Cactus conditions required -- sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little summer water. Sapindaceae. Frost hardy to 25F, mid USDA zone 9 and a fine pot plant to be overwintered indoors where temperatures dip lower. To only 18" high and wide, with particularly round, shiny green foliage and abundant, small pink flowers in late winter. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4. Sedum album 'Coral Carpet' Drought tolerant but appreciates occasional summer water. Winteraceae, Drimys winteri - Leonard Coates Nursery form Cheerful, too. Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca' Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. The largest of a beautiful group of agave/hypoxiodes (phormioides?) Sent to us by Pierre Piroche, this rare, 10-12 ft, gracefully spreading evergreen shrub, collected in the Himalayas, appears to be a form of the more common C. pauciflora with, in this case, winter flowers of light yellow, just a bit fragrant, and most interestingly, evergreen leaves, to about 4", pleated a bit like a ruffled potato chip and a very pretty blue-green, lighter on the underside. Tolerant of some summer garden water but long lived and slower growing without water. Loves full sun and well-drained soil. Selected from a seed batch, this graceful large shrub to small tree, reaching to 15 ft tall or more with silvery bark and horizontal branches, has, instead of the long, oval, deep green leaves of the species, leaves of 1/4" x 3" leaves, making this collection quite distinct. Ohhhh! These are not only compact, they have an almost creeping quality, separating P. t. Nutty Leprechaun from other small, purple cultivars. Huodendron tibeticum Shy flowering. This lonicera exudes a heady floral scent in the warm evening air, wafting out from palest-yellow flowers beginning in late spring and repeating on and off. Variegated olive relative, this with striking center markings of yellow and gold on dark green foliage or perhaps better described as yellow and gold foliage with a narrow, dark green margin. Evergreen shrub that grows quickly to a dense 4-6 feet tall x about half as wide, with smooth and shiny, dark leaves, somewhat curled with margins occasionally showing a bit of red. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7 and possibly into upper zone 6. The winter catkins are 5-6" long, these with a mauve hue. Definitely frost hardy in USDA zone 7 and reportedly in USDA zone 5. This tough little succulent from South Africa has glaucous leaves and congested growth. At first we thought this collection was C. pumilo but these are slowly forming trunks, so we expect whatever this is to become a multiple trunked, large shrub, especially thrilling for us in that this was a high elevation collection in a place that regularly visits the teens F in the winter with snow. Dappled to full sun, medium drainage and drought-tolerant though, monthly deep watering once established is helpful for extra new growth in dry places. A variety that always draws a great deal of attention. Best in a pot or kept extra dry in the Southeast, but only as an experiment. Heuchera 'Obsidian' Full sun and well-drained soil with not much supplemental water. DEBUTANT CAMELLIA Hydrangeaceae, Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mickanya' Cannaceae, Canna 'Intrigue' Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Victoria' Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. A most attractive garden "shrub" or container specimen for sun and decently drained soil. Best in coarse, well-drained soil and sun. Another in the increasingly large arsenal of useful vines that dont immediately climb to the top of the nearest tree. Best in sun but tolerates some shade. This hybrid between A. ocahui and A. attenuata was created by Kelly Griffin. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Little summer water once established. $41.65, $49.00 Only slightly less vigorous than the species. Camellia japonica 'Flirtation' Evergreen leaves are small, crinkley, and dark green; greenish white flowers also small, and produce black berries adding texture. Hydrangeaceae, Hydrangea macrophylla 'Sun Goddess'big-leaf hydrangea Our collection from just west of Forks of the Salmon in the Northern California Klamath drainage, this low-mounding perennial to only about 4" in height,and spreading eventually to 18" in width has somewhat cupped blue leaves and late spring maroon flowers and is perfectly adapted to our west coast climate of winter wet, summer dry. The petite, deep pinkish red flowers in June are abundant. Podocarpus macrophyllus var. Ceanothus 'Puget Blue' Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Best with water in some shade. Perfect for the small garden. 'Argentea Nana' is indeed one of the most exquisite. Luckily you do not have to hang by your ankles to have this plant. Only 40 mature and 200 juveniles are known to exist, with the largest reaching 130' tall and having a 2' diameter trunk. Olearia x haastii A southern form of the sugar maple, a small tree, to only 35 ft, with typical "maple"-shaped leaves, to 6", dark green and leathery, the undersides bluish and complementing the silvery bark. To about 6 ft tall, a bit larger in time, with 3" gently scalloped leaves and abundant, dangling winter flowers. Phrymaceae / Scrophulariaceae, Mimulus naiandunus 'Purple Monkey' Tolmiea menziesii 'Taff's Gold' Lamiaceae. Flowers in late spring through the summer, clusters of pale buttons to amongst the foliage. Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae, Viburnum henryihenrys viburnum

Opuntia fragilis 'Little Gray Mound' Hardy outdoors. Saxifragaceae, Hosta 'First Frost' Does well in containers. Thrives in alkaline, limestone soils as well. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Black Diamond' 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. This wonderful new selection of the Mt. Very nice and very effective in the woodland or dappled shade garden. Sparkly cypress with frosted blue foliage and smooth, gray bark. Supplemental summer water in dry areas. A handsome addition to the garden in full sun and well-drained soil. A truly large form of calla lily that we obtained from Western Hills Nursery in Occidental, CA, bigger in both leaves and flowers -- and, of course, better. Can be cut back. Superb with black mondo grass, but isnt everthing? Arecaceae, Sabal x - Birmingham group decosteriana - large green; the name now conforming to accepted taxonomy.) As with the larger leaf form, creates a most unusual garden texture in full sun to about half shade. Large, maple-like, variegated leaves, green splashed white, and large, hanging-bell, apricot-orange flowers with dark veins to be enjoyed over a long bloom season. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6. Lagerstroemia 'Sarah's Favorite' Fast growing to 4 ft wide, this stunning plant is tolerant of garden moisture -provided drainage is good - and prefers full sun for best color. Fergusen thinks this MAY be Opuntia polyacantha v. schweriniana still a mystery." Leptospermum rupestre - Kate Bryant Collection Flowers are followed by attractive blue fruit. Due to their somewhat lower cold hardiness than Echeverias, they are often crossed with them nowadays, producing Graptoverias. Best in full sun to light shade where soil is moist and not too acidic. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 8, recovering from temperatures in zone 7. vegetable sheep. Flowers if allowed to grow to the top of a stone wall or other support. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. Original Price $19.99 Sun to half shade; sharp drainage. Striking white to pale pink, pineapple-like flowers on purple tinted stems show off from August to September above rosettes of long, narrow, tropical leaves. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4. Said to be deer resistant. Use as you would other nandinas but perhaps provide a bit of shade to protect the leaves from burn. It has produced 2 to 3 fronds per year in our Portland garden. Frost hardy in mid to upper USDA zone 7. Though the name has been around a long time, this plant's origins are unclear We do know this is a cute little prickly pear to 1 ft or 18" in height, probably having O. macrorhiza in its ancestry, with rounded pads of 4-6" forming tight clusters with dark bunches of spines appearing as polka dots from a distance. Zone 9. To 12-16" tall and 24-36" wide. Give these sun and excellent drainage and enjoy the show. Musaceae, Musella lasiocarpagolden lotus banana Medium, evergreen shrub, to 4-5 ft tall and nearly as wide, with crowded, tiny leaves, green above and silvery beneath giving an overall silver appearance. Individual plants are 6-10" tall x 15" wide, eventually forming larger clumps. Best shaded from the hottest sun with regular summer water. Sambucus nigra f. laciniata We believe this plant has fine potential as a small garden or street tree, on its way to becoming one of our favorite natives. 12' tall x 6-8' wide. Full sun to part shade with good drainage and lean soil. Forms clumps to 4 ft wide and makes a statement in sun and well-drained soil. For the summer dry garden with lean soil in half to full sun. It's like adding paprika to your container. Found in the eastern and mid-western US on rocky slopes and cliffs so good drainage is a must in the rock garden or in containers. Best in a bit of shade where soil is rich and moist but well-drained. Prefers summer moisture but tolerates low summer water. Tolerates wind, pollution and, it is said, deer as well. Slow-growing, about 1" per year, to an eventual size of 18" x 18". fruit aging to a nearly metallic blue. minor 'Variegata'variegated lemonwood Only found in the late 80s growing on thin soils at high elevations and introduced to us recently. Araliaceae, Hedychium 'Luna Moth' Proteaceae, Beesia deltophylla Prefers summer drought. This Texas native grows to a bold textured 5 ft with deep green arching leaves and creamy white flower spikes rising to 8 ft or more in spring and summer.

Dense, blue-gray succulent species from Mexico that mounds or spreads slowly in tight colonies. Best out of wind corridors in a spot where heat accumulates. Frost hardy to at least USDA zone 7. Excellent container plant. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7. Give some overhead protection or extra well-drained soil mix in winter wet climates. A most stately street tree. Can also be grown in a large container and moved into a dry garage during winter dormancy. A large multi-trunked tree or shrub, deciduous, to 8-10 ft tall x 6-8 ft wide in an elegant, vase-shaped form. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5. For light shade and regular water in summer. For the masochists among us, this most intriguing indeed.

Ideal for a compact hedge, along a path or driveway, or in small containers. The stunning silver effect is best, for us, in light shade. Frost hardy at least into the upper reaches of USDA zone 6, possibly colder. Adaptable in sun to part shade with regular summer moisture for faster growth. These spiny, miniature chollas, reaching only about 6-8" in height but spreading to 6 ft or more, are variable in color with 1-2" long "pads" covered with golden spines. Ribes speciosum 'Pincushion' Agavaceae/Asparagaceae, Agave 'Kissho Kan'lucky crown century plant The evergreen rosettes are handsome as well, offsetting slowly to add more plants and more color. Most unusual for the genus with attractive evergreen leaves, almost butterfly-like, and racemes, to 5" or more, of vibrant purple-pink flowers lasting a long season. Has been frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 8 and behaves as perennial in zone 7, quickly regrowing. Forms a dense mound with tiny, crinkled leaves and bright blue, airy flowers in April and May. Avoid root disturbance when transplanting. Grown primarily for the foliage but occasionally produces small, white flowers in spring that become black berries. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8. You may ask: Is there a common ground between the two extremes? These seedlings from plants originally collected from Mexicos Tamaulipas State have grown larger than any others we have tried. 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. Cactaceae, Opuntia fragilis - Michigan tiny form A very good pot standard. Will also make an attractive screen, if kept sheared. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Sternbergia lutea Though shy to flower, plants can produce pinkish white, star flowers. Not the most stable creature in the world but then, neither are most of our friends and should be relieved of the occasional rogue green sport that might appear. Olearia lepidophylla Cupressaceae, Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi' Plants are tall, to 6-8 ft, vigorous, and frost hardy to USDA zone 7, though, as new growth is susceptible to frost, they benefit from a protected site. Responds well to pruning and can even be planted in large containers for dramatic effect. To 5-6 ft tall and wide with yellow, bottlebrush flowers in spring and occasionally again in summer. california scrub oak Accepts sun to part shade with the leaves remaining more yellow in brighter light. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. Nice accent, border, or wall plant. Pink buds open in spring to white flowers in large, fragrant clusters; August red fruits (drupes) turn black in October. A very good container specimen. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Myrtaceae, Leptospermum lanigerum - purple leaf form Full sun to dense shade in fertile soil with regular water. Enjoys the hottest full sun with summer water. Aspidistra tonkinensis 'Soft Spot' Sun to dappled shade. Great in containers or treated as an annual. Another new Pittosporum for us and, we believe, for the United States as a whole, this one having the reputation of one of the most frost hardy in New Zealand. Cupressaceae, Forsythia viridissima var. Best in sun and well-drained soil with regular moisture. mountain hemlock Varegated sedum - bright green foliage with cream colored edges and yellow flowers in summer. Shared with us by Portland plantsman, David Palmer, and named for the same. So far has proven frost hardy in the east into USDA zone 7 and has performed admirably on both left and right coasts. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Sun to part shade in well drained soil with occasional summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5. Needs a warm, protected spot for producing the best flowers, those delicious creations of cream inner petals and and outer petals colored a dusky port-wine -- all with an intense strawberry banana bubble gum fragrance. Highbush blueberry, producing early, medium berries in long loose clusters. Threats of harming another Frost hardy in upper teens F, USDA zone 8 in a protected spot with mulch. Best in part to full shade in rich, well-drained soil. Forms clumps to 18" wide. When the plants reach 1 ft. or more in diameter, they produce a spike of flowers well over 5 ft tall at which time, hopefully, they also produce an offset or two. Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire' Expect brick-red new fronds to emerge in late summer. From the high barren region on the coast of Mendocino county, this species is distinguished from its close relative, C. goveniana, by its thin black seeds. Grows by underground rhizomes to only 8-12 tall. Prune hard in spring to keep it neat and tidy. We us it in our garden as an accent surrounded by lots of blue and dark green foliage. This graceful shrub is a beauty both in fruit and leaf with new foliage emerging white, maturing to speckled green and white and eventually becoming green in late summer. Full sun to medium shade, average fertility and drainage. Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum' The Moroccan pineapple broom is a shocker in bloom. Perennial poppy, with blue leaves forming a rosette to 1 ft across, almost like a succulent, and yellow flowers in mid to late summer on stems rising to 2 ft. Moderate watering in well-drained soil. Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Sundae' Opuntia polyacantha 'Peter Pan' Excellent container plant. Mind-bending new cultivar of Leucadendron discovered in 2007 in a commercial cut flower field of Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' in New Zealand. Yum. Bright sun is best with lean soil and at least decent drainage. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Open rosettes, to 3-4" wide, of bluish green leaves with red edges top this multi-branched shrub from the Canary Islands. Slow growing and happy in part sun out of afternoon sun in hot climates. These, from seed collected in southwestern Oregon, are able to withstand great drought in bright sun to part shade. Has been frost hardy make that freeze hardy with no leaf damage -- to under 10F, uppermost USDA zone 7. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Ground hugging and vigorous (in a good way) with summer water, slower without. Prefers damp well drained soil. Arecaceae, Chasmatophyllum musculinum Podocarpus macrophyllus var. 'Red Gem' (to 2ft tall and wide) but with deeper burgundy tones in winter and throughout summer in exposed locations. This blue-tinted creature can reach 60-80 ft but seems content at 20 ft in our part of the world. Lauraceae, Uncinia rubra First released in the U.S. by the National Geographic Society in late 2006. brachyclada 'Mormon Rock' Indeed, Sycamore-like, deciduous leaves gracefully held on parallel branches with white to cream flowers hanging beneath in late spring to early summer. For sun and well-drained soil. Annual in all zones. Spider Aloe

Eventually to 8 ft or more, but easily kept at 3-4 ft, producing small, blackish purple flowers and, with age, larger leaves. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 6. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4, possibly lower. Root hardy to 0F. One of the more rewarding deciduous Hydrangeas -- in gardens for many years, but surprisingly never common. Possibly the best attribute of this wonderful plant -- and the whole genus for that matter -- is its agave-like texture coupled with a willingness to grow in medium shade though perfectly at home in full sun in all but the lowest, hottest places. Evergreen where temperatures do not drop below 25F. Requires only occasional watering after drying out. Prefers regular summer water, but surprisingly drought tolerant as well. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. Endangered in its native habitats, the Canary Islands and Madeira, this evergreen conifer grows quickly to 20-30t tall by 10-16 ft wide, becoming a tall and broad tree with blue-gray-green needles and slightly pendulous branch ends. Plant 6" deeper than soil in can. Eriogonum fasciculatum SBH 7671b To 4-6 ft. Sun to part sun and well-drained, lean soil with only occasional summer water once established. USDA zone 3-8. Fine in sun to part shade with little summer water needed once established. lily of the nile Grown as much for its foliage as its flowers this deciduous shrub, to 6 ft tall x 5 ft wide, has glaucous blue foliage and, in June, single pink flowers with white centers. 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. Overwinter via cuttings on windowsill. Easy Agavaceae, Agave funkiana 'Blue Haze' Good for foundation plantings or a small hedge. Regular summer water for best appearance. These are cherries, blooming in late spring in tall racemes of white, fragrant flowers. Water regularly every three to four weeks as pots begin to dry out. A small tree, to 8 ft tall x 4 ft wide with a more upright form than similar plants. A perfect way to enjoy this wonderful native oak in a small garden. Chusquea culeou Can also be pot grown and brought indoors for wintering as a houseplant. ramosa This variegated form of edible reaches 3 ft tall and multiplies to quickly form a clump to 5 ft wide. These are green splashed gold, growing quickly to up to 8-10 ft tall but easily kept smaller.