New for 2014

Highlights include:

Euphorbia ‘Rubicund’ For years now we’ve grown a great form of Euphorbia rigida that we received originally as seed from Jim Archibald.  Pink flushed foliage, red buds, red/orange cyathia, and a long floral afterburn. This is a selection, the best colored seedling of a cross made with myrsinites as an attempt to bring some of this good color into a hardier form.  It’s intermediate, with myrsinites’ sprawling habit, and great color in foliage, bud, and flower.  I was alarmed to note looking back at labels that I first crossed 8 years ago!  Hardiness uncertain, but guessing Z6, and hardier than rigida, to be sure.


Hydrangea ‘Mountain Mania’ Beyond greater hardiness,and compact habit, hydrangea serrata, the mountain hydrangea (hence the prefix), offers fantastic foliage potential, a trait we’ve been breeding toward. Though not pure serrata,  ‘Mountain Mania’ offers orangeade spring flushed foliage, with subsequent foliage emerging red and fading to yellow.  Flowers are lacecap, with pale blue fertile flowers surrounded by white sterile florets.  Excellent autumn color. Some sun is required for best foliage color, but these are not full sun plants. Ca 3-4′, and guessing flower bud hardy through z5


Hydrangea ‘Mountain Mojo’ is an improvement upon ‘Kiyosumi’, with deeper, fully red, spring foliage, lasting longer, and with each subsequent foliage flush deeply pigmented throughout the growing season.  As it’s not pure serrata, it has a fuller, bushy habit, too. Great autumn color.  Flowers reminiscent of ‘Kiyosumi’, lacecap, with white sepals having a picotee red edge, and white, becoming pink fertile flowers.  Some sun required for best color, but no prime tanning hours. Ca. 3-4′, and guessing flower bud hardy through Z5.

Iris foetidissima ‘Aurea’ IMG_0136Received this from Bob Brown at Cotswold Garden Flowers (twice, actually, killed the first time!) under this apparently valid name, and I’m still mystified why this isn’t a foliage standard.  New foliage becomes, and, more importantly, stays, yellow, right through the winter.  Orange seeds a complimentary bonus.  Limited for spring.


Rabdoisa umbrosa – pink flower Rabdosia umbrosa is a marvel of seedling variability with shades from white to deep purple occurring in the same seed batches. Pink, however, has eluded us, but we finally came across this pale lavender pink volunteer.    Name forthcoming….


Syneilesis ‘Miasma’ (Formerly ‘Sakonnet Fog’IMG_0246 One of the drawbacks to not printing a paper catalog is that new cultivar names are not then validly published.  On the upside, however, this loophole allows us to correct past mistakes.  There’s a lot to be said for pride of place, but there’s more to be said for pronounceability!) A chance seedling found here a few years ago with a random white stippling/wash over the leaf surface.  We had high hopes for a better seedling, but have only had albino or green offspring.  Your turn.  As we have all manner of intermediate plants arising from seed here, I’m reluctant to ascribe a species, but nearer aconitifolia than palmata. Not very many.   (What’s S’cunnet?)


Verbena ‘Lavender Spires’ I’m very excited by this Marina Christopher/Phoenix Perennials find.  A hybrid of V. macdougalii, but sterile, perpetually blooming and tall.  Has the flower structure of the former, with the color and airy habit of bonariensis. 4′  Z?


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