Plant Delights May 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! Spring Open Nursery and Garden Days One more weekend of our Spring Open Garden and Nursery Days remains... this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We hope you'll join us to walk the 10+ acres of gardens and take home a few of the incredibly cool plants for sale in the nursery, many exclusives, available only at Plant Delights. The first open weekend we welcomed visitors from 21 states (Vermont to Louisiana and west to Oklahoma) and even a couple from Germany. Visitors are enjoying the new garden areas including plantings by the sales greenhouses and the recently opened 2+ acre Souto garden section. We hope you'll allow plenty of time to see all the amazing plants while getting lots of landscape ideas for the garden at your home. The peonies are peaking now, with our clump of Paeonia 'Cora Stubbs' sporting 55 insanely fragrant flowers! Peonies like Paeonia 'Bartzella', which are usually finished flowering by Open Nursery and Garden Days, have just opened their first Read more [...]

Paeonia japonica – a peony for shade

Paeonia japonica two flowersThe Japanese woodland peony, Paeonia japonica just opened yesterday in the garden!  Unlike most other peonies, this one requires light shade, so plant it with hostas and ferns.  Our supply of these is always limited, so if you like it, don’t delay in getting one for your garden.

 

Plant Delights April 2015 Newsletter

Greetings PDNers! Nursery Update—Made it through Winter It's been quite a late winter at Juniper Level/Plant Delights, with the latest-occurring single digit temperature we've seen since our records began in the 1970s. Plants like hellebores in bloom when the cold snap hit have recovered, although flowers that were fully open or nearly so were slightly damaged. Hellebores are really tough and, after removing a few damaged flowers, they look great. Plants and More Plants Some of the very early trilliums, like the Florida forms of Trillium underwoodii, were also damaged. On a few of these, the entire stem collapsed back to the rhizome. When this happens, these trilliums will not return until next year. All of the other trillium species had the good sense to wait until later to emerge and are unscathed. One of the benefits of cold winters is a good chilling period for most perennials. Like a bear needs to hibernate, the same is true for most perennials and the Read more [...]

Peony obovata in seed

Paeonia obovata seed pods3

The Chinese Paeonia obovata is one of the few peony species that’s grown as much for its seed as for its flowers…the seed last much longer.  Here’s a photo I just snapped in the garden of its amazing seed pods.  Be sure to see this when you visit this weekend for our final Open Nursery and Garden days for 2014.

Cora Stubbs Peony

Paeonia Coral Stubbs single flower7

The peonies were insanely beautiful this weekend for open house.  Here’s one of the stars, Paeonia ‘Cora Stubbs’…great sturdy stems and huge, fragrant flowers. We only offer peonies that we’ve trialed here at Juniper Level Botanic Garden for heat tolerance, great flowering, and good stem sturdiness.

PDN Spring 2014 Open Nursery Days May 2-4 and May 9-11

We're really excited to show you our new plant offerings at the 2014 Spring Open Nursery and Garden! The lineup includes stars like our amazing Baptisias 'Blue Towers' and  'Blonde Bombshell' which are nearing full flower now as are the peonies including the wonderful Paeonia 'Cora Stubbs'. And you'll also want to see starlets Iris cristata 'Vein Mountain', Amsonia rigida, and Clematis ochroleuca 'Bald Knob'. The hardy ladyslipper orchids are in full flower, so come ready to drool. The hostas look in insanely good, from the dwarf Hosta 'Mini Skirt' to the giant Hosta 'Empress Wu'. We get excited just typing the names of these garden gems! We've been busy propagating, growing, and filling our sale greenhouses with over 1,700 different types of perennials for your spring shopping pleasure. And as always, we add new plants to the sales area right before Open Nursery and Garden… with many only available in small Read more [...]

2011 Plant Delights Nursery March Newsletter

Howdy folks and welcome to spring! Alright, I know that’s rubbing it in to those of you in the northern climatic zones, but here at Juniper Level, spring is in full swing. Even for those of you still suffering through snow and other winter weather, it won’t be long before you will join us in the most exciting of garden seasons. There is so much happening in the gardens here at Juniper Level, it’s hard to know where to start. Because I spend so much time in the garden photographing, I often notice the plants the minute they come into flower. Yesterday, for example, I enjoyed the flowers of the woodland peony, Paeonia japonica, which looked like a giant full moon-like round ball in the morning, then opening just after noon to reveal the stunning yellow stamens and red-based filaments against a white background...a striking combination. I cannot imagine why everyone with a woodland garden doesn’t grow this gem or its woodland counterpart, Paeonia obovata. Another early spring Read more [...]

2008 Plant Delights Nursery May Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights, we hope your spring has been as beautiful as ours...realizing, of course, that some of you in the colder climates are just starting the spring season. We have had wonderful rains and no temperatures in the 90's yet...unlike the folks in Phoenix who have already seen 109 degrees F...geez. It's been a short week because of the Memorial Day holiday, but despite overdoing it in the garden last weekend, I'm ready to start again. It's only Friday, but I can already feel a weekend of binge planting coming on...how about you? New crops and sold out items are continually becoming ready. For the latest additions just added to the website, click here. Remember some are only available in limited quantities, so if you see something that strikes your fancy, don't hesitate too long. Many gardeners are still dealing with the drought of last summer and hostas are some of the plants most affected. We've had many folks asking why their hostas are so much smaller than in Read more [...]