Polystichum
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)

Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 4-9 15" tall Origin: USA
Polystichum acrostichoides is a wonderful, easy-to-grow, deer-resistant, US native (Minnesota south to Florida) with sturdy, dark, evergreen fronds emanating from a central point, making a 2' wide clump...particularly effective when used in drifts. The fronds first emerge upright, then flatten with age. Christmas fern (known in PC circles as the Seasonal Holiday Fern) is one of the finest of all evergreen ferns and even retains its attractive appearance all winter...simply superb for woodland gardens, especially those with deep shade areas! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00295
$12.00  


Polystichum makinoi (Makino's Shield Fern)

Polystichum makinoi (Makino's Shield Fern)

Light ShadeZone: 5-8 24" tall Origin: China, India
Native to forested mountains in China and surrounding countries, Polystichum makinoi is an attractive evergreen clumper. This vigorous grower forms a 2' tall x 2' wide compact rosette of dark, glossy green deer-resistant fronds. John Mickel, author of Ferns for American Gardens, writes, "This is one of my favorite holly ferns." Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06508
$13.00  


Polystichum polyblepharum (Korean Tassel Fern)

Polystichum polyblepharum (Korean Tassel Fern)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5b-9 18" tall Origin: Korea
This is probably the most attractive fern we grow, so why is it so hard to describe? The dark, evergreen, plasticillate (made that one up) foliage arches out from a central crown, forming a 24" wide deer-resistant clump. Each frond is a lacily-cut, artistic masterpiece...this sounds pretty syrupy, doesn't it? Actually, the species name "polyblepharum" means "many eyelashes"...does that help? How about saying, "It's just the best damn fern you will ever buy!" Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01266
$13.00  


Polystichum setiferum (Soft Shield Fern)

Polystichum setiferum (Soft Shield Fern)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 5-7 14" tall Origin: Europe
Open House/Web-Only! This European native is one of the most exploited commercial ferns, with over 300 named cultivars...sounds like it's on the way to challenging hostas. The species makes an attractive 2' wide x 1' tall semi-evergreen clump of lacy fronds for us, but should double that size in a cooler summer climate. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08746
$12.00  


Polystichum tsus-simense var. mayebarae (Mayebarae's Korean Rock Fern)

Polystichum tsus-simense var. mayebarae (Mayebarae's Korean Rock Fern)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 6-8, at least 12" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 9-9-2010 This variety of the Korean rock fern is often given species status, but we'll side with the lumpers on this one. Polystichum tsus-simense v. mayebarae makes a 1' tall x 2' wide deer-resistant clump of very dark evergreen cutleaf foliage on 15" long arching fronds...about 1/3 larger than typical Polystichum tsus-simense. We have found this quite easy to grow in moist or dry shade. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07374
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Polystichum x dycei (Hybrid Shield Fern)

Polystichum x dycei (Hybrid Shield Fern)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 4-7, at least 24" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! This wonderful deer-resistant fern hybrid of the Australian Polystichum proliferum and the Asian-American Polystichum braunii produces robust-growing clumps to 2' tall x 3' wide. The clumps are composed of sturdy, 30" long, slightly arching, dark green fronds, which in fall produce proliferous new plants at the end of the frond....rather kinky...interracial marriage, then sex without a mate...ain't that all the rage today. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08135
$15.00  


Porteranthus
Porteranthus trifoliatus 'Pink Profusion' (Pink Profusion Bowman's Root)

Porteranthus trifoliatus 'Pink Profusion' (Pink Profusion Bowman's Root)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-8 24" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 9-9-2010 (aka: Gillenia trifoliatus) This discovery by Virginia plantsman Paul James is the first commercially available pink-flowered form of the typically white-flowered Bowman's root. Clumps of Porteranthus trifoliatus emerge in late spring with 2' tall, bright red, wiry, arching stems adorned with small, cutleaf foliage. From early May through June, the clumps are topped with dainty light pink flowers that flutter in the slightest breeze. Porteranthus trifoliatus is an easy-to-grow native that tolerates most garden soils, but really thrives in moist rich woodland soils. Thanks to plant nerd Michael Marcotrigiano at Smith College for perfecting the tissue culture protocol and for Mt. Cuba's help in making this available. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08824
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Pratia
Pratia angulata (Fragrant Carpet)

Pratia angulata (Fragrant Carpet)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6-10, possibly colder 1" tall Origin: New Zealand
Open House/Web-Only! We have really enjoyed this wonderful groundcover from New Zealand in our garden. The zig-zag black stems are clothed with tiny round leaves forming a nice mat. The mat is topped with small, lobelia-like, white flowers from late spring through early summer...great for the rock garden and very tolerant of wet conditions. Reports from customers indicate that it has thrived for 8+ years in Cincinnati...surprise, surprise, surprise! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00790
$11.00  


Primula
Primula japonica (Candelabra Primrose)

Primula japonica (Candelabra Primrose)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-8, at least 18" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! I assumed for years that these would not thrive in our heat and humidity after seeing them in full glory in the upper midwest...I was wrong. This Japanese native thrives in bogs and damp areas...forgot, we have to call them wetlands now. We have now grown Primula japonica for over a decade, along the edge of our woodland stream among pitcher plants, where they reseed politely, forming a slowly increasing colony. Starting in late May and continuing through June, the 12" tall x 18" wide rosette is topped by 18" tall spikes, each laden with numerous whorls of flowers, either in purple, red, pink, or white. A mass of these in flower in late spring is a hortgasm-causing event. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01789
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Pseudodracontium
Pseudodracontium harmandii 'Hot Legs' (Hot Legs Voodoo Lily)

Pseudodracontium harmandii 'Hot Legs' (Hot Legs Voodoo Lily)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: Tropical 20" tall Origin: Tropical Asia
Open House/Web-Only! (syn: Amorphophallus harmandii AGA-112) Pseudodracontiums, which will soon be merged into amorphophallus, are not always the showiest members of the genus, so we are delighted when we find a particularly showy form. Alan Galloway shared this amazing Thailand collection with 20" tall, bright red stems supporting the large, glossy green leaves. We would grow this even if it never flowered, which it does in midsummer when the white spathe and spadix are held just below the foliage. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06031
$20.00  


Pteris
Pteris cretica 'Ping Wu' (Dwarf Hardy Ribbon Fern)

Pteris cretica 'Ping Wu' (Dwarf Hardy Ribbon Fern)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7b-10, guessing 18" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! This fascinating Hans Hansen selection (coll #HH03CH099) comes from 3500' elevation near Ping Wu in China's Sichuan Province. This dwarf, 18" tall x 3' wide plant was growing amongst other normal 2'+ tall individuals. Even when grown from spores, it has retained the rock garden-size dwarf habit and extraordinarily narrow fronds. The five-fingered leaves adorn the 1' wide deer-resistant clump on this easy-to-grow fern. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05971
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Pteris vittata 'Benzilan' (Chinese Table Fern)

Pteris vittata 'Benzilan' (Chinese Table Fern)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7b-10, at least 36" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! (coll. # A1C-202C) This amazing fern was collected on our 1996 China trip in the town of Benzilan (which is English for home of the hotel from hell). Growing on a dry rocky cliff, it was spindly and less than 1' tall, but in our garden, the fern has made a stunning deciduous clump to 4' wide x 3' tall. Each deer-resistant dark green frond boasts stunning, simple leaflets on a magnificent clump. Pteris vittata will come up from spores that land in inhospitable places such as rock walls and other limestone outcrops. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04255
$13.00  


Pueraria
Pueraria lobata 'Sherman's Revenge' (Sherman's Revenge Variegated Kudzu)

Pueraria lobata 'Sherman's Revenge' (Sherman's Revenge Variegated Kudzu)

Sun to Part SunZone: 6-10, at least 0" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! For the gardener who has everything or as the perfect gag gift for a garden party, yes, it's variegated kudzu. Originally discovered in Japan, it was named by plantsman Barry Yinger, who's never met a variegated plant he didn't like. This fast-growing deciduous vine...rumors of several feet per hour when established are probably true...covered with lovely trifoliate light green leaves edged in white. The vines are adorned with small clusters of Nu-grape soda smelling flowers in late summer. If you 're going to have a weed, it might as well be variegated. Not recommended for states where it has been banned, and because there are so many banned, we won't ship out of state. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05633
$14.00  


Pulmonaria
Pulmonaria 'Dark Vader' PP 12,333 (Dark Vader Lungwort)

Pulmonaria 'Dark Vader' PP 12,333 (Dark Vader Lungwort)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 4-8 12" tall Origin: Hybrid
This new Terra Nova hybrid boasts one of the greatest names in horticulture...Dark Vader (a little horticultural parody). The dark green leaves on this vigorous clumper are nicely covered with large silver speckles. In very early spring, the deer-resistant clumps are topped with sprays of flowers...both blue-purple and pink at the same time. Lungworts are great to blend with early bulbs such as crocus, scilla, and other similarly-colored spring bloomers. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04346
$14.00  


Pulmonaria 'Majeste' (Majeste Lungwort)

Pulmonaria 'Majeste' (Majeste Lungwort)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-8 10" tall Origin: Hybrid
In a sentence, P. 'Majeste' is the most stunning lungwort ever introduced. I first saw this plant in 1994 in Elizabeth Strangman's UK garden and used up two rolls of film photographing it. Finally, this 1986 French seedling from Didier Willery of La Ferme Fleurie Nursery made its way into the US. The deer-resistant leaves are solid silver with an almost shiny finish...attractive enough even without flowers. In early spring the clumps are topped with the typical short arching sprays of pink and blue flowers...WOW! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03214
$14.00  


Pulmonaria rubra 'David Ward' (David Ward Lungwort)

Pulmonaria rubra 'David Ward' (David Ward Lungwort)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 3-7 12" tall Origin: Europe    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! This wonderful, but rarely available sport of P. rubra was found at Beth Chatto's nursery in England and named after her propagator David Ward. The large hairy light green leaves are surrounded by a wide pure white border. In spring the clumps are topped with brick red flowers, typical of P. rubra. P. 'David Ward' is a spectacular plant although somewhat difficult to grow, so we'd only recommend it for advanced gardeners. It requires a well-drained moist site for long-term success. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01867
$14.00  


Pulmonaria 'Samourai' (Samourai Lungwort)

Pulmonaria 'Samourai' (Samourai Lungwort)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 3-8 8" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! I was amazed when I first saw Pulmonaria 'Samourai' in Holland in the summer of 2004. From Didier Willery of France comes this cross of Pulmonaria 'Majeste' x P. longifolia var. cevennensis that makes a superb clump of narrow, pure silver foliage unlike any pulmonaria I'd ever grown. In spring, the clumps are topped with cobalt blue flowers. After a brutally hot summer with 70+ days over 90 degrees F, the clumps still looked fabulous...thanks to the P. longifolia parentage. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06354
$14.00  


Pulmonaria 'Silver Bouquet' PP 20,059 (Silver Bouquet Lungwort)

Pulmonaria 'Silver Bouquet' PP 20,059 (Silver Bouquet Lungwort)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-8 6" tall Origin: Hybrid
NEW! I'm entranced by the solid silver-leaf lungworts, and it's hard to find one any better than Terra Nova's newest, P. 'Silver Bouquet'. In our trials, P. 'Silver Bouquet' makes a scrumptious 6" tall x 2' wide deer-resistant clump of 1' long shiny silver foliage...lovely enough to grow even without flowers. In late winter, the deciduous clump begins to re-emerge, topped with clusters of bubblegum-like flowers of blue and pink that hover just above the foliage. P. 'Silver Bouquet' has a strong background of P. longifolia v. cevennensis, which gives it excellent heat tolerance. Moist soils and good drainage ensure the best success. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08623
$14.00  


Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain' PP 13,047 (Trevi Fountain Lungwort)

Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain' PP 13,047 (Trevi Fountain Lungwort)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-8 11" tall Origin: Hybrid
This Terra Nova introduction has been a stellar performer in our trials for heat and humidity tolerance. P. 'Trevi Fountain' boasts heavily-spotted silver leaves on a 2' wide clump. In early spring, the vigorous deer-resistant clumps are topped with fountains of large, dark cobalt-blue flowers...very attractive and great for a mass planting in the woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04872
$14.00  


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