Paeonia japonica – a peony for shade

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, … Continue reading

Adore us some acorus

I was just walking through our woodland garden and stopped to snap this photo of one of my favorite perennials, Acorus gramineus ‘Minnimus Aureus’. No matter how many new plants hit the market, this will always be a favorite and … Continue reading

Cast Iron Tough

Now that winter is giving us a sneak preview of what’s in store for the next few months,  the evergreen plants in the garden are really starting to shine without all those pesky deciduous perennials. Aspidistra, or cast iron plants, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Leaf me alone…after the flowers fade

Long after the flowers of the fall flowering Cyclamen hederifolium fade, the foliage remains amazing all through the winter and into early spring before going dormant. Cyclamen ‘Silverado’ is one of many seed strains that are high on our favorites … Continue reading

Coral Bells…Supersize me!

After years of breeders trying to shrink all perennials down to toy train size, there are signs that the trend is finally reversing. One of the best examples for 2018 is Heuchera ‘Lemon Love’ from our friend Hans Hansen at … Continue reading

Resurrecting Lenten Roses

So, how do your evergreen perennials including hellebores look after the early winter blast?  Most likely, they look a bit rough if your ground froze like it did here at the garden.  Most likely, they’ll be fine once they thaw … Continue reading