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.
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 1994 introduction from John Hogan of Cornwall in the UK with his excellent 'Lana de Savary' as one of the parents which also carries the bloodlines of 'Lucifer'. This has bright red-orange upward facing trumpet-shaped flowers which makes sense when you are looking down. This is likely the first introduction of this cultivar to North America.
Newer double Campanula we received from England. This has big medium blue flowers like 2 shallow cups nested together. These are on strong stems which don't blow over and we can testify to that living on the windswept Port Townsend Plateau. Good clumper - a great plant.
This is a fine winter-blooming deciduous Viburnum named after Charles Lamont of Edinburgh Botanic Gardens who made the first cross.. Bodnant Gardens soon duplicated the cross and named some seedlings including the popular pink flowered 'Dawn' and this white flowered selection. It is light pink in bud and then ages white and the flowers are scented.
aka Schizostylis. This South African native was selected for its coral colored flowers by a friend in Oregon. Related to Gladiolus, this has similar flowers arranged on 18" stems but are more wide open stars. These spread by rhizomes to make a nice patch and the late summer flowers are very nice.
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.
When this blooms we sound like that shampoo commercial 'Yes! Yes! Oh Yes!" Perfect quarter-sized mega-double white flowers like a steroidal double Anemonella, this has attained Enlightenment in the realm of Buttercups. Non-running tidy clumper & a sterile non-seeder. Easy.
One of the little gems of the woodland is this scarcely encountered selection which we have planted under our Disporum 'Night Heron' in our shade garden. A gentle infiltrator wending amongst plants of stouter stature, this carries a joyous light in its white edged leaves and pale bell flowers.
A really good restrained and refined evergreen groundcover with substantial dark green dense leaves which are the perfect foil for the short sprays of the purest white flowers in early summer. We've a nice patch in our old shade garden under one of big leaf Rhododendrons.
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.
One of those captivating Chinese species. This has a neat stoloniferous habit sending out runners and making new bulbs so you soon have a grove of Lilies. Flowers pink with dark spots with recurved petals in the classic "Turk's Cap" style. We love it.
Redwood Ivy. This is a premier groundcover which is nothing like ivy. You will never find this choice species on a noxious weed list. Evergreen leaves forming a slow carpet with delicate white "inside-out" flowers suspended above like celestial motes of light. Drought tolerant!
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.............
A very choice plant from the Applachian Mts and closely allied to Podophyllum as they are both herbaceous members of the Berberidaceae. Broad leaves to a foot or more across with small white flowers which are easy to miss but screaming blue berries holler "Look at me!". Shade.
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.
Love the Rhodohypoxis and this is one that is not that easy to find. A tidy densely clumping bulb which loves good drainage when it is dormant in the winter and ample moisture when growing. Great for the sunny rock garden with some water. Medium pink flowers aging to white.
One of the very best woodland plants from China. This Saxifrage Family memeber has evergreen rounded glossy leaves evoking some exotic wild ginger. The plant forms a tidy dense clump with lots of comparatively tall stems bristling with puffs of white flowers. Moist soil is best.
Here is a little Japanese bulbous plant that will add some late summer glitz to the rock garden or special foreground planting niche. Not shy about blooming, this will strut its stuff with round purplish flowerheads on 10" stems which sends our friends the Butterflies and Bees into quiet delirium.
Western Azalea native to southern OR and northern CA. I've seen this ringing Darlingtonia bogs in the Siskiyous in full bloom in shimmering 100 degree heat and it is a sight to behold. Quite fragrant. These are grown from a plant from Leo Hitchcock's garden, guru of PNW natives.
Native to the New Jersey Pine Barrens this is a choice prostrate ornamental Cherry. This is a creeper kind of hummocking along getting maybe 18" high by 10' long. Easily kept in bounds by pruning. Small white flowers followed by small black cherries. Great red fall color.
Alpine Bush Mint. This high elevation Aussie handled our 2010-11 Winter of Horror with scarcely a whimper. Dense shrublet with rounded packed leaves minty when crushed and white flowers with red-yellow-purple in the throat from spring and sporadically until fall. Excellent plant.
Can't get enough bold-leafed herbaceous perennials in the shade garden especially given our penchant for finer-leafed Solomon Seals and their kin. This choice Asian with its broad foliage and early summer cream flowers plays perfectly off the willowy textures around it while complementing like-minded Arisaemas.
Superb form collected by perhaps the preeminent current plant hunter, Jens Nilsen. The list of 'firsts' in Jens' history of collections is astounding. This collection is not a first but is notable for being an exceptional form. Larger in all parts than previous introductions with gold flowers in midsummer.
The darkest foliage on any Angelica. I googled it and got an interesting hit on an escort in London with ebony skin named Angelica. The plant may actually be darker, costs quite a lot less and I'm sure easier to keep happy. Biennial so plant the seeds that form after the lovely pink flowers.
A distinct Hardy Ginger with leaves and flowers evoking Canna more so than any other in the genus. Gorgeous foliage and the flowers although few are quite large and a striking reddish orange. Likes a moist spot in the garden and can take full sun to part shade. Winter mulch.
Chilean Fire Tree. Our classic all-time Desert Island plant where if we were stranded and could only choose one plant etc. we would be sitting beneath an Embothrium munching a Tyler Street Pesto Savory Scone and drinking a Townsend Bay Pinot Gris. A 4 alarm inferno of flame red flowers.
Japanese Blood Grass. One of the finest of all ornamental grasses. This selection is slow growing and doesn't seed about unlike the straight species. Fabulous red foliage win sun slowly making dense clumps. Goes dormant in winter and just a few simple snips and fall cleanup is done.
This is from Great Dixter. Christopher Lloyd. Christo. Brought here to us from Dixter by the iconic Jim Fox, mainstay of Wells Medina Nursery. It is surprising that the flowers are pink at all considering how blue the blood runs in this distinguished plant of impeccable provenance.
Rarely offered selection of this very hardy and extremely garden-worthy group. Lots of pink flowers in spring. Creates mats and is easy to divide the the rooted crowns to make more. Part sun to shade suits this best.