Unfortunately, we are not really set up to do design work but we are happy to offer plant suggestions for your space. There are some important things that we will need to know in order to be able to offer good suggestions for you:

    How much sun does the area receive in summer and in winter?

        Types of sunlight and shade:       

  • Full Sun - 8 hours or more of direct sunlight
  • Partial Sun or Partial Shade - 4-6 hours of direct sunlight
  • AM Sun or Morning Sun or Cool Sunlight - cool sunlight but usually in the shade during the heat of the day. Less than 2-3 hours of direct sunlight
  • Light Shade - Bright indirect sunlight for much of the day
  • Filtered Shade - may receive some amount of direct moving sunlight like through trees but usually not for any extended period especially during the heat of the day
  • Shade - no or very little direct sunlight, especially not during the heat of the day.


 What is the soil like that you intend to plant in?

  • Soil consistency: Loamy, Sandy, Clayey, Potting Soil
  • Soil pH: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
  • Soil moisture: Dry, Semi-dry, Average Moist, Moist, Wet,Watery

What USDA Cold Hardiness Zone are you gardening in? If you are not sure you can enter your zip code at the following link to find your zone: https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/ 

You can also click on the green USDA Cold Hardiness Zone label on our website for any plant that we grow and that looks like the following to find your zone:  USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9 

Or maybe it is to be grown as a container specimen or in combination with other plants. 

  • How large is the container? 
  • Will there be other companions in the container?
  • Are you going to move the plant in in winter or will it stay indoors year round?
  • How much light will it receive? If it is different at different times of the year that will be important also. Also, it is important to understand that light from an incandescent, fluorescent, or non-grow-light type LED light, or other light is not equivalent to sunlight. Even with grow lights you may have to be within a few inches of the leaves for that light to be effective.
  • If it is to be grown outdoors then we still need to know your zone.

Other important factors to you might include:

  • Evergreen, Deciduous
  • Flower color range, peak flowering time, long flowering
  • Woody or Herbaceous (a.k.a. like a perennial that grows cyclically)
  • How large should it grow to? Both height and width may be important.
  • How fast does it need to grow? Fast, Moderate, Slow
  • Can it spread like some groundcovers do?
  • Will the area be mulched? If so with what and how deep?
  • Fragrant or not
  • Deer resistant
  • Attracts pollinators or seed/fruit eaters like:

    So you are welcome to request suggestions and we will do what we can to accommodate you but please provide as much information as possible at the onset. That will save us both time and leg work. If you have a design or pictures please feel free to include those as well. In the end, please try to remember that we are just plant growers and lovers, like you, and our advice and suggestions are free. If you are looking for actual landscape and/or design work it is better to contact someone who specializes in that in the same way that we specialize in offering beautiful, unusual, exotic, and native plants. Thank you again for your interest in our plants and have a great day!