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 [...]

Surprise Lily and Butterfly Season

There are few times of year more exciting for us than lycoris (surprise lily) season, and we are right in the midst of that now.  We're also enjoying peak butterfly season at the same time, which is really great since butterflies love to drink surprise lily nectar.  It's hard to put the camera down with so many great photo opportunities, so we thought we'd share one of our favorites from this week...an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Lycoris x rosea. (See more flowers that attract butterflies). See the top 25 flowers that attract butterflies here. Read more [...]

Let’s Talk Plants! Garden Walk Class – October 8, 2016

October is a transitional month in the garden, as the plants of summer begin to fade and the stars of the autumn garden begin to shine. Register online and join us for this two-hour class...an interactive outdoor walk through our extensive botanical gardens, discussing the plants in the garden, and how and why they grow. Come prepared to write as we send you on plant overload. Here is a peek in the garden today. There's always something new to see!   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 [...]

Attracting Butterflies to the garden

We love plants that attract butterflies to the garden, and here at Juniper Level Botanic Garden, it's been a banner year for butterflies. Allium 'Millenium' is always a favorite of yellow swallowtails...here are images from this week. See the top 25 flowers that attract butterflies here. Joe Pye weed...aka Eupatorium is always a butterfly favorite.  Here is a photo this week with yellow swallowtails taking a sip of Eupatorium dubium. The pipevine swallowtails were enjoying the same eupatorium together with the yellow swallowtails. You can find a link to all of our butterfly favorites here.  We hope you'll plant to bring nature into your garden.   Read more [...]

Butterfly bush – Buddleia ‘Blue Heaven’

Looking especially great in the garden today is Buddleia 'Blue Heaven'.  This amazing butterfly bush was hybridized to have a perfectly rounded, compact shape throughout the growing season without any clipping.  Here's our amazing plant in the garden this week. Also, check out our in-depth article about Butterfly Bush and our article on the top 25 butterfly garden plants. Check out our quick guide on How to care for Buddleia.  Read more [...]

Butterflies have been busy

We know it's hard for some folks to wrap their mind around being excited when insects eat your plants, but that's how nature works.  In the best scenario, the insect eating the plant is as beautiful or more so than the plant their eating.  I just snapped this photo of the larvae of the Pipevine Swallowtail devouring all of our aristolochia (pipevines) in the garden.  This actually doesn't harm the plants, and before long, your garden will be filled with these beautiful butterflies below.  No spraying, please. See the top 25 flowers that attract butterflies here. A pipevine swallowtail enjoying a lantana nectar snack here at Juniper Level.   Read more [...]

Florida Sunshine Anise

Illicium parviflorum Florida Sunshine full size

To celebrate a bright sunshiny day in NC, here’s a new photo of our named introduction, a gold-foliage form of the southeast US native anise, Illicium parviflorum ‘Florida Sunshine’.  This is the original plant, which is now nearly 8′ tall x 8′ wide.

Centrosema vine

Centrosma virginiana flowers closeup

I just snapped this photo yesterday in the garden of the native (Illinois south to Florida) Centrosema virginianum (butterfly pea) vine.  We don’t currently offer this, but if we did, would you buy it? See the top 25 flowers that attract butterflies here.

2010 Plant Delights Nursery March Newsletter

Dear PDN'ers: So far, it's been a great spring in Raleigh as we just missed a late spring frost when the temperature dropped to 33 degrees F on March 27, after 3+ weeks of above freezing temperatures. We've got a couple weeks that could still have a killing frost, so we're keeping our fingers...and other body parts crossed until then. I recently returned from speaking to a great group in northwest Arkansas, who weren't as lucky. Despite being 70 degrees F when I first arrived, I left just before a snowstorm dropped a foot of snow on the region and adjacent to Oklahoma. The area is still recovering from a massive ice storm 2 years earlier that left the region looking like low-end tree pruning firms had a citywide special on tree topping. We've just added a batch of new plants to the web, most are available in a limited supply including some fabulous new hellebores from both Ernie and Marietta O'Byrne ( the Winter Jewels Series), and from Glenn Withey and Charles Price ( the Mardi Gras Read more [...]