A Rockrose Resource Guide

By: Phil Van Soelen

Phil Van Soelen is the co-owner with Sherrie Althouse of California Flora Nursery, a small, unconventional nursery devoted to California…

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As a companion to the article by Neil Bell on rockroses (Cistus) for the Pacific Northwest, in the January 2009 issue of Pacific Horticulture, we offer the following resource guide to sources of plants and further information about these choice drought-tolerant shrubs. All make exceptional gardens plants on dry, sunny banks, amongst other water-thrifty plants.

Nursery Sources
The following nurseries stock a good selection of species and cultivars of rockroses (Cistus).

Cistus Nursery
22711 NW Gillihan Road
Portland (Sauvie Island), OR 97231
503/621-2233
www.cistus.com
Online catalog and walk-in

Colvos Creek Nursery
24029 59th Avenue SW
Vashon, WA 98070
206/749-9508 (mail order)
www.colvoscreeknursery.com
Online catalog, walk-in, and mail order

Dancing Oaks Nursery
17900 Priem Road
Monmouth, OR 97361
503/838-6058
www.dancingoaks.com
Online catalog and walk-in

Forestfarm
990 Tetherow Road
Williams, OR 97544
541/846-7269
www.forestfarm.com
Online catalog and mail order

Hedgerows Nursery
20165 SW Christensen Road
McMinnville, OR 97128
503/843-7522
hedgerowsonlinemac.com
Walk-in only

Joy Creek Nursery
20300 NW Watson Road
Scappoose, OR 97056
503/543-7474
catalog@Joycreek.com
Online catalog, walk-in, and mail order

Mesogeo
12364 Miller Road NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206/855-9017
www.mesogeogarden.com
Online catalog, walk-in, and mail order

Please be sure to mention Pacific Horticulture when contacting any of these vendors.

For Further Research
The following short list of books offers further information for the serious grower of rockroses.

Bygrave, Dr Ralph. Cistus: A Guide to the Collection at the Chelsea Physic Garden. National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, 2001. http://www.nccpg.com/page.aspx?Page=21

Filippi, Olivier. The Dry Gardening Handbook: Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate. London: Thames & Hudson, 2008.

Hawkins, Lester. Brooms and Rock Roses: A Gardener’s Guide. Pacific Horticulture Fall 1978.

Page, Robert. The Cistus & Halimium Website. http://www.cistuspage.org.uk

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