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These are our latest plants recently added to the website. We are adding them as fast as they are available to sell, but for many of them, we haven't had time to write descriptions. So we'll write these as soon as we can.
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Paeonia daurica subsp. mlokosewitschii
Paeonia daurica subsp. mlokosewitschii
Price: $20.00
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Bare Root
Just call her Molly the Witch. This fabled Peony is a choice species from the Caucasus region with impossible to improve upon single yellow goblets for flowers. The red new growth in spring evokes some avant garde asparagus. Showy blue-black seeds mingle with the red infertile ovules in large seedpods in late summer staking claim to ornament of equal consideration to that of the flowers. These are plants whose origins lie with our late friend, mentor and knucklehead Steve Doonan and he would be so pleased to see these listed here. This was formerly the species mlokosewitschii but Hong has reduced it to a subspecific rank under P. daurica in his daunting 2008 monograph on the genus and darned if we are going to argue with him - dude is serious.

These are nice youngsters but not yet flowering size - probably next year for flowers.

Trillium kurabayashii
Trillium kurabayashii
Price: $18.00
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Bare Root
Surely one of the finest Trillium species and one of the most fervently desired plant in our shade garden. We've got some fine clumps of this in the garden so it seems a sensible response. This is an uncommon species growing in southern Oregon and Northern California. Dark red sessile flowers with a slight twist of the petals that stand at attention above mottled leaves. These are pretty hefty plants which should flower unless they are being just plain contrary. These should be planted so there is 2"-3" of soil above the growth tip. Perhaps a bit deeper if you are in a cold zone.
Nomocharis aperta
Nomocharis aperta
Price: $25.00
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Large Band Pot
Second generation plants from our collection from along our way up the mountain 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. Pretty much awesome. These are young bulbs which should flower next year (although we can't guarantee that) and a must-have for cool northern woodland gardens. If you garden in Kansas, Texas or most of the Southeast for example, it is probably better to just enjoy the photo. These survived the brutal 2013-14 winter in Wisconsin at a customer's garden as newly planted bulbs in the fall which is impressive considering the ground froze 5' deep. Hardy to zone 5 if not zone 4..
Paeonia mairei
Paeonia mairei
Price: $25.00
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Bare Root
Steve Hootman, Curator and Director 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 while virtually raising our glass in salute. Loves some shade, great foliage and spring pink flowers. Steve has bagged a host of amazing Rhodos on his collecting trips and this Peony is just as exceptional. Narrow leaflets with a distinct sheen provide backing for the fat dark pink flower buds which often emerge in the early to mid spring before the leaves. This gives an extended period of tantalization before the impressive pink flowers open. An added bonus are the lovely shiny black seeds arrayed in the starfish-shaped seed pods. All in all, a very choice introduction. Huzzah, Hootman and well done Laddie!

These are nice plants, with multiple eyes and a year away from flowering. Just cover the 'noses' an inch or two as too deep is worse than too shallow when planting peonies. This species is best in light shade although part sun such as morning sun is perfectly ok.
Paeonia corsica syn. mascula ssp. russoi
Paeonia corsica (syn. mascula ssp. russoi)
Price: $40.00
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Bare Root
One of the finest of the species Peonies, this Mediterranean goody is among the first to bloom in spring. Fabulous new growth and very showy single pink flowers. If you want scent, get a hybrid. If you want class, here you go. This is a stunning and very good plant whose foliage gleams with a metallic sheen which looks great throughout the summer. The late summer/early fall seed pod display is of high ornament.. Good, well drained soil, this will be more heat tolerant than the other species and the one most apt to succeed if you live in an area with minimal winter cold. These are nice big plants most of which flowered this year. When planting, just cover the red buds no more than an inch or two.
Actinidia sp. MD12-818
Actinidia sp. MD12-818
Price: $18.00
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Small Band Pot
These are sturdy plants which will grow like mad next year. Our collection from Guizhou in 2012 of this handsome in foliage vining kiwi fruit. The fruits themselves were quite a decent size, about the size of a walnut and made for a tasty trail snack. We don't have a species for this yet given the twin problems of us not being fluent in Actinidia and the fact that Guizhou has way too many species to make keying easy. Like most Actinidia, a vigorous vine needing trellage or in the case of the plants in the wild, a convenient tree. Hardiness is unknown but we will conservatively say zone 8 but really expect that 7 should be fine.
Prosartes (syn. Disporum) smithii
Price: $12.00
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Large Band Pot
Fairy Bells. A NW native at home in moist woodlad settings where the branched stems are hung with pale bell-shape flowers in spring and are followed in summer by attractive orange fruit. Great with Ferns, Trilliums, Epimediums, Arisaemas and countless other woodlanders.
Kunzea muelleri
Price: $18.00
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4" Pot
Availability fluctuates on this one so feel free to inquire even if it says sold out. Please do comparative pricing on this one - we suspect it will be hard to do! Cuttings received from our friend Maurits in Holland who is obsessed with cold hardy Mediterranean style plantings. He is of that elite genre of indefatigable plant sleuths that source and share good plants and to whom we all owe heaps of gratitude for the dissemination. This is essentially a low evergreen groundcover - to 8" tall - in the Myrtaceae known from the Australian alpine area of Kosciuszko National Park but this clone hails from Mount Buffalo National Park in Victoria with Mount Buffalo being snow-covered in the winter. Better yet, this was collected from a frost pocket area. We don't know about you but when we hear the phrase "Who's your daddy?", Maurits pops into our minds with unnerving regularity. And to think this has profuse creamy flowers with an exuberance of stamens - it is nearly too much in one little package and due to the weight of generational implied unspoken expectation, we already are questioning our worthiness as stewards of this unique piece of botanical Pièce de résistance. But in the spirit of the best plantsmen everywhere, let's spread this around! We don't have many of these. Rare, choice, first-time offering are all appropriate. Zone 8 for sure, likely zone 7. Please do comparative pricing on this one - we suspect it will be hard to do!
Trillium aff. angustipetalum
Trillium angustipetalum
Price: $25.00
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Bare Root
We're calling this angustipetalum as it comes true from seed and seems right to us. Others can debate but Trillium nomenclature is still in flux so until it is all settled, this is angustipetalum. Similar to T. kurabayashi, this California native is distinct in this form with large sessile tepals which have no twist. The flowers look as though a French chocolatier created them from rich dark chocolate laden with cocoa fat and infused with Cabernet Sauvignon. They have a depth and saturation of color that is to be envied and carry a smoothly quiet shine. The big foliage is well-spotted early in the season and the entire presentation defies improvement.
Paeonia veitchii
Paeonia veitchii
Price: $35.00
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Bare Root
This Chinese woodland Peony is one of the few species blooming and thriving in full shade as well as sun. Nicely dissected ferny foliage and slightly nodding single pink flowers 2-3 per stem makes this distinctively beautiful. We had a rare trip in the spring to Yunnan and Sichuan in 2006 to see plants in flower and this was one of the standouts. Later to make growth in the spring than some of the other species so don't panic. These are impressively large plants with multiple flowering eyes. The biggest problem with peonies is planting them too deep so just cover the red growth bud an inch or two at most if dormant.
Trillium ovatum
Trillium ovatum
Price: $18.00
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Bare Root
Odd that it has taken us so long to offer our native Trillium but we finally do with these blooming size plants. Our interest in Trillium species from afar must have the same psychological basis as hiring for a position where ability seems to increase proportionately to distance. These could be considered the West Coast version of T. grandiflorum and you would be hard pressed to distinguish the two when grown side by side. The T. ovatum blooms generally a couple of weeks earlier and the white flower often ages to a most attractive lavender pink. This species is found from sea level to over 3000' and gets east to Montana and south to California although there is talk of giving these outliers some level of taxonomic distinction and separation. Thanks to our longtime gardening friend Sandy Sowers for sharing seedlings of this with us a few years ago.
Maianthemum oleraceum
Maianthemum oleraceum - Pink Form
Price: $20.00
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Large Band Pot
Perhaps the penultimate perennial in our shade garden. This Asian False Solomon Seal species reaches the pinnacle of expression in this pink-purple flowered form. In time, this will develop thick stems variably black or green and less commonly coated in a subtle pale peach fuzz of small hairs. These impressive shoots arise from the soil in spring as if the imaginings of some wild fever dream about asparagus. At full maturity which will take some years, these will be pushing 6' in height and when in flower will render even the most consummate gardener speechless. (David Culp, author of 'The Layered Garden', was not without speech when he dropped to his knee upon seeing this blooming but the words were disconnected and for the most part unintelligible. He said almost a year later in conversation "You know, that was was just one of those moments in your life"). The large panicles of small pinkish purple flowers appear usually the first week of June for us and own the shade garden. We have many striking plants in the garden but when Martha Stewart Living wanted to know when to come out and shoot the garden, we said "First week of June - Maianthemum oleraceum will be blooming". These are young plants at 3-4 years old and will have stems perhaps the diameter of a pencil. It will be a few years before these become contenders for the best thing in your garden but if ever a wait was worth it, this is that wait.
Olearia macrodonta
Olearia macrodonta
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
Great evergreen textural shrub from the southern hemisphere excelling in milder gardens in our area. Siting in a drier spot with good drainage and not overly fertile soil will increase its hardiness. Ours regrew nicely from the base following the horror that was the 2009 winter but certainly good to the mid to low mid teens. Clusters of small creamy daisies on this cake of shrubby ornament.
Lilium sargentiae SEH 142
Lilium sargentiae SEH 142
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot or Bare Root Will ship in October when dormant
Second generation plants from Steve Hootman's collection from NE Yunnan China and the first time recorded in that province. Ernest 'Chinese' Wilson collected this much earlier in 1903 in Sichuan and 'Chinese' Hootman's collection is a key reintroduction of this exceptional species. Steve is the Director and Curator at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden and one of the most significant plant hunters of the modern era and we've been privileged to explore new areas in Asia with him on three occasions. Steve says he collected seed of this at 7500' on steep virtually inaccessible cliffs with a river rushing far below. If you are going to fall from a cliff, its good to have a river below so you have a least some chance. These are things we have learned. These are truly statuesque lilies - ours were pushing 10' this last year in the shade garden and the ones in full sun were shorter but no less magnificent - with scented big white trumpets colored on the exterior in broad puce stripes. Puce? That's never gonna sell. Like a white linen tablecloth gently stained in a soft but errant Oregon Pinot Noir. Nice flowering sized bulbs that are a year or two from their ultimate size. As an example of the size these will become, some of the mature bulbs fully grown would be impossible to squeeze into a one gallon round pot for example as they do become hefty!
Billardiera longiflora - white berried
Billardiera longiflora - white berried
Price: $12.00
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Medium Band Pot
The white fruited form of the Tasmanian Blueberry Vine. The species is one of the choicest small evergreen vines and this white form is exceptional eye candy against a dark background. Mediocre chartreuse flowers and wild showy non messy marble-sized white fruit Aug to hard freeze.