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 [...]

Cold Hardy Cyclamen

Tony's first encounter with hardy cyclamen was in the garden of the late Rachel Dunham of Cary, NC in the 1960s. He was amazed to see what he thought was a rare perennial, seeding all through her woodland lawn and was immediately struck by how tough cyclamen were, and obviously, how easy they were to cultivate. This started him on a lifetime of cyclamen fondness. Here is some of Tony's insights on growing hardy cyclamen. Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederifolium are the most commonly grown garden species with C. hederifolium blooming in the fall before the foliage emerges and C. coum blooming in the winter. Here are a couple of images of C. hederifolium blooming in the garden. Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are a few images of seed pods around the garden this week. GinkgoEuonymus PolygonatumRuscus Read more [...]

Gardening Unplugged

It's hard to believe that it is already time for our 2019 Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days! My how time flies. During each day of our Open Nursery & Garden Days, we offer a free garden chat as part of our educational outreach, "Gardening Unplugged". These are 15 minute discussions walking through the gardens, focusing on seasonally prominent topics, plants and garden design ideas. Join Tony and our expert horticultural staff as we explore all that nature has to offer. Meet at the Welcome Tent near the parking lot to join us! This Fall topics include: Dividing perennials - Crinum being dug to divide Hardy Tropicals Scent-sational Ginger Lilies Fall Blooming Bulbs - Crinum buphanoides Read more [...]