Plant Club Calendar


At North Shore Plant Club, we deliver plants every couple of weeks from April through October. Each order has a slightly different "cast" of nurseries, including some local favorites from whom we order nearly every time (so you'll almost always find over 1000 types of plants including all the standard stuff) in addition to a rotating cast of guest nurseries which offer other seasonally appropriate or unique plants: one week we might have a couple nurseries specializing in native plants. The next week the theme might be fall annuals or trees.

We save energy and money by only opening for a few days at a time. We figure out what plants are available, invite club members to choose (usually Thursday to Sunday) what they want, tally up the purchases, and make arrangements with the nurseries. The plants come the following week, we sort them out, get them to you, and we get the site going again for another round of plant goodness!

We created the calendar below to give club members a sense of what we are planning to order (and when!) this year. Things may change based on nursery availability, growing conditions, and our fickle nature. But hopefully this will help you think ahead about when those unusual plants you want might be available.

We look forward to helping you make your garden great!



Order 5/19/22 - 5/22/22
Hosta and Roses – and things that go well with them

The variety of Hosta available to Midwest gardeners is astounding. They vary in color, leaf variegation and size (width and height!) – and there is something for everyone. Different nurseries specialize in different types, and this week we’re ordering from several with the most prolific inventories.

In advance of Rose Month, we're offering a whole slew of them. This romantic flowering bush has come a long way since its important role in your grandmother's garden, and deserves a look as the options for color, size and bloom time offer something for everyone. We also have a variety of plants that look great with roses – like Salvia, Russian Sage and Yarrow. Recharge your garden this week with these great options.

Delivery by May 27.




Order 5/26/22 - 5/29/22
Boxwood & Groundcovers: Backbones of the Midwest Garden

If you want Boxwood – and what garden doesn’t want boxwood? – this is the week to make your move. There are more sizes and shapes available this week than ever in North Shore Plant Club's five-year history.

Nearly every gardener realizes there are holes in their garden around this point, as some plants didn’t survive the winter. That’s why we are offering lots of different kinds of groundcover now. These garden workhorses – like Ajuga, Vinca, Pachysandra and Sedum – are grown in the field so they are ready to thrive in your garden and spread throughout the spring and summer.

Delivery by June 3.




Order 6/2/22 - 6/5/22
Every Summer Week is Hydrangea Week (but even more so this week!)

It seems like we can't ever get enough Hydrangea for our Midwest gardens. This week, we are featuring these beautiful, versatile plants in every shape and size.

Consider medium size for containers or beds... larger ones for shrubs; and even tree-shaped ones to define specific areas or serve as a focal point.

Delivery by June 10.




Order 6/16/22 - 6/19/22
IL Natives & Pollinators Week

Illinois natives and pollinators rule this week. In fact, National Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated all over the world in the last full week in June, from June 20 to June 26 this year. The event was started in support of pollinator health. We offer hundreds of Illinois natives normally, but have added even more for this special grouping because this is the perfect time to plant natives and get maximum results!

Delivery by June 24.




Order 7/7/22 - 7/10/22
Great Times Call for Great Grasses

Grasses are the backbone of any garden, and we have so many to choose from! These versatile plants add interest to Midwest gardens and containers during all seasons, with varying colors, heights and sway-ability. They even look pretty in the winter!

Delivered by July 15.




Order 7/21/22 - 7/24/22
Cut Flower Garden Week

It's time to bring the outside in – who doesn't love a cutting garden?

For everyone who loves plants inside and out, we're featuring blooming plants, trees and shrubs that do double time – they look great in the garden, and also deliver great additions to cut flower arrangements.

Among some of the great plants featured this week are Lavender, Echinacea, Rudbeckia -- plants that can thrive without lots of water when it’s hot, and can be brought inside too.

Delivered by July 29.




Order 8/18/22 - 8/21/22
Mum/Kale/Cabbage Presale

Hard to imagine, but the flowers of fall are selling fast and you can grab your favorites if you plan ahead now.

Place a pre-order for mums, kale and cabbage and you’ll avoid the rush at garden centers in September.

Delivered by September 16.




Order 9/8/22 - 9/11/22
Fall Annuals for Container Transitions

Transitioning summer annual containers to fall containers can be super easy with the addition of a few key items. Pick from grasses, mums, kale and cabbage as well as other late bloomers for containers that can get your home looking good through Thanksgiving.

Delivered by September 16.




Order 9/22/22 - 9/25/22
Fall Annuals & Trees: Just the Right Time to Plant Them

With its cooler temperatures, this is the perfect time of year to plant trees (and shrubs!). They can settle in and then be ready to go next spring. We can help you plan and select some wonderful trees and shrubs that will be just right in your garden.

Delivered by September 30.




Order 10/6/22 - 10/9/22
Planning for next year's garden

Plant now to give your garden a head start on spring. We have great plants that will get established all fall and winter. Your garden is on a rapid start for next spring! Mild fall days offer a great time to plant (compared to possibly cold, wet and rainy spring days next year!).

Delivered by October 14.



What Is The Best Time To Buy Plants?

The best time to buy plants depends on a few things: the kinds of plants you're looking for, when they're most available from the nurseries, the weather, and when you have time to put them into the ground.

Replanting is stressful for plants, so it tends to go better when the weather is not exceptionally hot and dry. The timing varies some between different types of plants, but September, October, May and June are probably the best time to plant small to medium-sized container-grown perennials. Those are also nice months for working in the garden!


Kind of Plants

When They're Most Available...

Annuals (or tender perennials grown as annuals) are used to fill in temporary gaps in the landscape early and late in the season and for fantastic color in the heat of the summer. Some annuals (like Pansies) are quite cold-tolerant and can be planted in April in Chicagoland. Others are tropical and tender, and shouldn't go in the ground until the weather is warmer.

The best time to reserve a great selection of annuals is not when you'd think... It's actually while the nurseries are still growing them in greenhouses in mid to late winter. At that time, the plant club can pre-order over a thousand varieties! In May, when everyone is thinking about annuals, those plants have already moved to retail nurseries, so what we can get direct from wholesale nurseries is more limited.

Perennials are longer-term investments that will make your yard look nice for years to come.

As a group, perennials are at peak availability to the club between May and October. During those months, we'll be making orders from many perennial nurseries a couple of times a month, and there might be nearly 2000 types of perennials available in sizes ranging from big to small! You don't have to buy perennials while they're blooming (they'll get around to it soon enough), but since garden centers make more money selling plants with beautiful flowers, availability from the wholesale nurseries with whom we work peaks just before a plant's typical bloom period.



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Limited Availability

We try very hard to source exactly what you’d like, but sometimes growers run out of plants! While this variety is a great deal at the price shown, we know that it has limited availability. If you want the plant even if it might be more expensive, or in a different size or quantity -- after you place your order, just send us a quick note at help@northshoreplantclub.com. Then, we’ll try to get you some version of this from one of our growers. And if we can’t get it from anywhere, of course, we’ll send a refund!


Field-Grown vs. Greenhouse-Grown Plants

Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.


Benefits of Membership

Want a better way to get great plants and make your yard look awesome? Create your account below and get:

  • The best plants… from the same sources the pros use, but at near wholesale prices
  • More plants in more sizes than anywhere else… whether you’re looking for classics or rarities; annuals, perennials or shrubs; one plant or a whole yardful!
  • "No Contact" delivery or easy pick-up at a site near you without fighting the retail crowds. You choose!

Membership is free, but — since we rely on delivery and local pick-up — you have to live near one of our hubs (or be willing to drive to a site to pick them up). If you live farther away, and would like to help us bring the club to your neighbors, please email helpusgrow@northshoreplantclub.com.

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About Ordering From The Plant Club

To secure the best prices for club members and make sure we know the current plants available from each nursery, we take orders only a couple of times a month.

Shoot us an email at help@northshoreplantclub.com, and we'll be happy to talk about plants or let you know when it's time to buy them!