Huntsville Botanical Gardens Plant Sale

We went to Huntsville yesterday for the fall plant sale at the Botanical Gardens. This is the first time I had been to one of their plant sales and boy, was I impressed. It was a tad overwhelming and I could have spent more time there, not to mention more money. Most of the plants were around $5 - $10. There were some larger plants and my most expensive purchase was a large witch hazel "Arnold's Promise" which was $40. We were in Michael's Pathfinder and came home with the back loaded. Most of these plants are going to be planted on the property. I would liked to have bought more dogwoods and native azaleas but I'm a little wary of planting more than I can take care of  and I'm not sure how well they will do out there. I don't ever recall seeing dogwoods growing anywhere in that area.

Here is what we came home with (for future reference):

  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia "Brilliantissima")
  • Snowbell, Big Leaf (Styrax grandiflora)
  • Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)
  • Dogwood (no name)
  • Magnolia, Big Leaf (Magnolia macrophylla)
  • Magnolia, Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana)
  • Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus)
  • Silver Bell (Halesia carolina)
  • Golden Raintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
  • Snowball (Viburnum Opulus 'Sterile')
  • Native azaleas (4): Piedmont, Austrinum, Flame, Admiral Semmes seedling

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Phillip, Beware the Koelreutaria, there will be seedlings everywhere.
    Sounds like a fabulous haul!!

  2. I bet that Witch Hazel will be's one of my wish-list plants for if I ever get a bigger garden :-) drove past a house today with a large one in the front yard...the autumn color was outstanding!

  3. I love a good plant sale, and I always buy too much. You have purchased some terrific plants; some are on my own wish list. Good luck!

  4. Dogwoods are hardy but need to have a bit of shelter. I have been nursing one in my front yard (south side) for about 5 years. This past summer we had no rain and temperatures up to 114F and it was just baked. They grow wild in wooded areas here (Tulsa) with some high shade and a bit more rain. It was a lovely pink dogwood and will be missed. Good luck. If I am ever your way I will stop and ask for the nickel tour.

  5. Phillip that's why I refused to let myself go this fall. I went to the spring sale and came back with a pickup load. This is the first time they've had a fall sale. I still have a lot of plants to get into the ground before I have knee surgery in 3 weeks. Witch hazel is one plant on my to get list plus a kousa dogwood. Maybe next year. Mary

  6. It appears that your choices will not need much care after they are established. Looking forward to seeing where you plant them.

  7. Got to love those plant sales. Sounds like you literally brought home a load of them.The Magnolias and Witch Hazels are great additions. Love the blooms.


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