Collections in the Garden are divided into two categories: 1) Display Collections and 2) Botanical Collections.
The Display Collections consist of the following:
- The Four Seasons Display Gardens are maintained as a midsouth landscape display with emphasis on perennials.
- The Four Seasons Display Gardens are maintained as a midsouth landscape display with emphasis on annuals.
- The Butterfly Garden is a display garden for various pollinators (including hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects).
- The Dogwood Trail is maintained as a woodland environment for both native and exotic plants.
- The Herb Garden is a display garden of Hosta species and hybrids.
- The Mathews Nature Trail is maintained as a collection of Alabama Wildflowers with emphasis on ecologically similar environments (Tennessee Valley or midsouth region).
- The Holmes Trillium Garden is a display garden of Trillium species
- The Bush Azalea Trail is maintained as a woodland environment for both native and exotic azaleas.
- The Daylily Garden is a display collection of mainly hybrid Hemerocallis.
The Botanical Collections consist of those species and hybrids suitable for the North Alabama environment of the following genera:
- Acer, with emphasis on Japanese species and hybrids
- Bulb collection with emphasis on Amaryllidaceae and including Narcissus, Crinum and Lycoris
- Rhododendron, with an emphasis on native azaleas and their hybrids
These are distributed throughout the site, if appropriate and consistent with overall Garden design.