Mail Order List of Online Plants for Sale by Common Name
Since common names vary widely by region, a perennial plant can have several common names, but there is only one botanical name for every plant, which is why we list our online plants by their scientific names only. We understand that many of you prefer to shop for perennials by common name, so we have compiled an alphabetical index of common names for our hardy perennials and cross-referenced it to the scientific name (to the genus level). If there is a common name you think should be on this list, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also prefer to shop for plants online by their garden function...i.e. perennials for shade, drought-tolerant plants or summer flowering plants. You can do this by using the categories on the left or with the advanced plant search tool. Happy mail order plant shopping!
We are thrilled to be able to offer a very limited number of the very rare orange-flowered Adonis 'Chichibu Beni'. Although thought to be a selection of Adonis amurensis, recent taxonomic work has shown this to be a hybrid between the diploid Adonis multiflora and the tetraploid (2 sets of chromosomes) Adonis ramosa. Like Adonis amurensis, Adonis 'Chichibu Beni' (Chichibu is a city in central Japan and Beni means red)
opens as early as late January with semi-double cinnamon-orange flowers atop the dark stems, adorned with unfurling fern-like foliage. It will take several years for these to bulk up into a clump. We have found adonis to grow best in moist organic soils.
Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Agave isthmensis 'Ohi Raijin Fukurin Nishiki' is a white-edged form of the dwarf butterfly agave, which can only be found along the Mexican coast of Oaxaca near the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (hence the species name). For us, the individual rosettes never exceed 6" tall x 6" wide. The offsets come from the trunk and not from underground runners like many other agave species. The white leaf edge is strongest on the more mature leaves. Because of its small size, Agave isthmensis 'Ohi Raijin Fukurin Nishiki' is perfect as a container plant.
Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
I picked up this Agave nickelsiae x Agave scabra hybrid from Holland's Succulenta Nursery in 2004 under the invalid name of Agave nigra. Since then, it has made a small 1' tall x 15" wide, fast-offsetting garden clump in 9 years...dramatically smaller than its sister cross, Agave 'Sharkskin Shoes'. We have given this the name Agave 'Mako Shark' to distinguish it from the other hybrids of the same cross. In addition to being smaller than Agave 'Sharkskin Shoes', Agave 'Mako Shark' has more incurved leaves and slightly longer terminal black spines. Like other members of this cross, Agave 'Mako Shark' has no spines on the leaf edges.
Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka: Agave celsii v. albicans) I first saw this incredibly silver form of Agave mitis v. albidor at Holland's Succulenta nursery in 2004 and was able to return home with a pup. The plant grew into an amazing 18" tall x 3' wide slowly-offsetting specimen. Because this clone was so unique in its silver color, we gave it the clonal name, Agave 'Silver Anniversary', and are pleased to share it here for the first time. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We are proud to once again offer the very rare, white-flowered form of the Chinese Arisaema candidissimum which was thought to be extinct until 1998. Just like the pink form, the stalks emerge in June with large tripartite leaves that form a tropical-looking clump. Alongside the foliage emerge 15" tall flowering stalks topped with a single white hood, striped green and white toward the base. Perhaps this accounts for the popularity of this plant in parts of northern Alabama and eastern Texas. This easy-to-grow cobra lily makes a truly stunning sight after it becomes established. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This rare offering is a cross of the Japanese arisaemas, Arisaema tosaense and Arisaema sikokianum. The offspring have a dark purple or green-veined spathe (hood) that resembles Arisaema sikokianum except for the extended hood tip from Arisaema tosaense. The "jack" spadix is intermediate between both parents, as is the 5-7 leaflet foliage. This offering of flowering-sized plants is extremely limited and will quickly sell out. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We first became acquainted with this wonderful asparagus thanks to the late Ferris Miller, founder of Korea's Chollipo Arboretum. The rich, green, lacy foliage makes an easy-to-grow, wonderful textural clump, 2' tall x 3' wide. If pollinated, it will be adorned with bright red berries in late summer and fall. I can think of few plants better to add a textural contrast to the garden. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This South African broom fern really swept me off my feet with its garden performance. Asparagus virgatus is a wonderful winter-hardy evergreen garden addition where an airy texture in sun is needed. The 3' tall upright spikes open into a soft, thread-like, green "broom." Each 3' wide drought-tolerant clump can be used as a textural contrast in the garden, for a long-lasting filler in floral arrangements, or to treat syphilis and intestinal worms. You gotta love those multi-use plants. In September the foliage of Asparagus virgatus is adorned with a multitude (catalog lingo for more than one) of small red berries. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This little-known species of cast iron plant from a Crug Farm collection in Taiwan, produces 28" long x 3.5" wide evergreen leaves with a few small yellow freckles. Aspidistra daibuensis forms an attractive clump in the woodland garden. At 8 degrees F, the old foliage burned off for us but the plants nicely recovered. The intriguing basal purple and white flowers, which appear in late winter, resemble small, star-like sea creatures. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This little-known Japanese selection of the Chinese Aspidistra elatior forms an evergreen clump of 2' tall x 3.5" wide, dark green leaves, each spotted with small yellow dots and dashes with a bit of faint white streaking toward the leaf tip. Each leaf, which has dramatically raised veins on the front, is composed of a 6" petiole and an 18" leaf blade. 'Sei Ryu Ho' is Japanese for "green dragon hall" or in street slang...nappy-headed Don Imus. This made it through our 2008/9 winter in the upper single digits. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Carex leavenworthii is another of the fabulous native sedges that makes a superb addition to the garden. Carex leavenworthii is native from Canada south to Florida and west to Texas, where it forms tight clumps to 6" tall x 2' wide. The very narrow, dark green foliage provides an incredible textural contrast to bold foliage plants like hostas. While the drought-tolerant Carex leavenworthii doesn't run, it can seed and subsequently makes a great no-mow lawn substitute. Our offerings are seed-grown from a Pat McNeal collection in Travis County, Texas. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This is a great smaller native eastern/midwestern US fern for the rock garden or, for that matter, any garden. Eventually reaching 8" in height with a spread of 15", this extremely drought-tolerant fern is composed of durable, olive green, deer-resistant evergreen fronds. Cheilanthes lanosa grows equally as well in a sunny spot or in part shade...good in acid or alkaline soils. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Dahlia 'Bishop of Leicester' is another in the wonderful Gardening Diocese series of dark foliage dahlias. This particular "Bishop" makes a 2' tall x 18" wide clump of dark purple foliage topped, starting in late June, with light lavender (RHS 78C) flowers, often streaked with a lighter hue. The flowers, revered by hummingbirds, are highlighted by a contrasting center cone of orange with a dark center...praise Jeeesus. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This new "Bishop" has the same dark purple foliage, topped with 3' spikes of 3.5" golden flowers brushed with orange (RHS 17A). The robust clump is topped with hummingbird-revered flowers from June until frost. Just like the Bishop of Canterbury, there is also no Bishop of York. I'm sure the Archbishop of York will be quite dismayed to find he's been demoted by the horticultural community...one of the worst nomenclatural faux pas I've ever seen. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Dasylirion glaucophyllum, from Hidalgo, Mexico, is one of the largest of the sotols. Each 4' tall x 7' wide clump is composted of wavy, 1"+ wide, powder blue leaves that are well-armed on each side. When mature, the clumps are adorned with a 7' tall flower spike of small white flowers that age to tan. Our oldest garden clumps of the drought-tolerant Dasylirion glaucophyllum have grown well since 1999. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Echinacea 'Hot Lava' is a 2009 hybrid from the Terra Nova breeding program. The sturdy 4' tall stems are topped, starting in midsummer, with wide-petaled, orange-coned, bright reddish-orange flowers that attract hummingbirds...quite stunning. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This new European selection of the US native Eupatorium maculatum tops out at only 3' tall. The attractive black-purple stems are topped, starting in July, with small domed flower heads of frilly lavender...a favorite for low-flying butterflies. Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.892 L)
From Notcuts Nursery in the UK comes a stunning new sport of its popular and easy-to-grow Euphorbia 'Charam' (Redwing). The black-purple foliage adorns the compact stems, forming a tight 18" tall x 1' wide evergreen specimen. The deer-resistant foliage is topped, starting in early spring, with large compact heads of bright yellow flowers held just above the foliage by the bright red stems. This is a real WOW plant for a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden! Euphorbia 'Nothowlee' was a 2004 Gold Medal winner at Holland's prestigious Plantarium Expo. We'll also award them the 2004 bad cultivar name award! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This Doyle Smittle hybrid looks like Hedychium coronarium on steroids. The 5' tall stems of Hedychium 'Tai Savannah are adorned with huge green leaves, then topped, starting in midsummer, with 12" tall inflorescences. Each flower head is home to more than 100 very fragrant, creamy-white flowers with a darker yellow central pattern. The contrasting yellow-orange stamens are a nice "Martha" touch. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)
Helleborus 'HGC Pink Frost' is one of the best of the Helleborus niger hybrids to hit the market from the Heuger hellebore breeding program. Helleborus 'HGC Pink Frost' is particularly vigorous and floriferous, beginning in mid-February when the outward-facing flowers open pink and age to a lovely dark pinkish-red. Pot Size: 3 qt. (2.83 L)