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Centaurea nervosa Centaurea nervosa

Very intriguing perennial with intricate light brown flower buds that appear to be spun glass art depicting the skeletal structure of some microscopic sea creature.  From the center extends the feathered pinkish petals.  While not spectacular compared to a Dahlia, we think it spectacularly interesting but then we are certifiable plant loons.

Price: $14.00
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Gentiana angustifolia Gentiana angustifolia

A close relative to Gentiana acaulis and regarded as being in the acaulis group. This is one of the forms found in the nursery trade here in the PNW which means it is a good grower.  Maybe a little mongrel vigor from G. acaulis to pump up the volume on those big blue trumpet flowers above an evergreen spreading mat.

Price: $15.00
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Cardamine trifolia Cardamine trifolia

A no-fuss restrained yet refined evergreen Cardamine which is nearly faultless.  We haven't found a fault yet but most overachievers are hiding something deep under that charm and industry.  Rest assured, this will never go postal in your garden.  Dark green dense leaves set off  flowers of of purest white in early summer.

Price: $15.00
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Anemone nemorosa 'Wilks' White' Anemone nemorosa 'Wilks' White'

One of the larger flowered varieties of Wood Anemone, this has excellent white flowers which are more than enough to stand alone or perfect in a supporting understory role to larger shrubs and perennials.

Price: $12.00
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Asplenium trichomanes Asplenium trichomanes

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.

Price: $16.00
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Omphalodes verna 'Grandiflora' Omphalodes verna 'Grandiflora'

Surely one of the best with electric blue flowers nearly twice the size of the species.  A favorite plant of gardener-to-the-stars Duane West, former Heronswood honcho and a fave of ours as well.  Vigorous and not fussy coarse foliaged groundcover perfect under Rhododendrons.

Price: $15.00
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Gentiana asclepiadea Gentiana asclepiadea

Willow Gentian.  One of the truly excellent late summer/early fall blooming plants which jazzes up the shade garden with lots of stems in a circular arching vase shape with ranks of blue to lavender blue flowers ranked along the stems.  Just what you need when you are sick of Hostas.

Price: $24.00
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Saponaria caespitosa Saponaria caespitosa

Rock Soapwort.  This is a lovely and tough rock garden or crevice plant from the Pyrenees where it grows in exposed sheer rock faces.  Dense cushions of close-packed rosettes with narrow short green leaves.  Pink-purple flowers are held on short 2" stems in groups of one to three.  One becomes a group when hanging with the Threes.  Full sun, good drainage, zones 3-8.

Price: $15.00
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Galanthus elwesii 'Hallelujah' Galanthus 'Hallelujah'

This was a purchase by the Miller Botanic Garden in the late 90's from the RHS store at Wisley and to our knowledge, is not available in this country and very scarce elsewhere.  An early bloomer, in fact, it is flowering now this late December in its pots sitting outside unprotected as we have had a relatively mild winter so far. Huge flowers, increases well and a good performer in the garden.

Price: $75.00
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Anemone nemorosa 'Virescens' Anemone nemorosa 'Virescens'

An intriguing curiosity that combines beauty with novelty.  In this selection, the flower petals have become lacy green petaloid structures that are perfectly arranged to create amusing and intricate green flowers.  A fun addition to the shade garden.

Price: $15.00
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Scopolia carniolica Scopolia carniolica

In the Solanaceae Family, this deciduous perennial gets many stems that start blooming almost upon emergence in early spring with thimble-shaped chocolate flowers that are yellowish on the inside.  Very cool.  This likes part sun and is broader than tall at 2' x 3'.

Price: $18.00
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Anemone nemorosa 'Ginny' Anemone nemorosa 'Ginny'

Soft blue flowers on this Wood Anemone play nicely with the lightly bronzed emerging new leaves.  Our plant came from David Mason and Susie Grimm at Hedgerows Nursery who picked this up in the UK.  We always like tracing the lineage of acquisition as it helps fill in those empty hours you have so many of when you have a nursery�

Price: $15.00
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Gentiana dinarica 'Montenegro' Gentiana dinarica 'Montenegro'

Excellent selection of this species in the acaulis group which has large flowers of a particularly good dark blue on long stems well, long for this species anyway.  Evergreen mats in rich moist soil in full sun with main bloom in spring and some rebloom in late summer.  Endangered species in its native Balkan Dinaric Alps.

Price: $16.00
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Erythronium dens-canis 'Frans Hals' Erythronium dens-canis 'Frans Hals'

Dog Tooth Violet.  The European representative of the genus which contains our native Avalanche Lily.  These have great mottled foliage and lovely flowers of an even violet purple highlighted by a throat touched in maroon and yellow.  Frans must have been a bit of a dandy.

Price: $15.00
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Artemisia pedemontana Artemisia pedemontana

Rarely offered little Wormwood which is troughable which is a term we should trademark in order to capitalize on the 20 or so people who have both troughs and a penchant for dwarf Artemesia.  We need a new business advisor or maybe we should listen to the current one.  Few inches high and spreading.  Yellowish flowers.

Price: $15.00
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Soldanella cyanaster Soldanella cyanaster

A less commonly encountered species which calls the Rhodopi and Pirin Mts of Bulgaria home.  This lavender-blue flowers finely fringed in very narrow petals on a flower that is more widely open than related species.  Small rounded evergreen leaves are a pleasure all year but it’s the flowers that makes your toes tingle in spring.

Price: $15.00
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Hepatica transsilvanica Hepatica transsilvanica

Choice Romanian species with evergreen leaves and blue flowers.  This spreads by creeping rhizomes and in time, you can divide and spread about the garden or dangle as elite trade bait among your gardening friends.  Grown from seed given us by our friend and Hepatica King,  John Massey.

Price: $25.00
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Soldanella alpina Soldanella alpina

Soldanellas completely bewitch us wih their dual charms of excellent evergreen foliage and incredibly cute flowers.  When these little guys flower, we just smile because this is such a little overachiever with its lavender fringed flowers in April.  Reddish leaf petioles and leaf undersides are subtle allure.

Price: $16.00
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Anemone nemorosa 'Royal Blue' Anemone nemorosa 'Royal Blue'

Large lavender blue flowers with a darker reverse grants this little slowly creeping Wood Anemone its own small fiefdom in the shade garden while it is in bloom.  Very pretty indeed.  Of course by mid summer the peasants and serfs rise up with scythes and cudgels to reclaim their land but next year the glorious cycle of rule and revolution is repeated.

Price: $15.00
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Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Rosea' (syn. Persicaria) Bistorta amplexicaulis 'Rosea' (syn. Persicaria)

A Great Plant Pick, and rightly so because this performs in the garden.  Thin spikes of soft pink flowers are held nicely upright, more so than many other cultivars and pair wonderfully with the bold green foliage to create a ethereal pinkish floral haze above the bulwark of green.  Not weedy or aggressive, this is good.

Price: $20.00
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Hacquetia epipactis Hacquetia epipactis

There ain't nuthin' like this.  Early spring yellow stars followed by leathery lobed green leaves in a dense low mound.  It is the early yellow flowers that steal the show in part because they have so little competition and in part because they are so unique.

Price: $16.00
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Salix cinerea 'Variegata' Salix cinerea 'Variegata'

Variegated Willow.  A yummy and scarce selection brought to the west from Vermont by the beloved Millet.  This makes a densely twiggy, broad yet tall multi-trunked small tree or shrub.  Fast and easy (not at all like Sue), this is unique in its creamy foliage variegation.  A sweet thing (like Sue).

Price: $15.00
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Hepatica nobilis - white Hepatica nobilis - white

White flowered version of the typically blue-flowered European species.  Thanks to our friend and Hepatica guru John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries for sharing seed.  We have flowered these plants and they are indeed white!  Perfect in the woodland garden, very hardy and with impeccable provenance.

Price: $25.00
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Hepatica nobilis Pygmy Group Hepatica nobilis Pygmy Group White

A very small white-flowered version of the typical European species generously shared with us by our friend John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries in England.  This is very petite - just an inch or two high in leaf and ideal for that special spot just waiting for the keen-eyed visitor to spot and covet while you go "Oh, that old thing."

Price: $40.00
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Hepatica transsilvanica 'Elison Spence' Hepatica transsilvanica 'Elison Spence'

These were shared with us by Kelly's mentor and fair to say, hero, Steve Doonan of Grand Ridge Nursery.  A superb selection with petaloid stamens giving this a robust doubled appearance.  Always hard to come by and much sought after, this will in time make a nice carpet of ostentation.

Price: $32.00
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Gentiana acaulis 'Sternschnuppe' Gentiana acaulis 'Sternschnuppe'

A fine selection with seasonally variable light blue trumpet flowers which we received from our friend Urs Baltensperger.  Most folks instantly gravitate towards the impossibly dark blue selections and while these are critical to have, consider how much darker they will look with this growing alongside.  Just sayin'.  Evergreen mats in rich soil.

Price: $16.00
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Anemone nemorosa 'Hilda' Anemone nemorosa 'Hilda'

A fine little European woodlander which can tolerate some sun as well.  Spreading by twiggy rhizomes, this will make a good patch in time when happy,  The semi-double white flowers adds extra petals to the mix, giving lie to the "less is more" maxim because don't we all know in our publicly inaccessible heart of hearts that "more is more"?  Hilda, you work it, girl!

Price: $15.00
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Ranunculus gouanii Ranunculus gouanii

A seldom encountered Buttercup from the Pyrenees.  This is so well mannered that one has a tendency to think of it as a Trollius rather than a Ranunculus. Thick short rhizomes create a dense crown with rich green leaves and deep yellow flowers of good substance. Nice.

Price: $16.00
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Sempervivum sp. - Linnaeus's garden Jovibarba species - Linnaeus Form

We were gifted this little green "roller" from John Grimshaw, Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard. As he handed us a nondescript pup, we wondered what magical thing attended this to earn a place in his exquisite collection. "This is from the garden of Carl Linnaeus" STFU! The Father of Binomial Nomenclature!?! Linnaeus & Grimshaw - now that's provenance!

Price: $20.00
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Hepatica nobilis ex 'Papillion' Hepatica nobilis ex. 'Papillion'

'Papillion' possesses excellent foliage looking very clover-like with flattened tri-lobed leaflets in triplicate and is no great leap to imagine butterflies.  These seedlings from the Ashwood nursery breeding program, have the characteristics of the parent and the flower color can be either white, pink or blue.

Price: $35.00
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