These are big plants from seed collected near the Chinese border in Vietnam at 2500 meters. This has scented, long-stemmed creamy flowers with up to 25 tepals to 2.5 cm long. We're paraphrasing Bleddyn Wynn-Jones description which is getting it straight from the source as he led the team. This is likely not going to appreciate prolonged cold or exposure to freezing winds but in a sheltered spot, is going to be pretty darned cool.
Variegated leaf form of this old favorite. All things old are new again. This Japanese plant has white deged leaves and single yellow rose-like flowers in spring. Blooms exceedingly well in shade and forms a dense twiggy thicket. This doesn't get as tall as the typical species.
Very good plant in the upper echelon of perennials and highly valued for its mid summer blooms of thickly textured intriguing yellow flowers on the terminals of the stems. These gets nice broad leaves on herbaceous stems that in shape is not unlike a Hydrangea. Imposing at maturity.
A classic perennial who came to us via a couple of legends. In the 70's, famed Japanese plantsman Kozuo Mori gave a start of this exquisite plant to local Hort Hero Steve Doonan of Grandridge Nursery. Steve divided his 30+ yr old plant and this a division. Yellow shuttlecock flowers.
Our own hybrid introduction which we have trialed for 10 years before releasing a few. A very long bloom period from mid summer into fall. Narrow foliage supports 3'+ stems of rich burnt orange with the individual flowers glistening as if lacquered. Attribution to everyone's favorite 1978 Captain Beefheart album Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller).
Crazy species which we coveted at Windcliff and Duane West dug us up a nice chunk - with permission from Dan of course. Weird brown flowers are scented. Differs from the related K. typhoides by having strongly keeled leaves in a non-distichous arrangement. Cool in a nerdy way.
This is from wild-collected seed from South Africa where it grows in marshy places and stream edges. Here, it will thrive in a rich moist soil or perform quite adequately on much less care and attention. Long strappy leaves and tall imperious flowers with reddish orange buds opening to yellowish flowers.
Perhaps the most architectural of all the Kniphofia, this, with its broad leaves up to 6" wide at the base, makes an impressive statement. This is one of those genus-expansive plants incorporating characteristics of Aloe or Yucca. Pinkish-red buds open to light yellow flowers on this very cold hardy and wet tolerant species.
This is a treasure among Pokers. A small statured species with big time bloom from South Africa introduced to the NW by Hedgerows Nursery in OR. This doesn't know the word quit and after a main heavy spring bloom keeps throwing up flowers spikes throughout the season.
Our mama plants were collected by Panyoti Kelaidis and is truly one of the finest Red Hot Pokers. If we had to choose just one Poker, this would be among the ten or so we would have to have. Stout gray-green leaves and chunky often reblooming salmon and yellow flowers.
The penultimate 'Poker in our opinion at this particular moment. Tall wands of orange tubulat flowers well spaced on the stem evoke images of Aloes in Southern California. A good spreader which quickly makes a clump. I generally view this barefoot as it knocks my socks off anyway.
A shrub very rare in this country (we might be the first to introduce this) and one we are pretty excited about. This has some pretty good cold tolerance and will be an evergreen shrub to 2' high and wider. White flowers like a Leptospermum but long anthers so looks like a small bottlebrush. Good drainage, Zone 8-9 and might be worth trying in warmer parts of zone 7.
Cuttings received from our friend Maurits in Holland who is obsessed with cold hardy Mediterranean style plantings. This is essentially a low evergreen groundcover - to 8" tall - and hails from a frost pocket in Mount Buffalo National Park in Victoria. Has profuse creamy flowers with an exuberance of stamens. Rare, choice, and a first-time offering.
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