New for 2015 – Epimedium wushanense ‘Starlite’

Epimedium wushanense 'Starlite' PDN 01 in

Also in the same family as the mayapple, we’d like to introduce you to Epimedium wushanense ‘Starlite’.  All Epimedium wushanense are great, but this clone stood out in our trials, so after many years of division, we finally have enough to share.  The large clump stretches out to over 3′ wide and 18″ tall…truly amazing.   Remember the new catalog will go online Dec. 31!

New for 2015 – Podophyllum ‘Galaxy’


In case you’ve been wondering what Gardening Santa has in store in the new Plant Delights catalog, we’ll give you a sneak peak before the new catalog goes live December 31.  We’ll start off with an amazing new mayapple, Podophyllum ‘Galaxy’.  This has thrived for us, compared to some selections in the past that did just didn’t prosper here.

Helleborus lividus

I just snapped this photo of the beautiful Helleborus lividus.  This is the most heat tolerant and least winter tolerant of the lenten rose species. We've grown Helleborus lividus outdoors for over 20 years, despite experts claiming it isn't winter hardy here. needs summer heat to be winter hardy.  The new foliage actually emerges in the fall, unlike all other Hellebore species.  Although the flowers are interesting, this is one hellebore that we grow for the amazing foliage.  Helleborus lividis also prefers a bit more sun and will not thrive in deep shade.  In recent years, Helleborus lividus has been hybridized with Helleborus niger to create cold tolerant hybrids with attractive veined foliage.  There are two types of these hybrids, Helleborus x ballardiae and Helleborus x ericsmithii.  Read more [...]

Winter-blooming clematis, Clematis cirrhosa

One of the real joys of the winter gardening season is the Mediterranean native Clematis cirrhosa.  Here is how it looks today, draped across the railing on our house deck.  Clematis cirrhosa blooms from now until early spring, so you will often find the flowers completely encased in snow or ice...pretty amazing!  Did you know that clematis and hellebores are first cousins?  They are both members of the Ranunculus (buttercup) family Can you see the resemblance in the flowers?  I can't imagine anyone in Zone 7 and south who doesn't grow this in their garden. Read more [...]

New PDN/JLBG Family Members

The Christmas season brought us two early additions to the PDN/JLBG family....the twins, Jake and Elwood.  They were abandoned as young kittens and discovered swimming toward swimmers in the nearby Cape Fear river, where they were rescued and nursed back to health.  With their early life adventures outdoors, they seem content to spend the next stage of their life indoors...who can blame them.  So far, they are the source of endless entertainment, as Anita captured so well in these images. Read more [...]

Compost Art

Leaves2 (A Avent)

We use a tremendous amount of compost in the garden each year, much from our own nursery and garden wastes, but we also receive discarded residential leaves from the adjacent town of Garner.  Anita just captured this artsy image of a recently dumped pile of shredded leaves.  Who knew compost could also be art?

Rohdea chinensis ‘Green Panda’

Rohdea chinensis Green Panda in fruit

I just snapped this photo of the evergreen perennial, Rohdea chinensis ‘Green Panda’ in full fruit.  For those who have grown Rohdea japonica, you’ll notice the fruit on Rohdea chinensis is orange with pointed tips as opposed to red and more oval in Rohdea japonica.  In the ground, Rohdea chinensis has longer, more pointed leaves and a more spiky growth habit.

Plant Delights Nursery November 2014 Newsletter

Happy Thanks-Gardening PDNers! As we approach the holidays we are so thankful to share our plant passion with each of you. Thank you for ordering from PDN, reading our blog, and sharing our passion on social media. We are so blessed on many levels. New Catalog Update As you probably know, October and November are both catalog writing months at Plant Delights. This year, it's been great to take advantage of our improved wireless access at Juniper Level Botanic Garden to write from a golf cart as we traverse the garden with tape measures and cameras in hand. We're still amazed how often our measurements and observations in the garden are at such odds with information published by plant marketers on-line. So much of the discrepancy is because most plant breeders and plant marketers only trial plants for container production. You'd be shocked how many new plants are sold to an unsuspecting public that have never been trialed in a garden. We are in the process of assembling Read more [...]