Bottlebrush. This is a selected form of the cold hardy species and differs by having 5" bottlebrushes of PURPLE flowers. This would thrive against a hot south wall and will tolerate a range of soils as long as they drain well. Evergreen and so far not munched by deer.
Our collection from Yunnan 1997 of this small leaved creeping vine which has been split away from Parthenocissus. This will ramble about the ground and happily trellis itself into neighboring shrubs or it can easily be encouraged to enjoy trellage of sorts. Not of the suction cup tendril clan.
This is maybe the best variegated Red-Twig Dogwood selection with green leaves boldly margined in golden yellow and the contrast with the red twigs is pretty darn good. The red twigginess is showy in the winter and great foliage spring and summer - what more do you need?
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.
New introduction from Lao Cai, Phansi Pu, Vietnam at 2100 meters. Little is known about this climbing species in regards to how it does in the garden. Should be an interesting evergreen vine with scented flowers and large almost sausage-like fruit. Hardiness unknown but likely high Zone 8 to Zone 9.
Lao Cai, Y Ty, Vietnam 2050 meters. 2011 collection.
Very compact Escallonia to the point of being formal tidy buns. I don't often go for tidy or formal buns, usually am more intrigued by wilder more free-form buns but this is the exception. Just 2' high and 3' across with medium pink flower in June and sporadically after. Evergreen, drought tolerant.
This is a selection from the northern part of its range in sw Oregon and has smaller deep evergreen leaves and masses of turqouise flowers in May-June. This loves a crummy well-drained soil where it quickly becomes a small nitrogen-fixing tree. Can be clipped to a big shrub but why create work.
Chameleon Vine. Crazy evergreen vine from the temperate forests of Chile and Argentina which only very recently was found to mimic the plants upon which it grows. The leaves increase or decrease in size, get darker or lighter, broader or narrower depending on its host or nearby plant. Flowers are insignificant on this science project.
Mark Weathington of the Raulston Arboretum at NCSU introduced this goody from Taiwan. Narrow blade leaves are maculated in white and the upright stems bear small pink flowers in mid to late summer. A very interesting new addition to the hardy Begonia palette as this has a different look than what one usually sees. Mulch if winter is wicked.
One of the fabled Blue Poppies whose sky blue flowers in late spring hold people in thrall. This was known for years as the species betonicifolia but was reclassified in 2009. This perennial species is one of the easiest to grow, A good fertile moist soil that drains in bright to dappled to part shade is perfect while avoiding hot sun and dry.
Chinese Bleeding Heart. This is a departure from the ferny foliaged Dicentras we are used to by sporting broad leaflets looking more Astilbe than Dicentra. Another departure is the cream to soft yellow flowers. Vigorous in moist rich soil, this makes an impressive patch quickly.
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.
Variegated Figwort. One of the best variegated perennials. This is a big and robust plant simply needing a rich moist spot to really strut its stuff in either sun or semi-shade. Squinchy little brownish flowers are curious additions to a showboating 4' high plant. This is easy but not so easy that you regret having it in the garden.
I've always loved this plant which rapidly makes a groundcover of the coolest maroon banded clover leaves interspersed with wildly improbable blue Pea flowers. I was chuffed to bits to see this on the slopes of Mt Japvo in Nagaland in 2003. Protect in hard freeeeeezes. Brrrrr.
This really would benefit from the heraldry of trumpets when it blooms since royalty does enjoy the pomp of lavish circumstance. But the flowers are such a nice fuchsia purplish pink with a red throat that the trumpets and all the trappings are implied. And with the same good mottled leaves.
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.
Named by plant guru John Flintoff who found this as an interesting seedling growing in plantswoman Loie Benedict's garden. Light green leaves with a spreading habit and flowers of a soft muted lavender which happily goes with most everything. As long as the soil is reasonably moist, this will be good in sun to light shade and is resistant to deer and rabbits.
Uncommon species which has an understated wowness. Not flamboyant this nonetheless garners lots of attention with its clusters of copper-orange Pea flowers in mid to late spring which are set off nicely by the dense light green leaves. Long-lived and choice perennial.
A sport of 'Jenny' found at Bressingham Gardens in England. This is a compact and dwarf double pink flowered perennial mound of delight. The main display is May-June but there is some rebloom clear into Fall. The double flowers are sterile so there is none of that pesky reseeding which can be an issue with Lychnis. Zone 6b and sun.
A superb collection of this Strawberry Saxifrage by the Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm who found this in the Hsitou area of Taiwan. Fantastic green leaves variegated in silver-white and while it could be our imagination taking wing after being bowled over by the foliage, the white flowers seem larger than usual on their 18"-24" stems. Moist, shade, zone 6-9.
This was a rogue seedling in a batch of Mahonia aquifolium seedlings at Miethke Nursery in Tacoma back in the 50's and thought to be a chance hybrid with a Berberis (Barberry). All things old are new again and we're pleased to offer this scarcity.
This is a true jewel and one we always look forward to seeing in the fall when the tabletop sized patch of low dense dark green leaves are alight with outrageous large white daisy flowers. Talk about contrast with so many of the hot colors of Autumn! In taxonomic flux, we previously offered this as Nipponanthemum nipponicum.
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.
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.
A hybrid from Pat Ballard's garden in Issaquah with parents of G. fremontii and G, elliptica. This is a phenomenal winter blooming plant with silver-sage and mauve pencil thin pendulous catkins up to 12" long in winter which look as though the lustrous evergreen leaves had been festooned with some sort of botanical tinsel in the most artistic manner.
Fantastic little gem from the high mountains of Taiwan collected by our friend Philip MacDougall. Our mama plant is several years old and is a compact dome just 9" high and maybe 12" across. Early summer has this adorned in small dense heads of dark pink flowers edged in pale pink to white.
This selection of a bi-generic cross between Halimium and Cistus brings the best of both to the fore. Our plants fared surprisingly well during the tragedy that was the winter of 2010-11 while their Cistus brethren took a whuppin' in the freeze. Gray-green foliage is backing for the yellow flowers with dark maroon eyes in June.
Our favorite Correa with large red narrow bells on an upright and open-spreading shrub. Despite its tender nature, this is well worth the effort of growing simply for the warming effect the red flowers give the psyche during the gray days of winter. Overwinter on a cool sunporch or greenhouse or commit to an exercise routine of lugging in during frost.