Smellivision

When will they develop scratch and sniff smart phones? "I'll never forget my first encounter as a preteen with Hedychium coronarium, when my dad took me to the garden of a local gardener, Rachel Dunham. There, in the midst of her lawn was a huge clump of hardy ginger plant in full flower. I was amazed how a plant that looked so tropical and had such fragrant flowers could be so winter hardy and easy to grow. Since Mrs. Dunham was overly generous, I went home with a huge sack of plants for my own garden. As with every OCD gardener, this would mark only the beginning of my hedychium collecting phase, which continues today. Thirty five years later, I would finally see ginger lilies in the wild on a botanical expedition to North Vietnam." Tony Avent Join Tony, Saturday September 21 at 10:00am, during our 2019 Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days as he talks about the scent-sational ginger lilies at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Hedychium 'Vanilla Ice' Read more [...]

Late Summer Surprises

One of the rewards of making it through the dog days of summer, as well as renewed hope for fall's arrival, are the numerous late summer and fall blooming bulbs that offer pop-up-blooms in the garden. HabranthusLycoris These late summer/fall blooming bulbs include lycoris, rhodophiala, habranthus and zephyranthes. Here are a few of the beauties blooming in the garden yesterday. Lycoris Join us Saturday, September 14, 2019 for our Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days. Meet our taxonomist, Zac Hill, at the welcome tent at 10am for a tour through the gardens exploring fall blooming bulbs. LycorisLycoris RhodophialaZephyranthes Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some decorative seed pods from the garden this week. AgapanthusPennisetum Taxodium CannaCattail Read more [...]

Holy Hosta!

Our hostas have happy roots! Hosta 'Apple Pie' Hostas are often touted as the best shade-loving plants for the perennial garden. At Plant Delights Nursery our hostas are all container-grown and are multiple-division plants that you can immediately divide. H. 'Kim She'H. 'Sunshine Floozie' All of the hostas that appear in this post are from our own breeding program at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Learn more about our breeding program here. Read more [...]

Retirement Garden Party

Each year we offer nearly 1,500 unique, rare and native perennials for sale, out of the 26,000 taxa in the garden. xAmarcrinum 'Dorothy Hannibal' As we are constantly trialing new plants coming to the market and evaluating underutilized or unknown perennials from around the world, we must retire hundreds of plants each year to make room in our greenhouses for new treasures. Here are a few of our favorite plants being retired at the end of this year, so don't miss out! Cestrum parquiMalvaviscus 'Big Momma' Read more [...]

The Real Cats of JLBG

Today is National Black Cat Appreciation Day, so we would like to recognize past and present nursery cats of JLBG. If you’ve visited the gardens during open house and gardens, you have, no doubt, met some or all of our family of cats over the years. PearlRuby DiamondZirconia HenryJasper Henry and Jasper are the current reigning Nursery Cats of JLBG! Meet them at our 2019 Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days. Read more [...]

Let it Rain

With summer showers, come August flowers! At Juniper Level Botanic Garden, rain lilies (zephyranthes), are one of our specialty collections. We work with top rain lily breeders and collectors around the world and our collection contains 25 species, several unknown species, and 257 unique clones. Here is a link to our photo gallery of zephyranthes that are part of our collection. We currently have a dozen varieties of rain lily available online. Read more [...]

CMYK

This past week I went to our catalog printer in Lynchburg, VA for the press check of our Fall Catalog. The whole scope of the process and vast size of the printing presses is quite fascinating. A printed copy of the cover off the press is compared to the initial proof and any minor tweaks or color adjustments are made. Once the color is approved, the printer starts up again. It first puts down the yellow components of the cover, followed by the red, green and then blue. Here are some samplings, ending with the final cover! Look for catalogs to arrive in mailboxes mid-August. You can request a copy here, or you can preview the digital version. Read more [...]