History of the Collection

Each plant in this collection is thoroughly trialed and tested for the South.

The Collection is available through retail garden centers across the Southeast. For more information about any of the exciting new releases from the Southern Living® Plant Collection, please visit the Collection.


The Southern Living® Plant Collection was first introduced in Spring 2008. It is a partnership between Plant Development Services Inc. and Southern Living® magazine, with the goal to provide innovative new plants selected for their ability to solve specific landscape challenges.

A leader in horticultural innovation, Plant Development Services Inc. owns and/or licenses more than 100 patented plant properties, including the number one azalea brand in the world, Encore® Azalea.

Southern Living® is a premier lifestyle and entertaining magazine of the South and the 6th largest monthly consumer magazine in the United States (based on readership). It reaches nearly 16 million readers each month and enjoys a circulation of about 2.8 million. Published 12 times a year, Southern Living® celebrates the heart of Southern life.

If you are a retailer who would like to carry these exciting new plants, please click here.

Plant Development Services Inc. is currently evaluating growers and breeders in all categories interested in being a part of this exciting group.

If you are a high quality grower interested in this program, please send us your information.

If you are a plant breeder with innovative plants that solve landscape challenges, please contact us.