Epimedium ‘Peachie’ – a peach of a fairy wing

We are pleased to share another outstanding selection from our epimedium introduction program for 2018.  Epimedium ‘Peachie‘ is not only a color break, but is also incredibly floriferous.  If you have a woodland garden, we think you’ll enjoy this as much as we do.  Hardiness is Zone 5a-8b, at least. 

Mini Green Meatballs

It's pretty rare for a woody plant to make our on-line catalog, so if you see one, you should assume it's something special. Such is the case with Ligustrum 'Little Moon'. We picked this up from Alabama plantsman Bobby Green on a trip back in 2011, and planted it immediately upon our return.  After seeing so many people plant ligustrum as foundation plants under a low window without realizing that they mature as 40' tall trees, the idea of a miniature ligustrum that never needs pruning was quite intriguing. After 7 years in our garden, our original plant is only 2' tall x 30" wide...in other words, a no-prune green meatball.  Can you imagine all the energy that would be saved countrywide if people would stop butchering shrubs and instead focus on planting the right plant in the right place.  We we see people constantly shearing shrubs (topiary artists excluded), the first question that comes to mind is "Don't they know what shovels are for?".  Read more [...]

Coral Bells…Supersize me!

After years of breeders trying to shrink all perennials down to toy train size, there are signs that the trend is finally reversing. One of the best examples for 2018 is Heuchera 'Lemon Love' from our friend Hans Hansen at Walters Garden. Imagine a coral bells that grows in excess of 4' wide!!!  Maturing at 13" tall x 50" wide, the bright yellow foliage of Heuchera 'Lemon Love' is sure to be an imposing specimen in your garden. Morning sun or very high/open shade and well-drained soils are best. If enough people are as excited as we are, this could lead to an entire color range of giant coral bells.   Hardiness is Zone 4a-8b.  Read more [...]

Introverted anemone

We love fall anemones, but don't allow them in our garden. Well, we did once upon a time, and after 20 years of trying to exterminate it, we're almost ready to negotiate the rental of a small nuclear device to handle what we've been unable to accomplish with traditional garden weaponry In the garden, fall anemones are like extroverts on a sugar IV drip...they run around and socialize with everyone nearby, never seeming to slow down. Consequently, it always fascinated us that most nurseries and catalogs fail to mention that these will run rampant through your garden.  Every time we see a new anemone enter the market, we inquire if it runs, and as you can imagine, we've been given incorrect information quite often as we discovered after our on-site trials. We had almost given up our quest for a well-behaved fall anemone, when up popped the "Swan Series". In our trials, these gems absolutely refused to run, while still putting on an amazing show. The most popular of the "Swans" Read more [...]

New Bluegrass…that’s a new Blue Ornamental Grass

We're always on the search for new ornamental grasses, and especially those with good blue foliage, since many of the more cold loving grasses aren't exactly thrilled with our summers. Well, back in 2003, we were botanizing in Liberty County, Florida...just west of Tallahassee, when we ran across this grass growing in a sandy roadside ditch. Despite fantastic performance in our trials, it took us 15 years to finally get around to dividing it for propagation, and christening it Andropogon glaucopsis 'Liberty Blue'. This little-known species ranges in the wild from North Carolina to East Texas.  For us, the foliage of Andropogon 'Liberty Blue' reaches 18" tall x 30" wide, while the late summer flower stalks reach 42". We've rated it as hardy to Zone 7b, because we're not aware of anyone whose tried it in colder zone yet, but we hope you'll give it a try.  Read more [...]

Food and Gardens

For our open nursery and garden days, we've lined up several of our favorite food trucks, so we don't have folks falling out in the garden from hunger pains. Being an ice cream junkie, I think the all natural local ice cream from Fresh is probably the best I've had anywhere in the world. We hope you'll come see the gardens/nursery and support these great local vendors.  WINTER 2018 OPEN HOUSE FOOD TRUCK SCHEDULE DAY DATE HOURS FOOD TRUCK HOURS ICE CREAM/SHAVE ICE FRI 23-Feb 11AM-SLOW ROUTE BISTRO 11AM-SLOW   SAT 24-Feb 11AM-SLOW FUZZY'S - Empanadas 12PM-SLOW FRESH – Ice Cream SUN 25-Feb   NA 1PM-SLOW   FRI 2-Mar 11AM-SLOW CHIRBA CHIRBA – Asian Dumplings 11AM-SLOW   SAT 3-Mar 11AM-SLOW RARE EARTH FARMS - LOCAL 11AM-SLOW   SUN 4-Mar   NA 1PM-SLOW FRESH – Ice Cream   Read more [...]

Hellebores abound at our Winter Open Gardens and Nursery Days

As we approach our first open garden and nursery day of the 2018, we wanted to share some Helleborus x hybridus photos we took in the garden this week...even though you'll see them when you visit.  These are all our own seedlings raised here. In addition to all the named varieties we offer, we'll have a selection of our own seedlings for sale during our open days, and if any remain, they'll be added on-line.  We hope to see you this weekend and next.  Read more [...]

Do you have rocks in your head…or your garden?

We're members of many plant groups, and each are quite wonderful. One of the groups of which we've been member the longest is the North American Rock Garden Society.  We're blessed not only with a great national organization, but also with a superb local chapter. We were thrilled to host the groups' National Meeting last year in Raleigh.  One of the incredible bonuses of membership is access to their incredible seed exchange, where one can get lost in a list of over 3000 rock garden plant seed, donated by members from around the world. These are not plants that are usually found anywhere else, and certainly not in typical seed catalogs.  Round two of the 2018 seed exchange will start in a few weeks, so if growing unusual rock garden plants from seed appeals to you, check out the seed exchange and consider becoming a member.  Read more [...]

Pearls of Wisdom

Just back from speaking at the wonderful Davidson County Garden Symposium, held in the NC metropolis of Welcome.  It's always an honor to share the stage with on of my idols, the 78 year young topiary artist, Pearl Fryar. In addition to being an incredible topiary artist, Pearl is truly one of the great inspirational thinkers and doers of our generation. If you've never visited Pearl's amazing topiary garden in South Carolina, I hope you can do so while he's still able to greet and chat with visitors. Pearl tells me that recently he hosted a 40 person delegation from China, setting up tents in his garden as they studied his unique style.  If you can't make the trip to Bishopville, SC, you can contribute to the preservation of the garden, and perhaps still catch the inspirational movie, A Man Named Pearl. Pearl and his bride of 51 years, Metra drove up to Welcome in their new smart car...a perfect choice for this young at heart couple.   Read more [...]