Our collection from our way to Tianchi Lake in Yunnan. We found this Lily relative (which has been called N. forrestii) growing in a wooded copse with Sorbus reducta. Likes a good moist soil and can have 7-10 flowers per stem in our experience when it gets some age. Survived in Wisconsin where the ground 5' deep.
Dog Tooth Violet. The European representative of the genus which contains our native Avalanche Lily. These have great mottled foliage and lovely flowers of an even violet purple highlighted by a throat touched in maroon and yellow. Frans must have been a bit of a dandy.
Dog Tooth Violet. There are no bad Erythroniums and this is near the top of the heap. Dark pink flowers are infused with a blue tinge giving them a wonderful lilac color and creating an easy shortcut to naming this cultivar. A star in the shade garden with nice mottled foliage.
Nice native bulb surprisingly seldom available. Mottled leaves and multiple pale yellow to creamy yellow flowers in multiples hang above the foliage. Very good naturalizer from seed and one of the most requested plants in our shade garden.
Dainty yet durable species collected by Sue on Mt Saramati which straddles the border of Myanmar and Nagaland. The only lily capsule found on the trip and it proved to be a distinct variant likely to merit subspecific status. Small white flowers. Sue is now a footnote in botanical history.
Very garden worthy little Lily descended from a Crug Farm collection in Taiwan. This is a fairly compact species with grassy foliage and carnival hat flowers - big white trumpets with maroon stripes on the outside. Increases well from offsets and blooms when young. It's all good.
One of our favorite West Coast Lily native species, this can be found in southern Oregon where it often grows in associated plant communities with the Darlingtonia or Pitcher Plant. These are seed grown from a wild collection by Ron Ratko and aren't blooming size yet. Red/orange Turk's Cap flowers.
This really would benefit from the heraldry of trumpets when it blooms since royalty does enjoy the pomp of lavish circumstance. But the flowers are such a nice fuchsia purplish pink with a red throat that the trumpets and all the trappings are implied. And with the same good mottled leaves.
We have very few of these which we originally received as seed from a serious collector and grower in Scotland. The genus remains one of the most coveted in the Liliaceae and the thrill of seeing these in flower each year is felt as keenly as if it was the first time. We've had good reports from customers with Nomocharis in zone 5.
Discovered by Frank Kingdon-Ward in NE India during the 1930's. This is quite beautiful with a graceful carriage and Frank thought enough of this species to name it after his wife whose maiden name was Macklin. Lovely pink flowers on stems 28"-36" tall. Despite being introduced many decades ago, this remains quite uncommon.
Unique Viburnum with cute rounded evergreen leaves which are unmatched elsewhere in the genus. Clusters of small white flowers are in keeping as is the resultant black fruit. There is something universally appealing about this plant which must be the cute factor and somehow it manages to retain this even as a larger shrub to 8' tall.
A wild collection from the mountains above Oaxaca Mexico which doesn't translate to much hardiness which is a shame as this species of tiny-leaf and diminutive flower is so very charming in that pixie sort of way. Lots of little deep pink flowers like a scattering of jewels among the leaves. Best kept frost-free or nearly so.
A Keith Rushforth collection of this very ornamental species from a remote and little explored area in the eastern Himalaya. Keith is one of England's leading authorities on trees and a veteran of numerous plant hunting expeditions. Betula utilis is notable for exceptional bark and numerous selections have been named based on this characteristic.
This Japanese-Chinese-Korean species is the embodiment of an evergreen fern whose classic presentation is imbued with Samurai reserve and enlivened only by the amber scales on the stipe whose meaning of such ornament goes back thousands of years and which our inadequate Western minds cannot begin to grasp beyond that it's real purty.
We were prowling the outflow of a small stream as it exited a small canyon in Hubei where the water had fanned to a broad seep under deeply mossy rubble set in rich black soil. Next to amassive Arisaema engleri was this equally imposing Ligularia with large fans of basal leaves and a rod-like flower spike to 7' clad the length with sessile yellow flowers.
Choice woodland species from Japan where the small bowl-shaped white flowers are much admired and combines harmoniously with the simple rounded leaflets. An easy herbaceous species and one of the few Peonies that thrives in the shade. Looks great with Ferns, Hellebores and Hostas.
Nepal Lily. One of our favorite Lilies and one we saw in Arunachal Pradesh near Bhutan growing in low scrub on a sunny hillside. This is a particularly good form with very large pendant yellow-green flowers with a chocolate maroon throat. Really pretty amazing. Creeps about underground.
Second generation plants from Steve Hootman's collection from Sichuan China and first time recorded in that province. Statuesque tall Lilies with scented big white trumpets colored outside in puce. Puce? That's never gonna sell. Stained outside in a soft Pinot Noir. Really nice plants.
A hybrid between two fab foliage species, Syneilesis palmata and S. aconitifolia. We have Diana Reeck of Collector's Nursery to thank for these goodies. Silken silver conical new growth unfurling to deeply dissected round leaves - nothing like it! Flowers are an afterthought.
This is one sweet Pea. Native to the Caucasus Mts, this takes a backseat to its more floriferous and showy cousins for it has simple pairs of pink flowers borne with restraint. Don't be misled - it is the backseat of a Bentley. Perfection of leaf and flower in exquisite refinement.
Steve Hootman, curator of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, often pats himself on the back for collecting this exceptional species in China and each spring as our plants flower, we murmur attaboys and give him virtual high fives. Loves some shade, great foliage and spring pink flowers.
Crimson Fans. An amazing clone of a hardy Korean species in the Saxifragaceae. The early spring flowers are little pale things which are les amuse-geules for the foliar main course. In sun, the leaves turn a screaming crimson as summer ages especially if briefly and carefully water stressed. Moist.
Robust California native that has a very limited distribution in the wild. This seems like the cabbage of Erythroniums as it puts up very large succulent green leaves with pendulous flowers of a rich yellow intensity. These increase quite nicely by offsets leading to impressive clumps. Shade.
Choice white Aster that our friend and Wells-Medina mainstay Jim Fox got from Beth Chatto Fall of 2009 and shared a wee bit with us. Found at the Beth Chatto nursery by Beth's daughter Mary and we are guessing that it must be pretty damned good. We hope to introduce Aster 'Canela' next year.
Second generation seedlings from a Hinkley collection in Sichuan of this fine Lilac which can be kept as a large shrub or trained up to be a small tree. Pendulous flowers white to pale pink inside with a lavender-pink reverse. Very attractive and trouble free.
A fun Primrose that when settled in and enjoying a rich crumbly soil can really make a nice patch. This spreads by underground rhizomes and is a good colonizer. Some plants when you say colonizer it rightly sounds an alarm much like a submarine klaxon on an emergency dive. Not so this. Rich tomato pink flowers above season interest-extending felty foliage.
Mountain dweller in the Cascades BC to CA, popping over to Colorado and up into the northern arctic regions. Good rock garden plant down here where the livin' is easy. Succulent blue-green leaves clad the many stems while the terminal clustered red flowers glitter like a garnet hatpin.
This is a vastly superior form from Elizabeth Strangman which we received from John Flintoff. It is regarded as the best pink flowered selection and and puts on a grand show once it becomes a nice patch. Evergreen and easy in light shade and reasonably moist.
Love this plant! I'll never have a garden without it. From the northern beaches up to Greenland just above high tide comes this beaut. Lustrous blue leaves and terminal clusters of small skyblue flowers. Great spiller for containers. Loves a moist rich soil where it makes a solid carpet. Deciduous.
Tender perennial from Brazil but easy to overwinter inside and worth every effort. This late bloomer has 6"-10" spikes of rusty red flowers jutting above dark green heavily textured foliage. Give those Asters something to idolize. Thanks to Beverley Merrifield for sharing unintentionally.