These are plant nurseries, garden centers, plant shops, and plant retailers where you can find North Creek Nurseries plants available in your state or by mail-order/online ordering. Retail sources are listed alphabetically by state initial.
North Creek's weekly informative blog about the Landscape Plug™, gardening, design, native plants, and garden ecology!
Treating leaves as a resource in the garden instead of trash is a shift in perspective. Educating your customers about the precious resources in their own backyards can be difficult which is why it's good to have some straightforward points!
Instead of garden mums and cabbage, spice up your fall display with perennial native plants that give you more bang for your buck with the ability to come back year after year and support our native pollinators!
Don't be alarmed! The plants aren't dead! Inside your boxes arriving in fall, there may be some flats with active growth and some going into dormancy. Learn what this means for the plants and your planting schedule in this week's The Plug!
Have rabbits in the garden munching all of your plants? Here is a list of plants that deter rabbits from eating them in this week's The Plug©.
We're living through another fern craze! Come see why this plant is back in fashion (tl;dr - it's low maintenance!) and our lists for all the ferns for conditions your garden designs are frequently handling.
Royalties, patents - what's the deal? If you work in the plant world, these are the nitty-gritty details that affect the pocketbook. We explain the details of these plant protections and how it affects you in this week's The Plug©.
One of the most common questions we receive is about how to take care of large landscapes and the timing around each task. In this week's The Plug, we explore the importance of caring for large-scale landscape projects and the timing of what job should be done when. Included are three free downloads that can help you and your team schedule maintenance and care for your projects.
Taxonomic name changes - if we ignore them, will they go away? There's been a shakedown by taxonomists in several different plant groups and we go through and explore who has been changed and how we're responding in this week's The Plug™.
What should you get planting now in August? Warm-season grasses, that's what! Give these plants, and several other varieties, the rooting time they require in the landscape before a fall frost. Learn more about what to plant now!
Meet our smooth ox-eye collection! A great addition to the summer perennial border, this plant shines in late summer as other perennials begin to fade. Learn more about Heliopsis helianthoides and some great cultivars to use in your next project.
Drought stress at this time of year is very common. For best success with your plantings, we help you identify drought stress signs in the field and give you ways to remedy this problem for now and for the future.
In between the spring season bursting with flower power and the summer where the heat triggers another flush of heat-loving perennials, is the "bridge" period. Typically in late May to early July, this period can be a quiet period in the garden. Bridge the gap between seasons with perennials that flower during this time period.
Our final installment about our propagation series, we explore how we use divisions and cuttings as a propagating type for our plants. We interview our stock grower and find out how it's done and what are some of our greatest challenges.
After spring and early summer perennials are finished blooming and their foliage begins to look tired, now is the perfect time to get in a client's garden and do some summer maintenance! We go through examples of plants that do well with a trim now and tips on how to do it.
The plants in this shade garden look scrawny and not like the catalog image - what's going on? In this week's The Plug©, we go through the different types of shade and why that's important to your garden design success.
For the question we receive often - for your newly installed Landscape Plugs™, when to water, how often, and for how long. This is a thorough exploration of this topic and we hope it gives you the answers you're seeking.
Let's get behind the scenes and learn about our most frequently asked about propagation type - tissue culture!
Learn about our Floating Treatment Wetlands, under evaluation by our Plant Trials and Gardens team, as a way of mitigating algal bloom in our stormwater system and ponds.
Learn about how North Creek propagates plant material using seed. We go through the benefits, drawbacks, and challenges to give a more rounded picture of growing with seed!
For seasonal bloom events, we go through 15 of our favorite self-sowing perennials that can be layered into a garden design for maximum flower power.
Why reinvent the wheel? We go through a list of native plants that contain toxic alkaloids that prevent herbivory to help YOU design the deer + rabbit -proof garden of your dreams!
Is mulch necessary in a landscape? This week, we explore the reasons why mulch is and can be used, the different kinds of mulch and their pros and cons, and how North Creek uses mulch in our landscape.
We frequently receive questions about what is the best way to remove our Landscape Plugs™ from their plug trays. We hear you! So, for those new to working with North Creek - here is the way we remove Landscape Plugs™ from their tray, don't search the box! No special tools are required!
Do you have a retail garden center or small business that sells native plants?
Then we want to hear from YOU!
We're updating the Retail Sources page on our website and would love to feature North Creek customers growing native plants for retail. We frequently have homeowners who come across our social media or website when they're looking for native plant nurseries in their area. We wish to direct these native plant enthusiasts to the retail garden center selling native plants in their area—aka YOUR BUSINESS!
It's that time of year again! Time for dividing perennials, grasses, and ferns. We explore why you should add this activity to your spring maintenance schedules, what plants to divide, when to do it, and how to do it - all in this post! Whew.
We've updated and IMPROVED our search function on our website! See what's new and how to utilize our search options to select plants best suited for your garden projects.
Learn garden maintenance strategies for your cool-season grasses and sedges - if they need a winter cutback, how hard it should be, and when to do it - in this week's The Plug®.
Plants are arriving to your projects in different stages of growth. Learn about the different stages and how to take care of them until you are able to plant the material into the ground for your projects.
It's the season for cutbacks in the garden for spring! We go over what tools we use, how we do it, and our timing as well as overview other methods so you can pick the perfect maintenance plan for your project needs.
Come see the restoration of the Lost Garden of Hagley in Wilmington, Delaware (right in our own backyard!).
We're melting! Here is our list (and two garden ideas!) for our native (and some non-native) plants that are tolerant of heat and humidity, especially great for gardens in the southeast United States.
Special Bulletin: North Creek Nurseries has decided to pull Carex flacca and its cultivars from our offerings due to invasive plant concerns. Read more here about this plant and how we've come to this decision.
Do you have voles causing mayhem in your plant designs? Learn more about this garden creature and our thoughts on care for the garden in this week's The Plug.
Brrr! Here is our list (and two garden ideas!) for our native plants that are tolerant of cold! We look at plants in USDA Zone 2-5 and show that while it may be cold, these tough plants can more than handle it!
Get the scoop about working with North Creek! We answer customer's Top 6 questions about how to order plant material and how our shipping works on this week's The Plug.
The increased interest in gardening, brought about by the stay-at-home orders for COVID-19, is going strong for spring 2021. We go into the state of the industry trends from 2020.
Two new species Baptisia added for spring 2021! Lots of requests have been made for straight species Baptisia - you asked, we listened.
A holiday gift guide for gardeners with gift ideas* for under $40. (We asked around - these are gifts that gardeners ACTUALLY want).
What's the best way to get rid of invasive plants? To use 'em up! We're making holiday wreaths, boughs, floral arrangements, and baskets from foraged invasive plants in our woods. Double the seasonal cheer by creating something beautiful while cleaning up your local ecosystem!
Join Dr. Doug Tallamy's movement towards increasing biodiversity and reconnecting ecosystems by getting on the map for Homegrown National Park!
Let's talk about good roots! If the ground is still workable where you are, consider doing a late-season planting with Landscape Plugs going into dormancy!
Continuing on the conversation around seed grown crops, we dive into the question of seed cultivars and genetic diversity.
Leave the stems and spent flower heads to the insects and wildlife for habitat! Use this pleasant weather for better things - getting a headstart on those cool season weeds! Learn about the most common kinds of cool season weeds and how to get rid of them.
Thinking about replacing your non-native turf with a native lawn? We give our top plants for the job and how to get rid of your old lawn to increase it's beauty and it's function, for you and the wildlife!
We love milkweed (Asclepias sp.) for their natural beauty and because they help the endangered Monarch butterfly but is there a whole new reason to plant this native perennial in your garden?
Learn all about Chelone - from the best place to plant them to what native insects they support - on this week's The Plug. We go in-depth of all the varieties we offer so you can choose the best one for your garden.
Seed-grown plants have a wonderful dearth of genetic diversity in each little seed. Sometimes, this results in differences in flower color or form. We explore plants we sell grown from seed that regularly have color variation.
Step-by-step on the best way to remove our Landscape Plugs from their trays and information about LP specifications for siting!
Choosing a goldenrod for a project? With so many Solidago species and cultivars available, we go through what we offer and their differences to help you make the best selection for your site.
Why North Creek grows what it grows - a grower's perspective on why certain native plants are hard to find in the marketplace.
Save time and money by utilizing our shipping racks delivered directly to your job site. Don't know what you need to qualify? Read on to learn!
A contentious subject - what to use for a project? Native plants? Cultivars? Nativars? We explore the different takes on this topic.
Is fall the best time to plant? Get the scoop on the pros and cons of installing plants in the fall.
Plants for modern garden design - elevate your aesthetic with modern, sculptural plant selections
Drought and disease in late summer - what to look for in the garden and how to fix it
We're in the middle of summer and boy is it hot! We have a list of plants that not only tolerate the heat and humidity but relish it!
What to plant for beautiful blooms in June, July, and August. Design your gardens knowing what's in flower when!
IMPROVED plant search with new features and additional search requirements help you navigate our 400+ plants to find exactly what you need for each project. Get tips on how to utilize our plant search and what's new.
It's hot out there! New plantings can be stressed as temperatures rise and precipation wanes. We give you the signs of drought stress and how often you should water in high summer.
Meet our Panicum collection! Learn about the switchgrass varieties we offer, the differences between them, and what these warm-season grasses do for the environment and local wildlife.
Looking for simple ways to elevate a client's garden? A list of perennials that can use summer maintenance to take the garden from good to great.
They're Ba-AAACK! A PSA on Spotted Lanternfly.
After a couple of decades of experience working with Landscape Plugs™, here are 5 things we wish we knew when we first started using them for installation projects.
Who CHOPPED my plants?! (We did.) Here are the reasons we trim your plants before we ship them.
Our tips and methods to prepare a new planting site, just in time for spring installations.
Early-season weeds are a bane to every spring garden. We round up our favorite strategies to eliminate or lessen your weed labor, making it easier for you and your garden maintenance.
We've partnered with Kind Earth Growers to bring you more wetland plants! Learn what new plants we offer and get a complete plant list of water-loving favorites for your next installation.
On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we reflect on our mission - to provide plants to improve the connection between humans and the natural environment.
Virginia bluebells are ready to ship! This woodland favorites are a beautiful spring ephemeral that we only carry for a short time. Find out why and what other spring plants grow great with them on this week's The Plug.
Want to add wildlife value to your kitchen and herb garden? Herb gardens are a wonderful way to add fresh taste and nutrition to your food but with these native plants, you can also provide more diverse offerings to pollinators while boosting your health!
For when you can't get to your local garden center, here is our list of reputable online plant dealers that ship directly to your door. Everything from hard-to-find plants, vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and even trees! It's all here and it ain't Amazon.
Here it is. Beautiful plant goodness for when you're stuck inside. So, whether you're self-isolating or because of bad weather, we've got our favorite shows, podcasts, and books to help you get through this!
Now is the perfect time to order ferns in time for spring and early summer planting. We'll tell you why they're available for only a short window and teach you when is the best time to plant them.
Are you transitioning a monoculture of lawn into a diverse pollinator haven? We're with you! In this post, we're giving you some of our favorite resources in how to add more wildlife value to your landscape. Together, we can create victory gardens for our pollinators!
New to working with North Creek Nurseries? We've made a step-by-step tutorial on how to use our availability and order with us.
Virginia wild-rye (Elymus virginicus) is now only available through custom-grow. Learn why this plant, and some others, have been taken off our current availability but can still be grown for your landscape projects.
It's here! It's online! See our online 2020 catalog + resource guide - full of our plants and lists for everything from what's deer-resistant to what's good to plant in a green roof. Not just a catalog - so much more!
Talking new plants and new products - what they are, how we choose them, and what's the next big thing on the horizon - with Brigitte Crawford, our New Products Manager.
Three native sedges that cover bare ground FAST after extensive ground restoration work
Easy native plant ideas to bolster the ecological benefits to your tropical garden
12 easy native substitutes for common non-native plants in the garden
We've hit the road! Find out where the Creekers are heading for the 2020 season
New North Creek plant introductions for the coming year!
We've introduced trial offerings! What is it and what does this mean for you?
Need some inspiration for winter outdoor decor? Planters, containers, and a tree just for the wildlife are explored for this holiday season!
As the season winds down, we reflect on some of our favorite conferences, symposia, and tradeshows to network, increase our knowledge, and gather inspiration.
Our customer service team's best tips on how to protect your plants if your fall planting project is delayed
Maintenance for green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) - ensure longevity with proper care
Our top native plant picks to use an alternative to lawn
Are they dying?! Nope, plants shipping now are just going to sleep!
Figuring out how and why a plant didn't perform in garden design
Here's how to bring birds into the garden with the best native perennial plants to provide food + shelter.
Increase your garden plants easily - now is an excellent time to look out for ripening seed. What to look for and our lazy gardener hacks on the easiest ways to grow natives from seed!
I got 99 problems but a chipmunk ain't one! Keeping chipmunks, rabbits, and other small animals out of your garden!
More than vinca... beautiful colors and textures to use in low-maintenance shady spots!
Plants for a foundation planting that are low-maintenance, easy, and beautiful!
Everything you need to know on what to do to prevent deer pressure in the garden!
Perennials that can take a beating and stay on top. Flower power that doesn't just WOW but helps local insects. We're taking a look at some late-season native champions for a fall show.
From swamps to hillsides, there's a Coreopsis for every garden!
When should you plant our Landscape Plugs? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to each time frame in the growing season to figure out your ideal planting window.
Do you have a black walnut tree removed from your garden site recently? Here are our top picks for full-sun perennials tolerant of black walnut to put in your garden, a continuation from Plug post.
See our Landscape Plugs in action by checking out plants in public spaces! Here are some recommendations for great public gardens to visit, state-by-state.
How to protect your newly-installed landscape from persistent waterfowl pests
Why use prairie plants? Grow deeper as we explore the benefits of natives with deep roots and how they can boost your garden and its design.
How to irrigate your newly planted Landscape Plugs through the summer, the signs of drought stress and an overview of different forms of irrigation to decide what is best for you and your site.
A month-by-month list of our favorite perennials to create a massive seasonal bloom event in the garden!
A deeper look into scheduling large landscape maintenance with two free downloadable documents to help you plan!
Utilizing Aster-relatives for filling the perennial garden with durable blooms all summer long.
A look into the calendar year for maintenance and care of large landscapes to plan and schedule weed controls methods
A guide to the Geraniums we offer and when they bloom
Join us, as part of the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, in using plants to tune into the power of green infrastructure!
For the humid heat and acidic clay soils of The South, we give a list of 100+ native plants that can survive even the swampiest of weather!
Installing hundreds of Landscape Plugs™ but short on time? We introduce you to our favorite spring planting tool, the 3" auger.
What to do if your installation date is delayed...
Controlled burns as a landscape management tool
Why are Virginia bluebells only available in spring? What about Celandine poppy?
New to working with North Creek? Here is what to expect with our Landscape Plugs™
Things are growing again...! But they're mostly weeds. A look at weed control timing.
Using what's there- utilizing a plant's characteristics for design + function
Monitoring your new Landscape Plugs™
To mulch or not to mulch? The use of mulch in the landscape
How long should I water? The importance of irrigating newly-installed plugs in your landscape
Want to try something new? Here are 4 other plants to try beyond Pennsylvania sedge, Carex pensylvanica
What's a little rain? Checking in with our 3-year-old rain garden and learning how rain gardens help with flooding after a storm
The first step to weed management is properly identifying common weeds. Here are some of the most common weeds found in the Mid-Atlantic with recommended strategies for their control and removal.
Here are our favorite Top 10 Native Plants to plant en masse outcompete the weeds as part of your weed management strategy
Now is the time! When to have your warm-season grasses installed at your project
Ever wanted to visit North Creek Nurseries? Come to our First Friday Garden Tour, the 1st Friday of every month to learn about our plants, how we do things, and maybe, a little inspiration.
With over a dozen different Asters available from North Creek, here is our bloom chart to make sense of the collection and to stagger your garden bloom time for massive effect!
Visiting Brookside Gardens in Maryland, two years after renovating their parking lot using the Landscape Plug™
Investing in your garden: three of our favorite spring-time bloomers with flower power that is well worth the wait
Timing your garden cutbacks: why we prefer cleaning up our garden in the spring over the fall
Just in time for Halloween, we check out the beautiful work done to revitalize a local cemetery in Philadelphia with the Grave Gardeners
Right plant, wrong place: when good plants go bad and take over your garden!
There are black walnut trees everywhere! What to plant that tolerates black walnut jugalones
The grass 'turkey feet' is actually beloved by turkeys?? A closer look at Andropogon gerardii
What came first? The plug before the shrub? The order to install a landscape and why
Wet feet or bone dry? How wetland indicator status helps identify suitable plant environments for planting design
Getting tiny! A closer look at tissue culture and micropropagation of plants
Divide and Conquer! A closer look at propagation through division and cuttings
Seeds for the future! A closer look at seed sowing and propagating our plants by seed
When to cut-back foliage for the Hellebore and provide polish to the Lenten Rose
North Creek Nurseries pest management: our pledge to the Pollinators, the People, and the Planet
So it begins... cutting back and cleaning up your garden in time for spring!
The marriage of beauty + utility. Seedheads in the winter for form and food.
Landscape Plugs™ in action! Tour of a native plant planting along PA's I-78!
Living mulch! Choosing evergreen groundcover plants to prevent weed germination
Please! I need plants that can take all this salt! Choosing plants with salt tolerance in the landscape
My plants have arrived and it's cold out! Now what? Fresh plants + cold weather = bad news
Why do my plants look dead? Learning about vernalization and plugs breaking dormancy in spring