Color mixing

Here’s a fun combination at JLBG this week with Heuchera ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, Iris x hollandica ‘Red Embers’, and Carex retroflexa ‘Bonnie and Clyde’. So many plants, so many fun combinations.

Golden Flowering Moment

Just captured the wonderful gold-foliaged Carex ‘Everillo’ in full flower by our front grotto waterfall…what a great landscape plant!

Swept Away

Sweeping sedge is in full flower in the garden today. The North American native (Canada south to Florida and west to Texas) Carex bromoides swept us off our feet! This delightful small evergreen sedge forms a 6″ tall x 30″ wide, delicate-textured patch of green hair-like foliage. Although it prefers moist to mucky wet soil, ours has fared beautifully in well ammended compost. Carex bromoides is a favorite meal food for a number of butterfly and skipper caterpillars, wood ducks, grouse, and several songbirds, which in turn eliminates any need for fertilizers. We think you’ll really love Carex bromoides, either as a solitary specimen or in mass.

Logging in…the old fashioned way

When we re-worked one of our recirculating water capture streams a couple of years ago, our grounds supervisor, Jeremy Schmidt, who coordinated the project, wanted to include an old buried log that he had found when excavating another part of the property. It took quite a few staff members to hand carry it and place it across the man-made creek where it resides today. Because it was hollow on one side, we filled it full of planting media and voila…a naturalistic vignette resulted. Here it is this week in the winter garden with several clumps of Carex oshimensis to echo the flow of the water.

Carex oshimensis

Winter Structure for Your Garden! Everillo!!

Evergreen (and evergold) perennials are a great addition to your garden. They add texture, color, and form during the winter months when many perennials go dormant. Carex ‘Everillo’ not only adds texture and form with its thin leaves and weeping habit, but it also brightens woodland or lightly shaded garden with its bright gold color. Everillo also works well in planters paired with seasonal color such as pansies.

picture of Carex Everillo in the garden

Carex Everillo’s bright gold foliage paired with Agave

Carex ‘Everillo’ holds its color brightest with some morning sun and pairs nicely with blue agaves and other plants with colorful foliage.

picture of Carex Everillo in the garden

Carex Everillo’s bright gold foliage brightens the winter garden

Here is a picture of Carex ‘Everillo’ in our sales house ready to ship to you. We have extended our shipping until December 9, and you can also pick up at the Nursery, so you still have a chance to light up your garden or mixed planters for the holidays.

picture of Carex Everillo in our sales house

Carex ‘Everillo’ in our sales house – ready to ship to you

 

 

Carex specialist Pat Fitzgerald visits PDN/JLBG

We were delighted this week to welcome Irish nurseryman/marketer Pat Fitzgerald.  This was the first time we’d met in person, although we’ve corresponded on-line for years. We had a wonderful time walking through the gardens and sharing our excitement about new plants on the horizon.  Pat is best known for his amazing line of carex that he’s developed, with more in the pipeline.  Here are a few you’ll see if you visit during our final two Summer Open Nursery and Garden days today (Saturday 8-5), and tomorrow (Sunday 1-5).

Pat Fitzgerald @ PDNPat Fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

 

Weeping Sedge for sale buy Carex oshimensis 'Everest' PP 20,955

Carex ‘Everest’

Golden Sedge for sale buy Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' PP 21,002

Carex ‘Everillo’

Carex oshimensis Everlime PPAF

Carex ‘Everlime’

Carex oshimensis Eversheen PPAF

Carex ‘Eversheen’