Rock garden quarterly

v76 #4
Cracking the Cyclamen Code

TURNING THE CORNER in a woodland path at the Denver Botanic Gardens many years ago, I was blown away by hundreds of blooming cyclamen seemingly thrown down like a Persian carpet beneath the trees....

Saxifraga virginiensis at Shenk’s Ferry
How Shenk’s Ferry Came To Be

Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve, well known for its unique trillium, is the valley of Grubb Run, one of several glens that drain into the lower Susquehanna River....

Pink lady’s-slipper (Cypripedium acaule) can grow in surprisingly dry, infertile sites in the pine barrens.
Spring in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

New Jersey is a paradoxical state. It’s the most densely populated state in the United States, and it’s hardly the first place people think of for natural areas....

Teucrium montanum growing in a crevice bed.
Rock gardening in Missouri

HORTICULTURALLY, 2013 WAS a big year for me. I had just graduated from Longwood Garden’s Professional Gardener Training Program and completed internships at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Scotland and Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden in France....

A trough full of Orostachys spinosa.
Succulents for Troughs

MOST ROCK GARDENERS seem to design a corner to grow choice alpines in troughs. In the right spot, with the right mix of soil, troughs seem to facilitate growing a wider range of tiny plants and challenging alpines than in the ground....

Paraquilegia microphylla. Photo by Yang Adong
NARGS in Yunnan

In June of 2018, NARGS Tours and Adventures went to Yunnan, China. These are some of the impressions and images from the people lucky enough to explore this botanical hot spot. ...

Yunnanese woman in traditional dress.
Images of Western China

The leader of the team of drivers for the NARGS tour of Yunnan was a man named Yang Adong who, in addition to his day job, is an astonishingly talented photographer....

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Silene alpestris

General Description:

Silene alpestris, aka Heliosperma alpestre, is commonly called the alpine catchfly.  It is native to damp but stony meadows and slopes, at an elevation of 1200-2500 m. It's range is from the eastern Alps to the Balkans, usually on limestone substrates.  Plants form low tufts or mats to 15 cm high. It spreads slowly by thin rhizomes. Narrow deep green leaves are paired.  The white flowers are produced in loose terminal cymes June to August.  Individual flowers...

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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
Pulsatilla rubra subsp. hispanica; seedlings
Pulsatilla rubra subsp. hispanica
Pulsatilla rubra subsp. hispanica

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