What's Growing at the Farm

Here is a small selection of the things you may see when 

you come out to visit us this season.

Rock Garden Friendly

Lewisia 'Little Raspberry'

Lewisia are native to western North America, and great rock garden plants. 'Little Raspberry' has tough evergreen leaves, and large raspberry-red star-shaped flowers in late spring through early summer and may repeat bloom in the autumn. Lewisia are best in a rock garden setting with a little afternoon shade & excellent drainage.  But, it will not do well in average border garden conditions. Drought tolerant once established. 6-8" tall & wide. Zone 3

Hummingbird Coyote Mint 'Marian Sampson'

This rock garden beauty, also know as Scarlet Monardella, is a native to the high country (2,000-6,500 ft. elev.) in California and is particularly well suited for rock gardens and containers. It attracts hummingbirds while blooming from June-August. While it is not a long lived plant - living about 4 years, it will send out runners (similar to strawberries) and additional plants can easily be propagated by division or from cuttings. 4" tall x 18" + wide. Pacific Horticulture Society lists it as a zone 3, but others rank it more of a zone 5.

Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet

Also known as Zauschneria 'Orange Carpet', this plant is native to the arid mountains of southern Idaho. It will bloom many weeks from mid to late summer. It's deer resistant, drought tolerant and, as the name suggests, it's a humming bird magnet! 4-6" tall x 15-18" wide. Zone 5

Sun Loving Plants

Daylily Varieties

Daylilies can have such beautiful and exotic looking blooms that you may be surprised to know that they are tough as nails, and really require very little special care. They will grow quite happily in full sun to part shade, wet, dry, rich or poor soil. They begin to bloom in midsummer and into early fall. However, deer do like to eat the blooms, especially right before they open, so to save yourself a lot of frustration, plant them in an area away from our furry, grazing friends! Most are zone 4.

Salvia Windwalker 'Royal Red'

We're excited about this new perennial salvia because it's RED! We've carried lots of purple perennial salvia, and even some nice red annual salvia, but here's a stunning red salvia that will return year after year! And it proves to be a head turner at up to 4' tall and wide (shear back 6-8" in late spring to reduce to 24-36"')! Being deer and drought resistant, and a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds when it blooms for 4 weeks or more makes this new plant something to look forward to! Zone 5

Coreopsis Varieties

We've got some great new varieties as well as tried and true coreopsis for you this year! Spice up your sunny spots with 'Curry Up' & Hot Paprika', or add some lovely fern-leaf texture with 'Zagreb', or maybe you'd like to try the long blooming new variety, 'Sun Swirl.' Whatever your Tickseed desire may be, we've got you covered! Pollinators love them, but deer, not so much. Sizes can range from 15-20". Curry Up & Hot Paprika are zone 5,  Sun Swirl which is zone 4, and Zagreb is a hardy zone 3! 

Knautia 'Thunder & Lightning'

 

Knautia is a striking perennial, but with it's incredibly showy variegated foliage and a long bloom time, 'Thunder & Lightning' is over the top!  Light green  leaves are rimmed with lightning bolt shaped creamy yellow/white margins which remain all season. Eye catching quarter size, magenta flowers reach up on tall stems above the contrasting foliage from early summer into fall. Deer resistant and bee friendly, this knautia is a gardener's dream! 12-18" tall, 16-20" spread, Zone 5

Cardinal Flower

The tall intense red spikes of the Cardinal Flower will bloom for several weeks and make excellent cut flowers. The plant itself can be short lived in Central Oregon because it doesn't like to completely dry out, but with a little extra care, especially in the dry winter months, you can enjoy its blooms for many years. While the flowers attract lots of butterflies and hummingbirds, they do not attract cardinals, instead the name  alludes to the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals. 2-4' tall, 1-2' spread. Zone 3 Flowers are

Generate excitement

If you like chives in flower, then you'll love 'Millenium' Allium! This wonderful plant forms a compact, upright clump of glossy green, thick leaves which emit a slight smell of onion when crushed. In the late spring and summer it is covered with large 2”, cheery purple flowers just above the attractive foliage. Butterflies and honeybees adore the flowers' sweet nectar but deer and rabbits steer clear of this ornamental member of the onion family! 15-20" tall, 10-15" spread. Zone 4

Euphorbia Varieties

Also known as 'Spruge', there are a large varieties of euphorbia. This year we have 3 perenial versions that are true crowd pleasers. Euphorbias are a heat & drought tolerant, fuss-free choice for containers and garden beds alike. They are deer and rabbit resistant and flower from late spring into summer. Then they will give you a fall color showing as well! Be cautious when handling the plant because it's sap can be irritating to your eyes, nose and mouth. Varieties range from 12-20" tall, 12-30" spread. Zone 5 (polychroma zone 4)

Part Sun - Shade Plants

Hosta Varieties

Nothing livens up a shady spot in your garden like a hosta or two... or 10! With the wide variety of hues and leaf shapes, they never get old! Hostas like rich, well drained soil, and can be fairly drought once established. If you have deer that frequent your yard, you'll want to plant these in a more protected area because the do tend to be "deer candy." Size will vary depending on the variety. Zone 3

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding hearts are a wonderfully romantic addition to the shade garden. From the old fashioned Valentine, to the bright lime leafed Gold Heart, to the long blooming fern leaf varieties, they are all fantastic. The old fashioned varieties put on a spectacular spring show and then go dormant when the weather gets ho, so plant them next to something that will fill the space left when they do. The fern leaf varieties have less dazzling, but long lived, sweet little blooms - lasting from May until frost, and the foliage is Central Oregon's answer to lush ferns! 8-18" tall, 1-3' spread. Zone 3 

Columbine

This stunning spring bloomer is tolerates a wide range of soils, but would prefer well amended soil with consistent water and a little afternoon shade to spare it from the hot afternoon sun. The foliage may begin to look pretty raggedy in the heat of summer so plan to plant a late summer blooming companion next to the columbine so you can cut it to the ground if needed without leaving a hole in your garden. Columbine are deer & rabbit resistant, and attract hummingbirds and butterflies galore! If you plant two varieties of Columbine near each other, they may even cross pollinate and self sow for new, and unique hybrids! 18-24" tall, 8-12" spread. Zone 3  

Vines

Clematis Varieties

Clematis is a great vine for Central Oregon. It is deer resistant, and some varieties have low water needs. Plant these vines with their feet in the shade and their heads in in sun and then stand back and let them wow you with their seasonal show!