Annual Plant Sale

Date and Time:
Date(s) - Friday, May 10th, 2013
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Natural Areas curator Theresa Augustin helps a customer at the plant saleOur annual SPRING PLANT SALE has long been known throughout the region as one of the best places to pick up unusual plants at bargain prices. This year is no exception, with a bumper crop of some of the best looking plants to date.

You’ll find a wide variety of plants from the rare and unusual to proven winners for the Hampton Roads region. Find the perfect plant to create a special look for your yard.

The entire Horticulture Staff will be on hand to give expert help to customers. The Virginia Camellia Society and the Tidewater Rose Society will be selling their specialty plants all weekend and the Virginia Native Plant Society will offer a variety of plants only on Saturday.

Plant sale dates: May 10-12, 2013

Early Bird Special: NBG Members only 9 am – 10 am

Spring Plant Sale Top Picks

2013 Signature Plant

As we celebrate the Garden’s 75th anniversary, we couldn’t help but offer an azalea as our signature plant this year. Given the Garden’s long history with azaleas, how to choose just one? Many of the evergreen exotic azaleas are commonplace in area gardens, while the deciduous natives are much less known. To promote their fine qualities, while drawing attention to the appreciation and conservation of the native habitats where they are found, we are proud to present the following beautiful natives. All grow well in morning sun and afternoon shade.
Florida Flame Azalea (Rhododendron austrinum) Have you ever heard of a yellow or orange azalea? Well now you have with this north Florida native. The Florida azalea is one of the earliest blooming native azaleas, growing distinctly upright to 6-8 feet tall with glowing fragrant clusters of golden flowers. The stamens protrude beyond the petals with a graceful upward curve. Florida Flame Azalea
Pinxterbloom Azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides) This southeastern US native is found in our local area. The pink fragrant blooms are borne in early spring on bushy and upright shrubs. Pinxterbloom Azalea
Plumleaf Azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium) Native to a small area of Georgia and Alabama, the plumleaf azalea is late to bloom in mid to late summer. The flowers range in color from salmon pink to crimson red on a 10-15 feet tall shrub. The very long stamens extend 2-3 inches beyond the petals on this non-fragrant species. Plumleaf Azalea - photo courtesy Appalachian Native Plants, Inc.
Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum) The swamp azalea bears funnel-shaped white flowers with a spicy sweet fragrance. Native in swamps locally and throughout the southeast, this modestly-statured shrub performs well in ordinary garden soil. Swamp Azalea - photo courtesy of Appalachian Native Plants, Inc.
Sage (Salvia ‘Ultra Violet’) An amazing garden performer, Salvia ‘Ultra Violet’ was selected by Lauren Springer and Scott Ogden from their garden in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Thought to be a hummingbird-initiated cross between blue flowered Salvia lycioides and rose-pink Salvia greggii, the aromatic foliage of ‘Ultra Violet’ keeps the deer and rabbits away while blooms entice hummingbirds throughout the seasons.  Salvia 'Ultra Violet' - photo courtesy North Creek Nurseries, Inc.
Double Japanese Aster (Kalimeris mongolica) Also known as Asteromea, this tough plant is easy to grow. Native to northern Japan, this perennial is covered in hundreds of double white flowers from mid-summer to frost. The plant is one of the best whites for the perennial border and a great mingler with other perennials. It is drought tolerant and easy to grow in full sun in average soil.  Double Japanese Aster - photo courtesy North Creek Nurseries, Inc.
Weigela (Weigela ‘Sonic Bloom’) The lipstick red flowers are remarkable enough to make this a choice selection. A burst of  flowers in May followed by waves of rebloom until frost make it a must-have shrub.  Weigela 'Sonic Bloom' - photo courtesy Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc.
Rain Lily (Zephyranthes ‘Labuffarosea’) This natural species of rain lily was discovered in the Sierra Chiquita mountains of northern Mexico. The large mid-to-late summer flowers open in the afternoon, often after heavy downpours, and vary in color from white to pink. Ours are seed grown from plants in the Garden and are more pink than white. Rain Lily
Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan Sugi’) This conical selection of Japanese cedar offers year round interest with new pale yellow growth in the spring, gradually deepening to dark green later in the summer. The graceful branches of this cultivar are more pendant than those growing on the regular species. Japanese Cedar
Lily Turf (Liriope ‘Christmas Tree’) Universally known as one of the most drought and shade tolerant of groundcover plants, ‘Christmas Tree’ has unusual light lavender flower spikes in the form of a Christmas tree. Liriope
Abelia (Abelia ‘Pinky Bells’)  This compact plant has the largest flowers of any abelia! Pendulous, lavender-pink flowers bloom from mid-summer to fall. New growth on the foliage and stems takes on red hues in late spring and autumn.  Abelia 'Pinky Bells'
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) The native cardinal flower grows wild in our local area. In good gardens with part shade and moist soil it may even self-seed if conditions are to its liking. Mid-to-late summer spikes of crimson red flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Be careful not to mulch over the evergreen winter leaf rosettes. Lobelia
Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’) This dwarf panicle hydrangea will turn heads! ‘Bobo’ is a delightful plant that is engulfed by large white flowers in summer. The flowers are held upright on strong stems and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. In fall they can turn pinkish. It is an undeniable asset to any garden, particularly where space is limited. Panicle Hydrangea - photo courtesy Spring Meadow Nursery Inc.

See our entire plant list
(latest update: March 29, 2013)

Plant sale 2013 addendum
(Additional plants – added May 9, 2013)

Norfolk Botanical Garden