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Ficus carica 'Neveralla'

Also known as Osborne Prolific, this fig produces a pretty small to medium sized fruit that is purple with yellowish stripes and a rosy interior.  Yum! more->

Bryophyllum daigremontianum

Mother of millions not only inspires wonder and fascination because its little plantlets are so easy to break off and grow into entirely new plants, but it also makes a very nice soothing external... more->

Aloe sinkatana

Native to Sinkat, Sudan, this aloe is similar to Aloe vera in its form and medicinal properties.  The Hadendowa people use it to treat stomach and skin issues.

When it's protected... more->

Thymus fragrantissimus 'Orange scented'

Orange scented fragrant thyme has a compact growth form with small leaves more similar to French thyme and German winter thyme than any of the other varieties.  What sets it apart is the scent -... more->

Diospyrus virginiana

Although American persimmons are smaller than their Asian counterparts found in grocery stores, they are just as sweet, juicy, and delicious!  While the Japanese Fuyu or Hachiya are grown... more->

Cistus incanus creticus

This fuzzy-leaved rock rose makes a smaller, more compact shrub than the pink orchid or white rock roses.  While the others easily reach 3-4ft tall, this variety grows to be a perfectly shaped 2ft... more->

Ficus carica 'Lattarula'

The tasty fruit of this variety has yellow-green skin and a honey colored interior.  These are the largest figs we've ever grown.  Boy, are they sweet!  There is a reason this one is named after... more->

Cistus x hybridus

This rock rose has broad, wavy leaves with delicate, triangular tips and paper white flowers. more->

Umbellularia californica

Native to northern California and Oregon, this hardwood shrub in the laurel family grows in sunny or shady hillside forests.  I've seen it in moist coastal forests as well as in sun drenched... more->

Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'

'Munstead' is an English lavender that is well-known for its heat tolerance and compact form.  The tall spikes of deep purple fragrant blossoms are more densely flowered than 'Vera'. more->

Agastache rupestris 'Apache Sunset'

This beautiful perennial is not only fragrant but also hardy and drought tolerant.  The silvery foliage grows about a foot tall with huge spikes of neon orange and red flowers another foot above... more->

Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Soaproot is native to sunny meadows and oak woodlands of northern California and southwestern Oregon.  Like other plants in the agave family, it grows strap-shaped leaves in a basal rosette, then... more->

Rhodiola rosea

We have both Scandinavian and Russian cultivars of this alpine astringent and tonic herb.  Accustomed to sunny, well-drained, high-elevation rocky meadows, we've been able to grow this plant in... more->

Origanum vulgare 'Italian'

This oregano variety has spicy flavor, slightly fuzzy leaves, and a upright, spreading habit.  While our compact and golden oreganos have very mild flavor, this Italian variety will perk up any... more->

Vitis vinifera 'Himrod'

'Himrod' is an excellent sweet green seedless table grape.  It is very productive. Fruits turn golden when ripe, which is usually late summer.  It is self-pollinating.  Very easy to grow and... more->

Vitis vinifera 'Canadice'

Canadice is a delicious seedless red table grape.  It ripens at the later end of grape season, in early fall.  Canadice is self-pollinating.  Very easy to grow and drought tolerant. more->

Vitis vinifera 'Glenora'

Glenora is a concord -type seedless grape. Grapes are medium to large size and have a deep dark blue color.  It is self-pollinating.  Very easy to grow and drought tolerant. more->

Hypericum perforatum

Although some refer to it as St. John’s Wort, Susan Weed conjures up the bravery of Joan of Arc in reference to the healing properties of this herb. It is listed as a noxious weed in many western... more->

Lomatium dissectum

Native to well-drained hillsides in the Willamette Valley and the greater Pacific Northwest, this handsome perennial is the subject of an explosion of research for use as an antibacterial and... more->

Hippophae rhamnoides

Seaberries are tart and delicious golden fruit about the size of a lentil, borne in large quantities along the thorny stems of this shrub.  The berries are packed with fifteen times the vitamin C... more->

Ficus carica 'Monstrueuse'

Also known as Grosse Monstrueuse de Lipari, this fig is named for an island in italy and known for its delicious fruit and large leaves.  It has faintly striped and mottled green and purplish skin... more->

Vitis vinifera 'red'

Grapes are very easy to grow and maintain and never fail to produce abundant crops.  This red variety is espcially sweet and ripens later than the green and purple varieties we grow. more->

Vitis vinifera 'green'

Grapes are very easy to grow and maintain and never fail to produce abundant crops.  This is a sweet and delicious table grape. It is the earliest to ripen of the grapes we grow. It is very... 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->

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->

Morus x 'Illinois Everbearing'

Because the fruits on 'Illinois Everbearing' ripen over a period of a few months, not all at once, its is nice to have a shorter plants for harvesting them often. The fruit is dark purple and has... more->

Ficus carica 'Desert King'

'Desert King' is a very good choice for the Northwest. It is early to ripen, productive, and has excellent flavor. Sweet and delicious fruits with green skin and pink pulp ripen in late July or... 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->

Thymus vulgaris 'French'

French thyme has very small, pointy leaves.  It is the most drought tolerant and has the most spicy flavor of the thyme varieties we grow. 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->

Aster subspicatus

This native member of the sunflower family spreads quickly in poor soil with very little care and without summer irrigation.  It has spreading blue-flowered aster blossoms late in the summer to... more->

Salvia officinalis

No herb garden is complete without this fragrant and savory leaf to add to pasta sauce, soup stock and more. Sage also produces beautiful and edible pink flowers that attract pollinators.... 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->

Baccharis magellenica

Christmas bush is a great choice for evergreen ground cover on rock walls or slopes or ornamental gardens. The branches are dense and compact, creating a mat of tiny leaves about 6 inches tall... more->

Satureja douglasii

A native perennial in the mint family, yerba buena likes dappled shade and handles a wide variety of soil from deep rich organic matter to nutrient poor clay. Once established, it can handle... more->

Gaultheria shallon

Salal is an evergreen shrub in the heath family with glossy leaves, white urn-shaped flowers, and edible purple berries. Salal prefers moist shade, but it often bears the most fruit in sunny... more->

Lupinus rivularis

This perennial produces gorgeous purple flowering stalks in full sun or part shade.  A Willamette Valley native, it tolerates drought and poor soil with root nodules that fix nitrogen.  Deer... more->

Baccharis pilularis

Coyote brush is an evergreen shrub native to Oregon.  It is drought tolerant, deer tolerant, and easy to grow. Fast growing, it can grow as high as nine feet but usually is shorter.  It responds... more->

Sedum oreganum

Oregon stonecrop has glossy green leaves that look like little elephant toes.  I think it has the best-tasting leaves of any native Sedum. 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->

Opuntia ficus-indica

This is a compact variety of prickly pear cactus that has edible green pads with no thick spines and small clusters of tiny hair-like prickles.  Unlike prickly pear shrubs, this variety stays... more->

Berberis aquifolium

Tall Oregon grape is a woody perennial shrub in the barberry family that is tough enough to survive in many conditions and yet provides edible and medicinal yields. It grows 2-7 feet tall in well... more->

Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'

This grey-leaved and beautifully patterned stonecrop grows the fastest of any Sedum species in our gardens.  The leaves are a bit more chalky and less palatable than the others, though.... 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->

Origanum syriacum

This aromatic and savory variety of oregano is native to the Middle East where it grows in abundance on the rocky hillsides.  It's leaves are covered in fine grey hairs that help it conserve water... more->

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