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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!



Late Season Flowering Cherry Trees for Your Garden

Here is a list of pretty cherry trees for late season color (late March to mid April) in your spring garden. They will make a wonderful addition to your garden and be one of your spring delights with their clouds of blossom.

Flowering Cherry Trees with Attractive Fall Colors

Ornamental cherry trees are typically planted for the majestic yet delicate beauty of their flowers. However, many varieties are noted for their multi-season interest. Some display wonderful fall color, with their foliage warming up to brilliant shades of gold, red, or orange. Others enjoy a graceful shape that commands attention with their cascading branches creating an umbrella where everyone would want to stand under.

Fragrant Flowering Cherry Trees for Your Garden

Many Japanese flowering cherries are fragrant and exude a pleasing scent of crushed almond. Prunus 'Amanogawa' is reported by some as having a freesia fragrance. However, in cold and rainy days, their fragrance is barely perceptible, except for strongly scented cherries such as 'Amanogawa' or 'Jo-nioi'.

Winter Blooming Camellias

What a treat to find evergreen shrubs that flower during the dull days of winter. Queens of the winter flowers, mid-season Camellias provide a splendid floral show in June - August in the southern hemisphere; January - March in the northern hemisphere. Winters may be long and cold, but your garden can allay that dreariness and be transformed into a place of natural beauty with visually arresting textures or colors. While flowers are usually associated with spring or summer, they can also contribute to the beauty of the winter garden. Adapted to endure harsh winter conditions, they bring the garden to life with their bright, showy colors and attract the eye.

Blooming Seasons of Flowering Cherry Trees

Most cherry tree varieties bloom in spring over a season that usually lasts several weeks. However, changes in weather conditions may have an impact on the time of flowering, advancing or delaying the appearance of the beloved cherry blossoms by several weeks.

Favorite Yellow-Flowering Magnolias for Your Garden

Among these hybrids are Magnolia cultivars that are particularly favored by gardeners for their spectacular yellow flowers. They can be grown in beds and borders, as flowering hedges or as a specimen plant. Some are ideal for small gardens thanks to their small stature.

Pretty Magnolias for Small Gardens

While some Magnolias can be large shrubs or trees that could swallow up the average garden, there are quite a few Magnolia cultivars of smaller stature that would fit small yards.

Long Blooming Camellias

Blooming prodigiously for weeks, some camellia varieties enjoy an extraordinarily long blooming season extending from November to April in the northern hemisphere or from April to September in the southern hemisphere.

How to Espalier a Camellia

Ideal for decorative purposes, espalier is an artistic and ancient practice of training trees, shrubs, and woody vines by pruning and tying their branches to a frame, flat against a wall, fence, or trellis.

Most Fragrant Camellias

Here is a selection of fragrant camellias that could become the highlight of your fall, winter or spring garden!

Cold Hardy Camellias

Until recently, Camellias were the privilege of mild winter regions (Zones 7-10). Thanks to advancements in breeding, many new camellia varieties can be successfully grown in Zone 6 where they can endure temperatures as cool as -10F (-23C) if grown in sheltered locations. Here is a selection of winter hardy camellias that could become the highlight of your fall or spring garden!

Lavender Main Types

Lavender (Lavandula) includes 39 different species, which are cultivated in temperate climates either as ornamental plants for the landscape or for the extraction of essential oils. Which one will you fall for?

Best Dahlias For Cutting

Dahlias are absolutely breathtaking flowers. They are widely available in such a huge range of intense colors that they can be used in any setting. All dahlias make tremendous cut flowers – the more you cut them, the more they bloom! Still, some are considered superstars.

Best Dahlias For Containers and Low Borders

For containers and low borders, the best choices are the shorter dahlias with more compact shapes. Keep well watered and place in full sun. You can count on these powerhouses to produce abundant blooms from summer through fall – with some producing up to 40 flowers per plant!

Best Lilies For Pots and Containers

Growing Lilies in pots is easy and the good news is that there is a wide range of Lilies that can grace your patio with stunning colors and fragrance. However, choosing the right varieties may be daunting!

How to choose the right Lavender?

There are many types and varieties of Lavender and finding the best Lavender plant for your needs might be a daunting task. To assist you in selecting the right plant, we have prepared this guide, which we hope will be helpful to you.

Best Lavenders for Pots and Containers

Dozens of Lavender varieties are available and finding the right Lavender plant for your favorite containers is not always an easy task. To assist you in selecting the right plant, we have prepared this guide, which we hope will be helpful to you.

Creating a Lavender Hedge

Create curb appeal and learn how to create a stunning lavender hedge. There is nothing more charming than the perfume released when brushing the flowers as you pass!

Strongest Scented Lavandin Lavenders

There are over 450 Lavender varieties and finding the most fragrant Lavender plant is not always an easy task. Not all Lavenders are highly scented. Some varieties are wonderful as accent plants but have little fragrance. Others might not look as spectacular but exude a rich perfume.

Strongest Scented English Lavender Varieties

There are over 450 Lavender varieties and finding the most fragrant Lavender plant is not always an easy task. Not all Lavenders are highly scented. Among the most fragrant Lavenders are several cultivars of English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Strongest Scented Lavenders

Not all Lavenders are created equal! Some varieties are wonderful as accent plants but have little fragrance. To assist you in selecting the right plant, we have prepared this guide, which we hope will be helpful to you.

Favorite Lavenders by Flower Color

Lavender colors include white, pink, blue violet and of course a wide range of purples! Here is a selection of our favorite Lavender flowers per color.

Best Spring Bulbs for New England

Plant bulbs in the fall starting when nighttime temperatures stay between 40-50° F. But, be sure to plant approximately six weeks before the ground freezes to allow sufficient time for rooting. Bulbs will root best in cool soil and once rooted undergo natural changes that keep them from freezing. Water your bulbs after planting to help them start the rooting process.

Best Spring Bulbs for the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Region

In your area, you may be able to grow many of the tropical and other marginally hardy plants by planting in warmer 'micro-climates' protected from exposure to wind and extreme cold.