Asplenium
Asplenium scolopendrium 'Angustifolia' (Wavy Edge Hart's-tongue Fern)

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Angustifolia' (Wavy Edge Hart's-tongue Fern)

Light ShadeZone: 5-9 10" tall Origin: Europe
Open House/Web-Only! This cool selection of Hart's Tongue fern makes an 10" tall x 15" wide clump of narrow, glossy green leaves, each of which is heavily stitched along the edges, giving the plant the most unique appearance of being edged with a weed-whacker. Moist soils and a pH near neutral will give the best luck. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08749
$12.00  


Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristata' (Crested Hart's-tongue Fern)

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristata' (Crested Hart's-tongue Fern)

Light ShadeZone: 5-9 10" tall Origin: Europe
Open House/Web-Only! So, ol' Hart liked it both ways...straight and with a petticoat...what a kinky dude. Back in the English Victorian era, collectors named several hundred crested varieties of Hart's-tongue, but only a few remain. A. scolopendrium 'Cristata' is a selection of the European form of this species that makes a tight rosette of shiny green tongue-like leaves, each ending in a petticoat crest. Remember that moist, well-drained soil, and a pH toward 7.0 will help to ensure success. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02316
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Asplenium scolopendrium 'Furcata' (Split Crest Hart's-tongue Fern)

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Furcata' (Split Crest Hart's-tongue Fern)

Light ShadeZone: 5-9 10" tall Origin: Europe
Open House/Web-Only! This alien-looking selection of Hart's tongue fern has fronds that split at the tip forming a Y-shape, that is then crested with an attractive petticoat...really strange stuff here. The 10" tall x 15" wide clumps thrive on moist, near neutral pH soils. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08748
$12.00  


Asplenium scolopendrium 'Undulata' (Undulate Hart's-tongue Fern)

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Undulata' (Undulate Hart's-tongue Fern)

Light ShadeZone: 5-9 10" tall Origin: Europe
Open House/Web-Only! This wild selection of the European Hart's-tongue fern makes an 15" wide x 10" tall clump of evergreen, horizontally-held KISS-like tongues...each seemingly plugged into a electrical socket. The bizarrely wavy foliage makes a clump that no one will pass by without staring. Good soil drainage and a near neutral pH are essential. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08747
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Asplenium x ebenoides (Scott's Spleenwort)

Asplenium x ebenoides (Scott's Spleenwort)

Light ShadeZone: 5-8 6" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
This unusual yet naturally-occurring fern hybrid from Alabama (formerly xAsplenosorus) is the result of a conjugal visit between two native species, Asplenium platyneuron and Asplenium rhizophyllum (formerly Camptosorus rhizophyllus). The 6" tall x 10" wide, rock garden-sized clumps prefer slightly moist alkaline soils. When established, A. x ebenoides will occasionally produce plantlets on the leaf tips, thanks to the walking fern genes...gotta love those unusual breeding occurrences from Alabama. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05360
$12.00  


Aster
Aster carolinianus (Climbing Aster)

Aster carolinianus (Climbing Aster)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7-9, possibly colder 120" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! (syn: Ampelaster carolinianus) What will they think of next...a native woody aster that climbs! We figure this native aster watched too many old kudzu movies. Yes, it grows, it climbs, it mingles, it blooms...it more closely resembles a clematis in habit (fragrant pink flowers from late summer into the fall). Give it a trellis, or let it socialize in the border...it's actually well-behaved! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00823
$12.00  


Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' (Purple Dome Aster)

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' (Purple Dome Aster)

Sun to ShadeZone: 3-9 18" tall Origin: USA
(syn: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) If you have never seen a mass of A. 'Purple Dome' in full flower, then you haven't yet lived! From Dr. Dick Lighty, former Director of the Mt. Cuba Center, Delaware, comes this wonderful selection of our drought-tolerant native New England aster. The 18" stems of fuzzy, narrow, green leaves are topped in early fall with vivid 1.5" wide shocking purple daisies...so thick you can't see the foliage. The clump will eventually spread to 2'. Planted en masse, the effect is indescribable! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00953
$12.00  


Aster oblongifolius 'Fanny' (Fanny's Fall Aster)

Aster oblongifolius 'Fanny' (Fanny's Fall Aster)

Sun to Part SunZone: 4-9 24" tall Origin: USA
(syn: Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) We originally acquired this selection of our native Aster oblongifolius from Montrose Gardens, which acquired it from Ruth Knopf of Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina. Ruth acquired the aster from her maid, Fanny, who acquired it as a pass-along plant from her grandmother. This spectacular aster is the last to flower in our garden, usually in October and November. 'Fanny', the aster--not the maid--makes a nice clump to 4' in width and is smothered with 1" blue flowers...awesome! For a fall show in a hot dry site, a nice 'Fanny' is a hard thing to beat. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00341
$12.00  


Astrolepis
Astrolepis sinuata (Wavy Cloak Fern)

Astrolepis sinuata (Wavy Cloak Fern)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7b-9 15" tall Origin: USA
(syn: Cheilanthes sinuata) This attractive southwest US native is found on limestone outcrops and slopes from Texas south to South America, but is rarely seen in cultivation. The narrow, upright semi-evergreen thick green fronds with stunning white backs line the black stipe, forming a tight 18" wide upright clump with a short creeping rhizome. This is not a fern to be tried by beginners, as it is not as easy to cultivate as most others. In nature, it usually grows with its roots hidden beneath a large rock. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03763
$12.00  


Athyrium
Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae' (Tatting Fern)

Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae' (Tatting Fern)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 3-8 12" tall Origin: USA, Europe
This selection of deciduous deer-resistant lady fern from Europe is one of the most unique ferns available today. Found in 1857 in Ireland in the garden of a Mrs. Frizell, the tatting fern is known to most avid gardeners. The narrow fronds, to less than 1" wide, are clothed up both sides with fuzzy green, ear-like projections. I know this sounds really bizarre, but even normal folks are attracted to this unusual fern...a great 1' tall x 18" wide specimen plant for a special spot in the woodland! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02362
$15.00  


Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red' (Northern Lady Fern)

Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red' (Northern Lady Fern)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 2-8 20" tall Origin: USA
From a volunteer at The New England Wildflower Society comes a hot new selection of our deer-resistant native lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum forma rubellum) that's all the rage. The lacy, light green foliage is held upright on dark, brilliant red-violet stipes (fern stems). Each plant of this slowly spreading fern should spread to 3' in 5 years. This deciduous, easy-to-grow fern makes a great blending plant for hosta and other bold-leaf plants in the woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04968
$15.00  


Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae' (Victoria Lady Fern)

Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae' (Victoria Lady Fern)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 4-8 18" tall Origin: USA, Europe
Considered the "Queen of Ferns," this exquisite selection of the deciduous, deer-resistant lady fern was the pride and joy of the Victorian fern craze. The narrow pinnae are like little green boomerangs. As they are attached to each side of the stem, the effect is a three-dimensional stunner. At the end of each pinna, the fronds are crested, adding to the exquisite beauty. For us, it forms an 18" tall x 18" wide clump. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02361
$15.00  


Athyrium 'Ghost' (Ghost Fern)

Athyrium 'Ghost' (Ghost Fern)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 4-8 30" tall Origin: Hybrid
Visitors to our garden have waited for years to be able to get their hands on this tremendous new fern from the Virginia garden of Nancy Swell. This vigorous and easy-to-grow deer-resistant hybrid between Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum') x Southern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina) combines the best features of both parents. The result is a rigidly upright fern to 2-3' tall with the silvery grey foliage of the A. niponicum. The "formal" effect of this fern opens up a new array of design possibilities in the woodland garden...superb as a hosta backdrop or the perfect addition to the "haunted garden!" Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03881
$15.00  


Athyrium niponicum 'Apple Court' (Crested Japanese Painted Fern)

Athyrium niponicum 'Apple Court' (Crested Japanese Painted Fern)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-8 12" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! We obtained this gem in 1994 from Roger Grounds and Diana Grenfell, former owners of Apple Court Nursery in the UK. This amazing selection of Japanese painted fern not only has lovely purple, silver and green markings, but each leaf is dramatically crested both up the sides and onto the tip. Our specimen in the garden has matured at 1' tall x 2' wide. This is a superb deer-resistant addition to the woodland garden that we were very pleased to name and introduce to commerce in 2003. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05288
$15.00  


Athyrium niponicum 'Burgundy Lace' PP 15,072, PVR (Japanese Painted Fern)

Athyrium niponicum 'Burgundy Lace' PP 15,072, PVR (Japanese Painted Fern)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5-8 12" tall Origin: Japan
We first saw this amazing selection of the deer-resistant Japanese painted fern on a West Coast trip in 1999 and have been patiently waiting for adequate stock to offer. Actually, "patiently" might not be a good choice of words. Regardless, the new leaves are a stunning purple with silver stripes along the vein lines and tips. As the older leaves mature, they transform into a contrasting silvery green with purple midribs. Athyrium 'Burgundy Lace' forms a truly dazzling clump in the woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05105
$15.00  


Athyrium niponicum 'Pewter Lace' PP 15,721 (Japanese Painted Fern)

Athyrium niponicum 'Pewter Lace' PP 15,721 (Japanese Painted Fern)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-8 12" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! This new Terra Nova selection of the deer-resistant Japanese painted fern makes a 2' wide clump composed of fronds of a nice pewtery silver color, highlighted by a dark central zone. This is a clonally propagated selection to ensure that all plants are identical. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05796
$15.00  


Athyrium niponicum 'Silver Falls' PP 12,803 PVR (Silver Falls Painted Fern)

Athyrium niponicum 'Silver Falls' PP 12,803 PVR (Silver Falls Painted Fern)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5-8 12" tall Origin: Japan
From Oregon's Diana Ballantyne comes this stunning new, vegetatively propagated selection of the wonderful deer-resistant Japanese painted fern. A. 'Silver Falls' has long, arching fronds that display an extraordinary amount of silver patterning, highlighted by the dramatic red-purple veining in the leaves. This fern has more abundant and brighter-colored markings than most ladies of the evening...and is a whole lot cheaper! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03889
$15.00  


Athyrium 'Ocean's Fury' PP 20,126 (Ocean's Fury Fern)

Athyrium 'Ocean's Fury' PP 20,126 (Ocean's Fury Fern)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-9, at least 36" tall Origin: Hybrid
From North Carolina's own Thurman Maness comes this new deer-resistant Japanese painted fern hybrid forming a 3' tall x 2' wide clump with silver green fronds, each ending with an attractive petticoat...a unique breakthrough...both the fern and Thurman! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07817
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Bambusa
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (Alphonse Karr Clumping Bamboo)

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (Alphonse Karr Clumping Bamboo)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7b-10 216" tall Origin: China
We simply adore this stunning clumping bamboo that makes an 18' tall deer-resistant clump (35' in more tropical areas) of 1" diameter canes, vertically striped gold and green. We have observed slight foliage burn at 10 degrees F and some cane dieback at 8 degrees F. While we also have had clumps die to the ground at 0 degrees F, they have always resprouted nicely when summer warmth arrived, although it takes a few years to recover their full size. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02124
$22.00  


Bambusa multiplex 'Fernleaf' (Fernleaf Clumping Bamboo)

Bambusa multiplex 'Fernleaf' (Fernleaf Clumping Bamboo)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7b-10 120" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! (syn: Bambusa glaucescens 'Fernleaf') This compact cultivar of the clumping Bamboo multiplex usually reaches 9-10', although reports exist of 20' heights in perfect conditions. The 1/2" wide upright green canes are composed of culms every 4-6". From these culms, tufts of small stems emerge bearing densely packed, small green leaves. Because of its thick nature, Bambusa 'Fernleaf' is highly prized as a short, thick hedge. When temperatures drop below 6 degrees F, the plants will probably defoliate, and the canes will die to the ground at 0 degrees F. Our deer resistant plants have reliably resprouted from 0 degrees several times over the last 20 years. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01829
$18.00  


Bambusa multiplex 'Riviereorum' (Clumping Bamboo With Too Many Vowels)

Bambusa multiplex 'Riviereorum' (Clumping Bamboo With Too Many Vowels)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7b-10 120" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! No muss, no fuss, no trouble! We have long experimented with this heat-loving, clumping, deer resistant bamboo and still find it strangely underused in southeastern gardens. This 10' clumper dies to the ground at 8 degrees F, but returns late the next summer when the heat builds. In colder climates, it can be grown as an ornamental grass and cut to the ground in early spring. When winter temperatures stay above 15 degrees F, the stems will remain green and the leaves evergreen. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02123
$18.00  


Baptisia
Baptisia alba var. alba 'Wayne's World' (Wayne's World Redneck Lupine)

Baptisia alba var. alba 'Wayne's World' (Wayne's World Redneck Lupine)

SunZone: 4-8, at least 48" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! We are pleased to introduce this superb, vegetatively propagated clone of our native Baptisia alba that we selected from seed from a population in nearby Wayne County, NC. Baptisia 'Wayne's World' is a vigorously growing selection that forms a full-figured, upright, deer-resistant clump to 4' tall. In spring, the 3' wide emerging clumps are topped with 18" spikes of white...very dramatic! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05411
$15.00  


Baptisia australis (Wild Blue Redneck Lupine)

Baptisia australis (Wild Blue Redneck Lupine)

Sun to Part SunZone: 3-9 36" tall Origin: USA    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! This easy-to-grow, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant US native is always a perennial favorite (pardon the pun) for the border or the wild garden. This native has upright stems clothed with peanut-like, trifoliate (three-lobed), blue-green waxy foliage on a clump that can easily cover an area 3' wide. In early spring before the clump bulks up, the awesome blue lupine-like flower racemes are held atop the foliage. Baptisia australis was selected by the Royal Horticultural Society as one of their top 200 plants of the last 200 years...quite an honor. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01182
$12.00  


Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' (Carolina Moonlight Redneck Lupine)

Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' (Carolina Moonlight Redneck Lupine)

SunZone: 4-9 53" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
We are thrilled to be able to offer this 2002 introduction from the late Rob Gardner. B. 'Carolina Moonlight' was discovered by Rob as a random seedling at the NC Botanical Garden. This cross of B. sphaerocarpa x B. alba makes a vigorous, easy-to-grow, deer-resistant, 3' wide garden specimen of blue-green foliage. B. 'Carolina Moonlight' is topped in late spring with stunning 18" spikes of soft buttery-yellow. This great lupine substitute is long-lived, heat-loving, and drought-tolerant...you can't say the same for true lupines! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04218
$15.00  


Baptisia leucophaea 'Butterball' (Butterball Redneck Lupine)

Baptisia leucophaea 'Butterball' (Butterball Redneck Lupine)

SunZone: 5-9, at least 18" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 1-6-2011 We grow lots of baptisia seed each year and this one of our Baptisia leucophaea seedlings stood out from all the rest after years of trials and was named and introduced in 2008. The early-emerging Baptisia 'Butterball' makes a compact 18" tall x 2' wide deer-resistant clump of glaucous foliage, adorned with obscenely large and floriferous pendulous spikes of creamy yellow flowers, starting in early April (in NC). Baptisia leucophaea cuttings aren't the easiest things to root, so the supply of plants is very limited. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07206
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Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (Purple Smoke Redneck Lupine)

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (Purple Smoke Redneck Lupine)

Sun to Part SunZone: 3-9 50" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
This 1996 introduction by the late NC Botanical Garden curator Rob Gardner, was selected at the garden from rows of B. minor var. aberrans (not B. australis as is often printed) seedlings. Obviously, some unsafe plant sex had taken place with a wandering Baptisia alba. The result is an extremely vigorous, deer-resistant baptisia with charcoal-green stems (when mature) and dozens of giant lupine-like flower heads of dusty purple. You will grow to love this outstanding introduction more with each year as the clump matures...SUPERB! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02190
$15.00  


Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screamin' Yellow' (Screamin' Yellow Redneck Lupine)

Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screamin' Yellow' (Screamin' Yellow Redneck Lupine)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9, at least 36" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 9-2-2010 Baptisia 'Screamin' Yellow' is a selection of Baptisia sphaerocarpa from native plant guru Larry Lowman. Compared to our Texas and Oklahoma collections, the leaves on this Arkansas selection are slightly larger and more yellow-green. In our gardens, Baptisia 'Screamin' Yellow' makes a 3' tall x 5' wide deer-resistant clump, topped in late April/early May with stunning 11" spikes of bright yellow flowers. For a drought-tolerant perennial and a great spring show, it don't get no better than this. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05405
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Bauhinia
Bauhinia yunnanensis (Climbing Chinese Orchid Tree)

Bauhinia yunnanensis (Climbing Chinese Orchid Tree)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7b-10, at least 144" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 9-9-2010 (aka: Bauhinia CY T 279) Finally, a hardy bauhinia that we have grown outdoors since 2004. The deciduous species emerges in late spring, producing long willowy branches to 12'-14' long. Each branch produces short tendrils designed for climbing, so a trellis or nearby woody plant would make a great display background. Starting in late August, the branches are adorned with 1.5" wide, pale pink, orchid-like flowers, each highlighted by a purple central streak. This is one of only two bauhinia species that we have found to be hardy to single digit F temperatures. We originally offered this as Bauhinia bohniana. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06944
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Beesia
Beesia calthifolia (Ginger-leaf False Bugbane)

Beesia calthifolia (Ginger-leaf False Bugbane)

Light ShadeZone: 6-8, at least 10" tall Origin: China
NEW! Very cute, but what's a beesia? Imagine taking an asarum and gluing tiny cimicifuga flowers on top and you've got the idea. This little-known cimicifuga relative hails from moist meadows and woodlands in the southwestern China provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, and Yunnan. The 8" tall x 1' wide rosettes are composed of dark, glossy green (maroon in winter) heart-shaped leaves, each highlighted by attractive lighter veins. The clumps are topped in spring with slender 10" tall purple spikes adorned with tiny white flowers...not for the pansy crowd. We have found these very easy to grow in slightly moist, rich woodland soil. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08404
$22.00  


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