About Our Plants

Sorry, at this time we are not accepting orders. The following information is posted for reference only.

If you haven’t ordered from us, we think you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise when your plants arrive. We send healthy, vigorous plants that are ready to set out in the garden. We do not ship the tiny rooted cuttings or anemic plantlets which are sometimes received from mass merchandisers. All of our plants are grown in containers outdoors under natural conditions and are overwintered in unheated polyhouses. We fertilize lightly so that our trees and shrubs have a natural, stocky appearance. We usually remove the containers of trees and shrubs for shipment and twist-tie a poly bag around the rootball.

Plants are listed by BOTANICAL NAME (e.g. Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’). Each entry ends with the recommended USDA Hardiness Zones (e.g. Z. 4-8), approximate size of the plants that we ship, and the price.

PLANTS IN SPECIMEN SIZES. Some plants are listed as “Specimen.” This means they are unusually large or more filled out than other plants. They are a dickens to pack and ship, but we provide them because many of you are impatient and want a larger size for immediate impact.

ADDITIONAL HANDLING. Taller plants may require Additional Handling, and these plants are marked “Additional Handling” Shipment of these plants requires an additional charge of $15.00 per plant to the East, and $20.00 per plant to other shipping Zones.

TREE TUBES. Some plants are offered in Tree Tubes, which are 4×6” pots, listed as TT following the plant size. We often use these as an intermediate pot for slower-growing woody plants. After a favorable growing season, these plants are ready to be planted out. They’re still youngsters, however, so be sure to keep an eye on them!

FLOWERING AND FRUITING SEASONS are based on observations in our own garden in Zone 7 and are generally valid for the Mid-Atlantic, the middle South, southern New England, and the lower Midwest.

PLEASE ORDER EARLY AND LIST SUBSTITUTES. We grow limited quantities of each plant, and many sell out quickly. We do not grow every plant every year. So if you see it listed and want it, order it now to avoid disappointment!

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEWLY-ARRIVED PLANTS. Please attend to your plants at once upon receipt by either setting them out in the desired location or by holding them in containers until you are ready to plant. If held in containers, keep the soil damp but not sopping wet. Water plants in well after planting in the garden, and keep in mind that all plants require a season or two to get established. Some extra attention to them during this period of readjustment is essential. In fall, it’s best to get your plants into the ground just as soon as you can. For spring planting, we offer the following guidelines:

  • TREES & SHRUBS should be planted in the ground as soon as you can work your soil. If they are still dormant, subsequent frost or snow should not damage them. However, once plants are in active growth, they require protection from frost and should be held in a basement or garage until milder weather. Young plants that have leafed out can be killed by late frost, and our guarantee does not cover such losses.
  • DORMANT PERENNIALS should be held in a cool but frost-free place until you see active growth. Unlike trees and shrubs, it’s better not to plant perennials while they are still dormant.
  • SUBTROPICALS such as Gingers and evergreen Magnolias should be held frost free until your soil has warmed up and air temperatures regularly reach the 70’s.

BEWARE THE AUTOMATED WATERING SYSTEM! Keep in mind that Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials generally require watering no more than once a week, and then only if it has not rained sufficiently. Landscapers sometimes set automated watering systems to come on as much as once every 24 hours – great for lush lawns, but murder on Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials. Be sure to locate these plants out of reach of automated lawn-watering systems.

PARTICULAR CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS are noted in the plant descriptions. If no special requirement is mentioned, plants should be sited in well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Everyone ordering plants will receive a copy of our print catalogue, which we suggest you retain as a reference.

HOW BIG DOES IT GET? The ultimate size of a plant and rate of growth vary widely and are dependent on many factors: soil, exposure, moisture – just to name a few. In our plant descriptions we give an indication of the mature size of a plant, and the following guide converts our general remarks into more specific measurements.

How Big Does It Get?
Shrub Size Tree Size
DwarfUnder 3 feet   
Small3-6 feet Small12-15 feet
Medium6-12 feet Medium25-50 feet
Large12-20 feet Large50 feet or more