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 [...]

Painted ferns for the garden

Here are a couple of fern images from the garden yesterday.  First is our giant painted fern, Athyrium 'Godzilla', which can reach 6' wide x 3' tall.  To avoid chlorophyll shed in the garden, it's best planted a far distance from Hosta 'Mothra' or Hosta 'Rhodan'. Here is the lovely Athyrium nipponicum 'Burgandy Lace'..hard to beat this color in the spring garden.   Read more [...]

New Ferns for 2015

For 2015, Plant Delights is pleased to introduce several new ferns from our trial program.  Athyrium niponicum 'Thrill Seeker' is one of two dwarf compact crested Japanese painted fern selections from a five year joint effort between us and our friend Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens. The second of these crested selections is Athyrium 'Joy Ride'...quite distinct from Athyrium 'Thrill Seeker' when seen side by side. Another unique fern that hasn't been offered before is the 5' tall, prehistoric looking Pronephrium penangianum.  This amazing fern has been fabulous in our trials, but we doubt it will tolerate winters much colder than 0 degrees F.     Read more [...]

2013 Plant Delights Nursery April Newsletter

            Dear PDN’ers 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 [...]