Sequim Rare Plants, Sequim, WA 98382

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Summer Plant List

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Sequim Rare Plants, 500 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim, WA 98382 USA  - -  (360) 775-1737

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Acanthus 'Tasmanian Angel' leavesflowers of Acanthus 'Tasmanian Angel'Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel'
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, otherwise the leaves may wilt during the hottest part of the day. The creamy variegation is most prominent on the younger leaves. Older leaves are variegated, or can be variegated, but much less than younger ones. The plant's mature size will be two or three feet wide and tall, with flower stems rising a foot or two above that. The flowers are a solid cream with pink highlights, showing up well in the partially shady conditions that this plant prefers. The leaves are evergreen where winters are mild. Its common name of bear's breeches refers to the sharp prickles you will feel if you tightly grab hold of a flower spike. For USDA Zones 7 - 10. In places where it cannot survive outside in the ground, 'Tasmanian Angel' would make a dramatic statement when grown in a large pot. Even when out of flower its leaves are decorative. $10.95

Achillea 'Anthea'Achillea 'Anthea'
(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 and are great for cutting. The flowers are long lasting and useful in fresh or dry arrangements. 'Anthea' needs full sun and good drainage. She is 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. $5.95

Aeonium 'Variegata'Aeonium 'Variegata'
(usually pronounced ee-'oh-nee-um) Fleshy, thick leaves striped lengthwise in cream and green are evergreen. This unusual, variegated plant is derived from one that is native to the Canary Islands where winter temperatures stay well above freezing. In summer it likes lots of sunlight, so being outdoors then is much to its liking. While during the winter it would be content on a windowsill, indoors. Being very drought tolerant, make a note to let it dry out well between infrequent watering. $5.95

Aeonium 'Zwartkop'Aeonium manriqueorum 'Zwartkop'
(usually pronounced ee-'oh-nee-um) This succulent is prized for its dark, uniquely colored leaves that in strong light will be purplish black. The leaves can be less dark and more green when dormant during winter or when grown in partial shade. It is a branching shrub that will reach three to four feet in height over several years. It is a good summer bedding plant since its architectural shape contrasts well with most other bedding plants, and can also be used effectively planted in containers. Water sparingly especially in winter, because it is adapted to dry conditions and its succulent leaves store water for use during dry periods. Because the species is native to the Canary Islands, off the coast of North Africa it cannot take much cold, although it is said to survive to 25-30°F. We can only guess at the origin of the name, "zwartkop." There is a bird, an European warbler with the common name of "blackcap," Sylvia atricapilla, that may winter in North Africa, possibly having something to do with the naming of this plant. $7.95

Agapanthus 'Ed Carman'Agapanthus 'Ed Carman'
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. His daughter and son-in-law continue the nursery to this day (click here). A choice lily-of-the-Nile. Limit of one per customer, please. $24.95

leaves of Agapanthus 'Hinag'Agapanthus 'Hinag'Agapanthus 'Hinag'
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). Also known as 'Summer Gold,' 'Hinag' was introduced from Japan by Barry Yinger. Where winters are colder than Zone 8, it would make a good container plant. Its small scale is perfect for a 6-inch to 10-inch pot. $14.95

Agapanthus 'Polar Ice'Agapanthus 'Polar Ice'
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. $15.95

Allium sikkimenseAllium sikkimense
This low growing (6 inches) ornamental onion has sky blue flowers in summer. With its narrow leaves and low height, it is suitable for a rock garden or planted with other low growing flowers at the front edge of a bed. Once established, it is undemanding. It is also known as Allium kansuense. USDA Zones 6 - 8 in the East, Zones 6 - 9 in the West. $7.95

dwarf snapdragon, Antirrhinum glutinosumAntirrhinum glutinosum 'Gummy'
This low, gentle plant 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. $5.95

Arabis 'Variegata'Arabis alpina subsp. caucasica 'Variegata'
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 (for us in the Pacific Northwest they continue on into early summer), on elongating racemes that extend above and cover the foliage. A mature plant will reach eight to twelve inches tall when flowering, however otherwise will form a low mat of spreading growth to six inches. It needs only average soil. The soil having good drainage is particularly important. For areas that have warm summers and high humidity, particularly in areas south of Zone 7, it can be short lived. 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. $5.95

 Aster — colorful daisy-like flowers loved by butterflies  
Aster alpinus 'Goliath'Aster alpinus 'Goliath'
Aster alpinus 'Goliath' is a lively mauve form. Its flowers somehow look almost too large for the plant. With age, it covers itself in flowers. Most asters are thought of as blooming in fall. This one blooms in late spring. Being native to mountains in Europe such as the Alps, it is not a plant to grow in the South. It is better suited for cooler climates. It grows as a low clump, six to eight inches tall. Give it well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. 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. $5.95

Aster alpinus 'Pinkie'Aster alpinus 'Pinkie'
This alpine aster, Aster alpinus '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, such as the Alps, 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. $5.95

Aster 'Coombe Fishacre'Aster lateriflorus 'Coombe Fishacre'
A hardy mildew-free aster, 'Coombe Fishacre' has masses of light lilac flowers with golden eyes, the eyes turning rosy brown with age. The plant has a rounded, billowy shape. Reaching to three tall, it supports itself well without staking unless grown in more shade or in a particularly windy location. Blooms August into early October. We recommend dividing it every few years. USDA Zones 5 - 8, and to Zone 9 in the West.
For a very interesting retelling of some British garden history, including a bit about asters, click here. $5.95

dark leaves of Aster 'Lady in Black'creamy whilte flowers of Aster 'Lady in Black'Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black'
Masses of tiny cream and pink flowers will cover this plant in September and October. It grows well in full sun or a half day of sun -- full sun is required for darker foliage. The dark leaves add variety and interest to its green leafed neighbors. In rich soil it grows three to four feet tall. It will be shorter, at 2½ to 3 feet tall in average soil. This grows well in a garden that has a clay type of soil. USDA Hardiness Zones 4 -9. 5.95

Aster 'Andenken an Alma Pötschke'Aster nova-angliae 'Andenken an Alma Pötschke'
We offer both a delicately tinted aster, such as 'Coombe Fishacre' on our list, and a very vibrant one such as this, a vivid watermelon pink, named in honor of a husband and wife, 'Andenken an Alma Pötschke.' This aster reaches four feet tall (staking with bamboo 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. $5.95

Aster 'Tiny Tot'Aster novi-belgii 'Tiny Tot'
Aster novi-belgii 'Tiny Tot' is a very dwarf form of New York aster. Its height is half a foot, growing bushy, in a rounded bun. From late summer into October small purplish daisy-like flowers will cover the plant. The species name, novi-belgii, derives from 'New Belgium,' that was an early name for New York. USDA Zones 3 - 8, to Zone 9 in the West. $5.95

Astilboides tabularisleaves of Astilboides tabularisAstilboides tabularis
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. Unusual and interesting is how the leaf stem attaches underneath to the very center of the big, round leaf, making the leaf look something like an open umbrella. 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. Click here for an explanation of this difference between eastern and western hardiness zones on our FAQ page. $9.95

Aubrieta 'Argenteovariegata'Aubrieta 'Argenteovariegata'
This is an unusual variegated form of a well known trailing plant with spring flowers that are violet-blue. One popular name for it is rockcress. With low, spreading growth, its height will be about two or three inches tall, suitable for spilling down the incline of a rock wall or planted with other low-growing plants in a location with at least half a day's sun. Here is a link to an interesting English newspaper article about Aubrieta (click here). Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3. Where winters are mild enough, it is evergreen. $7.95

Aubrieta 'Dr. Mules Variegated'Aubrieta 'Dr. Mules Variegated'
A low, ground-hugging plant, this is an unusual variegated form. Its spring flowers area rich purple. And very cold hardy to USDA Zone 3. Where winters are mild enough, it is evergreen. This plant is ideal for planting the crevices of a stone wall or between the flagstones of a patio. $7.95

Aubrieta 'Red Carpet Variegated'Aubrieta deltoidea 'Red Carpet Variegated'
The flowers of this are a vibrant purplish red. The leaves are green and cream. Plant it where the drainage is good. And give it as much sun as possible. It will grow in some shade, but the best flowering will be in full sun. It does best with regular watering before and during its spring bloom. Later in the season it can take some drought. We recommend lightly shearing it as the flowering is winding down to prevent it setting seeds and to keep it from becoming leggy. Be sure not to cut it back too much, into leafless stems. If some leaves aren't kept when trimming, the plant will likely not survive. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3. $7.95

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flower close-up of Bergenia c. ligulatahairs lining the leaf edgesBergenia ciliata subsp. ligulata
Little information can be found on the internet about this Bergenia. So we fall back on the 1982 edition of Graham Stuart Thomas's book, Perennial Garden Plants, or The Modern Florilegium. To quote him, “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.” He lists ligulata as a subspecies of ciliata, and they are, in truth, very much like one another in their flowers, their deciduous nature and their degree of hardiness. They are also both hairy but not to the same degree nor in precisely the same manner. Ligulata has much sparser hairs on its leaf surfaces, with more of its hairs on its leaf edges. Whereas ciliata has a much thicker blanket of hairs over its leaves and to a lesser extent, hairs on its leaf edges. The leaves of ligulata are ruffled. USDA Zones 5 - 8, and also zones 9 & 10 in the West. Limited quantity. $9.95

marbled leaves of Bergenia 'Tubby Andrews'Bergenia 'Tubby Andrews'
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. Occasionally a shoot with solidly green leaves shows up, that is best cut out when first noticed. 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. An ideal place to set this plant is at the edge of bushes and trees that lose their leaves in winter, or beneath them, where the bergenia will have shade during the summer, but full sun in winter. 'Tubby Andrews' also makes a good edging for a walk-way or at the front of a flower bed. He spreads slowly, in a mannerly fashion, into a wider clump over the years. USDA Zones 4 - 7 in the East, 4 - 9 in the West. $9.95

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gray leaves of Calceolaria arachnoideapurple baloon flowers of Calceolaria arachnoideaCalceolaria arachnoidea
The contrast between the gray, felty, spoon-shaped leaves of this plant and its round, darkly purple flowers is dramatic. Coming from from the Andes of Chile, at elevations of 10,000 ft., it can take winter cold to USDA Zone 6. In Chile it is often covered by snow in winter. However in your garden it won't survive if the ground is soggy wet in winter. In the wild it grows in various habitats from dry, rocky hillsides to moist stream banks. Consider planting it into a rock garden or combined with other flowering plants in a container garden. The flowers are on stems several inches above the foliage. The plant will be two feet tall by slightly less wide. It starts to flower in early summer and continues on to the first frosts of fall. Before the blossoms appear, a young plant looks a lot like a plant of lamb's ear, Stachys lanata. Of course this grows taller than lamb's ear and these flowers end any thought that this could be lamb's ear. $8.95

Calceolaria 'Kentish Hero'Calceolaria integrifolia'Kentish Hero'
This is an old variety from England with flowers that are orange and that age darker, until they become a blazing orange-red. It is developed from a plant that is native to Guatemala, and is not reliably winter hardy very far north. We list it as hardy to 20°F. It can be fickle how it survives a winter. If you plant several side by side, you may be surprised when one dies over winter while its neighbor survives. Its flowering season is very long, from late spring until fall. A plant could be dug, potted up and carried over winter indoors. The mature size will be eighteen to twenty-four inches. It produces a huge quantity of flowers in a season. If you are asking who or what is the hero in its name, it commemorates a chieftan by the name of Caratacus, who fought and beat the Romans in battle. $7.95

 Campanula — bellflowers, cup shaped flowers in singles and doubles  
Campanula 'Blue Waterfall'Campanula 'Blue Waterfall'
(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). $5.95

Campanula 'Boule de Neige'Campanula 'Boule de Neige' (C. persicifolia)
(boule de neige meaning “snowball”) 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. The stems of one plant can be surrounded withinin a low corset of four or five bamboo canes. 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). $7.95

Campanula 'Chettle Charm'Campanula 'Chettle Charm' (C. persicifolia)
Books call bellflowers of this species, “peachleaf bellflowers,” although it takes some imagination to connect its leaves to that of a peach tree. 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. First-year plants may not produce many flowers, although you will see plenty by the second year. 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. Cutting flowers to bring into your home will encourage the plant to keep producing more flowers. Quite cold hardy, to USDA Zone 4 (-30 to -20°F). Unfortunately it is not a plant for the deep South. $5.95

Campanula 'Elizabeth Oliver'Campanula 'Elizabeth Oliver' (C. cochlearifolia)
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. 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. $7.95

Campanula glomerata 'Alba'Campanula glomerata 'Alba'
Known as the clustered bellflower for its rounded head of white flowers at the top of stems, this grows extremely vigorously. In some gardens its spreading at the roots could be a problem. Although its toughness and strong growth would be desirable where the soil is poor or garden conditions are not ideal. Its flowering season is June and July. If the flowering stems are cut back as they begin to fade, a second lighter flowering may show. Height is twelve to eighteen inches, the taller height when watered regularly, the lower height if grown without regular watering. This has better tolerance for hot, humid summers than other bellflowers. USDA Zones 3 - 8. $5.95

Campanula 'Resholt's Variety'Campanula 'Resholt's Variety'
This selected variety of bellflower is less rampant than its parent species, C. portenschlagiana, an alpine native of the Balkan mountains. It grows six to eight inches tall, spreading to a foot wide its first year, and continuing wider in following years. Pruning it back at the beginning of spring will keep it within bounds. It begins to bloom in late May and continues on into summer, with its first flowers of the season often starting out lighter and becoming a darker violet-blue as warmer weather arrives. This plant, 'Resholt's Variety,' can withstand severe winter cold to USDA Zone 4, or Zone 3 with protection. However it doesn't like extreme summer heat and humidity. Semi-evergreen. Towards summer's end if its flowering tapers off, lightly pruning its growth back will encourage a new flush of blossoms. Our plants are not propagated from seeds, but from cuttings. $5.95

Campanula 'Sarastro'Campanula 'Sarastro'
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! Named for a character in Mozart's famous opera, The Magic Flute. (In the opera, Sarastro is the high priest of Isis in mythical Egypt, who abducts Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, in order to impart wisdom to her.) The color of Campanula 'Sarastro' seems very appropriate for such a character. USDA Zones 3 - 9. $7.95

Campanula scheuchzeriCampanula scheuchzeri
(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 Zone 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). $5.95

Caryopteris, commonly known as bluebeardCaryopteris 'Summer Sorbet'
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 colder climates the tips of the branches may die back over winter, so gardeners often cut it back all the way back to the ground in spring and let it grow fresh branches. In other words, it is often treated more like a herbaceous perennial than a shrub. In August, the combination of blue flowers and golden-edged leaves is attractive. USDA Zones 6 - 8 in the East, to Zone 9 in the West. $9.95

Clematis tanguticaClematis tangutica
Being a native to northern China and Mongolia, this deciduous vine can happily withstand severe winter cold, to USDA Zone 3 (-40°F). A young plant will take a year to settle into a new home in your garden, though by its second year you should be prepared to jump back as it explodes into rapid growth. That second year it might not grow to a spread of twenty feet, but be forewarned it has that potential. It will climb any nearby support such as a fence, trellis or neighboring plant. Its flowers are light golden yellow and face downwards, blooming for us all summer into fall. The first flowers turn into small fluffy heads of seeds as new flowers keep appearing. If left to themselves, the seeds will blow off the vine and sow themselves around your garden. We do not think of the seedling plants as much of a problem -- they are easily spotted and removed or replanted elsewhere. A mature plant can be pruned back hard, close to ground level in winter or early spring. It quickly regrows to its full size in just a few months, and will rebloom well that year. $7.95

Convallaria 'Aureovariegata'variegated lily-of-the-valleyConvallaria majalis 'Aureovariegata'
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. Orange-red berries are occasionally produced in the fall. These are poisonous. 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. An excellent plant for use as a ground cover under deciduous shade trees or for naturalizing in an open shady expanse. Occasionally a shoot with all-green leaves will appear that should be removed to keep your spreading colony well clothed in these striped leaves. $7.95

Convolvulus cneorumConvolvulus cneorum
This low bush, with gray leaves and the 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, although the top of the plant may be burned in severe winters. It is little seen though well worthy of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) given it by the Royal Horticultural Society. In Zones colder than 7 or 8, it would make a superlative container plant, with its beautiful leaves and flowers, its long season and by reason that it likes being pot-bound better than many other plants. $9.95

Corydalis luteaCorydalis lutea
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. It would get my vote as one of the top ten plants for a shady garden. Hardy to USDA Zone 5. $5.95

Corydalis ochroleucaCorydalis ochroleuca
(Pseudofumaria alba) 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. $5.95

Why do the majority of flowering perennials that grow well in shade bloom primarily in spring rather than in summer? Because that is when they receive the most light, before the canopy of trees above them has leafed out. Corydalis ochroleuca extends the flowering season beyond spring.

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 Dianthus — garden pinks — Fragrant, sun loving perennials. A favorite of gardeners for many generations.  
Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave'Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave'
This variety has been around for many years. Sometimes it goes by the name of ‘Jealousy.’ It is extremely fragrant and is notable for its unusually colored eye of green. It has one fault, that it tends to be untidy, sprawling about, especially when it is in flower. So sticking in some short, branched pea sticks in spring as support when it starts to grow might be a good thought. Later in the year the support can be removed and the plant sheared back to keep it ship shape until the following spring. With fairly long stems, its flowers are good for a bouquet. USDA Zones 5 - 9. $9.95

Dianthus 'Dainty Dame'Dianthus 'Dainty Dame'
Petals of pristine white surround a dark red eye, with flowers the size of a twenty-five cent piece. It is very floriferous from spring into fall. And is very sweetly fragrant, this fragrance carrying some distance in the air. Its growth is tight and compact. Its leaves are are a lovely, chalky bluish-green. Grows well from USDA Zones 3 - 8. $7.95

Dianthus 'Laced Hero'Dianthus 'Laced Hero'
A sweetly fragrant, semi-double flower of white and reddish maroon opens in late May into June on stems of eight to twelve inches. The leaves are glaucous blue and evergreen. The key to successfully overwintering it is excellent drainage. Grows well from USDA Zones 3 - 8. $7.95

Dianthus 'Old Square Eyes'closeup of Dianthus 'Old Square EyesDianthus 'Old Square Eyes'
This dates only from about 1980 when it was found as a chance seedling in a garden on the British Isles. The single flower is large at 1 to 1½ inches across, of white with a salmon-pink eye, and is sweetly scented, blooming in late spring. Each flower typically has five petals, with an eye that is a pentagon rather than square. Occasionally a flower with only four petals will open, having a eye that is precisely square. As a flower ages the salmon-pink covers more of the petals. The flower stems are just over a foot long, a good length for a vase. In the garden, supporting the flower stems with an underpinning of short, cut branches will help to elevate them for a better view. $7.95

Dianthus 'Sweetheart Abbey'Dianthus 'Sweetheart Abbey'
The ruins of Dulce Cor or Sweetheart Abbey can be found today in the town of New Abbey, five miles south of Dumfries in southwest Scotland. It dates from 1273 when Lady Dervorguilla founded it in memory of her husband John Balliol (not the King of Scots, but his father, founder of Balliol College, of the University of Oxford). The monks bestowed this name upon their abbey in her honor after her death, when she was laid to rest together with her husband's embalmed heart. The fragrant flower has a full head of double petals, colored in crimson that lightens at the edges. The petals' edges are fringed with a sawtooth pattern as if cut with pinking shears. Hardy to USDA Zone 6. Needs full sun and well drained soil. $7.95

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Erodium cheilanthifoliumErodium cheilanthifolium
Creamy flowers have a delicate tracery of darker veins and two rich purplish blazes on the upper two petals. Long flowering and undemanding, this is a long lived perennial. Do not crowd it too closely with taller perennials, but allow it enough room to get lots of air and sunlight. It needs well drained soil to be long lived. Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 9. $7.95

Erodium chrysanthumErodium chrysanthum
From Greece, this yellow storksbill or heronsbill needs at least a half day of sunlight for healthy growth. In hot summer climates, it would like afternoon shade. It has light pastel yellow flowers beginning early in summer and again in fall. It flowers better in a poor, lean soil. With water conservation a growing need this is one plant that would fulfill your desire for a plant that thrives in a dry or xeric landscape. Height will be five inches with a spread of twelve inches. Hardy to USDA Zone 5. Its leaves are lacey and grayish. $7.95

Erodium manescaviErodium manescavi
Native to the Pyrenee mountains between Spain and France, it has magenta-purple flowers and green finely cut leaves. Its size will be twelve inches tall by twelve inches wide. Season of bloom is early summer and again in fall. It requires little maintenance. Self-sows readily. You may notice young seedling plants sprouting around it in future years. Needs strong sunlight, although in gardens with very hot summers afternoon shade is preferred. Hardy to USDA Zone 5. $5.95

Erodium 'Merstham Pink'Erodium x 'Merstham Pink'
Although many erodiums have purple blazes on their upper petals, this variety, 'Merstham Pink' is lacking the blazes and instead, the five petals are a more uniform, light magenta-pink, with dark veins running through the petals. Its leaves are grayish-green and finely divided, somewhat resembling the ferny leaves of yarrow. It grows well in full sun or a half day of sun. In full sun its foliage will be more compact and tight, and when given more shade, it grows a bit more loose and open. Its mature size is about eight inches tall and twelve inches across. When planting, adding a light dusting of dolomite lime to its planting hole will be appreciated, although not essential - if given its druthers, an alkaline soil would be its first choice. Long blooming and undemanding when grown in freely draining soil. Its blooming season is from spring to fall. Hardy to 5°F. $7.95

Erodium 'Pickering Pink'Erodium 'Pickering Pink'
(E. 'Merstham Pink' x E. 'Katherine Joy') Lacey, ferny leaves are mostly green but can have a grayish cast. The finely detailed flowers are palest pink, with darker veins on the lower three petals, while the upper two petals have dark purple blotches overlaying pink. Hardy to USDA Zone 6. $7.95

Eryngium agavifoliumEryngium agavifoliumEryngium agavifolium
The long sword-like shiny leaves, three inches wide at the base and edged with pointed teeth are evergreen. Flower stems to three feet are topped by prickly tan thimbles of flowers. Drought tolerant due to its deep roots. Its native home is the grasslands of Argentina. With age it will grow into quite a thick clump. Hardy to USDA Zone 7. $7.95

Eryngiums are also called sea hollies. They all have spiny, prickly leaves. The native habitat of some is at sea coasts, while others occur much farther inland.

flower of Eryngium bourgatiiEryngium bourgatiiEryngium bourgatii
The sharply pointed, green leaves have broad silvery-white veins running through them. Prickly flowers come in summer on steely blue stems of twelve inches. These flowers are a magnet to bees. And they dry well when cut for flower arranging. A plant will develop a taproot, making it very drought tolerant. Any plant that we send out should be watered regularly through summer the first year in your garden. It needs time to grow a taproot. As it grows larger you can back off from watering. Because of the taproot, digging and dividing this sea holly is not as easy as other perennials. Other ways to propagate it are by collecting and sowing its seeds and by root cuttings. Hardy in USDA Zones 5 - 9. $7.95

flowers of Eryngium maritimuma leaf of Eryngium maritimumEryngium maritimum
A sun-loving perennial with large leaves colored a chalky gray-green, this sea holly grows twelve to eighteen inches tall. Large thimble-like clusters of flowers show towards the later half of summer, surrounded by a spiky ruff of gray bracts and highlighted with touches of amethyst. The plant is very drought tolerant, as its thick thong-like roots reach deeply into the ground. In the wild it is found along sandy coasts of Europe. It thrives in sandy soil and windy conditions, but also grows well in average garden conditions as long as the soil drains freely. This plant is not frequently offered at garden centers or on-line. A book on herbs will tell you the many uses it has had in the past, including the boiled or roasted roots being very nutritious and with a flavor similar to the taste of chestnuts. Hardy USDA Zones 5 - 11. $7.95

Eryngium variifoliumEryngium variifoliumEryngium variifolium
This sea holly has glossy green leaves with white veins. The flowerheads are more gray than blue, small at about the size of green peas and come on short stems of twelve to eighteen inches tall. What is more striking about the flowers are the very large, pointed spines surrounding the base of the flowers. They are colored silvery gray. Their attractive leaves are evergreen. A plant will grow into a slowly widening clump over several years. Like the other sea hollies listed here, it develops a thick taproot. Hardy in USDA Zones 5 - 9. $7.95

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leaves of Fuchsia fulgens 'Variegated'flowers of Fuchsia fulgens 'Variegated'Fuchsia fulgens 'Variegated'
Fuchsia fulgens 'Variegated' is a rarely offered upright, rounded shrub that grows to a size of three tall by four feet wide when planted in the ground. Its roots survive to USDA Zone 8 (and even to Zone 7 in favored locations) and allow a plant to quickly regrow the following year to reach full size in one summer. 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. $9.95

flower of Fuchsia procumbensfruit of Fuchsia procumbensFuchsia procumbens 'Variegated'Fuchsia procumbens

This is a very curious little plant, a low growing and prostrate shrub from New Zealand, that doesn't look much like a typical fuschia. The leaves are small, rounded and irregularly mixed with cream, pink and green. The flowers are upright, not drooping as is usually seen, and are colored amazingly in yellow and purplish-red, with blue pollen. Established roots are hardy to 10°F. Plants that are frozen above ground may regrow from underground if the plant has established itself over several years. Flowers from June to October. The photo shown here of the red fruit was taken in early January in a greenhouse, when the plant drops some of its leaves and is resting. This fuchsia can be planted singly in its own pot or mixed with other plants in a large container, in either case it will trail over the edge. Planted in the ground inside a greenhouse I have seen it grow large, several feet in every direction, and clambering up and through its neighbors. $7.95

Fuchsia 'Lottie Hobby Variegated'Fuchsia 'Lottie Hobby Variegated'
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. $7.95

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Geranium macrorrhizum 'Variegatum'leaves of Geranium macrorrhizum 'Variegatum'Geranium macrorrhizum 'Variegatum'
Several points worth noting of this hardy perennial are its leaves, scented of citronella when crushed, its ability to thrive in shade and the variegation of its leaves, that are splashed and edged in creamy yellow. It also spreads at the root to makes a thick, weed-suppressing groundcover in time. A common name for this species is “bigfoot geranium” in reference to the thick, rhizomatous roots. Its height will be 12 - 18 inches. Magenta-pink flowers with large rose-red calyces bloom in late spring to early summer, often continuing on and off throughout the summer. Grows very well in the South. USDA Zones 3 - 8, and to Zone 9 in the West. $7.95

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Helleborus 'Janet Starnes'Helleborus 'Janet Starnes'
Named by Phillip Curtis Farms (a wholesale nursery no longer in business) for plantswoman Janet Starnes of Molalla, Oregon, who found the original in a batch of seedlings. To quote their 1999 wholesale catalog, "shining blue-green leaves are dusted with galaxies of white and dark green stars. New leaves, almost cream colored, are fringed with pink; older leaves darken to a marbled green. Clouds of soft green flowers in early sping. Named for the Janet Starnes." Blooms on the previous year's growth. The flowers are showy, but the main attraction is the unusual foliage. Some gardeners cut off the flowers at the ground in early spring to allow a better view of the creamy colored new growth. Cold hardy to -10°F. $9.95

 Hemerocallis — daylilies  
sweetly scented Hemerocallis citrinaHemerocallis citrina
What is so special about species daylilies? Their simple forms and lines cannot be improved upon no matter how hard hybridists try, coming up with ruffles and doubles. Their simple forms are also classic forms. To that add the wonderful scent that this species, Hemerocallis citrina, carries in her light yellow flowers, and you have a daylily that need never be discarded for the newest, latest hybrid. $10.95

Hemerocallis vespertinafragrant Hemerocallis vespertinaHemerocallis citrina var. vespertina
With a pleasing scent and a lovely light yellow color, with darker reverse to the petals, here is a daylily to cherish. Flowering stems are tall at three to four feet. The season for Hemerocallis citrina var. vespertina is mid summer. Flowers are open during the day and last well into night. $10.95

Hemerocallis fulva 'Kwanso Variegata'variegated, double flowered daylilyHemerocallis fulva 'Kwanso Variegata'
(variegated, double-flowered daylily) This plant, Hemerocallis fulva 'Kwanso Variegata,' is named following the guidance of the book, The Daylily: A Guide for Gardeners, by John P. Peat and Ted L. Petit. Having double flowers of orange, once it reaches flowering size a plant will spread quickly by underground shoots, so it requires effort to keep it within bounds. And it has been criticized for sometimes having sideshoots that are all-green. We notice this with our plants, and discard any all-green sideshoots when they first show in spring. In any case the plants we send will have striped leaves, so you will be off to a good start ! Cold hardy to -35°F. $12.95

Hemerocallis lilio-asphodelusHemerocallis lilio-asphodelus
One of the earliest daylilies to flower each spring, in May, this species, Hemerocallis lilio-asphodelus, grows into thick clumps and spreads moderately by sending out stems underground, a foot or two. Very nicely scented are the light lemon yellow flowers. The height of the flower stems is two and a half feet. As with other daylilies, demands little if any care, and is long lived. Another name for it is, Hemerocallis flava. $10.95

petite Hemerocallis 'Little Minor'Hemerocallis 'Little Minor'
The nursery who 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. $10.95

Hermannia ciliataHermannia ciliata
A low woody shrub from South Africa, its tawny orange flowers are sweetly fragrant and a plant will bloom continuously through summer. It is not frost hardy so needs to be carried over winter indoors in areas colder than USDA Zone 10. If you can move it into a greenhouse for the winter, it will likely continue to flower during December, January and February. It grows well in a pot, demanding less attention than the average container plant. It might be a good idea to lightly root-prune it every few years A common name for this hermannia as well as the other one we offer, is honeybells. We recommend pinching out the growing tips off and on during summer, otherwise the shoots may grow long and unbranching. Rarely offered by nurseries. $7.95

Hermannia pulchellahoney-bells, HermanniaHermannia pulchella
Having striking flowers of lemon yellow, a popular name for this sweetly scented, summer blooming plant is honey bells. It grows into a small shrub that flowers for a long season, almost all year around in our greenhouse. It cannot take our cold winters, however is well worth growing in a pot that can be wintered over indoors. It is very difficult to find, and even mail-order sources for it are most scarce. Can survive outdoors only in USDA Zones 10 - 11. $7.95

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
(golden hops) Growing quickly from a small plant into its full size of twenty feet up a support, this vine is very colorful in full sun with its golden leaves. Surprising to those who have not grown it before is its habit of sprouting anew each year from the ground and not from the previous years growth. In other words, at the end of a season cut away that year's growth back to the ground. This plant is very long lived, and next year's growth will come from the roots that survive from year to year. The plants we offer produce hops, round balls about an inch wide, that appear on the vine in late summer and have the typical hops scent that we enjoy closeup. Deciduous. USDA Zones 4 - 8. $9.95

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Iris douglasiana albaIris douglasiana albaIris douglasiana alba
Known in the West as Douglas iris, this pure white and gold form, Iris douglasiana alba, is a lovely evergreen plant that grows into an expanding clump with a height of about 15 inches, blooming April into May. Although it grows well where summers are dry such as are found in the West, it grows well near the runoff of buildings. No need for rain splash guards, just plant this iris near the gutters from your roof. It likes full sun to light shade on the coast, or light shade when grown further inland. For its first summer when newly planted, water it once a week until it becomes well established. Cold hardy to 0°F. Its natural range is along the Pacific coast from Santa Barbara to Oregon, and is named for David Douglas who collected it around 1830 in Monterey County. $5.95

Iris gramineaIris graminea
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. $7.95

Iris lazicaIris lazica
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. This iris is not the easiest to grow for much of North America as it does best where winters are not too cold, such as parts of the South and along the Pacific Coast. Some sources say it prefers partial shade to growing in full sun, while other sources who have seen it growing in the wild, report it to grow both in full sun and in filtered light. Ours are grown in full sun, with leaves reaching to about a foot tall -- when grown in shade, the leaves will likely be taller. USDA Zones 7 and 8, and Zones 9 and 10 along the West Coast. $9.95

Iris pacifica 'Donna Andersen'Iris pacifica 'Donna Andersen'Iris pacifica 'Donna Andersen'
'Donna Andersen' has flowers combining violet-blue and cream. The base of the petals have a flash of golden yellow, and the petals are lightly veined in violet-blue. Growing vigorously, she is a hybrid of plants that are native to the coast of North America along the Pacific Ocean, known as “Pacific Coast hybrids,” or as “pacifica hybrids.” This thrives where winters are mild. So isn't a good choice for gardeners everywhere. But for the West Coast where summers have little rain, she is an excellent iris, easy to grow and undemanding. And we need more plants that are content with dry summers. The season of bloom is April into May, and growing with a low height of about 8 inches. Near the ocean 'Donna Andersen' can take full sun but away from the coast filtered shade is recommended. The plants we offer are potted and can be planted in spring or in fall. Hardy to 0°F. $7.95

Iris pacifica 'Donna Bugbee'Iris pacifica 'Donna Bugbee'Iris pacifica 'Donna Bugbee'
This is a hybrid of irises that are native to the coast of North America along the Pacific Ocean. For the West Coast, where summers are bone-dry, this is an excellent iris. We need more plants that grow well with a minimum of irrigation. The flowers first open in a very light, creamy yellow and within a short time lighten to a creamy white with touches of gold. 'Donna Bugbee' blooms in April and on into May at a height of about 8 inches. Near the ocean she can take full sun but away from the coast filtered shade is recommended. The plants we offer are potted and can be planted in spring or in fall. Hardy to 0°F. $7.95

Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata'Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata'Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata'
'Argentea Variegata' is attractive whether in bloom or out of bloom because of its broad, sword-like leaves that are striped in green and cream. They are semi-evergreen. The light lavender flowers bloom in late spring, and are sweetly fragrant. It thrives in any well drained soil, growing well even in heavy clay. This iris is less vigorous than the other variegated form of bearded iris that we offer, so it won't likely grow quite as tall as the other, nor fill out as fast. Its ancestors are native to modern day Croatia and parts of the Southern Alps. USDA Zones 4 - 9, and to Zone 3 with protection. $7.95

Iris pallida 'Variegata'Iris pallida 'Variegata'Iris pallida 'Variegata' ('Aureovariegata')
The heavenly fragrance of these flowers is reason enough to grow this iris. To some folks the fragrance is very much like grape soda, to others, more like vanilla. The flowering season is late spring to early summer. The flowers are a light lavender. The height of the flower stems is to three feet. The height of the leaves are lower, to about two feet. The green leaves are striped in creamy yellow, that are semi-evergreen. They can be fully evergreen in mild climates. 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, although it grows well with more shade than you might think. Hardy from USDA Zone 4 to Zone 9, and to Zone 3 with protection. $7.95

Iris unguicularis 'Francis Wormsley'Iris unguicularis 'Francis Wormsley'
A medium lavender-blue surrounds 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. Leaves grow to twelve inches and the flower-stems are shorter at eight inches. If you wanted, the evergreen leaves could be cut to the ground at the beginning of winter to better see the flowers, although they show well enough without doing this. To get the greatest numbers of flowers, let the plants grow older and wider rather than dividing them every few years as is recommended for some other irises. 'Frances Wormsley' is an especially vigorous grower. $11.95

Iris unguicularis 'Mary Barnard'Iris unguicularis 'Mary Barnard'Iris unguicularis 'Mary Barnard'
A dark purple is the color of 'Mary Barnard.' The petals are not as wide as other varieties of this winter-blooming plant. Flowers freely after her first couple of years in a new location. The only problem it ever has is slugs and snails eating the flowers. USDA Zones 7 - 9, and to Zone 10 in the West. $9.95

Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'
Another, older name for this species is, Iris stylosa. It is native to North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. This variety, 'Walter Butt,' has wide petals of very pale, pinkish lavender. You will read that this winter-flowering iris needs dry ground and lots of warmth. It does grow well in these condtitions, once it has gained some size, although in my experience dry ground and lots of warmth are not necessary. Our climate here on the coast is very cool and this iris does well. The ground where it is placed is not dry, but instead is well-nourished and moist. What seems essential is having enough patience to allow it two or three years to grow thickly enough, before expecting much flowering. For the first few years after planting you may doubt that it can flower for many months. It can and will for you in its own sweet time. An older clump starts to flower in November and continues through winter into early spring. A clump that is a foot or more wide, can produce dozens of flowers in a season. Digging it up to see what's causing all of the flowers, you would see a conjested tangle of branching, inter-locking rhizomes. Allowing the roots to grow this way and not constantly replanting it insures the greatest amount of flowers. A plant will stop flowering in the middle of winter when the temperature drops to +15°F, and resumes flowering when the temperature rises. Hardy to USDA Zones 7 to 9, and to Zone 10 in the West. Some gardeners have it survive into Zone 6. $9.95

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 Jovibarba — succulents that can take severe winter cold  
Jovibarba heuffelii 'Apache'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Apache'
A row of fine hairs line the outer leaf edges. The broadly pointed leaves are green at their bases and a rich tannish-red towards their tips. Their colors vary from summer to winter, at times being more subdued, and other times much more intense. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Applauze'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Applauze'
Cream colored hairs line the edges of the pointed leaves that are a violet-maroon. You can expect the colors to change from season to season. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Beacon Hill'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Beacon Hill'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Beacon Hill'
'Beacon Hill' combines rosy-purple and gray-green on its satiny leaves. Native to the the Balkans and southern Carpathian mountains, it survives winter temperatures to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Blaze'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Blaze'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Blaze'
Here, there are two sets of photos of this variety, 'Blaze,' to illustrate how the colors can differ throughout a year. On the left the leaf colors are a dark brown/maroon, while in the photo on the right they are a bright red. At its most colorful, its name is quite appropriate. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Chocoletto'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Chocoletto'
The rich brownish coloring of the leaves is accented by a light rim of creamy hairs that catch the light. The leaves are often but not always this darkly colored. The subtle color changes are something to look forward to throughout the year! Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Fandango'dividing this succulentJovibarba heuffelii 'Fandango'
The leaves are green with red tips, and having short, small hairs on the leaf edges. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

The photo on the right is shown to give you an idea how to propagate this species of jovibarba. A group of the round, leafy rosettes are usually tightly clustered together, more tightly than you might expect -- and they generally do not produce long runners as Sempervivums do. So instead of simply pulling them apart as with other succulents you must cut them with a knife, as has been done with the plant in the picture. And it is important to let the freshly cut tissue air-dry for several days before replanting.

Jovibarba heuffelii 'from Jakupica'Jovibarba heuffelii 'from Jakupica'Jovibarba heuffelii 'from Jakupica'
Green stained a red-brown on the tips is the coloring of the sharply pointed leaves. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Greenstone'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Greenstone'
Maroon at the tips of green leaves, with the leaves becoming darker in the winter. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Irene'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Irene'
The heart of the plant is green. The leaves are mostly a rich, medium red, being a lighter red closer to the center of the plant and a darker red towards the leaf tips. The leaf edges standout with a lighter coloring, due to the small hairs lining the edges. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Minutum'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Minutum'
The mid-green leaves are tinged reddish at their tips. For us this plant can grow just as large as the other Jovibarba heuffelii, however it usually has a greater number of growing points or rosettes within a plant. So this is a bit different and unique. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Mystique'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Mystique'
Shading to a darker purplish-red towards the ends of the leaves, the leaves are mostly this dark purplish-red with a small amount of green, down close in the heart of the rosette of leaves. The proportions of the leaves tend to be shorter and broader. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Orion'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Orion'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Orion'
At times the leaf colors are darker violet-red and green, and at other times become a glowing bright red. A combination of things influences these color changes, such as the season of the year and how much light they receive. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Palaisii'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Palaisii'
The leaves are mostly a rich green. There is a small touch of dark maroon-red at the tips. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Passat'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Passat'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Passat'
Judging by our photos without growing these jobibarbas yourself, you might think that they all look too much alike in their coloring. But at times they are very distinct from one another. At certain seasons, such as spring and fall we've seen 'Passat' become a vivid red, however it is more than just the time of year that can affect the coloring. The amount of sunlight that a plant receives also has control on the leaf colors. So it's not always a simple thing. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Perfection'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Perfection'
The lightly glaucous green leaves have a touch of reddish-violet at their tips. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Sundancer'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Sundancer'
The green leaves are tipped in a blood red. At other times of the year the lear are more golden or yellowish. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Tan'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Tan'
The wide leaves are a bronzy red with a little bluish-green at the base. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Torrid Zone'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Torrid Zone'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Torrid Zone'
The leaves are lined with hairs and are a coppery-red. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Wotan'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Wotan'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Wotan'
Purplish-red on the leaf tips, and the green towards the leaf bases are 'Wotan's' colors. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $5.95

Jovibarba heuffelii 'Xanthoheuff'Jovibarba heuffelii 'Xanthoheuff'
The “xantho” in this name relates to the yellow coloring of the leaves. The plant is a bright yellow, especially when grown in bright light and during springtime -- at times it is more of a chartreuse green, still a lovely color to contrast with the other succulents on our list. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-20° to -30°F). $8.95

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Kniphofia — popularly known as torch lilies or red-hot pokers  
Kniphofia 'Apricot Soufflé'Kniphofia 'Apricot Soufflé'
Flowering in July, this softly colored orange/apricot and creamy yellow flower reaches a height of two and a half feet. The soft and rich colors of 'Apricot Soufflé' mix beautifully with lavender, blue and white flowers. $9.95

Kniphofia 'Bee's Sunset'Kniphofia 'Bee's Sunset'
It flowers in midsummer. The flowerheads are shaded a yellow to subtle orange. Reaches a height of three feet. You might dispute this height the first year after you plant it -- it may grow taller for you. As a general rule with many kniphofias, they oftentimes have taller flower spikes their first year, in part, possibly due to rapidly growing in rich, freshly prepared ground. USDA Zones 6 (with winter protection) to 10. $8.95

Kniphofia 'Bressingham Sunbeam'closeup of Kniphofia 'Bressingham Sunbeam'Kniphofia 'Bressingham Sunbeam'
'Bressingham Sunbeam' has abundant masses of bright yellow flowers, lightly brushed in a reddish-tan. The height is lower than the average kniphofia, at about two feet. It blooms in July and August. $9.95

Kniphofia 'Candlelight'closeup of Kniphofia 'Candlelight'Kniphofia 'Candlelight
Lemon yellow flowers on three to four-foot stems in June with more flowers appearing towards fall. There are two different kniphofias with this name. The one illustrated here was named by Bloom's of Bressingham long before the second one appeared. The second is more recently introduced from a nursery in Georgia, and was given a plant patent, believe it or not ! They are nothing like one another. The second is not this lemon color, but is more ivory colored and is shorter. It is a good plant, but why was it allowed to be given this name ? There is more than a little confusion with the naming of these plants. USDA Zones 6 - 10. $10.95
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Kniphofia 'Christmas Cheer'Kniphofia 'Christmas Cheer'
'Christmas Cheer' has been growing here outdoors without any protection for twenty years, surviving winter temperatures down to +6F. And to repeat, 'Christmas Cheer' received no covering or other protection during these twenty years. So it survives temperatures below freezing quite well. However, the flowers cannot take a frost, and because they bloom during December, January and February there is no practical reason to grow this red-hot poker unless you live where winters are very mild or have it potted up over winter in a greenhouse. Of course winter weather varies from year to year, and some winters we get a mild spell when the flowers bloom well outdoors. The photo of 'Christmas Cheer' shown here was taken in our greenhouse during January of 2011. So, the bottom line is that it is best in a warmer climate such as the Deep South or Southern California. It is one of the brightest plants, even brighter in life than in our photos. It is a hot orange-red, with older flowers turning to light yellow. Height will be 2 to 3 feet. Limited quantity. $14.95

Kniphofia 'Gladness'Kniphofia 'Gladness'
Orange-golden flowers that are darker at the top of the flowerhead and lighter on older, lower flowers. The flowers are on 3-foot stems from the middle of summer through August. Our local birdlife loves to visit these flowers and drink nectar from them. They produce so much that you can taste it yourself if you are not shy about bending down to lightly attach your mouth to a flowerhead and lightly sucking from several of the older, open florets at once. And don't be surprised if there is so much nectar that some drips down your chin. USDA Zones 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $8.95

Kniphofia 'Glow'Kniphofia 'Glow'Kniphofia 'Glow'
Flowers of a solid coral red in mid summer on stems of two to three feet. The photo on the left shows it backlit with the late afternoon sun, glowing with the appropriate conditions. In the photograph on the right, there are two spikes of 'Glow,' the one on the left being younger. Within a couple of days it will look exactly like the flower-spike on the right. To help this settle into a new home, winter protection is recommended for its first winter. It will rebloom in fall. Another name for this is 'Coral Glow.' USDA Zones 6 - 10. $10.95

Kniphofia 'Lemon Queen'Kniphofia 'Lemon Queen'
To quote Jane Taylor in “The Plantsman,” “ old cultivar, mentioned as long ago as 1902 (The Garden); a seedling of K. citrina producing in August dense spikes of lemon yellow flowers, green-tinted at first, fading to silver; 90cm (36 in.). It received an Award of Merit at the Wisley trials in 1929, and is I believe still in cultivation.” It flowers here in coastal Washington State in June and July and its colors are a pure lemon yellow. It is extraordinarily strong growing. USDA Zones 6 - 10, and Zone 5 with protection over winter. $8.95

Kniphofia 'Lightning Bug'Kniphofia 'Lightning Bug'
The color of this flower is a very light, creamy yellow with the oldest, lowest florets lightening more. It is a color that does not clash with whatever other flower colors you might have nearby. The flowerheads reach to only one and a half feet or so, beginning in early summer. It is important not to allow this variety to dry out too much. It can be truly ever-blooming from June to September when watered regularly. 'Lightning Bug' is an introduction of Xera Plants, a wholesale grower in Sherwood, Oregon, that is making many choice plants available to Northwest gardeners. USDA Zones 6 - 9. $12.95

Kniphofia linearifoliaKniphofia linearifolia
Although the height of this flower spike can reach to seven feet, normally its height is in a range of four to five feet. At first the flowers are an orange-tangerine that open to yellow, with a medium size to the head of flowers. The season of bloom is late in summer, to early fall. The leaves are wider than most with a long length, and will take up quite a bit of ground space. USDA Zones 7 - 10. $13.95

Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red'closeup of Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red'Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red'
Only two feet tall is this torch lily. Her flowers are a coral red, showing at the end of summer and on into fall. USDA Zones 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $12.95

Kniphofia 'Parmentier'Kniphofia 'Parmentier'
We purchased this variety from the mail-order nursery, Holbrook Farm and Nursery, in Fletcher, North Carolina almost twenty years ago. The nursery was well respected in its day, and you may remember it if you bought any mail-order perennials in the 1980's or early 90's. To quote Allen Bush's 1993 catalog, “torch lilies always create an impression. They are hard to overlook. 'Parmentier' was planted in the garden and by its second summer it had easily earned a high place on the Holbrook Hit Parade of Plants roster by virtue of the curiosity it generated among garden visitors. The clumps of grassy foliage remain carefree but unassuming until summer, when reddish-orange spikes or pokers emerge, as they will continue to do for two months if fastidious deadheading is undertaken.” USDA Zones 5 - 8, to zone 10 in the West. Limited quantity. $14.95

   I have wondered how the word, parmentier, should be pronounced, as in French, or as in English, and what it means. There is a food dish named hachis parmentier, that includes potatoes in its ingredients. If you google it you can find several You Tube videos on making hachis parmentier. The one I like best (click here) is a short 3-minute video in French. If you listen closely towards the video's end, the word, parmentier is spoken once or twice. However, here is a link (click here) that explains it further. Hachis parmentier refers to someone's name, that of Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, who lived in the 1700's and introduced potatoes for human consumption in France. Before Parmentier, potatoes were thought to be fit only for livestock. The plant, 'Parmentier,' may be named for him or someone else bearing this name.

Kniphofia paucifloraKniphofia pauciflora
Small, dainty flowerheads make this a surprise. The flower season is late spring to early summer, with rebloom possible in late summer. It is not tall, at eighteen inches. USDA Zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $6.95
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Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride'Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride'Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride'
This is not the tallest torch lily, although the size of its flowerheads are likely the largest I have seen. The huge long heads of flowers are in lime green and the palest of yellows, and are much anticipated here in late summer. This is very vigorous. The height of the flower stems is three to four feet. A group of several plants is a spectacular sight. We acquired our first plants of 'Percy's Pride' almost twenty years ago and since then have propagated them entirely by dividing and re-dividing those first plants. USDA Zones 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $9.95

Kniphofia x pfitzeriKniphofia x pfitzeri
Kniphofia x pfitzeri is usually offered as seed-grown plants that bloom in a range of colors. The plants offered by us are identical to each other, and are propagated here by dividing them instead of growing from seeds. The plants grow to 2½ - 3 feet tall. Their flowers are orange-red with a slightly darker, dusky shading to the flowers at the upper portion of the flowerhead. Two points in its favor are being very strong growing and also being more reliably winter hardy than many other Kniphofias. If you live farther north than most red-hot pokers will grow, consider giving this one a try. By carefully choosing where to plant it and possibly protecting the plant over winter with a mulch or with evergreen boughs, it can survive to USDA Zone 5 (-15°F to -20°F). Be sure to plant it before summer is too far along so it has time to settle in before the end of summer. Its parentage is not clearly known. K. x pfitzeri is named for the Pfitzer Nursery of Stuttgart, Germany where it originated. Click here for a brief history of the Pfitzer Nursery on wikipedia. $8.95

Kniphofia 'Robin Hood'Kniphofia 'Robin Hood'Kniphofia 'Robin Hood'
This variety was available several decades ago in America, and is scarcely seen today. It is not the best red. Other red torch lilies are better shaped and have clearer colors. One reason to offer it is that it will likely survive colder winters than some of the prettier ones. Another reason is that it starts to bloom earlier in the summer than the other reds. A third reason to offer it is to keep it from disappearing altogether. In colder regions of the country, planting any of these torch lilies is best done in spring instead of in autumn, to give the plants a summer to fully establish themselves before having to face winter. USDA Zones 5 - 10. $11.95

Kniphofia rooperiKniphofia rooperi
Flowering in late summer to fall, this species, rooperi is tall at four feet with large flowerheads that are globe shaped. USDA Zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $9.95

Kniphofia 'Royal Standard'Kniphofia 'Royal Standard'
A plant that is not new, 'Royal Standard' is still not frequently seen. At least not the true specimen. The colors of 'Royal Standard' are a lemon yellow with the top third of the torch in scarlet. To quote Jane Taylor in her book, The Milder Garden, “...Kniphofia 'Royal Standard,'...a 3-foot bicolor, its acid-yellow and clear vermilion colouring giving it considerable allure -- unlike most red and yellow pokers.” Flowers appear in July and August on stems of three to four feet. For gardeners living in the Pacific Northwest, this plant's warm colors are custom-made for our oftentimes cloudy skies. Flowers with rich and bright colors look especially good when the sky is overcast. USDA Zones 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $10.95
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Kniphofia 'Safranvogel'Kniphofia 'Safranvogel'
Lower growing to two feet, the delicately colored blossoms are pastel pink and creamy white. This plant is the result of efforts by Frenchman, Thierry Delabroye (click here). USDA Zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. Limited quantity. $14.95

Kniphofia 'Saint Gallen'closeup of Kniphofia 'St. Gallen'Kniphofia 'Saint Gallen'
The flowers show in midsummer with longer, narrow heads that are colored in medium orange/tangerine. The florets at the top of the spike are a bit darkly tinted. The older, open florets at the base of the spike are more golden. Generously shared by Urs Baltensperger of Edelweiss Perennials, this grows three to four feet tall, and is said to have greater cold hardiness as it comes originally from Switzerland. However it is a new to America and has yet to be tried widely here. Click here for a link describing the metropolis of St. Gallen. USDA Zones 5 - 8, and zone 9 & 10 in the West. $11.95
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Kniphofia sarmentosaKniphofia sarmentosa
Truly winter flowering here, this plant was brought back from a winter's trip to San Francisco during the 1990's, where it was flowering in January and February alongside aloes blooming at the same season with similar-looking flowers. Our winters are colder than San Francisco's so the flowers will not last very long. With luck there will be enough warmth during January to enjoy them. More than a degree or two below freezing will kill the flower buds, and another year has to pass before gambling again on their flowering. Plants in the ground have survived well with temperatures down to +6F. It is best grown where winters are mild, such as the Deep South or California. Plants spread by runners, which is characteristic of only a few torch lilies. Another one that spreads this way is the species thomsonii subsp. thomsonii that we also offer on this website. $8.95

Kniphofia 'Shining Sceptre'Kniphofia 'Shining Sceptre'
Golden-orange flowers that closely resemble another torch lily listed by us, 'Bee's Sunset.' This grows to three feet in height, or slightly more. Flowers appear in midsummer and thereafter into fall. The originators of this plant, Blooms of Bressingham, list it hardy to USDA Zone 5. Plant this early enough in the summer to give it enough time to settle in and firmly establish itself before the end of the growing season. And also properly situate it with lots of sun during the summer but with some protection from too much wind in the winter. Something our grandparents might have done to protect plants over winter was to put a slatted bushel basket upside down over a plant and weighed down by a heavy rock so it wouldn't blow away. $10.95

   To quote Alan Bloom in his book, Alan Bloom's Hardy Perennials, “Along with 'Percy's Pride' were two others of merit. One, which I named 'Shining Sceptre,' was a stately 1.2 m, orange gold, July - August flowering, which lacks nothing in vigour and has a wide poker head.”

Kniphofia 'Springtime'Kniphofia 'Springtime'
It is curious how plants are named, this flowering in summer instead of spring. In July and August appear these in a coral red on the top half and light yellow, sometimes creamy white, on the lower half. One of the hardier kniphofias. Height is two and a half to three feet. USDA Zones 5 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $10.95
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Kniphofia 'Sunningdale Yellow'Kniphofia 'Sunningdale Yellow'
This flowers in early summer and reaches a height of three feet or slightly more. There are similarities in its early season and flower color with the variety, 'Yellow Hammer,' that we also grow. The differences are, that for 'Sunningdale Yellow,' the green buds turn to yellow more quickly, and the flower head is narrower. It flowers for about six weeks with some additional light flowering towards autumn. USDA Zones 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $10.95

Kniphofia 'Susan Wray'Kniphofia 'Susan Wray'
The color is a golden amber, with flowers showing just after mid summer. The height is 2½ to 3½ feet. This is a new introduction by us for 2012. USDA Zone 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. Limited quantity. $14.95
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Kniphofia 'Toffee Nosed'Kniphofia 'Toffee Nosed'
It is in flower for an extremely long time, and for this reason and for its subtle coloring of cream and light brown it is a favorite. John Whittlesey of Canyon Creek Nursery was generous to share this with us more than a decade ago. The height of 'Toffee Nosed' is two feet. USDA Zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $11.95

Kniphofia 'Towers of Gold'closeup of Kniphofia 'Towers of Gold'Kniphofia 'Towers of Gold'
If you visit Santa Rosa, California be sure to stop in at the home of Luther Burbank (click here), who lived from 1849 to 1926. Plants of 'Towers of Gold' decorate his home, for it is one of his creations. It is a large flowered plant appearing near summer's end. Why isn't this flower easier to find? Height is two and a half to three feet. USDA Zones 7 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $14.95

Kniphofia 'Yellow Cheer'Kniphofia 'Yellow Cheer'
Flowering late in the summer and well into autumn, 'Yellow Cheer' has large, rounded flowers of an unusual color of yellow leaning towards the color of pumpkins. It is between three and four feet tall. USDA Zones 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $12.95

Kniphofia 'Yellow Fire'Kniphofia 'Yellow Fire'
Several years ago we purchased bare-root plants of this from a large wholesale nursery that imports plants grown in Europe. Its flowerheads are small to medium sized and it has proven itself to be long blooming and colorful. We are not sure how much winter cold it can take, and as a guess will list it hardy to USDA Zones 6 to 9, and to zone 10 in the West. $8.95

Kniphofia 'Yellow Hammer'Kniphofia 'Yellow Hammer'
Either 'Yellow Hammer' or 'Yellowhammer.' The flowers of this perennial are lemon yellow. It starts blooming in late May, earlier than most torch lilies. The height of its flower spikes is three to four feet. And it is not easy to find today. We got it ten or fifteen years ago through the generosity of John Whittlesey of Canyon Creek Nursery. We don't know where the name of 'Yellow Hammer' originated. It's possible that it is named for a small, yellow-breasted bird native to Europe and Asia, commonly known as a yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella. Some songbirds (in addition to hummingbirds) enjoy drinking the nectar from the flowers of torch lilies. This may be one of them. USDA Zones 6 - 8 in the East, and zones 6 - 10 in the West. $12.95
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LewisiaLewisia columbiana var. rupicola
Lewisias are among the royalty of rock garden plants. This lewisia is smaller in scale than other lewisias, with tight clusters of evergreen leaves, 1 - 3 inches long and -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, with its thick, fleshy leaves storing moisture for times of drought. The plant is less likely to die for a lack of water than it would be to die from over-watering. When grown in the ground of a rockery or rock garden, little if any supplemental watering is needed other than what nature supplies. If grown in a container, it should be watered in summer, but allow the soil dry out thoroughly between waterings. As with many succulents, it will have a thick, fleshy taproot. In the wild, during severe drought it will live on the moisture within its own leaves, and shrivel up to become next to nothing, but will revive as soon as fall rains return. USDA Zones 4 - 8. $7.95

flower of Lobelia laxiflora var. angustifoliacloseup of Lobelia laxiflora var. angustifoliaLobelia laxiflora var. angustifolia
A plant that is native to Mexico and southernmost Arizona, this can survive in USDA Zones 8-11. A few sources report it to be hardy to to -5°F when planted where it has good drainage. It grows to about two feet in height with narrow, shiny leaves, and forms a spreading clump. Emerging in late spring as the weather warms up, once it has budded up flowers appear from summer into autumn. Blossoms come in loose clusters of bright scarlet and yellow that attract hummingbirds. Common names for it are Sierra Madre lobelia and Mexican cardinalflower. $5.95

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Manfreda (Agave) 'Spot'Manfreda (Agave) 'Spot'
“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. A Cistus Nursery introduction, it is cold hardy USDA Zone 5 (-20F) when situated where the soil drains freely. It can either lose its leaves temporarily during winter or be evergreen depending on how cold the temperatures in winter become. Where temperatures stay above +30F it will be evergreen. Where temperatures drop below that, it will lose its leaves, but quickly recovers and grows new leaves in spring. 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. $8.95

Someimes you will see this plant named as Agave 'Spot,' because it is a close relative of agaves. However this is more deciduous in nature instead of being as evergreen as are agaves. Being deciduous helps it to survive colder winters.

flowers of Melianthuscommonly known as honey bushMelianthus major
This plant grows into a woody shrub about five feet in height, having large fingered, grayish or silvery leaves with a zig-zag pattern to the leaf margins as though they were cut with large pinking shears. Survives our winters although sometimes the stems are killed back in winter and must resprout from the roots. On warm summer days the rubbed leaves have a peanut butter-like scent. Flowers here in early summer with clusters of reddish stems and green blooms above the leaves. When grown in areas that do not freeze, such as parts of California, this can reach eight to ten feet tall. Cold hardy to USDA Zones 7 - 11. Plants that survive in Zones 7 and 8 may freeze to the ground, however will resprout from the roots in spring. If a young plant looks like it has frozen, do not be too quick to dig it out. You might discover signs of life and wish you hadn't disturbed it. Spring and early summer planting is better than planting in the fall. Makes a big statement in a large container with other comparably sized plants. $9.95
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Mukdenia 'Crimson Fans'Mukdenia rossii 'Crimson Fans'
Clusters of small, white flowers appear on this groundcover in early spring. The fingered leaves are fan-shaped emerging bronze-green, that in strong light turn to crimson at the edges. In shade they will be a medium green. When cold weather arrives in fall, they turn to gold and crimson. Height will be twelve inches on an established plant. This likes partial shade and evenly moist ground throughout summer, and grows better across the cooler, more northerly part of North America. It is a Japanese hybrid of a species that is native to China and Korea. With age the plant will spread out from thick rhizomes. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. Also known as Aceriphyllum. $11.95

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Parochetus communis blue flowers of ParochetusParochetus communis
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. It is a very vigorous plant that will resprout from its roots if the top of the plant is killed. Potting up a piece of the plant to keep indoors over winter might be a good precaution against the possibility of loosing it. This shamrock pea is content to live planted in a pot year around. In a greenhouse it may well flower all winter. It adds nicely to a hanging basket or deck planter. $7.95

 Pelargonium domesticum — Martha Washington geraniums  
Pelargonium x domesticumPelargoniums, Martha Washington geraniums
These colorful and long-blooming plants are offered from the beginning of the year on through most of spring. We stop offering them in late spring once our weather starts to get hot. If you have missed out on getting any this year, you can make a note that they will be offered again in 2016, starting in January. Near the bottom of this page is full list of the varieties with pictures of each.

Phormium 'Candy Stripe'Phormium 'Candy Stripe'
(New Zealand flax) Leaves of green edged in pink are evergreen and very tough to tear. 'Candy Stripe' reaches a height of three feet. This plant is native to New Zealand, where the indigenous people, the Maori, have historically used fibers from the leaves to weave into all sorts of fabrics, baskets and mats. Here in western America where swummers are often dry, watering regularly is recommended. Doing this plus fertilizing off and on will encourage a deep root system. Other suggestions we can offer are choosing a well drained soil in a sunny location, but in a spot that has some protection from the prevailing winds during winter. Its leaves are evergreen, so this wind protection in winter can help its longterm survival. Phormiums are dramatic plants that make a good focal point in a garden. Also growing well in a decorative pot as a container plant. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 7 or 8. $7.95

Phormium 'Lancer's Terracotta'Phormium 'Lancer's Terracotta'
Although this colorful form of New Zealand flax has been offered in America for about ten years, it isn't easy to find. The leaves are striped in light cream and various shades of tawny salmon. A mature plant will reach a height of three to four feet, with leaves two inches wide. Plant it in full sun to light shade. It can tolerate fairly dry conditions although it looks best with regular irrigation. Hardy to 15 - 20°F. $7.95

Phormium 'Platt's Black'Phormium 'Platt's Black'
This has arching, upright leaves of maroon-brown. In full sun the color will be darker than when planted in a shadier spot. Its mature height is three to four feet. Grows quickly and looks better with regular, deep watering. Older plants can take more drought. Cold hardy to 15 to 20°F. Originally from Platt's Native Plants in Auckland, New Zealand. $7.95

Phormium 'Tom Thumb'Phormium 'Tom Thumb'
A dwarf plant, growing to a height of eighteen to twenty-four inches, 'Tom Thumb' has thinner, narrow leaves of green edged in reddish-brown. The smaller scale of this dwarf makes it a nice addition near the front of a group of plants. USDA ZSone 8. $7.95

Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
(PP# 15,187) A variegated form of jacob's ladder that is native to North America, this has leaves of cream and green, sometimes with pink highlights. New fresh leaves continue to appear all season, keeping it attractive from spring to late fall. Afternoon shade is best where summers are hot. Height is 10 to 15 inches. Lightly tinted flowers of violet-blue open in mid to late spring. This grows much more robustly than another variegated jacob's ladder named 'Brise d'Anjou,' and lasts longer. Not to pick on the Europeans, but 'Brise d'Anjou' comes from an European species of Polemonium, while 'Stairway to Heaven' comes from a species native to North America. Hardy in USDA Zones 4 - 8. $7.95

Solomon's seal, PolygonatumPolygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'
This is a long-lived and choice flowering perennial, with its regal, upright form, attractive pairs of flowers and leaves that are edged in cream. The creamy edges brighten up a woodland or shady garden. And the leaves turn light yellow before dropping off in fall. It grows well as far north as USDA Zone 3 and as far south as Zone 8 in the East, and Zone 9 in the West. $9.95

 Primroses in unusual colors or double flowers — A favorite of gardeners for many generations.  
Primula 'Belarina Cream'Primula 'Belarina Cream'
This fully double primrose has petals of light cream. The height of a plant will be six inches. It likes a humus-rich soil in partial shade. Withstanding winter cold to USDA Zone 5 with protection, it will survive from year to year as a true perennial in regions where summers are not humid and hot. In other words this is more of an annual in the South. The creamy flowers are fragrant, too ! $5.95

Primula 'Belarina Nectarine'Primula 'Belarina Nectarine'
A more unusual color in a double flower is 'Nectarine,' a combination of light and darker yellow and orange. When the flowers first begin to show color, the color is yellow without the orange. Perennial where summers are not hot and humid, this expands into a thick clump over several years. The thick clump can easily be divided in fall or spring to make several plants. Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 8, also to Zone 5 with protection, and to Zone 9 along the West Coast. $6.95

Primula 'Belarina Pink Ice'Primula 'Belarina Pink Ice'Primula 'Belarina Pink Ice'
Light pink in a double flower. Blooms for many weeks in spring and again when cool weather arrives in autumn. Height of six inches. Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 8, also to Zone 5 with protection, and to Zone 9 along the West Coast. $7.95

Primula 'Belarina ValentinePrimula 'Belarina Valentine'
The richly red color of this primrose brings to mind the red roses that are so popular for Valentine's Day. This double flower is a similar red, though possibly a bit deeper or darker. On February 14th, it may even be in bloom that day if you are having an early taste of spring-like weather. For a small vase, adding flowers of this primrose 'Valentine' to an assorted group of other Belarina primroses would make a cheerful table decoration. Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 8, also to Zone 5 with protection, and to Zone 9 along the West Coast. $6.95

closeup of Primula 'Blue Sapphire'Primula 'Blue Sapphire'
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. They are favorite food for slugs and deer. Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 8, also to Zone 5 with protection, and to Zone 9 along the West Coast. $5.95

Primula 'Kennedy Irish Series Drumcliff'Primula 'Kennedy Iris Series Drumcliff'
There must be dozens if not thousands of people living around the world named, Joseph Kennedy. A strain of primroses known as the Kennedy Irish Series has recently been hybridized in Ireland by one of them, with the aim of having dark leaves. We offer two of these Kennedy Irish Series of primroses, this one named, 'Drumcliff,' with flowers of creamy pink. According to Wikipedia, Drumcliff(e) is a village on the coast of Northwest Ireland best known for its round tower dating from the 10th or 11th century and as the final resting place of the poet W. B. Yeats (1865 - 1939). 'Drumcliff' is very cold tolerant, surviving to +5°F. $5.95

Primula 'Kennedy Iris Series Innisfree'Primula 'Kennedy Irish Series Innisfree'
Primula 'Innisfree' has rich, red flowers above darkly tinted leaves. It blooms both in spring, and in the fall season as the weather becomes cooler. This is the second of our plants in the Kennedy Irish Series of primroses. It is especially cold tolerant, also being longer lived than the type of primroses usually offered in garden centers. $5.95

Innisfree is a small island on a lake, Lough Gill, near to and just southeast of the small city of Sligo, Ireland, featured in a Yeats poem,

   I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
   And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
   Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
   And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

The name (spelled with one “n” only) is also given to the fictional village of the Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne movie of 1952, The Quiet Man, filmed in and around the village of Cong, Ireland.

Primula 'Mark Viette'Primula 'Mark Viette'
This primrose starts out purple when it is in bud, and even as the flower opens it is still purplish. Only gradually does it turn to ruffled, double flowers of hot pink, a pink leaning towards violet, with a pencil-line edging of cream. The Viette family nursery is well known for growing daylilies, peonies and other perennials near Staunton, Virginia. (click here to visit.) As with other primroses, 'Mark Viette' grows best in ground that is lightly moist, and in partial shade. Dividing plants of it every couple of years is recommended to keep the plants healthy and blooming well. Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 8, also to Zone 5 with protection, and to Zone 9 along the West Coast. $6.95

Primula 'Penumbra'Primula polyanthus 'Penumbra'
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. Limited quantity. $8.95

 Primula auricula — evergreen primroses that can take severe winter cold  
primrose flowersNot easy to find in a wide variety of colors and/or as named varieties.  

Primula auricula 'Andrea Julie'Primula auricula 'Andrea Julie'
'Andrea Julie' has rich reddish flowers with lighter edges to her petals. The petals are beautifully rounded. And the center eye of a flower is a rich gold. As with other auriculas, a mature plant will give many flowers beginning in April and running into the month of May. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $7.95

Primula auricula 'Arctic Fox'Primula auricula 'Arctic Fox'
A double flower in reddish-purple, it was selected and named by Linda Tinnity and Jim Fox. Vigorous, thriving in Alaska without protection. As with other auriculas, a mature plant will give many flowers beginning in April and running into the month of May. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $7.95

Primula auricula 'Arundel'Primula auricula 'Arundel'
'Arundel' has multi-colored flowers of reddish coloring and creamy green. Sometimes its name is given as, 'Arundel Stripe.' This is a very vigorous plant. If the flowers are left on the plant to ripen, many seeds can be collected from it in July. If sown and grown on to flower themselves, the colors of their flowers oftentimes will be striped, however not precisely duplicating the colors of 'Arundel.' Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $6.95

Primula auricula 'Dale's Red'Primula auricula 'Dale's Red'
'Dale's Red' is a rich red, slightly lightening at the edges. A vigorous grower. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $8.95

Primula 'Douglas Black'Primula auricula 'Douglas Black'
'Douglas Black' is a “self” of very dark red petals that are near to black. $9.95

Primula auricula 'Emily P.'Primula auricula 'Emily P.'
Double flowers with creamy petals of very light pink and very light yellow. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $7.95

Primula auricula 'Fred Booley'Primula auricula 'Fred Booley'
Multi-petalled double flowers of bluish purple. British nurseries describe the color of this flower as French blue. Bred by Derek Salt. Height of five inches. $7.95

Primula auricula 'Gordon Douglas'Primula auricula 'Gordon Douglas'
Deep reddish-purple, lightening at the edges. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $7.95

Primula auricula 'Orwell Tiger'Primula auricula 'Orwell Tiger'
Striped flowers of dark blood-red on a cream base. Sometimes the cream base is mixed with light yellow. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $9.95

Primula auricula 'Osbourne Green'closeup of Primula auricula 'Osbourne Green'Primula auricula 'Osbourne Green'
The shape of this flower is different from most of these primroses. It is long and funnel shaped with a cream center surrounded by an edge of purple tinged green. The plant has large leaves and is suitable for setting out in the ground in addition to being grown in a pot. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $6.95

Primula auricula 'Pegasus'Primula auricula 'Pegasus'
'Pegasus' has intense blood-red flowers that are double. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $10.95

Primula auricula 'RN-25'Primula auricula 'RN-25'
'RN-25' is similar in coloring to 'Karen Cordrey,' with colors of green, dark red (almost black) and white. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $7.95

Primula auricula 'Rolt's'Primula auricula 'Rolt's'
A fancy auricula with a red base and a wide, green edge. Limited quantity. $10.95

Primula auricula 'Rosemary'Primula auricula 'Rosemary'
'Rosemary' has beautifully rounded petals of rich red flowers. The center of each flower is a pure white. The leaves are green and have a lightly spicy scent. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $8.95

Primula 'Sword'Primula auricula 'Sword'
Most of the green-edged auricula primroses that you will come across will have a single row of petals. But here is something unusual, one with a double flower. It is lovely in addition to growing most vigorously. Cold hardy to −35 to −40°F, with protection such as snow cover. $9.95

Primula Primula sieboldii 'Snowflake'
Blooming from early April to late May, the pure white flowers of 'Snowflake' have lacey margins that are elegant and distinctive. The flowers come in clusters on stems up to about nine inches high. Primula sieboldii is native to north-east Asia. 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. Our original stock of 'Snowflake' came from a mail-order nursery in Oregon that no longer sends out plants, Russell Graham, Purveyor of Plants. Hardy in USDA Zones 5 - 8 (and to Zone 9 along the coastal regions of the West). $7.95

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Saxifraga paniculata ssp. petrophilaRock Garden Plants
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butterfly rose, Rosa 'Mutabilis'Rosa x odorata 'Mutabilis'
Flowering all summer long, this shrub rose grows to three 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 and are unscented. The unopened buds are apricot-pink, then open to buff, next becoming a mixture of apricot, rose, and crimson. Each flower is two to three inches across. Sometimes called the butterfly rose, it was brought back from China during the Victorian era and has had a variety of names over the years. Today it is thought to be a cross of Rosa chinensis with Rosa gigantea. To some degree it is evergreen, with leaves remaining on the branches over winter. Do not prune it hard, but only enough to keep it within bounds or to remove dead wood. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 6. $8.95
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Salvia africana-luteacloseup of Salvia africana-luteaSalvia africana-lutea
This large 1 to 1-inch flower has a rich and unusual color of warm chocolatey brown. It also has an attractive largish cup-shaped purplish calyx after the petals fall off . The flowerbud starts a lighter color but soon changes to brown. Flowers come in open clusters on short stems above the foliage. The leaves are wavy, aromatic and tinted a grayish-green. The stems hold themselves up well without flopping. Because of their spicy fragrance, the leaves and flowers are good additions to potpourri. And also because the flower keeps its interesting shape when dried. Native to Africa, where it is known as dune sage, a plant grows to six feet and and is often found at seaside. Being hardy only to USDA Zones 9 to 11, we enjoy it outdoors during the summer, and start new plants the following spring. In a container or in the ground, it would combine nicely with many other sun-loving plants. It grows quickly and is undemanding. Not often seen until recently, even in California. Our plants are not grown from seeds but from cuttings, and will match the color of the photos. $5.95

Salvia leucophylla 'Variegata'Salvia leucophylla 'Variegata'
Very colorful with variegated leaves, 2 - 4 inches long, and purplish flowers in summer. Known as purple sage, established plants of this are winter hardy to 0°F. A lovely plant in the garden where it will grow quickly into a bush of three to four feet tall. In coastal California it will grow larger than this and be evergreen. Choice and hard to find. $7.95

 Saxifraga — saxifrage, a diverse group, some shade loving and others sun loving  
Saxifraga stolonifera 'Cuscutiformis'Saxifraga stolonifera 'Cuscutiformis'
'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. $5.95

The few Saxifragas offered on this page need more shade than sun to grow well. For growing in full sun, we offer a couple of forms of Saxifraga paniculata on our webpage of Rock Garden Plants, click here to go to that page.

Saxifraga x urbium 'Aureopunctata'spreading Saxifraga x urbium 'Aureopunctata'Saxifraga x urbium 'Aureopunctata'
A low, spreading perennial for growing in partial to full shade, the leaves of this are spoon-shaped of dark green with serrated edges, and speckled in golden-yellow. It needs little water to be content, and in time will spread to form a thick groundcover, even on poor soil. In late spring, small whitish-pink flowers show on stems of eight to fifteen inches. Commonly known in Britain as “London Pride”: because it is so frequently seen in that city, which is a hint at how well it thrives in city conditions that are less than ideal. For USDA Zones 6 - 8 this is one of the best all-purpose edging plants for shade. In autumn, be sure to keep fallen leaves from completely covering and potentially smothering the plant. It is easily divided in spring or fall. $5.95

Scopolia carniolicaScopolia carniolica
This uncommon perennial grows from a flattened, tan tuber just below the soil surface. In spring new flowers appear before the young leaves fully open. The blossoms are golden yellow and dark reddish on the outside, and cup shaped. They last for several weeks. The mature height will be 15 to 24 inches. Its native home is the eastern Alps and Carpathian mountains of Europe. It belongs to the Solanaceae family. Care should be used in handling it -- not to rub your eyes if you get any of the sap on your hands. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5. $9.95

 Sempervivum — succulents that can take severe winter cold, popularly called hens and chicks  
Sempervivum 'Atroviolaceum'Sempervivum 'Atroviolaceum'
A deep red violet is the color. The plants grow large. The leaves are smooth, and the edges of the leaves a lightly serrated. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

As is true for the other group of hardy succulents listed on this website, the jovibarbas, applies equally to the sempervivums, that showing each variety of these with a single photo is not completely accurate, because the colors change throughout the year. And sometimes the color change is dramatic. Not only do their colors change according to the season, but also according to how wet or dry they are grown, and also by how much sun or shade they are getting, and additionally they are affected by how rich or lean their diet might be. Here is a link to a group of photos (click here) taken April 8, 2010 for a side-by-side comparison.

Sempervivum 'Black Mountain'Sempervivum 'Black Mountain'
The plant is mostly a dark reddish maroon, with green are the heart of the plant. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Blue Boy'Sempervivum 'Blue Boy'
Not truly blue, but the plant can have a grayish-lilac overlay to its rosy-pink coloring. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Braunii'Sempervivum 'Braunii'
A variety of the species, montanum, the leaves are mostly a velvety green, having tips of dark red. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Bronco'Sempervivum 'Bronco'
The foliage is dark green that is edged and tipped a dark rich red. At times the leaves turn much more of a dark purplish-red. The leaves are long, narrow and are sharply pointed. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Carnival'Sempervivum 'Carnival'
Wider leaves of various shades of red. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $5.95

Sempervivum 'Direktor Jacobs'Sempervivum 'Direktor Jacobs'
The rounded ends of the leaves come to fine points. The color is mostly red. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Flamingo'Sempervivum 'Flamingo'
'Flamingo' stands out for both its form and its color. The leaves are very long. There are several colors in the plant, and pink can be prominent among them. It is not the pink of plastic flamingoes, but a much more subtle frosting of it through the plant.There are touches of a darker red to the ends of the leaves. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $5.95

Sempervivum 'Icicle'Sempervivum 'Icicle'
A selection of the species, arachnoideum, the rounded tightly held leaves form rounded plants that are overlain with a fine network of cobwebbing that is typical of this species. The inner, younger leaves are green and the oldest, outer leaves are a rosy red. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Jeanne d'Arc'Sempervivum 'Jeanne d'Arc'
She stands in a fire of leaves in various degrees of red. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Kelly Jo'Sempervivum 'Kelly Jo'
A very good mixture of green and red are the leaves. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Kosanii'Sempervivum 'Kosanii'
The velvety leaves are a medium green with the tips touched with a purplish-red. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'More Honey'Sempervivum 'More Honey'
Green at the base well flushed with orange-red shading, this plant grows large. Its orange-red color that is reminiscent of honey comes and goes, depending on the season. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Oddity'Sempervivum 'Oddity
The leaves are long and rolled into the shape of quills that are green with purple tips. The tips are cupped or slightly indented. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Rojin'Sempervivum 'Rojin'
Correct me if I am wrong -- rojin is the Japanese word for the color, red. Bright red are these smooth leaves, shading to a darker red at the tips and green at the center of the plant. Another common name for sempervivum is houseleek, and the Japanese are well known for sometimes growing them on the thatched roofs of their traditional houses. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Rouge'growing SempervivumsSempervivum 'Rouge'
This grows to be the largest of plants among our sempervivums. 'Rouge's colors are the reverse of what we usually see, with 'Rouge' there is deep red at the center of a plant and green towards the tips of the leaves. Its leaves are thick and wide. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $5.95

Sempervivum 'Silver Olympic'Sempervivum 'Silver Olympic'
Not growing large, the rounded rosettes of leaves are a green color and have a large amount of cob-webbing giving them a delicate appearance. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Sir William Lawrence'Sempervivum 'Sir William Lawrence'
This is a form of the species, calcareum. The tips are so darkly colored, and the line where this dark color begins at the leaf tips is so abrupt, that this can hardly be confused with any other. The leaves are mostly green except for the tips. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Stanfeldsii'Sempervivum 'Stanfeldsii'
The coloring is a solid, pure light green, and welcome change from all of the muti-colored sempervivums. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Starshine'Sempervivum 'Starshine'
This selection produces medium sized rosettes of smooth pinkish-red to near orange leaves. Short spikes of pastel-pink flowers in summer. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Teck'Sempervivum 'Teck'
This is a personal favorite for its subtle blending of colors. This photo is a good illustration of its pastel green and violet, with a light touch of a dark red at the very tips. It does not grow as easily as the others, and requires some coddling. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Thunder Cloud'Sempervivum 'Thunder Cloud'
The leaves shade from green to a violet-red with dark tips. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Topaz'Sempervivum 'Topaz'Sempervivum 'Topaz'
The gray-green leaves are shaded in a rosy purple. The coloring can be much darker and much more reddish sometimes. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Tracy Sue'Sempervivum 'Tracy Sue'
The color is a velvety green that has a grayish, furry texture to it. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

Sempervivum 'Unicorn'Sempervivum 'Unicorn'
A rosy-pink flush blends into green leaves that have a golden, downy appearance. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3 (-30° to -40°F). $4.95

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Tanacetum haradjaniiTanacetum haradjanii
Deeply cut, feathery leaves of silvery white are stunning on this perennial. It provides contrast to the green of other plants. We rarely see flowers although it is written that it has sporadic, small yellow flowers in summer. This as with so many gray leaved plants such as lavender, benefits from being given a top-dressing or mulch of coarse sand or small stones, that provides the double service of reflecting the sun's heat back onto the plant and helping provide good drainage. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 6. Mature height will be six inches with a width of twelve inches, in a couple of years. Another, older name for it that you might run across is Chrysanthemum haradjanii. $7.95

Telekia speciosaflower of Telekia speciosaTelekia speciosa
The scale of this easy-care perennial is large. It can be coarse for some settings in the garden. I like a large herbaceous perennial such as this for several different purposes. For instance, sited where it will be viewed from a distance where its large size will not disappear into the distance as would a more dainty plant. Also to offer contrast in scale to other perennials. Where low maintenace is a priority, a group of Telekia could be a good choice. It doesn't seed itself around to become a problem. And neither deer nor slugs bother it. The jagged edged leaves are light green and grow large, to about a foot long. The height of the leaves will be two to three feet. Taller stems to five feet carry golden petalled flowers in summer that have particularly thin petals. For full sun or partial shade. Once established it does not require a lot of water. Also known as Buphthalmum speciosum. USDA Zones 3 - 7 in the East, Zones 3 - 9 in the West. $9.95

Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner'Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner'
The flowers are 1 inches across, colored in creamy white with dark purplish red speckles. The leaves have creamy centers surrounded in green, about two inches long. A plant will bloom for many weeks during the later part of summer into autumn. To grow well it needs a humusy, moisture retentive soil and filtered light during the hottest part of the afternoon. The exotic looking flowers are often described as being orchid-like. With a habit that is upright and branching, its height is 18 to 24 inches. And it grows well without support. Occasionally a shoot with solidly green leaves will come along, and is easily nipped out. Native to Asia, a common name for it is toad lily. USDA Zones 5 - 9. $9.95

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Veronica — speedwell  
Veronica allioniiVeronica allionii
(speedwell) Very low and moderately spreading is this veronica. The dark green leaves grow into a low mat to twelve inches wide in several years. In July, four-inch to six-inch spikes of purple flowers appear. They last many weeks. Being so low this is useful at the front of a flower bed or in a rock garden. The upright flowers offer a nice contrast to plants in the garden that are rounded and bushy in shape. Hardy to USDA Zone 3, possibly to Zone 2. $5.95

Veronica 'Miffy Brute'Veronica 'Miffy Brute'Veronica chamaedrys 'Miffy Brute'
This is a variegated sport of a plant that is native to Northern Europe. The leaves are green and cream. This cream can sometimes be a pure white tinted in pink, and at other times more of a creamy yellow. Light blue flowers open in early summer. It grows four to six inches tall with a greater width. Shoots that are all green will appear that are best pinched off when first observed. Hardy in full sun to partial shade. Give it more shade where summers are hot. USDA Zones 6 - 8. $7.95

Veronica gentianoides 'Variegata'Veronica gentianoides 'Variegata'Veronica gentianoides 'Variegata'
With its lustrous, green leaves that have creamy marbling, Veronica gentianoides 'Variegata' isn't frequently seen at nurseries. 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. $9.95

Veronica 'Aztec Gold'Veronica prostrata 'Aztec Gold'
(PP# 13,354) Low growing, this has golden leaves that are brightest in sunlight. Spreading to a foot or more wide it makes an attractive ground cover. In late spring to early summer six-inch tall stems of pale, lavender-blue flowers open. When the main flush of blossoms is done a lighter, intermittent follow-up of flowers may continue through the rest of summer. The golden leaves are noted for their resistence to sun scorch in hot climates. When grown in heavier shade the leaves turn more green. Planting it next to black mondo grass (Ophiopogon) would liven up a garden. Hardy to USDA Zones 3 - 8. $7.95

Viola odorata 'Lydia Groves'Viola odorata 'Lydia Groves'
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. Spreads by both seeds and runners. It is thought to be a sport of the variety 'Coeur d'Alsace.' It blooms very early in spring and again in fall. Its height is three to six inches. Hardy in USDA Zones 3 - 9. $7.95

Viola odorata var. roseaViola odorata var. rosea
We had this fragrant viola ten years ago. And I (Roger) thought we had lost it due to my neglect. Because it seemed to perpetuate itself from year to year without any attention I didn't do anything to help guard against its loss, such as planting it in more than one location or pampering it with fertilizer. Several years ago, the spot where it grew seemed to be completely empty of it. Other violas had moved in to occupy its space. And we gave up hope on its survival. A happy discovery this month of March, 2011, is finding a large plant of it in flower. The weather on that day was very cool. Getting on my hands and knees to see if its flowers were scented led me to think it was not the same pink viola we used to have, because there didn't seem to be any scent to the blossoms. However, it was potted up into a large clay pot and brought into a greenhouse. The warmth of the greenhouse made a difference, bringing out a strong, sweet fragrance to the flowers. USDA Zones 3 - 9. $7.95

Viola odorata 'Alba Plena'Viola odorata 'Alba Plena'
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, and are especially nice in a small bouquet. Outdoors it will begin to flower in late winter and continue into spring, with a second, lighter rebloom at the end of summer as the weather cools off. A plant of this can be dug from the garden in midwinter and put into a pot, and then brought indoors to begin flowering earlier than it would outdoors. 'Alba Plena' is not as cold hardy as other violets, surviving to about +20°F, or slightly colder with the cover of snow or mulch. Give it a protected location outdoors such as beneath shrubbery or on the shady side of your home. Rarely setting seeds, its 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. $9.95

For us the Parma violets take extra effort to keep healthy and to keep growing well from year to year. If you don't go to the trouble of weeding, feeding and bringing on a new crop of younger plants every year or two, you may lose this plant before you know it!

Viola odorata 'Duchesse de Parme'Viola odorata 'Duchesse de Parme'
This Parma violet has a fragrance as good or better than any florist's flower. But don't take my word for - see for yourself. '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. Hardy to +20°F without cover, or slightly colder with protection such as a mulch or snow cover. $9.95

We rely on the book, Violets, the History & Cultivation of Scented Violets, written by Roy E. Coombs and published in 1981 for the naming of our Parma violets and other Viola odorata.

bedding Violas — for rich soil with morning sun and afternoon shade, or in filtered light  
viola flowers  

Viola 'Androse Gem'Viola 'Androse Gem'
The next few plants are all long-lived perennial Violas. They have long been appreciated by gardeners in the U.K. however are not well known in the U.S. Although they closely resemble pansies, they are much better, by the facts that they are truly perennial and often have a sweet, strong fragrance. A trait of theirs is to grow as a clump of rooted shoots. It is very easy to produce additional new plants by digging up an older plant and gently pulling apart these rooted stems and replanting several from what had been one plant. Each of these little pieces will grow into a thick clump of rooted shoots of their own. They do not set seeds and then die like a pansy does.

We offer both large-flowered ones and small-flowered ones. In hot parts of the country the larger-flowered violas do not last long, and the smaller-flowered violas are the ones to grow because they can survive well with heat. The large-flowered ones are best left to the parts of North America where summer temperatures cool off at night. This one , 'Androse Gem,' along with several others listed here has smaller flowers. Many of the violas here are scented, although this one is unscented. Mature plants are cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. If the top of a plant freezes during a severe winter, the plant can recover from the underground rooted stems. $7.95

Viola Boughton Blue'Viola 'Boughton Blue'
This has medium large flowers that stand up to extreme summer heat better than some other violas. At first glance, 'Boughton Blue' is not anyones first choice because it is more modest than the others. However it has such a tough constitution that I bet this will outlive most of them. We have seen it survive with little care and it has continued to flower nicely each summer for at least five years. This is unscented. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Columbine'Viola 'Columbine'
This has large flowers mixed in cream and purplish blue that are sweetly fragrant. These Violas are charming, old fashioned perennials, suitable for the front of the border, rock garden or for naturalizing in a woodland garden. With showy flowers resembling pansies, they come in a wide range of colors. Heaviest flowering occurs in spring, diminishes during the hot summer months, and often resumes again in fall when temperatures cool. Along the coast from Northern California into Canada they will flower continuously through summer. Cut plants back by half after first flowering to encourage new growth and a second flush of bloom. These fragile looking plants are in fact, quite sturdy. They like afternoon shade and moist, well drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Plants benefit from a summer mulch to conserve soil moisture. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Delicia'Viola 'Delicia'
This has small flowers of light lemon yellow with an edging of light lavender that are sweetly fragrant. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Etain'Viola 'Etain'
This has large flowers of light lemon yellow with an edging of light lavender that are sweetly fragrant. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Fiona'Viola 'Fiona'
This has small flowers of cream color with a delicate shading of pastel violet to the edges that are very sweetly scented. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Magic'Viola 'Magic'
What is magical about this flower is that it begins spring with different colors than it ends the season. It begins two-toned of cream and violet but looses the violet altogether as the weather warms up, becoming completely creamy. This has small flowers that are unscented. You should know that the weather, whether it is cooler or warmer, and the season can change the coloring on many of these violas. The change is not permanent, and it is part of the charm of these plants. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Major Primrose'Viola 'Major Primrose'
'Major Primrose' has large flowers of light yellow edged in lavender. They are sweetly fragrant. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Merlin'Viola 'Merlin'
This has small flowers that are darkly colored in purple and lavender. It has a great set of "whiskers." The flowers are unscented. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Mount Spokane'Viola 'Mount Spokane'
This has large flowers of creamy white with the lightest hint of lavender on the back of the petals. They are sweetly fragrant. Mt. Spokane (pronounce it like there is no "e" in the name, spo-'can) is named for a tall mountain near the city of Spokane, Washington, that gets lots of snow, and where residents of that city go to ski. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Painted Porcelain'Viola 'Painted Porcelain'
This has large flowers that are changeable, sometimes close to pure cream and other times strongly colored in mixed shades of violet. They are sweetly fragrant. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Purple Showers'Viola 'Purple Showers'
This has large & ruffled flowers of purple that are unscented. The rich coloring is steady and unchanging throughout the flowering season. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

Viola 'Rebecca'Viola 'Rebecca'
This has large flowers of mixed cream and purplish blue that are sweetly fragrant. Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4. $7.95

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Yucca flowersYucca 'Garland Gold'Yucca filamentosa 'Garland Gold'
This evergreen plant has broad stripes of creamy yellow down the centers of the leaves. Over winter the leaves become flushed with pink that disappears the following summer. And the margins of the leaves develop thin strands of floss that peel away from the edges. Be careful of the ends of the leaves because they have sharp points. The leaves grow to twenty-four inches long. After a plant reaches full size it will bloom in summer with a tall 6-foot stem of large white flowers. After blooming the flower stem can be cut down. The plant will not die but grows several new shoots that are connected at the roots. They will grow larger until they in their turn will bloom. Over years a plant grows into a thick, tightly grouped clump of plants. The group can be left together for many years, or you can dig and separate it into separate pieces to grow on their own, and flower in their turn. Cold hardy to USDA Zones 5 - 10. $5.95

The following list of Martha Washington geraniums, Pelargonium x domesticum, are the varieties we will be offering again beginning in January of 2016. During this summer of 2015 we are taking cuttings of them for next year's crop. We would be happy to reserve any of them for you if you will send us an email (click here).


Pelargonium 'African Queen'Pelargonium 'African Queen
These "geraniums" are more accurately Pelargonium x domesticum. In England they are known as regal geraniums and in the U.S. as Martha Washington geraniums or simply as Marthas. They have the same basic needs as the more frequently grown zonal geraniums, except liking less heat. They grow well in our cool maritime climate along the West Coast without needing special care. In places where the summer temperatures at night are above 70°F blooming will stop. To offset this, grow them where they receive morning light but are shaded from the hot afternoon sun, such as under the dappled light of a tree, or on the east/northeast side of your house. Doing this will extend the season of bloom in summer.
    Many of these Marthas will grow quite large and need larger pots. For watering, we let our plants dry out between deep waterings, and lightly spray the foliage twice a day. To set flower buds and to flower well their second year in your garden they need a cooling down period over winter when you have them indoors. The temperature needs to be lower than 55°F at night but above freezing. So store them near the window of an unheated garage, porch or basement. They can be cut back before being brought inside, but leave a few leaves on at least a few of the branches or otherwise the plants may die from shock.
    Most of these beautiful varieties are hard-to-find. Because it takes several months to get them well-rooted from cuttings, please understand that when they run out, more will not be available until the following year. Potting them up and growing them onto flowering size is a slow, careful process. It is worth the wait, seeing their colors. 'African Queen' has flowers of a rich, royal dark red with an even darker center or blotch to each petal. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Aztec'Pelargonium 'Aztec'
The colors of 'Aztec' are white and strawberry, with the strawberry being elongated blotches down the center of the petals. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Baby Snooks'Pelargonium 'Baby Snooks'
'Baby Snooks' has smaller flowers on a plant that grows large. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Brown's Butterfly'Pelargonium 'Brown's Butterfly'
Another name for this variety of pelargonium is, 'Black Butterfly.' Its flowers are ruffled in a very dark red, almost black. The size of the flowers are slightly smaller than average. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Brushfire'Pelargonium 'Brushfire'
Brushfire' has large, firey red flowers with a darker center. More info, click here. $5.95

Pelargonium 'Burghi'Pelargonium 'Burghi'
The flowers are an unusual dark blood-red flowers with even darker veining. More info, click here. $5.95

Pelargonium 'Dapper Burgundy'Pelargonium 'Dapper Burgundy'
The color is a rich red with darker blazes at the base of each petal. The color of this flower is difficult to accurately capture on film. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Dubonnet'Pelargonium 'Dubonnet'
The colors are a rich wine-red. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Edith North'Pelargonium 'Edith North'
Large rounded petals of intense salmon, with the upper two petals having darker veins, describe the flowers of 'Edith North.' More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'El Gato'Pelargonium 'El Gato'
The flowers are less cup-shaped or trumpet-shaped than normal because the edges of the petals are a bit irregular. However the colors are very rich and vivid -- a striking red with darker centers, and with a creamy edge to the petals. El gato is Spanish for the word, cat. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Elsie Hickman'Pelargonium 'Elsie Hickman'
As the stems grow longer on this plant, they cannot hold themselves upright very well, and tend to splay out and cascade. This is not bad trait when several are planted together as a hanging basket, where the prostrate stems will droop over the container's edges. Each flower has a large white throat. The lower petals are a mid pink, and the upper petals are mostly a rich, very dark red. All three colors stand out well. The petals are large and rounded. The overall effect is very pleasing. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Exquisite'Pelargonium 'Exquisite'
Rounded petals with ruffly edges are a light pink. Each petal has a darker red blotch in its center. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Flower Basket'Pelargonium 'Flower Basket'
This Martha has pink flowers, and her stems grow long and lax, filling out sideways as well as growing taller. So this plant makes a very nice hanging basket when two or three are planted together. And being tolerant of drying out between deep waterings, does very well all summer long, as long as she is given a bit of shade during the hottest part of the summer's day. Strong, but diffuse light would be ideal. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Georgia Peach'Pelargonium 'Georgia Peach'
A true “self,” being a pure, solid light pinky salmon. Each flower is large and ruffled. More info, click here. $5.95

Pelargonium 'Josy'Pelargonium 'Josy'
Rich pink flowers with darker blazes in the upper petals. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Little Rascal'Pelargonium 'Little Rascal'
'Little Rascal' has smaller flowers on a plant that grows large. More than half of each flower is white. The upper petals are a rich purplish red, rimmed in creamy white. The clusters of small flowers are very showy. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Majestic'Pelargonium 'Majestic'
Reddish salmon with a dark blotch on each of the upper petals. A very lovely flower in shape and color. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Mary'Pelargonium 'Mary'
Mostly a pure, creamy white. There is just a small, light touch of lavender pink at the very center of the upper two petals. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Mini Martha'Pelargonium 'Mini Martha'
We do not know the real name of this plant that we inherited. 'Mini Martha' is just our temporary name until someone can tell us what it should be. It has small flowers on a full-sized plant. The colors are white and purplish red. The two upper petals are dark, purplish red with white at the edges. The three lower petals are mostly white with a spot of light purplish red in the center. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'New Gypsy'Pelargonium 'New Gypsy'
Its petals are much thinner, giving it a star-like shape to the flower. Combines a variety of colors in white, pink and dark red, with dark blotches on the upper petals. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Orange Parfait'Pelargonium 'Orange Parfait'
This has a strong, rich reddish salmon, with ruffled edges, a rounded shape and a lighter heart. More info, click here. $5.95

Pelargonium “Pansy Face”Pelargonium “Pansy Face”
The uppper two petals are a rich magenta with dark veins. The lower three petals are a pure white. Each flower is airy and light, and are grouped in clusters of several flowers per stem. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Picasso Pink'Pelargonium 'Picasso Pink'
The flowers are multicolored, with creamy throats that blend to light pink and then darker reddish-pink edges, with a tracery of fine darker veins. More info, click here. $5.95

Pelargonium 'Pompeii'Pelargonium 'Pompeii'
Dark velvety red with a thin light edge to each petal. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Roger's Delight'Pelargonium 'Roger's Delight'
'Roger's Delight' is a cross between a scented-leaf geranium and a Martha Washington geranium, with wider and more colorful petals than the normal scented-leaf geranium. He has unruffled, pink petals with darker blazes on the upper two petals. His leaves are strongly fragrant of citrus. A glorious sensation for the eye and nose! More info, click here. $5.95

Pelargonium 'Rogue'Pelargonium 'Rogue'
'Rogue' has wide petals of dark red with darker blotches in the center of the petals. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'Salmon Splendor'Pelargonium 'Salmon Splendor'
Rich orange-salmon with dark blotches to each petal. More info, click here. $5.95

Pelargonium 'Variegated Peach Princess'Pelargonium 'Variegated Peach Princess'
Pastel pink flowers adorn plants with large leaves of green, edged in cream. More info, click here. $6.95

Pelargonium 'Vicky'Pelargonium 'Vicky'
Combines several shades of salmon in a ruffled flower. The upper petals have a darker central blaze that bleeds beautifully into the lighter salmon. More info, click here. $4.95

Pelargonium 'White Champion'Pelargonium 'White Champion'
A large, pure white flower that is ruffled. More info, click here. $5.95

Question: If a plant is marked as “sold out,” when will it be available again ?
If you want a plant that is sold out, let us know. We will gladly make a note of what you want and notify you when it becomes available again. Although we are constantly propagating plants, some take longer than others to reach the shipping size. So some might be ready later in the same season, while others might not be until the following season.

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