Growing Place Choice

The Growing Place

Growing for the Future with Right Plants…

Growing Place Choice Plants are chosen because they are strong performers year after year, staying attractive with less maintenance when planted in the right place. We’ve cultivated this list over the years by testing many of the plants we sell in our Learning Gardens. We have also gathered feedback from our staff & customers so that we can pass it along to you. Growing Place Choice plants are perfect for all levels of gardeners, especially beginners. Growing Place Choice Plants are a mix of natives, nativars, perennials, trees, and shrubs especially chosen by our knowledgeable and experienced staff.

…in Right Places

Most are fine in average soil. Plants that grow best in moist soil are noted with (M). Plants that grow best in dry soil are noted with (D).

Light Conditions

  • Full Sun: 6+ hours of sun anytime during the day/south and west sides of buildings.
  • Part shade: Lightly filtered sun or 3-5 hours of morning sun, sometimes found on the east side of buildings and under the light shade of trees.
  • Full Shade: 1-3 hours of sun anytime during the day, usually on the north side of homes, between buildings or under trees.

Soil and Moisture Conditions

  • Average Soil: We consider a variety of soils to be average, ranging from predominantly clay to loam soil that has a nice mix of clay, silt, sand, and organic materials.
  • Well-drained Soil: This soil type will have a balanced content of sand, silt, and/or organic material, allowing it to drain easily. Plants that need well-drained soil will not survive if planted in poorly drained sites.
  • Moist, Well-drained Soil: This soil type can be found near water sources, depressions, and shady woodland areas. High organic, silt, and possibly sand content allows water to soak in, and be available through most of the growing season while draining slowly.
  • Wet Soil: Usually found in low-lying areas and often comprised of predominantly clay. Water is retained for a period of time, especially during seasons of higher moisture.
  • Dry Soil: Dry soils can be found at the top of slopes, under trees, near pavement, and under eaves. These soils absorb water but drain quickly and excessively. Wet soil can become dry soil during extended periods without rain.
  • This list is a general guide. Specific varieties are marked on the TGP Plant Search online & our signs. Perennials are arranged alphabetically by their Latin name in the sun or shade section.


Plant Search

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Our online plant search is here to help you plan your garden or landscape. Search our selections for pictures and detailed descriptions about most of the plants we carry.