Today Helen is taking us along on a visit to the beautiful J. C. Ralston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina. There are absolutely stunning plantings there, and it is free.
In addition to its bright flowers in the spring, this weeping red-leaf redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’, Zones 5–9) has trailing branches covered with beautiful leaves.
Each leaf of this Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Okukuji Nishiki’) is splashed with cream variegation for a beautiful effect. Like many variegated plants, it is a little sensitive to burning in intense sun, so it is growing here in the shade of the lathe house.
This incredible frond belongs to the upside-down fern (Arachniodes standishii, Zones 4–8). I’m not sure why it is called upside-down, but its lacy fronds are beautiful.
Red maples (Acer rubrum, Zones 5–9) are native to much of the eastern half of North America, but this is a variegated version called ‘Snow Fire’. The leaves, splashed with white, blushes pink on the newest growth.
For more on this garden, visit the website: jcra.ncsu.edu
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