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Raoulia australis    VEGETABLE SHEEP    closeup    habit, at UC Santa Cruz   we've offered this in the past but is has been so long we are featuring it again! It just wasn't a great gallon item, but it is perfect in quarts, where we offer it now. This intriguing and unusual thing looks and feels like a bed of tiny, moist gravel. In fact my first nursery boss, Herb Senft, gave up growing it because after his chickens fed they would all march down and peck his porr plant into oblivion trying to use it for grit. It only gets 1/2" tall, at most and has equally minute, insignificant flowers (it is actually a daisy!). Use it as a soil-level backdrop for other cute low things, alpines, succulents, or just feature it by itself against rocks, wood edging, something colorful and artistic, you get the picture. It makes a spectacular solitary large container plant, believe it or not, especially if you have a really striking container. This strange plant, like Scleranthus biflorus, is a member of the unusual "mat/moss/cushion communities" of New Zealand and Australia, found in windswept, miserable places, usually with very lean, sterile, sandy or gravelly soils. These communities are dominated by lichens, grasses and dwarf, clumping, moss-like alien plant creatures evolved from many families, whose competitive strategies are just to slowly inch up and over their most obnoxious neighbors. Needs excellent drainage, average watering, and likes peat moss in an undrained container beneath it in the pot or planting hole. Full sun to part shade. Sunset zones 4-9, 13-24/USDA zone 7. New Zealand. Compositae/Asteraceae. rev 7/2011

subsericea   very close    a slow and low growing mat, comprised of tiny, green leaves that cover the ground to a height of 1/4". Grow in a very well-drained soil in a container or real, honest rockery-type situation in full to almost full sun. Try it mixed into succulent containers, or in troughs and stone sinks, or as a groundcover in large pots. Minute, white papery flowers appear in summer. USDA zone 6/Sunset 2-9, 14-24. rev 7/2017 (not currently in production)

Raspberry  (Rubus idaeus)   deciduous to semievergreen scandent shrubs. Well-adapted to producing fruit here in California, especially in the coastal areas of both Northern and Southern California where most of our population lives. Rosaceae. rev 7/2017

'Canby'  summer-ripening, and an almost thornless selection, bearing large, deep red, sweet fruit good for all applications. Flowers on mature growth which has vernalized, fruit is ripe midseason, plants are virus resistant. This is a very heavy bearer, which is unusual for any thornless berry, as that's usually the first compromise when you lose the thorns. rev 7/2017

'Caroline' PP10,412    everbearing, a big producer of sweet, red fruit with excellent flavor. Producees a summer crop, and a larger crop in fall. More heat tolerance and disease resistance than many others. Since they do best in a long spring, in really hot areas try them in a bit of shade with a thick mulch underneath. Ripening two weeks before 'Heritage.' Regular watering. Sunset zones 1-24/USDA 4. rev 4/2012-Suzy Brooks

'Garden of Eatin'   mouth watering fruit   this is our own modern heirloom, an excellent but at one time experimental variety we inherited along with everything back when we bought our nursery in 1988. Before that, as a sales rep, if a worker saw me picking fruit they'd kindly warn me "it's been sprayed." Then every single piece would be gone when I went back. Hmmmm. This unidentified variety of typical dimensions and growth habit bears high quality dark red fruit of excellent flavor and sweetness, even here in our very cool climate. It is everbearing selection, flowering on mature stems if they experience any chill (plus daylight), and I have eaten good fruit into early December. The flavor is rich, spicy, very sweet at full, dark red maturity, a bit precocious, lusty, flinty, with hints of vanilla and musk. Overall it is a complex flavor that reminds me very much of a fine, sweet chardonnay mixed with sangria. The name comes a place our grower Jeffry Brooks knew only as a mythical place when he was a child. "We might just go over to the Garden of Eden for dinner one of these days," his dad would say, implying to little Jeffie and his brothers that heavenly meals were served in some lush, dream-like tropical paradise. Later in life he tracked it down and found it was a greasy drive-in burger joint with a dirt parking lot that was actually called Garden of Eatin'. Great name though, and still one of my favorite Young Jeff stories. Full sun, rich soils, average but regular watering, half shade in Central Valley or inland SoCal regions. They like a long, cool spring like those of Coastal and Inland Valley regions. Cut back canes once they have terminated with fruit. Older plants in the ground produce the best flavor. Sunset all zones/USDA 3? rev 7/2017

'Heritage'   fruit   an old variety, possibly still the best tasting. Large, sweet fruit are relatively low in acidity. Canes are strong and vigorous, it can be grown with little or no support. Needs good drainage, more sensitive to heavy soils than other varieties. rev 7/2017

'Raspberry Shortcake'® PP22141  a brand new BrazelBerry®, everbearing®, thornless®, compact, shrubby® variety, to just 2-3' tall. Fruit are regular® size and very sweet. This makes a wonderful container plant®, and should make a great row-planting variety with less care® required and easier work for the pickers. Select a site in full sun® with good® drainage. (I really like the ® symbol!) rev 7/2017

'Williamette'  summer ripening, early ripening. An old, dependable variety. Fruit is deep red, sweet-tart, rich in sprightly berry flavors. To 6-8' tall and wide. Needs full sun, average watering, training. Very tolerant of low-chill winters, breaking dormancy normally with no loss of vigor. rev 7/2017 *New for 2017!*

Restio    a genus of grass-like or rush-like plants, in its own family (Restionaceae) and order (Restionales) distributed mainly in the Southern Hemisphere. They are clumping growers, evergreen, often with feathery or exotically plumed leaves from jointed and usually sheathed culms or stems. They are found on poor mineral soils, often winter inundated but seasonally dry, but are quite variable in preference. The tops are drought adapted but the roots have air vesicles to help in inundated conditions. They vary from frost hardy to tender. They make dramatic focal point or accent plants or can be used in clumps or even massed. In South Africa they are often found growing in nature with Erica, and most in situ shots of South African heathers will show a stem or two of a Restionaceae member growing near it. They all make great cut foliage subjects and most are good container subjects as well. Most species of this family are dioecious, meaning males and females are separate plants, and their forms can vary by their sex. Males of different species can be hard to distinguish. Related genera are Chondropetalum, Rhodocoma, Thamnochortus, and Elegia. One genus of this family has an almost unpronounceable name, one of the most difficult in the plant kingdom: Ecdeiocolea. Some brilliant and alert systematist realized that he had a rare chance to create an even more unpronounceable name and didn't let the opportunity pass. The genus was thereby honored by being elevated to being a full family all on its own (in his opinion), and so is now recognized by some as the magnificently monogeneric Ecdeiocoleaceae. rev 12/2002

multiflorus    large nursery plants    a dense grower, with bright green, very plumose juvenile foliage. To 6' tall by 3' across, the sparsely branched, essentially smooth, vertical flower stems arise fountain-like from the center, with dark brown bracts and white flowers (female) in winter. It is native to rocky places in mountain areas of southwestern Cape Region, which has a Mediterranean winter-rainfall/summer drought climate pattern. It is a winter grower (though never totally dormant), will take some frost, and likes well drained acidic soils. Give it as much sun as possible. rev 10/2005 (not currently in production)

tetraphyllus    TASSLE CORD RUSH    30+ year old "Mother of All Restios," Strybing Dwarf Conifer Garden    typical young plants, at UCSC    this is an outstanding Australian species, growing as an upright clump of stiff culms with feathery, more arching leaves. It is notably dense, vertical, and bright green. Mature stands can get to 4' tall by 6' across, growing best in damp areas but still growing fine in average soil with occasional water. Males and females differ in their flower presentation and males are more feathery; both are bright rusty brown and ornamental. The flowers appear in spring and last into summer. It will tolerate quite a bit of shade, can be grown in a container with adequate watering, and is quite frost hardy (probably surviving Sunset zone 5) but any time temperatures drop below 25-20F it is going to lose its tops and have to resprout from its underground rhizomes. That is not something you want to happen every year. Its plumes are used as cut foliage, as with many other Restios, but this species is the basis for a large industry. This was the first Restio I encountered, and probably was for many in the Bay Area, who like me first saw it in the Strybing Dwarf Conifer Garden. The original plant is still there. Sunset zones 8-9, 14-24/USDA zone 9. rev 10/2005  (not currently in production)

Rhamnus  BUCKTHORNS   a genus of evergreen to deciduous shrubs, cosmopolitan in distribution, and including cascara sagrada (R. cathartica) as well as our own Coffeeberry (R. californica). More distantly the genus is related to Ceanothus, Phyllica, Cryptandra and Spyridium. Rhamnaceae. rev 7/2017
alaternus ‘John Edwards’    ITALIAN BUCKTHORN    foliage    this selected variety is longer-lived than seedlings as well as being resistant to branch dieback. Foliage is a uniform, bright glossy green. Growth is very fast to 15-18’ if unpruned, by 6-10’ wide or more. An excellent hedge for windy areas, especially as a fast, tall, dense visual screen. Plant will survive on little or no watering when established, needing only average to good drainage. Sun to part shade. Southern Europe. Rhamnaceae.rev 7/2017

alaternus ‘Variegata’    closeup    clipped hedge    leaves striped with creamy white. A much more restrained, compact grower. Difficult to propagate. rev 7/2017

californica   COFFEEBERRY   a California native species, ranging from prostrate groundcover forms through tall, upright open shrubs or small trees. It can live to be around 200 years old and can even sprout from the crown after wildfires. Trade forms include compact, mounding, prostrate and tomentose-foliaged selections. Some can be formal enough in appearance to be used in commercial landscapes. All bear large, shiny, reddish brown to black (at maturity) berries that are noticeable to modestly showy. Highly drought tolerant when established, most selections will tolerate a generous range of soil types and can be used in full sun to mostly shade. The berries are edible and were used by several native groups, and the seeds are reportedly an excellent coffee substitute. (And I intend to document this!) Leaves were used to treat poison oak. This species is now listed as Frangula by many authors, including CNPS on its website. rev 7/2017

‘Eve Case’    closeup of foliage    berries    habit    a cutting-grown selection which offers uniform, dense, compact dark green foliage with a slight glaucous cast, on a rounded plant to 4-5’ tall and wide. The first trade selection to be regularly available, it is still a good choice where a medium-sized, tough, evergreen native is called for. rev 7/2017

'Mound San Bruno'  COFFEEBERRY     compact, shiny foliage closeup  a native selection from just south of San Francisco, it is a very compact to prostrate evergreen shrub grown for its dense, leafy, weed-smothering appearance. Shiny black berries are modestly ornamental, appearing in late summer or fall. The tiny flowers that precede them attract bees, birds and beneficials to your garden. Tolerates almost any soil, needs little summer watering once established. To about 4-6' tall and wide, shapes well with pruning. USDA zone 7/Sunset 3a-10, 14-24. rev 8/2015-Suzy Brooks  

Rhaphiolepis umbellata ‘Minor’    Hotel Del Coronado    flowers    a very dense, compact, slow growing plant bearing hard, tough, very dark green leaves tinged dark burgundy on the tips and margins. New growth is brighter rosy burgundy. Stems are upright, and the plant grows as a tight mound to very compact short shrub to 2-4’ tall, 3-4’ wide, lower with a pruning every year, or two, or three. White flowers are produced in small clusters in spring, and can be quite showy, but they are almost always sterile - meaning fruit drop is rarely an issue with this variety. This form is the only one that is immune to the foliar leaf spot characteristically seen on Rhaphiolepis in Northern and Central California as a result of leves remaining wet from cold rains, or irrigation. It is the only form we grow, and for exactly that reason. Sun to part shade, little watering, frost hardy for most of California. Japan. Rosaceae. rev 7/2017

Rhipsalis   a tribe of tropical to subtropical epiphytic cacti grown for foliage effect, stunning flowers or both. Epiphytic or lithophytic, they grow as understory plants and so seldom want direct, unfiltered light. This genus along with Rhipsalidopsis, Epiphyllum, Schlumbergera and Hatiora have been the subject of classification arguments for generations. Recent genetic studies suggest that Rhipsalis would most likely survive along with Schlumbergera, and perhaps Hatiora and Rhipsalidopsis also if they aren't absorbed into Schlumbegera. Most species are rare and of restricted range, with the genus best represented in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil.  rev 2/2013

baccifera v. baccifera  MISTLETOE CACTUS  little arms  a cactus for the hanging basket or tall pot, spilling down 5-6' or more. Bright green branching stems have pale flowers turning to white or pink fruit. Easy to grow in part sun, regular watering with well drained soil. Nice texture for something different in on the patio. No frost, house/patio plant anywhere or outside all the time in Sunset zones 23-24/USDA 10. rev 3/2013-Suzy Brooks  

baccifera (cassytha)   MISTLETOE CACTUS    whoa!!   need an easy to grow hanging basket for your patio? This one can trail 6-8'!  A friendly member of the cactus family, it has thin, branching stems with no spines. Give it part sun or bright shade and regular watering while it's growing in the warm months. Little white flowers in summer turn into pinkish white fruit. Protect from cold outside Sunset zones 16-24/USDA 9. Cactaceae. Range is - catch this! - Florida to Brazil, Peru, Ceylon, Africa. rev 2/2013-Suzy Brooks 

cereuscula  mini-mini Opuntia?   another Mistletoe Cactus, this one sends up stems that explode into branches at the end. Can be grown upright for a while till it spills over with weight. White flowers turn into white berries. Part shade, well drained soil, average watering. Nice in a hanging basket where it can trail 3-4' or more. Sunset zones 17-24/USDA 10.  rev 4

pilocarpa  detail   a tropical cactus from Brazil, with thin, round, branching, green stems, covered with soft white hairs, that grow up and then trail to 3-5' long. Scented little white flowers appear in summer and turn to red fruit. Sun or bright shade. This is a jungle species so water regularly during the growing season and protect from frost. Sunset zones 23, 24/USDA 10 or on patios and in houses all over the nation. rev 2/2013-Suzy Brooks 

pulchra  foliage maturing on young plants  finely and faintly hairy juvenile stems mature to long, smooth, narrow, round, pendant, forked cylinders, bearing a nice show of very nice, pure white, pendant flowers followed by small, translucent, oblong white fruits. Brazil. rev 1/2016

Rhodocoma foliosa    nursery plants    another genus of feathery, grass-like plant related to Chondropetalum and Restio. This is one of the very best Restios of all. It is a dense upright grower to about 3-4', with flower stems to 4-5' tall. It is dense, bright green, plumose, but compact and very well behaved. Teresa Aquino of the former Blue Bamboo Nursery on Ocean Street Extension in Santa Cruz called it her favorite species, because it was always neat and fresh-looking, never needed grooming, didn't arch over with age, is compact and well behaved, and has such great color. Male flower spikes are very tall, golden brown, and quite ornamental. Sun to half shade (the more sun the better), doesn't seem picky about soils. It also almost certainly withstands wet winter conditions but likes some summer watering. Another unbeatable container plant. Probably withstands frost to Sunset zones 8-9, 14-24/ USDA zone 9. Restionaceae. South Africa. rev 1/2010

Rhopalostylus SHUTTLECOCK PALM, NIKAU PALM  compact pinnate-leaved species of New Zealand's North Island, with shaving brush shaped heads and clean, ringed trunks. Slow, stately, dramatic. Rare. They like cool to moderate summer climates and range in frost hardiness. These palms usually start life as an understory seedling, and seem to be much, much happier with at least some shade when young. New Zealand. Palmae/Arecaceae. rev 10/2010

baueri v. cheesemanii  KERMADEC ISLAND NIKAU PALM  from Ben in NZ    at Buena Creek Gardens, San Diego   the most desirable, most highly sought-after, and rarest of the "shaving brush" Nikau Palms, wanted for its broad crown and most elegantly recurved tips. It is very rare, in the wild or in gardens, and found only in the Kermadec Islands off New Zealand. It does like cooler summers. It is also sometimes considered synonymous with R. baueri, or separated into its own species. This species is faster than R. sapida but probably not as hardy. However my friend Clark Magruder survived a one gallon R. baueri through the 1990 frost. Near his house, it is true, but still we are talking about 1990, and 19F temps in Santa Cruz, and a one gallon can-sized plant. So don't be afraid to try it if you are in the correct zone. Just so when your picky palm friend walks through your garden and you say "There's my Rhopalostylus baueri" and she says "The one I really want is cheesemanii" you can just casually mention, "Oh, that actually is cheesemanii" and your friend will then treat you with proper respect. Plus this really is one seriously beautiful plant. I have two young plants  in my own yard. To 30' over time, but very nice even when young. LIMITED QUANTITIES. Sunset zones 16-17, 21-24/USDA zone 9a. rev 4/2010 (not currently in production)

sapida Auckland Form 
 NIKAU PALM   grove, Strybing Arboretum   San Diego   this is the stiffer and more regular of the two and a half species in the genus, with fronds held at relatively narrow upright angles (45 degrees) and lacking any arch to the midrib. In shade the leaves are longer and lusher. Short flower clusters emerge from the leaf-base bulb. These seedlings are the lusher, faster growing form from the North Island population. They like cooler summers, mineral to rich soils, and average watering. Very slow to 30' but can take years to form a respectable trunk, so its highest value is for foliage in the garden at eye level. This is the southernmost occuring palm but is from a relatively mild island climate.They should take frost to 25F without too much damage but are known to have survived the 1990 freeze to 20F or lower at several NorCal locations. There are nice specimens at Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco and I have seen beautiful examples in Santa Cruz and San Diego. Very rare. rev 1/2010

sapida South Island Form  
grove, Strybing Arboretum   San Diego   these plants are seedlings derived from plants planted on the South Island, which can get colder than the North Island. There may be some additional frost hardiness in these specimens. Very rare. rev 3/2010

Ribes sanguineum ‘Claremont’    FLOWERING CURRANT    closeup    habit    elegant deciduous shrub, growing to 6-8’ tall and wide, with vertical to upswept stems displaying very long, pendant clusters of two toned flowers. Blossoms emerge pale pink, age to rich plum pink. Flowers in winter and very early spring. This variety was introduced by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens. It has a beautiful color, and is very floriferous. Best in part shade with little or no summer watering. Looks great and does well planted around native oaks. California. Saxifragaceae.

viburnifolium 'Spooner's Mesa'   CATALINA PERFUME,  FLOWERING CURRANT  what it does, at Cistus Nursery, Portland    fragrant flowers   a scandent to sprawling native evergreen groundcover, with pliable, light burgundy colored, woody stems, glossy dark green leaves and tiny but nicelyl fragrant dark rose pink flowers produced in airy sprays along the branches in late winter to early spring. This form was selected for its resistance to branch dieback, which can plague other forms. From Spooner's Mesa, San Diego, which is right on the border with Mexico, and was named for the ranchers who lived there. This is an oft-recommended species for dry shade under oaks, being drought tolerant, deer resistant, and shade tolerant (but not requiring). Birds like the berries. To about 2' tall and sprawling to 5-6', but also rooting in branch tips and spreading that way as well. Little summer watering required once established. Sunset zones 5, 7-9, 14-17, 19-24/USDA 8. rev 2/2014 

Romneya coulteri    MATILIJA POPPY    flower    cut    medium size plant    evergreen to deciduous perennial, growing upright stems to 10’ but usually lower, especially if pruned back in winter. Large, relatively smooth grey green leaves are partially divided. Huge, 6-8" wide white flowers have crinkly, crepe paper petals and a globular cluster of deep yellow stamens at the center. Makes a stunning cut flower. Sun, average to good drainage, little or no summer watering. Definitely looks best if cut back hard in winter. Southern California. Papaveraceae.

Rosa    deciduous shrubs and scandent climbers. Almost all are very tough and durable when established. Full to mostly full sun, not particularly fussy about drainage. Some are disease prone (mostly mildew in California), those are the ones we stay away from. Rosaceae. rev 12/2002

chinensis    flowers    habit    also known as R. chinensis ‘Mutabilis,’ this plant grows to 5’ tall and 7’ wide. It is an outstanding species, and bears single deep pink flowers, to 3" across, which age to salmon. Heaviest bloom is in spring, with flowers produced continuously through summer and fall.

HYBRIDS:


'Brilliant Pink Iceberg'
   mature flower    younger    same vigor, glossy foliage, disease resistance, outstanding bloom performance, repeat/everblooming habit, shape, you name it, but with flowers watercolored and blushed a deep cerise pink. Grows a little more openly than its parent. rev 5/2007
'Bull's Eye'  pastel petals  creamy colored, semi-double flowers with a cranberry eye rebloom atop shiny, dark green leaves that are very resistant to black spot. Easy to maintain and makes a fine hedge, 4-5' tall and wide. rev 4/2014-Suzy Brooks 
'Crimson Sky' PP18654   achy breaky eyes!   lots of non-fading bright red flowers will keep blooming into fall. A sister seedling of 'Red Eden' that blooms earlier, it can grow to 12' or more. Outstanding on a trellis or fence. rev 4/2015-Suzy Brooks 
'Eyeconic Melon Lemondade'   the eye     one of the results of many years of hybridizing with the Hulthemia (Rosa persica), a thorny, weed from Afganistan that has a dark red eye. These dark, rich, pastel pink and orange, wavy petals open to a show such an eye.And it gives many opportunities to do so, blooming all season. Shiny dark green leaves are practically disease free in our western states. Grows 4' tall and 3' wide, making a beautiful hedge. rev 5/2013 
'Fired Up'  smokin'  only the really hot colors here! Red, yellow, and orange semi-double flowers that won't fade in the sun. A reblooming floribunda with dark green, glossy leaves growing 3-4' tall and wide. rev 4/2014-Suzy Brooks 
‘Iceberg’    why you plant it    Floribunda. Possibly still the best white rose of any class. Excellent flowers, excellent vigor, and excellent disease resistance. Continuous growing season bloom. Just an outstanding plant all around.
'Icecap'  pure white disease resistant, dark green foliage and continuous bloom of pure white flowers make a carefree hedge or low maintenance garden accent. About 30-36" tall and wide. rev 4/2015-Suzy Brooks 
'Julia Child'  gorgeous  reblooming, scented, buttery gold flowers on disease resistant, dark glossy leaves. About 3' tall, wide and on its own roots. A perfect rose, just as sparkly as its namesake.  rev 4/2015-Suzy Brooks 
'Ketchup and Mustard'  intense  a bold new floribunda for 2012, dark red petals with a golden yellow reverse and shiny green leaves! 3-4' tall and wide, for hedges, borders, or containers. Mild fragrance, nearly thornless. rev 4/2012-Suzy Brooks 
'Livin' Easy'   deep, glowing orange   apricot-orange colored flowers come with a fruity fragrance, disease resistance, and bearing the AARS winner designation from 1996. An easy-care floribunda, to 4-5' tall and wide. rev 4/2015-Suzy Brooks 
'Orange Crush'  blinding color   a double orange red flower that holds its color in the heat and blooms all season. Glossy dark green leaves, reaches 12-15' tall. Nice against an light stucco wall. Get crazy with a purple clematis growing through it. rev 5/2012-Suzy Brooks 
'Raspberry Cream Twirl' PP22,470   twirling raspberry and cream    gorgeous deep pink flowers with streaks of light pink and white look very much like and Austin type, with nested petals. And they're big, up to 3 1/2" across. Shows over a hundred petals on the plentiful and continuous flowers, with some light fragrance of apple. A vigorous plant with glossy, dark green leaves and great disease resistance, growing to 10-12' tall. rev 5/2013-Suzy Brooks 
'Take It Easy'   take-it-hard-on-your-eyes  red    velvety red flowers with a pink reverse on rich, dark green leaves on this shrub rose. Low maintenance bloomer can line a driveway or a path, accent a garden, or grow in containers. About 3' tall and wide. rev 4/2015-Suzy Brooks 

CLIMBERS:

‘Cl. Altissimo’    flowers    against a house    velvety, brilliant single red flowers, with slightly lighter centers, held against glossy green foliage. A vigorous and heavy blooming climber.
‘Cl. America’    closeup    large, fully double, pure coral pink flowers appear late in spring. Blooms on old and new wood. Has a strong, spicy fragrance.
‘Cl. Autumn Sunset’
   single large flower    a scrambling climber to 8-12', with large, double warm apricot gold flowers held on shiny green, very disease resistant (especially black spot) foliage. Strong fruity fragrance, good vigor, free bloomer that starts the first year and produces flowers from old and new wood. Best color in cooler weather or locations. “Unbeatable.”
'Cl. Brilliant Pink Iceberg'    just as awesome as the best white rose on the planet, a fantastic repeat bloomer, excellent disease resistance, vigor, gloss, shape, you name it, but with flowers a deep clear pink. rev 5/2006
'Cl. Brite Eyes'    blooming    said to be highly disease resistant, to black spot in particular, and a particularly troublefree climbing/pillar rose. A compact grower to 8', prolific single flowers are almost clear pink with just a touch of salmon, lighter centers, a moderate fragrance, and a great repeat bloomer. rev 5/2006
'Cl. Cloud 10'    get offa my cloud!    pure white, double flowers unfold from large buds for a brilliant show against dark green foliage and dark maroon stems on this climber. Not a huge one, 7-8' tall, enough to grow a clematis through it. Big bloom in spring and continues into fall. Fully resistant to black spot and good resistance to rust and mildew too. rev 4/2013-Suzy Brooks 
‘Cl. Eden’    blooming    rolled, very double pastel pink flowers have very pale outer petals. A fast, vigorous grower with great foliage, a light fragrance, and repeat bloom.
‘Cl. Fourth of July’
   striped flowers    the first climber to win an AARS award in 23 years. Medium pink single flowers to 4 1/2" are streaked with dark red, centers color to medium yellow with prominent yellow stamens. A real jamboree of color all spring and summer, with a slight fragrance.
‘Cl. Iceberg’
   closeup    older    all of the qualities of ‘Iceberg’ in a climber.
‘Cl. Joseph's Coat’    closeup    a swirl of colors; deep rose pink petals fade to lighter within, with a yellow center. Flowers age darker.
'Cl. Morning Magic'    shell pink     from the same folks who brought us the Knockout roses comes this compact, disease resistant, constant bloomer of pale pink flowers. A climber, 6-8' tall. Good choice for a container and an obelisk with a dark clematis companion. USDA 5. rev 4/2015-Suzy Brooks 
‘Cl. Polka’    perfect blossom    large, double, tawny apricot flowers fade to light peach. The wavy petals give the flowers a frilly appearance. Glossy, dark green disease free foliage forms the perfect backdrop for the flowers that appear through the growing season. Another Meilland rose.
'Cl. Pretty in Pink Eden'   hard-on-your-eyes  pink    more petals, more fragrance, more pink than 'Eden'! This climber goes to 10-12' and would be stunning going up a trellis with its large flowes nodding down. Add a clematis! rev 4/2015-Suzy Brooks 
'Cl. Purple Splash'    flowers  a climber with fragrant flowers attractively and chaotically marked with radial streaks of  dark violet purple against speckled white. Small yellow centers add to the package on this single rose to about 3-4" across, borne on broad panicles. Disease resistant, excellent rebloomer. rev 5/2011
'Cl. Red Eden'
   just like 'Eden,' as far as growth, foliage, etc., but with bright red flowers. Nested double petals, moderate fragrance. Looks very old fashioned! rev 4/2005
‘Cl. Sally Holmes’    closeup    nice plant    why I like picket fences    a vigorous shrub with strong-growing upright canes to 6’, often treated as a climber. Light apricot to salmon buds open to 4-5" wide, the single to semidouble flowers held in clusters, pale salmon to almost white with a center flushed warm light yellow. Leaves are glossy. Another R. ‘Ballerina’ hybrid, this wonderful bush completely hides its foliage with flowers during its blinding mid-spring display, then offers a few flowers later in the year. Old, easy, but still one of the most spectacular. rev 12/2003
'Cl. Smiley Face'   happy flowers   a reblooming climber with beautiful, clear yellow flowers on disease resistant, dark green foliage. Has a slight spicy  fragrance. Easy to combine with most any color of clematis. To about 12' tall. Sun, regular watering. rev 5/2011
'Cl. Stormy Weather'  deep violet   a climber, new for 2012, smoky purple flowers with a great spicy scent, bloom in clusters on stems that reach 8-10' tall. Wonderful support for a clematis of just about any color! rev 4/2012-Suzy Brooks 
'Cl. White Eden'    closeup    creamy white aging to blush pink, so not a true, pure white but a variant of  'Eden' with all of that cultivar's
attributes with flowers shifted in color. rev 5/2006 

Rosmarinus officinalis    ROSEMARY    this amazingly though Mediterranean shrub ranges from upright to spreading in form, often with attractive, gnarly, sinewy trunks and stringy, peeling bark. Dark green needle-like leaves are used in seasoning, although the upright and semiupright varieties taste better than the prostrate types, which can have a flavor closer to turpentine. Light blue to dark blue flowers usually appear in a heavy wave in late winter or early spring, with some buds opening in late fall. Grow all in full to mostly sun exposures and in average to granular, mineral soils. They only need occasional summer watering in Mediterranean climates, but they should have some or else by August they will look like the very brown native plants growing on your nearest slope. I've even seen it do fine in the for-real desert - Joshua Tree/Twentynine Palms - it just needs to be watered. Zones 4-24/USDA zone 7. Labiatae/Lamiaceae.

    Some varieties grow more or less horizontally, such as ‘Prostratus’ and ‘Huntington Carpet.’ Others are semiupright, like ‘Ken Taylor’ and ‘Benenden Blue.’ Try recommending these latter two as ground covers also; they grow with vertical stems to 30", then sprout basal branches which spread outwards a short way before then turning upwards. They can cover large areas and their dark blue flowers are much showier than those of ‘Prostratus.’ The variety ‘Rentzel’s Irene’ is slow, but very prostrate, and is especially good cascading down a wall. All are good in containers.  rev 4/2012

‘Benenden Blue’ (‘Ingramii’)    flowers    habit    old, unmaintained plant at our nursery    semierect stems to 30", with dark blue flowers. Collingwood Ingram originally named this selection after his garden, Benenden. Probably the showiest variety, and mature specimens can be stunning in bloom. Good for flavoring too. rev 8/2003
‘Huntington Carpet’    pale flowers     Westside Santa Cruz    feet from the waves, West Cliff Drive    from the Huntington Botanic Gardens, this variety looks like ‘Prostratus,’ but about half as fast, gets about half as tall and wide, and has leaf internodes that are about half as long as ‘Prostratus.’ A lower ground cover variety, and very good for situations where it will cascade, but somewhat open on flat ground. Flowers are the same pale blue. An excellent, vertically cascading variety if given a wall to perform on. Legend has it that this plant is the same as the famous ‘Lockwood de Forest,’ a variety now lost to the trade, but who knows. rev 10/2014
‘Ken Taylor’    flowers    habit     mother plants at Aromas Library    superficially similar to ‘Benenden Blue,’ but lower, slightly less robust, much more rounded and dome shaped, and with leaves that tend to clasp the stem more. It has similar dark blue flowers, but with a darker and slightly more purple hue than those of ‘Benenden Blue.’ Ken Taylor showed me the original plant in the 1970's, and told me it originated as a seedling that sprouted under ‘Benenden Blue’ in his garden in Aromas. rev 8/2010
'Lavender Pink'   flowers   this is the best pink form I have found yet. It has a nicest combination of lavender pink flower color with durable, semiupright to horizontal growth. The old 'Majorica Pink' has a lackluster color, and is prone to die-out, and also gets too tall, weaknesses I have noticed in all other pink forms. This one has an alluring hue and is relatively low, and vigorous, and healthy. Plus its color mixes well with regular blue rosemaries. To about 3' tall, spreading. rev 2/2011
‘Prostratus’
   closeup    habit    gnarly trunks    young commercial planting    to 24-30" tall, spreading or trailing outwards. Great cascading down rock walls. Pale blue flowers are subtle and nice. One of the biggest liabilities of this variety, and also one of its most endearing attributes, is its strong tendency to develop fantastic, bare, gnarled, ribbed and buttressed branches and trunks, festooned with shreds of ribbony bark. Solitary specimens trained and pruned to highlight this feature can be extremely effective if you can prevent landscaper from cutting it back to a stump. rev 8/2003
‘Rentzel’s Irene’PP9124    flower color    very prostrate, very compact, very pendant growth with darker blue flowers. Intensity of color improves after the plant has been in the ground a while. A slow grower. Patented, unlicensed propagation prohibited.  rev 5/2010
'Rose'  blooms   this is another form we fetched from Portland, with light pink flowers marked with deep rose red on the petals. The overall effect is of dark rose pink color. It is a dense, spreading, upright grower, slower than most, with fine textured, slightly golden-hued foliage. The leaf color is a nice change, and adds off-season interest. rev 3/2011
‘Tuscan Blue’    closeup    more flowers    habit    with cactus    even more flowers    a fast, tall shrub to 6-10’, with medium blue flowers. Probably the best variety for seasoning, with a sweeter, spicier, less turpentine-like flavor. rev 8/2003
'White'  deer and drought tolerant, evergreen and fragrant, here is the herb with white flowers instead of blue. For your moon garden! Upright spikes of foliage to about 4', loving sun and heat. Dark green leaves combine beautifully with its old friend, lavender, and they both make excellent subjects for big clay pots. Due to the attracting to bees, hedges in the orchard and kitchen garden make a lot of sense. rev 2/2012-Suzy Brooks

Rosularia chrysantha   TURKISH HENS AND CHICKS   velvety leaves, tight clump    this little Sempervivum relative and look-alike hails from Turkey. It slowly forms colonies of silvery green rosettes that are just right for wall gardens, troughs, stone sinks, old hiking boots, birdhouse roofs, gnome-heads, broken down tractors, old rotten tires, any model-year of AMC Gremlin or Pacer, but especially those in lime green, especially the Pacer Wagon, and any Chevy Vega, any at all, in any color. As long as each of those spots is sunny, and well-drained, it will thrive. Oversized stalks of white, upward-facing, bell-shaped flowers come in summer and greatly resemble the flower displays of Sempervivums. Takes plenty of cold, but not too keen on heat so give it part shade in hot areas. USDA zone 5/Sunset 1-24. rev 11/2014 

Rubus -Berries  see Blackberry

Rubus calycinoides    CREEPING RASPBERRY    foliage & habit    that's what we call it here, the real name is probably R. hayatakoidzumi. This deciduous to semievergreen raspberry relative has small, lobed, quilted dark green leaves with tomentose undersides. The foliage turns purplish in cool weather and drops quickly in cold climates but is retained until spring in mild climates. Large, single, white, 5-petaled flowers are nice but not spectacular. They do set wonderful, sweet, orange, salmonberry-like fruit that are quite ornamental in late summer until the birds (or you!) feast on them. Spreading stems quickly root in, forming a matted groundcover to 6-12" tall that can spread quickly with some irrigation. This is a good ground cover or erosion control plant for part shade as well, although it grows well for us in full sun along the coast. It looks good in woodland gardens, as well as used around hardscapes or shade gardens using such plants as azaleas and camellias. It is nice creeping around and defining the edges of large rocks, boulders, stumps, or even wood or stone path or raised bed edgings. USDA zone 7/Sunset zone 4-9, 14-24. Taiwan. Rosaceae. rev 4/2017

Rudbeckia hirta 'TigerEye'   closeup    mass display    nice edging concept  this is a great Goldsmith/Syngenta strain, the first F1 hybrid Black Eyed Susan. We've noticed this knockout two years running at our industry's Spring Pack Trials, where it puts on a stunning, mass flowering show. It is a very improved Gloriosa Daisy that offers bright golden yellow, semi-double flowers with brown button centers. It is very uniform, and you can count on each one growing 16-24" tall and wide, with low branching for a lot more flowers, and increased disease resistance (especially for mildew). One of the best for late spring through mid fall color, attracting butterflies, and making long lasting bouquets for those summer picnics. A worthwhile summer/fall annual for all zones. Use it with anything silver, anything blue, anything purple, or red, or white, or against any dark background where it is just stunning. Combines with both soft and hard colors. rev 6/2011

'Denver Daisy'    flowers  this daisy celebrates the 150th anniversary of the city of Denver, Colorado. It has huge flowers,  to 6-8" across, of yellow, brown, and maroon in various combinations against typical black-brown cones in the center. Very well branched, 22-26" tall, 10-18" wide. Blossoms are loved by bees and butterflies and their strong stems make for glorious cut flowers. Leave the flowers to finish their cycle and songbirds will enjoy the seed heads in winter. Provides easy color in the garden into fall for a sunny spot with average watering. All Sunset zones/USDA 4. rev 7/2014 

'Moreno'   flowers    a dwarf Blackeyed Susan with brown, orange, and yellow all in cheerful daisy faces, just the right size for planting in pumpkins. Grows to about a foot tall and branches from the bottom, offering autumn colors till frost. Good for a sunny spot with average watering, in the garden or pots. Usually turns out to be an annual, but may reseed or be a tender perennial in well-drained soil in Sunset zones 16-24/USDA 9. rev 8/2014 

Rumohra adiantiformis    LEATHER LEAF FERN, SEVEN WEEK FERN    fronds    habit    old planting    an evergreen fern, bearing wide, glossy, light to deep green triangular fronds up to 3’ tall. Used by florists as filler or background with cut flowers, this fern is also an admirable garden or landscape performer that resists scuffing and abuse that would bruise more tender varieties. Thus it is often one used in commercial landscapes. Plant it in shade and give it average to infrequent watering, but always enough to keep it from drying. Damaged below 25°F. Found in many areas in the southern hemisphere. Polypodiaceae. rev 8/2003

'Iberia'    more compact. rev 8/2007 

Ruschia pulvinaris   with Sempervivum    from South Africa, a cold hardy, succulent iceplant with a tough constitution and tons of violet pink flowers in early summer. Blue green evergreen foliage makes a dense mound 3-4" tall and 12" wide. Beautiful trailing over in pots, growing against rocks, and as groundcover. Sun, little water once established, does like well drained soil. Aizoaceae  family.Sunset zones 1-24/USDA 5.  rev 4/2011

uncinata  flower   light  red violet flowers on trailing stems that will be an evergreen groundcover or element in a hanging basket or container that spills over the sides. Covered in blooms in spring, like iceplant. Sun, little watering. Grow in movable containers, or outside in Sunset zones 16-24/USDA 9.

Rusellia equisetiformis  FIRECRACKER PLANT   flowers   as shrub, Rogers Gardens   Bali    a spreading, spilling, or scandent perennial shrub grown for its horsetail-like foliage and nice show of tubular red flowers. This is most often seen as a hanging basket or container plant, where its mostly sideways to pendant growth habit best displays the 2" flowers in termial sprays. But it can form a partially upright shrub to 3' or so if clipped. This can be found throughout the tropics and north to anywhere it gets a direct freeze. Hummingbirds love it, of course. Sunset zones 19-24/USDA zone 9. Central America, Carribean. Scrophulariaceae. rev 10/2010

'Yellow'   tubular flowers   pale yellow flowers. Ideal for spilling over pots, raised beds, or walls. Same size. Sunset zones 14, 19-24/USDA 9.  rev 10/2010