Painted ferns for the garden

Here are a couple of fern images from the garden yesterday.  First is our giant painted fern, Athyrium 'Godzilla', which can reach 6' wide x 3' tall.  To avoid chlorophyll shed in the garden, it's best planted a far distance from Hosta 'Mothra' or Hosta 'Rhodan'. Here is the lovely Athyrium nipponicum 'Burgandy Lace'..hard to beat this color in the spring garden.   Read more [...]

Iris cristata in flower

The dwarf native woodland iris, Iris cristata are in flower here today.  Iris 'Montrose White' was introduced by Montrose Gardens in NC.  Iris cristata is native in shade, but flowers much better when given a couple of hours of sun. Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant' is incredibly floriferous in the garden today.  These spring flowering groundcovers are just delightful.   Read more [...]

Epimediums on Parade in the Garden

What an incredible week for epimediums here at Juniper Level.  The first photo is our introduction, Epimedium 'Songbirds'...an insanely heavily flowered yellow selection. Epimedium wushanense 'Starlite' is our selection of the amazing Chinese species, which boasts large terminal inflorescences on a plant that approaches 2' tall.     Epimedium zhushanense is another incredible Chinese species with large bicolor, spider-like flowers.  We think these are truly stunning in the woodland garden. Read more [...]

Paeonia japonica – a peony for shade

Paeonia japonica two flowersThe Japanese woodland peony, Paeonia japonica just opened yesterday in the garden!  Unlike most other peonies, this one requires light shade, so plant it with hostas and ferns.  Our supply of these is always limited, so if you like it, don’t delay in getting one for your garden.

 

Asarum maximum ‘Shell Shocked’ in flower

Asarum maximum Shell Shocked in full flowerAsarum maximum ‘Shell Shocked’ is quite stunning in the garden today.  Here it is in full flower in our woodland garden taken yesterday.  This selection is dramatically more vigorous and floriferous than any other clone of the panda ginger we’ve grown.

 

Gathering aspidistra seed

Aspidistra seed pod harvestI spent the weekend enjoying winter garden clean-up and moving a few plants around. This time of year, the garden is like an Easter egg hunt, with treasures popping through the ground everywhere you look.

I was thrilled to discover a huge crop of aspidistra seed, which we’ll plant shortly.  Most folks move through the garden too quickly to see the seed pods, which nestle at ground level.