There were several plants that I fell in love with in 2012, and I hope will bloom in my garden in 2013.
One of them is Romneya (Matilija poppy, Tree poppy).
Originally, I was looking for Romneya coulteri (Coulter's Matilija poppy.
The specific name commemorates Thomas Coulter, an Irish botanist and explorer).
But, the plants which I bought are Romneya trichocalyx.
They say the only difference between these two is a fuzzy calyx and R.t. leaves are a bit narrower.
Romneya is native to the American Southwest, and it grows well in the Pacific Northwest too. It needs full sun and well drained soil. I placed my two new plants in a sandy spot where they can spread. And, they say it will spread!
I like everything about Romneya: height (4-8 feet), huge, showy, fragnant white flowers with sunny yellow middle, gray-green foliage, deer and rabbit resistance, drought tolerance.
These pictures of Romneya were taken in different gardens last summer. I hope my own plants will bloom in June.
I'll be glad to hear from you if you have any experience with this plant.