Why So Many Plants?

  • The 2000 or so plants we typically have in stock aren’t that many compared to the 350,000 wild species in the world, or the even greater number of hybrids and cultivars. Making available to gardeners and landscapers more of this enormous bounty seems worthwhile.
  • More and more plants are going extinct every year. Many of the plants we offer are rare and some are endangered in the wild. Nurseries that sell these plants, and the gardeners who plant them, can contribute to their survival.
  • Landscapes today still rely on a relatively tiny number of plants, though things are much better in this regard than two or three decades ago. Variety is good. It is a primary trait of most healthy and productive ecosystems. More choices give the garden designer the freedom to use the best plants for the job.

6 Responses to Plants

  1. Janice says:

    What do you have for winter blooming exotic or rare plants for my friends the hummingbirds?

    • colvos says:

      Hi Janice,

      We have several good choices for winter hummingbirds. The royal grevillea, (Grevillea victoriae) has nice, grayish evergreen foliage and spidery orange red flowers fall and winter. Grevillea ‘Porrinda Constance’ is similar in flower, but smaller, with narrow leaves. Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera standishii) is a mostly deciduous shrub with white lemon-scented flowers December through March. The winter-blooming camellias (mostly C. sasanqua) are great landscape plants that always please hummingbirds.

  2. Y. Buss says:

    I am looking for Z. Simulans, or Japan Pepper, as they are also called. Do you still carry them? If not, do you know where I can find one?
    Thanks in advance.

  3. colvos says:

    We expect to have Zanthoxylum simulans by summer, depending on weather and the viability of our seeds. They will be in 4 in. pots for $6.00.

  4. Dorothy Matthews says:

    Do you have or will you have protea?

    • colvos says:

      Dear Dorothy,

      We are trying some proteas in our garden but will not likely have any to sell this year. You might try in Sequim. Ian Barclay there grows many exotic plants including protea.

      Mike Lee

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