A Little Garden Hanky-Panky Goin’ On

While exploring the garden yesterday, I was admiring the cardinal flowers, Lobelia cardinalis, in the bog garden. Most of the flowers were red, there were a couple that were more magenta and a few blooming white . And then several feet away there was one that was a bicolor. Not sure who was the baby-daddy and who was the baby-momma, but we like the results! What happens in the bog garden stays in the bog garden. Lobelia - bicolor Read more [...]

Surprise!

A cold front that came through Raleigh, NC yesterday brought much needed rain and cooler temperatures. Coupled with the hit and miss showers last week, the first of our lycoris (surprise lily, hurricane lily, spider lily) have started to emerge in the garden. We look forward to a steady procession of "surprises" as we move into late summer and fall. Phil's Gold Lycoris have long been a geophyte (bulbs, corms, tubers, etc.) of interest, and since our climate is perfect for their growth, we are attempting to assemble a complete lycoris collection, and sort out some of the taxonomic misinformation, as well as to make many unavailable clones available to more gardeners. Here at JLBG, we currently grow all of the Lycoris species and over 650 unique clones, making this most likely the largest lycoris collection in the world. We are currently working on our fall catalog and eleven lycoris made the fall catalog cut, including eight first time offerings. Keep your eyes out....we're coming Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some images of fruit and seed pods from the garden today. Come visit this weekend during our Summer Open Nursery & Garden Days, Friday & Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm. Acer (Maple) Hesperaloe (False Red Yucca) Podophyllum (May Apple) - hand pollinated and tagged with parent information Read more [...]

Don’t Let Gardening Bog You Down

If you have a soggy area or damp soils, don't drain it! We have marginal aquatic perennial plants for wet soil that are great for landscaping everything from rain gardens to bog gardens. These garden perennials love moist spots and will make you fall in love with perennials that dry soil gardeners only dream of growing. Damp soil plants range from carnivorous plants like sarracenia and bog plants like hymenocallis that need full sun. Bog with pitcher plants (sarracenia) and crinum. Many bog plants like sarracenia also do well in containers as long as they retain consistent moisture. Click here to learn more about their culture and growing sarracenia in containers. Pitcher plants available in our sales house. Read more [...]

Pot Envy

Fear not! Life in an apartment, condominium, or rented house does not preclude you from having your own botanical garden. All you need is a little sunlight, proper potting media, and a good pot. Join Meghan Fidler and Chris Hardison on Saturday, June 29 from 10am-noon for our Container Gardening workshop and learn how to create container plantings that will be the envy of all your friends and family. Container plantings can liven up any patio, deck, or balcony. The rules of creating a container garden are dictated by the amount of sun, heat, and cold that your container will experience as well as the plants you choose. If you are limited on land space for planting, you may choose to plant a mixture of different herbs for culinary use. The combination of leaf textures, leaf color, and herbs of varying heights can create a planting combination that is both delicious and decorative. Variegated foliage combined with long blooming perennials or annuals adds a splash of color Read more [...]

National Pollinator Week

Bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles are pollinators essential to sustain our ecosystem and food supply. Help preserve and celebrate the pollinators in your life. Echinacea With summer getting ready to begin, there are many plants that are at their peak and the pollinators are working tirelessly! Join our garden curator, Amanda Wilkins, this Saturday, June 22 from 10am-noon, for a personally guided tour of Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Take in the scents and vibrant colors of the late spring/early summer garden as the summer solstice begins. Register now! Veronica Read more [...]

Mad About xMangave!

The genus xmangave is an exotic botanical curiosity that was derived from a cross between a succulent agave and a manfreda. Crosses between two genera are somewhat rare in cultivation and extremely rare in nature. However, agave and manfreda have broken all the rules and 'hooked up' on more than one occasion to produce the attractive offspring called x Mangave. The 'x' on the left side of Mangave tells you that it is a cross between different genera. xMangave 'Blue Mammoth' Both parents contribute drought-tolerance and an aversion to winter moisture. Keep your x Mangave roots dry in winter to prevent rot. We like them in containers. We have been busy making new x Mangave hybrids...so check back for updates!  xMangave also make great container specimen. Read more [...]

A Little Garden Voodoo Going On

Amorphophallus are exotic plants in the aroid family, famous for their bizarre flowers and whose odor leaves no doubt as to why they are also called corpse flower or Voodoo lily. Some varieties are tropical, while others are perennial in temperate zones. Here are some images of hardy amorphophallus in the garden. Amorphophallus bulbifer Amorphophallus henryi with purple stems Amorphophallus konjac Read more [...]

Tubing! Hummers! Summer!

The genus Sinningia is a South American gesneriad (African violet and gloxinia relative). Hummingbirds and butterflies just love the tubular flowers of Sinningia, and several species including Sinningia tubiflora, are quite fragrant. Sinningia tubiflora Sinningia flowers come in a wide array of colors from white, to yellow, pink, red and all shades in between. Sinningia species are drought-tolerant and heat loving...perfect for hummers and the southern garden. We hope you will join us in our excitement over the wonderful perennial sinningia. Sinningia 'Cherries Jubilee' Read more [...]