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I love the native flowering vine, Bignonia capreolata, but was shocked to find a specimen with giant 8″ long leaves.  It would be nice if the flowers were correspondingly larger as well.
I love the native flowering vine, Bignonia capreolata, but was shocked to find a specimen with giant 8" long leaves.  It would be nice if the flowers were correspondingly larger as well.
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One of the plants that loves degraded, rocky shale banks is the bird-foot violet, Viola pedata.  At this site, however, we found some Viola pedata plants that made 2′ wide spreading patches, which I’ve never heard of or seen before.  I’ve seen this…
One of the plants that loves degraded, rocky shale banks is the bird-foot violet, Viola pedata.  At this site, however, we found some Viola pedata plants that made 2' wide spreading patches, which I've never heard of or seen before.  I've seen this species across the country and it always makes a small tight clump, so this is a huge variation from normal.
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The Ozarks are rocky…incredibly rocky, due to past uplifts of the earth’s crust.  The soil layer is so thin, it’s amazing anything grows here…except plants that need really good drainage.
The Ozarks are rocky...incredibly rocky, due to past uplifts of the earth's crust.  The soil layer is so thin, it's amazing anything grows here...except plants that need really good drainage.
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Just back from a botanizing trip into the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas.  It’s a beautiful part of the county with rolling hills and low mountain plateaus. The Ozarks are the largest mountain range between the Rockies and the Appalachians and…
Just back from a botanizing trip into the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas.  It's a beautiful part of the county with rolling hills and low mountain plateaus. The Ozarks are the largest mountain range between the Rockies and the Appalachians and contain a number of  interesting plants.
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Another great spring perennial is this variegated form of the native woodland Jacob’s Ladder, Polemonium ‘Touch of Class’.  Average to moist woodland soils are perfect for this easy-to-grow shade perennial.
Another great spring perennial is this variegated form of the native woodland Jacob's Ladder, Polemonium 'Touch of Class'.  Average to moist woodland soils are perfect for this easy-to-grow shade perennial.
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We’re always keeping our eyes open for aberrant forms of native plants. and I nearly drove off the road when I spotted this gold leaf American holly, Ilex opaca.  Sorry for the fuzzy picture, but it rained on us every single day of the trip and taking…
We're always keeping our eyes open for aberrant forms of native plants. and I nearly drove off the road when I spotted this gold leaf American holly, Ilex opaca.  Sorry for the fuzzy picture, but it rained on us every single day of the trip and taking good photos in the pouring rain is a worthwhile challenge.
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As a rock collector, the rocks were amazing, much of it degraded, but beautiful shale like this.
As a rock collector, the rocks were amazing, much of it degraded, but beautiful shale like this.
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One can only wonder how many fabulous native plant selections were destroyed by the massive amount of logging in the region…both on private land and in National Forests.
One can only wonder how many fabulous native plant selections were destroyed by the massive amount of logging in the region...both on private land and in National Forests.
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Flowering in the garden now is one of our new 2015 introductions that will be available for the first time next year…finally!  The flowers on this wild ginger are truly huge, as reflected in the name.
Flowering in the garden now is one of our new 2015 introductions that will be available for the first time next year...finally!  The flowers on this wild ginger are truly huge, as reflected in the name.
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I just snapped this photo of Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink’ showing its incredible foliage in the garden…who needs flowers when the leaves look this good.  By the way, it’s also completely sterile.  Check out our incredible selection of lenten roses!
I just snapped this photo of Helleborus 'Penny's Pink' showing its incredible foliage in the garden...who needs flowers when the leaves look this good.  By the way, it's also completely sterile.  Check out our incredible selection of lenten roses!
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9241 Sauls Rd Raleigh, NC 27603
9241 Sauls RdUSNCRaleigh27603
(919) 772-4794plantdelights.com
Plant Nursery, Botanical GardenToday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 4:30 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pmThursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pmFriday 8:00 am – 4:30 pmSaturday ClosedSunday Closed

Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a private research and ex-situ conservation garden for plants from around the world, with one of the most extensive plant collections in the United States.  Plant Delights Nursery is the mail order division that propagates those plants and makes them available to gardeners around the world, thereby funding the research, plant exploration, and conservation work.
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reviewed 3 months ago
I ordered two plants from this nursery. One clematis looked dead when it arrived and it stayed dead. The hosta they sent me looked absolutely nothing like the catalog picture no matter what sun exposure I gave it. Although the hosta did survive, it just reminds me of the fifty bucks I could have given to reliable, responsible nurseries in my own community.
Cary Opteris
reviewed 10 months ago
This is a wonderful nursery with excellent quality and interesting varieties of perennial plants. There is helpful information on the website and in the catalog to make sure you understand zones and the requirements for each plant. As far as shipping, they take great care with their shipping techniques and timing of shipments. I have even seen a YouTube video of a customer opening her package from PDN, so you can see the care they take.
John B.
reviewed 2 years ago
Great nursery, great staff, amazing selection of rare and unusual plants available nowhere else.
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Rick Nipper
reviewed 6 months ago
Plants Delight Nursery is a mail order plant nursery specializing in perennials located in Raleigh, NC. Tony Avent, owner, started the nursery in 1988. This nursery has a vast selection of many varieties of plants and specializes in quality. Some of these plants are unique and hard-to-find. Hence, prices reflect the quality and are more expensive than for ordinary plants at the big box stores. The website and catalog have a ton of educational information. This is a firs-class operation. Though not normally open to the public, several times a year, the nursery has open house weekends when you can go and make purchases on site where you can actually see the plants you will be buying. You can also tour Juniper Level Botanic Gardens which is adjacent to the nursery. There is no fee to visit. The gardens are simply amazing. The amount of time, effort and money that has gone into creating these gardens is simply amazing. You would think you are in one of the great public gardens. Yet, you find little hints of the owner's humor sprinkled throughout the property in the garden art or in the T-shirts they sell. Plants Delight Nursery and Juniper Botanic Gardens are an amazing gem to have in the area. They are definitely worth a visit.
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Barry Morse
reviewed a year ago
Do not buy plants from here if you are from another state. My friend bought a lot of elephant ear plants and others from here. By the time , he received it in California, they looked dead . The quality was so poor that he tried to plant them unsucessfully. He called them back in 10 days to ask for a refund and exchange. They asked him to take pics and send them there. Haven't heard anything from them. AGAIN DONOT BUY PLANTS FROM HERE IF YOU ARE FROM ANOTHER STATE.
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A Google User
reviewed 2 years ago
High quality plants, and a very very friendly and helpful staff! I have been shopping through their webshop the last few years, and they are really outstanding! Highly recommended and 6 out of 6 possible stars with an extra bonus star added to it. !