The amazing Hedychium deceptum from India, has recently burst into flower here at JLBG. This species is fairly new to commerce, but has proven to be an amazing, compact-growing specimen that thrives even in our full sun. The dark cinnamon calyces really make the scarlet flowers stand out. We rate this as hardy to Zone 8a, but that’s because we simply don’t have enough data yet, but we’ll be very surprised if it’s not fine in Zone 7b.
Sometimes when walking through our production greenhouses, it’s hard to contain our excitement about all the cool plants. For those unable to visit, here’s a shot from our epimedium greenhouses today…so many great new selections for the woodland garden!
On the dwarf side, Blue star creeper, Laurentia fluvitalis is looking great for us now. This tiny groundcover that likes moist sites in sun to part sun, tops out at only 1″ tall, smothered in tiny light sky blue flowers…perfect in the fairy garden or draping over the edges of a container. The growth rate is perfect…not too fast and not too slow.
It just doesn’t get any cuter than the tiny rock garden scilla-relative, Ledebouria ‘Dawie Human’. Topping out at 1-2″ tall, be sure to plant it in a special spot, so it doesn’t get overlooked….like a fairy or gnome garden. If you’re in the far north, enjoy it as a container plant. Here it is after our cold winter, flowering beautifully in our rock garden.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to photograph epimediums, but it’s not an easy task…especially the white-flowered cultivars. I was finally able get a decent shot of our Epimedium ‘Splish Splash’ this week and wanted to share it. With our cool spring, epimediums have had a very long flowering period.
Here’s an oldie but goodie fairy wing that I wouldn’t garden without, Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Frohnletien’...love the foliage and the flowers.