Hardy Lady Slipper Orchids!!

Cypripedium, Lady Slipper Orchids, is a genus of woodland garden plants that are among the most desired of all native hardy orchids for sale, despite their often finicky requirements. Plant Delights Nursery is excited about our bare root shipment of responsibly grown, flowering size, cypripedium orchids we received yesterday.  These plants are nursery propagated and not collected from the wild. Fall is the best time for planting your hardy lady slipper orchid. Beds should be well-prepared and amended with compost unless you naturally have rich, organic soil. Dig a shallow but wide crater, spread the roots out flat (with eyes pointed upward), cover them with 1" of soil, and water in well. You should avoid planting your lady slipper orchid near aggressive groundcovers (such as ivy, vinca or Japanese pachysandra) or near the base of trees or large shrubs due to root competition. Check out this article on Cypripediums for more in depth information. Other varieties Read more [...]

A Walk Through the Garden!

October is a transitional month in the garden, as the plants of summer begin to fade and the stars of the autumn garden begin to shine. Join us Saturday October 8 from 10am - noon for a two-hour class...an interactive outdoor walk through our extensive botanical gardens, discussing the plants in the garden, and how and why they grow. These pictures were taken at Juniper Level Botanic Garden today. Read more [...]

Amorphophallus titanum!!

If you haven't heard, there is an Amorphophallus titanum in bloom at the greenhouse conservatory on NC State’s campus. The conservatory also doubles as a classroom, so it isn’t be available for public viewing, but you can watch it bloom live on this page. The flower of the giant titan arum is one of the largest flowers in the plant kingdom, and has a smell reminiscent of rotting flesh, hence the common name of corpse flower. Here is a picture of PDN's Amorphophallus titanum in the greenhouse, which is still a couple of years from flowering. We do have seedlings that were potted up last week and should be ready for shipment in 4-5 weeks (there is a picture of the seedlings below). Not only is the titan arum impressive for it's flower and mere size, but the patterning on the stem is absolutely amazing with dense speckling of lime and black-green near the base, and larger blotching as you move up the stem. Read more [...]

The Marvels of Nature!

So what do you get when you cross Manfreda and an Agave? Wait!!  Is that even possible? It is!!  And, voila... we present... x Mangave! x Mangave is an intergeneric hybrid combining the leaf spotting and perennial flowering nature of Manfreda and the leaf spines and evergreen nature (above freezing) of Agave. Like both parents, x Mangave is drought tolerant and has an aversion to winter moisture. In areas where x Mangave is not winter hardy, it makes a great container specimen. x Mangave 'Pineapple Express' is a 2016 introduction from Walters Gardens with fleshy, olive green leaves heavily spotted with purple. Pineapple Express will form a rosette 18" tall x 24" wide. Above is Pineapple Express in the garden and below is Pineapple Express in our sales house. We have an exciting array on new varieties of x Mangaves in production with varying leaf shapes and variegation patterns, so be sure to look for them in the future. If you are not already growing x Mangave be sure Read more [...]

Final Weekend of Open Nursery and Garden for 2016!

This is the last weekend of our 2016 Open Nursery and Garden! Come see our gardens and be inspired to add a bit more color and texture to your own gardens. Be sure to stop by Jim and Kathy Phillips Pottery and Stone Sculpture booths, debuting at Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden for the first time this weekend! Read more [...]

Are There Giants in Your Garden?

Colocasias are a genus that can bring a taste of the tropics to your backyard garden. Colocasia 'Thailand Giant' is a huge strain of the giant elephant ear that can reach 9' tall in the wild, and certainly makes its presence known in the garden. Can you say WOW factor! Each glaucous grey-green leaf is up to 5' long and 4' wide. It also produces abundant 8" flowers with white spathes from summer into fall. So if you're looking for a tropical escape and want to make a bold statement in your garden, or just want to impress your friends and neighbors, get your very own Giant today! Read more [...]

New, Hard-to-Find Sacred Lilies (rohdea) available

We began growing sacred lilies back in the 1970s, when few people in the US, outside of a handful of fanatic collectors were growing them. The only large scale grower of the green species, Rohdea japonica, was our friends, the late Sam and Carleen Jones of Georgia's Piccadilly Farms.  Despite being very easy to grow, Rohdeas will never be found at most nurseries or garden centers, due to the long production time from both seed and divisions.   Rohdea japonica 'Go Dai Takane' We worked for years (pre-Internet and email) to establish contacts in Japan who were willing to sell and ship rohdeas to the US. In Japan, variegated cultivars of rohdeas are highly prized for what most folks think are subtle differences. Most Japanese gardeners grow rohdeas in special decorative ceramic pots as house or patio plants.  For many of the nice, variegated rohdea varieties, costs in Japan range from $50 to several hundred dollars, and several thousand dollars each for the special, slow-growing forms. Rohdea Read more [...]

Exploring the Wonders of Fall!

Today is the first day of our Fall Open Nursery and Garden. We will be open til 5pm today, 8 am -5 pm tomorrow, and 1 pm - 5 pm on Sunday. Don't fret if you can't make it this weekend, we will also be open next weekend, September 16 - 18. Come explore the gardens in their full fall glory and get inspiration for your own garden. Our sales houses are stocked full or rare and unique perennials to excite even the most seasoned gardeners. We are adding plants to the sales houses throughout open house, and many in limited quantities. Here is a teaser of items we added just today: Verbena 'Lavender Frappe' and Aspidistra 'Leopard'. During your visit, be sure to stop by our grape arbor and sample many varieties of muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia) such as Farrer, Janebelle, Sweet Jenny and Ison. Muscadines can have bronze or purple hulls, ripen in the fall and are native to the Southeastern US. Which is your favorite? Read more [...]

You’re Invited to our Fall Open Nursery and Garden at PDN/JLBG

This weekend and next is time for our final open nursery and garden for 2016, so we hope you'll join us for a celebration of the amazing plants that make fall in the garden such a wonderful time. The dates are Sept 9-11 and Sept 16-18.  We're open 8-5 on Friday and Saturday,  and 1-5pm on Sunday. Fall is also a great time to pick up some new perennials for the wonderful fall planting season.  We're still shipping, but there's nothing quite like picking up your plants in person. The greenhouses are stocked and we've got an incredible array of specimens for you to choose from, and gardening experts to help you make the correct choices. By choosing some of the rarer perennials we have to offer, you are also helping to preserve those species in the face of climate change...a great service! Pick out your favorite spot in the garden and duplicate it at your home. Last chance to enjoy the amazing containerized agave show before they move inside for the winter. We Read more [...]

Do you have a Heart Throb in your Garden?

Hurricane Hermine brought some much needed rain over the weekend. Not only were there some happy gardeners, but the rain lilies are loving it too. Here is a picture of Zephyranthes 'Heart Throb' in the garden with its bright 2" reddish-pink flowers and contrasting white eye. At a mere 6" this Heart Throb is a real show-stopper. Rain lilies got their common name from their charming habit of producing new blooms after it rains. Rain lilies come in a variety of colors to coordinate with your garden's palette. Plant rain lilies near the garden path where you can enjoy their beauty from mid summer up until fall. Be sure to come check out our wide selection of rain lilies this coming weekend, Sept. 9-11, during our fall open house, and you can take home your very own Heart Throb! Read more [...]