Sisyrinchium
Sisyrinchium  'Suwannee' (Blue-Eyed Grass)

Sisyrinchium 'Suwannee' (Blue-Eyed Grass)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7b-9, at least 8" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This great new blue-eyed grass was found by plantsman Charles Webb in Madison Co., Florida, on the limestone banks of the Suwannee River. It is very different from our typical weedy Sisyrinchium angustifolium, not littering the ground with seedlings while producing the most incredible floral show of any sisyrinchium we grow. This possible new species makes fast-multiplying, 8" tall clumps that are ablaze with clouds of sky blue flowers in early May. Wait, ablaze with blue...hmmm, not sure if that's possible. Sisyrinchium 'Suwannee' seems to thrive in both dry sun and wet shade...gotta love it. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04789
$12.00  


Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne' (Lucerne Blue-Eyed Grass)

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne' (Lucerne Blue-Eyed Grass)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9 8" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This amazing selection of our native blue-eyed grass was made by plantsman Robert Herman, formerly of White Flower Farm, while in Lucerne, Switzerland. The amazingly large, 3/4", blue-purple flowers top the narrow, iris-like foliage from May until July. This selection does not seem to have the proclivity to try and take over the world with aggressive seeding...wonderful! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04782
$12.00  


Sisyrinchium palmifolium (Yellow-Eyed Grass)

Sisyrinchium palmifolium (Yellow-Eyed Grass)

SunZone: 7-9, at least 20" tall Origin: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina
Open House/Web-Only! Where has this plant been all my life? I've grown many sisyrinchium species but never anything this impressive. The evergreen, blue-green iris foliage makes a dense 20" tall x 20" wide clump. In May and June, the clumps are topped with 2.5' tall flower spikes laden with large, quarter-sized, bright-yellow flowers that open around 6 o'clock in the evening. There is little information about this plant, although we understand that some taxonomists lump this with Sisyrinchium macrocephalum. That's okay with us, as it doesn't change the fact that this is a great garden perennial. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05018
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Sisyrinchium tinctorium 'Puerto Yellow' (coll. #A1 (Mexican Yellow-Eyed Grass)

Sisyrinchium tinctorium 'Puerto Yellow' (coll. #A1 (Mexican Yellow-Eyed Grass)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7b-10 12" tall Origin: Mexico
Open House/Web-Only! Wow! I never thought I'd say that about a sisyrinchium, but this plant is really cool. We made this collection in 1994 at 1,800' elevation in the region of Puerto Purificacion, Mexico. The rapidly multiplying clump of narrow, iris-like foliage makes a dense plant to 12" wide. Beginning in early spring and continuing through early summer, the clumps are topped with 3/4", bright-yellow flowers held just above the foliage. In well-drained sites, it has been hardy to just above 0 degrees F. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03029
$12.00  


Smilacina
Smilacina racemosa (False Solomon's Seal)

Smilacina racemosa (False Solomon's Seal)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 3-9 24" tall Origin: USA    alternate image
Open House/Web-Only! This native perennial forms a mat of thick rhizomes just below the surface, giving rise in spring to upright arching stalks clothed with thumb-sized green leaves. In late spring, the branches terminate with a gorgeous spike of white flowers, eventually changing into a cluster of green, then red berries as fall approaches. False Solomon's seal is striking in the woodland garden when used en masse, or as a background for ferns and hostas. Our native false solomon's seal was named by the UK's Royal Horticultural Society as one of the top 200 plants of the last 200 years...not bad for a plant from the new world! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01030
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Smilacina stellata 'Blue Dune' (Blue Dune Starry False Solomon's Seal)

Smilacina stellata 'Blue Dune' (Blue Dune Starry False Solomon's Seal)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-7, at least 20" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! (syn: Maianthemum stellatum) I'm fascinated why this native groundcover isn't more widely cultivated...especially considering that it's native in all of the continental US except the southeastern "gang of 8," from NC across to Texas. Smilacina stellata makes a tough groundcover with 20" stems arising from the underground rhizomes. Each stem is clothed with 15-18 blue-green leaves that are spirally arranged around the stem. From mid-April until mid-May, the stalks are topped with short but attractive spikes of small white flowers. Although Smilacina stellata loves moisture, it is incredibly drought-tolerant. This selection is from the Indiana Dunes region. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07395
$15.00  


Solidago
Solidago 'Dansolitlem' PP 17,297 (Little Lemon Goldenrod)

Solidago 'Dansolitlem' PP 17,297 (Little Lemon Goldenrod)

SunZone: 5-8 12" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! From the Danziger Flower Farm breeding program in Israel comes a great little goldenrod with another nonsensical cultivar name. The compact, well-branched 1' tall x 18" wide clump is topped with a stunning floral show in September...just charming. Solidago 'Dansolitlem' has been particularly outstanding in our trials. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07496
$12.00  


Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' (Fireworks Goldenrod)

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' (Fireworks Goldenrod)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9 40" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This 1993 introduction from Ken Moore of the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill was originally selected from an NC Coastal Plain population of Solidago rugosa. Despite its southern heritage, it was rated #1 in the goldenrod trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From a slowly spreading rhizome, the stalks emerge upward in late spring, topping out at 3' tall. In mid-August in NC, the clumps are showered with 18" long, arching spires of brilliant yellow flowers held well atop the foliage. The flowers resemble fireworks or literally bombs bursting in air...one of the finest additions to the fall garden! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01032
$12.00  


Solidago rugosa 'Lynn Lowrey' (Lynn Lowrey Rough Goldenrod)

Solidago rugosa 'Lynn Lowrey' (Lynn Lowrey Rough Goldenrod)

SunZone: 5-9, at least 48" tall Origin: USA
NEW! We are thrilled to offer this fantastic cultivar of the southeast native rough goldenrod, selected by the late Texas plantsman, Lynn Lowrey. Solidago 'Lynn Lowrey' could best be described as a Solidago 'Fireworks' on steroids. The 4' tall x 4' wide, upright clump is clothed with dark green leaves and topped in October with firework-like flower spikes of golden yellow. Thanks to our friends at Yucca Do for sharing this gem. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #09119
$12.00  


Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece' (Golden Fleece Autumn Goldenrod)

Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece' (Golden Fleece Autumn Goldenrod)

Sun to Part SunZone: 4-9 20" tall Origin: USA
Dr. Dick Lighty, former director at Delaware's Mt. Cuba Center, first saw this on a flashlight walk one evening after giving a garden talk. From a modest beginning, this spectacular selection of the East Coast native goldenrod (Illinois south to Mississippi) has found its way into the finest gardens of England and Europe. The round basal leaves give rise to multi-branched, 20" long, arching spikes adorned with tiny clusters of golden-yellow flowers starting in early September. Our 10-year-old clumps are now just over 3' wide...very easy-to-grow and wonderfully drought-tolerant. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00734
$12.00  


Solidago stricta (Wand Goldenrod)

Solidago stricta (Wand Goldenrod)

SunZone: 5-9, at least 72" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This great US native is a garden designer's dream. Wand goldenrod is native from Maryland to Texas, where it occurs in sandy pine barrens as well as wet meadows. The cool thing about Solidago stricta is when it starts to expand from its winter basal rosette, the leaves along the flowering stem are tightly adpressed (disguised by laying flat against the stem). These stems expand all spring and summer, appearing like a colony of anorexic snakes being lured upward by a magic flute. Starting in October, the top 10" of the "snake" turns to bright yellow as the flowers open. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05019
$12.00  


Speirantha
Speirantha convallarioides (False Lily-of-the-Valley)

Speirantha convallarioides (False Lily-of-the-Valley)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 5b-8, at least 10" tall Origin: China
Open House/Web-Only! Speirantha convallarioides is a monotypic (all alone in its genus) species found on hilly broadleaf forests up to 3,000' in the Chinese provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang. In the garden, our 10-year-old clump has reached 3' diameter. The evergreen 10" leaves emerge from a thick, slowly spreading rhizome, resembling narrow lily-of-the-valley foliage. In April-May, the clumps are adorned with small, white, bottlebrush-like flowers among the foliage...a superb woodland plant and quite a bit hardier than books indicate. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06994
$16.00  


Spigelia
Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)

Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5b-9 24" tall Origin: USA
If this isn't the region's most beautiful native, then I don't know who is...any votes for Elvis or Dolly? This exquisite woodland perennial makes a dainty-looking 12" wide clump of 2' tall stalks clothed with nondescript green foliage. We have found that it grows equally as well in full sun or light shade, as well as in very moist or bone-dry soils. In late spring, however, the clumps become topped with dozens of spectacular up-facing, tubular, bright red flowers with a dramatically contrasting, yellow center. The clump, which improves with age, will be a true garden show-stopper! This is propagated by tissue culture. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02315
$16.00  


Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' (Compact Indian Pink)

Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' (Compact Indian Pink)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5b-9 12" tall Origin: USA
We received this compact form of the wonderful native indian pink from plantsman and garden writer Pam Harper, who extolled its virtues after many years in her garden. Pam originally got the plant years earlier from Bob McCartney of Woodlanders Nursery. While all Spigelia marilandica are great plants, this form is more compact, topping out at 1' tall. The stalks are topped from mid-May until mid-July (NC) with stunning, tubular, red flowers highlighted with yellow inside. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06866
$18.00  


Spiranthes
Spiranthes cernua var. odorata (Nodding Ladies' Tresses)

Spiranthes cernua var. odorata (Nodding Ladies' Tresses)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 3-9 12" tall Origin: USA
(syn: S. odorata) Truly, an orchid for all gardens...or as close as we will come. This easy-to-grow native orchid is the southern form of S. cernua (or a separate species depending on your choice of taxonomists), ranging from Virginia south to Florida. The ground-hugging, dark-green rosettes spread slowly by underground rhizomes, creating a nice colony when growing in native habitats such as moist soils, bogs or swamps. In mid-September, the insignificant rosettes produce incredible 1' tall spikes spiraled with small, white bell-shaped flowers, emitting a delightful fragrance often described as a cross between vanilla and jasmine...a superb plant everyone should grow! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03562
$18.00  


Sporobolus
Sporobolus wrightii (Big Sacaton Dropseed)

Sporobolus wrightii (Big Sacaton Dropseed)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9 60" tall Origin: USA
Big Sacaton dropseed must qualify as one of the least-known and most ornamental of the US native grasses. Tolerant of extreme drought as well as alkaline soils, and with a range from Utah south to Texas, you would think it would be widely recognized by now. A single plant will quickly produce a 3' tall x 4' wide clump of grey-green foliage. In midsummer and into early fall, the clump is topped with graceful 5' tall flower panicles of a delicious golden-bronze. Our plants are seed grown from a superbly floriferous form we have grown for over a decade. We can't endorse this strongly enough. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08632
$15.00  


Sprekelia
Sprekelia formosissima (Aztec Lily)

Sprekelia formosissima (Aztec Lily)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7b-10, at least 12" tall Origin: Mexico
The Aztec lily is one of those plants that is so spectacular and reliable, we can't imagine gardening without it. What appears to be a tender woodland plant is, in fact, native to rock outcrops in the Mexican mountains. For us, sprekelia has performed best in our dry rock scree in full baking sun. For those in the deep South, some afternoon shade is best. The bulbs multiply well to make a nice clump of narrow green leaves, which burst into flower in early April and continue through May. After a summer rest, they usually re-flower in the fall. The 6" brilliant red flowers most closely resemble a delicate hippeastrum...truly stunning! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05279
$12.00  


Stokesia
Stokesia laevis 'Honeysong Purple' (Stokes' Aster)

Stokesia laevis 'Honeysong Purple' (Stokes' Aster)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-9 12" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! Stokesia 'Honeysong Purple' is an exciting introduction from hosta guru Alex Summers and his son, Alan, of Carroll Gardens. Stokesia 'Honeysong Purple' boasts large, vivid, dark purple flowers with a contrasting reddish-pink center on a nice, compact grower. This is truly the most stunning stokesia on the market...absolutely marvelous! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04336
$12.00  


Stokesia laevis 'Mary Gregory' (Yellow Stokes' Aster)

Stokesia laevis 'Mary Gregory' (Yellow Stokes' Aster)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-9 12" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This is a truly exciting native plant find, first introduced to the trade by Niche Gardens. From South Carolina comes this Stokes' aster with creamy yellow flowers, similar in color to Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'. For us, it flowers consistently throughout the summer...this is sure to be the talk of the gardening community...color echos, here we come! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01404
$12.00  


Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick' (Stokes' Aster)

Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick' (Stokes' Aster)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9 20" tall Origin: USA
What a stunner! From Mississippi gardener Peachie Saxon comes the best Stokes' aster we have had the pleasure of growing. Everyone who has grown S. 'Peachie's Pick' agrees it is truly the best cultivar on the market. Not only are clumps dense and tight, but the densely compact, upright flower spikes are topped with dozens of large blue flowers, from late June to early July...a favorite of yellow swallowtail butterflies. S. 'Peachie's Pick' occurred as a seedling in Peachie's garden and, due to her generosity, the rest is history. If you have only grown seed-strain Stokes' asters in the past, you're in for a major surprise! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04726
$12.00  


Syneilesis
Syneilesis aconitifolia (Shredded Umbrella Plant)

Syneilesis aconitifolia (Shredded Umbrella Plant)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-8 18" tall Origin: Japan, Korea
(aka: Senecio aconitifolius) Don't bother to look this one up...it's that new to cultivation. I flipped back in the 1980s when I first saw this plant at the US National Arboretum, only later to rediscover it in the wilds of Korea. This woodland Asteraceae (ligularia relative), native to dry hillsides, emerges in early spring as the white wooly leaves push through the ground like mayapples...or more appropriately, like shredded umbrellas after a hurricane. The exquisite foliage flattens out atop 18" stems by midspring. Expect a decent-sized colony as the rhizomes slowly spread (2' wide in 5-7 years). Flowers...forget the insignificant flowers...and enjoy the luscious foliage! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03400
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Syneilesis palmata (Palmate Shredded Umbrella Plant)

Syneilesis palmata (Palmate Shredded Umbrella Plant)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 5-8, possibly colder 15" tall Origin: Japan, Korea
Open House/Web-Only! Syneilesis palmata looks so much like a mayapple (barberry family) that it's almost impossible to fathom that it is actually a ligularia cousin (chrysanthemum family). Syneilesis palmata is similar to Syneilesis aconitifolia but more deeply cut, with fewer leaf segments. Syneilesis palmata emerges with silky green leaves that open like a miniature umbrella to 6" wide, each sitting atop a 15" tall stem. The clumps enlarge thanks to a slowly spreading rhizome. For difficult woodland conditions, there isn't much better than syneilesis. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05617
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Syneilesis palmata 'Kikko' (Kikko Shredded Umbrella Plant)

Syneilesis palmata 'Kikko' (Kikko Shredded Umbrella Plant)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-8, possibly colder 18" tall Origin: Japan
NEW! I have lusted in my heart for Syneilesis 'Kikko' after seeing a photo taken in Japan several years ago. The fuzzball-like foliage expands to form a shredded umbrella-like leaf atop an 18" tall stem. The veins on the leaf of S. 'Kikko' emerge creamy-yellow, providing an amazing contrast before the color fades in summer. I wish I could describe the tall thin spikes of tiny grey flowers as exciting, but hey...focus on the leaves. As with all syneilesis, they are easy to grow and amazingly drought-tolerant once established. If you're looking to one-up your gardening friends, I can think of no better way to start. Our supply is very limited, so don't delay. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08408
$65.00  


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