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Agastache rupestris - Sunset Hyssop Agastache rupestris - Sunset Hyssop

Also known as Threadleaf Hyssop, this grows in AZ and NM at 5000'-7000' elevation where it gets darned cold. The flowers are a orange to burnt orange set in a purple calyx and there other sunset shades playing in that floral sandbox as well. This likes well-drained soil low in fertility in lots of sun. Deer proof, low water needs, low maintenance - it's all good.

Price: $12.00
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Allium karataviense Allium karataviense

An Allium of allure, an Onion objet d' art, indeed, a bulb most buxom.  This are not epithets  tossed around lightly as I for one look askance upon horticultural banter.  Broad sculptural leaves subtend a golfball flower of pale lilac to silvery white.  Exceptionally meritorious in rock gardens and containers.

Price: $12.00
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Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen' Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen'

One of the best Allium species you can get for ornamental value.  We love the broad pleated leaves which are endearing enough but toss in the 3" globe packed with ivory flowers touched with green centers and we have a winner.  Great in containers or rock garden.  Easy.

Price: $12.00
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Allium komarowii Allium komarowii

We are suckers for any Allium allied to Allium karataviense because they all have the most wonderful pleated broad foliage and good globe shaped flower heads.  A larger plant than its cousin with longer leaves and taller flower stems to 14" with a nice spherical display of purple-violet florets.  This is from the dry hills of Tajikistan so a good summer drying is a good thing.

Price: $15.00
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Arabis koehleri Arabis koehleri

Koehler's Rockcress.  IN 2008 we spent a day in the Siskiyous with Phyllis Gustafson who took us around to some of her favorite plant haunts.  She told us  we should collect some seed of this Arabis that was growing in the rocks above a stream as we would like it.  We do like it!  Gray-green leaves and bright rose-pink flowers.  Rock garden.

Price: $12.00
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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel' Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel'

A very drought tolerant Manzanita and one of the best pink flowered densiflora types.  This was selected out of a hybrid swarm for its sheer floriferousness if that is a word.  Taller than wide and a fast grower.  These have done fine in Portland and Seattle and the leaner the soil and the sharper the drainage, the better.

Price: $10.00
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Arctostaphylos x 'John Dourley' Arctostaphylos x 'John Dourley'

Arctostaphylos afficionados Paul and Greg at Xera Plants say this is their favorite Manzanita which made it a must-have for us.  Fits in the home garden and tolerant of garden conditions, this get just 2' high by 4' across in time.  Rocking reddish new growth turns to blue-green.  Pink flowers late winter.  Drought tolerant.

Price: $10.00
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Arctostaphylos x 'Pacific Mist' Arctostaphylos x 'Pacific Mist'

Easy to grow low evergreen semi-groundcover.  This gets just 2' high but about 6' wide.  Handsome blue-gray leaves are further set off by the cinnamon red bark and the light sprinkling of small white flowers are just an added pleasure.  Drought tolerant and wants good drainage.

Price: $12.00
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Aristolochia sempervirens Aristolochia sempervirens

Quirky little evergreen vine from the Mediterranean that brings delight far out of proportion to the size of its flowers. Small curved pipe-like flowers are a subtle burnished pale flesh on the outside accented by thin reddish lines.  The flared pipe bowl is a perky yellow with faint lines in the back of the throat and a rim of umber, delicately whiskered.

Price: $15.00
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Asclepias speciosa Asclepias speciosa

Showy Milkweed.  Feed the Monarch butterflies!  This is the preferred species of Milkweed for the colorful caterpillars to feed on and having these flamboyant critters with their white-black-yellow rings crawling about the gray-green foliage is over-the-top ornamentation plus you get to chalk one up for the environment.

Price: $15.00
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Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

A High Country Gardens selection of this widely distributed species which grows in over states and lower Canada but is not native to Washington.  Sure, Idaho gets it but not us.  This selection of this drought tolerant prairie type grass has horizontal flower heads like tight little combs which turn blonde in the fall.  To 3' and clumping.

Price: $12.00
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Callistemon 'Woodlanders Hardy' Callistemon 'Woodlanders Hardy'

Bottlebrush.  Perhaps the hardiest clone enduring single digits with scarcely a whimper.  (It may be whimpering but my own wails of despair drown all else out).  Evergreen picking up russet tones in winter.  Summer fuzzy red flowers on the stems.  Deer Proof/drought tolerant.

Price: $15.00
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Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth' Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth'

Bush Anemone,  A rare California native known from just seven sites in eastern Fresno Co., this is related to Mock Orange and is a glorious thing in flower and even more so in this selection as the 2" flowers while smaller than typical have more to a flowering cluster making this a standout among Carpenteria.

Price: $18.00
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Cheilanthes argentea Cheilanthes argentea

Silver Cloak Fern.  At home over a broad stretch of Asia from Vietnam up to Siberia where it favors growing on rocks or walls in accumulated forest duff.  A low growing evergreen fern with startling white undersides to the leaves.  The good news about this one is that it has low water requirements once established.  Most folks say zone 5 but we'll say 6.

Price: $12.00
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Commelina tuberosa Commelina tuberosa

Striking blue flowers emerging one per day from clusters of buds held in a clasped purse=like sheath.  The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon.  The purity of blue is unrivalled.  Loves full sun and fairly drought tolerant and reseeds nicely to create a showy clump.

Price: $14.00
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Convallaria majalis var. rosea Convallaria majalis var. rosea

Pink Lily of the Valley.  Sweet.  Charming pink form of an old fashioned standby.  Nice spreader for the shade garden and quite drought tolerant when established.

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Dasiphora fruticosa 'Mt Townsend' Dasiphora fruticosa 'Mt Townsend'

A fun double flowered selection found by Frank Dorsey on Mt Townsend in the Olympics.  The venerable parent plant is on the windswept ridge just several inches high but follows crevices in the rock to creep several meters.  Drought tolerant.  This will have the odd single flower as well. Used to be Potentilla.

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Delosperma 'Kelaidis' Delosperma 'Kelaidis'

Zone 5 hardy Ice Plant which arose as a spontaneous hybrid seedling in Denver and was named for our friend Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator at Denver Botanic Garden and great guy at a party.  Key here is great drainage for our winter wet.  Lean, sandy soil and a gravel mulch is a good idea. Flowers the color of thin-sliced backlit salmon Lox.

Price: $10.00
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Delosperma 'Lavender Ice' Delosperma 'Lavender Ice'

A Plant Select introduction from the good folks in Colorado where they need drought tolerant, heat tolerant and cold hardy plants.  We thought it sounded like hell until we visited but they can grow some great stuff!  This hardy ice plant was found as sport on 'John Proffitt' and is a good groundcover with lavender flowers.

Price: $10.00
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Delosperma dyeri 'Red Mountain' Delosperma dyeri 'Red Mountain'

This is way too hot to be called an Ice Plant.  Scarlet flowers scorch the foliage in summer and blaze with nary a care.  Great sidewalk edger, rockery or container plant especially for those of you who delude yourselves into believing you really will water your containers. It's xeric.

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Dianthus basuticus Dianthus basuticus

A seldom-encountered Dianthus from the mountains in South Africa.  Apparently the local indigenous use this in magic - we can attest we are transported briefly to another realm when this flowers.  Nice pink flowers on slowly spreading mats which is best suited for the rock garden.  Good drainage in full sun and hardy to zone 7 and possibly lower.

Price: $15.00
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Dichelostemma ida-maia Dichelostemma ida-maia

Firecracker Flower.  Native to S Oregon and California, this is a bulb you can't walk by when in bloom.  Leafless stems support clusters of small but vivid tubular flowers colored in streetwalker red rimmed in green.  Good drainage is essential and summer dry is great. A Port Townsend dandy.

Price: $12.00
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Echium amoenum "Red Feathers" Echium amoenum "Red Feathers"

Fine perennial that is perfect for that hot sunny spot.  We saw this grown to perfection in Denver where it made nice clumps in various xeric gravel gardens and commanded attention with its spikes of russet red flowers like some compact Liatris.  Hardy to zone 5 and will bloom all summer if deadheaded but we like to let some seed ripen.

Price: $12.00
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Epilobium (syn. Zauschneria) 'Silver Select' Epilobium (syn. Zauschneria) canum 'Silver Select'

A nice silver-foliaged selection of the California Fuchsia.  This loves a well-drained soil in a hot sunny spot where it has lots of tubular bright orange hummingbird magnet flowers in late summer.  Disappears in winter but comes up from the spreading underground rhizomes.  Cut back in spring.

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Erigeron scopulinus Erigeron scopulinus

Rock Fleabane.  A mighty mite in the Asteraceae family, this rock crevice dweller was not discovered until 1978 in the Chiricahua Mts in Arizona and later was found 200 miles east in the Black Range of New Mexico.  It has been very easy and rock hardy for us and although drought tolerant, adapts to frequent irrigation.  Small white flowers.

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Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum 'Psdowns' Eriogonum umbellatum var. aureum 'Psdowns'

A super xeric introduction by the Plant Select program which is a joint venture by Denver Botanic Garden and Colorado State University trying to find great plants for the Rocky Mountain states.  This takes serious cold, heat and dry. has long lasting yellow flowers fading orange and is deer proof.

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Erodium chrysanthum Erodium chrysanthum hybrid - pale yellow

It seems most Erodium chrysanthum in cultivation are hybrids which isn't surprising considering the promiscuous nature of Geraniaceae plus if you're a nursery, you are going to choose the most vigorous to propagate which can mean it's a mutt.  This is likely a hybrid in the Erodium x lindavicum complex from Greece.  Dry and sunny.

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Eryngium yuccifolium Eryngium yuccifolium

One of the great common names, Rattlesnake Master, which refers to historic usage for treating rattler bites. Strap-like, Yucca-like, Mediterranean-like leaves can get like 3' long - don't worry - not going down the Valley Girl path - and the tall 4'-6' flower stems with small balls of greenish-white flowers add summer drama. Full sun, leaner soil average to dry. Zone 3-8.

Price: $12.00
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Escallonia 'Lou Allen'

Very compact Escallonia to the point of being formal tidy buns.  I don't often go for tidy or formal buns, usually am more intrigued by wilder more free-form buns but this is the exception.  Just 2' high and 3' across with medium pink flower in June and sporadically after.  Evergreen, drought tolerant.

Price: $12.00
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Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold' Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold'

This rugged South African is sun, wind and drought tolerant and absolutely hardy in the PNW.  One of the most admired plants in our border for its profuse display of large yellow to orange daisies on low stems.  Good drainage.

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