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Adenocarpus decorticans Adenocarpus decorticans

Silver Broom.  Uncommon xeric shrub endemic to the Sierra Nevada Mts of Spain.  This member of the Fabaceae family is fab indeed with pale flaking bark, silver-green needle-like leaves and sprays of soft yellow flowers.  Pretty awesome and locally grown to perfection at the Heg and Barca gardens on Whidbey Island.

Price: $18.00
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Amorpha canescens Amorpha canescens

Leadplant.  A native to the upland plains of the Midwest, this leguminous shrub has  excellent textural foliage of small gray-green pea leaflets and quite nice terminal "antlers" of purplish flower spikes.  The flowers are tiny but are clustered in multitudes.  Good drainage, drought tolerant.

Price: $12.00
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Aristolochia sempervirens Aristolochia sempervirens

Quirky little evergreen vine from the Mediterranean that brings delight far out of proportion to the size of its flowers. Small curved pipe-like flowers are a subtle burnished pale flesh on the outside accented by thin reddish lines.  The flared pipe bowl is a perky yellow with faint lines in the back of the throat and a rim of umber, delicately whiskered.

Price: $15.00
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Asclepias speciosa Asclepias speciosa

Showy Milkweed.  Feed the Monarch butterflies!  This is the preferred species of Milkweed for the colorful caterpillars to feed on and having these flamboyant critters with their white-black-yellow rings crawling about the gray-green foliage is over-the-top ornamentation plus you get to chalk one up for the environment.

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Berkheya purpurea Berkheya purpurea

A perennial (usually anyway) thistle relative from South Africa which makes a multicrowned clump of softly spiny leaves which by themselves merit nothing more than a good hosing of Roundup but the large purplish flowers are the swan emerging from the ugly duckling.

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Callistemon 'Woodlanders Hardy' Callistemon 'Woodlanders Hardy'

Bottlebrush.  Perhaps the hardiest clone enduring single digits with scarcely a whimper.  (It may be whimpering but my own wails of despair drown all else out).  Evergreen picking up russet tones in winter.  Summer fuzzy red flowers on the stems.  Deer Proof/drought tolerant.

Price: $15.00
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Chamaebatiaria millefolium Chamaebatiaria millefolium

A Ron Ratko collection of this shrubby gem that flies under everyone's radar.  Native to ID, OR and the SW, we saw this in the White Mts growing with the ancient Bristlecone Pines.  Like a shrubby Spiraea but with white Potentilla-like flowers highlighted by yellow anthers.  Lacy moth antennae leaves.  Dry and well-drained.

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Commelina tuberosa Commelina tuberosa

Striking blue flowers emerging one per day from clusters of buds held in a clasped purse=like sheath.  The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon.  The purity of blue is unrivalled.  Loves full sun and fairly drought tolerant and reseeds nicely to create a showy clump.

Price: $14.00
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Convallaria majalis var. rosea Convallaria majalis var. rosea

Pink Lily of the Valley.  Sweet.  Charming pink form of an old fashioned standby.  Nice spreader for the shade garden and quite drought tolerant when established.

Price: $12.00
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Delosperma 'Kelaidis' Delosperma 'Kelaidis'

Zone 5 hardy Ice Plant which arose as a spontaneous hybrid seedling in Denver and was named for our friend Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator at Denver Botanic Garden and great guy at a party.  Key here is great drainage for our winter wet.  Lean, sandy soil and a gravel mulch is a good idea. Flowers the color of thin-sliced backlit salmon Lox.

Price: $10.00
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Delosperma dyeri 'Red Mountain' Delosperma dyeri 'Red Mountain'

This is way too hot to be called an Ice Plant.  Scarlet flowers scorch the foliage in summer and blaze with nary a care.  Great sidewalk edger, rockery or container plant especially for those of you who delude yourselves into believing you really will water your containers. It's xeric.

Price: $10.00
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Epimedium platypetalum Epimedium platypetalum

Quite an uncommon evergreen species in cultivation from Shaanxi and Sichuan possessing an impish charm to which few others in the genus can lay claim. A smaller species to 12" with cute rounded leaflets which subtend stems bearing rounded simple spurless flowers which are a soft yellow.  Good drought tolerance on this winsome cutey,

Price: $20.00
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Epimedium x rubrum 'Sweetheart' Epimedium x rubrum 'Sweetheart'

A Darrell Probst introduction which is superior to the typical x rubrum.  This has dark rose-red flowers held above the foliage as well as below.  The evergreen leaves are larger and more rounded than typical and when young are accented with a thin red rim.  Drought tolerant.

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Ericameria nauseosa var. nauseosa Ericameria nauseosa var. nauseosa

Rubber Rabbitbush.  Drought tolerant shrub of the arid sagebrush steppe and plains.  So named for the felty leaves and flexible twigs.  This is in the aster family and in late summer and fall will fairly cover itself in small yellow flowers which may not be the best smelling as indicated  by the name but damn its nice!

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Erigeron scopulinus Erigeron scopulinus

Rock Fleabane.  A mighty mite in the Asteraceae family, this rock crevice dweller was not discovered until 1978 in the Chiricahua Mts in Arizona and later was found 200 miles east in the Black Range of New Mexico.  It has been very easy and rock hardy for us and although drought tolerant, adapts to frequent irrigation.  Small white flowers.

Price: $12.00
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Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum 'Psdowns' Eriogonum umbellatum var. aureum 'Psdowns'

A super xeric introduction by the Plant Select program which is a joint venture by Denver Botanic Garden and Colorado State University trying to find great plants for the Rocky Mountain states.  This takes serious cold, heat and dry. has long lasting yellow flowers fading orange and is deer proof.

Price: $12.00
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Escallonia 'Lou Allen' Escallonia 'Lou Allen'

Very compact Escallonia to the point of being formal tidy buns.  I don't often go for tidy or formal buns, usually am more intrigued by wilder more free-form buns but this is the exception.  Just 2' high and 3' across with medium pink flower in June and sporadically after.  Evergreen, drought tolerant.

Price: $12.00
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Garrya x issaquahensis 'Glasnevin Wine' Garrya x issaquahensis 'Glasnevin Wine'

Exceptional selection of this cross between Garrya elliptica and G. fremontii from Glasnevin in Ireland.  What is notable about this is the long late winter catkins have conspicuous wine-colored bands.  We're talking Pinot Noir here not Pinot Grigio.  As a bonus, the stems are dark colored as well.  Winter interest, anyone?

Price: $16.00
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Geranium macrorrhizum 'White-Ness' Geranium macrorrhizum 'White-Ness'

A white flowered variant of this familiar Geranium whose flowers are backed by a green calyx rather than pink which adds to its overall indispensable lightness of being. The paler than normal green leaves accentuate this and makes this valuable for brightening a somber corner or tempering hotter colors.  Takes dry shade - very tough.

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Geranium malviflorum Geranium malviflorum

We acquired this incredibly tough, tuberous, summer dormant Geranium in the 80's from East Lambrook in southern England which was home to Margery Fish and the original English Cottage Garden.  Provenance alone is merit enough but good lavender blue flowers and drought tolerance carries the day.

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Glaucium Glaucium grandiflorum x flavum hybrids

Officially Xeric Awesome Perennial. Seeds we got from Panayoti Kelaidis' home garden in Denver. This has rosettes of foliage which erupt in early summer to 2'-3' branched displays of orange to yellow poppy flowers. Nifty seed pods too. This really wants good drainage and hot sun and you will be smitten by the Horned Poppy.

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Grevillea australis Grevillea australis

We saw this at the O'Byrne's in Eugene and Plant Lust caused our pollen to shed and our stigma's got a bit sticky.  It is so embarassing but Ernie and Marietta are used to it.  Completely hardy here and clothed in small white crinkled fragrant flowers in Apr-May.  Yes. Yes. Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Habranthus tubispathus var. texensis Habranthus tubispathus var. texensis

Rio Grande Rain Lily.  This has the cheeriest yellow flowers with burnt orange streaking which appear without leaves in late summer to early fall with the onset of fall rains if grown in a sunny dry spot.  These get 6" tall but are wicked cute and will self sow to make an enviably vibrant patch in time.  Native to the Southeast and Mexico.  Zone 7.

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Incarvillea olgae Incarvillea olgae

Grown from seed given to us by xeric, steppe and rock garden guru, Panayoti Kelaidis of Denver Botanic Garden.  Brilliant plantsman who, if you gave him an hour lead time, would be conversant in aquatic plants native to Lake Malawi and the nearby Great Rift Valley.  This Central Asian species grows natively on rocky, sandy slopes and in the garden, is quite drought tolerant.  Thrives in Denver, this will get 3'-4'+ with pink flowers in summer.

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Iris unguicularis Iris unguicularis

Algerian Iris.  Nothing like this evergreen Mediterranean prize.  This blooms depending on the weather as early as November but generally the main flowering is in February with short-stemmed good-sized light lavender blue flowers.  We cut the leaves back to 6" in Nov to best see the flowers.  Newly potted strong divisions.

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Monardella macrantha 'Marion Sampson' Monardella macrantha 'Marion Sampson'

Pretty much an awesome plant for the rock garden or hell strip as this relishes good drainage and hot sun.  We saw this at Lakewood Gardens in Denver summer of 2014 and had to have!  A small subshrub covered in blazing red tubular flowers and allows no other plant to have any attention whatsoever.  On the moderate to dryish side and lean.

Price: $12.00
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Origanum 'Kent Beauty' Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

Fabulous hybrid ornamental Origano (O. rotundifolium x O. scabrum) which is both heat and drought tolerant and a perfect choice for the sunny rock garden or top edge of rockery wall.  This really does need sharp drainage to perform its best.  In the Midwest, it is used as an annual in window boxes.  Light pink flowers all summer long.

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Quercus polymorpha T34M-155  ex Mexico Quercus polymorpha T34M-155 ex Mexico

Netleaf White Oak.  Seedlings from a Peckerwood Gardens tree originally collected in Mexico.  This nearly evergreen tree has variably shaped or polymorphic leaves which hang on until just before the new growth starts in spring.  Fast growth to 30'-40' on this no fuss, dry and heat tolerant species.  Native to Mexico, it also is found in West Texas.

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Ribes speciosum 'Pincushion' Ribes speciosum 'Pincushion'

Dwarf selection of this California Fuchsia to which we are more than just a little partial.  Spiny stems with their own sense of purpose are clad in small glossy leaves from late fall to early summer and are hung with thin  elongated floral crimson blood drops in late winter and early spring.  Summer dormanrt when dry - perfect!

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Ruscus aculeatus - hermaphrodite form Ruscus aculeatus - hermaphrodite form

Butcher's Broom.  Stiff branches of these were gathered into brooms for the serious sweeping required in European shops.  This is the choice metrosexual form not needing a partner to set red marble fruit right on the "leaf" surface.  Slow growing, evergreen, drought tolerant.  Medicinal.

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