An introduction which is a very curious departure from the norm for blueberries as this has pink fruit. Can you still call it a blueberry if it has pink fruit? Yet it still tastes like a blueberry....I haven't had my world turned this upside down since I first ate white chocolate. Tasty fruit on an attractive deciduous plant.
Hamilton Dwarf Cranberry. This is one of our desert island dwarf shrublets. Granted, we would be bundled up on the beach as this would be a cool northern island for this to be happy but that is a small concession for 12 months of beauty. Perfection in a small package with very slow growth, evergreen leaves turning burgundy in winter, tiny pink flowers and red fruit - yea, verily!
Madeiran Blueberry. We have the late Art Dome to thank for sharing this Vaccinium native to Madeira with us. He grew this beautifully in his Seward park garden but it really does need a mild garden. Big flowers for a blueberry and lots of tasty fruit. We were all grazing last summer.
This is the form most often available here in the Northwest and which may well be a hybrid with Vancouveria planipetala. The flowers are much paler and a smidge smaller than typical Vancouveria chrysantha from our observations. Regardless, a first rate evergreen ground cover which is drought tolerant.
A collection from northern California where this mingled with Pseudotrillium rivale and Rhododendron occidentale among other tantalizers. This one has flowers noticeably larger than the other forms we grow which means the tiny white flowers make the leap from speck to mote. Vigorous evergreen groundcover for shade that tolerates dry which slows its spread.
We are smitten with Veratrum and this is an exciting addition to the mix. This one has pale petals and darker eye pattern to the center, and narrow pleated leaves in an open and airy arrangement on the 3' flowering stem. A rich moist soil in part shade will be just the ticket. Our thanks to Aaron Floden for sharing this plant with us.
An uncommon little jewel from the mountains of Taiwan, these are 2nd generation plants from the wild collection. Unlike our native steroidal colossal Veratrums, this is relatively demure with neat tussocks of low grassy foliage but kicks the compost out of them with its maroon flowers.
Collected by Hinkley as V. tagawae, we think this likely part of the polymorphic stenostachyum complex and the glabrous stems and narrowly elliptic leaves fit the bill for the subsp. stenostachyum as well as the location of Sichuan. Small tapers of axillary lavender flowers. Shared with us by Peckerwood Gardens.
A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. We have gotten rather picky about collecting Viburnum as there are some that simply don't cut the mustard ornamentally but this one caused not even momentary hesitation. Glossy evergreen leaves with constellations of small gleaming blue fruit in the fall made an altogether dashing presentation.
Introduced in 1985 by J.C. Raulston from Chindo Island in South Korea, this is a vigorous and very ornamental form of this evergreen species. Hi-Gloss leaves on a fast growing plant with fragrant white flowers in late spring. Clusters of red turning black fruit. Good for screening as this can get some size and proven Port Townsend deer resistant.
Wild collection from Nova Scotia of this interesting species. Salmon colored new growth gives way to dense umbels of small white flowers which in turn becomes clusters of dark raisin-like fruit. A deciduous species with a long season of interest.
Good showy Viburnum that has heads of white flowers in spring followed by bright red clusters of fruit which are a good bird attractant. This is a deciduous species from Japan, China and Korea and develops reds and burgundy tones in the fall to the leaves. Can be used as hedging and is great in an informal garden. Tough - hardy to zone 5.
Intriguing new introduction of this collection from northern Vietnam at 1700 meters in 2011. Surprising number of plants have been proving hardy here from Vietnam and hopefully this will number among them. Small rounded lobed leaves clad vertical stems.We can hardly wait see these get some size and flower. Our thanks to Aaron Floden.
A collection by Philip Mac Dougall from Taiwan that we have yet to identify as we have not had the time to sit back with a glass of cerebellum enhancement fluid in the evening while we pore over the Flora of Taiwan. The glossy leaves are ample justification for growing this evergreen shrub. White flowers we presume.
This is a fine winter-blooming deciduous Viburnum named after Charles Lamont of Edinburgh Botanic Gardens who made the first cross.. Bodnant Gardens soon duplicated the cross and named some seedlings including the popular pink flowered 'Dawn' and this white flowered selection. It is light pink in bud and then ages white and the flowers are scented.
A seedling selection from Viburnum x globosum (davidii x calvum) which was the best of the lot by having a very slight pewter cast to the leaves. The seed came to us via Jim Fox from Roy Lancaster so good provenance on both counts. Expect an evergreen rounded dense shrub to 10' fairly covered in umbels of scented white flowers. This will be a good, tough plant.
One of the good rock garden plants that is actually pretty easy to grow. Related closely to our Douglasia of the Olympics, this little jewel from the Pyrennees and Dolomites has yellow flowers nearly covering the foliage in late spring. Good drainage and not terribly dry.