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Somehow I knew I had forgotten a letter and a few plants I would dearly love to obtain. Sequim Plants – where going Native feels good ...

I introduced Zauschneria and Penstemon pinifolius to this area back in the 80’s. Starting the Nursery over again I no longer have these plants and former customers have long past on, or have sold their properties. Should you have any of these plants I would be more than excited to trade for them!. There are many named cultivars both stemming from CA and AZ. material. Both of these lovely plants are Xeriscape material and with our ensuing droughts something to consider promoting. Gladiolus tristus shown as the featured image would be another of my wants! EDIT! (5/17/2015)  I just ordered three varieties for delivery.

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Zauschneria garrettii ‘Orange Carpet’ (Hummingbird Trumpet Flower) Brilliant scarlet-orange tubular flowers late summer over green-gray leaves. Drought and deer resistant, but hummingbirds and butterflies love it! An excellent choice for a rock garden. The Zauschneria I used to grow were ‘Calistoga’, ‘Rogers U.C. hybrid’, Z. cal. ‘Glasnevin’, Z. cal. latifolia, Z. californica and the following Z. sept. ‘Select Matthole’

Zauschneria c Sidewinder (aka Epilobium) – $13.95 in one gallon cans. This California Fuchsia has intense scarlet flowers that bloom summer through fall against silvery gray-green small leaves. A low spreading variety that reaches 1-2 feet tall and 2 to three feet wide. Xeric, this is drought tolerant and a very low maintenance plant. Shearing after bloom is advisable Looks great with Artemisia. Zone 8-9 hardiness, meaning it is cold hardy to 10 to 20F. Good drainage is important. 

zauschneria garrettii orange carpet
 Zauschneria garettii ‘Orange Carpet’ is also known as the Hummingbird Trumpet Flower. The flowers are Brilliant scarlet-orange and begin to bloom in late summer. The green-gray leaves are drought and deer resistant, but hummingbirds and butterflies love it! An excellent choice for a Xeric garden. Plant with purple Agastache. 8-12 inches tall and 15-20 inches wide. This is a very hardy Zauschneria easily surviving zones 6-9 Needs good drainage! 
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Zauschneria s. Select Mattole  

Often referred to as White Leaf Fuchsia this selection has frosted silvery leaves that make a stunning contrast with the bright, orange tubular flowers that make the hummingbirds swoon in delight. Mid-summer through mid-fall bloom this is a Great Choice for the Pacific Northwest. Growth is some 8-12 inches tall and 15-18 inches wide making this a great Xeric rock garden plant. With good drainage it is hardy in Zones 7-11. The cold hardiness is between 0 to 10 F.

I posted the following on my Google+ site. I would think that a gardening forum would have some seed or cutting exchanges much less plants in trade. Seed could be discretely mailed even from overseas. Oh, I could so use some S. African Rhodohypoxis or Gladiolus tristis.For that matter Chile has a southern island  that is tit for tat a similar climate zone as Vancouver Island just north of me. UGNI me

Penstemon pinifolius ‘Mersea Yellow’ is not exactly what I wanted but it looks interesting. The regular P. pinifolius compacta from High Country Gardens is a lovely red. Depending upon the cultivar Small, bright yellow or RED, tubular flowers bloom from this hardy native cultivar from summer through fall. Excellent in rock gardens and gravelly soil

Penstemon pinifolius





Non Xeriscape plants would include rockery plants, alpines such as Primula species … P. auricula, Gentian etc. Other Perennials such as Alstroemaria, specie Iris or Pacific Coast Iris come to mind.

All plants can be picked up at my place given notice. Hope to see you soon. The Google Map..

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