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Joseph here, owner of lotsofplants.com. I would like to introduce myself, let you know a little about my background and what led me to creating lotsofplants.com. In 2004, I started a small landscape company here in Winston Salem, NC. I taught myself how to install shrubs and trees- sun or shade- evergreen or deciduous- fast growing or dwarf. 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 them with solutions.

Over time, I became quite good at it for one main reason. I planted shrubs and trees that fit their needs and 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 not die? I’m not watering them, I’m not even checking on them. The reason is, I choose plants that are tough enough for the environmental conditions they are in 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 what we in the shrub industry call “plugs”. I also buy many many plugs every year for lotsofplants.com. My plugs are repotted into larger pots, 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 expecting that that plant will eventually grow up and become what they imagined when looking at the beautiful photos online. Some might survive if you’re lucky, most probably won’t.

At lotsofplants.com I created a company that provides homeowners with plantings that are ready to plant straight out in the yard. As long as your choosing the right plant 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 or wonder if we have plants that are not listed, or if you need help deciding what to plant, shoot us an email, we will be glad to help in any way we can.

Thanks and happy planting!  Joseph at lotsofplants.com

19 comments

  1. I want to plant this in a pot .can I make it into a standard the first year and if so what would be the best way.

  2. Carol J Williams

    I am interested in the hardy Camelia Long Island Pink
    I live in Sag Harbor NY (on Long Island).
    Please could you tell me
    a) if you have any in stock
    b) if this is a safe time to ship
    b) approximately how tall and wide the plant in a 3 gallon container is?

    Thank you very much.
    Best, Carol

    1. Hi Carol, our Long Island Pink Camellias are appx 24 inches above the 3 gal pot and 14 to 16 inches wide. We do have them in stock. We like to ship on Tuesday of each to help prevent weekend layover. We do protect the plant from drying out during shipping so now would be a fine time to order. Thanks, Joseph at lotsofplants.com

  3. Pam Harper

    I’m wondering about the quality of your plants and your guarantee? I am needing some holly box gems, and I can’t find them anywhere locally. I may need to order them online, but the downside is that I can’t pick the healthiest, best-shaped plants myself.

    1. If you would like Pam, I can send you a photo of our Gembox Holly tomorrow. They are very nice in a 3 gallon. I also have strongbox in a 2 gal.

  4. Gary Drendel

    Hello,
    What is the height and width of the Wintergreen Boxwood in the 3 gallon container?
    How much can I expect it to grow per year?
    Does the plant need to be transplanted right away or can I keep it in the container for several weeks?
    Thank you.

    1. HI Gary, Wintergreen Boxwood is currently appx 14″ wide and 16″ tall for us. They are slow growers compared to many shrubs but fast for a Boxwood. I would say appx 4″ per flush which can happen twice per year for us in NC. They can be grown in pots as long as the soil is kept moist. Thanks, Joseph.

  5. Looking at the Royal Princess Nandina. Approximately how tall are the 3g RPNs that you sell? Thank you!

  6. Hi, I was wondering if maybe you could tell me how much a mature around 6 to 7 ft tall rhododendron is worth? I have a rental property that has 2 of these on it and the renters completley cut them down without even asking, so I’m going to charge them for the damage but you can’t really buy mature rhododendron plants, so I dont know how much I should charge them. How tall are your 3 gallon size plants?

  7. I’m looking for a mountain laurel ‘Pristine’

    How big is this plant that will ship

    Thanks

    Ray

  8. Barbara markle

    I want to send a 3 gallon butterfly Bush (multicolored with the coral and lavender etc) to a friend as a sympathy gift she just lost her husband, I am Leary of ordering online as I want to best plant possible for her. It’s july 19th our deep heat wave ends Saturday night but it will still be warm next week (after all it’s summer!) but, this is the perfect plant for her. Do you have ant really nice ones left that are suitable to send as a nice sympathy gift? If so, do you have photos and how do you pack them to protect from this summer heat?
    Thank you
    Barbi

    1. They do still look good and are blooming or reblooming. Good choices are Pugster Blue or Pugster Lavander. You would need to call the store or send me an email for photos as they cannot be uploaded here. Our plants are guaranteed to reach you place safely. Thanks!

  9. Jeff Wagner

    How tall is the blueberry smoothie in the 3 gallon pot. Also how old is it.

  10. Jonna Appleby

    Looking to get some camellia I love the pink ones . Looking to plant in fall? They love more shade? Do I plant in fall or now ? I am in love w this plant any info is appreciated . Ty

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