A rare Myrtle fromTierra del Fuego which is quite hardy here and just the sweetest thing with evergreen aromatic leaves and small white flowers in summer which are followed by pink/white pearly edible berries. A perfect little plant. Good moist soil in some shade.
One of the great Mahonia species or Berberis as they are now known. We saw this growing on Wawushan in Sichuan where it exhibited it's characteristic waxy white underleaf. Loose sprays of pinky-orange flowers in the fall followed by nice fruit. Easy and a connoisseurs foliage plant.
From manic hybridizer Darrell Probst comes this herbaceous Hydrangea relative. Softer blue than D. caerulea but with leaves showing a distinct Camel Toe cleft attesting to D. bifida affinity. (Had a friend who was Wardrobe Mstress for PNW Ballet and Camel Toes were her bane)
I've always loved this plant which rapidly makes a groundcover of the coolest maroon banded clover leaves interspersed with wildly improbable blue Pea flowers. I was chuffed to bits to see this on the slopes of Mt Japvo in Nagaland in 2003. Protect in hard freeeeeezes. Brrrrr.
This is a dynamite cultivar also called 'Florida' but names aside, the flowers totally rock. White and dark red fragrant flowers marry nicely with the rich purple-tinted foliage. We keep ours trimmed to an informal shrub but it can be a vigorous vine. Nice orange fruit.
Blackberries can be scary but with this China doll it will be shivers of delight instead of fear. Fantastic foliage plant. Great leaves on 6'-8' somewhat arching and branched canes. This is a vigorous clumper and not a vine so is easy to keep in bounds. No thorns. White flowers.
A rarity in cultivation, this petite member of the Irregulares section of Saxifraga comes from our collection on the highest peak in the southern Wumengshan in Guizhou. This was found in a deep cleft in a low limestone face shaded by scrub and is now lost due to habitat destruction. Nice airy white flowers midsummer.
New introduction from Lao Cai, Phansi Pu, Vietnam at 2100 meters. Little is known about this climbing species in regards to how it does in the garden. This a vigorus and interesting evergreen vine with scented flowers and large almost sausage-like fruit which make a nice trail snack if the locals haven't scarfed them up.
Kind of a rocking plant in that it really requires nothing from you. We have it in a drier spot in our shade garden and it just trucks along looking good and putting on nice white flowers for months on end. Horrible winter weather comes and it doesn't care - just stays evergreen. We've gotten rather attached to it and you will as well. One of Beth Chatto's 100 favorites.
A wide leaf version of the familiar narrow-leafed Mountain Pepper from Tasmania amd Australia. The common name will instantly be burned into your memory if you chew a leaf. We can spare one - go ahead. At your own risk of course. Small flowers of little note followed by small black fruit on female plants.
Fabulous foliage Fuchsia which Duane West found in New Zealand and selected for having the best flash of the multitudes he had driven by. Dan Hinkley named this 'Kiwi Sheen'.
This has never had a speck of damage to it in the winter and in our opinion is one of the best broadleaf shrubs for our area. This is the straight species which we prefer over the various selections. Densely willowy with clusters of amber sheathed coral flowers Nov-May. Tough.
One of our most favored small trees is this princeling of a cornel. Late winter flowers of yellow filamentous buttons followed by perfectly clean white variegation in the leaves and are further accented when the flowers turn into edible reddish fruits in late summer.
We are so close to being able to grow this outside that we literally can see the 2 miles to downtown PT where this would thrive but no, we're the nursery on the hill in the cold pocket. Yes, a little touchy about it. Flashy variegated leaves in pinks-creams-yellows-whites and greens go with the pink flowers and tasty fruit on this Chilean Guava.
Serious flower production that goes on summer into fall without it ever saying 'Nevermore". Big claret foxglove-like trumpets with a white eye beckon, entice and envelop a variety of bees in their deep-throated velvety embrace. (I had to step away from writing this for just a minute - never wanted to be a bee so badly before) Blooms all summer, really.
This is a fine double flowered selection of this charming Japanese species. Individual white florets, sometimes blushed in palest pink, are elegantly doubled. In Japan, this would be regarded as a double form of var. yezoensis which grows on the Japan Sea side of Honshu.and southern Hokkaido. Uncommon.
Lovely species in the group formerly placed in the genus Dentaria referring to their crinkled molar-like rhizomes. We do enjoy the the color of the purple-pink flowers in early spring but there is a quality of texture and sheen to the leaves that makes us consistently murmur 'I like that plant" whenever we pass by it.
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.
Outrageous Iris relative from South Africa with lots of big yellow Iris flowers above the leaves on 2'-3' stems in early summer. Fantastic leathery evergreen leaves sheathed at the base in an artful netted tunic. The leaves remind me of a leather belt reminding me of my mom when I was young.
Fantastic selection of the Japanese Painted Fern with silvery fronds with slightly curved pinnae and interiors vividly marked in purple and burgundy. Taking a page from Neil Young's lyrics that it is better to burn out than fade away, this is ablaze all summer and deciduous in winter.
Choice selection with loose sprays of fine ice blue flowers in spring. This is a good little spreader for shade to dappled shade in moist soil that drains. Plenty hardy for our area and makes a lovely understory for larger plants as this only gets a few inches high.
This is a tough little groundcover Geranium that spreads by underground rhizomes forming little "bulbs" along the way. Very nice foliage with good marbled patterns and bright purely pink flowers are such a pleasure that it's peregrinations into its neighbors are forgiven. Cheerfully tough.
Champion's Fern. Named for an English botanist who collected in Hong Kong, this grows in dry woods of China, Japan and one would suspect, the mountains of Hong Kong. Evergreen with bright apple-green new fronds, this is certainly a champion among ferns combining beauty with resilience.
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.
Dwarf Solomon's Seal to just 6" but spreading with very nice lavender-pink flowers which go well with the gray-green whorled leaves. This rare Yunnan Diana Reeck collection differs from the Nepal form which is typically cultivated. Floden thinks this is closer to pumilum, Wynn-Jones says it's graminifolium.
Exceptional Mountain Ash form our collection on the summit of Leigongshan in Guizhou where this was a mult-trunked small tree/large shrub to 10' wih nice clusters of white berries. This species is being grown in the UK but they have yet to put a name to it. From the highest point in its range. Freakin' Cool!
Really good German hybrid with Gentiana veitchorum as a major genetic contributor. We're obsessed by the Asiatic Gentians ( this is one) and we well remember G. veitchorum blooming in the alpine fields on the Zhongdian Plateau. Big dark blue trumpets in September. Rich moist soil in mostly sun.
Superb selection of this autumn sedum from Graham Gough at Marchant's Hardy Plants in England which we can offer thanks to our friend and plantsman, the ever-generous Jim Fox This sedum can develop excellent red-burgundy foliage in full sun which complements the red flowers and all with an excellent habit.
Really great fern that was a chance sporeling at Plant Delights Nursery and once they saw it towering over all of the other Japanese Painted ferns at 3' tall and 6' across, they thought it worthy of naming. Who knew Tony loved those Godzilla B movies so much? Wonderful focal point of silver I the shade, deciduous, deer proof.
One of the finest False Solomon Seal's around and rarely obtainable. These are spirit-breakingly slow to grow from seed and the time required to grow plants to flowering size which these should be calls into question our business acumen. However, these are of such perfection when mature with stout 24"-30" stems arching gracefully and each bearing a terminal plume of flashy white flowers.