There are few plants in the summer garden with the visual impact of the gold-leaf poke berry, Phytolacca americana 'Sunny Side Up'...a truly dazzling American native. Here it is in the garden today. Read more [...]
Curcuma longa ‘Snowdrift’ is looking fabulous in the garden now, suffering no damage from our recent cold winter. The is such a great plant for the woodland garden to add a tropical touch. Remember it doesn’t emerge before mid-to-late June.
I just photographed this very cute gnome-sized mushroom in the garden that tops out just over 1″ tall. Anyone recognize it?
Brightening up the woodland garden today is the lovely Boehmeria 'Glow Light'
There's nothing like bright gold foliage to make a summer woodland garden come alive. Below is Boehmeria 'Nichirin'. While this one grows slowly in light shade, we've found it much better in half day sun. Our oldest clump is now 6' wide x 2-3' tall..truly stunning in the garden today. Read more [...]
Due to a delay in posting our July newsletter on the PDN Blog and Facebook page, we inadvertently implied an additional weekend for our Summer Open Nursery and Garden days. Please note that we will not be open this weekend July 25 – July 27, 2014. We are sorry for the mistake and hope you’ll join us for our Fall Open Nursery and Garden days September 12-14 and September 19-21. Be sure to check our website for the latest information on upcoming Open Nursery and Garden days.
I just snapped this photo yesterday in the garden of the native (Illinois south to Florida) Centrosema virginianum (butterfly pea) vine. We don’t currently offer this, but if we did, would you buy it?
Anita just discovered and photographed some cicada love when she heard some unexplained loud “sighing” in the perennial border the other day. Seems many critters are also enjoying the summer garden.
Here’s a teaser for the morning. We’ve assembled a rather fun collection of variegated agaves (century plants), and here is a one-of-a-kind mutation we found on Agave ovatifolia, where the chimeral pattern is stable on one side of the plant and unstable on the other side. The next chance to see this in person is when we host the Southeast Palm Society Meeting on August 9. Visitors and guests are welcome to attend.
Not all agapanthus are created equal, and in our trials, Agapanthus 'Ellamae' is one of the best, flowering well after our cold winter. Here is it in the gardens at Juniper Level today...a lovely addition to the summer garden. Read more [...]
We hope you are enjoying your garden this summer and taking time to relax a bit, especially when the temperatures are soaring.
It was so nice to see and chat with many of you at the Summer Open Garden and Nursery Days last weekend.
The garden has been brimming with colors this summer, especially the new Souto Memorial Garden which is currently under development. We installed irrigation throughout the garden beds and paths in the Souto Garden earlier this year, and the plantings are displaying nicely. We're excited to finally showcase this area of Juniper Level soon!
As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we've had eight more agaves (century plants) flowering this year, so our research horticulturist, Jeremy Schmidt, has been busy on one of several ladders making crosses between the species. From his crosses last year, we now have hybrids of Agave striata x Agave lophantha. We're still a year away from these being large enough for the Read more [...]