Sempervivum ‘Oh My’

Sempervivum Oh MyWhile gardeners in colder zones take growing hens and chicks for granted, those of us in hot, humid climates are thrilled when we find a variety that lives for us.  Here is a photo from the garden today of one of the best in our climate….Sempervivum ‘Oh My‘.



Plant Delights Nursery/Juniper Level Botanic Gardens Open Nursery and Gardens

  Tommorrow begins our long-awaited Spring Open Nursery and Garden!  The gardens have never looked better, so we hope you'll join us to celebrate all things plants.  Here are two photos from the gardens from the newly opened sunny section. While you are here, you can shop our greenhouses filled with perennial plant treasures. You can find the hours and directions on our website.  We hope to see you one of the next two weekends!     Read more [...]

PDN Congratulations to Dr. Richard Olsen

A special Plant Delights congratulations to former PDN’er and NCSU graduate, Dr. Richard Olsen, who was just appointed the new Director of your U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC. Since finishing his PhD at NCSU in 2006, Richard has worked as a tree breeder with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Richard is an amazing plantsman, and we look forward to him putting his stamp on  USNA, following in the footsteps of a distinguished line of past directors.  Congratulations!

Epimedium greenhouse

Epimedium greenhouseSometimes when walking through our production greenhouses, it’s hard to contain our excitement about all the cool plants.  For those unable to visit, here’s a shot from our epimedium greenhouses today…so many great new selections for the woodland garden!


Cypripedium ‘Hank Small’ ladyslipper orchid

Cypripedium Hank Small4I remember when I discovered we could actually grow ladyslipper orchids in the garden, despite so many stories of them being impossible to cultivate.  The reality is that one ladyslipper, Cypripedium acaule is tough to move.  Otherwise, they’re easy.  I just took this photo of our clump of Cypripedium ‘Hank Small’…32 flowers this year!  I hope you will give these a try in your light shade garden.  A slightly moist soil is best, although this one is grown much too dry under a giant pine tree.