A plant of muddled taxonomy as the plants under this name from Korea differ in appearance from the Hokkaido populations where even there one finds the discordant lack of consensual taxonomy harshing the zen buzz. White flowers in early spring on this little woodlander. A plant favored by the Ainu people for bringing a wasabi-like pungency to salads.
Evergreen Solomon's Seal. This is a darn good plant from Sichuan China that really performs here in the Northwest. This makes dense clumps of upright stems clad in glossy evergreen leaves below which dangle white bells in spring. We typically cut back last years growth in spring. Easy.
Nepal Lily. One of our favorite Lilies and one we saw in Arunachal Pradesh near Bhutan growing in low scrub on a sunny hillside. This is a particularly good form with very large pendant yellow-green flowers with a chocolate maroon throat. Really pretty amazing. Creeps about underground.
Sedom offered selection by Don Jacobs of Eco Gardens, this has exceptional vigor and rapid carpeting growth. Heart shaped deciduous leaves shade funny starfish urn-shaped brownish flowers. A denizen of the moist northern woods, this is a good addition to the shade garden.
This is a cutey that is found in our state as well as around the globe in northern latitudes and the higher reaches. As charming as it is, one wonders why it is not more widely grown. Easy to please in a moist site and makes a deliciously cheery patch of fresh yellow flowers in spring. The flowers, although small, are many and play counterpoint to larger flowers.
Fabulous Toad Lily with long arching almost hanging stems which have large broadly tubular rich yellow flowers sprinkled with red spotting in the interior. Yea verily. Perfect in a semi-shaded moist situation where it can spill, arch and hang.
Mioga Ginger. A treasured food crop in Japan where the new shoots are prized as a vegetable and the flower buds are considered a delicacy. This clumps up quickly in rich moist soil in shade and produces exotic Iris-like creamy white flowers at ground level in late summer and fall.
There ain't nuthin' like this. Early spring yellow stars followed by leathery lobed green leaves in a dense low mound. It is the early yellow flowers that steal the show in part because they have so little competition and in part because they are so unique.
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 Dan Hinkley collection from Mt Emei and touted as being hardy to Z7 but only by those in serious zonal denial. That said, a customer told his that he mulches his deeply and it has survived our worst winters. An attractive plant with late season pink flowers and well worth trying in a sheltered spot.
Surely one of the finest Trillium species and perhaps the most fervently desired plant in our shade garden. This is an uncommon species growing in southern Oregon and Northern California. Dark red sessile flowers with a slight twist of the petals stand at attention above maculated leaves.
When this blooms we sound like that shampoo commercial 'Yes! Yes! Oh Yes!" Perfect quarter-sized mega-double white flowers like a steroidal double Anemonella, this has attained Enlightenment in the realm of Buttercups. Non-running tidy clumper & a sterile non-seeder. Easy.
Soldanella is a Primrose relative native to the high meadows in the mountains of Europe. This is one we received from Collector's Nursery with dark violet flowers - very choice! It looks to be a match to the Bulgarian Soldanella rhodopaea. Evergreen and clumping, this takes the same conditions as Primroses.
This is the Type A of the Soldanella clan. It spreads faster, has more flowers, is more vigorous and has more hair on it's chest - what a show-off! But hey - great rounded evergreen foliage and the purple fringed fringed flowers are pretty darned nice - hate those over-achievers.
A really good restrained and refined evergreen groundcover with substantial dark green dense leaves which are the perfect foil for the short sprays of the purest white flowers in early summer. We've a nice patch in our old shade garden under one of big leaf Rhododendrons.
Very desireable Japanese woodland Salvia which in this selection has exotic pink fragrant flowers in October! Likes a moist humusy soil in morning sun to light shade. This is quite a departure for the autumn shade garden and it will leave you wanting more and more Momobana.
Very cute little groundcover Gunnera literally overshadowed by its more familiar larger kin. This avoids the inevitable comparison by growing in New Zealand rather than South America. Loves a rich moist soil where it will carpet freely. Little flower spikes with orangish fruit. Protect if very cold.
This is a late flowering form of this perfectly hardy species with brilliant orange and yellow flowers above gray-green foliage. Since it is a late bloomer, try this against a south or west wall where it will bask in the heat and be shielded from early frosts. Great for extending that fall color with a splash of bloom.
A very cool species from wild collected seed in South Africa. We are thrilled to offer this choice little goody. Beautiful pale salmon flowers with delicate highlights in the throat. This is so much better in our opinion than those big Glad hybrids which always remind me of funerals.
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.
Our collection from Tianchi Lake in NW Yunnan at 12,400'. This is a dandy Candelabra type favoring quite wet places although any good moisture retentive soil suits it well. This is valuable because if well fed it continues to throw out flower stalks sporadically all growing season.
This rarity was collected by Crug Farm near Hualien in eastern Taiwan and has the largest flowers of all the Crug Farm Tricyrtis at over 2" across and so they Asian-named it for its whopping big flowers. Pale flowers heavily spotted in maroon with a slight yellow throat. Layers of flowers on lax stems from Jul-Nov.
This is likely a hybrid and we guessed with longifolia but who knows? Hybridity just means extra vigor and a better garden plant with fabulous big silver-crusted long leaves in showy rosettes supporting tall sprays of white flowers. Bright shade to morning sun is ideal. Easy.
Our rarely offered native west of the Cascades from Chehalis down into northern Oregon. These are darn nice plants we grew from seed. Small sessile white flowers atop mottled foliage.
Our native could be considered the West Coast version of T. grandiflorum and you would be hard pressed to distinguish the two when grown side by side. The T. ovatum blooms generally a couple of weeks earlier and the white flower ages to a most attractive lavender pink. This species is found from sea level to over 3000'.
From Wendy Perry of Bosvigo Plants in S. England comes this unfortunately scarce and choice Campanula. Gently and very controllably spreading to make an impressive clump with spires of pure white flowers. Pairs impeccably with Hosta 'Patriot'.
Plummeting headlong into velvet nether regions, I am embraced by the downy Reubenesque bosom of foliage. Head spinning, I clasp blindlly at stems clad in pale shreds like clothes rent by a frenzied lover, my eyes stunned by pale and violet floral explosions.
Our collection from Guizhou in 2010 of this mouth-watering shade perennial. Branched stems to nearly 3' with large reddish-purple pendulous flowers followed by shiny black fruit. We like this one so much we went back to the same mountain in 2012 and collected more seed! Gonna rock the shade garden.
This is a delight in the spring with it's short stems of 8-12 pinkish-lilac flowers in March. This will make a spreading groundcover but dies back quickly after flowering so is not a problem and is perfect for planting around Hostas and other later arrivals. Very hardy and a classic spring ephemeral.
This Japanese species is an extremely sweet little plant that never fails to turn the corners of our mouths up in a pleasantly bemused smile when it flowers. Bold grayish-green pinnate leaves seem the product of fine scissor work and the nodding fat and fuzzy pink-lilac tails of flowers In midsummer are a delight. Moist.