One of the most impressive perennials we grow is the giant Bidwill’s coral bean, Erythrina x bidwillii. This amazing plant is a hybrid between the North American native coral bean and its South American counterpart. It starts flowering for us in late spring, and continues unabated until just before frost. Be sure you have plenty of room since it can reach 10′ in width. We’ve grown this since the mid 1980s, so its seen 0 degrees F temperatures with no problem, although it is very late to resprout in spring.
Clematis 'Sapphire Indigo' is such a great plant in the perennial garden. This non-vining clematis makes a short clump that flowers for us from spring through summer. It weaves nicely into nearby neighbors making delightful combinations.
Another of our favorites is the amazing Clematis 'Roguchi'. The bell-shaped flowers come from clumping clematis species, but this one does make a short-growing vine to 6-8' tall. Clematis 'Roguchi' also flowers heavily, virtually non-stop during the growing season. I can't imagine a summer garden without this.
Here's the seed show on the East Coast native bush clematis, Clematis ochroleuca. The flowers are nice also, but the long-lasting show are these golden seed heads.
Here's another amazing bush clematis, Clematis recta 'Lime Close'. This unique clematis makes a 3' tall mound of foliage that emerges dark purple, and an incredible cloud-like show of white flowers...simply superb.
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Visitors to our Summer Open Nursery and Garden get to see the amorophophallus at their peak.
The amorphophallus that always draws the most attention in summer is Amorphophallus kiusianus and its beautiful seed heads which first turn a mauvy pink, then age to cobalt blue.
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It’s been absolutely amazing to watch the swarm of honeybees, ants, and hummingbirds feeding on our giant 30′ tall flowering agave. Here’s an updated photo of the blessed event from yesterday. This weekend’s final summer open house is the last chance to see it in person.
I just snapped this photo of the amazing Crinum buphanoides…one of the most unique crinum lilies we grow. Be sure to check it out if you visit for our open nursery and garden this weekend. Only a few plants of this rarely offered crinum lily remain in the sales area.
Summer Open Nursery and Garden
Come see our 30 foot flowering agave at our final Summer Open Nursery and Garden Days this weekend. Visitors from around the country have been showing up to see our giant agave in flower, a 16-year-old specimen of Agave salmiana x Agave asperrima, with the first flowers opening right on cue for our summer open days. This is the tallest century plant we've ever flowered, with the tip of the spike topping out just a few inches below the 30' tall mark. We've got our giant ladder perched nearby so Jeremy can make his daily pollinations, all while fighting off attacking hummingbirds.
We hope you'll have time to walk around the garden while you're here. The newly-opened, full sun Souto garden is looking fabulous, with so much color it's almost overwhelming. Changes also abound throughout the older sections of the garden. Anita has suggested the removal of several formerly fenced and hedged areas to create more openness...we think you'll Read more [...]
One of our favorite new hostas is Hosta ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’. The longer we grow it, the better we like it…here’s a new photo. It originated as a sport, originally from Hosta ‘Maui Buttercups’. Hosta ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ has very thick, corrugated leaves, with a dramatic gold and dark green pattern on a small-medium sized clump.
One of our favorite native plants is in full flower in the garden…the unusual white-topped sedge. Dichromena (Rhynchospora) latifolia makes a slowly spreading patch that resembles a carex until the odd white flower spikes occur in mid-summer. Although it usually is found in seasonally flooded sites, we have found it also makes a great specimen in all but the driest garden sites.
The butterflies are feasting on the echinaceas in the garden. I just caught this Eastern ?tiger swallowtail sitting still this week. You can bring amazing pollinators into your garden by planting lots of nectar-producing plants.