Saxifraga paniculata var. minutifolia
Minutifolia. Tiny leaves indeed. Densely packed infant rosettes gradually expanding to a palm-sized patch that is only knee high to a beetle. The flower stems are comparatively robust getting a few inches high with a bunch of little white stars. Perfect trough plant or for chinking rock crevices.
Cotula sp. 'Tiffindell Gold'
Free-blooming groundcover that is evergreen with yellow button flowers on 8" stems from spring until fall. Very few demands from this plant and as such, we expect few complaints from you. This will grow and perform ably given minimal attention. Indicator plant for a new hobby.
Saxifraga paniculata - large flower
Excellent form from the legendary Steve Doonan and one whose name has been lost in distant horticultural banter of years past. Despite its nameless status, we easily recognize it by its numerous robust (for its size) flower stems sporting large (again, for its size) creamy flowers.
Saxifraga cochlearis 'Major'
Saxifraga cochlearis is native to the southeastern Alps and this form 'Major' is speculated to be a hybrid with S. callosa which would account for its extra vigor. Not a bad thing at all! This makes clustered rosettes of foliage encrusted in silvery deposits and has white flowers in spring. Good in a trough or rock garden.
This is a cutey that is found in our state as well as around the globe in northern latitudes and the higher reaches. As charming as it is, one wonders why it is not more widely grown. Easy to please in a moist site and makes a deliciously cheery patch of fresh yellow flowers in spring. The flowers, although small, are many and play counterpoint to larger flowers.
This is the Type A of the Soldanella clan. It spreads faster, has more flowers, is more vigorous and has more hair on it's chest - what a show-off! But hey - great rounded evergreen foliage and the purple fringed fringed flowers are pretty darned nice - hate those over-achievers.
Primula x forsteri 'Bileckii'
This is a dandy cross between Primula minima which is really tricky to grow and P. hirsuta which is easy. The result has the charm of minima without the temperament and the ease of cultivation which hirsuta offers. Great foliage and vibrant reddish flowers. Good drainage and morning sun.
Ozothamnus 'Sussex Silver'
Perfect fine texture with a silver sheen all year long. This is a gorgeous evergreen that further delights in the summer with small white flowers. Pinch it if you want it bushy and don't treat it too nice - it prefers a leaner soil that drains well. Tolerant of dry when established and likes full sun.
Crocosmia 'Eastern Promise'
A really fine Crocosmia and one that always pains us to sell as it is a bit slow to increase and we have never really felt that we have enough. "I want more and I want it now!" We're a good American nursery. Sizeable open-faced flowers of a a mellow apricot with a small pale eye.
A very low growing species which we received under the name jinfushanensis but have since had identified as undulata. We saw the true jinfushanensis on Mt Jinfo fall of 2010 and it bears no resemblance to this which is better! Slowly spreading evergreen stems and speckled whitish bells.
Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'
Frosted Jade Ajuga. Hard to believe that this is an Ajuga but it is true. This choice selection has fantastic foliage and very good dark cobalt flowers. Not a spreader - this makes a clump with 16" tall stems. Challenges all of your comfy notions about Ajuga but in a good way. Great in our shade garden.
Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant'
We have long affection for all the forms of the dwarf Iris cristata which is an east coast native and with Powder Blue Giant our affections sometimes manifest themselves in PDA's such as stroking the large medium blue flowers and oohing. Deciduous carpeter. A real sweety.
Very cute little groundcover Gunnera literally overshadowed by its more familiar larger kin. This avoids the inevitable comparison by growing in New Zealand rather than South America. Loves a rich moist soil where it will carpet freely. Little flower spikes with orangish fruit. Protect if very cold.
Big dude with leaves up to 5' across. Bizarre flower cones evocative of times distantly primordial and the whole package begs to be the centerpiece of the Jurassic Garden. I can see it - Tree Ferns, Cardiocrinums, Big Leaf Rhododendrons and Podophyllums playing off the Gunnera. Rich moist soil and mulch in winter.
Escallonia laevis 'Gold Brian'
Very nice gold-leafed Escallonia which has bright pink flowers. The foliage can fry a bit if given blasting afternoon sun but looks great given just a wee bit of protection. Ours froze back the unusually bad winter of Dec 09 but grew out and looked good in June. Well worth growing.
Pleione formosana 'Blush of Dawn'
A very lovely selection of this terrestrial and sometime lithophytic orchid. These are hardy outside in mild winters or given protection. They need great drainage like planted in moss on a rock or in a stump or rotting log and protected during severe cold snaps. Traditionally grown in pots and brought in a cool spot for the winter, these are quite easy.
Allium thunbergii DJH 272
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.
Spring Vetchling. One of the stars of the early spring garden, this perennial bush Pea makes a soft-textured clump with scads of lavender-pink Pea flowers. Combines well with Hellebores and Narcissus and is virtually pest-free. Low-maintenance - cut back in fall.
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.
Maidenhair Spleenwort. I love common names. I must dig out our 15th century Herbal and read up on how to properly decoct this sweet little fern for afflicting humors of the spleen. Or I can just grow it in a gritty well-drained shaded rock garden and enjoy its evergreen delicacy.
One of the grand foliage plants which is good because the flowers lack that certain something that makes flowers so special. While we appreciate their conspicuous display of their sexual apparatus and admire their cocksure attitude, petals would be nice. But great foliage especially nice in the woodland where the leaves are larger than when grown in sun.
Disporum cantoniense 'Aureovariegata'
This is a very attractive and not often available variegated form with yellow imbued leaves which greens up as they mature. We'll have to take the time to key this out when it blooms as it may be a different species but we love it for whatever the epithet. White flowers.
Ophiopogon sp. CDHM 14659
Our collection from Leigongping in Guizhou in October of 2012. This had narrow evergreen leaves to 16" with clusters of blue fruit and was growing in a mixed deciduous forest of Castanea, Carpinus and Fagus with nearby shrubs of Skimmia and Symplocos.
We simply cannot be objective when it comes to this genus as we love them all. This might the most vigorously spreading species and would be perfection spreading in the moist woodland garden under a canopy of trees. White pendant flowers on 20" stems in spring and calling China, Japan and Korea home.
Iris 'Meadow Court' (SDB)
A tasteful standard dwarf bearded (SDB) Iris brought over from the UK by the suave,dapper and bearded (SDB) David Mason of Hedgerows Nursery. We were fortunate to have acquired this because it is a delightful plant. Short stems to 12" with rich yellow flowers vividly thumbprinted in maroon on the falls.
A choice Primula from the Italian Alps that is seldom offered for sale. I know we hate to part with any. These make bold clumps of distinctive foliage with short-stemmed clusters of dark lavender flowers. This likes a moisture retentive well drained soil.
Reineckea carnea CBCH324
A very fine form both in habit and flowers which was collected at 2000m on Emeishan in Sichuan China.
Surprisingly hardy gesneriad (Gesneriaceae is the same family as african violets) hailing from a broad sweep across SW China where it grows in shaded moist situations. This has glossy almost succulent leaves on stems a foot or so tall with foxglove-like white flowers flecked in red in late September.
Chrysanthemum 'Snow Dome'
Fantastic hybrid garden mum with small green leaves backed in silver and the whole plant forming a very dense mound just 16" tall and 2' across. Foliage alone is worth growing this plant but when it covers itself in fall with small white flowers with a prominent yellow central button, you can pat yourself on the back for a choice well made.