Whether you are looking at sun or shade environments, here are some of our picks for native plantings to spruce up your garden & landscaping for home or business.



One of the first spring blooms, usually lavender. Prefers shady woodland garden placement. They like early spring sunshine— as weather warms, they need to be kept out of the direct sun. A deciduous tree canopy works well, this allows early spring sun, and leaf growth will provide shade during summer. Readily grown in rich soils.



Meadow Rue

These flowers can be yellow, white, lilac, or lavender, depending on the species. Bloom time spring into summer. Most types of meadow rue prefer part shade or dappled light conditions, though they will tolerate full sun. Will grow best in rich, moisture-retentive soil.

Carolina Lupine

Produces small white to yellow flowers that are visually appealing as tall spikes. Perfect for late spring early summer as weather starts to progress into warmer patterns. Prefers sun with well-drained soil. Great for dry, difficult spots.

Jacob’s Ladder

Starts blooming in mid-spring, sometimes continuing into early summer. They have loose, spike-like clusters of drooping blue, violet, or white, funnel-shaped, five-petaled flowers. Prefers shade. Grows well in average well-drained soil that is kept consistently moist.

Woodlands Iris


Lovely spring blooms, flowers that are rich in various shades of purple or bluish colors having white and yellow crested markings in May through July. Likes partial shade with consistently damp, well-draining soil. Use in a shade forward rocky garden or with a perennial border.

Swamp Milkweed

Mid to late summer blooms come in shades of soft mauve to pink to reddish-violet or occasionally white. Their flowers are beloved by bees and butterflies. Full sun is best, but plants will tolerate part shade. Swamp milkweed thrives in moist, medium to wet clay soil. Despite the glum name, swamp milkweed can be a nice addition to your garden.

Coral Bell

The spikes of tall, bell-shaped blooms is where the coral bells flowers get their name and are just as impressive as the foliage color, blooming in late spring to early summer. The flower color varies, with colors ranging from white and pink to light coral and deep red. These plants grow naturally in wooded areas; mimic these conditions by placing them in shade or filtered sun. Give these plants moist, but well-draining soil—preferably enriched with compost or another type of organic matter. Their low-growing, mounding habit makes them a suitable addition to the edges of woodland or natural gardens.


At Tomasi, we are stocked with a wide variety of all the best shrubs & plants for your landscape! Stop in today to our Garden Center and talk to our knowledgeable staff. Or, schedule a visit with one of our landscape architects to explore the potentials for your property.

The right plantings in the right locations can increase your property value and help create your landscape dreams! Take a look at some of the design/build projects we have accomplished here