Types of Plants: Browse the Database

List of Plant Names, Grouped Alphabetically

Photo: Stewartstonian azalea has red flowers. They are numerous.
This azalea shrub goes by the rather unwieldy name of Stewartstonian. David Beaulieu

Need to find information about a particular kind of plant? Search this database by clicking on the links below. You can search for all of the different types of plants you may be interested in growing, either by common name or scientific name:

Databases may not be very useful to you, however, if you do not know the plant you are looking for by name. Consequently, other means of searching for plants are offered here, in lieu of the lists accessed via the links above.

Some readers prefer to browse through the different types of plants based on their growing requirements (sun vs. shade, how moist a soil they like, etc.). For example, lists such as these may help you find just the plant you were looking for (but whose name you forgot):

10 Best Perennials for Shade

10 Shrubs That Grow in Shade

10 Perennial Vines for Shade

10 Perennials for Full Sun

10 Best Flowering Shrubs for Sun

10 Best Vines for Sunny Spots

For more lists of this sort, please consult the following article:

Types of Plants by Location: What to Grow Where

Or maybe you would rather search within botanical classifications, such as the different kinds of trees, shrubs, etc.? If so, you will want to browse through the following listing:

Plant Selection by Botanical Classification

Other folks may be visually-oriented and prefer pictures. For them, a photo gallery of plants has been supplied that allows you to drill down for information.

That is, let's say you want to look up a certain perennial. You would click on the picture in the gallery that represents the perennials, which happens to be Coreopsis. The page you come to will have links to information not only on Coreopsis, but other perennials, too. Here is the photo gallery:

Plant Pictures: an Index for the Visually-Oriented

Or maybe you would prefer plant pictures organized by the color of their flowers, rather than by the types of plants they are?

If so, here is the gallery for you:

Flower Pictures: Let Color Be Your Guide

Another way to organize plants is according to the season in which they put on their best display. For instance, you may know that the plant you are looking for is one of the spring's earliest bloomers or among the trees that provide great fall foliage. For shrubs, growers interested in sequence of bloom will want to consult the following lists:

  1. 10 Best Flowering Shrubs for Early Spring
  2. 10 Best Flowering Shrubs for Late Spring
  3. Top 10 Shrubs That Bloom in Early Summer
  4. 10 Best Flowering Shrubs for Late Summer
  5. Top 10 Shrubs for Fall Color

Some of you may have a particular kind of theme in mind for a garden and be searching for plants suited to that theme. Here are some examples:

  1. Cottage Garden Plants
  2. Moon Garden Plants (mainly white-flowered plants)
  3. Fragrant Flowers
  4. Flowers for Butterfly Gardens

Finally, native-plant enthusiasts living in eastern North America will want to consult the following resources:

  1. Photo Gallery of Native Plants
  2. Native Plants for Shady Areas
  3. Sun-Loving Native Plants