The plants listed on this page are sold out as of the end of March 2022. However, they will be offered again. They can be ordered starting in December and January for spring delivery, next year.
Agapanthus 'Ed Carman'
$14.95 Strap-like leaves are green, with variegation running the length of the leaves that can be a golden-yellow to creamy white depending on season and garden conditions. The creamy variegation is echoed in the pure white flowers that come in heads of round clusters. Mature height of 2 or 2½ feet. Needs winter protection from frost. Ed Carman was widely known in California for his nursery's collection of unusual plants.
Agapanthus 'Northern Star'
$14.95 Also known as lily-of-Nile, the round heads of medium blue, star-like flowers bloom profusely in July and August atop stems of 24 to 30 inches. The deciduous leaves are very distinct, having dark violet blue/black bases. One of the most cold tolerant agapanthuses, it is hardy as far north as USDA zone 6. Click here to find your USDA hardiness zone. When cold weather arrives in fall, the leaves turn yellow and disappear until spring returns.
Agapanthus 'Summer Gold'
$11.95 A smaller scale plant than the agapanthuses usually seen in gardens, both the leaves and flowers of this have lovely colors. The leaves are striped in creamy yellow. They are evergreen. The flowers are a light to medium blue and low at a height of twelve to eighteen inches. This lily-of-the-Nile is hardy to USDA zone 8 (+10° to +20°F). Introduced from Japan by Barry Yinger. Where winters are colder than Zone 8, it would make a good container plant.
$9.95 Growing ten to fourteen inches tall, this dwarf will flower a long four months in summer. Hardy in USDA zones 7b to 10, in colder climates it is very easy to overwinter indoors in a pot. It is a good plant for the Deep South, being tolerant of heat and humidity, although it would appreciate partial shade from the afternoon sun. The photo here does not do it justice. The leaves are a rich green edged in creamy white. And the large 2½-inch flowers are a matching creamy white, lightly spotted in yellow and dark red. When one shoot of flowers starts to fade we recommend gently pulling it up, out of the ground, to separate it from the rest of the plant. Doing this will not harm a plant, but allows more room for other flowering shoots to develop.
$10.95 Poplularly known as pheasant-tail grass, this grows to a moderate height between 2 and 2½ feet. It is clump forming and does not run at the root. The habit is soft with the top of the grass splaying over a bit and gracefully arching. A major highlight of the plant is its russet colors (although young plants may start out green). Grow it in full sun and allow it to dry out between waterings. Native to New Zealand. Hardy to 10°F. Also known as Stipa arundinacea.
Arabis alpina subsp. caucasica 'Variegata'
$9.95 Popularly known as rock cress, this unusual form has grayish-green leaves edged in cream that are evergreen, and can light up a garden year around. White, four-petaled half-inch wide flowers appear from early spring until the weather starts warming up. It needs only average soil. The soil having good drainage is particularly important. Doubly colorful with its flowers and foliage, it does good duty in a rock garden, as an edging plant, and planted in the crevices of a rock wall. Native to mountains in Europe, its can survive winter cold to USDA zone 3.
Armeria 'Little Penny'
$10.95 Known popularly as sea thrift or sea pink, this dwarf grows as a tight bun, expanding wider with each succeeding year. Low, small clusters of pinkish flowers come in May, June and intermittently thereafter. The leaves are evergreen, and during winter turn reddish. Especially small (and cute). USDA zone 4.
'Dudley Nevill Variegated'
$9.95 An easy-to-grow, choice perennial that thrives in full sun and hot, exposed sites. It needs soil that is well drained and low in fertility because rich soil promotes sprawling, floppy growth. Rather than growing tall, it grows as an ever-widening mat. We recommend shearing it back lightly just after flowering. Clusters of small, bright apricot flowers cover the plant in spring. The leaves are gray-green edged in cream and are semi-evergreen. Hardy in USDA zones 3 to 7 in the eastern half of the U.S. and hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9 in the West.
Bergenia 'Tubby Andrews'
$11.95 This very cold hardy perennial has evergreen leaves of green and creamy yellow in summer. When cold weather arrives in fall the coloring changes to green and various tints of pink to darker red. The colder the days become, the richer the coloring. As warm weather returns the following spring, the colors revert to creamy yellow and green on the new leaves. Although the plant demands little attention from year to year, we divide it every few years because the variegation is most colorful on a younger plant and becomes more subdued after a few years on an older plant. Pink flowers show in spring, and again in fall. USDA zones 4 - 7 in the East, 4 - 9 in the West. More info, click here.
$11.95 This uncommonly seen groundcover is adaptable to very dry shade and moister shade. While most bergenias are evergreen, Bergenia ciliata drops its leaves over winter. Take a closer look to note the light fuzz of soft hairs that cover the leaves and the leaf stems. The garden writer, Christopher Lloyd, described this species as quote, “beautiful,” in his book on garden foliage. We agree. Very undemanding once established. It grows well in USDA zones 5 - 8, and also zones 9 & 10 in the West.
Bergenia ciliata ssp. ligulata
$14.95 To quote Graham Stuart Thomas, “the leaves have a hairy margin and are broad and rounded ... The flowers appear early in dense heads, opening out into graceful sprays; they are nearly white but have a pretty contrast in the rosy red calyces.” This has sparse hairs on its leaf surfaces, with more of its hairs on its leaf edges, and the edges being ruffled. Identical to the the more recently named variety, Bergenia 'Susan Ryley.' USDA zones 5 - 8, and also zones 9 & 10 in the West.
Calceolaria 'John Innes'
$9.95 This calceolaria or slipperflower is a hybrid of two species that are native to colder, very southern parts of South America, and it can take quite severe cold, to USDA zone 5. The plant is very low at six inches and spreads slowly wider in a compact mass. The flowers are large in size, the size of a U.S. nickel, and bright yellow, with a few brown speckles on the flower. It likes both good drainage at the same time as not liking to fully dry out, in other words, ground that is moisture-retentive and quickly draining. If allowed to dry out too much in summer it will go dormant early. However just because it disappears above ground, don't think that it has died.
Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm'
$9.95 Among bellflowers, this species is distinct for its tall, thin graceful habit and large bell-shaped flowers. This particular plant has flowers of white, beautifully edged in pale lavender. The height of the flower stems will be to thirty inches. And they make a superlative cut flower for your home. They are the perfect length for a vase and have a long life as a cut flower. Their subtle coloring compliments most any arrangement. Quite cold hardy, to USDA zone 4 (-30 to -20°F). Unfortunately it is not a plant for the deep South.
Campanula cochlearifolia 'Elizabeth Oliver'
$9.95 The double flowers of this elfin plant are small and a very light blue in color. Popularly called fairies thimbles, they show for many weeks in late spring in warmer climates, and in summer to fall in northern gardens. The plant's height is four inches, and it spreads modestly without over-crowding its neighbors. It is quite cold hardy, surviving winters where temperatures may drop to minus 20°F, or to minus 40°F if there is snow cover. It likes its roots kept evenly moist and cool. One way to achieve this is with shallow, wide rocks such as paving stones nestled into the soil, and planting this between them -- the soil under the stones stays moister and cooler than the soil in the open ground. The roots will spread out under the rocks and be happier. Campanula 'Elizabeth Oliver' was named for the daughter of a Mr. Bull, of Nottingham, England in the 1970's. The recommended way to propagate it is by dividing in spring or early summer.
$9.95 This unusual bellflower, Campanula troegerae, forms low mounds (to eight inches high) of gray-green leaves, covered in fine hairs. In late spring, the flowers start as pale pink buds, opening to become large, white and open-faced. A native to a small region of Turkey. USDA zones 3 to 8. Limited quantity.
Carex firma 'Variegata'
$12.95 This is a spritely very low bushy sedge, growing no more than 3 inches high. The grass-like leaves are green with wide creamy edges. Evergreen and attractive at all times of the year. Perfect for miniture planter gardens. Choice and not easy to find.
Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star'
$14.95 This dwarf golden-variegated pampas grass is very short, with a mature height of 2½ feet for the leaves, and 3 to 4 feet for the seed plumes. And it is evergreen with narrow, arching leaves of green and creamy yellow, keeping its colors and being attractive all year around, in contrast to many other ornamental grasses than turn brown during winter. Hardy in USDA zones 7 - 11. Cannot be sent to California. Limited quantity. More info, click here.
Crinum x powellii 'Album'
$9.95 In August and September, these large, pure white trumpets show on stems that are 24 to 39 inches tall. During the afternoon and evening the flowers are sweetly scented, and catch the light of the moon after sundown. The plant grows from a bulb much like an amaryllis, surviving in USDA zones 7 to 10, eventually multiplying into a group of bulbs. It likes a rich, moist soil, though tolerates drier conditions. In colder areas, mulching during winter is recommended. Or it grows well in a pot year-around. This is a hybrid of two species, C. bulbispermum and C. moorei.
Cymbalaria muralis 'Variegatus'
$8.95 Known as Kenilworth ivy, this variegated form has leaves of green and a crisp, creamy white. It grows best in partial shade, or in locations with morning sunlight and shade in the afternoon. In mild climates, the foliage is evergreen to semi-evergreen. Does not grow well where summers have high heat and humidity. Growing moderately fast, it's easy to control its spread, so not considered invasive. Native to Asia and Europe. The tiny flowers are white and yellow, like miniature snapdragons, blooming from May to September. USDA zones 5 - 8.
$12.95 This uncommon low tree has clusters of fragrant yellow floweres in early summer, bringing to mind the fruity scent of pineapples. The semi-evergeen foliage is silver-gray and attractive. It is very drought tolerant, and reaches a mature height of ten to twenty feet. When in flower, passers-by have a hard time guessing what it might be, it's so little seen here. For USDA zones 7 - 10. Other names it goes by are Moroccan broom or Argyrocytisus. Limited quantity.
Dianthus 'Chomley Farran'
$11.95 Harking back to an old Flemish still-life, the fuchsia-red and violet-gray bi-colored flowers are large and fragrant. It is said to have appeared as a natural sport of a crimson border carnation in an Irish garden only a short few years ago. Each flower is about an inch and a half wide, fully double, on a stem of twelve inches. Hardy to USDA zone 6. Needs full sun and well drained soil. The bluish-gray leaves are large and evergreen. More info, click here.
Erodium x kolbianum 'Natasha'
$9.95 Small in scale, this plant has lacey, feathery gray leaves and pale pink flowers with purple veins and purple blotches on the upper two petals. Its height is two or three inches, with the flowers another two or three inches above. Grows easily in the sunny, open garden. Quickly draining soil is best for its longterm survival over winter. Hardy to USDA zone 5.
Farfugium japonicum 'Argenteum'
$21.95 This grows to 2 feet tall, and even to 3 feet with ideal conditions in shade. The round leaves grow up to ten inches across, green with white creamy margins,and sometimes with a touch of pink. The leaves and stems can be lightly covered with downy fuzz, that rubs off when touched. Yellow daisy-like flowers show at the end of summer, often no taller than the leaves. Cold hardy to USDA zones 7 - 11. The large leaves may wilt on hot sunny days, and might not be a sign that the soil is dry. So if they wilt, check before watering. If the roots are kept too wet, they can rot. Also known as Farfugium japonicum 'Albovariegatum' and Ligularia tussilaginea subsp. argentea. The plants are grown in quart-sized pots. More info, click here.
Farfugium japonica 'Aureo-maculatum'
$9.95 Popularly known as leopard plant for its dark green leaves, spotted in yellow. The leaves are large and round, at eight to ten inches across, and glossy. In fall, yellow daisy-like flowers arise on stems about the same height as the leaves. They are eighteen to two feet tall. Needs shade during the afternoon. An ideal location would be a rich soil with partial shade. USDA zones 7 - 11, and possibly to zone 6 with protection. Where winters are colder, it is easily grown in a container and wintered indoors. Its leaves are evergreen and attractive all year round. Keep evenly moist.
Felicia ameloides 'Variegata'
$8.95 This is one of our favorite plants for container gardening because it blooms for such a long time and is so undemanding. A native of South Africa, it is commonly known as blue marguerite, a perennial that isn't frost hardy although it is easy to carry over winter by a sunny window. Reaching a height of 15 to 18 inches, with a wider spread, it responds well to shearing and pruning. The sky-blue flowers really stand out against the variegated leaves. Normal watering needs.
Fuchsia fulgens 'Variegata'
$11.95 Rarely offered, this upright, rounded shrub grows to a size of three tall by four feet wide when planted outdoors. Its roots survive to USDA Zone 8 (and even to Zone 7 in favored locations). It has flowers from summer to fall colored in salmony pink, cream and orange-red, each flower being long and pendant. This species of fuchsia is native to Mexico. Older plants have tuberous roots resembling the roots of a dahlia. USDA hardiness zones 8 - 10.
Fuchsia 'Lottie Hobby Variegated'
$9.95 A small leaved upright fuchsia with tiny pink flowers, this has leaves of green and white. In a window that receives morning light it would be happy in a small pot on the window sill. In summer it can be moved outdoors. It would also be a nice addition to a mixed container of flowering plants. Cold hardy to USDA zones 9 and 10, and possibly zone 8 with protection.
Gazania ringens 'Variegata'
$8.95 Blooming continually all summer, from spring to fall, this golden daisy-like flower has flowers that are 2½ to 3 inches across. Its leaves are green and white. A tender plant, it can only be grown outdoors in the ground in USDA zones 9 to 11. In colder zones, it could be grown in a container and brought indoors for the winter, or simply replaced each spring with a new plant. So colorful in both its foliage and flowers, and so long blooming, that more gardeners should grow it. With a height up to just over a foot, it spreads wider, up to two feet. Average to low water needs.
Hippeastrum x johnsonii
$9.95 Popularly called Saint Joseph's lily, this relative of the florists' amaryllis has trumpet flowers of rich scarlet with a creamy heart in late spring. Growing from a bulb, it is naturalized in gardens in southern California and the Deep South, and is undemanding in climates warm enough for its survival. To flower well it needs at least a half day of sunlight. In time a plant will produce many smaller bulbs around itself. Lightly fragrant, several flowers are produced per stem. Needs well drained soil. It is claimed to grow to USDA Zone 5 by at least one authority. We cannot verify this, but know for certain that it survives to at least USDA zone 7.
Iris foetidissima 'Variegata'
$11.95 Prefering shade over sun, the dark green leaves irregularly striped in creamy white will turn yellow if planted in too much light. They reach a height of eighteen inches. Flowering is infrequent on this variegated plant, the flowers being pale lilac and amber. The colorful leaves are evergreen and decorate the garden all year. In gardens where winter temperatures drop into the teens Fahrenheit, the leaves may be damaged and need to be cut back in late winter. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
Iris japonica 'Aphrodite'
$11.95 From Japan, this woodland iris needs shade. Pale, creamy blue flowers, several to a stem open in spring. They are fringed and there are spots of orange and yellow dotted at the base of the falls. They are an inch to an inch and a half across and have something of an exotic look to them, a bit orchid-like. Plants will spread moderately by thin rhizomes. The leaves are equally streaked in green and cream. Height of the plant is ten to twelve inches. Hardy in USDA zones 7-9, although it can grow as cold as zone 5 in a protected location.
$11.95 The flowers of this iris are a lovely lavender, and bloom from late winter to early spring on stems about eight inches tall. Prefers partial shade to growing in full sun. USDA zones 7 and 8, and zones 9 and 10 along the West Coast.
Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata'
$9.95 Attractive whether in bloom or out of bloom because of its broad, sword-like leaves that are striped in green and white. They are semi-evergreen. The light lavender flowers show in late spring, and are sweetly fragrant. Thrives in any well drained soil, growing well even in heavy clay. USDA zones 4 - 9, and to zone 3 with protection.
Iris pallida 'Variegata' ('Aureovariegata')
$9.95 The heavenly fragrance of these flowers is reason enough to grow this iris, reminding some folks of grape soda or possibly vanilla. The flowering season is late spring to early summer. The flowers are a light lavender. Flower stems to 3 feet. Leaves to about 2 feet, and are striped in green and a light golden-cream. When planting, set a plant high enough in the ground so the top of the thickened rhizome is not completely buried by earth. And to flower well, more sun than shade is necessary. Hardy from USDA zones 4 - 9, and to zone 3 with protection.
$7.95 The leaves are arching and extremely low. The flowers reach a bit higher, to four or five inches. The flowering season is March and April, although it often reblooms lightly during summer and fall. The flowers are large for the small size of the plant. The flowers are a brownish maroon, with prominent white beards. It is native to northwestern Turkey northwards into the Balkans. Cold hardy to minus 30°F. It grows well in both half a day of sun or in full sun. Soil should be well drained.
Iris sibirica 'Baby Sister'
$12.95 The flowers will top out at eight to ten inches in height, although when first planted in a garden this might grow a bit taller. The three-petaled flowers are a medium purplish blue, with darker veins and with a white blaze at the base of each petal. Its season is May into early June. Be sure to plant this deeply enough so that the top of the roots are slightly below the soil surface, and not planted as high as you would a bearded iris. It appreciates being watered regularly throughout the summer, although older plants can take some drought. Very cold hardy, for USDA zones 2 - 9.
$19.95 (Also known as Iris 'Frances Wormsley.') Named for Frances Garnet Wolseley (1872-1936), who promoted women being professionally involved in horticulture. Flowers are a medium lavender-blue surrounding gold and white markings at the base of the petals. Each flower is three inches across. A valuable winter-flowering perennial, it is hardy in zones 7 to 9, and to zone 10 in the West. In favored locations it can survive even to zone 6. The leaves are evergreen and could be cut to the ground at the beginning of winter to better see the flowers. 'Frances Wolseley' is an especially vigorous grower. Limited quantity.
$17.95 The color of 'Mary Barnard' is a darker purple of this winter-blooming plant. Flowers freely after her first couple of years in a new location. USDA zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West.
Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola
$8.95 This lewisia is smaller in scale than other lewisias, with tight clusters of evergreen leaves, 1 - 3 inches long and ¼-inch wide. Twelve-inch tall sprays of small, open-faced flowers show for weeks in spring and early summer, colored in white with magenta/purple edging and striping. This is a drought-tolerant succulent. Be sure to plant in well drained earth. USDA zones 4 - 8.
Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola 'Saddle Mountain Form'
$8.95 Very compact rosettes of small evergreen leaves form a low, ground-hugging mat. Clusters of many beautiful rose-purple flowers show on stems of 5 to 6 inches tall in mid-to-late spring and into summer. Saddle Mountain is located in the coastal mountains northwest of Portland, Oregon. USDA zones 4 - 8.
Lewisia columbiana var. wallowensis (white form)
$8.95 A small scale lewisia, with short leaves and 6 to 8-inch high sprays of pure white flowers from spring to early summer. A choice rock garden plant. For USDA zones 4 - 8. Native to Oregon.
Lewisia cotyledon var. howellii
$9.95 Found in the wild at 5600-ft in the Klamath Range of California. It's a low plant, and in spring there are very low, short stemmed clusters of creamy flowers with pink veins. USDA zones 4 - 8.
Manfreda (Agave) 'Spot'
$9.95 deciduous agave -- A hybrid between Manfreda virginica and Manfreda maculosa (Texas tuberose), this plant has gray-green leaves speckled with sizable spots of reddish brown. It is cold hardy USDA zone 5 (-20°F) when situated where the soil drains freely. Older plants, in time, will grow into a thick clump of shoots connected at their roots. The leaves grow to a height of 12 to 15 inches, with taller flower stems to 4 feet.
$9.95 Known as both blue oxalis and shamrock pea, this is native to the mountains of Africa and Asia. It is low at 1 to 3 inches tall and spreads widely to a couple of feet or more. The green leaves often have a circle pattern of dark red. The cobalt blue flowers are unbelievable at first sight. Flowers are produced for a long season. Plant it outdoors in the spring to give it a good start, and it will survive over winter to USDA zone 8b.
Pelargonium x fragrans 'Snowy Nutmeg'
$8.95 Pelargonium x fragrans 'Snowy Nutmeg' has green leaves irregularly splashed with cream that are gloriously scented. A small-scale scented-leaf geranium, its leaves are up to about an inch wide. It isn't reliably frost hardy, although it may survive outdoors in USDA zones 7 and 8 in a protected location such as under the eaves of a house. White flowers bloom thru summer.
$13.95 The common name for this is Chinese mayapple. It has large, shiny rounded leaves from one to two feet tall. They may grow to the size of a large dinner plate and are very decorative. Richly dark red flowers bloom on the leaf-stems underneath the leaves. The flower buds do not open all at once, but one after another. An older plant will have many buds so that the flower season lasts for quite some time. This plant needs shade all day long to be happy, because direct sunlight will burn any part of the leaf that it touches. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 8, and to zone 9 along the Pacific Coast. More info, click here.
Primula 'Blue Sapphire'
$8.95 The leaves are low and partially evergreen. The flowers begin to appear in early spring. For us they start in late February and continue on well into summer. When planted in just the right spot they can flower here year around. They would prefer a rich soil, light shade and slightly more moisture than average when they can get it, however will grow well in full sun and with less than perfect conditions. 'Blue Sapphire' has fully double flowers, two or three per stalk, of a rich blue that are often thinly rimmed in silver. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 9, zone 5 with protection.
Primula 'Lilian Harvey'
$8.95 Lovely double fuschia-pink blossoms, flowering from March to May. She grows six to eight inches tall and six to ten inches wide. The person, Lilian Harvey (1906 - 1968), was a German-British actress and singer. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 8, also to zone 5 with protection, and to zone 9 along the West Coast.
$8.95 Multicolored flowers of black with a wide white edging and golden eyes are showy and very bright. The flowers come in clusters atop four-inch stems in spring and again in fall. The leaves are light green and can be evergreen depending on the severity of the winter. USDA zones 6 to 9, to zone 5 with protection. With good snow cover it is routinely carried over winter in zones 3 and 4.
Primula 'Sue Jervis'
$8.95 Flowers of light, candy pink are double. As a flower ages, her petals lighten to a creamy pink. For growing conditions, dappled shade and damp but well-drained soil is recommended. To encourage vigorous growth and prolific flowering, dividing the double primroses every year or two is best, and adding some compost or organic fertilizer to the soil.
Primula 'Tie Dye'
$8.95 With large blue and white flowers, the name of this primrose is appropriate for its unique look. Four-inch high stems carry clusters of flowers in spring and again in autumn. The leaves are light green and can be evergreen depending on the severity of the winter. USDA zones 6 to 9, to zone 5 with protection, and even to zone 3.
Primula sieboldii 'Snowflake'
$9.95 Blooming from early April to late May, the pure white flowers of 'Snowflake' have lacey margins. The flowers come in clusters on stems up to about nine inches high. It doesn't like too much direct sunlight, but thrives in filtered shade. A humusy soil that is rich in leaf mold is much to its liking. Don't be surprised to see it going dormant early, before the end of summer. This is normal for it and doesn't mean that it won't return to be bigger and better the following year. We advise you to make a note of where it's planted so that you won't lose track. Slowly growing into a clump, it also will spread wider into a colony. It may even migrate short distances because new plants can form on its spreading roots. Hardy in USDA zones 5 - 8 (and to Zone 9 along the coastal regions of the West).
$8.95 (roe-'dan-the-mum) Originally from Morocco, this is a superb flower and foliage plant for a sunny site, with pristine white daisies that is seldom without bloom from spring to autumn. In milder parts of California it even flowers through winter. The silvery leaves are evergreen and attractive at all seasons. Reaches a size of 8 to 10 inches high, by 24 inches wide. Give it ground that drains well. Otherwise, very low-maintenance and easy to grow. Especially nice when added to a large container of sun-loving flowers. Also it is attractive drapping over a rock wall or as an edging plant, among other possibilites. Tolerates drought very well. Hardy to +15°F.
Rosa 'Clementina Carbonieri'
$9.95 A tea rose, this lovely, low bush has fragrant ever-blooming flowers of pink, with the reverse sides of the petals painted in yellow and salmon. Its height is approximately three feet tall, with a two-foot width. And it has few thorns. First registered in 1913. Cold hardy to 0°F.
Rosa glauca (rubrifolia)
$9.95 Also known as Rosa rubrifolia, it is notable for its unusual grey-green foliage and purplish-red stems. Flowers are pink and about one inch wide. The clusters of small red fruit are colorful later in the year. Rosa glauca is a densely spreading bush, 5 to 6 feet tall. Its thorns are small, more like prickles. Native to mountains of southern Europe, it can take much cold, growing in USDA zones 2 to 9. Good uses would be grown as a free-standing shrub, or tied to a trellis or fence to be trained as a small climber. Doesn't need much sunlight to grow well, growing well in a semi-shady spot in your garden. Disease resistant and undemanding. Its fruit pesists into winter to offer food for birds.
$9.95 Flowering all summer long, this semi-evergreen shrub rose grows to four feet tall in northern climates and to six feet tall in southern climates. Young shoots are purplish and the new leaves are coppery. Its flowers change color as they age the unopened buds are apricot-pink, then open to buff, next becoming a mixture of apricot, rose, and crimson. The flowers are unscented and each is two to three inches across. Sometimes called the butterfly rose, it was brought back from China during the Victorian era. Do not prune it hard, but only enough to keep it within bounds or to remove dead wood. Winter hardy to USDA zone 6.
$7.95 Closely related to iceplants, Ruschia comes from high elevations in South Africa and is said to survive outdoors where winter temperatures drop to minus 10°F. The foliage is a tight mass of evergreen leaves, with shocking pink flowers that bloom for several weeks in late spring. It grows about three inches tall and expands to a foot wide or more. As it loves heat, Ruschia is a good choice for especially hot locations.
$9.95 'Harvest Moon' prefers more shade than sun, however if grown in too much shade the leaves will be more green than golden. So a fair degree of bright sunlight is necessary. You will notice that the higher, more exposed leaves will be more golden, whereas the lower, more shaded leaves will be darker and greener. It has tiny white flowers on stems twelve to fifteen inches tall in late spring to early summer. Despite the fact that it does spread by runners, it is one of the easiest plants to keep under control because the plants are so often delicately rooted into the ground. It tolerates dry gound well, and would be a good choice for a groundcover in dry shade. When grown in a pot let the soil dry out considerably more than you would most potted plants. When grown in a pot, if its soil is kept constantly wet, the roots will rot. USDA zones 5 - 9. This plant thrives on neglect.
$10.95 Lightly hairy evergreen leaves are edged in cream with pink highlights. This perennial is hardy from USDA zones 5 to 9. One of its common names is mother of thousands, referring to the many baby plants that will grow from it on runners. Although others recommend growing it in moist but well drained soil, our experience suggests that is it better to let the soil dry out considerably between infrequent waterings. The rocky cliffs of Japan and China are its native home. Delicate clusters of small white flowers rise to 15 inches in spring into summer. Limited quantity.
$8.95 Deeply cut, feathery leaves of silvery white are stunning on this perennial. We rarely if ever see flowers on it. This likes well drained soil and more sun than shade. Winter hardy to USDA zone 6. Mature height will be six inches with a width of twelve inches in a couple of years.
Tellima 'Forest Frost'
$9.95 Known as fringe cups, this plant is semi-evergreen and cold hardy to USDA zone 5 (-20°F). The color of the leaves is green in summer and an amazingly bright red in winter. The height of the foliage will be a foot to a foot and a half, with taller green flowers that turn to red on stems to 30 inches. Does well in dry shade, also growing with more light.
Veronica gentianoides 'Variegata'
$9.95 Its lustrous, green leaves have creamy marbling. It is semi-evergreen and low to the ground, growing into a slowly widening clump that carries short spires of beautifully blue flowers in early summer. To grow well it needs soil that will not dry out during the heat of summer. And filtered light, or placed where it receives morning sun only. USDA zones 4 - 9 in the West, zones 4 - 7 in the East.
Viola odorata 'Clive Groves'
$10.95 Its small, sweetly fragrant flowers bloom very early in the year. The scent is strong and you do not have to wonder if your sniffer is working with this flower. The color is a deep, rich purple. A plant of this will send out short runners that become new plants. And within a season or two, one plant becomes a small colony.
Viola odorata 'Fair Oaks'
$10.95 Introduced by Canyon Creek Nursery in 1986, to quote their catalog, originating in the garden of my family home, the color of this violet, unlike any other, is a delicate shade of lilac-pink. The medium sized flowers on long stems are extremely fragrant. The seeds come true and spread very rapidly making a nice woodland ground cover. USDA zones 3 - 9.
Viola odorata 'Lianne'
$10.95 The small flowers are purplish-bluish. This viola will spread wider in two ways, both by seeding itself about and also from runners that it sends out four to eight inches. It does not grow tall, reaching a short height of 2 - 4 inches.
Viola odorata 'Lydia Groves'
$10.95 The flowers of this are a light, candy pink that are sweetly scented. In 1989 it was selected in England by Clive Groves and named for his mother. The flowers have a single row of petals. The heart of the flower is a creamy white. It blooms very early in spring and again in fall. Its height is three to six inches.
Viola odorata 'Lydia's Lark'
$10.95 This is a seedling of 'Lydia Groves,' that's a darker pink, with a bit of lavender-purple on the reverse side of the petals. The heart of the flower is a creamy white. It blooms in early spring and again in fall, with a height of three to six inches. Sweetly fragrant.
Viola odorata (mauve)
$10.95 This flower is a grayish violet, very fragrant and low growing. It blooms early in the year, and often will rebloom as the days become cooler at the end of summer. Light shade is recommended. Adding some well rotted compost when planting is helpful. Young plants should be watered regularly to get them off to a good start. Once established, plants do not need more than average moisture. USDA zones 3 - 9. Sweet violets have been cultivated in gardens for a long time, not only for their beauty and fragrance, but also for their medicinal properties. They contain the glycoside of salicylic acid, which has been used for the synthesis of aspirin. It is no wonder herbalists have prescribed an infusion of this plant for treating headaches, migraines and insomnia.
Viola odorata 'Reid's Crimson Carpet'
$10.95 Introduced by Canyon Creek Nursery in 1998, to quote their catalog's description of 'Reid's Crimson Carpet,' this makes a compact carpet of tidy, deep green foliage. In spring this mat is covered with brilliant crimson flowers which are nicely scented. Named for our son, Reid, who thinks we should have patented this violet to help towards his college fund. He might be right.
Viola odorata var. rosea
$9.95 Fragrant, mid-pink blossoms show in early spring and again as the temperatures cool in autumn. Spreads by seeds and by runners.
Viola odorata ssp. sulfurea
$10.95 Our original plant of this came from Lamb Nurseries in Spokane, Washington. It has flowers of apricot with a single row of petals. For many years we thought this had no scent, although more recently we noticed a very light fragrance to a plant in flower in one of our greenhouses. According to Roy Coombs in his book, Violets, the History & Cultivation of Scented Violets, this is probably a distinct species rather than a subspecies of V. odorata. Dating from 1896 in France. USDA zones 3 - 9.
Viola odorata 'Duchesse de Parme'
$12.95 'Duchesse de Parme' originated in 1870 and is said to be the easiest Parma violet to grow. In America it has been one of the easier Parmas to find in recent years. Its fully double flowers are a violet blue, with creamy white closer to the center. It makes a charming tussie mussie or petite bouquet, with its six-inch stems. Its season is late winter into early spring, and again in early fall. Survives cold down to about +20°F.
Viola odorata 'Alba Plena'
$12.95 A Parma violet with strongly fragrant, double flowers of white, this plant sometimes has a small blush of a pale violet color at its center. Another name for it is 'Swanley White.' Its flowers have relatively long stems of five or six inches. Not as cold hardy as other violets, surviving to about +20°F. Rarely setting seeds, it produces new plants by sending out runners a short distance. These can be snipped from the mother plant once they begin to root in, and transplanted elsewhere in your garden.