Hellebores are the gems of the winter woodland garden. Hellebores, also known as lenten rose, come in a wide range colors and flower forms, they are deer resistant and drought tolerant once established. This year we are pleased to offer many new hellebore hybrids from the breeding work of Hans Hansen at Walters Gardens. We are continuing to add new hellebores to our website monthly, including selections from our own breeding. Be sure to visit during our annual Winter Open Nursery and Garden, Feb. 24-26 and March 3-5, to enjoy the many hellebores blooming in the gardens as well as selecting a few gems for your own. Read more [...]
Asarum, also know as wild ginger, are a deer-resistant woodland perennial. They perform well in moist but well-drained soils. Many are evergreen and will slowly form a dense groundcover. Below is a selection of our North American native Asarum arifolium selected by Plant Delights in 2006 and introduced in 2015. Asarum flowers are almost alien-like and are born at ground level in late winter. We have many new selections of asarum available this year, so check us out online when you are ready to add wild gingers to your woodland garden. Read more [...]
Like sci-fi zombies re-awakening, ferns in the garden are spring back to life. Nothing says spring quite like the presence of new fern fronds emerging...known as croziers. Below are several different fern images we've taken as they emerged this spring. The first is the bamboo fern, coniogramme. Lepisorus or ribbon ferns, with their long narrow fronds are quite unique. Matteucia or ostrich fern emerges alongside last years' spore bearing fronds providing an interesting contrast. Onoclea, aka sensitive fern does the same, holding both the new fronds alongside the old fertile fronds from the prior season.. Ferns like this are called dimorphic, which means they have two different frond types...fertile and non-fertile. Most ferns pack light and have both on the same frond. The two images above are our native Osmunda cinnamomea or Cinnamon fern. The hairy croziers are just amazing. Recent taxonomy has actually kicked this Read more [...]
I just took this photo of the Ghost fern on our patio…can’t imagine a garden without this lovely deer-resistant perennial. Light shade or even a few hours of sun if the soil is kept moist.
We hope you’ve had a chance to peruse the fall catalog online. The printed copies are in the mail and some may have already arrived. This fall, we’ve included the largest number of new plants ever in a fall catalog, so we trust you’ll find something that suits your fancy...and your garden! We’ve had a blast this summer on Facebook and we hope more of you will join us there. Just recently we shared photos of the behind-the-scenes process of printing our catalog that generated lots of interest. We’ll continue to share photos of cool plants from the garden and other things that get us excited. If you’re not on Facebook or are afraid to venture into social media, I felt the same way until I discovered the amazing capacity for teaching and information sharing that is available there. If you need some help getting started, don’t hesitate to shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll guide you through the process. Go to www.facebook.com Sign Up using the sign Read more [...]
Happy first day of spring! I know many parts of the country are still covered in snow, but at least the calendar now makes it official. It's been a roller coaster late winter as we opened for our Winter Open House to 70 degrees F, followed the next day by 36 hours of rain, then 2" of snow, then consecutive lows of 16 and 15 degrees F...then back to 70 degrees F. How would you like to be a plant? Unlike humans, who can go inside on bad weather days, our plants are stuck to fend for themselves...pretty impressive, if you think about it. On the good side, this has been the first winter in six years we've gotten meaningful hardiness data on many of our trial plants...especially agaves. Damage on agaves may take more than a month to show up after the plant has been affected by cold, so don't get too excited when your plant looks great the morning after. Conversely, don't fret over the older leaves turning black, as this is normal. The older leaves on an agave lose winter hardiness, while Read more [...]