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 'Summer Gold'$12.95 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 'Storm Cloud'$12.95 Its large clusters of dark violet-blue flowers bloom in summer on stems of 3 to 5 feet. It survives outside in the ground for us over winter, however is recommended for growing in containers, where the pots can be brought indoors for winter protection. USDA zones 7 - 10.
Alstroemeria 'Fabiana'$10.95 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.
Arenaria species ex. 'Wallowa Mountains'$10.95 This very low, spreading plant forms beautifully tight domes of dark green leaves that are best when grown in a trough, crevice or scree. As it spreads it hugs the ground and takes on its undulating topography. Although it rarely blooms, the tiny, almost stem-less flowers are white. Collected from the Wallowa mountains of northeastern Oregon. The species is unidentified.
Arisaema candidissimum$27.95 Surviving outdoors without snow cover to -20°F, this species blooms late in spring, with its flower opening at the same time as the leaf. The giant three-parted leaflets continue growing larger after the flower is done. The inside of the flower's hood, the spathe, is pink with white stripes. This is related to jack-in-the-pulpits, however it likes to grow in a drier and better drained soil than its relative, and will rot if its soil is kept too wet. Limited quantity. We are offering plants with larger rootballs, which each produced flowers in 2023.
Bergenia 'Tubby Andrews'$12.95 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.
Bergenia ciliata$12.95 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.
Calceolaria 'John Innes'$10.95 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'$14.95 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'11.95 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.
Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star'$15.95 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'$11.95 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.
Farfugium japonicum 'Argenteum'
$14.95 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.
Fuchsia 'Lottie Hobby Variegated'$11.95 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.
Fuchsia fulgens 'Variegata'$14.95 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.
Iris foetidissima 'Variegata'$14.95 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.
Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata'$11.95 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')$11.95 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.
Iris unguicularis 'Alba'
$21.95 Rarely offered, the golden centers contrast to the pristine white petals on this evergreen iris that likes growing in full sunlight. The height of the plant's leaves will be twelve to fifteen inches, with the flowers being just a bit lower. To allow a better view of the flowers we sometimes cut back the leaves in late autumn. Has a long season of bloom during winter, opening flowers during mild weather. The flower production increases as the plant grows older. Limited quantity. USDA zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West.
Iris unguicularis$18.95 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$11.95 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. wallowensis (white form)$11.95 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.
Manfreda (Agave) 'Spot'$10.95 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.
Matthiola perennis 'Alba'Stock. These are offered as a packet of 100+ seeds, not as plants. This plant isn't long lived, three or four years is all. It is wonderfully fragrant, with bright white flowers contrasting to its gray leaves. And is native to the Mediterranean region, so hot, dry summers don't faze it. Grows best in USDA zones 7 to 9. In colder places it can be enjoyed as a potted plant, if protected over winter. It develops woody stems into a low bushy shape, that is 12 to 18 inches high, and 12 to 24 inches wide. There is no additional cost for these seeds. If you'd like a packet, just ask for them in an email when you place your order, and we'll include them when the plants are sent. Limited quantity. To sow the seeds, do not cover with soil, but lightly press them into moist soil.
Parochetus communis$10.95 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'$10.95 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.
Primula 'Blue Sapphire'$9.95 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 'Drumcliff'$10.95 A dark leaved primrose with creamy pink flowers, 'Drumcliff' is very cold tolerant, surviving to +5°F. Height of 4 to 6 inches. Both spring and autumn blooming. And even during winter in the South.
Primula 'Sue Jervis'$9.95 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. Hardy in USDA zones 6 - 9, zone 5 with protection.
Rosa glauca (rubrifolia)$11.95 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.
Saxifraga stolonifera$8.95 'Cuscutiformis' has rounded green leaves that are shallowly lobed, and covered with a netting of creamy veins. In spring several red, thin and thread-like runners spring from a plant that end in smaller baby-plants that will root in and grow on. In this way several plants become a widening colony. A good place to grow this would be under large shrubs, or on the densely shady, mossy side of a building where little else is able grow. Airy clusters of small white flowers appear on thin stems in late spring. USDA zones 5 - 9.
Saxifraga stolonifera$9.95 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. Delicate clusters of small white flowers rise to 15 inches in spring into summer.
Tellima 'Forest Frost'$12.95 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'
$10.95 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.