Abelia 'Edward Goucher'
Abelias are evergreen
shrubs that bloom in the summertime. They are extremely fragrant
and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They are easy to care
for and will grow almost anywhere. Plant in full sun to part
shade in Zone 6.
- 'Edward Goucher' is an
evergreen shrub with pink flowers in the summer. 4' tall x 4'
- 'Glossy' has pale pink
to white flowers. 4' tall x 4' wide.
- 'Little Richard' is a
slightly more compact Abelia with white flowers. 3' tall x 3'
Our spring Azalea stock
Azalea (Azaleas) - Evergreen
Azaleas are cold hardy
evergreens with colorful spring flowers. They prefer soil rich
in organic matter and slightly acidic so feed with plenty of
leaf humus and an acidic fertilizer such as Hollytone in the
spring. Buds set on previous years growth, so do not trim
in the fall. If plants need shaping, prune immediately after
blooming. Plant in part shade for Zone 5.
- 'Delaware White' has
large single to semi-double white flowers in May and is a strong
spreading grower. 4' tall x 4' wide
- 'Girard's Crimson' has
large crimson flowers up to 2.5" in diameter. 3' tall x
- 'Girard's Fuschia' has
unusual ruffled flowers in bright fuchsia pink. 3' tall x 5'
- 'Girard's Purple' is
covered in the spring with bright purple flowers. 3' tall x 5'
- 'Girard's Rose' blooms
with rosy-pink flowers. 3' tall x 5' wide
- 'Herbert' has slightly
ruffled, dark lavender blooms. 3' tall x 5' wide
- 'Purple Splendor' gets
ruffled, lavender-purple flowers. 4' tall x 6' wide
- 'Renee Michelle' has
soft pink flowers. 3' tall x 5' wide
- 'Sunglow' has rose-colored
flowers. 3' tall x 5' wide
Azalea (Azaleas) - Deciduous
A second type of Azalea
is the deciduous variety which has blooms in a rainbow of colors
and is famous for its orange and yellow colors in particular.
Barberries are deciduous
shrubs with attractive leaves. Because they have quite thorny
stems, we recommend avoiding planting them next to walkways or
other areas with foot traffic. They make nice foundation plants
and attractive focal plants. Deer resistant. Plant for leaf color
as flowers are insignificant. Zone 4, full sun.
- 'Concorde' is a slow-growing
variety with reddish-purple leaves and a compact habit. 2
tall x 3 wide
- 'Crimson Pygmy' emerges
with bright purplish-pink leaves in the spring which darken slightly
as the summer progresses. Compact habit. 2' tall x 3' wide.
- 'Golden Nugget' is a
compact shrub with orange new growth that matures to a golden
yellow. 1.5 tall x 2 wide
- 'Roseglow' has bright
pink leaves with darker pink splotches. 4 tall x 4
- 'Royal Burgundy' sports
purplish-red leaves and has a compact habit. 1.5 tall x
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
The butterfly bush
is, as the name implies, perfect for attracting butterflies.
Prune back to 2 in late winter for a compact, bushy plant
or let grow to get a small tree-like specimen. Deciduous.
Zone: 5 Bloom: Late June
through October Light: Full sun to part shade
- 'Peacock' is a smaller
cultivar that gets only about 1/3 the size of other butterfly
bushes. The pinkish-purple flowers appear in late June through
October. 5' tall x 5' wide
- 'Black Knight' is the
darkest of the varieties with deep purple flowers. 8-10' tall
x 8' wide
- 'Royal Red' has bright
reddish-purple blooms. 8-10' tall x 8' wide
- 'White Profusion' has
long white panicles of flowers. 8-10' tall x 8' wide
Boxwoods are slow
growing evergreens that are a great choice for those areas that
deer frequent. Boxwoods lend themselves well to trimming and
shaping into geometric forms, sculptures or hedges. This shrub
may be left to grow naturally as well. Occasional thinning of
the interior by snipping out small branches allows beneficial
light into the center so it doesn't loose all the interior leaves.
This is especially true for the larger growing boxwoods. Four
of the major species are sempervivum, macrophylla var.
japonica, sinica and koreana. Boxwoods will grow in
full sun, but they prefer to have some shade. Plant in well drained
soil in Zone 5. Avoid heavy clay soils and soils that stay wet.
Boxwood care: Boxwoods
have shallow root systems, so water regularly in times of drought.
Help the soil hold moisture and keep the roots cool by applying
3" of mulch, keeping it about 6" away from the trunk.
As important as making sure that your boxwood gets sufficient
water, you shouldn't water so often that the boxwood stays wet
as this can cause rotting and fungal diseases. During the late
winter or very early spring, feed with both a fertilizer like
Hollytone as well as micronutrients. Promptly remove any dead
branches from the shrub and/or any pruning detritus and discard
in the trash.
- 'American' (B.
sempervivum) is a larger, faster growing variety with small,
oval dark green leaves. It tends not to be as dense as 'English'
boxwoods.It is 20' tall x 15' wide
- 'Coles' (B.macrophylla)
is hardy Korean boxwood with good winter color. 4' tall x 4'
- 'Dee Runk' (B. sempervivum)
is an excellent upright variety with a columnar to pyramidal
growth habit. 8' tall x 2' wide.
- 'Elagantissima' (B.
sempervivum) is a variegated variety whose green leaves are
edged in creamy white.
- 'English' (B. sempervivum)
is slow-growing and more compact than 'American' boxwoods. This
plant has a distinct odor and will continue to grow for over
75 years and develop into a very large shurb. 10-year size is
closer to 5' tall x 5' wide.
- 'Fastigiata' (B. sempervivum)
is an upright columnar to pyramidal boxwood that is great for
putting where you need some height but don't have much room to
spread out. Zone 6. 8' tall x 3' wide.
- 'Franklin's Gem' (B.
sinica) is a soft, compact form of Korean boxwood with slightly
rounded, bright green leaves. 3' tall x 3' wide
- 'Graham Blandy'(B.
sempervivum) boxwood has a slender, columner growth habit,
perfect for a narrow spot. 8' tall x 2' wide
- 'Green Beauty' (B.macrophylla
var. japonica) is a compact and slow growing boxwood with
new foliage of light green that matures to a darker, glossy green.
Zone 4. 4' tall x 4' wide
- 'Green Mountain' (B.
microphylla var. koreana x B. sempervirens) has a pyramidal
to slightly rounded shape and is great for pruning. The dark
green foliage turns somewhat brighter over the winter. 5' tall
x 4' wide
- 'Green Velvet' is a hybrid
between sempervivum and Korean boxwoods. It has a full, rounded
and compact form with bright green leaves. 4' tall x 4' wide
- 'Justin Brouwers' (B.
sinica) is a mounding form that is very sun tolerant. It
is compact and makes great edging for around formal beds or creating
topiaries. Zone 6. 4' tall x 4' wide
- 'Morris Dwarf' (B.macrophylla
var. japonica) is a true dwarf boxwood with tight mounds
of dense growth. Use it to border formal beds or paths. Will
take full sun, but don't let it get too dry. Zone 6. 1' tall
x 1' wide
- 'Vardar Valley' (B.
sempervivum) is a dark green leafed variety with an extremely
slow growing habit. Zone 4. 2-3' tall x 4 ' wide.
- 'Winter Gem' (B.macrophylla
var. japonica) has rich green foliage which takes on a golden
bronze tinge during the winter. 6' tall x 6' wide
- 'Wintergreen' (B.macrophylla
var. japonica) is a Korean boxwodd with soft, bright green
foliage. It stays compact and full and is easily sheared. Zone
5. 2' tall x 3' wide.
beautyberry is one of the best fruiting shrubs for fall interest
and attracting birds who love the bright purple berries. The
arching branches get small lilac flowers in the summer followed
by the clusters of berries. Prune back in late winter, even to
the ground if you want, as it fruits on new growth. Excellent
for shady spots and woodland areas. Plant in part shade to part
sun in Zone 5. 4 tall x 5 wide
Caryopteris is a great
choice for providing fall color to your landscape. They get blue
flowers on silvery blue-green foliage in the autumn from August
to frost. Whether or not the plant has not frozen back in the
winter, cut nearly to the ground in the spring. This helps to
keep the shrub tidy and full. Cut back growth afer each wave
of bloom to encourage more bloom. Full sun in Zone 5.
- 'Dark Knight' is prized
for its addition of dark blue flowers on silvery blue-green foliage
in the autumn from August to frost. 3' tall x 3' wide
- 'First Choice' forms
compact, tidy mounds of dark lavender-blue flowers in late summer.
3' tall x 3' wide
- 'Longwood Blue' gets
dark lavender-blue flowers in late summer. 4' tall x 4' wide
(Japanese Plum Yew)
'Drupacea' is a deer-resistant
alternative to true yews, which deer love to eat. It has a dense,
busy habit with slightly drooping branches. It can easily be
pruned into a hedge. Keep well watered. Full sun to part shade
in Zone 6. 8' tall x 15 ' wide
Members of the Chamaecyparis
family are usually tagged with their common name "cypress"
but are not true cypresses. They are often mistaken for the arborvitae
family as the foliage tends to be soft. Listed below are some
of the diverse varieties of Chamaecyparis. They prefer
full sun to part shade.
- 'Crippsii', or golden
hinoke cypress (C. obtusa) has soft, golden-green foliage
in a broadly conical form. Zone 5. 3' tall x 5' wide
- 'Fernspray' (C. obtusa)
gets upward facing fans of golden tipped, whorled foliage. It
is slow growing. Zone 4. 6' tall x 4' wide
- 'Golden Charm' (C.
pisefia), like the more popular 'Gold Mop" has bright
golden yellow juvenile foliage growing in an informal, shaggy
form. Zone 4. 6' tall x 8' wide
- 'Gold Mop' (C. pisefia)
is the most popular of the threadleaf cypresses with bright gold
foliage growing in an informal, shaggy form. The more sun this
plant gets, the more gold the foliage; shady areas will produce
more bright green tones. Zone 5. 5' tall x 5' wide
(Harry Lauder's Walking Stick)
'Contorta' is a contorted
form of hazelnut. The wildly twisted stems get yellow catkins
in the spring followed by large bright green leaves. This is
a perfect plant for winter interest, and the branches look great
in flower arrangements. This is a grafted plant so any suckers
arising below the base of the graft should be removed as they
won't have a contorted form. Plant in full sun to part shade.
10' tall x 8 ' wide in Zone 4.
Members of this evergreen
or semi-evergreen genus range from low growing grownd covers
to tall shrubs with graceful arching branches. They are vigorous
growers and need little or no maintenance. They thrive in poor
soils, tolerate drought conditions, and are happy in full sun
to part shade. They have fairly insignificant spring flowers,
but lovely berries in the fall. Deer resistant.
- 'Coral Beauty' is a ground
cover variety with coral colored berries on purple-tinged foliage.
Great for planting on banks or for naturalizing. Zone 4. 2' tall
x 5' wide
- 'Cranberry cotoneaster,
trained as a standard, makes a very unusual specimen planting
for a bed or the front yard. The weeping branches of this cotoneaster
are grafted on a trunk approximated 6' tall. The long branches
will eventually reach the ground. Full sun to part shade. Grows
to 8' tall and 5-6' wide. To prune, cut out the oldest, longest
branches every couple of years. Zone 4.
- 'Rockspray' is a ground
cover that will get 1-2' tall by 5' wide. It displays tiers of
horizotal branches. Small pink flowers in the spring with bright
red berries on reddish-purple foliage in the fall.
- 'Willowleaf' is a semi-evergreen
ground cover with bright red fall berries on bronze foliage.
The arched branches root where they touch the ground, making
this an excellent choice for planting on banks for erosion control.
Zone 5. 2' tall x 6' wide
'Leyland' is commonly
referred to as a cypress, but, like Chamaecyparis, is
a flase cypress. While typically thought of as a shrub, it really
should be considered a tree as it will grow quite quickly, 2'
per year, to 50' tall x 15-20' wide. Leylands are popular as
screening plants, planted either in a straight row or a two-deep
checkerboard pattern. They have a pyramidal habit and soft, fan-shaped
Plant Leylands in the
spring for the best chance of robust growth. If planted in the
summer, they need watered on a regular basis. They cannot be
planted in the fall as the roots don't have time to get well
established and the plant will suffer severe winterburn and die.
Leylands are prone to bagworm, so make sure the cocoons are picked
off each year to prevent damage. Zone 3 in sun to part shade.
There are many plants
referred to as cypress but, botanically speaking, are not. Members
of the Cupressus genus are the only true cypresses. While these
are listed in our 'Shrubs' section, many should rather be considered
trees because they get so tall. Cypress have tiny scalelike leaves.
- 'Blue Ice' is an Arizona
cypress with lacy, silvery-blue foliage. It has a pyramidal habit
and grows about 2 per year in full sun to part shade. Zone
6. 30' tall x 15' wide
alatus (Burning Bush)
'Green and Gold'
Euonymous is a widely
varied genus. Some are evergreen, others are deciduous. All are
easy to grow plants that will tolerate a variety of both light
and soil conditions. Prunes well to size. The do tend to get
scale, which is actually an insect that looks like white (male
scale) or dark (female scale) overlapping ovals on the stems.
The scale feeds on the plant causing yellow spotting on the leaves.
Scale is best treated with applications of horticultural oil.
- E. alatus (burning bush) is unusual compared
to other euonymous, yet is probably more well-known than any
of the others. This bushy shrub has corky bark and its green,
deciduous foliage turns brilliant, fiery red in the fall. While
it is commonly labeled 'Dwarf Burning Bush' this name is a bit
misleading as it can reach heights over 6' tall and 6' wide.
It is easily pruned, though. Zone 4.
- 'Blondy' is a low-growing
euonymous with yellow leaves edged in a green margin. The colors
are more dramatic in fuller sun. 2' tall x 2' wide in Zone 5.
- 'Golden' is an evergreen
shrub with bright green & yellow foliage. It tends to be
more intense in the sun, but this photo was taken from a plant
that sits in the shade! It makes a bright focal point. 5' tall
x 4' wide in Zone 6.
- 'Green & Gold' is
a low growing, evergreen, spreading groundcover with green leaves
margined in bright yellow and chartreuse. 8" tall x 3' wide
in Zone 5.
- 'Manhattan' has bright
green evergreen foliage and small pink fruit in the fall. 6'
tall x 6' wide in Zone 5.
- 'Silver King' is evergreen,
with creamy-white and green leaves. Makes a nice focal point
in shady areas. Zone 6, 5' tall x 4' wide.
- 'Sunspot' has thick green
leaves accented with pure yellow centers. It can be trimmed to
shape or allowed to cascade over walls. 3' tall x 3' wide in
- 'Variegated Radicans'
is an evergreen groundcover with green-white-yellow variegated
leaves. It will climb trees or creep up against the sides of
rocks. 6" tall x 3' wide, Zone 6.
This harbinger of
spring is very easy to grow and looks great planted en masse
or as a hedge. They are easily trimmed to size and should be
pruned back hard every few years to renew the plant. Cut a few
stems in late winter and place in a vase of water to force indoor
blooms. Plant in full sun to part shade in average garden soil.
- 'Gold Tide is a
spreading forsthia that can be used as a colorful spring groundcover.
The stems, where they touch the ground, will root. Great for
massing or to cover banks. 2' tall x 5' wide. Zone 5.
- 'Spring Glory' has arching
stems covered in sunny yellow flowers. Grows 8 tall x 6
wide in Zone 5.
- 'Weekend' blooms slightly
later than Spring Glory with stems covered with bright yellow
Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon)
With its exotic-looking
flowers appearing in mid to late summer, this member of the hibiscus
family provides nice color on a large deciduous shrub. Use as
a specimen plant or grow as a hedge. 8' tall x 6' wide vase-shaped
plants do well in full sun to part shade. Zone 5, average garden
- 'Lucy' has double, reddish-pink
blooms and will flower through October.
- 'Peoniflora' has large,
double, light pink blooms.
Hydrangeas fall into
a couple different categories. There are the mop head hydrangeas
with large, round heads and the French, or lace cap, hydrangeas
with flat heads. Both are shade loving, but some newer introductions
are now much more sun tolerant. Some color of some hydrangeas
can be somewhat altered by changing the acidity of the soil:
alkaline soil for pinker blooms, and acidic soil for bluer ones.
- 'Blushing Bride' is part
of the new, reblooming mopheads from the Endless Summer line.
It opens to pure white blooms that mature to a blush pink or
purply-blue depending on soil acidity. Remove spent blooms to
encourage new ones. It blooms on both old and new wood. Leave
the stems over the winter, cutting out any dead or unwanted ones
in the spring once the leaves begin to resprout. 4'x4' in Zone
5, full to part shade.
- 'Bombshell' has a dwarf
habit and becomes covered in white flowers from early summer
until frost. Low maintenance with little or no pruning to keep
a nice, compact shape. 3-4'x3-4' in Zone 5, shade to part sun.
- 'Cardinal' has large
red flowers which put on a beautiful display in mid-summer. The
rich green leaves turn purple in the fall. 6'x6', Zone 5, full
to part shade.
- 'Endess Summer' is the
original rebloomer that blooms on both old and new wood for repeat-blooming
color all summer long. Big, showy flower mops pink in
alkaline soils and blue in acid soils. Makes an excellent choice
for foundation, specimen and shrub or perennial borders. 5'x5',
Zone 4, shade to part sun.
- 'Incrediball' has really
large, white mophead blooms on strong stems. The blooms emerge
with a lime green tint, mature to white and age to green. 5'x5',
Zone 5, shade to part sun.
- 'Lady in Red' The red
stems and red veined leaves have lacecap blooms in either a light
pink (alkaline soil) or blue (acidic soil). Blooms mature to
a burgundy rose. In fall, leaves are a rich purple. 3'x3', Zone
5, part shade.
- 'Limelight' has unique
bright green blooms in mid-summer that hold their bright and
refreshing color right into autumn when the blooms change color
to a rich deep pink. Lovely autumn display of green and pink
blooms on the same plant. This plant tolerates lots of sun.5'x5',
Zone 3, part shade to almost full sun.
- 'Nikko Blue' has huge
9-inch flowers in stunning all-out bloom from June to August.
Full and fluffy, this is one of the best blues available. Branches
bow under the sheer weight of the blossoms. 5'x5', Zone 5, shade
to dappled sun.
- 'Oakleaf' hydrangea gets
clusters of white flowers in the summer, but their distinguishing
feature is the large, oak leaf-shaped foliage that turns vibrant
purple, orangy-bronze and red in the fall. 6'x5', Zone 5, shade
to light sun.
- 'Pink Diamond' is a sun
tolerant hydrangea with flowers that emerge a subtle chartreuse,
turn a snowy white over the hottest days of summer, then fade
to pink and finally turn a deep, rich pink as autumn approaches.
Quite tall at 10'x5', Zone 3, part shade to sun.
- 'Pinky Winky' gets massive,
two-toned white and pink flowers with strong upright red stems.
The flowers heads continue to grow throughout the season and
as the older flowers turn dark pink the new flowers continue
to emerge white. The effect is stunning. 7'x5', Zone 3, part
shade to light sun.
- 'Tokyo Delight' blooms
with lots of small lacecaps with the central fertile flower standing
pink above the encircling crown of pure white florets with red
eyes. The whole head fades through pink to crimson with purple
autumn foliage. 5'x5', Zone 5, shade to part sun.
- 'Twist and Shout' is
part of the Endless Summer collection. It is a lace cap that
blooms on both new and old wood all summer lond. Red stems and
dark green leaves turn bright red in the fall. 5'x5', Zone 4,
shade to part sun.
There are up to 600
species in the Ilex genus, some evergreen and some deciduous,
from small shrubs to trees. Most have spiny-toothed, glossy green
leaves but a few have tiny, smooth-edged leaves. Many species
have both male and female plants with essentially inconspicuous
flowers but bright autumn berries. It generally takes only 1
male plant to pollinate a large group of female plants. The berries,
somewhat toxic to humans and household pets, are an important
food source for birds. Grow in full sun to part shade.
- 'Blue Angel' is one of
the smaller meserveae, or blue hollies. Blue Angel
has crinkled, very dark blue-green leaves with red berries. It
needs a male pollinator such as Blue Prince to set
furit . 4'x4', Zone 4.
- 'Blue Maid' is another
blue holly with a pyramidal shape and blue-green leaves with
red berries. It needs a male pollinator such as Blue Prince
to set fruit. 8'x6', Zone 4, full sun to part shade.
- 'Blue Prince' is the
male pollinator for the meserveae hollies (Blue Angel,
Blue Maid, Blue Princess). Grows 8'x6' in Zone 4.
- Blue Princess' is a meserveae
holly, with blue-green leaves with red berries. It needs a male
pollinator such as Blue Prince to set furit. Grows
8'x6' in Zone 4.
- 'Centennial Girl' is
a slow-growing pyramidal blue holly with dark foliage and spectacular
berry set. Pollinate with 'Blue Prince' in Zone 4. 15'x8'.
- 'China Boy' continues
the meserveae family with a slightly larger, ligther green leaf.
It is the male pollinator for China Girl hollies.
Grows 8'x6' in Zone 4.
- 'China Girl' is in the
meserveae holly family, with light, glossy green leaves and red
berries. It needs the male pollinator China Boy to
set furit. Grows 8'x6' in Zone 4.
- 'Christmas Jewel' is
a pyramidal holly with abundant red fruit and dark, shiny green
leaves. It does not need a pollinator. 10'x6' in Zone 6.
- 'Dragon Lady' is a columnar
holly with dense, small, dark glossy green leaves. The new growth
has a reddish tint. Self-fruiting so it does not need a pollinator.
20'x8' in Zone 6.
- 'Foster' is a self-pollinating
holly with good berry production and pyramidal growth. Plant
in a protectsed area to avoid winter damage. Zone 6, 20'x10'.
- 'Hoogendorn' is a crenata
holly with small, slender, smooth-edged leaves. It has a rounded
growing habit. 2'x3' in Zone 5.
- 'Nellie Stevens' is a
large pyramidal evergreen with dark green leaves and red berries.
Self-fruiting, but will fruit more heavily with a male from the
cornuta family. 20'x10', Zone 6.
- 'Oakland' is a vigorous,
irregular columnar form with bronze new growth in the spring
changing to medium green leaves. Self-pollinator with red berries.
30'x12', Zone 6.
- 'Red Beauty' resembles
the blue hollies and needs a Blue Prince to pollinate
it, but it grows in a wide conical shape like a Christmas tree.
Dark red berries and blue-green leaves.15'x6' in Zone 6.
- 'San Jose' is a pyramidal
evergreen shrub with red berrieis in the fall.
- 'Sky Pencil' is a very
narrow, columnar form with small, dark, smooth-edged leaves.
Great for spots where you need height but have narrow width restrictions.Does
not produce berries. 8'x3', Zone 5.
- 'Soft Touch' is good
for foundation plantings. It has smooth-edged leaves in a tidy,
rounded form that gets only 2'x3'. No berries. Zone 5.
- 'Steeds' holly has a
pyramidal form with small oval leaves. It makes a nice, mid-height
hedge. No berries. 6'x3', Zone 5.
ltea (Sweet Spire)
Iteas are nice plants
for both spring and fall interest. This deciduous shrub has a
clumping, multi-branced form.
- 'Henry's Garnet' gets
arching panicles of sweetly fragrant flowers in the spring. In
the fall, the foliage turns spectacular shades of orange, yellow,
scarlet and crimson. 5'x5', Zone 5, full sun to part shade.
- 'Little Henry' is very
much like 'Henry's Garnet' but in a smaller form at 2-3'x2-3',
Junipers are extremely
hardy and long-lived evergreens that are great for the landscape.
Over the past years,junipers have become unpopular, for, we think,
several reasons. Of course, they do tend to be rather prickly
and are not something you want to spend alot of time touching;
additionally, because they are so long-lived, they are often
the last things left in many older landscape plantings. Having
been there so long, they have likely out grown their initial
alloted space, encouraging severe pruning which leaves ugly bare
patches and exposes old dead growth in the interior. Finally,
because they have been so popular in the past, folks are looking
for something new and more unique. However, rather than discarding
this excellent landscape plant, it is time to reconsider its
beauty, hardiness, ease of maintenance and attractive qualities
as being worthy of our gardens. There is a huge selection of
junipers in all size ranges to fit whatever your needs may be.
All junipers, once established, are quite drought tolerant and
thrive in hot, sunny conditions. The sizes listed are for plants
that have matured to about 10 years. Of course, like all plants,
they do keep growing, so consider the amount of space you have
and whether or not you will be likely to change or keep these
plants at the 10-year mark as they will most likely still be
happy and thriving.
- 'Andora' is a compact,
low-growing juniper that gets a lovely, rusty-purple tinge throughout
the winter. The needles of this juniper are relatively soft.
1'x6' in Zone 3.
- 'Blue Pacific juniper
has a low, trailing growth habit making it suitable as a groundcover
or for erosion control on banks. Soft, bluish-green foliage.
8"x3', Zone 5.
- 'Blue Rug' is another
fast-growing, spreading evergreen with silvery-blue foliage.
It makes good erosion control on banks or looks nice cascading
down the face of a wall. 6"x6', Zone 3.
- 'Blue Star' is a slow-growing,
compact mound with blue foliage that keeps its tidy shape. 3'x4',
- 'Gold Coast' juniper
is a compact, low-growing ever-green with golden tips. 3'x5',
- 'Gold Lace' is a Pfitzer
juniper (one of the pricklier varieties) and has very golden
tips. It is considered to be the most golden of the yellow junipers.
4'x5', Zone 3.
- 'Gold Star' is a green
to blue-green shrub with golden new growth. It is good for great
for massing of for filling in large open areas. 5'x6', Zone 3.
- 'Gray Owl' is a low-growing
juniper with silvery-blue, lacy foliage on horizontal, slightly
arching branches. Another great choice for massing in open areas.
4'x6', Zone 3.
- 'Hollywood' junipers
are tall evergreens with twisted, free-form branches of bright
green. They make great windbreaks or specimen plants. 20'x12',
- 'Procumbins Nana' is
the Japanese garden juniper which is a very slow-growing, dense
evergreen with a compact, mounding habit. It is great for rock
or oriental-style gardens where it can be trained to fall over
a wall face or more upright as an almost bonsai-looking standard.
1'x3', Zone 3.
- 'Sargent' juniper is
a low-growing, spreading evergreen with nice green color. It
is great for broader foundation plantings, massing or on banks
as erosion control. 1'x5', Zone 4.
- 'Sea Green' is an arching,
vase-shaped juniper with bright green foliage. Good for massing or on banks. 5'x6', Zone
- 'Wichita Blue' is are
upright junipers with a pyramidal habit, silvery-blue foliage
and blue cones. Good for screening or specimen planting. 15'x5',
Lagerstromia (Crepe Myrtle)
Crepe Myrtles will,
in our area, grow to large shrubs or small trees. The more winter
protection they have, the less likely they are to sustain winer
damage which inhibits larger growth. So, if you live in town
where the microclimate tends to be a bit warmer, you will likely
have a larger specimen than someone who lives in an unsheltered
area. Crepe myrtles tend to break dormancy rather late in the
spring, so if you don't be too quick to worry if your crepe myrtle
seems to be late to leaf out. They will begin blooming in mid
summer with panicles of crinkled flowers. The mottled bark is
a great way to add winter interest to a garden.
- 'Dynomite' has crimson
new foliage maturing to a dark green then orange in the fall.
Cherry red flowers begin blooming in July through to frost. 20'x15,
- 'Pokomoke' is a dwarf
variety of crepe myrtle with dark pink flowers on a compact shrub.
It blooms for 90 days starting in midseason and hase bronze fall
foliage. Zone 6, 2'x2'.
- 'Tonto' is a tall variety
of crepe myrtle with fuchsia-red flowers from July through September.
Bronzy spring foliage turns bright green for summer then bright
red in fall. 10'x6', Zone 6.
- 'Tuscarora' has salmon-pink
flowers and light cinnamon bark. 10x6, Zone 6.
Magnolias, for our
area, are available in two categories. The first is the southern
magnolias which grow into quite large trees, have green leaves
with brown undersides, and large, saucer-shaped flowers. This
type of magnolia requires some winter protection in our zone.
While our winters are not likely to kill an established southern
magnolia, cold winter winds in unsheltered areas can cause lots
of damage. We recommend southern magnolias only to those who
can provide the adequate winter protection. The other type available
to us is the bush magnolia, which has a growth habit of a large,
multi-branched shrub. These are quite hardy here and have lovely,
fragrant flowers. You will find the deciduous, shrub-like variety
listed here; the larger growing southern magnolias can be found
on our trees page.
- 'Ann' is a hybrid between
M. liliiflora and M. stellata and can be limbed
up into a small, multi-stemmed tree. Part of the "Little
Girl" series, it was developed by the National Arboretum.
The pink flowers are up to 8" long, blooming in March. Prefers
well-drained soil and flowers more profusely when planted in
full sun. Zone 4.
- 'Elizabeth' has soft,
primrose yellow flowers and will get about 20'x10' in our area.
- 'Jane' is another of
the "Little Girl' series with the same growth habits. It
has beautiful purple-pink flowers in early spring. 10'x6', Zone
- 'Royal Star' is a large
deciduous shrub with glossy green leaves. In the spring, pink
buds open to fragrant white flowers. 10'x6', Zone 5.
Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)
Nandinas are native
to eastern Asia and are members of the barberry family. Despite
the common name, Nandinas are not bamboos and do not run or spread.
The glossy leaves are evergreen, with lovely shades of red, pink
and purple on both new growth and during winter months. Nandinas
do not like to be exposed to winter winds, so be sure to plant
them in an area that gets protection during the colder months.
It needs no pruning, and the small branches make nice decorations
during the holiday seasons. Deer resistant, with bird-attracting
berries on some varieties. Plant in well-drained soil in full
sun to light shade. Zone 6.
- domestica has bright red winter color and
red berries. 5 tall x 4 wide.
- 'Firepower' is a dense,
rounded evergreen with green, burgandy and red foliage that becomes
more intense in the winter. 2 tall x 2 wide.
- 'Firestorm' emerges with
copper-colored leaves that mature to green in the summer and
red in the winter. It gets bright red fruit in the fall.
3 tall x 4 wide.
- 'Harbor Dwarf' has leaves
like domestica, but in a more compact form that gets only 2'
tall x 3' wide. The evergreen foliage turns red in the winter.
The spruces are a
genus of needled, evergreen shrubs and trees. These shrubs make
great additions to the landscape. They are low maintenance and
do well in full sun or partial shade.
- 'Birdsnest' gets its
name from its low-growing round habit with a slightly depressed
center. It stays short at 3' tall, but can spread out to more
than 4' wide, making it a good choice for foundation plantings
under windows. Zone 2.
- 'Dwarf Alberta' is popularly
used as a small Christmas tree because of it's tidy, conical
shape. They are very slow growing conifers with bright green
needles and make nice pot plants. Spray their interiors with
cool water regularly to discourage mites. 6 tall x 4
wide, Zone 2.
- 'Globosa Blue' is a blue-needled
conifer that grows into a flattened globe. It gets 4' tall x
5 wide and prefres full sun. Blue Globe spruces are sometimes
found as standards. Zone 3.
Pieris are broad-leaved
evergreen shrubs native to southern Asia and eastern North America.
In the spring they get racemes of pendulous, bell-shaped flowers.
Spring growth is typically bright red. They prefer shade and
protection from winter wind. Plant in acidic soil with pinebark
mulch. Plants bloom on old wood, so do not trim back in the fall
as you can cut off the next springs flowers. Prune immediately
after spring flowering instead. Zone 5.
- 'Cavatine' has a dwarf
habit with small, dense foliage and very long lasting white blooms.
- 'Dorothy Wycoff' is a
compact pieris with red buds that open to pinkish flowers in
the spring. Dark red winter foliage. 5'x4'.
- 'Mt. Fire' has long-lasting,
brilliant red new growth and gets white, bell-shaped flowers
in the spring on the previous years growth. 5 tall
x 4 wide.
- 'Forest Flame' has bright
red new growth, fading to pink then white and finally green.
White, bell-shaped flowers appear in the spring. 12'x6'.
thunbergii 'Japanese Black'
The pinus group includes
both trees and shrubs that are native throughout the temperate
and cold climates of the northern hemisphere. Plant in well-drained
soil in full sun to part shade.
- 'Japanese Black' is a
conifer with irregular branching, dark green needles and long pale cones. This is a good
selection for oriental gardens. Although listed in our shrub
section, this is more accurately a tree as it grows to 40
tall x 15 wide in Zone 5.
- 'Mugho' or 'Mugo' pines
are very slow growing, mounding conifers. Often purchased for
their small size at the nursery, they eventually become rather
large so choose their site carefully. 4 tall x 6
wide in Zone 2.
'Slow Mound Mugo'
Prunus is a genus
of trees and shrubs, such as plums, peaches and almonds, that
bears edible or ornamental fruit. The shrubs listed here are
multi-stemmed varieties that grow in full sun in well-drained
- 'Flowering Almond' has
double pink flowers in the spring. Prune after flowering best
- 'Purpleleaf Sandcherry'
is a large deciduous shrub that gets lovely pink flowers in the
spring followed by reddish-purple foliage. Zone 2, 10 tall
x 8 wide.
Spireas are small
to medium deciduous shrubs with clusters of flowers that bloom
in the spring and/or summer. They are easy to grow and make great
foundation plantings. Prune lightly in very early spring to encourage
dense growth. Plant in full sun to part shade. Zone 4.
- 'Anthony Waterer' is
a compact shrub with blue-green leaves turning wine-red
in the fall. Rosy-pink flowers
in summer. 3 tall x 4 wide.
- 'Dolchica' has bronze-purple
new growth and rosy-pink flowers throughout the summer. 4
tall x 4 wide.
- 'Gold Mound' begins the
growing season with foliage that has a reddish hue then quickly
fades to yellow or very light green. Flowers are large clusters
of very small, light pink flowers. 3 tall x 4 wide.
- 'Little Princess' is
a slow-growing shrub with bright green leaves and light pink
flowers throughout the summer. 3 tall x 3 wide.
- 'Magic Carpet' is a compact
form with red tips on golden foliage and purple-pink flowers.
2 tall x 2 wide.
- 'Neon Flash' emerges
with purplish new growth maturing to geen and turning burgandy
in the fall. Neon red flowers in the summer. 3 tall x 3
- 'Van Houttii', sometimes
called babys breath spirea is an old-fashioned favorite
with an upright habit and stems full of white flowers in the
spring. 6 tall x 5 wide.
Lilacs are lage deciduous
shrubs with various shades of highly fragrarnt flowers in the
spring. Zone 3. Plant in full sun.
- 'Bloomerang' is a recent
introduction that blooms with fragrant lavender flowers in the
sping. It takes a rest during the hottest part of summer then
blooms again until frost. Compact, mounding form that gets 4'x5'.
- 'Miss Kim' matures at
about 6' tall x 6' wide. It has light pink flowers and slightly
ruffled, dark green leaves that turn a tinted burgundy in the
- 'Monge' is the common
French lilac with dark reddish purple flowers. Introduced in
1913. 12' tall x 8' wide.
- Densiformis is a dense,
spreading yew with soft, bright green foliage. Zone 4, 3
tall x 6 wide, full sun to part shade
- English repandens - The
English weeping yew is a weeping, horizontal growing
evergreen with dark
green needles. It grows happily in shade in zone 6. Size: 2
tall x 4 wide in sun to shade.
yew is a very narrow, columnar conifer with dark green needles.
Zone 3, 15 tall x 3 wide, sun to shade
- 'Meyeri -
Myers yew is a upright evergreen
with soft, dense growth. Zone 4, 10 tall x 3 wide,
sun to shade
- DeGroots Spire
is an narrow, columnar arborvitae with an occassional twist in
the fan-shaped foliage. Grows in zone 3 to 10 tall x 3
wide. Plant in full sun to part shade.
- Emerald Green
arborvitae is a tidy, pyramidal evergreen with fan-shaped foliage.
It is good for screening or as an anchor plant at
the corner of a home. Allow enough space for its 15' tall x 5'
wide size, though. Zone 3 in sun to part shade.
- Green Giant
is a very fast growing arborvitae with medium green, fan-shaped
foliage. It makes ecellent screening. Zone 3. 60 tall x
15 wide. Plant in sun to part shade.
- Hetz Midget
is a slow-growing arborvitae that keeps its tidy, globe shape
with no pruning. This evergreen works nicely in formal-looking
gardens. Zone 2, 4 tall x 4 wide, sun to part shade.
is a small mounded globe with soft sage-green foliage. It maintains
its tight and compact habit making it an outstanding landscape
or container plant. Zone 4, 2 tall x 2 wide, sun
to part shade.
is known as the leatherleaf viburnum and has dark green, crinkled
leaves with white flowers in the late spring and red fall berries.
It is semi-evergreen as the plant matures. Zone 5, 10 tall
x 10 wide in full sun.
- 'Eskimo' is a snowball-type
of viburnum that has large, white clusters of flowers in May.
Flowers become red then black drupes in the summer to fall.Zone
6, 5' tall x 5' wide.
Weigela are late spring flowering, deciduous plants.
Zone 4, plant in full sun.
- Midnight Wine
weigela has dark burgandy-purple foliage and bright, rosy-pink
flowers in the spring. Low-mounding and compact with no need
to prune. 1-2 tall x 2 wide.
- Sunny Princess
weigela has variegated green and gold leaves and gets light pink
flowers in the spring.4 tall x 5 wide.
- Wine & Roses
weigela has dark burgandy-purple leaves and bright rosy-pink
flowers in the spring. Prune immediately after flowering or in
the fall. 5 tall x 5 wide.
'Wine & Roses'