Hardy tuberous-type Begonia from China that increases well from offsets as well as little aerial bulblets so you get a good clump reasonably soon. Not a garden pest and even if it was how pesty could this cutie be? Clean green leaves and pink flowers to bring late color to the shade garden. Good moisture retentive soil that drains is best.
Wild collection from Nova Scotia of this interesting species. Salmon colored new growth gives way to dense umbels of small white flowers which in turn becomes clusters of dark raisin-like fruit. A deciduous species with a long season of interest.
Our native Columbine from seed collected on the way up to Mt Townsend in the Olympics. One of our most endearing natives with pendulous flowers which have reddish petals and spurs backing a soft yellow cup. This has a grace and charm so lacking in the garden hybrids. One of the first wildflowers I learned tottering around in the woods.
Our selection of an exceptional seedling from a Vietnam collection. Typically green-leafed, this one has lustrous red new growth looking pretty amazing spring through fall and darned good in winter too since it is evergreen. We haven't flowered it yet but expect creamy yellow flowers in summer. Young plants, cutting propagated.
A collection from fairly low altitude in southern China of this widely distributed and variable species. Being from a low altitude and latitude, this is going to be more amenable to warmer winter gardening zones than the more northerly forms typically found in cultivation. A big shrub with pendulous tapers of creamy flowers in early spring.
What the hell? Crazy piece of leafless angular architecture with jointed stems that are flanged in triplicate with photosynthetic wings which give engineered strength while maximizing sunlight surface area. Tiny white flowers on the flange edges puts this in the Aster family. Things are spinning - gotta sit for a sec…..Moist, sun and frost-free.
Very cute dwarf with more floral punch than expected from a plant a mere 8"-12" tall. White powder-puff flowers go on for weeks and are held nicely above maidenhair foliage. This Japanese selection of a Taiwan mountain species correctly suggests growing in the rock garden but is also perfect for that small spot begging for something perfect.
Thanks to Adam Black of Peckerwood for sharing cuttings of this shrubby winter-blooming Senecio. This is a collection from Mexico and has proved to be a good plant in Texas as well as hardy in North Carolina. Pretty new to us so we can't vouch for it yet in our maritime steppe climate but late season yellow flowers would be sweet.
Interesting species we received from plantsman Ed Bowen. This came from Crug Farm from their 2002 expedition to eastern Nepal. Small bicolored bilabial funneliform flowers of lavender and white are produced for weeks on end from late summer through fall. Late season color when you need it. Mulch crown at the cold end of the zonal spectrum.
Curious and uncommon walnut relative from our Asian seed collection where we found this as part of the rich mixture of trees and shrubs on steep mountain flanks. Pinnate leaves harkening to the family Juglandaceae but instead of nuts in a hard shell, this has nutlets in vertical ornamental cones which persist all winter. Too cool for school!
A collection from China by Olsen & Floden of this well-known ornamental pink or carnation. Very nice to have a documented collection as the cultivated material can get a little diluted via unintentional hybridization in the garden. I know that is some of the most fun we have in the garden. Good lacy hot tomato/fuchsia-pink flowers that are scented.
A knockout display when it is well established. This is something David Mason at Hedgerows Nursery thought we should have and was he ever right. Dense crowns of foliage subtend numerous 2'+ spikes of white flowers. This is best in a sheltered lightly shaded spot.
Introduced in 1985 by J.C. Raulston from Chindo Island in South Korea, this is a vigorous and very ornamental form of this evergreen species. Hi-Gloss leaves on a fast growing plant with fragrant white flowers in late spring. Clusters of red turning black fruit. Good for screening as this can get some size and proven Port Townsend deer resistant.
Devil's Elder. This is a hardy large evergreen shrub to 15'-20' tree from Chile and Argentina where it grows in shaded situations along streams or bogs. It does well in our shade garden without being a tippler where it has handled nicely brief dips to 10F. The flowers are loose panicles of interesting wee green things which give way to purplish brown fruit.
Crazy piece of work but in the best possible way. This is a sport of this Japanese azalea species which would typically have the usual thumb-shaped leaves and wide flower petals but in this selection, the leaves and pink flower petals have become very long and thin like decorative sushi garnish. Nothing like it and a universal must-have.
Our own hybrid introduction which we have trialed for 10 years before releasing a few. A very long bloom period from mid summer into fall. Narrow foliage supports 3'+ stems of rich burnt orange with the individual flowers glistening as if lacquered. Attribution to everyone's favorite 1978 Captain Beefheart album Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller).
A collection from Nepal deemed distinct by Crug Farm Plants in Wales. From terminal bud cones in mid to late summer, yellow-orange flowers spout from prominent red bracts. The foliage is red-tinged underneath and is held on dark stems. Clumps nicely and the species as a whole is of elegant presentation. Moist, rich and mulch if winter is cold.
Carrington Falls Grevillea. Of limited distribution in New South Wales Australia where it is found along streambanks, this was not formally described until 1960. To 6' tall and spreading, this has great foliage coupled with light pink flowers with long stamens. Mr. Grevillea, Ian Barclay, rates this as good to 10F but grow it lean and low to no phosphorous.
Nepal Lily. One of our favorite Lilies and one we saw in Arunachal Pradesh near Bhutan growing in low scrub on a sunny hillside. This is a particularly good form with very large pendant yellow-green flowers with a chocolate maroon throat. Really pretty amazing. Creeps about underground.
Our collection of this Chinese mayapple from Yunnan China. Pink flowers in spring followed by large red roma tomato fruit in Fall. Rich moist soil. Great foliage.
Interesting and showy Japanese species that makes tidy little evergreen clumps. Our original plant came from the Portland iconic Bovees Nursery. Unusual lavender-pink flowers held well above the foliage. Makes nice patches by rooting at leaf tips. Good moist soil.
Fabulous Toad Lily with long arching almost hanging stems which have large broadly tubular rich yellow flowers sprinkled with red spotting in the interior. Yea verily. Perfect in a semi-shaded moist situation where it can spill, arch and hang.
We've become gob-smacked by the Irregulares section of Saxifraga and this species which was first described in 2000 resides in that group. Rounded mound of beautifully marbled & patterned leaves provides the perfect foundation for the flock of small white flowers in late spring/early summer. Light shade and moist.
This is an overachieving Type A taking care of No. 1 hardy Orchid but while we find these qualities wearisome in people, we are all over it when it comes to Orchids! Gotta love the attitude of a 40" flowering stem holding as many as 35 pale pink flowers, Good drainage with moisture.
A purported G. papilio hybrid, our mama plant when in bloom with its 5 foot stems of red-mauve flowers sporting dark eye patches, frequently caused plant geeks to start speaking in tongues and offer creative enticements in exchange for a wee bit. We have had to say "No." until now.
This was a rogue seedling in a batch of Mahonia aquifolium seedlings at Miethke Nursery in Tacoma back in the 50's and thought to be a chance hybrid with a Berberis (Barberry). All things old are new again and we're pleased to offer this scarcity.
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!
A very cool species from wild collected seed in South Africa. We are thrilled to offer this choice little goody. Beautiful pale salmon flowers with delicate highlights in the throat. This is so much better in our opinion than those big Glad hybrids which always remind me of funerals.
Great little frothy mound of silver foliage that deserves a place in the plant petting zoo. The yellow button-like flowers dance on wiry stems in late spring and early summer. Too cute. On the dry side. Thanks to David Mason and Susie Grimm of Hedgerows Nursery for sharing it with us.
Mountain dweller in the Cascades BC to CA, popping over to Colorado and up into the northern arctic regions. Good rock garden plant down here where the livin' is easy. Succulent blue-green leaves clad the many stems while the terminal clustered red flowers glitter like a garnet hatpin.