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Raulston Blooms! Plant Sale

Part of the 2013 plant sale area. Raulston Blooms! is back and bigger than ever.  The annual JC Raulston Arboretum plant sale, garden festival, and birdhouse competition will be in full swing on Saturday April 5 (and that's no April Fool's joke).  This year we've moved the sale area to the center of the garden where we'll be joined by art vendors, kid's activities, and some of the best food trucks in Raleigh.

The sale kicks off at 9am and goes until 5pm with some great how-to lectures on everything from container gardening to creating compost, building vertical gardens and making wattle fencing.  Cost is $5 per person or $10 for a family but free of course to members of the Arboretum.

For information on the event and a partial plant list go to:

For JCRA member's ONLY there will be a preview sale from 4pm to 7pm on Friday April 4.  New folks are welcome to join on Friday to receive all the benefits of membership including the 10% discount on plant purchases and reduced rates on lectures and workshops throughout the year.ARB-LogoBFin

Plant Buggy Sales - September 27, 2013

Fall is for planting!  So come on out and see what we have for sale this week on our Plant Buggy outside the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center.  Remember it is cash or check only and we don't have change.  Most plants are $5 with a few $10 ones thrown in as well. Our staff and volunteers continue to propagate some of our favorite plants to offer our visitors.  Here is a selection of a few of the plants on the trailer this week.

Aster ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki' - An outstanding Japanese selection of Asian aster. It has incredible medium-purple, frost-resistant fall flowers. It forms a low mat of foliage and spreads quickly by underground stolons. Be prepared, because it will fill a large area in the garden in short order.

Simply stunning in fall, makes a great ground cover in sun to part shade.

Callicarpa japonica 'Shiji Murasaki' - A heavily variegated form of beautyberry with green leaves splashed and speckled white. New growth emerges pink and young stems are pink. Unlike the typical Japanese beautyberries, this form seems to grow somewhat upright and is heavily branched with none of the arching characteristics usually seen. Flowers are pinkish and so far we have seen no fruit set. Our plant has been surprisingly vigorous for the amount of variegation and has not burned in full sun with minimal irrigation. Grows best in sun to shade conditions, reaching an ultimate size of about 6'.

Heavily variegated foliage is surprisingly sun tolerant.

Clethra barbinervis - Whether you call it Japanese pepperbush or Japanese summersweet, you will admire it for its sweetly-scented white flowers, produced in summer, and the richly exfoliating bark specimens attain with age.  Grow as an upright, open shrub or a small flowering tree in sun to shade.

Masses of white summer flowers are sweetly fragrant.

Gardenia jasminoides 'Shooting Star' -  ‘Shooting Star’ is a compact cultivar of gardenia noted for its winter hardiness and large, fragrant, single white flowers up to 3” in diameter in late spring. Its glossy, evergreen leaves will add beauty to your garden all year long.

Hydrangea serrata 'Ô amacha Nishiki' - A lovely small lacecap hydrangea with flowers that tend toward the pink rather than blue.  The foliage is heavily dusted with creamy white which helps light up the shade garden.

Pink lacecaps and speckled variegation make this plant a winner.

Magnolia maudiae - Enjoy the intoxicating fragrance of pristine white flowers in late winter on this evergreen magnolia. Flowers are large (4"-6") and it has been described in bloom as "one of the greater surreal experiences of horticulture."  Plant in a location that has protection from cold north winds.

Pristine white winter flowers backed by evergreen foliage are a delight in the garden.


Sinningia 'Bananas Foster' - From May until frost you will enjoy this delightful hardy gloxinia 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.  It is such a very cool and desirable plant.

Tubular yellow flowers on red stems last all summer long.

Sphaeralcea 'Shell Pink' - This lovely globe mallow is widely touted as an annual plant but has been perfectly hardy for us over the last five years in a well-drained, sunny spot.  The hibiscus relative makes a spreading plant with silvery leaves and pink flowers.  It will look great in containers or hanging baskets as well as in the garden but may not be hardy in a pot.

Pink hibiscus-type flowers are quite lovely.

Other plants on the cart this week include:

XFatshedera lizei 'Curly'Amsonia hubrichtii,  Sedum emarginatum 'Eco-Mt. Omei'Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley'Ruellia simplex 'Chi Chi'Hippeastrum 'Scarlet Baby'Sinningia tubiflora

Follow me at @jcramark because life is too short for boring plants.

The new JCRA Plant Buggy for onsite sales.

Check out all the happenings, see more images, and learn more at the JC Raulston Arboretum where we are Planting a Better World.

What's Growing On - Plant Sales!

The new JCRA Plant Buggy for onsite sales. Our visitors and members have been asking for this for years and we've finally taken the plunge.  We now have plants for sale every day of the week on our plant sale buggy outside the Bobby Wilder Visitor Center.  All sales are cash or check only with most plants only costing $5 and a few larger things going for $10.  Plant selection changes regularly and we are offering everything from shade tree seedlings to herbaceous perennials with generally about 5-10 different plants available at any one time.

Our crack horticulture team is constantly bringing out new items as they are ready so there is no online list of plants.  Please do not contact us to find out what is available at any particular time as the selection is too fluid for office staff to keep track.  Bring correct change as well, we have limited or no ability to break bills.

You spoke and we listened.  Now there's one more reason to visit the JC Raulston Arboretum on a regular basis.