For the Love of Hostas

Hostas are incredibly tough plants and will get along fine in almost any garden...but they look their absolute best with just a little extra attention. Here are some tips to grow beautiful hostas in your garden. Despite hostas durable nature, there are many myths circulating about growing hostas, one of which is the term Originator's Stock. Originator's stock is simply a superfluous term for saying that the plant in question is the correctly named clone. Click here for more debunking! Read more [...]

Cold Hardy Palms of the Carolinas

Did you know that North Carolina has twice as many native palms as California? Join garden volunteer, Mike Papay, on a virtual tour of Juniper Level Botanic Garden as he discusses native and cold hardy palms of the Carolinas as part of our Gardening Unplugged garden chat series, held each day of our Open Nursery & Garden Days. Windmill Palm - Trachycarpus Read more [...]

The Bloomin’ Garden!

Here some images of plants blooming in the garden this week. Camellia 'Cinnamon Cindy'Camellia 'Lady Vansittart' Camellias are a great evergreen plant for the garden and depending on the species they offer blooms from fall, sporadically through the winter and into spring. Edgeworthia 'Snow Cream'Helleborus 'Cinnamon Snow' Edgeworthia and hellebores are both winter bloomers and the blooms pair well floating in a bowl of water. Iris unguicularis 'Winter Echoes' Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some seed and seedpods from the gardens and the greenhouses today. Aucuba - zone: 7a-9bHesperaloe - zone: 7a-10b Muhlenbergia lindheimeri - zone: 6a-9bOpuntia - zone: 7a-10b, at least Aspidistra - zone: dependent on speciesDalea - zone: 3a-8b Read more [...]

Asarum – Wild Gingers

Plants in the genus asarum are small but exquisite, deer-resistant woodland perennials that thrive in moist but well-drained conditions with light shade. Many asarum species are evergreen and make a great ground cover in the woodland garden. Here are some images of asarum in the garden this morning. Asarum are one of our specialty collections at Juniper Level Botanic Garden, with 86 species and 529 unique clones. Join Tony in the gardens during this Gardening Unplugged video garden chat about wild gingers. The flower color of asarums are usually burgundy or purple, but we are always on the look out for variants. Towards the end of the video Tony shows a yellow flowered form, Asarum ichangense 'Ichang Lemon', which we hope to have available for 2021. We do have another yellow flowered form we are offering for the first time this year, Asarum 'Tama Rasya'. Asarum 'Tama Rasya' Read more [...]

Plantcestry.org

For 2020, we’ve added over 90+ new plants in the catalog, with more than 50 being Plant Delights Nursery exclusives, thanks to the incredible work of our staff who scour the world, in addition to our own selecting and breeding, to bring you these amazing new plants. View the digital version here! As we allude to on the cover, keeping up with the plant name change carousel is a feat itself. Continual advances in DNA are revealing relationships we never dreamed possible. When a name change is supported by good research and conclusions, we include both names for several years, since the purpose of nomenclature is about facilitating communications. We apologize for what often seems like confusing name changing, but really, we have more nomenclatural clarity now than ever. Read more [...]

Friday Podcast!

Decorative fruit and seed pods add to your garden's interest year round and are a food source birds and other wildlife. Andropogon - Zone: 4a to 9bPhlomis - Zone: 7a to 10b Mahonia - Zone: 7a to 8bMonarda - Zone: 4a to 8b Hydrangea - Zone: variable on speciesMuhlenbergia - Zone: 6b to 10b Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast!

Here are some ornamental seed pods from the gardens this week. CryptomeriaDasylirion EuonymusPennisetum IrisMiscanthus Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast!

Here are more interesting fruit and seedpods from the garden. Happy Holidays! Ruscus - Zone:7a-9bSauromatum - Zone:6a-10b Danae - Zone:6b-8bOpuntia - seed pods producing new pads - Zone:7a-10bRohdea - Zone:6a-10b Read more [...]

Cyclamen are like Snowflakes

Cyclamen hederifolium is a great addition to the winter garden. They begin flowering in late fall/early winter before the foliage. When foliage emerges it will remain during the winter. The foliage is quite dramatic with intricate patterning of silver and shades of green. Most hardy cyclamen are grown from seed, so like snowflakes, no two are alike. Here are some of the cyclamen growing in our crevice garden. Notice the variation in variegation, leaf shape, and differences in flower color. Read more [...]