A subtle woodlander for most of spring and summer until late summer and fall when it suddenly busts a move and starts strutting its stuff. Fern-like foliage backs small white puffs of flowers in May which become showy clusters of bright white fruit in late summer & fall. The white version of our red fruited native.
Our native False Hellebore which we see in the Cascades. Fabulous foliage plant with big rounded pleated leaves - these are old plants. These may flower next year up to 6' with lots of small whitish starry flowers. Best in light shade or no afternoon sun. Loves a rich moist soil and is deer proof. These started early in our greenhouses and are thinking about summer dormancy.
Our collection of this Chinese mayapple from Yunnan China. Pink flowers in spring followed by large red roma tomato fruit in Fall. Rich moist soil. Great foliage.
These are seed-grown from the impressive yellow hybrid Meadow Rue, Tukker Princess. These will gain some height reaching 6'-8' in flower with a nice display of bee-lovin' scented yellow flowers. These will vary somewhat but all squarely in the very nice range. For all who've been to the nursery trying to pick up this from the tables only to find it was poking through from the ground beneath, this is what you wanted.
The classic Solomon's Seal that we all know and one of the best. Hybrid vigor produces waist high strong stems with lots of hanging white flowers. Surprisingly good cut flower and also surprisingly drought tolerant. Tolerance and thriving are different matters of course. Great clumps in average conditions.
Chinese May Apple. This is an impressive plant - truly one to give the shade garden some visual impact. Big leaves get up to 18" across with bizarre clusters of red flowers held beneath which are followed by red "tomatoes" if you are lucky. Rich moist soil in shade.
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.
Allegheny Brook Foam or Brook Saxifrage. A never common species native streamsides and moist locations in woodlands from West Virginia down into Alabama and Georgia. Reddish stems and attractive leaves with nice white flowers in late spring. This adds to the necessary layer of complexity in the shade garden.
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.
False Solomon Seal. This Chinese species is one of our favorites in the shade garden and we delight in its ribbed leaves with elegantly understated small violet daubing at the base of each leaflet followed by the precise detail in the small greenish flowers. In the late summer into fall, it has strut-your-stuff full heads of bright orange fruit.
Rare ghostly white flowered variant of the typically dark-flowered Veratrum formosanum . We lusted after this plant since the 90's after seeing it recorded in the Flora of Taiwan and finally secured it from the legendary Jim Sutherland at Scotland's Ardfearn Nursery just a few years ago. So excited we tossed our caber. Is it better than the typical formosanum? No. More collectible? Oh, hell yeah!. Deer resistant.
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