Small yet floriferous Hyssop native to northern Mexico but hardy to below zero. The tangerine peach flowers go on and on in the summer and the aromatic foliage causes the dratted deer to leave it alone. Best in a lean soil and tolerant of drier conditions - this would be perfect in that gravel garden or hell strip.
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.
Fun variation or should I say fun variegation on this blue flowered Day Flower. Creamy stripes and lines on the leaves especially bright when young. Brilliant blue flowers emerge one per day from the folded half-hearted clasped pouch during mid summer. This is an uncommon form of an easy and good plant.
Tree Dahlia. This gets 20+ feet tall. I repeat, 20+ feet tall. With stalks as thick as your arm, this gives the effect of a large clump of Bamboo but no it's a Dahlia. One would imagine the flowers to be the size of trash can lids but are normal 5" lavender pink blossoms. Excellent cut for tall vases.
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.
Roy Lancaster spoke of this at Meany Hall at the UW a few years back ans showed pictures of this growing against his house with fingered racemes of salmon-tinged pale flowers which rebloom in later summer with the fruit from the first flowering. The crowd went wild. We got seed from Roy. Yahoo!
Collected years ago as Q. acutifolia in Mexico by Peckerwood Gardens in Texas, this seriously good red oak got renamed in 2015 despite its numerous acute tips to the leaves. Nomenclatural precedence carries the day. Heat tolerant species with persistent leaves until new leaves appear. Can withstand short drops to 5F.
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.
We like so totally rock. Did you ever expect a little nursery in Port Townsend to offer this choice Tigridia species from arid Mexico? Ashy gray, purpley black and burnished buff combined in a mind-twisting combo of fly-wing veination and reptilian patterns.
White Velvet Tradescantia. This gets great cobwebby silver-white foliage with light purple flowers nestled in the leaf axils. Likes it on the drier side thank goodness. Far hardier than we thought, this overwintered in the ground outside at plant maestro Brian McLaughlin's garden at 10 degrees.
Sporelings of the Mexican Chain Fern originally introduced from the mountains near Oaxaca. A rarely seen beautiful species surviving many years in a Seattle garden. The same garden has a glorious container of this which overwinters frost-free in the sunroom where it not only survives but thrives. Thanks to Jeanette Kunnen for sharing.