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Landscape Design & Soils Advice

 

We grow solutions, and we mean it. However, matching the right plant to the right problem means assessing the site in detail: light, soil texture, fertility, drainage, weeds, competition, etc. Tell us your design issues and we can help guide your design or maintenance program for success. 

 

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Landscape Problem-Solvers

Assessing Site Conditions

Soil Texture & Moisture

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Landscape Problem-Solvers
 

Below is a list of common landscape problems and suggested plants we grow for them. Specific cultural requirements are noted on individual plant pages.

 

​Hardiest Ground Covers (Zones 4 or less)

Asarum europaeum (European Wild Ginger)

Geranium macrorrhizum (Bigroot Geranium)

 

Drought Tolerant

Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern)

Asarum canadense (Canadian Wild Ginger)

Athyrium felix-femina (Lady Fern)

Arctostyaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry)

Cystopteris bulbifera (Berry Bladder Fern)

Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry)

Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen)

Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)

Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)

Polystichum arcostichoides (Christmas Fern)

 

Salt Tolerant

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Vancouver Jade' (Vancouver Jade Bearberry)

Viola labradorica 'Purpurea' (Labrador Violet)

 

Juglone/Black Walnut Tolerant

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Vancouver Jade' (Vancouver Jade Bearberry)

Viola labradorica 'Purpurea' (Labrador Violet)

 

Dry Shade

Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern)

Athyrium felix-femina (Lady Fern)

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' (Japanese Painted Fern)

Cystopteris bulbifera (Berry Bladder Fern)

Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)

Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)

Polystichum arcostichoides (Christmas Fern)

 

Dense Shade

Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern)

Athyrium felix-femina (Lady Fern)

 

Exposed, Hot Sun / Xeriscaping

Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern)

Athyrium felix-femina (Lady Fern)

 

Tolerant of Foot Traffic

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Suited to Green Roof Applications

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Rain Gardens and Watersides

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Tolerant of Urban Sites / Pollution

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Poor Drainage

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus' (Purple Leaf Wintercreeper)

Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff)

Geranium xcantabrigiense 'Biokovo' (Dwarf Geranium)

Hedera helix 'Baltic'

Hedera helix 'Thorndale'

Hemerocallis (Daylily, 14 cultivars)

Hosta (6 cultivars)

Lamium maculatum 'Pink Pewter'

Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'

Lysimachia nummularia (Creeping Jenny)

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' (Gold Creeping Jenny)

Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Spurge)

Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood' (Dragon's Blood Sedum)

Sedum spurium 'Red Carpet' (Red Carpet Sedum)

Sedum kamtschaticum 'Variegatum' (Variegated Stonecrop)

Thymus serphyllum 'Albus' (White Flowering Thyme)

Thymus serphyllym 'Coccineus' (Red Creeping Thyme)

Thymus serphyllum 'Elfin' (Elfin Thyme)

Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Woolly Thyme)

Vinca minor (Periwinkle)

Vinca minor 'Alba' (White Vinca)

Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea' (Atropurpurea Vinca)

Vinca minor 'Aureovariegata' (Gold Variegated Vinca)

Vinca minor 'Bowles' (Bowles Vinca)

Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugert' (Variegated Vinca)

 

Winter Interest

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Steep Slopes

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Climbers

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Evergreens

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Alternatives to Lawn

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Pollinator Gardens

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

 

Deer Resistant

Aegopodium podograria 'Variegata' (Goutweed)

Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (Bugle Flower)

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (Bugle Flower)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

Landscape solutions are based on our experiences (mostly for Ontario sites) or research. Sites can vary widely so we encourage customers to discuss specific species, cultivars and alternative solutions with us before purchasing plants.