Giant Himalayan Lily. Outrageous Lily family member which can reach 14' high in flower with huge 10" long Easter Lily white flowers flushed purple in the throat. This combined with an intoxicating fragrance is an event that demands a party with plenty of sparkling wine. Plant shallow, rich & moist.
Cardiocrinum is exciting enough but variety yunnanense with its burnished copper new growth causes pulses to elevate along with dilated pupils and flaring nostrils. When this is blooming it is almost as good as sex. It takes a few years but purple flushed white flowers on 12' stalks - oh yes!
One of the best of the Blue Poppies and certainly one of the most reliably perennial. This large flowers of good medium blue. This appreciates a partly sunny to bright dappled shaded position with good loose organic soil that drains yet doesn't dry out. A percentage does die after blooming so save seed to be safe!
A purported G. papilio hybrid, our mama plant when in bloom with its 5 foot stems of red-mauve flowers sporting dark eye patches, frequently caused plant geeks to start speaking in tongues and offer creative enticements in exchange for a wee bit. We have had to say "No." until now.
Robin White's hybrid which was a gift to us from John Massey at Ashwood Nursery and typical of anything from Robin, this is freaking awesome. Stout of stem, bold of leaf and arresting of flower, all is colored a rich purple in June and July later mellowing somewhat but still freaking awesome. Unavailable in the US. Except here.
A new Japanese selection of a favorite eastern US wildflower. This has double white flowers which are quite large and are not the domed buttons of say 'Oscar Shoaf' but more of a flattened button with a thick frill of petals. This will bloom for many weeks on an established clump. These are divisions from our plants and very choice.
Very new selection out of Japan that is like a slightly less tight and paler 'Cameo'. These are surprisingly tough tuberous perennials native to the eastern US and will go summer dormant but before that happens, you will enjoy many weeks of long-lasting double flowers on an eventual impressive-for-its size clump.
Pretty fantastic selection originating in China but now out of Japan at considerable cost. This Mayapple will develop quite irregularly lobed leaves that are like a psychotropic rectilinear parallelogram awash in pale patterns and dark mottled patterns flashing you back to your youthful experimental phase. Divisions from our plants - not fresh imports.
This Japanese woodlander is among the very elite of plants for shade. Slow to propagate and uncommonly beautiful, this is always coveted and spendy. Broad Maple like leaves are the foil for the large 3" light lavender Poppy-esque flowers. Cool shade is ideal for this prize.
Rare and elusive denizen of the New Jersey Pine Barrens which when in flower, always strikes me as looking more extra-terrestrial than a product of our own earthly evolution. Bizarre pink cones studded with blue anthers are just a giggle. Rich moist soil in some shade.
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.
This clone of this fabulous Iris introduced by Darrell Probst is one of our favorite plants of all time. Very fine grassy foliage making a large lax dense mound that is festooned with small white jewels of flowers. It won't happen overnight but give this a few years and you will have some serious bragging rights. Not that we ever concern ourselves with things like that.............
One of our favorite Roscoeas (we admittedly love the one we are with at the moment when it comes to these) which distinguishes itself by a haughty erectness (only achieved a great cost at expensive finishing schools) in apparent conflict with the "Do Me Now!" exotic yellow flowers.
We are quite pleased with ourselves for collecting seed of this desireable and scarce variant in the eastern Sino-Himalaya. This hardy Ginger relative has large flowers with white dorsal petals and a broad white labellum liberally washed in violet. Very plant-nerd worthy as well as being just a beautiful addition to the garden.
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.
A candelabra type which we found growing in a high boggy meadow in Sichuan in October 2012 where it mingled with other Primula species, Gentiana sino-ornata in bloom and hummocks of dwarf Rhododendron. This is a good form of the species with large dark magenta flowers in tiers.
A tried and true selection that really puts out with classic orchid flowers with rich pink petals backing a white cup that is nicely fringed on the lip with some light spotting on the interior and touched in yellow in the throat. An amalgamation of attributes in one flower. Good increaser needing good drainage like a rotting log and overwinters here in Puget Sound.
A selected form from England notable for pale cream flowers which are lighter than typical for the species. We're just over the moon about Roscoeas and this uncommon selection is certainly in the top tier. All the allure of a hardy orchid without the expense. Trouble free pretty much.
A true Ginger relative, this is a vigorous and hardy hybrid between R. auriculata and R. cautleyoides and is a wonderful fusing of all that is good in both parents unlike me who got the short round gene. Stout tanned foliage with large variably purple streaked flowers in shades of cream.
From wild-collected seed in the Russian Far East, this is a lovely form of a widespread species with fairly compact habit and attractive leaves. Very good bloomer with lots of white flowers held beneath the leaves and followed by a good display of blue-black round fruit. Hardy.
We received this plant as the cultivar 'Gigantea' which doesn't appear to be an accepted name hence our double quotes. Disclaimer aside, it is a big mother, stout of stem, leaf and flower and very grudging with seed and divisions. Large late summer light purple flowers. Muy Gigante!
Our collection of this distinctive viningMonkshood from the wooded slopes of Longshou in Sichuan. We think this is quite superior to other color forms of this rare species and have given it the name 'Monk Gone Wild' because it is a pretty crazy color for a Monkshood plus this monk managed to remain technically celibate yet still have lots of children via stem bulbils.
An uncommon and attractive Allium introduced to the Northwest by Diana Reeck of Collector's Nursery who was given seed of this while visiting Kunming Botanic Garden. A clumping Chinese species with small heads of soft yellow flowers. Adapts to sun or bright shade in reasonably moist soil. Well behaved, this won't become a Yellow Peril.
Heart-leafed Globe Daisy. Pleasing little alpine from the mountains of southern Europe and Turkey. Low and slowly spreading domes like a small overturned pie with evergreen leaves and lavender-blue pom-pom flowers on short stems. Easy and tough enough for a beginner, sweet enough for the rock gardener who has grown it all.
Sweet Mother of God. It's hard enough to get either one of the species let alone crosses.. Spawn from plants from Charles Price who deliberately meddled in the private affairs of the West Coast Trilliaceae in hopes of getting fragrance. These will vary in color etc but all within the parameters of awesome.
Our own hybrid cross between the fabled Roscoea 'Red Gurkha' and the statuesque R. 'Brown Peacock'. Our goal was to combine the height of Brown Peacock with the rich color intensity of Red Gurkha . These are unbloomed seedlings so let us know but the first few that flowered were pretty darned good.
A Hinkley collection from Taiwan of this interesting Composite whose deeply dissected foliage carries the day and is especially effective in half sun. Not a genus that leaps to the fore when thinking of flowers, this is a great foliage plant and intriguing in first growth. Collected as S. intermedia, this is most likely the species subglabrata.
One of the finest False Solomon Seal's around and rarely obtainable. These are spirit-breakingly slow to grow from seed so a plant of good size will heat up the credit card a bit. This seem like such perfection with stout stems arching gracefully and bearing a terminal plume of flashy white flowers.
We were a little disappointed when this first flowered for us as we were expecting the flowers to be clad in long overcoats but despite the lack, we were and are quite pleased with the classic elongated thin-waisted teardrop presentation of the multitudinous flowers. Red sepals and brick red corolla maturing to match the sepals. Very hardy to zone 7.
A superb collection of this Strawberry Saxifrage by the Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm who found this in the Hsitou area of Taiwan. Fantastic green leaves variegated in silver-white and while it could be our imagination taking wing after being bowled over by the foliage, the white flowers seem larger than usual on their 18"-24" stems. Moist, shade, zone 6-9.