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.
Here is an odd Mallow that every collector needs to grow at least once and this is our year. A robust Croatian which gives the impression of a bushy Maple-leafed Hollyhock with clusters of 2" white flowers. The petals open at the base showing the green calyx behind as a 5 pointed star.
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.
Compact Golden Rain Tree. Pretty choice strain of this showy species. Seed-grown from a friend's plant on Cape Cod where it is a small 6' tree covered in upright panicles of yellow flowers in June and July which are followed by attractive seed pods. Seems to come true from seed and a worthy addition. Good water-wise plant as well - really, can it get any better?
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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