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

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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.

Scientific Name
Common Name
Substitutes for:
Notes

Callicarpa americana

American Beautyberry
Japanese Beautyberry
Availability is variable

Carex blanda

Common Wood Sedge
Liriope

Carex flaccosperma

Meadow Sedge
Liriope
Evergreen.

Carex laxiculmus

Creeping Sedge
Liriope
Evergreen.

Carex plantiginea

Seersucker Sedge
Liriope
nearly evergreen

Clethra alnifolia

Sweet Pepperbush
Skip Laurel

Ilex glabra

Inkberry
Japanese hollies 'Soft Touch' and 'Compacta'
Evergreen. Shorter, fuller cultivars.

Ilex opaca

American Holly
Creeping junipers
Evergreen. 'Maryland Dwarf' 3 feet tall, up to 10' spread

Ilex verticillata

Winterberry Holly
Nandina, Burning Bush

Juncus effusus

Common rush
Liriope, Miscanthus

Juniperus virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar
Leyland Cypress
Evergreen. Cultivars in multiple sizes

Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay Magnolia
Skip Laurel
Evergreen. Cultivars in many sizes

Morella cerifera

Southern Bayberry
Skip Laurel
Evergreen.

Morella pensylvanica

Northern Bayberry
Skip Laurel

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Pink Muhly Grass
Fountain Grass

Panicum virgatum

Switchgrass
Miscanthus Grass

Physocarpus opulifolia

Ninebark
Nandina, Burning Bush

Rhus aromatica

Fragrant Sumac
Creeping junipers
'Gro-Low' 2 feet tall and up to 8 feet spread

Yucca filamentosa

Common Yucca
Japanese Barberry
Evergreen

Commercial Settings Package

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

Plant Type
Scientific Name
Common Name
Substitutes for:
Notes
Shrubs

Viburnum prunifolium

Blackhaw viburnum
Other viburnums
Shrubs

Morella (Myrica) pennsylvanica

Southern Bayberry
Skip Laurel
Semi-evergreen
Shrubs

Lindera benzoin

Spicebush
Forsythia
Availability is variable
Shrubs

Itea virginica

Virginia Sweetspire
Burning Bush, Nandina
Not salt tolerant
Shrubs

Aronia (Photinia) melanocarpa

Black Chokeberry
Trees

Amelanchier canadensis

Serviceberry
Trees

Amelanchier laevis

Serviceberry
Trees

Amelanchier arborea

Serviceberry
Trees

Cercis canadensis

Redbud
Japanese cherries
Not salt tolerant
Grasses

Carex plantiginea

Blue Wood Sedge
Liriope
Nearly evergreen
Grasses

Carex laxiculmis

Blue Wood Sedge
Liriope
Evergreen
Grasses

Carex blanda

Blue Wood Sedge
Liriope
Shrubs

Clethra alnifolia

Sweet Pepperbush
Skip Laurel
Shrubs

Hamamelis virginiana

Witch Hazel
Shrubs

Ilex glabra

Inkberry
Japanese Hollies, Privet
Evergreen. Shorter cultivars.
Shrubs

Ilex verticillata

Winterberry Holly
Burning Bush, Nandina
Striking red berries in winter, cultivars in multiple sizes and colors
Shrubs

Morella (Myrica) cerifera

Southern Bayberry
Skip Laurel
Evergreen
Shrubs

Rosa carolina

Carolina Rose
Other roses, Japanese Barberry
Shrubs

Rhus aromatica

Fragrant Sumac
Creeping junipers
Gro-Low makes a short groundcover shrub
Shrubs

Viburnum dentatum

Southern Arrowwood
Other viburnums
Shrubs

Viburnum nudum

Possumhaw
Other viburnums
Trees

Chionanthus virginicus

Fringe Tree
Kousa Dogwood
Trees

Juniperus virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar
Leyland Cypress
Cultivars in multiple sizes
Trees

Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay Magnolia
Trees

Nyssa sylvatica

Black Gum
Trees

Quercus coccinea

Scarlet Oak
Trees

Taxodium distichum

Bald Cypress
Grasses

Panicum virgatum

Switch Grass
Miscanthus grass
Grasses

Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem
Miscanthus grass
Grasses

Carex flaccosperma

Blue Wood Sedge
Liriope
Evergreen
Perennials

Achillea millefolium

Common Yarrow
Annuals
Early summer bloom
Perennials

Coreopsis verticillata

Tickseed Coreopsis
Annuals
Blooms all summer
Perennials

Physostegia virginiana

Obedient Plant
Annuals
Compact cultivars that don't spread such as Miss Manners and Pink Manners. Mid to late summer bloom.
Perennials

Rudbeckia fulgida

Black Eyed Susan
Annuals
Long late summer and fall bloom
Shrubs

Yucca filamentosa

Common Yucca
Japanese Barberry