Fabulous Award of Garden Merit shrub that has lovely pinnate Pea-like foliage and scads of luscious pink Pea flowers for several weeks from early to mid-summer. Quite pest free and wanting only good sun and drainage. A little light pruning for shape once a year and you are set to enjoy.
Viburnum cylindricum YuGu 023
This collection is from what we regard as the southern form of this populous Asian species. What makes this special is that this was from the 10000' summit of this virtually unknown mountain and surely must be the highest elevation that this form grows. That, plus being one of the toughest days we have had in the field. This makes a good show
Ficus johannis subsp. afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'
Leave it to Sean Hogan to make selections of a species that hardly anyone grows or knows. Thanks to him, we grow it and are on a steep learning curve. This has silvery leaves nicely lobed and revels in heat and will take dry conditions perfectly which only increases its hardiness. Thriving in Portland. This can produce small edible fruit. Deciduous by the way.
A bushy hardy Fuchsia with arching branches and largish leaves which is good because they are one of the good things about this selection being richly colored in red if grown in ample sun. The flowers are no slouch either and they have to bring it to keep up with the leaves and that they do with a red exterior and a double purple interior corolla. Winter mulch.
Viburnum hoanglienense FMWJ 13289 ex.
F2 plants from the original wild collection of this rare species. This is a very handsome thing with superb glossy textured leaves and showy displays of red fruit. Just looking at it, we thought - bummer, can't possibly be hardy but heard from one of the collectors that it handled zero Fahrenheit so woohoo! We later saw for ourselves the reason why as we climbed on Mt Fansipan, "The Roof of Indochina' and saw this growing near the summit. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.
Berberis triacanthophora 'Cally Rose'
Fantastic Barberry from extraordinary plantsman Michael Wickenden of Cally Gardens in Scotland. Elegant in habit and presentation whose narrow leaves and thin stems lend this a poise seldom associated with the genus. Truly pink flowers with whitish inner parts puts this over the top. A Far Reaches North America introduction. Zone 7, likely lower.
As perennials go, this Mexican Pea Tribe member is staggeringly impressive. From a woody base, there appears in spring stout stems reaching 8 feet.. On a mature plant, these stems are numerous and it becomes a dominant seasonal shrub. Pinnate leaves with 4 leaflets, large discoidal purple- veined stipules and big yellow flowers in fall.
Sarcococca bleddynii FMWJ 13180 ex Vietnam
This species was only recently described by botanist Julian Shaw in 2012 from a collection in Hoang Lien Son range on the second summit trail of Phansi Pu in Vietnam. These are second-generation seed-grown plants from a 2011 recollection by Floden-Mitchell & Wynn-Jones.
Syringa reflexa (syn. komarowii ex DJHC)
Second generation seedlings from a Hinkley collection in Sichuan of this fine Lilac which can be kept as a large shrub or trained up to be a small tree. Pendulous flowers white to pale pink inside with a lavender-pink reverse. Very attractive and trouble free.
Adinandra glischroloma var. glischroloma CDHM14694
This is likely the first introduction of this curious Tea family member from our collection in Guangxi Province. An evergreen shrub to 10' in the wild with long slightly drooping olive-green leaves prominently hirsute especially along the margins. Flowers are small and white and give way to small black fruit. We are thinking hardy to zone 8.
Callistemon viridiflorus - Hardy Clone
This clone of an already hardy bottlebrush species has been hardier than
the typical offering by a few degrees and personally, our most grievous
losses have been by a few degrees. This is likely from a higher and
more exposed location in Tasmania as it is also more compact than
typical and has handled one winter where it went into single digits.
Halimium lasianthum 'Sandling'
We adore the Halimiums as they have proved to be amply hardy here at Far Reaches, the nearest thing to a Russian Steppe that western Washington offers. Low growing evergreen shrub clad in grayish foliage and not shy at all yellow flowers with precise carmine pyramids at the base of each petal. Good drainage.
Raukaua laetevirens (syn.Pseudopanax)
Devil's Elder. This is a hardy large evergreen shrub to 15'-20' tree from Chile and Argentina where it grows in shaded situations along streams or bogs. It does well in our shade garden without being a tippler where it has handled nicely brief dips to 10F. The flowers are loose panicles of interesting wee green things which give way to purplish brown fruit.
Daphne acutiloba DJH98164
A Hinkley collection of this species often parading about as the similar D. longilobata. These are second-generation seed-grown plants of this very amenable, easy in the garden species. Small white flowers with a light purplish calyx and showy fruit that is always produced in abundance. Sort of semi-deciduous most winters here.
Piptanthus nepalensis var. tomentosus MD97
Our collection from Yunnan of this cream of the crop Piptanthus. Imagine our excitement seeing just 3 plants growing in a rubble outflow at the base of a steep hill after hours of walking across the valley of the Gang Ho Ba. Great silken foliage and yellow Pea flowers.
Helwingia japonica - male
Broadleaf evergreen from Japan and China that is pretty unigue in having the tiny specks of flowers appear on the midrib of the leaf followed by a black fruit on the female plants. The flower are formed on a modified bit of stem tissue which is part of the leaf midrib. You won't get fruit s this is a guy but great foliage & bronze new growth.