OMG! What a Vine!! I have no idea how to text a message but people younger than me says this means for Oh My God and omg, this perennial dying to the ground each year vine with white flowers in late summer eats Golden Hops for lunch. Expect 20' of blazing color.
Fantastic little plant from South Africa which used to be Aster natalensis but is now in the genus Felicia. We got this from a Scottish alpine nursery in Scotland and know of a rock gardener in northern Norway who raves about it. Tight clumps with blue flowers with a yellow button in June-July. Very hardy. First introduction to the US.
This is a hybrid named by Sean Hogan which was found at the Ruth Bancroft gardens and is a suspected cross between the creeping Ficus pumila and the big edible fig, Ficus carica. It does seem to be perfectly intermediate. A rambler/scrambler for a sunny spot good for winding through shrubs. Zone 8, tiny figs.
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.
Steve Hootman saw this growing and established in a Pennsylvania garden and with a puzzled "What the hell?", immediately took cuttings. This evergreen groundcover Ficus is most often grown as a houseplant but this Pennsylvania selection should do well in the PNW. Will cling to walls or rocks.
Sweet little evergreen groundcover from southern Taiwan where it grows at low to mid elevation in littoral thickets. Then there is the virtual thickets.... Small rounded leaves and yes, there are very small figs but it would take a lot to make figgy pudding. Zone 8 hardy and grows at the Zone 7 Raulston Arboretum in a sheltered spot where it is deciduous in cold winters. Tolerant of shade.
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 The white petals of the normal flower have been replaced by green leafy bracts and the fruit follows suit cloaking itself in spiky green appendages.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.
A knockout display when it is well established. This is something David Mason at Hedgerows Nursery thought we should have and was he ever right. Dense crowns of foliage subtend numerous 2'+ spikes of white flowers. This is best in a sheltered lightly shaded spot.
Our Northwest native and one you don't have to go any further to find growing wild than in the the remnant Kah Tai prairie at Port Townsend's golf course. Easy to naturalize in a meadow setting or rock garden or just ht e garden bed. This will increase by little offsets and by seed. Speckeled brown and yellow flowers.
A fine hardy hybrid from Deb and Ron Monnier whose nursery, Monnier's Country Gardens in Woodburn, OR closed in 2009. This knockout will keep the memory alive for years to come. Maroon tube and sepals embrace a corolla that is black velvet eggplant in color with an optical texture that is almost 3D. To 3' and hardy in the PNW. Mulch in winter.
This is not a Fuchsia to which one can remain indifferent. A tender species from South America, this is a winter-bloomer with long, thin flowers appearing at leaf fall and then adorning the 3'-5' bare stems. The distinctly softly lavender-pink flowers lack an inner corolla presenting a very pleasing minimalist design aesthetic and the large orange fruit which follow are an unexpectedly discordant delight.