Agave ‘Grey Gator’ flower spike peaking @ JLBG

Here's a current photo of our spiking Agave 'Grey Gator'.  The spike began four weeks ago today, and was measured yesterday at 22' in height.  The bracts that surround the flower spikes are just beginning to unfurl, so we're probably a couple of weeks from seeing flowers open. This is the largest of the winter hardy agaves we've grown, and we still have some of our crop of seed grown plants from its sister seedling that flowered a couple of years ago...sold as Agave salmiana var. ferox x Agave asperrima. Each seedling will be slightly different in mature size...some a bit smaller and some even larger.  Don't miss your opportunity to try these for yourself.  Hardiness Zone 7b-9b. Read more [...]

Magnolia lotungensis flowering at JLBG

Parakmeria lotungensis flower

Here are photos of our lovely specimen of Magnolia (Parakmeria) lotungensis that flowered extremely well this year.  This evergreen magnoiia is one of our favorites and has never shown a sign of winter damage here.  Fingers crossed for good seed set.

Drimiopsis ‘Slow Fade’

Drimiopsis maculata Slow Fade in flower2

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!

Campanula ‘Camgood’

Campanula porscharkyana Camgood clump in flower

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.

The best purple-leafed euphorbia

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.     Read more [...]

Baptisia in the garden

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 [...]

Scenes from Juniper Level Botanic Garden

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.   Read more [...]

Arrangements to perfume the garden

Helicodiceros muscivorus arrangementI 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.