Friday Morning Podcast!

Here are some ornamental seed pods from the gardens this week. CryptomeriaDasylirion EuonymusPennisetum IrisMiscanthus Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast!

Here are more interesting fruit and seedpods from the garden. Happy Holidays! Ruscus - Zone:7a-9bSauromatum - Zone:6a-10b Danae - Zone:6b-8bOpuntia - seed pods producing new pads - Zone:7a-10bRohdea - Zone:6a-10b Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

More interesting seed pods from the garden this week. ClerodendrumCylindropuntia PoncirusCyclamen Read more [...]