Plant Highlights: Clematis- Ternifolia


500x500Common Name: Clematis ternifolia

Botanical Name: Sweet Autumn Clematis

Sizes Available: Gallons, pre-staked

Season of Interest: Fall, early Winter




Everyone loves Clematis! (At least we do here at Plantworks!) Clematis variety is huge, and endlessly beautiful. With colors ranging from whites, to dark purples and blues, and a variety for every season; the Clematis is a strong contender for the most amazing vine. Normally clematis need full sun, and the warmth of Spring and Summer to reach their full potential; and so growers must watch their plants go to sleep at the end of the season. However, you can still enjoy your Clematis throughout the Fall with Ternifolia. A white, fragrant, prolific bloomer coming into its own as the days get shorter, and nights get colder. Give it support, and it can climb any wall or structure. Let it trail the ground to choke out weeds, and offer a blanket of gorgeous blooms. This variety can bloom well and thrive in shade, unlike other Clematis, and as such is invaluable in the waning light of Autumn. Attractive seed heads are visible after blooming flowers fade. Planters be aware, this variety can be a bit invasive, and can readily self-seed in the landscape. Plantworks Nursery grows this plant in our “Vines” section, along with all our other amazing varieties of Clematis!

*All plant highlights reflect plants grown by Plantworks Nursery. If you are interested in availability, please contact us for information. ( or 919-732-6594) 


Plant Highlights: Helleborus


Common Name: Lenten Rose

Botanical Name: H. orientalis

Sizes Available: Gallons and 12ct Quart flats

Season of Interest: Winter




Helleborus is truly a staple of the winter landscape. Evergreen, long-lasting, and blooming when the snow is falling; what other flower could compete? With their shiny, thick, and tough foliage; they are strong in harsh weather. Don’t be fooled though, Helleborus are so much more than a mere foliage plant. Their delicate blooms burst open into stunning colors and shapes that are beautiful to behold in mass plantings, or as a single accent plant. The flowers- which emerge in December to January, and sometimes into the early Spring- are perfect for when the season is grey and cold. Also called Lenten or Christmas Rose, these beauties closely resemble the old garden favorite, Roses. Plantworks grows the specific variety of Helleborus orientalis, which is commonly easier to grow and hardier than other types. This plant can thrive in gardens from Maine to Georgia, making it a perfect plant for all climates. Helleborus are also deer resistant, which is a huge bonus to those of us who know what damage these critters can cause. The following varieties are offered by Plantworks Nursey as a “Perennial”:

Gold Series Collection:

  • Champion– rose pink buds open to white flowers
  • Cinnamon Snow– white flowers with rose accents
  • Merlin– dark, purple flowers
  • Pink Frost– pink flowers that mature to red
  • Platinum Rose– white blooms open and mature to pink
  • Snow Fever– cream flowers mature to white. Variegated foliage!
  • orientalis– clusters of white, pink, and green shade flowers

*All plant highlights reflect plants grown by Plantworks Nursery. If you are interested in availability, please contact us for information. ( or 919-732-6594) 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones


“The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.”

Knowing your Plant Hardiness Zone is important, as it allows anyone to plan their garden in accordance with their climate.  Rather than constantly fighting to keep plants alive and thriving outside of their range, you can plant items that will flourish throughout the year. (Although, everyone loves a good tropical now and then!)

For this post we are going to focus on North Carolina, where Plantworks is located. For our out-of-state friends, simply visit the USDA site and type in your zip code for further information.

The first zone map was released in 1990, and then updated in 2012. The new map is more comprehensive and based off of more long-term weather patterns and conditions. (30 years worth!) It is also more detailed, and able to break down zones into very small increments, which can be important for states that span wide areas and regions.

Living in North Carolina, we get to enjoy a relatively temperate climate. We are lucky to be able to grow a large variety of shrubs, trees, and perennial flowers. While the northwestern part of the state has the coolest average extreme winter lows (a possible 15 degrees F.), the southeastern part of the state rarely experiences winter lows that are comparable. North Carolina zones range from 5B-8B. Although mild, NC gardeners in the mountains should always be prepared for a colder winter than the Piedmont area, and our Coastal friends should prepare for winter winds. We may be a small state compared to others, but we have a wide range of weather factors that make our micro-climates very different and unique. Check out the map above to see what Zone you live in. What will you be planting this season?

Happy Planting!

Full Moon 2016: Beaver Moon

Full Moon 2016: Beaver Moon

Turn your eyes toward the sky this Sunday night (November 13-14) for a spectacular show! The full Moon that will appear will be the biggest, and brightest in the sky since 1948!

This Moon is particularly special due to not only being a “Perigee” moon, (when the Moon reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth) but also being the closest to Earth in 70 years. Technically, the Moon isn’t any larger than it always is, but the perception will be 14% times larger than when it is farther away. This is the first Supermoon of this caliber in the 21st century, and we won’t see another until November 2034! This can be, for some, a once in a lifetime event.

A bit of trivia on this special Moon: The full Moon in November was traditionally called the Beaver Moon, by both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes. This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. The Native Americans also referred to it as the Full Frost Moon.

So this weekend, get outside and enjoy moon gazing with some friends, or enjoy the solitude of a beautiful night!