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WANTED: sun/shade plants & edibles for children's gardens

10 years ago

Green Elephant Want List last updated 2/16/12

Part sun/shade plants that bloom early or late to provide year round color & foliage (evergreen, variegated, purple) at the camp where we live. My personal favorite color is bright rose pink and least favorite is orange. We have woodland & sun gardens. Will take cuttings or potted plants.

We're looking for reusable gardening materials for our Nature Center at Camp Berachah in Auburn, WA where we have a petting zoo, edible gardens, & activities for school age children attending our before/after school & summer camp programs. Our recent storm damaged our cyclone fencing, so we're using the opportunity to rebuild & expand our program. Accepting donations. Detailed want list and/or tax receipt available upon request. We want to show kids where food comes from & have a little fun in the garden with tall tepees & plants with unique colors, shapes, & names.

Reusable garden materials: stakes, cages, bamboo poles, egg cartons, milk jugs, tools

Perennial vegetables:

Air potato, Dioscorea bulbifera

Asparagus pea, Lotus tetragonobolus

Chinese artichoke, Stachys affinia

Good King Henry, Chenopodium bonus-henricus (AKA fat hen, Lincoln asparagus)

Sea kale, Crambe maritime (fresh seeds germinate best)

Cover Crops:

Annual winter types: Austrain or Magnus Field Peas Pisum arvense, Crimson Clover Trifolium incarnatum, Fava or bell beans, Vicia faba

Vetch: Lana, V. dasycarpa or Common, V. sativa

Small grains: cereal rye, winter wheat, spelt, or barley

Non-legumes: mustard Brassica juncea, rape B.napus, Arugula, or corn salad Valerianella locusta


any culinary perennial or annual

Perilla, purple (Shisho or Beefsteak plant)


bloodleaf, chicken gizzard, or beefsteak plant (Iresine herbstii) Purple Lady

Calendula, pink

Mirabilis jalapa Limelight, 4oclock

Morning glory: red/rose/pinks or Japanese

Nasturtium except 'Alaska'

Nicotania, pinks esp. sensation mix or dwarf Avalon mix Nicotiana x sanderae

Perilla, Fantasy Plectranthus argentatus, silver spurflower

Polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya; also listed as H. sanguinolenta) Splash Select Mix

Poppy: purple, pink or doubles

Snapdragon, any named

Sunflower that doesn�t need staking


Hardy Perennials:

Agastache esp A. scrophularifolia (purple giant hyssop)

Aquilegia (columbine) any named variety


Angelica gigas

Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead)

Coreopsis, esp pinks

Cyclamen hederifolium

Daylilies: any, but esp. spiders, pinks/purples, reblooming

Delosperma cooperi (hardy ice plant)

Dianthus (cheddar or maiden pinks)

Dictamnus (gas plant)

Doroconum (leopard's bane)

Echinacea, any


Eupatorium (Joe pye weed) esp. E. dubium Little Joe or E. fortunei Pink Frost (Japanese JPW) E.greggii (Perennial Texas Ageratum)

Euphorbia, esp. shade tolerant types, but like all

Gaillardia (blanket flower) esp. pinks like Punch Bowl & bicolors

Heuchera, any

Lobelia 'Queen Victoria' (cardinal flower with dark foliage/red flowers)


Papaver orientale (oriental poppy) esp. bright colors � can be root cuttings

Phlox divaricata (woodland phlox)

Primula (primrose) any, esp. P. japonica or P. sieboldi

Ratibida columnifera Prairie Coneflower, that�s not yellow

Rudbeckia, any commerical named esp. bicolors


Tinantia erecta, widows tears

Tricyrtis (toadlily)

Shrubs (esp. dwarf foundation types):

Aucuba japonica (Japanese Aucuba)

Berberis (barberry) esp. dwarf red, orange, or evergreen types

Hamamelis (witch hazel) esp. Jolena, Ruby Glow, Fire Charm

Lespedeza thunbergii, (Thunberg bush clover)

Leucothoe fontanesia (Drooping Leucothoe)

Lindera benzoin (spice bush)

Nandina (heavenly bamboo) esp. dwarf or smaller types

Osmanthus heterophyllus (aquifolium) Goshiki�

Ornamental Grasses: Carex, Chasmanthium latifolium (northern sea oats) esp. variegated one, Miscanthus, & others

Vines: any part sun/shade noninvasive perennial or annual

sun plants with bright colors: Iresine herbstii Aureoreticulata, Formosa, Blazin Rose


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