Some sage advice…check out these great newly available salvias!

We've trialed many variegated forms of the lovely fall-flowering Salvia leucantha, and the only one we felt was good enough to share is Salvia leucantha 'Eder', which we're pleased to offer this summer/fall for the first time. Where it isn't winter hardy, it can easily be kept indoors in a cool room or porch. I first met the Balkan native, Salvia nutans on a visit to Germany a few years ago and was gobstruck.  How had I missed knowing and growing such amazing plant?  We were able to track down seed, and to our surprise, it thrived even through our hot humid summers. For us, Salvia nutans flowers for several months in spring, but will continue longer if the summers are cooler.  Did I mention how hard it is to photograph due to the abundance of feeding bumblebees? Salvia 'Newe Ya'ar' is an odd name for an odd plant.  This amazing sage was developed in Israel by breeders looking for the perfect culinary sage.  In developing this, they also created Read more [...]

Bird of Paradise Tree and Buffalo Gourd…two little known horticultural oddities

We hope you've received your new Fall 2016 catalog and are enjoying the plants we selected for inclusion. If not, they're all on-line. It's been years since we were able to offer one of our favorite garden plants, the Hardy Bird of Paradise Tree...Caesalpinia gilliesii.  After years of searching, we located a seed source and are thrilled to have it available once again.  We've had this survive 0 degrees F in the past, so it's certainly the hardiest member of an otherwise tropical genus. Another oddity that we're offering for the first time is the US native, Buffalo Gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima.  Who know there was a hardy perennial gourd, native from Wisconsin south Mexico, and west to California.  In addition to having beautiful glaucous blue, sandpapery foliage, the giant yellow flowers, followed by small green and white gourds are equally amazing.  Buffalo Gourd is a desert plant, so no extra irrigation is needed after establishment. As always, we hope you find Read more [...]

Hosta ‘Branching Out’ – a breeding breakthrough

One of the most rewarding parts of our work is being able to introduce a plant we've taken from idea (branched flower scapes) to reality. We are finally able to share our latest creation this week with the introduction of Hosta 'Branching Out'. The first cross in the long road from creation to market took place here in 1989.  A seedling was selected that was later crossed with another 1995 seedling, which was later crossed with a 1999 seedling, which in 2004 was crossed with the blue-leaved Hosta 'Pewterware', after we noticed that both hostas would occasionally produce a single-branched flower scape.  We evaluated the resulting 2004 seedlings for several years before paring down their numbers in the semi-final cut. We were looking for good branching, attractive flowers, and sturdy stems. Once the final selection was made, we watched it for four more years to make sure it consistently branched in the garden, during which time, we also sent it north to evaluate its performance in colder Read more [...]

Carex specialist Pat Fitzgerald visits PDN/JLBG

We were delighted this week to welcome Irish nurseryman/marketer Pat Fitzgerald.  This was the first time we'd met in person, although we've corresponded on-line for years. We had a wonderful time walking through the gardens and sharing our excitement about new plants on the horizon.  Pat is best known for his amazing line of carex that he's developed, with more in the pipeline.  Here are a few you'll see if you visit during our final two Summer Open Nursery and Garden days today (Saturday 8-5), and tomorrow (Sunday 1-5). Pat Fitzgerald           Carex 'Everest' Carex 'Everillo' Carex 'Everlime' Carex 'Eversheen'   Read more [...]

Sinningia – a flowering machine

Here's a recent photo from the garden of one of our favorite full sun, summer-flowering perennials, Sinningia 'Arkansas Bells'.  This amazing African violet relative thrives with cactus and agaves in our full sun rock garden, flowering from April until September, during which time, the hummingbirds have to wait their turn.  We don't currently offer this because not enough folks purchased it last time, which drives us a little nuts!  It's only winter hardy to 5 degrees F in the ground, but makes a superb container plant in colder zones.  So, why do more people not buy this?  Please convince us to propagate some more since it is so wonderful.         Read more [...]

PDN is looking for an Administrative Manager…is this you?

Hi Folks; Would you like to join our unique and talented Plant Delights Nursery team?  We're looking for a very special person for our newly created position of Administrative Manager, whose charge will be to oversee the entire administrative side of our business. This position will work closely with us (Tony and Anita) as we share our vision of enhancing both the customers' shopping experiences while also enhancing the behind the scenes nursery functionality.  We're looking for someone who is passionate about our mission, embraces improvements and change, and selling and shipping great plants to great people around the world. If this describes you, and if your skill set matches our needs, we'd love to hear from you.  Here's the link to the job description Happy Gardening! tony and anita Read more [...]

Summer Open Nursery and Garden

2016 9249 patio gardenToday…Sunday is day 3 of our 6-day Summer Open Nursery and Garden.  We hope you’ll drop to stroll the gardens and perhaps find a few plants you can’t live without.  We’re open today from 1-5 and next Friday, Saturday 8-5, and winding up next Sunday from 1-5pm. We’d love to say hello and answer your gardening questions, so load up your camera and your gardening friends and we’ll see you in the garden. Please allow plenty of time as there are an amazing number of great plants to see!

 

Kildeer nesting in the garden

Kildeer nesting at JLBGMost birds in the garden have the good sense to nest in relatively safe areas like trees, but not killdeers.  I almost ran over this nesting killdeer with the golf cart yesterday. Fortunately, they have rather loud voices.  We’re not sure if this is mama or daddy, but the babies can’t be far off.

 

Dwarf Formosa Lily flowering

Lilium formosanum HehuanFlowering now is our dwarf strain of Formosa lily from a seed collection at over 9000′ elevation in Taiwan.  Lilium formosanum ‘Hehuan‘ stays at 2’ tall, and has lovely burgundy keeled flowers…delightful!  It also comes true from seed.

 

Boehmeria ‘Glow Light’

Boehmeria nipononivea Glow Light3

One of the most difficult parts of our job is to try and predict which plants will sell well.  We’d like to think that our favorites would also be your favorites, and in some cases that’s true.  In others, like Boehmeria ‘Glow Light’, it wasn’t true.  We just took this photo of one of our favorite woodland perennials that’s unrivaled for brightening a shade garden all summer long.  It’s easy to grow and hardy from zones 6a-9b.  So, help us out…why didn’t enough folks buy this amazing plant to keep it in production?