Availability: Fall Season Crop. September- November

Sizes: 4” 18 count flats or 36 count cell packs

Pricing: Set by quantity ordered (discounts offered)

The beginning of the Autumn season at Plantworks is marked by many deliveries of Pansy plugs.

One delivery after another, starting in August, alerts the staff that cool weather is finally (hopefully) on the way, and summer is drawing to a close. Friends of Plantworks have already been planning, and pre-ordering, their Fall season supplies throughout the month of July, but seeing the flowers begin to emerge, is a sure sign of the season’s change. Plantworks Annual houses will become filled with the delightful old-fashioned garden favorite, blanketing the houses in a brilliant show of color barely contained in one place.

Sporting bright colors, and happy “faces”, the garden Pansy is a large-flowered hybrid plant, often grown in the United States as an annual or biennial. (Pansies are technically hardy, evergreen perennials in Zones 6-10.) Cultivated as a garden flower, hybridization across several species has introduced us to the Pansy as we know it. Often, for simplicities sake, the older name of Viola tricolor var. hortensis is often used when discussing botanical names.

The common Pansy has two slightly overlapping upper petals, two side petals, and a single bottom petal, with a slight beard, emanating from the flower’s center. There is potential for the plant to grow to nine inches in height, and they normally have a diameter of 2-3 inches (although larger and smaller varieties do exist). The color choices are endless, as well as sizes of the blooms. In English, there is argument as to correctly using the terms “pansy” “viola” and “violet.” In fact, they may be used interchangeably. (The distinction often comes into play with the number of petals and their shapes, and also with the origin of the plant.) There can also be distinctions made with flowers possessing a well-defined “blotch,” or “eye,” in the middle of the bloom. Typically the term Pansy is used to describe bedding plants used year after year, with the term Viola being used to describe smaller, more delicate annuals/perennials.

The varieties of Pansies available are astounding, and ever growing. Cultivation, hybridization, and experimentation has long ensured there will be no end to the amazing combinations and colors. The stock offered by Plantworks is comprehensive, and can be overwhelming to someone who just needs a few items. We hope this helps you decide the best Pansy for the job, whatever your growing needs may be. The following are varieties that Plantworks will have available for 2017:

  • Matrix
  • Panola/ Panola XP
  • Frizzle Sizzle
  • Cool Wave
  • Sorbet/ Sorbet XP
  • Colossus
  • Crown
  • Delta
  • Majestic Giant
  • Viola Penny

Did you know? The name “Pansy,” comes from the French word pensee, meaning “thought,” imported into Late Middle English as the name of Viola in the mid- 15th century. The flower is regarded as the symbol of remembrance. The “love in idleness,” name was meant to invoke the image of a lover who has little, or no, other pastime than to think of his beloved.

Please contact us for availability questions, or about scheduling deliveries. We are here to ensure you get the most color from the Autumn season as possible.

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Happy Planting!

Planting for Fall

Hot, Summer days encourage time indoors. What better way to spend that time than thinking about Autumn? Everyone in the “Green Business,” knows that every season can only be enjoyed for so long, and it is always time to plan ahead. Preparing for Fall is essential for getting the best yields from your crops; whether they are vegetables, herbs, perennials, or annuals.

Plantworks focus in the Fall season is the Pansy. We carry many different varieties, colors, and styles to choose from. (We will save Pansy information for another post, since they are such fun, happy plants!) We also carry a wide variety of Fall Annuals that can withstand the colder weather. The following are our Fall Annual offerings:

  • Cardoon
  • Celosia (New for 2017)
  • Dianthus- Garden Pinks
  • Dusty Miller
  • Erysimum
  • Kale
  • Mustard Greens
  • Ornamental Cabbage
  • Ornamental Peppers (New for 2017)
  • Snapdragons
  • Swiss Chard

In these categories, we have many different colors and styles to choose from. All Annuals are sold in 4″ 18 count flats, except for Cardoon, which is offered in gallon sizing as well. As you can note, for the first time in 2017 we are offering Celosia and Ornamental Peppers for the Fall season. Previously, these plants were only available in the Spring.

  • Celosia Twisted Orange
  • Celosia Twisted Red
  • Ornamental Pepper Blaze
  • Ornamental Pepper Zamora Orange

In addition to our Annual and Pansy selections, we offer a whole range of Perennials that are perfect for cooler season plantings. Spring is a time of chance; with the ground still cold, and frosts sneaking up on planters. In Autumn the ground is warm, and the days are cooler to support transplants. There is time to plant before a hard frost arrives, especially here in North Carolina, where in some cases, we could plant all year long! The following are all Perennial plants available through Plantworks Nursery throughout the year.

  • Peonies- Most experts agree Autumn plantings of these perennial shrubs is best, and will give the gardener the best results.
  • Aster- Masters of the Fall garden!
  • Astilbe
  • Iris (Bearded and Siberian)
  • Monarda
  • Dicentra
  • Nepeta
  • Campanula
  • Aquilegia
  • Dianthus
  • Echinacea
  • Solidago
  • Hosta- Any variety
  • Hardy Geraniums
  • Stachy’s (Lamb’s Ear)
  • Poppies- Best transplanted in late Summer while dormant.
  • Penstemon
  • Phlox (subulata and paniculata)
  • Sedum

Summer is a time of planning for Plantworks as well. The heat doesn’t stop us from looking ahead and preparing for colder days. We are ready to supply all of your planting needs throughout all the seasons. Please contact us for availability on Fall items, or with pre-booking questions. We encourage early shopping!

Now is also the time to begin soil conditioning, and deciding how best to overwinter items. Do you have Tropicals, Succulents or Dahlias that need to be brought indoors? Do you need to mulch outside plants for best insulation? Is your garden mostly in pots, and how best to give them heat during Winter? Are you planting bulbs for early Spring color? No matter what dirt you are getting into this time of year, make sure to enjoy yourself and show the garden a little attention now for spectacular results later.

Happy Planting!

In the Garden: July

In the Garden: July

July is here! Half the year already gone…

Another busy Spring has flown by, and the temperatures only seem to be rising across the country. Here in Rougemont, North Carolina we are opening early and closing before midday to ensure everyone stays as cool, and safe, as possible working out of doors. With the sun blazing, and plants craving water and pruning, there is plenty to do to keep the average gardener, or landscaper, busy.

While sitting back and enjoying the splendor of a Spring season well planted, there are some concerns that require your attention during the hottest months of the year. Remember the following points to ensure quality plant life and health:

  • Mulch! This will conserve moisture in the ground (and pot) for those of us not around during the day to water.
  • Try your best to water early in the AM. Water deeply at this time to prevent drought stress in your blooms and foliage.
  • Dead-head plants regularly to encourage new growth and continued blooms throughout the Summer.
  • You can lightly fertilize at this time of the year to get more growth.
  • Make sure to pay special attention to potted plants, as they will dry out much more quickly than in-ground plants.
  • Don’t give up on Annuals just yet! As long as you keep them watered and moist, plant until your heart is content.
  • Think ahead: Plant that Pumpkin for Autumn!
  • Speaking of planning ahead: now is the perfect time to think about Pansies and other Autumn plantings.

Happy Planting! 

Stay Cool!

July Plants of the Month: Great Grasses

Plantworks Nursery features a special plant(s) each month for discounted pricing. These are NOT plants that are past shelf life, or overstock. They are high quality items that are ready for retail sales, or planting. We strive to get material to the public that is in perfect, planting condition.

July Plants of the Month are as follows:

July POM Carex

Carex “Flacca Blue Zinger”: Gallon size discounted. ($4.50)

Carex (also known as Sedge) comes in many forms. There is a Carex for virtually any situation or planting as they can handle a wide variety of planting conditions. Blue Zinger is slightly larger and more upright than other varieties, and is very drought tolerant once established. The blueish-green color is astounding in mass plantings, or as a focal point for displays. This blue color will hold throughout the Winter months to look beautiful all year long. Also a great plant for erosion control in the landscape.

July POM Schi. 

Schizachyrium “The Blues”: Gallon size discounted. ($4.50)

Little Bluestem is a native grass that has a distinct blue color in summer, that turns a rich red-purple in Autumn. This particular grass prefers full sun, and is drought and heat tolerant once established. An upright version that is very easy to maintain with a good watering schedule. The color change throughout the year ensures this grass gives a show no matter the temperatures. It can also grow well in poor soil, which makes it perfect for rock gardens or difficult areas in the landscape.


Please contact us for any information on these plants, or how to purchase them for your planting job. Pricing specials run from July 1st-31st. (

Happy Planting!

Did you know?

Squirrel.jpgDo you have little critters digging up all of your hard work in the landscape? Are you against using sprays and pesticides? There is a simple way to deter them, and nothing harmful will come from it. Clean out your hairbrush after regular usage, and spread the hair around the bottom of planting holes or channels. This will keep the animals away because of the smell of humans. Repeat as often as needed to keep the animals at bay.

Plantworks Transition


Pic 3.pngTo all our valued customers and vendors:

As many of you are aware, Plantworks Nursery has been planning a transition of ownership for the past five years. In 2009 Dana Massey joined the staff at Plantworks Nursery after graduating from NCSU at the top of her horticulture class. Dana’s dream has been to be an integral part of the green industry as owner of her own wholesale nursery. In 2012, I began to mentor Dana to become the owner of the company. Now, five years later, the time has arrived for Dana to realize her dream and assume ownership. On July 1, 2017, she will become the owner of Plantworks Nursery Inc. My role at Plantworks will be limited to supporting Dana in any way that I can to insure her success. By now most of you have met Dana at trade shows or other industry events. For those of you who have not, please reach out to her to help make this as smooth a transition as possible.

As the end of my ownership approaches, I want to convey to all our valued customers that I have complete confidence in Dana’s ability to provide you with the quality plant material and the excellent customer service we have provided for the past 38 years.

I also want to assure our valued vendors that Dana will conduct business in the same professional way we have done over the same time. We hope Plantworks Nursery will continue to be an important part of your success in the future. Thanks to all of you who have played an important role in making Plantworks the success it is today.


Doug Chapman


This is an exciting time for me and my family as we embark on this new journey.  I am forever grateful to each and every one of you that have made this process as seamless as possible and for all of the support.  There will be no change in staff and the quality of plants we provide will remain the same, sustaining the reputation that we have built over the last 38 years.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns that we can help answer.  Thank you for being an active part of our business.  The possibilities for the future are endless and we are excited to share those with you.Pic 2


We look forward to our continued partnership!



Dana Massey