Alpine, Rock, Miniature, Bonsai and Railroad Gardens

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  • Linaria alpina Alpine toadflax Z 5-8

    Purple snapdragon-like petals bloom all summer and  show off golden-orange lips

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    Purple snapdragon-like petals bloom all summer and  show off golden-orange lips

    Size: 4-6” x 6-12”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: Mountains of central and southern Europe

    Listed in Gardeners Dictionary, 1768.  Wm Robinson in July 1872 issue of The Garden: “The alpine Linaria is never more beautiful than when self-sown in a gravel walk.” January 1876 bloomed for 4+ months in the rock garden at Edinburgh Botanic Garden.

  • Linum alpinum Alpine flax, Mountain flax Z 4-9

    Compact blue flax, perfect for the rock garden or in a sunny, border. A bushy mound bears loads of small soft-blue flowers for weeks in early summer and reblooms if cut back half way in late June.

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    Compact blue flax, perfect for the rock garden or in a sunny, border. A bushy mound bears loads of small soft-blue flowers for weeks in early summer and reblooms if cut back half way in late June.

    Size: 8-12” x 10-12”
    Care: sun in well-drained soil
    Native: mountains of Europe

    Published as a separate species in 1925.

  • Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ Creeping jenny Z 5-8

    Bright yellow flowers in summer, chartreuse foliage

    $8.75/pot

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    Bright yellow flowers in summer & chartreuse foliage which is the reason to grow this. Chartreuse is the little black dress, it goes with everything.

    Size: 2” x spreading
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Europe
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Dioscorides (1st century A.D.) named Lysimachia after King Lysimachus of Thracia. By the 1590’s used as cure for wounds and whooping cough. ‘Aurea ’introduced 1815. Breck (1851) called this “suitable for rockwork or hanging from a pot in a northern exposure.”  L.H. Bailey echoed this: “Very useful for rustic vases and baskets, also for carpeting ground in shady places.”

  • Minuartia larcifolia Larch leaf sandwort Z 5-8

    White blooms May-June over needle-shaped foliage

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    White blooms May-June over needle-shaped foliage

    Size: 4-5” x 12-15”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: Mountains from Austria to Spain

    Collected before 1753.

  • Orostachys iwarenge Chinese dunce cap In China called wa song shu Z 5-10

    Three-in-one: starts as fleshy silver-blue rosettes spreading to 12” across, then pyramids (dunce caps) of foliage & finally pink & white frilly flower spikes in October. Mother plant dies after flowering but its offsets survive (like Hens & chicks) plus it reseeds for more plants next season.

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    Three-in-one: starts as fleshy silver-blue rosettes spreading to 12” across, then pyramids (dunce caps) of foliage & finally pink & white frilly flower spikes in October. Mother plant dies after flowering but its offsets survive (like Hens & chicks) plus it reseeds for more plants next season.

    Size: 6” x 14”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: China

    1st described in Western literature in 1878. Renamed several times – Cotyledon malacophylla var. japonica (1878), Cotyledon iwarenge, Sedum iwarenge.

  • Papaver anomalum alba Z 5-9

    Paper-thin petals on this pure white poppy

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    Paper-thin petals on this pure white poppy wth yellow stamens blooms all summer and fall – June to October, and November if it’s mild. Absolutely one of our favorites.

    Size: 12” x 8”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: European Alps

    Collected by 1909.

  • Persicaria affinis syn. Bistorta affinis Dwarf fleeceflower, Himalayan Knotweed Z 4-9

    pink to deep red flowers on erect dense spikes

    $8.75/bareroot

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    A spreading, mat-forming perennial of  pink to deep red flowers on erect dense spikes, blooming all summer long and into autumn. The equally impressive foliage,deep green above & pale blue-green beneath,  turns red in autumn and winter.  Excellent for groundcover, large rock gardens and the front of a border.

    Size: 12-20” x 3’ spreading
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: high mountains of Nepal in rocky areas and open slopes

    Collected by plant hunter Wallich and 1st described by botanist David Don in Prodromus Florae Nepalensis in 1825.

  • Petrophytum caespitosum Mat rock Spiraea Z 4-9

    Tight cushions bearing white spikes August-September.

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    Tight cushions bearing white spikes August-September. Its roots penetrate rock crevices and cracks

    Size: 4” x 4-6’
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. Do not allow leaf litter to cover it.
    Native: Sierras to Rocky Mountains

    Collected by premier plant hunter Thomas Nuttall 1834-1837 on his exploration across the continent to the Pacific “on high shelving rocks in the Rocky Mountains, towards the sources of the Platte.”