259-001-1 Nandina domestica ( Heavenly Bamboo )
Sun, Part Shade Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 White flowers
These are seed-grown from our garden specimen which is noteworthy for its abundance of red fruits which persist throughout the winter and well into the spring. With the cold, these seedlings have developed bright red highlights in their evergreen, bamboo-like foliage. The modestly suckering growth of nandinas is cane-like. Once established the oldest canes can be removed to open the shrub up. Nandinas are easy to grow and demand little for their year-round display except for regular watering. June. bloom 6-8 ft. x 2-4 ft.
259-011-1 Nandina domestica 'Joy Creek Select' ( Heavenly bamboo )
Sun, Part Shade Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 White flowers
So much work has been done making showy, compact selections of Nandina domestica over the last few decades that it seems we have forgetten the sheer beauty of old-fashioned Heavenly bamboo. Our garden form is a seedling we raised from an old specimen found in a Portland area garden. It has become one of the most visually appealing shrubs in our garden, its red-flushed foliage giving continued interest throughout the four seasons. In the winter exceptionally large trusses of scarlet fruit glow above the evergreen, red-infused, bamboo-like leaves. These fruits persist well into the spring when the new growth has a bronzy red hue. Midsummer. bloom 6 ft. x 5 ft.
259-008 Nandina domestica 'Tsukumo'
Sun, Part Shade Zones 7, 8, 9 White flowers
We have grown this dwarf form of Nandina domestica for just a few years and have been unable to find much information about it. We were delighted to see it recently at a flower market in Japan. The leaves are so diminished that they have almost disappeared. In their place is a dense collection of green stems that closely resemble a whisk. There are occasionally leaves, but they are tiny. The name 'Tsukumo' refers to a bull rush in Japanese. But perhaps the name is also inspired by the phrase "tsukumogami" which is used to describe a bristly head of hair, often that of an old woman. Despite the lack of much foliage, the stems and their limited leaf tissue do turn red in the fall. We have not yet seen the shrublet bloom and so we do not know if it will bear fruit. Who cares! It is a very curious and interesting plant for a container or a small space. Midsummer. bloom Unknown x Unknown
235-004 Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima
Sun Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
We use Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima in our Texture Garden because of the denseness of its hair-like foliage and its wiry stems. Blooms from June to September in a tawny cloud. (Note: The plant will seed around in warm dry climates.) June to September. bloom 2 ft.
054-013 Nepeta faassenii 'Dropmore' (x) ( Catmint )
Sun Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Blue Violet flowers
Gardeners in cold climates owe a great debt to Hugh Skinner, the Canadian plantsman who developed and selected fruit trees, roses, clematis and many other plants that are hardy enough to tolerate the winters in Dropmore, Manitoba, where he had his nursery. Nepeta x faassenii 'Dropmore' is named for that town. (The original cross between N. racemosa and N. nepetalla derives its name from its originator J. H. Faassen.) This catmint selection has richly colored flowers arranged in dense racemes held above the soft-to-the-touch grey foliage. The leaves have an appealing minty fragrance. Although our barn cat is sometimes attracted to its leaves, this is not catnip (Nepeta cataria) which seems much more attractive to him. Other wildlife, especially pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love the flowers. If you cut the flowering stalks back after bloom, 'Dropmore' will quickly regrow and rebloom. This herbaceous perennial forms large clumps that are easy to maintain and are easily divided in the spring. June to September. bloom 18-24 in. x 36 in.
504-022 Nepeta 'Pink Pixie' ( Catmint )
Sun Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Pink flowers
Found by our friends Andy and Melissa Van Hevelinger at their herb nursery in Newberg, OR, this catmint has two special features: it is dwarf and it has pink, instead of lavender, flowers. The gray green foliage complements the pastel flowers. We find that if we cut catmints back after they bloom, they quickly regrow and rebloom. Summer. bloom 6-9 in. x 12-16 in.
054-002 Nepeta racemosa
Sun Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Lavender flowers
Asia Minor. Nepeta racemosa is an extremely useful herbaceous perennial forming low mounds of gray foliage. Use as an accent or an edger. Cut back for repeat bloom. Summer. bloom 1 ft. x 1 ft.
054-021 Nepeta racemosa 'Little Titch'
Sun Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Lavender Blue flowers
Nepeta racemosa 'Little Titch' is truly the most compact and smallest catmint we have grown. This very low mounding form does not flop like some of the taller species. As a consequence of its compact nature, its racemes are shorter and more congested but individual florets are similar in size to those of N. 'Walkers Low' and N. cataria. The foliage is frosted blue green, very deeply veined and retains its aromatic qualities. Summer to autumn. bloom 6-10 in. x 12 in.
054-003 Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
Sun Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Lavender Blue flowers
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' produces mounds of aromatic foliage beneath a 3 ft. by 3 ft. mist of flower spikes. Suitable for a dry site. Summer. bloom 3 ft. x 3 ft.
054-012 Nepeta 'Souvenir d' Andre Chaudron'
Sun Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Dark Lavender Blue flowers
Nepeta 'Souvenir d' Andre Chaudron' is definitely a beauty. This clump forming perennial has aromatic gray green foliage. Spikes of comparatively large dark lavender blue flowers all summer. Summer. bloom 18 in. x 18 in.
054-010 Nepeta 'Walker's Low'
Sun Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Soft Lavender flowers
Nepeta 'Walker's Low' is a carefree, mounding sprawler with bright gray green leaves and soft lavender flowers. Chosen as one of the five best plants for Northwest Gardens by the Great Plant Picks committee associated with the Miller Botanical Garden. Nonstop bloom. A Great Plant Picks selection. Summer. bloom 24 in. x 24 in.
054-015 Nepeta yunnanensis
Sun Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Purple Blue flowers
Nepeta yunnanensis is a clump forming perennial as beautiful, tall, and large-flowered as N. 'Souvenir d'Andre Chaudron' but tending to self-seed and run. Cut back after bloom to promote new flowering and to keep it in check. Try this on a dry hillside Summer to early fall. bloom 2.5 ft. x 2 ft.