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Perennials A
Perennials B-D
Perennials E-H
Perennials I-L
Perennials M-P
Perennials Q-Z
Shrubs A-H
Shrubs I-Z
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Rock Gardens
Perennials For Shade
Shrubs For Shade
Butterfly and Hummingbird Plants
Perennials for Damp to Wet Areas
Zone Map

The plants are listed in alphabetical order by botanic name in each of the divisions listed on the left. Botanically speaking, the catalog divisions are somewhat arbitrary -- if you don't find it in Shrubs, look in Trees.

Please note the definitions of the cultural terms used in this catalog at the end of this page.

Cultural Terms

To help you chose what plants would be suitable for your landscape projects, here are my definitions of the cultural terms used in the Catalog. The requirements for light, soil and moisture are based on experience and what is in the literature (often contradictory). Keep in mind the nursery is located in Zone 6 in the Southern Appalachian mountains. A hot, coastal region would require less sun and more moisture during the summer for a given plant.

A full day or almost almost a full day of direct sunlight
Lt. shade
About half a day of direct sun-afternoon sun counts more than morning sun
Mod. shade
Needs a little direct sun
Full shade
No direct sun but still lots of light. Bright, filtered shade-like the shade of tall, open trees
Dense shade
The shade found under a Dogwood tree or the north side of a house.
Average soil
Decent garden soil that has some organic matter and is fairly loose. I don't mean sterile sand, compacted clay or road gravel.
Rich soil
Mostly well rotted organic matter
Wet soil
Squishy and maybe a little standing water at times.
Moist soil
The soil should be damp under the surface layer at all times. A decent cover of mulch and watering during the dry periods will keep plants that like moist soil happy.
Well drained
Essential for plants that are prone to root diseases. If the water ponds up in the front yard after a heavy rain take extra care with species that prefer good drainage. Just loosening the soil or working in coarse mulch my not do it. The hole just dug may create a mini-bog if water has no place to go. Plant on a slope if possible or at the least, plant in a very shallow hole and mound up soil around the base -- sort of a "raised bed" planting.

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