Names of Some Popular Nursery Plants

If you plan to purchase nursery plants online, always consider your USDA hardiness plant zone. Most online nurseries will tell you which zones the plants will grow best in. Local nurseries usually only carry plants that do well in your location. Familiarity makes for popularity, as you will probably choose nursery plants that you have heard of before.


The boxwood is a simple, yet elegant bush sold at nurseries. When trimmed to look like a box, it gives a more formal appearance. When it is trimmed to a round shape or left untrimmed, it lends itself to a more casual garden. The boxwood is a perennial evergreen. This means that the plant stays green (keeping its leaves) year round. However, in very cold locations some of the leaves can turn a bronze color. In the springtime, if these leaves die over the winter, they must be cut away from the bush. This shrub requires a soil that is well drained, so that the water does not pool around its roots. If you have a clay type of soil, work in compost before planting your boxwoods.

Silver Maple

The silver maple is one of the most popular trees in the United States. Its leaves have a silvery hue on the underside. It is a thick, attractive tree that grows quickly, providing ample shade. Its leaves turn a golden yellow during the fall months. It grows best in zones 3 through 9. If you live within these plant zones, you will most likely see this tree in your nursery. Consider the mature size of the silver maple, before planting, as it can reach a height of between 50 and 70 feet, with a spread of 40 to 60 feet. Choose this nursery plant if you live in a lowland area that receives flooding, as the silver maple is not bothered by such conditions.

Rose Bush

Rose bushes are popular nursery plants. This romantic bloom can add to the elegance of a traditional garden. It can also be the perfect element to a country or cottage garden. The rose bush seems to blend in as a natural aspect of any style garden. After all, there are over 11,000 varieties of roses to choose from. There is a bit more work involved in caring for roses than some other plants. You should not choose a rose bush from the nursery, if you don't have the time for it. Each spring, prune your rose bush by cutting off the dead or damaged branches first. According to the height you would like the bush to be, you would further cut it down by one-third to one-half. Use mulch (leaves, bark, pine needles, grass clippings) at the ground level to keep weeds down and to keep moisture at the root level. Keep the soil around the rose bush moist. But water at the ground level, as wet leaves can produce mold and fungus.

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