy care in decently drained soil.
$8 4in

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x Mangave 'Blazing Saddles'
A Hans Hansen introduction crossing X Mangave 'Bloodspot' with northern Mexico's Agave nizandensis yielding a beautiful deep burgundy red flecked minty green rosette to only about 8" in height and a little wider. Easy to grow in bright light with decent drainage and occasional summer watering and not below 20F so USDA zone 9. Excellent container plant. Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited.
asparagaceae $18 4in

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x Mangave 'Lavendar Lady'

Asparagaceae $18 plugs

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x Mangave 'Maya Queen'

Asparagaceae $18 4in

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x Mangave 'Moonglow' pp29195
Another otherworldly hybrid from plant breeder Hans Hansen. This stunning succulent 2' wide rosette 6" tall of narrow silvery-blue leaves splotched with large deep purple spots, reminiscent of Pandoran flora. Tolerates part sun but more sun = more intense color. Tolerates drought but better with occasional summer water. Newly introduced so guessing cold hardiness in zone 9 possibly lower. Great fast growing patio plant where not hardy.
Asparagaceae $18 4in

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x Mangave 'Navajo Princess'
Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited.
Asparagaceae $18 4D

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x Mangave 'Painted Desert'
This Hans Hansen cross mixing Agave macroacantha and A.nizadensis with darkly spotted Manfreda produced this under one foot rosette with purple spotted leaves backed by olive green with a muted gold stripe down the center of each leaf. Excellent container plant, easy growing with bright light and better than avarage drainage. USDA zone 9 possibly 8b. Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited
Asparagaceae $18 4D

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x Mangave 'Purple People Eater' PP29949
Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited.
Asparagaceae $18 4in

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x Mangave 'Sponge Paint'
Not just a 90's trend but a lovely bi-generic cross between Manfreda and Agave by plantsman Hans Hansen. The stout gray-blue rosettes of triangular leaves peppered with red flecks creating and almost kaleidoscope effect. USDA zone 9. Excellent contianer plant. Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited.
Asparagaceae $18 4in

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x Mangave 'Whale Tale'
Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited.
Asparagaceae $18 4in

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Xyris capensis

Xyridaceae $14 3D

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Yucca 'Blue Sentry'
Newly introduced form of one of the hardiest trunk-forming yuccas, this from a source thought to be too cold to be this species. A robust grower to about 6 ft. in time with inch wide light blue leaves forming a rosette up to three feet. Tolerant of... well, about everything. Tolerant of drought but grows faster with occasional summer water. Excellent container specimen. Full sun USDA zone 7a.
Agavaceae/Asparagaceae $18 4D

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Yucca aloifolia 'Magenta Magic'
A dwarf form of a southeastern North American native discovered by Briggs Nursery as a reversion of Yucca aloifolia 'Blue Boy' growing to only about 2' in height and a little wider. Tough and water tolerant as the species with beautiful broad purple-green leaves; the purple coloration deepening with cooler night time temps in fall and winter. Excellent in gritty well drained soil and tolerant of periodic drought, though grows best with regular water in summer dry western gardens. Compact habit makes it a stellar container subject. Cold hardy to 0-5F USDA zone 7a
Agavaceae $18 4D

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Yucca constricta

Agavaceae $18 3D

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'
Amazing, variegated yucca, clumping to 3 ft, with gold-centered green leaves, the gold brightening in summer’s light. And, true to the species name, the foliage is dressed up with curly white filaments. White flowers in spring on 6 ft stalks. Sun, well-drained soil, and occasional deep summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Agavaceae $18

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Yucca filamentosa 'Hofer's Blue'
This silvery blue form of adam's needle is just as tough and reliable as others in the species with long leaves to about 3 feet tall with a similar spread and creamy white summer flowers on stalks up to 6 feet. Drought and salt tolerant but better with occasional summer water at least to get established. Full sun to light shade and any decent drainage. Excellent in containers and cold hardy down to USDA zone 4.
Agavaceae $18 4D

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Yucca harrimaniae - Duchesne Co. UT

Agavaceae $12 4in

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Yucca linearifolia
One of the most beautiful yucca species, related to Y. rostrata. The 3 ft rosettes atop an eventual 3-8 ft trunk resemble the Australian grass trees, xanthorroea, or a dim version of Dasylirion quadrangularis. Leaves are flattened and somewhat triangular, spring-green to nearly turquoise, and flowers are white on stalks to 3 ft or so above the foliage. Full sun to part shade with good drainage and lean soil. Best with occasional summer water. Found in a few scattered localities, these are from north of Galleana, NL, Mexico, in a most diverse habitat. Though the southern habitat would suggest little frost tolerance, these have so far withstood 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae $016

Yucca pallida

Yucca pallidablue soapwort
Native from Waco, Texas south, this clay-tolerant yucca has no trunk, but offsets rather nicely forming an evenly spaced ‘grove’. Translucent leaf edges on glaucous blue, long leaves are an excellent late afternoon cheap thrill. Each clump 2 ft tall and wide. Best where it receives a bit of water in the summer. Blooms best after a fire. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Agavaceae $16 2D

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Zantedeschia aethiopica - super dwarf form
A very cute calla lily, given to us many years ago by Western Hills Nursery's Marshall Olbrich, and a very small, indeed, as the name suggests. To only about 20" tall and quickly clumping, with shiny green leaves that are only 4-5" across as are the typical white flowers. Easy among other perennials. Enjoying sun and well-drained soil, these are drought or standing water in the summer (only the summer!) tolerant. Evergreen to 20F or so, USDA zone 9; root hardy to below 0F, into zone 6 if well mulched.
Araceae $015 3D

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green Goddess'

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green Goddess'big green calla lily
Tired of those cliché, pure white calla lilies? These beautiful, green-tipped callas grow bigger and more robustly than your average ‘I don’t know where they came from; they were here when we bought the house’ plants. Striking flowers are truly green with white centers, appearing in mid to late summer on plant to 2-3 ft tall. Full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Araceae $12 4D

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules'

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules'hercules calla lily
A truly large form of calla lily that we obtained from Western Hills Nursery in Occidental, CA, bigger in both leaves and flowers -- and, of course, better. Leaves are spotted with cream dots and 8-10”, white flowers appear in early spring on stalks up to 6 ft tall. Full sun to part shade with adequate summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Bulbs can be mulched or lifted in colder climates.
Araceae $16 3D

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Zauschneria 12289

Onagraceae $13 2D

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Zauschneria californica 'Calistoga'

Onagraceae $12 2D

Zauschneria canum 'John Bixby'

Zauschneria canum 'John Bixby'California Fuchsia
A new introduction from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA with soft gray-green leaves and particularly large scarlet flowers. This selection gets slightly taller than the typical native species, to 18" tall, and 4-5' wide. Full sun in well-drained soil. Excellent on slopes or in the mixed border. Hummingbird attractor. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7.
Onagraceae $14 2D

Zingiber 'White Feather'

Zingiber 'White Feather'
Dense clumps of long, handsome, green leaves edged in creamy white. This is the reverse variegation pattern of Z. mioga 'Dancing Crane.' This variegated form reaches 3ft tall and multiplies quickly to form a clump to 5 ft wide. Small, creamy white flowers appear at the base of the stalks in late summer and early fall. Best to avoid the hot afternoon sun and provide plentiful summer water. Easy and frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7 and possibly colder.
Zingiberaceae $15 4D

Zingiber mioga 'Silver Arrow'
Dense clumps of long, handsome, green leaves streaked and speckled white and green. This form reaches 3ft tall and multiplies quickly to form a clump to 5 ft wide. Small, creamy white flowers appear at the base of the stalks in late summer and early fall. Best to avoid the hot afternoon sun and provide plentiful summer water. Easy and frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7 and possibly colder.
$12 4D

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