Rock garden quarterly

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Sand Plunges at RHS Wisley

Our alpine team at RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Garden Wisley in Surrey, United Kingdom, looks after a large Rock Garden, Landscape House and Crevice Garden, each with permanent planting schemes to maintain. But we also provide year-round color in our Display House showing off plants from the...

Edgy, Ledgy Rock Gardening

The sedum bloomed a field of brilliant yellow flowers, the sempervivum spawned families of hens and chicks. The wild strawberries had no runners but took up the slack, promiscuously seeding about. Willful explorers from my potted garden defiantly rooted into crushed slag on the top of an apartment...

Minnesota Garden of Primroses and Memories

As our winter in Minnesota finally releases its hold in April, I wander down my woodland primrose path each day looking for signs of the garden awakening from its long slumber. Having gardened here in central Minnesota for 30 years, it still brings feelings of wonder that plants gifted by my...

Cornell Botanic Gardens

Cornell botanic gardens , co-sponsor of the 2020 NARGS conference in Ithaca, New York, is excited to welcome NARGS members and rock garden enthusiasts from around the world. What follows is a glimpse into Cornell Botanic Gardens’ rich history, renowned collections, and stunning geology to prepare...

Foresight 2020: Exploration and Inspiration

Foresight 2020: Exploration and Inspiration is the theme of the 2020 NARGS Annual General Meeting and Conference to be held June 18-20, hosted by the Adirondack Chapter and co-hosted by Cornell Botanic Gardens. Why this theme? Foresight, because after you attend this conference, we hope you will be...

In Memoriam: Rex Murfitt

The rock gardening community and NARGS lost a good friend when Rex Murfitt died in August after a brief illness. Born in Leicester, England, in November 1926, he grew up with an interest in horticulture. During World War II, as a youth, he farmed vegetables as part of the war effort. After the war...

Troughs with Rex Murfitt

BACK IN 2010 , I visited Rex Murfitt and he showed me his expert technique for placing rocks and plants in a trough, right in his well-stocked alpine house.

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Heloniopsis orientalis

Description and General Information:

This woodlander is native to shady, damp woodlands of Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Plants produce a basal rosette of smooth, evergreen, strap-like leaves that often take on red tints in winter.  In early sping, it produces a leafless cluster of nodding, 2-3 cm wide lavender-pink lily-like bells atop 15-30 cm tall stems.  Stems may elongate to 45 cm as seeds develop.  After flowering, plants produce a new rosette of leaves.

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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