Plant Sale Buggy Archives
Next time you are at the JC Raulston Arboretum, be sure to check out the Plant Sale Buggy located outside the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. It’s a great spot for visitors to find a wide assortment of choice and unusual plants for your garden. Self-service purchases are made by cash or checks only, and it is open rain or shine during regular Arboretum operating hours. New plants are added weekly, so visit often.
Here's what we've offered in the past.
Abelia chinensis 'White Surprise'
Early and long blooming shrub with white flowers that are larger and more fragrant than other Abelia varieties.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'
Bright yellow variegated leaves change to red, orange, and golden yellow in winter. Attractive white flowers are held by rosy calyces which last long after the flowers have faded.
Pinky Bells large flowered dwarf abelia
Large, pendulous, lavender-pink flowers bloom from mid-summer to fall. This compact plant has some of the the largest flowers of any abelia! Reddish new growth, great fall color, and a tough constitution make this plant a winner.
Abelia 'SRPabeper' (Peach Perfection)
Tricolor foliage on red stems. A compact form that does not produce long whip-like shoots like other Abelia varieties.
Abutilon 'Marion Stewart'
Abutilon megapotamicum 'Little Imp'
This little flowering maple has long been a favorite of ours at the JCRA. Dusty red calyces surround nodding yellow flowers from spring until frost. Dark stems clothed in small leaves, spray up and out mingling well with other plants in the ground or in a container.
creeping chenille plant
Dwarf Chenille Plant gets its common name from the fuzzy plumes of tiny red flowers that trail above a thick mound of small, serrated leaves. This dwarf variety stays small and doesn't need pruning. It's naturally bushy. Makes an eye-catching house plant or hanging basket!
Acanthus 'Wofford Rhubarb'
This is from a wild collection in Taiwan made by Crug Farms Nursery of Wales. They think it may be a hybrid, but it looks like it is Acer oliverianum to us.
Acer buergerianum var. ningpoense
Ningpo trident maple
Ningpo trident maple is a variety of trident maple that occurs in the wild in east China. Leaves are slightly bluish tinged, 2” long and wide, and vary from three lobes to none. Fall color is yellow. On mature trees, the bark peels in thick sheets, adding texture and interest.
We have long enjoyed this most unmaple-like maple with its glossy, unlobed, evergreen (yes, evergreen) leaves. This maple is not only evergreen but has some of the showiest red flowers of any maple species and flowers are followed by showy red fruits.
A wonderful small tree with red or green foliage. Diverse foliage forms of seedlings from one of the most beloved small trees; JCRA's symbol.
Acer sikkimense subsp. metcalfii
Metcalf's snakebark maple
This very rare maple comes from seed collected in China in 2012. It grows into a small tree with red new growth and striated bark.
With lovely pink flowers and fragrant leaves that draw pollinators, this yarrow is a wonderful addition to any perennial garden. The prolific flowers lend themselves to use in a bouquet, and if allowed, the plant will naturalize. This is a wild species native to Europe. Unlike the modern hybrids, this wild-type is a tall plant ... to 29" unless pinched. Perfect for a well drained meadow garden or cottage garden or rock garden.
Achillea 'Sassy Summer Lemon'
Achimenes 'Harry Williams'
While neither an orchid nor a pansy, this is one cool shade perennial. Garden guru Tony Avent says this is the hardiest Achimenes he has tried. Foliage emerges late in the season, often into June. By July, flowers emerge a deep crimson becoming fuchsia with a golden throat. 'Harry Williams' grows best in light shade.
Acorus gramineus 'Oborozuki'
variegated sweet flag
A wonderful semi-evergreen, marginal aquatic perennial that features a grass-like tuft of narrow golden with green stripes leaf blades (1/4“ wide) that fan outward to 6-12” tall. It is commonly grown in water gardens and boggy areas. Foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised.
Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'
golden sweet flag
Brilliant butter-yellow variegated foliage. Good for accent, mass plantings, water's edge, or shallow ponds. Excellent choice to brighten up a dark moist area of the garden.
We collected seed of this bellflower (MWZ18-001) growing along the rocky banks of a stream in Moon Valley, Gansu, in 2018. It should make airy plants with ¾" true blue bell-shaped flowers in summer. We haven't tried this one outdoors yet but it should be perfectly hardy in average garden soil in sun to part shade.
southern maidenhair fern
Mairis's maidenhair fern
Adina rubella 'Purple Flower'
purple Chinese buttonbush
A fine foliaged shrub with reddish new growth. Purplish Sputnik-like flowers adorn this Chinese relative of our native buttonbush.
Ever Twilight bicolor agapanthus
A 2019 Chelsea Flower Show winner. Early bloomer. Rebloomer. Also sold under the trademark name Fireworks.
Agastache 'Blue Boa'
Strong upright growth habit.
Low water needs
Pringle's giant hyssop
The three-inch long, dense floral heads of Agastache pringlei are composed of whorls of 1/2-inch, tubular pink flowers with darker pink calyces. The mint-like foliage is very aromatic. This flowers non-stop through the season.
rough century plant
Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost'
variegated bracted century plant
This lovely little agave is an absolute showstopper with a bright white margin along each of the stiff (and non-spiny!) leaves. Plant in a protected spot or even better grow it as a forgiving container plant. It likes a bit of shade making it easy to grow even indoors.
Agave 'Crazy Horse'
Agave multifilifera 'Starshine'
This one is a real looker. A tight rosette of numerous 1/2" wide leaves each with a wide edge of white and an abundance of curly white hairs. It makes an easy-care, dramatic container plant where it is not winter-hardy.
Agave potatorum 'Becky'
This cultivar has a wide cream-colored center to the bluish, scalloped edged leaves. It does offset. This needs to be grown as a houseplant or summer container plant as it is not winter hardy
Agave potatorum 'Blue Winds'
Agave schidigera 'Royal Flush'
Spectacularly variegated cultivar with its very wide yellow margins to its leaves. This one is very slow growing.
Agave schidigera 'Shira-ito-no-ohi'
queen of white century plant
This is one of the showiest of the variegated agaves available—although rarely easy to acquire! The small rosettes grow to only about 12" tall. Each of the evergreen, succulent leaves is broadly and evenly outlined with bright white and tipped with a burgundy spine. White, threadlike filaments curl along the leaf margins. This is marginally hardy at best but makes a showy container plant.
This small agave will fit into any sunny,
well-drained spot in the garden where the thin, sharp-tipped leaves make a tight ball of shimmering blue-green. In mid-summer, a tall, 8' bottlebrush flower spike erupts from the rosette much to the delight of gardeners and hummingbirds alike.
Agave toumeyana var. bella
hardy century plant
This lovely agave grows to only about 6" by 10" in attractive rosettes. Offsets readily form a tight colony perfect for a small scale ground cover or filling a pot. Always grow in a well-drained soil to ensure survival. Mature plants bear 4' flower spikes attractive to people and hummingbirds.
This lovely pollinator-friendly evergreen shrub features dark green leaves and long lasting, large white flowers.
silver and gold chrysanthemum
This chrysanthemum forms an attractive bushy mound of lobed green leaves edged with silver that are appealing all season long. Small yellow button flowers appear very late in the fall, sometimes lasting until Christmas. Easily divided in early spring.
Ajuga 'Cordial Canary'
Feathered Friends bugleweed
The first ever yellow foliaged Ajuga. Bright yellow foliage brightens up a shade garden and really offsets its blue flowers. It is a sport of Ajuga 'Valfredda', the one known as 'Chocolate Chip', so it has the same tiny leaves.
Ajuga 'Noble Nightingale'
Feathered Friends bugleweed
Narrow foliaged creeping ground cover with dark purple and green leaves.
Ajuga reptans 'Dixie Chip'
tricolor carpet bugle
This variegated seedling from the popular 'Chocolate Chip' carpet bugle has small, tidy leaves like its parent but differs in the brightly variegated foliage splashed with pink and white. It makes a lovely evergreen ground cover or can be grown at the base of shrubs to cover the bare stems.
Chocolate Chip bugleweed
The extremely dwarf habit and chocolate foliage is best utilized as a small area ground cover. It forms a foliage mat to only 2" tall of tiny, shiny, oval leaves which are chocolate with burgundy highlights. The bluish purple flowers appear in spring on spikes rising slightly above the foliage.
This heat and humidity tolerant, flavorful addition to an herb garden or planter offers flat leaves with excellent onion-garlic flavor and 3-4 weeks of lavender, pom-pom shaped blooms in summer. Leaves and flowers are edible.
Allium hookeri var. muliense
Bright green foliage and small heads of yellow flowers make this a great addition to your perennial garden.
Allium nutans 'Pam Harper'
Allium nutans features wide twisting leaves. Flower stalks arise in June and twist and nod before standing up when flowers open. 'Pam Harper' has white flowers that can take on a pale pink cast when exposed to cool nights. Leaves may be used like chives in cooking. Dried flowers should be saved for arrangements.
Egyptian walking onion
"As their scientific name "Allium proliferum" states, these hardy little onions are very "prolific." After planting them in your garden you will have onions every year for years to come!" (http://www.egyptianwalkingonion.com/)
Alocasia 'Mayan Mask'
This robust elephant ear bears strongly ribbed upright foliage highlighted by coppery-purple backsides. It is easy to grow in the garden and will grow to 8' if given plenty of water and fertilizer. Bring inside to a bright window in winter or mulch very well and cross your fingers.
Alocasia 'Regal Shields'
upright elephant ear
'Regal Shields' has almost black, glossy foliage with burgundy undersides
Amsonia elliptica forms a tight clump of upright stems about 18" to 24" tall. The stems are topped in spring by clusters of pale blue starry flowers. Fall color is a nice gold. This beauty is a tough plant for full sun to light shade and most soils.
Outstanding golden foliage color in the fall makes it a must for the border. Has a blue star like flower in the spring. Mounding form with fine-textured narrow foliage turning orange or gold in fall.
A hybrid distinguished by its relatively late bloom time and compact size.
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Prinz Heinrich'
‘Prinz Heinrich’ (often sold as 'Prince Henry') is a vigorous, mounding, Japanese anemone that spreads by creeping rhizomes. Beautiful semi-double, 2-inch deep rose flowers with yellow stamens on long, upright, wiry-but-graceful, branching stems.
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii 'Pumpkin'
Soft pumpkin-orange is a great new color twist on this old favorite. Hummingbirds and butterflies love it's nectar! This tough Texas native is also DEER RESISTANT! Cut to the ground in spring for denser growth.
Fuzzy gray leaves are evergreen and deer resistant. This heat lover from Spain blooms in summer.
broad-leafed perennial snapdragon
Kirigami Red & White bicolor columbine
NC State fans also have a columbine to support their school. Early bloomer.
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Nora Barlow'
Double flowered spurless pink and white variety blooms a bit later than normal.
A California endemic plant native to the San Francisco Bay area. Thin, hairy stems rise from a basal rosette of fuzzy leaves bearing small flowers with bright purplish-pink petals in winter to spring. A nice rock garden or edging perennial in well drained soil. Short-lived but seeds around.
hardy rabbit's foot fern
We've been quite impressed with this Asian fern with its lacy fronds arising from fuzzy rhizomes which creep across the ground. In loose soil on a slope, it will spread to form nice patches in short order. Like all ferns, it is pretty much deer proof.
Arbutus unedo 'Elfin King'
compact strawberry tree
Looking for fall and winter interest? Why settle for just fruit or just flowers? Drooping clusters of Pieris-like, creamy-white flowers in autumn appear just as the previous year's fruits begin to ripen. The 1" fruits are sweet and hang like bright red ornaments from the rounded shrub.
Ardisia japonica 'Andre the Giant'
Makes a lovely houseplant.
Ardisia japonica 'Angyo Pixie'
This dwarf evergreen ground cover came to us from our good friend Ted Stephens at Nurseries Caroliniana. It makes a wonderful carpet even in deep shade where the spreading stems are topped by dark green leaves with small white to pale pink flowers followed by red fruit. Marlberries have been among the JCRA's favorite plants since our earliest days and continue to be among our top choice for shade gardens.
hardy Dutchman's pipe
White veined leaves and fascinating flowers on this short trailing plant. Host plant for pipevine swallowtail butterflies, so don't kill any caterpillars feeding on the foliage.
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Powis Castle artemisia
A noteworthy and often mainstay foliage plant for perennial borders. Fine textured, silvery foliage becomes mounded and billowy throughout the growing season. Full sun is a must and one should expect spreading. Cut back judiciously in winter every few years to maintain shape and form.
Arum italicum subsp. italicum
Tropical looking foliage all winter with glossy arrow shaped leaves veined with cream. Summer dormant. Best when sited under deciduous shrubs and trees so that it has winter sun and summer shade. Zone 6.
Arundo donax 'Peppermint Stick'
white variegated giant reed
In fall, clumps are topped with 18" bronze-colored plumes.
Chinese wild ginger
These are a bit of a mystery because they came from the NCBG as A. incarnata, and very likely to be correctly identified, yet they are distinct in a number of ways from the selections of this species that are in the nursery trade, specifically the cultivars 'Ice Ballet' and 'Ballerina' , first and foremost is that they persist in the garden. I've never kept 'Ice Ballet' and 'Ballerina' alive for more than a year or two. This wild type has smaller leaves that are slightly hairy, it is taller (about 4 to 5') and doesn't branch until about half way up the stem. The flower clusters are similar but are smaller. It is showy and of course the flowers are highly attractive to pollinators and the leaves support monarch butterfly caterpillars. Best in a moist to wet site but will tolerate average soil if not excessively dry
This selection of our native and beloved butterfly weed grows naturally on clay soils and is much better adapted for heavy clay sites than the typical form. Flowers provide nectar for butterflies, and foliage provides food for monarch, gray hairstreak and queen butterflies.
Sprenger's asparagus can be grown as an indoor plant or a container plant that can be moved inside for the winter. Its fine needle-like leaves give it a soft, fluffy appearance, but its tough stems are sparsely covered with spines. Native to South Africa, it’s an invasive weed in Hawaii, Florida, New Zealand and Australia.
This feathery-textured member of the lily family makes an open mound of green stems clothed with soft "needles" resembling a conifer as much as anything else. Dangling clusters of rosy flowers are showy for an asparagus and are followed by red fruits.
This native of Austria, Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, flourishes in sunny, dry meadows. In summer, flower spikes of pale yellow,
star-shaped flowers adorn this clump-forming perennial. Upright form adds vertical interest to the garden. Attractive blue-green, grass-like leaves makes it a special addition to any garden.
White-flowered asphodel is an herbaceous perennial with 2' tall foliage and 5' tall flower stalks. Best grown in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Established plants are drought tolerant. Plants go deciduous in summer after bloom.
Aspidistra basalis 'Green Jeans'
cast iron plant
A tall, narrow-leaved Aspidistra the 30" × 1.5" leaves slowly spread to a 4' patch. The purple flowers are unusual but are produced at ground level in the middle of winter and so go unnoticed unless you are specifically looking for them.
Aspidistra oblanceifolia 'Nagoya Stars'
speckled cast iron plant
Aspidistra sichuanensis 'Spotty'
cast iron plant
Aspidistra sichuanensis 'Spotty' forms a 15" tall clump of arching 30" long leaves, of which 9" are the basal stalk. Each heavily patterned leaf is adorned with irregular large, dull yellow spots.
scott's spleenwort or dragontail fern
hart's tongue fern
An easy fern, much beloved by the Victorians, which forms tight rosettes of mid-green leaves. It is very easy in a moist, well-drained, partly shaded spot and is 100% deer proof! Grows best in shade; 18" tall and wide.
Aster ageratoides 'Ashvi'
white Asian aster
This lovely perennial aster is native across east Asia from Siberia down to Taiwan and will tolerate just about anything you can throw its way from full sun to relatively deep shade. Pure white flowers with a gold eye cover the plant from late summer well into fall. It is exceptionally cold hardy, spreading politely by underground rhizomes to make nice clumps to about 30" tall. (3.5" pot)
Aster ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki'
Aster ageratoides var. scaberulus
This Asian woodland aster from the wild collection from seed makes a spreading clump of sandpaper-textured foliage topped in fall by cheery white daisies. It is quite easy to grow and seems happiest in a bit of shade. Once established, will tolerate and even thrive in dry shade with occasional watering to keep it going during the driest stretches.
Aster laevis 'Bluebird'
This late summer blooming aster is covered in pale blue blooms. Pollinators love it.
Native to the Himalayas from Nepal to Sikkim, this herbaceous perennial grows upright to 3' tall. Flowers are small, light purple with yellow centers and occur in clusters. Slender branches are numerous, and leaves are narrow.
Astilbe cf. longicarpa
This astilbe (MWT14-981) collected in Taiwan at over 5400' by the JCRA was growing on damp rock faces with long narrow seed heads. We think the airy panicles of dainty white flowers should look lovely in a woodland garden.
Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'
A deciduous fern with lacy foliage that grows into a shuttlecock-like shape.
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
Japanese painted fern
Athyrium otophorum 'Okanum'
earred lady fern
A beautiful Asian fern with triangular, plastic-feeling, pewter-green fronds and dark reddish stipes. Average to slightly moist soils are preferred.
Aucuba japonica 'Cecil-Alice'
A wonderful aucuba introduced by Plant Delights nursery. The compact shrub is heavily mottled and streaked with gold. The female plant supposedly has white fruits as well. A truly distinct form of aucuba. Japanese aucuba is one of the best evergreen shrubs for dry shade.
Aucuba japonica 'Goldilocks'
variegated Japanese aucuba
Aucuba japonica 'Hosoba Hoshifu'
Aucubas are must-have shrubs for the shade garden. This unusual Japanese form is somewhat compact, growing to about 6' tall. It bears conspicuously narrow foliage heavily speckled with gold. The variegation is much brighter than most other forms of aucuba. Mostly inconspicuous purple flowers give rise to large red fruits on this female form. Great for brightening up a shady spot where it will tolerate significant drought once established.
Aucuba japonica 'Limbata'
gold margin Japanese aucuba
One of the showiest Aucuba selections, broad yellow margins around each leaf become nearly white over time. A slow, compact grower, it is a female clone, so it can produce showy red fruit if a male is nearby.
Aucuba japonica f. longifolia
narrowleaf Japanese aucuba
Green evergreen shrub for the shade with long, attractive, pointed leaves and abundant fruiting. If male plants are nearby, it produces red berries. Native to Japan and Korea. Hardy to Zone 7.
Aucuba japonica (Ozzie Johnson dwarf)
A very nice, very compact Aucuba with longish, glossy dark green foliage that's very lightly speckled with bright gold spots. Even gardeners of a delicate constitution should love this modestly ornamented Aucuba.
Aucuba japonica (Paul James seedling No. 6)
variegated Japanese aucuba
This 5 to 8-foot shrub really pops in a shady location thanks to gorgeous leaves that feature a yellow-gold central section bordered by bright green edges that are speckled with yellow.
Aucuba japonica 'Subaru'
variegated Japanese aucuba
Aucuba japonica 'Subaru' has heavily gold-spotted evergreen leaves. This female selection is a demur 4' tall. Needs a male nearby to produce red winter fruit.
Aucuba japonica 'Tatsumaki'
'Tatsumaki' is a Japanese selection whose name means 'tornado', describing its oddly twisted, long, dark green, leaves (6" × 2"). Your shade garden has plenty of room for this great plant, since it grows to only 3' tall in seven years. Relatively new in the trade, 'Tatsumaki' has performed well for us in the JCRA Lath House since 2012.
Bambusa multiplex 'Fernleaf'
dwarf clumping fernleaf bamboo
Clumping bamboo perfect for the small garden. Small green leaves emerge all along the canes like fern fronds. Fully evergreen down into the teens. Root hardy to about -5F.
Baptisia 'Brownie Points'
The unconventional flower color is quite lovely on a mature specimen. Drought tolerate!
Baptisia 'Grape Taffy'
A dwarf cultivar for smaller gardens.
Baptisia 'Royal Candles'
Baptisia 'Royal Candles'
A Plant Delights Nursery introduction from 2015 featuring tall purple-violet flowers on purple spikes.
blue orchid tree
This Madagascar native small tree is not hardy for us in Raleigh, but it is pretty enough to put into a potted plant or bonsai collection. Tiny leaves and pale blue flowers late in the warm season.
Begonia 'Chandler's Hardy'
Shangri-La hardy begonia
Beautiful palmate olive-green leaves with silver spots are followed in the late summer by pale pink flowers. Prefers plenty of mulch and a moist location. A Shayne Chandler collection from China.
Begonia 'Cotes de Castillon'
This cold hardy begonia has large 10" glossy silvery leaves with a maroon back, held at the end of burgundy petioles. The clumps are adorned with pink flowers, but these are mostly produced below the foliage. The key to outdoor survival in cold winter climates is keeping the soil dry in the winter months.
Begonia grandis 'Pink Teardrops'
Easy to grow, hardy begonia for woodland gardens offers plentiful pink blooms from June through September. A Plant Delights/JLBG 2017 introduction.
Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery'
3" pot; A real wow of a hardyish begonia with star-like leaves of silver with a burgundy center and veins. Mulch well and perhaps take some cuttings as insurance but this plant should survive unless the rhizomes freeze. Named for a legendary Jazz singer.
Begonia aff. palmata
Collected by plant explorer Dan Hinkley (DJHM 13008) on the slopes of Mt. Phonganrazi at 9000' elevation during a 2013 trip to Myanmar. Beautifully marbled leaves. Winter mulch suggested.
hardy foot begonia
Beautiful palmate, green, maple-esque leaves have reddish veins and are followed in summer with white to pale pink flowers. Prefers plenty of mulch and a moist location. Has been fully winter hardy here at the JCRA.
A lovely silver-leafed hardy begonia with pink summer flowers. Juniper Level Botanic Garden has found it hardy in their garden to the upper teens. We recommend mulching well. An excellent houseplant. 18" tall and wide.
Begonia aff. taipeiensis
A very newly described begonia hybrid found in northern Taiwan. Pink flowers on a semi-epiphytic plant that grows on moss covered rocks or in ordinary garden soil. Can be grown in warm climates outdoors or as a houseplant.
This barberry is native to southeastern Tibet, growing on sunny, steep slopes in well-drained locations. It is an attractive, dwarf, semi-evergreen shrub that forms a low (18” tall), wide spreading mound. Leaves are small, diamond-shaped and stems have long spines. Berries are pendent, scarlet, and shiny. These plants were grown from seed obtained from National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Ireland, and we invite you to trial this one along with us.
We don't really know much about this birch from northern Europe and neither does anyone else apparently. It may be a variety of B. pubescens or a naturally occurring hybrid. It appears to form a compact to groundcovering plant in its natural habitat but will likely grow larger in a warmer area.
Bletilla striata 'Albostriata'
variegated ground orchid
This showy Japanese ground orchid has a very subtle white edge to each of the 20" pleated leaves. Deep magenta-purple flowers brighten the garden in early spring. This plant will clump up quickly in the garden.
This unique clumping perennial features sandpaper-like leaves that split into 2 lobes (thus, biloba) at the ends. Lush and lovely addition to the garden.
Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'
Brugmansia 'Inca Sun'
hybrid angel's trumpet
One of the most floriferous of all angel's trumpets, starting earlier than most and flowering continuously through summer.
Buddleja 'Blue Chip Jr.'
Lo & Behold dwarf butterfly bush
From the breeding program of NCSU's Denny Werner comes one of his newest additions to the dwarf butterfly bushes. 'Blue Chip Jr.' is a really little dwarf, reaching only 20"-28" tall. It is perfect for containers or small garden spots.
Mexican butterfly bush
This plant hails from Mexico, where it makes a sizable tree used in tough spots like parking lots. In central North Carolina, it just won't form a tree but instead makes a lovely shrub with gorgeous large silvery foliage. Fragrant white flowers in late fall, though not particularly showy, add to the plant's appeal and provide nectar for a variety of pollinators.
Buddleja davidii 'Potter's Purple'
This is a perfect addition to the back of a sunny perennial border.
Buddleja 'Grand Cascade'
The largest flowers of any butterfly bush bar none. Incredible. This inter specific hybrid is sterile, so no seedlings are produced.
Buddleja 'Lilac Cascade'
12 to 18-inch fragrant, puffy, pale lilac flower panicles cascade down like a waterfall all summer from this 4-foot pollinator magnet. Beautiful!
Everyone needs an evergreen butterfly-bush! This South African shrub bears tough, corrugated leaves all year through. The deep sage green leaves are highlighted by silvery hairs covering the stems and undersides of the leaves and the small flowers are very pleasantly fragrant.
Buddleja 'Miss Molly'
The former JC Raulston Arboretum director, Denny Werner, bred this brightly colored beauty. Functionally sterile and noninvasive in areas like the northeast where others can be a problem.
Buddleja 'Miss Violet'
The former JC Raulston Arboretum director, Denny Werner, bred this grape-colored beauty. Functionally sterile and noninvasive in areas like the northeast where others can be a problem.
Buddleja 'Purple Haze'
compact butterfly bush
This compact butterfly-bush from Denny Werner's breeding program is compact without being stiff. It grows as a low plant with horizontal branching and loads of long, deep purple, sterile flower spikes all summer long. Full sun, 36" tall by 40" wide.
South African sage-wood
Buddleja 'SMNBDO' (Pugster Periwinkle)
Another in the Monrovia series of dwarf butterfly bushes. Pugster Periwinkle has fragrant soft purple flowers (large for such a tiny plant) in summer and a tiny 24" height. Grows best in full sun. Hardy in zones 5–9.
A Tony Avent collection (A1SA-097) from South Africa at 8000' near the Tiffendell Ski Resort. It has been hardy in Raleigh where the 20" lower stems bear bright yellow flowers.
Rarely offered in the trade, this is a superior dwarf boxwood for the Deep South. It has charming bright green leaves, plus a distinct, dense, rounded form. It can form a multi-stemmed mound with foliage to the ground. Drought tolerance and pest resistance is better than most boxwoods.
Buxus harlandii 'Goliath'
Buxus harlandii is one of our favorite boxwoods with distinctive foliage and growth habit. This form popped up in the Southeast and looks like the species on steroids. There is no better group of plants for dry shade than boxwoods.
A very rarely encountered shrub, Henry's boxwood makes a 5- to 9-foot evergreen shrub with some of the largest leaves of any temperate boxwood, sometimes to over 2 inches long. Sun to shade, zone 7 at least.
Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Unraveled'
weeping Japanese boxwood
Buxus microphylla 'Peergold'
Golden Dream variegated boxwood
'Peergold' is a compact, low-mounded, evergreen cultivar of boxwood that features bright green leaves, variegated with irregular golden yellow margins. Growth habit is nice and tight, and foliage is very dense. Great for small garden spaces. Deer and Rabbit tolerant.
Buxus microphylla var. riparia
This boxwood variety is a small-leafed plant forming a mid-sized shrub with a somewhat more lax and open habit than the typical species. It makes a lovely addition to the garden and is especially nice in a woodland setting.
Buxus sempervirens 'Aurea Pendula'
variegated common boxwood
Boxwoods are standard plants of most landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic states of the eastern U.S. They are superb, deer-resistant, landscape shrubs. This selection has an upright form with branches that weep toward the tips with a light yellow variegation. Avoid poorly drained sites.
Buxus sempervirens 'Kingsville'
Buxus 'Kingsville' is a very slow growing, mounding plant that would be prefect for a small space in your garden. It also makes a great container plant.
Buxus sempervirens 'Northland'
columnar common boxwood
Evergreen shrub to 4' tall by 2' wide. Popular as a hedge shrub or topiary. Deer usually leave boxwood alone. A narrowly columnar selection of boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'
dwarf English boxwood
The classic English boxwood with a softly rounded outline. Perfect for foundation plantings but also one of the best evergreens for shade gardens.
Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley'
'Vardar Valley' stands out among our collection for its low, spreading form, and distinct, blue-green foliage. It has been widely touted for its cold hardiness, but the foliage probably distinguishes it most from other boxwoods. Hardy throughout North Carolina.
Buxus sinica var. insularis (spreading dwarf)
spreading dwarf boxwood
We received this plant several years ago from Appledoom Landscape Nursery. This tall, slow ground-cover has settled in quite well in the shady garden here at the JCRA and we think it has real landscape potential.
This dark green, evergreen shrub is an attractive candidate for southern gardens with its nice foliage and tolerance of shady growing conditions. Add the unusually large-sized leaves and you have a highly textural shrub that can be used to add to a subtropical-like planting in your garden.
Superbells Strawberry Punch calibrachoa
This popular annual bears miniature petunia flowers. Best in a container, hanging basket or windowbox where the trailing habit can be appreciated.
Callicarpa americana 'Berries and Cream'
variegated American beautyberry
Callicarpa means beautiful fruit/seeded (kallos = beauty and karpos = fruit) and we certainly agree. 'Berries and Cream' is an excellent for name for this selection since each leaf has a nice creamy marbled pattern with stems of large bright purple berries. Delightful!
Callicarpa americana (ex. 'Welch's Pink')
Callicarpa americana var. lactea
white American beautyberry
These are seedlings from a plant growing at the JCRA. All the seedlings should be white fruited because the parent plant is fairly isolated from the purple-fruited varieties) but you never know what kind of hanky panky goes on in the arboretum at night!
Callicarpa americana (pink fruited wild collection)
pink fruited American beautyberry
American beautyberry has fragrant, fuzzy green foliage. Loads of small, pinkish to bluish flowers appear in mid--summer to be followed by clumps of pink drupes. Butterflies, bees, and birds love beautyberry. Mosquitoes, ants and other pesky creatures hate it! How wonderful!
Callicarpa americana 'Welch's Pink'
pink American beautyberry
We collected the bright purple fruit of this small, upright beautyberry at the South China Botanical Garden in Guangzhou, China. Narrow leaves emerge with a purple tint before bearing white to lavender flowers, followed by showy purple fruit. It has so far proven to be an excellent garden plant surviving the cold 2014 winter with no problem.
This cultivar of beautyberry makes a medium sized shrub with lavender flowers that give way to masses of glossy purple fruit. This plant was apparently selected and named for the fall foliage which turns a lovely purplish-pink in fall, especially if sited in sun.
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet'
variegated white beautyberry
This Asian beauty matures into a graceful, upright deciduous shrub. Multiple stems with arching branches add to its pleasing form. Butterflies swam it in late summer when clusters of small pink flowers cover the branches. With the arrival of autumn, deep-purple clusters of berries hug the stems.
Callicarpa japonica 'Shiji Murasaki'
Wine Spritzer beautyberry
Unlike most Japanese beautyberries, this form is especially attractive, growing somewhat upright with heavy branching. Its green leaves are very attractively variegated with splashes and speckles of white. New growth emerges pink and young stems are pink.
A truly distinctive beautyberry, hailing from southern China. This deciduous shrub exhibits beautiful narrow, elliptic-shaped leaves, with rich dark purplish-green foliage. Different from all other beautyberries in our collection. The fruit is a lovely pinkish-purple color.
Calycanthus ×raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine'
A hybrid between our native sweetshrub and the Asian species created here at the JCRA. Large, glossy leaves and slightly fragrant deep maroon flowers in spring to early summer. Displays incredible hybrid vigor. We've offered this plant before but it is still one of our favorite garden plants.
Simply Scentsational sweetshrub
An especially fragrant selection of this U.S. native shrub whose flowers emit hints of melon, banana, strawberry, pineapple and either Juicy Fruit or bubble gum (depending on your nose). Flowers in late spring to early summer. Hardy in zones 4–9 in full to part sun.
Camellia ×hiemalis 'Green's Blues'
Blue might be a stretch but the flowers of this camellia have a definite blue tinge that makes them quite different from any other camellia you'll find. Good sized purple buds open to reveal purple-pink double flowers that become decidedly more blue-lavender as they age.
Camellia japonica 'Akashigata'
This robust cultivar offers a profusion of intense pink semi-double flowers accented by saffron stamens from winter into spring. A southern garden favorite, 'Akashigata' will become an evergreen spreading shrub or small tree.
Camellia japonica 'Debutante Benten'
variegated Japanese camellia
Abundant, large, light pink, peony style blooms make a delightful contrast to the glossy, dark green leaves which are delicately edged with white. Perfect for milder regions, and one of the earliest to bloom. Use as an accent in lightly shaded beds or patio containers.
Camellia japonica (fishtail, white w/ red stripes)
fish-tail Japanese camellia
This is a rarely offered camellia, the "fish-tail" camellia, with evergreen leaves that have lobes on their terminal portion. Grows best in part shade and produces single white flowers in spring. It adds a bit more textural interest to an otherwise familiar evergreen landscape shrub.
Camellia japonica 'White By The Gate'
Brighten you winter with this stunning addition to your garden! "White by the Gate" is a large, broadleaf evergreen shrub to small tree with attractive smooth gray branches filled with oval, glossy, toothed, dark green leaves. From late winter to early spring enjoy a display of large, waxy white flowers. Excellent for cutting!
Camellia sinensis (large flower)
tea tree camellia
Noted for its large, glossy dark green, saw-toothed edged leaves, in fall this cultivar produces delicate, fragrant, single flowers with bright yellow stamens. True to its 'tea tree' moniker, young leaves are used for green tea, older leaves for oolong and black tea and buds for white tea.
Camellia 'Snow Flurry'
Camellia ×vernalis 'Egao Corkscrew'
contorted vernal camellia
Add this delightful perennial to your cut flower garden, or grow it to attract more bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It has an attractive, dense, bushy habit, and creamy white, pendent, bell-shaped flowers in late spring. Grow in a well-drained location.
Large, ice blue bells are beautifully displayed on branching stems. Buds are rosy tipped. Low, tight foliage rosette is attractive and remains evergreen. Rich, well-drained soil is best. Native to Greece.
Campsis ×tagliabuana 'Guilfoylei'
This Australian introduction is a vigorous climbing vine with clusters of large, orange-red, trumpet-like flowers that hummingbirds just love. This prolific bloomer is more restrained and has a longer flowering period than the our native species (Campsis radicans).
Canna 'Orange Tiger'
This 5' tall canna lily features variegated foliage of narrow green and yellow stripes. In summer the plants are topped with bicolor flowers of orange with a yellow edge. A recent (2018) introduction from Thailand.
Canna 'Pacific Beauty'
Add luscious purple-grey foliage to your garden, but with intense orange flowers that top the 6' tall clumps...a hummingbird hot spot.
Species canna with upright, bright green stems and tropical-looking foliage and flowers. Blossoms are bright red with a yellow throat. Leaf roller resistant. (rhizome)
Capsicum annuum (perennial form)
Bird's Eye Chili Pepper
Winter hardy at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, this capsicum yields tiny, sperical, hot birds-eye peppers. A lovely addition to the vegetable garden, this can be grown indoors as well.
Capsicum frutescens 'Hot Returns'
perennial edible hot pepper
This cultivar has survived at the Juniper Level Botanic gardens for the last two (mild) winters in a raised bed made from pertmatill, compost, and garden soil. Starting in summer, this 4' shrub produces small, spicy fruits that emerge green and turn a festive yellow, orange, and red as they mature. The fruits persist on the plant long after the top has been killed by fall frost...a colorful Thanksgiving display. Requires excellent winter drainage for survival. Its ultimate cold hardiness remains to be discovered. But the fruits produce plenty of seeds in case the mother plant dies.
Toothwort is an attractive little wildflower of moist deciduous forests. The Cherokee made a poultice of the roots to treat headache. Host plant for falcate orange-tip butterfly.
It's a clump former, not a spreader, and prefers moist soil over dry.
Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger'
'Blue Zinger' is a dense, grass-like sedge with softly, cascading, blue-green leaves. Grow it as a ground cover in dry or moist soil. Although it has soft and fine effect, it is drought tolerant and tough once established. A late winter hair cut will keep it tidy. DEER RESISTANT!
A native sedge useful for wet sites. Gently spreading, it is useful for erosion control
Carex oshimensis 'Everillo'
Evercolor variegated Japanese sedge
The grass experts at Hoffman Nursery says: "What makes this sedge different? Its lime green leaves gradually deepen to solid golden yellow. Adds a color burst to mixed container plantings, garden beds, and borders. Can spread slowly by rhizomes to form a vibrant ground cover".
Among the Carpinus (hornbeams), there probably is none with more beautiful foliage than this species. Carpinus japonica, a small-sized tree reaching about 20' in height, bears attractive, finely-pleated leaves, looking as if they have been pressed. In summer, hop-like fruit catkins appear, light green in color and standing in contrast to the dark green leaves. Best in part-shade to part-sun sites. Hardy throughout NC. We collected this seed in 2011 under collection number MWJ11-652 in the Nagano region of Japan. (3.5" pot)
Caryopteris ×clandonensis 'Inoveris'
Grand Bleu bluebeard
Bluebeard is a wonderful low-mounded, deciduous shrub valued for its fragrance and late summer flowers resembling clouds of blue smoke or mist. Grand Bleu features a shrub-covering bloom of fragrant, deep blue flowers from late summer into fall. Foliage is aromatic when brushed with a hand. Flowers are enjoyed by butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects.
Caryopteris ×clandonensis 'Summer Sorbet'
Caryopteris divaricata 'Blue Butterflies'
This deer-resistant, late summer bloomer is well worth the wait! August through September, it is topped with delightful blue blooms resembling eyelashes. Bees, butterflies and birds love its bouncing flowers. It would be very happy at the back of your sunny border.
Uncommon oak relative from China makes a lovely, thick trunked tree, and is a great addition to any oak lover's garden. Evergreen leaves are quite attractive and acorn-like fruits mature in their second year. Somewhat tender, so plant in a protected spot or under high shade.
A lovely tree from Taiwan suitable for any tough spots in the garden. Orange fruit in fall add to the appeal of this rarely seen landscape tree.
Golden Dragon golden plum yew
This low and wide golden conifer makes a somewhat low, vase-shaped shrub growing to about 3' tall by 5' wide in about five years. It makes the perfect bright, year-round accent to the landscape or a vivid low hedge. Color is brightest in spring and with more sun.
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Mary Fleming'
dwarf Japanese plum yew
This low spreading plum-yew makes a wide ground covering shrub for the shade garden. We've been impressed with its exceptional performance with minimal care for many years. Very low growing here at JCRA.
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Watnong'
spreading Japanese plum yew
Plum-yews are some of the very best conifers for southern landscapes with deep green foliage, great heat tolerance, and very deer resistance. This form is a low spreading evergreen. Our plant is 10 years old and is about 2.5' tall by almost 8' across. Grow in shade to sun.
Cephalotaxus sinensis (Peckerwood dense form)
Chinese plum yew
Ceratostigma griffithii 'Snow Flurries'
white Griffith's leadwort
A Cercis hybrid (canadensis × chinensis) found at Wavecrest nurseries with exceptional cold hardiness (-12°F). It's densely covered in pink flowers in spring. At just 7' (in 10 years), this is a good redbud for a small garden.
Cestrum 'Orange Peel'
'Orange Peel' is a like a living bouquet of pure orange blossoms that, in warmer climates, begin with the first mild days in spring and last until the first hard frost. Having no fragrance during the day, the tubular flowers give off a delightful sweet smell as soon as the sun sets.
Willow-leaved jessamine is often grown as a dieback shrub. It has narrow foliage on vigorous stems that grow up to 5’ in zone 7 north. Its beautiful clusters of orange-yellow flowers are night fragrant. Fruits are black and bead-like.
Chaenomeles (Chris's contorted)
This makes a lovely plant for bringing winter color to the garden and cut stems can be forced indoors for a shot of spring when winter threatens to bring you down.
Chaenomeles japonica 'Pygmaea'
dwarf Japanese flowering quince
Perfect for a holiday display or outdoor pot, this plant is an unknown dwarf cultivar of Chamaecyparis obtusa. This Japanese evergreen will probably grow slowly. If planted in the garden, it may reach 8 feet in 10 years.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Conschlecht'
Night Light gold Hinoki falsecypress
Night Light is a beautiful rounded evergreen shrub with upright to arching branches with golden foliage. Fall color is bronze.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Fern'
dwarf Hinoki cypress
This distinctive, rare, semi-dwarf hinoki cypress has a tightly branched, broad habit with age. It makes a beautiful addition to the garden with its pale chartreuse color and fern-like pattern. It has a tendency to burn in full sun so protection from afternoon sun is beneficial.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Special Variegated'
variegated Hinoki falsecypress
An upright evergreen conifer that really lives up to its name. Loose sprays of green foliage are covered with a glaze of cream white. Easy to grow, it will not burn in full sun once established. Prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained soil. 7’ tall x 3’ wide in 10 years.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Clouded Sky'
blue Sawara falsecypress
A medium sized blue gray form of Sawara falsecypress with both adult and juvenile foliage creating an interesting textural contrast on the same plant. An upright grower, this selection's color will add some cool to the hot summer landscape. Prefers average to well-drained soil.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cream Ball'
dwarf Sawara falsecypress
A dwarf, brightly colored falsecypress growing as a tight mound of creamy colored foliage. Although it starts as a rounded plant, it will become wider than tall as it ages and can eventually grow to 6' or more tall and wide. It is probably best with some protection from afternoon sun.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Juniperoides'
dwarf Sawara falsecypress
This venerable old cultivar makes a rounded shrub to about 3' tall with mint-green juvenile foliage for a soft-textured addition to the garden. In 5 years it has doubled in size in our Japanese garden.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold'
gold thread Sawara falsecypress
A great form of gold thread cypress that only gets 4'–6' feet tall and twice as wide. We imagine it will get taller than listed, but still should stay low and wide. Best gold color is in full sun.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Aurea Nana'
dwarf goldplume Sawara falsecypress
This rounded shrub has bright yellow, fluffy foliage throughout the years. It grows to approximately 1M in 10 years. A light annual trim is beneficial.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Intermedia'
moss Sawara falsecypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Vintage Gold'
"Vintage gold" sports bright golden, fern-like foliage that is soft to the touch and holds its color well throughout the seasons. It's neat, compact, rounded mound and cheerful color make a happy addition to the garden.
Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Barton'
Barton’ matures into a handsome and very stately tree. The foliage has a blue cast and is soft in appearance. Atlantic white-cedar is native to the Eastern United States and along the Gulf coast from Florida to Mississippi. Easy to grow, tolerating moisture and part shade.
Chamaecyparis thyoides (fastigiate)
This is an extremely narrow form of white cypress.
Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Rubicon'
Juvenile form of our native Atlantic white-cedar with a tight, columnar form; soft blue-green foliage that turns plum-purple in winter. 8'-12' tall by 2'-3' wide. Sun to part shade.
This herbaceous perennial matures to 30" tall and wide with large, tubular pink flowers in mid- to late summer. The foliage has a musky aroma when rubbed. Best in lightly shaded areas in moist but well-drained soil.
Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba'
Large catalpa-like pink flowers are carried from late spring into fall on this showy dryland plant. Happiest on a well-drained soil in full, baking sun where the narrow willowy foliage will flutter and shimmer in the breeze. Zones 7–9.
×Chitalpa tashkentensis 'Morning Cloud'
You just can't beat chitalpa for an exotic bloom. White orchid-like flowers form on this deciduous, small to medium size tree in summer. It is a drought-resistant, fast growing, and multi trunked tree. Its leaves are longer and broader than desert willow, but much smaller than catalpa.
Chloranthus sessilifolius var. austrosinensis
A great herbaceous perennial for the shade garden, this plant's dark foliage, easy growth and restrained white flowers all provide for a great textural addition to the woodland when grown with ferns, hosta and other shade lovers.
Chlorophytum cf. bowkeri
African snake lily
Sierra Leone lily
Normally used as a houseplant or shade-loving patio plant, this foliage plant features bright orange leaf petioles.
Chrysanthemum 'Cathy's Rust'
single-flowered chrysanthemum are superb pollinator supporters
Chrysanthemum (Elizabeth Lawrence pink)
Chrysanthemum 'Gethsemane Moonlight'
Chrysanthemum 'Golden Lida Thomas'
Chrysanthemum 'Lavender Lady'
Chrysanthemum 'Mei Kyo'
A cold hardy garden mum with deep rose double pompon flowers in late fall. Pinch in July to improve branching.
Chrysanthemum 'Miss Gloria's Thanksgiving Day'
Adorable simple, single daisy like flowers at Thanksgiving! The rich lavender petals with golden centers are perfect fall colors. 'Miss Gloria's' sprawling stems work well trained up a fence or into a big shrub such as nandina.
Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink'
Chrysanthemum (single red)
single red daisy mum
Chrysanthemum (single white)
Cistus 'McGuire's Gold'
Grow this one for its brilliant yellow evergreen leaves even more so than the 2.5" white spring flowers. It has made a tidy, full shrub in sunny dry spots in the Arboretum. Although we struggle to keep most rockrose alive at the JCRA, this one and the variegated 'Mickie' have been long-lived and easy for us. Sun and drainage are a must.
Citrus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'
contorted hardy orange
This evergreen clematis was collected by the JCRA in China in 2012. It is likely to be Clematis armandi with large white, spring flowers and evergreen foliage.
Clematis 'Prince Charles'
A profusion of single, semi-nodding violet-blue flowers, 3" across from early summer to early autumn. Pruning Group 3: prune in February.
serrate leaf clematis
A gorgeous little clematis with late summer flowers made up of four thick textured petals which open to show off brown-purple anthers late in the season. The variably fragrant flowers are followed by beautiful seed heads. Grow as a vine or let ramble through the garden. Cut back to the lowest pair of plump buds in winter for the best display.
Clethra alnifolia 'Crystalina'
Sugartina dwarf summersweet clethra
A selection of the U.S. native species with a more garden-friendly compact habit.
Clethra alnifolia 'Hokie Pink'
pink summersweet clethra
This uncommon clethra features fragrant, pale pink, spiky flowers in summer. Clethra prefers moist soil and will grow (and flower well) in either sun or shade. These shrubs spread by root suckers and will need pruning if a tidy shape is desired. 'Hokie Pink' was discovered at the Virginia Tech Arboreum in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'
Enjoy the fragrant spikes of small rich rose-pink summersweet flowers that stand above glossy green foliage and attract butterflies in summer. Its compact habit makes this a great choice for small gardens, in shrub borders, and mixed into perennial borders.
Japanese deciduous small tree with fragrant,white, summer flowers and handsome bark. This will be wonderful addition to the garden. Zone 6–9; Sun/partial shade.
Cloud forest relative of our native clethra is a large tree in its native habitat, southern Mexico. We're not sure how hardy it will be, so plant in a protected spot and cross your fingers or plant in a pot and bring indoors in winter.
Cleyera japonica 'Variegata'
variegated Japanese cleyera
A virtual kaleidoscope of color from one plant, this evergreen shrub has leaves edged with white, creamy yellow, and rosy pink. Small white flowers give rise to black fruits. Best in a spot with good air circulation.
Clinopodium grandiflorum 'Variegata'
A spreading perennial with tubular purple-pink summer flowers and foliage that is speckled with white.
A houseplant with strappy leaves and orange winter flowers. This variegated form is quite rare.
Collinsonia japonica var. hondoensis
An obscure Japanese woodland perennial whose semi-woody stems make it appear shrub-like. Attractive, 3'–4", white to bluish-pink bottlebrush-like flowers appear above the 2'–3' branches in late summer. Easy to grow in light shade or in morning sun. This plant also circulates in plant nerd circles as Keiskea japonica var. hondoensis.
Colocasia esculenta 'Big Dipper'
Colocasia Big Dipper has large dark green cupped up leaves with a slight velvet look to them. It's interesting how the leaves will hold water like a bird bath...and it has runners! Recommended for northern tropical landscapes because of its great shape and the ability to over winter with a little bit of mulch.
Colocasia esculenta 'Coal Miner'
Upright growth habit
Colocasia esculenta 'Maui Gold'
The first clumping gold leaf colocasia, 'Maui Gold' features tight clumps of arching ivory stems that end in large textured chartreuse leaves with a small purple dot where each petiole connects.
Colocasia esculenta (Ozzie Johnson)
This elephant ear's large heart-shaped to arrow-head shaped leaves on long, stout, succulent stems provides a large tropical feel to gardens, large containers, and the water's edge. It is a tuberous, stemless, frost-tender perennial of the arum family. Excellent as a specimen or in groups.
Colocasia gigantea (Thailand giant form)
super-sized elephant ear
Colocasia gigantea makes a huge impact in the garden. It has enormous leaves on tall stalks. Responds well to heat, water, and fertilizer and can get 8' tall!. Marginally hardy, little or no tuber for winter survival, easy from seed.
Comanthosphace japonica 'Gin Santo Naka Fu'
silver Japanese shrub mint
(aka Leucosceptrum japonicum) A shrubby Japanese mint relative grown for its attractive foliage which is not unlike shade coleus. Slowly spreads to form a 5' wide colony in 5 years. If the foliage gets damaged, just cut the stems to the ground and it will re-flush with fresh foliage. The cultivar name 'Gin Santo Naka Fu' is japanese for 'silver with middle spot' which describes this cultivar well. Spikes of late season yellow–white bottlebrushes add to the show but the foliage is always the star. Part sun to shade, zone 5.
Comanthosphace japonica 'Golden Angel'
gold Japanese shrub mint
This very choice and lovely little woodland shrub mint from Japan makes a bold mound of bright gold foliage when it emerges in the spring. A very satisfying presence in the garden all season long, or it can be cut back to encourage a second flush of gold foliage. Fall brings on terminal spikes of pale yellow bottlebrush flowers.
Coniogramme emeiensis 'Golden Zebra'
Etonia rosemary is a short-lived woody perennial, with mature plants living several years before declining. Beautiful pink-lavender lobed flowers with dotted lower petals appear during the summer. These lovely flowers attract many insect visitors, including bees and butterflies.
Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'
dwarf mouse ear coreopsis
A southeast US native perennial with gold flowers in early summer, it stops blooming in mid-summer heat. A mid-summer shearing promotes a fall rebloom. Spreads slowly by stolons into a colony of 6" tall plants. Prefers consistent moisture but not too much and prefers lean soils.
Coreopsis tripteris 'Gold Standard'
A new selection from Mt. Cuba Center.
Coreopsis verticillata 'Novcorcar'
Crème Caramel tickseed
Creme Caramel presents a lovely display of terra cotta colored blooms from Summer until fall, becoming deeper orange-bronze as temperatures get cooler. It has a compact and mounding habit with unique flower color and long flowering period.
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'
Of all the twig dogwoods that we grow at the JCRA, 'Midwinter Fire' stands above all others for its consistent, striking, winter twig coloration, and for its overall vigor and plant health. Outstanding for its consistent displays of yellow fall leaves and vibrant orange to red twigs.
Cornus stolonifera 'Neil Z'
Pucker Up! red osier dogwood
We love this funky red-stemmed dogwood from the Proven Winners line. As they say, "Its glossy, puckered foliage is distinctive as well as attractive. The thick foliage delivers a high degree of leaf spot resistance. Compact growth and bright red winter stems add to this native shrub's appeal."
This super tough tree makes a gorgeous flowering specimen which would make it worth growing alone. The glossy, bright red fruit that follows though is even better and the birds certainly will agree. Golden fall color adds to the charm.
Crinum 'Alamo Village'
This amazing heirloom crinum lily has graced southern gardens for generations. Flower staks with strappy petalled, pale pink flowers appear continuously throughout the summer. There is a reason this passalong plant has lasted so long, it is almost impossible to kill.
A river-dwelling species from India that also grows well in regular garden soil. Flowers are fragrant and have narrow strap-like petals.
Crinum erubescens (Westwego form)
A South American species acquired by crinum collector Vic Lambeau as a passalong from someone in Westwego, LA. This species spreads on rhizomes into a large colony in moist sites. Fragrant white flowers with narrow petals.
Crinum 'Kitty Clint'
Crinum are very easy to grow and will bulk up over time for an outstanding display.
Crinum 'Li'l Stinker'
Plant Delights says: "Crinum 'Li'l Stinker' is at or near the top of the list of the 200 plus Crinum we grow. [It's] topped from Aug - Oct (NC) with 3' tall scapes that terminate in clusters of 12 to 16 rounded, flat-faced, nocturnally opening buttery yellow, fragrant flowers."
Crinum 'Pink Perfume'
Sweetly scented light pink flowers that eventually fade to white appear in mid to late summer on stalks that emerge from green, strap-like foliage.
Crinum 'Summer Nocturne'
The fragrance of this delightful crinum is hard to beat from July until October when the stalks of large flowers grace the strappy clumps in the garden. Each flower petal is pale pink, darkening towards the tip for a bicolor effect. Like all hardy crinum-lilies, this is a hard to kill, long-lived plant.
Crinum (unknown cultivar)
An unknown Crinum cultivar donated by a friend of the arboretum. Do you feel lucky? It is a named cultivar but the label was lost by the donor.
Crocosmia ×crocosmiiflora 'George Davidson'
This unusual Crocosmia has amazing butter yellow blooms on tall, singular stems. Cut and bring George Davidson inside gorgeous bouquets. Deer and rabbit resistant!
Alabama croton is a rare, semi-evergreen southern native.Leathery leaves have silver undersides in summer and turn brilliant orange in fall. Yellow flowers in spring. Prefers moist locations and is deer resistant. It's loose open habit, looks best when it is planted with other shrubs.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Bandai Sugi'
dwarf Japanese cedar
Cryptomeria japonica 'Giokumo'
This slow growing form of Japanese cedar makes an upright shrub to 8' tall with bright green foliage. Excellent as a specimen or a low-care hedge.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Lemonade'
Typical Cryptomeria form that is distinguished by pale yellow foliage. A pyramidal tree up to 20' in 10 years. Introduced by Cedar Lodge Nursery in New Zealand in 2009.
Cryptomeria japonica var. radicans
'Radicans' is a fast-growing tree with a columnar to pyramidal growth habit.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan'
goldtip Japanese cedar
Native to deserts from Canada to New Mexico, this gourd grows a 25' vine with 4" yellow-orange flowers that open in early morning. Pollinated flowers result in small green-striped gourds in fall. Garden guru Tony Avent says Cucurbita foetidissima has performed well in our wet, humid summers.
Cunninghamia lanceolata var. konishii
Formosan China-fir is a stately, large coniferous tree that can reach 75' tall in its native haunts. Thick, green needles are 1"–3" long, and are spirally arranged on branches. These plants were grown from seed (MWT14-871) collected by Mark Weathington during his trip to Taiwan in 2014.
Cupressus arizonica var. stephensonii (dwarf form)
A southern California shrub with two tiny populations, one near the Cuyamaca mountains in San Diego county and the other at bit further south in Baja California . It is currently listed as critically endangered with just 30-40 individuals remaining in the wild. The best way to preserve a tree like this is spread it around. This cypress has beautiful smooth pale silvery-gray bark with cinnamon highlights and small acorn-sized cones. We have been growing ours near our parking lot for 11 years now so we think it is hardy.
Cupressus arizonica 'Sulfurea'
yellow Arizona cypress
This is an old French clone of Arizona cypress that bears creamy-yellow suffused foliage, creating a warm-toned appearance to older plants that contrasts wonderfully with blue-leaved counterparts. Full sun is necessary. Zone 7a.
The classic Italian cypress seen in formal European gardens. Native to the mountains of Iran, and brought to Italy for cultivation.
Vietnam golden cypress
This beautiful, but super-rare, critically endangered conifer (also known as Xanthocyparis vietnamensis) was only described in the last decade and has been impossible to procure. The parent plant growing in Dan Hinkley's garden makes a spectacular, symmetric cone of dense foliage.
×Cuprocyparis leylandii 'Mellow Yellow'
variegated Leyland cypress
This gold form of Leyland cypress makes an attractive, quick growing conifer for a sunny spot in the garden. The gold foliage is not quite so garish as some of the other gold conifers and is instead more of a yellow wash over the green foliage. Plants will grow to about 15'-20' in 10 years or can be kept pruned smaller. Full sun to light shade.
Curcuma petiolata 'Emperor'
variegated hidden ginger
Curcuma Emperor has broad showy green leaves with bright white borders. These rise from a neat upright clump that will spread over time via creeping rhizomes. In mid summer, fragrant "hidden" flowers come out pink then fade to white. Go dormant after first frost.
Cyclamen hederifolium Ashwood Nurseries Silver Leaf Group
When the leaves and flowers are about to go dormant, these brilliant pools of silver will brighten your garden. These plants are especially nice below deciduous trees and shrubs. Expect them to seed politely around your garden, never becoming a nuisance, simply creating more winter interest.
Cyclamen hederifolium var. hederifolium f. albiflorum
Delightful, pink or white flowers emerge directly from the ground each fall followed by dark green silvery patterned leaves. May take a few years to establish, but it will eventually self-seed and become abundant.
Lemon grass can be both a fountain grass in the garden and a wonderful addition to Asian and Indian recipes in the kitchen, where the crushed stalks impart a wonderful lemon aroma. Overwinter indoors.
A relative of the cultivated artichoke, this plant has a wilder habit but the same brilliant and beautiful thistle-like flowers. Long silvery leaves on stems to 8' tall are topped in summer with thorny golf–ball or larger flower buds that open into a striking flower.
Cyperus albostriatus 'Nanus'
dwarf umbrella plant
Imagine your garden carpeted with a miniature forest of "palm trees" (6"–10"). This dwarf cyperus grows best in wet spots, but will also spread slowly in dry ground. It even makes a great water garden plant.
A sedge from Madagascar and much of Africa with a whorl of leaflets atop stems for a distinctive textural accent. Can be grown in a water garden or as a perennial in a damp spot. Grows to 3-5’. Full sun.
yellow bleeding heart vine
Delicate fern-like leaves on this vine and yellow bleeding-heart-like flowers.
A fine broadleaved evergreen shrubs with arching branches to 3' in height and 4' wide with great age. Beautiful red winter fruit. Rarely seen commercially due to propagation issues and slow growth. A wonderful no fuss shade plant and cut branches which last for ages.
Daphne odora 'Wild Winter'
variegated winter daphne
No garden should be without a winter daphne. In winter, its rosy buds open to lemony-sweet, pinkish-white flowers. Its dome of evergreen foliage is attractive all year. This selection boasts narrow leaves with an irregular central gray-green zone outlined by white.
Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'
Daphne odora's low mound prglossy evergreen foliage is covered in late winter by masses of slightly pink tinged, white flowers. The same lemony sweet fragrance with even more flowers! What could be more wonderful? Daphne odora is best in a very well-drained soil.
Strappy, serrate edged blue foliage makes a perfect ball in the garden and adds great spiky texture to drought-tolerant landscapes. Small teeth along the foliage edges make it best planted away from foot traffic areas. This plant thrives in nutrient-poor soils, full sun and drought conditions.
Delosperma ashtonii 'Blut'
A ground-hugging evergreen succulent with deep magenta flowers. A great ground cover, rock garden plant, or container plant. We like to use ice-plants in our flowering lawn.
Excellent succulent ground cover for pots, flowering lawns, rock walls, etc.
Fire Spinner blazing hot iceplant
Hardy ice plants are native to South Africa but are amazingly hardy in North America, provided they are grown in the sun and in very well-drained soil. Fire Spinner™ has stunning tri-colored flowers with a bright apricot perimeter, magenta at the base, and a white eye.
tufted hair grass
This small handsome grass with pleated foliage has a clean look in the garden. Does well in moist spots with light shade. Flowers emerge in May in shades from yellow to purple, and are showy well into the summer.
Deutzia coreana var. triradiata
Clusters of small white flowers appear in spring against a backdrop of dark green foliage. With small, cut-edged leaves and an informal shape, this hardy shrub adds beauty and interest to a sunny garden.
Deutzia crenata 'Summer Snow'
'Summer Snow' has lovely white flowers in late spring and attractive medium green, deciduous leaves with white markings. It forms a low, broad mound typically 2'–4' tall and 3'–4' wide with slender branches. Native to Japan and southeastern China. Hardy in Zones 5–8.
Deutzia ×hybrida 'Tourbillon Rouge'
A lovely compact shrub with masses of large mauve-pink flowers in late spring or early summer, Tourbillon Rouge draws colorful pollinators that stand out against the grey-green foliage.
In late spring and early summer, this deutzia is adorned with dangling clusters of white star-shaped flowers often touched with pink. The bark provides winter interest, as it peels to expose the orange bark beneath.
Deutzia scabra 'Pink Minor'
Invite many small visitors to your garden with this pretty shrub. Its fragrant pink flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. Water regularly, but be careful not to over water. Zones 5-8.
Deutzia setchuenensis var. corymbiflora
Dianthus 'Chris's Passalong'
perennial sweet William
Brighten up your spring garden with this hybrid sweet william discovered by JCRA staff member, Chris Glenn. When Chris moved from Texas, he brought from his garden this hardy little charm to share. The brilliant little flowers have fringed petals of neon deep pink.
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'A12231-0'
Mighty Mini Miss Rose Cheddar pink
A compact and especially floriferous selection.
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Feuerhexe'
Firewitch Cheddar pink
Drought, heat, and humidity tolerant
This Bulgarian-Romanian carnation or garden-pink makes a mat of blue-green foliage and holds its pink, clove-scented flowers well above the leaves. It grows naturally in poor, well-drained soils, so it should perform best in sandy or otherwise well-drained soils like those of a rock garden.
Dianthus plumarius 'Itsaul White'
white feathered pink
Pure white semi-double flowers are heavily fringed.
Dianthus 'Sweetie Pie'
If visiting the rugged country of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia, be sure to look for the single, pink or white carnation-like blossoms of this native. Flowers arise from attractive 1' tall mounds of thick gray-green leaves.
This pink or hardy carnation before but it hails from the Ural mountains in Russia. It will make a low mat of silvery-blue foliage topped in early spring with clove-scented pink flowers. Plant in a well-drained spot with good air circulation.
Dianthus 'Wp15 Mow08'
Devon Cottage Pinball Wizard pinks
With a name like Pinball Wizard there has to be a twist. Fragrant bicolor pink and white striped flowers top 6" tall blue foliage. Devon Cottage Dianthus offer large flowers, compact habit, silver-blue foliage, lengthy blooming periods, and the ability to hold up well in heat.
Perfect for a smaller garden or container, this small evergreen shrub offers clusters of blue flowers in late summer followed by turquoise berries through winter.
We aren't completely certain about the ID on this hydrangea relative that we collected on the slopes of Shi Keng Kong in the Nanling mountains of China. Whatever its name, the large, metallic blue fruit which follow clusters of blue flowers are ample reason to grow it. Best in some shade.
Dichroa febrifuga (heavy fruiting form)
In late spring through early summer, this 4' tall evergreen shrub produces beautiful clusters of star-shaped, blue flowers that emerge quite slowly from attractive round buds of pale blue. Bright indigo-blue berries in the autumn can persist for many months. Best fruiting will likely occur when different clones of Dichroa are grown in proximity. Shade; 4' tall and wide'.
Diervilla rivularis 'Troja Black'
purple-leaved Georgia bush honeysuckle
Add elegance to your perennial border, woodland area, or shade garden with the tall, dramatic spikes of tubular flowers of foxglove. Even though they are biennials or short-lived perennials, they readily self-sow and multipliy. Digitalis makes marvelous cut flowers; are loved by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and are DEER RESISTANT!
Digitalis thapsi 'Spanish Peaks'
evergreen Solomon's seal
Perny's evergreen Solomon's seal is a slowly spreading, evergreen ground cover that is perfect for the woodland garden. Small, white flowers are born along the 1' tall stems in spring. Excellent in a woodland garden where it tends to be quite deer resistant.
Disporum sessile 'Tightwad'
dwarf fairy bells
This diminutive woodland lily is only half the size of the typical species but is just as great a performer. In spring the 6" stems bear full-size, nodding, white flowers with delicate green highlights. Plants will spread politely by rhizomes to make lovely patches around the bases of shrubs and larger perennials. This is truly a no-care plant once established. Plant several for a small scale ground cover.
Disporum smilacinum 'Aureovariegata'
Japanese fairy bells
A variegated (mostly green with irregular soft gold edge) shade-loving ground cover.
rigid Solomon's seal
A Vietnamese woodland perennial with arching stems. Small white flowers in spring. The stoloniferous plants will colonize an area in a gentle way.
Disporum trabeculatum 'Nakafu'
A woodland perennial with arching stems, which are topped by beautiful bell-shaped flowers in spring. A stoloniferous plant, it will gently colonize an area.
Distylium myricoides 'Spg-3-007'
Spring Frost white-flush isu tree
Spring Frost is a compact, spreading evergreen shrub with white new growth held by red stems. In late winter, burgundy red flowers are interesting in the winter landscape.
Great Leopard's Bane
Native to Great Britain. Its yellow daisy-like flowers are produced in spring. Expect it to repel leopards from your garden.
Drimiopsis (Kampersus striped)
striped false hosta
Pale green leaves with dark green longitudinal stripes. New to cultivation from northern South Africa. Taxonomists have not determined the species yet. Plants grown in part shade grow taller than in sun. Flowers are not showy.
This South African bulb is no hosta at all but makes a clump of fleshy, thick textured foliage heavily spotted with purple. Twelve inch tall flower stalks with clusters of creamy white buds opening to greenish flowers top the foliage in mid to late spring. Best in light shade and a well-drained soil.
Drimiopsis maculata 'Slow Fade'
'Slow Fade' was collected in Thailand by Wade Roitsch of Yucca Do Nursery at the Chatuchak plant market. 'Slow Fade' features slightly larger leaves than typical for a Drimiopsis and the foliar spot pattern lasts longer in the summer heat before fading to green. Drimiopsis is a small 6" tall × 8" wide perennial for the rock garden with a hosta-like stature. The smooth, somewhat rubbery leaves are covered with purple spots in spring and fade to green in the heat. In May, Drimiopsis also produces small 6" whitish flowers.
Siebold's wood fern
Tokyo wood fern
This perennial is native to the very southernmost tip of Texas. It forms a rosette of strappy leaves with spikes of showy, star-shaped yellow flowers in late summer into fall. Despite its deep south heritage, it is surprisingly hardy and is fine in zone 7b if planted in a sunny, well-drained spot.
Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'
Intensely colored, double red-orange flowers make this reliable performer really pop in the garden. Bright pom pom flowers emerge deep orange but age to almost pure red. Hummingbirds love it. For best results, remove flowers the first year it is in the garden.
Echinacea 'Solar Flare'
Big Sky hyrid coneflower
Large 5" blooms in summer that are a coral-pink-red color. Full sun. Well-drained soil. Attracts pollinators. Hardy in zones 4–8.
Echinodorus bracteatus 'Lantau Lady'
Edgeworthia papyrifera (ex. 'Eco Yaku')
A hybrid between Edgeworthia chrysantha and Edgeworthia papyrifera 'Eco Yaku', We expect it to stay more compact than E. chrysantha. It has beautiful creamy yellow and white flowers in late winter and attractive blue-green foliage throughout the summer.
Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'
variegated five-leaf aralia
One of the finest variegated deciduous shrubs available, this beauty is worthy of more consideration. Grows well in sun or shade and tolerates drought. Can even handle dry shade. Zone 4.
Our friends at Cistus Design Nursery say it better than we could - "Cheerful ground cover, to only 2" high, with fine, ferny foliage -- where fairy woodland creatures might want to curl up. Best in moist shade, so lots of summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Argentine blue irid
This bulb makes an incredible show of small, iris-like flowers above pleated fans of foliage from mid-spring on and off through summer.
Epimedium ×perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'
Epimedium 'Frohnleiten' produces yellow flowers. It is a spreading plant (6-8" per year) whose foliage remains evergreen from Zone 6 southward, although we shear it back just prior to flowering to get rid of the old ratty leaves and to show off the blooms.
A deciduous Epimedium whose leaves emerge with a red flush and fade to green.
Epimedium wushanense 'Sandy Claws'
'Sandy Claws' has large leathery lance-shaped maroon leaves with spiny margins. Plants are topped with creamy yellow flowers. Leaf color mellows to dark green by summer.
Erica ×darleyensis 'White Perfection'
Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet'
This tough, spreading groundcovering perennial makes mats of silvery foliage. Palest lavender flowers rise above the leaves in late spring. An excellent choice for those tough dry shade spots.
agave leaf sea holly
This Agave impostor from South America has thick green leaves with spiny margins that form a clump of rosettes to 18” or wider. Unlike some Agaves, this plant tolerates about any range of soil moisture. Thistle-like flowers on 5' spikes may appear in late spring. Very easily grown.
Tolerates dry soil
Eryngium aquaticum var. ravenellii
A southeast native herbaceous perennial that will grow in standing water or just average moisture soil. The pale blue flowers are showy for a number of months and are highly attractive to pollinators.
Striking architectural form for the garden designer.
Eryngium palmatum is native to the Balkan Peninsula and produces thistle-shaped flowers that are arranged in umbels. Its simple leaves that are alternate. Plant in a sunny location and enjoy! (Zone 6)
giant sea holly
Appearing in June, 'Adele' forms a 1-ft wide clump of fuzzy dark green, almost purplish foliage. From early October until frost, blue-lavender flowers peek above the foliage. A woodland gem.
Eucomis are summer-blooming bulbs with exotic white, pink or maroon flowers that resemble pineapples. These plants are easy to grow and are always an exciting addition to flower beds, borders and containers.
Eucomis comosa 'Peace Candles'
'Peace Candles' is commonly called king's flower or pineapple flower. Its fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. A great addition to the garden!
Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'
purple-leaf pineapple lily
Every garden should have one of these. This Tony Avent selection was the first pineapple-lily to demonstrate purple leaf color. The beautiful foliage is stunning as it emerges in early spring, and the flowers look like miniature pineapples. Try the flowers in a cut flower arrangement; they last for weeks! Easily propagated by leaf cuttings. Sun. Zones 6b–9.
Transvaal pineapple lily
18" tall Waxed and wavy edged green leaves support sturdy 5' tall green stalks and a cluster bright green blooms blushed slightly with pink. Perhaps the tallest Eucomis. Winter mulch will help it survive.
'Reuben' is a JCRA staff favorite of the pineapple lilies. Green rosettes of strappy foliage are topped in summer by flower spikes of burgundy buds which open to pinkish-purple flowers. The tuft of foliage atop the flower stalk is often delicately edged with burgundy.The two-tone flower/foliage effect is quite striking.
Eucomis 'Tugela Jade'
hybrid pineapple lily
"This Eddie Welsh hybrid of the South African pineapple lily makes a rosette of fleshy green leaves, topped in August with 18" tall flower spikes that are chartreuse in bud and then open to pure white...simply stunning."--Nancy D.
Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'
Joe Pye weed
cat's tail euphorbia
An architectural succulent plant from Madagascar that consists of a skinny central trunk with skinny arm-like branches. This plant has no cold hardiness and so for us in Raleigh it is a potted houseplant in the winter and a patio plant in the summer.
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
Mrs. Robb's bonnet
An interesting spreading evergreen perennial that grows l to 24" tall. Dark green, glossy, leathery leaves. Grows best in light shade and rich soil. Yellow green flowers to 7" tall in late winter to early spring.
Euphorbia ×martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'
variegated wood spurge
Variegated leaves emerge with reddish tones and age to chartreuse and blue-green variegated. Very colorful.
A lovely houseplant for a sunny window, this Euphorbia offers lovely blooms and foliage. In its native tropical environment, it blooms year-round.
Cushion spurge makes a tidy mound of deer resistant foliage topped by brilliant chrome yellow flowers which retain color through most of the season, turning red in fall. Full sun and well-drained soils are a must.
The sweetheart tree was a favorite of J. C. Raulston's, and one that has so much to offer the garden. In September Euscaphis japonica produces attractive, waxy, deciduous leaves, and large, terminal clusters of airy white flowers followed by stunning reddish-pink, capsule-like fruits with a purple-black seed nestled inside.
green leopard plant
This easy, evergreen perennial offers beautiful rich green, kidney-shaped leaves. In late fall, lovely yellow daisy-like flowers rise above the foliage.
Farfugium japonicum 'Shishi Botan'
parsley leafed leopard plant
The common name says it all. The leaves of this easy, evergreen perennial are curled and crisped giving the appearance of clumps of curly-leaf parsley. We think this form is especially beautiful when planted in masses. In late fall, yellow daisy-like flowers rise above the foliage.
Farfugium japonicum 'Yaezaki'
This Farfugium has double yellow flowers in fall that rise in clusters up to 36" high...far above its solid green leaves. This cultivar flowers earlier than many other leopard plants.
×Fatshedera lizei 'Angyo Star'
variegated tree ivy
×Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'
curlyleaf variegated fatshedera
This ivy-fatsia combination is a perfect intermediate between the two with leaves similar to both, and a habit which can't decide if it is a shrub or vine. This particular selection has small variegated leaves which twist and curl.
×Fatshedera lizei 'Pia'
variegated tree ivy
Fatshedera lizei 'Pia' combines the shrubby
shape of Fatsia with the five-lobed leaves of Hedera. It's yellowish-white flowers are 4–6 mm diameter and appear in late autumn or early winter in dense umbels. It does appreciates frequent pruning and will tolerate low light.
Ficaria verna 'Double Mud'
Great spring interest for shade areas of your garden. Double Mud has deep green leaves marbled with silver and bears double, creamy white flowers with slate blue-grey backs to each petal. Goes dormant during the summer.
Ficaria verna Flore Pleno Group
double-flowered fig buttercup
These adorable little plants brighten the shade garden with their double yellow flowers. They are summer deciduous (the top growth dies away during the summer months reappearing in late winter or early spring).
Ficus carica 'Alma'
Have you always wanted a fig tree, but just never got around to getting one? Well, here is a great one. Ficus carica 'Alma' is one of our favorite figs at the JCRA. It produces very sweet fruit at a very young age. Enjoy numerous medium to large figs that ripen to beautiful shades of yellow or bronze.
Ficus carica 'Celeste'
'Celeste' is a popular and reliable fig for the southeastern United States. Fruit is purple-bronze to light brown and small to medium in size. Very sweet and tasty fruit begins ripening in mid-summer. Plants are fairly cold hardy.
Ficus carica 'Kadota'
An edible fig whose fruits are greenish yellow at maturity. 'Kadota' has been popular with gardeners since Roman times and was written about by Pliny as a good fig for drying. 'Kadota' is the cultivar used in Fig Newtons and is one of the most widely farmed figs in the world. It is sometimes known as 'Dottato', especially in Italy. Depending on how hot the night temps are where you grow it, you may or may not get a breba crop. In North Carolina, we probably will not.
Ficus carica 'Lattarula'
Italian golden honey fig
'Lattarula' is one of the hardiest and shortest season figs. Its fruit stays green. Enjoy it's large foliage and stout winter stems. Sun to light shade
Ficus carica 'LSU Purple'
This fig produces fruit, with a reddish to dark purple color a nice pleasant mild flavor and high sugar content. Good for containers or gardens. Once 'LSU Purple' reaches year five and older it produces three distinct crops per year (in zone 9): a light breba crop in early spring, a heavy main crop in summer and a fall crop that can last into December. 'LSU Purple' does not have the best resistance to cold weather, so it is ideal for Zones 9 & warmer. In Zone 8 it can get injured by the cold, however it will rebound well and produce a crop on current year's growth.
Ficus carica 'Majoam'
Little Miss Figgy dwarf fig
A dwarf fruiting fig, this small, low maintenance fig makes a great patio tree. With attractive blue-green leaves and spectacular, edible, deep-purple fruits, you can't go wrong with this addition to your landscape or patio. This 'Little (Miss) Figgy' went to market and is ready to come home with you!
Ficus johannis subsp. afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'
Extremely vigorous, silver leaf Afghan fig. Likely a hybrid with the edible Ficus carica, its upright woody stems quickly reach 20' tall and 10' wide. Each trunk is clothed with 4", snowflake-shaped, silvery green, sandpapery leaves … quite different from other green-leaf clones. The tiny figs are edible. We have never had any winter hardiness issues.
Fontanesia phillyreoides subsp. fortunei 'Titan'
upright Fortune's fontanesia
This Chinese species makes a large shrub with narrow leaves. It has excellent drought tolerance and would make a good xeric garden plant. It produces panicles of small white flowers in late spring that are followed in fall by small fruit surrounded by a wing, similar to a maple seed. This is a good screening plant for use in the back of the garden, or as a hedge.
Forsythia ×intermedia 'White Gold'
Variegated foliage on this forsythia gives it multi-season interest. Can get large if left to its own devices (6-8'). Regular pruning will result in more pronounced variegation. Great border plant and very heavy spring flowering!
Forsythia koreana 'Kumson'
gold-vein Korean forsythia
This Korean forsythia has it all, great flowers plus incredible unique foliage spring to fall. Dark green leaves show off their creamy white netting. Typical bright yellow forsythia flowers cover this shrub in spring. 'Kumson' was discovered in Korea by Spring Meadow Nursery.
Fothergilla ×intermedia 'NCFI1'
Legend of the Small dwarf witch-alder
Fothergilla Legend of the Small is a dwarf form of this popular shrub developed by North Carolina State University breeder Tom Ranney. In spring, it produces fragrant, white, spiky, sputnik-like flowers. The blue-green foliage turns spectacular shades or orange, yellow, and red in fall.
Freesia laxa 'Joan Evans'
AKA Anomatheca or Lapeirousia. This is a white flower form of the normally red-flowered species. Likes hot, dry conditions. The tiny bulbs offset rapidly and the flowers produce lots of viable seed so you may have to weed out escapees from neighboring beds.
Remarkable for its prolific production of small red flowers with dark purple corollas and extending stamens. While fuchsia prefer protection from afternoon sun, they bloom prolifically when provided with sun other times of the day.
Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri
Texas Firewheel has white petals with a hint of pink near the base. A tough perennial, its flowers reach 2' tall summer through fall. Best in full sun and well-drained soil. (Endangered plant - Federal law prohibits shipping across state lines.)
Gardenia jasminoides 'Michael'
Glossy evergreen foliage on a mid-size shrub is a great background for the pure white rose-like flowers. Fragrance is unbelievable.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Shooting Star'
‘Shooting Star’ is a compact cultivar noted for its winter hardiness and large, fragrant, single white flowers up to 3” in diameter in late spring. Its glossy, evergreen leaves will add beauty to your garden all year long.
Gardenia jasminoides (variegated, double flower)
variegated Cape jasmine
A gardenia flower is one of the most heavenly scented flowers in the plant world. On warm days in early summer, a few plants will perfume an entire garden. This unnamed cultivar has double flowers and leaves that are variegated with a green center and cream edge.
Gardenia jasminoides (variegated, single flower)
variegated Cape jasmine
Gardenia jasminoides 'WAH-LM'
Snow Girl Cape jasmine
Snow Girl is an exceptionally free flowering gardenia with single, white, fragrant flowers. Plants bloom heavily in early summer and then sporadically until frost. Compact habit. Arboretum friend and nursery manager Rick Crowder says he has been especially impressed with this new gardenia.
Belleza Dark Pink wand flower
Belleza gauras are much more compact than wild type gaura. This cultivar features pink flowers that last all summer if the old flowers are regularly deadheaded. Drought tolerant.
Gaura lindheimeri 'Little Janie'
Flowers flutter in the wind at the end of long wiry stems. This variety is lower growing than most.
Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White'
'Sparkle White' flowers all summer long and is a lovely white selection with a slight pink blush to the buds. Wand flower is tolerant of both drought and wet.
Gaura lindheimeri 'Walsilfou'
Walberton's Silver Fountain variegated wand flower
White flowers and variegated green and white foliage mark this variety.
Gelsemium sempervirens 'Pride of Augusta'
double Carolina jessamine
There are few native vines as enchantingly fragrant as the Carolina Jessamine with its gold spring flowers against the glossy, evergreen foliage. This form has full double flowers with the typical fragrance of the species—a real show-stopper. Zone 7.
Geranium ×cantabrigiense 'Karmina'
What a bonus, six to eight weeks of gorgeous flowers in spring on a tidy, evergreen, small-scale ground-cover plant. Always well behaved. It will shed a small percentage of its leaves in the fall but only after turning bright red. It's a plant of year-round interest.
Geranium ×cantabrigiense 'Karmina'
Six to eight weeks of gorgeous flowers in spring on a tidy, evergreen, small-scale ground-cover plant. It will shed a small percentage of its leaves in the fall but only after turning bright red.
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'
This geranium is mat-forming and covered in spring with white flowers blushed with the palest pink. Spreading slowly by rhizomes, the some of the oldest leaves of this dense evergreen foliage turns bright red and yellow during autumn.
Geranium sanguineum 'Album'
white bloody cranesbill
A white flowered perennial geranium that will spread up to 3' wide. Flowers appear in late spring. The foliage may turn reddish in the fall. 'Album' is a winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
The flowers of this South African native are stunning and make excellent cut flowers.. Ray flowers of the species normally come in red, yellow or orange. Flowers are single or semi-double.
Ginkgo biloba 'Tschi Tschi'
'Tschi Tschi' is an upright Ginkgo that features globular protrusions in its bark and stunning yellow fall color. Although Gingkos are often grafted, this slow-growing selection was grown from cuttings at JCRA.
hardy and deer resistant and drought tolerant
Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana'
Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'
Gymnocalycium deszianum is a barrel cactus from the Cordoba region of central Argentina that is hardy to at least 7°F. The 3' tall × 4" wide barrel produces large white flowers in spring. A dry winter location is recommended.
Habranthus ×floryi (purple base)
The flat foliage of this rain lily is topped after summer showers by rosy pink flowers with a purple throat. H. ×floryi is an old fashioned cross between H. robustus and H. brachyandrus.
Habranthus 'Pink Flamingos'
This very floriferous Habranthus multiplies quickly, blooming after rain showers from mid-June until September. Once well-established, its mid-summer floral show is reminiscent of pink flamingos.
Bulbous herbaceous perennial grows to 9" with linear, recurved, spreading leaves that appear after rose-red flowers. Native to Argentina. Sun. Hardy in zones 7–10.
Habranthus robustus 'Russell Manning'
Great flushes of large pink flowers are produced all summer after rains. Easy to grow, and multiplies readily.
Habranthus tubispathus var. texanus
This rain-lily is the only species grown that produces gold to apricot-orange flowers. True to its name, the flowers appear in the summer only after a good rain. Habranthus is a genus in the Amaryllidaceae family with species from Central and South America extending into southern North America. They have narrow, linear or strap-shaped leaves. Their flowers are very similar to Zephyranthes and both are called rain lilies. Habranthus can be identified from Zephyranthes mainly by their nodding flowers. The variety texensis is found in Texas and Louisiana. Prefers good drainage and a moderately rich and moisture retentive soil. Plant in full sun.
Here is a color breakthrough in witchhazels. Amethyst-purple flowers appear on bare stems in winter, filling the garden with fragrance. Fall color is golden.
running witch hazel
Newly described (2006) witchhazel from Mississippi similar to H. vernalis but with larger leaves (to 9"). Red to orange flowers in late winter.
Hamamelis virginiana 'Harvest Moon'
common witch hazel
Unlike many other witchhazels, this native shrub flowers in fall with warm orange-yellow flowers after most other plants have gone to sleep for the winter.
Hamamelis virginiana 'Little Prospect'
common witch hazel
A (slighty) dwarf and (heavily) variegated selection of the native witch hazel. Leaves are green with a broad yellow margin. Densely branched to about 6'+ tall in 10 years. It blooms in fall with lightly fragrant yellow flowers. Grows best in well-drained but consistently moist soil, but will tolerate heavy clay.
Hedera rhombea 'Korean Dwarf'
A small leaf form of Japanese ivy that is little known. The origins of this delicate selection is a bit murky but might have been brought back from South Korea by J. C. on his 1985 expedition there.
Hedychium 'Daniel Weeks'
hardy ginger lily
Hedychium 'Orange Crush'
hardy ginger lily
Gorgeous, fragrant tangerine-colored flowers top this luscious green ginger lily in late summer into fall. A sun-lover, this Hedychium can tolerate partial shade.
Hedychium 'Peach Delight'
Hedychium 'Pink V'
hardy ginger lily
A giant among butterfly gingers, this plant has rippled foliage and a long inflorescense with elegant white flowers.
Hedychium 'White Starburst'
hardy ginger lily
"White Starburst" is six feet tall and has a ring of ten medium sized white, fragrant flowers in a pinwheel like ring. Enjoy beautiful blooms from September until November. Hardy outdoors from zone 7 south. (Tom Wood hybrid Ca 1985-86)
Helianthus simulans is a herbaceous perennial sunflower with yellow flowers that September to October. It's tolerant of heavy or wet soils. An uncommon native sunflower found in several southeastern U.S. states.
Helleborus ×hybridus 'Pine Knot Select'
An outstanding group of evergreen herbaceous perennials. Most hellebores are valued for their pale green to white or pink flowers that are produced in the winter months. These seedlings are from our hybrids in the Winter Garden and so should produce some interesting colors.
Hemerocallis 'Autumn Minaret'
Hemerocallis 'Big Time Happy'
Happy Ever Appster daylily
A reblooming daylily with pale yellow flowers up to 4" wide with slightly ruffled petals. Starts blooming in early summer. Flowers last just a day, but they are open for 16 hours and produced in succession over a long period. Daylilies are incredibly tough and super easy to grow.
Hemerocallis 'Black Arrowhead'
A spider-form flower that is mauve-purple with a plum purple middle star-shaped section that outlines a green throat. Midseason.
Winner of the AHS Stout medal in 1966 this is a fragrant daylily with gold flowers in summer. One of the great old cultivars that is still around today.
Hemerocallis 'Double Pardon Me'
A double flowered sport of 'Pardon Me', reliably repeated through summer.
Hemerocallis 'Purple de Oro'
A compact form that reblooms throughout the summer. Flowers have a chartreuse throat and a ruffled pie-crust edge.
Hemerocallis 'Tiger Blood'
Hemerocallis 'Tiger Blood' has a creamy flower with a large, dark burgundy-brown eye and dark, narrow ruffled edges. Some of the flowers are semi-double. May re-bloom in the fall in warmer climates.
Hemiboea subacaulis var. jiangxiensis 'Jiangxi Bells'
This short, wide, spreading groundcover is a perennial in the African violet family. It has large, somewhat fuzzy leaves and tubular white flowers. Hardy to Zone 6, it spreads at a moderate rate, so it will cover a good bit of ground but is easy to pull up if it escapes its bounds.
Springtime brings spikes of magenta flowers and medium green leaves with maroon veins. Foliage color gets even better in fall with colors ranging from green to yellows and pinks. Graceful flower spikes add a touch of class to flower arrangements.
Himalayan coral bells
A Heuchera from Asia that is hardy to zone 6. Unlike the colorful hybrids, this wild-type specimen is positively tame with green leaves and pale greenish-yellow flowers. Join us in trialing this plant in this area. Thanks.
Heuchera micrantha var. diversifolia 'Palace Purple'
An oldie but a goodie. The original purple leaved-heuchera and the 1991 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Hibiscus 'Cherry Choco Latte'
Dramatic 6" red blooms in late summer and early fall are set off by large palmate leaves. Sometimes known as swamp hibiscus because it can handle moist locations.
Hibiscus 'Happa Red'
Big Hit hybrid rosemallow
Hibiscus 'Jackie Grant'
This Hibiscus is sized well for smaller gardens, only growing to about 4' tall during the season. Jackie Grant features gigantic pink flowers with a small red eye. Happiest in moist soil or even wet soil.
This deciduous shrub offers gorgeous, slightly ruffled white flowers with prominent red centers all summer, while the dark green foliage adds a tropical air to the garden.
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Disco Belle Pink'
swamp rose mallow
- A Southern heirloom
- Double flower; a large fluffy ball of petals
- Can die to the ground in exceptionally cold winters, but regrows and flowers
everblooming Confederate rose
This species has a variety of flower colors. Ours has beautiful 5-6" raspberry pink flowers for the entire summer and on into fall. Tim says he has seen flowers as late as Thanksgiving. Hardy in zone 7, and sets no seed, so no deadheading needed to lengthen flower season.
Hibiscus sinosyriacus 'Lilac Queen'
This rarely seen species represents the Chinese form of the much loved rose-of-Sharon. It can be a strong growing multi-stemmed tree to 20’ but is more typically a 10’ large shrub. The mallow flowers are pale lilac with a dark burgundy eye and it flowers over a long period in late summer.
Hibiscus syriacus 'Buddha Belly'
Curious swellings at the leaf nodes give this rare rose-of-Sharon its common name.
Hippeastrum 'Scarlet Baby'
This popular bulbous plant is one of the most widely grown in the world. 'Scarlet Baby' is a compact selection with a long flowering season of spectacular red, fragrant flowers that are excellent as cut flowers. It should be hardy in our area as a landscape plant.
Holboellia brachyandra 'HWJ1023'
Heavenly Ascent sausage vine
This evergreen vine is a woody-stemmed twining climber growing up to 20' long. It's veined leaves are composed of 3 broad leaflets. In April-May exceptionally large white purple-tinted, scented flowers are followed by edible sausage-shaped purple-red fruits when pollinated. Grow in rich soil. Great vine to cover fences or eyesores in your garden year-round.
Hosta 'Age of Gold'
A medium to large hosta with golden leaves and a corrugated surface.
Hosta 'Big Mama'
Hosta 'Blonde Ambition'
A vigorous dwarf with bright chartreuse glossy, puckered foliage. Quite a beautiful selection. Hybridized by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Hosta 'Cathedral Windows'
'Cathedral Windows' is a very impressive premium hosta, considered one of the finest available. Large 10-inch round gold leaves boast wide green margins. In late summer, fragrant white flowers stand high above the leaves, We can thank breeder Hans Hansen for this beauty.
Hosta 'Earth Angel'
A sport of the popular blue leaved cultivar 'Blue Angel', 'Earth Angel' has cream edges. Young plants have a narrow cream edge but older plants develop a wider cream edge. As with all blue hostas, the blue fades to green as the summer temps rise. Flower are near-white.
Hosta 'Grand Tiara'
A "classic" hosta, the first small-sized cultivar with gold-margined leaves. This hosta first appeared in the 1970s and is still one of the best for the landscape. Summer spikes of lavender flowers add to the charm.
Hosta 'Green Ice'
This Tony Avent selection is a vigorously offsetting miniature hosta with tiny 0.5" wide leaves and lavender flowers in the summer.
Hosta 'Hans Solo'
A very large tetraploid hosta with thick, dark-green leaves and light lavender flowers that are slightly fragrant.
Hosta 'Humpback Whale'
A massive sized hosta of blue-green corrugated leaves that fade to green in summer.
Hosta 'Pineapple Express'
Hosta 'Pineapple Express' is a sport of 'Pineapple Upside Down Cake' discovered by Hans Hansen and released by Plant Delights Nursery. A small hosta, the narrow leaves rise to 15" with long petioles, wavy edges and pointed tips.
Hosta 'Prairie's Edge'
Hosta 'Sunshine Floozie'
Hosta 'Sunshine Floozie' is a 2019 Plant Delights Nursery introduction that forms a small, 15" tall × 3' wide clump of long, pointed, golden leaves that age to chartreuse in the fall. Clumps are topped in late June with light lavender flowers.
Hosta 'Tongue Lashing'
Hosta 'Wrinkle in Time'
Hosta 'Wrinkle in Time' is a smaller counterpart to the ruffled Hosta 'Wheee!' The 10" tall × 30" wide clump is composed of small wavy green leaves are edged in a creamy yellow border. In summer, the edge color brightens and the waviness calms down a bit, only to resume next spring. In summer, the clumps produce purple flowers.
This low-growing South African succulent makes a unique houseplant with it unusual blooms, which feature yellow petals with red stripes beneath the rubbery red ring that gives the plant its name.
This climbing form of the beautiful Hydrangea is easy to grow with its white flowers, rich green foliage, striking exfoliating bark, and shrub-like growth. Climbing Hydrangea is easy, carefree, and very long-lived. Once established it makes excellent growth each year.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lindsay Ann'
L.A. Dreamin' bigleaf hydrangea
Multicolored pink, mauve and blue flowers no matter the soil pH. Compact habit, too.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Piihm-I'
Twist-n-Shout bigleaf hydrangea
Twist-n-Shout boasts beautiful deep pink or periwinkle blue hydrangea flowers (depending on soil pH) from late spring through fall.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'SK2DAMA'
Akadama bigleaf hydrangea
A heavy bloomer with striking flower color. Flowers open deep pink and darken as they age. Foliage will turn burgundy in cooler fall and spring temperatures.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Yuki temari'
A rare Japanese mophead Hydrangea. Flowers are smallish and solid pink or solid blue (dependent on soil pH). 'Yuki temari' blooms earlier than many H. macrophylla and is very floriferus.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Bailpanone'
Little Hottie compact panicle hydrangea
A compact form with large flowers. A heat tolerant cultivar bred for the south. Flowers emerge green, turn pure white, then fade to pink in the fall.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Brido'
Snowflake oakleaf hydrangea
This double flowered oakleaf hydrangea is among the best of the best. The dried flowers are almost as good as the early summer fresh white blossoms. Great fall color, orange, peeling bark, and easy to grow make this a must for any garden.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Emerald Lake'
Enjoy the bold fragrant flowers of the "Emerald Lake Hydrangea" in the garden and as a cut flower. It's dark green foliage emerges grayish green in spring. In the fall they turn a beautiful brick red. The peeling brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee'
Pee Wee is a dwarf, four-season shrub that's perfect for smaller gardens. Enjoy it's lovely white flowers that fade to pink, beautiful fall foliage and wonderful cinnamon-colored bark in the winter. Excellent as a foundation plant in border or a group planting.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Semmes Beauty'
This outstanding selection of our native species is heat tolerant and a great beauty in early summer. It produces long-lasting, white flowers, even in dappled shade. Leaves are large, oak-likeand have great fall color. Use in the shrub border or as an accent plant.
Hydrangea serrata [Amacha Group] 'Ô Amacha Nishiki'
variegated mountain hydrangea
The mountain hydrangeas from Japan are finer in texture than the bigleaf hydrangeas and hold up to our heat. The delicate lacecap flowers in shades of pink are a bonus to the very attractive speckled foliage.
Hydrangea serrata 'Blue Billow'
lacecap mountain hydrangea
A lacecap hydrangea with blue and purple flowers. Emerges from winter dormancy later than most hydrangeas so that its buds are less likely to be damaged by late frosts resulting in a more consistent flower show. Nice reddish-purple fall color too.
Hydrangea serrata 'Hakusen'
Gorgeous balls of florets appear on new wood in summer and last into fall, slowing changing from light green in color to white. If left on shrub, flowers will dry, providing winter interest.
Hydrangea serrata 'Kogane Suruge'
gold mountain hydrangea
This Japanese hydrangea has new foliage which emerges gold before turning greenish as the season progresses. Pinkish-lavender lacecap flowers appear in late spring to early summer. Shade to part shade.
Hydrangea serrata 'SMNHSDD'
Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha reblooming mountain hydrangea
Florets are doubled. Flower color depends on soil pH.
Large, white flowers with long, narrow tepal segments in midsummer give this plant its common name of spider lily, while the huge seeds and bulbs give rise to another common name—big fatty. Best in a moist, well-drained location in full sun to part shade. Like most members of the amaryllis family, this is a real show stopper when in flower. This large bulb is ready to burst into flower this summer, providing instant impact to the garden.
Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant'
A very beautiful herbaceous bulb/perennial with superb foliage and striking large white flowers in summer. Obtained from Scott Ogden in Texas and slowly built up by division of clumps since.
Blue Velvet St. John's wort
Hooker's St. John's-wort
St. John's-wort is a great low maintenance plant with delightful, yellow flowers (1"–2" diameter) all summer long. This hardy evergreen shrub from Asia, will grow best in your garden in a well-drained site. Group several plants together for a nice effect in the shrub border and informal areas.
Hypericum ×inodorum 'Kolmiglow'
Magical Midnight Glow St. John's wort
Bright yellow flowers are followed by long lasting red berries atop bronze-green foliage. This hybrid is commonly grown in the cut flower market and the berried-stems are used in floral displays.
Mt. Olympus St. John's wort
shrubby St. John's-wort
This shrubby St. John's Wort has deep green leaves and a compact, dense habit. Tiny yellow flowers make it a welcome addition to a perennial garden.
Ilex cornuta 'O. Spring'
variegated Chinese holly
Yellow margins mark the variegated leaves of this heat and heavy clay soil tolerant holly. Tiny fragrant flowers make this a treat in the spring.
Ilex cornuta ('Willowleaf' variegated)
variegated single spine Chinese holly
A very rare form of Chinese holly with grayish leaves streaked white.
Ilex crenata 'Adorned'
Variegated Japanese holly has a broad gold margin around each leaf. Expect a diminutive, slow growing plant that packs a lot of punch in a small package. We offered this several years ago as ('Hoogendorn' variegated). Sun to part shade in moist, well-drained to fairly dry soil.
Ilex crenata 'Drops of Gold'
golden Japanese holly
The spring flush is a brilliant yellow which slowly changes into a pleasing dusty yellow hue. Coloration is most prominent on leaves exposed to the sun.
Ilex crenata 'Helleri'
dwarf Japanese holly
Ilex crenata 'Kufujin'
dwarf variegated Japanese holly
A 36" evergreen shrub with an upright, vase-shaped habit that is wider than tall. New leaves emerge pale yellow before turning green with a pale yellow edge.
Ilex crenata 'Snowflake'
variegated Japanese holly
This attractively white and green variegated cultivar of Ilex crenata shows a distinct upright growth habit at the JCRA. A bright statement in the garden. Sun to part shade. Hardy to Zone 6.
Ilex decidua 'Finch's Golden'
yellow-berry possumhaw holly
The cultivar name is derived from the golden color of the fruit. This female clone was a seedling selection from Hale County, Alabama, by Bill Finch in the 1980s. This native species is reputed to be pollinated by Ilex opaca, hence one doesn't have to be as concerned for a male pollinator as one does with Ilex verticillata.
Ilex decidua 'Red Cascade'
Ilex decidua is a Southeast native shrub that forms a suckering shrub or can be pruned into a small tree. The red berries appear in fall and persist well into winter when before the cedar waxwings arrive to eat them. 'Red Cascade' was selected for its somewhat weeping habit. This is a female cultivar that needs a male possumhaw nearby to produce fruit.
Ilex integra × I. latifolia
This vigorous grower will form a large evergreen shrub or small tree with a bold texture and tough constitution. Hybrid between two of our favorite hollies from Japanese plantsman, Mr. Hagiwara. Both species are non-spiny and this hybrid has leaves intermediate between the two parents. It has glossy, large foliage but not quite as big as I. latifolia.
Ilex integra 'Ogon'
golden Nepal holly
The Nepal holly is one of Mark Weathington's favorite hollies with its spineless evergreen foliage and bright red berries. This gold foliaged female form from Japan is especially nice with glossy, vivid yellow spring foliage on an upright plant. Color is best in full sun, but plants will tolerate some shade. Perfect as a bright focus in the garden or lightening a mixed hedge. This holly will tolerate shearing if needed, but will naturally grow as a dense upright evergreen.
Ilex 'John T. Morris'
A cross between Ilex cornuta x I. pernyi, 'John T. Morris' is a dense, pyrimidal, evergreen tree with dark green, glossy leaves. Very ornamental. This is a male holly so it does not produce berries. Deer resistant.
Ilex 'Sadie Scudder'
This is a very choice evergreen holly with an upright growth habit and creamy yellow mottled foliage. The intensity of the variegation shifts as the season progresses. This is a reputed Ilex cornuta × Ilex pernyi hybrid.
Ilex 'Solar Flare'
'Solar Flare' holly was found by area plantswoman Joanne Currier of The Unique Plant, and it is proving to be one of the showiest hollies around. This bright gold-margined sport of the popular oakleaf holly is a tough performer for sun or shade. It makes a screaming bright landscape accent and is not for the faint of heart! To 12' tall. Sun to part shade.
Ilex vomitoria 'Dare County'
orange-berry yaupon holly
This selection of our native yaupon holly is distinguished from the typical form by its bright orange berries. It was found on the N.C. coast and makes a great ornamental for the garden as well as a favorite of birds. It fruits best in full sun.
Ilex vomitoria 'Yawkey'
yellow-berry yaupon holly
Yellow fruited form of our native yaupon holly. Fruits very heavily and reliably. Smaller than the species, will grow in sun or shade, fruiting is heaviest in sun. (MW Plantsmen tour 11/5/07)
Ilex 'Whoa Nellie'
golden Nellie Stevens holly
Named by Tony Avent after seeing it in Mike Dirr's research plot, this screaming yellow-foliaged form of the popular 'Nellie R. Stevens' holly will definitely give a little kick to your garden. In shade, the foliage quickly loses the gold coloration, so plant it where it will receive maximum exposure, if you dare. To 15' tall.
Illicium floridanum 'Southern Star'
Variegated Florida Anise
The ivory and green variegated foliage jazzes up this dependable evergreen and deer-resistant shrub for the garden. While most variegated anise on the market have pinkish flowers, this form has the dark burgundy flowers typical for the species. To 8' tall. Sun to shade.
With long, narrow leaves that exude an anise aroma when crushed, this evergreen tree features small pink flowers in late spring followed by star-shaped seed capsules in summer.
yellow flowered anise
This brand new introduction combines the yellow flowers of some of the more obscure Asian species of anise with the better known garden forms. The end result is a deer proof shrub growing to about 6' tall and wide (we think) with heavy crops of pale yellow star-like flowers. We are super excited to be offering this plant for what we think is the first time. Sun to part shade; To 6' tall and wide.
Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'
Brilliant yellow foliage brightens up gardens year round. Fragrant foliage.
Illicium 'Woodland Ruby'
pink flowered anise
The 2' tall Impatiens arguta has an almost shrubby habit with loose cascading branches that will hang over a wall or hanging basket. Bizarre tubular blue flowers look like a flying parrot or a fish. Site for cooler nights in a part-sun location protected from afternoon sun. Or, grow as a curious house plant. Prefers rich soil.
Impatiens arguta 'Blue Dream'
hardy perennial impatiens
Blue Dream is destined to become a favorite in your garden because of its hardy nature and stunning large blue-lavender fish-shaped flowers with a touch of orange in the throat, reddish stems and a dark contrasting leaf. Early to emerge in spring. 2' x 2'. Organically rich soil is best.
Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink'
Mt. Omei impatiens
'Silver Pink' Mt. Omei impatiens is a spreading perennial with bronzy leaves dusted with silver and highlighted with pink veins. It's tubular yellow flowers are highlighted with pink with a long, broad spur bloom in late summer. This plant is grown mostly for eye-catching foliage.
This hardy gloinia relative makes a large clump of bright green foliage topped in summer by stalks of large tubular pink flowers. This species typically prefers somewhat cool summers so place it where it gets a bit of afternoon shade.
Indigofera kirilowii 'Angyo Snow'
This lovely arching shrub has an extremely long bloom period and fine foliage that makes it a winner in any garden. Typically this species is pink flowered but this rare form is a clear white which will mingle well with any other garden plant. Great as a specimen or in masses.
Ipheion 'Alberto Castillo'
Foliage comes up in fall, persisting all winter and dying away late spring. Flowers for 6 weeks or more. Easy to divide once clumps bulk up.
Ipheion uniflorum 'Jessie'
This adorable six-petaled, sweetly fragrant blue flower is a pollinator magnet! It's pest resistant and a great naturalizer for the lawn edge. 'Jessie' has naturalized at Colonial Williamsburg and other heirloom gardens throughout the southeast. A must-have!
Ipheion uniflorum 'Rolf Fiedler'
spring star flower
Ipheion uniflorum 'White Star'
spring star flower
An easy, dependable bulb, coming into growith in late fall, growing all winter, flowering in early spring and going dormant by early summer. More typically blue, this is a lovely white flowered selection.
tall bearded iris
Iris 'Black Gamecock'
black Louisiana iris
zig zag iris
Beardless blue to blue-purple blooms grow up to 2 feet tall atop the typical floppy fans of iris foliage. Full sun and moist areas are best. Zone 3.
Iris 'Change of Pace'
tall bearded iris
This beautiful iris has deep rose-violet plicata markings that edge the ruffled, pure white falls along with soft pink standards. An awesome addition to the garden!
Iris 'Chocolate Moose'
tall bearded iris
Iris 'Clyde Redmond'
Vigorous and easy to grow, this iris brings beautiful mid-season color to the garden.
Iris (crocea hybrid)
An easy to grow iris, these seem to be garden hybrids and not straight Iris crocea and may have either white or gold flowers in mid spring.
Iris 'Dural White Butterfly'
Elegant white flowers with ruffled edges and medium green highlights bloom on this lovely iris, which flourishes in wet conditions.
Iris 'Easter Tide'
Erect, narrow leaves and large, beautiful yellow and lavender blooms make this iris a standout. Must be kept moist and will tolerate boggy areas.
Iris ensata 'Darling'
Iris ensata grow best in a rich, moist to wet soil, in full sun or partial shade. During the growing season, they thrive with their roots submerged, however, the water should be removed during the winter months to avoid root rot.
Iris ensata 'Jell-O'
Dinner Plate Japanese iris
Ruffled dark purple flowers with yellow and white eye-zone. Iris ensata grow best in a rich, moist to wet soil, in full sun or partial shade. During the growing season, they thrive with their roots submerged, however, the water should be removed during the winter months to avoid root rot.
tall bearded iris
Iris 'Flower Shower'
standard dwarf bearded iris
A delightful addition to any garden! It sports showy petals of dark red violet with violet beards and a wonderful pronounced sweet fragrance. Outstanding rebloomer that never gets old!
Iris 'Freedom Song'
tall bearded iris
Iris giganticaerulea 'Her Highness'
This Louisiana iris features fine, dark green glossy foliage topped early in the season by white flowers with yellow highlights. Must be kept wet at all times.
This vigorous Louisiana Iris produces many large, dark purple flowers. May be used as a groundcover in moist areas.
Iris 'Kinkajou Shrew'
tall bearded iris
'Kinkajou Shrew" has a deliciously sweet fragrance that enhances its appeal in the garden. It's quite tolerant of a wide range of soils, but well drained is always preferred. Flowers are gorgeous both in the garden and in a vase. A perfect gift for the gardener on your holiday list!
'lilting' tall bearded iris
A tall bearded iris with off–white standards and falls that are pure white edged with pale violet. May re–bloom.
Iris 'Making Eyes'
Iris 'Making Eyes'
A very early bloomer, this standard bearded iris features cream to light yellow standards with a golden beard and violet falls with a narrow cream to light yellow edge.
Iris 'Mallory Kay'
tall bearded iris
Iris 'Marie Dolores'
The sword-like leaves of this gorgeous iris blow in the breeze like fans, and in mid-spring, beautiful white blooms with yellow signals appear. This vigorous plant prefers consistently moist soil.
Mulch plants well, especially the first winter in the garden.
Iris 'Professor Paul'
This deer-resistant iris forms a robust clump of vertical green leaves topped with 5" lavender-blue flowers beginning in mid-May. 'Professor Paul' is equally happy planted in moist soils or 4" of standing water.
Raised from the seed of Iris setosa 'Hokkaido Purple,' this iris should form a 2' tall clump of upright green foliage. Starting in mid-May, expect flowers that may vary in color from the mother plant. This iris tolerates both moist and fairly dry soils, as well as heat and humidity.
This statuesque iris features dark green foliage followed in early May by gorgeous 6" wide, navy blue flowers highlighted by yellow throats. Keep wet, and this iris will form a healthy patch.
standard dwarf bearded iris
'Snugglebug' is a welcome sight in early spring. Although very adaptable, it especially likes rich, well drained soil. It's drought tolerant and deer resistant. What a delight!
Iris 'Spiced Tiger'
tall bearded iris
This tall bearded iris's upper petals (standards) are golden brown and lower petals (falls) are mahogany. Both are beautiful splashed with silver making no two flowers appear exactly alike.
Japanese roof iris
This charming little roof iris is native to China, but was first discovered in the 1860s, growing in Japan on the roofs, hence the common name. It grows about 18 inches tall with a spreading, rhizomatous habit common to most irises. Best in sun to part shade for lovely spring purple flowers.
Iris tectorum 'Alba'
Japanese roof iris
Large white iris flowers rise over the foliage in April and May. Bold, lush fans of light green foliage add texture all year round to the garden. A fresh addition to either the sunny or shady perennial border.
This native iris will quickly form large mats in average to boggy soils.
Iris unguicularis 'Winter Echoes'
Wants good drainage. Flowers are fragrant, but more noticeable whencut and brought inside.
Iris virginica 'Contraband Girl'
southern blue flag
This form is larger than the typical southern blue flag iris making large, heavy-flowering clumps in short order. Happy in boggy or average soils.
Iris 'Vision in Pink'
tall bearded iris
This vigorous iris features 6" red-violet bi-tone blooms with yellow signals on both standards and pendant-like falls. It may be a hybrid of brevicaulis x ful va ( or nelsonii).
The pseudata irises are hybrids between the yellow flag irises and Japanese irises. 'Yasha' is a tall, very striking form with red-violet flowers with a gold throat surrounded by a deep purple halo. Best when grown in moist soil near a pond or in a rain garden. The name translates to "female devil".
Ismene (Riverside form)
Often lumped with Hymenocallis, this selection's flowers have much shorter sepals than a typical Hymenocallis and tend to curl backward. These are from the collector Vic Lambeau but were not wild collected and may have been purchased from Riverside Bulbs.
blue star creeper
A tiny spreading ground cover perennial to just 1" tall with tiny blue flowers. Great for between stones.
Itea virginica 'Bailteaone'
Love Child compact Virginia sweetspire
A compact selection of a great native shrub. Fall foliage color is often phenomenal. It is highly deer resistant and thrives in wet spots, though is also excellent in average moisture. Great as a large scale ground cover.
Itea virginica 'Longspire'
Not too often seen in cultivation is this cultivar of Virginia sweetspire, discovered and named by Woodlanders Nursery (Aiken, South Carolina) owners Robert and Julia Mackintosh while canoeing the Augusta Canal near Augusta, Georgia. Of all the Itea virginica cultivars, 'Longspire' produces the, you guessed it, longest flowering racemes of all—8in long. A truly superb plant with year-round interest—spring flowers, good summer foliage, excellent fall color, and winter twigs (reddish-purple), who can ask for more?
Itea virginica 'Sprich'
Little Henry dwarf Virginia sweetspire
spreading habit makes it a great groundcover shrub. tolerant of wet sites
Indian Jasmine makes a lovely vine with bright, emerald green foliage bearing gold flowers similar to our native Carolina jessamine. Fragrant flowers are showy. . Uncertain of the hardiness so suggest growing it against a house where it receives some winter protection.
Jasminum mesnyi 'Gold Tip'
variegated primrose jasmine
Jasminum nudiflorum 'Aureum'
golden winter jasmine
Juncus effusus f. spiralis 'Big Twister'
Thrives in wet site or average moisture.
Canary Islands juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'Echiniformis'
hedgehog Chinese juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'Maymont Gold'
golden Chinese juniper
This plant's original cultivar hadn't been in the trades for 100 years until it was reintroduced as 'Maymont Gold,' in honor of the original tree - still standing in VA's Maymont Park. A conical habit, golden-yellow foliage and abundant small, yellow cones make it a welcome evergreen.
Juniperus communis 'Gold Totem Pole'
gold columnar common juniper
'Gold Totem Pole' is perfect for that special niche in your garden. This narrow, upright conifer ultimately reaches 10'-12' tall and only 1'-3' wide. New growth emerges golden and the evergreen foliage remains tightly bunched. Grows best in full sun and is drought tolerant.
Juniperus horizontalis 'Planifolia'
Juniperus horizontalis 'Silver Sheen'
This excellent addition to the ranks of groundcover junipers is unaccountably absent from the trade. A knowledgeable juniper expert has pointed out that we may have the only properly identified specimen around. Silvery-blue foliage in flat sprays is reminiscent of 'Wiltonii’ but is much more silver than blue. Hardy to zone 4.
Juniperus scopulorum 'Sparkling Skyrocket'
variegated Rocky Mountain juniper
A variegated form of 'Skyrocket', which is a narrow cultivar with blue scale-like foliage. This cultivar features creamy, variegated branches. Slow-growing in our heat and humidity. Terrific when massed along a border.
Juniperus squamata 'Meyeri'
Shrimp plant is a Mexican native plant that suckers and sprawls to 36" or taller in moist rich conditions. It develops drooping arching terminal flower spikes of white flowers with overlapping red/pink/bronze bracts that resembles a large shrimp. Best grown in part shade. Can be pruned back as needed to control height and promote bushiness. Can be grown as a houseplant but needs cool winter temps to put it through a winter dormancy. Not hardy.
Justicia carnea (dark leaved)
A Brazilian native with attractive pink summer flowers in a tuft at the tips of the branches. It is winter hardy here in Raleigh. This selection has attractive dark foliage. Attracts hummingbirds.
The yellow flowers and brilliant, glossy red fruit will dangle beneath the foliage on long stalks or peduncles as the scientific name implies. The flowers are somewhat reminiscent of its shrubby cousin the anise tree or Illicium.
Japanese false aster
Easy to grow, Kalimeris pinnatifida features an abundance of white, one-inch, semi-double daisy-like flowers with pale yellow centers, which are reminiscent of asters.
Kalimeris yomena 'Shogun'
A variegated aster relative whose leaves are green centered, with a creamy yellow edge. Easy to grow.
Kerria japonica 'Chiba Gold'
gold-leaf Japanese kerria
Kerria japonica 'Chiba Gold' is a newly introduced, gold-leaf cultivar that originated in Japan. Cold hardy through North Carolina. Bright yellow spring flowers, 3'–6' tall, and a colonizing habit. Remember, the gold-foliage color will fade to green, if plants are sited in preferred shady spots.
Kerria japonica 'Geisha'
variegated Japanese kerria
2"- 4" leaves randomly splashed with white and yellow
Fire Dance Dwarf Poker
This colorful little bloomer has great cold hardiness with a compact mature size. Hummingbirds are attracted to it! Plus it's DEER, RABBIT, and DROUGHT resistant. What's not to love?
Octopus Red Hot Poker
Kniphofia 'Pineapple Popsicle'
yellow red-hot poker
Lagerstroemia 'DJ 01-14'
Indulgence Vanilla Gelato crepe myrtle
Shiny burgundy leaves provide a dramatic foil to the the light pink flowers which are borne most of the summer.
Lagerstroemia 'DJ 05-14'
Indulgence Strawberry Gelato crepe myrtle
Dark leaves. Compact habit. Pink flowers in summer.
Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Embers'
Black Diamond Red Hot crepe myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'G2x13377'
Infinitini White dwarf crepe myrtle
A compact, white flowered crepe myrtle with an exceptionally long period of bloom.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'
Red Rocket red crepe myrtle
miniature crepe myrtle
One of the first and best miniature crepe myrtles from the U.S. National Arboretum, this shrub forms a low, tidy mound of fine foliage with small clusters of cheery, pink flowers. Amazing fall color and powdery mildew resistant.
Lantana camara 'Citrus Salad'
A lovely pastel combination of citrus colors starting soft lemon yellow in the morning, then slowly transforming from tangerine to pink grapefruit toned. The soft colors work well in most landscapes. This is an exceptionally hardy form of lantana that is close to sterile. Propagates and grows quickly from cuttings.
Lantana camara 'Ham and Eggs'
An old, nearly-sterile cultivar. Dependably cold-hardy here in zone 7b, this lovely lantana bears lovely flowers that are pink in bud, open to yellow, and fade to pink. Absolutely stunning! A flowering machine. Great for the butterflies.
Lantana camara 'Star Landing'
A hardy lantana that is just 2' tall but spreading wide to 6'. In summer the flowers are yellow-orange and red-orange and popular with pollinators. Self-sterile but will form seeds if grown near other cultivars.
Laurus nobilis 'Lnss'
Sicilian Sunshine golden bay
Bright golden foliage on an evergreen shrub to 10' or more tall makes this a showy plant for full sun. Red young stems add to the display on this form of the culinary bay. This Mediterranean plant needs a warm, well-drained spot and should be grown in a container indoors during the winter unless planted out near the coast in a warm zone 8 garden.
Feather Leaf Lavender
Small evergreen shrub with silver gray divided leaves looks particularly beautiful in a rock garden. Blooms late summer through early fall. Drought tolerant. Requires well-drained soil.
Lavandula ×intermedia 'Phenomenal'
Planted in a sunny spot at the JCRA it was actually a phenomenal plant until it was run over by a dump truck. Makes an exceptionally uniform mound of silver foliage topped with lavender (duh) flowers and is one of the most heat tolerant lavenders available.
Ledebouria 'Gary Hammer'
green penny fern
This tiny fern usually grows as an epiphyte in southeastern subtropical Asia. It has survived 2 mild winters at JCRA and was still green after several 17 degree nights. An excellent terrarium fern or small container plant. Round, sterile fronds smaller than a dime are produced singly along the trailing stem. Fertile fronds rise to an inch or more and are upright and forked. To be safe, you may want to split this plant and grow part outdoors but keep a piece indoors. Shade, zone 7b.
This winter-hardy Hawaiian native is an unusual sage relative, relatively unknown in our region. Hummingbirds can't resist this perennial's 4' tall flower spikes of reddish-purple flowers produced each summer.
A low growing ground cover with ferny leaves and an indefinite stoloniferous spread. Flowers are insignificant.
A wonderful low mounding, fragrant shrub. Violet-pink, lilac-like tubular blooms from late spring to frost. A veritable blooming machine. DEER RESISTANT!
Lespedeza bicolor 'Lil' Buddy'
compact shrub lespedeza
Tolerant of poor soil and drought resistant, 'Lil' Buddy' forms a mound of arching stems with trifoliate leaves and tiny fuschia flowers in summer. It can be cut back in late fall since it flowers on new growth.
Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'
Lespedeza thunbergii 'Spring Grove'
Leucanthemum maximum 'Leuz0003'
Western Star Taurus Shasta daisy
Western Star Taurus is a true Shasta daisy with masses of pure white flowers with yellow centers on a compact plant.
This adorable daisy is short and neat with masses of vigorous white flowers. It'll be perfect for a favorite container or a garden bed. Both you and the butterflies will enjoy its blooms late spring to midsummer. What a charmer!
Leucanthemum ×superbum 'Becky'
Shasta daisies have large, white, single blooms with yellow centers on a lush mound of coarse, leathery, green foliage. They make exceptionally long-lasting cut flowers. The sturdy flowers remain attractive even after a hard rain. Excellent in sunny borders and in containers.
Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'
A large selection of Leucojum, the spring-blooming, bulbous Gravetye Giant offers rich green foliage before bell-shaped white flowers emerge. This vigorous plant complements daffodils and tulips and will naturalize.
Leucophyllum langmaniae (2013-0410)
An evergreen shrub native to Mexico with sage-green leaves and small lavender flowers in summer. Drought tolerant. Needs well drained soils and full sun.
Leucothoe keiskei 'Opstal 50'
Burning Love dwarf Japanese leucothoe
Gloriously colorful foliage changes over the season from dark red in spring to fresh green in summer and finally purple in winter on this gracefully arching little shrub. A must have for every shade garden
A European carrot-family member with the characteristic feathery leaves and umbels of flowers so common in the family. In this case, the flowers are pale-purple in color. Join us in trialing this plant in this area.
Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine'
Year-round golden foliage and compact growth is perfect for making exciting combinations. This medium sized shrub can be clipped into any shape or allowed to grow naturally. Cut to the ground if it gets too large. This selection has never flowered or fruited so it is not invasive like some others.
Lilium 'Black Beauty'
This vigorous lily blooms deep crimson with white edges and a central green star. It can get quite tall and create many fragrant flowers.
A real show stopper in August and easy to grow! White trumpet-shaped flowers in late summer. Cool seed pods too! 4'–6' tall. Sun-partial shade.
Lilium lancifolium 'Flore Pleno'
double tiger lily
Liriope muscari 'Okina'
Liriope muscari 'PeeDee Ingot'
Curiously unknown, Ingot's beautiful purple flowers in late summer are a perfect foil for its chartreuse foliage, which is brightest in spring. For us, 'PeeDee Ingot' has performed admirably in our Perennial Border's full sun and our Lath House's shade.
The small white flowers of this deciduous shrub fill the air with a delicious lemony fragrance. Easily grown since it is tolerate of deer, drought,erosion, clay soil, dry soil, and black walnut.
Outstanding flowering vine for arbor or fence. The long tubular flowers, deep orange-red on the outside and paler orange inside are produced in masses in May and early June. This hybrid is a prolific bloomer, vigorous grower, and heat and cold tolerant. Hummingbirds will thank you too.
Lonicera nitida 'Briliame'
Ophelia gold boxleaf honeysuckle
Lonicera nitida 'Golden Glow'
Thunderbolt box honeysuckle
A dwarf evergreen densely branched shrub with small chartreuse foliage on arching branches. A great hedge plant. Best in part sun. Hardy to zone 5.
Lonicera nitida 'Maigrün'
May Green box honeysuckle
‘Maigrun’ is an outstanding, low-mounding, evergreen shrub. Its small, flat, bright green leaves arise from arching stems. In the JCRA’s Lath House, it has spread rapidly forming a well-branched and mounding shrub 2’–3’ tall and 5' wide. Excellent on borders, slopes, or banks.
Lonicera ×purpusii 'Winter Beauty'
Better if not pruned
Position at back of border
Lonicera sempervirens 'Cedar Lane'
Loropetalum 'Carolina Midnight'
Chinese fringe flower
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Spg-3-002'
Ruby Snow white-flower, purple-leaf loropetalum
This has been much sought after ever since purple-leaf loropetalums hit the market. Deep burgundy foliage is highlighted by strappy-petaled, white flowers. Easy in almost any spot, but color and flowering are best in sun.Take size predictions with a grain of salt.
Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-White'
Emerald Snow dwarf Chinese fringe flower
This is a mixture of the red flowered Lycoris radiata and the pink flowered (with blue tips) Lycoris ×rosea. In both cases, the flowers emerge in late summer. a month or so later in early fall, the leaves finally emerge and stay green all winter, going dormant the following spring.
Lycoris ×albiflora 'Phil's Gold'
Tony Avent of Plant Delights describes this Lycoris: 21-inch cinnamon stalks emerge in mid-September, soon topped with 6 or 7 frilly light butter-yellow flowers, highlighted by a central peach stripe down each petal. Light shade helps protect the foliage when the winter temperatures drop below 12°F.
Lycoris albiflora 'Summer Passion'
summer passion surprise lily
red spider lily
The red spide lily returns each late summer early fall with a glorious floral display. The foliage is produced soon after and persists all winter. The bulbs multiple and the display increases year after year.
Lycoris radiata var. radiata
Lycoris radiata var. radiata 'Fire Engine'
Lycoris radiata var. radiata 'Modern Japanese'
One of the last Lycoris radiata to flower, in September 'Modern Japanese' features terminal heads of 7 or 8 brilliant, orange-red, lacy flowers atop 2-foot scapes.
Lycoris ×rosea produces flowers starting in mid-August (NC) that are rose-pink with blue-tipped petals. Foliage emerges long after the flower show is over in mid-October and grows through the winter.
Lycoris ×straminea 'Strawberry Lemonade'
Tony Avent of Plant Delights says: 'Strawberry Lemonade' has proved exceptional and vigorous, with unrivaled flower density. 22" tall stalks are topped with peach-flushed buds in mid-August (NC), which open to creamy white flowers with a salmon flush to petal backs. Over a few days, flowers transition to salmon-peach.
Lysimachia clethroides 'Heronswood Gold'
This species is known to be an aggressive garden thug but this gold form named by Dan Hinkley is much less vigorous. Bright gold leaves all season are topped in July with the distinctively gooseneck curved spikes of small white flowers much loved by pollinators. If grown in full sun, it needs plenty of moisture to keep from burning.
Lysimachia 'Midnight Sun'
Deep purple to almost chocolate foliage trails well over stones or a pot edge and is followed by bright yellow flowers in summer.
This native deciduous magnolia features large leaves (up to 10"). The yellowish-green tulip-shaped flowers are 2 to 4" long and appear in spring. Flowers are followed by warty green, somewhat cucumber-like fruit. The fruit turns red as it matures.
Father Delavay's magnolia
Magnolia Delavayi, the fragrant Chinese Evergreen Magnolia, has huge evergreen leaves with light undersides. Flowers open white, with umber red edges or streaks. This seems to be their moment of high fragrance. Then the blossoms fade and unfurl to peach buff. Beautiful and rare!
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
The southern magnolia is not a dwarf, but it is a slower growing form with small leaves. It can be used in many innovative ways
(e.g., as a sheared hedge). A wonderful medium to large evergreen tree with large, fragrant flowers in summer. It is a species which is native to the Southeast.
Magnolia laevifolia 'Michelle'
This evergreen magnolia covers itself in an embarrassment of 2" white flowers in spring. It also has a tendency to put out more flowers in midsummer and again in the fall. The small, deep green leaves look great all year on the medium to large shrub in full sun or light shade.
Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei
Rarest native bigleaf umbrella magnolia in U.S., occurring naturally in only 6 Florida panhandle counties. It's hardy, as well as heat and humidity tolerant. It grows typically as a large, multi-trunked shrub to about 18' tall but can grow to 30'. Showy, with leaves to 24" and big fragrant flowers.
smiling forest michelia
Enjoy the intoxicating fragrance of pristine white flowers in late winter. Flowers are large (4"-6") and it has been described in bloom as "one of the greater surreal experiences of horticulture." Plant in a location that has protection from cold north winds.
Oyama is an adorable small, deciduous magnolia tree that has fragrant, white flowers with rose-red stamens from late spring to late summer. Perfect in light shade.
Umbrella magnolia is a common native on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. Eye-catching, large, lime green leaves reach up to 2' long. Creamy white flowers have six to nine tepals, and each flower is 6" to 10" across when open. Red fall fruit is very attractive.
Magnolia virginiana var. australis (ex. 'Perry Paige')
Sweet Bay Magnolia
These plants are seedlings of Magnolia 'Sweet Thing' and more than likely have most of the same characteristics. 'Sweet Thing' is a dwarf evergreen Sweetbay Magnolia. It is very dense and full of foliage. The foliage is retained year round.Take a chance on one of these seedlings! You won't be disappointed!
Mahonia ×lindsayae 'Cantab'
Mahonias are lovely arching, hardy shrubs with large, rich, dark green leaves which turn red in the winter. In late fall and early winter, lemon-yellow, scented flowers bloom in spreading raceme. Attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds -- but DEER and RABBIT resistant!
Mahonia ×media 'Winter Sun'
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
This spreading shrub grows to 2-3 feet. Its red flowers usually are produced in showy profusion during hot weather at the end of summer and early fall.
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii 'Alba'
white Turk's cap
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii 'Big Momma'
Drummond's wax mallow
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii 'Pam Puryear'
pink Turk's cap
The clumps of this delightful wax mallow are adorned with rich, green leaves that serve as a backdrop for the peachy flowers that are produced in abundance from midsummer until frost. The turban-like flowers with their sex organs protruding far outside the petals make a great conversation in the summer garden.
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (pink)
pink turk's cap
Manfreda 'Helen Wynans'
'Helen Wynans' is an excellent landscape plant. It's abundant foliage is broad and widely marked by dark spots. It makes an excellent ground. Proven over time to be tolerant of heat, humidity and heavy soils.
×Mangave 'Arctic Fox'
Another sport of ×Mangave 'Jaguar' but here the white stripe is down the center of the leaf. This cultivar can only be propagated by division of offsets, as it cannot be tissue-cultured, so it will always be scarce. Mangaves are evergreen when grown in frost-free environments.
×Mangave 'Blazing Saddles'
The olive green leaves are nearly entirely covered in purple spots, though more importantly the overall colors appears quite red from a distance. Mangaves remain evergreen if grown in frost-free environments.
×Mangave 'Coffee Jitters'
This cultivar was created by mixing two parts manfreda (Manfreda longiflora and Manfreda maculosa) with one part Agave marmorata. The result is a squid-like plant with narrow, rubbery, dark purple-brown foliage and tooth-like nubs along the deeply-channeled leaves
×Mangave 'Frosted Elegance'
Powdery-blue leaves with a wide central chartreuse stripe.
A lovely specimen for a pot where it is not winter hardy.
Mangaves are evergreen if grown in frost-free environments.
×Mangave 'Ink Blot'
This succulent is a cross between one agave and two manfreda species. 'Ink Blot' has a low, wide habit and the thick, wide, dark green leaves have large blood red spots. Perfect for decorative containers.
Certainly one of the most colorful of the ×Mangaves, with a red infused, cream margin to the leaves and spots throughout. The spots are maroon on the green center of the leaf and bright red on the cream margins of the leaves. Fun! Mangaves remain evergreen if grown in frost-free environments.
×Mangave 'Man of Steel'
This Mangave produces a rosette of narrow, silvery, leaves. The long, terminal spines are only slightly poke-y so this Mangave is easier to handle and work with than Agaves are. Well drained soils or pot-culture is best. Although sources list it as only zone 9a hardy, it may be hardier than that once it gets some size on it.
×Mangave 'Mayan Queen'
A hybrid of Agave pablocarrilloi and Agave macroacantha and Manfreda that resulted in a rosette of thick, rubbery, silver-grey leaves, overtopped with a heavy dark purple spotting. The leaf tips and edges are toothed but soft. Not hardy in NC...so grow it in a pot.
×Mangave 'Pineapple Express'
A hybrid of Mangave 'Jaguar' and 'Bloodspot' that is a fast-growing, upright plant with channeled, fleshy, olive green leaves, heavily spotted with purple, becoming almost solid purple toward the center. Like all Mangaves, the spines and teeth are soft and relatively non-pokey. Well drained soil or pot-culture recommended. It is hardy in NC but just barely and will benefit from a spot protected from winter moisture and the worst of the winter cold.
×Mangave 'Snow Leopard'
×Mangave 'Snow Leopard' is a variegated sport of 'Jaguar' distinguished by its wide white margin to its purple spotted green leaves. Mangave remains evergreen if grown in frost-free environments. Semi hardy, zone 8a.
×Mangave 'Whale Tale'
One of the few ×Mangave that is cold hardy in the Raleigh area (provided it is in well drained soil). Large, wide blue-green leaves are lightly speckled with dark spotting. A waxy coating gives the plant more of a silvery blue look. Its low, wide habit has leaves that arch downwards at the tips, perfect for framing containers. The name 'Whale Tale' is in reference to its parentage of Agave ovatifolia (Whale Tongue Agave).
A tiny 1" tall spreading ground cover with small lavender flowers in early summer. Great evergreen plant for a shady flowering lawn. Prefers moist, not wet, soil.
Miyamayomena savatieri 'Edo Murasaki'
Edo Muraski Japanese aster
Edo Muraski makes delightful 18" clumps of dark green cut leaves topped with deep bluish-purple daisy-like flowers with bright yellow centers from spring well into the summer. With a high fertility regime, it has remained completely evergreen for us. Seeing these blue daisies is appreciating!
Monarda 'Bee Free'
Bee You bee balm
Monarda fistulosa × M. bartlettii 'Peter's Purple'
Peter's purple bee balm
Monarda 'Marshall's Delight'
A medium sized beebalm with pink flowers. Spreads vigorously by rhizomes and so you may have to check its growth annually.
Morella cerifera 'Soleil'
golden southern wax myrtle
Muehlenbeckia axillaris 'Tricolor'
creeping wire vine
New growth is heavily mottled with white on this small scale evergreen groundcover. The youngest leaves have pink highlights.
"Fine textured grass with blue-green foliage in dense clumps. In fall, it is topped by airy masses of rose-pink flowers. Heat, drought, and wet soil tolerant. Enjoy the hybrid, ‘Pink Flamingos’, in the Xeric garden." Nancy D.
This is the world's hardiest banana species (Zones 5-10). Gardeners interested in the bold look of “tropicalissimo” grow these plants. Their fruit is small, green, and inedible, but their ornamental foliage lends an exotic and tropical aura to the landscape.
pink velvet banana
hardy Chinese yellow banana
A small banana relative with yellow lotus-like flowers in the summer. Bold foliage is glaucous blue-green In mild winters, pseudostems often overwinter. In the southern end of its range, you might also get small 2" bananas that, while technically edible, are mostly seeds.
"A perky little daffodil that opens soft, primrose yellow. As Pueblo's flowers mature, the cup stays pale yellow and the petals fade to creamy white. Each sturdy, weatherproof stem is topped with a bouquet of one to three flowers." --Longfield Gardens
Pale yellow to white 'hoop-skirt' flowers adorn this dwarf daffodil. Flowers early in the season...late February for us in Raleigh. It gets better every year.
This is a truly aristocratic small tree or large shrub with lovely olive toned evergreen foliage. New growth in spring is covered in golden-orange shimmering hairs which just beg to be petted. Must be seen to be appreciated. Cheery yellow spring flowers give rise to blue-black fruit.
Nepeta 'Early Bird'
early bird catnip
Nepeta ×faassenii 'Balpurrink'
Whispurr Pink catmint
This is a pink-flowered selection of the normally blue perennial catmint. Mint scented leaves deter herbivores, and flower spikes attract pollinators. Sun loving, drought tolerant and hardy to zone 4.
Nepeta ×faassenii 'Novanepjun'
Junior Walker compact catmint
This compact catmint makes a 15" tall x 4' wide clump topped with sprays of small pale lavender flowers held just above the foliage. A wonderful addition to the garden!
Nepeta 'Joanna Reed'
Violet-blue flowers from late spring into fall. It has a low, wide habit. Received a five-star "excellent" rating in a Chicago Botanic Garden evaluation of catmints, Flowers attract butterflies and bees and it is typically not bothered by deer.
Little Trudy catmint
A drought tolerant dwarf form of catmint with a low spreading habit and a long blooming season. Atop a finely textured, aromatic, silvery foliage, its profuse purple-violet flowers are on permanent display from late spring to late summer.
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
Nicotiana glauca 'Salta Blues'
blue tree tobacco
Quarter-sized white flowers cover this 3" tall spreading ground cover from July to September. Tolerates a bit of foot traffic so you can use it between pavers or as a lawn substitute in a low traffic site in part shade. Prefers moist soil. This is a South American native. Part sun to part shade.
Ocimum 'African Blue'
Downy mildew resistant basil. High yield. Pinch off flowers to increase harvest. Great culinary herb. This cutting grown selection should last summer long up to frost in the fall.
A Central American native (thus not typically cold hardy here!) related to Acanthus. Firespike is a shrub that grows 3' tall in a single season and produces terminal flower spikes covered with bright red tubular flowers that hummingbirds are sure to like. This selection has proven to be hardy for several years in central North Carolina but we still have our doubts. Full sun.
Sundrops are an erect, day-flowering member of the evening primrose family. It features purple-brown flushed foliage, red stems, red flower buds and bright yellow flowers in May-June. They prefer good summer heat and dryish soils.
Onychium japonicum 'Sichuan Lace'
zone 7 to 9
Origanum 'Amethyst Falls'
This oregano is a long blooming hybrid with aromatic, spicy foliage that can be used in cooking. Sprays of pale purple blooms hang at the tips of light green cones that resemble Hops. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Needs well drained soil.
Origanum laevigatum 'Pilgrim'
Lizzie's Flowering Hybrid Oregano
Vigorous culinary herb begins flowering in mid-June with terminal sprays of purple to pink blooms.
Origanum vulgare 'Aureum'
gold leafed oregano
Bright yellow leaves year-round. This low growing steppable herb is a great ground cover with fragrant foliage.
This evergreen native shrub has wonderfully fragrant flowers in the spring. Its flowers are great for pollinators and the birds love the berries. It becomes very drought tolerant once established and will provide a great evergreen foundation in your garden.
Among the most fragrant of all landscape plants is the tea olive a large evergreen shrub with white flowers produced in spring and fall and occasionally at other times of the year.
Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus
orange sweet olive
This orange flowering form of sweet-olive has a floral display that will stop traffic. It is extremely fragrant and rare in southern landscapes although more cold hardy than the white form. It begins flowering when it reaches around 5' tall. A rare treasure when it reaches peak bloom and fragrance.
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki'
gold-dust holly tea-olive
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Kaori Hime'
fragrant princess holly tea-olive
This little tea olive is perfect choice for a rock garden, hypertufa trough, bonsai, or border front. Its small white flower is highly fragrant giving it the Japanese name "fragrant princess." Growing quickly to the height of 1-2 feet, it then slows to its mature height.
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Kembu'
variegated holly tea-olive
A variegated Osmanthus with cream margins and splashes of cream. More vigorous than the industry standard 'Goshiki' and the leaves are less spiny too. The cultivar name Kembu is Japanese for "sword dance".
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Ogon'
golden holly tea-olive
Dense evergreen shrub with fragrant, small flowers in clusters followed by blue black fruits. Foliage is golden especially when young. Large shrub for sun or semi-shaded areas.
Osmanthus 'Jim Porter'
This is a great shrub with foliar interest for the Raleigh area as it tolerates our clay soil well and is fast growing for an Osmanthus. Small white fragrant flowers in fall Sun to part shade. Deer resistant.
Chinese emperor plum
A beautiful and distinctive mounding shrub of fine texture due to its small pinnately compound leaves made up of many tiny leaflets. Stems and leaves are covered in grey woolly hairs imparting a silvery cast to the entire plant. In early summer 3" clusters of small white flowers are followed in fall by reddish fruits eventually turning blue-black. Tolerant of dry soils and thriving in full sun. Zones 7(at least) to 10.
A charming little perennial that emerges in fall with large (for an oxalis) three-lobed leaves that are quickly topped with large (again for an oxalis) hot pink flowers. The leaves will hang around until spring and then disappear for the summer. A pretty rock-garden plant.
Oxalis crassipes 'Alba'
A low mound of bright–green clover-like leaves, topped with small white star-shaped flowers for months. Non–invasive.
iron cross lucky clover
This non-invasive Oxalis produces green shamrock-like leaves with a maroon chevron in the center. Best in sun to partial shade. Bright coral pink from early summer to frost.
Oxalis triangularis 'Fanny'
Enjoy wonderful mounds of 3 lobed green leaves covered with a riot of tiny, soft pink flowers. Excellent indoors and out. Pest resistant too!
Oxalis triangularis 'Irish Mist'
The mounding habit of Irish Mist's rosettes of light green, three lobed leaves, speckled with white specks makes it a favorite for rock gardens. Enjoy its blooms from spring to early summer. It's noninvasive and deer resistant too!
Oxalis triangularis 'Mijke'
From late spring through summer, these cheery clumps of maroon leaves are topped with adorable mauve flowers held just above the foliage. What a great highlight for your garden!
Ozothamnus 'Western Hills'
This aster relative from Down Under makes a low mound of sage-green foliage with silvery backs and stems. It has grown well for us in well-drained soil and sun to very light shade. Mostly insignificant flowers in summer.
Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'
A favorite since the 19th century with 7" double blooms that are white with sparse red flecks inside. Fragrant. An early to midseason bloomer. To 36" tall. Peonies tend to be deer and rabbit resistant and good for butterflies. They make long-lasting cut flowers. Best in full sun but tolerant of light shade.
Paeonia 'Lady Orchid'
A midseason bloomer with double pale pink flowers with ragged petal edges for a very full look. To 36" tall. Peonies tend to be deer and rabbit resistant and good for butterflies. They make long-lasting cut flowers. Best in full sun but tolerant of light shade.
A late season bloomer with double soft pink flowers, often with a thin red picotee edge, that age to white. Fragrant. To 32" tall. Peonies tend to be deer and rabbit resistant and good for butterflies. They make long-lasting cut flowers. Best in full sun but tolerant of light shade.
Paeonia 'Purple Spider'
An midseason bloomer with double fuchsia purple flowers which fade to white. The flower form is an unusual double form with spidery inner petalloids. To 32" tall. Peonies tend to be deer and rabbit resistant and good for butterflies. They make long-lasting cut flowers. Best in full sun but tolerant of light shade.
Scented Lace Fern
This hardy fern is a New Zealand native which grows on dry, rocky cliffs and forms a deciduous, rhizomatous patch up to 3' wide in 2 years. It's fronds are wonderfully lacy and smells delightful when crushed or pelted by rain showers.
Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'
Silvery-blue foliage makes a clumping fountain to 4' tall that shimmers in the breeze. This is a dune stabilizing species and so is adapted to full sun and well-drained soils. In the garden it is exceptionally drought tolerant.
common switch grass
A clump forming native grass that is highly ornamental in summer and very showy all winter and supports wildlife.
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
common switch grass
A lovely native grass that emerges in spring green but the tips quickly turn red. Has a somewhat upright habit but can cascade more than some other species. Brilliant burgundy in fall. One of our absolute favorites.
A short-lived perennial with crinkled blooms. Self sows.
purple passion flower
Not as rampant as the native passion vine, 'Inspiration' has attractive purple flowers. Growing to 10' in a single season, it dies back to the ground each winter. Triploid so no viable seeds are produced.
Passiflora 'Lady Margaret'
Passiflora 'Monika Fischer'
hybrid passion flower
Pelargonium transvaalense 'African Princess'
Pelargonium transvaalense is a winter hardy geranium, hailing from South Africa. The 18" tall × 3' wide clumps thrive in both half-day sun or light shade. Green foliage with purple rings adorns the branched stems, and is topped with pink flowers all summer into early fall.
Pennisetum Red Buttons
Add interest to your mixed border with red buttons fountaingrass. This is a heat and drought tolerant perennial that produces long stems topped with dense, elongated, feathery flower clusters of rose-red. These are long-lived and can be used in fresh or dry arrangements.
Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls'
Named after gemstones, onyx is in reference to its dark foliage and pearls refers to its soft lavender flowers with white interiors. From a distance, the flowers look white.
This pretty perennial is native to North Carolina and Tennessee. Bees love it! It grows to 2' in the sun or partial shade. Flower is a corollla 1" long with pink-purple stripe and white inside.
A southeast U.S. native plant that likes moist sunny sites and can tolerate poor drainage. The small purple flowers in spring make great cut flowers. This penstemon will reseed around your garden if the conditions are good.
string of turtles
This lovely pot 'spiller' is a vining plant with round, succulent, variegated leaves. A terrific terrarium or pot addition, it prefers slightly moist soil and benefits from being pot-bound.
Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Rocketman'
'Rocketman' has an upright vase-shaped habit and was bred to have stronger stems making it less likely to flop. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils.
The beautiful foliage is the main reason to grow this rare Mexican relative of our native redbay. Yellow spring flowers and black fall fruits add to the allure. Rare and choice.
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'
mountain fleece flower
These tiny, rose-red to white flowers bloom on narrow, pencil-thin, long-stalked spikes. Consistent moisture is best for optimum growth. When happy, mountain fleece will slowly spread in the garden. Beautiful when grown in mass in woodland areas, cottage gardens, borders, or even bogs. Deer resistant!
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow'
A compact selection that is grown for its golden foliage and cardinal red summer flowers.
Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon'
red dragon knotweed
Red Dragon is a clump forming herbaceous perennial possessing purple variegated, pointed leaves. Foliage color is deepest near the base and softens to a silvery purple and green nearest the leaf tip. Zone 5. Prefers partial shade and moist soils.
Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette'
variegated Virginia knotweed
Petasites japonicus var. giganteus 'Variegatus'
Supertunia Bordeaux petunia
This new petunia bears non-stop pink flowers with plum veins and a dark eye.
Peucedanum terebinthaceum var. terebinthaceum
shi fang feng
A truly lovely parsley relative forming low mounds of glossy foliage topped by large umbels of white flowers growing to 4' tall in summer. It also serves as a food source for tiger swallowtail butterfly larvae.
broad beech fern
Native fern prefers rich, well-drained, shady garden location. Fronds up to 30" long.
Great for rock gardens, Phemeranthus calycinus blooms intermittently through summer on stems that rise above foliage. Bright pink flowers open mid-afternoon on sunny days. Plant can naturalize. Drought tolerant.
Normally a tropical houseplant, this selection has proven to be able to survive outside in North Carolina gardens. Very late to emerge from dormancy ... at least June.
This lovely perennial offers clusters of pale purple flowers in summer at the nodes along the tall flower spike that (at 24") stands well above the basal foliage.
Phlox carolina 'Kim'
A superior selection of Phlox carolina that is sturdier and less disease prone than typical. The light green foliage is topped in early summer with light pink flowers. Spreads via stolons.
Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon'
An essential flower for the spring shade garden and much visited by early butterflies.
Phlox paniculata 'David'
A classic mildew resistant Phlox with clusters of pure white flowers in summer.
Flame Pro Violet Charme garden phlox
A compact selection. The flowers are bicolor purple with a white eye.
Phlox paniculata 'Franz Schubert'
A mildew resistant cultivar with fragrant flowers.
Phlox paniculata 'Starfire'
Brightly colored flowers. The new leaves are burgundy-bronze and age to green.
Phlox stolonifera 'Weesie Smith'
'Weesie Smith" is a vigorous ground-hugging phlox that forms stems of small spoon-like flowers on 10" spikes. Hummingbirds love its lavender-pink flowers!
Phlox subulata 'Red Wing'
The fine evergreen foliage provides the perfect foil for the brilliant deep red-pink flowers. This is an easy and reliable native for sunny banks or shady nooks.
Photinia ×fraseri 'Cassini'
Pink Marble variegated Frasier photinia
This Crug Farms collection (BSWJ11837) comes from the upper slopes of the mountains of Vietnam. We haven't been growing this for long but are told it has incredible fall color, white spring flowers, and orange-red fruit. We are already impressed with the fine texture of young plants.
Physocarpus opulifolius 'ZLEYel2'
Raspberry Lemonade dwarf ninebark
A dwarf ninebark shrub that grows to just 4' × 4'. New foliage emerges chartruese in spring and is topped in summer by numerous small white flowers and later by thousands of small coral fruits. Easy to grow in most parts of the country but may struggle a bit in the South's heat and humidity unless sited with some protection from afternoon sun. Honeybees like the flowers. In winter after the leaves drop, watch for the ornamental many-layered peeling bark that gives this plant its common name.
Physostegia virginiana 'Pink Manners'
'Pink Manners' is adorned by tubular flowers in shades of pink-lavender from mid-summer–fall. This easy-to-grow native will not spread in the landscape aggressively like other forms. A great choice, with strong stems that do not require staking, and an upright, clump forming habit.
This elegant woody vine is one of the best climbers. It's self-clinging, slow-growing, with beautiful long evergreen leaves. In late summer, it produces large inflorescences of creamy-white flowers that are simply stunning against the backdrop of glossy green leaves.
Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine
A bristlecone pine native to high elevations in New Mexico and Colorado. Extraordinarily long lived as some specimens are known to have reached over 2400 years old. Keep it quite dry (raised beds, well-drained soil) in winter to maximize its longevity. This pine is attractive, small and very slow growing...perfect for the small garden.
This pine is a native to northern Mexico with a few small populations peaking up into southern New Mexico and Arizona. The needles on this pine are the longest of any pine tree...up to 16" in length.
Native to Mexico, Arizona, and New Mexico, the Chihuahua pine is a large 60'+ tree with shortish 6" needles and small 2" cones. It is a high elevation pine which gives it some cold tolerance. It remains to be seen how well it will survive in the humid southeast. Drought tolerant. Good drainage is recommended. Excellent timber tree with dense, strong wood.
root beer plant
1 qt; A large-leafed perennial related to the pepper plant. Known for its leaves, which are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor, some liken to root beer, others to anise-clove. It will grow to about 3' tall in Raleigh and spread to form sizable patches if happy. Sun to shade.
Piper kadsura 'Pied Piper'
variegated Japanese pepper
This evergreen vine has small heart-shaped leaves that are irregularly variegated. Its self-clinging stems will climb tree trunks and walls. The white flowers look similar to the jack in a jack-in-the-pulpit. Marginally hardy, part shade, rich soils.
Pittosporum heterophyllum 'Variegatum'
This very attractive evergreen shrub offers fragrance and plenty of promise. It has been growing at Clemson Botanical garden for many years and has performed beautifully. Pale yellow, fragrant flowers on slender pedicles to 1/2” long.
Pittosporum illicioides 'Strappy'
This is an very narrow-leafed selection of the evergreen anise leaf pittosporum. Fragrant spring flowers give rise to bright orange-seeded fall fruit. It has a fantastic pedigree having been selected by Sean Hogan Cistus Design Nursery, from a Taiwan collection of Dan Hinkley.
Marginally hardy evergreen shrub or small tree with terminal clusters of small, fragrant, white flowers. Grey-green bark can be attractive on larger plants. Hardy to zone 8?-10.
Pittosporum tobira 'Kansai Sunburst'
variegated Japanese pittosporum
This bright cultivar of Japanese pittosporum came to us from Japan. New growth is brilliant yellow before softening to a creamy edge on the evergreen foliage. Fragrant flowers are an added bonus. Reports indicate that this may be somewhat tender. Great in full sun to part shade or in a container that is brought indoors.
Platycladus orientalis 'Beverleyensis'
'Beverleyensis' is an upright broadly conical conifer (sometimes sold as Thuja orientalis) that will reach roughly 12' tall × 5' wide in 10 years. New growth is bright yellow fading to yellowish-green later in the season. cones are bright blue.
Platycladus orientalis 'Blue Cone'
Dense and fat, this shrub works well as a privacy screen. Bright, green foliage grows in upward pointed sprays to 12' tall by 6' wide in 10 years. Foliage sometimes takes on a bronze cast in winter. The cones are a waxy blue color. Prefers well-drained soil and tolerates hot dry conditions well. This species is also called by an older name, Thuja orientalis. Hardy to USDA zone 5.
Platycladus orientalis 'Madurodam'
A dwarf coniferous shrub, Platycladus is closely related to Thuja. Platycladus 'Madurodam' is a Dutch cultivar named for a park in The Hague famed for its miniature model of a city. This cultivar is extremely rare in the United States ...normally you'd have to fly to Europe to acquire one. 'Madurodam' sprouts new foliage that is yellow, fading to green as the season progresses. In the winter, the shrubs turn a bronzy color. This is a slow-growing dwarf to 3' in 10 years.
Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan'
Amazing sprays of chartreuse new growth contrast with the darker green older foliage of this great Chinese arborvitae in spring. It's even more dramatic in winter when the entire outer edges of the plant turn an orange-bronze color. It grows as a squat upright plant about twice as tall as wide.
tea of heaven
Needle-leaved totara is native to New Zealand and can reach up to 30' tall in its native habitat. Here, it is more of a shrub or small tree. Its leaves are straight, narrow, and needle pointed. They are green in shaded settings but yellow-green in open areas often turning orange-brown in winter.
Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Akame'
red-tip Japanese yew
This beautiful Asian, broad-needled conifer is widely used as a specimen or hedge. Bright red to burgundy new flushes of growth make it a showy addition to the landscape. Reaching 12'-15' tall, it grows best in sun to part shade.
Podocarpus macrophyllus var. maki 'Kinme'
golden-tip Japanese yew
A medium conifer to 20ft with an upright form. Bright yellow new growth each time the plant flushes. Kinme means "yellow eye" as in a cat's eyes
Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Sunshine Spire'
columnar Japanese yew
This narrowly columnar podocarp can grow to form a screaming exclamation point 18’ tall. Hardiness is uncertain as we have not trialed it yet but it will certainly be hardy to zone 8, perhaps to zone 7.
A shrubby conifer from New Zealand whose new growth emerges orange in the spring before turning green. After a few frosts in the fall, the whole plant turns rusty orange for the winter. Great as a border plant, a rock garden plant, or a container plant. Can also be trimmed into a small hedge.
This native of Bolivia and Argentina forms an open, conical tree. It is sometimes used as a natural fence and will make a nice backdrop in your garden. A fabulous addition!
Podocarpus totara 'Aureus'
In the wild, this gold-foliaged form of New Zealand's most common native conifer typically forms a tall tree but in the eastern US it typically forms more of a large shrub. The bright gold foliage is most vibrant in full sun turning green in shade. Drought tolerant once established.
Polianthes (ex. 'Chirp')
A favorite of hummingbirds and other pollinators, in July and August Polianthes grows 30" stalks that feature widely-spaced, small, dusky red, tubular flowers with orange centers. A great addition to a rock garden.
This drought tolerant shrub features aromatic gray-green foliage covered in showy lavender to pink tubular flowers. Prefers well-drained soils.
A perennial that produces a colony of arching stems arising from the underground rhizomes. The arching stems are lined with horizontally held leaves and dangling down from the leaf nodes are small, white, bell-like flowers in late spring. The flowers turn into purple fruit by late summer.
Primula 'Dale Henderson'
Prunella grandiflora 'Bella Deep Rose'
Small snapdragon-like flowers cover this plant for a long period.
Prunus persica 'NCSU Dwarf Double Red'
A dwarf peach (to 4') with a nearly shocking display of carmine red flowers in spring. It is also a striking foliage plant and its heavily budded coarse branches are of winter interest. It comes true from seed; Zone 6 at least. The fruit are not table quality; sun.
'Ukon' has to be one of the most unique Japanese flowering cherries around, owing to its spectacular spring display.
An exceptionally beautiful genus of deciduous conifer tree from China with lacy fern-like foliage in summer and brilliant golden fall color; fast growing. Unlike the true larches, it grows very well in the south tolerating the heat and poorly drained soils. USDA Zones 4–8; best in sun.
(syn. Veronica kiusiana) This rarely grown species prefers rich, consistently moist soil and a part-sun exposure. The 1' plant produces multiple 2' spikes of blue flowers in summer. Hardy to zone 6.
Pulsatilla vulgaris subsp. grandis 'Papageno'
Must have well drained soil ... great for a rock garden.
Punica granatum 'Salavatski'
An exceptionally cold-hardy pomegranate with large pinkish-red fruit. The sweet-tart juice is refreshing and full of antioxidants. The crunchy seeds make a delightful snack or add crunch to salads. In the garden, the showy orange flowers add pop to the landscape and the fruit are attractive as they ripen. A tough and versatile shrub.
Punica granatum 'Silver Surfer'
This JC Raulston Arboretum introduction bears irregularly curled and variegated foliage which highlights the rich orange flowers. Edible fruits follow the crepe paper flowers. It is an easy and drought tolerant shrub with long season appeal. Sun to light shade, zone 7.
Does not spread.
Loomis County mountainmint
It develops sturdy stalks of peppermint-scented, grey-green foliage in 3 years.
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium 'Campbell Carpet'
A native minty shrub that only grows 8" tall. Narrow leaves. Early summer flowers that pollinators love.
Juke Box dwarf hybrid firethorn
An evergreen, thornless, disease and pest-resistant alternative to boxwood. It does not flower or produce fruit and it stays a relatively demur 1-3' tall.
Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki'
variegated tongue fern
Wow! This outstanding specimen is a very rare variegated fern with evergreen fronds. Tongue-like fronds have an irregular golden pattern, ‘felty’ backsides, and taper to a long pointed tip. Beautiful!
A small oak from Mexico and Texas that makes a shrubby plant or small tree with semi-evergreen, narrow leaves that resemble a thin-leaved holly. New growth is red, fall color is often nice burgundy. It is a very nice plant and makes a lovely pyramidal tree if trained when young.
From a low rosette of leaves arise 3' spikes of foxglove-like flowers in summer. Spreads rapidly when happy.
Chinese lucky grass
Reineckea carnea 'Emei Snow'
Chinese lucky grass
An Asian Aspidistra relative, this Reineckea selection was collected on sacred Emeishan in Sichuan by JCRA director Mark Weathington. It has especially tall, wide foliage, but what separates this shade plant are the showy, small spikes of nearly pure white flowers in early to midsummer.
Reineckea carnea 'Variegata'
Variegated Chinese lucky grass
Grass-like leaves are variegated with white stripes. Pink flowers are attractive but held under the canopy so you have to root around to see them.
Autumn Twist encore azalea
Encore azaleas are hard to beat with flowers in the spring, summer, and fall. These azaleas have BIG color and require little maintenance. Autumn Twist has white, single flowers with purple stripes that measure 3" across. Plant in well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Attracts butterflies.
A compact growing evergreen azalea with masses of relatively large, late season
Rhododendron 'Northern Hi-Lights'
This deciduous azalea produces sweetly fragrant flowers that emerge white with splashes of yellow on the upper petals before the foliage arrives. Foliage turns red in the fall. To 4' tall. Part sun to shade.
Rhododendron 'Pink Pancake'
North Tisbury hybrid azalea
This unique evergreen azalea features a low, spreading form (sometimes cascading) and June bloom period. 'Pink Pancake' produces bright pink flowers set amid small, hairy, evergreen leaves. With a prostrate habit, expect a 12" tall plant with a spread of up to 4'.
Rhododendron (tiny creeper)
rock garden rhododendron
This cute little shrub only grows a couple of inches tall and slowly spreads out. Leaves are 1/2-inch long and 1/8-inch wide. The flowers? Well, it hasn't flowered for us so far and maybe never will, but it's so cool as a textural plant, we can live with it as a foliage plant.
A bulb from Argentina which blooms freely in September with 8"–12" tall inflorescences of bright red flowers. It produces foliage which persists through the winter and disappears in spring—remaining dormant until its surprise flowering in fall. USDA Zones 7–9 or for pot culture further north.
Rhodophiala bifida var. spathacea
pink oxblood lily
Magenta flowers appear on 8-inch stems in August through September. Then, basal foliage emerges and persists through the winter. In late spring, the foliage hibernates flowers emerge again.
narrowleaf white-top sedge
Star sedge's showy whitish bracts make it appear as if it has showy, daisy-like flowers. These bracts attract insect pollinators, Star sedge is a great addition to a bog or water garden. Cut back in winter to make room for fresh spring growth.
Also known as a 'Nippon Lily' this evergreen perennial is a slow grower with shiny, dark-green, strappy leaves. In the fall, insignificant white flowers develop into small clumps of festive bright red berries that remain through winter. A great alternative to a cast-iron plant for an area of
Rohdea japonica 'Galle'
This plant's evergreen foliage is a amazing addition to the shade garden, especially when combined with ferns and hellebores. It's both deer resistant and drought resistant! Some people have even found them to be a delightful substitute for hostas.
Rohdea japonica 'Gunjaku'
Each thick evergreen leaf has longitudinal white streaks which coalesce to a creamy white border on this sacred lily. When mature, expect a 10" tall × 15" wide clump, topped with short stalks of red berries in winter. Perfect for a dry shade site where nothing else will grow. Requires shade, zone 7.
Cape Diamond shrub climber rose
This rose is widely touted as one of the most disease resistant varieties to be found. Old-fashioned rounded and doubled flowers to 4" in diameter are carried in clusters and are spicily fragrant. Grow it s a tough shrub or train it as a climber along a fence or arbor.
Peach Drift ground cover rose
Double Knock Out shrub rose
Rosa sericea subsp. omeiensis f. pteracantha
A rose from China valued for its incredible prickles. The new prickles on this 8' tall shrub rose are broadly winged and bright red along the entire length of the stem and glow liked stained glass with the sun shining through them. Single white 2" flowers. Makes red hips. Prickles are brighter, bigger, and more thorny if the plant is pruned but that disrupts its natural vase shape. Site it where you can view it backlit by the sun. Full sun.
Flowers have a clove-peppery aroma. This is a quite disease resistant rose. A great rose for the non-rose grower.
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp'
'Arp' is one of the most cold hardy rosemaries and is the one most recommended for the Raleigh area.
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Spice Island'
This Rosemary features a highly upright form and dark blue flowers. Superb selection for kitchen use. Needs good drainage and full sun. Exceptionally drought tolerant.
This interesting shrub has weeping long pendant panicles of lavender blooms from mid summer till frost. Dies back in winter, but quickly emerges in spring as the soil warms. Caramel colored peeling bark. A rare and unusual plant!
Missouri orange coneflower
Native to the midwest United States. Uncommon in gardens. The ray petals stick straight out instead of curling down as other Rudbeckia species do.
Ruellia simplex 'Chi Chi'
Hardy pink petunia
Adorable herbaceous perennial that is ready to fill your garden with light pink flowers throughout the summer. Clean, dark green foliage fills in nicely around your other perennials. Will do well in moist and dry conditions. An easy to grow must-have!
This dioecious deciduous tree grows to 15' to 30' with narrow, glossy green leaves on contorted branches, and in spring, produces clusters of greenish white (male) or pinkish white (female) flowers along its stems. Hardy to zone 9 so tender in Raleigh.
Ruscus aculeatus (ex. 'Wheeler's Variety')
This rare palm has giant, green fan-shaped leaves typical of all sabal foliage. It is an intermediate hybrid between S. minor (no above ground trunk) and S. mexicana (tall trunk). Add this very special palmetto to your garden!
This common, fan-shaped palm is a small shrub is usually stemless with the leaves arising from an underground stock. White blooms are followed by black fruit about 1/2 inch wide in long clusters. Plant forms a trunk when grown in standing water.
Salix alba 'Dart's Snake'
contorted white willow
Rapid grower, maturing at 15'–20'. Can be coppiced.Large red flower buds with pink to rose colored catkins, soon turning white.. Native to Japan. Hardy in zones 6–8.
A corkscrew willow tree that reaches 20 to 30 feet tall with a spread of 15 feet.
Quirky, yet beautiful twisted orange-yellow stems.
Salvia azurea 'Little Boy Blue'
This hardy perennial salvia forms an upright clump of strong stems with terminal clusters on which dozens of beautiful azure blue blooms appear, usually by mid-August.
As if drought and heat tolerance and fragrance weren't enough, this salvia offers gorgeous blue flowers all summer. The deep-blue calyx looks like a bloom even after the flower falls off for a greater floral presence.
blue oak sage
Salvia coerulea 'Argentine Skies'
blue anise sage
Plant Argentine Skies and the hummingbirds will love you! The licorice-like fragrance of its foliage and the big whorls of large, sky blue flowers make this a stand-out sage. It is a tidy background, screen or border plant Deer Resistant!!!
Salvia coerulea 'Black and Blue'
blue anise sage
3' tall clumps of fuzzy green, leaves precedes 1' spikes of narrow, long, snapdragon-like, luscious, deep blue flowers from June to October -- a hummingbird favorite. In rich soil, a 5-year-old clump of Salvia 'Black and Blue' can spread to 6' wide.
Salvia dichlamys 'Super Elk'
scarlet rooster sage
Hummingbirds love the hot orange-red summer blooms of this sage. Grows best in rich, well drained soil. Not sure if it will be winter-hardy here.
Salvia elegans 'Tangerine'
The 'Tangerine' name refers to the fruity scent of the bruised leaves, not the flower color which is bright red.Somewhat tender so a cover of winter mulch and well drained soil is needed. The tubular flower shape indicates they are definitely attractive to hummingbirds.
Salvia farinacea 'Augusta Duelberg'
Attract hummingbirds to you garden with this splendid selection of the Texas native Salvia farinacea. The compact 30" tall x 4' wide specimen is topped from May until frost with hundreds of spikes of silvery-white flowers. This wildfower is both heat- and drought-tolerant.
Salvia farinacea 'G14251'
Unplugged So Blue Unplugged So Blue Salvia
This drought-tolerant, perennial salvia grows to just 2 feet tall, and its vivid blue blooms throughout the growing season serve as pollinator magnets.
Salvia 'Fire Dancer'
This is a coral colored flowering Salvia. Compact habit is dense and flowers all summer long as well.
Salvia 'Flamenco Rose'
This salvia has large, hot pink flowers. Its small-leaved foliage is nicely scented, sturdy and upright. What an excellent, long-blooming garden choice!
Salvia glabrescens 'Elk Yellow Purple'
Japanese Forest Sage
In September, small 18" tall clumps of dark green leaves are topped by spikes of gorgeous light yellow flowers with tiny dark purple flecks. This salvia can tolerate only an hour or 2 of morning sunlight and reponds well to moist, organic soil.Over time, clumps can stretch to 7' wide.
Salvia greggii 'Diane'
Diane's 36-inch mound of woody stems is covered with narrow green foliage. In late spring through fall, the 3-4' wide DEER-RESISTANT clumps are topped with small red to purple flowers.
Salvia greggii 'Sky Blue Pink'
The cultivar name 'Sky Blue Pink' might suggest that it is difficult to describe the flower color, and it is. It's definitely more pink (purple) than blue, and its color does vary over the season. What is beyond dispute is that it is a superb performer.
Salvia greggii 'Viva'
compact autumn sage
The compact and pretty ‘Viva’ has rose-pink blooms that flower all season, especially in the heat of summer. Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season. They are highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Salvia ×jamensis 'Sierra San Antonio'
Trumpet flowers of yellow and coppery peach are dazzling next to the aromatic, glossy dark green foliage. Mounds will grow to 2-3 feet tall and wide and its drought and heat tolerant!
Salvia leucantha 'Greenwood'
Mexican bush sage
Salvia leucantha 'Midnight'
Mexican bush sage
Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'
compact Mexican bush sage
This compact bush sage is a breakthrough in the group, keeping that wonderful late summer to fall blooming time but on a smaller scale. We love the masses of fuzzy purple flowers almost as much as the hummingbirds do. We have been growing this plant for over a decade now and find it very easy as long as it has lots of sun and a well-drained soil.
Salvia leucantha 'White Mischief'
white flowered Mexican bush sage
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
bicolor baby sage
"Hot Lips" is a beautiful shrubby salvia possessing flowers in shades of solid white, red and white bicolors, and solid red. Flower colors change with the spring and summer temperatures. Zone 7.
Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet'
Red Velvet Mountain Sage
Red Velvet is a vigorous plant with intense red flowers, particularly in spring and fall. Dark stems and calyxes intensify the plant's drama along with glossy green foliage. Red Velvet prefers partial shade and even blooms in full shade. It needs well-drained soil and regular watering.
Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'
Fuzzy red tubular flowers are a hummingbird magnet through the summer. Vigorous grower with glossy green foliage. Great for containers.
Salvia nemorosa 'New Dimension Blue'
European wood sage
A dwarf salvia for the border or edge of a bed. Leaves are fragrant if bruised. Shear after bloom to trigger a fall rebloom.
Salvia 'Newe Ya'ar'
Newe Ya'ar' (Neh-veh Ya-ar) is an early and prolific bloomer in spring, and grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Although not reliably winter hardy outdoors in areas colder than Zone 7b, it can be potted up. We've had no problems even in single digits with plants staying mostly evergreen.
Salvia nipponica var. formosana
Taiwan woodland sage
Enjoy the bright,fuzzy, cherry red flowers of this sage! Often slow to start growing in spring, this tropical beauty takes off as the days get longer and warmer. Hummingbirds are attracted from summer to fall.
Salvia 'Phyllis' Fancy'
'Phyllis Fancy' begins blooming in late summer & keeps going until the first frost making it a favorite in the late season garden. Bees, butterflies & hummingbirds can’t resist it's fuzzy, soft lavender flower spikes. It's not fussy about soil, but loves good drainage. Deer Resistant!
Salvia (cf. Phyllis Fancy)
Thought tiny at its base, this perennial grows to a 5 to 6-foot clump. Beginning in September, gorgeous 1-foot long purple spikes of light lavender flowers in bicolor calyxes (green turning to purple) draw pollinators.
Salvia puberula 'El Butano'
Salvia puberula has particularly large and colorful flowers.The velvety green leaves adorn the 4' tall upright stalks that are topped, starting in late October, with a flower head of deep magenta-pink resembling a pink cotton ball that was plugged into an electrical outlet...a great form of this wonderful salvia.
Salvia 'Raspberry Delight'
A small deciduous sub–shrub to 18" to 24" tall that produces raspberry–red flowers from summer to frost bloom. Flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Salvia 'Red Letter'
hybrid autumn sage
Salvia regla 'Jame'
Salvia regla is a star in southern gardens! The glossy-green, round foliage adorns this upright-growing woody salvia to nearly 4' tall. In early fall, this cultivar is adorned with 3" long scarlet-orange, tubular flowers...a hummingbird's delight.
Sambucus canadensis 'Blonde Envy'
A bright yellow-leaved cultivar of the North American native. Perhaps the first ornamental cultivar of this native and because of its provenance, we expect it will persist in gardens. A suckering deciduous shrub from 5'–12' tall. Fragrant white lacy blooms in summer similar to Queen Anne's lace. In late summer, edible black elderberry fruits appear.
Sambucus nigra 'Jandeboer001'
Golden Tower black elderberry
Narrow upright growth. Offers both height and color to a small space. Leaves have a funky odor when bruised.
Sanguisorba 'Little Angel'
Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii'
This succulent houseplant stays nice and short and makes a great office plant. The evergreen strap-like leaves are green with cream striations. Extraordinarily drought tolerant and shade tolerant.
Lemon Queen Lavender Cotton
Aromatic grayish-green foliage makes this small drought-tolerant shrub a lovely addition to a drier garden. Clusters of soft yellow flowers that appear above the foliage in spring resemble cotton balls.
green lavender cotton
This lovely little shrub makes a low plant to about 1' tall with glossy, evergreen foliage. Insignificant greenish-white flowers give rise to showy clusters of orange fruits.
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Sarsid1'
Fragrant Valley Himalayan sweet box
Fragrant Valley has a low, spreading habit with glossy deep green foliage. Sweetly scented white blooms tipped with pink appear in late winter. It's an excellent shade plant with much more vigor than other varieties of Sarcococca. It's ideal for shady, dry sites and is deer resistant.
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Western Hills'
Himalayan sweet box
willow-leaf sweet box
This is perhaps the most handsome of all the Sarcococcas. As an evergreen shrub, it has an upright, but arching form. Leaves are elongated, narrow, glossy, and bright green in color. More vigorous than other sweet boxes, at the JCRA, it has prospered with protection from winter winds.
Sarracenia ×courtii is a naturally occurring hybrid of Sarracenia purpurea and Sarracenia psittacina, named after 19th century Veitch Nursery carnivorous plant breeder, William Court. Sarracenia ×courtii is one of the shortest and widest growing pitcher plants, producing horizontal rosy red pitchers.
Saururus cernuus 'Hertford Streaker'
variegated lizard's tail
Schisandra propinqua var. sinensis
Delightful, evergreen vine with stems and petioles tinted burgundy, adding a reddish element to the entire plant’s appearance. Spring and summer flowers produce attractive red fruits. Drapes nicely over the sides of a container with its shiny 3" leaves.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Minsnow3'
Flirty Girl Japanese climbing hydrangea
This selection blooms at a much smaller size than normal. Blooms on old wood so do not prune until just after blooming is done.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight'
pewter-leaf Japanese climbing hydrangea
With attractive, lustrous green and durable foliage, Scilla numidica doesn't look like one of those wimpy bulbs where you just want to wish the foliage away once the flowers are done. Instead, attractive foliage begets even more attractive flowers. Hardy, likely, through NC.
Scilla peruviana 'White Moon'
Hardy, clumping lily. A joy in the garden with clumps of tiny flowers.
Scutellaria mellichampii 'Bluffton Blues'
Scutellaria mellichampii is a southeastern U.S. native that forms a 2' tall clump which flowers in June until frost with small lavender blue flowers. This has been a standout in the garden flowering profusely for months.
This Mediterranean skullcap makes
well-behaved clumps of scalloped leaves topped in summer by purple to blue flowers over an extended period. It is ideal in sun to part shade in all but heavy, wet soils. An easy and reliable performer in the garden.
Scutellaria suffrutescens 'Texas Rose'
A small cushion-forming semi-evergreen mint relative topped with pink flowers in spring and sporadically through summer. Originally sold as a tender perennial or annual but has proven to be hardy in zone 7.
Sedum emarginatum 'Eco-Mt. Emei'
Mt. Emei sedum
Discovered growing on the lower slopes of Mt. Emei in the Sczechuan Province of China, this lovely woodland gem displays mass of tiny yellow flowers in late spring.
Tiny, bead-like leaves. Leaf color can vary from green to red during the year. Excellent drainage required.
Sedum japonicum 'Tokyo Sun'
Leaves are more yellow in full sun and turn pale green in shade. Excellent drainage required.
Sedum makinoi 'Ogon'
gold Makino stonecrop
A succulent groundcover with brilliant buttery yellow foliage that looks good year round. Late spring golden flowers add to the appeal. Best grown in a lightly shaded spot in a well-drained area of the garden. Hardy to zone 7.
SunSparkler Dazzleberry stonecrop
Smoky blue-grey leaves are topped with large (for a sedum) raspberry red flowers in summer.
Sedum rupestre 'Noniw'
Moonshadow golden creeping sedum
A 4" tall groundcover sedum with bright sulfur-yellow foliage that is topped in summer with yellow flowers. Full sun and well-drained soil needed. Drought tolerant. Hardy down to zone 3.
Sedum spathulifolium 'Harvest Moon'
Excellent drainage required.
Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Fire'
Considered to be an improvement over the industry standard 'Autumn Joy' with taller stems, larger flower heads and a longer period of bloom.
Sedum spectabile 'Zi Juan'
Pink Sundae showy stonecrop
This lovely clumping perennial features beautiful flowers that are deep pink at the center surrounded by 5-pointed stars of white petals.
Sedum takesimense 'Nonsitnal'
Atlantis Takeshima stonecrop
Spectacular variegated foliage is a pretty as most any flower, each leaf with a wide cream border in whorls around the gently sprawling stems
Round, flattened leaves are medium green throughout the growing season, then turn a bronzy-red in the fall. In summer, plants are speckled with clusters of bright yellow flowers held on tiny stalks above the foliage.
Seemannia 'Little Red'
This hardy gloxinia hybrid has quickly become one of the favorite plants in the JCRA's Lath House. Intense scarlet-red, tubular flowers contrast beautifully with its dark foliage and red stems. It grows best in rich, well-drained soil, not overly wet or dry.
Flowers best in sun.
Seemannia nematanthodes 'Evita'
We love this hot African violet relative introduced by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery for it's soft green foliage, gently spreading habit, and HOT red flowers with speckled gold throats. Its very happy here in the piedmont in light shade where it emerges late and weaves around other perennials happily.
Seemannia purpurascens 'Purple Prince'
A dark–leaved hybrid gesneriad with tubular pink flowers held on 20" spikes. Pinching helps keep it compact.
A fern-like plant for the shade garden. Although we had originally identified these as Selaginella pallescens (variegated) they are neither variegated nor S. pallescens. Oops. Back to the drawing board.
This ferny evergreen perennial makes a slowly creeping mass for the woodland garden. It is exceptionally easy to grow and looks great weaving around hydrangeas, azaleas, and other woodland shrubs.
Chick Charms Key Lime Kiss hens and chicks
Some taxonomists lump Jovibarba in with Sempervivum as they are similar. This southeastern European native is a tight rosette of succulent chartreuse leaves that produces lots of little chicks.
Hens and chicks are rosette-forming succulents typically smaller than a tennis ball with small colorful leaves all year round. Many cultivars color shift in the winter from green to purple. The main plant (the hen) produces lots of identical baby plants in spring (the chicks) attached by stolons. In the summer, the hen will produce a small flower stalk ... but it is usually insignificant. Requires excellent drainage. In North Carolina, hens and chicks appreciate some relief from afternoon sun.
cobweb hens and chicks
A diminuitive sempervivum with fuzzy cobwebbed foliage.
Hens and chicks are rosette-forming succulents smaller than a tennis ball with small colorful leaves all year round. The main plant (the hen) produces lots of identical baby plants (the chicks) attached by stolons. In the summer, the hen will produce a small flower stalk ... but it is usually insignificant. Requires good drainage.
Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Emily'
Chick Charms Cotton Candy cobweb hens and chicks
This cultivar of Sempervivum arachnoideum, the cobweb hens and chicks, is larger than the species but with the same heavy webbing. Leaves are green heavily suffused with purple-red
Chick Charms Giants Copper Canyon hens and chicks
Chartreuse green leaves with red tips. Requires well drained soil. A rock garden is best. In Raleigh, some protection from afternoon sun is best.
Chick Charms Giants Gold Mine hens and chicks
Red leaves with yellow tips. Requires well drained soil. A rock garden is best. In Raleigh, some protection from afternoon sun is best.
Chick Charms Giants Steel Appeal hens and chicks
Dark red leaves with a steely gray-green tip. Requires well drained soil. A rock garden is best. In Raleigh, some protection from afternoon sun is best.
Sempervivum 'Commander Hay'
hens and chicks
Bicolor red and green foliage. Leaves have a fine frill on the edge.
Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget'
Chick Charms hens and chicks
During the warm season, the leaves are a bright green with a bit of red and in the winter it shifts to gold and red. Offsets slowly.
Sempervivum 'Lavender and Old Lace'
hens and chicks
Gray green leaves that are lavender-pink at the base.
Chick Charms Silver Suede hens and chicks
Green with a bit of burgundy and a silvery sheen. A thick coating of long cilia gives this rosette a wonderfully velvety texture. This variety turns a soft lilac in winter.
Sempervivum 'Pacific Devils Food'
Chick Charms Chocolate Kiss hens and chicks
A chocolatey red to pink rosette all year long. It produces lots of offsets on hot pink stolons in spring.
Sempervivum 'Rocknoll Rosette'
Chick Charms Cherry Berry hens and chicks
A color-changer through the seasons. It has a lime green base in winter tipped with a bit of purple. In summer, it shifts to predominately red with a bit of gold.
Sempervivum 'Ruby Heart'
hens and chicks
This plant is particularly effective when planted in the cracks and crevices of stone walls or walkways. It is also very attractive in containers. Prefers some protection from Raleigh's summer heat and humidity.
Sempervivum 'Soft Line'
Chick Charms Sugar Shimmer hens and chicks
Large silvery rosettes with pink tips and with little hairs that give it a shimmer as if dusted with sugar crystals. In warmer temperatures, they are more blue green in color with a light silvery overlay.
Chick Charms Cosmic Candy hens and chicks
Rose to green rosettes take on golden tinges in bright sun. A thick tufting of fine, white cilia give this cultivar a fuzzy appearance.
Serissa japonica 'Bumble Bee Delight'
Delightful, small evergreen shrub covered with tiny, white flowers from spring through fall. Japanese snow rose is a very versatile plant that makes an excellent choice for use in your landscape or for bonsai.
Serissa japonica 'Kyoto'
This intriguing, small, evergreen plant has tiny leaves clustered densely and tightly held against its stems. Flowers are light pink to white. It branches more freely and is more open than 'Sapporo'. Its wiry stems give an attractive Oriental appearance to this evergreen shrub.
Serissa japonica 'Sapporo'
Serrisa is an evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub with tiny green leaves and tons of white funnel-shaped flowers from spring to fall. Flowers most heavily in full sun and is very drought tolerant once established. ‘Sapporo’ is a very compact cultivar great in containers, rock gardens, and for bonsai.
Serissa japonica 'White Swan'
This small evergreen shrub will grow in full blazing sun or in fairly heavy shade. It also is one of the very best performers in drought situations. Each of the tiny leaves on the stiffly arching branches is delicately edged in creamy white. Small white flowers appear in spring through fall.
A rare perennial that is native from Illinois to Georgia on rocky wooded slopes. It is endangered in the wild and you can help preserve this plant by planting one in your garden. It forms a forms a tangle of lanky stems with small white flowers that open at sunset.
This wildflower cascades over stone walls and hanging pots with clusters of small pink flowers. It's called Catchfly because tiny flying insects get stuck on sticky seed pods behind the flowers.
Sinningia 'Arkansas Bells'
'Arkansas Bells' sports pinkish-red tubular flowers on stalks that are taller than other Sinningias. Its blooms have a pleasant fruity scent and are a delight to hummingbirds. This amazing African violet relative thrives with cactus and agaves. Only winter hardy to 5 degrees F, but is also makes a wonderful container plant.
Sinningia 'Bananas Foster'
All summer long you will enjoy this delightful gem in your garden. True to its name, it produces dozens of 2" pale yellow tubular flowers. It is very drought tolerant and perfect for a rock garden or other sunny location.
Sinningia 'Butter and Cream'
hardy hybrid sinningia
Hardy, non-running species with pale yellow buds on 18" arching stalks that open to creamy white all season long.
Sinningia 'Cherries Jubilee'
From a giant underground tuber, leaf stalks emerge in spring, forming a 4' tall clump. By early June the clump has dozens of stalks each one with dozens of flowers. The tubular cherry red flowers dangle down from the stalks from early June into September. Needs well drained soil to prevent the large tuber from rotting in winter.
Sinningia (ex. 'Scarlet O'Hara')
A cross of Sinningia sellovii × S. tubiflora that was selected by Jon Lindstrom. Sinningia 'Lovely' makes a mound of foliage, topped from summer into fall with 18" tall spikes, adorned with long pink tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds. Well-drained soils in winter are key for success.
Sinningia 'Scarlet O'Hara'
red hardy gloxinia
This Sinningia will be one of the bright spots in your garden and the hummingbirds will love it! At the ends of the arching stems, airy open flower spikes display teardrop shaped scarlet red flowers that dangle in the breeze.
hardy red gloxinia
hardy white gloxinia
Long throated creamy white flowers with a pink blush top clumps of fuzzy silver leaves in late spring to early summer.
Sinocrassula yunnanensis (crested form)
These open-pollinated seedlings from the JCRA Asian Valley may be s. rehderiana or s. xylocarpa or a hybrid of the two. Whichever, they promise to be beautiful, blooming garden trees with glossy leaves and lovely structure.
super dwarf greenbrier
Not your grandmother's brier, this Chinese species makes a low groundcover with a tight, Brillo pad-like mass of green stems with small spines. Red fruits often follow green flowers. Grows to only about 8" tall but forms a dense patch up to 36" across. Perfect for the woodland or as a low edging plant. In winter, the leaves fall off leaving behind zig-zag stems.
Solanum pseudocapsicumSolanum pseudocapsicum
White flowers and bright orange to red fruit make this a lovely plant for a patio or protected area of the garden.
White flowers and bright orange to red fruit make this a lovely plant for a patio or protected area of the garden.
Sphaeralcea 'Shell Pink'
hybrid globe mallow
This lovely plant is widely touted as an annual plant but has been perfectly hardy for us over the last five years in a well-drained, sunny spot. The hibiscus relative makes a spreading plant with silvery leaves and pink flowers.
A rare, one-of-a-kind offering, this spirea has dainty deciduous leaves on arching branches, clusters of white flowers and lovely orange-red fall color. In its native range from southeast Europe east to the Caucasus and the Altai Mountains, it grows on open stony slopes and in shrubbery within the steppen and forest-steppen zones.
Spiraea japonica 'Matgold'
Rainbow Fizz Japanese spirea
Foliage emerges copper, changes to yellow with red tips in spring, and then finishes with copper-red in fall. Flower buds start red and finish with a pink bloom. To 4' tall. Hardy to zone 5.
This lovely spiraea has spikes of pink (occasionally white) flowers from mid-summer until frost. Although nearly unknown in gardens, it is attractive and showy. 4-5 feet tall, zone 7 at least, probably colder full sun.
Spiraea thunbergii 'Fujino Pink'
apple-blossom Thunberg spirea
Spiraea thunbergii 'Mount Fuji'
variegated Thunberg spirea
Loads of white flowers in late winter cover this low mounding, deciduous shrub. The foliage is irregularly streaked with white variegation, and the narrow leaves give a graceful, airy texture. Fall color can often be nice yellows and/or reds.
Spiraea ×vanhouttei 'Levgold'
Firegold golden bridal wreath spirea
Firegold® is adorned with brilliant lemon-lime foliage. The new growth is soft yellow changing to lemon, and finally to lime-green. White flowers appear in spring along gracefully arching branches.
Tussocks of very slender emerald green leaves swirling outward from the crown. Attractive seed heads in summer, which are also fragrant. A long lived, well behaved native ornamental grass.
Grow Aztec lily and it will soon become one of your favorite and most reliable plants. In spring, long, strap-shaped leaves and brilliant red flowers emerge from a bulb. Stunning, large (6") flowers bloom from April through May, with the possibility of a few more in the fall.
A dependable perennial with a long season of bloom and foliage which is attractive year round. Named for garden designer Piet Oudolf's garden Hummelo.
This perennial herb is similar to the Jerusalem artichoke. It's a member of the mint family and behaves accordingly -- spreading with zeal. But since it is a delicious, nutritious plant, it’s easy enough to weed it and get a nice meal or two for your efforts.
Stachyurus (ex. 'Carolina Parakeet')
These are seedlings off of Stachyurus 'Carolina Parakeet' which is a variegated Stachyurus. The seedlings will not be variegated but still have the same wonderful late winter flowers...pale yellow chains that dangle from the stems in the thousands. This is a dwarf tree that will max out at about 12' tall.
One of the most beautiful winter flowering shrubs; blooming in late winter when little else is. Pendant spikes of 15 to 24 pale yellow-green flowers. These are seedlings of the variegated 'Carolina Parakeet', but they will NOT be variegated, but should be heavy bloomers like mom.
stevia (sugar substitute plant)
Stevia is a 24" tall, semi-hardy perennial grown for its incredibly sweet leaves, which are used as a sugar substitute. A fun little herb for the herb garden. Full sun. Amaze your kids and friends with its super sweet leaves.
Stokesia laevis 'Mel's Blue'
The 4" wide flowers are larger than typical Stoke's aster.
Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick'
Its superior traits include an abundance of 18" tall blue flowers in summer and it is sterile. Stokes' aster tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions and is easy to grow. We would have picked a newer selection to offer, but this is still the best in our minds.
Chinese rain bell
Relative of the annual Persian Shield, this plant looks nothing like its cousin. A 4' tall dieback shrub with prominently-veined green leaves and long stems that arch at the tip with tubular purple flowers from late fall until hard freeze. Prefers moist soils. Hardy to at least zone 8, perhaps colder.
This rare Chinese member of the snowbell genus makes an attractive large shrub or small tree. In spring, small white flowers are borne on short racemes. The dark gray-brown bark is handsome in winter. It is easy to grow and a perfect size for most landscapes.
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus 'Central Avenue'
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Grape Crush'
New England aster
Naturally dense mounding habit needs no staking. Covered in dark purple flowers in early fall. Very showy and a superb pollinator plant.
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Fanny'
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite'
Very showy and low-growing, this bushy plant has hundreds of daisy type blue-lavender flowers with yellow centers. Butterflies love it! It creates an interesting display throughout the summer followed by masses of flowers about 1.25 inches in diameter. Deer resistant!
Symphytum ×uplandicum 'Axminster Gold'
variegated Russian comfrey
The species is a naturally occurring hybrid. The selection has gray-green leaves with broad yellow leaf margins. It typically grows in a rosette to 18" tall with a spread to 24-30" wide. Clusters of pink bells bloom in late spring to early summer atop stems rising from the foliage mound to 4-5' tall.
Crimson Doll Crimson Doll lilac
Reddish buds open to fragrant reddish-pink flowers on this lilac and rapidly fade to pink. Crimson is a bit of a stretch. A bit shorter than other lilacs at just 5' tall and wide. Sometimes reblooms in summer, we are told this is quite heat tolerant but haven't grown it ourselves. Full sun.
sweet-scented Mexican marigold
Mexican tarragon grows all spring and summer before it produces many yellow, single marigold-like blossoms. That's just the frosting on the cake, though, because the main reason to grow it is for the flavored leaves. A great substitute for French tarragon! Let this be a bright spot in your garden as fall comes around!
Taxodium distichum 'Jim's Little Guy'
A dwarf selection of bald cypress to 5' tall in 10- years. Foliage color is quite good all summer. Sun to part shade.
Taxus baccata 'Amersfoort'
Featuring short, round, dark brownish green needles, this irregular evergreen doesn't look like the typical yew. Asymmetrical branches are artistically slanted upward like antlers. 4' tall in 10 years. Hardy to USDA zone 6.
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Robusta'
columnar english yew
An evergreen conifer that forms a narrow, upright habit up to about 10' tall but only 2' wide. An exclamation point for your garden!
Taxus wallichiana var. mairei
The Chinese Yew is well suited for southern gardens. It grows to 12' tall and wide after 20 years. If a male pollinator is nearby, it should set red fruits. The large shrub has attractive evergreen needles and orange exfoliating bark. With pruning it can be kept as a tight hedge. Zone 7
Tecoma stans var. angustata
This Texas native is not reliably hardy, but in a warm, protected spot, it makes an upright
shrub topped with tubular gold flowers continually until frost. We've found it will usually come back if mulched well and the winter is relatively mild. We've been growing this form for many years now.
Tetraneuris scaposa 'Travis'
four nerve daisy
(syn. Hymenoxys scaposa) Four-nerve Daisy is a low, silvery 5" tall perennial with 1" wide yellow flowers for much of the year, starting in winter. A rock garden plant that needs excellent drainage.
Thalictrum rochebruneanum var. grandisepalum
Thuja occidentalis 'Brobeck's Tower'
Twisted fans of rich green foliage draw your attention to this lovely pillar-shaped arborvitae. 7' tall by 3' wide in 10 years. Hardy to USDA zone 2.
Thuja occidentalis 'Columbia'
white-tip American arborvitae
This is a very attractive form of American arborvitae that is somewhat difficult to find. Its branches have creamy-white tips that contrast beautifully against the evergreen foliage, especially in summer and winter. It forms a broadly columnar tree to 10’ tall and makes a fine specimen in the landscape.
Thuja occidentalis 'Europe Gold'
golden American arborvitae
A conical shrub growing at least 8' in the first 10 years. The light gold foliage turns to a vibrant old-gold in winter. Could be used as a screening plant
Thuja occidentalis 'Quebec Weeping'
weeping American arborvitae
A delightfully loose and graceful conifer with sprays of pendulous foliage. Spring growth is a bright green before darkening a bit. A true specimen plant.
Thuja occidentalis 'Trompenburg'
A selection of the eastern North American native arborvitae with a round form and yellow-green foliage which darkens in winter. Named for the Trompenburg Arboretum in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Thuja occidentalis 'Unicorn'
A slow-growing cultivar with an upright, very narrow, columnar habit.
Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'
golden American arborvitae
Thujopsis dolabrata var. hondai
northern Japanese false arborvitae
This northern form of the false arborvitae from Japan displays densely-set, dark green foliage. For us, the plant forms a dense shrub, although in cooler climates
it forms an upright (cone-shaped), evergreen tree.
Thujopsis dolabrata 'Variegata'
variegated false arborvitae
This form of the false arborvitae displays branch tips speckled creamy white, which on well-grown specimens, gives the entire plant a white cast. Our plant grows as a shrub, but in cooler climates, may be tree-statured to about 15'.
Tibouchina urvilleana 'Edwardsii'
This princess flower is root hardy here, dying to the ground each fall and returning in the spring. In a frost free climate, it becomes a small tree and flowers nearly year round. Here, it is probably better grown as a house plant or patio plant that you bring inside for the winter. It features soft, velvety leaves and 2" purple flowers in summer.
gold false foxglove
This very hardy African violet relative makes a stunning addition to the shade garden where it forms a small clump of dark green fuzzy foliage. It is topped with deep gold flowers, each with a dark burgundy throat—simply stunning.
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Asia Minor'
dwarf Asiatic jessamine
"Asia Minor" is a wonderful ground cover with fragrant small white flowers in summer. Morning sun only is preferable. It's also very happy in containers and looks great in combination with hibiscus, lantana, and ferns.
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Atsuba Chirimen'
dwarf variegated Asiatic jessamine
This tiny Asiatic jessamine makes a great plant for a small space. The little evergreen leaves are dark green with a variable yellow variegation. Winter leaves are often tinted with red and orange. It can be pruned into a small shrub, perfect for bonsai or allowed to grow as a small scale ground cover.
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Chirimen'
dwarf variegated Asiatic jessamine
This Asiatic Jessamine cultivar has tiny leaves variegated with grey and white. It's a vigorous climber if there is something for it to climb. or an excellent groundcover if grown without anything to climb on.
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Hatsuyuki'
variegated Asiatic jessamine
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Kiifu Chirimen'
dwarf golden Asiatic jessamine
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Nagaba'
variegated Asian jessamine
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Chirimen'
golden Asiatic jessamine
Known as "beautiful gold," this stunning Asian variety of jessamine has leaves that are a deep golden yellow, turning light orange in winter. It will fit just about anywhere in the small garden, but is especially wonderful in a planter or as a small scale ground cover.
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ougon Nishiki'
golden Asiatic jessamine
While plants need a season or 2 in the ground before variegation is evident, new leaves emerge red, change to mottled red, orange, gold and green. Sun to light shade, in zone 7b.
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Theta'
narrowleaf Asiatic jessamine
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Fragrant Gold'
hardy Confederate jessamine
Climbing or groundcover vine with highly fragrant yellow flowers. Evergreen, it will maintain yellowish leaf color in partial shade.
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Raulston Hardy'
Also known as "star jasmine," this evergreen woody vine is covered with fragrant creamy-white flowers in summer. It will need some support to get started,
but will cover an arbor quickly, once it is established. Delectable!
Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'
This colorful groundcover has large, pointed, narrow oblong leaves, 3-6 in and bears small pink flowers in the summer. Since winter hardy only to Zones 10-11, it's best to sprout cuttings inside for the next season. Bunches of rich purple, lance-shaped leaves make this a beautiful house plant year-round.
These small, orchid-like flowers, speckled with white and shades of purple, sparkle above tall stems of glossy green foliage and prefer shady, moist places. Unfortunately deer and rabbits find them very tasty.
Tricyrtis 'Fluffy Orchid'
This toad-lily offers long, leaf-covered stems that in Sept and Oct are covered with white orchid-like flowers with tiny maroon spots. Upright stems, large flowers and flor- iferous nature make it different from others we've seen.
Tricyrtis formosana 'Autumn Glow'
variegated toad lily
Tricyrtis formosana 'Autumn Gold'
A solid gold-leaved sport of Tricyrtis formosana 'Autumn Glow' found at JCRA by Doug Ruhren in 2019. Named 'Autumn Gold,' it maintained its bright yellow color all summer. So new we do not know much about its garden performance, so check back in with us to tell us how yours fares.
Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner'
amethyst toad lily
downy toad lily
Raven's toad lily
A high elevation, sun loving, herbaceous perennial collected in Taiwan in 2008. The upright stems are topped from midsummer to frost with loads of 3 petaled, purple spotted flowers. The flower production beats any other toad lily we've come across so far.
This evergreen tree is elegant in all seasons with whorls of glossy green foliage held on smooth green stems. Interesting rather than showy terminal flowers and fruits are chartreuse contrasting nicely with the dark foliage. It will make a medium-sized tree in sun to part shade.
A deciduous shrub or small tree to 30' with scented pink flowers in spring. Yellow fall color. Zone 7.
Attractive evergreen native shrub, grown more as an ornamental, though the fruit are also edible. Foliage in some selections blushes pink. Wants well drained acidic soil.
Veronica 'Blue Skywalker'
Slender 30" tall spikes of blue and color and verticality to the summer garden. Great cut flower and pollinator plant as well
A 2" tall groundcover speedwell with glossy evergreen foliage that blooms in mid-spring with a profusion of white-petaled, blue-eyed flowers. Hardy in zones 3-10.
Veronica spicata 'Joca128'
Snow Candles Snow Candles speedwell
A compact veronica with tall white candle-like flowers from May to frost. This selection is a perfect size for along a walkway or in the front of a border. It prefers moist, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue'
Egolf hybrid viburnum
This viburnum is a hybrid between V. japonicum and V. dilatatum. It has semi-evergreen, glossy green leaves that give this densely branched shrub a classy look! Flowers in summer and resemble white saucers sitting on the branches. These flowers turn to persistent red berries in fall.
This handsome shrub has year-round appeal for everyone's garden, adding texture to the shade garden with its large, leathery leaves. In late spring, pink buds turn into creamy white clusters of flowers borne on reddish stalks. In fall, there are bright blue clusters of fruit. Likes moist soil.
Viburnum japonicum 'Superbum'
large-flowered Japanese viburnum
A much improved form of Japanese viburnum, the glossy leaves and white flowers of this easy-going plant are much larger than the species. Large fragrant white spring flowers are followed by showy red fruits up to 1/3" long -very impressive.
Viburnum prunifolium 'Summer Magic'
New foliage emerges bright red, turns pink and then green through summer, then red and yellow in fall. This selection is more compact than the wild type and tends not to set fruit. Combine with a native red honeysuckle.
A perennial pansy!
Vitex agnus-castusBegonia 'Lucerna'
This sun-loving deciduous shrub/tree offers summer flowers that are likely to be pink.
Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek'
Piedmont barren strawberry
The piedmont barren strawberry is a wonderful low-lying perennial herb with evergreen leaves that turn burgundy red in fall. The flower is yellow and the fruit is brown and dry. It's a great ground cover for slopes and rock gardens that are moist and partially shaded.
White flowers that darken to violet as spring turns to summer make this deciduous shrub a welcome garden addition.
Weigela florida 'Bokrasopea'
Sonic Bloom Pearl reblooming weigela
Following the spring blooms weigela is known for, this deciduous shrub will rebloom until frost. White flowers that mature to pink stand out against the bright green foliage.
Weigela florida 'Caricature'
variegated flowering weigela
Flowering weigela is an old-fashioned shrub found growing in many mature shrub borders and gardens. Nothing is old-fashioned about this oddity though. Foliage is curiously puckered and contorted with the central green portion growing larger than the constricting creamy white margins.
Fabulous pink funnel-shaped flowers that hummingbirds adore engulf this deciduous plant in early spring. A native of Japan, Korea and Northern China, it's reliable and easy to grow. Requires full sun to produce copious flowers.
Weigela (yellow leaf)
Oriental Chain Fern
So very cool! These lustrous, dark green fronds, when mature, will bear small plantlets directly on the fronds. You can propagate more ferns. New growth in spring is often burgundy-red to pink-red in color and can be quite stunning.
Yucca aloifolia 'Magenta Magic'
Grown from seed collected by JCRA staff member Tim Alderton on his 2019 trip to Las Cruses, New Mexico. Forms a 30" clump of pointed leaves that are topped in early summer with a 40" stalk of white flowers that are followed by banana-shaped fruit. Flowers and fruit are edible and have been historically cooked and eaten by indigenous Mexicans.
We are uncertain of this Zantedeschia calla's species. It could be Z. elliotiana yellow or Z. albomaculata white. They should bloom this summer and will forge tubers underground. Winter hardy; moist to average moisture.
Zelkova serrata 'Goblin'
An eye-catching dwarf cultivar, Zelkova serrata 'Goblin' has an attractive, compact (5' tall), upright habit and bright green, narrow leaves which turn strong shades of orange or red before falling in autumn. The small size makes this plant ideal for gardens with limited space, rockeries or for growing in a large container. Sun to light shade.
This tough rain lily features very narrow, grassy foliage topped with 8-10" tall stems of small, bright yellow, goblet-shaped flowers from midsummer.
Zephyranthes drummondii (San Carlos form)
giant prairie lily
This tough and durable bulb "produces large, pure white, fragrant flowers that are crisp and clean and a texture reminiscent of starched linens . . An early-season bloomer that will catch you by surprise when its fragrant pure-white flowers suddenly appear."--Yucca Do Nursery
Zephyranthes 'El Cielo'
This fast-clumping rain lily's thick deep green foliage is topped through much of the summer with large bright pink flowers.
Zephyranthes 'Lily Pies'
'Lily Pies' makes a dense clump of glossy green foliage, topped with gorgeous pink and white blooms after each rainshower beginning in mid-summer.
Zingiber mioga 'Dancing Crane'
Zingiber mioga 'Silver Arrow'
variegated hardy ginger
'Silver Arrow' is a rare selection of the hardy true ginger, Z. mioga. Yellowish flowers appear at the base of the plant in late summer. Yes, you will have very cool, flowers along the ground. Leaves are marbled and splashed with silver gray, cream or white. Grows best in rich soils.
Ziziphus jujuba 'So'
A deciduous multi-trunked tree with a rounded or vase shape, Ziziphus jujuba has thorns and can be drooping in appearance. Its date-like fruit has been used in China for many years but is just becoming known in the U.S.
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