Japanese Tassel Fern. One of the really excellent evergreen ferns providing a delicately classic lacy fern texture in a well-mannered clumping habit. New growth is softly fuzzy. This is a no fuss no muss woodlander which asks for little except a good drink now and then.
A very rarely offered hardy terrestrial orchid from northern India that is an Asian counterpart to our own native Epipactis gigantea. This has freakishly nice rosey-pink flowers as many as 15 per stem. Easy in the garden and a good multiplier. We've wanted to offer this one for a long time and the opening bell has finally rung. Feel free to comparison shop on this baby.
Oyster Leaf. The leaves are edible and taste - and feel - exactly like raw oysters. If raw oysters are your thing, this is an OMG veg alternative. The now closed El Bulli in Catalonia, regarded as one of the greatest restaurants ever, ran with Oyster Leaf innovative ways. Loved to have tried the leaves striped in golden caviar and splashed with Grey Goose.
A most impressive fern and one we've been privileged to see in its native haunts in China. This makes magnificent large long fronds, coppery when young and when mature, terminating in a single fuzzy small ball or gemma, which will become a new fern.
A collection by Daniel Winkler from Tibet of this Columbine kin which was previously know as S. ecalcarata. This looks for all the world like a spurless Columbine and is just as and rewarding to grow with dainty downturned pink cupped flowers in late spring and early summer. Widespread in China, Korea and Japan.
Tatting Fern. Perfect for you all lace-makers out there as the very narrow fronds resemble tatted lace. I have to say I don't know anyone who tats lace anymore. Tattoos yes but lace, no. Delicate and intricate texture with 12"-18" long fronds. Deciduous, moist & bright shade.
Another one of those shouldn't-be-hardy-but-is begonias. This comes from Mt Emei in China and does fine here in our PNW zone 8 moist shaded gardens especially if you mulch it. Excellent long-fingered foliage to 18" tall cloak the pink flowers which are a nice hidden surprise in late summer.
A Hinkley collection from Vietnam of this stunning foliage species whose bullate rumpled leaves are covered in imposing bristle-like hairs. A gorgeous container plant or if you live where the frost is light and infrequent - and you know who you are and just so you know, we hate you - then this is fine out in the garden. Flowers white if memory serves.
From Hubei comes this smaller form of Saxifraga stolonifera which before taxonomic lumping might have been called S. veitchiana. Found growing in moss on a shaded cliff face in Abies fargesii forest. This will spread by strawberry-like stolons and makes a sweet little evergreen groundcover with small airy white flowers.
Uncommon species which has proven durable in containers and in the garden where it handled the 12F nasty winter of 2016-17 with equanimity. Pink-backed white flowers followed by red fruit on stiffly upright stems. From Erlangshan in Sichuan growing with the rare Epimedium flavum on a slope with Cardiocrinum in the wet thicket behind.
An extremely dwarf Ivy found in 2005 by Dutch nurseryman Cees van Ostaayen who noticed a miniature sport on Hedera helix 'Needle Point'. This one came to our attention in John Massey's private garden at Ashwood Nursery where it called to us from among the abundance of rarities and perfection. Should this little gem throw a shoot that is unnecessarily more vigorous in an attempt to revert, just nip it off.
We got this from Maggie at Western Hills some years ago as an Alstroemeria x Bomarea hybrid called 'Fred Meyer'. Thanks to Martin Grantham at UC Davis, we finally have the correct name. This is a rare and surprisingly hardy species from Brazil which does great outside for us. Pink corolla tube with green petals and yellow throat. Not aggressive.
A Steve Hootman collection from China of this quite unique creeping Honeysuckle. This is a Kinnikinnik or Arctostaphylos uva-ursi alternative making a mat of small rounded green leaves turning rich purple/red/bronze tones in winter. Small light yellow Honeysuckle flowers are sprinkled throughout. Very cool.
We are quite pleased with ourselves for collecting seed of this desireable and scarce variant in the eastern Sino-Himalaya. This hardy Ginger relative has large flowers with white dorsal petals and a broad white labellum liberally washed in violet. Very plant-nerd worthy as well as being just a beautiful addition to the garden.
A good dark flowered form of Allium wallichii from China. Although the individual florets are fewer in number in the flower heads, the rich purple color more than compensates. This species is eaten by the local indigenous peoples although that wild crafting is becoming less frequent as grocery stores are awfully easy. Not difficult..
A distinct form of this dwarf species collected near the former Tibetan town of Kangding in Sichuan. With a huge Chinese influx, Kangding has grown to well over 20X it's orignial size in the the last 20 years. This petite species is often found in close-cropped alpine grasslands and this pure white form with its small orchid-like flowers is delectable.
Our collection of this Asian herbaceous perennial vining member of the Bellflower or Campanula family, this is very distinctive in having narrow and elegant tubular green flowers on a vine to 8'. This will die down each fall but pop back in the spring. This prefers bright shade to part shade and we found this growing in shrubbery in open forest.
Primo little collector's Iris with charming white flowers - smaller than the more frequently encountered 'Alba' - over dense mounds of fine-bladed foliage. It's graceful appearance hides a tough core and an implacable perseverance that has kept it in our collection for over two decades. A Japanese deciduous species preferring light shade or part sun. This is a good one.
American Ipecac. Back in the good old days, this had usage as both an emetic and laxative. Tempting as this might be, we have other options now and can simply enjoy this hardy perennial for its excellent ornamental qualities. This rivals Bowman's Root, Gillenia trifolia, but is improved by its more finely cut leaves with persistent, small bract-like stipules creating a very fine texture with white flowers. Thanks to Mark Oppenheimer for sharing.
Hummingbird Sage. A California native perennial Sage that can take sun or some dry shade as this will grow under California live oaks. California shade is notably brighter than our Washington shade. This will get 16"-28" tall with rose-pink flowers appearing out of prominent dark calyces and will creep rhizomatously to 4' or so across. Hummingbird banquet and deer proof.
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