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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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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.
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.
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.
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Salvia 'Windwalker Royal Red'
A sure-to-be favorite is this hybrid from Denver's Kelly Grummons who crossed or perhaps found a bee seedling between Salvia darcyi and S. microphylla. This 2015 Plant Select introduction wowed us when we saw it in Denver in 2014. Blood-red flowers on 3'-4' stems from late June to October and hardy to zone 5. Grummons - you rule, dude!
Yellow Figwort. A plant of tough constitution with terminal heads of small yellow flowers which are quietly distinctive in that they resemble nothing else in your garden. We got seeds of this from Senior Curator at Denver Botanic Gardens, Panayoti Kelaidis who grows this in his home garden. Tolerant of some shade, some dry and some deer, this is easy.