Plant Selection Guides
Find a collection of plant selection guides to choose the right perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, flowering bulbs for your beds and borders, backyard, front yard or patio. Discover the best roses, award-winning shrubs and trees, acclaimed perennials to beautify your landscape. Let us help you achieve the garden of your dreams and enjoy life to the full!
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is a fabulous little plant that should not be overlooked! Low maintenance, trouble-free, drought tolerant, it produces a profusion of delightfully scented flowers that will quickly cover your beds and borders with a sea of flowers beautifully mixing with your other annuals or perennials
Considered as one of the most colorful of all ground covers, Phlox subulata is also vigorous, hardy, trouble-free, deer resistant and requires low care. Highly desirable, this little evergreen perennial adds splashes of colors in spring when its masses of bright, fragrant flowers open up for 3-4 weeks in shades of blue-purple, pink, red or white. Irresistible!
Attractive, Sea Holly plants (Eryngium) are striking ornamental perennials grown for their arresting, thistle-like, silvery or blue tinted flower heads adorned with a ruff of showy bracts. Blooming in summer and sometimes into fall, they are useful in rock gardens, coastal gardens and in borders where their steel blue flowers and foliage complement the vibrantly colored summer flowers.
Flat Sea Holly (Eryngium planum) provides a tremendous garden presence throughout the summer that can't be overlooked with its profuse egg-shaped, steel-blue colored flowers. Its beautiful texture, unique color, long-lasting flowering, easy care and beauty in dried flower arrangements make it a favorite of gardeners. A favorite of bees too!
Among the earliest to bloom, these lilies are quite decorative with their pendant flowers sporting backward-curling petals, resembling Turk's caps and presenting shades of pink, lavender, orange, red, yellow and white often with speckles and freckles. Their leaves grow in whorls around the stem and are not alternatively scattered as with Asiatic or Oriental Lilies. While they may take a year to adjust to a new garden, they will thrive for years, once established. They enjoy full sun or part shade, slightly alkaline soils and don't seem to be bothered by pests. They usually do not like hot, humid climates. Planted in spring, they are great companions for ferns and hostas.
Known as Persian Catmint, Nepeta racemosa is a truly gifted perennial that deserves a spot in any garden. Native to southwestern Asia, it forms attractive spreading clumps of ascending, upright stems, richly covered with white, blue or purple flower spikes and held above a strongly aromatic, gray-green foliage.
Drought tolerant and delightfully colorful, Blanket Flowers (Gaillardia) are short-lived perennials renowned for their profuse, long-lasting, colorful mounds of bright, single or double daisy-like flowers atop an attractive gray-green foliage from early summer to fall
Native to the United States, Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) is a very handsome and versatile deciduous shrub which provides a spectacular show all year round. Named after the shape of its beautiful leaves, it produces a profusion of magnificent grapes of creamy-white flowers, up to 12 in. (30 cm), in late spring and early summer. Lasting about 3-4 weeks, the elongated flower clusters gradually turn pink as fall approches.
Native to Japan, Hydrangea macrophylla (Big Leaf Hydrangea) is one of the most popular hydrangeas in our gardens. This deciduous shrub enjoys a rounded habit, large bold leaves and attractive clusters of long-blooming summer flowers. The species is divided into two groups: the Mophead Hydrangeas with large rounded flower heads, mostly packed with showy sterile florets, and the Lacecap Hydrangeas with flattened flower clusters composed of showy sterile florets radiating around a central cluster of tiny fertile florets.
Native to the Eastern United States, Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea) is a widely branched deciduous shrub, acclaimed for its creamy-white flower clusters that brighten shady areas and bring life to the garden. Blooming profusely from early summer to fall, the distinctly domed to nearly rounded blossoms open lime-green, change to brilliant creamy-white before switching to a tan shade in the fall.
Native to China and Japan, Hydrangea paniculata (Panicle Hydrangea) is a deservedly popular deciduous shrub. Tough, cold-hardy, easy-care, long-lived, it is laden with large, conical, snowy flowers from midsummer to fall. Each lacy flower cluster is composed of small fertile flowers, and larger showy sterile blossoms that are subtended by showy petal-like sepals. As an added bonus, they change color as fall approaches, gradually turning pink, and ultimately brown.
Resembling Forget-Me-Nots, Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with large, ovate or heart-shaped basal leaves and pretty sprays of small bright blue flowers in spring. Although their clouds of bright blue flowers add cool and striking color to the landscape, Brunneras are mostly valued for their beautiful foliage which creates a lush carpet of deep green or variegated leaves.
Often associated with the famous purple fields of Provence, Lavandula angustifolia, also called English Lavender, is not native to England but to the Mediterranean. Ideal for garden borders, cooking and potpourri, this lavender also produces the best oils.
Siberian Irises are terrific herbaceous perennials, rich with many qualities: fabulous looking, long display season, easy to grow, low maintenance and trouble free! Their exquisite flowers come in an array of gorgeous blue, purple, red-violet or yellow with newer cultivars in brown and orange shades, and can have a variety of forms from upright to flat and round. After blooming, their grass-like foliage of upright, blade-shaped leaves, is also one of their most attractive garden features as it remains fresh-looking all season.