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Aethionema schistosum
  • Common name: Persian Stonecress
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Persian Stonecress forms handsome tight mounds of unusual deep blue-green foliage which is completely evergreen. The plant is covered with cheerful pink blossoms in late spring to early summer.Can seed out fairly aggressively. Not currently available.

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Alyssum montanum
  • Common name: Mountain Alyssum
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Mountain Alyssum has bright yellow flowers over attractive, spreading gray-green mat of small oval leaves. Nice for rock gardens, front of borders. Pollinators: bees and butterflies.

Antennaria microphylla
  • Common name: Littleleaf Pussytoes
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: Idaho

Littleleaf or Rosy Pussytoes is a very low growing, tight groundcoverwith pinkish “pussytoe” blossoms in late spring. Spreads nicely around garden rocks and thrives in dry sunny areas with poor, well-drained soil. Retains grey-green leaves all winter.

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Arenaria alfacarensis
  • Common name: Spanish Sandwort
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1/2" x 6"
  • Native to: Spain

Amazingly tight, hard mats of silver-green triangular foliage are sprinkled with tiny white flowers in late spring. A fine and rarely available alpine from Spain. Exquisite rock garden plant, evergreen.

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Arenaria kingii
  • Common name: King's Sandwort
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 10 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

King’s Sandwort:  The long grass-like leaves of this native sandwort are evergreen. In early spring they are decorated by an open spray of delicate white flowers. Tidy. Ideal for a rock garden or edging a pathway. Not currently available.

Arenaria montana
  • Common name: Mountain Sandwort
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. tall and spreading
  • Native to: Europe

Mountain Sandwort is a classy little alpine or rock garden plant. It forms a low evergreen cushion of dark green leaves, bearing loads of large white flowers during the spring and early summer.  Great for edging paths, between flagstones, in walls or rock gardens. Evergreen.

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Armeria maritima
  • Common name: Thrift
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 8 in.
  • Native to: Pacific Northwest US

Thrift has pink globe flowers over mounds of grassy leaves. Deadhead for prolonged bloom. Evergreen foliage.

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Armeria Pseudarmeria
  • Common name: False Sea Thrift
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10" x 6"
  • Native to: Spain and Portugal

Taller and longer-blooming than its cousin, Thrift, this “False Thrift” is a colorful focal point in any garden. Evergreen foliage.

Aster alpinus ‘Goliath’
  • Common name: 'Goliath' Alpine Aster
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10 in. x 10 in.
  • Native to: Europe

‘Goliath’ Alpine Aster is an early-blooming aster with unusually large and showy purple/blue flowers. Neat and tidy in the garden after its glorious springtime show. Not currently available.

Cretaegus douglasii
  • Common name: Douglas Hawthorn, Black Hawthorn
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10' x 8'
  • Native to: Idaho

Deciduous upright shrub or small tree usually with thorns, dense, good bird habitat, white flowers in spring, intense red color in fall. 10-15′ tall.

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Erigeron compositus
  • Common name: Cutleaf Daisy
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Cutleaf Daisy is a vigorous native fleabane with dissected leaves and bushels of white flowers. Excellent for rock gardens or exposed slopes with good drainage.

Erigeron formosissimus
  • Common name: Beautiful Fleabane
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mountain West US

Beautiful Fleabane is a low-growing, early-blooming native daisy. Forms ever-widening patches over the years. Cheerful purple flowers attract pollinators.

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Eriogonum compositum
  • Common name: Arrow Leaf Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12-18 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Arrow Leaf Buckwheat has big oval, pointed leaves basal leaves with leafless stems of cream to yellow pom-poms overhead. Thrives in hot, dry and poor soils. Unusually large buckwheat.

Eriogonum heracleoides
  • Common name: Whorled Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12-18 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Whorled Buckwheat has leathery leaves which form a basal mat sending up brilliant white, cream or yellow bon-bons in early summer. Likes well-drained soil. Boise foothills native. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

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Gypsophilia repens rosea
  • Common name: Creeping Baby's Breath
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Europe

Creeping Baby’s Breath is a vigorous spreading ground cover, creeps around other plantings and falls down walls. Covered with a burst of pink or white blooms, late spring. Easy and rewarding.

Iris pallida
  • Common name: Variegated Iris
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18-24" x 18-24"
  • Native to: Europe

Grown for its striking foliage, this Iris also produces a lovely lavender flower in late spring.

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Mahonia repens
  • Common name: Creeping Oregon Grape
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun or shade
  • Height x Width: 1-2 ft. x 2-3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Creeping Oregon Grape is a low-growing, evergreen shrub. Bright yellow flowers bloom in spring followed by blue berries. Leaves are evergreen. Adaptable to many soil types and does well in full sun or full shade. Nectar and pollen source for native bees.

Penstemon platyphyllus
  • Common name: Broadleaf Penstemon
  • Zone: 4-5 (?)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12-18 in.
  • Native to: Nevada

Showy spikes of purple-blue flowers in mid-spring. Flowers are huge and attractive to bees.

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Penstemon procerus
  • Common name: Littleflower Penstemon
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 12' x 12'
  • Native to: Idaho

This early blooming penstemon sends up multiple stalks, each with numerous whorls of small tubular flowers. Widespread native.

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Penstemon virens
  • Common name: Blue Mist Penstemon, Front Range Penstemon
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 8 in.
  • Native to: Mountain West

Blue Mist Penstemon or Front Range Penstemon is a dwarf penstemon,  native to the plains and foothills of the Eastern Rockies, often growing in large colonies. In late spring, dainty spikes of lavender-blue flowers rise over evergreen rosettes Likes dry, well- drained soil and is well adapted to garden conditions.

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Prunus besseyi
  • Common name: Western Sand Cherry
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4-6 ft. x 6 ft.
  • Native to: West-central US

The Western Sand Cherry is a deciduous ornamental shrub with shiny gray-green leaves and red-yellow fall color. Pinkish white blossoms in spring produce sweet, dark fruits loved by birds.

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Rhus aromatica “Gro-low”
  • Common name: Gro-low Sumac
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 2' x 8'
  • Native to: Central/Eastern US

This vigorous shrub hugs the ground (to 2 feet tall) and spreads out to 8 feet, making it an excellent choice for filling a large corner of the landscape, stabilizing a bank or discouraging weeds.

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Ribes ceruum
  • Common name: Wax Currant
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 5' x 5'
  • Native to: Idaho and Intermountain West

Wax Currant is a dense native shrub well adapted to shade or part shade locations. Small pinkish white blossoms in spring. Good bird habitat.

Salvia officinalis-Dwarf
  • Common name: Dwarf Culinary Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or part shade
  • Height x Width: 1-2' x 4-6'
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Dwarf Culinary Sage grows into a shrub covered with a dense mound of edible leaves. Covered with showy lavender-blue flowers in early summer, it becomes a magnet for honeybees. Unlike ordinary culinary sage, this dwarf form is completely evergreen, creating a beautiful gray-green mound in the winter garden. Tolerates clay and shade.

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Salvia officinalis-Variegated
  • Common name: Golden Garden Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 2 ft.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Golden Garden Sage is a variegated variety of culinary sage. Attractive mounds of yellow-green leaves, highly variegated. Use in cooking like garden sage. Evergreen.

 

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Sisyrinchium montanum
  • Common name: Blue-eyed Grass
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 6" x 10"
  • Native to: Idaho

This cheerful little native wildflower produces dainty blue/purple flowers on grassy foliage. It prefers rich, moist soil in spring but tolerates summer dryness. Will gradually spread, creating a little ‘meadow’.

Sorbus scopulina
  • Common name: Green's Mountain Ash
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 ft. x 16 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Green’s Mountain Ash – With its white flower clusters and orange berries, this native Mountain Ash makes a great landscape shrub or small tree.Outstanding fall colors in shades of flaming red, purple, orange to yellow.These multiple-stem trees provide good cover and nesting sites for birds. Robins, waxwings, and grosbeaks find the bright red-orange berries particularly tasty.

Veronica pectinata
  • Common name: Wooly Veronica
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Eurasia

Wooly Veronica is a vigorous xeric ground-cover. Woolly evergreen foliage creates a handsome, dense gray-green carpet, covered in early spring with blue bell-like flowers. Does best in part shade, works well crawling under shrubs.