Yellow Monkshood An interesting species fromEurope with generally yellow flowers although sometimes lavender purple variants can be found. This has narrower flowers than typical for the more familiar Monkshoods and we find them quite appealing. This is good for mid to late summer bloom and is blessedly deer proof. Zone 3.
Maidenhair Spleenwort. I love common names. I must dig out our 15th century Herbal and read up on how to properly decoct this sweet little fern for afflicting humors of the spleen. Or I can just grow it in a gritty well-drained shaded rock garden and enjoy its evergreen delicacy.
This Campanula was collected in Russia at Karachayevo-Cherkessiya, Terbeda, Gonachkir Valley at 1800 meters so next time you are there, keep an eye peeled for it. This potentially can reach 3'-5' tall in flower with nice heads of pale lavender to white flowers in midsummer. Is it hardy, you ask? Da!
From Wendy Perry of Bosvigo Plants in S. England comes this unfortunately scarce and choice Campanula. Gently and very controllably spreading to make an impressive clump with spires of pure white flowers. Pairs impeccably with Hosta 'Patriot'.
Giant Pincushion Flower. We saw this used to great effect in numerous cottage gardens in northern England during our coast to coast walk in June-July 2012. Impressive zone 3 perennial whose open, branched stems can exceed 6' tall and bear creamy yellow flowers. Perfect for mixing with lower bushy plants.
Native to the Caucasus and northern Iran where hardline clerics have been known to set aside fiery rhetoric while getting dirty bedding out plants of Eryngium caucasicum at their villas in the Elburz Mts. The Eryngium flowers are a natural cleric mellowing agent making them feel like the Ayatollah of Sea Hollyola. Small blueish flowers in quantity.
Leave it to Sean Hogan to make selections of a species that hardly anyone grows or knows. Thanks to him, we grow it and are on a steep learning curve. This has silvery leaves nicely lobed and revels in heat and will take dry conditions perfectly which only increases its hardiness. Thriving in Portland. This can produce small edible fruit. Deciduous by the way.
A spectacular gold-foliaged form of the Poet's Jasmine vine. This is surprisingly hardy - we observed a thriving plant at Hedgerows Nursery which endured 3 nights of zero Dec 2010 no problemo. Awesome with big Ceanothus or purple Sambucus. 1" fragrant white flowers in summer.
Uncommon species which has an understated wowness. Not flamboyant this nonetheless garners lots of attention with its clusters of copper-orange Pea flowers in mid to late spring which are set off nicely by the dense light green leaves. Long-lived and choice perennial.
Tough and adaptable evergreen shrub to 6' or a little more that is thankfully deer resistant. It is good thing being in the Olive family (Oleaceae) as deer hate olives. The deer in Port Townsend are approaching biblical locust proportions and no doubt there will soon be "wildlife" tours in town. Very fragrant white flowers are a beacon of hope in the face of relentless herbivory.
Double Flowered Solomon's Seal. Hard to come by and desireable double form of this excellent garden plant. The extra petals looks like a little green rose when lift one of the dangling white bells and peer inside. It is one of those little surprises that makes the garden so fun.
Fantastic little drought tolerant succulent that can eventually flow among stones like the deep waters of blue-green tropical seas. Cooling to the eye and a foliage color that is a harmonious counterpoint to other garden happenings. The white flowers on short stems are just right.
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.
'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 as seen by the stone basin in our shade garden.
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