Plant Delights September 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! It's hard to believe, but September is here and it's time for our final Open Nursery and Garden for 2015. We hope you'll join us to see all the gems that look great this time of year and stock up for the fall planting season with all the cool new plants from the fall catalog. Plants, Plants, and More Plants We also hope you've had time to enjoy the Fall Plant Delights Nursery catalog. We're so excited by the new offerings, especially the clumping, heat-tolerant, mildew-resistant bee balms. These are a huge breeding breakthrough for anyone who likes monardas and attracting pollinators into the garden. Other members of the same (Lamiaceae) family are also putting on quite a show now.Agastaches, first cousins to bee balm, are simply amazing in fall. In particular, Agastache 'Peachie Keen' and 'Rosie Posie' have been standouts in our trials and are still in full flower here. These are perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden where you can observe Read more [...]

Butterflies on Echinaceas

Echinacea purpurea kim's Knee High with yellow swallowtailThe butterflies are feasting on the echinaceas in the garden.  I just caught this Eastern tiger swallowtail sitting still this week.  You can bring amazing pollinators into your garden by planting lots of nectar-producing plants.

 

Incredible coneflowers

The echinaceas have been incredible in the garden this spring and summer.  Here are a few shots from JLBG last week.  First is Echinacea 'Julia'...a very compact orange-flowered coneflower with sturdy stems. Echinacea 'Salsa Red' is one of the most floriferous coneflowers we grow...truly amazing! Echinacea 'Secret Glow'...love this color and flower form!   Read more [...]

Plant Delights Nursery December 2014 Newsletter

Greetings and Happy Holidays from all of us to you! We hope your holiday season is merry and bright, and those of you in climates where winter gardening is possible are enjoying time in the garden. Now that the new catalog writing and proofing are completed, we’re back to spending time planting new plants and relocating old ones around the garden. New Plant Sales Catalog at the Printer! Our new and re-designed Plant Delights catalog is at the printer and scheduled to be on the way to your mailbox at the end of December. As always, there are plenty of cool new plants as well as many returning favorites. We’ll be featuring a few of these between now and the end of the year on our blog. We’ve (mostly Anita) been working hard with our catalog designer, Shari Sasser, to make the new print catalog more user friendly and visually appealing. We’re Leafing in the Garden… Here at Juniper Level, Todd and the garden staff are wrapping up the leaf raking for the Read more [...]

Plant Delights Nursery September 2014 Newsletter

Greetings PDN'ers! PDN Fall Nursery News We hope you've received your copy of the Fall 2014 Plant Delights Nursery catalog. Kudos to our graphic designer Shari Sasser at Sasser Studios for the catalog redesign and new look. Among other things, the fall catalog includes three new aucubas, six new crinum lilies, and twenty new fern offerings. These are a fraction of the many exciting new plants you'll find either in the print version or online. It's always interesting for us to see what sells and what doesn't. Top sellers from the fall catalog so far include, Adiantum venustum, Agapanthus 'White Heaven', Agave 'Huasteca Giant', Agave 'Shadow Dancer', Alstroemeria 'Koice', Aster 'Fanny', Begonia 'Pewterware', Bouvardia 'Scarlet Hummer', Canna 'Pacific Beauty', Dryopteris erythrosora v. prolifica, Echinacea 'Fatal Attraction', Epimedium 'Domino',  Eucalyptus neglecta, Heuchera Read more [...]

Plant Delights Nursery July 2014 Newsletter

Greetings PDN'ers! We hope you are enjoying your garden this summer and taking time to relax a bit, especially when the temperatures are soaring. JLBG News It was so nice to see and chat with many of you at the Summer Open Garden and Nursery Days last weekend. The garden has been brimming with colors this summer, especially the new Souto Memorial Garden which is currently under development. We installed irrigation throughout the garden beds and paths in the Souto Garden earlier this year, and the plantings are displaying nicely. We're excited to finally showcase this area of Juniper Level soon! As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we've had eight more agaves (century plants) flowering this year, so our research horticulturist, Jeremy Schmidt, has been busy on one of several ladders making crosses between the species. From his crosses last year, we now have hybrids of Agave striata x Agave lophantha. We're still a year away from these being large enough Read more [...]

Echinacea ‘Fatal Attraction’

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The coneflowers are looking so good in the garden now, I wish you could all see them.  Here’s Echinacea ‘Fatal Attraction’…great black-purple stems, a compact habit, and just an all around great plant.

Echinacea ‘Aloha’

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Here’s another coneflower that’s been a star in our trials…the creamy yellow-flowering Echinacea ‘Aloha’.  All of these I’ve shared have shown excellent vigor, good perennialization, and have sturdy stems.