Welcome to our St. Louis plant nursery, garden center and online plant shop.
Here the discerning gardener finds exceptional plants, unmatched service, and the largest selection of perennials anywhere. At Sugar Creek Gardens, you’ll find quality and expertise that’s as rare and unusual as some of our 2,500 + varieties. We specialize in exceptional and rare perennials and shrubs. You’ll also find an extensive selection of Missouri native plants, roses, annuals, vines, ornamental grasses, vegetables, herbs, and houseplants. Our goal at Sugar Creek is to offer you the most remarkable, the newest and the oddest in plants from around the world. See a few of the varieties here >>>
You will also find fun and unique ornaments for your gardens, decorative pots and all types of arbors and obelisks along with the right tools, highest quality soils, organic fertilizers with the finest ingredients, and health-supporting products for your gardens to flourish.
We offer in-house shopping and online shopping for curbside pickup. We do not ship plants.
Garden Design and Delivery
We offer free garden design consultations at the nursery along with at-home garden and landscape design consultations for a fee. Our skilled designers have extensive knowledge of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs.
We Plan, You Plant, Free Garden Consultations at the Nursery. This unique design service is the perfect start for a perennial garden, natural area or to rejuvenate a tired landscape. Read more about our free garden consultations here >>>
At Home Garden Consultations and Design Services. Are you dreaming of a perennial garden overflowing with billowing flowers, fabulous containers for your patio, or possibly you have a wet spot and are considering a rain garden, but don’t know where to start. We can help. Our Garden Designers can design a planting scheme, working closely with you to choose the right plants. Fees are based on the services selected. Read more about our landscape design and other services here >>>
Delivery. We offer delivery of plants. Delivery fees are based on items delivered and the location of delivery. Please give us a call for more information.
For more information or to set up an appointment call 314-965-3070.
Take the Guess Work Out of Plant Selection
We strive to give you the best. Our offering of plants has been selected from the finest available. We carefully choose our selections. We take many plant finding quests, including visiting trial gardens, university gardens, and botanical gardens. Our close relationships with industry experts keep us in the know of the newest and best. You can expect to find plants with exquisite beauty, exceptional vigor, and superior flowering.
We’ve done the work for you. Visit our Plant Shop to find descriptions, care tips and images of the best plants for your gardens and landscapes. For plant suggestions for specific uses visit There’s A Plant For That section of this website. You’ll find suggestions for Missouri native plants, deer resistant plants, plants for shade, and many other plants for your particular garden use.
You’ll Find Locally Grown Plants
To bring you the freshest, healthiest plants most of our plants are St. Louis area locally grown.
Born from an obsession for horticulture that literally overgrew her home, Ann Lapides opened Sugar Creek Gardens in 1990 at the Kirkwood Farmers Market with just a garden umbrella, cash box and a few hundred plants cultivated in her backyard and basement. An out-of-control hobbyist, Ann gave away many plants for years, and as a young mother saw an opportunity to open a business while still caring for her three small children.
In 1991 Henry and Anne Lonnemann invited Ann to open her nursery on their property in Brentwood Mo., which had previously been operated as Lonnemann Betz, a perennial plant nursery. A location rich with history, Henry’s mother sold perennials during the Depression to help make ends meet.
In 1994 Sugar Creek moved to Woodlawn Avenue in Kirkwood, where the original greenhouses were built to grow cut flowers for the 1904 World’s Fair (and rumor has it the house was a speakeasy during Prohibition). Ann’s daughter Abby Lapides joined Sugar Creek full time in 2008 after years of working after school and during breaks. Abby’s passion for plants took root as she watched her family grow their perennial business from a stall at the local farmer’s market to the nursery it is today.
We’re Humbled and Honored To Be Voted #1 Best Garden Center in St Louis
Over the years we have received multiple recognitions as an excellent local St. Louis plant nursery and garden center, including being voted the #1 Best Garden Center in St. Louis and being named one of the area’s Top Garden Centers. Sugar Creek Gardens has been featured in newspapers and magazines including County Folks Grower and Kirkwood Lifestyle. Kirkwood Lifestyle featured owner Abby Lapides, here’s what they said about her:
“Do you know who else loves butterflies and nature? Abby Lapides. If you haven’t met her yet, stop by to see her at Sugar Creek Gardens. Abby’s love for insects, animals, and the environment is remarkable. And her seemingly unlimited knowledge of plants is incredible. I’ve never even heard of a nativar plant until Abby explained what they are in her article”
You can get to know Abby by reading her article ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love’ read it here >>>
Here’s what others say about us:
“If you’re looking for flowering perennials, Sugar Creek Gardens is your paradise. The store offers a dazzling selection of native Missouri wildflowers that thrive in our bizarre weather conditions. But their real specialty is rare perennials and shrubs that will send a shiver down the spine of a garden enthusiast.”
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Preorder online ordering is now closed. Nursery open for in-house shopping, find thousands and thousands of beautiful plants.
IMPORTANT PLANT PREORDER INFORMATION: Preorder plants will be available for pickup mid to late April, onward. We will contact you once your items are ready to pick up.
Preorder online ordering is now closed. Shop the nursery for thousands and thousands of beautiful plants.
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