Who is Balduinia atropurpurea?

Balduinia atropurpurea in flowerWe just snapped this photo of our little-known Southeast native, Balduinia atropurpurea, which is in full flower today…not bad for early October.  It’s grown so rarely, that we don’t know how much farther north it might grow.  Any comments?


New Camera day

I've been using a Cannon EOS for probably two decades, so when my current one died recently (they all seem to develop shutter problems after a couple of years), Anita encouraged me to try her mirrorless Fuji camera.  Surprisingly, it almost made sense to my technically impaired brain, so yesterday I took the plunge and purchased a Fuji XT1, so this is my first day of trying it out.  Here are a few pics from the morning test session. Top to bottom are Eryngium yuccifolium, Farfugium 'Sunsplash', Tricyrtis 'Komon', and Tricyrtis 'Momoyama'.  As always, Anita was right...it's a great camera.  Now if I could just become a better photographer. Read more [...]

Plant Delights September 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! It's hard to believe, but September is here and it's time for our final Open Nursery and Garden for 2015. We hope you'll join us to see all the gems that look great this time of year and stock up for the fall planting season with all the cool new plants from the fall catalog. Plants, Plants, and More Plants We also hope you've had time to enjoy the Fall Plant Delights Nursery catalog. We're so excited by the new offerings, especially the clumping, heat-tolerant, mildew-resistant bee balms. These are a huge breeding breakthrough for anyone who likes monardas and attracting pollinators into the garden. Other members of the same (Lamiaceae) family are also putting on quite a show now.Agastaches, first cousins to bee balm, are simply amazing in fall. In particular, Agastache 'Peachie Keen' and 'Rosie Posie' have been standouts in our trials and are still in full flower here. These are perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden where you can observe Read more [...]

Cyclamen season at JLG

Cyclamen graecum v. anatolicum pdn005 in flower


Cyclamen season is in full swing here at Juniper Level.  We had great flowering this summer on Cyclamen graecum, even after a very cold winter…here’s a recent photo from the garden.  Cyclamen are very easy to grow as long as they receive light shade and have dry soil during the summer months.  We have an amazing selection of hardy cyclamen to choose from in our on-line catalog.

Fall Open Nursery and Garden time is here!

2015 9313 Souto garden west gate toward MtnIt’s time for our final Open Nursery and Garden for 2015.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 11-13 and Sept 18-20; 8-5 on Fri, Sat., and 1-5 on Sunday.  We hope you’ll join us with plant lovers from around the country to enjoy the beauty of the fall garden and shop for perennials to your heart’s content.  Did I mention the muscadine grape sampling…mmm good!


Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’

Hosta Sugar and Spice in flower2

We’ve been enjoying the late-flowering hostas over the last few weeks, with many just beginning.  One of our favorites is Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’…a stunning sport of Hosta ‘Invincible’ with fragrant flowers and variegated foliage.  We put this as one of the best performing hostas we’ve ever grown..great foliage, great flowers, and great vigor in the garden.

Blue plumbago/leadwort in flower

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides5 (2)It’s hard to beat the cobalt blue flowers of blue plumbago/leadwort in the summer garden. Here is our patch of the durable groundcover, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides in flower today…either full sun or light shade is fine.  Don’t confuse this with the tropical blue African plumbago, Plumbago auriculata…this one is winter hardy to at least Zone 5b.