Epimedium 'Pink Champagne' is dazzling today in the garden, both for the great foliage and floral show.
Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'...WOW. Variegated foliage and very cool flowers. The key to growing this well is good drainage and immediately after flower, cut it back to near the ground.
Clematis ochroleuca is an amazing dwarf bush clematis native to North Carolina and Virginia, yet winter hardy in Minnesota. This is one of our favorite late winter plants.
The first peony of the season is the Chinese tree peony, Paeonia ostii. Untouched by late frosts, this gem is just wrapping up its floral show. This is one peony that's as thrilled with summer heat and humidity as it is with polar vortexes. Yes, we are currently sold out...sorry. Read more [...]
One of my favorite euphorbias is the widespread US native, the deciduous Euphorbia corollata, which flowers for month in the garden. Here is our garden clump today...resembling a baby's breath, but much more tolerant of humid summers.
And for something completely different, here is the evergreen Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow' in the garden today. It flowers in early spring with unique variegated flowers.
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Most popular perennials in the market today are introduced and heavily promoted by marketing companies. Every now and then, however, a superb perennial enters the marketplace without any fanfare or marketing, despite being superior and longer-lived than the patented, highly touted cultivars. Such is the case with Euphorbia 'Cherokee'...a fabulous purple-foliaged selection we've grown since 1999. Euphorbia x martinii 'Cherokee' may not look as great in a container, but it is absolutely incredible in the garden. We hope you'll give it a try...if you like purple foliage.
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Buy Valentine's Day Gift Certificates
Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and it's time to forget those cut flowers that only last a few days and give the gift of long-living perennials which will remind your love of your thoughtfulness each year. The easy, stress-free way to share your love is with a Plant Delights gift certificate for your plant-loving Valentine so they can select their own favorites.
Visit and Shop Winter Open Nursery & Garden Days
Our upcoming Winter Open Nursery and Garden Days are only a few weeks away. We are happy to officially open the new 2-acre, full-sun Souto Garden to visitors. To facilitate entrance into the new garden section, we've opened up a walkway through the Nellie Stevens holly hedge from the Sunken Rain Garden. We hope you'll enjoy this new addition with thousands of amazing new sun perennial plants and plantings.
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Happy Thanks-Gardening PDNers!
As we approach the holidays we are so thankful to share our plant passion with each of you. Thank you for ordering from PDN, reading our blog, and sharing our passion on social media. We are so blessed on many levels.
New Catalog Update
As you probably know, October and November are both catalog writing months at Plant Delights. This year, it's been great to take advantage of our improved wireless access at Juniper Level Botanic Garden to write from a golf cart as we traverse the garden with tape measures and cameras in hand.
We're still amazed how often our measurements and observations in the garden are at such odds with information published by plant marketers on-line. So much of the discrepancy is because most plant breeders and plant marketers only trial plants for container production. You'd be shocked how many new plants are sold to an unsuspecting public that have never been trialed in a garden.
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I just snapped this photo of Euphorbia corollata in our garden. This amazing North American native is virtually unknown in gardens, despite being easy to grow and having amazing flower power through the summer. In the wild, it grows in deep shade, where it barely flowers. Instead, plant it in full sun with cacti and it becomes a flowering machine.
Euphorbia ‘Cherokee’ is one of those great perennials that’s sadly little-known in commerce…despite being one of the longest-lived euphorbias we grow. Here it is flowering in the gardens here at Juniper Level today. We have found this thrives in both full sun and part shade…about all it needs is decent drainage.
Greetings from Juniper Level, NC where the weather has simply been wonderful for gardening this spring. Overall, most of the country has enjoyed a good gardening spring, except for the terrible drought still persisting in southeast Texas. Florida had been suffering the same fate as Texas until the recent multi-day deluge that quickly brought most of the state out of a rainfall deficit. Even most of the Midwest has been calm this spring, leaving the poor caravans of storm chasers from the Vortex2 expedition exasperated...sorry folks...you can stay there permanently if it'll keep the tornados away.
Our heart goes out to the staff of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in California, which suffered extensive damage to both structures and the garden in the recent wind-driven Jesusita Fire. The gardens, which focus on California natives, are outstanding if ever have the chance to visit. We hope they can get reopened soon. You can read more about their damage in this news release.
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Greetings from PDN and we hope all is well in your garden. It's been a challenging time since we last wrote, from Hurricane Ike to the stock market dropping like a hot potato. Our thoughts go out to the people and gardens affected by Hurricane Ike. At the Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum in Nacogdoches, TX, the Pineywoods section of the garden no longer has many pines or woods of any kind. The photos I've seen show the Arboretum stunningly devastated. Likewise, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens in Houston suffered severe damage from both wind and flooding. Moody Gardens on Galveston Island also suffered heavy damage, but has reopened. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were adversely affected by the storm.
Outside of Hurricane Ike, this has been about as good of a late summer and fall as it gets. The temperature in most of the Southeast has been far below normal and we have had good rains leaving us 7.5" above normal for our yearly rainfall. There are still some very dry Read more [...]
We made it through winter in great shape, but then early spring jumped up and bit us in the you know where. Gardeners in many parts of the country were hit with devastating cold in early April after spring temperatures had already fooled many plants into beginning to grow. Web ordering provides us with a fascinating glimpse into gardeners' real-time state of mind. Everyone was going crazy ordering during the warm first week of April, only to be shell-shocked days later when the cold weather returned. We can see folks just starting to recover enough to think positively about gardening again... perhaps we need an on-line gardening therapist to help with the recovery... where is Dr. Philadelphus when you need him?
In Juniper Level, we had been in the 80's for two weeks, before encountering five consecutive nights below freezing with the worst night reaching 22 degrees F. A couple of days later, we got to enjoy a smashing hailstorm, followed by an entire day of 50+ mph winds. I know this Read more [...]