A choice selection of this Chinese species by Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hills Nursery. Ellen made several fine selections of the silver-leafed forms of this species which Ed Bowen graciously shared with us. This is a good plant. Greenish flowers held below the leaves and it usually doesn't begin to grow until late June.
This is one of the several silver clones selected by Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hills Nursery and is notable for having wider leaflets than the other selections we grow. Always late to break growth each spring - sometimes June! - and the foliage looks great well into fall. Greenish flower held part way down the stem.
Merry Bells. One of our favorite of the eastern woodland wildflowers. Rich gold pendant flowers dangling like earrings on a woman of some serious substance. Combines beautifully with upper crust plants such as Cardiocrinums and Arisaemas yet hangs comfortably with Hostas.
Beautiful Primrose family member with evergreen rounded leaves and numerous upright stems from which hang fringed lavender bells in spring. Truly a plant of elfin charm. This is very good garden plant and easy to please. Native to European high meadows. Showy beyond its size.
A very hardy Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit Ceanothus. If you are going to name something the Glory of Versailles then it had better be good! A deciduous shrub to 6' or 7' high or more and 5' or so wide with soft powder blue panicles of scented flowers mid summer into fall. C. americanus and the Mexican C. coeruleus are it's parents.
This is one of Darrell Probst's selection of a fine Asian species. We saw his trial grounds of thousands of seedlings of this species and he selected this one for dense habit and heavy flowering. BLUE upright facing flowers from midsummer into fall and who doesn't like blue? A Chinese medicinal as well.
Soldanella is a Primrose relative native to the high meadows in the mountains of Europe. This is one we received from Collector's Nursery with dark violet flowers - very choice! It looks to be a match to the Bulgarian Soldanella rhodopaea. Evergreen and clumping, this takes the same conditions as Primroses.
This is the Type A of the Soldanella clan. It spreads faster, has more flowers, is more vigorous and has more hair on it's chest - what a show-off! But hey - great rounded evergreen foliage and the purple fringed fringed flowers are pretty darned nice - hate those over-achievers.
One of the good rock garden plants that is actually pretty easy to grow. Related closely to our Douglasia of the Olympics, this little jewel from the Pyrennees and Dolomites has yellow flowers nearly covering the foliage in late spring. Good drainage and not terribly dry.
Intriguing Asian deciduous daphne relative that makes a rounded 5' shrub. The true glory of this plant come to the fore in early spring as golfball sized clusters of small deep orange flowers appear at the ends of the naked branches. We're all for anything that blooms early!
Collected by Aaron Floden in the Ozarks, this deciduous agave relative has some nice reddish spotting to the leaves. It makes rosettes with leaves which can reach 18" long but usually are less. The flowers show up in the latter part of summer with up to a couple dozen pale yellowish-green scented flowers on a 5' stem.
Awesome tree Witch Hazel family from north Vietnam where this Josh McCullough collection hails from. We saw this broadly vase-shaped 50' tree in the Dayaoshan in China. Large evergreen leaves unfurl with bronze tones from large flattened stipules. Small filamentous reddish flowers which we have yet to see. Zone 9 and hoping for warmer parts of zone 8.
Soldanellas completely bewitch us wih their dual charms of excellent evergreen foliage and incredibly cute flowers. When these little guys flower, we just smile because this is such a little overachiever with its lavender fringed flowers in April. Reddish leaf petioles and leaf undersides are subtle allure.
A Primula species endemic to isolated pockets along 45km at the crest of the Northern Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. A distinct species with magenta-pink flowers set off by a white eye. This has been a good plant for us and quite hardy. Not one likely to be found at Home Despot.
Rio Grande Rain Lily. This has the cheeriest yellow flowers with burnt orange streaking which appear without leaves in late summer to early fall with the onset of fall rains if grown in a sunny dry spot. These get 6" tall but are wicked cute and will self sow to make an enviably vibrant patch in time. Native to the Southeast and Mexico. Zone 7.
Rare plant found only in limited areas in central Honshu, Japan where it likes the forest fringes in the subalpine areas and is known as hiiragi-sou or holly tree-leafed weed. Hiiragi-sou sounds better than the translation. This selection has dark blue flowers and is a deciduous clumper to 16" tall - very nice!
Little gray-foliaged low small cushiony clumper. Pinky lavender flowers on stems of a few inches in length. Easy and quite hardy.
Hardy dwarf Jasmine from Himal Pradesh in India. This is an ideal little rock garden candidate or if you are looking for a small shrub for that special nook, look no further. Small yellow flowers lightly scented are scattered among the evergreen leaves all summer. Tolerant of dry, deer aren't interested, no maintenance needed.
Here is a shot of color for your garden with this yellow-foliaged Mock Orange. Bright yellow new leaves which turn chartreuse-green as they mature makes this shrub impossible to ignore. Scented white flowers in late spring and early summer on this regrettably difficult to find plant. Our thanks to the design duo of Withey-Price for sharing this with us.
One of the top hybrids bred by Steve Hickman of Hoyland's and is well-regarded among those in the know for its large powder-blue flowers on 30" stems. We have just a few of these and owe thanks to plantsman Jim Fox's courier efforts from the UK and for sharing with us.
This is a fine selection quite comparable to "Back in Black" but a bit more compact in stature aspiring to attain 3' in height. This makes it much more workable for the front of the bed or as a container element. Dark stems holding dark blue-purple flowers in late summer. Mulch if very cold but has been fine here in the Puget Sound area.
If you are looking for a large shrub that puts on a show in March-April along with a nice helping of fragrance, then this might be just the ticket. The winter hazel is native to Japan and is regarded as the hardiest of the genus and rated as best fall color at trials at Longwood Gardens. Flowers are half again as long as typical. Can be pruned to shape if it gets too big.
Our Washington native Columbia Tiger Lily. Often glimpsed along road edges or growing in scattered abandon on lower slopes in the Olympics and Cascades if one is lucky enough to be hiking. Usually 6-10 (rarely up to 30) orangish Turk's Cap flowers with purple spots.
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.
Sierra Fawn Lily. Native to the Sierra Nevada Mts in California, this is an exceptionally choice species quite hard to obtain. One of the earliest Erythroniums to bloom with white flowers with a yellow center base. These make multiple flowers stems or scapes hence the name.
A small flowered species from the Sierra Nevada Mts in CA that is not often offered for sale. This is hot and dry country but this favors bog edges and seeps that provide plenty of moisture. While the orange/yellow flowers are small, they are jewel-like and evocative of Tricyrtis with their intricate spotting.
Ephemeral woodland sprite. Joy in the garden.
Our native Fawnlily which grows from California up to BC. It is difficult to imagine having too many of these but judging from the copious self-sown seedlings in our shade garden, we'll soon see. Dormant in early summer so they aren't in the way. Pink flowers, leaves mottled when young.
We've sold this before as the pink form of baileyi but now have the correct name. These are lovely 4-petaled flowers of a distinctive mauve pink and has proved to be a good perennial form. While it is in the Poppy family, it hates the sun and dry. Give this a moist well-drained rich soil in bright shade to morning sun.
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!