Plant Selection Guides


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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!

Main Sunflower Types for your Garden

Grown for their striking and colorful flowers, Helianthus (Sunflowers) can be annuals or perennials, with coarse simple leaves and large, showy daisy blossoms. Native primarily to North and South America, they count up to 70 species.

Pretty Climbing Roses for your Garden

Climbing Roses produce an abundance of large, single or clustered, often fragrant flowers. Unlike Rambling Roses, most Climbing Roses usually repeat flower throughout summer and fall. Most bloom two or more times every season: first on old canes, and then on the current season’s growth. However, few cultivars bloom continuously throughout the growing season.

Pretty Rambler Roses for your Garden

Rambler Roses are a spectacular sight when in full bloom. They typically produce an abundance of small, often fragrant flowers held in large sprays, sometimes up to 20 blooms per stem.

Best English Roses for Mixed Borders

The dazzling beauty of English Roses, their fine qualities and seductive fragrance, make them ideal garden plants for growing in the mixed border. Why? There are many reasons for this.

Climbing or Rambler Roses for my Garden?

Climbing Roses are superb for clothing walls, draping porches or adding romance to pergolas with their foliage and colorful blossoms. What to pick? A Climbing Rose or a Rambling rose? While these roses produce long stems and attractive blooms, they differ in several ways.

All America Rose Selections Winners

All-America Rose Selections (AARS) is a non profit association founded in 1938 for the purpose of evaluating rose varieties and promoting exceptional roses. For more than 60 years, AARS has been testing roses on the basis of color, form, fragrance, floral impact, habit, vigor, foliage, disease resistance, repeat bloom, aging quality and novelty.

Best English Roses for Hedges

This selection includes ravishingly beautiful English roses which produce abundant blossoms throughout the growing season and create outstanding hedges. Their reliable garden performance, vigorous growth, disease-resistance and prolific season-long blooms will help you create a spectacular flowering hedge requiring minimal maintenance.

Pretty Agaves for Your Containers

With their perfect shapes, agaves are versatile plants that add drama in sunny gardens but also in pots.

Cold-Hardy Aloes for Your Garden

Most Aloes are frost tender and cannot handle a hard freeze (several hours below 25ºF or -4ºC). The fluid within their succulent leaves would freeze and rot. However, there are some Aloes that are remarkably hardy and can handle temperatures as cold as 20 ºF to 25ºF (-6ºC to -4ºC).

Pretty Aloes for Your Containers

Small Aloe varieties are ideal to add drama, texture and color to containers. Easy care, waterwise, they brighten up the dull winter and are fascinating.

Great Perennials as Companion Plants for Your Succulents

There is a wide range of perennial plants that will bring out the best qualities of your succulents and share their space with a serene balance.

Great Ornamental Grasses as Companion Plants for Your Succulents

If you limit yourself to the succulent palette, there is a high probability your garden will look heavy and rigid since lacking the movement ornamental grasses provide.

Best Crocosmia Varieties for Your Garden

Here are some of the best varieties to grow in your garden. They will help you add gorgeous color and excitement to your summer border.

Great Shrubs as Companion Plants for Your Succulents

Since majority of cacti and succulents grow in desert and savannah situations, this means bright light (full sun or dappled shade), minimal water with excellent drainage, good air circulation, dry air and high temperatures. Find a list of pretty shrubs that share most of these growing requirements. They will bring out the best in both the succulents and their world.

Great Companion Plants for Your Crocosmia

The flamboyant colors of Crocosmias add vivid visual interest to the sunny border and they are terrific elements in hot-colored schemes. They radiate beautifully with Heleniums (Sneezeweed), Kniphofias (Red Hot Pokers), Dahlias and ornamental grasses where they maintain the interest well after the first leaves have started to fall. 

Tips to Create an Italian Garden

Traditionally, Italian gardens are "green' with few flowers. The plants are mainly evergreens, manicured into geometric hedges or topiaries.

Great Hostas as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Shade-loving Hostas are natural companion plants to Rhododendrons and Azaleas. They are not only suitable and desirable but they give an extra dimension to the garden when combined with the glorious blossoms of Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

Great Bulbs and Perennials as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Since most Azaleas and Rhododendrons provide colorful interest in spring, choosing bulbs or perennials with fall and winter interest would enable you to enjoy appealing and long-lasting planting combinations.

Best Shrubs as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Create appealing and long-lasting planting combinations with your Azaleas and Rhododendrons. These evergreen or deciduous shrubs are famed for their showy fall color, persistent showy berries or provide attractive textural contrast.

Favorite Large Gardenia Varieties

Here is the list of the most popular Large Gardenia cultivars. They make wonderful evergreen accent shrubs and exquisitely fragrant hedges. Plant them where you will be able to enjoy their perfume daily: near a doorway, along a path, near your patio or deck.

Favorite Medium-Sized Gardenia Varieties

Here is the list of the most popular Medium-Sized Gardenia cultivars. Prolific bloomers, they can be used as sweetly fragrant evergreen accents, low flowering hedges and pretty container plants.

Favorite Dwarf Gardenia Varieties

Here is the list of the most popular dwarf Gardenia cultivars. They are excellent in low borders, as scented groundcovers and great for containers.

Early Blooming Lavenders

Most early blooming Lavenders are Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender) but some cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) are also prized for their early spring blooms. Flowering typically occurs as early as May (in areas with mild summers and winters) with another flush of blooms in June followed by another flush of color in late summer or fall. 

Late Spring and Early Summer Blooming Lavenders

Most mid-season blooming Lavenders belong to the Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) group. Flowering typically occurs in June or July and tends to last 3-4 weeks.