Do you have a Heart Throb in your Garden?

Hurricane Hermine brought some much needed rain over the weekend. Not only were there some happy gardeners, but the rain lilies are loving it too. Here is a picture of Zephyranthes 'Heart Throb' in the garden with its bright 2" reddish-pink flowers and contrasting white eye. At a mere 6" this Heart Throb is a real show-stopper. Rain lilies got their common name from their charming habit of producing new blooms after it rains. Rain lilies come in a variety of colors to coordinate with your garden's palette. Plant rain lilies near the garden path where you can enjoy their beauty from mid summer up until fall. Be sure to come check out our wide selection of rain lilies this coming weekend, Sept. 9-11, during our fall open house, and you can take home your very own Heart Throb! Read more [...]

Another great muhly grass, Muhlenbergia rigens…a neglected cousin

Deer Grass for sale buy Muhlenbergia rigens

So many gardeners are now growing the wildly popular Muhlenbergia capillaris, they’ve forgot to checkout some of its great relatives.  Here’s one of my favorites, the truly elegant Muhlenbergia rigens (deer muhly) putting on a heckuva show here at JLBG now.  Native from Texas to California, deer muhly tolerates drought well, but not sloppy wet soils.  Winter hardiness should be Zones 6-9.  I hope you like this as much as I do.

Horticultural Bright Lights Symposium

We hope you're making plans to attend the upcoming Horticultural Bright Lights Symposium in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC.  The dates are Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2016...830am - 330pm each day You can register here, but don't wait, since we expect a sell out! We've already registered, so we'll hope to see you there!  Did I mention the rare plant auction?  We're also opening the nursery and gardens at Plant Delights/Juniper Level Botanic Garden on Thursday September 22, 8-5, for symposium attendees. This very special symposium features 8 of the top young stars of the horticultural world, all of which will boggle your mind with their knowledge and passion for gardening The incredible speaker lineup includes: *Matthew Pottage is the Curator of the RHS Wisley Gardens, UK.  It says something to be named the youngest curator ever appointed by the Royal Horticultural Society.  Matthew is a Read more [...]

Surprise Lily and Butterfly Season

There are few times of year more exciting for us than lycoris (surprise lily) season, and we are right in the midst of that now.  We're also enjoying peak butterfly season at the same time, which is really great since butterflies love to drink surprise lily nectar.  It's hard to put the camera down with so many great photo opportunities, so we thought we'd share one of our favorites from this week...an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Lycoris x rosea. Read more [...]

Gloxinias in the Garden – Say What!

Gloxinias that I knew growing up were the typical florists Gloxinia my aunt and grandmother used to grow as house plants, with broad velvety leaves and large, brightly colored bell-shaped flowers. Who knew you could grow Gloxinias in the garden? Well here comes Evita!! This selection of Gloxinia nematanthodes hails from 4,000' elevation in Argentina (which introduces an increased level of cold hardiness for the temperate garden). Although it is late to emerge (June in NC), it makes an amazing 1' x 4' groundcover that is loaded with brilliant, 1" orange-red blooms from August until frost.  Your friends and hummingbirds will be thrilled! Read more [...]

Snackin’ in the garden

Mantis-cicadaIn the dim pre-dawn light, I was making my morning trek to retrieve the morning newspaper, when my attention was pulled to a pain-like screeching coming from the garden.  It wasn’t hard to follow the noise, which turned out to be a hungry praying mantis, squeezing the life from a still struggling cicada, who’d found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time.  There are so many wonderful opportunities in the garden to observe nature if we just slow down and be mindful of each moment.

 

Some sage advice…check out these great newly available salvias!

We've trialed many variegated forms of the lovely fall-flowering Salvia leucantha, and the only one we felt was good enough to share is Salvia leucantha 'Eder', which we're pleased to offer this summer/fall for the first time. Where it isn't winter hardy, it can easily be kept indoors in a cool room or porch. I first met the Balkan native, Salvia nutans on a visit to Germany a few years ago and was gobstruck.  How had I missed knowing and growing such amazing plant?  We were able to track down seed, and to our surprise, it thrived even through our hot humid summers. For us, Salvia nutans flowers for several months in spring, but will continue longer if the summers are cooler.  Did I mention how hard it is to photograph due to the abundance of feeding bumblebees? Salvia 'Newe Ya'ar' is an odd name for an odd plant.  This amazing sage was developed in Israel by breeders looking for the perfect culinary sage.  In developing this, they also created a great garden plant Read more [...]

Cardinal Flowers – An Easy to Grow Native

Lobelia cardinalis is native to 41 out of the 50 states in North America. The cardinal flower is tolerant of many different soils from moist bogs to average garden soils, and is perfect for use in rain gardens. Cardinal flowers are also a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies. Lobelia begins blooming in summer and will continue until fall with an array of flower and foliage colors to blend nicely in your garden, from the brilliant red flowers of the species, to the hot pink Monet Moment, or the burgundy foliage of Black Truffle. You can order cardinal flowers online or visit us at our fall open house September 9-11 & 16-18 to see the cardinal flowers blooming in the garden and pick out that perfect plant for a spot in your garden. Read more [...]

Bird of Paradise Tree and Buffalo Gourd…two little known horticultural oddities

We hope you've received your new Fall 2016 catalog and are enjoying the plants we selected for inclusion. If not, they're all on-line. It's been years since we were able to offer one of our favorite garden plants, the Hardy Bird of Paradise Tree...Caesalpinia gilliesii.  After years of searching, we located a seed source and are thrilled to have it available once again.  We've had this survive 0 degrees F in the past, so it's certainly the hardiest member of an otherwise tropical genus. Another oddity that we're offering for the first time is the US native, Buffalo Gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima.  Who know there was a hardy perennial gourd, native from Wisconsin south Mexico, and west to California.  In addition to having beautiful glaucous blue, sandpapery foliage, the giant yellow flowers, followed by small green and white gourds are equally amazing.  Buffalo Gourd is a desert plant, so no extra irrigation is needed after establishment. As always, we hope you find Read more [...]

Are those backyard insects driving you crazy!!

Combat  those pesky backyard pests with your very own Bug Bat. These North American natives are at home in a moist bog areas and prey on ants, flies, wasps, beetles, slugs and snails. Even if you don't have a bog or moist garden area, you can still enjoy growing pitcher plants on your deck, patio, or balcony...and they make a great conversation piece for friends and kids. Simply plant your pitcher plant in pure peat moss in your favorite patio container, set in a saucer to hold water and maintain even moisture. Find out more about the culture of pitcher plants and shop our other Sarracenia for sale. Read more [...]