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.
Rollicking twining Monkshood from China that delights in scrambling up into shrubs or onto thin trellage. Although a fine and aristocratic perennial, it remains devoid of snobbery embracing chainlink as if it were ornate wrought iron at an Antebellum mansion. Dusky lavender flowers.
Chilean Guava. Our mama plant is loaded with fruit in the greenhouse right now and it's delicious. One of the perfect evergreen shrubs for mild climates, this has shiny aromatic leaves. Nice white flowers followed by ruby flavorful fruit the size of average Blueberries and all on a broadly columnar plant to 8' tall.
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.
Amazing Chilean Lobelia that is perfectly hardy, especially if you mulch it during nasty cold snaps. This gets multiple stalks to 7' high with spires of tubular red flowers for weeks which beckon Hummingbirds from afar. Highly dramatic and surprisingly easy. Good rich soil.
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.
There ain't nuthin' like this. Early spring yellow stars followed by leathery lobed green leaves in a dense low mound. It is the early yellow flowers that steal the show in part because they have so little competition and in part because they are so unique.
A refined shade plant that would grace any plant connoisseur's garden yet is perfectly happy to hang with us average Joes. Leaves evoking Anemone and pendant flowers combining pastels and lavenders in an understated parasol of exquisite design and dimension. A plant that is not on the radar of a lot of gardeners so let's keep it to ourselves.
The Slender Blue Flag Iris is found all along the Eastern Seaboard where it grows in marshy conditions including salt marshes. We like the very narrow leaves and delicate blue flowers held on nicely branched stems. A rather open spreading habit is also quite attractive.
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.
Very desireable Japanese woodland Salvia which in this selection has exotic pink fragrant flowers in October! Likes a moist humusy soil in morning sun to light shade. This is quite a departure for the autumn shade garden and it will leave you wanting more and more Momobana.
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!
Spring Vetchling. One of the stars of the early spring garden, this perennial bush Pea makes a soft-textured clump with scads of lavender-pink Pea flowers. Combines well with Hellebores and Narcissus and is virtually pest-free. Low-maintenance - cut back in fall.
OMG! What a Vine!! I have no idea how to text a message but people younger than me says this means for Oh My God and omg, this perennial dying to the ground each year vine with white flowers in late summer eats Golden Hops for lunch. Expect 20' of blazing color.
A classic perennial who came to us via a couple of legends. In the 70's, famed Japanese plantsman Kozuo Mori gave a start of this exquisite plant to local Hort Hero Steve Doonan of Grandridge Nursery. Steve divided his 30+ yr old plant and this a division. Yellow shuttlecock flowers.
Seedlings from our Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense 'Big & Pink' which is one of two pink Cardiocrinums known to exist. We have the other one as well. These are hand-pollinated seedlings of this amazing and extremely rare plant and we expect them to be pink as well. "It's so big and pink!"
White Skunk Cabbage. Beautiful Asian version of our familiar Skunk Cabbage. Big white flowers are a knockout and they don't smell bad - what a bonus! Good rich moist soil or boggy spot.
Our Northwest native and one you don't have to go any further to find growing wild than in the the remnant Kah Tai prairie at Port Townsend's golf course. Easy to naturalize in a meadow setting or rock garden or just ht e garden bed. This will increase by little offsets and by seed. Speckeled brown and yellow flowers.
This fuchsia with big red and white flowers is rated in the hardiest classification by the Northwest Fuchsia Society. It makes a loose mound less than 2' high, perfect in large containers or the front edge of the bed. Quite showy and easy. These were actually in bloom in our cool greenhouse at Christmas which was about as far as our decorating went! Mulch well if growing in zone 7.
Imposing species from Japan and Korea which can reach up to four feet tall with typical archiing stems and ranked leaves under which dangle pendant green-tipped white flowers sometimes single but usually in clusters of up to four flowers. This is an easy plant to grow and for the collector of such things, a must.
False Solomon Seal. This Chinese species is one of our favorites in our shade garden and we delight in its ribbed leaves with but elegantly understated small violet daubing at the base of each leaflet followed by the dangling detail of small greenish flowers. In the late summer into fall it has strut-your-stuff full heads of bright orange fruit that just makes us shake our heads in amazement.
A selection from the Oliver's of Primrose Path Nursery of this valuable eastern native. This is a good groundcover phlox with lavender-pink flowers with a nice notch in each petal. In the wild, ths species tends to inhabit rocky outcrops and sand barrens so good drainage and relatively lean.
We got this rarity from an orchid breeder - and orchid nut - we know. This is his own selection of what he calls a pink form of the normally yellow flowered Bletilla ochracea. It seems likely that this is a hybrid but what we know for sure is that it is a good , vigorous hardy orchid for our area you won't find elsewhere.
Excellent form of the species from our 2010 collection on the slopes of Leigongshan in Guizhou, China at 5600'. Steve Hootman was lucky enough to see this population in flower so we know what they look like. Nicely packed flowers more horizontal than pendulous with more purple in the throat than typical.
Crug Farm collection from Chejudo Island in Korea from a slightly larger form. This was found growing in a shaded dry streambed as just 8" tall plants. The amenities of cultivation has fattened them up nicely and expect 18" or so. Glossy leaves and white bottlebrush flowers. Very cold tolerant.
It is always a real treat to see this come into flower in late spring and early summer with bright white buttons of double flowers held on thin wires of stems above the narrow green foliage. This comes from the mountains of Europe and may likely be the closely related species pusilla based on its narrow leaves. Great rock garden plant and zone 5 hardy.
Adorable dwarf Chinese Solomon's Seal . This has lovely light purple flowers which often causes the Polygonatumphiles to swoon which then positions them on the ground and they awaken to smell the delightful vanilla fragrance which induces further swooning. So buyer beware!
A collection from Tibet by Daniel Winkler. This is one of the Asian rhizomatous onions making a nice clump of broadly grassy foliage with leaves 12"-15" long. The flowers are in shades of pink and are open rounded umbels whose drooping florets look a bit like some of the fireworks seen in a Fourth of July evening sky. Hardy to at least zone 6 and likely lower.
Seed grown plant from the Daylily cultivar 'Giraffe' which has easily 4' tall flower stalks. The progeny seem to follow suit with tall stems supporting orange-yellow flowers of good substance. Great for the mid-border as this will be well above the lower foreground plants.
Classic name for what must be an English selection - in the US with our bright yellow squeeze bottle mustard, it would have to be old mustard indeed. Easy doer we got from that consummate English plantsman David Mason and he didn't steer us wrong. Wide leaves backing stems with umbels of pub mustard flowers with a white eye.