I doubt any of our garden visitors actually slow down enough to notice some of the smaller treasures flowering now, like the dwarf Chinese gesneriad, Petrocosmea oblata. When I say small, I’m talking 2″ in full flower. We are fascinated by the array of Asian gesneriads that thrive in rock cracks, most of which are
We love the late winter flowering Drabas, which thrive in our dry crevice garden. Below is the miniature Draba hispanica, which has been in flower since late February. This Spanish species likes to grow in dry limestone cracks, such as the one we provided here. Unless you’re an avid rock gardener, you may not realize
We are pleased to introduce two new miniature hostas from our own breeding program for 2016. Many years ago, we began work to create miniature hostas with good vigor and good multiplication rates. The first few years resulted in hostas that were either miniature or vigorous, but not both. After several generations, our
Here are some new hosta images from the garden, starting with the miniature Hosta ‘Church Mouse’…very cool ruffled edges. Here is Hosta ‘Rainbow’s End’…a stunning favorite that just glows. Another superb small hosta, Hosta ‘Virginia Reel’. Love this plant Here’s a fascinating hosta image just captured by staff member Jim Burgan, who noticed the light
One of the really tiny and well-behaved groundcovers for summer interest is Laurentia fluvitalis. Here it is flowering in the garden today at under 1″ tall with lovely sky blue flowers…perfect for a miniature garden. Good sun, and slightly moist soils are best.
Dear PDN’ers: Greetings from PDN where fall is finally in the air, after a long, hot summer. We’ve been enjoying a deluge of rain (6.5″ in the last 2 days) after an extended dry spell in midsummer. Along with the cooler temperatures, plants are starting their fall flush and in some cases, rebloom. For those
Dear PDN’ers: Greetings from PDN, where we’re in the midst of a wonderful spring season. Although we had a short hot spell early in April, overall, it’s been a very nice spring for the plants. Because of our prolonged cold winter and the lack of a late spring frost, we had one of the best
Dear PDN’ers: So far, it’s been a great spring in Raleigh as we just missed a late spring frost when the temperature dropped to 33 degrees F on March 27, after 3+ weeks of above freezing temperatures. We’ve got a couple weeks that could still have a killing frost, so we’re keeping our fingers…and other