Native Chronicles

Cynoglossum grande

Pacific hound’s tongue, sometimes referred to as giant hound’s tongue, is a lovely perennial with large arrow-tip shaped leaves. The foliage ris from the large taproot, forming a low growing mound.  The flowering stalk protrudes far above the tops of the leaves, and the petite flowers congregate in small panicles.  With a unique flower color, resembling […]

Styrax redivivus

 At the end of the year, as many of you might be waiting for that first snow to appear, it might be even more enjoyable treating yourself to the plant form: enter the snowdrop bush.  Styrax redivivus is a nice specimen with delicate features and, if pruned correctly, a pleasant shape.  Adding much to the garden […]

Baccharis pilularis

Coyote bush is a striking sight in the dull winter months on the Oregon coast.  Growing in two different forms, the coastal version is low and prostrate, while the interior form is upright and shrubby.  The leaves are covered with resin glands, which vary the coloring of the shrub from dark green to gray.  The […]

Trillium albidum

Giant white trillium, sometimes called giant white wakerobin is a common sight in shaded forests of Oregon and California during the early spring.  Usually found growing in dappled light, on nutrient rich slopes, Trillium albidum appears elegant in low growing clumps of large green leaf-like bracts, and brilliant white flowers.   The scientific name easily breaks […]

Fritillaria affinis

We love Fritillarias!  Especially this one, because of it’s modest beauty and easy temperament. We sell this species in containers throughout the year and as bulbs starting in the fall.  If planting bulbs, it is best to plant this time of year, although they can overwinter in cold storage until the time of planting before summer warmth […]

Digger: “Helping the bulb go on”-Marty Wingate

In the current edition of Digger, Sevenoaks was highlighted as one of the few nurseries that grow a variety of native bulbs.   In the article, Helping the bulb go on, written by Marty Wingate, a well-known garden blogger, author and master gardener, she explains what an under valued part of the garden native bulbs are. […]

Oplopanax horridus

A brutally spiny plant, Oplopanax horridus has been widely regarded as one of the most important plants, medicinally and spiritually, for the indigenous groups in its native range.  For more extensive information regarding it’s ethnobotanical values, there is a great publication at HerbalGram, through the American Botanical Society.  It’s common name, devil’s club, is most likely […]

Greenroof-Oregon State University

Recently we donated plants including wetland rushes and sedges, herbaceous perennials, and many flowering bulbs to a greenroof project at Oregon State University through the Crop and Soil Science Department.  We assisted in the planting day, and have been back a few times to check on progress.  Our plants have been used in other greenroofs […]