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Right Plant / Right Place Selection Guide

2024 Growing Season

Use our Right Plant / Right Place Selection Guide to help you pick the plants that will work best for your site. Scroll down (or use the Navigation Guide) to find your site conditions and the type of plant you want.

Under each plant type you’ll find an expandable list of plants based on the season in which they bloom. Click on the appropriate season to expand the list and see thumbnail images of the species that match that description.

Clicking on a thumbnail will take you to a detailed description of that species. Some species, such as those that can grow in full sun or part sun, are listed in multiple locations.

This Right Plant / Right Place Selection Guide includes all the species that we are reasonably confident we’ll have at available at some point this year. This list is a work in progress and new species may be added if they become available.

If you are interested in purchasing any of our plants, please see our Availability and Logistics page. Please visit our Comprehensive List if you would like to see everything we are growing for the current season without it being divided up by site conditions.

Right Plant / Right Place Navigation Guide

☀️ Full sun (6 hours or more direct sun)

💧 Dry to Medium Soil 💧

🌻 Native Forbs / Flowers

Spring blooms (March – May)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Wild White Indigo (Baptisia alba)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa)
Grey-headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
Pale-purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Blue-stemmed / Wreath Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
Sweet / Anise-scented Goldenrod (Solidago odora)
Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum pilosum)
Hoary Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum incanum)
Slender Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum tenuifolium)
Rough Sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Pale-purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Blue-stemmed / Wreath Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
Sweet / Anise-scented Goldenrod (Solidago odora)
Rough Sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

🌾 Native Grasses

Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

🌳 Native Trees / Shrubs

Spring blooms (March – May)
American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Shrubby St. John's Wort (Hypericum prolificum)

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💧 Medium to Wet Soil 💧

🌻 Native Forbs / Flowers

Spring blooms (March – May)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)
Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)
Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)
Hollow Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium fistulosum)
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
Rose / Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Virginia Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Purple-headed Sneezeweed (Helenium fexuosum)
Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Hollow Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium fistulosum)
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Purple-headed Sneezeweed (Helenium fexuosum)

🌾 Native Grasses

Spring blooms (March – May)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)

🌳 Native Trees / Shrubs

Spring blooms (March – May)
False Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
False Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

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☀️ Part sun (3-6 hours direct sun)

💧 Dry to Medium Soil 💧

🌻 Native Forbs / Flowers

Spring blooms (March – May)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Pale-purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Blue-stemmed / Wreath Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
Sweet / Anise-scented Goldenrod (Solidago odora)
Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)
Hairy Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum pilosum)
Hoary Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum incanum)
Slender Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum tenuifolium)
Rough Sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Pale-purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Blue-stemmed / Wreath Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
Sweet / Anise-scented Goldenrod (Solidago odora)
Rough Sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

🌾 Native Grasses

Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

🌳 Native Trees / Shrubs

Spring blooms (March – May)
American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Shrubby St. John's Wort (Hypericum prolificum)

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💧 Medium to Wet Soil 💧

🌻 Native Forbs / Flowers

Spring blooms (March – May)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)
Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Hollow Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium fistulosum)
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
Virginia Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Purple-headed Sneezeweed (Helenium fexuosum)
Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Hollow Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium fistulosum)
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Purple-headed Sneezeweed (Helenium fexuosum)

🌾 Native Grasses

Spring blooms (March – May)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)
River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)
River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)

🌳 Native Trees / Shrubs

Spring blooms (March – May)
False Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
False Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)

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☀️ Shade (3 hours or less direct sun)

💧 Medium to Wet Soil 💧

🌻 Native Forbs / Flowers

Spring blooms (March – May)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)

🌾 Native Grasses

Spring blooms (March – May)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)
Summer blooms (June – Aug.)
River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)
Fall blooms (Sept. – Nov.)
River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Virginia Wild rye (Elymus virginicus)

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