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 [...]
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!
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We have just completed our fall inventory and found some of the coolest plants didn't sell in the numbers that we’d hoped, so we're left with extra inventory. Take advantage of this opportunity to get 20% off on over 125 unique plants, many of which you won't find anywhere else. Quantities are limited so shop now while supplies last.
Here is just a small sampling of some of the horticultural gems you will find:
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Cypripedium, Lady Slipper Orchids, is a genus of woodland garden plants that are among the most desired of all native hardy orchids for sale, despite their often finicky requirements.
Plant Delights Nursery is excited about our bare root shipment of responsibly grown, flowering size, cypripedium orchids we received yesterday. These plants are nursery propagated and not collected from the wild.
Fall is the best time for planting your hardy lady slipper orchid. Beds should be well-prepared and amended with compost unless you naturally have rich, organic soil. Dig a shallow but wide crater, spread the roots out flat (with eyes pointed upward), cover them with 1" of soil, and water in well.
You should avoid planting your lady slipper orchid near aggressive groundcovers (such as ivy, vinca or Japanese pachysandra) or near the base of trees or large shrubs due to root competition. Check out this article on Cypripediums for more in depth information.
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This is the last weekend of our 2016 Open Nursery and Garden! Come see our gardens and be inspired to add a bit more color and texture to your own gardens. Be sure to stop by Jim and Kathy Phillips Pottery and Stone Sculpture booths, debuting at Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden for the first time this weekend!
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Today is the first day of our Fall Open Nursery and Garden. We will be open til 5pm today, 8 am -5 pm tomorrow, and 1 pm - 5 pm on Sunday. Don't fret if you can't make it this weekend, we will also be open next weekend, September 16 - 18.
Come explore the gardens in their full fall glory and get inspiration for your own garden. Our sales houses are stocked full or rare and unique perennials to excite even the most seasoned gardeners.
We are adding plants to the sales houses throughout open house, and many in limited quantities. Here is a teaser of items we added just today: Verbena 'Lavender Frappe' and Aspidistra 'Leopard'.
During your visit, be sure to stop by our grape arbor and sample many varieties of muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia) such as Farrer, Janebelle, Sweet Jenny and Ison. Muscadines can have bronze or purple hulls, ripen in the fall and are native to the Southeastern US. Which is your favorite?
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Our Fall Catalog is on its way to mailboxes now, featuring over 100 amazing selections including more than 30 brand new plants for 2016. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come. Fall is a great time for planting, so get your orders in now while supplies last!
Plant Delights Nursery is seeking an energetic seasonal garden and grounds assistant to work up to 40 hours, Monday–Friday.
Qualified candidates must be physically durable, have a tolerance for a wide range of outdoor weather including summer heat, have a good work ethic, a friendly personality, and be able to work well with others.
Qualified candidates must be able to pay acute attention to detail while working at a fast pace.
Send resumes with cover letters of interest with reasons why you are the ideal candidate to firstname.lastname@example.org
Preference will be given to applicants with horticultural or garden experience.
Position Classification: Hourly (Non-Exempt) Seasonal
Perform horticultural maintenance in the display gardens including weeding, raking, and mulching
Assist with grounds maintenance, including repair from storm damage
Must be able to lift 50lbs
Other duties as assigned
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We were delighted this week to welcome Irish nurseryman/marketer Pat Fitzgerald. This was the first time we'd met in person, although we've corresponded on-line for years. We had a wonderful time walking through the gardens and sharing our excitement about new plants on the horizon. Pat is best known for his amazing line of carex that he's developed, with more in the pipeline. Here are a few you'll see if you visit during our final two Summer Open Nursery and Garden days today (Saturday 8-5), and tomorrow (Sunday 1-5).
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Would you like to join our unique and talented Plant Delights Nursery team? We're looking for a very special person for our newly created position of Administrative Manager, whose charge will be to oversee the entire administrative side of our business.
This position will work closely with us (Tony and Anita) as we share our vision of enhancing both the customers' shopping experiences while also enhancing the behind the scenes nursery functionality. We're looking for someone who is passionate about our mission, embraces improvements and change, and selling and shipping great plants to great people around the world.
If this describes you, and if your skill set matches our needs, we'd love to hear from you. Here's the link to the job description
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