January 28, 2015
Ever wonder why such a small fraction of our indigenous flora is available for sale through nurseries, even the good native plant nurseries? There are three primary factors.
December 4, 2014
A gift guide for the gardener who you suspect already has everything, or for the gardener who is just starting out. This is a short list of some of the best tools and books available.
NOTE: all listed prices were pulled at time of publication, and may have since changed. read more
July 23, 2014
Endangered within its native range, and even harder to find in cultivation!
Pricing is valid for a limited time only, while supplies last.
Streptopus lanceolatus var. roseus (twistedstalk) is a native herbaceous perennial of the Lily family. It is easy to grow in a cool, shaded spot with moist and organically rich soil.
DESCRIPTION: The species name provides an excellent physical description of the plant: strepto, from the Greek, means twisted, and describes the zigzagging stem; lanceola, from the Latin, means lance-shaped, and describes the leaves; and finally roseus describes the pinkish color of the bell-shaped flowers.
Mountain azalea is the most common and probably the showiest native southeastern azalea. It is a deciduous shrub with a delicate open form, growing up to 8'. The leaves are dark green and velvety hence the common name hoary azalea. It blooms in terminal clusters of trumpet-shaped, pink, lightly fragrant flowers with slightly ruffled petals. The stamens are unusually long and showy, curving upwards like false eyelashes. Flowers appear in spring, before new leaf growth has fully developed.
Rhododendron prunifolium is one of the latest blooming of the native azaleas, and arguably one of the showiest. July and August will bring on an explosion of bright orange to red flowers. This is an exceptionally large species of azaleas, with specimens growing to a height of 15' or more.
Trautvetteria caroliniensis is a woodland wildflower with 12", large, deeply lobed and deeply serrated green leaves. When colonized, these will create an impressive visual ground cover. The stems are terminally divided, up to 4' tall and bear clusters of white, fragrant flowers. They do not have petals, but their dense, extended white stamens form showy, white orbs.