Musa ‘Helen’s Hybrid’

Musa Helen's Hybrid6

This winter was great at sorting out winter hardiness of several plants, and one of the nice surprises was Musa ‘Helen’s Hybrid’…a cross of Musa sikkimensis with nice reddish leaf backs.  Here it is today at 10′ tall…survived with no mulch or protection.

Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’

Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy flowers3

Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ is also looking quite nice in the garden today as you’ll see if you join us for the final two days of our Summer Open Nursery and Garden.  This is the first plant we named and introduced over 30 years ago. Sunny and well drained soils are the key for growing this well.

Sabatia kennedyana

Sabatia kennedyana Juniper Creek4

Looking quite lovely in the garden now is our native Sabatia kennedyana.  This easy-to-grow perennial needs slightly moist soil and several hours of sun daily.  Sabatia is a rather small plant, with all the flowering stems emerging from a rather tiny basal rosette.  Sabatia is first cousin to the better known gentians.

Canna and Sporobolus grass

Canna Australia contrast with Sporobolus wrightii combo

Here’s a fun combination in the garden today where we used the airy ornamental grass, Sporobolus wrightii as a backdrop for the bold texture of Canna ‘Australia’.  You’ll see this and more if you drop by this weekend for the final three days of our Summer Open Nursery and Garden.

Euphorbia corollata

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I just snapped this photo of Euphorbia corollata in our garden.  This amazing North American native is virtually unknown in gardens, despite being easy to grow and having amazing flower power through the summer.  In the wild, it grows in deep shade, where it barely flowers.  Instead, plant it in full sun with cacti and it becomes a flowering machine.

Dasylirion berlandieri (Sotol)

Dasylirion berlandieri Zaragoza Blue in flower

We’ve had great flowering on the sotols this year as shown here with our clump of Dasylirion berlandieri.  Unlike agave, dasylirions don’t die after flowering.  These North American native are incredible insect attractants when in flower.  Hot, sunny, and well-drained are the keys to growing good sotols.

2014 9249 Alpine bed renovation3

We’ve spent the last two weeks renovating our alpine scree berm plantings, which were originally installed in 1998.  This meant digging up virtually all the plants, adding additional compost to the soil, and then rearranging and replanting.  Here’s a new shot of the finished plantings on the inside of the bed…we love transplanting in midsummer!  There’s about 50′ remaining to be done on the outside, which we’ll be working on today during open nursery and garden.  I hope you’ll be able to drop by today from 1-5 and see how this process works.