Acanthus 'Tasmanian Angel'
$11.95 Commonly known as bear's breeches, this perennial likes morning sun and afternoon shade. Its large green leaves are mottled in creamy white to light yellow. Because of the leaves' size, it is a plant best grown in soil that is moister than average. Its mature size is 2 ft x 2 ft, with taller flowers. Grows well in USDA zones 7 - 10.
$7.95 (PP# 8,828) This yarrow has ferny, serrated, silver leaves, sulphur-yellow flowers and an upright habit. The flower stems reach a height of twenty-four inches. Especially valuable because she has demonstrated a stronger tolerance of rainy, humid conditions than other yarrows, while retaining her ability to withstand drought. Flowering begins in early summer and persists for many weeks. USDA hardiness zones 4 - 8.
Agapanthus 'Ed Carman'
$17.95 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 'Headbourne Hybrids'
$6.95 Coming in a range of light to medium blue color, 'Headbourne Hybrids' is deciduous with no leaves over winter. Because of this it can take more cold, to USDA zone 6 in well drained ground. It is based upon the species, A. campanulatus
, that is native to higher and colder areas. It makes an excellent and easy plant for any well drained, fertile soil in full sun. Its height is 18 to 30 inches. Keeping the plant well watered during long periods of dry weather is essential. It makes an excellent cut flower.
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.
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 'Polar Ice'
$11.95 The white flowers have a very light touch of violet and bloom for many weeks in July and August. The round heads of blossoms are five to six inches across on top of long green stems. They make a good cut flower. One of the hardiest of agapanthuses, it is cold hardy to USDA zone 6. In summer it relishes frequent watering, however when dormant in winter, it needs ground that drains well to be able to survive the cold. One of the finest and hardiest of the lilies-of-the-Nile.
$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.
Antirrhinum glutinosum 'Gummy'
$6.95 This low, moderately spreading perennial has gray leaves covered in hairs and sticky stems that spreads eight to fourteen inches wide and grows four to eight inches tall. It does well either planted out in the garden in spring or grown at the edge of a container garden where it will flow over the edge charmingly. As a native of Spain it can take severe heat, and will flower from the beginning of summer until frost. Flowers of light yellow to creamy white, are one-inch long. USDA zones 8 to 11.
Arabis alpina subsp. caucasica 'Variegata'
$6.95 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'
$7.95 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.
Aster alpinus 'Pinkie'
$6.95 'Pinkie' is a low growing plant that is notable for its flowering in late spring, rather than in fall as is usual for most asters. This is a selected color form with bright pink flowers with golden eyes. We propagate it vegetatively so the flowers will be uniform in color. Because its parents are native to mountains in Europe, it is better suited for growing in cooler climates rather than where summers are warmer. It is especially suited for a rock garden, or planted towards the front of a flower bed. USDA hardiness zones 4 - 7 in the East, zones 4 - 8 in the West. And even farther north to zone 3 with snow cover or other protection.
$6.95 This aster reaches four feet tall (staking may be necessary) and blooms from late summer into mid-autumn, making it an excellent choice for an eye-popping splash of color at season's end. Not only do butterflies love it, but it makes a good cut flower. It thrives in a wide range of conditions, doing best it full sun and an evenly moist soil. USDA zones 3 - 8, to Zone 9 in the West. A winter mulch is recommended.
Aster tongolensis 'Napsbury'
$6.95 The growth of Aster
'Napsbury' is low and spreading. In early summer numerous stems rise to 12 - 15 inches. Each stem carries a large, single daisy of violet-blue with a bright golden-orange eye. The petals are thin and reflex downwards as they age. Easy to grow in average garden conditions. USDA zones 4 - 8.
$10.95 This used to be named as a Rodgersia
. It needs similar care - moister ground than usual and filtered sunlight or afternoon shade. It has a different appearance, having even larger, completely rounded leaves of 2 or 3 feet wide on a full sized plant. Taller than the leaves are its clusters of fragrant, white flowers from summer lasting well into fall that resemble the flowers of Astilbe
. The foliage will be two to three feet tall, with flower stems from three to five feet tall. Is very striking alongside a pond. Hardy in USDA zones 5 - 9 in the West and zones 5 - 7 in the East.
'Dudley Nevill Variegated'
$8.95 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.
$10.95 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
$10.95 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. USDA zones 5 - 8, and also zones 9 & 10 in the West.
Campanula 'Blue Waterfall'
$6.95 (PP# 13,161) Mat-forming growth to eight inches tall that cascades attractively over the edge of precipices. When trailing down a wall or over the edge of a hanging basket, its violet-blue flowers (lighter in the center) have a lovely effect. With a season from early to late summer. 'Blue Waterfall' will reach a foot wide during its first year and by its second year reach two feet across. Lightly shearing it as new growth appears in early spring is recommended. USDA zones 4 - 7 (and zones 8 and 9 in the West).
Campanula cochlearifolia 'Elizabeth Oliver'
$8.95 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.
$6.95 A species of bellflower native to Southeastern Europe, it is found growing among rocks in hills and mountains. And bearing violet-blue flowers for many weeks in summer. Its growth habit is as a compact mound to a height of six inches. Cold hardy to -10°F. Best grown where summers are not too hot or humid.
Campanula x haylodgensis 'Blue Wonder'
$7.95 Double violet flowers bloom in summer on this low bellflower that is a cross between two species, C. cochlearifolia
and C. carpatica
. Its flowers are about twice the size of Campanula
'Elizabeth Oliver's' blossoms. And they show well, facing upwards and outwards. Small in stature, growing about 4 inches tall, and very cold hardy, to -20°F.
Campanula persicifolia 'Boule de Neige'
$8.95 Pure white, double flowers that are round and relatively large, bloom from early to mid summer on thin stems fifteen to twenty-four inches in height. The flowers are large and heavy enough to require that stems be staked, otherwise their weight will make it hard for a stem to remain upright during gusts and rains. Although the flower stems grow fairly tall, the rest of the plant is much lower and spreading. And spreads rapidly enough to require dividing every two or three years. USDA zones 3 - 7 (and including 8 and 9 in the West).
Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm'
$6.95 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.
$5.95 In early sumer, dangling purple bells come on low stems to 4 inches high, spreading into a mat of gorgeous bloom. Great when grown among paving stones or in a rockery. Sun loving. A native to the Austrina Alp, this is cold hardy to USDA zone 5, and zones 3 and 4 with snow cover.
$8.95 The color of this flower is unusual a smokey grape-purple. It is a very nice hybrid between two species, C. punctata
and C. trachelium
. It reaches a moderate height of eighteen inches with a long flowering season in summer, and with flower stems that are strong enough not to require staking. Its moderate growth is not rampant. All in all, a wonderful plant to add to a flower garden! USDA zones 3 - 9.
$6.95 (pronounced 'skook-zer-i) This species of bellflower has purplish-blue blossoms, growing as a low clump of leaves with flower stems of six to ten inches. It is a good size for a rock garden or towards the front of a garden bed. Spreading vigorously wider with new shoots coming from underground, it is not particular about its soil, although it would like to be kept moist through summer. Grows well in partial shade to full sun. USDA zones 4 - 7, and zones 8 and 9 in the West. The Latin name of the species honors the Swiss botanist, Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672 - 1733).
Caryopteris 'Summer Sorbet'
$9.95 The leaves of this low shrub are two or three inches long, green with broad bright yellow margins. They have a spicy scent when rubbed, and deer avoid eating them. During the later part of summer clusters of blue flowers decorate the branches. A plant grows to about three feet high and wide. It is deciduous, dropping its leaves in fall. In August, the combination of blue flowers and golden-edged leaves is especially attractive. USDA zones 6 - 8 in the East, to zone 9 in the West.
Convallaria majalis 'Aureovariegata'
$8.95 Lily-of-the-valley is an attractive old fashioned ground cover for large shady areas. Small purplish "eyes" appear at ground level in early spring, that develop into eight-inch long pointed green leaves that are striped lengthwise with creamy markings. Highly fragrant bell-shaped white flowers come in spring. While tolerant of most soil conditions, moist soil that is rich and slightly acidic is preferred for these woodland natives. Plants multiply rapidly in favorable conditions, and should not be planted if their spreading would be a problem. Occasionally a shoot with all-green leaves will appear that should be removed to keep your spreading colony well clothed in these striped leaves.
$8.95 This low bush, with gray leaves and one-inch pearly white flowers with pale pink stripes on the backs is too-little-seen. It is evergreen and the leaves are downy, so the plant is drought resistant. And also long flowering, throughout summer. With a height of eighteen to twenty-four inches and slightly greater width, it is a native of Mediterranean limestone hills, and enjoys a hot sunny position in a rock garden where fertility is fairly low and drainage is quick. Give it a once-a-year shearing as it begins to grow in spring to give it a good shape and keep it from becoming leggy. It is winter hardy in USDA zones 8 - 11, or to zone 7 with protection.
$6.95 Not a weed, this is low and spreading, but never too fast. The lavender flowers appear in waves all summer on older plants. At night the flowers spiral-up to close like little blue umbrellas. Prefers sun but will take light shade. Grows three inches high and spreads to eighteen inches. Survives to 0°F (USDA zone 7a or 6b).
Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star'
$19.95 This dwarf golden-variegated pampas grass is a smaller version of pampas grass, not like the sort that grows so large that it can overwhelm a garden. 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. Its mature height is 2½ feet for the leaves and 4 to 5 feet for the seed plumes, which show at summer's end. Hardy in USDA zones 7 - 11. Cannot be sent to California. Limited quantity. More info, click here.
$6.95 Growing eight to twelve inches tall, the texture of this plant is delicate with its lacey fern-like leaves and golden flowers. It is one of the longest blooming perennials in the garden. It spreads abundantly to naturalize in shady areas, however it's not much of a weed and is easily removed where it's not wanted. It seems to be more popular in Europe than here in North America. Hardy to USDA zone 5.
$6.95 Clusters of white and yellow blossoms with filligreed leaves of green. This is a long-blooming, shade-loving flower, beginning its season in spring that can continue through summer and on into fall. A single plant of this may not bloom that long, however a group or colony likely will. A single plant of Corydalis ochroleuca
is not long lived, but the seeds that it drops will sprout easily, and within a couple of years establish a self-perpetuating colony. Height of about a foot. Growing well even in dry shade. Cold hardy to USDA zone 5.
$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'
$9.95 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.
Dracocephalum ruyschiana var. argunense
$7.95 Known as dragon head, this six to twelve-inch tall perennial is long-flowering and undemanding. Light true-blue flowers appear from June to August. Ideal places to plant it would be in a rock garden or spilling over the lip of a rock wall, at the front of a flower garden, and as a perennial addition to a container garden. It has richly green narrow leaves. Cold hardy to USDA zone 5, or zone 4 with winter protection. It comes from Korea and neighboring areas of Russia.
Farfugium japonica 'Aureo-maculatum'
$8.95 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.
Farfugium japonica 'Cristata'
$8.95 Here is a foliage plant for USDA zones 7 - 11, with unusual, velvety gray-green leaves, with its new growth in spring having rosy-pink highlights. The leaf edges are ruffled and curled. Maturing into a thick clump to two feet tall, with leaves the size of a dinner plate, it does best in partial shade and doesn't want damp soil but rather moderate moisture. It takes a couple of years to reach full size. And is long lived. In late summer clusters of bright yellow daisy-like flowers appear on stems of 18 inches.
Fuchsia fulgens 'Variegata'
$8.95 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.
Hemerocallis 'Little Minor'
$10.95 The nursery that sold us our first plant of this petite daylily in 1992, Montrose Nursery in Hillsborough, North Carolina, is no longer offering plants by mail-order. It is one of several fine nurseries from the 1980's and 90's that we happily remember and miss. To quote their catalog, we are delighted to be able to offer this charming daylily. It is an old cultivar, small enough to be suitable for a rock garden with scapes only 1' or less. It blooms very early in mid-spring and then again in the fall with yellow, fragrant flowers. USDA zones 3 - 10.
Herniaria glabra 'Sea Foam'
$6.95 At first glance it looks to be a variegated thyme, with its tiny green leaves edged in cream and low, creeping habit. But it is more adaptable than thyme, growing in full sun or partial shade, and growing farther south. A very undemanding plant, its rate of spread is not too fast. And because it is so low, it is an excellent choice for a groundcover in a variety of situations and adaptable to many locations. Although not good for heavy shade, it does well in partial shade, making a good groundcover under taller plants when the light is partial sun and partial shade. Hardy as far north as USDA zone 4b, it also grows well in the South.
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. More info, click here.
Iris foetidissima 'Variegata'
$10.95 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.
$8.95 In May small reddish purple flowers nestle among the dark green, arching leaves. At close hand they are scented of plums or apricots, not strongly, but lightly. Interesting seed pods follow in fall that have narrow, slightly winged ridges. This iris grows well in average soil. It prefers partial shade. Twelve to sixteen inches tall. Cold hardy to USDA zone 5.
$10.95 The flowers of this iris are a medium purple, and bloom from late winter to early spring on stems about eight inches tall. Their appearance resembles the flowers of the other winter-blooming iris we grow, Iris unguicularis
, except the the three petals of I. lazica
roll down and are pendant towards their outer tips. A second difference is that the evergreen leaves of I. lazica
are broader. 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'
$8.95 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')
$8.95 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.