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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!



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.

Best Shrubs for Gardeners in New England

Hardy shrubs are important elements in New England gardens. They add depth and character to any garden and not only provide lovely blooms, but also attractive berries, showy fall color and food for the birds. Selecting plants suited to New England climate is a key step to success.

Great Shrubs for Shady Gardens in New England

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.

Great Shrubs with Brilliant Fall Color for New England Gardens

Few gardeners choose their shrubs because they have brilliant fall color. Fragrance, flowers, colorful berries, and ornamental shapes are usually the main features most gardeners request. And yet the long-lasting autumn leaf change is one of the most spectacular displays in the plant world.

Award-Winning Shrubs for Gardeners in New England

Hardy shrubs are important elements in New England gardens. They add depth and character to any garden and not only provide lovely blooms, but also attractive berries, showy fall color and food for the birds. Selecting plants suited to New England climate is a key step to success.

Best Spring Flowering Bulbs For Cold Climates

Temperatures can drop to around -20°C (-4°F) during the winter, winters are long, spring does not last long and summers are hot and dry

8 Most Romantic Spring Blooms!

Dutch flower bulb experts met recently to decide which tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus, in their opinion, are the 'most romantic' bulb flowers. Following are 8 spring bloomers they deem most romantic: all are top-performers in the home garden!

8 Special Bulbs You May Want To Try Out

Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus: these are the spring bloomers everyone knows. But there are hundreds of other, lesser-known beauties to plant in fall. Some are small and delicate, others tall and ungainly. All are fabulous. Wait till you see them!

12 Top Performing Spring Bulbs that Come Back Year After Year!

A sampling of top-performing bulbs that can be counted upon to perennialize -- and, if happy where you plant them, will most likely naturalize, too, to come back to bloom for years.

How to Choose Lilies

Extremely showy and exotic-looking, lilies add drama to the landscape with their rich, bright colors, elegant and delicate shapes and their heavenly scent! There are hundreds of Lily Species and thousands of hybrids. Which ones to pick?

Best Spring Blooming Bulbs for Temperate Climates

Temperatures can drop to -10ºC (14ºF) during the winter, Spring lasts a long time, Temperatures are moderate during the summer

Best Spring Blooming Bulbs for Warm Climates

Several of the fall-planted spring-flowering bulb varieties that mark the end of winter in colder climates can play a role in warm-weather spring gardens too!

Extend the Blooming Season of Your Peonies

Learn how to fill your garden with continuously blooming peonies throughout the season to up to 6 weeks!

Landscaping with Miscanthus sinensis (Japanese Silver Grass)

While all grasses produce flowers, Miscanthus are amongst those that draw attention and get the "wow" effect. Among the easiest ornamental grasses to grow, there is a Miscanthus variety for almost every garden use.

Early Season Astilbe Varieties For Your Garden

To help you plan your late spring or summer garden and facilitate your selection of Astilbe varieties, here is a list of early season Astilbe cultivars.

Extend the Blooming Season of Your Astilbes

Learn how to fill your garden with continuously blooming Astilbes throughout the season!

Mid-Season Astilbe Varieties For Your Garden

To help you plan your late spring or summer garden and facilitate your selection of Astilbe varieties, here is a list of mid season Astilbe cultivars.

Late Season Astilbe Varieties For Your Garden

To help you plan your late spring or summer garden and facilitate your selection of Astilbe varieties, here is a list of late season Astilbe cultivars.

Sumptuous Double-Flowering Amaryllis

One of the most impressive Amaryllis group is the Double Flowering Amaryllis group with flowers up to 8-10 in (20-25 cm). Their cultivars belong to the Double Galaxy group. Each bulb usually produces 2-3 stems and 4-6 flowers per stem. These dramatic Amaryllis tend to grow up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm). Depending on temperature, they bloom 6-10 weeks after planting.

Save Monarch Butterflies with these Ornamental Milweeds

Milkweed plants are critical to the monarch butterflies survival. Without Milkweed, monarchs cannot successfully reproduce and the species declines. In the last 20 years, the monarch butterfly population in North America has decreased by 90%. By planting milkweed in your own garden, you can help reverse the fortune of these beautiful insects!

Small Is Beautiful: Muscari (Grape Hyacinths)

Fragrant, reliable, these little jewels are really worth taking a closer look at!

Best Spring Bulbs for the Tropical Regions

Your climate seldom, if ever gets, a frost and has hot humid summers. It is the ideal climate for a vast assortment of summer-blooming, tropical bulbs, but not particularly hospitable to the traditional hardy spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips

Best Spring Bulbs for Alaska

A little creativity can go a long way - despite long, dark, cold winters, short days and a short growing season!

Dealing with Pesty Garden Critters

Animal pest problems occur in all seasons of the garden, but fall and spring are peak periods for plunder.