Baptisias: Great American Natives!

Baptisias, commonly known as false indigo, are North American native members of the pea family and quite drought tolerant once established. They provide amazing architectural form in a sunny garden or perennial border, and are deer-resistant and a butterfly magnet (See the top 25 flowers that attract butterflies here.). Not only do baptisia come in blue, which many people are familiar with in the most common species, B. australis, but they are also available in a wide array of colors such as white, yellow, purple, and pink, and new breeding efforts are producing bicolor flowers such as those of Lunar Eclipse. Baptisias have long been one of our favorite groups of sun perennials here at PDN. Through our trials of new varieties introduced  to the market, as well as our own breeding program, we continue to select for improved structure and habit as well as flower color. In 2017, we have introduced 2 new varieties in our Tower Series, Yellow Towers and Ivory Towers. These Read more [...]

Baptisia in the garden

Here's Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee' in the garden...a unique butterscotch and brown flower...a Hans Hansen hybrid. Here is another recent baptisia photo from the garden...Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' looking mighty fine.  Baptisia thrive in either dry or wet soils as long as they have 6+ hours of sun. Read more [...]

Silene ‘Jackson Valentine’

Silene virginica Jackson Valentine6Silene ‘Jackson Valentine‘ is one of those plants you just can’t help but photograph.  In fact, I seem to wind up taking a new picture each day during its spring flowering season. Here it is in the garden yesterday in all it’s radiance.  This incredible native thrives in part sun with good drainage.  It just doesn’t get much better than this.

 

 

Stunning baptisias in the garden

The baptisias are looking fabulous in the garden now.  Here's Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae', a hybrid from Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens.  Baptisias are as drought tolerant as catus, but can also grow equally well streamside with their roots in standing water.   Here is our clump of Hans' Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee' with a nice bicolor brown flower.This is Hans' Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' in the garden...pretty amazing. If you want a more vertical accent, Here is our Baptisia 'Blue Towers' in the garden today. If you have full sun, we hope you'll add these great native plant selections to your garden.     Read more [...]

Iris cristata in flower

The dwarf native woodland iris, Iris cristata are in flower here today.  Iris 'Montrose White' was introduced by Montrose Gardens in NC.  Iris cristata is native in shade, but flowers much better when given a couple of hours of sun. Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant' is incredibly floriferous in the garden today.  These spring flowering groundcovers are just delightful.   Read more [...]