Watering and fertilizing: The water and fertilizer needs of shrubs vary widely, so it's important to learn each plant's requirements before purchase. You'll find that some need little water once established - like junipers - while others require regular moisture throughout the growing season - such as many deciduous shurbs. Likewise, many shrubs need little fertilizer when mature, but they grow better in the long run if given a complete fertilizer each spring during their younger years. When you do fertilize, you'll find that controlled-release granular products offer an efficient way to do the job, providing sufficient nutrients to last for an entire growing season. Apply the fertilizer beneath the shrub, spreading it in a wide circle, then work it into the top few inches of soil. If the shrubs have extensive surface root systems (rhododendron, for example), don't cultivate the soil beneath the plants deeply; to avoid disturbing roots, just barely scratch the fertilizer in. When you apply fertilizer and water, keep in mind that many shrubs have surprisingly extensive root systems. Gardeners frequently treat an area only as wide as the shrub's above-ground spread, but roots often reach much farther than that. As a general rule, water and fertilize in a circle two to three times wider than the plant's diameter, and wider still for tall, narrow shrubs.

When you first plant your shrub, water throughly. Then, check the soil every couple of days. If the soil feels moist, don't water; if it is very dry, then give the shrub a good watering. It's just as easy, and just as bad, for a plant to be over-watered as it is to be under-watered. If you plan on going on vacation, either have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your plantings, or wait until you get back from vacation to make your purchases. In general, plants have an easier time getting established in the spring or fall when temperatures are milder and rainfall is slightly higher. Some shrubs, though, such as Leyland Cypress, do not have time to establish good root systems if planted too late in the fall. Leylands planted too late will get severe winter burn and die.


Mulching: To conserve moisture and discourage weeds, apply a mulch around and between shrubs. If you fertilize in spring, mulch after fertilizing. If you need to fertilize later in the season, use a liquid type that will soak through the mulch or a foliar spray. When you do apply mulch, do not pile the mulch any deeper than 3 inches. More than that can keep air from getting to the roots and is more likely to harbor molds and pests. Also, pull the mulch away from the trunk or stems of your shrub. Think 'doughnut,' not 'volcano!'

Managing pests and diseases: Though it's easy to forget those sturdy, uncomplaining shrubs at the back of the garden, it's important to check all shrubs periodically for signs of pests and diseases. Regularly rinse dust and debris from plants with strong blasts of water from a hose; you'll get rid of pests and disease spores at the same time. Periodic hosing also helps prevent the dry, dusty conditions that encourage summertime pests such as spider mites. The leaves that fall naturally from shrubs may decompose and add humus to the soil. But some leaves drop because they're diseased - those afflicted with black spot, for example. Unless you're certain that natural debris is disease free, rake it up in the fall and discard it in the trash, don't compost it. (3 month guarantee on shrubs you plant, 1 year guarantee on shrubs we plant, conditional on proper watering habits.)

Note: Shrubs are listed by botanical name. Click here for a "cheat sheet" of common names for botanical names.
Our stock of shrubs changes quickly, so some of the varieties listed may not be available. Please call if you are looking for a specific plant.

Abelia 'Edward Goucher'

Abelia (Abelia)
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' wide.
  • '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' wide.
Our spring Azalea stock

'Delaware White'

'Girard's Crimson'

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 year’s 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 5' wide
  • 'Girard's Fuschia' has unusual ruffled flowers in bright fuchsia pink. 3' tall x 5' wide
  • 'Girard's Purple' is covered in the spring with bright purple flowers. 3' tall x 5' wide
  • '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.

'Purple Splendor' 'Renee Michelle' 'Sunglow'

'Crimson Pygmy'

'Rose Glow'

Berberis (Barberry)
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’ wide
  • 'Royal Burgundy' sports purplish-red leaves and has a compact habit. 1.5’ tall x 2.5’

'Dark Knight'

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

'White Profusion'
'Green Mountain' 'Green Velvet' 'Morris Dwarf' 'Winter Gem'

Buxus (Boxwood)
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' wide
  • '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.
Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
‘Early Amethyst' 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 (Bluebeard/Blue Mist)
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
Cephalotaxus (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




Chamaecyparis (Cypress/False Cypress)
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

'Gold Mop'
Corylus (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.



Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)
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

Cupressocyparis (Cypress)
'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 foliage.

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.


Cupressus (Cypress)
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) 'Golden' 'Green and Gold'

Euonymous (Euonymous)
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 Zone 6.
  • '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.


'Silver King'


'Variegated Radicans'

Gold Tide'

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 flowers.

'Spring Glory'

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 soil.

  • 'Lucy' has double, reddish-pink blooms and will flower through October.
  • 'Peoniflora' has large, double, light pink blooms.

Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
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.

'Blushing Bride'

'Endless Summer' 'Limelight' 'Oakleaf'
'Blue Angel' 'Blue Princess' 'Christmas Jewel' 'Red Beauty' 'Sky Pencil'

Ilex (Holly)
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', Zone 5.

Juniperus (Juniper)
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', Zone 4.
  • 'Gold Coast' juniper is a compact, low-growing ever-green with golden tips. 3'x5', Zone 3.
  • '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', Zone 3.
  • '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 4.
  • 'Wichita Blue' is are upright junipers with a pyramidal habit, silvery-blue foliage and blue cones. Good for screening or specimen planting. 15'x5', Zone 3.

'Blue Pacific'

'Blue Star'

'Gold Lace'

'Witchita Blue'

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, Zone 5.
  • '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.

Magnolia (Magnolia)
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. Zone 5.
  • '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 5.
  • '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.
'Ann' 'Royal Star'
domestica 'Fire Power'

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.
'Fire Storm' 'Harbor Dwarf'

Picea (Spruce)
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.
'Birds Nest 'Dwarf Alberta'
'Mt. Fire' 'Forest Flame'

Pieris (Andromeda)
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. 2'x3'.
  • '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 year’s 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'

Pinus (Pine)
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'
Flowering Almond

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 soil.

  • 'Flowering Almond' has double pink flowers in the spring. Prune after flowering best performance.
  • '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.
Purpleleaf Sandcherry

Spirea (Spirea)
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’ wide.
  • 'Van Houttii', sometimes called baby’s 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.

'Anthony Waterer'

'Little Princess'

'Magic Carpet'


Syringa (Lilac)
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 fall.
  • 'Monge' is the common French lilac with dark reddish purple flowers. Introduced in 1913. 12' tall x 8' wide.


Taxus (Yew)

  • 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.
  • ‘Flushing’ 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

repandens (English)

''DeGroot's Spire'

'Emerald Green'

Thuja (Arborvitae)

  • ‘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.
  • ‘Linesville’ 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.

'Green Giant'

'Hetz Midget'



  • ‘Alleghany’ 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.

'Midnight Wine'

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'