Rock garden quarterly

v77 #2
Opuntia Walk in Beauty ‘Apricot Glory’
Stunning Winter-Hardy Cactus: The Opuntia

OPUNTIA , COMMONLY KNOWN as prickly pear, is a large genus encompassing many species, most of which are native to the deserts of western North America. We residents of the West often take prickly pears for granted: stepping over and walking around them while hiking, hunting, or sightseeing. They...

Corydalis nobilis
Ten Best Plants for Dry Shade

I CAN’T THINK of a rock garden I’ve visited anywhere that didn’t also have a few other garden features as well: a small patch of veggies, containers with annuals, and the inevitable troughs, for instance. Surely every garden has some trees or at least a wall that casts shade. In much of North...

Arisaema candidissimum is sweetly scented to some noses.
A is for Aroid

A IS FOR aroid... and Alocasia, Amorphophallus , Arisaema , and Arum . The last genus is the most fitting in regard to the rock garden, of course, but let me start where it began for me: May 2002. I quit my full-time, safe job in the legal department of a now very large real estate concern in...

Peckerwood’s first rock garden, featuring Dicentra eximia ‘Dolly Sods’ in the foreground
Changing Perceptions of Southern Rock Gardens: Experiences at Peckerwood Garden

WHEN I MENTION rock gardens to casual gardeners here in Texas, the response is always “Oh, I love cacti and agaves.” When I then try to explain how I aim to mimic the overall look of a northern rock garden, with a variety of miniature, compact perennials, dwarf shrubs, and other small plants with...

Urbanite Outfitters: Two Years Addicted to Crevice Gardening

STARTING WITH AN idea and a pile of broken concrete, the Urbanite Outfitters Crevice Garden project now snakes its way prominently through Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it continues to grow and thrive. Tony Avent, (owner of Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. @Juniper...

Green Spring’s Rock Garden: Past and Crevice

THE ROCK GARDEN at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia, was originally designed and created by Don Humphrey, a keen plantsman, skilled propagator, and the first director of the Gardens. An active member in the Potomac Valley Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS), he...

Lilium catesbaei
Bog Gardens

THE USE OF bog gardens to create novel habitats that support an incredible array of otherwise difficult to grow species is nothing new to NARGS members. This style was championed by some of the great members in the history of NARGS. In his Orchids of the Western Great Lakes Region , Fred Case wrote...

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Latest Plant of the Month

Anemone ranunculoides

General Description:

Buttercup anemone, A. ranunculoides, is native to deciduous forests of central Europe. Plants reach 15 cm.  The leaves are palmately divided and lobed, and crowded below the flowers, appearing almost whorled.  Flowers, measuring about 2 cm across, are solitary with five bright yellow tepals.  Plants form large colonies as they spread by underground rhizomes.  In most parts of their native range, April is the main blooming season.

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Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Clematis marmoraria
Clematis marmoraria
Polygala calcarea
Polygala calcarea
Narrow leaf segments of Delphinium qinghaiense; Calgary, AB.
Delphinium qinghaiense
Delphinium qinghaiense; Calgary, AB.
Delphinium qinghaiense
Delphinium beesianum; Calgary, AB.
Delphinium beesianum; Calgary, AB.
Delphinium vestitum; Calgary, AB.
Unusual rounded and hairy leaves of Delphinium vestitum.
Delphinium vestitum; Calgary, AB.
Unusual rounded and hairy leaves of Delphinium vestitum.
Delphinium vestitum
Aconitum sp. ex. DaXue Shan
Pulsatilla patens subsp. flavescens
Pulsatilla patens subsp. flavescens
Pulsatilla patens subsp. flavescens
Pulsatilla patens subsp. flavescens
Pulsatilla patens
Pulsatilla patens
Pulsatilla patens
Pulsatilla patens