Deceived Ginger

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.

Hedychium deceptum in flower at JLBG
Hedychium deceptum in flower at JLBG
Close up of Hedychium deceptum - Red Hardy Ginger Lily
Close up of Hedychium deceptum

Epimedium greenhouse

Epimedium greenhouseSometimes 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!

 

Laurentia fluvitalis – Blue Star Creeper

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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.

Ledebouria ‘Dawie Human’

Ledebouria ovalifolia Dawie Human in flower5

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.

Epimedium ‘Splish Splash’

Epimedium Splish Splash9

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.

Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’

Epimedium x perralchicum Frohnleiten in flower closeup

Here’s an oldie but goodie fairy wing that I wouldn’t garden without, Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Frohnletien’...love the foliage and the flowers.