Retail Availability - Spring 2014: PERENNIALS

 

Running list for 2014 as of May 27 - please check for current availability

 


Abutilon 'Mobile Pink'
Abutilon 'Smoked Salmon'
Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn'
Abutilon 'Victor Reiter'
Acanthus mollis
Adiantum venustum
Agapanthus 'Ed Carman'
Agapanthus 'Midnight Blue'
Allium 'August Confection'
Alocasia x 'Portora'
Amaryllis belladonna - typical West Coast clone
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow'
Aristea major
Aristolochia sempervirens
Asclepias speciosa
Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'
Aspidistra caespitosa 'Jade Ribbons'
Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa'
Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' ['Living Cloud']
Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'
Aspidistra longiloba
Aspidistra tonkinensis - all green form
Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Spotty'
Aspidistra typica 'Old Glory'
Aspidistra yingjiangensis 'Singapore Sling'
Asplenium scolopendrium
Astelia 'Red Devil'
Astelia banksii
Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'
Astelia nervosa 'Westland'
Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'
Astrolepis sinuata
Beesia deltophylla
Begonia 'Water Dance'
Begonia chitoensis
Begonia emeiensis DJHC 98479
Blechnum chilense
Brachyglottis greyi x monroi UCSC 89.189
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' PPAF
Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler'
Canna 'Intrigue'
Canna warszewiczii
Canna x generalis 'Marabout'
Catananche caerulea
Cerinthe major
Cheilanthes lanosa
Cheilanthes tomentosa
Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget'
Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis 'Pink Stripe'
Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca 'Variegata'
Cotula 'Tiffindell Gold'
Craspedia globosa
Dahlia - Bishop's Children Strain
Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'
Dahlia 'Bonne Esperance'
Dahlia 'Fascination'
Dahlia 'Fire Mountain'
Dahlia 'Yellow Hammer'
Debregeasia edulis
Disporopsis jinfushanensis
Echinopsis oxygona
Echium russicum
Echium wildpretii
Epimedium wushanense
Erigeron karvinskianum 'Profusion'
Eriogonum fasciculatum SBH 7671b
Erodium chrysanthum
Eryngium paniculatum RCH 453
Eucomis bicolor
Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' PPAF
Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Phillips'
Farfugium japonicum 'Crested Leopard'
Fragaria chiloensis
Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'
Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii'
Fuchsia regia var. serrae
Galium odoratum
Gladiolus papilio
Glaucium flavum
Glumicalyx goseloides
Gunnera perpensa
Gunnera tinctoria
Hedychium 'Luna Moth'
Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'
Helichrysum selago var. tumidum x H. bellidioides UCSC 89.6
Helichrysum sp. - Joubert Pass form
Helleborus x sternii - Janet Starnes garden
Hemerocallis 'Pennys Worth'
Hemerocallis 'Secured Borders'
Heuchera 'Green Spice'
Heuchera 'Obsidian'
Heuchera 'Sugar Plum' PPAF
Hosta 'First Frost'
Hosta 'Halcyon'
Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink'
Iris - rosy lavender [Pacific Coast Hybrid]
Kniphofia caulescens
Laurentia fluviatilis
Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'
Ledebouria 'Gary Hammer'
Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'
Lewisia cotyledon [mixed seedlings]
Lomatium grayi SBH
Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla DJHC 704
Melianthus major - Ginny Hunt
Mimulus 'Trish'
Mimulus aurantiacus 'Jeff's Tangerine'
Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'
Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'
Pelargonium 'Persian Queen'
Penstemon 'Enor'
Penstemon 'Raven'
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Electric Blue'
Phlomis aurea
Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'
Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue'
Phlox subulata 'Scarlet Flame'
Phormium 'Jack Spratt'
Phormium cookianum
Phygelius 'Peach Trombone'
Phygelius 'Snow Queen'
Polygonatum biflorum
Polypodium vulgare 'Bifido Multifidum'
Potentilla nepalensis 'Melton Fire'
Pyrrosia lingua 'Variegata'
Raoulia australis
Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub'
Rohdea japonica - crested
Salvia canariensis
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'
Silene uniflora 'Druett's Variegated'
Sisyrinchium 'E.K. Balls'
Sisyrinchium striatum 'Aunt May'
Stachys citrina
Symphyotrichum laeve 'Calliope'
Tolmiea menziesii 'Taff's Gold'
Tradescantia sillamontana
Tradescantia sillamontana 'Hogan's Hero'
Tricyrtis 'Lightning Strike'
Tupistra chinensis 'Eco China Ruffles'
Vancouveria hexandra
Wasabia japonica 'Mr. Kim'
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules'

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Abutilon 'Mobile Pink' flowering maple
Flared and ruffled pink flowers on this compact shrub, to only 4 ft. Sun to lots of shade with average water and fertilizer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8b. Mulch in place in a protected spot for extra winter hardiness. Does well in containers.
Malvaceae

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Abutilon 'Smoked Salmon' flowering maple
Lovely, orange blossoms in the shape of flared bells makes this Abutilon eye-catching. A reliable repeat bloomer from spring until frost. Compact plant growing approx 2ft x 2ft. Sun to shade. Great container plant or temporary garden plant. Frost hardy to USDA zone 9b. A great flowering maple.
Malvaceae

Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn'

Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn'flowering maple
Probably one of the oldest abutilon cultivars (from the Victorian era), but sadly, also one of the least hardy. Large, maple-like, variegated leaves, green splashed white, and large, hanging-bell, apricot-orange flowers with dark veins to be enjoyed over a long bloom season. We keep ours in a pot or replace it each spring. Well worth it! Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
Malvaceae

Abutilon 'Victor Reiter'

Abutilon 'Victor Reiter'flowering maple
Large, richly hued orange flowers face downward over a long bloom season on this 6-8 ft shrub Best in a protected spot, out of afternoon blasty sun and where it can grow up through another plant. One of the best of the flowering maples. Summer water and generous fertilizer. Frost hardy in the mid teems F, USDA zone 8b.
Malvaceae

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Acanthus mollis bear’s breech
Perhaps one of the best plants for dryish shade, this large-leaved perennial is famous for decorating the tops of Corinthian columns. Large, translucent, mauve-sea foam spiky flowers appear in summer on tall stems above the very lush foliage. Very architectural. Easy in sun with summer water to dry shade. Can remain evergreen above 20F, dying back below and returning in the spring. Root hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
Acanthaceae

Adiantum venustum

Adiantum venustumhimalayan maidenhair fern
Striking maidenhair fern, native to China and the Himalayas, with lacy foliage that emerges bronzy pink and ages to a gentle green that stands out again the black stems. To only 6” tall, these spread slowly by underground rhizomes to form a clump up to 3 ft across. Light shade with plentiful moisture is best and encourages faster growth. Evergreen to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8 and root hardy to at least –20F, USDA zone 5. Also does well in containers, indoors and out.
Adiantaceae

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Agapanthus 'Ed Carman'
Named for Ed Carman, the famed San Jose nurseryman, a lovely perennial with variegated leaves to 24-28" tall, striped in pale yellow and chartreuse, and huge trusses of pure white flowers standing above the foliage in mid to late summer. Best in sun with summer water. Has been deciduous but frost hardy for us in Pacific Northwest, USDA zone 8 and would possibly into zone 7 with mulch for winter protection.
Amaryllidaceae

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Agapanthus 'Midnight Blue' lily of the nile
Gorgeous globes of deep blue-violet flowers on 2.5 ft stalks appear in July and August above 18-24” clumps of dark green, strap-like leaves, narrower than other forms. This Irish selection of a South African native loves sun to part shade, plenty of fertilizer in summer, and well-drained soil. Needs water during the growing season but resents too much water at any time. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Amaryllidaceae

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Allium 'August Confection' mountain garlic
Small, NON invasive allium, a selection by plantsman Mark McDonough that forms small, handsome clumps of grassy foliage, to only 5" tall, and produces dark, ruddy pink flowers in mid to late summer. Sun to part shade and fairly drought tolerant though accepting of summer water as well. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7. Said to attract butterflies and repel deer. Full name Alium senescens spp. montanum 'August Confection'.
Amaryllidaceae

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Alocasia x 'Portora'
The Arnold Schwarzenegger of Alocasias, A. 'Portora' is a muscular beast , growing 6-8' or more in a single season as a juvenile and 10-12' as an adult. Magnificent leaves are heavily scalloped with thick, ropy veins. Plant in mostly shade. You will likely believe this plant has died during winter before it reincarnates itself in spring much like Arnold did in the first Terminator film. Likes frequent watering during summer, but too much water during winter, especially when young, is a no-no. Plant in rich, well-drained site with thick layer of winter mulch. Hardy to 10-15 degrees.
Araceae

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Amaryllis belladonna - typical West Coast clone

Amaryllidaceae

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow' columbine
Fabulous dark, nearly black-purple flowers mark this columbine, bred for the cut flower trade and perfect in the garden with a bit of shade. Foliage is blue green and delicate on stems to 20" tall in clumps to 12" wide. Best in rich soil with average summer water. Frost hardy to -20, USDA zone 6.
Ranunculaceae

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Aristea major blue sceptre
Of this intriguing group of blue-flowered irids mostly from South Africa, we had thought this species too tender for permanent planting in these parts, but they have thriven for many years now, giving us courage. Easy in average garden conditions and luscious with summer water, with bright green, iris-like leaves to 2 ft or a bit more, and clusters of sky-blue flowers from spring through fall -- all from the small inflorescence, so don't cut them back. Bright light is best. Outstanding planted with yellow foliage nearby. Evergreen to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8; regrowing, especially with mulch, from 10F or so. (Also known as Aristea capitata.)
Iridaceae

Aristolochia sempervirens

Aristolochia sempervirensevergreen dutchman's pipe
Cool evergreen vine or goundcover, native to the Mediterranean, with heart-shaped leaves and in spring through fall "Dutchman pipe" flowers, yellow-throated, purplish tubes. Reaches 5 - 15 ft tall and thrives in sunny to partly shaded, gardens tolerating summer drought or water. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Aristlolchiaceae

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Asclepias speciosa showy milkweed
Fabulous west coast native perennial with large round clusters of rose and white fragrant star flowers on 3 foot stems in mid summer. Large, soft silver-green leaves are pleasant on the eyes as well as the fingers. Attracts butterflies, including our western Monarch. Full sun, summer drought, well-drained soil. Winter deciduous. Reliable, easy and rewarding. Cold hardy to -20 F, USDA zone 5.
Apocynaceae

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'

Aspidistra 'Spek-tacular'
Shared with us by plantsman, Linda Guy, this wonderful cast iron plant, growing to over 3 ft tall with narrow dark green leaves, has way spotted leaves held upright, almost glowing with the creamy spreckles. Clumps to about 4 ft wide in a reasonable time. Able to withstand dark shade to dappled light but bleaches in too much sun. Prefers damp well drained soil. Excellent container. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae

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Aspidistra caespitosa 'Jade Ribbons' cast iron plant
Shared with us years ago by Barry Yinger, this small, cast iron plant produces leaves, to only about 18" in height, in dense clusters of deep green with a satiny blue finish. Intriguingly beautiful for gardens or containers in medium shade to the deepest, darkest recesses of the garden. Fairly fast growing in the southeast due to hot summer nights; on the West Coast, they are slower but worthwhile. Regular summer water in dryer climates to push them along a bit, though they can go without for long periods. Undamaged at 10 to 12F, USDA zone 8, if out of wind; can recover from 0F, zone 7.
Asparagaceae

Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa'

Aspidistra elatior 'Amanogawa'cast iron plant
First introduced to the US, we believe, by Barry Yinger, this diminutive evergreen perennial, to about 1 ft or so in height, has very shiny leaves in dense clumps, each leaf stripped and splashed various shades of gold. Not the most stable creature in the world ... but then, neither are most of our friends ... and should be relieved of the occasional rogue green sport that might appear. Slow growing but one of the more striking variegated cast iron plants. Fine in even the very darkest shade with summer water to establish and for faster growth. Excellent container plant for medium to very low light. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6.
Asparagaceae

Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' ['Living Cloud']

Aspidistra elatior 'Seiun' ['Living Cloud']cast iron plant
Small and hard-to-find aspidistra, the leaves only 2" wide by 12" tall and heavily spreckled with yellow spots on both sides, forming a cheerful, multi-stemmed, clumping perennial for the woodland garden in bright shade to the darkest part of the garden. Lovers of rich soil and even moisture, they are not supposed to be attractive to deer. Evergreen in upper USDA zone 8; root hardy to 10F, the bottom of zone 8; and a bright, sturdy houseplant where temperatures drop into zone 7.
Asparagaceae

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata'cast iron plant
The solution to your shadiest spot: a cast iron plant with lovely white stripes on dark green leaves, to 2+ ft tall. Hardy outdoors in light to deep shade with normal summer water, they prefer good drainage. Regular summer water for best appearance, though tolerant of long dry periods. Clumping plants, they are somewhat slow growing, doubling their size in a few years. Also fab in a container. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae

Aspidistra longiloba

Aspidistra longilobacast iron plant
An unusual cast iron plant, slowly spreading to make 4 ft wide clumps in a reasonable amount of time, with shiny spring-green leaves of only about 6" long, but pleasingly rounded at the base making them nearly oval. Easy in cultivation, for addition to containers or repeating in the shade garden. A layer of mulch over existing soil helps their little rhizomes spread a bit more quickly. Provide even summer moisture for more rapid growth, especially along the West Coast. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; zone 7 with reliable mulch and protection.
Asparagaceae

Aspidistra tonkinensis - all green form

Aspidistra tonkinensis - all green formcast iron plant
An all green form of this aspidistra species from Southeast China, with graceful, narrow, arching leaves, to 3 ft or more, emerging with black sheaths. These are vigorous growers, appearing earlier in the spring and seemingly more frost tolerant than the species. Best in shade to deep shade and, though accepting of drought, prefers regular summer water and rich soil. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 7.
Asparagaceae

Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Spotty'

Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Spotty'cast iron plant
A Cistus introduction of a lovely species, this our seedling selection from Southeast China, with graceful, long green leaves, to 3 ft or more, emerging with black sheaths, the leaves humorously spotted almost golden. Tolerant of deep shade and drought, but more pleased with ample summer moisture and good soil. Thus far frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7. We think this is one of the most graceful of all the aspidistras.
Asparagaceae

Aspidistra typica 'Old Glory'

Aspidistra typica 'Old Glory'cast iron plant
Small cast iron plant, selected in Sichuan Province in 2002 by Darrell Probst and named by Plant Delights Nursery. To only 15" tall, the wide and shiny green leaves marked by a broad, greenish yellow band down the middle and, especially with age, spreckles and spots adding texture. Slowly forms clumps. As with others of the genus, does well in containers or in the garden in shade to very deep shade, bringing color to dark corners. Tolerates some drought but prefers even moisture in rich soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 to upper zone 7 with protection.
Asparagaceae

Aspidistra yingjiangensis 'Singapore Sling'

Aspidistra yingjiangensis 'Singapore Sling'cast iron plant
This lovely creature, found in a market in Singapore (we believe) both by Barry Yinger and Hayes Jackson, grows to 3 ft or more with only 1-2" wide leaves of deep green, strikingly polka dotted cream yellow. Very spiffy even in deepest darkest shade. Summer water to establish and regularly thereafter for fastest growth though tolerates dry shade as well. As many others, this one is slow growing and we are happy to finally have enough to share. Despite its origins has been frost hardy in the garden at least into USDA zone 8. Also makes a lovely container specimen for medium to low light.
Asparagaceae

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Asplenium scolopendrium hart's tongue fern
Evergreen fern with bright green, leathery, tongue-shaped fronds forming erect clumps up to 1-1.5 ft tall and wide. This European native for part to full shade is best grown in rich, very well-drained soil with average summer moisture. Thrives in alkaline, limestone soils as well. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Aspleniaceae

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Astelia 'Red Devil' red mountain astelia
Found some years ago on NZ's south island after many quasi-successful endeavors in bringing this plant to North America, our original collection is finally available from Christchurch's fabulous Texture Plants Nursery. Similar in size to A. 'Red Gem' (to 2ft tall and wide) but with deeper burgundy tones in winter and throughout summer in exposed locations. Often quite stunning. Despite its xeric appearance, it prefers reliably damp conditions and a slight northerly aspect in hotter climates. Plants have survived to 0 F in others gardens, but we will say upper zone 7 to be on the safe side. Woohoo!
Asteliaceae

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Astelia banksii shore astelia
Graceful member of a handsome, genus, the arching leaves, to 4 ft tall, spring-green with striking silver undersides and spring flowers cream to chartreuse flowers, small and hidden in the foliage but looking very much like corn flowers, strange and beautiful. As the common name would imply, these are lovers of coastal conditions, tolerating salt spray. Easy in full sun to dappled shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy into the mid teens, mid USDA zone 8; has survived 10 to 12F with some protection. Best as pot specimens in the hottest and most humid areas of the southeast.
Asteliaceae

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Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear' silver spear
The largest of a beautiful group of agave/hypoxiodes (phormioides?) ... whatever ... with dazzlingly silver rosettes, this one making an offsetting clump from 3-5 ft high and wide with 3-4" wide leaves. The stunning silver effect is best, for us, in light shade. We keep our specimens in single rosettes as they are most striking, giving away the offsets (or selling them at extraordinarily high prices...But for you...) Love well-drained soil, though certainly don't mind being continually moist. Not fond of prolonged drought. Avoid excessive summer heat. One of the best and most striking container specimens. This species, frost hardy to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8, recovering from 10 to 12F. If those temperatures are expected, at least go out and throw a tarp over it. It's ok, all of us have been seen in our bathrobes doing the same thing.
Asteliaceae

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Astelia nervosa 'Westland'
A relatively recent escapee from New Zealand...(no, we don't mean it has invasive potential; New Zealanders are generally very courteous) and doubtless a hybrid between A. nervosa and A. fragrans. Very pretty, clumping rosettes, roughly 18" tall spreading to 2 ft with downy covered leaves, adding hues of gold and silver tending toward maroon with winter's coolness. Slightly slower growing for us than A. n. 'Red Gem', but a very nice complement. You need them both. Full sun for best color as well. Winter color at its best in cooler climates. Regular water. Great container plant. Undamaged to at least the low teens F, mid USDA zone 8, possibly colder.
Asteliaceae

Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'

Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'red sword sedge
Our favorite A. nivicola collection, New Zealand natives, forming clumps to 2 ft wide by roughly 18" tall with numerous leaves all coated with a soft silver fur and turning deep red, almost burgundy, with light and frost in winter. Very striking! This has been one of the toughest creatures, having not had frost damage even in our 14F, arctic extravaganza in 1996. Also an amazing container plant where burgundy tones in rosette-forming plants are hard to come by. Prefers even summer moisture in bright light for best color, though accepting of shade. Tolerant of frost to 10F, USDA zone 8, with reports of near 0F out of the wind.
Asteliaceae

Astrolepis sinuata

Astrolepis sinuatawavy scaly cloak fern
A fern that loves sunny dry places. From the desert southwest come these luxurious clumps of gray-sage-green leaves with felty, orange undersides. To 1-2 ft tall eventually and evergreen to semi-evergreen. Full sun to dappled shade with excellent drainage and lean, gritty soil. Best placed where air circulation is good and the roots can remain cool, perhaps in a rock garden. Drought tolerant but enjoys occasional summer water. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Pteridaceae

Beesia deltophylla

Beesia deltophylla
Very nice small, evergreen groundcover from China with shiny, heart-shaped leaves and spikes of white flowers in late summer. Lovely vein patterns add texture to the leathery foliage. Plants form clumps 18” wide x 1 ft tall in dappled shade to full shade. Tolerant of many soils but best planted in areas that are consistently moist and well-drained soil. Creates a good backdrop for other shade loving perennials. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Ranunculaceae

Begonia 'Water Dance'

Begonia 'Water Dance'

Begoniaceae

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Begonia chitoensis
Another hardy begonia to add to the garden. This one collected at high elevation in China. Rather tough, glossy leaves that remain evergreen unless a major frost should happen. Pink flowers in late summer through autumn. 16-18in tall. USDA zone 7. Zone 6 with mulch.
Begoniaceae

Begonia emeiensis DJHC 98479

Begonia emeiensis DJHC 98479
A Dan Hinkley collection from Emei Shan and a striking addition to the increasingly large repertoire of begonias hardy in USDA zone 6 or above, this with 6-8” succulent, heart-shaped leaves and, in late summer and fall, attractive clusters of luscious pink flowers within the canopy. Shade to afternoon shade in moist conditions. Evergreen into the upper 20s F; deciduous but resprouting handily in early spring after temperatures as low as -10F, USDA zone 6, especially if mulched. A swollen (node) at the end of each leaf petiole can sprout and increase the plant. Easy
Begoniaceae

Blechnum chilense

Blechnum chilensechilean hard fern
Striking evergreen fern, large and bold with dark green fronds, upright and leathery on rose- pink stems. Reaches 5-6 ft tall in perfect conditions, e.g., moist, cool shade. Can take more light with plenty of summer water. Forms colonies through underground rhizomes making a larger presence. Very nice and very effective in the woodland or dappled shade garden. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Blechnaceae

Brachyglottis greyi x monroi UCSC 89.189

Brachyglottis greyi x monroi UCSC 89.189
From a plant at the University of California Santa Cruz that had been in the garden for more than 20 years, quite possibly one of the Dunedin Hybrids from the 1950s. This form to about 3.5 ft tall with elongated and scalloped leaves, gray-green on top and nearly white on the undersides -- an elegant bi-color effect. Sun to dappled shade. Somewhat drought tolerant but best with some summer water in dry places. Loves cool coastal conditions; dislikes hot humid areas, i.e., the eastern US (sorry). Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' PPAF
This silver-leaved brunnera with dark green veins is a recent and handsome introduction, an excellent backdrop for the bright blue, forget-me-not flowers of spring. An excellent ‘do-er’ in dry shade as well as in woodland conditions with summer water. Easy to establish in rich and well-drained soil, forming clumps to 12" tall x 24" wide and spreading slowly. Frost hardy -40F, USDA zone 3.
Boraginaceae

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Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler'
Truly splendid canna, the leaves, purple on top and blue-gray underneath, create a perfect backdrop for the pink flowers that repeat all summer long. To 6 ft tall in one season. Lovely as a garden accent, alone or in a group. Best, in sun to part shade with plentiful irrigation in summer and well-drained soil to avoid sogginess in winter. Mulch for better winter protection. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7 so no need to dig and store for the winter.
Cannaceae

Canna 'Intrigue'

Canna 'Intrigue'
Peach apricot flowers and dusty purple narrow leaves on this vigorous 6-8 ft plant. Full to half sun with summer water and good drainage for winter protection. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. It will change your life.
Cannaceae

Canna warszewiczii

Canna warszewiczii
A wonderful species canna with dark burgundy stems, deep green leaves and cherry-red flowers from late spring through frost. As with most species canna, the flowers are smaller, more elegant, and they fall freely from the spike, maintaining a tidy look without much effort on your part. Grows to 6 feet high. Full to part sun, rich soil and summer water for the best growth. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, or so, give it good drainage and mulch in winter for extra protection. Great for the hardy tropical garden.
Cannaceae

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Canna x generalis 'Marabout'
Georgeous canna with broad green leaves with a prominent mid-rib and, in summer, brilliant orange-red flowers attract hummingbirds galore, not to mention neighbors and passing strangers from summer into fall. To about 6 ft tall, quickly forming multi-stemmed trunks in sun with plentiful summer water and well-drained soil for protection in winter. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Cannaceae

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Catananche caerulea cupid's dart
Sweet perennial, to 2 ft tall, from the Mediterranean areas of Europe and Africa with silver-green foliage and blue-lavender flowers from mid summer to autumn. Drought tolerant once established and easy in the garden. Full sun and well-drained soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Asteraceae

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Cerinthe major
The flowers on this Mediterranean annual are out of this world! Blue-purple bells dangle like precious jewels from glaucous, rubbery leaves. A lover of cool spring weather, this charmer does best in average to poor soil with sun and a splash of water now and again. Will reseed if happy. 2 ft x 2 ft. Annual in all zones.
Boraginaceae

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Cheilanthes lanosa hairy lip fern
A gorgeous, drought tolerant fern for sun or part shade with soft, gray-green fronds on dark brown stipes, to only 8" tall x 15" wide. Found in the eastern and mid-western US on rocky slopes and cliffs so good drainage is a must in the rock garden or in containers. Tolerates periods of drought but occasional light watering is welcome in the summer. Evergreen in USDA zone 8 and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Pteridaceae

Cheilanthes tomentosa

Cheilanthes tomentosawooly lip fern
A fern for the sunny garden as long as the drainage is excellent. Native to the southern United States, this fern earns its common name, the foliage silver green on top with fuzzy white undersides. Very nice. Grows by underground rhizomes to only 8-12” tall. Takes part shade as well as sun in gritty soil with occasional summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Pteridaceae

Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget'

Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget'gold nugget spider plant
From the Drakensburgs of eastern South Africa and shared with us by plantsman Gary Hammer, this is essentially a dwarf, variegated, ground-covery spider plant -- with no macramé hangers needed. (Does anyone remember macramé?) Has been a wonderful addition to container plantings for us with its 6", light cream and green striped leaves and has been hardy in the ground, frosting back only when temperatures drop to 20F, USDA zone 9, though we would recommend a mulch with such temperatures. Even summer moisture; bright light to fairly deep shade. Decent drainage best.
Asparagaceae

Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'

Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'
Terrific perennial for ground cover, garden accent, or pot specimen in full sun to light shade with regular summer water. Foliage is a very respectable blue-green that is completely covered in late summer/early autumn by profuse daisy-like flowers, wonderfully warm pink with yellow centers -- a pink everyone can love. Forms clumps 2-3 ft tall by 2 ft wide, spreading underground. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Asteraceae

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Cordyline australis cabbage palm
Much overused as an annual though much better as a perennial resident where temperatures allow. Eventually grows into a small tree with multiple crowns of palm-like, bright green foliage just before freezing to the ground in a bad winter, then starting over again. Quite permanent along the Oregon coast or wherever temperatures stay above 20F, USDA zone 9.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae

Cordyline australis 'Pink Stripe'

Cordyline australis 'Pink Stripe'
Unusual and hard to find Cordyline, this one having arrived from England 10 years ago. Trunk forming plant with striking foliage -- stunning pink and cream stripes with a green leaf margin. Sun to part shade. Best with some summer water. Can withstand brief bouts in the teens F, USDA zone 8b, longer bouts with protection, and resprouts from as low as 10F, USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae

Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca 'Variegata'

Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca 'Variegata'variegated glaucous scorpion-vetch
Variegated form of an obscure plant, though hopefully not for long -- obscure that is.... A Mediterranean shrub, rewarding not only for its soft, blue-streaked-white leaves, but also its canary yellow flowers from late winter through mid-spring then sporadically through the rest of the year. Strongly sweet smelling and most rewarding planted near a path where the foliage stands out and the fragrance can be enjoyed. Quite summer drought tolerant in dappled shade to bright sun. Lean conditions create more compactness. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
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Cotula 'Tiffindell Gold' creeping gold buttons
Feathery evergreen foliage and an abundance of golden button flowers in late spring to fall on this great little groundcover from Tiffindell, South Africa. Ground hugging and vigorous (in a good way) with summer water, slower without. Makes a great carpet for a low traffic area or a knitter for sunny perennial beds. Full sun to light shade and good drainge. Frost hardy to -10 F, USDA zone 6.
Asteraceae

Craspedia globosa

Craspedia globosabilly buttons; drumsticks
An odd little evergreen perennial from the plains of eastern Australia with shiny silver-blue-green, felted foliage (whew!) in clumps of 12-18" and architectural spheres of yellow flowers held atop 3 ft stalks. Great for cut flowers or use in a sunny border. Tolerates heavy soil in sun with regular summer water. Cold hardy into USDA zone 8.
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Dahlia - Bishop's Children Strain
A great seed strain from D. 'Bishop of Llandaff' having variable flower colors in radiant jewel tones. The foliage is a gorgeous dark black which sets off the bright single flowers. Like many other Dahlias, if the drainage is good enough in winter and there is ample mulch they may be over wintered directly in the ground. Or, dig them up and store them in the garage or basement until the following season. 2-3ft x 2-3ft. Full Sun. Summer water. USDA zone 7
Asteraceae

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'
This stylish dahlia has greenish bronzy-black leaves and deep orange-scarlet flowers, a good contrast and just the color for fall. To 3 ft tall or so. You may lift them in winter or leave them in the ground if your soil is very well drained. Full sun and normal summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7; lower if mulched.
Asteraceae

Dahlia 'Bonne Esperance'

Dahlia 'Bonne Esperance'
Blooming all summer with small pink, yellow-centered flowers, this is a classic small dahlia, reaching only 12-18” tall, a nice addition to a perennial border accent among shrubs. Bees love them. As with all dahlias, good drainage keeps them healthy in winter; and water keeps them blooming in summer. Best in full sun but tolerates some shade. No need to lift the tubers in USDA zone 8 with good drainage.
Asteraceae

Dahlia 'Fascination'

Dahlia 'Fascination'
Dark black purple foliage with iridescent lavender flowers. Seems to be hardy in well-drained ground when tubers are 6" or so deep. Foliage reaches 2 ft tall and flowers stand above to 4 ft. Sun and summer water. Nice in front of your new cobalt wall. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 with good winter drainage.
Asteraceae

Dahlia 'Fire Mountain'

Dahlia 'Fire Mountain'
This stunning dahlia has vibrant red-orange flowers in late summer and fall standing above bronzey black leaves. A striking and exciting contrast. To 3 ft tall and wide over time and best in mixed border with green leaved plants to ‘pop’ the dark foliage. Full to half sun with good drainage and regular summer water. Possible frost hardy to USDA zone 8 with good drainage but for better insurance, tubers should be lifted and overwintered in a dry place.
Asteraceae

Dahlia 'Yellow Hammer'

Dahlia 'Yellow Hammer'
Yellow blooms contrast nicely with bronzey, blackish foliage. Grows 2-3 ft tall with deliciously cheerful flowers that persist into autumn. Can be lifted and stored for winter or left in the ground where the drainage is very good. Wonderful for containers. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7 with mulch.
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Debregeasia edulis
Tall nettle relation that came to us from Shanghai. Hardy in our Portland garden for 7 years. 10 ft+ with netted leaves that are dark on top and have reflective, white undersides. Site over pond for max effect. White flowers appear on the stems followed by orange berries that are edible, eaten raw in Taiwan. Sun to part shade with average summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 8, resprouting from the ground.
Urticaceae

Disporopsis jinfushanensis

Disporopsis jinfushanensisdwarf evergreen soloman’s seal
Another of the small group of evergreen Solomon seals for the woodland garden, this one apparently closely related to D. fuscopicta, keeping many of its characteristics -- e.g., unbranched stalks and shiny, rounded leaflets with prominent veins -- but in smaller dimensions. Mid-spring flowers also emerge soft white and age to chartreuse. To only 6" tall or so and slowly spreading to create dense patches in shade to part shade with rich soil and regular summer moisture. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Liliaceae

Echinopsis oxygona

Echinopsis oxygonaeaster lily cactus
Fast-growing, round little cactus, quickly offsetting to form large, handsome clumps that produce beautiful, trumpet-shaped, fragrant flowers on long, tubular stems, flowers that open at night and last only one day. Blooms from late spring through summer in colors from white tinted pink to lavender-pink. Thrives in sun to half-shade in porous and lean, well-drained soil with judicious summer water. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8 if kept dry in winter. Otherwise a successful indoor plant in good light.
Cactaceae

Echium russicum

Echium russicum
This extremely hardy European echium is smaller than most of its kin, to only 2 ft tall with tall spikes of saturated dark red flowers. To 2 ft tall in clumps to 18" wide. Though considered biennial, these are perennial in well-drained soil that is very lean. Also seeds itself in undisturbed gravel mulch. Sun is best. Tolerant of drought but intolerant of transplanting. Frost hardy and perennial in USDA zone 7.
Boraginaceae

Echium wildpretii

Echium wildpretiitower of jewels
An extraordinary addition to the dry garden, one of the plants in our garden that receives the most comment when in bloom with its huge column of dark red-pink flowers, to 4-8 ft tall, rising out of the low-growing rosette of narrow, silvery leaves. This native of the Canary Islands is a biennial, forming a handsome, 2 ft rosette in the first year and blooming spectacularly beginning in spring of the second year. Produces abundant seed to perpetuate itself, especially if surrounding soil is loose and undisturbed. Best in full sun, very well-drained soil, and little or no summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
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Epimedium wushanense
Stunning and rare epimedium found only in China's Wushan mountains, with long, to 10", and narrow, deeply veined leaves with distinct spines along the edges and red new growth fading to bronze before turning a lush green. Spring flowers are pale yellow and densely held above the foliage on stems to 2 ft tall. Part sun or light shade is best with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least -20F, USDA zone 5 and expected to tolerate colder temperatures. Also said to be deer resistant.
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Erigeron karvinskianum 'Profusion' santa barbara daisy
A favorite universal ‘knitter’, a perennial forms low-growing mounds of gray-green, light and airy foliage that tucks itself into nooks and crannies, blooming profusely over a long season, the flowers, white aging to pink, creating a multicolored effect.Easy in hot sun with or without summer water once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8 and reseeds, acting as an annual at much lower temperatures.
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Eriogonum fasciculatum SBH 7671b
18" compact
Polygonaceae

Erodium chrysanthum

Erodium chrysanthum
Silver foliaged, hardy geranium relation from Turkey with soft yellow flowers in spring. To only 6” tall by an eventual 18” wide. Excellent in hot dry situations, e.g. in the rock garden or mixed border (placed where it won't be overrun by something else.) Sun, well-drained soil is best with occasional water in hottest months. Very tough. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Eryngium paniculatum RCH 453 chupalla
Yet another graceful evergreen sea holly, this from south central Chile and growing to about 18” with arching, shiny, spring green leaves, often faintly marked silver. The flowers in spring and summer are decorated with sputnik florets, small white flowers, and particularly attractive at a distance. Drought tolerant, though summer water is appreciated. Sun to light dappled shade and tolerant of poorly drained soil. Frost hardy to 10 to 12F, USDA zone 8, or even a bit lower.
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Eucomis bicolor
Impressive bulbous perennial with long-lasting, star-shaped flowers that are reminiscent of pineapples. Flowers in summer on thick, solitary stalks. Native to the dry screes and damp meadows of South Africa and tropical southern Africa. Water regularly in summer but allow to dry out when dormant. Easy. Zone 8.
Asparagaceae

Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' PPAF

Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' PPAFmilkwort
Small-scale evergreen spurge, a hybrid between E. nicaeensis and E. sequieriana ssp. niciciana, to only about 18” tall in dense mounds to 2 ft wide. Leaves are blue-green, 1" long and narrow on 2" rosettes; flowers are the typical chartreuse over a long season. Very good knitter or spiller with year-round color. Summer drought tolerant, preferring bright light and good drainage. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Euphorbiaceae

Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Phillips'

Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Phillips'
Striking evergreen euphorbia, a selection of the hybrid between Euphorbia mellifera and E. stygiana, both handsome in themselves. This one was chosen for its vigor, height up to 5-6 ft tall x 8 ft wide, long narrow leaves with a striking white central rig and brown, honey-scented flowers in sharp contrast. Enjoys full sun and well-drained soil. Frost hardy into the upper teens F, uppermost USDA zone 8 so best in a protected spot where temperatures regularly drop below 20F, or kept in container and provided winter protection.
Euphorbiaceae

Farfugium japonicum 'Crested Leopard'

Farfugium japonicum 'Crested Leopard'spotted crested ligularia
Yellow spots on crinkley-edged, gray-green leaves mark this tropical looking farfugium. The early summer flowers are yellow and daisy-like but these are mostly grown for the foliage. A small perennial, to only 20” tall in clumps. Moisture and lots of it! in sun to part shade. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Fragaria chiloensis beach strawberry
Great native ground cover for sun to part shade. Handsome white flowers cover the plant in summer, and if you’re lucky, a harvest of sweet berries follows in June. Very easy to grow. Frost hardy to USDA zone 5
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Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'
Upright fuchsia with golden leaves and single flowers, cerise pink with a lavender blue corolla. To 30" tall, becoming a stout shrub in dappled shade or afternoon shade. Rich soil with consistent summer water is best with occasional fertilizer for health. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii'
Profuse red and purple flowers are abundant and smaller than the species on this shrub, to 5-8 ft tall x 3-5 ft with arching branches. Dark green leaves emerge with some bronzing. This is a very old-fashioned fuchsia, great for hummingbirds, old and young. Sun to part shade in rich soil with summer water in hottest climates. Cut back to 8-12" in late winter. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Fuchsia regia var. serrae
This fuchsia will attempt to climb or drape on whatever it is near, reaching 10-20 ft if allowed. Silvery shiny leaves, purple flowers and violet berries make this patio plant a winner. Overwinter via cuttings on windowsill. Olé Brazil. Particularly colorful with morning sun. Happy in dappled shade. Regular summer water as well. Freezes back in the low 20sF, resprouts from the low to mid teens F, low USDA zone 8.
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Galium odoratum sweet woodruff
Small groundcover, to only 6-12" tall, form clumps that spread slowly at the edges. Clusters of white flowers hover above the plants in May and early June, brightening the shady garden. Foliage is fine-textured and aromatic when crushed, hence the common name of sweetscented bedstraw. Shade to part shade in rich soil with consistent summer water to maintain moisture. Can go summer dormant if dry. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Rubiaceae

Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papiliogoldblotch gladiolus
A species gladiola -- lovely, simple, and unusual with grassy foliage, to 2 ft tall, and a flower stalk that rises above in August and September showing off lavender blooms with purplish “butterfly” markings inside. They need well-drained soil with consistent summer moisture and bright light. Best planted where they have plenty of room and robust neighbors. Perennial, dying back in winter and returning in spring. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Glaucium flavum horned poppy
Perennial poppy, with blue leaves forming a rosette to 1 ft across, almost like a succulent, and yellow flowers in mid to late summer on stems rising to 2 ft. The "horned" part of the common name refers to the shape of the seed pods. Full sun and well-drained soil with little summer water needed. Resprouts and reseeds. Good in containers. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Papaveraceae

Glumicalyx goseloides

Glumicalyx goseloidesnodding chocolate flower
Too cool rock garden/wall/container plant. A proliferation of 10" nodding flower stalks that turn from white to orangy/red that make the humming birds go mad from spring to frost. Oh, the flowers smell like chocolate, too. Yum. Full to half sun/good drainage. A CDN collection from Lesotho, South Africa. Hardy to 0F or below.
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Gunnera perpensa
A "dinosaur" plant for the smaller lizards, this southern hemisphere perennial growing up to 2 ft tall with 6" wavy, green leaves. They love moisture, swampy moisture, in sun to part shade, dying back in the colder months to reappear in spring. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8..
Gunneraceae

Gunnera tinctoria

Gunnera tinctoriadinosaur food
Stunning as are all Gunneras, this version of "dinosaur food" has sharply lobed and wrinkled leaves with endearing little bumps. The rhubarb-like leaves can reach over 8 ft in height and width and are also tinted with purple -- always a good thing! The flowers appear as 2 ft ...ummm...blobs that look like they have been dipped in orange bird seed. So much for botanical descriptions. Best if used in a boggy situation where water is always present, especially in summer. With afternoon shade anywhere but at the coast. Can also be used in normal garden conditions but does not attain the great size. Often survives but not shiningly in high summer heat and humidity. USDA zone 8.
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Hedychium 'Luna Moth' luna moth ginger lily
Large and very fragrant, white flowers, indeed appearing very moth-like, make this flowering ginger a special addition to the partly shaded garden. This hybrid by Tom Wood, remains compact, to only 3-4 ft tall, with large, green and shiny leaves and flowers throughout the summer into fall. Best in part to full shade in rich soil that drains well and receives regular water. Easily frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and into upper zone 7 with good drainage.
Zingiberaceae

Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'

Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'
One of the most reliable bloomers in the PNW. Orangey-red fragrant flowers on 3-5' stalks in mid to late summer. Site in warm spot for best bloom. Normal water. Mulch in winter. Hardy & easy.
Zingiberaceae

Helichrysum selago var. tumidum x H. bellidioides UCSC 89.6

Helichrysum selago var. tumidum x H. bellidioides UCSC 89.6
Wonderful creeping subshrub shared with us by the University of California Arboretum at Santa Cruz. This natural hybrid grows to only 8" in height, spreading to 2-3 ft, and is a glistening silver in all parts. Small "everlasting" flowers of pearly white appear in mid to late spring. Best with bright light, gritty soil, and at least some summer water in dry places. Not a lover of heat and humidity. We have used ours to great effect in our black and white border as well as in containers in need of high contrast. Evergreen (ever-silver!) to at least 15 to 18F, USDA zone 8b, and probably a bit lower.
Asteraceae

Helichrysum sp. - Joubert Pass form

Helichrysum sp. - Joubert Pass form
Evergreen perennial found in South Africa's Joubert Pass, the species so far undetermined. But identified or not, these make handsome plants, growing in low, spreading mounds, to 8" tall x 2 ft wide, the leaves pale, almost white-gray. Like the rest of the genus the flowers are bright yellow in spring into summer but plants have a strong presence all year. Best in sun and well-drained soil with occasional summer water once established. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
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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

Hemerocallis 'Pennys Worth'

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.
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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.
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Heuchera 'Green Spice'
Another fabulous coral bell, this with silvery-over-green leaves marked with dark purple veins. A small perennial, to only 12 " tall x 15" wide, with 24", flower spikes of white bells in late spring to early summer, and, during the cooler, winter months, even some pinkish tones to the leaves. Grow in sun to part sun with some summer water, especially in sun. Frost hardy USDA zone 4.
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Heuchera 'Obsidian'
Can you have too many black plants? No. Stunning black leaves and a compact mounding growth habit make this an awesome plant for large drifts or a mixed container. Plant in sun or part shade for deepest color. 10in tall and 16in wide. You know you gotta have it. USDA Zone 6
Saxifragaceae

Heuchera 'Sugar Plum' PPAF

Heuchera 'Sugar Plum' PPAFpurple coral bells
Plum-purple leaves with a frosty silver sheen set this heuchera apart, another from Terra Nova Nursery's breeding program. Slightly larger and with larger leaves than others of the purple ilk, these form evergreen mounds to 12" tall x 18" wide with silvery pink flowers on stalks to 26" high, standing above the foliage in spring and summer. Full sun or part shade in hottest climates, in well-drained soil with careful summer water, allowing some drying between dousings. Expected to tolerate heat and humidity. Frost hardy in to -30F, USDA zone 4.
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Hosta 'First Frost'
This Patricia Scolnik discovery of a sport of H. ‘Halcyon ‘adds a 1/2" creamy yellow margin (aging to white by seaon’s end) to the blue leaves of the parent. 16" tall leaves spreading to form a 3 ft wide clump, sending up its light lavender flower spike in mid-summer. For light shade and regular water in summer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 3.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae

Hosta 'Halcyon'

Hosta 'Halcyon'
An all-time favorite of the blue foliaged hostas, this one forms a 2ft wide clump of 15” tall, rounded leaves, pointed when young. Holding its color well, it is a vigorous grower and durable, sending up beautiful blue-lavender flowers in summer. For part sun to light shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 3.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae

Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink'

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.
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Iris - rosy lavender [Pacific Coast Hybrid]
Another in the group of wonderfully useful irises, especially loved for their rich, saturated flower colors -- this one a sweet rosy lavender -- and their evergreen, upright and stiff leaves that look good all year. Grows to 9" tall or so, and is easy to tuck in the garden, in sun or part shade where the soil is reasonably well-drained. Very drought tolerant once established and frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Iridaceae

Kniphofia caulescens

Kniphofia caulescensred hot poker
Narrow, evergreen, blue-green leaves maintain a good garden presence throughout the year so the July-August flowers, orange and yellow on 4 ft spikes are a wonderful bonus. Heat and drought tolerant, so bright sun and little summer water. Enjoy! Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Xanthorrhoeaceae

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Laurentia fluviatilis blue star creeper
One of our favorite ground covers around Cistus Design Nursery. Vigorous and easy. Not prone to die out. Great between stepping stones. Light blue flowers in spring and summer are a bonus. Full to part sun and even part shade. A slightly moist sight is best, not too dry and not too soggy. Spreading 1in tall x 18in wide. USDA zone 5.
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Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'
A bushy lavender, large, to 40” tall x 3 ft wide and very fragrant, the flowers blue-violet on tall spikes. Like all lavenders, full sun, lean soil, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Lamiaceae

Ledebouria 'Gary Hammer'

Ledebouria 'Gary Hammer'spotted squill
A charming version of the common squill, this South African form has wonderful foliage, long narrow, gray-green leaves, evenly spotted and lasting for up to three months before dormancy arrives. Forms clumps to only 6" tall x 20" wide. The flowers are a pale blue and proliferate cheerfully. Sun and dry summers, though summer moisture is tolerated. Don’t be fooled, hardier than they look! Frost hardy to a bit below 10F, upper USDA zone 7. Does well in containers.
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Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black' brass buttons
Ground cover, to only 2" tall, and spreading by runners with ferny foliage, very black in this culvivar. 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.
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Lewisia cotyledon [mixed seedlings] bitterroot
One of northern California and southern Oregon’s most beautiful native wildflowers. These are seedlings and can be expected to produce an eye popping range of flower colors, the exact color unknown for individual plants but all should be charming. The evergreen rosettes are handsome as well, offsetting slowly to add more plants and more color. Give these sun and excellent drainage and enjoy the show. May go deciduous in too much heat or cold, but they are frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
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Lomatium grayi SBH gray's biscuit root
A perennial herb native to the American west, our collection from the Columbia River George has feathery leaves, both bluish green and aromatic when crushed, emerging from a succulent root stock in autumn and topped by an umbrel of cheerful yellow flowers in late winter and spring. Summer dormant and an easy garden plant provided decent garden drainage and good sun. Frost hardy to really, really cold -- e.g. USDA zone 4 or below.
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Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla DJHC 704
Dan Hinkley's collection from China's Emei Shan from whence have come so many exciting plants, this is a striking, evergreen perennial with dense clusters of golden-yellow flowers all summer long atop stems to 10" tall or more. Forms well-behaved clumps of whorled foliage, the leaves dark green and shiny with hints of bronze, in sun or part shade where soil is well-drained and some summer water is provided. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Primulaceae

Melianthus major - Ginny Hunt

Melianthus major - Ginny Hunthoney bush
Bold foliage perennial for the border, this form from the garden of plantswoman Ginny Hunt, with feathery and toothed, blue-green leaves and huge combs of maroon flowers dripping nectar in summer. Honey bush indeed. T o 6 ft tall and wide, possibly taller. May be deciduous in a rough winter, but comes back. Best in sun and well-drained soil with occasional summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Melianthaceae

Mimulus 'Trish'

Mimulus 'Trish'rose sticky monkey flower
Another of the fabulous, evergreen mimulus, known affectionately as sticky monkey flower for their sticky green leaves, and prized for the brightly colored flowers, dusky rose in this cultivar, on small shrubs, to 1-2 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide. Best in sun to part shade where drainage is good and summer water is provided sparingly or not at all. Plants flower in spring and go dormant in summer, the perfect time prune back and refresh. Frost hardy to the mid teens F, mid-USDA zone 8.
Phrymaceae / Scrophulariaceae

Mimulus aurantiacus 'Jeff's Tangerine'

Mimulus aurantiacus 'Jeff's Tangerine'
Of all the West Coast natives, the shrubby monkey flowers have some of the most to offer. Evergreen, to about 4 ft or more in the wild, with flowers ranging from butter yellow to oranges to even deep pink. Mimulus a. 'Jeff's Tangerine' came as a seedling in our friend Jeff Rooney's garden. The flowers are a pleasing, yes, tangerine color, with an orange throat and a little creamy yellow around the margins. In years of light frost it has flowered year round, though in the winter cold spell of 2004, temperatures in the low 20s F knocked the flowers off but did little to thwart its luxurious growth. Able to withstand summer drought, it will happily go dormant until fall rains begin. Also tolerant of reasonable garden water if soil is well drained and light is bright, flowering year-round in mid USDA zone 8 or above. Otherwise a fine pot specimen or seasonal addition to containers.
Phrymaceae / Scrophulariaceae

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Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low' catmint
Easy, tough, and durable perennial that doubles as “catnip” for your feline friends with soft, furry foliage and abundant spikes of blue-purple flowers all summer long. Low-growing in clumps, eventually up to 2 ft tall and 3 ft wide but easily trimmed to smaller size. Sun to part shade in well-drained soil; tolerates drought once established. Excellent choice near sidewalks and on walls or that difficult parking strip. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 5.
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Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty' hop-flowered oregano
Perhaps our favorite ornamental oregano, with sprays of hop-like flowers and bracts that are blushed pinkish purple, from summer through fall and that cascade down hanging baskets or over walls. Loves sun and excellent drainage. Fairly drought tolerant in summer. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5, if given proper drainage.
Lamiaceae

Pelargonium 'Persian Queen'

Pelargonium 'Persian Queen'
One of the best and brightest of the fancy leaved Pelargoniums, this grows into the typical pot geranium that Gramma loved but with a punk twist -- screaming yellow leaves and cerise flowers. Ours lived through most winters, but, in areas below USDA zone 9, cuttings should be taken annually and dried or rooted in sand for the next year. Plants may also be lifted and stored in a cool place -- with those forgotten potatoes. Excellent container addition, if just for the shock value alone.
Geraniaceae

Penstemon 'Enor'

Penstemon 'Enor'
A striking penstemon with deep reddish-purple flowers throughout the growing season and unusually dark, shiny green foliage -- a standout amongst other garden forms. Stems to 2 ft tall, eventually forming clumps 2 ft wide. Sun, good drainage, and gravel mulch (if any) to protect against root rot. Otherwise, easy and lovely. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Penstemon 'Raven'
Striking and colorful penstemon, with typical, hanging, bell-flowers in a not-so-typical dark purple with hints of red-lavendar and bits of white in the throat, blooming in 3 ft stems from early summer until late fall. Plants, in clumps to 3 ft wide, are usually herbaceous, dying back in winter's frost to return in spring -- occasionally staying evergreen in a mild winter. Best in full sun and well-drained soil with at least occasional summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Penstemon heterophyllus 'Electric Blue' Foothills penstemon
Lovely small penstemon with late spring flowers of gentian blue on 18" stems that stand above clumps of long, narrow, evergreen leaves, spreading to 1-1.5 ft. Found in sunny sites in the California foothills, these are easy to grow in sun, needing no summer moisture once established but tolerating some. Well-drained soil is a must; they dislike wet feet, summer or winter. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Plantaginaceae

Phlomis aurea

Phlomis aureasinai jerusalem sage
Of the entire genus of mostly wooly-leaved, mint family perennials, this is among the finest. Native to the dry Mediterranean, this 4 ft pyramidal, evergreen shrub holds its furry, golden leaves upright, making a particularly lovely texture among lavenders and olives in our dry garden. Creamy yellow flowers on rounded florets, set one over the other, add interest in spring and summer. A plant for bright light and lean soil. Loves a bit of summer drought and temperatures that do not fall below the realm of 10F, lower USDA zone 8, though some have been successful in zone 7. Great container plant. Makes you look younger, too.
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Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' creeping phlox
Good ground cover, bright and cheerful in spring when plants are covered with white flowers striped in pink. Evergreen and low-growing, to 4" tall x 2 ft across eventually, in sun to part shade. Prefers sandy, well-drained soil and tolerates hot placess. Said to be deer resistant and tolerant of summer humidity. Frost hardy in USDA zone 3.
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Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue' moss phlox
Lovely, ground-covering phlox, growing to only 6" tall and spreading to 3 ft or so in a delicate mat that is covered all summer in bright lavender-blue star flowers. Loves to drape over banks and stone walls in full sun where there is good drainage and, especially in the first years, regular summer water. Butterflies love this colorful addition to the summer season and deer do not, or so "they" say. Frost hardy in USDA zone 3.
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Phlox subulata 'Scarlet Flame' moss phlox
The spring flowers are scarlet indeed nearly covering the needle-like foliage on this vigorous and useful groundcover that grows to only 6" tall and easily spreads to 1-2 feet wide. Shear after flowering for best appearance. Easy in well-drained soil, even sandy places, in full sun to part shade with no summer water! Evergreen in USDA zone 8 and frost hardy in zone 3.
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Phormium 'Jack Spratt'
An old cultivar that has proven to be extremely tough in the Pacific Northwest. To only 18"-2 ft tall, with dark reddish leaves that are a bit twisted, this phormium can be a workhorse in your garden, in large plantings, or in containers. Accepts full to part sun and, though somewhat drought tolerant prefers regular summer water. Should have reasonable drainage as well. Frost hardy to 15F, USDA zone 8b, but may resprout from lower temperatures if protected.
Xanthorrhoeaceae

Phormium cookianum

Phormium cookianummountain flax
Green phormium, lushly green with no stripes or color interruptions on the gracefully arching leaves, to 2.5" wide in clumps to 4-5 ft tall. Stalks of yellow-orange flowers stand above the foliage in late spring / early summer followed by fruit in the form of attractive, long, black pods. Good in sun or shade -- in sun with regularly summer water in the inland garden, or shade with lower water requirements as in coastal sun. Not often offered, the are lovely and gracious plants. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8 with mulch for protection against freezing.
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Phygelius 'Peach Trombone' Cape Fuchsia
A Xera Plants introduction, this cape fuchsia forms a nice, compact perenninal, topped in summer by peachy, trumpet flowers. To 3 ft tall in clumps a bit wider. ull sun to light shade, rich soil and summer water keep the notes in tune from May through frost. Prune hard in spring to keep it neat and tidy. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Scrophulariaceae

Phygelius 'Snow Queen'

Phygelius 'Snow Queen'
Fabulous white flowered phygelius, blooming from May to October. Flowers are densely held clusters of white tubes with creamy yellow throats. Compact, to 18” x 18” in full sun to part sun with summer water. Can be expected to remain evergreen with dips into the 20s F. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Polygonatum biflorum Soloman's seal
A wonderful wildflower, native to the eastern US, with unbranched, upright stems, handsome leaves, and in spring, the great treat -- white flowers dangling down from the arching stems. Spreads by rhizomes to form clusters. To 1-3 ft tall in clumps to 3 ft wide in part shade to full shade with summer water for best appearance. Dies back in winter and returns in all its glory with spring temperatures. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Polypodium vulgare 'Bifido Multifidum' Common Polypody
Deciduous fern, to 12-18" tall, with leathery fronds, deeply cut and crested. Attractive and tolerant of dry shade! Easy to grow out of wind in well-drained soil and part shade to shade with little summer water once established. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Potentilla nepalensis 'Melton Fire' Nepal cinquefoil
Charming, small perennial, to only 18-24" tall and wide, with strawberry like leaves and, beginning in early summer, lots of mauve flowers with rose centers. Can be sheared after blooming to refresh the foliage and encourage new blooms. Best in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Not fussy about soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Rosaceae

Pyrrosia lingua 'Variegata'

Pyrrosia lingua 'Variegata'
A special, variegated form of a special addition to any woodland garden, these evergreen ferns spread slowly to form dramatic clumps of one foot tall, erect "tongues" with copper-brown felty backsides. Place in shade to part shade and even summer moisture. Frost hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7. A curiosity and a wonderful accent.
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Raoulia australis vegetable sheep.
Mat forming groundcover with silver-gray foliage, somewhat mossy, to 2" tall spreading to 1 ft wide, between and over small rocks and paving. Flowers are tiny and hardly noticeable. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Needs very! good drainage in full sun with summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 and possibly much lower.
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Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub'
Big, bold peltate (think 'umbrella') leaved perennial from Japan & Korea for a moist, shady spot. This selection has beautiful bronze new foliage. Same plumey white flowers in late summer, eventually growing to form a large colony. USDA zone 6, lower if mulched.
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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

Salvia canariensis

Salvia canariensiscanary island sage
A tender sage with purple flowers all season long -- a superb hummingbird attractor. These natives of the Canary Islands send up 6 ft, furry stems with furry leaves, all topped with plumes of purplish flowers. Forms clumps to 4 ft wide and makes a statement in sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant and and accepting of some summer water as well. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
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Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea' Purple sage
The dark leaves of this purple sage set off all sorts of lighter leaved perennials and shrubs it is planted with. Culinary too. Three feet or so. Quite tough. Full sun. This is the purple sage of flashback rock. The purple sage of teas and poultry. The purple sage of stuffings and meats. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Silene uniflora 'Druett's Variegated' variegated rock campion
A silene that grows to only 2-4" tall in clumps to " wide and can tolerate light foot traffic -- pretty as well. This selection from England has foliage edged in creamy white and white flowers to match in early summer. Extremely easy, accepting full sun to part shade and regular water as well as occasional dry spells. Great in the rock garden or draping over the edge of containers. Frost hardy to -40F, USDA zone 3.
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Sisyrinchium 'E.K. Balls' Blue-eyed grass
Though the foliage is grass-like, this is a small, iris relation, to less than 1 ft tall in clumps to 1 ft wide. The late spring flowers are lavender-blue with a yellow eye and completely cover the foliage. A great sterile hybrid, well-behaved in the garden, these tolerate winter water and can dry out in summer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
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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

Stachys citrina

Stachys citrinaWoolly Betony
Low growing, fuzzy-leaved perennial, to only 6-8" tall and spreading to 1 ft wide. Leaves are lime-green, a good contrast with the yellow flowers on short spikes in summer. Said to be deer resistant as well. Full sun is best in any soil with at least regular summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 5.
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Symphyotrichum laeve 'Calliope' michaelmas daisy
Lovely, lilac-blue aster for late summer color, this is an old cultivar from 19th century England with glossy leaves -- rather than the typically hairy aster leaves -- on black stems that barely show among the dense clusters of flowers lasting through the autumn months. A tall cultivar, these can reach 4-6 ft tall in slowly spreading clumps to 2 ft wide. Sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4. Previously Aster laevis 'Calliope'
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Tolmiea menziesii 'Taff's Gold' PiggyBack Plant
A west coast native groundcover with felted, variegated evergreen foliage and lovely green flowers for a dry shady spot or a moist partly sunny spot. Will spread to 4 ft wide and 1 ft tall in just a couple years. Hardy to at least 15 below. Makes a nice houseplant.
Saxifragaceae

Tradescantia sillamontana

Tradescantia sillamontanacobweb spiderwort, gossamer plant
Fuzzy leaved spiderwort, appearing as if its pale green leaves were covered with...yes... spiderwebs. Low growing and spreading, to 10-12” x 18”, with striking magenta flowers in summer through autumn. Showy in containers or the garden. Found in the mountains of northern Mexico, they prefer sun and are easy growers, needing little water and generally thriving on neglect. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, in a well-drained environment.
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Tradescantia sillamontana 'Hogan's Hero' cobweb spiderwort, gossamer plant
A Cistus introduction. Found by Cistus' own Sean Hogan and collected at 6500 ft elevation in Coahuila, Mexico, this cobweb spiderwort has green foliage covered with white hairs that shine when draping in a hanging basket or trailing over a wall. Forms mounds to 1 ft tall by 18" wide. Little purple flowers add sparkle in late summer. Best in part sun or bright shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Tricyrtis 'Lightning Strike'
Striking toad lily, literally, with handsome imbricate leaves streaked spring green and dark and light yellow. The late season, deep purple flowers make a delightful contrast. 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.
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Tupistra chinensis 'Eco China Ruffles' chinese ruffles
An odd and primitive, evergreen, lily-family relative found by Don Jacobs on sacred Mt. Omei in China and introduced to horticulture rather recently. Actually, plants look neither odd nor primitive with their rosettes of 18" leaves, tall, narrow, light green and ruffled on the edges. A cheerful presence in light shade to very dark shade with summer water. Flowers are inconspicuous but produce orange berries. Cold hardy in USDA zone 7. (Also known as Campylandra chinensis 'Eco China Ruffles'.)
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae

Vancouveria hexandra

Vancouveria hexandrainside-out flower
An excellent choice for out under the Doug Fir where you just can’t seem to get enough water for anything to thrive. This West Coast native is low growing, to only 8-12" tall, and produces charming tiny white flowers with a spot of red dangle in spring. Shade is best, possibly some morning sun, in fertile soil with mulch. Needs water to establish and tolerates prolonged drought thereafter. Evergreen in USDA zone 8; root hardy to -10F, zone 5.
Berberidaceae

Wasabia japonica 'Mr. Kim'

Wasabia japonica 'Mr. Kim' Wasabi, japanese horseradish
Native to Japan and usually found near or in mountain streams, but cultivated since the 10th century. A slow-growing perennial with large, handsome, heart-shaped leaves on 12-24" stems and a thickened rhizome that can be turned into the tasty and healthful wasabi powder. Blooms in late winter to early spring with small, white flowers on stems above the foliage. Prefers light to full shade in cool conditions -- moist, even boggy soil or water gardens. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Also known as Eutrema japonica 'Mr. Kim.'
Brassicaceae

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

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