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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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Saruma henryi
Saruma henryi
Price: $15.00
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4" Pot
This choice Chinese perennial is related to our native Ginger or Asarum and Saruma being an anagram of Asarum shows that even taxonomists are not above the occasional botanical hijink.. Felty heart shaped foliage bronze when young and half inch yellow flowers right away in spring continues to bloom through the summer. These succeeds nicely in Chicago which seems like Siberia to us softies here in the PNW. This is easy..
Begonia sutherlandii
Begonia sutherlandii
Price: $12.00
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4"Pot
A very handsome hardy tuberous Begonia with orange flowers of which it is obviously very proud of as it is not shy about displaying them. This makes a nice clump and can be left in the garden over winter. Good in containers although I wouldn't let the pots freeze solid. Increases well.
Bomarea 'Fred Meyer'
Alstroemeria isabellana
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot
We got this from Maggie at Western Hills some years ago and finally can offer this goody. She said this was a hybrid by noted California breeder Fred Meyer between the vining Bomarea and the non-vining Alstroemeria and we have sold it in the past as Alstroemeria x Bomarea 'Fred Meyer' and more recently as Bomarea "Fred Meyer". The great thing about putting a plant on the internet is that all sorts of smart people read about it and very nicely suggest the correct name. This is a surprisingly hardy Brazilian species and Fred Meyer collected in Brazil quite extensively. Good cut flower with long clean stems. We've had this growing happily outside for years and going through single digits in winter with mulch.
Acis (Leucojum) autumnale
Acis (Leucojum) autumnalis
Price: $11.00
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4" Pot
One of the sweetest little bulbs imaginable! Summer dormant with dainty white flowers on 6" stems appearing in Aug into Sept. This grows in Portugal, Gibraltar and Morocco and is just as happy growing with our native Madrona (Arbutus menziesii) here as it is Olives back home. Grassy foliage up in fall and winter.

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.
Sorbus reducta
Sorbus reducta
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot
Dwarf Mountain Ash. Our collection of the grand little 2' species from NW Yunnan where we found it mingling about in a little wooded copse with Nomocharis aperta as a friend. Creamy white flowers in clusters followed by pinkish red fruit. Decent fall color as well.
Bupleurum fruticosum
Bupleurum fruticosum
Price: $12.00
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Medium Band Pot
Intriguing shrubby umbellifer from southern Europe but easily grown here with good drainage and sun. Odd to find an evergreen shrub with dill-like mellow small yellow flowers clustered in rounded umbels. I first saw this in Ann Lovejoy's garden. Prune hard every 3-4 years. A classic coastal plant taking the wind and salt spray.
Berberis jamesiana
Berberis jamesiana
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot
We were completely blown away by the plant we saw in full fruit in the exceptional garden at Dancing Oaks and sad to say, we did doth covet our neighbors plant with lust in our hearts. Leonard and Fred thought it prudent to sell us one. To 6'-8' with soft yellow flowers and dripping with clusters of salmon fruit.
Impatiens rothii
Impatiens rothii
Price: $12.00
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Large Band Pot
This is going to become a favorite of ours once we give it the garden space it so well deserves. A tuberous species from Ethiopia, this has proven hardy for Northwest gardens and could put on the same gardening plane as Impatiens tinctoria. This will be a bit shorter than that species and become bushier but the main difference are the flowers of a soft salmon pink. A few self-sown seedlings if you are lucky - this is not a garden nightmare! A plant for cool summer areas, this can likely take nearly full sun in our cool coastal gardens and bright to dappled shade inland. Being tuberous, this is going to want drainage for the winter wet and a mulch to keep frost from the crown. Our stock plants are from seed from that expert of African flora, John Grimshaw.
Myosotidium hortensium
Myosotidium hortensium
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
From the fog-shrouded beaches of New Zealand's Chatham Islands comes this appropriately named Chatham Island Forget-me-not. Big, glossy evergreen leaves and clustered blue flowers makes this unforgettable. Linda Cochran on Bainbridge grew this perfectly in rich moist soil.
Desfontainia spinosa
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
A monotypic member of the Loganiaceae family from Chile. Now that we have our botanical parameters firmly in place, we find ourselves exactly where we started. As Obama would say, "Let me be perfectly clear. This is not a Holly." Evergreen and best in a mild garden with tubular red-orange flowers.
Aquilegia chrysantha var. chaplinei
Aquilegia chrysantha var. chaplinei
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot
This bewitching little Columbine hits me at some visceral level every time it flowers. The fine blue-green foliage is perfect with the narrow yellow flowers and their impossibly long spurs. Being childless, I can only imagine seeing your little blonde daughter in her first Easter dress and shiny new shoes - it is that kind of feeling.
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium 'Jim's Pride'
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium 'Jim's Pride'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
'Jim' Pride' is the selection of this sedum relative from the Caucasus Mts which is notable for the showy variegation. This is not as vigorous as the typical green form and the nodding strands of bead-like flowers are creamy rather than yellow as well. Easy evergreen.
Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'
Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot
This little European Woods Anemone is aptly named as an established patch of this in full flower is indeed purity and chastity personified although I have enough miles on me that experiences with either purity or chastity have been relegated to the dustbin of uncertain memory. The white flowers with a central button of doubleness makes this selection the most oft requested Anemone nemorosa in our shade garden. Carol Klein once described this as "the bell of the ball" when comparing it to other Anemone nemorosa cultivars and we find nothing in that statement to dispute.
Anemone nemorosa 'Leed's Variety'
Anemone nemorosa 'Leed's Variety'
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot This has been a star in our shade garden with it's extra large flowers which most regard as the largest of the Anemone nemorosa cultivars. We have this planted at the base of Disporum longistylum 'Night Heron' whose dark stems and foliage contrast nicely. "Contrast nicely"? We damn with faint praise - this totally rules as it is the perfect underplanting and this will translate to many other plants as well as the Anemone is but 10" high or less and creeps on twiggy rhizomes to make a fine, dense patch. We have always forgotten to divide this and have never had it when folks have asked for after seeing it in the garden but we have potted some up this winter. If you get these early spring of 2014, the little rhizomes won't have rooted out but no worries - they will take off in your garden!