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No plants are 100% deer resistant. The deer generally leave these plants alone, but when there's not enough to eat, they might get nibbled. Also, fawns will taste everything.
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Abies nordmanniana 'Golden Spreader'
Abies nordmanniana 'Golden Spreader'
Price: $25.00
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Gallon Pot
Great small golden fir selection that will slowly get to 3' high and 5' across. Brilliant gold in winter and then gold again after the spring growth flush. This can burn in full sun but if you site it like we did against the back of our red barn, why it looks perfect. If it gets a vertical leader, prune it out to keep the habit.
Aciphylla aurea
Aciphylla aurea
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
Wicked New Zealander with defensively formidable stiletto yellowish leaves in a low dense mound. This is not only deer resistant but wild boar, komodo dragon and grizzly bear resistant as well. This well-armored Kiwi has dioecious white flowers in a showy yellow plume. Locally, this has perhaps been best grown at Linda Cochran's famed garden on Bainbridge Island where it has simply become more architecturally arresting over the last 10 years. Fare to say Linda is ruthless when it comes to underachievers and the fact that this has remained very high on her list of favorites for the last decade is ample endorsement. Reasonable drainage and full to half sun..
Aconitum episcopale
Aconitum episcopale
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot
Rollicking twining Monkshood from China that delights in scrambling up into shrubs or onto thin trellage. Although a fine and aristocratic perennial, it remains devoid of snobbery embracing chainlink as if it were ornate wrought iron at an Antebellum mansion. Dusky lavender flowers in late summer and fall are hugely welcome. This is totally herbaceous dying completely back after flowering only to reemerge in spring bigger and better than before. The climbing Aconitum can be confusing to pin down as to proper identity but we finally sat down with flowers and foliage and key in hand and confirmed that this indeed A. episcopale. This is likely from a Diana Reeck collection in Yunnan in 1996 but that is best guessing. Nice blooming-sized plants.
Aconitum hemsleyanum CGG14028
Aconitum hemsleyanum CGG14028
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
This is from our seed collection on the Chongqing-Guangxi-Guizhou expedition in 2010. We found this on the summit of the previously unbotanized highest peak in the Wumingshan where it was clambering about on the top of the short scrub. We were struck by the large seed pods. Light blue flowers on this vining Monkshood.
Actaea (Cimicifuga) cordifolia
Actaea (Cimicifuga) cordifolia
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot
Appalachian Bugbane. The Actaea Formerly Known As Cimicifuga. And more confusingly, this was previously placed in the species rubifolia which is now considered synonymous with cordifolia. It's hard to keep up, we know! Uncommon and quite nice perennial with maple-like leaves with late season white flowers like gleaming tapers. Superb shade plant and one your gardening friend won't have. Very likely deer proof. Easy.
Actaea japonica BSWJ8758b
Actaea japonica BSWJ8758b
Price: $15.00
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4" Pot
Crug Farm collection from Chejudo Island in Korea from a slightly larger form. This was found growing in a shaded dry streambed as just 8" tall plants. The amenities of cultivation has fattened them up nicely and expect 18" or so. Glossy leaves and white bottlebrush flowers. Very cold tolerant.
Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'
Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'
Price: $13.00
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4" Pot
Really, really good selection from Mt Cuba Center in Delaware of the eastern US 'Doll's Eyes'. In this selection, the normal green leaves are upstaged by gleaming cool pewter foliage. Any plant that gets metallic sheens, we're all over it! Incidental white puffs of flowers give way to late summer amazing white berries on red pedicels.
Actaea rubra
Actaea rubra
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot
Seed collected by Ron Ratko in Idaho from a white berried form although these will likely be typical scarlet. Small poofs of white flowers in spring yield to showy seed clusters in late summer. A nice native for the shade garden.
Actaea rubra f. neglecta
Actaea rubra f. neglecta
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
A subtle woodlander for most of spring and summer until late summer and fall when it suddenly busts a move and starts strutting its stuff. Fern-like foliage backs small white puffs of flowers in May which become showy clusters of bright white fruit in late summer & fall. The white version of our red fruited native.
Adiantum aleuticum
Adiantum aleuticum
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
A NW native hanging out in moist shaded places especially loving mossy cliffs in the cooling mist of a nearby waterfall yet very easy in the garden. Nice black stems holding the fronds. The stems were flattened and used for imbrication in basketry by coastal tribes.
Adiantum aleuticum 'Miss Sharples'
Adiantum aleuticum 'Miss Sharples'
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot
It is easy enough to get a fern with rich, deep green leaves but sometimes that dark shade garden is just crying out for a little contrast and this fern will provide some subtle relief. A deciduous species that gets just 18"-24" tall with fronds supported by wiry black stems. A moisture lover, don't torture it in dry shade.
Adiantum traceyi - Original Clone
Adiantum traceyi - Original Clone
Price: $15.00
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4" Pot
Rare to find this California jewel and we hardly ever offer this except for a very few hard-won divisions teased from our mama plant by a deftly wielded hori-hori knife. This Maidenhair species is one of the most requested plants when seen in our shade garden and we rarely have it and never enough.
Adiantum venustum
Adiantum venustum
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Himalayan Maidenhair Fern. Evergreen to semi-evergreen creeping fern making the the most textural groundcover imaginable. Salmon pink new growth goes to light olive and finally green leaflets on black wiry stems just 8"-12" high. Likes a loose moist soil but will tolerate dry when established.
Adiantum x mairisii
Adiantum x mairisii
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Mairis's Maidenhair Fern. This is a sterile semi-evergreen hybrid between Adiantum capillaris-veneris and anybody's guess. Sterile hybrid means vigor - no wasting time flinging spores into the air. If only I had been a sterile hybrid, I could have been a contender. All that time lost and distractions.
Agapanthus 'Kingston Blue'
Agapanthus 'Kingston Blue'
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
A lovely cultivar introduced to this area by the enigmatic Pete Ray of Vashon and no relation to our local Kingston. Tastefully narrow deciduous leaves with medium small flower heads of a good clear mid-blue. Hardy and a good performer in the garden. Sun and deer resistant.
Ajuga 'Loie's Lavender'
Ajuga 'Loie's Lavender'
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot Named by plant guru John Flintoff who found this as an interesting seedling growing in plantswoman Loie Benedict's garden. John has an almost incomprehensible breadth of knowledge about plants and can well judge when a plant is distinct and worth naming. Two examples of introductions from him are Pulmonaria 'Roy Davidson' and Pulmonaria 'Benediction' which have yet to be supplanted by a couple of decades of new introductions so this Ajuga comes with some plant cred. Light green leaves with a spreading habit and flowers of a soft muted lavender which happily goes with most everything. As long as the soil is reasonably moist, this will be good in sun to light shade and is resistant to deer and rabbits. We have both and we accept your sympathies.
Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'
Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Frosted Jade Ajuga. A rare Ajuga the likes of which you may have never seen. We all are familiar with the utilitarian carpeting-with-abandon slug magnet ubiquitous in gardens everywhere. This is a different critter altogether and resembles Bugleweed about as much as a Bichon Frise does a Junkyard Dawg. Stays put in a clump with erect stems to 16" with showy leaves of white, green and cream and intense violet blue flowers. This has been one of the most asked about plants in our shade garden and when we say what it is, the answer usually is "That's an Ajuga? Do you have it?" It is completely deciduous as well which is another mind boggler. And for slugs - they do like this one too but really it is mainly the new shoots in early spring so we just keep an eye on the growth and if they are getting nibbled then we go out one or two evenings and inflict bodily harm and don't much about the plant afterwards.
Allium 'August Confection'
Allium 'August Confection'
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
A dark colored selection of Allium senescens ssp. montanum by Mark McDonough that puts on a serious flower display of ruddy pink flowers in mid to late summer to the unending delight of those little orange Skipper butterflies. Clump forming and not invasive, this is muy bueno.
Allium 'Summer Pink'
Allium 'Summer Pink'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
One of my favorite Alliums from Mark McDonough with cool gray green foliage and sugar pink 2" balls of flowers in midsummer. This is a rhizomatous type making nice clumps without being invasive. The foliage looks good during bloom and the bees & butterflies have a rugby scrum over the nectar.
Allium cyaneum 'Sky Blue'
Allium cyaneum
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot We've gotten this excellent small species over the years with various names attached such as 'Sky Blue' and 'Cobalt' and there is not a bit of difference between them. As a species, this is perfectly capable of standing on its own merits without the needless marketing ploy of a seductive name although there are differences in shades of blue but we have not had them. Small heads of dark violet blue flowers on 6" stems in June and July are held above dense clumps of fine grassy foliage. Easy and hardy clumper to zone 4 from China.
Allium karataviense subsp. henrikii
Allium karataviense subsp. henrikii
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
One of the choicest Alliums to be had which was found east of Tashkent in the mid 90's and named by Janis Ruksans for Henrik Zetterlund. Like a regular Allium karataviense but so much better in all aspects. Larger and broader blue-green leaves and bigger flower heads of rich rose. Good drainage & summer dry.
Allium litvinovii
Allium litvinovii
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot
Exciting and rare recent introduction to cultivation from the mountains of Khirghizstan and Uzbekistan. This is one of the blue drumstick types and is far and away the most intensely colored of any of them with rich violet tinged dark blue flowers in golfball-sized heads on stems to 16" . This could spoil you for any of the others.
Allium schubertii
Allium schubertii
Price: $12.00
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Large Band Pot
Extraordinary inflorescence likened most often to a fireworks starburst whose rosey purple flower is comprised of many spidery florets of unequal length getting the size of a volley ball or as big as a basketball. Brings a certain off-world esthetic to the garden. Very cool dried.
Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'
Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'
Price: $11.00
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4" Pot
Here is a little Japanese bulbous plant that will add some late summer glitz to the rock garden or special foreground planting niche. Not shy about blooming, this will strut its stuff with round purplish flowerheads on 10" stems which sends our friends the Butterflies and Bees into quiet delirium.
Allium thunbergii DJH 272
Allium thunbergii DJH 272
Price: $12.00
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Quart Pot
A Dan Hinkley collection from Japan of this fine mid to late summer blooming Allium species. Good richly colored purple flowers are freely produced on this densely clumping little dude. Good in containers and great in the rock garden or special little niche.
Allium thunbergii f. alba
Allium thunbergii f. alba
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot
Excellent little Japanese Allium that is very nice with small heads of white flowers. Perfect for the rock garden or suited to trough culture. We have offered this before as A. splendens and while it is indeed splendid, it is not splendens. Sun and decent drainage. Not invasive.
Allium wallichii CDHM14526
Allium wallichii CDHM14526
Price: $10.00
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Small Band Pot
A light pink version of this widespread Allium from our collection in southern Sichuan in October of 2012. The photo shows a late flower and some developing seed heads from the population in the wild.. A very easy plant in the garden getting up to 20" tall and having the added bonus of being edible which might be useful down the line.
Allium sp. CGG 14029
Allium wallichii CGG14029
Price: $10.00
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Small Band Pot
Our collection at 9000' from the summit of highest peak in the Wuming Shan in SW China. This Allium was prevalent in the grazed grass and scrub summit with tall 12"-20" scapes and nice 2"+ half dome pink flowers. The local minority people harvest the bulbs for food. This was the first Western botanical foray to this mountain.
Anemonella thalictroides 'Oscar Schoaf'
Anemonella thalictroides 'Oscar Schoaf'
Price: $20.00
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Small Band Pot
One of the truly choice plants coveted by the rock gardeners who love everything wee and precious. This is tougher than its size suggests handling the open garden or doing well in troughs or containers. Goes summer dormant and increases from year to year. Half sun or dappled shade.
Angelica 'Ebony'
Angelica 'Ebony'
Price: $10.00
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Medium Band Pot
The darkest foliage on any Angelica. I googled it and got an interesting hit on an escort in London with ebony skin named Angelica. The plant may actually be darker, costs quite a lot less and I'm sure easier to keep. Biennial so plant the seeds that form after the lovely pink flowers.