Acer oblongum (syn. albopurpurascens) - Nursery Pick Up Only
A collection of this evergreen species from Taiwan by Adam Black who is the Director of Peckerwood Gardens in Texas. This Taiwan form was known as A. albopurpurascens but recently has been lumped into Acer oblongum. We have not yet trialed this outside here but Crug Farm in Wales who grows this suggests a sheltered site protected from freezing winds. We think it is a candidate for mild gardens here and may go deciduous.
Asarum splendens - Nursery Pick Up Only
This is a dandy spreading evergreen Chinese wild ginger with delectable silver splashed bold leaves and beefy flowers of purple-brown tempered by a little cream. This came through 9F here with nary a whimper. Great in containers or the moist woodland/shade garden. This is not a clumper but will ramble splendidly.
Aucuba japonica 'Mangetsu' - Nursery Pick Up Only
Very uncommon Japanese selection that came out of Asiatica Nursery at the end of its run. This is a pretty stellar foliage plant whose new growth is richly colored in yellow which greens up as the leaves mature. It is an unexpected and exciting eruption of color when growth commences and the muted colors of winter are in keeping with the season. Tough evergreen tolerant of dry shade but with water, it will grow faster.
Begonia emeiensis DJHC98479 - Nursery Pick Up Only
A Dan Hinkley collection from Mt Emei and touted as being hardy to Z7 but only by those in serious zonal denial. That said, a customer told his that he mulches his deeply and it has survived our worst winters. An attractive plant with late season pink flowers and well worth trying in a sheltered spot.
Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum' - Nursery Pick Up Only
A plant of refinement to be sure. One that is appreciated and admired by the higher echelons of gardening. A collector's plant. Different ways of saying that this is not a flamboyant show-stopper but a tasteful blend of delicate texture and airy soft pink flowers that helps make it all work.
Collinsonia canadensis -Tuberous Form - Nursery Pick Up Only
Heal-All, Stone Root. Tuberous form of this widespread East Coast species which we received from Aaron Floden. Widely used ethnobotanically and homeopathically, this is an interesting shade ornamental in its own right. Broad soft leaves and curious late season small creamy yellow flowers smelling of Lemon Pledge.
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.
Disporopsis arisanensis - Nursery Pick Up Only
Evergreen Solomon Seal relative from Taiwan via plantsman Ozzie Johnson. Loves moist shade in zones 7-9 where the rounded leaves on stems up to a foot shelter the hanging white bell flowers. Combines well with all of those shade garden plants that any self respecting plant collector loves so rest assured that garden harmony will remain intact.
Disporopsis aspersa RHR CH047 - Nursery Pick Up Only
Collected by Riz Reyes in Sichuan in 2005, this is a superb form of the species with the largest flowers of any of the clones we grow. Admittedly, Disporopsis in flower will never make the cover of glossy magazine but this is good. Whitish flowers with yellowish tones in the interior. Evergreen to 24".
Disporopsis pernyi - China Clone - Nursery Pick Up Only
This is a clone from a wild collection in China which came to us from a friend and we have finally a few to offer. Evergreen leaves in our climate looking a lot like a Solomon Seal with similar white bells in spring. The lavender fruits offer a subtle attraction in the shade garden later in the season. We clip the old stems off in spring as the new starts to grow.
Disporopsis pernyi - Nursery Pick Up Only
Evergreen Solomon's Seal. This is a darn good plant from Sichuan China that really performs here in the Northwest. This makes dense clumps of upright stems clad in glossy evergreen leaves below which dangle white bells in spring. We typically cut back last years growth in spring. Easy.
Disporum longistylum "Quarry Hill Form" - Nursery Pick Up Only
A collection from China by the folks at Quarry Hill Botanic Garden, home to one of the finest collections of Asian plants in North America. A nice addition to the 3 or 4 forms of this species in cultivation with rounder, broader and glossy foliage with flowers a trifle showier being whiter. Evergreen in mild winters.
Gentiana asclepiadea - Nursery Pick Up Only
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.
Hedychium wardii ex. Gaolingongshan - Nursery Pick Up Only
An exciting introduction of this evergreen species from Gaolingongshan of NW Yunnan. Why is this so good? Bright yellow flowers on 5'-6' stems on a 6"-8" floral cone. Each bract on the floral cone contains 3-5 flowers as opposed to one typically, so each flowering spike can last a good 5 weeks. And a pleasant light scent to boot. It's best kept in a container and overwintered inside.
Hosta sieboldiana var elegans - Nursery Pick Up Only
Fabulous big blue hosta as seen in our shade garden. Grand white flowers. Even though it is an old favorite, it still teaches the new upstarts a thing or two about beauty, durability and garden worthiness.
Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Golden Angel' - Nursery Pick Up Only
Neat selection from Japan of this fall-blooming woodlander. Golden yellow are its hallmark in spring to mid summer after which they become a light yellow-green but still an element of light brightness in the shade. Late in Oct/Nov, this defies conventional wisdom by producing yellow bottlebrush flowers. Hardy to zone 4.
Lilium iridollae - Nursery Pickup Only
Extremely rare lily native to just a few sites in the southeastern US and discovered by Mary Henry in 1940, known as the Panhandle or Pot of Gold Lily. This is found growing along streams and pitcher plant bogs. It is unusual in that it is adapted to warm winters and high humidity. It is a Turk's Cap type and will be 3'-6' at maturity. The bulbs will make a nice little colony when happy.