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 [...]

Plant Delights Nursery July 2014 Newsletter

Greetings PDN'ers! We hope you are enjoying your garden this summer and taking time to relax a bit, especially when the temperatures are soaring. JLBG News It was so nice to see and chat with many of you at the Summer Open Garden and Nursery Days last weekend. The garden has been brimming with colors this summer, especially the new Souto Memorial Garden which is currently under development. We installed irrigation throughout the garden beds and paths in the Souto Garden earlier this year, and the plantings are displaying nicely. We're excited to finally showcase this area of Juniper Level soon! As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we've had eight more agaves (century plants) flowering this year, so our research horticulturist, Jeremy Schmidt, has been busy on one of several ladders making crosses between the species. From his crosses last year, we now have hybrids of Agave striata x Agave lophantha. We're still a year away from these being large enough Read more [...]

2010 Plant Delights Nursery November Newsletter

Dear PDN'ers: Here at PDN, the year is winding down as shipping ceases at the end of November...except for horticultural emergencies. We’ve spent the last month selecting plants for the new catalog, writing catalog descriptions, and choosing the catalog images. All that remains now is to finish the catalog proofing process before heading into the design and layout phase. Soon, we will start preparing the nursery for 2011 by moving out the plants that didn’t sell well enough and moving the new plants from the production greenhouses into the shipping greenhouses. It may seem too early to start planning for next year, but we want you to be sure and mark a special date on your 2011 schedule. Our 2011 Winter Open House is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 25, 26 followed by Friday and Saturday, March 4, 5...from 8am-5pm on all days. As a special enticement, the JC Raulston Arboretum will be also holding a special half-day mini-symposium on Saturday February 26, featuring Read more [...]

2009 Plant Delights Nursery September Newsletter

Greetings from PDN and we hope you've all had a great gardening summer. Folks in much of the Northeast and Midwest still haven't had much of a summer, many experiencing the coldest summer temperatures in recorded history. Many of you in this wet, cool corridor have seen an array of diseases along with heat-loving plants that just haven't grown very quickly. In years like this, good soil preparation really pays off since good drainage is so important when the rains just won't stop. Over the years, I've also found organically gardened soils that haven't been "chemicalled" to death tend to fare better since they still have plenty of good microbes to fight off the damaging ones. There are also going to be more foliar diseases in years like this, but be sure to determine what pathogen is causing the symptoms before embarking on a course of action. Some plants with foliar damage may simply go dormant early and be fine next season, while other may need more air movement to keep diseases at Read more [...]

2007 Plant Delights Nursery July Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights and we hope the summer find you all well. We recently finished our 2007 Summer Open House and would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to visit and take home a few special plants. For those who have never been to visit us in the summer, this is a great chance to see numerous summer flowering plants, many of which only make an appearance during the summer months. We really hope we can encourage more folks to visit during this exciting time of year in the garden. If you missed our open house, we're just over a week away from hosting the Summer Meeting of the Southeastern Palm Society. This is a great chance to talk with other palm and exotic plant growers from around the southeast, as well as pick up some of the latest new plants. If you would like to attend and are not a member of SPS (we hope you will join SPS at the meeting), just email our Administrative Assistant, Julie Picolla, so we can get a head count of how many to Read more [...]

2006 Plant Delights Nursery August Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights. We hope all is well in your hometown. It's that time of year and the fall catalog will be on the way on Friday, August 11. If you want to get a head start on your friends, you can find the new catalog on-line at www.plantdelights.com. We hope you are making your plans to visit PDN this fall, either for the PDN fall open house or for the JCRA 30th Anniversary Symposium. Even though we may cringe at the idea of summer gardens, there are quite a few plants that relish the idea. The gingers and the colocasias are loving the summer heat, and I can't think of a plant that more represents summer than the wonderful hardy hibiscus, which are in full flower as we speak. August is a fun month, since this is when many of the wonderful lycoris (surprise lilies) flower. I usually don't like surprises, but I always break my rule when it's lycoris time. Another bulb that just loves summer weather is the crinum lilies with their amazing stalks of pink, red, striped, Read more [...]

2005 Plant Delights Nursery November Newsletter

The 2005 shipping season is drawing to a close at the end of November, so if you've procrastinated until now, time is running out. If you need to purchase Christmas or holiday gifts for that special gardener, remember that a Plant Delights Gift Certificate may be just what the plant doctor ordered. In a couple of weeks, we'll be announcing the winner of our 2005 Guess the Top 25 Best Sellers Contest for the $250 PDN gift certificate. If you didn't enter the contest this year, be thinking about next years' contest that begins January 1. We've been busy writing the 2006 catalog that is now only a few weeks away for hitting the presses. To fill the pages, we've propagated an amazing array of great plants that includes 125 new offerings...enough to drive even the most hardcore gardeners completely over the edge. To make room for these new offerings, we will, unfortunately, be rotating an equal number of our old favorites out, so if you've been thinking about ordering that obscure gem, Read more [...]