Welcome to Our Garden Oasis

What sweltering weather we have been having in Raleigh, NC the last couple of weeks. But the gardening must go on! We welcome you to the last weekend of our Summer Open Nursery & Garden Days. Saturday 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm. Don't forget about our Gardening Unplugged garden chats: 10 am - Ex-situ Conservation, 2 pm - Hardy Palms, just meet at the welcome tent!! And keep your body fueled, Rare Earth Farms Food Truck will be here today at 11 am. Read more [...]

Friday Morning Podcast

Here are some images of fruit and seed pods from the garden today. Come visit this weekend during our Summer Open Nursery & Garden Days, Friday & Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm. Acer (Maple) Hesperaloe (False Red Yucca) Podophyllum (May Apple) - hand pollinated and tagged with parent information Read more [...]

Don’t Let Gardening Bog You Down

If you have a soggy area or damp soils, don't drain it! We have marginal aquatic perennial plants for wet soil that are great for landscaping everything from rain gardens to bog gardens. These garden perennials love moist spots and will make you fall in love with perennials that dry soil gardeners only dream of growing. Damp soil plants range from carnivorous plants like sarracenia and bog plants like hymenocallis that need full sun. Bog with pitcher plants (sarracenia) and crinum. Many bog plants like sarracenia also do well in containers as long as they retain consistent moisture. Click here to learn more about their culture and growing sarracenia in containers. Pitcher plants available in our sales house. Read more [...]

Pot Envy

Fear not! Life in an apartment, condominium, or rented house does not preclude you from having your own botanical garden. All you need is a little sunlight, proper potting media, and a good pot. Join Meghan Fidler and Chris Hardison on Saturday, June 29 from 10am-noon for our Container Gardening workshop and learn how to create container plantings that will be the envy of all your friends and family. Container plantings can liven up any patio, deck, or balcony. The rules of creating a container garden are dictated by the amount of sun, heat, and cold that your container will experience as well as the plants you choose. If you are limited on land space for planting, you may choose to plant a mixture of different herbs for culinary use. The combination of leaf textures, leaf color, and herbs of varying heights can create a planting combination that is both delicious and decorative. Variegated foliage combined with long blooming perennials or annuals adds a splash of color Read more [...]

Mad About xMangave!

The genus xmangave is an exotic botanical curiosity that was derived from a cross between a succulent agave and a manfreda. Crosses between two genera are somewhat rare in cultivation and extremely rare in nature. However, agave and manfreda have broken all the rules and 'hooked up' on more than one occasion to produce the attractive offspring called x Mangave. The 'x' on the left side of Mangave tells you that it is a cross between different genera. xMangave 'Blue Mammoth' Both parents contribute drought-tolerance and an aversion to winter moisture. Keep your x Mangave roots dry in winter to prevent rot. We like them in containers. We have been busy making new x Mangave hybrids...so check back for updates!  xMangave also make great container specimen. Read more [...]

A Little Garden Voodoo Going On

Amorphophallus are exotic plants in the aroid family, famous for their bizarre flowers and whose odor leaves no doubt as to why they are also called corpse flower or Voodoo lily. Some varieties are tropical, while others are perennial in temperate zones. Here are some images of hardy amorphophallus in the garden. Amorphophallus bulbifer Amorphophallus henryi with purple stems Amorphophallus konjac Read more [...]

Tubing! Hummers! Summer!

The genus Sinningia is a South American gesneriad (African violet and gloxinia relative). Hummingbirds and butterflies just love the tubular flowers of Sinningia, and several species including Sinningia tubiflora, are quite fragrant. Sinningia tubiflora Sinningia flowers come in a wide array of colors from white, to yellow, pink, red and all shades in between. Sinningia species are drought-tolerant and heat loving...perfect for hummers and the southern garden. We hope you will join us in our excitement over the wonderful perennial sinningia. Sinningia 'Cherries Jubilee' Read more [...]

Coneflower Rainbow

We value the purple coneflower as a great summer-flowering perennial in the native plant garden as well as the mixed perennial border. Coneflowers attract both butterflies and hummingbirds. Purple coneflower species are easy to grow, heat- and drought-tolerant native perennials. Two things that echinacea plants do not like are heavy clay soils and poor winter drainage. We hope you are as excited as we are about the new coneflower plants that greatly extend the range of colors and forms. Purple coneflowers are no long just purple; they are also pink, red, yellow, peach, copper, orange and there are single or double-flowered hybrids too. We continue to trial the spectrum of new echinacea selections, offering only the best echinacea plants for sale after verifying their garden performance. Read more [...]

Thinking Inside the Pot

Container gardening allows anyone to enjoy flowers and their beauty even if you live in an apartment, town home, or have very little usable land for planting. Select plants that similar water and light requirements. Select plants with various flower and leaf color, bloom time, height and texture. Sunny tropical plant selection. A general rule of thumb when designing a container is to include a thriller, fillers, and spillers. The thriller is the focal point of the container (and yes you can have more than one thriller), the filler compliments the thriller and helps fill in space in the container, and spillers flow over the edge of the container and add another contrasting design element. Thrillers Fillers More fillers and spillers. Finished container. Read more [...]