Smellivision

When will they develop scratch and sniff smart phones? "I'll never forget my first encounter as a preteen with Hedychium coronarium, when my dad took me to the garden of a local gardener, Rachel Dunham. There, in the midst of her lawn was a huge clump of hardy ginger plant in full flower. I was amazed how a plant that looked so tropical and had such fragrant flowers could be so winter hardy and easy to grow. Since Mrs. Dunham was overly generous, I went home with a huge sack of plants for my own garden. As with every OCD gardener, this would mark only the beginning of my hedychium collecting phase, which continues today. Thirty five years later, I would finally see ginger lilies in the wild on a botanical expedition to North Vietnam." Tony Avent Join Tony, Saturday September 21 at 10:00am, during our 2019 Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days as he talks about the scent-sational ginger lilies at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Hedychium 'Vanilla Ice' Read more [...]

Late Summer Surprises

One of the rewards of making it through the dog days of summer, as well as renewed hope for fall's arrival, are the numerous late summer and fall blooming bulbs that offer pop-up-blooms in the garden. HabranthusLycoris These late summer/fall blooming bulbs include lycoris, rhodophiala, habranthus and zephyranthes. Here are a few of the beauties blooming in the garden yesterday. Lycoris Join us Saturday, September 14, 2019 for our Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days. Meet our taxonomist, Zac Hill, at the welcome tent at 10am for a tour through the gardens exploring fall blooming bulbs. LycorisLycoris RhodophialaZephyranthes Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some decorative seed pods from the garden this week. AgapanthusPennisetum Taxodium CannaCattail Read more [...]

Holy Hosta!

Our hostas have happy roots! Hosta 'Apple Pie' Hostas are often touted as the best shade-loving plants for the perennial garden. At Plant Delights Nursery our hostas are all container-grown and are multiple-division plants that you can immediately divide. H. 'Kim She'H. 'Sunshine Floozie' All of the hostas that appear in this post are from our own breeding program at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Learn more about our breeding program here. Read more [...]

Retirement Garden Party

Each year we offer nearly 1,500 unique, rare and native perennials for sale, out of the 26,000 taxa in the garden. xAmarcrinum 'Dorothy Hannibal' As we are constantly trialing new plants coming to the market and evaluating underutilized or unknown perennials from around the world, we must retire hundreds of plants each year to make room in our greenhouses for new treasures. Here are a few of our favorite plants being retired at the end of this year, so don't miss out! Cestrum parquiMalvaviscus 'Big Momma' Read more [...]

Let it Rain

With summer showers, come August flowers! At Juniper Level Botanic Garden, rain lilies (zephyranthes), are one of our specialty collections. We work with top rain lily breeders and collectors around the world and our collection contains 25 species, several unknown species, and 257 unique clones. Here is a link to our photo gallery of zephyranthes that are part of our collection. We currently have a dozen varieties of rain lily available online. Read more [...]

A Little Garden Hanky-Panky Goin’ On

While exploring the garden yesterday, I was admiring the cardinal flowers, Lobelia cardinalis, in the bog garden. Most of the flowers were red, there were a couple that were more magenta and a few blooming white . And then several feet away there was one that was a bicolor. Not sure who was the baby-daddy and who was the baby-momma, but we like the results! What happens in the bog garden stays in the bog garden. Lobelia - bicolor Read more [...]

Surprise!

A cold front that came through Raleigh, NC yesterday brought much needed rain and cooler temperatures. Coupled with the hit and miss showers last week, the first of our lycoris (surprise lily, hurricane lily, spider lily) have started to emerge in the garden. We look forward to a steady procession of "surprises" as we move into late summer and fall. Phil's Gold Lycoris have long been a geophyte (bulbs, corms, tubers, etc.) of interest, and since our climate is perfect for their growth, we are attempting to assemble a complete lycoris collection, and sort out some of the taxonomic misinformation, as well as to make many unavailable clones available to more gardeners. Here at JLBG, we currently grow all of the Lycoris species and over 650 unique clones, making this most likely the largest lycoris collection in the world. We are currently working on our fall catalog and eleven lycoris made the fall catalog cut, including eight first time offerings. Keep your eyes out....we're coming Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some images of fruit and seed pods from the garden today. Come visit this weekend during our Summer Open Nursery & Garden Days, Friday & Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm. Acer (Maple) Hesperaloe (False Red Yucca) Podophyllum (May Apple) - hand pollinated and tagged with parent information Read more [...]