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Lobelia montana PMD Lobelia montana PMD

A collection by Philip MacDougall from Taiwan of this predominantly Chinese species.  The pale flowers spring from the leaf axils of the arching stems and are just touched in pink and purple and will never be accoladed as showy but are charming.  The reddish fruit are quite nice and dangle as showy little orbs.  We have come to quite enjoy it's understated charms.

Price: $16.00
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Pachyphragma macrophyllum Pachyphragma macrophyllum

Kind of a rocking plant in that it really requires nothing from you.  We have it in a drier spot in our shade garden and it just trucks along looking good and putting on nice white flowers for months on end.  Horrible winter weather comes and it doesn't care - just stays evergreen.  We've gotten rather attached to it and you will as well.  One of Beth Chatto's 100 favorites.

Price: $12.00
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Pachysandra procumbens 'Eco Picture Leaf' Pachysandra procumbens 'Eco Picture Leaf'

A selection of the good East Coast species by the sadly departed Don Jacobs of Eco Gardens in Georgia.  This species varies quite a bit in habit and leaf patterning and Don tramped more than most in the woods back east so his selection of this carries some weight with us.  Short white candles of flowers in spring on this evergreen shade goundcover.

Price: $20.00
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Pachysandra procumbens 'Little's Pixie Dragon' Pachysandra procumbens 'Little's Pixie Dragon'

A selection from Virginia with leaves more toothed than usual and nicely mottled.  We notice that the flowers are densely bunched in upright pale candles,  This is a much more desirable species than the industrial carpeter P. terminalis and very well behaved.  Do call us if it gets out of hand and we will be right over, spade at the ready!

Price: $18.00
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Packera obovata (syn. Senecio obovatus) Packera obovata (syn. Senecio obovatus)

A denizen of moist woods from the Midwest east to Connecticut.  This has nice yellow daisy flowers on 12"-15" stems above a creeping mat of nicely crinkled foliage.  Easy and sweet eastern wildflower for the woodsy garden.

Price: $12.00
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Paeonia corsica syn. mascula ssp. russoi Paeonia corsica (syn. mascula ssp. russoi)

One of the finest of the species Peonies, this Mediterranean goody is among the first to bloom in spring.  Fabulous new growth and very showy single pink flowers.  If you want scent, get a hybrid.  If you want class, here you go.  This is a stunning and very good plant.  Good well drained soil.

Price: $30.00
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Paeonia daurica subsp. mlokosewitschii Paeonia daurica subsp. mlokosewitschii

Just call her Molly the Witch.  This fabled Peony is a choice species from the Caucasus region with impossible to improve upon single yellow goblets for flowers.  The red new growth in spring evokes some avant garde asparagus.  Showy blue-black seeds mingle with red infertile ovules.

Price: $40.00
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Paeonia japonica Paeonia japonica

Choice woodland species from Japan where the small bowl-shaped white flowers are much admired and combines harmoniously with the simple rounded leaflets.  An easy herbaceous species and one of the few Peonies that thrives in the shade.  Looks great with Ferns, Hellebores and Hostas.

Price: $25.00
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Paeonia ludlowii Paeonia ludlowii

A nearly tropical looking woody species from China which has just recently been given specific status instead of just being a variety or subspecies.  (You should have been at the party, without getting into specifics)  Easy to grow and quick to fill a space, the foliage carries the day and the small yellow flowers are whimsical.

Price: $15.00
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Paeonia mairei Paeonia mairei

Steve Hootman, curator of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, often pats himself on the back for collecting this exceptional species in China and each spring as our plants flower, we murmur attaboys and give him virtual high fives.  Loves some shade, great foliage and spring pink flowers.

Price: $30.00
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Paeonia obovata Paeonia obovata

A very elegant species combining refinement of foliage and flower.  Rounded leaflets softly tinted in flesh tones back the single pink goblet shaped flowers.  Exquisite is a word not used lightly here.  A denizen of the Japanese woodlands, this performs beautifully in full shade.

Price: $40.00
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Paeonia veitchii Paeonia veitchii

This Chinese woodland Peony is one of the few species blooming and thriving in full shade as well as sun.  Nicely dissected ferny foliage and slightly nodding single pink flowers 2-3 per stem makes this distinctively beautiful.  We had a rare trip in the spring to Yunnan and Sichuan in 2006 to see plants in flower and this was one of the standouts. .

Price: $40.00
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Parahebe perfoliata - Dark Form Parahebe perfoliata - Dark Form

This we received purporting to have darker flowers than typical.  We think it does.  A little.  Sorta.  This laughed at 9 degrees and grew away like mad!  Rocking Eucalyptus-like blue-gray perfoliate leaves on decumbent stems terminating in loose clusters of small bluish flowers.  In the top tier of subshrubs for sure.

Price: $12.00
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Parasenecio delphiniifolius 'Sanshoku' Parasenecio delphiniifolius 'Sanshoku' (syn. Cacalia)

This variegated Japanese selection used to be in the genus Cacalia.   Broad foliage irregularly and finely streaked and spattered in cream like a monochromatic misting by Jackson Pollock on a green canvas.  This will get to up to 30" with upright stems clad in this conversational foliage.  Forgettable flowers.  We've grown this in light shade to good effect and hardy to zone 4.

Price: $18.00
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Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis

One of the stars in our shade garden is this Chinese Trillium relative.  These are seedlings from our garden plants which are marvels of vegetative increase.  The 3 bulbs we planted have increased to over 50 stems with elegant flowers and showy orange fruit.  Hope the kids learned something.

Price: $20.00
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Parochetus communis Parochetus communis

I've always loved this plant which rapidly makes a groundcover of the coolest maroon banded clover leaves interspersed with wildly improbable blue Pea flowers.  I was chuffed to bits to see this on the slopes of Mt Japvo in Nagaland in 2003.  Protect in hard freeeeeezes.  Brrrrr.

Price: $12.00
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Passiflora caerulea 'Clear Sky' Passiflora caerulea 'Clear Sky'

A certain innocent muscularity is displayed in these gently questing tendrils carrying flowers whose familiarity is overshadowed by their startling size.  Intricate blue and white flowers, steeped in Christian symbolism, are twice the normal size.  Average soil, good drainage, a vine of distinction.

Price: $15.00
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Patrinia triloba 'F. S. Blushing Lace' Patrinia triloba 'F. S. Blushing Lace'

A selection of this Japanese native from our friends at the wonderful Free Spirit nursery just across the border from us in British Columbia.  The whole place is saturated with taste and sensibility which is tempered by whimsy.  This has a salmon tinge to the new growth of incised maple-like leaves to 8"-10" tall.  Yellow flowers in May-June on this mat-former.

Price: $15.00
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Paxistima myrsinites Paxistima myrsinites

Mountain Lover or Oregon Box.  Nice evergreen native shrub which grows 1-3 feet tall with small leaves and tiny red flowers crowding the stems in late spring.  Part to full shade is the main requirement for this understory woodland plant.  This has a history of ceremonial/ medicinal ethnobotanical usage from the Navajo to the Bella Coola. Zone 5-8.

Price: $18.00
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Peltoboykinia tellimoides Peltoboykinia tellimoides

Can't get enough bold-leafed herbaceous perennials in the shade garden especially given our penchant for finer-leafed Solomon Seals and their kin.  This choice Asian with its broad foliage and early summer cream flowers plays perfectly off the willowy textures around it while complementing like-minded Arisaemas.

Price: $15.00
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Peltoboykinia watanabei Peltoboykinia watanabei

A name that just drops off your tongue in well defined little syllabic nuggets.  We're going to name our first born Peltoboykinia Watanabei Milliken-Dodson in the event of an Improbable Conception.  Bold 12" leaves and mid-summer creamy flowers jazzes the summer quiet shade garden.

Price: $12.00
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Penstemon 'Midnight' Penstemon 'Midnight'

A time-tested durable perennial for the garden which boasts deep purple flowers thatt continue into fall if dead-headed.  If you can't be bothered to dead-head, then you will just have to content yourself with 2 months of outrageous color in early summer on a plant which will get to 3' by 3'.

Price: $12.00
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Penstemon 'Raven' Penstemon 'Raven'

Serious flower production that goes on summer into fall without it ever saying 'Nevermore".  Big claret foxglove-like trumpets with a white eye beckon, entice and envelop a variety of bees in their deep-throated velvety embrace.  (I had to step away from writing this for just a minute - never wanted to be a bee so badly before)  Blooms all summer, really.

Price: $12.00
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Penstemon 'Thorn' Penstemon 'Thorn'

This easy to grow hybrid penstemon is beautiful both in bud, with it vibrant pink tip, and open, with the pink lip transitioning to a white throat.  It flowers from mid summer until late fall, and responds well to dead heading.  It will last for many years in the garden.  And the deer ignore it.

Price: $12.00
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Penstemon ovatus Penstemon ovatus

Egg-Leaf Beardtongue.  Pretty impressive mountain native from the Olympics and along the Cascades from BC to Oregon.  This adapts very easily to the lowlands where it lives the good life with multiple stems to 30" of shimmering sky blue to lavender-blue flowers for weeks in late spring.  Low water needs and avoid waterlogged or too fertile soils.

Price: $12.00
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Penstemon procerus var. formosus Penstemon procerus var. formosus

This occurs east of the Cascades and in CA and NV at high elevations and in Sue's opinion is the best form of Penstemon procerus.  Small tight ground-hugging mats of fleshy succulent green leaves are backing for the short dark blue flowers.  Consummate rock garden plant.

Price: $12.00
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Penstemon pseudospectabilis Penstemon pseudospectabilis

Desert Penstemon.  With wands of rosy-pink flowers, this inhabitant of dry washes and desert scrub in the Southwest is a performer in dry and neglected areas and thrives in poor, gravelly fast-draining soils.  Hardiness is not in question but you can kill it with kindness so don't mulch it with compost or bark or water it beyond the minimum.

Price: $15.00
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Persicaria 'Indian Summer' Persicaria 'Indian Summer'

A selection by plant hunter Michael Wickenden from the Mishmi Hills of India and aptly named for the late summer display of small deep red-pink flowers.  These are nicely displayed over the broadly rounded leaves which take on purple coloring.  We brought this back from our visit to Michael's beautiful nursery, Cally Gardens in Scotland.  Should be hardy to zone 7 at least.

Price: $20.00
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Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Blackfield' Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Blackfield'

One of the new cultivars that has proven good in the garden.  This has blackish red flower buds which open to scarlet flowers arranged in thin vertical spikes on 3 foot stems from July into October.  People get scared of Persicaria because some are aggressive like pitbulls.  This species is more like a Golden Retriever.

Price: $16.00
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Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Fat Domino' Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Fat Domino'

New selection from an intensive Persicaria breeding program in Belgium that has produced some excellent results.  This one has good dark red slightly chubby flower spikes mid summer on.  Persicaria are widely used in Europe because they are hardy, floriferous, low care and just perform year after year.

Price: $18.00
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