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Garden Show Plants!

 Return of the awesome plants!  Each February, we offer unusual, hard-to-find varieties at Seattle's Northwest Flower and Garden Festival.  These shows are an excellent chance to shove winter aside, kick off your garden season, and get bargain prices on wonderful plants that are

1)  outstanding new introductions or rare heirlooms,

2)  in high demand and limited supply, or

3)  hardly ever available at all!

We offer scores of choice varieties in clean, easy-to-carry packages.

 Visit Sundquist Nursery for terrific plants not found at your local nursery, but that are gorgeous and grow!



February 9 - 13, 2022 - Seattle NW Flower and Garden Festival booth 2144



This year we offer new varieties for reliability and a different look in your garden or pots!  Many plants are widely marketed with little attention to how well they grow in the Pacific NW.  Our focus is on varieties with demonstrated ability to grow here.  A super way to gauge Pacific NW performance is to go with plants selected as Great Plant Picks.  We'll have about two dozen of them.  Other excellent widely adapted plants we offer are Perennial Plants of the Year and Hostas of the Year.  Some super plants for our area are British Award of Garden Merit winners.  Plantsman Nils Sundquist trials plants in the nursery gardens and has the experience to select the best with an eye to great plants that grow easily and well.  Many of our varieties are new to commerce and simply haven't won their awards yet.  When you shop at Sundquist Nursery, you can find what's new and what's tried and true, and choose plants with confidence.  A great value for the money, our plants are often larger than those sold by others - if you can find them at all!  Varieties are typically grown here for at least a year (often two to five years) before we offer them. 


Geum 'Eos'




The garden show returns with King County's requirements for 1) vaccination or a negative test result, plus 2) wearing a mask.  The requirements apply to all attendees including exhibitors - making this among the safest possible places for a happy garden festival!  








Easy-to-carry bare root plants at the thriftiest prices.


Here are a few highlights of what we'll have at this year's February shows!



Gillenia trifoliata - bowman's root  

Ruffled Swan  perpetual Anemone




Do you want easy to grow but uncommon flowers to light up your garden?  We're offering smile-inducing heirloom American wildflower Veronicastrum 'Fascination' (culver's root) featuring weeks of summer blooms in any bright (not baking) space with good soil. (We have the white form, too!)





For summer and fall you can't beat versatile new 'Dainty Swan' Anemone for a perpetual display of graceful bicolor blooms, also wonderful cut!




dwarf Hosta 'Cherry Tart' - gold leaves, red stems!

Spotty Dotty Mayapple




Do you want to add awesome foliage?



Discover an impressive selection of reliable shade plants, including fashionista 'Ruby Slippers' redstem solomon's seal, and  outrageous 'Spotty Dotty' mayapple. 









Find the show's best hosta selection - new ones, blue, giant, giant blue, miniature, unusual colors, and even dusky red leafed 'First Blush - newly introduced as the first red-leafed hosta!


'Lemon Snap' sets a new standard for gold foliage,showy red stems, corrugation, cupping, and good vigor and slug resistance.  All in one plant.  Really!


And then there's 'Big Mama' hosta - too big for one photo!



Bletilla striata white hardy orchid

 Red wakerobin - Trillium erectum



Do you love a natural flair?  We offer gems like hardy orchids, including rare yellow-flowering Calanthe, plus  uncommon white Bletilla - all nursery grown in our coldframes! 










New Moon globeflower


Epimedium grandiflorum 'Purple Prince'



Other plants for some shade include a selection of outstanding  Epimediums offering up lively blooms and awesome foliage, including handsome and seldom available bright rose red 'Circe' as well as sought after, hard to find bright yellow 'Thunderbolt' with lightning patterned dark foliage in winter.






Do you want something very different that still grows?  We can help! 



Purple Rain globe onion


Got sun?!

'Lady Luck' white poker plantWe offer flowers that lure butterflies and hummingbirds, including Purple Rain Allium with big 4-5" globe flowers whose interest extends for months as they age! 





Or you can savor 'Tawny King' butterscotch poker plant, with extraordinary  bloomspikes over grassy foliage!  Nom nom.


The hummingbirds won't know where to begin. 





'Black Joker' iris   

Jerry Murphy iris




Stately 'Night Thunder' iris (Iris pseudata 'Yarai' ) is an outrageously colored noninvasive hybrid that's easily grown in shallow water or gardens w/ even moisture.  


'I see Stars' is a gorgeous unusual Siberian iris for eyepopping garden impact or designer cut flowers.






Polar Ice agapanthus

'Blue Yonder' compact Agapanthus



Do you want the summertime blues?    There ain't no cure for them, and you can get them here!  'Stevie's Wonder'  giant Agapanthus is a  Northwest colossus - spectacular, hardy, and taller than  Crocosmias!







Do you want something a little unusual? How about basic white... in an Agapanthus!  'Polar Ice' is a NW hardy variety that will stun you. 




Butterfly Rainbow Marcella  coneflowwer

Alpine Sea Holly


Is the universe of coneflowers confusing?  'Butterfly Rainbow Marcella' serves up a little of every color and grows well in Northwest gardens.  You'll want to steal those longblooming flowers from the butterflies.





Alpine sea holly is a rarely available species that pairs stunningly with coneflowers.




'Blue Glow'  globe thistle'Snow Goose' oriental poppy

Want cooler colors?  You can pick softer colors for sun, too, like heirloom must-have 'Hewitt's Double' meadow rue with its airy powderpuff blooms, or luscious 'Snow Goose' oriental poppy.  Both make wonderful cut flowers and are easy to care for.  


Just stay out of the butterflies' way!





lLittle Redhead Spigelia


''Heartbeat' "Superpoppy"

Or do you like it hotter?  Who can resist 'Heartbeat' superpoppy or 'Golden Queen' globeflower?  The hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees know what's good for them!  Take some cut flowers inside for gratifying bouquets!







native Camas

pink Pacific native Erythronium revolutum


Do you cherish native plants?  Come discover sweet native perennials like our firecracker columbine or our fabulous burnet with smokey plum blooms over serrated blue foliage - plus lots more natural garden selections.



Come find a huge range of easy-care, colorful perennials for shady or bright gardens.  You can choose from close to a hundred varieties, many of which we're offering for the first time, as well as classic but hard-to-find heirlooms.  All locally grown.                                                                       




Where the salamanders roam free

Do you long for contentment in spite of everything that's going on in your life?  I know, I know, who doesn't?  Gardening in your yard or containers is one of the most reassuring, healthful, thrifty ways to dial things back, decompress, connect with nature, stay grounded, treat yourself, create beauty, refresh, and stay positive! We offer the best of the new and the old - the most beautiful, reliable varieties for your containers, gardens, and bouquets.  Don't wait - plant and enjoy!  Butterflies and hummingbirds will visit you for free.  These are just a few of our favorite plants, grown where the salamanders roam free.  

Satisfy your plant lust without performance anxiety.  Find us at the garden show!