"Silver-edged Spurge" Ground cover Boxwood cousin very slowly and deliberately forming mats of short stems with leathery toothed leaves bordered white Small white flowered Japanese evergreen. Much slower to increase than the solid green cultivars. Genus means "Thick/fat Man" in reference to width of stamen.
"Hardy Passion Flower" Native with yellow edible fruit following the astoundingly beautiful pale lavender flowers with elaborately fringed pink-purple coronas. Please remember that this emerges from the ground very late in the spring unless situated in a warm courtyard: the local name of "Maypop" accurately refers to i...
Hybrid of P. incarnata x P. cincinnata. Many large deep rich purple flowers some 6" across with considerable fragrance; with purple stripes on the corona filliments. The green fruit is deemed edible. We have never noted any winter growth; vigorous grower with a good reputation for outdoor hardiness even up into norther...
Attractive dramatically toothed foliage over which arise displays of fls w/ flourescent yellow cymes persisting for months. Barry Yinger found this in the Japanese cut flower trade.
Wide deeply arching blades form a highly decorative specimen from which emerge "Jet Black Foxtails" (purple mahogany seed plumes creating constant show on into the first frosts)--still the most popular grass at the nursery as it achieves its most splendid show during that late late summer period when so many other gard...
"Dwarf Beard's Tongue" A native minature enough for your trough garden: A petite mat of cerrate pubescent foliage with free flowering violet nodding blossoms. Lovely.
Dramatic evergreen wine-purple foliage beautifully sets off the foot tall inflorescence of ivory flowers produced over several months. Possibly more accurate as P. digitata 'Husker Red.'
Low shrubby mounds of filiform needle leaves; bright rose-red tubular flowers very showy. Perfect trough plant.
"Golden Afghan Firetail" Clumping moisture loving perennial with golden lime lance leaves clapsing elegant 18" to 22" stems tipped with short stalked spines (cattails) of cardinal red flowers fading to rose, sometimes still blooming at frost.
Beyond marvelous rockery or container perennial: two foot stems emerge from a woody crown displaying saber shaped leaves of rich burgundy, chevroned a vibrant pewter fading to deep emerald edges; fleecy blossoms demurely appear late summer. [Polygonum sphaerostachyum]
The "Monster Butter-burr"-- with truly giant rounded leaves reaching impressive dimensions; showy white inflorescence very early spring emerging from the February (sometimes frozen) ground like science fiction artichokes. If it gets too vigorous, remember that the Japanese use the petioles in stir fry. Prefers cool tem...
Odd "Purple Bog Daisy" with new foliage a weird purple maturing into giant lilac tinged leaves. Needs bog to romp in. Difficult to ship once in leaf; so later orders will be sent with current foliage removed.
"Golden Carrizo" Variegated clone of "Common Reed" with the glaucous blades striped golden & lime; weeping one-sided panicles of showy purple seeds fading to russet in Fall; thrives in moist clay and full sun; tends to wander. But if if wanders too far you can harvest it because this graceful reed has long been used to...
Striking "Pink Banded Pampas Reed" with mint green strap leaves and strong stalks banded and striped with clear white and soft pink. Much treasured by those dedicated to the perpetuation of variegation in all landscapes. As is not a vigorous brute (as is the species form), this treasure is very effective when used as a...
Rosette of knife-shaped fronds. Can often be grown outside in a milder clime than ours. This is the famous "Hart's Tongue" fern. Needs cool temps during the winter.
Rosette of knife-shaped fronds with crested cockscombe tips. Can also often be grown outside in a milder clime than ours. This is the famous "Crested Hart's Tongue" fern or "Cockscomb" fern. The first two pictures show what you will get from our shipping of younger plants. The final pictures show more mature and older ...
"David Bisset Bamboo" Giant hardy dramatic species with 1" diameter canes reaching 22'; dark leaves attractively curl at tips. A running species which remains brilliant green here most winters; easier to contain than most its kin.
The impressive "Water Bamboo" with the purple colored sheath of the zigaging new culms giving this 20' bamboo the 'purpurata' in its title; survives wet areas because of the unusual air channels in its hard rhizomes.
One of the most sought after of the Bamboo cultivars, this is not totally hardy in the North, but after a cool spell always darkens into a great looking plant. We grow this outside here, but it can be containerized easily and make a successful indoor container subject. We have some 2 gallon pots for this price. Please ...
Prolific producer of 1" culms reaching 32 feet; wood used extensively for building and for furniture in China; edible shoots--although we have not tried them; yet surely if too many culms emerge some spring, you need only to add this to your lunch menu or support your local panda and thus keep your grove within appropr...
"Obedient Plant" selection with each rigidly angled leaf neatly margined bright white to beautifully foil the lilac "Dragonhead" flowers. Most emphatic with moist roots in horse compost in full sun. Will not easlily survive any competition from surrounding perennials.
"Variegated Virginia Pokeberry" A remarkable selection of our native "Pogum" by Steve with each leaf richly mottled with cream strewn over with olive flecks. A necessary weed.
Vigorously clumping species with green spathes striped purple. The fingered foliage is divided into how many lobes? Check the name--but do not be surprised if a mature bulb eventually ignores this--we have found that very very few plants have developed reading skills to the point of adequately understanding the names a...
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"Fastigate White Pine" All branches point directly upwards to parallel the main trunk; a good choice for a small inclosed courtyard garden.
"Golden Eastern White Pine" Soft green in summer; very bright yellow gold during winter. Outstanding cultivar: certainly lights up our winter garden here in Ohio, especially stunning when planted in front of dark Hemlocks or dusky deep green spruces. As with all "White Pines" avoid planting in a constantly wet or boggy...
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Bright gray green summer foliage turns bright yellow during the winter. This is a rather slow growing "Scots Pine" cultivar and thus appropriate for the small garden to lend beautiful winter interest.
Knockout selection: this "Golden Scotch Pine" becomes more and more variegated throughout the fall until achieving a pure brilliant yellow color during the entire winter. A very very bright winter statement of saturated color. Remember that the new candles emerging with new needles in the spring will show little colora...
Wide small paddle shaped leaves liberally striped and blotched with bright ivory white. True from seed, this small non-invasive Eruasian can form a richly variegated mat in time; also a favorite for tiny containers--but its variegation is so showy it would probably turn a mixed trough into a carnival. The seeds have tr...
Absolutely charming "Parsley Leaved Plantain" forming tight rosettes of elaborately frilled and cripsed leaves--small enough for a large trough; excellent between garden walk pavers. Very cute; very amusing; very over the top. And if a few too many volunteers come up? Just gently remind the seedlings that their seeds a...
White-flowered low-growing "Balloon Flower". Greek "platys" = broad, plus "codon" = bell. Depicted on ancient Japanese silk pictures. This single flowered dwarf selection of one of the most reliable of long term garden perennials, even being short enough to earn a spot in your rockery.