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!

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

Easy to Grow, Easy to Love! Amaryllis bulbs (Hippeastrum) are flowers of choice to take the gray chill out of winter with their audacious, sexy tropical-looking blossoms in the dead of winter!

Colchicum (Autumn Crocus)

Perfect for adding a burst of color to the fall garden and ridiculously easy to grow, Colchicum (Autumn Crocus) bears big flowers in shades of purplish-pink and white in September or October.

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

Most Muscari species are so extremely winter hardy and easy to grow that no garden should be without them. They naturalize extremely easily and will come back year after year and multiply.

Narcissi (Daffodils)

The most popular companion of the tulip, daffodils are spring flowering bulbs mostly known as yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. However, daffodils (Narcissus) offer a wider range of flower shapes and colors that are absolutely fabulous when combined with other spring bulbs. Long lived, they naturalize and multiply year after year. Versatile, they are perfect for beds and borders, rock gardens, containers or window boxes. They also make gardening easy. Once planted, there is nothing left to do: these bulbs can stay right where they are and produce flowers year after year. As an added, most are fragrant and all are deer and rodent resistant.

Great Ferns as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Shade-loving plants, Ferns are wonderful companion plants to Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Their form and texture also tend to reduce the legginess of your Azalea shrubs and handsome effects can be created by choosing the perfect leaf shapes that complement and contrast beautifully to the growth habit for your Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

Iris spuria (Blue Iris)

spuria irises are one of the tallest of irises, generally blooming 1 to 2 weeks after the Tall Bearded Irises. They are graceful perennials with elegant beardless flowers, with slim standards and falls

Actaea simplex (Bugbane)

Fabulous at adding architectural height and late summer blooms to a shaded border, Actaea Simplex (Bugbane), formerly known as Cimicifuga Simplex, is very eye-catching with its long, fluffy spires packed with strongly fragrant, tiny starry creamy-white flowers.

Eryngium bourgatii (Mediterranean Sea Holly)

Perfect for sunny and dry locations! Eryngium bourgatii (Mediterranean Sea Holly) is a lovely addition to the garden or mixed containers for various reasons.

Triteleia laxa (Ithuriel's Spear)

Easy to grow, undemanding, beautiful and adaptable!

Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Coreopsis, commonly known as "Tickseed", are prized by many gardeners for the bright colors of their flowers and their ability to put up with most garden soils. There are over 100 species available and countless hybrids, including both annuals and perennials. Most of them are low maintenance, drought tolerant and enjoy a long blooming season, generally from early summer to fall, or even longer if deadheaded.

Hardy Perennial Salvias (Sage)

With their vertical, densely packed flower spikes, ranging from rich indigo-blue to violet to purple, these hardy salvias contribute to create incredibly beautiful and contrasting combinations with other perennials and ornamental grasses

Aquilegia (Columbine)

Relish dappled shade! Aquilegia, commonly known as Columbine or Granny's Bonnet is an excellent garden perennial with attractive clouds of delicate, bell-shaped flowers and a wonderful lacy foliage that emerges early in the year.

Salvia guaranitica (Blue Anise Sage)

Blooming from mid summer to fall to the delight of hummingbirds and butterflies, Salvia guaranitica is easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free and requires low maintenance.

Echinacea (Coneflowers)

Tough as nails, Coneflowers (Echinacea) are wonderful additions to the landscape with their brightly colored blossoms to be enjoyed over a long flowering season. Simple to grow, mostly trouble-free, thriving on neglect, these members of the Asteraceae family (along with daisies, sunflowers and asters), are reliable performers that are tolerant to almost everything! Loved by butterflies, birds and bees, Coneflowers have won the hearts and minds of many gardeners.

Gazania (Treasure Flower)

Native to South Africa, African Daisies (Arctotis) are showy tender perennials exhibiting brightly colored daisy-like flowers, up to 3 in. wide (8 cm), contrasting with their black or yellow center disks and their beautiful, finely cut, silvery-green foliage

Arctotis (African Daisy)

Native to South Africa, African Daisies (Arctotis) are showy tender perennials exhibiting brightly colored daisy-like flowers, up to 3 in. wide (8 cm), contrasting with their black or yellow center disks and their beautiful, finely cut, silvery-green foliage


Primarily native to Australia, Grevillea are evergreen shrubs or trees of great beauty with needle-like to fern-like foliage and incredibly flamboyant flowers. Most Grevillea varieties are very fast growing, tough and low maintenance. Easy to grow, they tolerate drought, heat, and grow well in poor soils as long as they are well-drained.

Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea)

Native to the Mediterranean region, Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea) is a bushy or climbing annual noted for the delicious scent of its lovely flowers. Blooming in a wide array of enchanting colors, Sweet Peas deserve a spot in sunny borders, containers, on arches and trellises where they will happily twine and release their fabulous scent.

Hemerocallis (Daylilies)

Often called the 'perfect perennial' because of its numerous qualities: showy flowers, wide array of vibrant colors, drought tolerance, heat stress immunity, ability to grow in most hardiness zones and low care requirements, Daylily (Hemerocallis) is a remarkable and stunning addition to the garden!

Agastache (Hyssop)

A wonderful perennial that adds color and a spiky texture to your garden! Agastache are beautiful, aromatic herbaceous perennials, rich of many qualities: broad color palette, lovely vertical lines, abundant blooms, drought and heat tolerance, great versatility

Agapanthus (African Lily)

Agapanthus are such flamboyant and exotic-looking perennials that it is impossible not to love them!

Fritillaria persica (Persian Lily)

Native to Turkey, Iran or Jordan, Fritillaria persica (Persian Lily) produces striking tall flower stalks bearing over 30 pendant bells, which range from plum purple to ivory in color.

Fritillaria imperialis (Crown Imperial)

Native to such locations as Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, Fritillaria imperialis grows up to 40-44 inches tall (100-110 cm) in a beautiful display of orange, yellow or red pendant, bell-shaped flowers topped by a crown of small leaves; this striking ensemble rises high at the end of an upright stem bearing lance-shaped, glossy leaves. Blooming occurs in mid to late spring and lasts for 2-3 weeks.

Tazetta Narcissus Group

The Tazetta Narcissus group includes very short cupped, sweetly fragrant, mid-sized daffodils bearing multiple flowers, up to 3-20 per sturdy stem. Many are not hardy to the more northern climates, but are terrific performers in USDA Zones 5-9. Excellent for forcing (this division includes the world-famous but tender paperwhites), they also naturalize readily in wet-winter, dry-summer climates. Suitable as garden plants or for cutting, most bloom in mid-late spring.