Asarum – Wild Gingers

Plants in the genus asarum are small but exquisite, deer-resistant woodland perennials that thrive in moist but well-drained conditions with light shade. Many asarum species are evergreen and make a great ground cover in the woodland garden. Here are some images of asarum in the garden this morning. Asarum are one of our specialty collections at Juniper Level Botanic Garden, with 86 species and 529 unique clones. Join Tony in the gardens during this Gardening Unplugged video garden chat about wild gingers. The flower color of asarums are usually burgundy or purple, but we are always on the look out for variants. Towards the end of the video Tony shows a yellow flowered form, Asarum ichangense 'Ichang Lemon', which we hope to have available for 2021. We do have another yellow flowered form we are offering for the first time this year, Asarum 'Tama Rasya'. Asarum 'Tama Rasya' Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast!

Here are more interesting fruit and seedpods from the garden. Happy Holidays! Ruscus - Zone:7a-9bSauromatum - Zone:6a-10b Danae - Zone:6b-8bOpuntia - seed pods producing new pads - Zone:7a-10bRohdea - Zone:6a-10b Read more [...]

Cyclamen are like Snowflakes

Cyclamen hederifolium is a great addition to the winter garden. They begin flowering in late fall/early winter before the foliage. When foliage emerges it will remain during the winter. The foliage is quite dramatic with intricate patterning of silver and shades of green. Most hardy cyclamen are grown from seed, so like snowflakes, no two are alike. Here are some of the cyclamen growing in our crevice garden. Notice the variation in variegation, leaf shape, and differences in flower color. Read more [...]

Adult vs. Juvenile

We get really excited about adult (mature) forms of ivy (Hedera) that are shrubs (arborescent). Juvenile (young) ivy vines, like a young child, run around the garden and get into things they shouldn't. Like kids, ivy goes through puberty, which happens only after it crawls high (30-40') into a tree or other tall object. It then settles down, stops running and becomes woody, with a compact, evergreen growth habit. It also begins flowering (an amazing pollinator attractant), sets attractive fruit, and we have seen no errant seedlings in our trials. H. helix 'Paper Doll'H. rhombea 'Hyuryu Island' Just as adult people grow rounder with age, arborescent ivies also change shape and the leaves lose their lobed appearance and the growth becomes dense and woody. By propagating from these difficult-to-root adult parts of the plant, the adult ivy plant retains the mature characteristics and no longer feels the need to crawl around and conquer the rest of your garden. H. helix 'Prince Avenue' Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some colorful fruit and interesting seedpods from the garden this week. ArgemoneGaillardia MalvaviscusPersimmon Read more [...]

Take a Peak at Our Fall Bloomers

When you think about fall flowers, pansies, mums and asters are what many people think of. But there is a myriad of plants that bloom in the fall or begin blooming in summer and will continue through fall, often up until we get our first frost. Here is a sampling of some of the plants blooming in our sales houses yesterday. AbutilonCyclamenFarfugiumGaillardiaGloxiniaNierembergiaOxalis Tradescantia SileneTecomariaVerbena Read more [...]

The Strangest Flowers You Rarely See

Plant Delights Nursery and JLBG focuses on preserving genetic germplasm through ex-situ conservation and assembling complete collections of specific plant groups. This aides in conducting scientific and taxonomic research to clarify mis-information and nomenclature issues in the industry. One of these specialty collections is Aspidistra, also known as cast iron plant. JLBG’s collection currently contains 32 species, 109 unique clones and 12 unidentified species. Aspidistra tonkinensis - Hannon formAspidistra lutea - Mai Chau form Aspidistra is a group of evergreen woodland perennials typically grown for their foliage and unique variegation. Many people never notice their flowers, which are borne at ground level, below the foliage. Here are some flower images from the garden this week. Aspidistra elatior 'To Ryu Mon' Read more [...]

Thursday Morning Podcast

Nature provides beauty and interest in the garden year round. Not just from it's floral displays, but often the seed pods are as interesting. Here are some seed pods from the garden this week. ClematisTaxodium ascendens Cestrum BegoniaPunica (pomegranate) Read more [...]

Plant Folklore

Humanity could not exist without plants. People's interactions with plants have evolved throughout history from medicinal, to magical, to nutritional. These interactions often resulted in whimsical, fanciful tales tied to oral history passed from one generation to the next. Take for example the genus Adiantum, maidenhair fern: The genus is derived from the Greek for "unwetted" because water rolls off the fronds. The individual pinnae were thought to resemble the hair of Venus, from Roman mythology, when she was born from the sea, fully formed and with dry hair, thus the common name maidenhair fern. The Birth of Venus As part of our Gardening Unplugged garden chat series held in conjunction with our Open Nursery & Garden Days, assistant nursery manager, Dennis Carey, leads a brief tour through the gardens discussing the plant folklore surrounding some popular garden plants. Learn more about adiantum and other plant folklore here! Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

More interesting seed pods from the garden this week. ClerodendrumCylindropuntia PoncirusCyclamen Read more [...]