A spectacular gold-foliaged form of the Poet's Jasmine vine. This is surprisingly hardy - we observed a thriving plant at Hedgerows Nursery which endured 3 nights of zero Dec 2010 no problemo. Awesome with big Ceanothus or purple Sambucus. 1" fragrant white flowers in summer.
This choice Chinese perennial is related to our native Ginger or Asarum and Saruma being an anagram of Asarum is what passes for humor in botanical nomenclature. Felty heart shaped foliage bronze when young and half inch yellow flowers right away and through the summer. Easy.
This is the East Coast Skunk Cabbage which while common to swamps and boggy areas in PA and NY is an exotic collector's plant here. Tubby black-purple or yellow flecked brown-purple flowers squat on the bare soil before the big green Hosta-like leaves appear. Love it.
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.
Fairly recent introduction from China of this superb evergreen shade perennial differing from the more widely grown SEH (Steve Hootman) collection. This has denser flower heads and is perhaps more vigorous - we're quite fond of it. This makes a tidy rosette of evergreen leaves with very attractive white flowers in spring. We say yip-sih-landra by the way.
Second generation seedlings from a Hinkley collection in Sichuan of this fine Lilac which can be kept as a large shrub or trained up to be a small tree. Pendulous flowers white to pale pink inside with a lavender-pink reverse. Very attractive and trouble free.
Be forewarned - growing this plant can lead to an obsessive and unreasoning mania for the hardy Zingiberaceae. Oh sure you laugh - how can I be entrapped by something I can't even pronounce? Put it in moist soil that drains and try not to love the orange-yellow torch-like flowers. Must have.
Evergreen Hydrangea vine which superglues itself to the trunks of Douglas Firs like they were made for each other. This will climb skywards to 20' and lighten the forest shade with its lacy 6" wide white flowers. Best if watered in summer and given good rich soil. Beauty.
A Mexican self-clinging evergreen climber or if left unsupported, it develops arboreal stems which will support it as a large shrub. Grown this way it willsend out questing branches looking to climb but they are easy to nip off. Great for a north wall or Doug Fir. White lace caps in July.
Likely the first introduction of this climbing species In modern times. Distinctive rusty brown (ferruginous) hairs clad the stems, leaves and even the pale yellow flowers. An evergreen species we collected on the summit of Leigongshan where we climbed a Euonymous hamiltonianus tree to collect the black fruit.
Very cute little epiphyte with small rounded cupped leaves and green-tipped red flowers. This is going to be a source of no small pleasure in zone 9 where it will be happy growing in a container, rotting log or mossy rock in part shade. We grow ours in a cool greenhouse kept just at or above freezing and has been easy as pie.
This is a very newly described species from Yunnan and collected by those folks at Crug Farm in Wales. Allow room as it is stoloniferous. If you want a tidy clump, we have a lots of other options but if you have space to fill and want something no one else has then feel free to do as we did and pick one up! Bright purplish smaller flowers on this rare species.
Western Chain Fern. Who says we don't grow natives? We just don't grow B-O-R-I-N-G ones. Ok, now I've offended you. Please, sell me on Salal, Red Alder, Scouler's Willow, Big Leaf Maple and Doug Fir. I'm waiting. This fern rocks in shaded moist areas with 5' evergreen fronds.
Incredibly exciting rare ornamental Araliad from Taiwan where it can reach 30 feet tall. Don't be scared by that as it will likely not attain those dimensions in your garden at least while you are the gardener! Broadly orbicular leaves with 3-5 shallow lobes on stout branches makes this a riveting centerpiece. These are seed-grown and best in mild gardens.
Imposing perennial to 4' or more with stout stems holding large corymbs of small whitish flowers most of the summer. Pretty awesome plant for a Yarrow and a hard one to come by and thanks to Gayle Richardson for sharing this with us. Bold enough to fit in the tropical look, hardy enough to grow nearly anywhere and the deer don't like it - sign me up!
Evergreen Solomon's Seal. This is a darn good plant from Sichuan China that really performs here in the Northwest. This makes dense clumps of upright stems clad in glossy evergreen leaves below which dangle white bells in spring. We typically cut back last years growth in spring. Easy.
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.
The penultimate 'Poker in our opinion at this particular moment. Tall wands of orange tubulat flowers well spaced on the stem evoke images of Aloes in Southern California. A good spreader which quickly makes a clump. I generally view this barefoot as it knocks my socks off anyway.
This exceptionally large flowered selection is going to be a star in any sunny garden where it's unrivaled flower size leaves most other Crocosmias wishing they hadn't been mired in ethical dilemmas and just gone ahead and done the testosterone injections.
Award of Garden Merit recipient in the UK where gardening is just not a pleasant diversion but a way of life. A flower color of soft tomato with infusions of orange and red on a good mid-sized flower. This is not a shy bloomer and not a runner so blooms heavy in dense clumps.
This is from our seed collection on the Chongqing-Guangxi-Guizhou expedition in 2010. We found this on the summit of the previously unbotanized highest peak in the Wumingshan where it was clambering about on the top of the short scrub. We were struck by the large seed pods. Light blue flowers on this vining Monkshood.
A very choice plant from the Applachian Mts and closely allied to Podophyllum as they are both herbaceous members of the Berberidaceae. Broad leaves to a foot or more across with small white flowers which are easy to miss but screaming blue berries holler "Look at me!". Shade.
This a bigger version of the little B. penna-marina ssp. alpina commonly found in nurseries. We never see this offered which is just a shame since it is a great fern. Well, not such a shame since a little exclusivity never hurts. This makes a dense groundcover of evergreen foliage.
Salvia of the Gods. A small padding kneeling bench is handy to have in front of this plant to make it easier for garden visitors as they spontaneously fall to their knees. We forgive its need to be grown frost-free because the flowers rule. Immense red pendulous flowers from the huge calyces. Best not in wind.
A Roy Lancaster introduction of the variety chinensis from Yunnan, China (which in of itself is reason enough to have this plant in the collection) of an invaluable winter blooming shrub tolerant of deep shade with white fragrant flowers from late fall into early winter. Superb shade evergreen shrub.
A Vietnam species which has been hardy to 15F. Great container plant with tubular red flowers which can easily be moved inside for the winter where it can serve as a houseplant until it is time to go back outside. Or keep it outside until there is danger of frost and then hustle it in and bring it back out when safe.
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. No idea on the species yet - there are lots in China! Hardy Z8 to likely Z7.
We received our stock from Ellen Hornig, and this selection has excellent and bright veining in the leaves with the accustomed pale large spathe for a flower in late spring/early summer and the Halloween appropriate orange seed clusters standing sentry sans leaves which had long disappeared into summer dormancy.
One of the finest False Solomon Seal's around and rarely obtainable. These are spirit-breakingly slow to grow from seed so a plant of good size will heat up the credit card a bit. This seem like such perfection with stout stems arching gracefully and bearing a terminal plume of flashy white flowers.
This is indeed the king. One of our most coveted plants, this is an especially fine form from our friend Philip MacDougall. This beauty can reach 12' tall with subtle hooks on the leaf tips to help it hang onto neighboring plants. The best thing is the ORANGE flowers in abundance in the leaf axils. Swoon City.