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Dactylorhiza maculata Dactylorhiza maculata

We presume this is simply a good form of Dactylorhiza maculata as the leaves are broader and the purple-pink flowers held in fatter heads than many of the forms we see around.  A good plant and one we have slowly increased by division and now have a scant few to offer.  Leaves are nicely spotted.

Price: $25.00
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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: $12.00
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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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Digitalis parviflora ‘Milk Chocolate’ Digitalis parviflora

Milk Chocolate Foxglove.  This is a fine perennial species from Spain and Portugal that serves double duty as a sculptural piece of garden art.  The deep green leaves are a perfect complement to the short 30" spires of small but densely packed, tubular orange-brown flowers that crowd the stems.  A group of these is a fairly arresting sight.  Low maintenance and deer resistant.

Price: $12.00
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Leontopodium alpinum - Edelweiss Leontopodium alpinum - Edelweiss

Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me, small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me, blossom of snow may you bloom and grow, bloom and grow forever.  The classic alpine from the Alps.  Sue used to work for the von Trapps and is really tired of this song but still likes the plant.

Price: $12.00
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Salix eleagnos Salix eleagnos var. angustifolia

A graceful Willow from SE France and Italy often referred to as the Rosemary Willow.  The narrow leaves are bright silver white underneath which contrast nicely with the burnished mahogany stems on the new growth,  This can be trained to a small tree or coppiced for a dense bush.

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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Fragaria vesca 'Muricata' Fragaria vesca 'Muricata'

This weird variant of the Alpine Strawberry was discovered by John Tradescant in 1627 near  Plymouth in Devon and is often called the Plymouth Strawberry.  The white petals of the normal flower have been replaced by green leafy bracts and the fruit follows suit cloaking itself in spiky green appendages.  Not a treat for the table but a historical and fun treat for the garden.

Price: $16.00
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Soldanella carpatica 'Alba' Soldanella carpatica 'Alba'

Carpathian Snowbell. One of the daintiest of the Soldanella species, this is native to the Carpathian Mts in Central and Eastern Europe where it grows in low turf, rock outcrops and crevices. This is the less common white form which we simply adore. Hardy to zone 5 and perfectly suited to moist peaty-gritty trough.

Price: $15.00
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Thalictrum aquilegifolium Thalictrum aquilegifolium

Young plants from our seed collection in Switzerland a couple summers ago while hiking the 120 mile High Pass Route.  Nothing like fresh snow in late August on the crazy narrow goat track path above a dizzying drop on the highest pass to make you wail for mama.  Kelly wailed, Sue was fine.  A few extra plants from planting out.  Showy filamentous purplish flowers.

Price: $18.00
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Saxifraga x macnabiana Saxifraga x macnabiana

Nice rosettes of white-edged leaves on this slightly lime encrusted Saxifrage.  A hybrid of S. callosa and S. cotyledon. this will have 12" stems of numerous white flowers flecked in teeny red dots.  Full sun in cool sun areas and in hot areas, a little afternoon shade would not go remiss.  This could be as simple as planting on the back side of a rock in the rock garden.

Price: $12.00
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Salvia transsylvanica Salvia transsylvanica

Tough plant from Russia and Romania with blue two-lipped flowers from June into September. This will get 2' to 3' tall and likes good drainage in sandy, gravelly situations where it can get occasional water although it is pretty drought tolerant. Being a Salvia, the Port Townsend gardening soul-crushing deer won't eat it.........yet. Once our Uptown PT herd exceeds 100, all bets are off. Thanks to Panayoti Kelaidis for sharing seed.

Price: $15.00
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Convallaria majalis 'Crème De Mint' Convallaria majalis 'Cream da Mint' - Nursery Pick Up Only

Lily of the Valley.  A good selection of this stalwart species with a yellow margin to the leaves and said leaves are larger than average as well.  Typical scented white flowers.  There are numerous spellings of the cultivar name but since this is an American introduction, we can only assume this is correct.  Sad.

Price: $25.00
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Soldanella montana Soldanella montana

Beautiful Primrose family member with evergreen rounded leaves and numerous upright stems from which hang fringed lavender bells in spring.  Truly a plant of elfin charm.  This is very good garden plant and easy to please.  Native to European high meadows.  Showy beyond its size.

Price: $12.00
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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'.

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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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Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake' Erythronium dens-canis 'Snowflake'

I love white flowers in the shade garden.  The juxtaposition against the dark earth and the interplay and mediation with other colors makes white an excellent choice.  (Don't get me wrong, I'm voting for Obama)  These have pure white flowers with a light chartreuse throat touched faintly in red.

Price: $12.00
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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: $30.00
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Polygonatum odoratum 'Flore Pleno' Polygonatum odoratum 'Flore Pleno'

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.

Price: $15.00
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Soldanella sp. cf. rhodopaea. Soldanella sp. cf. rhodopaea

Soldanella is a Primrose relative native to the high meadows in the mountains of Europe.  This is one we received from Collector's Nursery with dark violet flowers - very choice!  It looks to be a match to the Bulgarian Soldanella rhodopaea.  Evergreen and clumping, this takes the same conditions as Primroses.

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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: $12.00
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Asplenium scolopendrium 'Undulata' Asplenium scolopendrium 'Undulata'

Hart's Tongue Fern.  Choice selection of this European native evergreen fern which has variable wavy and rumpled leaf margins.  This doesn't mind a bit of lime in the soil and is very happy growiing with bricks and will self-sow in the moss on shaded moist concrete or rock walls.

Price: $12.00
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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: $12.00
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Hepatica nobilis 'Cremar' Hepatica nobilis 'Cremar'

Choice selection with ruffled heavily marbled leaves and light pink flowers.  You normally grow Hepatica for the early spring flowers and any foliar enhancement is pure gravy but with Cremar, flowers bow their heads to the majesty of the leaves. Quite a choice plant and does well in light shade with decent drainage.

Price: $20.00
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Vaccinium padifolium Vaccinium padifolium

Madeiran Blueberry.  We have the late Art Dome to thank for sharing this Vaccinium native to Madeira with us.  He grew this beautifully in his Seward park garden but it really does need a mild garden.  Big flowers for a blueberry and lots of tasty fruit.  We were all grazing last summer.

Price: $16.00
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Angelica 'Ebony' Angelica 'Ebony'

The darkest foliage on any Angelica.  I googled it and got an interesting hit on an escort in London with ebony skin named Angelica.  The plant may actually be darker, costs quite a lot less and I'm sure easier to keep happy.  Biennial so plant the seeds that form after the lovely pink flowers.

Price: $12.00
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Gentiana acaulis 'Holzmannii' Gentiana acaulis 'Holzmannii'

Evergreen mat-former with very large cobalt blue trumpets spring to early summer.  This might ruin your other blue flowers for you as they will look embarassingly insipid in comparison.   A rich moist soil in full to mostly sun is best.  Despite popular opinion, these are pigs and thrive on a good manure mulch!

Price: $12.00
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Campanula latiloba 'Alba' Campanula latiloba 'Alba'

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'.

Price: $12.00
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Clematis integrifolia Clematis integrifolia

Sweet little herbaceous species from cold areas in eastern Europe on into Russia.  This gets just a couple feet tall give or take and has lovely pendant flowers in shades of blue.  Often the petals have a bit of a twist adding even more charm.  Good in containers and fine in the garden.

Price: $15.00
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Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal' Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'

This little European Woods Anemone is aptly named as an established patch of this in full flower is indeed purity and chastity personified.  Clean white flowers with a central button of doubleness makes this selection the most oft requested nemorosa in our shade garden.

Price: $12.00
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