Surprise!

A cold front that came through Raleigh, NC yesterday brought much needed rain and cooler temperatures. Coupled with the hit and miss showers last week, the first of our lycoris (surprise lily, hurricane lily, spider lily) have started to emerge in the garden. We look forward to a steady procession of "surprises" as we move into late summer and fall. Phil's Gold Lycoris have long been a geophyte (bulbs, corms, tubers, etc.) of interest, and since our climate is perfect for their growth, we are attempting to assemble a complete lycoris collection, and sort out some of the taxonomic misinformation, as well as to make many unavailable clones available to more gardeners. Here at JLBG, we currently grow all of the Lycoris species and over 650 unique clones, making this most likely the largest lycoris collection in the world. We are currently working on our fall catalog and eleven lycoris made the fall catalog cut, including eight first time offerings. Keep your eyes out....we're coming Read more [...]

Welcome to Our Garden Oasis

What sweltering weather we have been having in Raleigh, NC the last couple of weeks. But the gardening must go on! We welcome you to the last weekend of our Summer Open Nursery & Garden Days. Saturday 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm. Don't forget about our Gardening Unplugged garden chats: 10 am - Ex-situ Conservation, 2 pm - Hardy Palms, just meet at the welcome tent!! And keep your body fueled, Rare Earth Farms Food Truck will be here today at 11 am. Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some images of fruit and seed pods from the garden today. Come visit this weekend during our Summer Open Nursery & Garden Days, Friday & Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm. Acer (Maple) Hesperaloe (False Red Yucca) Podophyllum (May Apple) - hand pollinated and tagged with parent information Read more [...]

Experience White Satin

Expect the unexpected around every turn at Juniper Level Botanic Garden! Yesterday, during our Gardening Unplugged garden chat with Garden Curator, Amanda Wilkins, we came upon a happy pair of white satin moths enjoying the sun and each others company upon an Echinodorus leaf in the sunken garden.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend or next during our Summer Open Nursery and Garden Days.

White Satin Moths on Echinodorus leaf

Gardening Unplugged

One of the rewarding and fascinating aspects of gardening is that you are always learning something new. Join Tony and our expert staff of horticulturists each day of our 2019 Summer Open Nursery & Garden Days for our free garden chat series, Gardening Unplugged! Simply meet at the welcome tent at 10 am and 2 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays, and explore a wide range of seasonally pertinent topics such as Fragrant Plants in the Garden, Hardy Palms, and Floral Arranging. Fragrant Plants - Friday July, 12 at 2 pm Hardy Palms - Saturday July 20 at 2 pm Floral Arranging - Sunday July 14 at 2 pm Read more [...]

Hardy Palms for Your Garden

We are continually on the hunt for new cold hardy palms. When we find an individual clone of hardy palm tree growing in a particularly cold climate, we do what all good plant nurseries do, we propagate it for our plant catalog! There is no reason why gardeners in Tennessee or Virginia cannot have a cold hardy palm tree in their yard just like a Floridian. Sabal palm Try pairing hardy palms with other tropical looking plants like colocasia, musa, and hedychium. Join Zac Hill, our taxonomist, July 20 at 2 PM as he discusses hardy palms in the garden. This is part of our free garden chat series, Gardening Unplugged, during each Open Nursery & Garden Days. Windmill palm Needle palm Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

When designing your garden, incorporate as many visual treats as possible. So in addition to selecting plants for their attractive flowers and leaves, consider choosing some perennials for their ornamental seed or fruit. Here are some decorative seed pods in the garden this morning! Opuntia Hosta Yucca Amorphophallus Read more [...]

The Smells of Summer

Fragrant flowers are an often overlooked (or under-smelled) feature of the garden. But planting a garden full of fragrant flowers delights the nose, both day and night. The summer garden is full of wonderfully fragrant plants to tickle your nose and calm your senses. Here are some images taken yesterday in the garden...if only they were scratch and sniff! Hymenocallis Join us for our 2019 Summer Open Nursery & Garden Days, July 12-14 and 19-21 and experience the fragrances of the summer garden for yourself! Echinacea When thinking about fragrance in the garden, don't forget about foliage as well. Plants like rosemary and Illicium are amazing additions to your fragrance palette. Illicium 'Florida Sunshine' Crinum Read more [...]

Don’t Let Gardening Bog You Down

If you have a soggy area or damp soils, don't drain it! We have marginal aquatic perennial plants for wet soil that are great for landscaping everything from rain gardens to bog gardens. These garden perennials love moist spots and will make you fall in love with perennials that dry soil gardeners only dream of growing. Damp soil plants range from carnivorous plants like sarracenia and bog plants like hymenocallis that need full sun. Bog with pitcher plants (sarracenia) and crinum. Many bog plants like sarracenia also do well in containers as long as they retain consistent moisture. Click here to learn more about their culture and growing sarracenia in containers. Pitcher plants available in our sales house. Read more [...]