A hardy Gladiolus that could win over that segment of gardeners who just don't like glads but we suspect they would be glad to grow this. Happy even. Some verging on ecstatic. Smaller statured in leaf and flower, this will make nice clumps with flowers of a clear, soft creamery-butter yellow. Mulch if winter is bitter.
Riveting species from mountainous regions in South Africa where it grows on moist cliffs and near waterfalls. Vivid cardinal-red flowers on slender stems with white blazes on the lower 3 petals makes this nearly imperative to own. This is hardy in the PNW thankfully especially if mulched in the event of severe winter cold.
"How tall does this get in flower? Five to six feet!?! Damn!" Yes, we're mind readers. Hot new Agapanthus from the UK with refined clusters of Icy pale blue with long pendulous individual flowers held at eye level. This shows the strong influence of the species inapertus with its drooping flowers which we do so love. Ice Cascade will make you shiver in delight.
Very rare species in cultivation and we are thrilled to offer it from wild collected seed from South Africa. A smaller Poker of moist grasslands, this has salmon buds maturing to white giving a very pleasing two-toned effect on stubby flower heads. There is always room for a new Kniphofia.
This superb cultivar was shared with us by one of the most dapper Lions of horticulture, David Mason of the former esteemed Hedgerows Nursery. David knows plants the way we all wish we knew them and this is his favorite cultivar. Tawny orange buds opening and turning to cream perfection on this glorious beast.
Plantsman and bulb expert Jim Fox was staying with the Coode-Adams in England and admiring this fine Nerine 'Quentin' in their border which just happened to have a scant few seed. Jim brought those across the pond to us and years later, Voila! - we have Quentinlettes. Quentin is highly regarded in England and the kids are good too.
Very uncommon species that is rarely available anywhere in the world. This is known from wooded slopes in Sichuan and is notable for its large dark flowers that combine an implied brooding malevolence, incipient decay and dark intent - perfect for the Goth Garden. Fortunately, all is allayed by its cheerful disposition in the garden.
One of the very good Asiatic gentian hybrids which we procured in Scotland a few years back and can now offer. This has good, white megaphone-shaped flowers which are liberally, if subtly, spritzed with pale blue spots. Makes a dense small mat of green needle leaves which dies back in winter. Moist, acidic and sunny.
Collected in Africa and named by plantsman John Grimshaw, this is likely the first offering in the US of this selection which we brought back from Michael Wickenden's Cally Gardens in Scotland. Muted orange buds open to muffled yellow-apricot flowers that are not strident but mingles well. Kichocheo is "Poker" in Swahili.
Little gem of a Stachys we brought back from Scotland in 2013 although we hate parting with any, to be honest. Super compact with tight rich green rugose leaves and short spikes of snow white flowers of a purity and innocence so unsullied that felt compelled to ask permission prior to dividing. Perfect rock garden plant.
Non-spiny, non-seeding ornamental thistle similar to that favorite of European designers and English cottage gardeners, Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', this has the typically red flowers tempered by a bit of magenta. A beautiful plant with a misleading name because blue it ain't but we don't hold that against it as we are just happy to be growing it!
Terrestrial species from Taiwan that is seldom offered for sale. We have just a handful of these available as divisions and there aren't many as this is a small hand. White flowers on stems to 20", this grows up to 6000' in Taiwan and can tolerate hard frosts. In colder gardens, mulch this well for winter.
Lovely species in the group formerly placed in the genus Dentaria referring to their crinkled molar-like rhizomes. We do enjoy the the color of the purple-pink flowers in early spring but there is a quality of texture and sheen to the leaves that makes us consistently murmur 'I like that plant" whenever we pass by it.
This is a lovely thing we received from Ellen Hornig at the late Seneca Hills Nursery in New York where she was able to grow this thanks to deep lake-effect snow cover. Looking perfectly intermediate between Dierama and Crocosmia, this is the perfect choice if you are wanting a soft pink Crocosmia but can't find one.
Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me, small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me, blossom of snow may you bloom and grow, bloom and grow forever. The classic alpine from the Alps. Sue used to work for the von Trapps and is really tired of this song but still likes the plant.
Nice smaller hybrid between Mexican and American species which combines good vigor with sun and low water needs and a floral jewel box of garnet colored flowers in summer. Everyone wants to lay out the banquet table for hummingbirds and this should have them coming back for seconds. Good in the rock garden.
This used to be var. kolenatiana from the Caucasus but this widely distributed circumarboreal species has had the species equivalent of a taxonomic black hole occur with numerous varieties, subspecies and genera all ascribed to this one species being sucked into the vast maw of botany never to be seen again.
Perhaps the most architectural of all the Kniphofia, this, with its broad leaves up to 6" wide at the base, makes an impressive statement. This is one of those genus-expansive plants incorporating characteristics of Aloe or Yucca. Pinkish-red buds open to light yellow flowers on this very cold hardy and wet tolerant species.
More widely known as 'Apricot', this is one of the stellar performers in the fall garden where its seemingly artless open display of classically simple single flowers of peachy pink ray petals around a yellow eye belie a scrupulous attention to detailed presentation behind the veil of nonchalance.
One of the best of the Blue Poppies and certainly one of the most reliably perennial. This large flowers of good medium blue. This appreciates a partly sunny to bright dappled shaded position with good loose organic soil that drains yet doesn't dry out. A percentage does die after blooming so save seed to be safe!
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.
Mioga Ginger. A treasured food crop in Japan where the new shoots are prized as a vegetable and the flower buds are considered a delicacy. This clumps up quickly in rich moist soil in shade and produces exotic Iris-like creamy white flowers at ground level in late summer and fall.
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.
Our collection of this Solomon's Seal from the Cangshan in Yunnan. This has narrow leaflets arrayed in tiers with small bell-shaped flowers clustered near the leaf bases which later become red-orange fruit bunched like small grapes. Surprisingly sun tolerant given enough water.
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 has yellow flowers as clean and pure as butter churned by hand by a virtuous and chaste milkmaid on a farm set in the Alps where the cows while away the summer days grazing in meadows alight with wildflowers and the unhurried soft clank of an unseen cowbell becomes music impossible to improve upon.
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.
This UK selection has good ripe tomato red flowers arrayed nicely on the stem and held out horizonatally to optimize viewing. Very accommodating those Brits. The flowers are nicely ranked with some overlap which creates a showy floral synergistic effect. This is a compact grower to just a couple feet tall.
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.