Plant lists for professionals

For your convenience, we have compiled the following lists:

See below for

  • Master spreadsheet of Virginia native plants, annotated for professionals

  • Builder’s package

  • Shopping Center package

Links to pages on our website


Master spreadsheet of plants for professionals

A master list of native plants for professionals contained in a Google Sheet (the tabs at the bottom take you to different pages):

  • Shrubs

  • Trees

  • Grasses

  • Perennials

  • Groundcovers

  • Ferns

  • Vines

  • Ornamental ponds

  • Non-Virginia plants - a few popular ones are listed for your convenience, all native to nearby states. Their value to the ecosystem is uncertain but is certainly higher than ones from further away.

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Plants in bold most likely to fit the needs of professional landscapers, chosen because they are:

  • Tough and reliable

  • Almost all widely available

  • Provide the “look” that your customers expect from landscaping plants

  • Suitable for commercial as well as residential settings

  • Native to Northern Virginia (with the exception of a few other Virginia natives that were included because of their popularity)


Many of the ones not in bold are garden-worthy in particular situations. Some of these are available only from native plant vendors.

The Common Trade Name column is for cultivar names to help with identification, since vendor websites do not always specify the species name. Being listed does not represent a recommendation.

A much longer list of garden-worthy Northern Virginia native plants (270 species) can be viewed in the Native Plants for Northern Virginia guide and via our online searchable plant app.

Builder’s Package

Plants on this list are super tough, versatile, and widely available in compact sizes.

Commercial Settings Package

Tough, reliable plants, mostly tolerant of salt and compaction.

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