This plant smells so good in flower that it should be illegal or barring that, taxable. This could help with budget shortfalls because it is frankly addictive. One sniff and the response is "Ooh! Do you have this for sale?" Southwest native remarkable hardy with grape koolaid fragrant white flowers in masses.
Interesting and showy Japanese species that makes tidy little evergreen clumps. Our original plant came from the Portland iconic Bovees Nursery. Unusual lavender-pink flowers held well above the foliage. Makes nice patches by rooting at leaf tips. Good moist soil.
Rare and elusive denizen of the New Jersey Pine Barrens which when in flower, always strikes me as looking more extra-terrestrial than a product of our own earthly evolution. Bizarre pink cones studded with blue anthers are just a giggle. Rich moist soil in some shade.
A jolly plant indeed introduced by Heronswood from Sichuan. This has evergreen foliage springing from new growth that looks to be a bamboo until it leafs out. Small creamy white flowers in early summer and blue-black fruit held well into winter. Cut back old stems in spring. Feed me. Water me.
From the Tian Shan Mts comes this tough little subshrub that is among the finest expressions of silver foliage to be found. Eversilver aromatic leaves on an 18" rounded plant with yellow button flowers in late summer. I bet the deer find it repugnant. Good drainage, some to little water.
I love white flowers in the shade garden. The juxtaposition against the dark earth and the interplay and mediation with other colors makes white an excellent choice. (Don't get me wrong, I'm voting for Obama) These have pure white flowers with a light chartreuse throat touched faintly in red.
Fantastic selection of the Japanese Painted Fern with silvery fronds with slightly curved pinnae and interiors vividly marked in purple and burgundy. Taking a page from Neil Young's lyrics that it is better to burn out than fade away, this is ablaze all summer and deciduous in winter.
One of the little gems of the woodland is this scarcely encountered selection which we have planted under our Disporum 'Night Heron' in our shade garden. A gentle infiltrator wending amongst plants of stouter stature, this carries a joyous light in its white edged leaves and pale bell flowers.
Giant Himalayan Lily. Outrageous Lily family member which can reach 14' high in flower with huge 10" long Easter Lily white flowers flushed purple in the throat. This combined with an intoxicating fragrance is an event that demands a party with plenty of sparkling wine. Plant shallow, rich & moist.
A very choice plant from the Applachian Mts and closely allied to Podophyllum as they are both herbaceous members of the Berberidaceae. Broad leaves to a foot or more across with small white flowers which are easy to miss but screaming blue berries holler "Look at me!". Shade.
Madeiran Blueberry. We have the late Art Dome to thank for sharing this Vaccinium native to Madeira with us. He grew this beautifully in his Seward park garden but it really does need a mild garden. Big flowers for a blueberry and lots of tasty fruit. We were all grazing last summer.
These are seedlings from a superb collection by Darrell Probst from China which is notable for having over 20 small maroon-mahogany flowers clustered just under the leaf blade. If you have a choice, more flowers makes it easy! This species we offered first as P. mairiei per Shaw's revision but that might not hold up to scrutiny.
Superb form collected by perhaps the preeminent current plant hunter, Jens Nilsen. The list of 'firsts' in Jens' history of collections is astounding. This collection is not a first but is notable for being an exceptional form. Larger in all parts than previous introductions with gold flowers in midsummer.
Chilean Box Thorn. Pretty nifty plant in the Solanaceae from Chile with pungent leaves - think deer proof - and rather choice yellow tubular flowers displayed pretty much all summer. Glossy evergreen leaves and reveling in sun, this is hardy here in mild gardens and would be ideal against a sunny wall.
The darkest foliage on any Angelica. I googled it and got an interesting hit on an escort in London with ebony skin named Angelica. The plant may actually be darker, costs quite a lot less and I'm sure easier to keep happy. Biennial so plant the seeds that form after the lovely pink flowers.
Much like the famed chicken, this hybrid from Ed Bowen is destined to become a staple. But in our gardens rather than our tables. Ed crossed the giant of the genus, Eucomis autumnalis ssp. pole-evansii with E. 'Sparkling Burgundy' and got the pineapple lily of our dreams with big rich foliage and flowers.
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.
Chinese Mayapple. One of the great shade plants with just outrageous new growth when the bold and distinctly lobed leafed are colored in ochre velvet with complex dark patterns like something seen during guided psychotropic therapy. Broadly rounded and lobed leaves shield the red flowers
We've seen this wee gem in both Bhutan and Sichuan at high elevations @12000' where it mingles in alpine meadows. Open-faced lavender pink flowers at groundlevel followed closely by foliage just a few inches high. Easy in the garden. Who would suspect it's a Solomon's Seal?
Annointed as the "Queen of the Umbels", this is what Queen Anne's Lace would look like after a top design team makeover. The refined supreme lacery of foliage and polished presentation of 8" white platters of flowers belies a certain innocent muscularity. The epitome of texture.
A Mexican self-clinging evergreen climber or if left unsupported, it develops arboreal stems which will support it as a large shrub. Grown this way it willsend out questing branches looking to climb but they are easy to nip off. Great for a north wall or Doug Fir. White lace caps in July.
A Vietnam species which has been hardy to 15F. Great container plant with tubular red flowers which can easily be moved inside for the winter where it can serve as a houseplant until it is time to go back outside. Or keep it outside until there is danger of frost and then hustle it in and bring it back out when safe.
A selected form from England notable for pale cream flowers which are lighter than typical for the species. We're just over the moon about Roscoeas and this uncommon selection is certainly in the top tier. All the allure of a hardy orchid without the expense. Trouble free pretty much.
A small species collected in China by a trio of botanists dispatched from Sweden's Goteborg Botanic Garden who coincidentally happened to all be named Henrik. We're guessing aquavit was involved in arriving at the HeHeHe designation. Small perennial rosette of leaves and a 10"-15" stem with intricate yellow flowers nested in starry green sepals.
In the Himalayas Agapetes would be found as an epiphyte on the mossy trunks and branch crotches. In this unusual variant, the flowers are creamy white followed by edible pale lavender fruit and its alliance with Vaccinium (blueberries) is easy to see. . Very easy to grow and will tolerate short exposure to light frost but best no colder than zone 9. The hummingbirds loved it.
Our collection from a the summit of the highest mountain in Guangxi province in China which had not been previously botanized by westerners, This was growing in the shade of Polyspora speciosa and Dendropanax proteus. Small species very valuable for being self-fertile unlike the more common S. japonica.
Did we mean to infer that this is a PINK Gillenia???? Why yes, we did. And it is. Pink, definitely pink. An exciting offering of a dandy variant on a choice eastern native. Pink Bowman's Root will get 24"-30" tall with multiple stems sporting an airy array of pink flowers. Great fall color as well.
Adorable dwarf Chinese Solomon's Seal . This has lovely light purple flowers which often causes the Polygonatumphiles to swoon which then positions them on the ground and they awaken to smell the delightful vanilla fragrance which induces further swooning. So buyer beware!
Yellow Monkshood An interesting species fromEurope with generally yellow flowers although sometimes lavender purple variants can be found. This has narrower flowers than typical for the more familiar Monkshoods and we find them quite appealing. This is good for mid to late summer bloom and is blessedly deer proof. Zone 3.
Newly introduced evergreen fern from China which we hope to see fall of 2015 when we go plant hunting in its native Anhui. The species epithet "pulcherimma" means "Beautiful" in Latin although this was named by a taxonomist so it could mean it has gorgeous scales on the rachis under magnification. It is pretty and very heat tolerant.
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