Welcome To Your Friendly Online Garden Center
Joseph here, owner of Lotsofplants.com. I would like to introduce myself, let you know a little about my background, and tell the story of what led me to create Lots of Plants.
In 2004, I started a small landscape company in Winston Salem, North Carolina. I taught myself how to install a variety of shrubs and trees- sun and shade, evergreen and deciduous, fast growing and dwarf. When making landscaping decisions, I would ask: Does my client have a neighbor to gain privacy from? Does my client have young children? (No spiky plants). Does my client want spiky plants to protect their property from trespassers? Do they love flowers? Do they dislike bees? Really, there was so much to learn. Everyone has their particular preferences and needs. It has always been my job to figure out what those were and provide my clients with solutions.
Over time, I became quite good at it for one main reason: I planted shrubs and trees that my clients' needs, grew into what they expected, and didn’t die. That’s the most important part: my plantings generally do not die. Why do my plantings thrive? I’m not watering them, I’m not even checking on them. The reason is, I choose plants that are tough enough for their environmental conditions, and I plant no smaller than 3-gallon plants.
When installing plantings in the landscape, I must choose plants that are at least 3 gallons in size. Many online retailers sell very small plants (what we in the shrub industry call “plugs”). I also buy many many plugs every year for Lotsofplants.com. The difference is, my plugs are re-potted into larger pots, and then I grow them for one or two years depending on the variety. When I say grow, I use cold frame greenhouses, timed irrigation, specialty fertilizers, and much care to get them to a sufficient size to plant out in the yard. Basically, “plugs” are something that growers use to create products for the homeowner. Homeowners should never buy plugs online, or anywhere else, and expect that plant to eventually grow up into what they imagined when looking at the beautiful photos online. Some plugs might survive if you’re lucky. Most won’t.
At Lotsofplants.com, I created a company that provides homeowners with plantings that are ready to plant straight into the yard. As long as the right plant is selected for the right location, your plant should grow to its stated potential. As a landscaper and experienced grower of shrubs and trees, I want to provide plant lovers with shrubs that might not be available your town that can survive for the long term, and meet the needs of your preferred landscape. If you have questions about our plants, wonder if we have plants that aren't listed, or if you need help deciding what to plant, please reach out. We love helping customers find the right plants for their landscape, and are glad to help in any way we can.
Thank you, and happy planting!
Founder, Lots of Plants