Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Imogen House

A garden design project we've been working on for the past year or so at a home in the Silverlake area. It's a great landscape - lots of fun, drought tolerant plants. 

This is how it's looking about a year after planting... 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Garden moments

Not the best photo, but lots of butterflies in the garden these days... 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Blooming in the garden...

Happy Summer Solstice!
The longest day of the year - a perfect one for gardening. 
Check out what is blooming in our gardens right now... 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Garden support...

This is my niece Riley. She's five, and just finished her first year of school - kindergarten! The fact that she can writer her numbers is especially beneficial to us - she LOVES to help price plants! This is her pricing an order of Annie's Annuals (some REALLY cool campanulas, agastache, vines and more!) that we got in today. 

We should note that she particularly likes to write the numbers "6" and "8" and keeps asking if she can price the plants with those numbers, but we don't let her make the plants that expensive....
we make sure Riley keeps our plants nice and affordable!

LOTS of new plants came in this week! Plus, we've got all of our sunflowers marked down to $1 and tomatoes and veggies are marked down as well.

Come see us, and see Riley's fine handwriting for yourself!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Some new arrivals from today...

We've got some new arrivals to show off: 

 Acanthus hungaricus - really cool leaf shape and blooms.

 Astilbe 'Visions' - love the color!

 Hypericum 'Tricolor' - the photo doesn't do it justice (camera is slightly broke!) but the leaves on this one have a great pink and green tone, and the yellow flowers really make it pop!

 Melianthus major - Honeybush is the common name. I LOVE this plant - I put one in my mom's yard a few years ago and it took over, but it looks soooo cool! I only brought one in, it's a five gallon - come and take it home with you!

 Rehmannia elata - Chinese Foxglove. Look at those blooms! You need this - quite easy to grow!

 Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon' - one of my favorites for low growing, shade areas - great color!

 Calandrina spectabilis - you know this one, click the link to see what it looks like when in bloom, then stop in and pick one up. Best part is you can easily grow more plants from cuttings. 

 Gunnera chilensis - coolest most amazing plant ever. I mean, maybe we are a little obsessed with this plant even... Needs lots of water and shade; give it that and a little room to grow,  and you'll have a straight up prehistoric looking amazing plant in your yard! Usually we only have them in larger five gallon sizes, but these guys are in ones!

 Stokesia 'Klaus Jellito' - I don't think we've ever had these before, but they are super cool, reminding us of pincushion/Scabios, but with a more 'wildlflower' type of feel to them. Said to attract butterflies, and is pretty drought tolerant once established.

 Hibiscus syriacus 'Tosca' - this is not your neighbors hibiscus! Check out the bloom here.

 Gallardia 'Burgundy' - we love these: tough, colorful, and will come back better each year.

Salvia apiana - there has been a real interest in white sage lately. This native plant has a great history and lore about it - check out the story here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer is almost here and our gardens are blooming!

Hard to believe summer is only about two weeks away...time flies, but here at Johnnye Merles, we are looking forward to the upcoming months! Our gardens are looking pretty special right now, if we don’t say so ourselves! Check out some of the photos below for a glimpse of what is blooming right now; plants are coming in weekly, so be sure to stop in and see us soon!

Some bold snapdragons!

Cuphea "Styribing Sunset"

Impressive Zinnia!

Lovely carex...great color!

Fun succulents...

Unusual euphorbias.

Great color on this unique aeonium.

Agrostemma Ocean Pearl blooming away!

"Prom Dress" Cosmos!

Kale!!! Think this variety is meant for more cutting than eating, but how cool is that???

Can you believe this blue on this Cynoglossum?  

 We hope to see you soon!