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

Featured Perennials


Spring Flowering Plants

For perennials, spring is the season of revival, rejuvenation and renewal when gardens sprout and quickly reach their peak beauty. Springtime marks the start of the annual growing and flowering cycle for most plants and this results in an eruption of color in the perennial landscape.

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Why Buy Perennials from Plant Delights Nursery?

  1. Guaranteed healthy, correctly labeled plants.
  2. All perennials 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 perennials in his day. Here we share some of his absolute favorite perennial plants.

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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 for sale and we strive to carry a wide selection of 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 perennials 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. If you are looking for where to buy plants online, our wide selection of interesting garden plants makes us the best place to buy plants online for all types of gardens from small garden landscapes such as patio / container gardens to home gardens and on up to the largest botanical gardens. We understand the importance of gardening and make it our duty to discover the most interesting landscape plants and place those perennial plants for sale. Our core customers are those that are looking for perennial landscaping plants or container plants and who have a real love for special, exotic, rare, unique and esoteric perennial flowers ...if great garden plants are your passion, then Plant Delights Nursery is for you.

We grow all our perennial plants in greenhouses at our Raleigh, NC garden nursery and customers can buy perennials online through this website and via our printed plant catalog. We ship mail order plants all over the world...or you can simply order plants online and drive over to pick them up. We specialize in growing and selling perennial garden plants. We have a wide selection of flowering perennials in all colors, plus foliage plants, ferns, and ornamental grasses.

We periodically open up our beautiful garden nursery to the public for retail sales events, classes, photography workshops, and guided tours. We also host private groups like schools, plant societies, garden clubs, botanical societies, arboreta, and plant nurseries by appointment. Proceeds from sales at Plant Delights Nursery support the Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, a six acre garden with extensive research programs that grows over 18,000 different plants...exotic plants, native plants, unique plants...all types of outdoor 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 plant catalog companies, Plant Delights Nursery is well known for its printed plant catalogs which feature 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), in newspapers (including the New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and The News and Observer), in garden blogs (including Growing with Plants, Gardening Gone Wild, Red Dirt Ramblings, Royal Horticultural Society) and podcasts (including A Way to Garden).

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