Salvia splendor

Salvia Phyllis Fancy clump in flower(64064)

Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ is simply stunning in the garden now.  This giant can reach 6′ tall x 10′ wide in one season…a great way to impress the neighbors. This wonderful salvia thrives despite moist soil and single digit F winter temperatures.

Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara4Salvia leucantha is one of the parents of Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’.  This is the compact form, Salvia ‘Santa Barbara’ in flower now.  To overwinter this below 15F, the soil must remain very dry.

 

Boehmeria in flower

Boehmeria nipononivea Glowlight2

Boehmeria ‘Glow Light’ in our woodland garden this week..one of the few rays of brightness we’ve seen in the garden after 11 straight days and over 6″ of rain.

Boehmeria nipononivea Kogane Mushi in flower closeupHere’s a closeup of Boehmeria ‘Kogane Mushi’ in flower this week.  Although we grow boehmeria for the foliage, the flower are also quite interesting.  Most of these are Zone 6a-9b and very easy to grow in light shade or part sun.

 

Who is Balduinia atropurpurea?

Balduinia atropurpurea in flowerWe just snapped this photo of our little-known Southeast native, Balduinia atropurpurea, which is in full flower today…not bad for early October.  It’s grown so rarely, that we don’t know how much farther north it might grow.  Any comments?

 

New Camera day

Eryngium yuccifolium flower closeup

Farfugium japonicum Sunsplash4 Tricyrtis Komon2 Tricyrtis Momoyama flowers

I’ve been using a Cannon EOS for probably two decades, so when my current one died recently (they all seem to develop shutter problems after a couple of years), Anita encouraged me to try her mirrorless Fuji camera.  Surprisingly, it almost made sense to my technically impaired brain, so yesterday I took the plunge and purchased a Fuji XT1, so this is my first day of trying it out.  Here are a few pics from the morning test session. Top to bottom are Eryngium yuccifolium, Farfugium ‘Sunsplash’, Tricyrtis ‘Komon’, and Tricyrtis ‘Momoyama’.  As always, Anita was right…it’s a great camera.  Now if I could just become a better photographer.

Cyclamen season at JLG

Cyclamen graecum v. anatolicum pdn005 in flower

 

Cyclamen season is in full swing here at Juniper Level.  We had great flowering this summer on Cyclamen graecum, even after a very cold winter…here’s a recent photo from the garden.  Cyclamen are very easy to grow as long as they receive light shade and have dry soil during the summer months.  We have an amazing selection of hardy cyclamen to choose from in our on-line catalog.

Fall Open Nursery and Garden time is here!

2015 9313 Souto garden west gate toward MtnIt’s time for our final Open Nursery and Garden for 2015.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 11-13 and Sept 18-20; 8-5 on Fri, Sat., and 1-5 on Sunday.  We hope you’ll join us with plant lovers from around the country to enjoy the beauty of the fall garden and shop for perennials to your heart’s content.  Did I mention the muscadine grape sampling…mmm good!

 

Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’

Hosta Sugar and Spice in flower2

We’ve been enjoying the late-flowering hostas over the last few weeks, with many just beginning.  One of our favorites is Hosta ‘Sugar and Spice’…a stunning sport of Hosta ‘Invincible’ with fragrant flowers and variegated foliage.  We put this as one of the best performing hostas we’ve ever grown..great foliage, great flowers, and great vigor in the garden.

Attracting Butterflies to the garden

Allium Millenium with yellow swallowtail2

We love plants that attract butterflies to the garden, and here at Juniper Level Botanic Garden, it’s been a banner year for butterflies. Allium ‘Millenium’ is always a favorite of yellow swallowtails…here are images from this week. See the top 25 flowers that attract butterflies here.

Eupataorium dubium Little Joe with yellow swallowtail

Joe Pye weed…aka Eupatorium is always a butterfly favorite.  Here is a photo this week with yellow swallowtails taking a sip of Eupatorium dubium.

Eupatorium dubium with pipevine swallowtailThe pipevine swallowtails were enjoying the same eupatorium together with the yellow swallowtails. You can find a link to all of our butterfly favorites here.  We hope you’ll plant to bring nature into your garden.

 

Fun with clematis

Dasylirion with clematis in seed

 

We love species clematis for their interesting seed heads…in addition to the flowers.  Here is one of our experiments using a dasylrion as the support structure for the clematis.  We just took this photo showing the interesting three dimensional effect it created.