Below are groups of photos with plant suggestions for commons types of landscape conditions and types of gardens. Click each photo for names and info of each plant! Below the title is a printable pdf list of plants. This is a small sample of the many different plants we grow and sell at  the Plantsmen Nursery.  For more information and inventory questions please email us at

Click here for the printable pdf: Alternatives to invasive plants list

  • Plants that attract pollinators
  • Unique screen plants
  • Plants less favored by deer
  • Plants for dry shade
  • Plants that tolerate Black Walnut
  • Plants with interesting bark/stems
  • Rain garden plants

Plants that attract pollinators

Plants less favored by deer

All ferns and ornamental grasses are deer proof!  Click here for an article about ferns.

Unique screen plants

Plants for dry shade

Click here for "Wishing upon an aster" - fun article about woodland asters

Rain garden plants

Click here for article: Using Grasses in your Garden

Plants with interesting bark/stems

Plants that tolerate Black Walnut

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Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern - Native fern of the eastern US often found in moist shady woods, but not as water-loving as the cinnamon or royal ferns. Ostrich fern can reach 5 feet in height, but typically stretches to about 4 feet. Rhizomes eventually spread in good rich moist soil, so make sure you find a spot where you want a population of ostrich fern, because over time you're likely to have one. Fronds form a sort of ring around the central crown of the plant, resulting in a nest-like pattern of leaves.