We’ve been enjoying the late-flowering hostas over the last few weeks, with many just beginning. One of our favorites is Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’…a stunning sport of Hosta ‘Invincible’ with fragrant flowers and variegated foliage. We put this as one of the best performing hostas we’ve ever grown..great foliage, great flowers, and great vigor in the garden.
We love species clematis for their interesting seed heads…in addition to the flowers. Here is one of our experiments using a dasylrion as the support structure for the clematis. We just took this photo showing the interesting three dimensional effect it created.
Here’s a photo we just took in the garden of the amazing Colocasia ‘White Lava’. We love this hybrid from the amazing breeding program of Hawaii’s John Cho. Hardiness outdoors is Zone 7b south.
It’s hard to beat the cobalt blue flowers of blue plumbago/leadwort in the summer garden. Here is our patch of the durable groundcover, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides in flower today…either full sun or light shade is fine. Don’t confuse this with the tropical blue African plumbago, Plumbago auriculata…this one is winter hardy to at least Zone 5b.
Looking especially great in the garden today is Buddleia ‘Blue Heaven’. This amazing butterfly bush was hybridized to have a perfectly rounded, compact shape throughout the growing season without any clipping. Here’s our amazing plant in the garden this week.
This has been an amazing summer for crinum lilies at Juniper Level. These mostly African species and their hybrids are wonderfully fragrant, hard-to-kill bulbs for the sunny garden. Above is Crinum x baconii 'Maureen Spinks'...one of the showiest summer-flowering hybrids.
Another of the milk and wine striped crinum lilies is Crinum x digweedii 'Stars and Stripes'...here's a recent photo from the garden. It just oozes with fragrance!If rosy pink is your thing, Crinum 'Rose Parade' is looking quite nice in the garden. Crinum winter hardiness ranges from Zone 6 to Zone 8, depending on the species used in the cross. You'll find the hardiness zones for each in our on-line catalog, where we offer 40 varieties...probably one of the largest selections you'll find. Enjoy, and have a great weekend in the garden!
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The amazing Manettia cordifolia has been in full flower for several weeks, and will continue for quite a while. As you can imagine, this is hummingbird central. Anita and I spent a good bit of time the other evening snapping photos of this amazing vine.
We've enjoyed a late flowering hardy cactus in the gardens this week...Ferocactus wislizeni. Normally not winter hardy here, this high elevation seedling has been fine in the garden for the last four winters...two of which dropped to single digits F. If we get seed set, we'll grow some to share.
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The New Fall 2015 Plant Delights Nursery catalog is now on-line with lots of great new goodies, like the plants picture below. We hope you'll find a few that you can't garden without. Enjoy!
Agave 'Ivory Curls'
Fatsia 'Murakumo Nishiki'
Helleborus 'Pipa's Purple'
Lycoris x rosea 'Neon Nights'
Monarda 'Bubblegum Blast'
Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' Read more [...]
One of our favorite summer garden plants are the amorphophallus (love lilies), and in particular, Amorphophallus kiusianus. The foliage, which doesn't emerge before mid-June, resembles a miniature palm tree. This species is very rot resistant, compared to some of the other hardy species.
Amorphophallus kiusianus also sets seed with only one flower...one of only a small number of species which can do so. The seed initially turn pink, then age to cobalt blue in mid-summer. We've had good winter hardiness reports with this into Maryland. We're currently sold out, but will have our next crop ready for harvest in fall. Read more [...]