The 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.
Pulmonaria ‘Diana Clare’ has been outstanding in our garden, and for the last couple of weeks has been a spectacle in full flower. This has moved to the top of our lungwort collection…truly superb, even in our hot, humid climate.
For those who like seriously esoteric plants, Ruscus hypoglossom ‘Mr. Lonely’ is in full flower today in the garden…how truly quaint! Despite the minuscule flowers, Ruscus makes a superb evergreen groundcover in dry shade.
Here’s Hosta ‘Designer Genes’ in the garden today, after dodging the predicted frost last night (we only recorded 38 degrees at the nursery). Like the sun peaking over the horizong, I love the way this hosta emerges in spring!
Asarum 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.
I just snapped this photo of Helleborus ‘Merlin’ in the garden…the flowers are a mysterious dusty pink. This is one of the sterile Christmas rose hybrids with outfacing flowers, and silver-veined foliage.
I 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.