Do you have a Heart Throb in your Garden?

Hurricane Hermine brought some much needed rain over the weekend. Not only were there some happy gardeners, but the rain lilies are loving it too. Here is a picture of Zephyranthes 'Heart Throb' in the garden with its bright 2" reddish-pink flowers and contrasting white eye. At a mere 6" this Heart Throb is a real show-stopper. Rain lilies got their common name from their charming habit of producing new blooms after it rains. Rain lilies come in a variety of colors to coordinate with your garden's palette. Plant rain lilies near the garden path where you can enjoy their beauty from mid summer up until fall. Be sure to come check out our wide selection of rain lilies this coming weekend, Sept. 9-11, during our fall open house, and you can take home your very own Heart Throb! Read more [...]

Some sage advice…check out these great newly available salvias!

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 [...]

Cardinal Flowers – An Easy to Grow Native

Lobelia cardinalis is native to 41 out of the 50 states in North America. The cardinal flower is tolerant of many different soils from moist bogs to average garden soils, and is perfect for use in rain gardens. Cardinal flowers are also a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies. Lobelia begins blooming in summer and will continue until fall with an array of flower and foliage colors to blend nicely in your garden, from the brilliant red flowers of the species, to the hot pink Monet Moment, or the burgundy foliage of Black Truffle. You can order cardinal flowers online or visit us at our fall open house September 9-11 & 16-18 to see the cardinal flowers blooming in the garden and pick out that perfect plant for a spot in your garden. Read more [...]

Unique Color Combinations in the Summer Garden are Hot!!

Canna lilies are a great addition to your sunny summer garden or rain garden. Their large bold leaves come in a variety of colors and variegation patterns, and provide the perfect foil for brightly colored flowers from orange, to brilliant reds, rose to white. Cannas add color to the garden from late spring to fall and are an excellent attractant for butterflies and hummingbirds. Read more [...]

Sinningia – a flowering machine

Here's a recent photo from the garden of one of our favorite full sun, summer-flowering perennials, Sinningia 'Arkansas Bells'.  This amazing African violet relative thrives with cactus and agaves in our full sun rock garden, flowering from April until September, during which time, the hummingbirds have to wait their turn.  We don't currently offer this because not enough folks purchased it last time, which drives us a little nuts!  It's only winter hardy to 5 degrees F in the ground, but makes a superb container plant in colder zones.  So, why do more people not buy this?  Please convince us to propagate some more since it is so wonderful.         Read more [...]

Summer Open Nursery and Garden

2016 9249 patio gardenToday…Sunday is day 3 of our 6-day Summer Open Nursery and Garden.  We hope you’ll drop to stroll the gardens and perhaps find a few plants you can’t live without.  We’re open today from 1-5 and next Friday, Saturday 8-5, and winding up next Sunday from 1-5pm. We’d love to say hello and answer your gardening questions, so load up your camera and your gardening friends and we’ll see you in the garden. Please allow plenty of time as there are an amazing number of great plants to see!

 

2016 Summer Sale – Save 20% On Nearly 100 Plants

Our annual Summer Clearance Sale is now underway. With summer inventory complete, we’ve found some of the coolest plants didn’t sell in the numbers that we’d hoped, so we’re left with extra inventory. Quantities are limited. Sale ends July 3 and plants must be scheduled by July 5 for shipment or pickup. Shop now!

Plant Delights June 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Plant Delights and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. Botanical Interest So far, it's been a great spring at PDN and JLBG. Rains have been pretty regular so far...thanks to two early-season tropical storms. No sign of an imminent summer let-up in moisture. Of course, constant rain can also spell trouble for some more dryland-loving plants like the new perennial snapdragons we're testing. While the majority of plants we trial from other breeders don't pass our NC stress test, it is always nice to have a truly stressful spring to let us know what plants are really tough and will survive. Growth in the garden has been amazing this spring, and the summer show is shaping up to be the best ever. There's just so much to see in the summer, we really hope you'll make plans to attend our upcoming Open Nursery and Garden Days, July 8-10 and 15-17. If you're averse to heat, arrive early when the weather is still delightful, but don't come without your camera. We're Read more [...]

Agaves and Mangaves

We are very excited to see that we have at least 9 agaves so far that will be flowering in 2016.  Above is a recent photo of Agave victoriae-reginae where you can see the bud forming in the center where the leaves have become reduced in size.  While we lose the agaves after flowering, we are able to make crosses and create more new and unqiue agaves.  We also share pollen with plant breeder Hans Hansen, who crosses them with manfredas to create some amazing mangaves as pictured below, which we are pleased to introduce for 2016 Mangave 'Kaleidoscope' makes a superb container plant where it isn't hardy in the ground.  It should be fine outdoors from Zone 7b south. Mangave 'Moonglow' with its large dark purple spots is the smallest of the three. The foliage of all is incredible pliable unlike most agaves. A third introduction for 2016 is Mangave 'Pineapple Express'...the fastest growing of these three.  These will fill out a container in no time Read more [...]

Crinum lilies in the garden

  This has been an amazing summer for crinum lilies at Juniper Level.  These mostly African species and their hybrids are wonderfully fragrant, hard-to-kill bulbs for the sunny garden.  Above is Crinum x baconii 'Maureen Spinks'...one of the showiest summer-flowering hybrids.   Another of the milk and wine striped crinum lilies is Crinum x digweedii 'Stars and Stripes'...here's a recent photo from the garden.  It just oozes with fragrance!If rosy pink is your thing, Crinum 'Rose Parade' is looking quite nice in the garden.  Crinum winter hardiness ranges from Zone 6 to Zone 8, depending on the species used in the cross.  You'll find the hardiness zones for each in our on-line catalog, where we offer 40 varieties...probably one of the largest selections you'll find.  Enjoy, and have a great weekend in the garden!   Read more [...]