Pink Lily of the Valley. Sweet. Charming pink form of an old fashioned standby. Nice spreader for the shade garden and quite drought tolerant when established.
One of the truly elegant cultivars and one that will be the toast of the garden. Tall stems with fingers of flowers heldout like a ladies hand extended to be kissed. Refined petals nicely spaced reeks of breeding and affluence yet is always up to knocking back a cold brew ot two.
A very handsome hardy tuberous Begonia with orange flowers of which it is obviously very proud of as it is not shy about displaying them. This makes a nice clump and can be left in the garden over winter. Good in containers although I wouldn't let the pots freeze solid. Increases well.
Our native Deer Fern needs little introduction. One of the best of our native plants and a first-rate fern which can go toe-to-toe with the best ferns from the rest of the world and quite able to hold its own. Evergreen with dark vertical sterile fronds as an accent on mature plants.
Bold foliaged Chinese Salvia collected by plantswoman June Sinclair. Deciduous species and tough as nails. Multiple arms of flowering stems splay out from the leafy crown bearing many rich purple tubular pouchy flowers. We previously offered this as S. bulleyana. Bad well-intentioned nursery!
We are very happy to offer plants of this less common hardy Chinese Ground Orchid. Creamy yellow flowers undeniably Orchid with a darker yellow "mouth" makes this a sought-after addition to the collection. You can admit it - you are a collector. Part sun and evenly moist.
Everything good about this yellow hybrid from David Tristan in the UK. Densely clumping and quite respectful of it's space without the imperialistic proclivities of some it's Borg-like relatives. Flowers a rich clear yellow with a good open flared aspect and rounded petals of distinct substance.
This interesting New Zealander is from the UW Arboretum and has proven quite hardy there in Seattle. Small white kinda afterthought flowers in spring but this is really a foliage plant. Good as an evergreen specimen or for screening, this grows fairly fast and will get 10' high. Pretty cool!
Choice white Aster that our friend and Wells-Medina mainstay Jim Fox got from Beth Chatto Fall of 2009 and shared a wee bit with us. Found at the Beth Chatto nursery by Beth's daughter Mary and we are guessing that it must be pretty damned good. We hope to introduce Aster 'Canela' next year.
There is no ignoring this Primrose when it is in flower. Some Primula are wee subtle things with no greater effect than the sound of a distant flute teasing the edge of hearing. Primula florindae is a full triumphant symphony with you sitting in the orchestra pit. Big heads of many nodding yellow or orange shaded fragrant flowers.
Foetid Adders Tongue. How can you not love a plant with a name like this? Trillium relative native to the coastal Redwoods of California, this ranks as one of our most favorite plants. Sure the intricate early spring flowers smell of gym locker wet dog but how cool! And what foliage!
We are very fond of this plant from Chile where it can scramble up into trees quite a ways and the branchlets poking out into the sun are studded with glowing brick orange 1.5" trumpets. We've also seen it kept as a loose mound in full sun literally covered in flowers. Evergreen.
This dandy Salvia came to us from the garden of Dan Post of whom we hold in the highest possible esteem. He has trialed this under intense deer pressure and it gets a thumbs up in all the critical categories. Easy, hardy, deer-proof and lovely. Bushy big leaves to 2' and tall branched flowering stems to 40" with blue violet flowers splotched in white, touched in yellow.
Matilija Poppy. Who doesn't want this? 6" white crepe paper Poppy flowers on woody stems clad in blue-green leaves. Loves hot dry sunny spots in crappy sandy gravelly soil and the deer don't eat it - are you kidding me? This is great! Differs from R. coulteri in it's hairy calyx, narrower leaves and doesn't run as much.
Spring Vetchling. One of the stars of the early spring garden, this perennial bush Pea makes a soft-textured clump with scads of lavender-pink Pea flowers. Combines well with Hellebores and Narcissus and is virtually pest-free. Low-maintenance - cut back in fall.
Helmeted Cobra Lily. This is a rare species from the Indian Himalayan foothills. Tall stems to 4'+ carry big 3-parted leaves and strongly cowled or helmeted flowers varying from green with white stripes to purplish. Choice plant and one to brag about. Has done great in our shade garden.
Highly regarded in the Uk and Europe but not well known on this side of the pond but we are trying to correct that. Beautifully grown in Linda McDonald's garden which should be reason enough for anyone to grow it. Coarse and hirsute foliage to 2' with reddish flowers on 4; stems.
Soft Shield Fern. This Divisilobum Group is an aggregate of similarly very finely dissected leaflet that gives this the softest appearance and feel. It really should be grown in a tall chimney pot so that one could simply bend the head and slowly nuzzle the foliage while the cares of the day trickle away.
A Blooms of Bressingham introduction, that brings it's 'A' game to the garden. Sturdy stems to 30" that are well-branched and with big heads of long-lasting electric blue flowers in summer that is one of those focal points in a planting. Even the deer admire this plant despite finding it totally unpalatable. Poor well drained soil.
A vigorous cross between our native stream orchid Epipactis gigantea and the European marsh orchid, E. palustris. This will make lots of stems to 18" with small flowers whose various parts are colored in orange-red, brownish and yellow and white. Easy given a rich moist soil and hardy to Z5.
Our buddy Lance sent us some amazing Sax fortunei selections from Japan. Some with great foliage and wonderful snowflake flowers, others with simply immense flowers (for the species) in pinks and whites. Blew our minds. We collected seed from them all so this should be good to awesome.
One of our favorites - and we know you have seen this on other Crocosmia descriptions here - but it is even more true with this one! Not to say the others are less favored, mind you. Large, wide open orange-yellow flowers with a vivid dark orange ring in the center surrounding a slightly paler throat. Well-displayed to nearly 3' tall.
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.
Fantastic collection by arguably the preeminent plant hunter of our times, Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm in Wales. This is from a 1993 collection in the Odaesan Mts in cold NE Korea and departs from the norm of this little known genus by having blue flowers. We nearly wept when it flowered. Moist and shade.
An epiphytic gesneriad (African Violet family) from a Josh McCullough collection in Vietnam. This is a pretty cool and indeed, prefers cool partly shaded conditions. Not hardy, it might be able to cope with a very light frost but best moved inside for the winter or at least for frosty periods. Big tubular whitish flowers washed in pinks.
This Lily of the Valley gives the impression that it is a double flowered form but instead each bell-shaped flower is joined by as many 6 other flowers giving the impression of that it double. A good grower and excellent scent. Tough as nails. Hardy enough to grow in areas that get so cold you should just move if you want to garden.
Very rare and very choice collector's bulb that possesses an unreal blue color to the flower. Even the most jaded bulb connoisseur is forced to admit this is pretty damn nice. Great addition to the rock garden. Increases by seed so cosset the little grassy babies when they appear.
Sea Kale. A prized vegetable of olden times, this still would be widely eaten if the leaves didn't bruise easily in transport. However, that is just a gastronomic aside because the ornamental qualities outweigh its tastiness. A seashore plant of Europe, this has ruffled blue-green leaves and white flowers.
A fine evergreen Maidenhair Fern from a naturally occurring hybrid between Adiantum aleuticum and A. jordanii. These are a different clone than the "original clone" and no less desireable with the same fine and wholesome attributes. Maidenhairs have always been one of the quintessential ferns in our estimation and this is a choice one.
Very collectible selection of this hardy orchid which boasts - yes, boasts, unique, light chartreuse foliage. This orchid sounds a bit like an NBA player after throwing down a one-handed jam from an alley-oop "Yeah! Lookit me! Me! I'm a badass orchid! You ask yo mama how bad I am!" Purplish flowers with those leaves - it really is badass.