With the retirement of Dr. Larry Mellichamp from the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Garden, UNC-C is looking to fill his position with two people. The first position to be advertised is a Research Specialist, who will manage the greenhouse and gardens. If you’re interested, the position is only open until the end of November.
One of our favorite woodland garden plants is the evergreen solomon’s seal, Disporopsis pernyi. Here’s a photo I just took to show how good it still looks after several nights around 20 degrees F. It’s also about as tolerant of deep shade as any plant we grow. We’ve had reports of it being winter hardy into cold zone 6/warm zone 5, although there it becomes deciduous.
As the foliage dies down, the garden reveals all kinds of treasures like seed head on the voodoo lily, Sauromatum venosum. The seed are easy to germinate, but use gloves to handle them, since many aroids contain skin tingling compounds.
The hardy Schefflera delavayi is looking great after two nights in the 20s this year…still in full flower. We’ve got a great looking crop ready to ship! These survived single digits last year with no problem and have been growing happily here since 2003. We’d love to hear from folks who have tried them in colder climates.
The amazing Southeast US native shrub mints are looking great now in mid-fall. Here is one of my favorites…Conradina canescens here in the garden…in full flower to go along with its minty foliage. Good drainage and full sun are the keys to success.
One of our best fall flowering perennials each year is the amazing South Africa Oxalis bowiei. Although it’s completely summer dormant, it more than makes up for lost time with its incredible flowering in the fall season and again in spring. Here is it in one of our rock garden sections today…after our first light frost.
Another favorite late aster is Aster oblongifolius ‘Fanny‘…a selection of the North American native aromatic aster. Here it is in peak bloom today here at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. This particular specimen was planted 14 months ago as a 1 qt plant. It is now 8′ wide…growing, of course in full sun and in well prepared soil.