Baby it’s cold outside

During our recent cold snap, I haven't been able to get the Rod Stewart/Dolly Parton rendition of "Baby it's Cold Oustide" out of my head.  At least Elwood had the good sense to find the warmest spot in the house...in the dryer on top of a load of warm clothes, while others of us had to venture outside to take care of things in the nursery and garden. So, how cold was it?  Here's what happened to Mystic Falls, when the temperatures don't rise above freezing for 200 straight hours (8+ days).  Raleigh shattered the old record of 157 hours (1982) in a row without topping the freezing mark. We also caught the beginning of the recent bomb cyclone, although we only managed .5" of snow at the nursery and gardens. Our thoughts go out to those further north, who suffered much worse in the storm...including some that had....yes, two feet of snow. It's been an eventful 8 days with a steady diet of greenhouse alarms going on in the middle of the night than we can count. Read more [...]

New for 2018

Where has the year gone? We don't know about you, but our last three months has been spent writing and assembling the 2018 Plant Delights Nursery catalog. After weeks of proofing, it's finally been printed and will go in the mail first of the year. The on-line version should go live this weekend.  As always, there are so many cool new plants that we hope will excite you. The print catalog contains about 535 plants, and another 570 are only listed on-line, so we'll begin the year with just over 1100 plants, with more to follow in the next few months.  We've included a couple of our favorite non-opuntia cactus this year, which we grew from seed. Notocactus apricus has been absolutely splendid for us in the garden for almost two decades and has never shown any damage, despite winter lows in the single digits F. Our offerings are 2 year old seed raised plants from our garden clump. Trichocereus 'Iridescent Watermelon' is only four years old in the garden, but it's a 4 Read more [...]

JC Raulston Arboretum – New Gardens Manager

Congratulations to NC plantsman and friend Doug Ruhren, who was just named the new Gardens Manager for the JC Raulston Arboretum.  Doug has volunteered in the perennial border at the arboretum for nearly 30 years, among full-time stints at Chatwood Camellia Gardens, Montrose, Daniel Stowe Botanic Garden, and the American Camellia Society headquarters.  As an independent garden designer, Doug’s work is only display at other gardens and nurseries around the country.  We look forward to seeing Doug’s transformative gardening/design skills throughout the arboretum’s amazing collections.   

Get Well Soon Wishes

Please join us in sending get well wishes to plantsman Noel Weston, a friend of 35 years, who owns Lakeview Daylily Farm just around the corner from PDN/JLBG.  Noel was found unresponsive at his nursery last weekend after suffering a major stroke, and is currently in ICU (visitors are not yet permitted).  Noel was the City of Raleigh Horticulturist for 30 years before retiring to his daylily farm, where he spends seemingly every waking hour.  Above is Noel with his daughter, Erin Weston.  You can send you wishes to the family through Erin's Facebook page.  Read more [...]

We’re looking for a few good…make that, excellent, staff additions

We’re currently accepting application for two key positions, Nursery/Greenhouse Grower and Nursery Manager.  We’re looking for just the right person who shares our passion for plants, people, and high quality.  You can find out more on our website, so if you’d like to join our team, let us hear from you. 

Container Gardening – Thrillers, Spillers, and Fillers!

Container gardening is continuing to grow in popularity as more people move into urban areas, where there are space limitations, and fewer people owning their own home. There is also the factor of time limitations with people's busy lives. Container gardening allows you to incorporate the pleasure and beauty of growing plants into your daily life. Containers are great on patios, balconies, window boxes, and rooftops, and the combinations are endless, fitting into any environment, and allowing for expression of your personal taste and style. When planning your container, you want to keep in mind how the container is going to look throughout the season. You should take lighting into consideration and pair plants with similar light requirements, as well as similar water requirements. As far as aesthetics, you should consider color combinations and how they fit your personal taste and the surrounding design, whether using a coordinated color palette, or contrasting Read more [...]

Competition Gardening – Let the Judging Begin!

Everyone appreciates the beauty of nature, and as gardener's we are especially proud and excited as the gems in our garden begin to display their glory and grandeur. During the first weekend of our Spring Open Nursery and Garden Days, April 28-30, Plant Delights Nursery is excited to host "Rainbows in the Garden", an accredited iris show, presented by the Eastern NC Chapter of The American Iris Society. This accredited show is being held and judged under the rules and regulations of The American Iris Society. The show is free to the public and entry submissions are open to all. Entries must be a named variety of tall, intermediate or dwarf bearded iris, Siberian, Louisiana, or other beardless iris. All rules and regulations can be found here Entries will be received from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Plant Delights Nursery, 9241 Sauls Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603. Judging begins at 10:30 a.m. and the show opens to the public at noon. The exhibit will remain Read more [...]

Baptisias: Great American Natives!

Baptisias, commonly known as false indigo, are North American native members of the pea family and quite drought tolerant once established. They provide amazing architectural form in a sunny garden or perennial border, and are deer-resistant and a butterfly magnet (See the top 25 flowers that attract butterflies here.). Not only do baptisia come in blue, which many people are familiar with in the most common species, B. australis, but they are also available in a wide array of colors such as white, yellow, purple, and pink, and new breeding efforts are producing bicolor flowers such as those of Lunar Eclipse. Baptisias have long been one of our favorite groups of sun perennials here at PDN. Through our trials of new varieties introduced  to the market, as well as our own breeding program, we continue to select for improved structure and habit as well as flower color. In 2017, we have introduced 2 new varieties in our Tower Series, Yellow Towers and Ivory Towers. These Read more [...]

Winter Open Nursery & Garden Days!!

With temperatures in the upper 70's it doesn't feel much like winter here in Raleigh, NC, but nonetheless it is time for our Winter Open Nursery & Garden Days! Starting tomorrow February 24-26 and next weekend March 3-5, take advantage of the opportunity shop our sales houses as well as explore the gardens here at Juniper Level Botanic Garden. We will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 8am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm-5pm.   New this year, we're excited to announce our garden chat series "Gardening Unplugged" during each Open Nursery and Garden Days in 2017. These will be 15 minute presentations, many by Tony, himself, focused on seasonally prominent plants and garden design ideas. Meet at the Welcome Tent near the parking lot to join us! Also, on both Saturdays, Feb. 25 and March 4, Zeke's Meats food truck will be here from 11am-2pm, so you can refuel after a day of frenzied shopping! During your visit, allow time to meander through the gardens Read more [...]