Can you trust the tags?

One of our long time concerns is the accuracy of plant tags...especially now that 60% of the plants purchased in the country are now sold through the box stores. While we're thrilled that more plants are available to the masses, most tags are produced from a single national vendor, and the information may not be correct for your climate.  Sizes, in particular vary widely. What may make a 1' tall x 2' wide shrub in one climate may reach 6' tall x 9' wide in another...yes, we have real life examples. The dirty little secret is that most plant measurements are taken from sheared plants growing in nursery containers, and not mature landscape specimens. Often information on the web is also quite inaccurate since most sites simply copy from another site and never take time to actually observe the plants in person. We always recommend when possible to shop with vendors who actually grow the plants themselves...in the ground. If that's not possible, visit local botanic gardens and observe Read more [...]

Plant Delights December 2017 Newsletter

Sixty is the new Thirty It doesn’t seem possible, but both Anita and I hit the big 60 this year.  During my youth, I entertained occasional thoughts about what old age would be like, and wondering if I’d actually make it.  Well, it’s here, I’m here, and whatever it was that I expected, I’m not sure this is it. I was pretty lucky genetically…other than minor issues like flat feet, an over-curved spine, and bad knees. I realize now that I was fortunate that my prefrontal cortex was overly active early in life, resulting in a low risk tolerance. In other words, I was a real bore growing up.  Other contemporaries led much more exciting childhoods, but in doing so, affected their bodies, at a cost that wouldn’t be evident until much later.  As one whose idea of excitement was spending time alone in the woods, the closest I ever came to real danger was years later after I began overseas plant exploration travels. When we built our new home last year, I Read more [...]

Garden Hood is alive and well!

We were thrilled to hear from the staff at Atlanta’s Garden Hood garden center that indeed they are alive and well.  As it turns out, Scott only closed one part of his nursery/garden center business and sold the other to his nursery manager.  Garden Hood is a delightful garden center, run by plant lovers in Atlanta that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.  We wish them the best of luck, and hope you’ll drop by for a visit when you’re in the area.

Plant Delights June 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Botanical Interest So far, it's been a great spring at PDN and JLBG. Rains have been pretty regular so far...thanks to two early-season tropical storms. No sign of an imminent summer let-up in moisture. Of course, constant rain can also spell trouble for some more dryland-loving plants like the new perennial snapdragons we're testing. While the majority of plants we trial from other breeders don't pass our NC stress test, it is always nice to have a truly stressful spring to let us know what plants are really tough and will survive. Growth in the garden has been amazing this spring, and the summer show is shaping up to be the best ever. There's just so much to see in the summer, we really hope you'll make plans to attend our upcoming Open Nursery and Garden Days, July 8-10 and 15-17. If you're averse to heat, arrive early when the weather is still delightful, but don't come without your camera. We're Read more [...]

Plant Delights February 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. We hope you've received your 2016 Plant Delights Nursery catalog. If you're an active customer and haven't seen yours, drop us an email and we'll send a catalog. If you're not an active customer (haven't purchased recently), you may shop online or order a printed copy. If you're a garden writer/blogger, garden celebrity, local garden guru, etc., just let us know and we'll be glad to add you to our complimentary permanent catalog mailing list. Only a few weeks remain before we begin shipping plants again starting the first week of March. This means we're beginning to hire seasonal shippers to help during our busy spring season. So, if you're interested in joining us and are physically fit, please let us hear from you. Visit Us During Open Nursery and Garden Days Our first Open Nursery and Garden days for 2016 are only a short time away. Winter Open Days are actually one of our best attended events, so if Read more [...]

Plant Delights November 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! From all of us at Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, we give thanks to you for joining our plant-loving family. Shipping Season Ends Soon We're wrapping up our 2015 shipping season on November 30, so if you've put off making your fall order, better hurry. We'll begin shipping again in mid-February, but will try to accommodate any horticultural emergencies between now and then as the weather and our staffing will allow. Order PDN Gift Certificates for the Holidays We'll continue to make Plant Delights gift certificates available, since these are the perfect gift for the gardeners on your list. A handwritten Plant Delights Nursery Gift Certificate Makes the perfect Hostess gift for your next soiree Makes the perfect gift for Teachers (Way better than a coffee mug!) Has no fees and never expires Can be accompanied by our color catalog and a note with your personalized sentiment Can be emailed as well for fast delivery PDN's Read more [...]

Plant Delights September 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! It's hard to believe, but September is here and it's time for our final Open Nursery and Garden for 2015. We hope you'll join us to see all the gems that look great this time of year and stock up for the fall planting season with all the cool new plants from the fall catalog. Plants, Plants, and More Plants We also hope you've had time to enjoy the Fall Plant Delights Nursery catalog. We're so excited by the new offerings, especially the clumping, heat-tolerant, mildew-resistant bee balms. These are a huge breeding breakthrough for anyone who likes monardas and attracting pollinators into the garden. Other members of the same (Lamiaceae) family are also putting on quite a show now.Agastaches, first cousins to bee balm, are simply amazing in fall. In particular, Agastache 'Peachie Keen' and 'Rosie Posie' have been standouts in our trials and are still in full flower here. These are perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden where you can observe Read more [...]

Plant Delights July 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! Summer Open Nursery and Garden Come see our 30 foot flowering agave at our final Summer Open Nursery and Garden Days this weekend. Visitors from around the country have been showing up to see our giant agave in flower, a 16-year-old specimen of Agave salmiana x Agave asperrima, with the first flowers opening right on cue for our summer open days. This is the tallest century plant we've ever flowered, with the tip of the spike topping out just a few inches below the 30' tall mark. We've got our giant ladder perched nearby so Jeremy can make his daily pollinations, all while fighting off attacking hummingbirds. We hope you'll have time to walk around the garden while you're here. The newly-opened, full sun Souto garden is looking fabulous, with so much color it's almost overwhelming. Changes also abound throughout the older sections of the garden. Anita has suggested the removal of several formerly fenced and hedged areas to create more openness...we think you'll Read more [...]

Plant Delights May 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! Spring Open Nursery and Garden Days One more weekend of our Spring Open Garden and Nursery Days remains... this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We hope you'll join us to walk the 10+ acres of gardens and take home a few of the incredibly cool plants for sale in the nursery, many exclusives, available only at Plant Delights. The first open weekend we welcomed visitors from 21 states (Vermont to Louisiana and west to Oklahoma) and even a couple from Germany. Visitors are enjoying the new garden areas including plantings by the sales greenhouses and the recently opened 2+ acre Souto garden section. We hope you'll allow plenty of time to see all the amazing plants while getting lots of landscape ideas for the garden at your home. The peonies are peaking now, with our clump of Paeonia 'Cora Stubbs' sporting 55 insanely fragrant flowers! Peonies like Paeonia 'Bartzella', which are usually finished flowering by Open Nursery and Garden Days, have just opened their first Read more [...]

Plant Delights April 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! Nursery Update—Made it through Winter It's been quite a late winter at Juniper Level/Plant Delights, with the latest-occurring single digit temperature we've seen since our records began in the 1970s. Plants like hellebores in bloom when the cold snap hit have recovered, although flowers that were fully open or nearly so were slightly damaged. Hellebores are really tough and, after removing a few damaged flowers, they look great. Plants and More Plants Some of the very early trilliums, like the Florida forms of Trillium underwoodii, were also damaged. On a few of these, the entire stem collapsed back to the rhizome. When this happens, these trilliums will not return until next year. All of the other trillium species had the good sense to wait until later to emerge and are unscathed. One of the benefits of cold winters is a good chilling period for most perennials. Like a bear needs to hibernate, the same is true for most perennials and the Read more [...]