Since 1988, THE source for buying native, rare, and unique perennials.

Fall Flowering Plants

For many, autumn is the best time of year to garden. The heat of summer has finally broken and the crisp autumn air is a delight to work in. Click here for the entire collection of Fall Flowering Plants.


Why Buy from Plant Delights?

  1. Guaranteed healthy, correctly labeled plants.
  2. All offerings personally-selected by Tony.
  3. Large, diverse selection of perennial plants online.
  4. All garden plants trialed in our test gardens.
  5. Rare, unusual, and North American native plants.
  6. Expert horticultural staff.
  7. Most plants propagated on-site, ensuring quality.

Tony's Favorites

Tony has seen a lot of plants in his day. Here we share some of his absolute favorites. Click here for the entire collection of Tony's Favorites.

A little about our garden nursery:

Plant Delights Nursery is an award winning online nursery in Raleigh, NC near Garner. We specialize in rare, and unusual perennials and we strive to carry a wide selection of both exotic plants, native plants, and the best selection of new plants online. At any time, this website has over 1700 online nursery plants for sale. Many of our nurseries plants are available nowhere else in the US as they represent rare plants collected by Plant Delights founder Tony Avent during his more than 60 plant hunting expeditions to places like China, Crete, Taiwan, South Africa and Argentina or distributed by some of the many specialty plant organizations of which Plant Delights is a member. Our wide selection of interesting garden plants makes us the best place to buy plants online.

We grow all our perennial plants at our Raleigh, NC garden nursery and we sell them through this website and via our print catalog. We ship mail order plants everywhere in the U.S. and all over the world...or you can simply order plants online and drive over to pick them up. Plant Delights Nursery specializes in growing and selling perennial garden plants. We have a wide selection of flowering perennials in all colors, foliage plants, ferns, ornamental grasses and native plants.

We periodically open up our beautiful garden nursery near Raleigh and Garner to the public for retail sales events, classes, photography workshops, and guided tours. We host private groups like schools, plant societies, garden clubs, etc. by appointment. Proceeds from Plant Delights Nursery support the Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, a six acre garden with extensive research programs that grows over 18,000 different plants.

In business since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery was named one of the Top 7 online plant nurseries in the U.S. by Garden Design Magazine in their December 2010 issue. In addition to being a plant explorer and businessman, Tony Avent is a renowned plantsman, a successful author and a popular garden speaker who tours nationally. Among the plant catalog companies, Plant Delights Nursery is known for its print catalog which features humorous and topical cover art as well as irreverent, witty and sometimes edgy prose. Plant Delights Nursery and Tony Avent are frequently profiled on television (including The Martha Stewart Show and Almanac Gardener), in magazines (including Southern Living, Horticulture, and Fine Gardening) and in newspapers (including the New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and News & Observer).

So if you are looking for the most interesting and best nursery plants online, you have come to the right place. Welcome to Plant Delights Nursery!