Hibiscus aculeatus

Hibiscus aculeatus

Here’s the lovely Hibiscus aculeatus in flower now in the garden.  Although the flowers don’t reach the enormous proportions of Hibiscus moscheutos, the soft yellow flowers of the southeast US native perennial Hibiscus aculeatus are a welcome color in the fall garden and the sandpapery leaves keep foliage-eating insects at bay.

Peony obovata in seed

Paeonia obovata seed pods3

The Chinese Paeonia obovata is one of the few peony species that’s grown as much for its seed as for its flowers…the seed last much longer.  Here’s a photo I just snapped in the garden of its amazing seed pods.  Be sure to see this when you visit this weekend for our final Open Nursery and Garden days for 2014.

Plant Delights Nursery September 2014 Newsletter

Greetings PDN'ers! PDN Fall Nursery News We hope you've received your copy of the Fall 2014 Plant Delights Nursery catalog. Kudos to our graphic designer Shari Sasser at Sasser Studios for the catalog redesign and new look. Among other things, the fall catalog includes three new aucubas, six new crinum lilies, and twenty new fern offerings. These are a fraction of the many exciting new plants you'll find either in the print version or online. It's always interesting for us to see what sells and what doesn't. Top sellers from the fall catalog so far include, Adiantum venustum, Agapanthus 'White Heaven', Agave 'Huasteca Giant', Agave 'Shadow Dancer', Alstroemeria 'Koice', Aster 'Fanny', Begonia 'Pewterware', Bouvardia 'Scarlet Hummer', Canna 'Pacific Beauty', Dryopteris erythrosora v. prolifica, Echinacea 'Fatal Attraction', Epimedium 'Domino',  Eucalyptus neglecta, Heuchera 'Citronelle', Hibiscus 'Kopper King', Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel', Hosta 'Orange Read more [...]

The greenhouses are full of great plants!

Many folks don't realize that we grow our own plants here at Plant Delights.  This allows better control of availability, quality, and trueness to name.  Here are current photos of three of our stock houses where the plants are grown...one with cannas and gingers, another with agaves and yuccas, and one with elephant ears.  Your orders are pulled from stock in these greenhouses.  Whether you order on-line or are able to visit during our final upcoming Open Nursery and Garden weekend, we hope you'll be very pleased with our plant quality.  Thank you for being a Plant Delights customer. Read more [...]

Alstroemeria ‘Casablanca’

Alstromeria Casablanca4Just snapped this image of the amazing Alstroemeria ‘Casablanca‘ in the garden.  Although this was developed as a cut flower, it turned out to be an amazingly hardy perennial.  My friend, Hans Hansen has found this to be hardy for several years in Southern Michigan.

xHowardara ‘Little Princess’ flowering today

xHowardara Little Pirncess

If you’re coming to our Open Nursery and Garden today, be sure to check out the flowering xHowardara ‘Little Princess’.  What looks like a red rain lily is actually a very rare tri-generic hybrid…a cross of Hippeastrum (amaryllis) x Sprekelia (Aztec Lily) x Zephyranthes (rain lily).  The cross was created a few years ago by Texan, Dave Lehmiller. Perhaps one day we’ll have enough of this to share.

Two favorite agaves – Agave bracteosa and Agave ovatifolia

The Agaves are looking great in the garden today as we start our Fall Open Nursery and Garden.  Here are two of my favorites as they look today...the spineless Agave bracteosa (top) that looks like a stiff green squid, and the magnificent Agave ovatifolia. (botttom) Both of these were brought into the US from Mexico by the late plant explorer, Lynn Lowrey of Texas.  You'll see them both on display when you visit during the next two weekends. Be sure to say hello while you're here. Read more [...]