Chelsea Gardens

Chelsea is always a sell out, so get your tickets early.   Interesting 3D garden Meatball Garden hmmm   A new use for driftwood Dyslexis hopscotch paving patterns Larger than life cattails Run for the metal roses No one's going to steel this bull Plants that never die Modernist garden A new take on stained glass Crevice fountains Not sure how they did this, but it's pretty amazing.   About face... If it looks like a nymph and moves like a nymph.... Read more [...]

UK Travels

Just back from a speaking gig in the UK and wanted to share some images from the trip. While there, we were able to visit the Chelsea Garden Show for the first time, and here are some of the amazing displays of horticultural perfection. Alliums Chrysanthemums Fuchsias Lupines Rebutias Sarracenias Lillies Gladiolus Narcissus   Agapanthus Hellebores - all forced from Ashwood Nurseries And looks who's manning the Ashwood booth...Pine Knot's Dick Tyler! Read more [...]

Flowering Pitchers

Although most folks grow our native pitcher plants for the foliage (pitchers), we think the flowers are pretty darn incredible.  Here are a couple of the earliest flowers species from the garden yesterday. 

Sarracenia flava putting on an incredible show.

The lovely pink-flowered Sarracenia rosea stays close to the ground, but what a color.

Amsonia ‘Storm Cloud’ before and after

In 2016, we introduced Amsonia ‘Storm Cloud‘ in conjunction with our friend Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens. Above is the same plant when we discovered by a stream, growing in deep shade in Central Alabama. What a star it has become, evidenced by the photo below.

Amsonia ‘Storm Cloud’ @ Juniper Level Botanic Garden

Plant Geek Visitors

Another great weekend in the garden, highlighted by a visit from several of our extended plant family…Carl Schoenfeld and Wade Roitsch of the former Yucca Do, Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens (back), and yours truly on the right. It’s been about seven years since we were able able to get together.  Carl is raising cattle (and plants) at his ranch in Argentina, and Wade is doing the same in Texas. Thanks to John Walters for snapping the photo. 

Double Your Pleasure

Flowering in the woodland garden this week is the diminutive Anemonella ‘Schoaf’s Double’…so very cute. Hardiness is Zone 4a-8b. 

We’re also working with a new double form that our research horticulturist, Jeremy Schmidt found on a botanizing trip in Tennessee. Here it is this week in the garden. 

Sweet as a Candy Striper

Epimedium ‘Candy Striper’ is our 2011 introduction, but it took us this long to take a decent photo. Epimediums are particularly challenging to photograph since they don’t hold all their flowers in a single plane. So, would anyone buy it based on this image?  If so, we’d love to offer it again.  Hardiness Zone 5a-8b.

Here’s a new image of Epimedium ‘Domino’ from the garden this week…isn’t that amazing! You can’t go wrong with this gem.

Need a shave?

In 2011, we introduced Asarum pulchellum ‘The Fuzz’, which is probably the best evergreen ground cover wild ginger we grow.  Sadly, only a few people purchased it.  Is is the excess facial hair that turns folks off?  We’ve love to offer this again, but only if enough folks will purchase it. Below is a photo of it in the garden this week. Hardiness is Zone 7b-9b, at least. We’d be curious to hear from folks who have tried it in a colder zone. 

Find the Silver Lining

Here’s a new image of our 2017 introduction, Asarum ichangense ‘Silver Lining‘ in the garden this week. Our 17 year old patch is nearing 3’ wide…pretty special in the woodland garden. Hardiness is Zone 5b-8a, at least.