One of our favorite spring ice plants is flowering now in our rock garden, Delosperma ‘Kelaidis‘. Growing only a few inches tall, it likes hot, baking sun and good drainage. Selected in Colorado, its hardiness is Zone 4-8a.
Also flowering now in our rock garden is Drimiopsis maculata ‘Slow Fade’…having come through our cold winter with no problem. Hardiness is Zone 7b-10b, but it makes a great container specimen in colder zones. I think this is one of the cuter plants we grow in the rock garden, and so very easy!
Flowering now at Juniper Level is one of my all-time favorite perennials…Campanula porscharkyana ‘Camgood‘. This amazing perennial flowers as well in full sun as in light shade. Best of all, it’s easy to grow and doesn’t run like many bellflowers. I can’t imagine gardening without it. Hardiness is Zone 4-7 at least.
Most popular perennials in the market today are introduced and heavily promoted by marketing companies. Every now and then, however, a superb perennial enters the marketplace without any fanfare or marketing, despite being superior and longer-lived than the patented, highly touted cultivars. Such is the case with Euphorbia 'Cherokee'...a fabulous purple-foliaged selection we've grown since 1999. Euphorbia x martinii 'Cherokee' may not look as great in a container, but it is absolutely incredible in the garden. We hope you'll give it a try...if you like purple foliage.
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Here's Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee' in the garden...a unique butterscotch and brown flower...a Hans Hansen hybrid.
Here is another recent baptisia photo from the garden...Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' looking mighty fine. Baptisia thrive in either dry or wet soils as long as they have 6+ hours of sun. Read more [...]
Here's today's view of our first alpine berm garden installed in 1997. Even within a small space, you can have incredible plant diversity. One of the many features you'll enjoy when you visit Juniper Level Botanic Garden during one of our open days.
Here's a vignette from our Southwestern garden, which gives the feel of a Southern California landscape.Here is one of our rain gardens that captures 5 acres of water runoff from both nursery irrigation as well as surface runoff. This makes a perfect place to grow many of the water iris (Louisianas and blue flag) which are in flower now, soon to be followed by the Japanese iris.
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Astilbe chinensis ‘Amber Moon’ is looking fabulous today! Who cares if it ever flowers…I’d grow it for the foliage. Because it’s an Astilbe chinensis, it’s tolerant of our summer heat and humidity…a great Darrell Probst introduction.
I was recently looking for some flowers to put in a vase for our patio and got thinking…what would you use if your dinner guests were the type of people you wanted to eat and leave…quickly. The answer was right before me…Pig Butt Arum, Helicodiceros muscivorus. So, here’s my creation…also perfect if your child has a “favorite” teacher who they want to be sure remembers them over summer vacation.
The amazing Balkan native Genista saxitalis is in full flower today. This amazing groundcover has been brightening our rock garden for a couple of weeks. Genista is easy to grow with plenty of sun…hardiness is Zone 4a-8b.
For those who didn't get to our Open Nursery and Garden last week, here are some of the hardy cactus you missed in the new Souto Garden section. We're passionate about hardy cactus, and have been so since we were hooked by a jumping cholla about 45 years ago. I hope you enjoy the photos of this amazing group of plants.
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. caespitosus
Echinocereus triglochiditis v. mojavensis
Gymnocalycium 'Bridal Showers' - a Mike Papay hybrid
Gymnocalycium 'Panama Pink' - a Mike Papay hybrid
Opuntia basilaris v. aurea 'Golden Carpet'
Opuntia 'Claude Arno'
Opuntia polycantha 'Crystal Tide'
Opuntia polycantha var. hystracina
Opuntia 'Little Monk'
Opuntia sp. nov. pink flowers
Trichocereus 'Big Time' (a Mike Papay hybrid of T. bruchii)
Trichocereus 'Irridescent Watermelon' - a Mike Papay hybridTrichocereus Read more [...]