Do you reckon anyone would buy such as oddity as our seedling, that we christened Ligularia japonica ‘Frosted Flecks’…or is it just too weird?
Although it might not compete with the riveting, edge-of-your-seat excitement of Olympic curling, we personally find Rohdea ‘Shishi‘ far more interesting. Here’s a photo of our garden patch looking great this week, even after a rough winter. This fascinating woodland specimen is winter hardy in Zones 6a-10b.
Most gardeners think vegetables when crucifers (brocolli, kale, cabbage, etc.) come to mind, while lawn afficinados, think weedy bittercress, and lab researchers think arabadopsis (the horticultural guinea pig).
It's hard to imagine, but these are all members of the giant crucifer family, Brassicaceae. The family also includes many ornamental garden plants, of which we are particularly enamoured with our native cardamines. Before the DNA crowd got hold of these, there were actually two distinct genera, which we still acknowledge, cardamine and dentaria (toothworts). All are spring woodland ephemerals, meaning they flower in winter, and are dormant by May. We've made a number of special selections from travels in the Eastern half of the country, some of which we've introduced, and several still in trials. Below are a few that we think are exceptional including some of our garden seedlings.
Cardamine bulbosa 'Show Showers' is the most amazing selection of our native Read more [...]
Here are images of the latest round of lenten rose hybrids in flower in our gardens this week. It was great to chat with so many wonderful visitors who came to see them in person during our Open Nursery and Garden days. For those who couldn't make it, you can enjoy this on-line glimpse. We've now added all of the remaining hellebores from our open days for our on-line customers. Enjoy!
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We are pleased to share another outstanding selection from our epimedium introduction program for 2018. Epimedium ‘Peachie‘ is not only a color break, but is also incredibly floriferous. If you have a woodland garden, we think you’ll enjoy this as much as we do. Hardiness is Zone 5a-8b, at least.
Popping out of the ground today is the delightful shredded umbrella plant, Syneilesis aconitifolia...love how the new growth is covered with white hair.
It's pretty rare for a woody plant to make our on-line catalog, so if you see one, you should assume it's something special. Such is the case with Ligustrum 'Little Moon'. We picked this up from Alabama plantsman Bobby Green on a trip back in 2011, and planted it immediately upon our return.
After seeing so many people plant ligustrum as foundation plants under a low window without realizing that they mature as 40' tall trees, the idea of a miniature ligustrum that never needs pruning was quite intriguing. After 7 years in our garden, our original plant is only 2' tall x 30" wide...in other words, a no-prune green meatball. Can you imagine all the energy that would be saved countrywide if people would stop butchering shrubs and instead focus on planting the right plant in the right place. We we see people constantly shearing shrubs (topiary artists excluded), the first question that comes to mind is "Don't they know what shovels are for?".
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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 Walters Garden. Imagine a coral bells that grows in excess of 4' wide!!! Maturing at 13" tall x 50" wide, the bright yellow foliage of Heuchera 'Lemon Love' is sure to be an imposing specimen in your garden. Morning sun or very high/open shade and well-drained soils are best. If enough people are as excited as we are, this could lead to an entire color range of giant coral bells. Hardiness is Zone 4a-8b.
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We love fall anemones, but don't allow them in our garden. Well, we did once upon a time, and after 20 years of trying to exterminate it, we're almost ready to negotiate the rental of a small nuclear device to handle what we've been unable to accomplish with traditional garden weaponry
In the garden, fall anemones are like extroverts on a sugar IV drip...they run around and socialize with everyone nearby, never seeming to slow down. Consequently, it always fascinated us that most nurseries and catalogs fail to mention that these will run rampant through your garden.
Every time we see a new anemone enter the market, we inquire if it runs, and as you can imagine, we've been given incorrect information quite often as we discovered after our on-site trials. We had almost given up our quest for a well-behaved fall anemone, when up popped the "Swan Series". In our trials, these gems absolutely refused to run, while still putting on an amazing show. The most popular of the "Swans" Read more [...]
We're always on the search for new ornamental grasses, and especially those with good blue foliage, since many of the more cold loving grasses aren't exactly thrilled with our summers. Well, back in 2003, we were botanizing in Liberty County, Florida...just west of Tallahassee, when we ran across this grass growing in a sandy roadside ditch. Despite fantastic performance in our trials, it took us 15 years to finally get around to dividing it for propagation, and christening it Andropogon glaucopsis 'Liberty Blue'. This little-known species ranges in the wild from North Carolina to East Texas. For us, the foliage of Andropogon 'Liberty Blue' reaches 18" tall x 30" wide, while the late summer flower stalks reach 42". We've rated it as hardy to Zone 7b, because we're not aware of anyone whose tried it in colder zone yet, but we hope you'll give it a try.
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