This is a fine double flowered selection of this charming Japanese species. Individual white florets, sometimes blushed in palest pink, are elegantly doubled. In Japan, this would be regarded as a double form of var. yezoensis which grows on the Japan Sea side of Honshu.and southern Hokkaido. Uncommon.
One of the best of the Blue Poppies and certainly one of the most reliably perennial. This large flowers of good medium blue. This appreciates a partly sunny to bright dappled shaded position with good loose organic soil that drains yet doesn't dry out. A percentage does die after blooming so save seed to be safe!
Beautiful Mountain Ash to 6'-9' with small white flowers followed by long-lasting and showy clusters of white berries. This develops multiple trunks and is a most attractive small shrubby tree especially when the white fruit nestles among the purple-red fall foliage. Usually seen as S. fruticosa, this is likely a daintier S. koehneana.
Entrancing voluptuous flowers of old royal purple and blue with ruffles and flourishes that evoke the flounce of a courtly Parisian dress from a 100 years ago. Compact yet vigorous with dense evergreen foliage and magnifique bloom Apr-June. Good drainage - will tolerate dry.
The nerve of the English making Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris selections! But we 'll let it go this time because this is a winner. Falls the color of antique rose with nice venation and yellow thumbprint with subtle falls of the aged pink so often found in grandma;s house. Vigorous and sturdy evergreen.
A choice Snowdrop with very large single flowers and one of the earliest to bloom. This was found in the garden of John Gray in England and is a hard one to come by. Increases moderately well and seems to be a survivor with a good constitution as it is going strong here while more effete selections have dwindled.
A very distinct form of this species which was collected in Nepal by Tony Schilling and shared with us by David Mason of Hedgerows Nursery. A good spreader rather than a clumper, the rounded ping-pong paddle leaves offer much as a small-scale groundcover. White flowers in early summer. Deciduous to semi-deciduous.
A cute dwarf species from Chile which should like it here in the PNW. Narrow green leaves with a bit of twist - most of our best friends are a little twisted so it makes sense we like this plant - and small revolute pink flowers which means the petals are curved back. Good in the rock garden or it can take a bit of shade.
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.
Snowdrop. I always freespool into Dr Seuss "I'm Sam I Am" Then it's downhill into Arnott. Am. Arnott.... Anyway, this is a damn fine bulb and will forever distance you from the gardening hoi polloi. Seems to me that is what good gardening is all about. Robust, easy, a good increaser.
Gawen Bellflower. A fine choice for cottage gardens or your basic flower bed, this very hardy perennal will provide a refreshing and cooling display of large cup and saucer double white flowers in early to mid summer. This is a mat-forming plant so in a few years you will have an enviable stand of flower stems you can cut for dinner parties.
Officially Xeric Awesome Perennial. Seeds we got from Panayoti Kelaidis' home garden in Denver. This has rosettes of foliage which erupt in early summer to 2'-3' branched displays of orange to yellow poppy flowers. Nifty seed pods too. This really wants good drainage and hot sun and you will be smitten by the Horned Poppy.
Summer Snowflakes. A robust bulb from South Africa which has it origins with a seed collection by Scottish plantsman Will Soos who collected this in South Africa and kindly shared seeds with us during our visit to his garden. This makes strong clumps of grassy summer foliage with tall 2'-4' stems of white and green flowers. Mulch if it gets all arctic in winter.
SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLYFantastic Barberry from extraordinary plantsman Michael Wickenden of Cally Gardens in Scotland. Elegant in habit and presentation whose narrow leaves and thin stems lend this a poise seldom associated with the genus. Truly pink flowers with whitish inner parts puts this over the top. A Far Reaches North America introduction. Zone 7, likely lower.
Tapertip Onion. Western US and BC native growing in open rocky areas, stabilized screes, subalpine meadows. One of the best colored natives with nice heads of magenta rose flowers on stems from 5-12 inches tall depending on how happy and mature it is. The leaves wither before flowering leaving the stage to the star. Ideal for rock gardens.
One of the good ones. This evergreen Iris, while seldom setting the showy seed clusters the species is noted for, nonetheless is invaluable for fabulous variegated evergreen leaves. This is one of the few plants that brings this look to a shade garden. Marvelous with white birch.
A perennial (usually anyway) thistle relative from South Africa which makes a multicrowned clump of softly spiny leaves which by themselves merit nothing more than a good hosing of Roundup but the large purplish flowers are the swan emerging from the ugly duckling.
Redwood ivy. Vigorous carpeter in optimal conditions with evergreen foliage which bronzes up in winter. The tiny white flower motes benefit from profusion and the fact that they are the smallest in the genus is offset by this species having the best foliage which is what you have 95% of the year. Our collection from California.
Toad Lily. Our collection from Asia This toadie was found on the lower flanks of the mountain we were exploring where it favored openings in the forest where it got dappled light and a brief bit of direct sun. Distinct softly haired velvety leaves with white flowers ruby spotted on the reflexed tepals.
Toadlily. Our collection of this variable species exhibiting flower colors from white to light yellow to amber yellow with tepals, stamens and style bejeweled by a generous spattering of maroon spots. At this point for you, it is a lucky dip as to color but we will be doing selections and cutting propagation down the line.
A collection from northern Vietnam of this evergreen epiphytic species which is hardier than supposed as the similar subspecies tonkinensis has been fine in our garden. Chubby white bells cluster like piglets in the leaf axils and are followed by reddish fruit. Very, very rare and adds a bit of cocky plantsmanship to the garden.
Panda Wild Ginger. Big, glossy, almost succulent leaves shelter one of the grand floral surprises you can have in the garden. In spring, a simple bending over - getting less simple each year - and a parting of the overlapping leaves reveals LOL clusters of big black and white ridiculous panda flowers.
A simply stunning sport found in a patch of Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' by plantsman and all-around good guy Roy Herold. Wide margins of cream and white on the green leaves bring some serious chutzpah to the shade garden and carry the show on long after the white flowers in late spring are but a memory.
Tarheel Sedge. A collection from Campbell County Tennessee by botanist Aaron Floden of this Southeastern native. Densely tidy clumps of thin evergreen lightly arching blades allows you to check the design element boxes for textural contrast and low maintenance. An unchecked box can gnaw at you as we all know.
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.
Perfect fine texture with a silver sheen all year long. This is a gorgeous evergreen that further delights in the summer with small white flowers. Pinch it if you want it bushy and don't treat it too nice - it prefers a leaner soil that drains well. Tolerant of dry when established and likes full sun.
SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLYOne of the great Mahonia species or Berberis as they are now known. We saw this growing on Wawushan in Sichuan where it exhibited it's characteristic waxy white underleaf. Loose sprays of pinky-orange flowers in the fall followed by nice fruit. Easy and a connoisseurs foliage plant.
One of the stars in our shade garden is this Chinese Trillium relative. These are seedlings from our garden plants which are marvels of vegetative increase. The 3 bulbs we planted have increased to over 50 stems with elegant flowers and showy orange fruit. Hope the kids learned something.
One of our beloved natives colonizing rich bottomland along the shoulders of woodland streams. This has succulent delicato ferny foliage of fresh green munchable (Please Don't) appearing foliage and small terminal flower clusters of pink cornucopias. Moist to damn near wet.
Double Flowered Solomon's Seal. Hard to come by and desireable double form of this excellent garden plant. The extra petals looks like a little green rose when lift one of the dangling white bells and peer inside. It is one of those little surprises that makes the garden so fun.