Winter Wonders – Asarum

Asarum, also know as wild ginger, are a deer-resistant woodland perennial. They perform well in moist but well-drained soils. Many are evergreen and will slowly form a dense groundcover. Below is a selection of our North American native Asarum arifolium … Continue reading

Asarum maximum ‘Shell Shocked’ in flower

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 … Continue reading

Asarum ichangense in flower

Anita and I spent a good bit of time photographing in the gardens this weekend…her with an artistic eye and me from a plantsman’s perspective.  It’s truly amazing to see how differently we each view the garden…I’m amazed at her … Continue reading

New for 2015 – Asarum (Wild Gingers)

New for 2015 is Asarum nobilissimum ‘King Kong’.  This Plant Delights selection has massive 4″ wide flowers which are yellow with purple specks, compared to the typical darker purple flower.  We’re guessing this should be a Zone 7a plant at … Continue reading

Asarum takaoi ‘Roundabout’

One of my favorite wild gingers is the dwarf evergreen Asarum takaoi ‘Roundabout’.  This is one of the few evergreen asarum that’s hardy into Zone 4.  Asarums looks especially fine as their new foliage emerges in spring, as you can … Continue reading

Asarum forbesii ‘Mercury’ wild ginger

Here is the wonderful woodland wild ginger, Asarum forbesii ‘Mercury’ in full flower here at Juniper Level Botanic Garden.  We’ve grown this since the early 1990’s and this is the first year we’ve had enough to divide and share.

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 … Continue reading