Welcome to our “Nursery News” page where we’ll keep you up-to-date on the extra special nursery items currently at the Corner Nursery. This is not a full list of everything we offer. Having doubled the nursery size from last year, there are bound to be surprises! If you have questions, call Rob, Peri, or Neil at 360-732-0107 or email the nursery. We look forward to helping you grow a fantastic garden!
About our Nursery:
Our nursery specializes in healthy plants that are beneficial to pollinators, deer-resistant, cold-hardy, native, drought-tolerant and/or shade-loving as those are major points of interest to our community. We offer only “clean” plants that are free of chemical sprays, neonicotinoids, or growth inhibitors. All of our local plant starts come from Midori or Red Dog farms and are certified organic.
A lot of attention and care goes into our plants, so no matter how long we’ve had something in stock, you can trust it will not be root-bound or malnourished. We base our nursery plant care on the Biodynamic Calendar, which means we have regular days we tend specifically to roots, flowers, or leaves in an attempt to improve plant vigor, disease tolerance, adaptability, and production.
Our nursery staff are lovers of plants with backgrounds in organic farming, native landscapes, herbal medicine, and pollinator care. Please feel free to ask them plenty of questions — what they don’t know, they’ll be excited to investigate!
We are happy to place special orders for you if there is something you are looking for grown by one of our vendors which we do not carry. We also offer deals on large purchases from retail stock, and we supply wholesale to landscapers and other gardening professionals. This applies to all soil amendments we carry. If you have a question just ask!
About our Vendors:
Below is a list of the vendors we source from at various times in the season. All of our plant and seed suppliers are based in the Pacific Northwest, many a stone’s throw down the road.
Red Dog Farm (Chimacum)
Midori Farm (Quilcene)
Heartwood Nursery (Port Townsend)
Seed Dreams (Port Townsend)
Finnriver Farm (Chimacum)
Short’s Family Farm (Chimacum)
Cedar Street Natives (Port Townsend)
Landmark Orchard (Marrowstone Island)
Windy Meadows (Ferndale)
Skagit Gardens (Mt Vernon)
Van Klaveren’s (Marysville)
Blooming Advantage (Cornelius, OR)
Last Updated July 15th, 2019
Local Farm Plant Starts are winding down for the season. Midori’s last delivery was July 5th. We’re still stocked with lettuce, herbs, beets & cruciferous veggie starts but have bid farewell to tomato, pepper, eggplant, cucumber and squash starts. Stock is selling fast! Red Dog stock is also running low!
All Red Dog Plant Starts are 20%-off until gone, beginning July 1st. Herbs, raspberries, saucing toms and flowers still in stock.
Peonies & Canna Lilies now on sale, 15%-off, all varieties.
Plant Late Season Bloomers - We now have 9 beautiful varieties of Echinacea, 7 varieties of Coreopsis, 6 striking varieties of Rudbeckia, 3 varieties of Helenium and 1 incredible Helianthus, perennial Sunflower! Provide the pollinators with colorful fare in your garden well into autumn!
Ground Covers - We have an especially diverse offering of ground cover plants now. New richly hued sedum varieties, including Chocolate Ball, Spanish Gold Stonecrop and Dark Dragon!
Now offering locally grown decorative & staking bamboo. We’ve got a range of sizes, sold by the bundle, 10 pieces/bundle. Small (3-5 ft.) Med (6-8 ft.) Large (9-17 ft.) Thin Mixed (3-6 ft.) Check out our selection in the greenhouse!
Current Plant Offerings:
LOCAL FARM PLANT STARTS:
Midori Farm Plant Starts: (MIDORI’S LAST DELIVERY IS JULY 5TH) Basil (Thai), Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Catnip, Cauliflower, Chard, Collards, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Sage, Shiso, French Tarragon & Thyme
Red Dog Farm Plant Starts: (RED DOG SALE BEGINS JULY 1ST, ALL PLANTS 20% OFF!) Butterfly Weed, Lamb’s Ear, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Moonflower, Nepeta, Pansies, Penstemon, Tulameen Raspberries, Rosemary, Rudbeckia, Summer Savory, San Marzano Saucing Tomatoes & Yarrow
BERRIES AND NUTS:
Cane Fruits: Thornless Blackberry, Red & Yellow Raspberries, and Dwarf Raspberries with proven high yields. ON SALE, now $19.99!! Monrovia.
Hanging Basket & Window Box Fillers: For those of you who like to fill your own hanging baskets, we offer all kinds of trailing bloomers in pinks, yellows, purples, & peaches. Calibrachoa trail beautifully over edges in profuse miniature petunia-like blooms. Various Petunias and trailing Lobelias offer trailing foliage and pops of color. We have so many shades of Coleus that can provide vibrant color and body to the center of the basket. Sweet Potato Vines are available in bright lime green or dark purple.
Hanging Baskets: Pre-made, ready-to-go hanging baskets designed to bloom all summer with very little maintenance besides watering. Add cheer to patios and front porches! Shade and sun options usually available.
Sedum Bowls: Sedum Bowls are full of multiple varieties and are perfect for a deck, front porch or on a table inside near a sunny windowsill. Need very little water, low maintenance! Windy Meadow.
Agastache “Hummingbird Mint/Hyssop”: 4 varieties. Astello Indigo, Blue Blazes, Kudos Gold, Mexican Giant. Pinks, reds, purples and oranges. Loved by pollinators. Minty fragrant leaves. Mint family, leaves are delicious in hot or iced tea.
Allium: “Cosmic Blue” ornamental onion. Smokey blue-purple flower globes. Loved by butterflies, hummers, and bees. Deer resistant.
Anemone (Japanese): rosy pink Fantasy Cinderella & magenta Red Riding Hood. 1.5 ft. tall, compact varieties that bloom heavily into autumn.
Asters: These pollinator friendly plants bloom from late summer through autumn. Woods Pink is a hardy perennial with pink daisylike flowers. Starshine variety offers prolonged late season color with pure white blossoms with yellow eyes, atop deep olive green mounds of neat foliage. Excellent resistance to powdery mildew. Prince Calico offers tiny white daisy blooms with sparkling raspberry hued eyes atop deep purple foliage
Astrantia: Star of Billion, with metallic silvery and pink tones. Partial/full shade. An old arcane medicinal known as Masterwort, the flowers on these look like the love child of Strawflower, Allium and Scabiosa!
Celosia: fluorescent feathery plumes of red, pink and magenta! Velvety texture. The generic name is derived from the Ancient Greek word κήλεος, meaning "burning," and refers to the flame-like flower heads. A tropical annual that can not tolerate cold temps.
Columbines: These shade & partial sun-loving perennials thrive easily in this region and will even self-seed once they are established. Magical flowers with incredible whirled seed heads after blooming. The plants are perennial and saving seeds is easy. Biedermeier mix now in stock. A shorter variety in carmine, lilac, blue, pink and cream tones.
Coreopsis: Cosmo/daisy-like blooms come in a gorgeous array of colors. Some have fine, threadleaf foliage. All perennial, with long bloom times summer through autumn, deer resistant, sun loving, pollinator friendly. Deadheading will encourage prolonged blooms, often until first hard frost! Rosy pink Shades of Rose, creamy white with deep maroon Big Bang Star Cluster, pale yellow Moonbeam, Garnet red, rich ruby Red Satin, red with white edging Ruby Frost and glowing gold with deep red centers Bengal Tiger.
Crocosmia: “Pink Carmine” with pink blooms. Bulbs multiply and return every year. Shorter than most varieties, standing at about 24 in. tall.
Chrysanthemums: Various colors offer color later in the season!
Dahlias: Juicy Blossoms. Deep red, pinks and yellow are currently in stock. Various heights. Bishop’s Children Mix, warm tones. More varieties to come as they become available.
Daisies: A few varieties of Shasta Daisies, sunny yellow, classic white with yellow eyes and buttercream. Generously blooming long-stemmed yellow and orange perennial Gerbers.
Dianthus: Reds, Pinks, & Whites, from Raspberry to Bubblegum shades. Clove scented! Fun zig-zag edged petals with sleek slender foliage. Perennial, with a long blooming season from May-October. Neon Star Whetman, Jolt Pink and Jolt Cherry now in stock.
Echinacea: Bright blend of Cheyenne Spirit, elegant White Swan, Solar Flare, Prima Ginger, PowWow Wild Berry, Sombrero Adobe Orange, Sombrero Lemon Yellow, Sombrero Salsa Red & classic magenta Ruby Star (Echinacea Purpurea).
Eryngium “Sea Holly”: Thistle-like, but non-invasive. Silvery blue cone flowers. Loved by butterflies.
Fuschias: Trailing annuals & standing hardy perennial varieties.
Gaillardia: Arizona Sun & Arizona Apricot
Gaura: pink and white Rosy Jane, Belleza White & compact Kara Lee Petite Pink. Star shaped flowers on wiry stems. They have a graceful, airy look giving the illusion of tiny butterflies in the garden – they will attract them! Bees too. Sun & heat loving.
Geraniums: Ornamental annuals with big vibrant blossoms in red, white, and hot pink. Hardy perennial Cranesbills geraniums, bubblegum pink Biokovo and Vision Violet. Tender perennial scented geraniums, Lemon Fizz & Rose.
Geums, Various Varieties: Banana Daiquiri, Blazing Sunset, Flames of Passion, Mango Lassi. Little gems of red, yellow and ‘mango lassi’ dancing on wiry stems above attractive green foliage. Great in bouquets. Hardy to -20.
Helenium: Carnival, Feuersiegel & Short ‘N’ Sassy. Excellent daisy family plant for autumnal colors throughout summer and fall. Golden yellows and oranges, fiery reds. Consider planting with Sunflowers, Rudbeckia and tall grasses. Drought tolerant.
Helianthus: “Flore Pleno,” perennial sunflower! Countless 3-4 in. golden sunshine double sunflowers that bloom late summer – frost. Great cut flower. Attracts bees & butterflies. 5-6 ft. high x 3 ft. wide. Very cold hardy & drought tolerant.
Hellebores, 16 Varieties: These shade-loving cold-hardy perennials will bloom from Christmastime until late Spring depending on the variety, providing much-needed beauty for humans & pollen for pollinators when little else will bloom. Skagit Gardens.
Joe-Pye Weed: “Gateway,” sturdy, deep wine red stems carry large, rich pink flower heads that bloom late summer through fall, attracting hummers, bees and butterflies. This variety is a moisture loving perennial that is a more compact variety at 5-6 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide.
Lavatera, “Tree Mallow”: 5-6 feet tall, perennial, herbaceous shrub. Romantic hollyhock-like blooms flower repeatedly from summer through autumn. Blooms of the Barnsley variety open white and turn pale pink with a deep pink flush. Soft color complimented by soft to the touch mallow leaves.
Lilies: many varieties of bright Canna, Day Lilies, Dwarf Asiatic, intoxicatingly fragrant Casa Blanca and showy “Twister” Agapanthus, an African Lily. Cannas now on sale, 15%-off!
Lupine: Popsicle Pink currently in stock. Pink, pealike flowers with starry palmate foliage. Compact, dwarf habit at 18-24 in. tall. Well loved perennial.
Mock Orange: “Snowbelle” variety. Abundant citrus sweet perfumed, white double blossoms adorn this small, deciduous shrub. Best mass planted as a low hedge, shrubby border or anywhere the fragrance will be enjoyed!
Monarda, “Bee Balm”: “Aquarius,” fragrant, bee-loved rosy-pink mauve blossoms. Excellent perennial for the pollinator garden.
Peonies, 6 Varieties: One of the best cut flowers. Beautiful at every stage, from balled-up bud, to joyful pompom. They resurrect in the Spring with mysterious red tinged foliage and stems, which later turn bushy & green. Corals, Pinks, White, Purplish Pink, Blazing Red. Now on sale, 15% off!
Penstemon: Bee-loved by pollinators, especially hummingbirds. Sun loving, hardy, drought tolerant and beautiful! “Enor” has thick, glossy leaves that are much darker than most Penstemon. Produces a generous display of medium sized purple tubular flowers from June – September. “Evelyn” with soft rose pink blossoms, repeat bloom time in summer and autumn. 12-24 in. tall. “Firebird” has large, fiery red blossoms rising above tall stems and evergreen foliage. Can grow to be 2-3 ft. high. Bloom time is mid summer-frost.
Perovskia, “Russian Sage”: dwarf variety Little Spire & standard sized Perovskia atriplicifolia
Petunias: These ‘Supertunias’ will bloom profusely all season long, dropping their spent flowers naturally—a low maintenance option for planter boxes & hanging baskets!
Phlomis, “Jerusalem Sage”
Poppies: “Brilliant” red and “Royal Wedding” Oriental varieties. Extremely drought tolerant and can even survive when grass creeps in. Easy to harvest seed from.
Potentilla (Cinquefoil): Close relative of Geum, as you can tell by the whirled rosette flower. Arc-en-ciel variety, with sprays of yellow edged, warm orangey red blooms bloom into autumn above mounding strawberry-like foliage. Deadhead to keep them blooming! Cut back in early spring and fertilize to get them ready for the next season. Great cut flower, deer resistant and pollinator friendly.
Rudbeckia: Classic Black Eyed Susan variety “Goldsturm,” “Denver Daisy,” “Prairie Sun,” “Chim Chiminee,” “Little Goldstar” loaded with lots of small black eyed golden yellow blooms and bronzey “Cappucino” with golden hued orange & mahogany flowers.
Salvia: Upright standing salvias including purple Love & Wishes, magenta Skyscraper, Victoria Blue, Black and Bloom and Russian. All loved by hummingbirds. No need to dead-head or prune.
Scabiosa: Also known as “Pincushion Flowers” for their adorable clumps of buds that then turn into gorgeous fluffy blooms. The dried, transparent seed heads that appear after the flower blooms are just as impressive, and wonderful to save for dried flower arrangements & wreaths. Various varieties as they become available.
Statice: 4 pack mix of apricot, rose, dark & light blue, white, yellow and purple. A great, classic flower for drying. Best picked when showing color but before fully open to keep well.
Sun Rose: Drought tolerant & perennial evergreen. Mounding & trailing, great for ground cover, dry slopes, stone walls or rock gardens. Wild rose-like blossoms with generous bloom time. Ben Fhada with cheerful yellow blossoms. Henfield Brilliant with coppery orange blossoms. Mesa Wine with cranberry blossoms.
Sweet Peas: Various mixes as they become available.
Veronica, “Speedwell,” 3 Varieties: Deadhead to keep these stunning spikes of flowers blooming spring/summer – frost! Easy to grow and great for some dramatic architecture in the garden. Charlotte, pure white spikes of flowers. Darwin’s Blue, electric violet. Marietta, deep violet blue flower spikes bloom spring-frost on this dwarf variety.
Viola: Etain & Blueberry Blush
Ornamental Yarrows: golden “Moonshine,” cherry hued “Desert Eve Red,” magenta “Deep Rose,” cranberry colored “Summerwine,” and peachy “Terracotta”
Zinnia: Hot pink, “Scarlet Flame” red, yellow, orange and “Peppermint Stick.” In bloom! Large, double, dahlia-like flowers. Deadhead to keep them blooming. Easy to save seed from later in the season. More varieties to come.
Sedums, Several Varieties: We carry sedums year-round, with varieties changing depending upon what’s available. They are low maintenance, fascinating, and drought-tolerant. A great addition to the crevices of rock walls. Windy Meadow & Skagit Gardens
Epimedium, 3 Varieties: Shade-loving, forest ground covers.
Ground Cover Thyme: Low maintenance, fast growing & versatile ground cover. Fragrant! Little blossoms loved by bees. Some varieties tolerate foot traffic well making them a good choice to plant in between stone walkways. Currently stocked are Alpine Acinos, Pink Ripple, Pink Chintz, Foxley, Coccineus Major, Golden, Wooly, White & Elfin.
Trailing Spikemoss: Luscious lime green moss clumps that slowly spread.
Lithadora, “Grace Ward”: return of the most popular hardy ground cover! Perennial and evergreen, narrow leaved foliage (resembling Rosemary) grows in a slightly mounded form before spreading out. Brilliant blue starry blossoms attract pollinators.
Leptinella, “Brass Buttons”
Erigeron, “Santa Barbara Daisy”: clouds of small white and pink daisies bloom profusely early summer-autumn, trailing habit
Checkerbloom, rosy pink mallow flowers with mini, scalloped hollyhock-like foliage. Blooms all summer long, attracting butterflies.
Creeping Baby’s Breath: delicate sprays of darling pink blossoms, great as filler in bouquets
Ajuga: “Chocolate Chip” variety with whorls of blue-violet flowers. This is the least aggressive variety, easier to dig up than others but will still fill a space incredibly well and fast. Keep away from beds, this plant does best at the edges of pathways or where it has room to sprawl.
Japanese Forest Grasses, 4 Varieties: Ideal border & understory plants that love both shade & sunlight, their colors change with the seasons.
Purple Fountain Grass
Other Grasses, 8 Varieties: Skagit Gardens.
Mints, 3 Varieties: Orange Mint, Chinese Mint, Mojito Mint. Windy Meadow.
Thymes, 3 Varieties: Lime and Silver & Gold Variegated Lemon Thyme, heavenly citrus-sweet fragrant culinary herbs that double as ground cover with bee-loved little blossoms. Winter Thyme, cold hardy & incredibly fragrant, prized for its oil, considered medicinal as well as culinary. All Thyme are strong antivirals, enjoy a few sprigs in tea or soup when feeling a cold come on!
Lavender: Grosso & Provence, both disease resistant varieties are vigorous growers that will bloom throughout summer, offering fragrant delight to pollinators and people alike. New Madrid Blue, an exquisite tufted Spanish variety with purple flowers and white wings.
Lemon Balm, Golden: planted as an ornamental to brighten dark corners of a garden with aureate foliage. Also happens to be a wonderful, tasty perennial herb with clean lemon flavor and fragrance. Used as a seasoning or garnish, as well as a mildly calming tea to evoke a gentle, feelgood spirit.
Lemon Verbena: Deliciously fragrant tea & culinary herb. Clean & crisp, citrus sweet, slender foliage that tastes great in hot or iced tea, and can also be used to season fish, poultry, meat & veggies. Bonus blooms in late summer. Tender perennial. Blooming Advantage.
Sage: Scarlet Tangerine. Delicate spikes of brilliant red, tubular flowers bloom late summer-fall above citrus scented leaves. Marvelous citrusy pineapple scent and flavor. Great for tea, potpourri or used as a garnish. I’m thinking in fruit salad, yum!
Acuba: Almost tie-die looking bright lime & dark green foliage that loves shade.
Dwarf Burning Bush: Rich green foliage with red stems turns to fiery red in fall, making these excellent for accents or low hedges.
Miniature Cedars: Grow to 15ft tall, max.
Hebes & Euphorbias, 6 Varieties: Small, low-maintenance, deer-resistant, hardy border shrubs with beautiful leaf patterns, solid & variegated.
Elderberry, Black Lace variety. Lacy dark purple foliage with pink flower clusters in late spring, ripening into richly hued edible berries in the summer. Leave the berries for the birds or harvest to make immune system supporting syrup, wine or jam!
Winter Hazels, 2 Varieties: Buttercup & Aurea. These delicate-looking, elegant trees produce lovely fragrant blooms to delight humans, bees, and hummingbirds in winter when little else is blooming. Van Klaveren’s
Dogwoods, 3 Varieties: These deciduous shrubs are still beautiful in the dark of winter thanks to their vibrant red & yellow stems, lovely planted near each other. Deer-resistant, butterfly-feeding spring bloomers that grow up to 8 ft tall but can be kept shorter.
Lonicera Nitida (Box Honeysuckle, Lemon Beauty): Prized for its foliage. Dense shrub. Grows 3-6ft tall, easy to shape with pruning.
Mock Orange (Philadelphus ‘Snowbelle’): Abundant, snow white, citrus-scented, double flowers on a small, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with gracefully arching branches. Low hedge, shrub border, or massed. Blooming now!
Ninebark (Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’): Leaves emerge gold, change to chartreuse, and then gold again in fall. White flowers with a pink flush produce pretty red seeds. Deciduous shrub. Mixed borders, woodlands.
Viburnum, 3 Varieties: Viburnums are some of the best shrubs for landscaping because they are robust & attractive year-round, attractive to birds, and often flower very early in the spring.
Edible Berries: Huckleberry (Evergreen & Red), Salmonberry, Serviceberry, Thimbleberry
Ferns: Deer, Lady, Sword & Spiny Wood
Grasses: Tufted Hairgrass
Groundcover: Kinnikinnick, Bunchberry, Wild Ginger
Shrubs & Trees: Douglas Spiraea, Pacfic Rhododendron, Tall Oregon Grape, Snowberry, Twinberry, Beaked Hazelnut, Western Red Cedar, Oceanspray, Maple (Rocky Mountain & Vine), Shore Pine, Red Osier Dogwood, Currants (Red Flowering & Golden), Goat’s Beard, Paper Birch, Mock Orange
Wildflowers: Bleeding Heart, False Lily of the Valley, Inside Out Flower, Common Monkeyflower, Nodding Onion, Penstemon (Rocky Mountain & Cutleaf), Lupine (Sicklekeel & Large Leaf), Western Coneflower, Yellow Wood Violet
SHADE LOVING OPTIONS:
Coltsfoot Butterbur, Japanese Variegated
Corydalis - Yellow and mauve flowered varieties
Epimedium - Red, yellow, and white flowering varieties
Eunomyus Paloma Blanca
Glossy Hemiboea (False Sinningia)
Hostas - June and Victory varieties
Persicaria - Dimity & Red Dragon (aka Fleeceflower)
Umbrella Plant (Darmera Peltata)
And most of our Native Plants!
Seeds, 60+ Varieties: Open-pollinated, locally-bred veggie and flower seeds from Seed Dreams in Port Townsend. We also have Buckwheat and Rye Vetch Cover Crop Seed from Finnriver Farm in Chimacum. (For those of you looking for Oatsplanter Seeds, they have stopped packaging seeds for retail and are no longer growing as many varieties. You can still buy seeds directly from them by calling and going to their farm in Port Townsend. Email us for contact info)
Soil Amendments: An extensive array of 28 organic-approved amendments and mixes specific to our area, everything from Azomite to Seabird Guano, offered in small pre-packed plant-based biodegradable clamshells and in 25 and 50lb bags. We carry Down to Earth organic fertilizer blends and Nutri-Rich as well.
Soils and Composts: Six options including Short’s Magical Soil, 3 varieties from Cedar Grove, Black Gold, and Coco Coir.
Alder Sawdust: Perfect for tucking in your new perennials, to protect them from the cold, retain moisture, prevent weeds, and encourage mycelial networks. Repurposed burlap coffee sacks filled with 2.66 cubic feet for $4.99, or bring in a small pick-up truck and fill it yourself for $25 per cubic yard. Herman Brothers, Port Angeles.