Cyclamens in the cracks

When we completed our crevice garden, we wanted to see if it would be a good home to cyclamen, since they like to grow naturally in well drained sites, and sites that are very dry during their late spring/early dormant period. Here, they also get a couple of hours of morning sun, but shade after that and no supplemental water. The soil mix is about 50% Permatill and 50% native soil/compost. Here are some photos recently taken this winter showing how they have fared. The joy of growing cyclamen is that each seedling has a different leaf pattern...what amazing plants! Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen coum Cyclamen coum Read more [...]

Late Fall Alliums

Although it's a bit late, we wanted to share a new image we took of Allium kiiense in the gardens last fall. For us, this is one of the best small alliums for the garden, but because it flowers so late in the year (2nd week of November for us), few people ever see it. Every year, we produce more than we can sell because we keep assuming that word of this treasure will finally get out in public. Since it has a slightly pendant habit, Allium kiiense is best located where you can see it close up, and ideally from slightly below. Read more [...]

Winter Bloomers

Walking around the garden in mid-winter, we spotted a couple of nice woodies in full flower in addition to the winter blooming perennials. The first is one of many witch hazels we grow...in this case, Hamamelis 'Orange Peel'. Hamamelis 'Orange Peel' Growing nearby is Distylium buxifolium, also in full flower. D. buxifolium is a cousin to the better known D. myricoides. As best we can determine, it was not in cultivation in the US until a recent wild seed collection by Scott McMahan of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Our plant is 3 years old from seed and measures 3' tall x 10' wide. Distylium buxifolium in flower Distylium buxifolium flowers closeup Read more [...]

The Bloomin’ Garden!

Here some images of plants blooming in the garden this week. Camellia 'Cinnamon Cindy'Camellia 'Lady Vansittart' Camellias are a great evergreen plant for the garden and depending on the species they offer blooms from fall, sporadically through the winter and into spring. Edgeworthia 'Snow Cream'Helleborus 'Cinnamon Snow' Edgeworthia and hellebores are both winter bloomers and the blooms pair well floating in a bowl of water. Iris unguicularis 'Winter Echoes' Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some seed and seedpods from the gardens and the greenhouses today. Aucuba - zone: 7a-9bHesperaloe - zone: 7a-10b Muhlenbergia lindheimeri - zone: 6a-9bOpuntia - zone: 7a-10b, at least Aspidistra - zone: dependent on speciesDalea - zone: 3a-8b Read more [...]

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 [...]

Plantcestry.org

For 2020, we’ve added over 90+ new plants in the catalog, with more than 50 being Plant Delights Nursery exclusives, thanks to the incredible work of our staff who scour the world, in addition to our own selecting and breeding, to bring you these amazing new plants. View the digital version here! As we allude to on the cover, keeping up with the plant name change carousel is a feat itself. Continual advances in DNA are revealing relationships we never dreamed possible. When a name change is supported by good research and conclusions, we include both names for several years, since the purpose of nomenclature is about facilitating communications. We apologize for what often seems like confusing name changing, but really, we have more nomenclatural clarity now than ever. Read more [...]

Friday Podcast!

Decorative fruit and seed pods add to your garden's interest year round and are a food source birds and other wildlife. Andropogon - Zone: 4a to 9bPhlomis - Zone: 7a to 10b Mahonia - Zone: 7a to 8bMonarda - Zone: 4a to 8b Hydrangea - Zone: variable on speciesMuhlenbergia - Zone: 6b to 10b Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast!

Here are some ornamental seed pods from the gardens this week. CryptomeriaDasylirion EuonymusPennisetum IrisMiscanthus 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 [...]