Cold Hardy Cyclamen

Tony's first encounter with hardy cyclamen was in the garden of the late Rachel Dunham of Cary, NC in the 1960s. He was amazed to see what he thought was a rare perennial, seeding all through her woodland lawn and was immediately struck by how tough cyclamen were, and obviously, how easy they were to cultivate. This started him on a lifetime of cyclamen fondness. Here is some of Tony's insights on growing hardy cyclamen. Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederifolium are the most commonly grown garden species with C. hederifolium blooming in the fall before the foliage emerges and C. coum blooming in the winter. Here are a couple of images of C. hederifolium blooming in the garden. Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are a few images of seed pods around the garden this week. GinkgoEuonymus PolygonatumRuscus Read more [...]

Art in the Garden

Art is subjective! Whether in a museum, your home, or the garden, art can be aesthetically pleasing , functional, and whimsical. There is art that will fit into every garden situation. Here are a few examples from the garden yesterday. Birdbath - Aesthetics and Functionality "Free Form" - Japanese Pyrophyllite Sculpture - Jim Phillips Sculpture During the second weekend of our Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days Jim & Kathy Phillips will have a booth set up with pottery, stone sculptures & garden art. Find the perfect artistic element to fit your garden. Whimsical - Tony Avent Read more [...]

Gardening Unplugged

It's hard to believe that it is already time for our 2019 Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days! My how time flies. During each day of our Open Nursery & Garden Days, we offer a free garden chat as part of our educational outreach, "Gardening Unplugged". These are 15 minute discussions walking through the gardens, focusing on seasonally prominent topics, plants and garden design ideas. Join Tony and our expert horticultural staff as we explore all that nature has to offer. Meet at the Welcome Tent near the parking lot to join us! This Fall topics include: Dividing perennials - Crinum being dug to divide Hardy Tropicals Scent-sational Ginger Lilies Fall Blooming Bulbs - Crinum buphanoides Read more [...]

Smellivision

When will they develop scratch and sniff smart phones? "I'll never forget my first encounter as a preteen with Hedychium coronarium, when my dad took me to the garden of a local gardener, Rachel Dunham. There, in the midst of her lawn was a huge clump of hardy ginger plant in full flower. I was amazed how a plant that looked so tropical and had such fragrant flowers could be so winter hardy and easy to grow. Since Mrs. Dunham was overly generous, I went home with a huge sack of plants for my own garden. As with every OCD gardener, this would mark only the beginning of my hedychium collecting phase, which continues today. Thirty five years later, I would finally see ginger lilies in the wild on a botanical expedition to North Vietnam." Tony Avent Join Tony, Saturday September 21 at 10:00am, during our 2019 Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days as he talks about the scent-sational ginger lilies at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Hedychium 'Vanilla Ice' Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some decorative seed pods from the garden this week. AgapanthusPennisetum Taxodium CannaCattail Read more [...]

Holy Hosta!

Our hostas have happy roots! Hosta 'Apple Pie' Hostas are often touted as the best shade-loving plants for the perennial garden. At Plant Delights Nursery our hostas are all container-grown and are multiple-division plants that you can immediately divide. H. 'Kim She'H. 'Sunshine Floozie' All of the hostas that appear in this post are from our own breeding program at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Learn more about our breeding program here. Read more [...]

Retirement Garden Party

Each year we offer nearly 1,500 unique, rare and native perennials for sale, out of the 26,000 taxa in the garden. xAmarcrinum 'Dorothy Hannibal' As we are constantly trialing new plants coming to the market and evaluating underutilized or unknown perennials from around the world, we must retire hundreds of plants each year to make room in our greenhouses for new treasures. Here are a few of our favorite plants being retired at the end of this year, so don't miss out! Cestrum parquiMalvaviscus 'Big Momma' Read more [...]

The Real Cats of JLBG

Today is National Black Cat Appreciation Day, so we would like to recognize past and present nursery cats of JLBG. If you’ve visited the gardens during open house and gardens, you have, no doubt, met some or all of our family of cats over the years. PearlRuby DiamondZirconia HenryJasper Henry and Jasper are the current reigning Nursery Cats of JLBG! Meet them at our 2019 Fall Open Nursery & Garden Days. Read more [...]