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No Matter Where You Live
Helleborus x hybridus 'Sunshine Selections'

No matter where you live, whether you make your home in the snowy American Heartland, warm subtropical Florida, the frozen mountains of Maine, sunny southern California, or the moist Pacific Northwest, you can grow Helleborus x hybridus, the 'Lenten Rose', like these in your own backyard. Even if you believe that you're cursed with a "Black Thumb", you will succeed. That's how easy they are. Not only will they grace your table with beautiful cut flowers, they'll provide color in your landscape at a time when there virtually is none. And....they're such long lived perennials that they'll still be thriving when they plant you in the ground. [More...]

Focus on Hellebores
We invite you to browse Focus on Hellebores, for image galleries and information on breeding, propagating and cultivation. We specialize in breeding Helleborus. We grow virtually every Hellebore species within the genus and maintain more than 50,000 flowering size stock plants for seed production. Our Helleborus x hybridus 'Sunshine Selections' are produced using a labor-intensive process of emasculation and hand-pollination to produce the only commercially available line of true F1 hybrids. And... you can even meet the King of Helleborus.


The "Sunshine Spectaculars" series of Double & Anemone Hellebores


Speakers Portfolio
My entire "Speakers Portfolio" is now on line, so, if you're looking for a dynamic, entertaining, educating speaker for your Master Gardener Group, Garden Club, Civic Organization etc, check out - Speakers Portfolio


Plant Evaluation Program
Continuing with my grand ambition to grow every plant in the world, we have implemented a scientific plant evaluation program that is resulting in some very cool discoveries. For the curious, we offer this list of plants under evaluation. -- Barry

Hardy Cyclamen
There's virtually not a garden in England that doesn't have a beautiful drift of Cyclamen hederifolium and Cyclamen coum growing in it. Yet here in the US, we tend to overlook these winter-blooming perennials that will grow in every state of this country. [Learn more about Cyclamen]

Fantastic Sampler Offer
Try our 100-plant Home Garden Sampler for home gardeners and collectors. With a sampler consisting of five each of 20 different plants, we make it easy for you to get started with plants which, although rare and unusual, are still virtually idiotproof for the average home gardener. Also available: The Trade Sampler for garden centers, nurseries, professional landscapers, etc.


15 Minutes of Fame

Well, Barry just got his 15 minutes of fame, read the article now before his ego gets so big that there won't be enough broadband on the Internet to carry it. Just click on the magazine cover to be whisked away to the story.


Hellebore Naming Challenge
The Hellebores from our new 'Sunshine Spectaculars' series need names! If your name is chosen, you will win a 4" pot of your plant once it becomes available for sale. [More...]


Hellebore Breeding Gardens
Many gardeners who would love to visit during peak bloom season, mid March, and are unable to, have asked me for photos of the 6-acre section of the hillside gardens that are home to the more than 68,000 mature, blooming Hellebores, so here's a gallery for you to walk through.


Plants Up Close
Over the last several years, world-famous garden photographer Mark Turner of Turner Photographics has been a regular visitor to Sunshine Farm and Gardens. His beautiful photographs of our display gardens and exquisite plant close-ups make up several self-guided garden tours which have become one of the most popular sections of our site.


Previous Specials
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Diphylleia cymosa

Diphylleia cymosa is one of the most striking plants I've ever grown. Native to 5 southeastern states it seems to be hardy in all 50. The common name of "American Umbrella Leaf" is quite apropos as her beautifully scalloped leaves can grow up to 24" and provide a dry spot for all the little critters that seek refuge in your garden during a rainstorm, hence the umbrella reference. [More...]

Trillium cuneatum

[] Despite their exotic, magical, mystical appearance, most Trilliums are quite easy to grow and Trillium cuneatum is no exception. There are at least one or more Trillium species native to every state in the US but four. I've been growing and propagating many species of Trillium over the last 38 years. [More...]

Camassia scilloides

Exceptionally rare! But... exceptionally easy to grow, and exceptionally rewarding. Camassia scilloides may just be one of the very rarest plants that I've ever grown, but it's also one of the easiest. Native to almost every state east of the Rocky Mountains, I can't imagine a climate where it wouldn't thrive in an average to well drained, shady to dappled sunlight spot in the garden.
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Hydrastis canadensis

Golden will be the first word to enter your mind when you see the roots, rhizomes and dormant buds of Hydrastis canadensis. You'll understand immediately why the common name is "Goldenseal".  This very useful native woodland plant will not only charm and entertain you Spring, Summer and Autumn, it can even heal you. [More...]

Mitchella repens

And a partridge in a pear tree...

Forgive me for borrowing a line from that little ditty that some wily Jesuit priests penned in the 16th century, but I couldn't think of a more clever way to introduce you to Mitchella repens, aka "Partridge Berry". Yes, it's only the middle of November, not even Thanksgiving yet, but already my local Walmart has rolled out the Christmas decorations. [More...]

Crocosmia 'Elizabethan Gardens'

[] Crocosmia is a small genus of perennial species in Iridaceae, the Iris family. They're primarily native to grasslands of the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa. The name Crocosmia is derived from the Greek words krokos (saffron) and osme (smell), referring to the saffron-like scent when dried flowers are dipped in water. [More...]

Current Special

Pediomelum subacaule

Let's face it, for some mysterious, pre-programmed, genetically imprinted reason, as a species, we gardeners are always on the hunt for those elusive blue flowers. Well......... whilst I can't tempt you with a blue Hellebore or a blue Daylily, I have something for you that will fill the bill in the meantime. Here's a plant that I'll wager, you don't already grow and is a plant you've never even heard of. Not only that, you shan't find it elsewhere, as I'm the only fellow on the planet, maybe even in the entire universe, that has it in production. [More...]

Previous Specials

Trillium luteum

Luxurious Loveable Lemony Looks.... and fragrant to boot!!! With their bright yellow flowers in early to mid Spring and silvery marbled foliage, Trillium luteum is one plant whose fragrance matches its exotic looks. Their aroma can only be described as a lemony, jasmine scent that creates an intoxicating, fragrant cloud which lasts for quite a while as the flowers are very long lived. [More...]



Hymenocallis caroliniana

You'd think that a plant bearing flowers with such an exotic appearance would be temperamental, short lived and tricky to grow, but the truth is quite the contrary. Although everything about this delicate, fragile looking lady screams tropical, hot house beauty, the opposite couldn't be more true. In fact, I've shared space in my brutal zone 5 garden with her for over 30 years. [More...]



Smilacina racemosa

Yes, I had to go to the UK to be enlightened about a plant that grew in my own backyard. In my defense, I was so much younger then and much less enlightened. But here's the short of it. In 1992, my friend Dan Heims and I spent two solid weeks travelling around the UK visiting gardens, plant collections and friends. It was a plantsman's dream trip starting off with two nights as the guests of Agatha Christie's daughter, a day with Beth Chatto, a day with Elizabeth Strangman and many other legends of British gardening and culminating with a full day, sun up to sun down, of Dan and I strolling around Wisley with Graham Stuart Thomas just the three of us. [More...]



Helleborus Niger
Sold Out Till Spring 2014

My most floriferous Helleborus niger (seen to the right) is the pollen parent of all the Helleborus niger plants that I'm offering for sale now. I've sourced germplasm for the breeding work that I've been doing with this species for decades from every corner of the planet. If you're not that familiar with this plant, lovingly referred to as the "Christmas Rose", I'll mention that it's actually the first Hellebore I grew over 30 years ago and the plant that spawned my continuing love affair with the genus Helleborus. [More...]

Allium stellatum

Autumn can be a very dull and boring time in the garden. You miss all the colorful plants that have delighted you spring and summer while you're busy deadheading or collecting seeds. The memories of the flowers you've enjoyed are just that, you're wishing there were perennials that would bring you color and joy this time of year and well..... your wish has come true. The "Plant Genie" wishes to acquaint you with Allium stellatum. Commonly known as "Autumn Onion", Allium stellatum is a native, fall blooming perennial that will grow happily anywhere in the US. [More...]

Carex laxiculmis

I'm sooooo very tired of seeing acres of that ubiquitous Liriope used by landscape architects with no imagination at all. While I'll admit that there are a few attractive, variegated forms of this Asian native that have come to be known commonly as "Lily Turf", their hardiness is questionable and they don't do very well in the shade. Like an answer to a prayer, in comes our native sedge, Carex laxiculmis! Carex laxiculmis is native to almost every state east of the Mississippi and most of eastern Canada. [More...]

Allium senescens subsp. Glaucum

What a family Alliaceae is!!! Not only has it provided us with delicious and healthful plants such as Allium cepa (Onions) and Allium sativum (Garlic), but it's also home to a plethora of ornamental species. One of my faves, and for a multitude of reasons, is Allium senescens subsp. Glaucum. This clump forming Asian/European native perennial bulb is lovely from head to toe. Known also by the common name of "German Garlic", this especially attractive form of the species sports very subtle, bluish, linear foliage all Spring, Summer & Autumn. [More...]

Disporopsis Pernyi

I LOVE the graceful arching stems of Disporopsis pernyi even when they're not in flower. The waxy, supple, glossy foliage they sport is almost succulent in appearance. Some folks errantly refer to this genus as a "Solomons Seal", but if you look at the word Disporopsis and break it down in botanical nomenclature, the suffix "Opsis", from the Greek word for appearance, means "similar to", or "resembling". Consequently, I would take that to mean when the plant was named, it was thought to resemble Disporum, not Polygonatum (the genus of "Solomons Seal"). [More...]

Spigelia Marilandica

Do you love your hummingbirds as much as I do mine, but loathe mixing sugar and water, getting all sticky while attracting every ant in the neighborhood? Do you want your hummingbird population to be healthy, imbibing REAL nectar? Then here's the plant for you! Often referred to by the non "Plant Geek" types as "Indian Pink", this very rare and unusual member of the Loganiaceae family couldn't be easier to grow. Spigelia marilandica is a long flowering perennial for sun or shade that has the most unique flowers I've ever experienced. [More...]

Hexastylis Virginica

Here's an extraordinarily exciting, exquisite example of an extremely beautiful, exceedingly rare, extra nice, exceptionally easy to grow exotic plant that you will not find offered for sale anywhere else in the universe. I'm very excited to be able to share this exclusive treasure with you.Let me explain.Hexastylis virginica is a native, evergreen "Wild Ginger" with the most beautiful, thick, supple, glossy, silvery marbled foliage you've ever seen. [More...]

Bergenia Ciliata

A hardy african violet on steroids??? Not quite, but when I'm waltzing visitors around the gardens here, I always pose the same question, "Would you like to see a hardy African Violet on steroids?"They invariably bite as we hurriedly stroll over to a shade bed under a 60 foot tall Betula pendula and I gleamingly point to a particular drift of ground hugging plants. Their jaws drop. The comments usually range from "I had no idea that there was a hardy African Violet" to "I've never imagined an African Violet with foliage that huge." [More...]

[] Geum Georgenberg

Commonly known as "Avens", the genus Geum is in the Rosaceae (Rose) family. I grow them in full sun and full shade. They seem to prefer the sun and this particular cultivar is very generous in producing an abundance of offspring in its tight, compact, round clump. Plant height is 3" to 6" and in a couple of years, they'll form an almost perfectly round 12" plant with dozens of divisions that you can share with your friends. [More...]

[] Polypodium virginianum

Polypodium virginianum aka the "Rock Polypody" is native to just about every state east of the Mississippi, Alaska, almost every province in Canada and all the way north up to Greenland and Iceland. The name for the genus comes from the Greek, polus, "many" and podos, "foot", "many footed".[More...]

[] Allium cernuum

The Genus Allium is home to hundreds of species including the gastronomically popular Allium cepa (Onions) and Allium sativum (Garlic), not to mention all of the ornamental varieties, and there are an abundance. There isn't a moment during the gardening season that one or more species of Allium isn't abloom in my garden. Such a plethora of colors, textures, shapes, forms and sizes! What a useful family of plants! And speaking of families, the genus Allium once found itself at home in the family Liliaceae, but now has a family of its own, Alliaceae. [More...]

[] Digitalis lutea

"Foxgloves" are a wonderful bunch of plants for brilliant color in the garden. The problem is, most of them are biennials or very short lived perennials at best. Here's a "Foxglove" that's not only perennial, but self sows itself into a colossal colony of continual color. I've been growing Digitalis lutea for many years now and it's never disappointed me. The long lasting, bright yellow blooms open from the bottom up over a long period of time in early Summer and make great cut flowers. Almost overnight, from a rosette of soft, velvety leaves, multiple 12" - 24" stems arise with dark green foliage and dozens of flower buds. [More...]

[] Galtonia candicans

I don't know why this extremely hardy, bulbous perennial from South Africa isn't in everyone's garden. A lovely, deer-proof member of the Hyacinth family and formerly a member of the Lily family, Galtonia candicans has been at home in my gardens for over 20 years and seems to uncannily coordinate the commencement of its long bloom period with the Summer Solstice, almost to the day. I have it growing in full shade and in full sun, in average soil, in dry soil and in moist soil. It seems to do equally well in all of the aforementioned locations and conditions although it grows noticeably taller in full sun.
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[] Clintonia umbellulata

Even if Clintonia umbellulata didn't have pure white globular umbels of long lasting flowers with the cutest little green dots at the tip of each petal, the lush, thick, supple, tropical looking, orchid like foliage would be enough to satisfy the desires of even the most demanding of gardeners. [More...]


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