Cyclamen are like Snowflakes

Cyclamen hederifolium is a great addition to the winter garden. They begin flowering in late fall/early winter before the foliage. When foliage emerges it will remain during the winter. The foliage is quite dramatic with intricate patterning of silver and shades of green. Most hardy cyclamen are grown from seed, so like snowflakes, no two are alike. Here are some of the cyclamen growing in our crevice garden. Notice the variation in variegation, leaf shape, and differences in flower color. Read more [...]

EverGreenery!

Evergreen trees and shrubs are the perfect way to spruce up your home during the holiday season. They will hold up for weeks in arrangements and wreaths, anywhere you need a touch of holiday cheer. Here are some inspirations from the garden. Explore your holiday creativity. Fraser Fir - trimmings from your Christmas treeHolly Southern MagnoliaVariegated OsmanthusPalm fronds Finished arrangement made from four branches and a bow - palm frond, magnolia, variegated osmanthus and Virginia red cedar. Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some colorful and interesting seeds and seed pods from the garden this morning. HollyVitex Dawn Redwood MahoniaRohdea Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are a few decorative fruit and seed pods from the garden this morning. Take time to enjoy the natural world. Sabal palmTricyrtis - flowers and seedpod HibiscusNandinaOpuntia Read more [...]

Adult vs. Juvenile

We get really excited about adult (mature) forms of ivy (Hedera) that are shrubs (arborescent). Juvenile (young) ivy vines, like a young child, run around the garden and get into things they shouldn't. Like kids, ivy goes through puberty, which happens only after it crawls high (30-40') into a tree or other tall object. It then settles down, stops running and becomes woody, with a compact, evergreen growth habit. It also begins flowering (an amazing pollinator attractant), sets attractive fruit, and we have seen no errant seedlings in our trials. H. helix 'Paper Doll'H. rhombea 'Hyuryu Island' Just as adult people grow rounder with age, arborescent ivies also change shape and the leaves lose their lobed appearance and the growth becomes dense and woody. By propagating from these difficult-to-root adult parts of the plant, the adult ivy plant retains the mature characteristics and no longer feels the need to crawl around and conquer the rest of your garden. H. helix 'Prince Avenue' Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some seedpods and seed heads from the garden today. Seedpods/fruit don't have to be colorful to be decorative. EchinaceaPennisetumVernonia The shape of the seed capsule as well as hairs and filaments that capture light also add ornamental value. HibiscusHypericumIris Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some colorful fruit and interesting seedpods from the garden this week. ArgemoneGaillardia MalvaviscusPersimmon Read more [...]

Take a Peak at Our Fall Bloomers

When you think about fall flowers, pansies, mums and asters are what many people think of. But there is a myriad of plants that bloom in the fall or begin blooming in summer and will continue through fall, often up until we get our first frost. Here is a sampling of some of the plants blooming in our sales houses yesterday. AbutilonCyclamenFarfugiumGaillardiaGloxiniaNierembergiaOxalis Tradescantia SileneTecomariaVerbena Read more [...]

The Strangest Flowers You Rarely See

Plant Delights Nursery and JLBG focuses on preserving genetic germplasm through ex-situ conservation and assembling complete collections of specific plant groups. This aides in conducting scientific and taxonomic research to clarify mis-information and nomenclature issues in the industry. One of these specialty collections is Aspidistra, also known as cast iron plant. JLBG’s collection currently contains 32 species, 109 unique clones and 12 unidentified species. Aspidistra tonkinensis - Hannon formAspidistra lutea - Mai Chau form Aspidistra is a group of evergreen woodland perennials typically grown for their foliage and unique variegation. Many people never notice their flowers, which are borne at ground level, below the foliage. Here are some flower images from the garden this week. Aspidistra elatior 'To Ryu Mon' Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some interesting seed pods and other fruiting/reproductive photos from the garden this week. Capsicum - Ornamental PepperMiscanthus Asplenium - sori on the back of the leaf that contain spores Opuntia - Prickly Pear CactusViburnum Read more [...]