Easy to grow, colorful shrubs.
Variegated foliage is yellow with green centers.
White, bell shaped flowers burst from their pink buds in late summer and
keep going well into autumn. Fall colors include a myriad of yellows
oranges, and reds. Shrub grows 30 inches tall and 40 inches wide. Grow in full
sun to part shade, in moist, well drained soils. Somewhat acid loving.
Wonderfully fragrant, rich pink flowers bloom late May to early June.
Glossy summer foliage turns orange-red in fall. Shrub reaches 5’-6’ tall and
Distinct, clean, silver to cream margined variegated foliage and white
flowers. Reaches 6’ tall and wide. Full sun to part shade.
Shrubs are deer
Paperbark Maple. Fantastic peeling orange-cinnamon bark sets the stage for its dark green,
three-lobed leaves that turn a brilliant orange-red in autumn. Small yellow
flowers appear in spring. Designated a Mo. botanical Garden Plant of Merit
for its outstanding qualities. Considered one of the best small ornamental
trees. Best in moist, well-drained soil in sun to part shade. Grows
15-30’ tall and wide.
palmata, Japanese Maple.
Excellent specimen trees with branches of lacy leaves that seem to float in
the garden. Very refined foliage and attractive winter branching. Part
sun. Water during the heat of summer.
‘Bloodgood.’ One of
the finest exquisite small trees for texture, form, foliage and flaming red
fall color. Holds the red-purple leaf color better than other cultivars.
Slow growing with a rounded form. Reaches 15-20 feet tall.
‘Burgundy Lace.’ Graceful deciduous tree with
deeply lobed, finely serrated, brilliant burgundy-red leaves. Grows 10'
tall and wide.
‘Butterfly.’ Splendid foliage emerges green with
pink margins maturing to light green with cream variegation, turning
rose-red to red-purple in the autumn. Upright vase shape, often more of a
shrub. Thrives in bright, filtered shade. In summer keep evenly moist in
‘Crimson Queen.’ Much loved variety with lacy
deep reddish-purple foliage. Grows 8-10’ tall and wide. Does best in
bright, filtered shade.
‘Fireglow.’ Impressive, vigorous, reliable tree
that burns fire-red. Foliage becomes purple-red in fall. Although
vigorous, does not become tall or widespread. Does well in hot, sunny
conditions. Can reach 6-10’ in 10 years and maxes out at 12-15’.
ACER tegmentosum 'Joe Witt,' Manchurian Snakebark Maple. Very
unique tree with striking striped silvery white bark. Fantastic focal point
for shade garden. Grows to 35' tall 25' wide. Full to part shade.
foliage is topped with spires of flowers. Sun to shade.
palmately compound leaves of this tree and unusual and attractive.
Beautiful fall color is a range of yellows, oranges and reds. 2007 Great
Plants for the Great Plains winner. Height 20-40’.
Brilliant dark green
leaves; rich red flowers appear in April and May in 3”-6” long panicles
above the foliage. Habit is rounded and almost shrub like. Matures to
15’-20’ tall and wide.
Bottlebrush Buckeye. Huge white 8-12” long flower
panicles appear in June and July. Wonderful dark green palmate leaves.
Grows 8-12’ tall and wide in full sun to partial shade. Named a
Botanical Garden Plant of Merit for its
x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance.’ White flowers
appearing in Spring. Good for naturalizing. Height 20-25’.
Tree. Small, understory Missouri native that
grows 15-20’. Over time forms colonies or thickets by its spreading roots.
Grass green leaves turn to bright yellow in late fall. Cup-shaped violet
flowers appear in spring, and give way to a wildlife favorite, Paw Paw’s
tasty banana-like fruit.
Bearberry. Extremely hardy, slow growing
evergreen shrub like ground cover. Peeling bark and small dark green
leaves. White bells tinged with pink bloom in spring. Red berries produced
in August last through winter. Birds and other wildlife enjoy the berries.
Grows 6 to 12 inches tall. Will spread to 3 to 6 feet wide. Grow in poor
acidic, sandy to well drained soils in full sun to part shade. Do not
Bright neon red-pink flowers
engulf this semi-evergreen shrub in spring. Vivid, glossy silver and dark
green variegated foliage supplies the color the rest of the year. Very
hardy, reaches 1 1/2 to 2’ tall.
'Bloom-A-Thon' Reblooming Azaleas.
Why settle for just a week or two of flowers when you can
enjoy months of blooms? Joyful flowers appear for
6 weeks in spring
then rebloom in summer, continuing through fall until hard
frost for an astounding
additional 12-16 weeks.
Even high summer temperatures don't stop these marvels from producing loads
of flowers. Reliably hardy.
Vibrant colors of rich red,
lilac, pure white, and deep pink.
Height varies from 3-5’ tall. Shade to part shade.
'Bloom-A-Thon Pink Double' Azalea. An evergreen, disease
resistant, reblooming azalea with massive frilly flowers that appear in
spring, then again in late summer, and continue blooming through fall until
hard frost. 'Bloom-A-Thon Pink Double' Azalea blooms well even after the
hottest, driest summers, producing loads of late summer and fall flowers.
Grows 4-5' tall and wide. Prefers shade to part shade. Morning sun, with
afternoon shade is ideal. Consistent moisture will encourage more flowers.
Massive display of multi-layered petals colored peach, pink and cream. The
foliage is very dark green with red-bronze highlights in fall. Small
mounding form is excellent for massing in shrub boarders. Height 6’.
‘Golden Flare.’ A
massive display for vivid yellow single blooms with a reddish-orange
blotch. Small form is great for mass plantings. Height 6’.
‘Sunset Pink.’ Large
trusses of rose-pink flowers with orange-yellow blotches bloom in masses.
Mounded form is excellent for mass plantings in boarders. Height 6-8’.
‘Encore Hybrids.’ After the spring looming
period, these azaleas begin growing new shoots and start blooming into full
flower in mid to late summer. Known for their richness of color and well as
the quality of foliage and overall vigor. Over 20 varieties to choose
from. Colors include rich pink, purple, white, salmon, and even stripped.
Hardiness to be determined.
AZALEA, ‘Girard Hybrids.’
shrubs that thrive in part shade all varieties are compact, reaching
2’-4’ tall and wide. They bloom mid to late March and into April.
‘Christina.’ Double pink.
‘Fuchsia.’ Single, reddish purple petals with
Shot.’ Scarlet-orange flowers.
‘Roberta.’ Double, ruffled, pink blooms that
reach 3” across. Blooms midseason.
Michelle.’ Orange –red.
‘Rose.’ Single, deep rose-red blooms. Blooms
late March through early April.
‘Variegated Gem.’ Small shrub only growing 2’
wide and high. Variegated foliage is topped with rose flowers. Foliage
takes on a tint of red in the winter.
‘White.’ Pure white.
AZALEA, ‘Northern Light Series. Series of hybrid
that produce large, fragrant, sterile flowers, blooming later than other
azaleas, in mid-May. Deciduous, loosing its leaves, and flowering before
new leaves are formed.
‘Golden Lights.’ Deep golden buds open to
golden-yellow single blooms Showy bronze red fall foliage. Deciduous . Sun
to part shade. Over time can reach 8-12’ tall and 8’ wide.
‘Mandarine Lights.’ Incredible specimen for the
garden! Outstandingly cold hardy to zone 4, bread in Minnesota. Heavily
flowering, intensely fragrant, ruffled, orange-red blooms in late May, early
June. Full sun to part shade. Reaches 4’-5’ tall and wide.
‘Orchid Lights.’ Spectacular pinkish, purple
flowers cover shrubs in late spring. Small, compact variety growing 3-4’
tall and wide.
Colorful, easy to grow thorny shrubs for sun.
that only grows 1’ tall and around. Small bright gold foliage and red
berries add a strong splash of color to any landscape. Perfect for edging.
‘Orange Rocket.’ The
color, a rusty orange is simply amazing. As the name implies, it has a
columnar, upright habit. Will add a dynamic vertical element to any
landscape. Height 4’.
BETULA nigers ‘Summer Cascade,’
arching branches weep to the ground forming an unique specimen or focal
point. A highlight when reflected in water. Branches can be enjoyed in
winter. Height 6’.
Bush. Sun. Attracts
butterflies; blooms in summer, cut to ground in spring; breaks dormancy
'Asian Moon.' A wonderful symmetrical shrub with the advantage
of being sterile, which allows for longer lasting blooms and an extended
flowering season. Light purple tubular flowers with orange throats clustered
on cones. Foliage is light green with silvery undersides. 3-6'.
‘Bicolor.’ The first
Butterfly Bush ever to offer two completely different colors on the same
inflorescence. Fragrant, lavender and butterscotch yellow flowers blend
together for a fascinating bicolor effect. Panicles grow up to 10” long.
Grows to 6-8’ tall and wide.
‘Black Knight.’ Rich
dark purple on dense flower spikes; one of the best. Reaches 7’ tall.
‘Butterfly Heaven.’ Highly floriferous selection
with very large, fragrant, lilac purple flowers up to 12in long. Well
branched habit. Silvery grey foliage ages to green. Reaches 6 ft tall and
'Evil Ways.' Striking combo of bright yellow foliage and dark
purple flowers. Grows to 4'.
‘Fourth of July.’
An explosion of color erupts in the summer
landscape with this combination of three varieties of butterfly bush. Three
colors on one plant! Bright pink, claret purple, and pure white flower
spikes on a plant reaching 5 to 10 feet high and wide.
‘Lo & Behold Blue Chip.’ This breakthrough variety has
all the fragrance and butterfly appeal of the traditional varieties but fits
into a small, easy to maintain package! This dwarf stay under 3’ without
any pruning. Very easy to grow, producing lavender-blue flowers.
'Lo & Behold Purple Haze.' Uniquely horizontal branches
produce and abundance of dark purple-blue flowers. The flowers radiate
outward and downward like a pinwheel, and are continuous from mid summer to
frost. This is a sterile variety that does not produce unwanted seedlings.
2-3' tall, 3-4' wide. Proven Winner.
'Miss Molly.' Fragrant flowers are a rich Sangria-red color.
This compact plant is smaller than many other buddleia varieties, and its
distinctive flower color makes late summer gardens pop! Grows 4-5', Proven
Noted for its compact habit and remarkable vivid, rich pink blooms, the
flower color is unlike any other Buddleia. Silver leaves, compact 4-5'
growth habit, plus being very well branched resulting in masses of
beautiful flowers makes it a top choice. Proven Winner.
Bright pink flower spike. Reaches 5-10’ tall and wide.
Butterscotch yellow flowers are large, 12’ shrubs whose leaves are twice the
size as others.
‘White Ball.’ All summer white flowers top dwarf,
compact 3’ shrubs.
'White Profusion.’ Pure white flower
spikes top 4-6' shrubs.
weyeriana ‘Honeycomb.’ Stunning yellow butterfly
bush. Silvery, compact foliage.
Sun or part shade; evergreen.
microphylla japonica ‘Green Beauty,’
Excellent for small
hedges. Reaches 4-6
feet tall and wide when not pruned. Grows 4-6” per year.
microphylla koreana ‘Emerald Jewel,’
Lush small emerald green foliage covers tight,
compact grower. Ideal as a hedge or planted in mass. A slow grower that
seldom needs pruning to keep shaped. 2-3’ tall, 3-4’wide.
‘Golden Dream.’ Shiny green foliage with showy
golden-yellow margins adorn this very hardy Boxwood. This low-growing slow
grower rarely reaches above 2’! Works well in foundation
plantings, or to create a unique pattern or framework in a formal garden.
m. k. ‘Winter Gem.’ 4-6 tall and wide’; medium
green oval-shaped leaves with compact growth habit; excellent for a small
hedge. Fast growing.
sempervirens ‘Green Tower.’ Only 2’ wide but 9’
tall! It’s the perfect plant for the front door, entrances to gardens and
patios, or foundation plantings. The luscious evergreen foliage looks
great all the time. Very easy to grow, and little if any pruning is
needed. Great for topiaries. Grows about 1’ per year.
sempervirens ‘Variegata.’ Tiny variegated foliage
on small shrubs.
English Boxwood. This boxwood has a more rounded
natural habit, is very slow growing, only 1”-2” per year. Excellent for
small hedges, herb garden borders and geometrical gardens. Zone 6, plant in
more protected areas.
suffruticosa variegata. Variegated form.
Irregular variegation of creamy white.
‘Antartica.’ A slow growing, rounded shrub
reaching 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Dense, dark green foliage
requires little to no maintenance to keep its form. Tolerant of moist
soils. Grow in full sun.
‘Chicagoland Green’. a.k.a.
‘Glencoe.’ Selected from the Chicago Botanical
Garden research collections. Exceptional winter hardiness. Reaches 3’ - 4’
tall and 5’ wide in 15 years. Medium to slow grower, growing less than 6”
‘Emerald Jewel.’ A selection of Korean Boxwood
produces lush emerald green foliage. Tight compact grower with small leaves.
Ideal as a hedge or planted in mass. This slow grower requires very little
pruning to keep shaped.
‘Green Gem.’ Thick
leathery light medium green glossy leaves. A hybrid made for superior
hardiness and color retention in the winter. Reaches 2’ tall.
Dark green, smaller leaves. Reaches 4-5 tall and 2-3 feet wide, keeping a
more pyramidal shape naturally. Excellent for shaping. Keeps good color in
‘Green Velvet.’ 3’x3’; vigorous globe-shaped
shrub; excellent plant for hedges and borders.
The smallest boxwood on the market. A low
growing, dense, compact, mounded evergreen with slow annual growth of no
more than 1 and 1 1/2 inches per year. Matures to only 2 to 2.5 feet if
left un-pruned. Grow in full sun to part shade. A Missouri Botanical
Garden Plant of Merit.
Beautyberry. All bloom on current year’s wood and
need to be cut down to 6” in late winter and treated as a herbaceous
perennial. Full sun to part shade. Deer resistant. Use twigs of berries
for indoor fall decoration.
americana. In spring
tiny lilac flowers appear in clusters called cymes along the stems. Berry
clusters made up of striking metallic shades of rich purple encircle the
stems in fall. Grows 6-8'.
Handsome bronze-purple new
growth and dark green foliage give way to clusters of violet fruit clusters
in fall. Reaches 4’-10’ tall and wide.
Beautyberry. Most graceful and refined species
at 3-5’ with long slender branches that arch to the ground. Clusters of
lilac-violet fruits in September and October.
d. ‘Early Amethyst.’ Bright purple berries appear
earlier than other varieties.
CALYCANTHUS floridus, Carolina
Allspice. Intoxicating scents will grace the
garden with this shrub. Deliciously fragrant blossoms appear in spring.
Grows 6-9’ tall. Their lustrous leaves will perfume the air if bruised.
‘Classic Pink.’ Proven hardy to zone 6.
Attractive, light pink formal double flowers, up to 4 inches in diameters.
Glossy deep green on this naturally compact plant. Grow in full sun to
CARYOPTERIS x. clandonensis,
Deer proof plants for full sun. Blooms extend the
season in August and September. Drought tolerant and easy to grow. Cut to
ground in spring.
‘Blue Myth.’ Shorter habit and showy clusters of
vibrant blue-purple flowers from midsummer into fall. The aromatic, fuzzy,
grey-green leaves are presented on nicely branched stems. Grows 2’ tall, 3’
‘Dark Knight.’ 2-3’; masses of dark blue flowers
in late summer; darkest blue flowers of any cultivar; attractive gray green
‘First Choice.’ Compact habit and dense dark
green foliage. Dark purple blue flowers arise from attractive inky-blue
buds; flowers earlier than other cultivars in late summer. 30-36”.
‘Gran Blue.’ Just in from France. Dark blue
flowers contrast with the glossy green foliage from August until frost.
‘Hint of Gold.’ Bright gold foliage makes a small
mound2-3’ tall. In late summer and fall periwinkle blue misty flowers
appear, creating a wonderful contrast against the gold foliage.
‘Lil Miss Sunshine.’ Sunny yellow leaves contrast
with the deep amethyst blue flowers in late summer. Attracts butterflies
and is deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Height 30-36”.
‘Longwood Blue’. Violet blue flowers over
silvery foliage in late summer and early fall. 3-4’. From Longwood Gardens
‘Snow Fairy’. Feathery variegated foliage is
topped in late summer and fall with soft blue flowers. Green leaves edged
in white look great all season.
‘Summer Sorbet.’ A unique variegated variety, the
aromatic grey-green foliage contrastingly edged chartreuse to make a
striking combination with the fluffy looking clusters of blue flowers that
appear in late summer. 40”.
‘Sunshine Blue.’ Shimmering sunny yellow foliage
sparkles against the deep, rich amethyst-blue flowers in late summer and
fall. A strong grower with large bright yellow foliage. 3’.
‘White Surprise.’ White variegated leaves look
gorgeous in a patio container or planted en masse. Bright blue flowers
appear in late summer. Height 3’.
CHIONATHUS virginicus, Fringetree. Slightly
fragrant, spring blooming flowers of fringe-’like, creamy white petals.
Missouri native shrub or small tree. Can reach 12-10’ and most often occurs
in right moist woodlands or hillsides. Missouri Botanical Garden’s Plant of
CEANOTHUS ‘Marie Simon,’
Jersey Tea. A neat rounded shrub with fluffy pink
flower heads that appear in spring. Attractive deep green leaves. Grows 5’
tall and wide.
Buttonbush. Missouri native with distinctive
pincushion-like flower balls that are made up of tubular fragrant white
flowers. Love moist, rich soil, and can even be grown in standing water.
Does not like hot, dry spots. Grows 6-12’. Sun to part shade.
‘Sputnik.’ A large flowered, longer blooming
selection of native Buttonbush. Glossy foliage and nice form. Best in a
wet spot. 10’ tall and wide.
Tree. Beautiful dark pink-purple flowers cover
stems in spring. Shade. Wonderful understory trees.
‘Forest Pansy.’ Intensely colored reddish-purple
heart-shaped leaves in spring that become reddish green in summer. Flowers
have a dark rose-purple color that emerge before the leaves. Height 10-15’.
‘Hearts of Gold.’ Sunny gold leaves brighten up
the darkest corners of the gardens. Produces a riot of color in spring when
in full bloom. Grows 15’ tall and 18’ wide.
‘Lavender Twist.’ A spectacular specimen tree
with its umbrella shape made up of weeping, twisted branches. Stunning in
full spring bloom. Grows 8-10’ tall and wide.
Cypress. Excellent shrubs for landscape use.
Grow in full sun in acid to neutral well drained soils.
‘Golden Charm.’ Compact, erect, cone-shaped shrub
with bright, golden-yellow new foliage. Excellent mop-headed accent plant
that makes nice background border or small hedge. Evergreen. Full sun.
Slow grower to 5-6’ tall and 7-8’ wide.
‘Golden Mops.’ A true compact form. Retains it’s
color better than other varieties. Reaches 6-7 ’ tall.
‘Sungold.’ Compact, erect, cone-shaped shrub with
consistent golden-yellow new foliage, even in full sun. Excellent mop-like
form that makes a nice accent for the border or small hedge. Evergreen.
Full Sun. Slow grower to 5-6’ tall and 7-8’ wide.
Intensely sweet fragrant flowers bloom in late summer. Very adaptable, grow
in full sun to heavy shade. Prefers acid soils. Beautiful yellow fall
color. If pruning is required, do immediately
after flowering as it blooms on current year’s wood. Flowers are
hummingbird magnets. Native.
Colony forming. Reaches 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet tall and wide.
‘Fern Valley.’ Later
blooming than other cultivars, holding off until September-October.
5-6 feet tall. Good yellow fall color.
An excellent cultivar famed for its extremely
fragrant, 6” bottlebrush-like creamy white flowers. It is a
densely-branched, 3-5’ tall rounded shrub. Flowers give way to dark brown
seed capsules which may persist well into winter.
‘Ruby Spice.’ Deep reddish-pink flowers that
don’t fade to white. Fragrance and yellow fall color add to its beauty.
Reaches 6-8 feet tall and wide.
dark red twigs provide winter interest.
alba ‘Elegantissima.’ Creates all season
interest with bright red stems in winter, variegated foliage the rest of
the year. White flowers in spring. Can grow 10’ tall and wide.
a. ‘Ivory Halo.’ Beautiful variegated foliage of
green with white margins. When leaves drop in winter, the attractive red
twigs can be seen. Its fine textured, fuller, more compact form lends
itself to use in smaller planting areas. Height 5-6’.
a. ‘Red Gnome.’ White flowers appearing in
spring. Wetland plant. Height 3-4’.
‘Garden Glow.’ Brilliant lime green foliage in
summer and burgundy red fall color. Bright red winter twig color. Grows 2
to 3 feet tall and wide. Grow in partial shade. Cut back old wood in early
spring to promote new growth for the best winter color display.
‘Arctic Fire.’ A
compact selection. Non-suckering habit. Full sun to part shade. Reaches
3’-4’ tall and wide. Dear resistant. Cut back old growth (the fattest
canes) to the ground in spring for best color in winter.
Dogwood. Pale yellow
flowers in May turn into attractive blue-black fruits. Branches grow in
irregular tiers forming a somewhat horizontal plant. Leaves turn red in
fall. Height 15-12’.
understory tree that puts on a showy display in spring.
The true flowers (which are ornamentally insignificant)
are small yellow-green inflorescences centered among the four showy white
bracts. Grows 20’ tall and wide.
‘Pink.’ Pink bracts.
‘White.’ White bracts.
‘Aka Tsuki.’ Beautiful variegated foliage of
green with creamy white margins. Flower bracts are white that are
irregularly speckled with pink. Needs protection from hot afternoon sun.
'Wolf Eyes.' Considered the best variegated Kousa Dogwood.
Strongly variegated white and green leaves transforms to excellent pink and
red in fall. Works in sun and shade. Compact growth habit, with a broad
spreading habit to 20' tall and wide.' In late spring blooms of four pointed
white bracts appear. In late summer, the plant is covered with red-orange
raspberry-like fruit. Excellent as a small specimen tree.
CORYLUS avellana ‘Contorta’,
Hazel. Noted for its contorted, twisted growth.
Heart shaped leaves appear in spring. Pendent yellow catkins are born in
late winter. Height 6-8’.
Smoke Tree. Excellent specimen plant for the
perennial or shrub border.
smoky-gray flowers create the illusion of the
plant being in a cloud.
Prune in early spring to
the plant shrub-like. If growing as a tree, remove only unsightly stems.
coggygria ‘Golden Spirit,’
Tree. Bright golden foliage stands out in the
garden. Turns shades of coral, orange and red in fall.
dark purple foliage with red veins and stems. Leaf margins are edged with
a thin line of red. Leaves turn scarlet in autumn.
CUPRESSOCYPARIS x leylandi,
growing upright evergreen that maintains dark green foliage throughout the
winter. Great for screening.
DAPHNE x burkwoodii ‘Briggs Moonlight.’ Very hard
to find and new on the market. It has cream-gold band on each of the small
evergreen leaves. Early summer fragrant pale pink flowers appear. 36”.
The easiest to grow Daphne. Difficult to grow plant for the adventuresome.
x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’. Delicate cream edges
on green leaves and fragrant flowers light pink maturing to white. 3’-4’
high and wide.
‘Eternal Fragrance.’ A fantastic compact fragrant
Daphne like no other. Not only blooms white flowers with pink blush in
spring, but re-blooms again from summer to fall. Can be used en masse,
mixed beds or containers. Height 2 1/2’.
‘Summer Ice.’ One of the longest-blooming of all
these sweetly-scented shrubs, bringing crisp white edged deep green leaves,
as well as the scent of jasmine to the garden. Grows 6’ tall and wide.
Sun to part shade.
Grown as a specimen, this tree commands
attention. Small pom-pom like blooms appear in mid-spring and are held
between two pure white bracts that grow up to 6” long. Height 40’.
DEUTZIA gracilis ‘Chardonnary Pearls.’
Attractive, crisp, line yellow foliage provides excellent long garden
color. Pearl like buds open into white, sweetly scented panicles in late
spring. Excellent compact shrub that’s perfect for the garden or shrub
border. Full sun to part shade. Grows –3’.
ELEUTHEROCOCCUS sieboldianus ‘Variegata,’
Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia. A handsome shrub with
large maple-like leaves bordered with creamy white margins. Makes an
excellent specimen plant or focal point for the garden. Easy to grow in
part shade to full shade. 4-5’.
Wintercreeper. Sun to shade.
‘Emerald Gaity.’ White leaves with emerald green
margins create a stunning show. grows 2-4’ high, 4-6’ wide.
Plume. Showy native shrub of the Southwest with
everblooming pale pink to white blossoms from May all the way into Sep.
Feathery, pink seed heads provide a dramatic second act throughout the
winter. Xeriscape plant. Grows 4’ tall and wide. Sun.
FORSYTHIA x intermedia
‘Citrus Swizzle.’ Soft yellow flowers in early
spring cover the entire shrub. Green foliage is edged in creamy yellow.
Burgundy-red fall color. Height 18-24”.
‘Gold Tide.’ Bright yellow flowers in Spring.
Excellent for mass plantings or as a groundcover. Height 18-24”.
‘Lynwood Gold.’ Deep golden yellow flowers cover
the branch in April. Dense plant will tolerate city conditions well.
Performs well in both sun or light shade. Height 5-7’.
‘Show Off.’ Large bright yellow flowers cover
the plant from head to toe in early spring. The attractive dark green
foliage displays season long interest. Height 2-3’.
Bottlebrush Shrub. Shade to part shade.
gardenia. Valuable plant used for hedges and
borders. Attractive in 3 seasons; fragrant showy white spring flowers,
blue-green leaves in summer and brilliant yellow, red, orange fall coloring.
Low, dense, bushy shrub. Deciduous. Partial sun. Slow-growing rounded form
to 3 to 4 ft. tall, spreading wider.
‘Blue Shadow.’ Faded denim blue foliage sets the
stage for the fluffy white flowers in spring. The multitudes of blossoms
perfume the garden with the rich scent of honey. The show continues into
fall with its deep red leaves. It’s blue foliage provides a sharp color
contrast to companion plants, particularly those with golden foliage. Grows
Tree. An exquisite
tree with which boasts late summer 3” Camilla–like
blossoms that are deliciously fragrant. Grows 10-25’ tall, 6-15’ wide.
Slow growing, prefers sun to part shade, and a little pampering to encourage
growth. Striking fall foliage adds to its appeal. One of the most famous
trees in American plant history. Discovered by American botanists John and
William Bartram, The father and son explorers. A small grove of this
unknown tree was found along the Altamaha River in Georgia in 1765. They
named the tree in honor of their friend, Benjamin Franklin. The tree was
never seen in the wild after 1803.
Jewel.’ Unbelievable hardy Gardenia! A heave
coating of double white flowers appear in summer, filling the air with a
wonderful fragrance. Easy to grow, requiring little to no pruning. Height
3.' Prefers shade to part shade, acidic soil.
GINGKO biloba ‘Fairmount.’ The perfect city
tree. It’s distinctive fan-like green foliage, upright growth, plus no
messy fruit, makes this tree perfect for small landscapes and cityscapes.
Practically pest-free, resistant to storm damage, and casts deep shade.
It’s dense crown makes it perfect as a screen or noise buffer. Rapid
growing columnar only grows 15-18’ wide but 40’-60’ tall. Tolerant of tough
city conditions of moist, compacted or alkaline soil. Fruitless male.
Silverbell. White flowers appear in spring. Pest
resistant tree for the lawn or woodland borders.
HAMAMELIS vernalis, Witchhazel. The first shrub
to flower in late winter or early spring. Fragrant yellow flowers grace the
early landscape for 3 or 4 weeks. Grows 6-10 tall, 6-8’ wide and prefers
full sun to part shade.
Flower. Stop your family and friends in their
tracks with Seven Son Flower, Heptacodium miconioides. What a wonderful
plant! When we are so desperate for color in our garden, Seven Son Flower is
in all its glory. From mid-August to early October, large clusters of small,
white flowers delight all with their fragrance. The show continues into late
fall with rosy purple fruit, then into winter with the attractive tan
stripes of exfoliating bark. This shrub or small tree can grow 20-22’. The
rare Seven Son Flower is native to China, although it may no longer exist in
the wild. Sun to part shade.
‘Blue Chiffon.’ Blue
flowers bloom profusely from July through September. A dramatic Specimen
plant in any sunny boarder. Height 8-12’.
Large, single, rich royal blue flowers with purple
centers are certain to draw attention in July - August. Grow in full sun.
Reaches 8 to 12 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide.
Breathtaking large single white flowers adorned with a lacy center appear to
be double. Blooms in summer. Reaches 5’-10’ tall and wide. Deer
Resistant. Attracts butterflies.
producing very few, if any, seed pods. White blooms. Reaches 5-8 feet tall
and 4-6 feet wide.
Delightful red with single and double flowers.
Lavender flowers with lacy center appear to be double.
‘Lil’ Kim’. The only miniature rose of Sharon. A
unique little shrub with dainty white flowers punctuated with a showy red
eye. Long lasting flowers last for days. Thick dark green leaves. Grows 3
to 4 feet tall and wide. Easy to grow in full sun in average soil. Prune
during dormancy. Attracts butterflies.
‘Sugar Tip.’ An eye-catching with brightly
variegated creamy-white and blue-green foliage. Loads of clear pink, double
flowers. Sterile, not producing seed, therefore not spreading. Blooms
during the heat of the late summer. Reaches 8 to 12 feet tall and 3 to 5
feet wide. Easy to grow in full sun in average soil. Prune during
HYDRANGEA. Sun or shade; lush attractive
foliage. Many older varieties of Hydrangeas only bloom on old wood. Pruning at the wrong time
of the year will cut off the upcoming spring’s blossoms. For these
Hydrangeas pruning is not necessary. If you decide to prune, only prune immediately after blooming.
For varieties that bloom and old and new wood, pruning is not necessary. Old wood has
over-wintered at least once. For varieties that bloom on new wood, which is
growth that has been produced in the current growing season, they should be
pruned before the shrubs leaf out in spring.
angustipetala 'Golden Crane,' 'MonLongShou.' An exciting
addition to American gardens, this precocious Hydrangea, with large lacecaps
of white and chartreuse not only presents its flowers in late spring - the
earliest of all Hydrangeas to blossom -- but is highly scented, a trait very
rare in Hydrangeas as a whole. The jasmine-like scent will perfume 100 feet
around. This superb selection was made by Dan Hinkley from seed collected in
Southern Sichuan Province, China. Prefers part shade. After plant is
established, requires weekly watering, or mores times a week in extreme
heat. Requires evenly moist soils. Will blossom on new growth, however for
best spring display of flowers do not prune after early September. Grows 5'
tall and wide.
arborescens, Smooth Hydrangea.
Massive balls of flowers on
new wood. Should be cut down to ground before growth begins in spring. For
stronger stems that will help hold up the huge flowers, cut back shrubs to
a. ‘Annabelle.’ 4-5’ high and 3-5’ wide shrub,
white flowers on 4-6” diameter flattish heads in late June to early October,
dark green foliage, adaptable but prefers moist soil.
a. ‘Hayes Starburst.’
A superb new Hydrangea with
completely sterile, dome shaped flower heads comprised of fully doubled
star-like flowers. Grows 3-4’.
a. ‘Incrediball.’ A
new and improved 'Annabelle' Hydrangea with strong, beefy stems and
gargantuan blooms. The breeding goal was stronger stems to eliminate flop,
but all were amazed to see incredibly large blooms too! Each ivory white
flower head has roughly 4 times as many flowers as 'Annabelle,’ creating a
blossom as large as a basketball. Its strong stems hold the massive flowers
up, even in heavy rain. Absolutely spectacular in the garden and the vase.
In the fall the blossoms transform to deep chartreuse, creating another
dramatic sight. The long-lasting dried flower balls last well into late
winter on the shrub or for months more in home arrangements. Shrubs grow
4-5 feet tall, and should be cut back in early spring.
a. 'Invincibelle Spirit’ is the first ever pink
flowered, mop-head form of
Hydrangea arborescens. Unlike other selections it
continues to produce new flowers right up until
frost. It is very hardy and easy to grow. Unlike many Hydrangeas, the
flower buds are produced on new wood, so it will still produce flowers even
if the stems die back to the ground by extreme weather. It is useful as a
specimen, mass planting or incorporated perennial gardens or into a woodland
setting. The blooms are extremely attractive both in the landscape and as a
cut flower. It is a durable choice for both fresh and dried arrangements. A
mature shrub will produce over 100 flower heads over the summer. Grows 3-4'
tall and wide.
a. White Dome.’ A very unique and showy new
native Hydrangea noted for its very large dome shaped blooms. These
outstanding blooms appear from mid-summer to late summer. The pure white
blooms lighten up a garden and contrast wonderfully the large deep green
leaves. The plant is quite sturdy and it holds its blooms up in a neat
fashion, while other selections, like H. Annabelle, tend to collapse after
involucrata ‘Blue Bunny.’
Flood you garden of drifts
of blue, lacecap flowers from mid-summer until fall. ‘Blue Bunny’ produces
waves of buds on new wood, thus blooms reliably every year. Grows 2-4’ tall
macrophylla. Large leafed, deciduous, rounded
shrubs with enormous flower clusters to 8” across. Enjoy their flower
heads dried on the shrub for added winter interest, or cut them and bring
them indoors for long lasting arrangements. To shape or control size of
plants, prune right after flowering to not disrupt blooms from old wood.
Older varieties only bloom on old wood. New varieties bloom on old and new
wood. Perfect in woodland gardens, hedges or for use as a privacy screen.
Varieties and colors listed below.
‘City Line Series.’
A newer series of
hydrangeas reaching only 1’-3’ tall and wide. Large flowers in vivid colors
top sturdy stems with highly mildew resistant, glossy, dark green foliage.
flowered in series. Long lasting pink flowers that age to green.
flower heads are made up of dark red petals outlined in white. If you get
tired of the look add aluminum sulfate to the soil. Magically the shrub’s
petals become blue with a white edge.
‘Paris.’ Intense red
flowers change to green in fall.
‘Rio.’ Large, vivid
flowers are strong blue to purple with chartreuse green centers. 2-3’ tall
big fuchsia colored flowers age to bright green.
catching dark pink flowers with cream colored throat.
‘Color Fantasy.’ Red
mop-head inflorescence. Distinctive shiny green-black foliage. Foliage is
red from late summer through fall. Perfect for tight spots in the shade
garden. Height 30-36”.
'Double Delight Series.'
'Star Gazer.' Exquisite
double lacecap blossoms with either pink or blue stars, depending
upon soil pH, are surrounded by white picotee edges. Excellent
compact habit. 'Star Gazer' Hydrangea grows 3-4' tall and wide. A
rebloomer that blooms from summer into fall. Shade to part shade.
Keep 'Star Gazer' Hydrangea well watered, especially when setting up
buds and in flower. Good cut flower, fresh and dried.
'Wedding Gown.' Cherished for its lacecap white blossoms that resemble a bouquet of white roses.
Earlier to bloom than most, their incredible blossoms appear all summer well into fall.
Blooming on new wood as well as old, you never have to worry about the buds
being frozen or pruned off. At certain times shrubs can be completely
covered in mini-bouquets. Due to its compact size and fantastic blooming power
'Wedding Gown' is ideal for small gardens, containers, or as a low growing
Flowers dry on the shrub or in the vase to a deep
crimson red, adding another outstanding feature to this wonder. Grows 2-3'
tall, 3-5' wide. Prefers part shade and for best results, keep well watered.
artistic bicolored flowers.
Large, intense blooms with dark pinkish-red flowers accentuated with a thin,
pure white line on the margin. It’s a small to medium sized plant with
strong stems and glossy foliage. Flower color can be pushed to blue with
the addition of aluminum sulfate. Grows 2-4’ tall and wide.
Remarkable double lace- cap blooms are hot pink blending to a glowing white
Endless Summer Series
‘Endless Summer’. This enchanting shrub is a must
have plant. Bountiful colorful blooms smother shrubs all season. Endless
Summer was one of the first Hydrangea
macrophylla that blooms colorful mops on both old
and new wood. No more disappointing summers if the plant dies back to the
crown or is trimmed at the wrong time. This gardener’s delight blooms
repeatedly on new wood for armloads of wonderful flowers all season. It is
also more mildew resistant than other varieties. Endless Summer™ produces
spectacular pink or blue blooms depending on the soil make-up. Alkaline
soils will produce pink blooms, more acidic soil will produce blue blooms.
Endless Summer is excellent used as a foundation planting, hedge, or
specimen in the mixed garden. Easily grown in a container, this plant makes
a gorgeous patio or deck accent. And if all this weren’t enough the fresh or
dried blossoms make stunning floral arrangements and wreaths.
‘Endless Summer Blushing Bride.’
Pure white blossoms mature
to a blush pink or pale blue. Re-blooms even earlier than the first Endless
‘Endless Summer Twist –n-Shout.’ Like all plants
in the Endless Summer® Collection, Twist-n-Shout produces
abundant blooms on both old and new wood all summer long. Lacecap blossoms
centers are surrounded by gorgeous blossoms of pink or periwinkle blue,
depending on soil type. Sturdy red stems and glossy deep green leaves turn
red-burgundy in fall to offer year-round interest in the garden. Easy to
care for and hardy to zone 4, Twist-n-Shout is an elegant stand-alone
specimen, dramatic in combination with other plants, and compact enough for
‘Forever & Ever Series.’
Exceptional series that
blooms on new wood.
Heaven.’ Very large 12 inch blue or pink mophead
old and new wood, providing reliable performance
in northern climates unlike that of other varieties. Grows 4 feet tall and
three feet wide. Grows best in partial shade, preferring morning sun in
moist, well drained soil high in organic matter. Do not allow to dry out.
Luscious 6” clusters
of rich pink double flowers create a billowy mound on compact plant. Blooms
on new wood.
‘Peppermint’. A bicolor that blooms on old and
new wood. Gorgeous 10 inch mophead blooms display a brushstroke of pink or
blue in the center of each white petal-a unique combination to be sure.
Grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. Grow in partial shade, prefers morning
sun. in moist, well drained soil high in organic matter. Do not allow to
‘Pink.’ Intense pink
or blue flowers bloom throughout the growing season on compact plants.
Pruning of spent blooms will encourage more blooming.
Brilliant red blooms
top burgundy-red stems. Blooms on new wood. The mophead flowers begin
blooming red and then fade to a nice shade of purple.
‘Lemon Daddy.’ A
sport of ‘Big Daddy’, with chartreuse leaves all summer long, and huge, 12
inch pink or blue flowers. Reaches 4 feet tall and wide.
‘Nikko Blue.’ 3'; mounding shrub; large flower
heads in July and August; pink in alkaline soil, blue in acid soils, large
attractive foliage gives good effect; needs a sheltered site for best
Sometimes referred to as “The Poor Man’s Endless Summer”, this superb
specimen re-blooms until frost. Flowers reach a mammoth 7” across. Bright
blue to purple flowers. Reaches 5 feet tall and wide. Named after the
American Hydrangea Society’s founder, Penny McHenry.
'Pistachio.' Unique, massive blossoms are made up of multiple
rich colors and hues. You'll find deep pink, red, chartreuse, dark
green, blue and lavender, all at the same time! 'Pistachio' Hydrangea
flowers on new and old wood for displays that begin in spring and repeat
into fall. Its compact habit of 2-3' tall by 3-5' wide make it ideal for
containers, small gardens or as a low growing hedge.
Bigleaf Hydrangea. Many grow 5-7.’ Lacecap Hydrangeas are so named because of their delicate
looking, lacy flowers. Both the
species may be included in this this group. Keep evenly moist. Part shade
to full sun. Varieties and colors are listed below.
‘Lady in Red.’ Lace
cap flowers open pinkish-white and turn a lush burgundy rose. The foliage
is a rich reddish-purple in the fall and red stems and veins persist
throughout the growing season.
‘Lemon Wave.’ Noted
for it’s unusual, irregular variegation in colors of white, creamy yellow
and lemon yellow. A larger hydrangea, reaching 6’ tall and wide. Lace cap
flowers bloom in pinks or blues, depending on soil acidity.
‘Light O Day.’ This
exciting new hydrangea offers hardiness and a double blast of color with its
variegated foliage and beautiful lace cap flowers. The plant grows to 3-4’
in height and 3’ wide with strong zone 5 hardiness. Lace cap flowers bloom
in hues of pink to blue, depending on soil acidity.
‘Sadie Ray.’ Large,
pink flat-topped flowers (blue if soil is acidic). Blooms July-August.
Dies back to crown each winter, but will bloom reliably in our climate.
Partial shade. Compact, reaching only 24”-30” tall and wide.
of large, doubled, pink/blue lace-cap flowers. Flowering begins in July,
and as the season progresses the flowers transform into breathtaking shades
of red. On acid soils the flowers are more violet. Very floriferous and
long blooming. More compact and frost resistant.
‘Tokyo Delight.’ Beautiful, contrasting lace-cap
blooms of clear white and cobalt blue. 8’. A stunner.
'Bombshell.' As its name
suggests this beauty grabs all eyes. So stunning it belongs in the front of
the house in your prized garden spot, as a striking low growing hedge where
an exceptional display is needed, or in containers framing doorways and
patios. Growing only 2 1/2-3' tall, Bombshell is one of the smallest late
panicle Hydrangeas in existence. Whopping pristine white panicles smother
shrubs all the way from mid summer, much earlier than other H.
paniculatas, to hard frost.
Pee Gee Hydrangea. Large leaved, deciduous shrub
or tree to 10-15’. Large 10” flower heads fade to pink. Partial shade.
‘Limelight.’ Unusual lime-green flower clusters
from late July into autumn, turn a rich deep pink then burgundy.
Eye-popping with all colors displayed on one bush. Great fresh or dried.
Easily pruned to shorter stature. 6-8’.
‘Little Lamb.’ Delicate flowers are made up of
minute florets that are tightly packed into small but full panicles that
resemble little lambs dancing above the foliage. Perfect for small gardens,
or back of perennial garden. 6’ tall.
Imported from Belgium, this new panicle hydrangea may be the most beautiful
yet. The bi-color blooms are OVER 1 FOOT LONG, anywhere from 12 to 16”
inches. Inflorescences open from the bottom to the top and appear to be
bi-colored because as each little flower ages, it darkens to a pink hue.
Reaches 6-8 feet tall and wide. Blooms mid-summer to frost.
‘Quick Fire.’ This
breakthrough hydrangea is the earlier blooming than most other varieties.
Aptly named, the flowers turn to a rich deep pink before others even begin
to show flowers. Reaches 6’-8’ tall and wide. Full sun. Good cut flower.
6-8’; showy white panicles held erect lasting a
long time in late summer when little else is blooming; large deep green
leaves; can be pruned hard in winter or early spring; nice cut and dried
‘Tickled Pink.’ Full frilly blooms of the playful
Hydrangea are a standout. Blossoms start out a soft white then gradually
fade to a rosy pink. Height 4-5’.
‘Vanilla Strawberry.’ Enormous blooms start out
vanilla-white, changing to a soft pink and finally a ripe strawberry-red.
The extra large blooms are held on strong, red stems that cascade later in
the season. Full sun. Height 6-7’.
Huge white panicles bloom over 9 inches wide.
Superior late season color that lasts over a long period. Blooming specimen
plants are iridescent under moonlight. Grow in part shade. Fast growing,
reaching 10’ tall and 8’ wide.
Hydrangea. A large showy shrub with huge white
blooms in summer that turn pink in fall; large oak leaf-shaped foliage that
has excellent reddish-purple fall color; 4-6’ tall with a spread of 3-5’.
‘Alice.’ A full,
rounded, and large shrub that bears 12” long white flower spikes. Stunning
burgundy fall color, peeling cinnamon bark. Reaches 8’-12’ tall and wide.
Vigorous selection from Gulf Coast with good heat tolerance. Flowers are
large with a mix of showy sepals and fertile flowers.
Large honey-yellow oak-like leaves illuminate the shade garden in spring.
In summer the leaves transform to shades of
chartreuse. They set the stage for the splendid 6-8” pristine white flower
panicles. ‘Little Honey’ continues to delight in fall with its brilliant
scarlet-red tones. Wonderful small habit makes it perfect as a specimen,
small hedge, or in patio containers. Grows 3-4’ tall and wide.
Oakleaf Hydrangea. A dwarf form covered with
glistening white baseball size blooms in summer. Great plant for topiaries
or standards. Rich, dark green foliage turns wine-red in fall. 3-4'.
'Ruby Slippers.' Fantastic dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea developed
by the National Arboretum from a hybrid of the classic H. 'Snow Queen' and
dwarf 'Pee Wee.' Massive 9" panicles turn from white to pale pink and
finally to rich ruby-red. Large oakleaf-shaped leaves turn from deep green
to mahogany red in autumn. Petite shrub only grows to 3 1/2' tall, 5' wide,
making it perfect for a low growing hedge, or tall groundcover. Highly
Oakleaf Hydrangea. Pristine white flower heads in
summer. Attractive foliaged. Great for small gardens. 3-4'.
12”-15” panicles that hold and age gracefully. A Michael Dirr favorite.
Flowers give a double-flowered appearance. Sun to part shade. Reaches
‘Snow Queen.’ 6-8'x6-8'; dramatic double creamy
white flowers in 12-15” long tapered clusters weigh down the stems from May
until July; persisting seed-heads, large oakleaf-shaped foliage; excellent
reddish-purple autumn color.
‘Vaughn’s Lillie.’ Large and extraordinarily full
heads of pearl-white flowers practically smother this
handsome plant, which reaches four feet high and
five feet wide. The large flower clusters emerge a soft, lime green,
maturing to a pearly white, then aging to pink blush. Burgundy fall color
and exfoliating bark give this shrub year round interest. Full sun to part
John’s Wort. Loads of showy yellow flowers in
‘Mystical Orange.’ Exclusively bred for the cut
flower industry. Beautiful bright orange berries cover perfectly branched
shrubs. Wonderful in the vase or garden. Grows 30”.
‘Mystical Red.’ Same as above with deep red
‘Sunburst.’ Bright yellow flowers appear on
mounds 3’ tall and wide.
Holly. A functional
evergreen shrub. Easy to grow in full sun to part shade.
c. ‘Sky Pencil’ A
very ,very narrow, upright and columnar evergreen shrub. Slow growing to 6
to 8 feet tall and only 1 to 1 1/2 feet wide. Perfect for containers or as
a specimen plant in a small garden.
c. ‘Soft Touch.’ Lustrous, dark green, and soft
foliage with silver mid-veins adds a regal flair to this dense and compact
plant. Its flexible branches provide this Holly selection a softer and less
rigid look in the landscape. 2’ tall, 3’ wide.
Ilex meservae. Sun
to part shade.
m. ‘Castle Spire.’ A
beautiful new compact, pyramidal blue holly with large lustrous dark green
leaves, bright red berries and superior branching. A great foundation plant,
specimen or hedge plant. Female, must have male ’Castle Wall’ for
pollination. Much improved branching and shinier leaves than older
varieties. Grows in a pyramidal shape 8-10’ tall, 4’ wide.
m. ‘Castle Wall.’
A statuesque Blue Holly that grows 8-10' tall, 4’
wide. Good as a specimen or as a hedge. Beautiful classic Holly-shaped
leaves are perfect for holiday use. One ‘Castle Wall’ which is the male
will pollinate three ‘Castle Spires,’ the female, up to 30’ apart.
m. ‘Honey Maid.’ Variegated leaves are glossy
green with golden yellow and buttercream patterns. Red berries. Can reach
up to 10’ Needs any male Blue Holly for a pollinator.
Sun to part shade.
v. ‘Jim Dandy.’ Decidedly slow growing, this
deciduous male holly is densely branched and reaches 10 feet tall and 7 feet
wide at maturity. This winterberry is a good pollinator to Northern female
types. It tolerates wet conditions. 'Jim Dandy' is ideal for massing and
v. ‘Red Sprite.’ The most compact of all
cultivars. This Winterberry has a profusion of large, bright red fruits that
persist well into winter. Matures to 3-4 feet tall and wide.
Ilex x. ‘Little Rascal.’ Extremely cold hardy
shrub that is practically no maintenance! Dense compact form has a nice
rounded shape. Deep purple winter color. Height 2’. Use as pollenizer.
Pale rose to deep
pink flowers borne in 5” long racemes bloom in May. Reaches 4 to 6 feet
tall and wide. Rare and unusual. A beautiful specimen from China. Grow in
ITEA virginica. Sweetspire.
Sun to shade. Incredibly easy to grow in almost any soil type.
Fragrant 6” flower panicles dangle over the entire shrub in early summer.
Sweetly scented, pure white flowers appear in early summer on this low
mounded, and compact shrub. Reaches 3’ by 3’ tall and wide. Brilliant red
c. ‘Blue Point’ Spiral. Fast growing, trim in
spring to keep shade. Can easily grow in containers.
Often used for hedges and wind breaks, this
juniper does best in average to dry soils in full sun. It’s moderate
growth, and natural columnar, pyramidal shade makes it a good choice to use
in topiaries. Mature height is 15 to 20 feet. Use in formal settings, or
in large pots. Extremely cold hardy.
Laurel. Late spring to early summer blooming
evergreen shrubs that prefer part sun to sun.
‘Elf.’ Showy white flowers open from pink buds.
Slow growing 3-4’.
‘Keepsake.’ Raspberry-red buds open to a solid
purple provide a great slash of color to the garden. Lush, bronzy-red
foliage erupts from the stems and matures to a deep shiny blue-green.
‘Minuet.’ Clusters of pale-pink buds open to
expose a ring of bright cinnamon red. 5’.
‘Olympic Fire.’ Showy clusters of red buds open
to light pink flowers. 5’.
stripes radiate out of the white flowers like peppermint candy. Glossy
green leaves ore often tinged reddish-bronze as they open. Won best plant
award at the 1991 Boston Flower Show. Height 5’.
Heirloom shrub is
easy to grow, even in shade. Bright yellow, buttercup-like flowers cover
the shrub in May, and sporadically re-bloom throughout the growing season.
Cut to ground to keep tidy, or to promote re-bloom. Kelly-green stems
provide winter interest. Reaches 3’-6’ tall and wide. One of the best
plants for shade/part shade. Deer resistant.
‘Kin Kan.’ Irregular
bright yellow striped stems provide a striking winter effect. Single golden
flowers in late spring. Fresh green deciduous foliage turns a soft lemon
yellow in fall. Upright spreading habit. Sun to partial shade. Reaches
4’-6’ tall and wide.
Double, almost ball shaped yellow flowers. Magnificent in bloom. 6’-8’.
‘Picta.’ A dapper
selection, with gray-green leaves edged in white on pendulous branches. Site
in some shade. Compact, reaching only 2’-3’ tall and wide.
KOLKWITZIA amabilis, ‘Dream Catcher,’
Beauty Bush. Spectacular
in or out of bloom. Delightful trumpets of soft pink blossoms appear in
spring. Golden yellow foliage electrifies the garden the rest of the
year. For best color plant in part shade. Splendid golden-orange fall
color is an added bonus. Grows 6-9’ tall.
Crapemyrtle. Wonderfully showy summer blooming
shrubs. Grow in full sun. Cut to ground or prune back in early spring, if
desired. Plants bloom on new wood.
flowers. Reaches 10’ tall and 12’ wide. Distinctive semi-pendulous habit
with good fall color, long blooming period, and disease resistance.
Designated a Missouri botanical Gardens Plant of Merit for its outstanding
Red flowers with bright yellow stamens, foliage
mildew resistance, hardiness and upright tree-form growth. Zone 6.
‘Chickasaw.’ Small, densely branched, compact
plant has striking clusters of glossy, dark-red buds that open to lavender
flowers. Glossy, dark-green, disease-resistant foliage. Flowers appear in
mid to late summer and persist until frost. 20 inches tall and 26 inches
‘Dynamite.’ Tall with cherry red blooms. Zone 6.
bloomer with pink flowers and good disease resistance. Zone 5.
Glossy dark green leaves turn orange and red in
fall. White flowers in summer. Grows 20 to 30 feet tall—unless limited by
severe winters. Beautiful exfoliating bark. Hardy to zone 6.
‘Orchid Cascade.’ A ‘groundcover’ crepe myrtle.
Orchid-lavender blooms cascade down to the ground in summer on this compact
plant that grows only 12 to 16” high and spreads a broad 3 to 4 feet wide.
Grow in full sun in average soil. Zone 6.
‘Osage.’ Clear pink flowers bloom late summer.
Broad upright growth habit with dark glossy foliage and cinnamon colored
bark. Can reach up to 20’ if not cut back.
Compact, reaching 3-5’ tall and wide. Pink flowers.
‘Pocomoke.’ A unique dwarf-size, multi-stemmed
shrub with panicles of dark rosy pink flowers that bloom throughout the
summer. The dark green foliage turns rich bronze-red in fall. Cold hardy.
Use as accent, in containers or massed in borders. Grows only 3 to 5 feet
tall and 4 to 5 feet wide.
‘Raspberry Dazzle.’ Dwarf compact mounded shrub.
Raspberry red blooms from summer into fall. Great for mass plantings,
containers and borders. Space 3-4’ apart.
Tall with 20 inch spikes of bright red flowers.
‘Rosey Carpet.’ A ‘groundcover’ crepe myrtle.
Rose-pink blooms cover this distinctive horizontal-growing ground cover. An
extended flowering period. Grows 12 inches high and 3 to four feet wide.
Grow in full sun in average soil.
are rich lavender. Blooms most of the summer with heavy flowering in July
and August. Reaches 4’-6’ tall and wide.
‘Ruby Dazzle.’ Dwarf compact spreading shrub.
Lustrous bronze-red foliage with pink blooms. Great for mass plantings,
containers and borders. Space 3’ apart. Disease resistant.
quality vivid pink flowers. Reaches 7 to 8 feet tall and wide. Long
blooming period lasts 6 to 8 weeks in summer with recurrent bloom. If
desired, prune back as soon as flowers fade for second late flush of
blooms. An excellent cultivar with high mildew resistance.
‘Sioux.’ A showy,
nary small tree with masses of intense pink flowers in late summer. Highly
ornamental bark and good fall color. Disease resistant. Height 12’,.
‘Siren Red.’ Fire truck red blossoms grace 8-12’
plants all summer.
‘Snow Dazzle.’ Pure
white fluffy blossoms cover shrubs beginning in midsummer. Great prostrate
growth habit, with dense, dark foliage. New leaves are purple maturing to
nice deep, dark green. Burgundy red fall color. Grows 3’ tall, 3-5’ wide.
Light red flowers with white on some petals. New
leaves are wine-red, changing to purplish-green, then to dark green.
Branches prolifically, creating a low mound. Hardy to zone 6.
‘Tonto.’ The best
cold hardy red selection. Fine light tan, and exfoliating bark. Fall color
is bright orange-red to dark red. Reaches 10’ tall and wide. Zone 5.
compact form, reaching 3 to 5 feet in height. Dark red flowers. Reddish
yellow fall color. Good mildew resistance.
flowers appear in midsummer through fall on 9’ shrubs.
Filligrees Crapemyrtle Series.
From the world renown Flemming Brothers come a
fabulous new series of dwarf Crapemyrtles. The branches of these compact
shrubs arch outward balancing multitudes of large billowy flowers. They are
mildew resistant and hardy to –30 degrees. Blooming starts in mid-summer
and lasts until frost. Plant in full sun, trim back in spring and feed
‘Coral Filli.’ Coral pink flowers on 18” shrub.
‘Red Filli.’ Cherry red flowers on 18” shrub.
‘Violet Filli.’ Loads of violet flowers. This
very compact “Crapemyrtlette” only grows 12” tall.
LEPTODERMIS oblonga. This outstanding new
introduction is receiving rave reviews. So little known though, it hasn’t
been given a common name yet. This wonderful little shrub could easily be
mistaken for a miniature lilac. In late spring very fragrant, small violet
purple flowers cover the plant for 4-6 weeks. Then, wonderfully, blooms
continue intermittently on new wood throughout the summer and into fall.
Absolutely fabulous in the garden. It prefers full sun and grows 12-18”.
LEUCOTHOE fontanesiana, ‘Scarletta’
Scarlet-purple leaves burst from a neat mound of
shiny deep green foliage in spring. The entire shrub becomes reddish-bronze
in fall. A superb evergreen groundcover. Height 2’.
Spicebush. Fragrant yellow flowers appear in
early spring before leaves emerge. Aromatic leaves. Migratory birds find
their brilliant red berries delicious. Native. Named a Missouri Botanical
Gardens Plant of Merit for its outstanding characteristics. Deer
resistant. Works well in damp and shady situations. Grows 6-10’ tall and
wide. Can grow in sun or shade.
MAGNOLIA macrophylla ‘Big Leaf.’ Appears
tropical, but surprisingly hardy. Medium to large native tree with huge
leaves, impressive white flowers and decorative fruit.
Magnolia. Easy to grow native with large leathery
evergreen leaves. Creamy white flowers with a lemon scent appear from late
spring through late summer. Birds delight in its bright red seeds. Named a
Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant of Merit for its outstanding
characteristics. Grows 10-60’ tall, 10-20’ wide. Sun to part shade.
Provides larval food for swallowtail butterflies.
Grapeholly. Slow-growing evergreen shrub with
upright stems and yellow flower clusters in spring. Blue berries appear in
summer. Part sun to full shade. Height 3-6’.
Tree. Crisp, juicy apples are good for snacking,
freezing or cooking. 15’ tall and wide.
Deciduous conifer of vigorous, upright habit.
Discovered as a ‘living fossil’ in China in 1941. Fast growing, reaching
over 100 feet in thirty years. Pest free and fine-textured conifer that is
hardy and adaptable. Excellent fall color of orange to red-brown.
Bamboo. Easy to grow, broadleaf evergreen foliage
takes on beautiful red cast in winter. Spectacular brilliant red berries in
the fall persist into winter months. Place in full sun to shade.
Occasionally prune back old canes.
‘Firepower.’ Glowing red winter color. Compact,
reaching only 1 to 2 feet tall and wide.
Parrotia. This magnificent wide spreading tree
has leaves that emerge copper in the spring turning a rich green in summer.
In fall, leaves turn from golden yellow to crimson, maroon and purple,
usually showing all colors at the same time. Height 15-25’.
Ninebark. Attractive large shrub that is covered
with clusters of white flowers in the summer. Foliage turns from green to
chartreuse in the fall. Peeling bark adds interest in winter. Seeds are
eaten by several bird species. Height 6-10’.
Deep burgundy leaves set the stage for the lovely
white summer flowers. Tolerant of shade but best color is in full sun.
Grows 5-6 tall, 4-5’ wide.
growing, good for hedge or screen. Flower and foliage is excellent in
PICEA abies ‘Nidiformis,’
Nest Spruce. A dense, dwarf, spreading and
nest-like mound of grayish green needles. Excellent accent plant. Grows 3
feet wide and 6 feet wide. Medium to fast grower. Full sun to very light
PICEA abies ‘Pumila Nigra,’
Spruce. Very dwarf, with a greater spread than
height. Young foliage of pale green contrasts with older, darker
black-green. Reaches 3 to 4 feet tall. Easy to grow and reliable for the
PICEA glauca ‘Conica,’
Dwarf Alberta Spruce. A natural dwarf. Grows
less than 2” a year. Perfect for containers. Does best in full sun.
PIERIS x ‘Forest Flame’,
Pieris. Beautiful, brilliant red, then pink,
creamy white spring foliage backs profuse drooping clusters of heavy, broad
white blooms. Foliage matures to green. Excellent companion shrub for
other acid loving plants. Evergreen. Partial Sun. Slow grower to 6’-10’
tall and 3’-5’ wide.
japonica ‘Mountain Fire.’ A broad leaf evergreen
of the first order that deserves consideration in any garden where shade and
moist soil are available. Shiny green palmate foliage, fragrant, pendulous
clusters of white flowers in spring. Exceptional fire-red new growth, and a
compact habit, reaching 8’-12’ tall and wide. If necessary, shear
immediately after flowering.
j. ‘Purity.’ White flowers in spring. Great for
naturalizing. Height 4-6’.
PRUNUS x cistena,
Red-Leaf Plum. Prized for its masses of light
pink flowers and deep purple foliage. Small black fruit follows flowers. A
beautiful accent plant either as a multi-trunked shrub or single trunked
specimen tree. Deciduous. Sun. Grows 6-10 ‘ tall and 8’ wide.
Peach Tree. Dwarf peach trees adapt well to
planters at least 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Use good potting soil.
‘Bonfire.’ Genetic dwarf grows to 6’ tall. Pink
blooms. Attractive red leaves retain color all season. Fruit with white
flesh streaked with red is usually not edible. Ripens late.
‘Bonanza.’ Medium to large, yellow fruit with red
blushes. Highly aromatic, yellow, freestone flesh. Good flavor. Genetic
dwarf grows only 4-5’ tall. Thrives in containers or ground. Often fruits
the first year. Heavy crops. Large, pink flowers. Ripens early.
Cherry Tree. Small trees that grow only 6-12’
tall and wide.
‘North Star.’ Produces an bumper crop of large,
tart cherries that are excellent for pies and baking. Self-pollinating ,
early fruit, easy to grow.
Cherry Tree. Spectacular cascading blossoms in
spring, wonderful, graceful foliage.
‘Snow Fountain.’ Pure white blossoms flow all the
way to the ground. Wonderful dwarf habit makes is perfect for small gardens
and entryways. A glorious specimen that is slow-growing. Eventually it
reaches a height of 12-15' and spreads 6-8'. Disease and insect resistant.
‘Weeping Pink.’ Stunning cascading branches are
covered with 1" luscious pink blooms in spring. Out of flower its form
creates a peaceful setting. Grows 20-30’.
RHAMNUS frangula ‘Fine Line’ a.k.a.
Buckthorn. An unusual narrow upright shrub lacy,
thin foliage. Perfect for a narrow hedge or screen, accent specimen,
perennial garden backdrop, or container. 5-7’ tall, 2-3’ wide.
‘P.J.M.’ One of the hardiest Rhododendrons for
the Midwest. Masses of mauve flowers bloom in spring putting on a
spectacular display. Evergreen glossy foliage changes to pleasing purple in
fall. Height 4-5’.
RHUS typhina ‘Tiger Eyes,’
Sumac. Fern-like foliage emerges chartreuse green
before changing to bright yellow, intense fall color. A dramatic focal
point. Shrub that grows 6’ tall and wide. Full to partial sun.
ROBINIA pseudoacacia ‘Twisty Baby,’ ‘Lacy Lady,’
Black Locust. Unique dwarf multi-trunked shrub
with interesting twisted zig-zag branches. The contorted form makes an
excellent small patio specimen and conversation piece grown in large
containers. Prune long spurts of growth back to encourage twisting
branches. Sun. Grows 15 tall and wide.
SALIX integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki,’
Japanese Willow. Weeping branches and white and
pink variegated leaves. Young stems and buds are also pink. Hieght 6-8’.
SAMBUCUS nigra ‘Marginata,’
Elderberry. Light green leaves with distinct
white margins make a spectacular 6-8’ specimen plant. Cut back to the
ground each spring.
racemosa ‘Sutherland Gold’.
Deeply cut golden foliage
and graceful habit. Does best in partial shade. 5’-10’ tall and wide.
‘Black Lace.’ Deep
cut, jet black leaves present themselves like graceful fans. Large pink
flowers in June turn to black berries that birds adore. Height 6-8’.
Understory native with fragrant, distinctive lobed leaves, some mitten
shaped. A medium-sized tree with all-season
interest. Clusters of small yellow flowers can almost cover the tree in
early spring. In the fall, colors range from deep orange to scarlet and
purple. Dark corky bark and arty branching creates winter interest.
Colonies are formed over time. Host plant for many moths and butterflies.
SPIREA fritschiana ‘Pink Parasols.’ A ground
covering spirea with big, fluffy, umbrella-like blooms which cover this
mounded, spreading shrub in June. Bluish-green leaves are tinged with red
and turn a nice yellow-orange-red color in fall. Reaches 2’-3’ tall and
wide. Deer resistant. Full sun.
japonica ‘Magic Carpet.’ A dwarf spirea with
vibrant red leaf tips above a backdrop of bright golden foliage.
Pinkish-purple flowers in summer. Reaches only 12”-18” tall and wide. Sun.
j. ‘Neon Flash.’ Masses of red flower clusters.
Red new growth. Good as a specimen, group or low hedge. Height 3-4’.
media ‘Snow Storm.’ An abundance of massive white
blooms in April-May. Superb blue-green foliage turns a blaze of orange-red
in fall. Reaches 3’-4’ tall and wide. Deer resistant. Full sun.
Stewartia. Wonderful tree with camellia-like
blooms with white petals and yellow-orange centers in July and August.
Ornamental bark. Grows 60’ tall and 25’ wide.
A dense, suckering shrub. Occurs in open woods, old fields and thickets.
Bell-shaped, white summer flowers are followed by clusters of fall fruits.
Valuable wildlife plant. Small growing to 2-3' tall, 4-5' wide. Full sun or
deep shade. Fantastic berry covered stems are perfect for fall and winter
SYMPHYTUM ‘Bright Fantasy,’
Snowberry. Light pink blossom in summer are
followed by an abundant crop of large white fruit beginning in fall,
becoming especially showy on the otherwise bare stems in winter. Cut,
fruiting stems last two weeks in floral arrangements. Wonderful in woodland
gardens. Grows 4’ tall and wide. Full to partial sun.
Fragrant, showy flowers in spring. Full sun.
Low growing lilac reaching 4’-8’ tall and 8’-16’
tall and wide. Reliable, lavender fragrant blooms,
patula ‘Miss Kim.’ Dark green foliage turns
burgundy-red in fall. Deep purple buds open to fragrant, light purple
flowers in May and June. Grows to 3’ tall and wide.
vulgaris ‘Lavender Lady.’ Spectacular clusters of
single fragrant lavender flowers. Can be used as a hedge, screen or
accent. Fast grower to 12’ tall and 6’ wide.
v. ‘Sensation’. Loved for its large trusses of
purplish-red florets edged in white in spring. Intoxicating fragrance.
Grows 10’ tall and 6’ wide.
‘Bloomerang.’ A breakthrough in lilac
technology, ‘Bloomerang’ is a flowering machine for 4-5 months of every
year. This compact 4’x4’ shrub blooms big in the spring then repeat-blooms
for the rest of season. Imagine –cut lilac flowers in September! Flowers
best in part sun with well-drained, organically rich soil. Great as a
specimen plant or in groupings or three or more.
Reblooming Lilac. A
lilac introduced by Minier Nursery of France. Josee is famous for it
propensity to bloom and bloom. Wave after wave of delightful fragrance and
flower grace the garden in May and continue unit frost. The lavender-pink
flowers are excellent cut. Grows 4-6 feet and prefers full sun.
‘Tinkerbell.’ A new hybrid, non-suckering dwarf.
Forms a rounded mound, producing fragrant single, deep ink flowers in
May-June. Mildew tolerant. Prune immediately after flowering to ensure a
good production of flowers the following year.
SYRINGA reciculata ‘Ivory Silk,’
Lilac Tree. Dramatic show of creamy flower
clusters appear for a long time in summer, when few other trees are in
bloom. Fragrant. Sun. Grows 25’ tall, 15’ wide.
THUGA occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’
Arborvitae. One of
most popular forms, noted for persistent color and compact growth.
Excellent heat and cold tolerance. Height 15-18’.
o. ‘Mr. Bowling Green.’
Rounded growth habit.
‘Green Giant’. One
of the finest evergreen for screening and specimen use, this uniformly
conical tree performs well in a variety of settings. Virtually disease-free
and strong-rooted, it responds well to shearing. Durable accent or specimen
tree. Deer resistant. Grows quickly to 25’-30’ tall and 10’-12’ feet wide.
VACCINUM corymbosum ‘Hardy Blue.’
Northern Highbush Blueberry. Exceptionally sweet
and tasty medium-sized fruit is an old fashioned favorite for both eating
and baking. Foliage becomes brilliant yellow-orange in fall and exposes
dark red stems once it falls. White bell shaped flowers precede the
blueberries, which ripen in June, over a 6 week period. Reaches 6 to 8 ft
tall and wide.
VIBURNUM. As a group, these are incredibly tough,
easy to grow shrubs with much ornamental value. Use for anchoring beds, as
screens, or in place of small trees. Most prefer full sun to part shade.
Small deciduous shrub to 5’ tall with a rounded
form and an upright and open-branching habit. Clusters of super sweet white
flowers open from pink buds in spring. Red fruit turns black in summer.
Sun to Shade.
Dark pink buds open to white ball shaped flower
tinged in pink 3 inches in diameter in April. Extremely fragrant flowers
have a rich spicy fragrant that will waft. Place near a walk way or patio
to catch it’s hedonistic delight. Medium sized ornamental shrub maturing to
8 feet tall and wide. Keeps most of its leaves in winter, good fall color if
grown in sun. Grow in full sun to part shade in aver age soil. Deer
dentatum ‘Blue Muffin.’
Viburnum. Native to North America. Handsome
glossy, lustrous dark green leaves; blue berries in fall. Compact,
reaching only 5’-7’ tall and wide. Deer resistant.
‘Chicago Lustre.’ Glossy dark green foliage.
Dense shrub covered with creamy white flowers in May, June. Reaches 10’
tall and wide.
dilatatum ‘Cardinal Candy.’ Loads of shiny
scarlet red fruit follow the tons of creamy white flowers. Can be pruned to
maintain lower height. Grows 6-8’ tall. Sun to part shade.
lantana ‘Variegata.’ Yellow variegated leaves.
White flowers in late May. Reaches 10-15 feet tall and wide.
Bush. Large ball-shaped clusters of slightly
fragrant bright white double flowers bloom 2 to 3 weeks in spring. Yellow
red fall color. Clusters of bright red berries in fall persist into winter
and attract birds. Grows 9 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. Good for
screening. Easy to grow in full sun to part shade, tolerant of a variety of
soil types. The easiest to grow of all Viburnums.
plicatum ‘Shasta.’ Horizontal growth reaches
twice as wide as tall. Large white masses of flowers appear in May that are
1/3 larger than other cultivars. Scarlet fruit in late July and August.
Height 6’. Spread 10-12’.
Snowflake.’ Lovely white flowers are almost
continuous thought the summer, May through October. This semi-dwarf variety
reddish fruit in winter. Grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. Grow in full sun
to part shade. Water well to establish. One of the most elegant of
shrubs. Can be used as screening, accent plant. Deer resistant. Birds
p. tomentosum ‘Mariesii.’ Abundant large white
flowers cause a magnificent sight when in full bloom. Dark green leaves
turn reddish purple in fall. Excellent plant for massing or as a specimen.
Drought tolerant. Height 6’.
Leatherleaf Viburnum. Clusters of slightly
fragrant white flowers in spring later form red berries that turn to black
as they ripen. A loosely branched and upright shrub to 10’ tall with a
spread of 4 feet to 6 feet. Grow in full sun to shade in well drained
soil. Almost thrives on neglect. Prune to ground to rejuvenate. Use as
privacy hedge or screening. Deer resistant.
rhytidophyllum ‘Alleghany.’ A dense and compact
habit of growth shrub to 10’ tall with a spread of 4’ - 6’. Clusters of
white flowers in spring later form, red berries that turn to black as they
ripen. Tolerant of hot, dry locations. Partially evergreen.
Tree. Striking large shrub or tree for the patio
area. Aromatic leaves and showy spikes of fragrant lilac blooms.
agnus-castus. Broad and spreading crown form a
multi-trunked form. Thrives in heat. Sun. Grows 15-25 tall and wide.
Creek.’ Fragrant lilac, lupine-shaped flowers
bloom all summer long above clean, palmate, green foliage. Heat loving and
deer resistant. Mature specimens can reach 15’ tall and wide. Plant in
full sun. Deer resistant. Hard to find and under planted in our area.
WEIGELA florida. Low maintenance densely-rounded
deciduous shrubs for hedging or massing. Blooms in great profusion in May
and June and sporadically throughout the rest of the growing season.
Attracts humming birds. Prune after flowering. Full sun to part shade, in
well drained soils. Deer resistant.
blooming dark reddish-pink flowers top remarkable foliage. Leaves magically
turn to a ghostly, iridescent buttercream as the summer progresses.
Provides great color spring, summer and fall. Grows 4-5’ tall.
‘Midnight Wine.’ A marvelous low mounding, dwarf
version of Wine and Roses, reaching only 10”-12” tall and wide Dark foliage
and pink flowers. Outstanding foliage is perfect for the front of the
‘Minuet.’ Noted for its dwarf size, reaching only
3 feet tall and wide. Gorgeous lavender-pink tubular flower clusters bloom
profusely in spring, with a second, lighter flush in mid summer.
‘Ruby Queen.’ A semi-dwarf selection with
attractive reddish-burgundy foliage. Reaches 2’ tall and wide.
‘Wine and Roses.’ Dark burgundy-purple foliage
and intense rosy pink colored flowers. Reaches 5’ tall and wide.