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Valley Deck & Patio’s Preferred Plant List

There are so many plants to chose from. Too many maybe. And the fact that each plant has multiple names is not helping anyone. In Maryland we have certain environmental factors to consider. One big consideration is climate. Another is deer population. In central Maryland, planting trees and shrubs requires us to choose deer resistant landscaping. Each plant will have sunlight requirements that need to be verified and compared to the site conditions. Below is our landscape plant list that will get your new landscape design started.


Ornamental Tree


Eastern Redbud

Thundercloud Plum

Laceleaf Maple

Bloodgood Maple

Pink Velour Crape Myrtle

Weeping Cherry

Dogwood (white blooms and pink blooms)

Paperbark Birch



Inkberry – Shamrock

Gold Thread Cypress

Spirea (Little Princess, Anthony Waterer, Gold Mound)

Soft Touch Holly

Winter Gem Boxwood

Firepower Nandina

Blue Star Juniper

Variegated Boxwood

Otto Luyken Laurel

Schipesius Laurel

Weigela (chose type based on desired size)

Upright Nandina

Virginia Sweetspire Henry Garnet

Little Henry Virginia Sweetspire

Red Twig Dogwood

Mountain Laurel

Green Luster Holly

American Boxwood

Dee Runk Boxwood

Dwarf Albert Spruce

Globosa Spruce

Steed Holly

Sky Pencil Holly

Skyrocket Juniper

Gold Cone Juniper


Evergreen Trees

Green Giant Arborvitae

American Holly


Eastern Cedar

Eastern Hemlock

Fat Albert Blue Spruce

Dwarf Blue Spruce

Blue Point Juniper

Perennials / Grasses

Purple Coneflower

Butterfly Milkweed


Dwarf Hameln Grass

Karl Forester Grass

Silvery Sunproof Liriope

Big Blue Liriope

Butterfly Milkweed

Purple Coneflower

Black Eyed Susan (compact)

Coral Bells (many styles and colors) Citronelle and Berry Smoothie.



Backyard Design and Care

At Valley Deck & Patio we want to make sure you get the most from your outdoor living space. If you recently installed new landscaping and want some info to help care for them, read about Caring for your new plants. Planning to create a complete outdoor living space with deck, patio, fire features, and accent lighting? Get design examples and inspiration in our idea book.

Check out our short list of plants that we find to be the most successful.

We have a great resource as a guide to maintaining your outdoor space.