Hardy Cactus…thoughts

We've got a thing for hardy cactus in the garden, but haven't propagated many to offer yet. One of our many favorites is Notocactus apricus.  Above is our 17 year old clump in the garden, which is 4" tall x 15" wide.  We've grown a few from seed, but are curious how many folks might consider purchasing one?  We've only been to 7F since 2000, so we don't know if it will take colder temperatures or not.   Visitors to our spring Open Nursery and Garden this year got to see the amazing Trichocereus 'Irridescent Watermelon' (bred by local cacti specialist, Mike Papay) in full flower (hardy so far to 7 degrees F).  Offsets are almost non-existent, so we decided to grow some from seed. Each plant will be different, but all should be quite nice.  So, if we offered these as a seed strain, would you purchase some, knowing each will be slightly different? Read more [...]

Agave Mountain Man – the big moment

We posted this a few weeks ago as our Agave 'Mountain Man' (A. gentryi x montana) prepared to open. We'll, the big moment is here...below are a few shot from today. The seed were wild-collected in Mexico in the late 1990s by our friends at Yucca Do, and our seedling was planted in May 2000, so it took 17 years to flower.  Fingers crossed for good seed set, and fortunately we have many more agaves in flower (and a tall ladder) to help the process.  Read more [...]

Ark, Ark…is that rain we hear?

In a matter of two days, most of our region went from abnormally dry to saturated, when an unusual weather system tracked across our area.  Not to worry...we've loaded two each of every plant on the green arc for safe keeping. We tallied 5.5" of rain at the nursery, while areas a few miles away registered almost 9 inches.  As you've no doubt seen on the news, areas in and around creeks and rivers are underwater.  Fortunately, we're fine as all our time spent on water management preparation paid dividends.   The gardens looks absolutely fabulous, so we hope to see you at our 2017 Spring Open Nursery and Garden which starts today (Friday).  We've prepared a special display of the new xMangaves (agave x manfreda hybrids) on the deck area, so we hope you'll stop by and check out this amazing new category of drought-tolerant succulents for both containers and the garden.  See you soon! Read more [...]

A View from the top – Agave flowering soon

Look what showed up in the garden.  Our specimen of Agave ‘Mountain Man’…a hybrid of Agave montana and Agave gentryi decidied to flower for our spring open nursery and garden.  This unusual hybrid starts its flower spike in the fall, which stops for the coldest part of winter, then starts growing again in spring.  The spike showed no damage despite a winter low of 13 degrees F.  Be sure to check this out when you visit…located just behind the welcome tent. 

Container Gardening – Thrillers, Spillers, and Fillers!

Container gardening is continuing to grow in popularity as more people move into urban areas, where there are space limitations, and fewer people owning their own home. There is also the factor of time limitations with people's busy lives. Container gardening allows you to incorporate the pleasure and beauty of growing plants into your daily life. Containers are great on patios, balconies, window boxes, and rooftops, and the combinations are endless, fitting into any environment, and allowing for expression of your personal taste and style. When planning your container, you want to keep in mind how the container is going to look throughout the season. You should take lighting into consideration and pair plants with similar light requirements, as well as similar water requirements. As far as aesthetics, you should consider color combinations and how they fit your personal taste and the surrounding design, whether using a coordinated color palette, or contrasting Read more [...]

The Marvels of Nature!

So what do you get when you cross Manfreda and an Agave? Wait!!  Is that even possible? It is!!  And, voila... we present... x Mangave! x Mangave is an intergeneric hybrid combining the leaf spotting and perennial flowering nature of Manfreda and the leaf spines and evergreen nature (above freezing) of Agave. Like both parents, x Mangave is drought tolerant and has an aversion to winter moisture. In areas where x Mangave is not winter hardy, it makes a great container specimen. x Mangave 'Pineapple Express' is a 2016 introduction from Walters Gardens with fleshy, olive green leaves heavily spotted with purple. Pineapple Express will form a rosette 18" tall x 24" wide. Above is Pineapple Express in the garden and below is Pineapple Express in our sales house. We have an exciting array on new varieties of x Mangaves in production with varying leaf shapes and variegation patterns, so be sure to look for them in the future. If you are not already growing x Mangave Read more [...]

New, Hard-to-Find Sacred Lilies (rohdea) available

We began growing sacred lilies back in the 1970s, when few people in the US, outside of a handful of fanatic collectors were growing them. The only large scale grower of the green species, Rohdea japonica, was our friends, the late Sam and Carleen Jones of Georgia's Piccadilly Farms.  Despite being very easy to grow, Rohdeas will never be found at most nurseries or garden centers, due to the long production time from both seed and divisions.   Rohdea japonica 'Go Dai Takane' We worked for years (pre-Internet and email) to establish contacts in Japan who were willing to sell and ship rohdeas to the US. In Japan, variegated cultivars of rohdeas are highly prized for what most folks think are subtle differences. Most Japanese gardeners grow rohdeas in special decorative ceramic pots as house or patio plants.  For many of the nice, variegated rohdea varieties, costs in Japan range from $50 to several hundred dollars, and several thousand dollars each for the special, slow-growing Read more [...]

You’re Invited to our Fall Open Nursery and Garden at PDN/JLBG

This weekend and next is time for our final open nursery and garden for 2016, so we hope you'll join us for a celebration of the amazing plants that make fall in the garden such a wonderful time. The dates are Sept 9-11 and Sept 16-18.  We're open 8-5 on Friday and Saturday,  and 1-5pm on Sunday. Fall is also a great time to pick up some new perennials for the wonderful fall planting season.  We're still shipping, but there's nothing quite like picking up your plants in person. The greenhouses are stocked and we've got an incredible array of specimens for you to choose from, and gardening experts to help you make the correct choices. By choosing some of the rarer perennials we have to offer, you are also helping to preserve those species in the face of climate change...a great service! Pick out your favorite spot in the garden and duplicate it at your home. Last chance to enjoy the amazing containerized agave show before they move inside for Read more [...]

Are those backyard insects driving you crazy!!

Combat  those pesky backyard pests with your very own Bug Bat. These North American natives are at home in a moist bog areas and prey on ants, flies, wasps, beetles, slugs and snails. Even if you don't have a bog or moist garden area, you can still enjoy growing pitcher plants on your deck, patio, or balcony...and they make a great conversation piece for friends and kids. Simply plant your pitcher plant in pure peat moss in your favorite patio container, set in a saucer to hold water and maintain even moisture. Find out more about the culture of pitcher plants and shop our other Sarracenia for sale. Read more [...]

Sinningia – a flowering machine

Here's a recent photo from the garden of one of our favorite full sun, summer-flowering perennials, Sinningia 'Arkansas Bells'.  This amazing African violet relative thrives with cactus and agaves in our full sun rock garden, flowering from April until September, during which time, the hummingbirds have to wait their turn.  We don't currently offer this because not enough folks purchased it last time, which drives us a little nuts!  It's only winter hardy to 5 degrees F in the ground, but makes a superb container plant in colder zones.  So, why do more people not buy this?  Please convince us to propagate some more since it is so wonderful.         Read more [...]