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3029 Davenport Rd
Knoxville, TN, 37920
United States

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Stanley's Greenhouse is a family owned and operated plant farm and garden center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Shrubs to Consider for Fall Planting

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Check out our answers to commonly asked questions and the latest tips from our plant specialists!


Shrubs to Consider for Fall Planting

Anna Montgomery

SummersweetClethra alnifolia

  • A compact shrub with beautiful, spicy-smelling flower spikes
  • Blooms in late summer when little else is blooming
  • Can handle shade, wet soils, and a range of soil types.
  • The only thing it doesn’t like is drought, so water generously.
  • Put this native shrub where you can enjoy its fragrance on hot summer days.
  • When fully grown, will typically measure 3’-6’ H x 4’-6’ W
  • Prefers full sun to shade, medium to wet soils, and is a deciduous shrub

SpicebushLindera benzoin

  • Preferred host plant of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly; look for bright green caterpillars (with giant eye spots!) wrapped in a curled leaf
  • Spicebush is beautiful in its own right, featuring clusters of small green flowers before the foliage emerges
  • Leaves are fragrant when crushed
  • Berries (on the female plants) provide winter interest
  • Typically measure 6’-12’ H x 6’-12’ W
  • Prefers full sun to part shade (but will tolerate shade), medium to wet soils, and is deciduous

Capitata YewTaxus cuspidata 'Capitata'

  • A pyramidal shrub/tree from Asia with gorgeous emerald green foliage
  • Grows into a small- to medium-sized tree that can be used as a foundation or hedge plant
  • Female plants will produce brilliantly red berries
  • Will typically reach 15’-20’ H x 5’-10’ W,
  • Prefers full sun to part shade, medium to drier soils, and is evergreen

Virginia SweetspireItea virginica

  • A very versatile native with erect, rounded, broad-spreading shrub with arching branches
  • Features beautiful pendulous racemes of white fragrant flowers typically occurring in mid- to-late spring
  • Outstanding fall color when the leaves turn a mix of burgundy, red, orange, and yellow that often persist into early winter
  • Can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers fertile, moist, well drained acidic soils
  • Species can reach upwards of 8’ tall, but typically ranges from 3-6’ tall and wide
  • Check out ‘Little Henry’ or ‘Short and Sweet’, both great dwarf selections for smaller garden spaces! 
  • Prefers full sun to part shade and is deciduous