Cactaceae, Opuntia x rutilia Light shade is best with some summer water. horned poppy Ceanothus 'Tuxedo' Plant in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in a sunny position. One of the most versatile, durable, easy, and drought tolerant plants for Mediterranean climates, this selection having come from Tilden Park in Berkeley, California. Canna indica - Red Hybrid
Sun, well-drained soil, and occasional deep summer water.
Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Like most other Leucadendrons, this cultivar will tolerate anything from well to poorly drained soils.
Great for the hardy tropical garden.
Prefers sun to part shade in well-drained soil with average moisture but quite tolerant of summer drought once established. One of several ficus collections by Dan Hinkley and another of our favorites with small, narrow leaves flushed orange, red, and green on a shrub to about 6 ft tall. Yellow leaf spines darken to reddish brown adding distinction. This small tree or large shrub, to 8-10 ft tall eventually x 5 ft wide, has variegated leaves -- green with white and some hints of red -- that emerge before the flowers which open in late spring as rosy pink on white aging towards red. Late spring flowers are white and nodding with red staminodes in the center -- very showy. Evergreen with marvelous shaggy, reddish bark. Resprouts from upper USDA zone 7. Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans' Takil. columbine elegant maple
Plant in sun, where it holds its color very well, or part shade. Quercus wislizeni Crassulaceae, Aeonium canariensecanary island aeonium Frost hardy to USDA zone 4. For sun to light shade with moderate water. Found in the hills near Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, where 3 century plants converge (perhaps collide). Frost hardy in USDA zone 5. Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' PPAF Full sun in all but the hottest places to dappled shade with decent drainage. Accepts coppicing. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Schefflera arboricola BSWJ 7040dwarf umbrella tree Cold hardy to the mid-teens. Whatever the botanical case, each pad is only about 3" wide with well-spaced, bright orange glochids giving the whole plant a very cheery appearance. Asteraceae, Eriobotrya japonicaloquat Adaptable to various soils but requires good drainage. Asteraceae, Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' Seans favorite. Handsome in sun to light shade where soil is well-drained and not amended with organic matter. Only frost hardy to USDA zone 9, so best in pots that can be protected when temperatures drop below freezing. In fact, of the 123 plants listed, 85 are considered moisture-loving: for zones 1 (wet) or 2 (moist), or both. Cactus conditions required -- sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little summer water. Hard to believe, but the seed for these plants was collected from its northernmost native stand in Oklahoma. Yucca gloriosa 'Tricolor' Gracefully arching branches add a nice texture to the garden. Berberidaceae, Nandina domestica var. Can be sheared. Even water. brittle pricklypear Proteaceae, Banksia marginatasilver banksia Bright sky blue trumpet-shaped flowers atop gray-green ferny foliage.
Blossoms are white and very fragrant in mid summer to early fall.
Good to about 25 F, below that you can snap off a few stems to grow on a sunny windowsill for next year. A cherry for the dry garden with dark-green, holly like leaves and attractive, white flowers in July followed by late autumn fruit (more pit than cherry). Asteraceae, Romneya coulteriMatilija poppy Pittosporaceae, Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Gold Star' Has flowered for us with rosey red, 2 ft spikes with a celadon blue flower, a color that should not be found in nature.
Aloeaceae, Aloe maculata
Ranunculaceae, Clematis tibetana var. Drought tolerant but accepting of summer water. Other than areas immediate to the Pacific Ocean or, of course, some place like South Africa, it makes a fine pot specimen to be brought in only briefly when temperatures dip below 20F. Prefers well-drained, lean soil in full sun. Evergreen and suited to a difficult situation in sun (or light shade in hottest climates) with no summer irrigation once established.
Sun, good drainage, and gravel mulch (if any) to protect against root rot. A member of the protea family no phosphorous fertilizer! Full sun to part shade, with occasional summer water. As many others, this one is slow growing and we are happy to finally have enough to share. Frost hardy to 0F or so, USDA zone 7. Tight, dense blue-green foliage turns a startling bright pink-red-bronze in winter. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, or so, give it good drainage and mulch in winter for extra protection. Handsome, vase-shaped fern found in Mexico's high, alpine forests, in clumps to 4 ft tall and wide that produce sturdy, upright fronds throughout the growing season, an unusual habit in this genus. A good selection for rock gardens or troughs in sun and well-drained soil. From the much beloved Ceanothus 'Concha', this cultivar is a seedling selected by Lady Cynthia Postan at Cambridge University in England. The appearance of the entire plant is quite lush with the ends of these large fronds drooping downward.
Large, deciduous shrub, to 12 ft tall x 8 ft wide, with rich green, serrated leaves making a good background for the floral display.
Cactaceae, Opuntia x rutila - red/black spines
Yellow, bottle-brush flowers appear often but particularly in late summer through fall, making bees and hummingbirds very happy. If you have one, move into a heated greenhouse and take cuttings for next year. A Cistus introduction from the vicinity of Mormon Rock in southern California. shaving brush palm Rosaceae, Rosa minutifolia We grow this wonderful, silvery composite from Tunisia mostly for the extremely attractive gray spatulate leaves, but the bright yellow daisy flowers are nice too. Sedum rupestre 'Aurea' Loves to drape over banks and stone walls in full sun where there is good drainage and, especially in the first years, regular summer water. A new favorite, a compact plant from east of the Santa Lucia Mountains in northern California. Myrtaceae, Umbellularia californica [Fresno, CA]california laurel, oregon myrtle Let potted plants dry a bit before watering. This chance seedling, discovered and named by British plantsman, Roy Lancaster, reaches an eventual 6-8 ft but can be kept much lower through pruning. Berberis darwinii White, lacecap flowers, arriving surprisingly early in spring, are numerous, floriferous, and charming. Use to brighten up the summer garden.
Drought tolerant once established.
Araliaceae, Pseudopanax lessonii Tolerant of summer drought once established, this is good, large scale ground cover for the dry garden in sun to part shade where drainage is good. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4. Reliable, easy and rewarding. Sun to shade. Unrivaled for all year glowing color, it becomes even more exquisite in the fall when the summer purple color turns to a startlingly bright red.
Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Best in part shade, possibly with mulch to keep the roots cool, and consistent summer water. More tolerant than most of some summer garden water but don't overdo it. Spring and summer flowers are of burnt orange atop 2 ft stalks. This, however, is offset by the typical male cat fragrance given off by most boxwoods.hummmm. Orange berries follow for autumn interest.
Deciduous, the new leaves emerging with hints of orange. Cold hardy to 20-25 degrees. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. Slow growing, eventually forming clumps to 4-6 ft tall in bright light, full to part sun, with coppery red flowers in September, appearing above the foliage and turning to long-lasting white plumes with seeds. Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger' A Tim Hannis collection from a small hill of the same name in Utah. A reliable repeat bloomer from spring until frost. Very fragrant white flowers appear from early to late spring and occasionally again in autumn.
Not fussy about soil.
Protect at 20F or leave in a container. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6. Also fab in a container. Named for botanist Ken Heil and collected from the northeastern population of the beavertail cactus. Heuchera 'Green Spice'
Just shy of spectacular. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8a. New lovegrass cultivar noted for its blue-green foliage and fluffy white flowers that sit stop 3' tall stems in late summer, turning tan in fall as the seedheads ripen.
Dislikes being transplanted and takes time to establish so patience is required as well. A lovely, tropical fern from the West Indies , as well as South and Central America, with an overall deep green appearance accented with deeply lobed, palmate leaves. A little supplemental summer water will keep this lookng its best in very hot situations.
T o 6 ft tall and wide, possibly taller. To only a few inches tall but spreading to 24" wide. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 6. In spring, tiny white flowers appear on the tops of cladodes.
Found in the wild only in Madagasgar, these charming succulents thrive in full sun, lean soil that drains well, and a thorough drying out before being watered. Anise-scented leaves are about 6" long and slender, said to be deer resistant, and late spring flowers are cupped and copper to dark red.
The Japanese cultivar 'Debutante Benton', brought to us by Lance Reiners, is a variegated form, adding the interest of slightly ruffle-edged leaves decorated with a central golden marking or blotch. Indestructible border plant; better in the winter when it sets berries. Full sun to part shade with some summer water.
Grows to about 18 x 18 with leaves tinted blue, often tipped purple-pink in full sun. Agavaceae, Yucca schottii 'Chiricahua High' Drought tolerant once established but appreciates occasional summer water. Agavaceae, Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies'
Frost hardy to at least -30F, USDA zone 4. A wonderful creature for small specimen tree to 12-15 ft eventually, or hedging or screen. Becomes graceful with age as, eventually, a handsome, small tree for sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Needs well-drained soil and summer water in sun to part shade. A vigorous grower these lovely, deciduous trees can reach 15-30 ft tall and wide in sun to part shade -- some western shade protection helping to avoid leaf burn in the hottest climates -- with at least regular summer water. Frost hardy to low to mid 20s, mid USDA zone 9. Evergreen to the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8; regrowing, especially with mulch, from 10F or so. Brachychiton populneus Arecaceae, Chamaerops humilis Intriguingly beautiful for gardens or containers in medium shade to the deepest, darkest recesses of the garden. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Becomes graceful with age as, eventually, a handsome, small tree for sun to part shade with regular summer water.
Hardy succulent for the rock wall, outdoor container, hellstrip, or random little nooks and/or crannies, this with rosettes of blue-gray leaves tinged red and gold and edged in purple. Sparkly cypress with frosted blue foliage and smooth, gray bark. Full sun and little water once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. A fine succulent shrub outdoors where temperatures don't drop below freezing, USDA zone 10. White flowers are scented in pyramidal panicles in spring. Disporopsis jinfushanensis Original Price $21.00 Fast-growing evergreen shrub with simple white flowers and narrow, leathery, semi-glossy leaves. Evergreen, to 6 ft tall or so x 5 ft wide in well-drained soil; full sun on the coast and, perhaps, a bit of afternoon shade inland. Ribes sanguineum 'Elk River' Blooms as other stachyurus, with long dangling racemes of cream-to-yellow flowers in early spring. From shop DreamerGardener, Sale Price $14.99 Fall color has tones of burgundy and orange! koreana 'Kumson'
Forms clumps to 12" wide creating a bright spot in the garden until going dormant in late fall. Grow as for other cordylines in sun to part shade in dampish soil as a container or garden specimen.
conebush Great as a cut flower specimen or to provide contrast to a green-leaved garden. Summer flowers are white, echoing the variegation, and followed by blue berries. in the rock garden or mixed border (placed where it won't be overrun by something else.) Low-growing in clumps, eventually up to 2 ft tall and 3 ft wide but easily trimmed to smaller size. contorta
The 1", rounded leaves, yes purple and held among black stems, and carnation-scented, nearly black flowers, might possibly sound morbid but are, in fact, dazzlingly beautiful. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. A tough-as-nails species, closely related to A. parryi but with narrower, deep blue leaves held upright and out and adorned with gray marginal spines and long, terminal brownish red spines. Evergreen, to only about 2 ft tall and wide, the form is dense and the colors striking. Flowers are followed by attractive blue fruit. Star magnolias are a frequent sight in early spring with their showy and fragrant white flowers; 'Royal Star' is a popular cultivar with even larger and showier flowers and a slightly later bloom time that helps avoid frost damage to early blooms. The late spring flowers are lavender-blue with a yellow eye and completely cover the foliage. Fragrant flowers appear in early spring. Extremely sharp and jagged century plant, a narrow endemic of warm southern Mexico look more like a great white shark's tooth than a plant. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Truly a choice shrub; adaptable to cultivation.
Use to cascade over walls or sides of containers. To 2 ft tall and wide. South Americas attempt at the Madrone., this a particularly weeping form. Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn' Grown mostly for its charming, star-shaped, rose-red flowers that sit on the top of each stem in late spring. Makes a dense and useful hedge. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4. Best in sun with adequate summer water though tolerant of some summer drought. Best in full sun to part shade with summer water, though quite drought tolerant once established. Nice accent, border, or wall plant. Best in full to part sun with average summer water.
Full sun to dappled shade along with decent drainage. Seriously frost hardy, cypress-like, whip cord Hebe primarily grown for its handsome, evergreen foliage. Sun and well-drained soil is best with little water required in summer and almost none in winter. Can also be lightly trimmed. Full sun for best bud set, but tolerates dappled shade.
Drought tolerant though appreciates occasional summer water in dry climates. From shop FerriSeeds, Sale Price $4.99 Aeonium arboreum 'Variegatum' [shiver] The trunk runs underground & only the leaves are visible. Small yellowish flowers are produced in spring followed by a round, green berry that matures purple. Xanthorrhoeaceae, Hesperaloe chiapsii Easy and frost hardy to mid USDA zone 8. This is a very old-fashioned fuchsia, great for hummingbirds, old and young. Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'
Agastache 'Licorice Candy' Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Frost hardy to -10 F, USDA zone 6. Cunoniaceae, Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Pagoda'fortune's spindle, wintercreeper In late summer, tall stalks of purple thistle flowers push it over the edge. Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor'
These, a selection from Vilches, Chile by plantsman Michael Remmick, need summer water in full sun to part shade. of this wonderful garden specimen or street tree. Best in full sun with super drainage and very little summer water. Bromeliaceae, Dyckia 'Nickel Silver' Site over pond for max effect. Able to withstand some summer drought but supplemental water where dry keeps it thick and healthy. Shared with us by Portlands Virginia Israelit, Roy Lancaster's selection of this Asian shrub is evergreen with, 6-10", leaves, long enough to appear drooping and waxy enough to write ones name in the blue, glaucous leaf surface. Feather grass Makes a great carpet for a low traffic area or a knitter for sunny perennial beds. Rubiaceae, Gardenia jasminoides 'Rosedown Beauty'
Theaceae, Camellia 'Night Rider' One of the best and hardiest agaves, with olive-green or, often, dusty-blue, curving leaves in the classic agave shape. A very dependable small shrub in full sun to part shade with at least occasional summer water. Rubiaceae, Coprosma 'Cutie'australian mirror bush
Provide summer water for best vigor. Berries are orange turning nearly red in autumn and winter especially if a female clone is nearby. This form has so far proven frost hardy in the garden to the bottom of USDA zone 8 with overhead protection. Sedum spathulifolium var.
This thornless climber reaches 20 ft or so and does well in hot climates, even tolerating some summer drought. Aizoaceae, Dendropanax sp. Worth growing in container in even colder zones.
Will reseed if happy. Stems, often red tinted, add to the excitement. Peeling bark adds interest to this durable hedging plant or specimen, deciduous, to 5 ft tall and wide, smaller than the species. Small yucca, to 3 ft tall, with thin and narrow leaves and summer spikes of white flowers that open from purple buds. Aucuba japonica 'Merced' Araliaceae, x Fatshedera lizei 'Angyo Star'aralia ivy Mat forming groundcover with silver-gray foliage, somewhat mossy, to 2" tall spreading to 1 ft wide, between and over small rocks and paving. A Joe Ghio hybrid, this one grows to 9" tall or so, and is easy to tuck in the garden, in sun or part shade where the soil is reasonably well-drained. A silene that grows to only 2-4" tall in clumps to " wide and can tolerate light foot traffic -- pretty as well.
In our region full of hardpan soil with glacial till, the ground is often barely pervious. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. Otherwise, easy and lovely.
Zone 7, probably 6. Prefers sandy, well-drained soil and tolerates hot placess. Philadelphus madrensis Evergreen scrambling vine for full to part sun. Sun to part sun in well drainged soil. A fern that loves sunny dry places. An excellent garden species, both very drought tolerant and very frost hardy, accepting temperatures to -10F, USDA zone 6. Blooms in July. Bromeliaceae, Dyckia choristaminea Evergreen when temperatures remain above 20F, in USDA zone 9, but may lose leaves in the teens F, recovering nicely in the spring. Cold hardy to 20 degrees. Frost hardy to 10 to 15F, low to mid USDA zone 8. Full sun with excellent drainage, and, for best appearance, occasional summer water. Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue' The solution to your shadiest spot: a cast iron plant with lovely white stripes on dark green leaves, to 2+ ft tall. The palms, a pretty silver-blue, were otherwise typical.
One of a number of exquisite and rare conifers from southern Chile, this upright, forest dweller with weeping branches and gracefully hanging foliage looks for all the world like the bamboo you always wanted. Easy in in the ground or container provided full sun and good drainage. Both these native western species are attractive in their own right, with this one forming glossy-leaved shrubs to 6 ft, occasionally to 10 ft or more with age -- but, hey, we all own clippers.
quickly to 10-15 ft tall, so a very large shrub to small tree needing lots of room. Zone 8. Create a password that only you will remember. Enjoys sun and moist, sandy, well-drained soil but tolerates clay soil!
Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies'
From Northern Lake County California "amid a grove" of like-minded manzanitas, this form is particularly large -- to 15 ft or more but easily maintained at 4-5 ft -- with an upright habit, red stems, and green leaves slightly tinted mauve. New for 2013. A perfect chance to acquire this wonderful species in a manageable size. parry ceanothus Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5 and possibly colder. We like it for the unassuming green pads that turn dark red-purple to nearly black in cold weather.
In general, this ferns just looks nice and compact year-round and can tolerate dry summers and wet winters. Fabaceae, Carnegiea gigantea Bold foliage perennial for the border, this form from the garden of plantswoman Ginny Hunt, with feathery and toothed, blue-green leaves and huge combs of maroon flowers dripping nectar in summer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Harry Lauders walking stick with intriguingly twisted branches. Full to part sun in most garden soils with average water and good drainage. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 7.
The leaves are rough-textured with bitty bumps, dark green with red highlights. Lapageriaceae, Lardizabala biternata RCH 425zabala fruit vine Mature plants produce late summer clusters of white flowers that become black berries providing winter food for the birds. Native to the islands off the coast of Baja California, this cool tolerant big boy has long leaves and a shortish trunk. The same blazing fall color on a deciduous, self-clinging vine for a shaded conifer or a wall (where it wont disturb masonry). Berberidaceae, Berberis stenophylla 'Nana' Early summer flowers are white on tall stalks. To 12-18 inches tall in tight clusters of mostly triangular grey leaves with black-tinged spines. Full to part sun.
Drought tolerant once established. Slow to reproduce, adding only a pad or two at a time.
Wonderful rare species growing amid the cypress swamps of northern Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, and just nipping into South Carolina. Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis' From mid-spring to early summer and sometimes later the stunning white flowers are framed beautifully by the dark, 3" glossy leaves.
A wonderful new strain of prickly pear with a profusion of silky, peach colored flowers in June on very compact plants, to under 6" tall forming clumps to 30 wide. Can be sheared after blooming to refresh the foliage and encourage new blooms. Possibly the most interesting and useful hybrid to date. Salicaceae, Azara petiolaris To 30" tall, becoming a stout shrub in dappled shade or afternoon shade. Ad from shop DreamerGardener Woodwardia fimbriata Sun for best color though not half bad in shade with some some water where dry.
Very nice small, evergreen groundcover from China with shiny, heart-shaped leaves and spikes of white flowers in late summer. A Cistus introduction. Malvaceae, Brachyglottis greyi x monroi UCSC 89.189 Part of the Dancing Series of new Cordylines--including Polka, Salsa, Jive, and Can Can--this cultivar has a kaleidoscope of colors, starting out pink and peach and maturing to green and yellow. USDA zone 5. It's one of the parents of many of the media hybrids. Three feet or so. Trachycarpus fortunei Ad from shop JunkinJack This lovely creature, found in a market in Singapore (we believe) both by Barry Yinger and Hayes Jackson, grows to 3 ft or more with only 1-2" wide leaves of deep green, strikingly polka dotted cream yellow. Accepts hard pruning. USDA zone 6. skutchii - Steven F. Austin Arboretum, Agave filifera ssp. Evergreen in warmer zones and root hardy at least to -10F, USDA zone 6. Unfortunately collectors wiped out the colony seemingly within seconds of its discovery. The spring flowers are scarlet indeed nearly covering the needle-like foliage on this vigorous and useful groundcover that grows to only 6" tall and easily spreads to 1-2 feet wide. quadrangularis Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'
Also makes a lovely container specimen for medium to low light. beanpole yew A large shrub or small tree, to 15 ft, it has large, Sorbus-like, white flower clusters.
Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Eventually to 8 ft or more, but easily kept at 3-4 ft, producing small, blackish purple flowers and, with age, larger leaves. We believe this plant has fine potential as a small garden or street tree, on its way to becoming one of our favorite natives. Agave sp. Agavaceae/Asparagaceae, Agave gentryi x montana Fancy red-maroon flowers appear late spring to late summer Lovely and slightly aromatic though the leaves and twigs are the truly spicy element. A widespread, proteaceous shrub from the Cape region of South Africa with leaves and flowers bracts often tinted pinks, oranges, and yellows. Excellent container plant.
Myrtaceae, Luma chequen (20% off), $21.49 Podocarpaceae, Polygonatum biflorum Tolerant of some summer irrigation. Strongly upright, to 30 ft or more, with shiny, evergreen leaves and clusters of bell flowers, white blushed pink, followed by fat strawberry fruit. Prefers summer drought. Also fine in containers. A neat and pretty lavender with gray-green leaves and slender, upright stems that bear short terminal spikes of pale purple flowers from summer into early autumn.
Each rosette to only 4, rugose and tinted burgundy. But even more exciting these have consistently white streaked leaves making it a beautiful woodland shrub contrastingly greatly with the flowers. Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 8. Cupressaceae, Cupressus macrocarpa 'Citriodora'golden monterey cypress