A new favorite mail order nursery is Plant Delights, located in Raleigh North Carolina.
On our last two trips to Georgia , we have not stopped because we thought it was too far from the Interstate. But my friendly conversation with Diane, informs me that it is too close not to stop on our next trip South! I just received a delivery yesterday, and the plant material was in spectacular condition. I am making a mental note to be less afraid of Summer shipping of plants. These arrived as if they were carried here from next door!
My friend at asked me what I ordered and they might not look like much now so I have included a photo from Plant Delights to show the mature plant.
I am enchanted with epimediums so Ive added another:
It will take some time before I see the orange fairy wings. Something to look forward to next year after another long Winter in the Northeast. Its not too soon to think about what you wanted in the garden in April and May but maybe lacked!
I envy my garden friends who have a stand of toad lilies when the rest of the garden is spent. I hope to join their league if this healthy stem will thrive and multiply! This is the description in the catalog :
Tricyrtis hirta Lightning Strike (Perennial Toad Lily) This unusual attention-getting selection of the commonly grown Tricyrtis hirta makes an outstanding feature in the woodland garden. The bright golden foliage is streaked with green on 2 tall arching stems. Even though the pattern of streaking is variable, we have had no green reversions in several years of trials. In early fall, the stems are highlighted with 1 light lavender, orchid-like flowers in the leaf axil
Next is the lespedeza and here is the description: Thanks to plantsman Ted Stephens for bringing this wonderful new deciduous perennial lespedeza back from Japan and making it available. Lespedeza Little Volcano is a selection of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Lespedeza liukiuensis, unlike Lespedeza thunbergii, makes an upright clump instead of one whose branches are pendulous. The 6 tall x 12 wide mound of branches, clothed with small, dark green leaves, explodes, starting in mid-September, as the stems are smothered with bright red-purple flowers that last until mid-Octoberstunning! Pot Size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) Zone 6-9, guessing Height 72
Last but not least, and maybe the most exciting is: Polygonatum odaratum var. pluriflorum Jinguji. The description from the Plant Delights catalog is steeped with the lore of the plant explorer Dan Hinckley:We purchased this splendid form of the Japanese Polygonatum odoratum in 2003 from the former Heronswood Nursery, who got it from Japans Jinguji Nursery. Since then, it has enjoyed a place of honor in our garden where it can be admired by all who visit. We are finally able to share with those who missed the original limited HWN offering. The 20 tall, arched, wine-red stems are adorned by egg-shaped green leaves, then decorated with dangling white bells in spring, followed by lovely blue-black fruit in early fall. To quote Dan from 2003, From an enormous contingent of Solomons Seals in our garden, this rises to the surface as one of the most beautiful. I love bringing all of these photos to the computer but it is still a very beautiful day, and dear husband awaits in a rocking chair on the deck with a glass of chilled white wine for himself and for me, so I leave you as the sun beams begin to slant and I try to catch the last hours of this Summer day!