We've trialed many variegated forms of the lovely fall-flowering Salvia leucantha, and the only one we felt was good enough to share is Salvia leucantha 'Eder', which we're pleased to offer this summer/fall for the first time. Where it isn't winter hardy, it can easily be kept indoors in a cool room or porch.
I first met the Balkan native, Salvia nutans on a visit to Germany a few years ago and was gobstruck. How had I missed knowing and growing such amazing plant? We were able to track down seed, and to our surprise, it thrived even through our hot humid summers. For us, Salvia nutans flowers for several months in spring, but will continue longer if the summers are cooler. Did I mention how hard it is to photograph due to the abundance of feeding bumblebees?
Salvia 'Newe Ya'ar' is an odd name for an odd plant. This amazing sage was developed in Israel by breeders looking for the perfect culinary sage. In developing this, they also created Read more [...]
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
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We love Southwestern plants, and were thrilled this year to have so many dasylirions bloom. Unlike their agave relatives, dasylirions don't die after flowers. Also, unlike agaves, each plant is either male or female. We haven't had good luck getting both to flower the same year until now.
Here is a female dasylirion flower spike...no pollen.
Here is the corresponding female dasylirion flower spike, loaded with pollen. Dasylirion flower spikes produce quite a noise while in flower due to the incredible number of honeybees feeding.
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It’s been absolutely amazing to watch the swarm of honeybees, ants, and hummingbirds feeding on our giant 30′ tall flowering agave. Here’s an updated photo of the blessed event from yesterday. This weekend’s final summer open house is the last chance to see it in person.
We’re quite fond of the late asters, as are the abundance of bees in the garden. This is Aster ‘Ashivi’…a selection of the Japanese Aster ageratoides that we just photographed. This is really a stunning selection and much less aggressive that the purple-flowered forms we’ve grown.
The garden is ablaze with perennial salvias now, including several with blue or near blue flowers. Above is Salvia 'Amistad'...a flowering machine that continues at the same pace all summer. Unlike Salvia guaranitca, Salvia 'Amistad' does not spread via rhizomes, although it does form a wide clump.
and here is Salvia guaranitica 'Argentina Skies'...a much lighter blue that does make a large patch due to its spreading nature. Both plants are a feast for the bees. Read more [...]
Greetings and Happy Spring!
The Perfect Storm
As we mentioned in an earlier email, we experienced the perfect storm of events which impacted our order processing and shipping operations this spring. The combination of delayed ordering due to the long winter, a nearly universal demand for plants to be shipped in May, and the poorly-designed e-commerce system we purchased in December have created an operational and shipping nightmare. The entire company is working in crisis mode and we are burning the midnight oil to fulfill orders and work through the issues.
We know these delays are unacceptable to you and they are unacceptable to us as business owners. We appreciate your patience and your notes of support as we work to ship the orders that were delayed.
Despite seeming like spring has only just begun, we're actually only a few weeks from the official start of summer. Rains have been steady so far this year, although our recent May rain of 5.17 inches was a bit more than Read more [...]
It’s been quite a spring so far...very cool for much longer than usual...at least until early April. Plant emergence was far behind recent springs when, out of nowhere, temperatures rose in the 80s for ten days and the garden sprung to life. The subsequent late April temperature cool down, however, kept plant development about 1-2 weeks behind recent springs. Because of the sudden warm-up we experienced in early April, many smaller perennials will wilt despite the soil still being moist. As a gardener, this drives me a bit mad, but you have to realize the plants will adjust their stomatal openings (breathing holes) and be fine once they acclimate to the new temperature regimen, which usually only takes a couple of days.
One of the garden tasks that need attention in spring is assessing the amount of shade in your woodland garden. Spring is a great time to take stock of your Read more [...]
Unlike many gardeners in the upper states of the country who are still having winter, we’ve turned the corner and have been enjoying several days of spring-like temperatures. Hopefully, we won’t have too many of these days until the danger of frost has passed. For folks looking to escape the cold, we’d like to invite you to our Winter Open House, starting this week, Friday and Saturday, February 25, 26, from 8-5pm. Our Open House also continues next weekend, March 4, 5 at the same times. We’ll be opening up the shipping greenhouses for shopping, as well as the display gardens for exploration and photography. As always, we’ll be here to answer your gardening questions...we look forward to seeing you! Visiting Information
Garden photography has geared back up as the winter-flowering plants begin to put on their wonderful show. As I was laying on my stomach photographing Helleborus niger over the weekend, I was amazed to see all the honeybees visiting the flowers. This got me Read more [...]
September was a busy month at Plant Delights, not only with our Fall Open House, but also with a visit from 655 of America's top garden writers as the group descended upon the Raleigh-Durham area for their annual convention. It was great to meet so many folks at the nursery whose names I'd only heard, including the infamous owner of Burpee seed, George Ball. Dan Hinkley later told me that George was probably looking for more land to purchase. Not to worry... we don't have any for sale. The weather cooperated, everyone was in good spirits, and a great time was had by all... except perhaps those involved in the post-convention bus trip mishap. To read a wonderfully unique perspective about the bus travails check out The Grumpy Gardener. Our sincere thanks to our local site chairman Pam Beck, the local organizing committee, and for those attendees who took time to visit PDN in person and make the convention such a success.
Do you have your 2010 calender started yet? Mark down Sunday, October Read more [...]