Landscaping with native plants to benefit the myriad wildlife species that depend on them is a noble endeavor. Landscaping in formal locations with natives can be more rewarding if the neighbors view them as attractive. Our four star rating system will aid in winning neighbor approval when using our plants in a formal location. We enourage you to use our website to write your own reviews and rate our plants.
4-star: A four-star plant has a refined shape, attractive leaves, and (most likely) showy flowers. It looks good for most of the growing season. The owner would be proud to have it in front of a house or business
3-star: Some of these plants can be used on the front line facing the street. Most have attractive flowers, but the foliage may not last the season or doesn't look as formal as 4-star plants. It is better to have most 3-star plants behind 4-star foliage.
2-star: These taller plants usually have attractive flowers, but often have foliage that fails to please the eye. Most 2-star plants will look fine in the back of a formal planting where their flowers will still make a show. There are some large species that look good all over throughout the season; we have given these larger plants a 4-star rating.
1-star: One-star plants are often desired for their wildlife or plant community value, but not for the front yard. They are usually quite tall. It takes serious creativity to incorporate them into formal settings.