Final Day of our 20% off sale

Today is the final day of our 20% off clearance sale.  Since we add so many new plants each year, we are forced to make room by rotating out many favorites.  We are currently clearing out over 500 favorites to make room for our next crop of new plants…last chance to get these today at 20% off.

Incredible coneflowers

The echinaceas have been incredible in the garden this spring and summer.  Here are a few shots from JLBG last week.  First is Echinacea 'Julia'...a very compact orange-flowered coneflower with sturdy stems. Echinacea 'Salsa Red' is one of the most floriferous coneflowers we grow...truly amazing! Echinacea 'Secret Glow'...love this color and flower form!   Read more [...]

Giant agave flower spike ready to open

The flower spike on our giant Agave salmiana x asperrima is timed perfectly for our Summer Open Nursery and Garden.  We measured the spike on this 15 year old monster this morning at a whopping 29' tall.  The actually opening of the flowers should start around Friday and will continue for several weeks.  We hope you'll drop by for a visit during open house and take the opportunity to marvel at this wonder of nature.   Read more [...]

Aruncus ‘Misty Lace’ and Clematis recta ‘Lime Close’

  If you're looking to add a touch of white to your late spring/early summer garden, here are a couple of photos I took on my recent trip to Walters Gardens in Michigan.  The first is one of my favorites, the airy, Aruncus 'Misty Lace'.  Moist, rich soil give the best results.  Winter hardy to Zone 4a.Clematis recta 'Lime Close' is another super plant...a shrubby-form clematis, with dark purple foliage in spring, and covered in a cloud of tiny white flowers...what a stunning show!  Hardy to Zone 4a.   Read more [...]

A few favorite hostas – new photos

I've got hostas on the brain today, since in a few hours, we'll soon be hosting 420 hosta friends for an intimate dinner, as part of the 2015 American Hosta Society National Convention.   I'm also just back from a road trip to Walters Gardens in Michigan to visit one of the top perennial plant breeders in the world, our friend Hans Hansen.  While there, I snapped quite a few hosta photos, and here are some of my personal favorites. Hosta 'Happy Dayz' is a sport of the difficult to grow Hosta 'Orange Marmalade'...a plant that grows fine in a pot, but sulks int he ground.  This mutation has dramatically more vigor and makes a superb garden specimen.   Hosta 'Key West' is an enormous gold-leaf hosta with great vigor from our friend, Indiana hosta breeder, Olga Petryszyn. Hosta 'Bridal Falls' is a stunning, ruffled leaf introduction from Holland's Jan van den Top that I just adore. Here's one more or Olga's best hosta creations, Hosta 'Brother Read more [...]

Garden design changes

Many of the changes you'll see when you visit the garden next time are driven by Anita's suggestions to open up many of the overgrown garden spaces around the sales area. This new section is where 150' of Nellie Stevens hollies were removed last fall/winter. Despite only being in a short while, the plants are beginning to settle in.  The wonderful rock work, was done by our Research and Grounds horticulturist, Jeremy Schmidt. Here's a fun seep area in the same space that Jeremy dreamed up.  We hope you'll check out these and more new additions when you visit during our upcoming July open nursery and garden.     Read more [...]

A quick trip to Washington DC

I'm just back from a quick trip to Washington DC with my stepdaughter Katie.  We first stopped at the US National Arboretum to spend some time with the new director Richard Olsen, who shared his excitement about many of the exciting plans and projects underway at the people's arboretum including the renovation of the Chinese bonsai pavilion. Virtually all of the projects and expansions are privately funded. While it was exciting to hear that the future looks bright, it was equally shocking to see the horrific state of maintenance and weeding due to continuing Congressional budget cuts to the arboretum's funding.  The Federal government seems to have no understanding of funding for maintenance.  It's a sad reflection on our country for visitors from around the world to see our country's National Arboretum like this. I hope you'll join me in calling your representatives and voice your concern! One of the really interesting finds in the garden was a spontaneous jack in the Read more [...]