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Hibiscus syriacus 'Blushing Bride'

'Blushing Bride' has light pink frilly blooms. more->

Rosa rugosa 'alba'

Rugosa rose is a suckering shrub native to asia.  It has large and beautiful blooms and the largest rose hips of any rose we know.  The rose hips are high in vitamin C and can be eaten fresh or... more->

Cistus x purpureus 'Pink'

This variety of rock rose has narrow, resinous leaves and stunning, crinkly pink flowers with four central maroon spots. more->

Hibiscus syriacus 'Collie Mullens'

'Collie Mullens' has a deep pink bloom. more->

Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird'

'Blue Bird' has bright blue flowers, and is a bit smaller and less vigorous than other varieties. more->

Ribes aureum

'Golden' currant is larger than the european currants that we grow.  It is vigorous and can grow in a variety of soil types and habitats, up to 9 feet tall.  It has beautiful clusters of yellow... more->

Ribes x 'Waldo'

Waldo is a purple gooseberry originally brought to us by Rick Valley, a wise local Permaculture landscaper. It was the result of hybridizations from Dr. George Waldo. It has sweet purple fruits... more->

Viburnum opulus

Cramp bark is a deciduous shrub that can grow over 10 feet tall. It has showy white flower clusters and bright red-orange berries that birds love.  The bark is used medicinally to reduce smooth... more->

Rubus x 'Napache'

Tired of thorns ripping through your clothes and poking through your gloves as you harvest sweet blackberries in summer?  This cultivar released from the University of Arkansas yields large, sweet... more->

Ribes nigrum 'Blackdown'

'Blackdown' produces large, jet-black berries that are  juicy and flavorful with a distinctive musky taste. They are excellent in jams, jellies and juice. The plant is vigorous and has upright... more->

Vitex agnus-castus 'Pink'

Chaste tree, also known as vitex, is a beautiful deciduous shrub that has spikes of flowers in late summer here in Oregon.  It can grow up to ten feet tall but can be kept shorter with annual... more->

Ribes rubrum 'Jonkheer Van Tets'

Red currants produce bright red clusters of fruit which are are striking in the garden and they enhance any dish to which they are added. Red currant fruit is high in vitamin C and potassium and... more->

Calycanthus floridus

Also known as Carolina allspice, this fragrant deciduous shrub, native to the Southeastern U.S., grows 3 to 8 feet tall and up to ten feet wide.  Essentail oil is distilled from the flowers, and... more->

Ribes nigrum 'Minaj Smyriou'

'Minaj Smyriou' has excellent European black currant flavorand can be eaten fresh or used to make jam and juice.

European black currants have a very distinct musky flavor which is prized by... more->

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'

'Red Heart' has a white bloom with a red center and grows very vigorously in our climate.  I've seen shrubs over 6 feet tall. more->

Ribes rubrum 'Cascade'

'Cascade' is easy to grow and a consistent producer here in the Wilamette Valley.  Provides large crops of delicious red fruit. It is very winter hardy.

Red currants produce bright red... more->

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'

One of the most popular upright rosemary varieties, Tuscan Blue has a blue-green hint to its foliage, and blue-purple flowers.

The Latin name Rosmarinus refers to the dew (ros) of the sea (... more->

Salvia apiana

The dried leaf of white sage is well known for its aroma and is excellent for smudging. 

Not native to our area, it does best grown in a pot with half sand half potting soil, or planted in... more->

Ribes oxyacanthoides 'Jahn's Prairie'

A favorite gooseberry here at Fern Hill, 'Jahn's Prairie' produces hearty yields of large dessert quality red-pink fruit in midsummer. This shrub grows more upright than some gooseberry varietes.... more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Hinnomaki Gold'

'Hinnomaki Gold' also known as 'Hinnomaki Yellow" is a very hardy variety, and bushes produce a heavy crop of medium sized, greenish yellow fruits. Some say this variety has a delicious aromatic... more->

Rubus parviflorus

Native to the Pacific Northwest, thimbleberries produce delicate, thimble shaped raspberry-like fruit atop canes up to 5 feet tall.  The pretty white flowers in spring brighten up shady corners of... more->

Asarum caudatum

A beautiful native forest ground cover, wild ginger likes to grow in moist soil in shady areas. You will find it wild near creeks and on wet hillsides in the shade. Glossy heart-shaped leaves... more->

Linnaea borealis

Twinflower is a sweet native wildflower less than a foot tall with elegant bell-shaped white and pink flower clusters. It tolerates full shade and grows as a ground cover in woodlands. more->

Oxalis oregana 'Klamath Red'

A beautiful shade-tolerant ground cover, the native Oregon wood sorrel spreads happily on the forest floor, or a shady garden floor.  It likes lots of organic matter and shade.  If it does not... more->

Valeriana officinalis

Valerian is an herbaceous perennial with flowering stalks up to 6 feet tall, bearing tiny white flowers with a fragrance like honey. The musky sweet roots are used in tea or tincture as a nervine... more->

Ceanothus gloriosus

A broadleaf evergreen native to coastal California, this shrub is an excellent ground cover for sunny slopes, especially rock walls and rock gardens.  It grows up to 2 feet tall and will grow 5-6... more->

Ribes nigrum 'Black September'

European black currants have a very distinct musky flavor which is prized by many in Europe and the U.S. We love these fruit and make a honey and currant jam that our toddler eats by the spoonful... more->

Allium tricoccum

Ramps are a wild onion native to the eastern US and Canada.  They grow in the thick duff of the dappled shade in the understory of somehat open forest canopies.  Ramps appreciate the moist summers... more->

Geranium oreganum

A beautiful perennial native to Oregon, Oregon geranium is very showy.  Growing about a foot in height and wide, it has profuse pink blooms in late spring and early summer.  It thrives in full sun... more->

Rudbeckia occidentalis

A rudbeckia native to Oregon, this wildflower has a unique bloom that resembles Echinacea or Rdbeckia but with no petals. A perennial plant, when grown in full sun and garden soil, flower stalks... more->

Asclepias incarnata

Unlike some milkweed species, swamp milkweed is a clumping perennial and does not spread by rhizomes. It has deep pink flower clusters on a two to three foot stalk. It is a host plant for monarch... more->

Lomatium californicum

Native to dry, brushy and forested hill slopes in northern California and southern Oregon, this is the largest species of biscuitroot that we grow.  I've seen it up to 4 feet tall and several feet... more->

Passiflora caerula

Fabulous flowers on this semi-evergreen vine. The complex blue flowers bloom mid summer to fall. This vine is reasonably hardy and can grow a lot in one season. During cold winters it may die... more->

Ceanothus thrysiflorus

Blue blossom, also known as California lilac, is a fabulous showy broadleaf evergreen shrub.  Lilac colored flowers bloom in mid to late spring and have a wonderful fragrance.  Native to coastal... more->

Ribes odoratum 'Crandell'

This currant has smooth, lobed leaves and berries that have spicy and gingery tones that ride on top of the sweet and sour currant flavor.  It's yellow flowers brighten the garden in late spring... more->

Althea officinalis

This perennial herb has soft leaves, beautiful hibiscus-like white and pink flowers, and provides a healing herbal medicine. Marshmallow roots are the original source of the slimy mucilage used... more->

Grindelia integrifolia

This native perennial in the sunflower family grows into a small shrub each season, bearing yellow flowers covered in sticky white resin. It thrives in sunny spots with moisture and tolerates... more->

Sagittaria latifolia and cuneata

Wapato is a perennial plant that is native throughout North America. Historically, it was a staple food crop for people wherever it grew and continues to be a popular native food plant. Tubers... more->

Asclepias speciosa

A gorgeous wildflower native to western North America, showy milkweed is a host plant for monarch butterflies. Pink and white fragrant flower clusters bloom on two or three foot stalks in mid-... more->

Lomatium nudicaule

I really like the parsley-like taste of this edible perennial in the carrot family.  Another common name is pestle-parsley.  It's also native to wet meadows and well-drained hillsides in the... more->

Passiflora incarnata

The maypop is a perennial passionflower in our climate. The plant dies back each year to the ground and re-sprouts in late spring. Less vigorous than P. caerulea, this species has a... more->

Viola odorata

One of the first flowers to bloom in spring, purple sweet violet flowers bring a subtle and sweet aroma to the garden as it wakes from slumber.  With edible and fragrant flowers as well as edible... more->

Chamaemelum nobile

We relish the soft, living, green carpets made of this fragrant and healing herb. This perennial chamomile stitches together into a mat a few inches tall that emits the sweetest apple scent when... more->

Ribes sanguineum var sanguineum

This is one of the earliest blooming and showiest shrubs in the Pacific Northwest!  Red flowering currant is a very popular plant for a variety of reasons. The large clusters of pink-red flowers... more->

Angelica archangelica

This is one of our favorite spring-producing plants. A biennial, Angelica shoots out of dormancy in winter and grows quickly to its full height, up to six or seven feet. In the parsley family,... more->

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