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!

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.

Best Spring Bulbs for the Appalachian Region

You have a moderate to cold winter climate and mild summers with adequate moisture. The variety of elevations in your region offers many opportunities for different planting styles.

Best Spring Bulbs for the South Coastal Atlantic Region

Yours is a moderate climate with hot, moist summers and cool to cold moist winters.

Best Spring Bulbs for the Great Lakes Region

You have the benefit of a climate moderated by the Great Lakes. However, you can experience fairly extreme climate changes and often heavy winds.

Best Spring Bulbs for the East Central Region

Yours is an excellent area for most spring-flowering bulbs with moderately cold winters, ample moisture, and warm to hot summers.

Best Spring Bulbs for the South Central Region

Your moderate climate with its mildly cold winters and hot, humid summers, suits most spring-flowering bulbs except for those that have longer cold requirements and drier summer dormancy.

Best Spring Bulbs for the Gulf Coast Region

Your area, with its mild winter climate and hot, humid summers, is perfect for most summer-blooming bulbs - and fine for a surprising number of spring bloomers too, if carefully chosen.

Best Spring Bulbs for the Northern Central Region

This lovely area has very cold winters and moderate summers. The moisture level is moderate to dry.

Best Spring Bulbs for the Central and Great Plains Region

Your climate can experience cold winters and hot summers with occasional extreme temperature variations and moderate moisture

Best Spring Bulbs for the Rocky Mountains

Your largely alpine environment with long, cold winters and moderate summers make a good environment for hardy spring-flowering bulbs.

Best Spring Bulbs for the Arid West Region

Your region of relatively long cool winters, very hot to moderately dry summers and low moisture, is good for growing many bulbs, especially those native to dry climates

Best Spring Bulbs for the Northern Pacific Coast Region

With long cool, wet winters and springs, followed by dry summers and falls, your region is close to perfect for many spring-flowering bulbs.

Best Spring Bulbs for the Southern Pacific Coast Region

There are two major fall planting seasons for the Southern Pacific Coast

Fragrant Peonies

Mother Nature has been remarkably generous with the Paeonia genus as many peonies are also delightfully fragrant, adding one more positive dimension to your enjoyment of growing this fabulous garden perennial!

Award Winning Peonies

Here is a selection of exceptional peonies that could become the highlight of your spring garden!

Peonies Resistant to Rain and Heat

Here is a selection of exceptional peonies that could become the highlight of your spring garden!

Favorite Gardenia Varieties - Complete Selection Guide

Over 200 Gardenia varieties are available in a wide range of height, flower size and color, leaf size and color, blooming time and duration and shrub habit

Hardy Gardenia Varieties

Beloved for their intoxicating fragrance and attractive, waxy, creamy-white flowers contrasting beautifully with their shiny, leathery dark green leaves, Gardenias are irresistible heat-loving evergreen shrubs or trees.

Great Shrubs for Gardeners in the Northern and Central Midwest Region

Selecting plants suited to the diverse Northern & Central Midwest climate is a key step to success.

Great Perennials for Gardeners in the Northern and Central Midwest Region

Perennial flowers are fabulous additions to our gardens. When carefully selected, waves after waves of colorful blooms will be enjoyed in your Midwestern garden from spring to fall

Great Shrubs for Dry Soils in New England

Do not despair if your garden is affected by dry soil conditions. There are plenty of beautiful shrubs for difficult sites like yours.

Great Shrubs for Shady Gardens in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Shade gardens can appear like a planting challenge for some gardeners. They might not be aware of the wide variety of gorgeous shade-loving plants that will thrive in filtered light or deep shade.

Overlooked Flowering Shrubs for New England Gardens

Most gardeners plant Forsythia, Potentilla, Lilacs and Rhododendrons. They overlook a wide range of exciting flowering shrubs with fragrant flowers, ornamental fruits and colorful foliage in fall.

Great Shrubs for Sunny Slopes in New England Gardens

Steep banks and slopes are particularly challenging for most gardeners. Often difficult to access, poor and sandy, they are prone to erosion, soil drying and tend to be overrun with weeds. Below is the list of shrub species and cultivars that tolerate the conditions of a sunny slope in New England landscapes.