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!



Beautiful Hydrangeas for New England

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which show off in gardens, containers or in vases around our living areas. Amazingly versatile, Hydrangeas bloom throughout summer and into fall, providing long-lasting color when many shrubs are already fading. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in New England.

Beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons for the Pacific Northwest Region

The following is a list of Azaleas and Rhododendrons recognized as proven performers in the Pacific Northwest region. Most of them have received the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which show off in gardens, containers or in vases around our living areas. Amazingly versatile, Hydrangeas bloom throughout summer and into fall, providing long-lasting color when many shrubs are already fading. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Beautiful Hydrangeas for the Pacific Northwest Region

Deservedly popular, Hydrangeas are easy-care, long-lived, deciduous shrubs with magnificent flowers which show off in gardens, containers or in vases around our living areas. Amazingly versatile, Hydrangeas bloom throughout summer and into fall, providing long-lasting color when many shrubs are already fading. The following is a list of Hydrangeas recognized as proven performers in the Pacific Northwest region.

Beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons for New England

The following is a list of Azaleas and Rhododendrons recognized as proven performers in New England. Most of them have received the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society.

Beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons for the Mid-Atlantic Region

The following is a list of Azaleas and Rhododendrons recognized as proven performers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Most of them have received the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society.

Azaleas and Rhododendrons for Small Gardens

If your garden is small, you need to choose Azaleas and Rhododendrons that won’t overwhelm the space or create a maintenance chore for you, trying to keep them small.

Extend the Blooming Season of your Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Coveted for their spectacular blooms which come in a wide range of shapes and colors, Azaleas and Rhododendrons usually proudly display their colorful blooms in spring. But did you know that some varieties bloom much earlier in winter, while others will blossom in mid to late summer?

Azaleas and Rhododendrons with Attractive Fall Colors

Azaleas and Rhododendrons, with their voluptuous flowers, are one of the best-loved sights of spring. But did you know that some of them also enjoy a fabulous second season of interest in fall when their foliage warms up to brilliant shades of gold, scarlet or burgundy?

Fragrant Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Azaleas and Rhododendrons, with their voluptuous flowers, are one of the best-loved sights of spring. But did you know that they are not just meant to be seen? Were you aware that they can also fill the air with delightful scents, running from spicy to sweet to intoxicating?

Hardiest Azaleas and Rhododendrons

The following list of Azaleas and Rhododendrons are exceptionally cold hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as -26ºF (-32ºC). They have all been recognized as proven performers and received the Rhodendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society

Choosing Perfect Azaleas and Rhododendrons

The genus Rhododendron is one of the largest genera in the plant world which includes over 900 species and over 20,000 named hybrids of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Since finding the right plant can be daunting, here are some aspects to consider before buying a Rhododendron or Azalea.

Best Companion Plants for Camellias

While extraordinarily good-looking on their own, Camellias however look most charming when planted with companion plants. Well-behaved, they make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden.

Which Camellia is Right for my Garden?

There are camellia varieties for almost any garden situation, in a wide range of flower shapes and colors, sizes, growth habit and blooming seasons. 

Best Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Create appealing and long-lasting planting combinations and introduce companion plants with early or late blooming periods, showy fall color, persistent showy berries or providing attractive textural contrast with your Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

Azaleas and Rhododendrons: What is the Difference?

Producing a blaze of color from early spring through the summer, and even into the fall, Azaleas and Rhododendrons are popular ornamental shrubs for gardens of all sizes. But what is the difference between Azaleas and Rhododendrons?

Great Shrubs with Berries for Winter Interest for New England

Plant one of these shrubs or small trees and enjoy a spectacular late fall and winter display. They all possess brightly colored fruits and are an excellent way to brighten the drab winter garden, turning sorry spots into beautiful focal points.

Great Shrubs with Berries for Winter Interest in the Northern and Central Midwest Region

Enjoy a burst of color in your winter garden with one of these attractive shrubs or small trees. They make a delightful addition to the landscape with their colorful berry-laden branches, transforming drab spots into beautiful focal points.

Spring Blooming Camellias

These late season Camellias are in their full glory in August - October in the southern hemisphere; March - May in the northern hemisphere. Adding color and interest to the spring garden, these gorgeous flowering shrubs are highly prized for the beauty of their exquisite blooms, their splendid evergreen foliage and their compact shapely habit.

Pretty Flowering Cherry Trees for Your Garden

Although flowering cherry trees are typically planted for the majestic yet delicate beauty of their flowers, many varieties are noted for their multi-season interest.

Early Season Flowering Cherry Trees for Your Garden

Here is a list of pretty cherry trees for early color in your spring garden. In the last two weeks of March, they will surely wipe away those memories of our most recent winter

Which Flowering Cherry Tree for my Garden?

According to the Flower Association of Japan, there are over three hundred species, varieties and hybrids of Japanese flowering cherries. These flowering cherries come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes and several are excellent additions to the garden. All are incredibly beautiful.

Midseason Flowering Cherry Trees for Your Garden

Here is a list of pretty cherry trees for midseason color (late March to mid April) in your spring garden. Most make good ornamental trees for smaller gardens, thanks to their modest size.

Favorite Weeping Cherry Trees for Your Garden

Weeping cherry trees make a terrific focal point in the landscape, with their black limbs holding up an umbrella-shaped crown of flowers. Easy to grow, they rarely need pruning. Just give them some sun and a well-drained soil and you will be rewarded with infinite beauty in your garden.