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New and Restocked Plants


These are our latest plants recently added to the website. We are adding them as fast as they are available to sell, but for many of them, we haven't had time to write descriptions. So we'll write these as soon as we can.
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Lilium nepalense
Lilium nepalense
Price: $18.00
In Stock

Large Band Pot
Nepal Lily. One of our favorite Lilies and one we have had the pleasure of seeing in the wild in Arunachal Pradesh near eastern Bhutan where it was growing in low scrub on a sunny hillside. This is not from that trip but is a particularly good form with very large pendant yellow-green flowers with a stunning chocolate maroon throat. Really pretty amazing. One thing that we especially enjoy is that it creeps about via underground rhizomes setting new bulbs along the way. It is not unusual for it to pop up 18" away from where you planted it. This fecund wanderlust does make for an impressive display in a few years. Good drainage in the winter and mulch. Our planting in our raised shade garden bed had 80 flowers last year and was a sight. These bulbs should flower but some may wait until next year.
Aconitum episcopale
Aconitum episcopale
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
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 in late summer and fall are hugely welcome. This is totally herbaceous dying completely back after flowering only to reemerge in spring bigger and better than before. The climbing Aconitum can be confusing to pin down as to proper identity but we finally sat down with flowers and foliage and key in hand and confirmed that this indeed A. episcopale. This is likely from a Diana Reeck collection in Yunnan in 1996 but that is best guessing. Nice blooming-sized plants.
Ugni molinae
Ugni molinae
Price: $12.00
(Out of Stock)

4" Pot
Chilean Guava. Our mama plant is loaded with fruit in the greenhouse right now and after eating some, we're questioning why we are selling any instead of keeping them to lavish ourselves in personal extravagance. If we were just two miles down the road by the shore we would grow these outside but here in the relative Siberia of the Quimper Peninsula Steppe, we dasn't take the chance. One of the perfect evergreen shrubs for mild climates, this has shiny aromatic leaves giving olfactory testimony to its inclusion in the Myrtle family. Nice white flowers followed by ruby flavorful fruit the size of average Blueberries and all on a broadly columnar plant to 8' tall. If this was hardier, it would be ubiquitous. As it is, it is worth coddling in cooler climes and personally we are going to throw down some Chilean Guava on our foodie friends come Christmas. Brought Ullucus tuberosus tip salad to Thanksgiving and now for something Ugni. Walking the razor's edge of foodism with an MC Hammer You Can't Touch This. The best thing about bringing an Ugni dish to Christmas dinner? It'll be the best Ugni anyone has ever had. Nemo in The Matrix not in black but in white Chef holding a plate of Ugni ala Far Reaches in one hand and reaching out and beckoning "Bring it, foodies" with the other. Oh yeah, so doing the Ugni.
Heloniopsis orientalis
Heloniopsis orientalis
Price: $15.00
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4" Pots
Interesting and showy Japanese species that makes tidy little evergreen clumps. This is a just too darned slow to ever make it a viable plant for mainstream nurseries but it so worth the wait. So of course we love it! Unusual lavender-pink flowers held well above the foliage. These will slowly increase to make one sweet little grouping. Good moist soil in shade. The whole clan appeals to us beyond reason - Helonias and Ypsilandra are stellar relatives. We have a few very chunky plants we've kept for propagation but now that we have enough in the pipeline, these stalwarts are expendable. It's tough love here at The Farm but we know you'll do right by them.
Zingiber mioga
Zingiber mioga
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
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 when diced and added to soup. This is a true ginger although it lacks the big rhizome of the culinary variety. What it does have over the gingerbread ginger is hardiness. This is the hardiest of the Zingibers and our friend Aaron Floden tells us he grew this in Kansas without any special protection and temperatures regularly got to -15F and it did not suffer. This clumps up quickly in rich moist soil in shade with 3' green leafy stems and produces exotic small orchid-like creamy yellow flowers at ground level in late summer and fall. It's a no-brainer for fall cleanup because the leaf stalks turn yellow and fall over breaking off cleanly from the crown so all you have to do is pick them up. Or not if you are into self-mulching plants.
Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Amazing Chilean Lobelia that is perfectly hardy here if you mulch it during nasty cold snaps. This is one of those perennials that when you see it grown well and you aren't familiar with it, has an almost concussive visual impact. Even when you do know it well, it still seems like a freak of nature it is so beautiful.This gets multiple stalks to 7' high with spires of tubular red flowers for 6-8 weeks which beckon hummingbirds from afar. Highly dramatic and surprisingly easy given good drainage. This grows in sandy areas in Chile so drainage is key. We grow ours in raised beds and mulched with dairy manure as they have a healthy appetite. In late fall, we cut up the stalks and lay them over the crown and usually toss some more cow poo over that as we want to keep frost from the crown plus it can make growth early which can get frosted so the mulch helps. We get ours through short periods of low teens with no problem. This is surely one of the finest of the larger perennials.
Primula prolifera
Primula prolifera
Price: $12.00
(Out of Stock)

4" Pot
Even on a murky day this can make it seem like the sun is out. Intense rich rings of yellow flowers on stems which in rich boggy sites reach 4' high but in regular good garden soil 3' is perfectly respectable. This has become quite a favorite of ours in our little shaded bog where it just shines in May and June.
Myrteola nummularifolia
Myrteola nummularifolia
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
A rare Myrtle relative fromTierra del Fuego which is quite hardy here and is just the sweetest thing with evergreen aromatic leaves and small white flowers in summer which are followed by pink/white pearly edible berries that taste like some some exotic perfume. A perfect little plant. Good moist soil in some light shade although it will probably take sun nicely but we just happen to grow ours in shade where it has been a flawless performer.
Kniphofia sarmentosa
Kniphofia sarmentosa
Price: $12.00
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Large Band Pot
This is an unusual Poker in that it is a winter bloomer and flowers can occur anytime during the winter to early spring. They are a nice orange in bud opening to a tawny buff. This winter of 2011-2012 has been ideal for this species as we've scarcely been cold at all and our overwintering hummingbirds would have loved them. Perfect for mild gardens or near a wall. From wild seed.
Dichroa febrifuga - UBC Form
Dichroa febrifuga - UBC Form
Price: $15.00
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4" Pots
Best form of the species with good green leaves and clustered ok but unremarkable pale pink flowers which transmogrifies into totally remarkably awesome bunches of impossible blue fruit which seems crazy out of place in the woodland but now you can't imagine gardening in shade without it. This comes from a University of British Columbia collection in Guizhou and is regarded as the best of the various forms which have subsequently been collected. This is best suited for mild gardens as cold winters will cut it to the ground which happens here regularly. It regrows fro the base but needs an another year to bloom and fruit. This does beautifully just a mile or two from us in a friends woodland garden which points out the difficulty of definitive hardiness zones and ratings.
Thalictrum ichangense (syn. honanense)
Thalictrum ichangense (syn. honanense)
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot
Super addition to the Meadow Rue palette, this newer introduction from China really packs some punch for a small plant. These are our own seed-grown plants and the leaves mesmerize with a marbling of gray, green and purple while the fluffy gentle lilac flowers on 12" stems further enchant. This has naturally small tubers so don't be dismayed!
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium
Price: $11.00
In Stock

4" Band Pot
Excellent member of the Crassulaceae which means it is a succulent basically but one that eschews the arid sunny spot in favor of lusher environs like our shade garden with dairy manure mulch. Makes a thick clump of fleshy green leaves with taller stems of pendulous strings of bead-like yellow flowers that are nothing less than captivating. This is one of those plants we have had for a long time but one that surprises us each year when it blooms because we don't expect something so familiar to float our boat quite so high. Very easy to please and a plant people want when they see it in flower.
x Mahoberberis miethkeana
x Mahoberberis miethkeana
Price: $15.00
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4" Pot
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. See it in our shade garden.
Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'
Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
This is a dynamite cultivar also called 'Florida' but names aside, the flowers totally rock. White and dark red fragrant flowers marry nicely with the rich purple-tinted foliage. We keep ours trimmed to an informal shrub but it can be a vigorous vine. Nice orange fruit.
Saxifraga x urbium 'Miss Chambers'
Saxifraga x urbium 'Miss Chambers'
Price: $11.00
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4" Pot
This is a vastly superior form from Elizabeth Strangman which we received from John Flintoff. It is regarded as the best pink flowered selection and and puts on a grand show once it becomes a nice patch. Evergreen and easy in light shade and reasonably moist.