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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!



Anthemis tinctoria (Golden Marguerite)

Eye-catching, Anthemis tinctoria is a vigorous perennial that will light up your garden throughout summer with its abundant blooms of shining golden yellow flowers atop a fragrant lacy foliage.

Beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons for Rock Gardens

Azaleas and Rhododendrons are highly popular ornamental shrubs that can be very impressive in the rock garden. Mixed with herbaceous perennials or combined with other small woody plants, they help create a beautiful tapestry of shape, flower and foliage color.

Best Japanese Silver Grasses for Your Garden (Miscanthus sinensis)

Here is a selection of the best and most distinctive Japanese Silver Grasses that could become the highlight of your garden!

Bulbs that Take the Heat

Most daffodils, some tulips and several other spring-blooming flower bulbs can be grown in areas as warm as Southern California and the Gulf Coast.

Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)

Kniphofias, commonly known as Torch Lilies or Red Hot Pokers, always make a bold statement in the garden with their brilliant show of bright-colored, dense, erect spikes resembling glowing pokers or torches. Blooming from late spring to early fall, depending on the varieties, their stately flowers are noted for their long-lasting display of reds, oranges, yellows or creams, adding eye-catching splashes of color to any border.

Japanese Anemones

Fall-blooming anemones have earned their place in the fall garden with their charming flowers floating above the border as summer plants are starting to fade

Best English Roses for Partial Shade

While most roses perform best in full sun (more than 6 hours a day), a number of English roses also enjoy partial shade where they will reward you with their sumptuous blooms. However, they will need to receive at least 4 to 5 hours of sunshine daily.

Beautiful Dahlias to Crave For

The flowers of Dinner Plate Dahlias make quite an impression! They are unbelievably large - up to 12 in. across (30 cm) - and will bloom continuously from July until the first touch of frostDahlias are absolutely breathtaking flowers. Flowering for months, they inject color and drama wherever you grow them: in mixed borders in the garden, in containers or window boxes on balconies and on patios

Decorative Dahlias

Decorative Dahlias can be formal with flat petals evenly and regularly placed throughout the flowers, or informal with generally flat petals, sometimes slightly rolled at the tips, but with irregular arrangement of formation.

Pompon and Ball Dahlias

Pompon and Ball Dahlias feature relatively small, fully double, globe-shaped flowers with petals blunt or slightly rounded at their tips. How not to marvel at the perfect petal arrangement of these dahlias? They display an infinite swirl of florets with fold upon fold of incredibly flawless petals.

Anemone and Collarette Dahlias

Anemone Dahlias feature an outer ring of flat ray petals arranged in a wreath and surrounding masses of tiny, elongated disk florets which form an intriguing floral pincushion. Collarette Dahlias are small to medium flowers with large flat ray petals surrounding an open center. Within the ray and surrounding the center is a wreath of shorter petals, often of a different color: this forms the “collar.” 

Peony-Flowered and Orchid Dahlias

Peony Dahlias are open centered flowers with two or more rows of large and voluptuous petals surrounding a disc. Orchid Dahlias are also open centered flowers with one ray of florets surrounding a disc (Single Orchid) or a fully double bloom showing no disc (Double Orchid). The florets involute for two-thirds or more of their length.

Combine Late-Flowering Clematis with your Climbing Roses

Combining late flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of extending the season of interest of your roses. Blooming after the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.

Pretty Clematis for your Containers

Many clematis make terrific container plants, especially if trained up an obelisk or a small trellis. There are so many clematis varieties that finding the best one for your needs might be a daunting task. To assist you in selecting the right plant, here is a list of great clematis vines for your containers.

Pretty Clematis for Small Gardens

Many Clematis make terrific container plants and can be grown on large balconies. These Clematis are well suited to small gardens too. Here is a list of Clematis varieties that will reward you with their elegant blooms from early spring to late summer.

Great Clematis for the Midwest

The Chicago Botanic Garden undertook an evaluation project to determine which clematis were suitable for cultivation in midwest gardens. Initiated in the spring of 1990 and continued through the fall of 1995, 64 species and cultivars were included in the project. Here is a list of Clematis varieties which performed extremely well and obtained good to excellent ratings.

Great Clematis for the Pacific Northwest

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward Pacific Northwest gardeners with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Great Clematis for New England

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward New England gardeners with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Combining Roses and Clematis

Before starting combining roses and clematis, you need to learn a few things as not all clematis and roses work well together.

Combine Early-Flowering Clematis with your Climbing Roses

Combining early flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of advancing the season of interest of your roses. Blooming before the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.

Great Clematis for the Upper South Region

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward gardeners in the Upper South region with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Clematis Blooming Seasons

From tree huggers to container varieties, there is a Clematis for every garden and flowers for almost every month of the year!

Great Clematis for the Middle South Region

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward gardeners in the Middle South region with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Great Clematis for the Lower South Region

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward gardeners in the Lower South region with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement