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.
Choice species (as seen in our shade garden) collected by NW Plant Wunderkind Riz Reyes on Mt Emei in Sichuan. This species is often confused with Corydalis elata in the trade. This selection is quite vigorous with red highlighted new growth and spires of icy blue flowers. Moist.
This is an indicator plant useful for delineating highly refined plant geeks. Perfection of scale and form with very narrow slightly curled leaves and delicate white flowers followed by improbably rich blue shiny fruit. Involuntary moaning is perfectly acceptable. Very slow clumper.
A diminutive relative to the more familar Jurassic Gunnera. This has a creeping habit making a low dense groundcover with rounded leaves. Herbaceous, the new leaves emerge in late March to April. It does flower in the most insignificant manner. Loves a rich moist soil - mulch if bitter cold.
Woodland Oxalis can be scary in a small garden as our native Oxalis oregana amply illustrates by being beautiful but suffocating. (I'm flashing back to an ex but TMI) This is a coveted Oxalis from Japan making small tidy clumps and in this rare selection, llovely white double flowers.
Lovely tuberous species from China and very easy to grow in the shade garden. "Very easy" isn't nursery-speak for "Aggressive thug" but is an accurate portrayal of an attractive plant which increases at just the right pace and rewards with silver toned leaves and pale and purple flowers.
A favorite of ours from South Africa. We have this growing in front of our greenhouse and the first winter I mulched it and covered with a a tarp. No damage. 2nd winter just tarped it - no damage. Last winter I didn't protect at all and no damage at 17F. Yellow daisy flowers - good drainage.
This rarity was collected by Crug Farm near Hualien in eastern Taiwan and has the largest flowers of all the Crug Farm Tricyrtis at over 2" across and so they Asian-named it for its whopping big flowers. Pale flowers heavily spotted in maroon with a slight yellow throat. Layers of flowers on lax stems from Jul-Nov.
A rare offering of a rare species of this choice little bit of botanical collectable necessity. Found by Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones in Taipingshan, Taiwan, this is a beautiful representative of one of our favorite obscure genera. Evergreen rosettes and slowly forming companion rosettes, this has enchanting white flowers on 4"-7" stems. Moist and shade.
A bold, green leafed version of the Panda Face Ginger. Underneath the umbrella canopy of leaves, the large black and white flowers are snugged to the crown and provides one of the best Omigod! moments in the garden when your friends walk past and you say "I think you might have missed this........."
A pretty uncommon selection of Jerusalem Sage from England. We received our plant from Hedgerows Nursery, one of our favorite places in Oregon. This has great grayish foliage and large inverted orange segment flowers of yellowish green arranged in whorls. Poor well-drained soil.
Almond Flower. This is a delightful creeper from Chile, Argentina and the Falklands where it is an understory of the understory of the Nothofagus forests. Dark geen leaves with white stripes underneath. Terminal dime or centavo sized white flowers. Moist loose soil that drains. We offered previously as L. marginata.
A new dwarf form of this popular Black Mondo Grass. We have not yet grown these to maturity but have had them them for some time now and can say they are very slow so we do believe they are going to be smaller than typical. Perfect in troughs, bonsai containers, edging along stones, model railway gardens, etc etc.
A fun selection of this "Panda Ginger" from Tony Avent. This sports a pronounced pale veining on the large leaves which adds a bunch of interest. Large white and black flowers nestle at the crown of the plant and after years of growing the species in our garden, we never fail to feel like a kid seeing these in April.
Carpathian Snowbell. One of the daintiest of the Soldanella species, this is native to the Carpathian Mts in Central and Eastern Europe where it grows in low turf, rock outcrops and crevices. This is the less common white form which we simply adore. Hardy to zone 5 and perfectly suited to moist peaty-gritty trough.
A Hinkley collection from Taiwan of this interesting Composite whose deeply dissected foliage carries the day and is especially effective in half sun. Not a genus that leaps to the fore when thinking of flowers, this is a great foliage plant and intriguing in first growth. Collected as S. intermedia, this is most likely the species subglabrata.
Chilean Fire Tree. Our classic all-time Desert Island plant where if we were stranded and could only choose one plant etc. we would be sitting beneath an Embothrium munching a Tyler Street Pesto Savory Scone and drinking a Townsend Bay Pinot Gris. A 4 alarm inferno of flame red flowers.
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.
One of our beloved natives colonizing rich bottomland along the shoulders of woodland streams. This has succulent delicato ferny foliage of fresh green munchable (Please Don't) appearing foliage and small terminal flower clusters of pink cornucopias. Moist to damn near wet.
This tasteful perennial from Japan bides its time in the shade garden as the floral hoi polloi scrabble for attention during spring and summer. Once the fracas has died down, this takes centerstage in Sept/Oct with its intricately constructed buds which open to fuzzy light lavender flowers.
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.
Siskiyou Wild Ginger. This is a little gem found only in the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains in far southern Oregon and rarely in far northern California. A little clumper which doesn't make spreading mats like the more familiar Asarum canadense or A. caudatum but makes a dense mound of glossy foliage often well-marbled in silver. Small reddish purple flowers are interesting to people like us.
Exceedingly rare perennial Corydalis allied to the C. temulifolia 'Chocolate Stars' that is seldom encountered in the trade. This has similar growth habit but perhaps brings a smidge more to the table by having yellow flowers. Plus no one else has it which always counts a lot. Moist but draining.
Large lavender blue flowers with a darker reverse grants this little slowly creeping Wood Anemone its own small fiefdom in the shade garden while it is in bloom. Very pretty indeed. Of course by mid summer the peasants and serfs rise up with scythes and cudgels to reclaim their land but next year the glorious cycle of rule and revolution is repeated.
Dwarf Solomon's Seal to just 6" but spreading with very nice lavender-pink flowers which go well with the gray-green whorled leaves. This rare Yunnan Diana Reeck collection differs from the Nepal form which is typically cultivated. Floden thinks this is closer to pumilum, Wynn-Jones says it's graminifolium.
An uncommon and very attractive conifer from mid to low elevations in western China. This was grown from seed received from China by a botanist friend of ours. We had the opportunity to see a few old growth Keteleeria in October of 2012 in the Dayaoshan and what a sight they were!
A fine dwarf Alium from China with small heads of dark blue flowers in this form. This is good in the rock garden, loves full sun, tidy enough for edging on a small scale and deer proof so excellent for those Asian-inspired, deer-infested gardens on Orcas.
This little European Woods Anemone is aptly named as an established patch of this in full flower is indeed purity and chastity personified. Clean white flowers with a central button of doubleness makes this selection the most oft requested nemorosa in our shade garden.
This is an exquisite little bit of spring pleasure that was introduced by our friend Urs Baltensberger. Urs found this dark-leafed form growing wild in the forest on Stammerberg in Switzerland and we are all benefiting from his keen eye. Purplish new growth is perfect backing for the white spring flowers in mid to late spring. A key smaller element for shade.
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.