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Pleione formosana 'Blush of Dawn'
Pleione formosana 'Blush of Dawn'
Price: $12.00
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A very lovely selection of this terrestrial and sometime lithophytic orchid. These are hardy outside in mild winters or given protection. They need great drainage like planted in moss on a rock or in a stump or rotting log and protected during severe cold snaps. Traditionally grown in pots and brought in a cool spot for the winter, these are quite easy.
Pachyphragma macrophyllum
Pachyphragma macrophyllum
Price: $12.00
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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.
Pleione formosana
Pleione formosana
Price: $11.00
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Small Band Pot
This is a surprisingly hardy terrestrial Orchid that is quite easy to grow given a couple of rules. Loose crumbly organic/gritty well-drained soil and fairly dry in the winter. Oh yeah, real cold is not the best either. We have friends who grow these easily in nearby Port Ludlow in rotting logs, stumps and deep moss on rocks with a tarp thrown over in winter to shed rain but that is in a mild maritime garden. Traditionally this is grown in containers and overwintered in a cool sunroom or coldframe. Were making this sound harder than it is and we don't mean to as it is worth the minimal fuss. Pink and white Cattleya-type flowers on such a little plant. This increases freely by small bulblets which is how we have come to offer these to you.
Rudbeckia maxima
Rudbeckia maxima
Price: $15.00
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Large Coneflower. If size is important to you and we probably won't believe you if you say it isn't, then give this one a whirl. Huge paddles of 24" long by 8"-10" wide glaucous blue-tinged basal green leaves makes striking clumps which can be evergreen in mild winters. In June and July, stems to 8' hold big yellow flowers with drooping petals and cones up to 6" long. This makes an eyecatching statement in the border especially grouped in a large border or can serve as that Punctuation Point of Drama as a single plant. Either way, this brings the action. Leave the seedheads up as they look good and the goldfinches will think it is the all-you-can-eat buffet. Flowers are good cut and if you want to short the finches, the seed heads are nice dried.
Uvularia grandiflora
Uvularia grandiflora
Price: $11.00
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4" Pot
Merry Bells. One of our favorite of the Midwest and Eastern woodland wildflowers. Rich gold pendant flowers dangling like earrings on a woman of some serious substance. Combines beautifully with upper crust plants such as Cardiocrinums and Arisaemas yet hangs comfortably with box store Hostas. These are divisions from our stock plants.
Woodwardia unigemmata
Price: $15.00
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4" Pot
A most impressive fern and one we've been privileged to see in its native haunts in China. This makes magnificent large long fronds, coppery when young and when mature, terminating in a single fuzzy small ball or gemma, which will become a new fern.
Begonia sutherlandii
Begonia sutherlandii
Price: $12.00
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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.
Rhodohypoxis 'Kiwi Joy'
Rhodohypoxis 'Kiwi Joy'
Price: $12.00
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A newer and scarcer selection from - you guessed it - New Zaland. This has small intricately marked in shades of rose and cream double flowers. The petals are carefully nested in graduated ranks and the whole thing is just darn cute. Sun and moist but well drained. Drier in the winter.
Adiantum venustum
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Himalayan Maidenhair Fern. Evergreen to semi-evergreen creeping fern making the the most textural groundcover imaginable. Salmon pink new growth goes to light olive and finally green leaflets on black wiry stems just 8"-12" high. Likes a loose moist soil but will tolerate dry when established.
Agapanthus 'Purple Cloud'
Agapanthus 'Purple Cloud'
Price: $16.00
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A hybrid out of New Zealand that is widely regarded as one of the best. A hardier deciduous species with big heads of purple-violet flowers with each petal boasting a darker central stripe. This is a performer which will not disappoint. This can be grown in zone 7 if deeply mulched for the winter. We typically mulch all of our Agapanthus just to be on the safe side as we can get cold here.
Dicentra cucullaria
Dicentra cucullaria
Price: $10.00
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Classic spring epehemeral of the eastern woodlands with ferny foliage in early spring and white flowers in March. This will go dormant by late spring and is an excellent little plant to grow on top of later growing shade loving lily species or Arisaemas so that you get double duty out of the same planting spot.
Cautleya spicata - seedlings of 'Crug Canary'
Cautleya spicata - seedlings of 'Crug Canary' BSWJ2103
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Cautleya in all their various incarnations have proved to be excellent plants for the garden here in the Northwest and one of the best is Cautleya spicata 'Crug Canary' BSWJ2103 from a Wynn-Jones collection near Darjeeling. It will be a few years before we can offer this named selection but we do have seedlings of it which may vary a bit but we feel comfortable in saying that the worst of the lot will still be a star in your garden given the impeccable bloodlines or saplines in this case. We have not had the parent plant long but it is showing a bit more height comparatively than the form 'Robusta'. Another difference is that this has all green leaves whereas in 'Robusta' there is good maroon underside but remember that seedling variation. Same good red bracts and yellow flowers in July-August and reliably blooms in the garden. An excellent plant for part sun to light shade in rich moist soil that drains. Mulch in winter.
Geranium 'Sabani Blue'
Geranium 'Sabani Blue' ('Bremigo' PBR)
Price: $15.00
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Alan Bremner of the Orkney Islands off northern Scotland hybridized this large flowered blue geranium from the tuberous, drought tolerant summer dormant Lebanese G. libani and the equally tough and drought tolerant Turkish G. ibericum subsp. jubatum. The result is a vigorous plant with larger flowers on nearly 2' stems that are a better blue than either parent and with no sacrifice of toughness. You know what they say, if it can thrive in Orkney, it can grow anywhere. Introduced in 2005, this remains uncommon in the US. Expect this to take a rest in summer but will reemerge in fall with cold hardy foliage all winter.
Libertia 'Amazing Grace'
Libertia 'Amazing Grace'
Price: $18.00
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An interesting hybrid selection of this New Zealand Iris relative. Evergreen (except for hard winters) olive green foliage provides a grand setting for the numerous stems of small bright white flowers. This makes a clump pretty quickly and is great texture in the garden. This has been consistent a performer in our border garden for years and the worst winters fry the leaves which we cut back in spring and then the new growth appears and it blooms very happily and we can't remember we had a bad winter. When we have mild winters it looks great and we don't have to do anything. We mulch the crown of ours when we have an arctic express barreling down upon us just to be on the safe side.
Galtonia regalis
Galtonia regalis
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Very cool South African bulb grown from seed we received from English plantsman Harry Hay many years ago. Harry was a discriminating collector of plants and generous in sharing. This has broad strap leaves and tall stems bearing pendulous flowers of softly muted green. Truly regal. This has been amply hardy for us and appreciates a bit of shade from the hottest part of the day and will do well on an eastern aspect which where we have ours planted on our sunny border. Nice bulbs which are reaching flowering size so some will and some won't but for those that don't it will be next year for sure.
Crocosmia 'Constance'
Crocosmia 'Constance'
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
A good orange large flowered Crocosmia with a yellow center to draw the eye. It's a good thing we love orange because this is orange and then some so it makes sense that we like this one. We run into people every year who tell us that they just don't do orange in their garden and we stare at them in mute slack-jawed disbelief with a hastily veiled look of pity. Maybe in the shade garden but the sunny beds crave something to rival the intensity of the August sun and this fills the bill. A 1993 hybrid by van Dijk.
Helichrysum thianschanicum
Helichrysum thianschanicum
Price: $11.00
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4" Pot
From the Tian Shan Mts comes this tough little subshrub that is among the finest expressions of silver foliage to be found. Eversilver aromatic leaves on an 18" rounded plant with yellow button flowers in late summer. I bet the deer find it repugnant. Good drainage, some to little water.
Mahonia gracilipes
Mahonia gracilipes
Price: $15.00
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One of the great Mahonia species or Berberis as they are now sometimes known. We saw this growing on Wawushan in Sichuan where it exhibited it's characteristic waxy white underleaf. Loose sprays of pinky-orange flowers in late summer and early fall are followed by nice fruit. Easy and a connoisseurs foliage plant. These are very nice plants needing to get bumped up into gallons shortly and when they do, they will cost a bit more so now is the time!
Pyrrosia sheareri
Pyrrosia sheareri
Price: $30.00
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Collected in Taiwan by gifted plantsman Steve Doonan, this amazing Fern is hardy to at least single digits. This is a locally famous fern frustratingly slow to propagate and always red-lining the Plant Lust meter. We're happy to have some to share. Hard to imagine this is a fern with these big leathery evergreen leaves up to 18" long and with that glorious underleaf when mature. Likes good drainage and not too wet but gently moist. The Pyrossias we've seen in Arunachal Pradesh and China love to grow in moss on top of rocks and really love a good stone wall. Easy in morning sun or light shade. Mulch in winter first year or two.
Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'
Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Frosted Jade Ajuga. A rare Ajuga the likes of which you may have never seen. We all are familiar with the utilitarian carpeting-with-abandon slug magnet ubiquitous in gardens everywhere. This is a different critter altogether and resembles Bugleweed about as much as a Bichon Frise does a Junkyard Dawg. Stays put in a clump with erect stems to 16" with showy leaves of white, green and cream and intense violet blue flowers. This has been one of the most asked about plants in our shade garden and when we say what it is, the answer usually is "That's an Ajuga? Do you have it?" It is completely deciduous as well which is another mind boggler. And for slugs - they do like this one too but really it is mainly the new shoots in early spring so we just keep an eye on the growth and if they are getting nibbled then we go out one or two evenings and inflict bodily harm and don't much about the plant afterwards.
Crocosmia 'Lady Hamilton'
Crocosmia 'Lady Hamilton'
Price: $12.00
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This is a tasteful beauty 0f refined carriage which somehow manages to convey a passionate abandon barely suppressed. The shapely flowers open yellow from darker buds and then age to a mellow even apricot. The interior of the flower has a generous rosy halo suffused around the slightly paler throat. This has much appeal and was named appropriately by George Davison in 1906. Lady Emma Hamilton was by all accounts a talented beauty who was the mistress and later wife of Sir William Hamilton, the British envoy to Naples. They became great friends with Horatio Nelson, later Lord Nelson and hero of many epic sea battles. Nelson and Emma were smitten with each other and Nelson would live with Emma and her husband when he was not at sea completely forsaking his wife. This continued for many years with Emma bearing his child, a daughter Horatia, until they finally left their spouses and moved in together. There was no scandal larger in England but they bore it well until Nelson's death in 1805 during the battle of Trafalgar. Despite Nelson's will that the government pension her well, she received no money and eventually ended in debtors prison. Upon her release, she went France to avoid other creditors but with spirit broken, soon died.
Ypsilandra thibetica
Ypsilandra thibetica
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Fairly recent introduction from China of this superb evergreen perennial. This makes a tidy rosette of evergreen leaves with very attractive scented white flowers in early spring which adds another layer of interest to the shade garden. Makes a nice clump. We say yip-sil-landra by the way. Doesn't mean it's right but we do it so authoritatively that no one questions us. Related to other little treasures like Helonias and Heloniopsis. We saw this on Dayaoshan fall of 2010 where it was growing on little mossy ledges on a shaded cliff face. It is always so exciting to see a plant in habitat when you have gardened with it especially when it is a fairly recent arrival to cultivation.
Hosta 'Porter'
Hosta 'Porter'
Price: $12.00
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A very dwarf selection likely a venusta hybrid. This is from Bob Putnam's legendary choice plant nursery from many years ago. A slow increaser and surprisingly durable in the garden.
Sorbus reducta
Sorbus reducta
Price: $12.00
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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.
x Gordlinia grandiflora
x Gordlinia grandiflora
Price: $15.00
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Just in the last decade was this fascinating bigeneric hybrid described by the hybridizer, Dr. Tom Ranney of North Carolina State University. This is a cross between the very hardy but somewhat finicky deciduous Franklinia alatamaha and the amenable but not so hardy evergreen Loblolly Bay, Gordonia lasianthus. The result is a plant that is evergreen and vigorous with larger (3"-4") white flowers than either parent. This will get to perhaps 30' tall and half as wide. This will also pick up nice red and orange colors in the fall. Hardiness is a good Zone 6 and this will be a fabulous addition to the late summer to fall flowering palette. As both parents are from the Southeast, good heat tolerance as well.
Myosotidium hortensium
Myosotidium hortensium
Price: $16.00
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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.
Chrysanthemum 'Dixter Orange'
Chrysanthemum 'Dixter Orange'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Thanks to Jim Fox for bringing this to us from Great Dixter. A selection of Christopher Lloyd's with an expected mass of autumnal orange poms. A clipping or pinching in late June/early July will create a lower bushier plant likely obscured by the blanket of flowers.
Asarum maximum 'Green Panda'
Asarum maximum 'Green Panda'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
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........."
Rheum alexandrae
Rheum alexandrae
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
Fantastic ornamental rhubarb which we had the good fortune to see blooming in the wild along a river above Kangding in Sichuan in 2006. The Tibetans had harvested the flower stalks on the near side but the far side was a spectacle with large hand-sized overlapping cream-yellow bracts on 3'+ stems.
Bletilla ochracea - pink
Bletilla ochracea hybrid - Pink
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot
Nice seed-grown plants we got from a friend who is hardy orchid breeder - lucky us! Typically B. ochracea has yellowish flowers and while we received these as B. ochracea, we will call them a hybrid just to be safe as these have pink flowers. Of course he is the orchid expert so maybe we should listen to him!. Vigorous plants when established with tall stems to 30" with pink flowers. These are not something generally available and we're very pleased to have a few to offer. 1-2 shoots on these with a few starting to show flower spikes although not all will bloom.