Plants of outstanding quality and dependable performance for the lower Midwest.

Grows consistently well in Missouri, central and southern Illinois, and the Kansas City Metro area.

Selecting good plants for the landscape can be challenging, especially when faced with numerous possibilities and limited information. The task is made even more complex when many new plants are introduced each year with which gardeners have limited experience. Conversely, there are many excellent plant selections, known to professionals, but underutilized in the home landscape.

Plants of Merit Criteria

  • Easy to grow and maintain.
  • Not known to be invasive in our area.
  • Resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects.
  • Has outstanding ornamental value.
  • Reasonably available to purchase.

The Missouri Botanical Garden, along with partnering organizations, Powell Gardens, Mizzou Botanic Garden, the University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Landscape & Nursery Association, and the Illinois Green Industry Association, wish you the very best for the 2012 gardening season.

Outstanding Plants for the Lower Midwest

Metasequoia glyptostroboides SHAW'S LEGACY 'Raven'

From the Missouri Botanical Garden comes this monoecious, deciduous dawn redwood that typically grows in conical form to 70-100 feet tall...

Green Gate Farms, L.L.C.
Home Nursery, Inc.
St. Louis Composting, Inc.
St. Louis Master Gardeners
Bayer Garden Shops Inc.
Bohn's Farm and Greenhouses
EarthCo Soil Testing
Frisella Nursery
Garden Heights Nursery
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis
Missouri Gardener
National Nursery Products - St. Louis
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