Sebright Gardens has Outstanding Display

Fremontadendron 'Ken Taylor' is also known as flannel bush.
If you check out Sebright Gardens' website, the first thing you'll notice is that they specialize in Hostas. But if you don't happen to like or need Hostas, don't ignore or click away from this site! In fact, if you are ever out in Brooks, Oregon, which is near Salem, please visit this great nursery for its beautiful display garden. It's actually more of a botanical garden with specimens very well-labeled and for sale.

While I originally planned to look at the Epimediums (they have dozens), I fell in love with several ferns, and discovered lots of goodies I'd never seen before, like Fremontadendron, or flannel bush. This hybrid of the drought-tolerant California native species is said to be more compact than any of the species, and will bloom all summer in Zones 7-10.

Glumicalyx goseloides has chocolate-scented flowers.
Epimedium 'Candy Hearts'
Epimedium 'Royal Flush'
Other little treasures included a chocolate-scented plant in the snapdragon family called Glumicalyx goseloides. It's one of those lackadaisical plants that would be worth trying, especially since it's said to be hardy to Zone 6. It was hard to choose among the Epimediums I saw in pots in the greenhouse as well as throughout the display beds.

Seabright offers a huge selection of ferns.

One thing that surprised me was my newfound appreciation for ferns, another group of plants Seabright offers. I added Athyrium filix femina cruciate cristatum 'Dre's Dagger' to my list.

Anemonella thalictroides 'Shoaf's Double Pink'

And I was completely charmed by a pink-flowered double rue anemone called 'Shoaf's Double Pink', which I added to my list. This little cutie blooms for a longer time than its single relatives because its reproductive structures have turned into petals, and so cannot be pollinated.

Seabright has display beds devoted to iris and peonies, features lots of unusual trees, and seems to be expanding its display area, so it can only get better!
One of the many exotic flowers that would be on my "must have" list if I lived in a zone 7 or warmer garden is Cardiocrinum cathayanum, or Himalayan lily.

Himalayan lily blooms in the shade.

The plants listed along with the photos are just a sample of what we saw at one of the highlights of our trip. I'm glad they are a mailorder business, as they were able to ship the plants I ordered.

If you can't make it to the nursery, find them here.

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