Small Collections and "One-offs"

Besides my 'carefully tended' collections, there are a whole bunch of 'lesser' collections, if you will, and single plants that make up my total garden experience. In some cases there are intersections between collections. For example, listed in my native plant collection you will find a number of ferns. But, in addition to the native ferns I have a number of ornamental ferns as well.

There are a number of grasses scattered about the yard that would qualify as a small collection, but they aren't organized as a focal display garden like the heathers or penstemon. Additionally, there are plants that are either so unique or so large (or both) that there is no way one would amass a collection of them. Trees, for example, are large enough that I don't have enough space to devote to a collection of Maples or Firs. And one gunnera in a yard my size is more than enough.

Identification isn't always as positive as I'd like, as well. Occasionally I pick up something at a garden society plant sale or open market and plants aren't always reliably labeled.

This page is a work in progress...

Ilex (Holly)

Ilex crenata
"Sky Pencil"

Ilex meservae 
'Blue Girl'

Ilex aquifolium

Ilex cornuta


Polystychum munitum

Western Sword Fern

Cyathea cooperi

(Alsophila australis)
Tree Fern

Adiantum pedantum

Five Finger Fern

Blechnum Spicant
Deer Fern
Polystichum setiferum 'Rotundatum'
Ram's Head Soft Shield Fern
Radiant fragrant
Tropical Fern

The term 'grass' is used rather loosely in landscape gardening. Many
popular varieties are actually Lily, Iris or similar families. Basically, anything
with long blade-like foliage not noted for its flowering prowess is called 'grass'.

Hakonechloa macra

'Japanese Forest Grass'

Pennisetum alopecuroides

'Hameln Fountain Grass'

Elymus magellanicus

'Blue Wheatgrass'

Imperata cylindrica rubra

Japanese Bloodgrass 'Red Baron'



Ophiopogon planiscapus 'nigrescens'

Black Mondo Grass

Miscanthus sinensis

Festuca glauca

'Elijah Blue'



Aquilegia vlugaris
Winky Red-White

Aquilegia vulgaris
Winky Blue-White
Aquilegia flabellata

Aquilegia 'McKana Hybrids'



Delphinium 'Magic Fountains'
Dark blue/Dark Bee

Delphinium 'Magic Fountains'
Lilac Pink/White Bee



Your basic big, tall maple tree

Deodar Cedar

Acer circinatum
Vine Maple

Acer palmatum "Bloodgood"
Japanese Maple

Pink Dogwood
Clerodendrum trichotomum
Harlequin Glory Bower
Japanese Maple (front yard, red stems)
Pinus murrayana
Hinoki Cyprus


Paeonia Suffruticosa

Large, Maroon

east to west along north side of house

Lakeside Kaleidoscope
Blue Angel
Night before Christmas

Hardy Fuchsia

Dark Eyes

Eden Rock

Santa Clause



Bearded Iris

I have no identities for any of the Iris in the yard... sorry. They are pretty, though...

Water Lilies and Aquatics

'Charlene Strawn '

'James Brydon'

Water Hawthorn


Dicentra spectabilis
Helleborus Hybrid
'Mardi Gras Parade'
Dierama pulcherrimum
'Angel's Fishing Rod'
Gaultheria procumbens
Trachelospermum jasminoides
'Star Jasmine'
Chinese Wild Ginger
Asarum splendens

Viburnum spp.
Doublefile Viburnum

Papaver orientale
Oriental Poppy
Sedum makinoi 'Ogon'
Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark "Diabolo"
Camellia sasanqua
Armeria hybrida
'Sea Pink'
Digitalis purpurea
Hebe 'Autumn Glory'
Sarracenia x 'Ladies in Waiting'