Cardinal Flowers – An Easy to Grow Native

Lobelia cardinalis is native to 41 out of the 50 states in North America. The cardinal flower is tolerant of many different soils from moist bogs to average garden soils, and is perfect for use in rain gardens. Cardinal flowers are also a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies. Lobelia begins blooming in summer and will continue until fall with an array of flower and foliage colors to blend nicely in your garden, from the brilliant red flowers of the species, to the hot pink Monet Moment, or the burgundy foliage of Black Truffle. You can order cardinal flowers online or visit us at our fall open house September 9-11 & 16-18 to see the cardinal flowers blooming in the garden and pick out that perfect plant for a spot in your garden. Read more [...]

Bird of Paradise Tree and Buffalo Gourd…two little known horticultural oddities

We hope you've received your new Fall 2016 catalog and are enjoying the plants we selected for inclusion. If not, they're all on-line. It's been years since we were able to offer one of our favorite garden plants, the Hardy Bird of Paradise Tree...Caesalpinia gilliesii.  After years of searching, we located a seed source and are thrilled to have it available once again.  We've had this survive 0 degrees F in the past, so it's certainly the hardiest member of an otherwise tropical genus. Another oddity that we're offering for the first time is the US native, Buffalo Gourd, Curcubita foetidissima.  Who know there was a hardy perennial gourd, native from Wisconsin south Mexico, and west to California.  In addition to having beautiful glaucous blue, sandpapery foliage, the giant yellow flowers, followed by small green and white gourds are equally amazing.  Buffalo Gourd is a desert plant, so no extra irrigation is needed after establishment. As always, we hope you find Read more [...]

Are those backyard insects driving you crazy!!

Combat  those pesky backyard pests with your very own Bug Bat. These North American natives are at home in a moist bog areas and prey on ants, flies, wasps, beetles, slugs and snails. Even if you don't have a bog or moist garden area, you can still enjoy growing pitcher plants on your deck, patio, or balcony...and they make a great conversation piece for friends and kids. Simply plant your pitcher plant in pure peat moss in your favorite patio container, set in a saucer to hold water and maintain even moisture. Find out more about the culture of pitcher plants and shop our other Sarracenia for sale. Read more [...]

Hosta ‘Branching Out’ – a breeding breakthrough

One of the most rewarding parts of our work is being able to introduce a plant we've taken from idea (branched flower scapes) to reality. We are finally able to share our latest creation this week with the introduction of Hosta 'Branching Out'. The first cross in the long road from creation to market took place here in 1989.  A seedling was selected that was later crossed with another 1995 seedling, which was later crossed with a 1999 seedling, which in 2004 was crossed with the blue-leaved Hosta 'Pewterware', after we noticed that both hostas would occasionally produce a single-branched flower scape.  We evaluated the resulting 2004 seedlings for several years before paring down their numbers in the semi-final cut. We were looking for good branching, attractive flowers, and sturdy stems. Once the final selection was made, we watched it for four more years to make sure it consistently branched in the garden, during which time, we also sent it north to evaluate its performance in colder Read more [...]

Let’s Talk Plants! Garden Walk Class – October 8, 2016

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. Register online and join us for this two-hour class...an interactive outdoor walk through our extensive botanical gardens, discussing the plants in the garden, and how and why they grow. Come prepared to write as we send you on plant overload. Here is a peek in the garden today. There's always something new to see!   Read more [...]

Unique Color Combinations in the Summer Garden are Hot!!

Canna lilies are a great addition to your sunny summer garden or rain garden. Their large bold leaves come in a variety of colors and variegation patterns, and provide the perfect foil for brightly colored flowers from orange, to brilliant reds, rose to white. Cannas add color to the garden from late spring to fall and are an excellent attractant for butterflies and hummingbirds. Read more [...]

Plant Delights Nursery 2016 Fall Catalog is here!

Our Fall Catalog is on its way to mailboxes now, featuring over 100 amazing selections including more than 30 brand new plants for 2016. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come. Fall is a great time for planting, so get your orders in now while supplies last!

Photo of Hibiscus 'Perfect Storm' announcing 2016 Fall Catalog

 

 

PDN & JLBG Open Position – Seasonal Horticultural Assistant

Plant Delights Nursery is seeking an energetic seasonal garden and grounds assistant to work up to 40 hours, Monday–Friday. Qualified candidates must be physically durable, have a tolerance for a wide range of outdoor weather including summer heat, have a good work ethic, a friendly personality, and be able to work well with others. Qualified candidates must be able to pay acute attention to detail while working at a fast pace. Send resumes with cover letters of interest with reasons why you are the ideal candidate to [email protected] Preference will be given to applicants with horticultural or garden experience.  Position Classification: Hourly (Non-Exempt) Seasonal $8.00/ hour  Job Description: Perform horticultural maintenance in the display gardens including weeding, raking, and mulching Assist with grounds maintenance, including repair from storm damage Must be able to lift 50lbs Other duties as assigned Read more [...]

Carex specialist Pat Fitzgerald visits PDN/JLBG

We were delighted this week to welcome Irish nurseryman/marketer Pat Fitzgerald.  This was the first time we'd met in person, although we've corresponded on-line for years. We had a wonderful time walking through the gardens and sharing our excitement about new plants on the horizon.  Pat is best known for his amazing line of carex that he's developed, with more in the pipeline.  Here are a few you'll see if you visit during our final two Summer Open Nursery and Garden days today (Saturday 8-5), and tomorrow (Sunday 1-5). Pat Fitzgerald           Carex 'Everest' Carex 'Everillo' Carex 'Everlime' Carex 'Eversheen'   Read more [...]

Sinningia – a flowering machine

Sinningia Arkansas BellsHere’s a recent photo from the garden of one of our favorite full sun, summer-flowering perennials, Sinningia ‘Arkansas Bells’.  This amazing African violet relative thrives with cactus and agaves in our full sun rock garden, flowering from April until September, during which time, the hummingbirds have to wait their turn.  We don’t currently offer this because not enough folks purchased it last time, which drives us a little nuts!  It’s only winter hardy to 5 degrees F in the ground, but makes a superb container plant in colder zones.  So, why do more people not buy this?  Please convince us to propagate some more since it is so wonderful.