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Greenhouse open by appointment only

  • Plants available late May through October. Dates depend on growing conditions. Pickup time will be arranged when plants are ready. 

  • Orders filled in the order received. Orders placed in May may not be ready until late June.

  • Out of Stock? We are growing more. Select the "Notify when in stock" button on the product page to receive an automatic email.

  • We offer wholesale rates. Please contact us if you are looking for more than 180 quarts or 15 plug flats.

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Quart Pot

A deep 4x4.5" square pot is our standard.  Well-developed roots help the plant establish quickly.  All plants are in a quart pot unless otherwise stated.

Plug Flat

A plastic tray with 38 plants.  Single-species or pre-designed kits. Economically plant larger areas.  5" deep and spaced for optimal crown growth.

Gallon Pots

Large round pots filled with shrubs or mature plants for garden showpieces.

Native Plants for Hummingbirds

Not all sugar water is created equal. At best, the sugar water mixed for feeders is the equivalent to grabbing a bag of chips on a road trip - quick fuel to get you on your way, but no real nutrition. At worst, it contains red dyes or preservatives, or molds and bacteria if the feeder is not zealously cleaned, and those are downright unhealthy. Flower nectar is a much more complex blend of sugars, minerals, amino acids, and secondary metabolites. Native plants provide the nutrition hummingbirds need to fuel their amazing flights and stay healthy. 

But the connection between native plants and hummingbirds goes beyond necatar. A whopping 80% of a hummingbird's diet is actually insects, including mosquitos, aphids, spiders, caterpillars, and gnats (per Doug Tallamy). Hummingbirds feed their nestlings exclusively on insects. Hummingbirds even knit their nests together with spider silk. Almost all of those insects need native plants to complete their lifecycle. Bird experts agree that avoiding pesticides (including mosquito sprays, tick poisons, and lawn chemicals) and planting native plants are the best ways to support hummingbirds and all their feathered friends.

The plants below are used by hummingbirds for nectar, and also host the insects that make the majority of a hummingbird's diet. Pair these plants with a tree or shrub with arching or horizontal branches for nest locations, add a source of water, and your hummingbird habitat will be complete.

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