Plant nurseries are agricultural firms that propagate annuals, perennials,
and shrubs, and grow them to a marketable size. Retail nurseries sell
plants and garden supplies to the general public while wholesale nurseries
sell their nursery stock to garden centers, commercial landscapers, and
other nurseries. Private nurseries may provide for the needs of an
institution or estate.
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Nurseries vary widely in their scope of operation; some nurseries grow a
large assortment of plants while others specialize in a plant category,
such as flowers, garden vegetables, ground covers, or succulents.
Additionally, a nursery may focus on a certain phase of plant growth, such
as propagation or growing out. Some plant nurseries specialize in
propagating houseplants or greenhouse plants while others specialize in
growing particular plant species and varieties such as roses or orchids.
Many nurseries make use of greenhouses, which are made of glass or plastic
tunnels. A greenhouse protects plants from harsh weather while still
allowing light to filter through. Some greenhouses include automated
temperature control, ventilation, watering, and feeding systems.
Nurseries are very labor intensive businesses. The plants must be
cared for and examined each day. Most estimates say that 70% of the
nursery expense is the manpower needed to keep it running optimally.
For such a labor intensive business, it is imperative to consider the
climate where the nursery is located and grow accordingly, to avoid losing
profit. Many plants and shrubs that would grow well in a rainy
location may not survive in a dry environment and vice versa. Proper
research and ongoing care are needed to ensure the long-term viability of
the plant nursery.
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PlantNurseries.us features convenient access to selected retail nurseries,
wholesale nurseries, and online horticulture resources.
Home gardeners and landscapers can order plants online or by phone from
many of these nurseries.
Retail Plant Nurseries
- Spring Hill Nurseries
This well-known nursery offers a broad selection of flowering shrubs, perennials, roses, bulbs, and ground covers.
- Plant Delights Nursery
Features unusual and hard-to-find garden perennials that also make great garden subjects.
Canadian source for roses, perennials, and flowering shrubs features worldwide shipping.
- Song Sparrow
Klehm's Song Sparrow perennial farms features peonies, daylilies, clematis, hostas, and other perennials.
- Santa Rosa Gardens
This Florida-based plant nursery features a wide variety of ornamental grasses and perennial plants.
- Twombly Nursery
This Connecticut nursery features a large and diverse inventory of rare and unusual plants in all sizes.
- White Flower Farm
This family-owned nursery, located in northwestern Connecticut,
is a premier mail-order source for plants, bulbs, and gardening supplies.
- Wayside Gardens
South Carolina plant nursery and gardening source offers a broad range of perennials, bulbs, roses, trees & shrubs, and rare plants.
Features container garden supplies and gift plants, as well as useful container gardening information.
- Nichols Garden Nursery
This Oregon-based nursery offers a selection of herb plants, rare seeds, gardening resources and recipes.
- Avant Gardens
This small, family-run Massachusetts nursery features annuals and perennials, grasses and sedges, rock garden plants, and woody plants.
- Niche Gardens
Mail order nursery located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina specializes in native perennials, trees and shrubs.
- YuccaDo Nursery
This Texas-based nursery specializes in drought and heat tolerant plants from the Southwest. Find bromeliads, bulbs, cacti, cycads, and ferns,
plus grasses, palms, subtropicals, and woody lilies!
- Graceful Gardens
This New York State garden center features delphiniums, annuals and perennials.
- Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.
Missouri-based supplier of fruit trees, shade trees, flowering trees, shrubs, and roses.
- Greenwood Nursery
This Tennessee-based garden center offers trees, shrubs, fruiting plants, and garden gear.
- Aquatic Plants of Florida
Certified aquatic plants and tree farm grows Florida native plants, including fresh water plants, wetland plants and salt-tolerant plants.
- Foliage Gardens
This Washington-based fern nursery offers hardy native and exotic ferns.
Wholesale Plant Nurseries
This producer of container-grown plants provides a large variety of "distinctively better" plants for garden centers.
- Walters Gardens
This wholesale grower of perennials specializes in growing quality bare root and starter perennials.
- Hoffman Nursery
Provides ornamental and native grasses to the wholesale trade.
- Star Roses
Conard-Pyle and Star® Roses work with hybridizers all over the world to bring high quality roses to the market.
- Weeks Roses
This major wholesaler offers popular, unusual, and award-winning roses, including fragrant roses, shrubs, climbers and miniatures.
- Bakker Nurseries
Ontario-based nursery ships wholesale woody ornamental nursery stock, roses and trees to Canada, the United States, and Europe.
- Bailey Nurseries
This wholesale nursery serves customers throughout the USA, Canada, and beyond.
- Briggs Nursery
Wholesale grower located in Washington features ornamental nursery stock, with special emphasis on rhododendrons.
- Bluebird Nursery
Nebraska-based wholesale plant nursery offers perennials, herbs, grasses and wildflowers.
- Aldershot Greenhouses
This Ontario-based nursery is a grower of potted roses and miniature roses.
- R. F. DeMarco Nursery
Large New Jersey-based wholesale nursery features rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris and holly.
Plant Nursery Supplies
- National Native Plant Nursery Directory
Features a list of native plant nurseries and sources of
native plants, broken down by state. Find the native plant you are
looking for from a nursery near your home or office.
Horticultural software references of plant pictures and data designed for garden centers, growers, and researchers.
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