Popular Plant FAQ

The Details On Some Of Our Most Popular Plants

A plant being listed here does not guarantee that it is currently in stock. If you are interested in purchasing a specific plant, you can call ahead to make sure it is available.

Annuals

Annuals only live for one growing season. They need to be replanted every year.

Alternathera (Joseph’s Coat)

If you’re looking for vivid, colorful foliage, Joseph’s Coat fits the bill! It’ll catch every eye in the garden. Native to Mexico, it tolerates our summer heat well.

Available in spring and summer

Mature Growth 6” to 3’ tall, 6” to 2’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun – afternoon shade is beneficial
Water Requirements Water regularly. Their soil needs to be consistently moist, but don’t leave them in standing water.
Wildlife Considerations Deer-resistant
Design Tips A popular choice in container gardens as the “filler.” If you’re planting it in your landscape, plant it in larger groups for maximum impact.

Angelonia

Heat tolerant, drought tolerant, beautiful blooms – angelonia has everything! It resembles a snapdragon but has smaller blooms, which make lovely cut flowers. No need for deadheading but if you cut it back to the ground periodically, it will grow back thicker in about a week.

Available in spring and summer

Mature Growth 1” to 3’ tall, 1’ to 2’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Once the plant has established itself, allow it to dry out between waterings. Moderately drought tolerant.
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Design Tips A popular choice in container gardens as the “thriller.” If you’re planting it in your landscape, plant it in larger groups for maximum impact or use it as a beautiful border.

Begonia

Begonias are prized for their vibrant blooms and textured foliage! Their bright colors will catch all eyes in your garden beds. Deadhead and pinch them back regularly to keep them healthy and prolong their blooming period. These are a different type of begonia from the one you would use as a houseplant – those are Rieger begonias.

Available in spring and summer

Mature Growth 6” to 3’ tall, 6” to 1’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun, partial sun, full shade
Water Requirements Water fairly regularly to keep the soil moist but not too wet
Wildlife Considerations Deer-resistant
Design Tips Plant it in larger groups for maximum impact. They are also a popular choice for container gardens as the “filler.”

Celosia (Cockscomb)

Celosia is a popular choice amongst gardeners because it’s easy to grow! You’ll find their stiff, waxy blooms in three different shapes: crested, plumbed, and spicate. They make beautiful cut and dried flowers!

Available in summer and fall

Mature Growth 6” to 1’ tall, 1’ to 3’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly. Their soil needs to be consistently moist, but don’t leave them in standing water.
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Design Tips A popular choice in container gardens as the “thriller.” If you’re planting it in your landscape, plant it in larger groups for maximum impact.

Dahlias

With blooms in almost any color and a variety of sizes, you’re sure to find a dahlia that’s perfect for all your garden projects!

Available in spring and summer

Mature Growth 1’ to 3’ tall, 3’ to 8’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly. Their soil needs to be consistently moist, but don’t leave them in standing water.
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Design Tips Pay attention to the mature height of your selected dahlia. Some can get quite tall, and some can have large dinner plate- sized blooms. Plant them where they and other plants in your bed can all be seen.

Impatiens (New Guinea and Sun Patiens)

Impatiens are blooming powerhouses that will make a statement in your garden. However, many are prone to contracting downy mildew. That’s what makes the New Guinea and SunPatien varieties so popular – they are more disease-resistant!

Available in spring and summer

Mature Growth New Guinea: 12” to 15’ tall, 1’ to 3’ wide
SunPatiens: 24” to 36” tall, 24” to 36” wide
Sun Requirements Partial sun to partial shade
Water Requirements Water when dry. When they start to wilt, they need water.
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Design Tips A popular choice in container gardens as the “spiller” or “filler.” Pair them in your landscape or container with begonias, marigolds, or salvia!

Petunias

Petunias come in a variety of colors and patterns – you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your garden! Wave petunias are aggressive growers that cover your garden in color, making them great borders or groundcovers. Supertunias, on the other hand, have long vines that look beautiful in a hanging basket.

Available in spring and summer

Did you know? Many of the petunias we stock were grown on the Martin family farm!

Mature Growth 6” to 8’ tall, 1’ to 4’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun
Water Requirements Keep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Deer- and rabbit-resistant
Design Tips A popular choice in container gardens as the “spiller” or “filler.” Pair with angelonia, dusty miller, geraniums, or salvia. Be careful, though – wave petunias may choke out other plants.

Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet potato vine is a versatile and vigorous garden addition! The foliage is classically a bright chartreuse, but other colors are available. This plant grows very quickly and may require frequent pruning, depending on the look you are going for in your garden.

Available in spring and summer

Mature Growth 6” tall, 3’ to 6’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun, partial shade/sun, full shade
Water Requirements Keep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations Deer- and rabbit-resistant
Design Tips A popular choice in container gardens as the “spiller.” In garden beds, it makes an excellent groundcover. Pair with angelonia, marigolds, or impatiens.

Perennials

Perennials will come back year after year. They do not need to be replanted every year.

Cranesbill Geranium

Geraniums are a popular choice because they are so easy to grow! They’ll put on a color show for you throughout the spring and summer. True geraniums are perennials and are sometimes called cranesbill geraniums. Annual geraniums actually belong to the pelargonium family.

Available in spring and summer

Mature Growth 6” to 3’ tall, 6” to 4’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun
Water Requirements Keep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Deer- and rabbit-resistant
Design Tips TA popular choice in container gardens. Let its cascading blooms in its ivy form be the star of a window box! Pair with astilbe, irises, angelonia, calibrachoa, or salvia.

Daylilies

Each daylily bloom may only last for a day, but these beauties will give you a stream of flowers throughout the season! These are tough, rugged plants that can tolerate a variety of conditions. You can even eat the buds and flowers!

Available in spring and summer

Mature Growth 1’ to 8’ tall, 1’ to 3’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun
Water Requirements Water when the first inch of soil is dry to the touch
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Design Tips Plant a mix of early- mid- and late-blooming varieties for long-term color. Pair with coneflowers and black-eyed susans.

Hardy Hibiscus

End the planting season with a bang! These hardy relatives of the tropical variety are one of the last plants to come back to life each year. The dinner plate-sized hardy hibiscus blooms are well worth the wait!

Available in summer

Mature Growth 3’ to 6’ tall, 8’ wide
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Keep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Deer- and rabbit-resistant
Design Tips These plants need lots of space to spread out! Plant them with phlox, bee balm, or canna lilies in your landscape.

Hosta

There’s so many varieties of hosta, you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your garden! While they are prized for their beautiful leaves, they do have lovely flowers that pop up in the summer.

Available in spring, summer, and fall

Mature Growth 6” to 3’ tall, 8’ wide or smaller
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Keep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations Attracts pollinators
Design Tips A great border plant. Pair with heuchera or lenten roses.

Trees

Arborvitaes

Looking for a fast-growing evergreen that’s easy to care for? Look no further than the arborvitae! Also called thuja, this conifer can suit any garden purpose.

Sun Requirements Full sun – at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Eaten by deer and rabbits
Design Tips These trees work great as a privacy screen!
Popular Varieties Green Giant Arborvitae
Mature size: 25’-30’ tall and 8’-10’ wide
The Green Giant has a conical form and is a versatile addition to your garden. It’s virtually disease-free.Emerald Green Arborvitae
Mature size: 15’-18’ tall and 4’ wide
The Emerald Green is narrow and pyramidal. It’s one of the most popular choices for a screen, tall hedge, or topiary.

Birch Trees

Birch trees are fast-growers that provide lots of interest to your garden with their textured bark! If you have a river or pond, these are great to plant along the bank to prevent erosion.

Mature Growth 40’ to 60’ tall and wide (traditionally; size depends on variety)
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Keep soil evenly moist
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Deer and rabbits are known to eat its foliage
Design Tips Birch trees are great in areas of your yard that retain water because they like to stay in moist soil. They are also prized for their textured bark that adds lots of interest to your landscape!

Crabapple Trees

A blooming crabapple tree is a great way to add drama to your garden! They do produce fruit that is smaller than your standard apple and less tasty. They are prized more as an ornamental tree!

Mature Growth 20’ tall and wide
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Attracts pollinators
Design Tips A great tree for small yards!

Crape Myrtles

Due to how suited it is for hot and sunny places, the crape myrtle is a staple of the southern garden! They have the longest bloom time of any flowering tree.

Don’t commit “crape murder!” Drastically cutting back your crape myrtle in the fall will make it look like ugly stumps that don’t have the pretty mottled bark that grows on maturing trunks. Your incorrectly pruned tree with also now grow skinny shoots that are too weak to hold up flowers.

Mature Growth 15’ to 20’ tall, 15’ wide (traditionally – size depends on variety)
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Attracts pollinators
Design Tips Dwarf varieties make great borders.

Cryptomeria

Also called a Japanese cedar, cryptomeria is a fast-growing, beautiful evergreen. They can reach 30’ to 40’ tall and 20’ to 30’ wide. Some gardeners will use them as an alternative to Leyland cypress trees.

Mature Growth 50’ to 80’ tall, 20′ to 30′ wide wide
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Design Tips Often used in Japanese gardens. You’ll see them planted in groves or linear plantings as a windbreak or a privacy screen. You can plant young ones in a container but as they mature, they will need to eventually be transplanted into the ground.

Cypress Trees

These North American natives will give you year-round interest with their evergreen growth!

Sun Requirements Full sun – at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Design Tips These trees work great as a privacy screen! Because their mature size can be quite large, they are not suited for small gardens.
Popular Varieties Leyland Cypress
Mature size: 50’+ tall and 20’ wide (expect less than 3’ of growth per year)
Because of their large growth, plant them no closer than 15’ apart from one another.Murray Cypress
Mature size: 30’-40’ tall and 12’20’ wide (expect less than 4’ of growth per year)
The Murray cypress is an improved Leyland cypress. It is not as susceptible to pests or diseases.

Carolina Sapphire Cypress
Mature size: 25’-30’ tall and 12’ wide
Carolina Sapphire has fragrant foliage!

Dogwood Trees

Dogwoods will give you year-round interest in your landscape! White, pink, or red flowers in the spring will give way to beautiful red berries in the winter.

Mature Growth 15’ to 20’ tall and wide
Sun Requirements Partial morning sun to full shade
Water Requirements Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Attracts pollinators
Design Tips This flowering tree makes a great centerpiece of your shade garden!

Magnolia Trees

Magnolia trees are a southern staple. Enjoy its glossy, evergreen leaves throughout the year and its fragrant blooms in the spring and summer!

Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun
Water Requirements Water incrementally
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Seeds are eaten by birds, squirrels, and rabbits
Design Tips Dwarf varieties make beautiful privacy screens. Don’t plant anything under magnolias – leaf litter will cover anything below.
Popular Varieties Little Gem Magnolia
Mature size: 20’-25’ tall and 10’-15’ wide
This is a true dwarf magnolia. It can be trained as espalier against a wall or fence.Teddy Bear Magnolia
Mature size: 16’-20’ tall and 10’-12’ wide
This is true dwarf magnolia. Its compact, upright form makes for the perfect tree for smaller landscapes.

Alta Magnolia
Mature size: 20’ tall and 9’ wide
This is a true dwarf magnolia. It grows very slowly, but it keeps its tight columnar form without pruning.

Maple Trees

Looking for a fast growing tree that will give you lots of shade? Maples tick the boxes! They are prized for their fall color, when the beautiful green leaves turn into gorgeous shades of orange and red. Japanese maples grow a little slower, but they make up for it in interest. Their leaves come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors that will all accent your garden well.

Mature Growth 50’ to 60’ tall, 40’ wide (size depends on variety)
Japanese Maples: 8’ to 30’ tall and wide
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least 6 hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Design Tips Make sure you have plenty of space for this large trees! Pair Japanese maples with ginkgos, sedum, or azaleas in your landscape.

Poplar Trees

Poplar trees are so popular, the tulip poplar is Tennessee’s state tree! They grow up quickly and will provide your garden lots of shade.

Mature Growth 40’ tall and wide (traditionally; size depends on variety)
Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Deer and rabbits are known to eat its foliage
Design Tips Plant these trees away from your house to give its large roots room to grow without causing you any problems.

Spruce Trees

These native conifers will add rustic evergreen elegance to your garden. It is known to grow slowly, but your patience will pay off with a display of beautiful, fragrant foliage.

Sun Requirements Full sun – at least 6 hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water substantially in the summer
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Provides winter shelter for rabbits and other small animals
Design Tips Spruce trees are a beautiful specimen plant in larger landscapes! They can also form a privacy screen.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Mature size: 40’-60’ tall and 10’-20’ wide
The blue shade of its foliage is striking against your green landscape!Norwegian Spruce
Mature size: 40’-60’ tall and 25’-30’ wide
The Norwegian spruce is one of the fastest growing varieties.

Willow Trees

Willow trees are fast-growers that are definitely going to catch all the eyes in your garden! If you have a river or pond, these are great to plant along the bank to prevent erosion.

Mature Growth 30’ to 50’ tall, 30’ to 40’ wide (traditionally; size depends on variety)
Sun Requirements Full sun – at least 6 hours of sunlight each day
Water Requirements Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Deer and rabbits are known to eat its foliage
Design Tips Willow trees are great in areas of your yard that retain water because they like to stay in moist soil.

Shrubs

Holly

We typically think of holly as being a Christmas plant, but it is perfect year-round. There are male and female holly plants. Females produce berries as long as a male is planted nearby to help with pollination.

Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Berries eaten by birds, squirrels, and chipmunks
Foliage eaten by deer and rabbits
Design Tips The bush works well as a border!
Popular Varieties Robin Holly
Mature size: 15’-20’ tall and 12’-15’ wide
Robin holly’s foliage starts as a beautiful shade of maroon and matures to a rich dark green.Oakland Holly
Mature size: 15’-20’ tall and 12’-15’ wide
Oakland holly gets its name from its distinctive oak-shaped leaves.

Nellie R. Stevens Holly
Mature size: 15’-20’ tall and 10’ wide
Nellie R. Stevens holly grows quickly in a pyramidal, tree-like form!

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular plants to add to your garden! You’ll have blue blooms if your soil is more alkaline and pink blooms if your soil has more lime, and you can amend as necessary to get your desired color. Or, catch eyes in your garden with one of the white bloom varieties!

Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Design Tips This plant can shine on its own or play well with others! Pair with hostas, astible, or azaleas in your landscape.
Popular Varieties Limelight and Little Lime
Mature size: 3’-8’ tall and wide
These chartreuse blooms look great as a border, in containers, or on your kitchen table as a cut flower!Seaside Serenade® Collection
Mature size: 3’-4’ tall and wide
Exclusively from Monrovia, these hydrangeas are compact in size, have sturdier stems and thicker leaves, and are reliable re-bloomers.

Laurels

Quick-growing laurel is a great addition to your garden!

Sun Requirements Full sun to partial sun
Water Requirements Water regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations Provides a nesting site for birds
Design Tips Laurels work well as a privacy hedge.
Popular Varieties Carolina Bright ’N Tight Laurel
Mature size: 8’-10’ tall and 6’-8’ wide
Enjoy fragrant white blooms in the spring from this laurel!