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425-006D4     Ilex crenata 'Convexa'     ( Japanese holly )     
Sun, Part Shade, Shade     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, Insignificant flowers
This is a medium sized evergreen shrub that is suitable for a broad range of sites. We grow it under an English walnut with great success. Ilex crenata 'Convexa' has matte green leaves that recurve at their edges, just as the cultivar name implies. New foliage is lime green and slightly glossy. In our garden, this Japanese holly has an open habit. We pinch back unwanted growth to keep the plant in shape. It has never grown as tall as the literature describes. After ten years it is no more than 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide. This can be used as a woodland hedge or, as we have done, as a single specimen. A Great Plant Picks selection.  Spring. bloom   8 ft. x 6 ft.

425-003     Ilex crenata 'Dwarf Pagoda'       
Sun, Part Shade     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8 Insignificant flowers
For more than ten years, this has been one of the evergreen specimen shrublets in our raised Texture Garden. Tiny cupped leaves cloak it from head to base. The foliage is so dense and leathery, in fact, that it feels almost like plastic to the touch. Although Ilex crenata 'Dwarf Pagoda' grows slowly, it is not a difficult plant. Given adequate moisture in the summer, this becomes an ideal accent plant for a rock garden. It can even be used for a bonsai. A Great Plant Picks selection.  Spring. bloom   12 in. x 12 in.

425-015D4     Ilex crenata 'Helleri'     ( Japanese holly )     
Sun, Part Shade     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8 White flowers
Because of its compact size, this classic Japanese holly is one of the standard evergreen shrubs used in making low hedges. In habit this dense, dark green shrub is low and mounding, a little broader than it is tall. Its ability to tolerate both somewhat dry and somewhat moist conditions, in loamy soil or clay, full sun or part shade gives it a versatility that is hard to beat. The species is dioecious, having both male and female plants. Ilex crenata 'Helleri' is a female selection. Our research shows that this was released by J. Heller of Newport, Rhode Island in 1936.  Early summer. bloom   8-10 in. x 8-10 in.

425-013D4     Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'       
Sun, Part Shade     Zone 6-8
Our landscape garden designer John Caine likes to use Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' to add vertical accents to his designs. This narrow, columnar shrub can become a true exclamation point in a mixed border.    4-5 ft.

890-001D4     Impatiens arguta       
Part Shade     Zones (7), 8, 9 Orchid flowers
Even as the leaves are falling, Impatiens arguta continues to bloom. The two-inch spurred flowers are architecturally amazing. The inch-wide mouth of the flower consists of five petals asymmetically arranged. An odd erect spur rises from the top of this. In the rear is a long hood which encloses the flower. This comes to a tight whorl at its tip much like a piglet tail. In its native Nepal, we imagine it gets consistent water which is what we have found it needs. The lance-shaped, dark green foliage is etched in veins. It measures 3.5 inches long and nearly an inch-and-a-half wide and is lightly serrated along its margins.  Late spring to autumn. bloom   2 ft. x 4 ft.

185-001     Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'     ( Japanese blood grass )     
Sun, Part Shade     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Place Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron's deep red-leafed grass where it can catch the light of the westering sun. Give it a warm, moist, well-drained site for best results.    1-2 ft.

186-002D3     Incarvillea mairei var. grandiflora       
Sun     Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Crimson Pink flowers
Extremely large gloxinia-shaped flowers of Incarvillea mairei var. grandiflora dangle on 6 inch stems over deeply lobed dark green glossy foliage up to 18 inches long. Needs good drainage. From the Himalayas.  May to June. bloom   20 in. x 12 in.

186-003D4     Incarvillea olgae       
Sun     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Rose Pink flowers
Incarvillea olgae is a tall, woody perennial with open branches bearing tubular flowers with flattened faces. Very graceful swaying in the breeze.  Summer. bloom   4 ft. x 12 in.

668-001D4     Indigofera heterantha       
Sun     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Rosy Purple flowers
NW Himalayas. Although our specimen has never achieved the height potential suggested in some texts, it does form an impressive shrub. Its very textural, pinate leaves are blue green on arching purple stems. Terminal racemes of purple pink pea-flowers open on upright stems. The six-inch racemes can bear more than 24 individual flowers. The narrow, tubular red brown seed pods of Indigofera heterantha are also ornamental.  Summer to early autumn. bloom   6 ft. x 6 ft.

040-001     Inula ensifolia       
Sun     Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Yellow flowers
C. Europe. Inula ensifolia is a perfect complement for a small shrub. It forms low mounds of dark green foliage. Each erect stem bears a 2-inch yellow rayed flower.  July to August. bloom   2 ft. x 12 in.

040-004-1     Inula orientalis       
Sun     Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Yellow flowers
The extra-large mostly single daisies are composed of narrow, clear yellow ray florets around a yellow orange central disk. Individual ray florets arch slightly, eyelash-like. Leaves, stems and flower buds are all densely covered with soft hairs that glisten in the sunlight. The fine-haired, bracted buds are curiously attractive as they swell to reveal their golden treasures - four-inch flowers that are sweetly scented.  July and August. bloom   24 in. x 24 in.

705-001     Ipheion uniflorum       
Sun     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Light Blue flowers
Our dry border is lined with Ipheion uniflorum which produces upward facing starry blue flowers. The strap-like foliage is lustrous green and persists through the winter.  Spring to early summer. bloom   6 in.

705-002     Ipheion uniflorum 'Album'       
Sun     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 White flowers
We received Ipheion uniflorum 'Album' from our friend Jean Natter who received it at an International Bulb Society conference as a donation from Alberto Castillo, a collector in Argentina. The flowers and foliage are almost double the size of the species.  Spring to early summer. bloom   6-8 in.

041-170D4     Iris 'Buff Dancer'       
Sun     Zones 7, 8, 9 Buff to Coral flowers
Iris 'Buff Dancer' is a broad-leaved water iris with unusually colored flowers of buff with a hint of coral.  June. bloom   30 in.

041-156     Iris cristata f. alba       
Part Shade     Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 White flowers
Iris cristata f. alba is an east coast native that is one of the ephemeral joys in our Woodland Garden. The delicate, 1-1/2-inch white flowers of Iris cristata f. alba have yellow patches on their falls. The foliage is lance-shaped and mid-green.  Spring. bloom   4 in.

041-037D4     Iris foetidissima     ( Stinking iris )     
Sun     Zones 7, 8, 9 Purple flowers
The purple beardless flowers of Iris foetidissima cannot match the autumn show when the large seed capsules split revealing a treasury of bright scarlet seeds within.  Early summer. bloom   1-3 ft. x 3 ft.

041-126D4     Iris foetidissima 'Variegata'       
    
Yes, the seldom-seen flowers are attractive, but they are not the reason to grow this plant. Grow it instead for its boldly striped evergreen strap leaves and for the fact that it is willing to make itself at home in a variety of situations, even shade. Add it to create dramatic winter interest especially in combination with deciduous shrubs. Because it produces few flowers, Iris foetidissima `Variegata' rarely seeds itself and is much better behaved than its all-green relative.   

041-126-1     Iris foetidissima 'Variegata'       
Sun, Part Shade, Shade     Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Purple flowers
Yes, the seldom-seen flowers are attractive, but they are not the reason to grow this plant. Grow it instead for its boldly striped evergreen strap leaves and for the fact that it is willing to make itself at home in a variety of situations, even shade. Add it to create dramatic winter interest especially in combination with deciduous shrubs. Because it produces few flowers, Iris foetidissima `Variegata' rarely seeds itself and is much better behaved than its all-green relative.  Early summer. bloom   18-24 in. x 18 in.

041-017-1     Iris 'Holden Clough'       
Sun-Part Shade     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8 Yellow/Purple Veining flowers
Iris 'Holden Clough' is a water-loving iris with flowers of subdued yellow overlaid with attractive purple-brown veining. Evergreen foliage in mild climates.  June. bloom   3 ft.

041-012D4     Iris japonica     ( Orchid iris )     
Part Shade     Zones 7, 8, 9 Pale Lavender flowers
Iris japonica bears orchid-like flowers of pale lavender spotted with dark lavender that rise on slender stems above a fan of sword-leafed foliage.  May to June. bloom   24-30 in.

041-044D4     Iris japonica 'Aphrodite'       
Part Shade     Zones 7, 8, 9 White/Pale Lavender Blue flowers
Iris japonica 'Aphrodite' has broad ivory stripes up the evergreen blades. In the middle of winter this is still beautiful. Delicate orchid-like blooms.  May to June. bloom   24 in.

041-042D4     Iris kamaonensis       
Sun     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Lilac flowers
Iris kamaonensis bears fragrant lilac flowers with purple veins and white beard. From the central Himalayas.  Late spring. bloom   8 inches.

041-102D4     Iris lazica       
Sun, Part Shade     Zones 7, 8, 9, 10 Lavender flowers
Although it is allied to the winter-blooming Iris unguicularis, in our experience, Iris lazica comes into bloom later, often not until mid-February. Its evergreen foliage has more substance and is broader than that of its relation and its flowers seem a bit larger. The flowers are tucked within the leaves and so their color is only glimpsed. This is a pleasing sight on a chilly winter's day. Up close, the falls of the flowers are white at their bases and are streaked in lavender. There is a yellow blaze in the center of this area. The falls become more densely streaked and lavender near their recurved tips. The standards are mostly lavender. We grow Iris lazica in full sun but some gardeners report that its foliage does best with some light shade.  January to April. bloom   12-14 in x 14 in.

041-014D4     Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'     ( Louisiana Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Dark Purple flowers
This water-loving iris has six-inch, purple black, velvety flowers with a golden blaze on the petals. Looking down on the flower you can see its elegant triangular shape. Although this is happy in ordinary garden soil, it is a plant that can handle wet sites. Iris l. `Black Gamecock' is spreading but is easily down-sized.  Early summer. bloom   3 ft. x spreading

041-159D4     Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata'     ( Zebra Iris )     
full sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 pale violet blue flowers
Iris pallida `Aurea Variegata' is evergreen in Pacific Northwest gardens, although it will die back in colder climates. We love the strong glaucus green leaves with golden yellow stripes lighting up grey days or glowing in summer twilight. The fragrant pale violet blue flowers are a bonus. This plant has been rumored to not be favored by deer or rabbits. It thrives best in full sun with good drainage.  early summer bloom   18"-22" x 24"

041-131D4     Iris pseudacorus 'Variegata'     ( Yellow flag )     
Sun     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8 Yellow flowers
Iris pseudacorus 'Variegata' is noted for the cream-white edging on the margins of the young foliage which decreases as the leaves mature.  Midsummer. bloom   4 ft.

041-133     Iris setosa       
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Light Purple-Blue flowers
Iris setosa bears graceful beardless iris with purple blue falls and short, erect standards.  Late spring. bloom   1.5 ft.

041-136     Iris setosa 'Nana'       
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Light Purple-Blue flowers
Iris setosa 'Nana' is a small beardless iris that is beloved for the sheer simplicity of its bloom. Purple blue falls and short standards.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   8 in. x 6 in.

041-245D4     Iris siberica 'Adj'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Deep Violet Blue flowers
Of all the iris in our stock area, Iris siberica 'Adj' (McEwen, 1983) draws the most raves. The regal bloom has deep violet blue (almost blue black) falls with the thinnest razor-edged margin of gold, which is echoed inside the blue veined blaze.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   3 ft.

041-181D4     Iris siberica 'Ann Dasch'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Light Blue Purple flowers
We have grown Iris siberica 'Ann Dasch' for 15 years but somehow this beauty has been forgotten when it is time to lift and divide plants. We are pleased to offer it now. Blue purple flowers have darker margins and their falls have a yellow haft at their bases. This was the Morgan Award winner in 1983.  Late spring to early summer. bloom   36 in. x 36 in.

041-182D4     Iris siberica 'Bellissima'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 White flowers
Iris siberica 'Bellissima' (Warburton, '86) bears puffled pure white blooms with a green flush at the signals.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   2-3 ft.

041-178D4     Iris siberica 'Butter and Sugar'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 White flowers
Iris siberica 'Butter and Sugar's (McEwen, '77) creamy buds open to white flowers with yellow signals. A shorter form.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   2-3 ft.

041-177D4     Iris siberica 'Dance Ballerina Dance'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 White/Lavender Rose flowers
Iris siberica 'Dance Ballerina Dance' has nearly white standards. Lavender-rose falls. Ruffled. Blooms early.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   30 in.

041-184D4     Iris siberica 'Dear Dianne'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun.     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Blue flowers
The large flowers of Iris siberica 'Dear Dianne' have wavy-edged, rich blue falls that have a razor-fine line of white along their margins. The standards are a clear rich blue. Even the foliage has a blue cast to it.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   40 in.

041-185D4     Iris siberica 'Dreaming Orange'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Cream flowers
The flowers of Iris siberica 'Dreaming Orange' (McEwen) are truly only "dreaming" about being orange. The lemony buds open to large creamy white falls that fade attractively to pure white. The signalx are golden yellow and the standards are pure white.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   40 in.

041-134D4     Iris siberica 'Flight of Butterflies'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Mid-Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'Flight of Butterflies' is a delicate beauty. Numerous small flowers with mid-blue violet standards and bluish white veined falls. The foliage is low and very narrow.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   3 ft.

041-186D4     Iris siberica 'Forrest McCord'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Dark Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'Forrest McCord' is elegant with dark blue falls sporting tasteful gold signals at their bases. The falls have a razor thin white margin.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   3 ft.

041-187D4     Iris siberica 'Four Winds'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Mid Sky Blue flowers
The mid-blue flowers of Iris siberica 'Four Winds' are small and very deltoid in shape. The blaze is white with dark netting. A compact iris with mid-sized stems.  Midspring to early summer. bloom   24-28 in.

041-180D4     Iris siberica 'George Henry'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'George Henry' is classic in form with upright standards and blue falls that have a red over-wash. The pale blue hasps are lovely accents. Somewhat bluish foliage enhances the overall beauty of the flowers.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   3 ft.

041-188D4     Iris siberica 'Harpswell Haze'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Blue flowers
The shape of the flowers of Iris siberica 'Harpswell Haze' (McEwen) harks back to an earlier age. The blue falls do exactly that - fall straight downward, emphasizing the large upright standards. The prominent signal is white with dark netting and buff-red highlights. A large bloom.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   3 ft.

041-189D4     Iris siberica 'Heliotrope Bouquet'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Light mauve flowers
Iris siberica 'Heliotrope Bouquet' bears pale mauve flowers with feathery styles.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   2.5 ft.

041-190D4     Iris siberica 'High Standards'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Dark Blue-Purple flowers
Iris siberica 'High Standards' bears tall dark blue-purple with a classic form. Very tall foliage.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   4 ft.

041-191D4     Iris siberica 'Indy'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Red-Violet flowers
Iris siberica 'Indy' (Hollingsworth, '85) has red-violet falls. Red-violet standards with a blue influence.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   32 in.

041-192D4     Iris siberica 'Jaybird'     ( Siberian Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Blue flowers
The rich blue falls of Iris siberica 'Jaybird' (Hager, '82) have gold and white netting and are edged in pale silver. The contrasting standards are periwinkle.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   30 in.

041-193D4     Iris siberica 'Lady Vanessa'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Amethyst flowers
The flower shape of Iris siberica 'Lady Vanessa' (Hollingsworth) is deltoid. Burgundy buds unfurl claret falls with distinct white signals penciled with dark tracery. The smoky amethyst standards have lavender hasps. A thrilling color combo.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   30 in.

041-194D4     Iris siberica 'Laughing Brook'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Inky Blue flowers
The inky blue falls of Iris siberica 'Laughing Brook' (Waite, 1984) have a red sheen when sun struck. Their white signals reveal black penciling.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-195D4     Iris siberica 'Lucky Lilac'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Lavender Pink flowers
Iris siberica 'Lucky Lilac' bears lavender-pink flowers. Possible repeat blooms.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-196D4     Iris siberica 'Moonsilk'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Cream flowers
The yellow buds of Iris siberica 'Moonsilk' open to a very deltoid shaped flower. The falls are creamy yellow fading to white, each with a subdued yellow blaze. The standards are white.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   20 in.

041-018D4     Iris siberica 'Navy Strut'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Mid-Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'Navy Strut' bears large flowers of mid-blue.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-101D4     Iris siberica 'Orville Fay'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Violet Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'Orville Fay' bears violet blue flowers with dark veining.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-179D4     Iris siberica 'Percheron'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'Percheron' bears dramatic ruffled flowers with dark veined blue standards. The falls are mottled blue and rosy blue with pale blue epaulets.  Midspring to early summer. bloom   3 ft.

041-100D4     Iris siberica 'Perry's Pygmy'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Red Violet flowers
Iris siberica 'Perry's Pygmy' (Perry) bears red violet standards with violet falls that have a white signal. Blooms are small.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   40 in.

041-197D4     Iris siberica 'Pink Sparkle'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Lavender Pink flowers
Iris siberica 'Pink Sparkle' (Hager, '85) bears matching lavender pink standards and falls. A close look reveals blue veining on the falls.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   48 in.

041-198D4     Iris siberica 'Regency Belle'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Rich Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'Regency Belle' bears large showy flowers with rich blue ruffled falls and broad triangular blue standards. The hasps are a contrasting sky blue.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   30 in.

041-199D4     Iris siberica 'Regency Buck'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Purple-Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'Regency Buck' (McEwen, '85) has attractive somewhat blue-green foliage. Lovely, very large dark purple-blue flowers with wide ruffled falls. Good late bloomer.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-200D4     Iris siberica 'Reprise'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Purple flowers
We are still waiting for Iris siberica 'Reprise' (Warburton) to repeat bloom. Despite the disappointment, we heartily recommend its exquisite blend of red purple and blue purple flowers. The signal is white, netted with red buff.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-099D4     Iris siberica 'Rimouski'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 White flowers
Iris siberica 'Rimouski' (Isabelle Preston) is pure white with yellow influence. Said to repeat bloom, but has not for us.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-025D4     Iris siberica 'Ruffled Velvet'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Plum Purple flowers
Iris siberica 'Ruffled Velvet' is very dramatic! Deep plum-purple with gold and black at the center of each fall.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-201D4     Iris siberica 'Shirley Pope'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Purple flowers
The foliage of Iris siberica 'Shirley Pope' (McEwen, '79) is distinctly dark green. Black buds open to reveal sumptuous velvety purple flowers with purple-veined white signals.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-201-1     Iris siberica 'Shirley Pope'       
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Purple flowers
The foliage of Iris siberica 'Shirley Pope' (McEwen, '79) is distinctly dark green. Black buds open to reveal sumptuous velvety purple flowers with purple-veined white signals.  Late spring to early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-202D4     Iris siberica 'Sultan's Ruby'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Dark Magenta flowers
The black buds of Iris siberica 'Sultan's Ruby' open to velvety magenta falls each with a stunning yellow blaze. This is a very large and showy flower.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   3 ft.

041-203D4     Iris siberica 'Windwood Spring'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Light Blue flowers
Iris siberica 'Windwood Spring' bears ruffled, light blue flowers with large white blazes.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-143D4     Iris siberica 'Wizardry'     ( Siberican Iris )     
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Lavender flowers
Iris siberica 'Wizardry' (Hollingworth, '85) has white standards with lavender falls and gold blazes.  Late spring and early summer. bloom   36 in.

041-234D4     Iris sogdiana       
Sun     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Violet flowers
Raised from seed we purchased from plantsman Josef Halda after one of his expeditions to the Altai Mountains, Iris sogdiana has proven to be a garden-worthy plant. It is found in a broad area extending from China to Pakistan and west to Afghanistan and Russia. Sword-like leaves are broad and well-veined. The flowering stems are shorter than the leaves. They contain three sets of bracts each with two flowers within. The upright standards which are violet in color are shorter than the falls which extend outward not downward. The falls are contracted at their centers and have a blaze of yellow before they expand into spoon-like tips which are veined in violet. The long hasps are yellow and violet.  June. bloom   10-14 in. x creeping

041-086     Iris tenax       
Sun, Part Shade     Zones 7, 8, 9 Lavender Blue flowers
Pacific Coast Iris. Iris tenax is raised from seed collected in the western end of the Columbia River Gorge. Very tough, narrow, deep green foliage is evergreen. In late spring, stems emerge bearing 1 or 2 delicate looking, 3-inch flowers that are lavender blue. There is a yellow blaze in the middle of each of the falls. Good drainage is essential. This is a Great Plant Pick.  May and June. bloom   8-14 in. x 12 in.

041-235D4     Iris unguicularis       
Sun     Zones 7, 8, 9 Lavender-Blue flowers
Some years Iris unguicularis begins blooming in late autumn and then repeats in the late winter. The flowers bloom within long grass-like evergreen foliage, perhaps seeking its protection. Not showy from a distance but a breath of fresh air at a difficult time of year. We treasure the lavender-blue flowers with yellow blazes on their falls.  (Late autumn), late winter and early spring. bloom   12 in.

041-140D4     Iris versicolor       
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Rosy Violet flowers
Eastern and Midwest native. Iris versicolor bears rosy violet flowers with white signals. Flowers stay within the foliage.  Late spring. bloom   1.5 ft.

041-097D4     Iris versicolor 'Wild Wine'       
Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Red Wine flowers
Iris versicolor 'Wild Wine' is a red wine colored form of the species.  Late spring. bloom   15-18 in.

041-205D4     Iris virginica (pink)       
Sun     Zones 7, 8, 9 Pink flowers
Iris virginica (pink) is a vigorous, water-loving iris with broad leafed mid-green foliage. The base of the fans is stained a distinct burgundy red. From Louisiana.  Late spring. bloom   2.5 ft.

871-002-1     Ischyrolepis subverticillata       
Sun, Part Shade     Zone (7)8-9
Ischyrolepis subverticillata is also known as Broom restio. The common name describes the appearance of this interesting ornamental grass from South Africa. Some have also compared it to a giant horsetail. But its upright stems with green whorls of branchlets are at once softer and more complex than that image. Generally hardy to 20 degrees F.    6 ft. x 4 ft.

533-004D4     Itea ilicifolia     ( Holly-leaved sweetspire )     
Sun, Part Shade     Zones 7, 8, 9, 10 White Green flowers
The plant explorer Augustine Henry introduced this Asian relative of Itea virginica in 1895 from Yichang on the Yangtze River in Hubei, China. Itea ilicifolia is a versatile evergreen shrub with an arching habit. Its shiny, dark, holly-like leaves have spiny margins. Astonishing panicles of white flowers more than a foot long hang like tresses from the branches.  Late summer to early autumn. bloom   10-15 ft. x 10 ft.

533-001D4     Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'       
Sun, Part Shade, Shade     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8 White flowers
It is hard to compliment Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' enough. Not only does it have fuzzy, large pipe-cleaner-like racemes of fragrant flowers in midsummer, but, by late summer, the leaves begin to turn brilliant shades of burgundy and red. In our mild winters the shrub is semi-evergreen and keeps its colors into the spring.  Spring. bloom   3.5-4 ft. x 3-5 ft.

533-001-1     Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'       
Sun, Part Shade, Shade     Zones 5, 6, 7, 8 White flowers
It is hard to compliment Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' enough. Not only does it have fuzzy, large pipe-cleaner-like racemes of fragrant flowers in midsummer, but, by late summer, the leaves begin to turn brilliant shades of burgundy and red. In our mild winters the shrub is semi-evergreen and keeps its colors into the spring.  Spring. bloom   3.5-4 ft. x 3-5 ft.

533-003D4     Itea virginica 'Merlot'     ( Virginia sweetspire )     
Sun, Part Shade     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 White flowers
The fragrant, pipe-cleaner-like inflorescences of Itea 'Merlot' create a cascading pattern on this mid-sized ornamental shrub. Apple green foliage is somewhat rounded and finely toothed along its edges. This selection is named for its wine-colored, persistent winter foliage.  June to July. bloom   3.5-4 ft. x 4 ft.

533-003-1     Itea virginica 'Merlot'     ( Virginia sweetspire )     
Sun, Part Shade     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 White flowers
The fragrant, pipe-cleaner-like inflorescences of Itea 'Merlot' create a cascading pattern on this mid-sized ornamental shrub. Apple green foliage is somewhat rounded and finely toothed along its edges. This selection is named for its wine-colored, persistent winter foliage.  June to July. bloom   3.5-4 ft. x 4 ft.


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