A special Plant Delights congratulations to former PDN’er and NCSU graduate, Dr. Richard Olsen, who was just appointed the new Director of your U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC. Since finishing his PhD at NCSU in 2006, Richard has worked as a tree breeder with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Richard is an amazing plantsman, and we look forward to him putting his stamp on USNA, following in the footsteps of a distinguished line of past directors. Congratulations!
Sometimes when walking through our production greenhouses, it’s hard to contain our excitement about all the cool plants. For those unable to visit, here’s a shot from our epimedium greenhouses today…so many great new selections for the woodland garden!
I just captured this shot of Clematis recta ‘Lime Close’ in the garden. What great dark purple spring foliage!
I remember when I discovered we could actually grow ladyslipper orchids in the garden, despite so many stories of them being impossible to cultivate. The reality is that one ladyslipper, Cypripedium acaule is tough to move. Otherwise, they’re easy. I just took this photo of our clump of Cypripedium ‘Hank Small’…32 flowers this year! I hope you will give these a try in your light shade garden. A slightly moist soil is best, although this one is grown much too dry under a giant pine tree.
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.