Tony Avent

Callicarpa acuminata

Mexican Beautyberry

Looking lovely in late winter is the Mexican beautyberry, Callicarpa acuminata. Long after most beautyberry fruit has been long gone, the tawny purple fruit of Callicarpa acuminata ripen. The Mexican beautyberry plant matures around 4′ tall x 8′ wide, and thrives in light shade. While the fruit are loved by wildlife, it’s often wildlife that

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winter garden structure

Woody Winter Wonderland

We’re rapidly approaching our Winter Open Garden and Nursery, from February 23-25 and March 1-3, 9am-5pm each day. Here’s a current image of one section of the woodland garden showcasing what’s possible, even during the winter months. So many shade gardens simply aren’t very interesting in the winter, usually due to the lack of botanical

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Helleborus x glandforensis 'Ice n' Roses Red'

Lenten Roses parade continues

Two more of our favorite sterile lenten roses are putting on quite a show today. The first is Helleborus x glandorfensis ‘Ice n’ Roses Red’. Below that is Helleborus x lemperii ‘Walberton’s Rosemary’, a stunning David Tristram hybrid that PDN will have available later this year, for the first time in four years. Join us

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Aucuba japonica var. borealis 'Male Man'

Time for the Male Man

Looking good in the garden this month is Aucuba japonica var. borealis ‘Male Man’. The subspecies “borealis” is from a much colder region than typical Aucuba japonica, and consequently will survive much further north, reportedly as far north as Zone 6a. This subspecies grows in the Honshu region of Northern Japan, where they are subjected

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