Plant Sale Buggy
Next time you are at the JC Raulston Arboretum, be sure to check out the Plant Sale Buggy located outside the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. It’s a great spot for visitors to find a wide assortment of choice and unusual plants for your garden. Self-service purchases are made by credit card, cash or check, and it is open rain or shine during regular Arboretum operating hours. New plants are added weekly (typically Monday morning and Thursday morning at around 11:00 AM), so visit often.
Here's what we're offering this week.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Francis Mason'
This lovely compact shrub has brilliant yellow-gold and green variegated foliage as well as pretty white flowers in summer and fall. It lends itself to pruning, so it's a welcome addition to every landscape.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Rose Creek'
Compact form featuring red stems, glossy leaves which emerge with a pink tint before turning dark green. Evergreen in zone 7 and up but the leaves turn shades of soft purple-green in winter. Tubular, fragrant, white flowers (to 1/2” long) with rosy sepals in late spring to early summer
Abutilon megapotamicum 'Ruffles'
A dieback perennial (or evergreen houseplant) with maple-like leaves and yellow flowers emerging from red calyces over a long period in summer.
Agapanthus 'Galaxy White'
lily of the nile
Almost maintenance free, this heavy blooming plant provides an abundance of flower stalks for pollinators during the hottest part of the summer.
We grew this small but showy columbine from seed we received from another botanic garden in Europe so we cannot guarantee these plants are not hybrids. If true to name they will have pale blue sepals and spurs surrounding the white to soft blue petals.
Bletilla striata 'Innocence'
white Chinese ground orchid
A pure white form of this landscape orchid.
Buddleja davidii 'Evil Ways'
golden butterfly bush
A chartreuse leaved sport of 'Santana' introduced by Cistus Design Nursery. Deep purple flowers provide a strong contrast to the foliage which does not burn in full sun. This is a bright accent in the garden and looks great in a container.
Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Just Deserts'
All summer, this deciduous shrub is covered with white, spiky-spheroid flowers that attract pollinators. Drought tolerant too. We love it. Despite its warm native habitat, it has been winter hardy for us in Raleigh since 2018.
Dahlia coccinea var. palmeri
Dark, almost black foliage highlights bright red-orange flowers. Prefers well-drained soil.
Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'
variegated five-leaf aralia
One of the finest variegated deciduous shrubs available, this beauty is worthy of more consideration. Grows well in sun or shade and tolerates drought. Can even handle dry shade. Zone 4.
Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet'
This tough, spreading groundcovering perennial makes mats of silvery foliage. Palest lavender flowers rise above the leaves in late spring. An excellent choice for those tough dry shade spots.
Forsythia koreana 'Kumson'
gold-vein Korean forsythia
This Korean forsythia has it all, great flowers plus incredible unique foliage spring to fall. Dark green leaves show off their creamy white netting. Typical bright yellow forsythia flowers cover this shrub in spring.
Medium-sized, evergreen shrub; hardy; fragrant white flowers. Attractive, curious, orange fruits.
Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'
This fragrant evergreen offers gray-green foliage and lavender flowers. Drought tolerant, this plant prefers well-drained soil.
Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold'
golden boxleaf honeysuckle
An evergreen shrub with tiny yellow leaves and a mounding habit. Can be sheared into a hedge if desired. Prefers part-sun.
Nepeta 'Joanna Reed'
Violet-blue flowers from late spring into fall. It has a low, wide habit. Received a five-star "excellent" rating in a Chicago Botanic Garden evaluation of catmints, Flowers attract butterflies and bees and it is typically not bothered by deer.
This fragrant, drought tolerant perennial offers lovely foliage and dramatic yellow blooms throughout the summer.
Reineckea carnea 'Greenscape'
16" long and 3/8" wide shiny green leaves form a lovely, tight growing groundcover mat. Topped with short spikes of light lavender flowers in late Oct-Nov, followed by equally short spikes of reddish fruit.
Perfecto Mundo Double White reblooming azalea
Another winner from Dr. Tom Ranney of NCSU. Reblooming double-flowered white. Blooms on old wood in spring, then later, on new wood. A light trim after spring bloom encourages new growth, thus, more rebloom.
Sinningia 'Bananas Foster'
All summer long you will enjoy this delightful gem in your garden. True to its name, it produces dozens of 2" pale yellow tubular flowers. It is very drought tolerant and perfect for a rock garden or other sunny location.
Dieback shrub whose root hardiness we're evaluating at JCRA. People claim it's a zone 9 plant, not hardy in Raleigh, but this one has survived the Raleigh winters of 2020, 2021 and 2022. A shrub with vining tendencies if given support. Brilliantly colored fall flowers.
An archive of what we've offered in the past is also available.