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Annuals

Annuals only live for one growing season. They need to be replanted every year.

Alternathera (Joseph’s Coat)

If you’re looking for vivid, colorful foliage, Joseph’s Coat fits the bill! It’ll catch every eye in the garden. Native to Mexico, it tolerates our summer heat well.

Mature Growth6” to 3’ tall, 6” to 2’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun – afternoon shade is beneficial
Water RequirementsWater regularly. Their soil needs to be consistently moist, but don’t leave them in standing water.
Wildlife ConsiderationsDeer-resistant
Design TipsA popular choice in container gardens as the “filler.” If you’re planting it in your landscape, plant it in larger groups for maximum impact.

Angelonia

Heat tolerant, drought tolerant, beautiful blooms – angelonia has everything! It resembles a snapdragon but has smaller blooms, which make lovely cut flowers. No need for deadheading but if you cut it back to the ground periodically, it will grow back thicker in about a week.

Mature Growth1” to 3’ tall, 1’ to 2’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsOnce the plant has established itself, allow it to dry out between waterings. Moderately drought tolerant.
Wildlife ConsiderationsDeer-resistant
Design TipsA popular choice in container gardens as the “thriller.” If you’re planting it in your landscape, plant it in larger groups for maximum impact or use it as a beautiful border.

Begonia

Begonias are prized for their vibrant blooms and textured foliage! Their bright colors will catch all eyes in your garden beds. Deadhead and pinch them back regularly to keep them healthy and prolong their blooming period. These are a different type of begonia from the one you would use as a houseplant – those are Rieger begonias.

Mature Growth6” to 3’ tall, 6” to 1’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun, partial sun, full shade
Water RequirementsWater fairly regularly to keep the soil moist but not too wet
Wildlife ConsiderationsDeer-resistant
Design TipsPlant it in larger groups for maximum impact. They are also a popular choice for container gardens as the “filler.”
Plumed Celosia - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro, TN

Plumed celosia

Celosia (Cockscomb)

Celosia is a popular choice amongst gardeners because it’s easy to grow! You’ll find their stiff, waxy blooms in three different shapes: crested, plumbed, and spicate. They make beautiful cut and dried flowers!

Mature Growth6” to 1’ tall, 1’ to 3’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly. Their soil needs to be consistently moist, but don’t leave them in standing water.
Wildlife ConsiderationsAttracts butterflies
Design TipsA popular choice in container gardens as the “thriller.” If you’re planting it in your landscape, plant it in larger groups for maximum impact.
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Dahlias

With blooms in almost any color and a variety of sizes, you’re sure to find a dahlia that’s perfect for all your garden projects!

Mature Growth1’ to 3’ tall, 3’ to 8’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly. Their soil needs to be consistently moist, but don’t leave them in standing water.
Wildlife ConsiderationsAttracts butterflies
Design TipsPay attention to the mature height of your selected dahlia. Some can get quite tall, and some can have large dinner plate- sized blooms. Plant them where they and other plants in your bed can all be seen.

Impatiens (New Guinea and Sun Patiens)

Impatiens are blooming powerhouses that will make a statement in your garden. However, many are prone to contracting downy mildew. That’s what makes the New Guinea and SunPatien varieties so popular – they are more disease-resistant!

Mature GrowthNew Guinea: 12” to 15’ tall, 1’ to 3’ wide
SunPatiens: 24” to 36” tall, 24” to 36” wide
Sun RequirementsPartial sun to partial shade
Water RequirementsWater when dry. When they start to wilt, they need water.
Wildlife ConsiderationsAttracts hummingbirds
Design TipsA popular choice in container gardens as the “spiller” or “filler.” Pair them in your landscape or container with begonias, marigolds, or salvia!

Phantom Petunia - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro TN

Phantom Petunia

Petunias

Petunias come in a variety of colors and patterns – you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your garden! Wave petunias are aggressive growers that cover your garden in color, making them great borders or groundcovers. SuperTunias, on the other hand, have long vines that look beautiful in a hanging basket.

Mature Growth6” to 8’ tall, 1’ to 4’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun
Water RequirementsKeep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations▷ Deer- and rabbit-resistant
▷ Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Design TipsA popular choice in container gardens as the “spiller” or “filler.” Pair with angelonia, dusty miller, geraniums, or salvia. Be careful, though – wave petunias may choke out other plants.
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Tri-Color Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet potato is a versatile and vigorous garden addition! The foliage is classically a bright chartreuse, but other colors are available. This plant grows very quickly and may require frequent pruning, depending on the look you are going for in your garden.

Mature Growth6” tall, 3’ to 6’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun, partial shade/sun, full shade
Water RequirementsKeep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife ConsiderationsDeer- and rabbit-resistant
Design TipsA popular choice in container gardens as the “spiller.” In garden beds, it makes an excellent groundcover. Pair with angelonia, marigolds, or impatiens!

Perennials

Perennials will come back year after year. They do not need to be replanted every year.

Stella D'oro Daylily - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro, TN

Stella D’oro Daylily

Daylilies

Each daylily bloom may only last for a day, but these beauties will give you a stream of flowers throughout the season! These are tough, rugged plants that can tolerate a variety of conditions. You can even eat the buds and flowers!

Mature Growth1’ to 8’ tall, 1’ to 3’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun
Water RequirementsWater when the first inch of soil is dry to the touch
Wildlife ConsiderationsAttracts hummingbirds
Design TipsPlant a mix of early- mid- and late-blooming varieties for long-term color. Pair with coneflowers and black-eyed Susans.
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Hardy Hibiscus

End the planting season with a bang! These hardy relatives of the tropical variety are one of the last plants to come back to life each year. The dinner plate-sized hardy hibiscus blooms are well worth the wait!

Mature Growth3’ to 6’ tall, 8’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsKeep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations▷ Deer- and rabbit-resistant
▷ Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Design TipsThese plants need lots of space to spread out! Plant them near phlox, bee balm, or canna lilies in your landscape.

Geranium

Geraniums are a popular choice because they are so easy to grow! They’ll put on a color show for you throughout the spring and summer. True geraniums are perennials and are sometimes called cranesbill geraniums. Annual geraniums actually belong to the pelargonium family.

Mature Growth6” to 3’ tall, 6” to 4’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun
Water RequirementsKeep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations▷ Deer- and rabbit-resistant
▷ Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Design TipsA popular choice in container gardens. Let its cascading blooms in its ivy form be the star of a window box! Pair with astilbe, irises, angelonia, calibrachoa, or salvia.

Hosta

There’s so many varieties of hosta, you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your garden! While they are prized for their beautiful leaves, they do have lovely flowers that pop up in the summer.

Mature Growth6” to 3’ tall, 8’ wide or smaller
Sun RequirementsPartial sun to full shade
Water RequirementsKeep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife Considerations▷ Not deer- or rabbit-resistant
▷ Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Design TipsA great border plant. Pair with heuchera or Lenten roses.

Trees & Shrubs

Arborvitaes

Looking for a fast-growing evergreen that’s easy to care for? Look no further than the arborvitae! Also called thuja, this conifer can suit any garden purpose.

Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Eaten by deer and rabbits
Design TipsThese trees work great as a privacy screen!

Popular Varieties

Green Giant Arborvitae
Mature size: 25’-30’ tall and 8’-10’ wide
The Green Giant has a conical form and is a versatile addition to your garden. It’s virtually disease-free.

Emerald Green Arborvitae
Mature size: 15’-18’ tall and 4’ wide
The Emerald Green is narrow and pyramidal. It’s one of the most popular choices for a screen, tall hedge, or topiary.

Birch Trees

Birch trees are fast-growers that provide lots of interest to your garden with their textured bark! If you have a river or pond, these are great to plant along the bank to prevent erosion.

Mature Growth40’ to 60’ tall and wide (traditionally; size depends on variety)
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Deer and rabbits are known to eat its foliage
Design TipsBirch trees are great in areas of your yard that retain water because they like to stay in moist soil. They are also prized for their textured bark that adds lots of interest to your landscape!

Crabapple Trees

A blooming crabapple tree is a great way to add drama to your garden! They do produce fruit that is smaller than your standard apple and less tasty. They are prized more as an ornamental tree!

Mature Growth20’ tall and wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides food and a nesting site for birds
▷ Attracts bees
Design TipsA great tree for small yards!
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro TN

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtles

Due to how suited it is for hot and sunny places, the crape myrtle is a staple of the southern garden! They have the longest bloom time of any flowering tree.

Don’t commit “crape murder!” Drastically cutting back your crape myrtle in the fall will make it look like ugly stumps that don’t have the pretty mottled bark that grows on maturing trunks. Your incorrectly pruned tree with also now grow skinny shoots that are too weak to hold up flowers.

Mature Growth15’ to 20’ tall, 15’ wide (traditionally – size depends on variety)
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Attracts bees
Design TipsDwarf of shrub varieties make great borders.

Cryptomeria

Also called a Japanese cedar, cryptomeria is a fast-growing, beautiful evergreen. They can reach 30’ to 40’ tall and 20’ to 30’ wide. Some gardeners will use them as an alternative to Leyland cypress trees.

Mature Growth50’ to 80’ tall, 20′ to 30′ wide wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife ConsiderationsProvides and a nesting site for birds
Design TipsOften used in Japanese gardens. You’ll see them planted in groves or linear plantings as a windbreak or a privacy screen. You can plant young ones in a container but as they mature, they will need to eventually be transplanted into the ground.

Cypress Trees

These North American natives will give you year-round interest with their evergreen growth!

Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife ConsiderationsProvides a nesting site for birds
Design TipsThese trees work great as a privacy screen! Because their mature size can be quite large, they are not suited for small gardens.

Popular Varieties

Leyland Cypress
Mature size: 50’+ tall and 20’ wide (expect less than 3’ of growth per year)
Because of their large growth, plant them no closer than 15’ apart from one another.

Murray Cypress
Mature size: 30’-40’ tall and 12’20’ wide (expect less than 4’ of growth per year)
The Murray cypress is an improved Leyland cypress. It is not as susceptible to pests or diseases.

Carolina Sapphire Cypress
Mature size: 25’-30’ tall and 12’ wide
Carolina Sapphire has fragrant foliage!

Dogwood Trees

Dogwoods will give you year-round interest in your landscape! White, pink, or red flowers in the spring will give way to beautiful red berries in the winter.

Mature Growth15’ to 20’ tall and wide
Sun RequirementsPartial morning sun to full shade
Water RequirementsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides food and a nesting site for birds
▷ Attracts bees and butterflies
Design TipsThis flowering tree makes a great centerpiece of your shade garden!

Holly

We typically think of holly as being a Christmas plant, but it is perfect year-round. There are male and female holly plants. Females produce berries as long as a male is planted nearby to help with pollination.

Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Berries eaten by birds, squirrels, and chipmunks
▷ Foliage eaten by deer and rabbits
Design TipsThe bush works well as a border!

Popular Varieties

Robin Holly
Mature size: 15’-20’ tall and 12’-15’ wide
Robin holly’s foliage starts as a beautiful shade of maroon and matures to a rich dark green.

Oakland Holly
Mature size: 15’-20’ tall and 12’-15’ wide
Oakland holly gets its name from its distinctive oak-shaped leaves.

Nellie R. Stevens Holly
Mature size: 15’-20’ tall and 10’ wide
Nellie R. Stevens holly grows quickly in a pyramidal, tree-like form!

Seaside Serenade Bar Harbor Hydrangea - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro TN

Seaside Serenade Bar Harbor Hydrangea

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of the most popular plants to add to your garden! You’ll have blue blooms if your soil is more alkaline and pink blooms if your soil has more lime, and you can amend as necessary to get your desired color. Or, catch eyes in your garden with one of the white bloom varieties!

Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun/shade
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife ConsiderationsProvides food and a nesting site for birds
Design TipsThis plant can shine on its own or play well with others! Pair with hostas, astible, or azaleas in your landscape.

Popular Varieties

Limelight and Little Lime
Mature size: 3’-8’ tall and wide
These chartreuse blooms look great as a border, in containers, or on your kitchen table as a cut flower!

Seaside Serenade® Collection
Mature size: 3’-4’ tall and wide
Exclusively from Monrovia, these hydrangeas are compact in size, have sturdier stems and thicker leaves, and are reliable re-bloomers.

Laurels

Quick-growing laurel is a great addition to your garden!

Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Toxic – don’t plant near livestock
Design TipsLaurels work well as a privacy hedge.

Popular Varieties

Carolina Bright ’N Tight Laurel
Mature size: 8’-10’ tall and 6’-8’ wide
Enjoy fragrant white blooms in the spring from this laurel!

Magnolia Trees

Magnolia trees are a southern staple. Enjoy its glossy, evergreen leaves throughout the year and its fragrant blooms in the spring and summer!

Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun
Water RequirementsWater incrementally
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Seeds are eaten by birds, squirrels, and rabbits
Design TipsDwarf varieties make beautiful privacy screens. Don’t plant anything under magnolias – leaf litter will cover anything below.

Popular Varieties

Little Gem Magnolia
Mature size: 20’-25’ tall and 10’-15’ wide
This is a true dwarf magnolia. It can be trained as espalier against a wall or fence.

Teddy Bear Magnolia
Mature size: 16’-20’ tall and 10’-12’ wide
This is true dwarf magnolia. Its compact, upright form makes for the perfect tree for smaller landscapes.

Alta Magnolia
Mature size: 20’ tall and 9’ wide
This is a true dwarf magnolia. It grows very slowly, but it keeps its tight columnar form without pruning.

Japanese Maple - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro TN

Japanese Maple

Maple Trees

Looking for a fast growing tree that will give you lots of shade? Maples tick the boxes! They are prized for their fall color, when the beautiful green leaves turn into gorgeous shades of orange and red. Japanese maples grow a little slower, but they make up for it in interest. Their leaves come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors that will all accent your garden well.

Mature Growth▷ Traditionally: 50’ to 60’ tall, 40’ wide (size depends on variety)
▷ Japanese Maples: 8’ to 30’ tall and wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least 6 hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Deer and rabbits are known to eat young branches
Design TipsMake sure you have plenty of space for this large trees! Pair Japanese maples with ginkgos, sedum, or azaleas in your landscape.

Poplar Trees

Poplar trees are so popular, the tulip poplar is Tennessee’s state tree! They grow up quickly and will provide your garden lots of shade.

Mature Growth40’ tall and wide (traditionally; size depends on variety)
Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Deer and rabbits are known to eat its foliage
Design TipsPlant these trees away from your house to give its large roots room to grow without causing you any problems!

Pink Heartbreaker Weeping Redbud Tree - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro, TN

“Pink Heartbreaker” Weeping Redbud

Redbud Trees

Not only are redbuds beautiful, they are also easy to care for. This low-maintenance ornamental tree is native to the eastern United States!

Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least 6 hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly in extreme heat
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Attracts bees and butterflies
Design TipsThis tree makes a great centerpiece of your shade garden!

Popular Varieties

Rising Sun Redbud
Mature size: 8’-12’ tall and 8’ wide
Beautiful apricot, gold, yellow, and lime green leaves are present all at once on this show-stopping addition to your garden!

Spruce Trees

These native conifers will add rustic evergreen elegance to your garden. It is known to grow slowly, but your patience will pay off with a display of beautiful, fragrant foliage.

Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least 6 hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater substantially in the summer
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Provides winter shelter for rabbits and other small animals
Design TipsSpruce trees are a beautiful specimen plant in larger landscapes! They can also form a privacy screen.

Popular Varieties

Colorado Blue Spruce
Mature size: 40’-60’ tall and 10’-20’ wide
The blue shade of its foliage is striking against your green landscape!

Norwegian Spruce
Mature size: 40’-60’ tall and 25’-30’ wide
The Norwegian spruce is one of the fastest growing varieties.

Willow Trees

Willow trees are fast-growers that are definitely going to catch all the eyes in your garden! If you have a river or pond, these are great to plant along the bank to prevent erosion.

Mature Growth30’ to 50’ tall, 30’ to 40’ wide (traditionally; size depends on variety)
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least 6 hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil
Wildlife Considerations▷ Provides a nesting site for birds
▷ Deer and rabbits are known to eat its foliage
Design TipsWillow trees are great in areas of your yard that retain water because they like to stay in moist soil.

Tropicals

Tropical plants are considered annuals in Middle Tennessee. While they can handle our hot summers, our winters are too brutal for them and will kill them.

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus fern isn’t technically a fern at all – this tropical annual is part of the lily family! It make look soft and fuzzy but be careful because there are small spurs hidden in the foliage.

Mature Growth1’ to 3’ tall, 18” to 3’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun to partial sun
Water RequirementsKeep soil evenly moist, but don’t leave in standing water
Wildlife ConsiderationsAttracts birds
Design TipsPair these in containers with geraniums and angelonia!
Blueberry Ice Bougainvillea - Martin's Home & Garden - Murfreesboro TN

Blueberry Ice Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Get a burst of show-stopping color in your garden with bougainvillea! This tropical annual is a vigorous grower with brightly colored bracts. Be careful when handling – watch out for thorns!

Mature Growth8’ to 20’ tall, 10’ to 40’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater when soil is dry to the touch
Wildlife ConsiderationsAttracts birds
Design TipsBougainvillea grows very large, very fast. Train it on a trellis or wall, or use it as a sprawling groundcover.

Vinca

Also called periwinkle, vinca is native to warm Madagascar. This means it does well in our Tennessee summer heat! There are trailing and upright varieties.

Mature Growth6” to 3’ tall, 8” to 3’ wide
Sun RequirementsFull sun – at least six hours of sunlight each day
Water RequirementsWater when top inch of soil is dry
Wildlife Considerations▷ Attracts butterflies
▷ Deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant
▷ Sap is poisonous – keep away from curious pets
Design TipsPlant it in larger groups for maximum impact. It makes a beautiful border. It is also a popular choice for container gardens as the “spiller.”