Favorites from this week in garden.

 

 

Dryopteris x australis3There’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

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.

 

Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy combo with Verbena Lavender Frappe

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.  Baptisia Pink Truffles3

 

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 foliageClematis recta ‘Lime Close’ has been amazing this spring.  For years, I was under the mistaken impression that this wouldn’t grow in our heat…I was very wrong.  The non-vining Clematis ‘Lime Close’ is often sold under the marketing name Serious Black.  I love this plant!

 

Eucomis – Pineapple Lilies

Eucomis comosa Sparkling Burgundy flowers4

The pineapple lilies have been just grand this summer in the garden.  Here is a recent image of one of our favorites…Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ in its full splendor.  Hardiness 6b-8b.

Eucomis autumnalis Naude's Neck in flower3Eucomis autumnalis ‘Naude’s Neck’ is a dwarf that’s just amazing, and the flowers last for months in the garden. Eucomis are both drought and heat tolerant.  Hardiness is 6b-8b

 

Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’

Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy flowers3

Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ is also looking quite nice in the garden today as you’ll see if you join us for the final two days of our Summer Open Nursery and Garden.  This is the first plant we named and introduced over 30 years ago. Sunny and well drained soils are the key for growing this well.