Welcome to Acer Gardens

We are a family owned and operated retail nursery on 18 acres in Deep River, CT. Acer grows over 1,800 varieties of perennials and annuals, as well as numerous varieties of shrubs and trees. We are known for our extensive selection of Japanese Maples, hence the Latin name Acer.

Seasonal Color

We are open!  You are welcome to walk around the nursery or use our curbside pick-up option. 

Mon.-Sat. from 8:30 am to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

20% off Perennial Grasses & Weigela
running through Thursday, July 16th.
50% off Tomatoes and Eggplant 

Look ahead to late summer and fall and see the subtle color shifts that come to many gardens.  Tucking in some fall-blooming plants will help you extend bloom time and may add a new dimension to your flower beds.



Nursery Services

Container Planting 

On-Site Soil & Mulch Loading

Premium Soil & Mulch Deliveries

Plant Deliveries

Gardening & Growing Tips

Private Workshops

Perennial of the Month - July

Liatris (Blazing Star)


Zone: 3-8          Height: 2-4’                  Spread: 10 - 18"

Blooming from late summer into fall in sun gardens, Liatris blooms thrive on neglect, provide a visual “wow” in the garden with purple, rose or white flowers on spikes, and attract butterflies and bees. They make excellent cut flowers although, oddly enough, the flowers bloom and open from the top down! Once established, they will tolerate dry soil and drought.

Perennial of The Year- Aralia 'Sun King'

'Sun King' is all about color and brightening up a shady space. In partial shade, the leaves take on a brilliant golden yellow color, deepening to a chartreuse green in full shade. Tiny white flowers float among the foliage, giving way to clusters of black berries in the fall. Big and bold, 'Sun King' can reach 3' tall by 3' wide, and is stunning filler for the middle of the perennial garden. Pairs beautifully with Hosta and Astilbe.

Order Online for Bulk Material Delivery: Mulch and our Topsoil/Compost Blend

Acer Gardens is offering online ordering for bulk delivery of our topsoil/compost blend and our bark mulch! Simply place your order through the website.  There is a 4 yard minimum order for delivery of materials.  Credit card payment will be taken when you place order. 

Ball & Burlap Tree Planting Guide

Enjoy our step by step tree planting video with Bill Harris.  For more detailed information, read our handout on Tree Planting. 

447 Winthrop Road, Deep River, CT.

(860) 526-9056

Open Mon-Sat 8:30-5pm, Sun 9:00-3pm

Mid March through Christmas Eve

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