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!

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.

Fabulous Reblooming Daylilies

Daylilies have a relatively short blooming period, 1 to 5 weeks and depending on their variety and your area, they may bloom from early spring until frost. Some varieties are 'reblooming'. These daylilies bloom more than one time during a single season. Some of these bloom early (e.g., May or June) and then repeat in the fall. Others have a succession of bloom periods, one shortly after another for several months. Here is a selection of pretty Daylily cultivars prized for their ability to rebloom.

Fabulous Reblooming Bearded Irises

Acclaimed for their glamorous flowers gracing the garden in spring or early summer, some bearded iris varieties rebloom again in late summer or fall, offering us the pleasure of, once more, enjoying more of their colorful ruffles and mind-blowing flowers. As an added bonus, many reblooming irises bear sweetly fragrant flowers.

Early Blooming Daylilies

Here is a list of spectacular early blooming daylilies with blooms starting as early as March or April in the South, May or June in the North.

Delightfully Fragrant Bearded Irises

Adding flamboyance in the garden with their brilliantly colored flowers, bearded irises ... But did you know that many varieties are sweetly scented? Below is a list of glamorous bearded irises that will charm your eyes and your nose!

Late Blooming Daylilies

Here is a list of spectacular late blooming daylilies with blooms starting 1-6 weeks after the peak of the season and adding color and interest to the late summer or fall garden.

Spectacular Early Blooming Bearded Irises

Here is a list of spectacular early to early midseason bearded irises with blooms starting as soon as early May. Please note however that bloom times are approximate and highly depend on the weather conditions.

Dwarf Daylilies - A Selection of Pretty Hemerocallis

Less than 2 feet tall (60 cm), these compact daylilies will fit any tiny spot!

Flamboyant Late Blooming Bearded Irises

Here is a list of flamboyant late flowering bearded irises with blooms starting between mid May and early June. Please note however that bloom times are approximate and highly depend on the weather conditions.

How to Extend The Blooming Season of Your Tall Bearded Irises

Here is a list of glamorous bearded irises with blooms starting between early May and early June. Hopefully this bloom calendar will help you plan a gorgeous spring garden!

Great Companion Plants for your Daylilies

Fabulous at creating a brilliantly colored perennial garden, their display can be further enhanced and spiced up with the addition of other perennial plants.

Superior Bearded Irises For Your Garden

Here is a list of some fabulous Dykes Medal winners. Hopefully these "best of the best" bearded irises will help you create a gorgeous spring garden!

Top Rated Bearded Irises For Your Garden

Here is a list of the most favored bearded irises. If they won the heart of hundreds of iris enthusiasts, maybe they will win yours!

Crocus chrysanthus (Snow Crocus)

Blooming well before the fat Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus), Crocus chrysanthus (Snow Crocus) pokes through the bare earth or snow to cheer gardeners and capture their heart. This crocus, which grows wild in such places as Greece, produces smaller flowers than those of the familiar 'Dutch crocuses' but in greater numbers.

Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua is one of the loveliest fall flowers, graceful in form, tender in color and pleasing in fragrance. As summer fades and the leaves begin to turn, this camellia opens, with aplomb, the camellia season.

Camellia japonica (Japanese Camellia)

Camellia japonica is the predominant species of the genus and counts over 30 000 cultivars in a wide array of flower forms and colors. Its shapely habit, handsome, glossy foliage and fabulous flowers have attracted gardeners for hundreds of years in Japan, China and Korea.

Camellia x williamsii (Hybrid Camellia)

Camellia x williamsii are the first camellia hybrids. Generally blooming after the Japanese camellias, they result from the cross of Camellia japonica and Camellia saluenensis. Among the most cold-hardy camellias (inherited from the japonica parent), most of them are extremely vigorous, free-blooming, with attractive, semi-glossy, leathery leaves.

Gaura lindheimeri (Beeblossom)

Native to Texas and Louisiana, Lindheimer's Beeblossom (Gaura Lindheimeri) is a remarkably pretty perennial plant with tall, airy-looking flowers giving the appearance of butterflies floating in the garden.

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-Eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia hirta, commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy or Yellow Oxeye Daisy is a cheerful, widespread prairie plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is renowned for its showy golden, orange or bicolor flowers, adorned with up to 8-20 rays and dark chocolate, dome-shaped cones. Blanketing the landscape with its dazzling bright blossoms for months, it is ridiculously easy to grow and largely trouble free.

Aster novae-angliae (New England Asters)

One of the tallest and most spectacular of the Asters!

Aster novi-belgii (New York Asters)

When many perennials are fading toward the end of the season, New York Asters (Aster novi-belgii) burst into bloom and deliver an outstanding show of color in the late summer and fall gardens.

Aster amellus (Italian Asters)

Providing a bold splash of color in the late season garden with its masses of lavender-blue starry flowers, Italian Aster (Aster amellus) is one of the first Asters to bloom, doesn't need staking and is not sensitive to mildew.