North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg, PA is a marvelous, native-centric (but not exclusively native) nursery. North Creek is a wholesale propagator (sells liners
to other nurseries for finishing). But if you can meet the $300 minimum, they’d probably be happy to fill your order. They have, among the usual liner sizes, a very neat product – "Landscape Plugs." I’ve been wanting to try them for a while – our work with the backhoe this past summer cleared some nice large swathes of the cursed autumn olive, and made room for perennials. I selected a number of locally-native species from North Creek’s extensive listings, with the plan to scatter them along the creek sides and sunny spots of our 4-acre field/meadow/thingy.
Primarily marketed for restoration and conservation projects, these"landscape plugs" are simply huge liners – great for anyone who wants a large number of a certain species without paying an arm and a leg. Each 5" deep tray holds 32 plugs. North Creek carries a wide array of Eastern N. American natives perennials, grasses, and ferns – mostly straight species with a few named cultivars. I ordered eight different species for a total of 256 plants (and 256 holes to dig). The species I picked out ran from $1.08 to $1.40 per plug. They arrived within a few days via UPS, packed two trays per box, and all were intact and in good shape. All were well-rooted, having been "stuck" the previous season and then overwintered/vernalized. I expect most will bloom this year. Will report back!
North Creek Nurseries landscape plug of Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade.’ Nice roots, no?