Chinese Bleeding Heart. This is a departure from the ferny foliaged Dicentras we are used to by sporting broad leaflets looking more Astilbe than Dicentra. Another departure is the cream to soft yellow flowers. Vigorous in moist rich soil, this makes an impressive patch quickly.
Seed-grown, unsexed plants of this very cold hardy zone 5 evergreen Holly from Japan and China. These are too young to flower so we can't say if you are getting male or female and both are needed for fruit. The red fruit is held on long stems or peduncles and gives the effect of bunches of small cherries.
Young plants grown from seed we received from one of England's preeminent collectors of woody plants. The best form selected from a collection near Dali in Yunnan. We are told that it has larger flowers and better leaves than Illicium simonsii grown in the same garden. White flowers with a great scent. They will thrive in zone 9 and hopefully into zone 8b.
We got this perennial African species from Mr. Impatiens, Derick Pittman. Nice pink flowers on numerous stems to 3'. He says it has shown unexpected hardiness to zone 8 but we have not yet trialed it outside, but when we do, we will mulch the heck out of it. To be safe, overwinter a chunk in a cool greenhouse or garage in the fall.
An uncommon tuberous species from South Africa where it is rare in the wild and getting rarer from human pressure. This Dahlia hardy here in the Northwest so can be left in the ground if the drainage is good and you are kind enough to mulch it in the winter. Big leaves, reddish stems and pink flowers with a long spur.
An introduction of this hardy zone 7 rhizomatous species by Bjornar Olsen from Sichuan. Small flowers generously produced are a nice taupe infused with the palest pink blush and further accentuated by vivid pink specks and lines on the exterior. The yellow and orange throat carries these same specks and lines.
An awesome - and I don't use this word lightly - hardy Impatiens from Africa. John Grimshaw in the UK speaks highly of this species. To 6' tall in morning sun or light shade with awesome (there i go again) 3" wide flat-faced white flowers with a red throat. Gorgeous. Perennial big tuberous roots. Not a seeding thug.
Japanese Blood Grass. One of the finest of all ornamental grasses. This selection is slow growing and doesn't seed about unlike the straight species. Fabulous red foliage win sun slowly making dense clumps. Goes dormant in winter and just a few simple snips and fall cleanup is done.
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.
First introduced to cultivation by Joseph Hooker, one of the preeminent botanists of the 19th century and buddies with Charles Darwin. Our fern and rhododendron greenhouse is named for him. This is a strong growing, fine-petaled yellow daisy whose flowers emerge from fuzzy buds so intricate they might befit some beautiful undersea reef creature.
We have long affection for all the forms of the dwarf Iris cristata which is an east coast native and with Powder Blue Giant our affections sometimes manifest themselves in PDA's such as stroking the large medium blue flowers and oohing. Deciduous carpeter. A real sweety.
This clone of this fabulous Iris introduced by Darrell Probst is one of our favorite plants of all time. Very fine grassy foliage making a large lax dense mound that is festooned with small white jewels of flowers. It won't happen overnight but give this a few years and you will have some serious bragging rights. Not that we ever concern ourselves with things like that.............
Very rare collectible and delectable Iris from China introduced by Darrell Probst. This Iris is seldom available and is one of the stars in our shade garden. This particular clone has slightly larger flowers that are white without any blue shading. Makes an evergreen fine grassy mound. Best i light shade or part sun. Slow growing and totally rules when mature.
The nerve of the English making Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris selections! But we 'll let it go this time because this is a winner. Falls the color of antique rose with nice venation and yellow thumbprint with subtle falls of the aged pink so often found in grandma;s house. Vigorous and sturdy evergreen.
This Pacific Coast hybrid Iris from a 1985 Ghio introduction has indeed provided endless enjoyment since its release. Eye-catching without stridency, the three broad falls have a rich dark berry thumbprint at their base transitioning to a good rose color at fall's end. The prominent upright style crest on each fall is a light rose while the smaller sepals separate the richly colored falls with the color of old bone shot with red veins.
Rich purple flowers of a color more suited to the dreams of the Pope than the Devil unless of course the Devil is dreaming of someday wearing those rich purple robes of the Pope in which case it is appropriately named. Just speculation. Great color anyway.
Algerian Iris. Nothing like this evergreen Mediterranean prize. This blooms depending on the weather as early as November but generally the main flowering is in February with short-stemmed good-sized light lavender blue flowers. We cut the leaves back to 6" in Nov to best see the flowers. Newly potted strong divisions.
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