2019 Plant List
Please scroll down for information on our 2019 introductions.
A bit about our 2019 introductions:
Salvia glabrescens 'Lunar Blue'
Perhaps you missed the giggle inducing copy from The New York Times describing Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes gown as "lunar blue" rather than the seemingly obvious choice of periwinkle. Like nurseryman's blue, we can argue if this color is more lilac than blue, but can agree this color is a dramatic departure from the usual bi-color patternation typical of the species. Salvia glabrescens 'Lunar Blue' is a selection of a species we've long admired & been playing with from seed for years. She's a shade loving late bloomer --late Sept to Nov (depending where you are). This luminous color reflects blue to periwinkle as the fall sun tracks. Especially effective peppered (or carpeted, as shown on the red carpet) with scarlet Maple foliage. Averages 32 inches and hardy to at least Z5.
The only plant of garden interest produced thus far from many dozens of seedlings and a few years of chasing the intriguing possibilities presented by hybrids between H. serrata and H. scandens/angustipetala. A pink picotee rings the huge, elliptical, white sepals of the sterile florets, and foliage is durable, tardily deciduous ( near evergreen in frost-free areas), deeply flushed red on new growth, and again in autumn with cooler temperatures. Flowers from old wood in late spring, with a habit that's upright. Height likely around 3' (height of original, though likely taller in warmer climes) and hardiness somewhere in Z6, we'd guess. Best with some shade.
Hydrangea aspera ‘Red Velvet’
Like a red foliage version of aspera 'Macrophylla' . Foliage fades to deep olive for the summer, but maintains pigment on leaf underside. Truly distinctive and certainly the most beautiful red leaf aspera of any of the hundreds we've grown from seed. (Ed fell asleep halfway through this description so Taylor finished).
A bit about our 2018 Introductions:
Platycrater arguta ‘Honey Moon’
The estimation of many genera rests upon the single clone of it that is in cultivation. Platycater has been consigned to a sleepy, of botanical interest only reputation, based on the small flowers of the usual form. Largely unknown are forms with pink flowers, fragrant flowers, and large flowers. ‘Honey Moon’ is a charmed seedling from the fragrant, large flowered cv. ‘Kaeda’, inheriting the perfume, but with flowers thrice as large.
Podophyllum ‘Shade Brocade’
‘Spotty Dotty’ is a wonderful plant, suffering from but two problems: its patent and often limited availability. ‘Shade Brocade’ is ‘Spotty’ crossed back to delavayi. Smaller in stature but with similar leaf markings, it removes the patent issue and allows us to propagate, but will be in short supply in the immediate future.
Hydrangea aspera ‘Royal Lace’
A tough, hardy, clone that to date has been unhelpfully been sold here as “1401”, but demands something less clinical. A seedling from a plant which was itself a cross of subspecies villosa and subspecies sargentiana, its luxurious foliage has been Americanized and is large, with nicely pigmented, indigo fertile flowers orbited by lots of white sepals. (Cf it’s all about the sepals).
Hydrangea aspera ‘Royal Velvet’
A selection made with foliage foremost, the long petioles and larger foliage suggest a red foliage H. longipes, and it’s no sepal slouch. Distinctive, but not the easiest to propagate, so not many.
Epimedium ‘Patent Assasin’
We’ve been puzzling how, at a glance, to distinguish E. ‘Spine Tingler’ and E. ‘Ninja Stars’ for some time (in brief, ‘Ninja Stars’ runs, and ‘Spine Tingler’ doesn’t), and apparently we’re not the only, as the two have become confused in commerce. Though European sources have finally corrected the cv name from ‘Sphinx Twinkler’, they have been sending the excellent but patented, ‘Ninja Stars’ as ‘Spine Tingler’, which adds to the domestic disturbance, especially as ‘Ninja Stars’ is a patented plant. ‘Patent Assasin’ derives from a cross of ‘Ninja Stars’ (which we originally received as wushanse!) and ‘The Giant’, is virtually indistinguishable from the foregoing, with similar mahogany flushed foliage and spidery yellow flowers, runs, is patent free for open source propagation, and hasn’t (yet!) been sold under a wrong name.
Kniphofia ‘Sideshow Bob’
An open pollinated seedling of Kniphofia fibrosa that has proved hardy, floriferous, and features branched inflorescences, a feature that while not unknown in the genus is unusual. Easy to mix lemon yellow pokers in June with later rebloom.
Epimedium ‘Wine Spritzer’
Our seed sowing enthusiasm has extended to the manifold charms of the genus Epimedium. In deference to friends Darrell Probst and Karen Perkins, we’ve thus far skirted the commercial end, but make an exception here, as this plant is distinctive enough to merit a name. Resulting from a cross between accuminatum and borealiguizhouense, it sports multiple new flushes of growth, each heavily stippled, streaked and saturated claret, with accompanying profusions of small, white, seemingly sterile flowers. Spreading. Name in keeping with other vinous variants out there, and commemorating T’s fave effervescent elixir.
Hydrangea sikokiana x aspera ‘Smoked Salmon’
The Japanese species Hydrangea sikokiana offers lobed foliage not unlike our native H. quercifolia, but problematically has a nearly sepal-less inflorescence the color of dust. We’re still playing the numbers game with this combo, but this is an interesting intermediate, with lobed, purple saturated foliage and flowers in pale salmon with more sepals than the usual. In addition to referencing the color, the name is as a geographic tag and friendly taunt to one inspirational Hydrangea fancier in the Pacific Northwest. You know who you are!
Salvia ‘Harlequin’s Trident’
Add entry, repeat methodology: Salvia omeiana ‘Crug Thunder’ is a wonderful foliage plant for shade, but short lived. Crossing it over the years has led to more durable, larger, longer- lived hybrids, and we’re not through yet. This is an unlikely fusion of it with the obscure, pinnate, Salvia bowleyana, with compound foliage purple on the reverse, and complimentary colored flowers, opening butter yellow and quickly fading to buttermilk with purple nectary guides.