Plantworks Blog


As the year 2017 draws to a close, we will be retiring the blog for Plantworks Nursery. We have enjoyed the posts, pictures, and information that has been shared here, but changes come to all, and folks in the Green Industry know that best.

We will be taking the extra time to work with our other social media outlets, making them accessible, and more interactive, for our clients. Plantworks can still be found on the following media sites:




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We are more than happy to speak with clients directly. Feel free to call the office during business hours (Monday-Friday; 8AM- 4:30PM), or email us at We encourage client interaction, and community talking points. We hope to always be available whenever you need assistance!

Thanks for your business and good wishes!

Happy Planting!





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.

  • 919-732-6594

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!

Price Tagging 2017

Plantworks offers the option of price/picture tagging plants for our clients. Picture tagging alone is a complimentary service we give to those who ask. Price tagging is a paid for service we offer on sign up once a year. All of our plants come complete with a simple, white ID tag with every purchase. 

Pricing Database:

At the beginning of each year, the “Customer Price Tag Database,” is sent out to clients who have received tagging services in the past, or those interested in the service. This is essentially an MS Excel worksheet that lists every plant in our main inventory. Each entry will have a unique plant code, as well as both the unit, and individual wholesale price.

Customers will use a formula, or their own price points, to fill out the database. We can integrate SKU’s and barcodes as well, if needed. We will use the information provided to produce the tags all year long. Small changes are easily managed throughout the year, but a complete overhaul of pricing is impossible once it is set. We keep a sharp eye out for mistakes or needed changes.

Tagging Options:


There are two types of tags offered from Plantworks Nursery:

  • 1″ X 6″ white, plastic stick tag: $.08 per tag
  • 1.75″ X 2.75″ white, paper sticker tag: $.20 per tag

Scannable barcodes can be added as mentioned. All tags include the following basic information:

  • Company Name
  • Company Phone #
  • Retail Price
  • Plant Name
  • Plant Potting Size

Some limited customization is available. Specific fonts, and simple shape logos are common. Unfortunately, there are no color options. (Black ink on white tags only.)

Included in the price of each tag is an installation cost. Tags will be placed in the appropriate plant prior to delivery.

Special Notes:

A common issue that will arise during the year concerns plants that were not originally included in the database. This could be anything from special grow leftovers, to limited time items. These plants are not included in our regular inventory, and therefore will not appear on the ‘Customer Price Tag Database.’


Our weekly availability will highlight these items for your review. When ordering, please send it prices for these special ordered plants. (See example)

This service is offered on a once a year sign up, and the time is now to apply. If you are interested in tagging services, please contact us for more information at or 919-732-6594.

Thinking of Spring 2017?

Thinking of Spring 2017?

Any individual working in the green industry knows that Spring is ALWAYS right around the corner. Each season is spent planning the next…

It is only the beginning of 2017, but Plantworks Nursery has already been planning for Spring in earnest. We have ordered our stock for the season, made our bids on early Spring jobs, and in some cases have already began growing the material. While we understand not everyone is able to run on this far out of a scheduled plan, we do ask that you remember the hustle and bustle the season can bring.

We completely understand that everyone has picky clients who can’t make up their mind, or those that can, but want unrealistic goals met. We also understand that retail sales can be tricky, and can be greatly affected by the weather. And lest we forget, Mother Nature answers to no schedule. All that being said, we still have to plan accordingly to what we can provide at peak season, and we aim to supply top quality as well as quantity.

The following are some important reminders to communicate to all of our clients, whether you are new to Plantworks, or just need to be updated on how we handle Springtime. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Don’t wait until Spring is here, ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD! (919-732-6594 or

  • Pre-books for the season will be evaluated on the basis of the order. Please send in any lists you may have (with dates), and we will decide the best way to provide you that material. We will only be taking specific pre-books for the season. Please contact us with any questions.
  • We send out weekly availability lists to our customers in email form. These lists should tell you what looks good and how many of an item we have. Keeping up with our inventory will help you buy and plan for the Spring. Check your inbox for this.
  • Trucking fills up very rapidly during the height of Spring. We deliver on our trucks Tuesday-Friday. No Monday or weekend deliveries. It is common for trucking to be booked out for the whole week by Monday afternoon in the busy season. Planning ahead will help avoid these issues.
  • We load the trucks the day before they are due out for delivery. (Hence, if you are getting a Tuesday delivery, then we are loading that on Monday.) We cannot take additions to your order past 12 noon on that loading day. The time is simply not there.
  • For our customers who receive price tags from us: There will be times when we must call/email to confirm pricing information. Please try to be as available as possible to answer these questions, or you may not get any tags. We cannot make up pricing for items, and this is why it is vitally important to fill out pricing databases at the beginning of the year. (Price tagging will be covered in another post.)
  • There must be someone on site of your delivery to help our drivers unload. Job site, home, retail center, anywhere at all; there must be help for our deliverymen.Our driver’s time is planned out for the day, and they work very hard to make schedules. Multiple hands are better than one! There is a handling fee for not meeting our driver on site, and this will be charged to you after the fact when we are alerted to the issue.
  • To hold items over a two-week period, we require a 25% deposit. This will come out of your end total on delivery/pickup. There are no exceptions to this rule during the Spring. We must move material when it is in prime condition. If you do not take your items in the allotted time frame, we will release them back into general availability.
  • Pick ups are always welcome. We love to see our friends face to face, and the nursery is located in some beautiful country. Our schedule for pickup’s ends an hour and a half before we close. Most of the year this means we stop letting people into the nursery at 3 PM. (During the Summer months, this means 2 PM.) There are very few exceptions we make to this rule, so if you are concerned about time constraints, a simple phone call will help.

These are just a few of the important reminders for the Spring season, but every situation is different. We are here to assist you, and will try our best to help anyone at anytime. We hope to have a prosperous, smooth season; and we hope you do to!

Happy Planting!

Plantworks Policy: The Basics

While updating the blog, it is important to have a refresher on all things Plantworks! We get calls, emails, and faxes with questions ranging across the spectrum, and we would like to address those as best we can. Of course, if you ever need any help or guidance from our staff, please send all emails to, or call our office at 919-732-6594. We are here to help!


Plantworks is a wholesale nursery ONLY. This means you must have a tax ID number, or business ID number, to purchase plants from us directly. If you do not own a business, or have a tax ID number, we can help you find retail garden locations that stock our product. (However, you will not get the break on the sales tax!) We cater to contractors, landscapers, and retail garden centers.

pwn-policy-ordering Ordering/Account Set-Up

To begin ordering with us, we require that an account is set up with your business information. We can typically handle this with a phone call in less than 5 minutes! We simply require contact, billing, and shipping information; along with your tax ID number. This is a one time process, and your info can be updated at anytime. When an account is set up, you are automatically started as a payment due when you receive product, but you can also ask us about applying for a NET credit account. The forms are simple, and easy to follow. We do not ask for minimums to start an account. We will hold orders 2 weeks out from the date you place them, but anything beyond that requires a deposit.

Availability and Viewing our Website

The nursery’s stock is always changing and growing. We strive to keep our information on the topic current, and easily located. You can find the listings in many locations (such as our Facebook page), but the most convenient way to view Plantworks policy and availability is our website. is your gateway to our stock and inventory. Since we are wholesale only, we ask that you make an account to log in and view our material. This is very simple, and you set your own Login and Password for the site. Here’s how:

  • From the original welcome page, click “Wholesale” in the top, green box.
  • This will bring you to the login page. If you have already filled out the information, simply login at this time. If you have not, click “Click here to fill out a Wholesale Application”.
  • Fill out the forms completely, and write down your info for future use. Click “Submit Registration”.
  • We will check our website back office multiple times a day to approve new users, but you will see a message that says this will take multiple days. We cannot change this message, but most accounts are approved same day
  • We can recover this information for you anytime if you misplace it.

We email out availability to our customers every week during the busiest seasons, and bi-weekly during the Summer and Winter. If you do not already receive this email, simply ask to be added into our listings.

There are two types of availability lists that Plantworks generates. They are “Retail” and “Complete” listings. “Retail” means ready for the shelf in any retail setting, or basically, a perfect plant. The “Complete” list includes small, overgrown, or older plants that would be perfect for landscaping jobs, but might not be suitable for a garden center or picky client. Feel free to view both, only be aware of notes on plant quality. Our listings include pricing, quantities, and quality of all plants available at that time. To view our whole stock, please visit the website. 

pwn-policy-timeHours and Pick-ups

Plantworks has two seasons in which our hours vary.

  • Summer hours 7 AM-3:30 PM (With pick-ups completed by 2 PM) This starts in June and runs through to Labor Day. We try to beat the heat, and get started early.
  • Rest of year hours 8 AM-4:30 PM (With pick-ups completed by 3 PM) These are our regular hours for the rest of the year. 

We do not allow pick-ups for the last hour we are open. We close the nursery for spraying and other various reasons, and no customers will be allowed into the nursery after this time. Please be aware of this rule! You can always call us if you are concerned about timing, or pick-up scheduling, as the office staff is here until closing. There is no rule to call ahead, but being prepared never caused any problems!

pwn-policy-deliveryTruck Schedule/Delivery

Plantworks also delivers via truck. We ship from South Carolina all the way up to Maine, but mostly concentrate on the East coast area surrounding North Carolina for truck deliveries. (We can ship anywhere in the continental US via FedEx Monday-Wednesday, with no minimum.) The following are a few important points to know about trucking:

  • We ask for a $600 minimum for orders to make the truck
  • Freight charges do apply. $50 for our local sphere, and a percentage of the order total for those outside of that range. (Please call to find out where your business would land in our delivery zone.)
  • We deliver Tuesday-Friday every week. We have a set, weekly, schedule that we deliver on, with certain areas being visited on certain days. (Please call to find out where your business would land on this schedule.)
  • We begin the process of trucking two days prior to delivery. Orders are needed that far in advance to allow you to be delivered to. (I.E. If we deliver to you on Wednesdays, we need the order in by Monday.)
  • We ask that someone is physically at your location to help our drivers unload the product. If not, we charge a fee for them unloading alone. Teamwork wins!
  • We can deliver to job sites if given notice to do so. There is no extra charge for this service. Charges apply the same as any other delivery. 

I am sure there are still questions left unanswered, as every situation is different and we are working with a living inventory. In the future, we will cover more policy questions in other posts. As stated previously, feel free to call or email with any questions. We are here to help!

Happy Planting!