Great Plant Picks 2013

100 Plants for small space gardens

By: Rick Peterson
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Great Plant Picks

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Rick Peterson manages the Great Plant Picks educational program at the Elisabeth Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, Washington. His home…

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Zig zag bamboo (Shibataea kumasasa) Photo: Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

Great Plant Picks (GPP) is an educational program of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden which debuted in 2001 with the first recommendations for a comprehensive palette of outstanding plants for the maritime Pacific Northwest. To date over 800 exceptional plants have been selected for gardeners living west of the Cascade Mountains from Eugene, Oregon, USA to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Bamboo

Zig-zag bamboo (Shibataea kumasasa)

 

Bulbs

Turkestan onion (Allium karataviense)

Cobra lily (Arisaema ringens)

Double-flowered autumn crocus (Colchicum ‘Waterlily’)

Persian violet (Cyclamen coum)

Yellow fawn lily (Erythronium ‘Pagoda’)

Snowdrop (Galanthus ikariae)

Grape hyacinth (Muscari latifolium)

Miniature daffodil (Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’)

Yellow fool’s onion (Triteleia ixioides ‘Starlight’)

Species tulip (Tulipa tarda)

 

Conifers

Korean fir (Abies koreana)

Dwarf Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tansu’)

Hollywood juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka’)

Contorted Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi ‘Diane’)

Siberian cypress, Russian juniper (Microbiota decussate)

Serbian spruce (Picea omorika)

Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii syn. P. leucodermis)

Mountain plum pine (Podocarpus lawrencei ‘Purple King’)

Compact columnar arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’)

Thorsen’s weeping hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla ‘Thorsen’s Weeping’)

 

Ferns

Ghost fern (Athyrium ‘Ghost’)

Alpine water fern (Blechnum penna-marina)

Sunset fern (Dryopteris lepidopoda)

Korean rock fern (Polystichum tsussimense)

 

Grasses

Bowles’ golden sedge (Carex elata ‘Aurea’)

Gold variegated Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’)

Variegated purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Variegata’)

 

Perennials

European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum)

Frikart’s aster (Aster ×frikartii ‘Mönch’)

Astrantia (Astrantia major ‘Claret’)

Serbian bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana ‘Blue Waterfall’)

Dwarf plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

Threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’)

Twinspur (Diascia vigilis ‘Jack Elliott’)

Large yellow foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora)

Hybrid epimedium (Epimedium ×warleyense)

Agave-leaf sea holly (Eryngium agavifolium)

Hardy geranium, cranesbill (Geranium ×cantabrigiense ‘Cambridge’)

Hardy geranium, cranesbill (Geranium wlassovianum)

Geum (Geum ‘Mango Lassi’)

Bowman’s root (Gillenia trifoliata)

Hybrid hellebore (Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’)

Spring vetchling, spring bush pea (Lathyrus vernus)

Mukdenia (Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ syn. ‘Crimson Fans’)

Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis)

Variegated Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum)

Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’)

Upright wild ginger (Saruma henryi)

Kamtschaticum stonecrop (Sedum kamtschaticum)

October daphne sedum (Sedum sieboldii)

Hens and chicks, houseleek (Sempervivum ‘El Toro’)

Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’)

Variegated toad lily (Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’)

Yellow trillium (Trillium luteum)

California fuchsia (Zauschneria septentrionalis ‘Select Mattole’)

 

Shrubs

Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo)

Dwarf golden-edged Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii GOLDEN RUBY® ['Goruzam'])

Autumn camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’)

Golden bluebeard (Caryopteris incana SUNSHINE BLUE® ['Jason'])

Compact cotoneaster (Cotoneaster adpressus ‘Little Gem’)

Variegated hybrid daphne (Daphne ×transatlantica ‘Summer Ice’)

Enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Showy Lantern’)

Darley heath (Erica ×darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze’)

Dwarf witch alder (Fothergilla gardenia)

Chinese witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis)

Hebe (Hebe odora ‘New Zealand Gold’)

Mophead hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Merritt’s Beauty’)

Japanese holly (Ilex crenata ‘Green Island’)

Dwarf mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia ‘Elf’)

Box-leaf honeysuckle (Lonicera pileata)

Compact heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica ‘Moon Bay’)

Alpine mint bush (Prostanthera cuneata)

Dwarf hybrid rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’)

Evergreen azalea (Rhododendron ‘Glacier’)

Dwarf hybrid rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘Yaku Sunrise’)

Dwarf purple osier (Salix purpurea ‘Nana’)

Dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis)

Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica MAGIC CARPET® ['Walbuma'])

Dwarf Korean lilac (Syringa pubescens ssp. patula ‘Miss Kim’)

Blueberry (Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’)

Variegated yucca (Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’)

 

Trees & Vines

Fernleaf full moon maple (Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’)

Cutleaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Seiryû’)

Siebold’s maple (Acer sieboldianum)

Hybrid serviceberry (Amelanchier ×grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’)

Columnar hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’)

American fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas)

Hybrid magnolia (Magnolia ‘Galaxy’)

Sweet bay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana MOONGLOW™ ['Jim Wilson'])

Dwarf Sargent’s crabapple (Malus toringo ssp. sargentii ‘Tina’)

Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’)

Columnar pin oak (Quercus palustrus  GREEN PILLAR® ['Pringreen'])

Orangebark stewartia (Stewartia monadelpha)

Variegated kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta [male form])

Alpine clematis (Clematis ‘Lemon Bells’)

Early large-flowered clematis (Clematis  Pink Champagne™ ['Kakio'])

Viticella clematis (Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’)

Purple-leaf grape vine (Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’)