good local nurseries for native shrubs

woodlandpixie(z6 NJ)December 15, 2005

I 'm looking for a good source for native plants and shrubs, specifically NJ tea and Itea Little Henry.


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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

I drive both to rare find nursery in Jackson, NJ and fairweather gardens in Salem county to get plants, but they both ship and both maintain catalogs on line. I have found both have very helpful staff. and are correct, I think.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2005 at 11:01PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Leaping Lizards in Basking Ridge has the Itea. However, I'm not certain about the New Jersey tea - I had to buy mine through a catalog.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 7:49AM
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Odie99(z7a NJ)

Bogturtle, have you been to Fairwether other than their open house days? Where exactly are the located, as in a street address. I am very intrigued by their website and would like to locate another unusual source for plants in the area.


    Bookmark   December 19, 2005 at 10:39AM
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Loretta NJ Z6

I've seen that itea around at local nurseries.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2005 at 11:52PM
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woodlandpixie(z6 NJ)

What mail order source did you use for the njtea? Many
shrubs I receive from Wayside Gardens I lose in the first 2 yrs.
I think this is because they are born and bred for southern areas.
I lost the njtea that was growing nicely because I moved it in the fall ( I think).
Any specific nursery ? Pixie

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 8:46AM
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loris(Z6 NJ)

Don't know where you're located, but the nursery I've linked to below is in Berkeley Heights and has the Itea. I think I have also seen it at quite a few of the larger nurseries near me.

I also had no luck finding New Jersey Tea locally and ended up using mail-order.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hall's Garden Center

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 1:47PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Pixie, did you get my PM that said I though I'd got the New Jersey tea from ForestFarm?

    Bookmark   December 28, 2005 at 8:04AM
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woodlandpixie(z6 NJ)

Thanks for the ForestFarm reference NJTea , I didn't receive the PM. Thanks also Bogturtle, loris and loretta. I will try all the new sources. Both Rarefind and Fairweather were nurseries I was curious about. Glad to get a personal recommendation.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2005 at 9:38PM
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pontesmanny(z6/7 S NJ)

I bought Itea from Home Depot

    Bookmark   January 3, 2006 at 12:00AM
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Here's a second vote for Bogturtle's reccommendations for
both RareFind Nursery and Fairweather Gardens, nurseries I visit no less than once or twice a season, especially RareFind which showcases all their hundreds of rhodies in a five-acre sandy woodland planting each Spring!

Another NJ nursery which carries both Itea 'Little Henry' and Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea - this thread finally forced me to research that common name and discover it's botanical handle - thanks!) is Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville. I have also purchased the Itea at my all-time favorite "unknown" family operation in New Jersey: Pope's Gardens in Waterford (for less than $10.00)

A couple other mail-order, native-plant nurseries that I've used successfully: Niche Gardens in Chapel Hill, NC and Shooting Star Nursery in Kentucky (which HAS your NJ Tea)

Odie 99: Fairweather Gardens is NOT a retail nursery in usual sense - you can ONLY visit them on their 9 or 10 Open House Days each season. Their address in Greenwich is 1189 Sheppards Mill Road. I believe their website has a map and directions.


    Bookmark   January 3, 2006 at 11:34AM
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