The Advanced Search feature has been enhanced to allow users to search for ALL plants that meet their criteria OR only plants that are currently available. This will limit the results to only display options for plants that can immediately be purchased, helping to avoid customer disappointment (plant is not currently available). Please note: This will not include or account for Future Crops. Don’t forget, you may call the office to check on future crop ready dates. The new Inventory Status searchable tool will be just on the bottom of the Advanced Search page, just above the "Begin Search" button on the bottom of the page.Plant Characteristics SearchBLOOM TIME
Winter: December – February
Spring: March – May
Summer: June – August
Fall: September – November
Lawn Alternative: Standard grass lawns are not environmentally friendly. Turf grass requires frequent mowing, maintenance, fertilizer, and sufficient water. There are other lawn alternatives which are pollinator/wildlife friendly and some can even be walked on. Alternatives are also needed for where grass cannot grow, such as slopes or even to prevent foot traffic (Ex: Junipers). Additional research will be required to find the best option for your project.Native:Plants originating in the Eastern United States. Rain Garden Plants:A rain garden is a depressed area in the landscape that collects rainwater from a roof, patio, lawn, driveway or street, and allows water to soak into the ground. Planted mostly with shrubs, grasses and perennials with a focus on native plants, rain gardens can reduce runoff, help filter out pollutants and provide food and shelter for butterflies, songbirds, and other wildlife. Rain gardens can also help recharge groundwater, important for maintaining our aquifers.
Plants NOT suitable for a rain garden:
-Large trees, because their growth changes sun conditions and alters spacing available for other plants
-Plants that are heavy feeders
-Plants that do not like “wet feet” for an extended period or plants susceptible to root rot (ex. Flowering Dogwood)
-Plants with aggressive root systems (ex. Willows)
Note: See Resources/Helpful Websites for additional information and links.ATTRACTS WILDLIFEAttracts Pollinators:Identifies plants whose flowers serve as a significant food source for butterflies, moths, native bees, honey bees, flies, beetles, hummingbirds or bats. The food source can be nectar and/or pollen.Food Source for Wildlife:Plant which provided dependable food to insects, birds, mammals or reptiles, in the form of nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds or nuts. SPECIAL RECOGNITIONPerennial Plant of the Year: To showcase a perennial that is a standout among its competitors. Winners are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require low maintenance, have multiple-season interest, and are relatively pest/disease-free. PHS Gold Medal Plant:The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society recognizes trees, shrubs, woody vines and now perennials too of outstanding merit. Plants are evaluated and chosen for their superb eye-appeal, performance, and hardiness in the growing region of Zones 5-7 as well as for their multi-season interests (foliage, flower, form or bark). Pleasant Run Nursery Preferred Selection:We've been asked to highlight some of our personal garden favorites. We have found that these plants have proved excellent in both production and landscape settings. Some of them "lead the pack" in flower beauty, foliage color or length of bloom times. Some show a superior growth habit and disease resistance. Others are consistently excellent but simply underused. Lastly, some of them offer multiple seasons of appeal and should be a staple of many landscapes. TOLERANCEDrought Tolerant:Plants which usually do not require supplemental irrigation after they are established in the landscape, even during prolonged droughts. Dry Shade:Plants which tolerate receiving only a few hours of direct sunlight in soils that usually have little moisture. These conditions are usually found under trees or shrubs where the shorter plants have to compete with the tree or shrub roots for moisture while growing under the drip lines. Another situation where dry shade conditions exist is in close proximity to walls or buildings where the structure makes a “rain shadow”. Foot Traffic Tolerant: Low growing plants that can tolerate light to even heavy foot traffic without doing serious or permanent damage to the plant. Some of these plants can tolerate more foot traffic than others so additional research is required. Use these groundcovers options for between stepping stones or as edging options around pathways and patios. Salt Tolerant:Plants that survive significant exposure to ocean salt spray. Sources: Univ. Wisconsin Extension, Greenbelt Native Plant Center & NYC Parks & Recreations. Wet Site Tolerant:Plants which thrive in sites with constant moisture or periodic standing water. TREE TYPEEvergreen: Covers both conifers and broadleaved trees.Fastigiate: Upright narrow habit with erect, dense branching. Useful for tight spaces.Ornamental: 30’ or less, with noteworthy blooms, bark and/or foliage.Shade: Greater than 30’.Street: Single stem/Tree form, branching (5’ or higher should be the eventual starting point), the root habit (for sidewalk preservation), the soil requirements (not a fussy forest tree), and litter production (heavy fruit bearing trees are messy). VINES (Clematis)We are often asked questions about pruning Clematis, and cultivars are often divided into groupings (1, 2 and 3) which are guides for optimal pruning. Based on our own experience at Pleasant Run Nursery (and to simplify things), we have designated our Clematis into Group A and Group B.
Group A: Cultivars which benefit from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period. The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.
Group B: Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers. They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring. Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'.AVAILABILITY:All plants are listed by Botanical name# sign represents the gallon size/pot size