THIS WEEKEND: Come See Us at the Kanapaha Spring Sale!

beach sunflower5 web smCome one – come all!

On Saturday and Sunday we’ll be setting up a great big display of lovely plants for your garden!

We’ve got an incredible variety of beautiful, rare and easy-to-grow selections you’re going to love.

Butterfly plants, bee plants, stunning ornamentals, shrubs, trees, natives, color-drenched flowers, fragrant vines and more!

Look for us at booths 135 and 136, right next to David Goodman from Florida Food Forests Nursery.

It’s going to be an incredible show. This event features over a hundred vendors with plants from around the globe, all located on the magical grounds of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

MORE DETAILS HERE

 

We are back!

JJWelcomesYouSpring is in the air! The peaches are blooming… the sun is above… and it’s time to start planning and planting for 2015!

We’ll be re-opening the gates for spring on Thursday, February 5th at 9AM.

Our regular hours this year are Thursdays through Saturdays from 9AM – 4PM.

For questions, give us a call at 352-629-0980.

FLORIDA’S BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES

NOW FOR MY FAVORITE SUBJECT – BUTTERFLIES. THE MAGNIFICENT COLORS OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL WINGS AND PATTERNS CAN ONLY BE CREATED BY NATURE. WHAT IS A BUTTERFLY?  IT IS AN INSECT WHICH DOES NOT BITE, CARRY DISEASE NOR DOES ANY HARM.  THEY EFFECTIVELY POLLINATE THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS WE ENJOY IN OUR GARDENS.

FOLLOWING ARE ONLY A FEW PICTURES OF VARIOUS BUTTERFLIES WHICH BRING SO MUCH JOY AND BEAUTY INTO OUR LIVES.

zebra longwing web lg

Zebra Longwing is Florida’s State butterfly

zebra longwing on duranta weblgZebra Longwing on Golden Dewdrop, a great plant for attracting butterflies.

gulf larva on inscense web lg

Passion Vine, larval food for the Zebra Longwing and Gulf Fritillary butterflies.  Note the Gulf Fritillary larva (caterpillar) on the passion vine.

gulf frit on penta weblgGulf Fritillary on penta

monarch larva weblg

Monarch butterfly larva on milkweed

monarch emerging from chrysalis on giant milkweed weblg

Monarch butterfly emerging from chrysallis on giant milkweed

monarch on flowering almong bush weblg

Monarch on Flowering Almond Bush

queen on thistle weblg

Queen butterfly on thistle

queen pair on blue porterweed weblg

Pair of queen butterflies on blue porterweed

sulphur catapillar on cassia weblg

Sulphur caterpillar on Cassia Bush.  The Cassia is the larval plant for the Sulphur butterfly

sulphur on firespike weblg

Sulphur butterfly on Firespike plant

painted lady on liatris13 weblg

Painted Lady on Liatris-do you think they like this plant!!!!

ceraunus or antillean blue weblg

Ceraunus Blue is among the smallest butterflies

SWALLOWTAILS ARE AMONG THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF FLORIDA’S BUTTERFLIES

giant  on petria4 weblg

Giant swallowtail on Queen’s Wreath

giant swallowtail on almond weblg

Underside of Giant Swallowtail’s wings, gathering nectar from a Flowering Almond Bush

eastern black on sedum weblg

Eastern Black Swallowtail

gold rim swallowtail WEBLG

Polydamas Swallowtail (Goldrim), Florida’s only swallowtail that lacks tails

palamedes on loblolly bay SL web lg

Palamedes Swallowtail

pipevine swallowtail on bottlebrush weblg

Pipevine Swallowtail

spicebush swallowtail on daylily weblg

SpicebushSwallowtail

tiger female on abelia1 weblg

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail-female

tiger on almond2 web lg

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – male

tiger swallowtail black female on abelia3 weblg

Black form of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail- female, getting nectar from Abelia bush

zebra swallowtail on vitex2 weblg

Zebra Swallowtail gathering nectar from a Chaste Tree(Vitex)

PLANTS THAT ARE BLOOMING NOW

THERE ARE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL PLANTS FLOWERING RIGHT NOW - HERE ARE JUST A FEW! The Big leaf Princess Flower has royal blue flowers which appear in spectacular terminal inflorescence, has large, fuzzy leaves. Prefers dappled shade or morning sun at most, blooms summer, fall. big leaf tibouchina1 weblg Close up of Princess Flower tibouchina big leaf1 web sm The Dwarf Yellow Mussaenda is a great butterfly attractant.  This beautiful shrub grows to about 3-4ft.  The pale yellow bracts indicate where the next darker yellow fragrant star-shaped flowers will be.  Flowers summer and fall and is deciduous. Tolerates sun or light shade mussaenda dwarf yellow 2014 weblg The Kaleidoscope Abelia is one of the most colorful of the Abelia family.  It has different foliage colors during the different seasons.  The followers are lightly fragrant white during summer and fall.  This shrub attracts a large array of butterflies. abelia kaleidoscope blooming2 weblg It gets 2-3ft high and 3-4ft wide.  This is truly a plant for all seasons. abelia canyon creek blooming1 weblg Canyon Creek Abelia is another beautiful and colorful plant, gets about 5-6ft tall with arching branches. Tecoma Stans “Bells of Fire” attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.  Loves the sun or part shade and blooms Spring, Summer, Fall tecoma belles of fire1 2014 weblgTecoma Stans “Lydia” is a good companion for the “Bells of Fire”.  This also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.  Both shrubs are deciduous and like sun to light shade.tecoma lydia 2014 weblg The American Wisteria “Amethyst Falls” makes a beautiful Vine on a fence, arbor or trellis. It blooms more than once a year and is deciduous. wisteria blooms2 weblg Thryallis or Shower of Gold is a very long blooming shrub with cluster of yellow flowers, can be pruned to size. thryallis1 weblg Close up of Thryallis cluster of flowers: thryallis web lg “Red Cluster” bottlebrush is one of the best hummingbird attractants.  This evergreen shrub gives color most of the season and prefers mostly sun.  Great for screening or just on its own bottlebrush3 web sm   The dwarf bottlebrush  is a striking addition to any sunny garden.  It is very slow growing and can be kept very short.  So, for those of you who like bottlebrush but do not want a tall, large shrub like the “Red Cluster” this is it. dwarf bottlebrush1 web smThe Blue Butterfly Flower is a long bloomer and attracts many pollinators.  This dual color shrub is very delicate looking but very hardy.  A must-have in any butterfly garden. blue butterfly flower sm See the lovely bumblebee hard at work pollinating this beautiful shrub bee on blue butterfly SL web lg For attracting all kinds of pollinators the White Flowering Almond Bush cannot be beat.  The white flowers are very fragrant.  It can get to be a very large shrub, but can be contained by frequent pruning even during blooming.

 white  almond1 web lg

Close up of White Flowering Almond Bush: pollinators 2012 034 weblg Adding color, fragrance, butterflies and bees to your yard doesn’t have to be hard! Visit Taylor Gardens Nursery and we’ll help you find the easiest low maintenance plants for your fall project!

GINGERS

OFTEN ASKED QUESTION IS WHAT CAN ONE PLANT IN SHADE THAT IS PRETTY AND FLOWERS. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT GINGERS?  SO MANY VARIETIES AND SIZES WITH DIFFERENT BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND SOME WITH FRAGRANCE.  YES, THEY DO GO DORMANT IN WINTER, BUT JUST THINK OF HOW MUCH YOU WILL ENJOY THEM DURING SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL.  MIX THEM WITH YOUR HOSTAS AND YOUR FERNS AND YOU WILL HAVE A SPECTACULAR DISPLAY.  ONE CANNOT HAVE ENOUGH GINGERS IN THEIR SHADE GARDEN.  FOLLOWING ARE A FEW OF THE VARIETIES AVAILABLE.

ginger pics for dg-ginger raven bloom3 weblgEarly spring I was walking by one of the sheds at the edge of the nursery and noticed these beautiful orchid-like flowers.  I had forgotten that we planted a Raven Ginger there.  This beautiful ginger flowers first and then gets its leaves.  What a beautiful start to Spring!

gingerKaempferiaRaven@ weblgLeafed out Raven Ginger

ginger jewel of thailand2 weblgJewel of Thailand is blooming right now.

ginger pics for dg-ginger peach butterfly weblgOne of the fragrant Butterfly Gingers

ginger blue2 weblgBlue Ginger is not a true ginger,really a member of the Wandering Jew family.  The vibrant flowers in late summer, fall are a striking addition to your garden.

ginger pics for dg-ginger var spiral weblgThe Variegated Spiral Ginger has spiral stems with attractive variegated leaves and flowers which appear from terminal cone.

ginger pics for dg-shell ginger5 weblgThe Variegated Shell Ginger has gold striped leaves and yellow and red terminal flowers emerging from bracts, makes a very attractive addition to any garden.

gingerpics for dg-ginger white butterfly weblgThe butterfly-shaped white flowers on the Butterfly Ginger are fragrant.

 

HOSTA (PLANTAIN LILY)

host grouping1 weblgWHAT, HOSTAS IN FLORIDA?!

YES, you can grow the right hostas for Florida!  We have several different varieties which grow very well here.  All have fragrant flowers in pale lavender or white.  This is a small grouping of few hosta in bloom.

Following are a few pictures of some of the varieties available at Taylor Gardens Nursery.

hosta double up7 weblgPlantaginea Doubled-Up has white fragrant flowers, grown in shade

hosta1Plantaginea Aphrodite. Fragrant, double white flowers grown in shade

hosta fragrant dream1 weblgFragrant Dreams is a beautiful variegated variety with fragrant pale lavender flowers grown in shade.

hosta guacamole2 weblgGuacamole has chartreuse-gold foliage with green edge, large fragrant pale lavender flowers. Grow in shade.

hosta stained glass grouping weblgA grouping of Stained Glass hosta.  Beautiful foliage, fragrant pale lavender flowers.  Grow in shade

hosta mohito1 weblgMojito is a large hosta with shiny and smooth emerald green foliage and large pale lavender fragrant flowers.  Grow in shade.

BUT, YOU SAY, I DO NOT HAVE ANY SHADE.  NO PROBLEM, WE HAVE A HOSTA FOR THE SUN.  YES, THAT IS RIGHT, A HOSTA THAT GROWS IN SUN AND HERE IT IS.

sun hosta weblgsun hosta flower weblgSunhosta is a dwarf variety with variegated foliage and pale lavender fragrant flowers. Drought and heat tolerant.  Can be grown in sun or part shade.  Long blooming.

FLORIDA NATIVE SHRUBS,TREES & VINES

azalea -pinxter4 web smBeautiful Florida native Azalea, has fragrant pink tubular flowers in spring.  It is a slower growing, deciduous shrub,can get 10+ ft tall, grows in part shade to shade.  Needs acid soil.  A butterfly attractor for the early butterflies

florida azalea weblgThe Florida Flame Azalea has fragrant flowers ranging from yellow to orange or gold.  Same information as above

azalea-florida3 web smAnother beautiful color of the Florida Flame Azalea

oak leaf hydrangea 1 smOak Leaf Hydrangea is a shade to part shade shrub which can grow to 6+ ft.  It blooms masses of white flowers late spring and early summer and has spectacular fall colors.  Prefers rich, acid soils but will adapts to drier.  Flowers turn pinkish to bronze as they age. Can be used as cut flowers

red anise flower web smA beautiful, shade loving, evergreen shrub.  The Florida Anise blooms in spring, flowers are deep red with ribbonlike petals, brownish, star-shaped capsule in late summer and fall.  Leaves are fragrant. Prefers moist, acid sandy soil.

palamedes on firebush web lgThe Firebush is a great hummingbird and butterfly attractant.  This perennial bush blooms
Spring, Summer, and Fall orange-red tubular flowers followed by black berries.  Has beautiful orangy foliage in the Fall, it is deciduous.  The firebush grows in full sun or part shade and once established is drought tolerant.

muhly in bloom web lgThe Muhly Grass is a drought tolerant, hardy, easy to grow grass, it grows 3-4 ft. tall in full sun or light shade. The blooms in late summer and fall are beautiful pink flowers floating above the foliage like cotton candy.

coral bean web lgThe Cherokee/Coral Bean is an excellent plant for naturalistic landscapes.  This drought tolerant shrub grows in sun to part shade, gets 3-4 ft. tall.  The beautiful red tubular flowers are a great attractant for hummingbirds and butterflies.  The flowers are followed by brown pods that split to expose several attractive red seeds. The plant is deciduous.

beach sunflower5 web smThe Beach/Dune Sunflower is a great ground cover for sunny to light shade areas, fast growing.  It blooms yellow daisy-like flowers spring, summer, and fall.

scarlet hib1 weblgScarlet Hibiscus has spectacular scarlet-red blooms in summer and fall which are very attractive to hummingbirds. This deciduous perennial is great for wet areas.

coral honeysuckle5 web lgThe Coral Honeysuckle is an excellent vine for trellises, arbors and fences.  The showy scarlet red to orange tubular and trumpet shaped flowers, blooming spring, summer and fall are very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.  A scarlet red berry appears in summer and fall.  This evergreen vine can be grown in sun to part shade.

crossvine2 web sm

The Cross Vine can be used in naturalistic landscapes, excellent for covering fences.  Can be grown in sun to part shade, but blooms best in sun.  This evergreen vine blooms in spring and early summer yellow and orange trumpet-shaped flowers which are often visited by hummingbirds.

carolina jessamine3 web sm

Carolina Yellow Jessamine is a beautiful winter and spring blooming vine which is excellent for use on mailboxes, trellises, arbors or to hide chain-link fences and can be grown as ground cover.  The bright yellow trumpet shaped flowers are very fragrant.  It can be grown in sun to part shade.  This vine is evergreen.

chickasaw plum3 web smThe Chickasaw Plum is a multistemmed  shrub or very small tree which has a showy display of  masses of white flowers in the late winter, early spring, fruit follows.  Good for wildlife food and cover plus soil stabilization.  Best in naturalistic settings.

red buckeye web lgThe Red Buckeye is an excellent small tree or understory shrub, grows to 12-20ft.  The red tubular flowers are magnificent in early spring and are hummingbird and butterfly attractants.  The Buckeye blooms Feb-Apr.  It is deciduous, can grow in full sun to shade.

redbud7 web lgThe Redbud has a profusion of bright magenta to rosy-pink flowers Feb-Mar prior to the new leaves which are heart-shaped.  This attractive flowering tree is excellent as a small shade or specimen tree.  This deciduous tree gets to be 15-30ft tall.

A Collection of Beautiful Hibiscus

 

Great Rose Mallow (Hibiscus Grandiflorus)

The Great Rose Mallow (Hibiscus Grandiflorus) is a beautiful Florida Native Hibiscus, blooms in summer & fall, requires full sun, deciduous, very easy to grow.

Perennial, 6-8ft tall with 12″ light pink bloom.

pics for dg-donfederate rose16The Confederate Rose blooms summer and fall.  Flowers open white and fade into pink and then red.  This deciduous, hardy perennial  gets 8-15ft tall.

lord baltimore WEB LGThe Lord Baltimore Hibiscus has a large 10″ wide ruffled crimson-red flower.  Blooms from July until frost.  This perennial also tolerates moist soils.  Will grown in full sun to part shade.

hibiscus lady baltimore web lgThis striking Hibiscus “Lady Baltimore” has large delicate pink flowers with dark eye, blooms summer and fall.  This deciduous perennial is easy to grow in full sun to part shade.