This excellent floriferous species comes to us from our dear friend Beverley Merryfield but originated at the Raulston Arboretum as does so many grand woody plants. Lots of starry white flowers in late spring and early summer makes you wonder what took you so long to grow this but you've corrected that error.
A less commonly encountered species which calls the Rhodopi and Pirin Mts of Bulgaria home. This lavender-blue flowers finely fringed in very narrow petals on a flower that is more widely open than related species. Small rounded evergreen leaves are a pleasure all year but it’s the flowers that makes your toes tingle in spring.
If you have the room for this big dudess, prepare to have this rock your world. Large shrub to nearly a small tree, this is bold with a capital B. Big roughly hairy leaves with big lacecap flowers with big white sterile florets surrounding the big dome of fertile lavender flowers. Big is the operative word here. Majestically statuesque. The Stormy Daniels of hydrangeas.
Silver Broom. Uncommon xeric shrub endemic to the Sierra Nevada Mts of Spain. This member of the Fabaceae family is fab indeed with pale flaking bark, silver-green needle-like leaves and sprays of soft yellow flowers. Pretty awesome and locally grown to perfection at the Heg and Barca gardens on Whidbey Island.
Our collection of this triumphant Asian species which occurs in the Sino-Himalaya and is such a delight in the garden. This collection is from an adjacent area to the CGG14112 collection also listed and we expect these to be of similar high caliber when they reach flowering size. Rich, moist soil and plant shallow.
Evergreen vine exceptionally rare to find for sale……..if there was only some nursery somewhere mental enough to invest the time and effort needed to acquire this and grow it for the sake of a few die-hard plant nerds……that would be so cool! From cool rainforests in Australia, small pink flowers and red fruit.
Our collection which Sue and Peter Cox found during one of our plant hunting trips. They were both struck by the marble-sized red fruits on this 6' herbaceous vine which has small white flowers touched in mahogany, Originally placed in Campanumoea and moved to Codonopis in Hong's revision of the genus.
We love this variety of nobilis - awesome foliage with very good marbling and equally fine pink flowers in early spring. The whole presentation is exquisite and obviously the result of judicious honing of extraneous elements over the course of untold millenia. Tom Hobbs - put this in your Jewelbox Garden!
Often white flowered, this coveted form has white flowers with a striking pink reverse to the backs of the petals. The leaves which follow bloom are impressive in their own right being quite large with rounded leaves and rich purple-maroon undersides. A mature clump of this confers the honorific Hepatica Highness to the owner.
Collected by Hinkley as V. tagawae, we think this likely part of the polymorphic stenostachyum complex and the glabrous stems and narrowly elliptic leaves fit the bill for the subsp. stenostachyum as well as the location of Sichuan. Small tapers of axillary lavender flowers. Shared with us by Peckerwood Gardens.
Snow Heath. This is an upright form of this often creeping alpine ericaceous small shrub. Basically, this a Tasmanian heather and quite uncommon in cultivation. Small leaves appressed to the stems with terminal clusters of small white flowers in summer. Thanks to ericad-daddy Steve Hootman for sharing.
Evergreen alpine Aussie growing in the same habitat as Snow Gums. This has billowy gray-green foliage and 1" white flowers borne on last year's wood. With age the bark exfoliates and reveals a very shiny trunk which adds to the allure. Sun, good drainage, dryish and phooey to the deer.
It is unlikely your neighbor will have this if you are into one-upmanship. This is a self-clinging evergreen climber from Chile which would perfectly cover a large stump for example. It has fuzzy and tubby bottlebrush flowers that are an ethereal pinky lavender-white. Best in a sheltered spot.
Thought to be the oldest cultivated rose and found now growing around churches and holy sites in Ethiopia where it is believed Christians introduced in 4th century AD. We got ours from Sue Buckles and love it. Tough disease resistant with sizeable pale pink single flowers.
Entrancing voluptuous flowers of old royal purple and blue with ruffles and flourishes that evoke the flounce of a courtly Parisian dress from a 100 years ago. Compact yet vigorous with dense evergreen foliage and magnifique bloom Apr-June. Good drainage - will tolerate dry.
A non-climber getting a little less tall than you but with much nicer flowers of a rich pinkish mauve sporting deep ridges on the reverse and with age the tips recurve and twist. Great for sprawling over a lanky shrub or up against a fence or you can just relax and let it scramble.
Nice selection from Japan of an excellent deciduous ericaceous species. This has twiggy vertical growth with loads of reddish bell-shaped flowers. An added bonus is the good red fall color. This is a favorite of honeybees and hummingbirds alike. One of those faultless plants.
This gets more than its share of attention in our shade garden causing people to completely ignore the poor Gaultheria x wisleyensis on the other side of the path. Gold washed, flecked and stippled foliage with light pink lacecap flowers. An excellent Japanese selection.
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. Should be an interesting evergreen vine with scented flowers and large almost sausage-like fruit. Hardiness unknown but likely high Zone 8 to Zone 9.
This selection of a bi-generic cross between Halimium and Cistus brings the best of both to the fore. Our plants fared surprisingly well during the tragedy that was the winter of 2010-11 while their Cistus brethren took a whuppin' in the freeze. Gray-green foliage is backing for the yellow flowers with dark maroon eyes in June.
One of the class acts of the winter blooming shrub world. This lemon yellow-flowered selection of the Paper Bush is an affirmation of spring with its late winter flowers on bare stems. The common name comes from the high quality paper once made from its bark. Sun to part sun for best bloom.
A fine evergreen Maidenhair Fern from a naturally occurring hybrid between Adiantum aleuticum and A. jordanii. These are a different clone than the "original clone" and no less desireable with the same fine and wholesome attributes. Maidenhairs have always been one of the quintessential ferns in our estimation and this is a choice one.
We are smitten with Veratrum and this is an exciting addition to the mix. This one has pale petals and darker eye pattern to the center, and narrow pleated leaves in an open and airy arrangement on the 3' flowering stem. A rich moist soil in part shade will be just the ticket. Our thanks to Aaron Floden for sharing this plant with us.
Choice selection of the Wood Anemone with flowers densely packed with numerous small white petals which appear all white at first but as the flowers mature or awaken, a central blue eye is revealed which is quite delightful. I go through a similar slow process every morning and tell myself that it is the same delightful end result.
One of the better selections of Aucuba and very rare in the nursery trade (actually can't find anyone offering this via Google). This was brought to the US by the now defunct Asiatica Nursery and shared with us by Lance Reiners. Narrow leaves consistently freckled in gold presents as major pizzazz with unmistakable elegance. A tough evergreen tolerant of dry shade once established. Zones 7-9.
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.
RHS Award of Garden Merit to this excellent classic whose hallmark are the rich blue fertile flowers with pale blue-purple sterile florets fluttering about the periphery. An added bonus is the good red fall color to the foliage which is more pronounced in a sunnier position but still gets some good tones in a shadier site.
An introduction of this hardy zone 7 rhizomatous species by Bjornar Olsen from Sichuan. Small flowers generously produced are a nice taupe infused with the palest pink blush and further accentuated by vivid pink specks and lines on the exterior. The yellow and orange throat carries these same specks and lines.
Pretty much an awesome plant for the rock garden or hell strip as this relishes good drainage and hot sun. We saw this at Lakewood Gardens in Denver summer of 2014 and had to have! A small subshrub covered in blazing red tubular flowers and allows no other plant to have any attention whatsoever. On the moderate to dryish side and lean.
A very pleasing Dutch hybrid with the elegant Clematis texensis contributing excellent genetics. A small rambling vine to 5'-6' with loads soft shell pink trumpet shaped flowers looking like small tulips strewn on the foliage. Ideal scrambling into shrubs, these are young plants ready to settle in.