Category Archives: Plants I Grow

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Winter Jewels Seed Strain’

Helleborus x hybridus 'Winter Jewels'

Through my work as a nursery buyer I was able to visit Marietta and Ernie at their small exclusive nursery near Eugene, Oregon, where Marietta breeds and selects these beautiful plants. Each one is different and they are profoundly irresistable. I’ve added many to my collection over the years. Blooming usually begins in late February […]

Gentian makinoi ‘Royal Blue’


Native to the mountains of Japan, This gentian bears the signature true blue blooms of the genus–a blue I dare any other plant to compete with! Growing gentians is not nearly the challenge its made out to be as long as you choose suitable varieties. This one has been exceptionally easy, having been moved several […]

Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’

Hedychium gardnerianum 'Tara'

Native to lightly wooded areas of Asia, this is a plant with a very tropical feel that has been 100% reliable in my Zone 7 garden. I have it in full sun and it has flourished, sending up multiple large canes late in June over a 2-foot area. Though it emerges late, it always flowers, […]

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’

Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky'

I was almost embarrassed to own a plant with a name like Pinky Winky, but darn it, this is a cool hydrangea! The huge cone-shaped blooms start out white, then fade to a luscious deep salmon pink. Blooms begin opening in mid-summer, and the colors only get better as the days grow cooler. Like all […]

Mahonia gracilipes

Mahonia gracilipes

An unusual mahonia that quickly became one of my favorite acquisitions, M. gracilipes boasts wide leathery green leaves the shape of stylized fish and an unusual fall bloom season with unusual flower color–a combination of burgundy and light mustard. The flowers are small but held in numerous delicate sprays. Very cool! It does best in […]

Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’

Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red'

This is the darkest form of red hot poker I have seen to date, though since there are hundreds of cultivars, darker ones may exist. A deep delicious red coral on a compact plant with linear grassy foliage. Nancy seems to have taken a few years to mature, but this year is the best she […]

Crocosmia ‘Little Red Head’

Crocosmia 'Little Red Head'

This is officially my all-time favorite crocosmia. It’s a robust sterile plant with crayon-red blooms conjested towards the tips of the floral spike (rather than strung further apart like other crocosmia) giving its floral season real wow power! Apparently it is synonymous with C. ‘Walburton Red’ though I’ve not seen one under that name in […]

Paeonia x ‘Claire de Lune’

Paeonia x 'Claire De Lune'

The only successful cross known in cultivation between Paeonia mlokosewitschii and a P. lactiflorahybrid-in this case ‘Monsieur Jules Elie’. the flowers are single yellow like P. mlokosewitschii, but with at least two per stem and blooming later. The foliage is more or less that of P. lactiflora. A robust plant, but it needs good drainage!

Primula x juliae ‘Dorothy’

Primula x juliae 'Dorothy'

This is a pale yellow P. x juliae hybrid, which means that it almost certainly has P. eliatorin its parentage. The multiple blooms on each stalk are another indication.

Primula x hortensis ‘Feuerkoenig’

Primula x hortensis ‘Feuerkoenig’

An auricula-type primrose with vivid red blooms accented by chalk-white centers. Fleshy foliage is powdery grey-green. Doesn’t need as much water as other primrose species, but prefers not to get too hot, so protection from afternoon sun is a must unless you live in the mountains.

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