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What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

How Our Plants Are Shipped

We ship our plants in different forms, depending upon the type of plant and the time of year. The goal is to ship the plants in a form that minimizes transplant shock, so they can adapt quickly to their new home in your garden. Therefore, the plants you receive may range from being fully leafed out and actively growing, to being in a dormant (resting) state, showing few if any signs of life. However, you can be assured that all our plants are ready to spring to life once they're planted. To determine how a plant is shipped, look at the "Ships as" area on the Details tab on the product page.

A small plant with healthy roots will quickly outgrow larger plants that are rootbound.

Bareroot perennials have extensive root systems, acclimate quickly, and they're often the most economical form.

Bulbs like this Liatris look inert but will spring to life once planted. You may or may not see small sprouts.

We fully guarantee all our products but ask that you please give your potted perennial plants and bareroot plants at least 3 weeks after planting to show signs of life. Some perennials may not bloom until their second growing season and may take two or three years to fully mature.


3", 3-1/2" and 4" Pots

These plants are potted in a planting mix and have established root systems. They may be in a dormant state (like the plants in a winter garden) and in some cases the aboveground portions may have died back so the plant looks lifeless. However, like the plants in your garden, the roots are alive and the tops will soon grow.

Plants shipped in early spring may still be dormant: Plants shipped a few weeks later may show more top growth: Plants shipped later in the season may be fully leafed out:

Coralbells: Last year's foliage is shriveled...

but new leaves will soon emerge...

...and the plant will quickly fill out.

The top growth is just beginning to emerge on this Shasta daisy...

...a few weeks later the shoots are growing strong...

...and several weeks later the plants have even more top growth.

Hibiscus: This hibiscus looks like a dead stick...

... but it's just dormant. The roots are healthy...

... and the plant will soon sprout.

Bareroot Plants

These plants are dug after they go dormant in fall; the soil is then washed from the roots and they're packed in moist wood shavings, shredded paper or peat moss. The plants may look like a bare stick but don't worry — once they're planted they'll grow quickly from the dormant buds and the stored energy in the roots.

Astilbe, bareroot

Daylily, bareroot

Peony, bareroot

Bulbs, Tubers and Fleshy Roots

Some perennials survive winter by storing their energy in these underground structures. Once they're planted, they'll quickly sprout and grow.

Lily, bulb

Liatris, bulb/root

Lily, bulb

"I purchased several bareroot perennials from American Meadows this spring. I was impressed by the quality of the product I received. Most bareroot plants I order via the Internet were quite small and took quite some time to establish. These were all quite large and in great condition. The ones I planted a couple of weeks ago are doing great." — "mikesmets," CT


To determine if a dormant shrub is healthy, make a small scratch in the bark with your fingernail; if it's green underneath, it's alive and should sprout soon.

This shrub is dormant, just as it would be if it overwintered in your garden.

This shrub is being shipped later in the season, so it has sprouted leaves.

This shrub has been pruned back hard but the roots are healthy and it will quickly sprout.
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