A Fairy Wing and a Prayer

Epimediums have long been a staple of the woodland perennial garden, but it wasn't until plantsmen like Darrell Probst (US) and Mikinori Ogisu (Japan) began discovering and sharing the amazing wealth of unknown Chinese fairy wing species that their popularity began to take off. It wasn't until 1998 that epimediums begin appearing in the Plant Delights catalog, because before that time, the available horticultural offerings just weren't that impressive. Plants like Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum' are just hard to get excited about...if you've got much of a horticultural pulse. Sadly, that's still the most dominant choice at most garden retailers. Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum' Another reason epimediums have been slow to become mainstream is the difficulty in getting good images. Because epimediums are so three-dimensional and prone to flutter in the wind, it takes quite an effort to take good images. Single flower closeups, which are much easier to take, always make me skeptical Read more [...]

Favorites from this week in garden.

 

 

There's so much going on in the garden now, it's hard to know where to start.  The ferns are looking fabulous, and one of our favorites is the native Dryopteris x australis.  Yes, "australis" means from the south.  This 3-4' tall fern grows well in moist or fairly dry soils.  Here's the clump beside our shipping office. 

Epimedium 'Splish Splash' is in its second flowering spurt of the spring.  This re-flowering Plant Delights introduction is really quite special, both in foliage and in flower.

 

Here's a fun color echo combination of Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' and Verbena 'Lavender Frappe'.  The textural difference in the two plants makes this vignette visually appealing.  

 

Here's our clump of Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' from the breeding work of our friend Hans Hansen at Walters Gardens.  This is the first named pink flowered baptisia....we are very pleased with its performance.Clematis recta 'Lime Close' has been amazing this Read more [...]

Epimedium greenhouse

Epimedium greenhouseSometimes when walking through our production greenhouses, it’s hard to contain our excitement about all the cool plants.  For those unable to visit, here’s a shot from our epimedium greenhouses today…so many great new selections for the woodland garden!

 

Epimediums on Parade in the Garden

What an incredible week for epimediums here at Juniper Level.  The first photo is our introduction, Epimedium 'Songbirds'...an insanely heavily flowered yellow selection.

Epimedium wushanense 'Starlite' is our selection of the amazing Chinese species, which boasts large terminal inflorescences on a plant that approaches 2' tall.

 

 

Epimedium zhushanense is another incredible Chinese species with large bicolor, spider-like flowers.  We think these are truly stunning in the woodland garden. Read more [...]