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Including Hydrangea, Lavandula, Syringa, Teucrium, & Viburnum

<i>Genista aetnensis</i>

Discovered on the lava-strewn slopes of Italy’s Mt. Etna, this fantastic large shrub or small tree hosts sparsely arranged tiny green leaves and round arching slender green stems, creating an airy semitransparent effect. A fragrant sun-struck explosion of copious bright yellow pea-shaped flowers bedazzles its graceful narrow frame, which casts little shade and never overwhelms. Well-suited for lean, yet sharply draining soil, easily grown Genista aetnensis can take intense sun and heat, requires very little water, especially summer irrigation, will not reseed unlike its ill-mannered cousins and imparts untold elegance to a warm sheltered spot.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 12' 0" – 20' 0" high x 12' 0" – 15' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Grevillea victoriae</i> ‘Marshall Olbrich’ <i>Grevillea victoriae</i> ‘Marshall Olbrich’

Though this superior evergreen form was selected at Western Hills Nursery in California, the species hails from both Australia and South America and is thought to be 130 million years old.

Silky gray upright twigs are attractively cloaked in long, silver-hued Willow-like leaves. Dangling from fast growing arching stems and favored by hummingbirds, the large showy clusters feature beak-shaped buds and richly hued, orange-red Honeysuckle-style flowers autumn through winter and sporadically throughout the year.

One of the hardiest Grevillea cultivars, it can accompany Mahonia ‘Charity’ in a warm well-drained slightly dry spot.

Blooms September – March.

Size: 6' 0" high x 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>x Halimiocistus wintonensis</i> ‘Merrist Wood Cream’

Lovely, yet tough and drought resistant, x Halimiocistus is a cross between the genera Halimium and Cistus. This small-scale evergreen cultivar was raised at Merrist Wood Horticultural College in 1970.

Its low spreading form hosts soft yellow flowers embellished with wine-red spots at the base of each petal and narrow gray-green leaves. ‘Merrist Wood Cream’ is a favorite of ours en masse, as a rockery specimen, or blended with Nepeta, Lavender and Teucrium f. ‘Azureum’.

Blooms May–June

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Hebe

Once you get to know this eternally appealing genus, it is easy to see why it was named after the Greek goddess Hebe who symbolized youth and immortality. With trim, tidy habits that convey a chipper attitude, our evergreen selections hail from New Zealand, serving up an irresistible dose of small dapper leaves aligned in alternating pairs all year long, and from summer until fall slender tapered racemes borne at foliar axils. Indispensable for seashore gardens, these former members of the Veronica genus make top-notch container plants in colder climates, appreciate a light spring shearing and can handle wind, some drought and sunshine galore.

<i>Hebe</i> ‘Champagne’

A pint-sized gem tailor-made for a small spot, ‘Champagne’ offers neatly arranged, tiny slender leaves in deep olive-green and purple hues dramatically set off by wine-colored stems, and quantities of white spikey blooms tinged with mauve.

This handsome Hebe quickly fashions a low spreading frost hardy ground cover that guarantees year-round appeal whether it’s positioned in the rockery, in a container or clipped as a small hedge.

Blooms August–early November.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Known as the Boxwood imposter, this strong growing, compact Hebe is the perfect choice for hedging or topiary. Shoot tips and small, stiff pointed green leaves show off polished yellow-tinged hues while densely clasping light, sunny green stems. If left unclipped, it still looks impeccably ordered, forming a perfect little bun that occasionally cuts loose with white tapered blooms unfurling from green buds.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 20" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Indigenous to New Zealand, this sprawling, easy-to-grow evergreen shrublet is full of charm. Prized by florists, its smooth, arching and lengthy black stems seem to sparkle with small, silvery blue-green leaves that are neatly arranged in closely set, opposite pairs. Featuring a wiry demeanor, unique colors, and in summertime, pale lilac flowers, ‘Quicksilver’ adds an inspired contrast to Thymus ‘Pink Chintz’ and Miscanthus ‘Little Kitten’.

Blooms June–July

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Hebe recurva</i>

Shrouded in hushed gray-greens, Hebe recurva’s rounded visage conveys its composed character. A bushy array of glaucous, sickle-shaped narrow leaves, whose tips curve downward, elegantly garbs the red-tinged, slender stems and come summer, broadcasts infinite, snowy white Veronica-like spikes. One of the hardiest Hebes, this cool-colored shrub will easily fit in any garden, and looks especially alluring when sited amid Geranium lancastriense and Helianthemum ‘St. Mary’s’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Helwingia chinensis</i> <i>Helwingia chinensis</i>

An unusual member of a small curious genus that venerates Georg Helwing, a German pastor and scholar on Prussian flora, this attractive multistemmed evergreen was collected during Dan Hinkley's 1996 expedition to China's Sichuan Province. Willow-shaped dark green foliage defined by a lustrous finish, maroon tinges and minutely toothed margins, alternately cloaks smooth green upright stems and generates unique flowers—tiny cream-colored spheres perched upon its midribs. Yielding a reputed remedy for skin inflammations, Helwingia chinensis bestows colorful year-round accents upon the woodland garden, where it relishes light shade, well-drained soil and regular moisture.

Blooms May.

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 3' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Heptacodium miconioides</i> <i>Heptacodium miconioides</i>

First discovered in China and brought to the West by the famous plant explorer E. H. Wilson, this magnificent deciduous shrub provides unique points of interest no matter what the season.

In spring, there is the foliage: large, narrowly heart-shaped, glossy and rich green, with three deep veins. Then there is the exfoliating bark, which peels in thin strips to reveal a cinnamon-brown color. Early autumn brings the showy flowers, for which the species is named: fragrant, creamy white clusters of seven flowers produced in terminal panicles. Late autumn replaces blooms with spectacular small rounded fruits, each topped with a persistent cherry red or purple calyx.

Excellent as a specimen, Seven-Son Flower thrives in most garden soil.

Blooms September–October

Size: 10' 0" – 20' 0" high x 16' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Hypericum

St. John´s Wort

<i>Hypericum androsaemum</i>

Native to western Europe and North Africa, this handsome species’ common name comes from toute-saine (heal-all) and refers to the many healing properties the plant was once supposed to possess. Interesting throughout the year, Tutsan is a cure-all for lightly shaded garden areas that need some brightening up. The wine-infused stems and deep green foliage contrast beautifully with cheerful golden yellow flowers in summer, and later with glossy red berries, which eventually turn black. The weight of the fruit causes the branches to arch, giving the plant a relaxed look and making it perfect for shrubby borders.

Tutsan also does well in the sun, planted with Lavenders. In late summer, its colors make a striking combination with Nepeta ‘Wild Cat’ and Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’.

Blooms June–early August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Hypericum frondosum</i> ‘Sunburst’

In an ebullient “sunburst,” large 3 in. wide yellow petals cushion a spry central cluster of stamens that look like orange powder puffs. Dense stout branches plus oblong curvy leaves with soothing glaucous blue hues shape a compact round mound, revealing narrow reddish brown seed capsules through autumn and exfoliating purplish brown bark for winter appeal. Indigenous to our South-eastern limestone glades, this tailored semievergreen Hypericum can be massed or sited singularly in the mixed border where it triumphs over dry compacted soil and clay.

Blooms June-August

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Hypericum inodorum Hypearl™</i> ‘Compact Red’

Enticing butterflies, florists and all who behold it, this newly introduced compact shrub makes an ebullient statement. The resilient well-branched frame is characterized by sturdy, upright red-tinged stems plus comely medium green foliage that remains evergreen during mild winters. Hosting big round golden buds, decorative pale green calyces, flashy yellow starbursts of bloom with prominent stamens and plump, bright red berries, ‘Compact Red’ keeps us mesmerized for months. Acquiescent to sunny sites, it’s tailor-made for gardens short on space, mixed borders or patio containers.

Blooms June–mid September

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Selected from our native American species, this exciting relatively new Danish cultivar premiers droves of small yet radiant yellow blooms with dense showy stamens, resembling miniature golden starbursts. Handsome bright green willow-shaped foliage and close-knit branches craft a neat bushy shrub that can be utilized as a low informal hedge or a stylish mounding ground cover. Small growing, sturdy and reliable, 'Gemo' delivers ample doses of flowery good cheer for months at a time followed by decorative pointed seed pods for added intrigue, while Geranium 'Walküre' and Aster divaricatus make worthy companions

Blooms June – September.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Hypericum kouytchense</i> <i>Hypericum kouytchense</i>

This truly elegant Hypericum is covered with an abundance of large, bright yellow, pointed buds, followed by golden yellow flowers whose prominent long stamens seem to sparkle. Against a background of smooth blue-hued leaves, the bright red berries and starlike calyxes make a colorful late season display. Though deciduous elsewhere, along our coast the aromatic leaves fill the garden with their scent all year round.

Blooms June–September

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Isoplexis canariensis</i> <i>Isoplexis canariensis</i>

Forging a bold impression, this architectural beauty combines winsome, dark evergreen foliage on thick red-hued stems and foot long, noble spires in enticing autumn shades. Beneath a floral glow of gold, copper and orange, the large, downward-curving leaves are pointed, leathery and toothed, achieving an open, yet stiffly erect shrublike foundation that eventually becomes woody. Densely arranged, arching hooded flowers with three lower petals garnish the long blooming torches, casting their uniquely warm chroma on Melianthus major’s icy blue profile to great effect. Related to Digitalis and endemic to the Canary Islands, Isoplexis canariensis is a stately, medium-sized specimen for the mixed border requiring protection right around 25° and judicious trimming as it regenerates very slowly.

Blooms late May–October.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

Itea ilicifolia
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<i>Itea ilicifolia</i>

Discovered in 1895 along China’s Yangtze River by Scottish-born doctor, botanist and linguist, Augustine Henry, this swank, long-loved evergreen won its first British garden award in 1911. Lustrous, alternate leaves with small hollyesque, soft spiny margins craft an impeccably tailored rich green foil for the dazzling, draped floral display that charms bees, flower arrangers and plant connoisseurs. Small, dense greenish cream-colored flowers resemble elegant, slender foot-long catkins and waft a sweet honey scent. Intolerant of drought, yet resistant to deer and rabbits, Holly-Leaf Sweetspire can be featured as an easy-care screen, a stylish mixed border specimen along a path or espaliered against a fence or courtyard wall. Adequate moisture, partial shade plus shelter from strong winds and hot sun guarantee its success.

Blooms late July–October

Size: 10' 0" high x 10' 0" wide.

Zone 6b/7.

Kerria

Kerria

Pointed, pleated and serrated, the handsome bright green leaves loosely garb long wiry branches, which extend from the ground in a graceful open fashion, showcasing an abundance of rose-shaped single white blooms. Coveted by florists and gardeners, Japanese Rose achieves a welcome year-round elegance as radiant green polished twigs and upright bare branches retain their verdant color throughout the winter. This tough and undemanding deciduous shrub can be pruned after flowering, endures dry shady spots and likes welldrained soil.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 3' 0" – 5' 0" high x 3-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Kolkwitzia

Beautybush

Originally selected in 1946 at Wisley’s Royal Horticultural Gardens, this reliable eye-catching old-timer delivers a splendid showing of broadly ovate dark green foliage and bell-shaped, yellow-throated clear pink blooms year after year. Arched suckering branches sculpt a pleasing vase-shaped shrub that features capsule-like fruit and attractive exfoliating bark once the clustered flowery profusion has faded. A deciduous deer resistant member of the Honeysuckle family and kin to Weigela, ‘Pink Cloud’s dense vigorous growth appreciates periodic thinning, even a late winter hard pruning and craves a well-drained sunny spot with moderate moisture.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 6' 0" – 9' 0" high x 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Lavandula

Lavender

In the Middle Ages, Lavender was a chief ingredient in the famous “Four Thieves” vinegar, and today no classic sachet or potpourri would be complete without it.

We use Lavenders in every garden we design. Dependable and drought tolerant, their strikingly handsome flowers, whether white or blue, pink, violet or purple, offer a heady aroma and an upright spiky look, while the foliage forms a pleasing mound during the off season. In the herb garden, border or rockery, they combine well with grasses, perennials or other shrubs. If the plants are cut back in late June, many cultivars will produce a second bloom in autumn.

The foliage of this medium-sized Lavender has so much down that it almost appears white. Another angustifolia and lanata melding, ‘Ana Luisa’s shimmering silver leaves put forth tapered bluish lavender flowers with pearly calyxes in early summer, and cast a superb luminous effect during the colder months.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

‘Blue River’s compact, diminutive mound wafts a mighty perfume as droves of ample-sized, vibrant, deep blue blooms loll above. Garbed with spiffy, silver-washed green foliage, this consistently close-knit Lavender is tailor-made for containers, herb gardens or snug sunny spots.

Blooms June–August

Size: 14" high x 14" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

‘Buena Vista’ tops many gardeners’ favorite Lavender list for its unequaled graceful stance plus oodles of sweetly fragrant, saturated purple flowers, blooming both early summer and fall. Not as densely arranged and somewhat more relaxed than most angustifolia species, long slender spikes carry pubescent, intensely dark violet-blue calyces coupled with large, vivid purplish blueberry-colored corollas above a bushy medium-statured gray-green foundation. Introduced by Don Roberts of Premier Botanicals, this classy, seldom offered English Lavender delivers year-round good looks, yields abundant commercial-grade oil and makes a savory seasoning to boot.

Blooms June–mid-September

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Introduced by Kieft Seeds of the Netherlands, this fantastic 2008 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner offers a perfumed plethora of large vivid purple-blue flower spikes bolstered by swank silver-green slender leaves. ‘Ellagance Purple’ achieves an impeccable well-branched mound, that is compact and just right for nestling into tight spots.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 12" – 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Lavandula angustifolia</i> ‘Graves’ <i>Lavandula angustifolia</i> ‘Graves’

Tall slender stems rise from a mound of elegant sword-shaped gray-green foliage, the longest leaves of any angustifolia cultivar. Abundant green buds tinted with purple open into dark violet blooms held by light purple calyxes, and make excellent cut flowers, fresh or dried.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

We favor this Lavender for its richly colored blooms. Topping grayish green, somewhat relaxed stems, vibrant violet petals and fuzzy dark purple calyxes form a broadly cylindrical head distinguished by a separate whorl of flowers at its base. A well-formed, midsized gray-green bush, ‘Imperial Gem’ delivers a dazzling effect, especially when planted en masse.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Lavandula angustifolia</i> ‘Miss Katherine’

A hard-to-find English cultivar, ‘Miss Katherine’ is unquestionably the most exquisite pink flowering Lavender available. The long spindle-like blooms are colored a soft lilac-pink that’s brushed with lively red-violet tints. Held on tall, upright stems, they brighten the dense, shapely mound of gray-green foliage. Let a drift of this alluring and fragrant Lavender grace your herb garden.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/4' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

For its tall graceful stems, unique airy blooms and handsome medium size, this repeat bloomer earns its “premier” status. Spaced whorls distinguished by large violet corollas and darkly purple calyxes ride high above a well-mannered sea of gray-green leaves.

Developed by Lavender authority, Dr. Don Roberts from Oregon, ‘Premier’s long-stalked plushly colored blooms make sterling additions to cut arrangements or a mixed dry garden planting with companions like Salvia ‘Pacific Blue’ and Cistus ‘Jessamy Beauty’.

Blooms June – July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

A fresh scented cornucopia of large, long-stemmed, lucent dark purple blooms plus neat ash-green leaves grace this sturdy well-formed Lavender. Introduced by Sunshine Herb Farm, aptly named ‘Purple Bouquet’ is second-to-none for crafts, cooking and fresh or dried arrangements, while its undemanding, somewhat compact habit makes an eye-catching statement in water-thrifty beds, especially when massed with Potentilla ‘McKay’s White’ and Nepeta ‘Select Blue’.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

First spotted by Kiwis Elsie and Brian Hall as a markedly unique seedling in a bed of Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote', 'Thumbelina Leigh' is distinctive for its compact spherical habit and short sturdy well-branched flower wands, offering a vibrant highly aromatic profusion of dense two-toned blooms. The sweet smelling rounded blossoms feature deep purple pubescent calyxes plus large corollas, colored both a bright violet-blue and dark lavender-violet. A stellar addition to path edges, the rockery, knot gardens and containers, the small impeccably formed gray-green mound celebrates a flowery encore if you shear one-third of its mass after the first bloom.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 12" – 15" high x 12" – 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

As opulent as the gemstone, this English Lavender shimmers with amethyst-colored corollas set off by dark purple calyxes. Its winsome habit features a compact mass of young greenish gray leaves maturing to frosted silver, while the pretty blooms perched on short flowering stems bestow a soft old-fashioned feel.

Blooms June – July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Lavandula angustifolia</i> ‘Violet Intrigue’

Bred by New Zealand Lavender authority Virginia McNaughton, this aptly named colorful cultivar delivers ultrascented, vibrantly violet corollas and saturated violet-blue calyxes on staunch, long straight stems that are ideal for cutting. Silvery green leaves dress its upright bushy profile, and with Helichrysum italicum, Horehound and Sideritis nearby, they craft a brilliant association. (pp#15,344)

Blooms June – July.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Lavandula</i> ‘England’

‘England’ is prized for its almost miniature stature and downy, silver foliage. The light violet-blue flowers arrive at the height of summer. It’s a pleasing combination with Cistus ‘Anne Palmer’, and works well for the garden with limited space.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 12" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Lavandula</i> x <i>intermedia</i> ‘Gros Bleu’

An enormously popular newcomer from Sault, France, this sensational dark flowering enchantress is destined to give ‘Grosso’ a run for its money. Perhaps the deepest colored lavender and an ideal candidate for fresh or dried bouquets, ‘Gros Bleu’ flaunts 4 in. long, slender tapering bloom spikes, described by dark purple woolly calyxes, deeply saturated violet corollas and a scent that’s sweeter than ‘Grosso’s, on exceptionally tall branched stems.

The good-sized robust mound of winsome, densely arranged greenish gray foliage makes a welcome addition to any landscape or commercial Lavender endeavor.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 5/6.

<i>Lavandula</i> x <i>x intermedia</i> ‘Grosso’

One of the fattest budded Lavenders, ‘Grosso’ entertains large purple-violet spikes above a rounded ash-green foundation that grows tight and tidy throughout the year, appearing like its just been trimmed. This aromatic Lavender is a choice candidate for mass plantings or a water-thrifty garden with cohorts such as Rockrose or Rosemary.

Blooms June–October

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Lavandula</i> x <i>intermedia</i> ‘Hidcote Giant’

We first saw this dazzling English cultivar at the Norfolk Lavender Farm near Britain’s North Sea. ‘Hidcote Giant’ bears multitudes of large squat dark buds and sizable blue-violet flowers with lilac-green calyxes atop long elegant stems. Pair with Kniphofia ‘Safranvogel’ for glowing complementary bloom color.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Cultivated by the renown British nursery, Hopleys in the early 1990s, this bushy Lavender strikes a hard-to-miss stance as dashing gray flanneled leaves closely line its large upright frame. Blue-tipped green buds give way to long, slender conical heads composed of fuzzy dark bluish calyxes and deep mauve-violet flowers. With such inherent good looks, ‘Lullingstone Castle’ makes a stellar hedge or a centerpiece amid fellow Mediterraneans in a dry area.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

This remarkable 2012 introduction from Peace Tree Farms is being touted as one of the best Lavenders on the market after undergoing extensive trials throughout the country. A Lavandula ‘Grosso’ offspring, it’s large, uniform habit exhibits exceptional winter hardiness, an impressive ability to withstand heat and humidity plus excellent disease resistance. Symmetrically arranged, staunch upright stems cloaked in attractive silver-green foliage bolster a fragrant showing of 5 in. long rich blue-violet spikes atop lengthy flower stalks. Splendid in dried or fresh bouquets, ‘Phenomenal’ can be hedged or added to perennial borders and Mediterranean plantings, while its heavily scented leaves and blooms produce high quality oil and culinary seasonings. (PPAF)

Blooms June–October

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Easily drawing your eye when planted in a drift and absolutely stunning by the hundreds in a field, a surplus of large violet flowers graces fine textured gray-green foliage. This topnotch cultivar’s neat, good-sized mound is long-lived and stays dapper all year, associating well with Kniphofia ‘Gladness’, Heuchera ‘Old La Rochette’ and Yarrows.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Lavandula x intermedia ‘Super’ (S-0424)

Each $8.00

AVAILABLE SPRING 2020

The flowers of this cultivar possess an especially delightful aroma, and most closely resemble the fragrance of their angustifolia parentage. Considered by some to be one of the best intermedias for quality essential oil, ‘Super’ has tall, graceful stems, tapered buds, light violet-green calyxes, and large elongated flower heads, lighter colored than those of ‘Grosso’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Lavandula</i> x <i>intermedia</i> ‘White Spikes’

Creating subtle soothing accents, slender silver-laced green leaves and ample-sized aromatic flowers with bright white petals plus sage-green bracts crest firm tall stems. ‘White Spikes’s sophisticated bushy mound can be situated amid Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’ and Calamintha ‘Montrose White’ for a gentle blend of white and pearly gray.

Blooms June–October

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Introduced in 1991 by Ken Montgomery of Anderson Valley Nursery and named after his daughter, this hybrid between L. angustifolia ‘Martha Roderick’ and L. lanata retains the best qualities of both its parents. Like ‘Martha Roderick’, it is exquisitely compact, and like L. lanata, its leaves are alluringly silver and downy. The frosted gray buds open into blue-violet, making a beautiful union with Geum ‘Georgenberg’ or Teucrium chamaedrys.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

With the hardiness of its angustifolia parentage and the soft-looking leaves of a lanata, ‘Richard Gray’ is a choice hybrid which bears medium blue-violet flowers on stems just a foot above the attractive, compact mound of silver-gray foliage.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Lavandula ‘Silver Frost’ (S-0608)

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AVAILABLE AUGUST 2019

Etched in frosted winter whites, this alluring angustifolia and lanata descendent is perhaps the most effulgent silver-foliaged lavender we offer. Its dense, downy soft mound supports a profusion of plump flowers heads with dark purple corollas and snowy violet-blue calyxes. A Van Hevelingen Nursery introduction, ‘Silver Frost’s good-sized form conveys an uplifting brilliance to the landscape at any time of year.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Developed by Marshwood Gardens in New Zealand, this stellar Lavandula stoechas pedunculata and Lavandula viridis hybrid is considered the best dark flow- ered stoechas cultivar in the trade. Whimsical looking rich burgundy bracts plus plump prismatic flowers splashed with vivid navy, violet and wine hues make a stunning juxtaposition against the aromatic, slender upright pale green foliage. Relishing winter protection around 0° and periodic shearing, ‘Helmsdale’s shrubby, robust, yet close-knit habit and plush flowers, which appear in droves from spring ’til fall, can dwell atop a sunny stone wall or in a dry well-drained herb garden.

Blooms April–August

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Zone 7a.

<i>Lavandula stoechas</i> ‘Ivory Crown’

Crowned in a creamy white, this head turning Lavender originated as a hybrid seedling from Oregon’s Van Hevelingen Nursery. Large chubby flower heads house rows of small purple corollas beneath perky rabbit ear-like bracts, while pine-scented gray-green leaves fashion a neat pastel-colored base. Try mixing ‘Ivory Crown’ with Thymus ‘Albus’ and Eryngium ‘Silver Salentino’ for a luminous blend of white blossoms.

Blooms April – August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Zone 7/8.

Plump long-blooming dark blue flowers topped with luminous white rabbit ear-like tufts accord 'Madrid Blue' a whimsical air, while strongly scented narrow gray-green leaves fashion a compact tailored foil for the bevy of eye-catching aromatic blooms. Not as cold-hardy as other Lavandula species, this new cultivar needs a yearly trim, protection from harsh winter conditions and a well-drained locale to ensure its longevity and innate good looks.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Lavandula stoechas</i> ssp. <i>luisieri</i> ‘Tickled Pink’ <i>Lavandula stoechas</i> ssp. <i>luisieri</i> ‘Tickled Pink’

It’s hard to feel anything other than tickled pink by the pretty showing of large, frilly pink bracts that gather in prominent tufts atop plump egg-shaped, dark plum-colored flowers. A compact and well-groomed bushy shrub, ‘Tickled Pink’s aromatic sage-green leaves are graced by a splendid repeat bloom come autumn.

Blooms April – August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Lavandula stoechas</i> ‘Willow Vale’

Introduced by David Tristram of England, this vigorous Lavender is named for its wispy gray-green foliage, which creates a delicate veil over the strong, upright branches. The showy deep blue-violet flowers are crowned with a tuft of purple petal-like bracts, and bloom earlier than the intermedia varieties.

Blooms April-August

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Leptodermis oblonga</i>

A virtual stranger to American gardens, this dainty sweetly scented little shrub delivers flowers in a big way! Easily mistaken for a miniature Lilac, L. oblonga debuts small starry lavender pink blooms, blanketing a compact low-to-the-ground mound of tidy medium green foliage in spring and intermittently through early autumn. With a delicately textured diminutive aspect that belies its ability to tackle pests, poor soil and drought, once established, this long blooming northern Chinese gem will colorfully perfume a walkway, a front row seat in the mixed border or even a container.

Blooms May-June

Size: 12" – 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Leucothoe fontanesiana</i> ‘Rainbow’

An elegant arching Pieris relative, this elaborately variegated cultivar originated at the famed British nursery, Hillier's as a chance seedling, while the species, first introduced in 1793, hails from the southeastern U.S. Living up to its name, 'Rainbow' celebrates a carousel of color: pinkish copper-hued new growth, rosy red stems and long leathery pointed evergreen leaves, which are irregularly streaked, speckled and mottled in green, cream and ivory. Bell-style crisp white flowers held by drooping clusters, blue berries and plum-colored wintertime foliage are the icing on the cake. Appreciative of regular watering and well-drained organic-rich acidic soil, the deer resistant Fetterbush makes a stunning focal point or mass planting, embellishing mixed borders, house foundations, hedges and even cut arrangements.

Blooms April – May

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Leycesteria

Himalayan Honeysuckle

Cherished by birds and gardeners alike, these deciduous, hollow-stemmed Himalayan shrubs bestow a long lasting floral and berry spectacle that extends until frost. Undemanding in any fertile soil, Leycesteria’s tall stalks appreciate an extra thick layer of winter mulch in colder climates, where they may die to the ground, but will rapidly leap skyward in the spring.

Leycesteria formosa (S-0274)

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<i>Leycesteria formosa</i> <i>Leycesteria formosa</i>

This Nepalese woodland shrub is adorned first with clusters of white-tipped, tubular pink flowers surrounded by beet red bracts. Later, its fruit matures into shiny chocolate- brown berries that taste like caramel-flavored raisins. Its pointed, heart-shaped leaves extend stiffly from bamboolike, sea-green stems. We plant it as a specimen next to walkways so that we can enjoy the colorful details.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Leycesteria formosa</i> ‘Golden Lanterns’

A newly introduced English cultivar, ‘Golden Lanterns’ has the same tantalizing attributes as the species but with an illuminated twist. Dark burgundy bracts and berries become intriguing counterpoints to amber-tinted new growth and the lambent yellow-green foliage that promises to brighten your daytime, or even moonlight garden stroll. (PPAF).

Blooms late July–October.

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Zone 6/7.

Ligustrum

Privet

Reviving the summertime garden when few other shrubs are blooming, its sweet-scented, frothy white terminal sprays cascade against a polished, dark green deciduous foil. This tidy well behaved cultivar is non-invasive unlike the species and is characterized by gracefully weeping side branches, clothed with slender, ovate paired leaves.

A tranquil placeholder in the mixed border, easily grown ‘Pendulum’ obliges sun or shade and produces abundant blackish purple fruit, enhancing ornamental appeal and furnishing food for the birds.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Magnolia

Formerly Michelia

<i>Magnolia laevifolia</i> ‘Free Spirit’

Unparalleled among its relations, this recently available exciting evergreen cultivar was discovered as a naturally occurring hybrid in Lytterton, New Zealand. The unique low growing branches craft a horizontally spreading frame attired with handsome polished leathery leaves and a downy-soft, deep copper-hued pubescence that promotes cozy warm accents. Held in an upward-facing fashion, the posh, ambrosial spring-time flowers arrive in long lasting pure white droves and sometimes offer a fall encore. ‘Free Spirit’ effortlessly charms a container, stone wall, slope or patio, savoring well-drained soil, bright dappled shade and shelter from extreme cold. (pp#24,534)

Blooms April–June

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Mahonia gracilipes</i>

A 1980 British introduction by noted plantsman Roy Lancaster, this rare, widely praised Chinese native features dapper dark green leaves, flashing bright white undersides and dainty reddish pink cupped flowers with creamy yellow centers. Poised in airy splendor on lax slender racemes, the eye-catching blooms precede a plentiful display of large, bloomy blue-black fruit.

Mahonia gracilipes is a stellar and sturdy, slow growing evergreen, which favors partial shade in moist welldrained, humus-rich soil.

Blooms August – November.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Guaranteed to chase away those wintertime doldrums, ‘Charity’ spotlights an ebullient fountain of small, bell-shaped canary yellow flowers. The grandiose leaves—pinnate, spiny and matt green—grow in magnificent whorls along coarsely branched stems while arching, sweet scented racemes burst forth above. Waxy, late summer berries held in grapelike bluish purple clusters are relished by birds and spark our interest for another season.

Stellar as a statuesque specimen all year long, this upstanding evergreen develops an imposing vase figure that tolerates heavy clay, flourishes with a little shade on a loamy, well drained somewhat acidic site, and can be pruned back after flowering.

Blooms late November–February.

Size: 7' 0" – 10' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

An old-fashioned southern “pass-along” plant, this grand long flowering shrub is endemic to the southeastern U.S., Mexico and Central America. Hummingbirds, butterflies, birds and bees swoon over its unique vermilion blooms whose overlapping petals resemble a turban, while hibiscus-style, brilliant red floral tubes jut beyond. The fanciful fringed green buds and vivacious flowers appear from summer through autumn, adorning an undemanding open visage of fuzzy stiff upright stems, long petioles and lobed, heart-shaped flannel-like green leaves. Turk’s Turban grows as a large deer- resistant evergreen in mild winter areas, makes an admirable, dense small-sized hedge with regular pruning and relishes moderate water plus shelter around 20°.

Blooms June–October

Size: 4' 0" – 10' 0" high x 4' 0" – 10' 0" wide.

Zone 8b/9.

<i>Michelia</i> ‘Inspiration’

Exquisitely sculpted and lavishly fragrant, the large creamy white flowers of this southern Chinese, Magnolia- related beauty, promise to inspire. Unfurling from furry, milk chocolate-colored buds that form in the leaf axils, rounded blooms host overlapping petals and bold sun-kissed stamens amid lustrous leathery dark green leaves cloaked with velvet-soft brown hairs on the flipsides. Named after Pietro Micheli, a 17th century Italian botanist, densely set Michelia 'Inspiration' is vertically oriented and shorter than the species, thus perfectly sized for a more intimate setting, especially near sheltered patios or pathways. Adequate mulch and slightly acidic, moisture retentive soil maintains its alluring grandeur. (PPAF)

Blooms April – June.

Size: 8' 0" – 10' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Paeonia

Tree Peony

These shrubby undemanding Paeonias combine winning foliage with ultra-chic flowers. Prospering in average garden soil that's either acidic or alkaline, but not overly wet, they enjoy a periodic pruning and protection from spring frost.

<i>Paeonia delavayi</i> <i>Paeonia delavayi</i>

Named after Pierre Jean Marie Delavay, a French missionary and avid plant collector who resided in China during the late 1800s, this gorgeous, rarely cultivated Peony showcases lavish burgundy blossoms amid splendid foliage. The slightly nodding, dark shiny flowers are fragrant and brightened by a large central cluster of yellow stamens. Strong, red-tinted upright stems and deciduous, deeply cut glaucous green leaves sculpt an undemanding, long-lived elegant shrub.

The Maroon Tree Peony handles spring frosts, needs a pruning to maintain its bushy habit and appreciates a cool, moist sheltered site with a generous helping of well rotted manure.

Blooms May.

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

This distinctive fine textured Tree Paeonia achieves four-season panache. Cup-shaped, fragrant and crimpled, the swank 2 to 3 in. lemon-yellow flowers dress a lush lacy looking foundation. The large deciduous light green leaves are deeply segmented, beaming bright yellow fall colors, while orange-red seed pods heighten late season intrigue and thickened stalks spark arresting winter architecture. Seriously endangered in China due to over-collecting for medicinal purposes, Paeonia delavayi var. lutea makes a superb specimen in an herbaceous border where it favors good drainage and dappled light.

Blooms May–June

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Paeonia ludlowii</i> <i>Paeonia ludlowii</i>

This long-lived woody Peony offers a reliable spring showing of big saucer-shaped golden yellow flowers with sumptuous chiffon-style petals and decorative fringe-like stamens. Sturdy upright stems produce magnificent large green deciduous leaves, defined by deeply carved leaflets, contrasting pink petioles and sunshine-colored autumn shades. Easily grown, hardy and relatively pest-free, P. ludlowii promises an imposing stance whether planted as a hedge or exquisite specimen, along walls and pathways or in mixed borders. Tibetan Tree Peony wards off deer, welcomes shelter from the wind, prefers well-drained soil and requires minimal pruning.

Blooms May-June

Size: 7' 0" – 8' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Heightened by seductive dark red centers and furry yellow stamens, large upward facing flowers with crinkled silken white petals promise a lavish floral feast for gardeners and bees. The densely fragrant wide-open blooms, occasionally laced with pink veins, appear to float upon glossy lobed dark green leaves and stout woody stems, crafting a noble addition to any garden. Early flowers, deer resistance and intriguing winter architecture are the hallmark of this easily maintained, fast growing vigorous shrub, which cherishes light shade, conservative pruning and moist well-drained moderately fertile sites.

Blooms May–June

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Parahebe catarractae (lavender form)</i>

After just one close glance at its dainty upright clusters of petite, lilac-hued flowers set off by magenta-streaked petals and white and crimson centers, you’ll find this adorable plant hard to resist. Small oval leaves, lustrous and prominently toothed, neatly line wine-hued stems, fashioning a dwarf low spreading mound that can be situated amid Heuchera ‘Weston Pink’ and Geranium ‘Melinda’.

Blooms June – September

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Parahebe linifolia</i>

Graham Stuart Thomas referred to the Parahebes as ‘little treasures’, and once you get to know this charming New Zealand native you’ll see why. Forming an easygoing, dense semishrubby plant, princely pairs of serrated deep green leaves, polished and narrow, extend from reddish stems that respond well to pruning. Unbelievably profuse and long blooming, the tiny, white cupped flowers are a study in delicacy, each with a green eye and magenta ring, while populating loosely arranged terminal clusters.

Roses, Geranium ‘Orion’ and Hydrangea ‘Enziandom’ spill over an unshorn evergreen hedge of Parahebe linifolia in our garden for a flowery summer time gala.

Blooms June – October

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Philadelphus

Mock Orange

First introduced to Europe along with Lilacs by Ambassador Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq in 1562, this classic and easy-to-grow hollow-branched shrub was used by the Turks to make pipes. Its Latin name means “brotherly love” and its orange blossom-like fragrance has enhanced teas, perfumes, and almost certainly, many friends’ walks in the garden.

A denizen of southern Europe and Asia Minor, this sublime, upright, medium-sized shrub steals the show as vibrant, oval-shaped gold leaves burst forth in spring. Citrus-scented, 2 in. wide, crisp white flowers bestow additional enticements, while the deciduous leaves adopt refreshing lime-green hues by midsummer. Acquiring a British AGM plus popularity among pollinators and gardener’s alike, ‘Aureus’s bushy glowing habit relishes a sunny abode with moderate water and protection from hot afternoon sun.

Blooms May–June

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Philadelphus</i> ‘Innocence’

We like to inhale the intoxicating orange sweetness given up by these freely borne, pure white blossoms that openly welcome. Gathered at branch tips, the large 4-petaled flowers garnish ovate green leaves randomly splashed and streaked with creamy whites, yellows and golds. A courtly perfumed scene stealer, this 1900s Lemoine Nursery cross between Philadelphus microphyllus and Philadelphus coronarius matures into an imposing shrub with fluid, arching branches.

Blooms June

Size: 8' 0" – 10' 0" high x 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Philadelphus</i> x <i>x lemoinei</i> ‘Belle Etoile’

Its name conjures thoughts of beautiful stars (Belle Etoile). Brushed with maroon at the base of each of the four petals, the white flowers unfurl just when spring blooming shrubs are finishing their display. In close proximity to an entrance or walkway amid Luzula ‘Auslese’ and Geranium ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’, this graceful shrub is easy to grow, deliciously scented and unmistakably choice.

Blooms July–September

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Of all our selections, this one smells the sweetest. The elegant cream-colored double flowers are bowl-shaped and the green foliage remains glossy and crisp even under stress from heat and sun. Ours grows at the base of an apple tree,constantly tempting us to put aside work for awhile and linger in its scent.

Blooms August–October

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 5' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

<i>Philadelphus</i> ‘Snow Dwarf’

If space is a premium in your garden and you’re searching for an ambrosial delight, you may want to try this short-sized, winter-rugged Canadian beauty. Oval-shaped dark green leaves and upright arching stems craft a dense foil for the abundance of exquisite crisp white flowers. With its neat dwarf appearance and fragrant summer blossoms, ‘Snow Dwarf’ can be featured as a container specimen or positioned close to the frontlines.

Blooms May–June

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Philadelphus</i> ‘Snowbelle’

Gorgeous terminal clusters of double snowy white blossoms ring in summer, filling the air with zesty citrus aromas. The amazing floral profusion promises a timeless elegance whether it’s gracing ‘Snowbelle’s diminutive deep green foliage, the bouquets of a June wedding or a vase on your table. Small enough for a garden pot or for flanking a pathway, this handsome, low growing Canadian cultivar exhibits a tidy compact profile plus exceptional heat and cold tolerance.

Blooms May–June

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A stellar gathering of newly emerging leaves infused with bronze and purple hues and large single white sterile flowers exquisitely cradled by dark purple calyxes are this hybrid’s distinctive signature. Recently developed at the Memorial University Botanical Garden in Newfoundland by Dr. Wilf Nicholls, ‘Starbright’ inherits Philadelphus delavayi’s classy perfumed blooms and the dogged constitution of Canadian born, Philadelphus lewisii, which withstands drought, deer and cold. Its appealing dense upright frame can be successfully segued into mixed plantings, either massed or as a stand-alone specimen. (pp#18,651)

Blooms June–July

Size: 8' 0" – 9' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Pure white semidouble blossoms create a delightful passage, ushering the last days of spring into summer’s warm embrace. Distinguished by a lovely orange scent, the pearly-hued profusion of large, cut flower-perfect blooms nearly envelopes ‘White Rock’s pleasing rounded habit. Appreciative of bright, somewhat moist, well-drained sites and a trim once the flowers are spent, this Philadelphus beckons us when in bloom, while its deciduous rich green foliage maintains a tailored appearance throughout the season.

Blooms May–June

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 5' 0" – 7' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>x Phylliopsis</i> ‘Sugar Plum’

Conjuring visions of dancing fairies, this enchanting Ericaceous gem is an intergeneric hybrid between Phyllodoce and Kalmiopsis, conceived at Hillier’s in the 1980s. Dainty deep pink urns nearly envelope a tidy low evergreen mound of compact dark green Heather-like foliage. With reddish stems and calyxes, ‘Sugar Plum’ offers a flowery summer encore, prospers in well-drained acidic soil and looks simply irresistible in the rockery, alpine garden or a treasured container.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 6' 0" – 10' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Physocarpus

Common Ninebark

Anywhere eye catching foliar masses are needed, the following deciduous selections can fill the bill. With a leafy, casual look, Physocarpus presents three-lobed leaves, distinctive corymbs of tightly clustered small flowers and earthy red pillow-shaped fruit along their stems. These cold tolerant, Spiraea and Neillia kin possess both a durable, yet alluring bent.

<i>Physocarpus opulifolius</i> ‘Dart’s Gold’

Named for its broad three-lobed golden spring foliage, which turns lime-green in the summer, this fine shrub is also notable for its wide arching branches with pink-dusted white flowers. The colors blend well with an understory of Geranium ‘Salome’ and Euphorbia x robbiae.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Physocarpus opulifolius</i> ‘Mindia’

Copper-toned spring leaves distinguish this spectacular new cross between ‘Dart’s Gold’ and ‘Diabolo’, which was bred by Frenchman Jean Paul Divasse. As the weather warms, the foliage adopts a rich red, embellished with a summertime plethora of buttonlike pinkish white blooms and later, decorative scarlet seed heads. Winter reveals a dense, vigorous framework of attractive peeling bark, proving ‘Coppertina’ to be a shrub for all seasons. No special care required, easily hedged and indispensable as a specimen, it deserves a commanding position in your garden. (pp#16371)

Blooms June–July

Size: 7' 0" – 9' 0" high x 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Pieris

Japanese Andromeda

<i>Pieris japonica</i> ‘Little Heath’

The variegated darling for the rockery, a container or other cramped garden quarters, ‘Little Heath’ bestows a sprightly year-round textural presence. Enchanting, bell-like tiny white blooms, small slim leathery gray-green leaves with yellowish green margins and newly unfurled bronzy pink foliage distinguish this impeccable globe-shaped evergreen. Japanese Andromeda’s compact habit prefers adequate moisture, some afternoon shade and slightly acidic quick-draining soil.

Blooms March–April

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

The small-statured columnar profile of this tasteful, slow growing Pieris makes it unique. Initially emerging in vibrant chartreuse tones, pint-sized, glossy green leaves are held snugly against stiff upright stems, while urn-like, pristine white flowers populate myriad pendulous chains, tantalizing bees, hummingbirds and floral designers. An undemanding, tight set evergreen, ‘Brookside Miniature’ bestows winning year-round appeal to a patio vessel, the rockery, mixed borders, massed woodland plantings and gardens with limited space.

Blooms March–April

Size: 2' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Polygalax dalmaisiana</i>

An assumed cross between 2 South African species, P. oppositifolia and P. myrtifolia, this fast growing, bushy evergreen shrub captivates gardeners, hummingbirds and florists with ornate terminal racemes of vibrant, rosy magenta pea-like blossoms. Characterized by 2 winged petals surrounding a frilly-looking white-based purple crest, the floriferous gala continues nonstop from summer ’til frost, lasting nearly year round in milder coastal areas. Tasteful gray-green leaves—small, ovate, narrow and deer-resistant—cloak the rounded somewhat open frame that appreciates a late winter cutback to ensure a pleasing full appearance. Sweet Pea Shrub counts the Milkworts among its kin, forbears either sun or bright shade, and adores evenly moist, well-drained abodes with winter shelter from temperatures much below 18°.

Blooms June–November

Size: 3' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

Hailing from Missouri’s glades and open woods, this tough-as-nails deciduous ground-hugger delivers tiny clustered yellow blooms amongst dense aromatic twigs with scented, glossy trifoliate leaves. Glowing red, orange and purple autumn foliage plus showy red berries provide additional enticements. Fragrant Sumac’s unflappable, fast growing persona stabilizes embankments, smothers weeds, abates erosion plus tackles clay and dry rocky soil. Adored by birds and butterflies, ‘Gro-Low’ is invaluable for difficult spots, naturalized settings, informal hedges and slopes.

Blooms April–May

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Zone 3b/4.

Ribes

Ribes

Flowering Currant

<i>Ribes</i> x <i>x gordonianum</i>

In Tudor times, to dream of the ripe fruit of a flowering currant was said to herald great fortune, many children and the accomplishment of your dreams. This choice woodland shrub is a vigorous and hardy cross between Ribes odoratum and Ribes sanguineum.

Its clusters of raspberry-red flowers, highlighted with creamy yellow throats, appear a salmon color at first glance and cascade gracefully amidst the lobed, toothed foliage. Plant atop a stone wall with an understory of Brunnera ‘Langtrees’, and watch the birds enjoy its black berries.

Blooms March

Size: 5' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Ribes sanguineum</i> ‘King Edward VII’

Adorned with pendulous late winter clusters of richly colored scarlet-red flowers, well-mannered bare arching branches spawn palmately lobed medium green leaves in early spring. Following the fantastic long-lasting floral show, persistent green and bright red berries, which ripen to a frosted dark blue, heighten summer appeal and come fall, urbane finely serrated foliage broadcasts lovely amber, pink and golden tones. Introduced into the annals of British horticulture in 1817, ‘King Edward VII’s narrowly upright and compact carriage is easily managed, withstands drought once established and effortlessly dominates a sunny mixed border or a bright woodland realm.

Blooms mid-February–May

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Rosa

Rose

Rosa glauca (S-0702)

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<i>Rosa glauca</i>

Celebrated for its dreamy, pewter-blue serrated foliage and the elegant simplicity of its single, light-centered, clear pink flowers, this princely shrub has a tranquil persona. Nearly thornless, medium-sized canes transmute purple hues, while offering quantities of shiny, oval-shaped coppery red hips that spice up the off-season landscape.

Indigenous to central and southern Europe’s mountains, Rosa glauca has been cultivated as a gracefully arching medium-sized specimen since the early 1800s and in our garden, it passes time alongside a silver-leafed Teucrium fruticans (Select Form).

Blooms June.

Size: 8' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Zone 2/3.

Rosmarinus

Rosemary

Studious Greeks twined Rosemary in their hair “for remembrance” before exams; the French burned it as an incense substitute in cathedrals. And of course, there’s the taste—pungent and aromatic, a pinch delivers a punch of flavor. The rugged, picturesque evergreens of this genus resemble short-needled pines studded with tiny blue orchids.

Rosemarys are never fussy, take heat and poor soil, are truly pest and deer resistant, and only improve with age. Good drainage is preferred.

That’s Arp, Texas, where one ol’ specimen is still growing strong at 80. An upright shrub with gray-green foliage and light blue flowers, ‘Arp’ is most at home inland, where it opens outward in the heat; on the coast its habit is more compact, but still handsome.

Blooms March–July.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Upright, with a tidy, tight-knit character that showcases broad, attractive foliage and vividly dark, violet-blue flowers, ‘Herb Cottage’ originated at the Cathedral Herb Garden in Washington, D.C. This bushy, culinary delight is favored for its good looks and deserves a spot in your herb garden or a container alongside a well traveled path.

Blooms January–April.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Rosmarinus officinalis</i> ‘Irene’

Discovered as a volunteer seedling in northern California, ‘Irene’s low mounding habit is much improved over older prostrate Rosemarys. Dense, gray-green, narrow leaves make a vigorous show on long, pendant branches, and the richly colored blue-violet flowers are larger and more profuse than those displayed by other trailing cultivars. Let it cascade down a wall or over the lip of an easily viewed terracotta vessel. Rosemary Irene (PP#9124)

Blooms January–April.

Size: 12" – 2' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Dubbed for the renowned herbal enthusiast from Texas, ‘Madeline Hill’ is not only a good-looking tough cookie hardy to below 0°, but she’s a savory delight as well. Intensely fragrant, needle-style rich green leaves, which are broader than ‘Arp’s, cloak her robust, upright pale green stems. Forging a not-too-tall bushy guise, this well-branched Rosemary is generously sprinkled with engaging light blue flowers. Never fussy, she takes heat and poor soil, resists pests and deer and only improves with age. Good drainage is preferred.

Blooms January–April

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

A welcome departure from the typical blue blossoms associated with the genus, this attractive upright Mediterranean denizen debuts lovely pastel lavender pink flowers amongst minute short needled gray-green leaves. Wafting crisp slightly fruity aromas, the trim loosely arranged foliage garnishes stiff steadfast branches and makes a stellar evergreen hedge for the herb garden or a water-thrifty planting, consorting with like-minded low maintenance companions such as Correa alba ‘Bronze Select’, Cistus ‘Natacha’ and Eriogonum ‘Little Rascal’.

Blooms January–May

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

We found ‘Maltese White’ at Bob Brown’s Cotswold Nursery in England, and presume this little known bushy Rosemary was discovered and named by some plantsperson traveling around the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta. Small, bright clusters of snowy white blooms decorate its silvery stems and resinous green-gray needles. A restful medley of color, these soothing hues will convey a courtly air to your Mediterranean border.

Blooms January – April.

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

A gift from our friend Jim Lockman, ‘Santa Barbara Blue’ seems to be known only in small gardening circles in California. Densely clustered needles lend a finely textured look to this upright evergreen with elegantly sweeping lower branches. The azure-blue flowers beautifully complement the concurrent blooms of Cistus ‘Red Eye’ and the deep green foliage contrasts strikingly with gray-leafed Teucrium fruticans (Select Form).

Blooms January–May.

Size: 5' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Celebrated as an excellent choice for topiary, this tall standing Britishman has stiffly upright branches. Aromatic, narrow green leaves make a savory seasoning, while bright bluish purple flowers bring a little bit of the heavens down to earth.

Clipped into fanciful shapes, hedged or left au naturale, ‘Sawyer’s Blue’ melds with other water wise plants such as Teucriums, Carex glauca and Lavandula ‘Lullingstone Castle’.

Blooms January – April.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Rosmarinus officinalis</i> ‘Taylor’s Blue’

If you are short on space, consider this compact well-groomed Rosemary introduced by the late Ken Taylor. A no-fuss ‘Collingwood Ingram’ sport, the close-set, shiny deep green leaves on trailing and upward arching stems are loaded with bright lavender-blue blooms. ‘Taylor’s Blue’ can be tucked into a dry area where its dark, fine textured needles offset Cistus ‘Tania Compton’s rippled gray-green foliage.

Blooms January – April.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

Salix

Willow

This diverse genus includes 300 deciduous species that are a breeze to grow in just about any garden soil. Our selections emphasize intriguing stems, foliage and silhouettes.

Selected from a deciduous cold-hardy species native to the stream beds and sandbars of the Rocky Mountains, this fetching multistemmed cultivar is embellished with narrow, fine-textured blue-green leaves, donning delicate, soft-looking hairs. The upright, smooth purple branches slowly wield a compact, rounded shrub that handles pruning and wet environs plus provides alluring winter color. Known to abate erosion and squeeze into tight spots, no-fuss ‘Blue Fox’ creates a stunning, low formal hedge when shorn and a small, shapely specimen in waterside venues, foundation plantings as well as moderately moist mixed borders.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Salix integra</i> ‘Hakuro Nishiki’

Young bright pink shoots and slender creamy white dappled green leaves eagerly push upwards, forging a dramatic counterpoint to cream-streaked grayish green mature foliage. Interest persists as the year progresses: yellow foliar color heralds autumn, new polished bright red stems relieve a somber winter day and early spring brings pendant yellow catkins. ‘Hakuro Nishiki‘s graceful arching attributes deserve the spotlight a dark background affords. More acquiescent of slightly drier sites than most Salix, Dappled Japanese Willow thrives in moderately moist soil and appreciates a late winter or early spring pruning to ensure its stylish deciduous display.

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Handsome, thin bluish green leaves, showy light-colored catkins and supple slim purple stems, which are perfect for basket making, characterize this fast growing versatile Willow. Responsive to shearing, ‘Nana’s easily cultivated compact habit can be sculpted into a colorful topiary, refined-looking hedge or an artful bonsai specimen. In addition to its urbane ornamental merits, Dwarf Purple Osier furnishes nesting sites for small birds, attracts butterflies, aids erosion control and tackles moderate drought along with difficult low soggy sites.

Blooms April–May

Size: 3' 0" – 5' 0" high x 3' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Salix repens ‘Boyd’s Pendula’ (S-0765)

Each $14.75

AVAILABLE SUMMER 2020

An alluring specimen for bonsai, rock garden and container enthusiasts, this petite ground-hugger greets spring with adorable fluffy cream-colored catkins on slender naked branches. The slim prostrate twigs and branchlets divide into thinner curved reddish stems, weaving a unique pendent drape of tiny gray-green deciduous leaves sporting silvered undersides. Full sun ensures optimum growth.

Size: 10' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Sambucus

Elderberry

Throughout the world, Elders have long been considered powerful trees and shrubs. Sicilians thought the branches killed serpents and drove away robbers; Serbs believed the branches brought good luck at weddings; the English carried knotted twigs in their pockets to ward off rheumatism. We invite you to plant Elders to provide quick shade, wind protection, or an easy screen for unwanted views.

These wild-looking deciduous shrubs grow quickly and offer a beautiful accent near water. With pinnate leaves, white to pink flat flower clusters that measure up to 10 in. wide, and small, dark fruit, most of the twenty species of the genus like good, moist soil.

Indigenous to eastern North America, this attractive, multistemmed bushy shrub has many merits: foot-long, golden yellow foliage, myriad lemon-scented white panicles and small, bird-friendly cherry-red fruit. The showy summer display of large, luminous flat-headed blooms set against lambent, pinnately compound leaves, emphasizing 9 lance-shaped, deciduous leaflets, affords a glowing spectacle. Adored by butterflies plus a tasty ingredient in pies, jellies and wine, ‘Aurea’s robust suckering habit can be featured as a mixed border specimen, massed in naturalized areas, utilized as an informal hedge or planted near water. Good drainage, humus-rich soil, moderate moisture and regular pruning maintain a stylish rounded shape.

Blooms June–July

Size: 8' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Sambucus nigra</i> ‘Gerda’

Sambucus nigra Black Beauty™

Set apart by its intense purple-black leaves, this Sambucus comes to us from a special breeding program in Kent, England. The passionate hue of the foliage remains all season, darkening as autumn approaches. Superbly displayed against the dramatic leaves, unique, deep pink, lemon-scented umbels develop to almost 10 in. across.

Partner this thoroughbred with the golden foliage of Spiraea ‘Ogon’ or let her stand as an alluring backdrop for the silvery inflorescences of the late blooming grasses. Minimal pruning will easily maintain ‘Black Beauty’s smaller silhouette for gardens short on space. (PP#12,305)

Blooms May–June.

Size: 10' 0" – 12' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Springtime layers of finely dissected golden foliage attire this award-winning multistemmed Sambucus. More resistant to sun scorch than other yellow-leafed Elderberry cultivars, the delicate looking ferny leaves emerge in copper-hued shades and slowly develop a refreshing lime-green cast during the warmer months. Favoring judicious pruning, adequately moist soil and bright partial shade, its graceful visage is further enhanced by conical racemes of creamy white flowers and glossy red fruit that birds adore.

Blooms late April – May.

Size: 6' 0" – 10' 0" high x 6' 0" – 10' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Santolina chamaecyparissus</i> var. <i>nana</i> <i>Santolina chamaecyparissus</i> var. <i>nana</i>

Botanicals first mentioned Santolina in 1550, when its dense filigree foliage and white felted stems made it the star player of that Elizabethan rage, the formal knot garden. This dwarf cultivar presents golden yellow button flowers borne profusely on a tight evergreen mound of aromatic silver-gray. It’s deer and pest proof, extremely drought tolerant, and is still the perfect choice for edging the herb garden or tucking into the rockery or a small sunny nook.

Blooms July–August

Size: 12" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Sarcococca

Sweetbox

<i>Sarcococca hookeriana</i> ssp. <i>var. humilis</i>

This tiptop Himalayan denizen lends evergreen finery and heavenly winter fragrance to a shady locale. Crafting a low, well-groomed textural ground cover, slowly creeping stolons sprout 18 in. stems clad in lustrous, narrow dark green leaves. Copious, tiny white flowers and round blue-black fruit heighten allure. Tailor-made for hedging, enhancing entrance ways or carpeting the woodland garden, Dwarf Sweetbox keeps deer at bay, appreciates regular watering and an annual shearing to sustain its dashing appearance.

Blooms March–April

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Sarcococca ruscifolia</i>

Nearly identical to it’s handsome cousin, Sarcococca humilis, save only for a larger stature, this natty Sweetbox‘s compact quiet beauty delivers a winter-time delight when small tassel-like milk white blooms waft a delectable vanilla scent. Graceful arching stems, densely cloaked in polished deer-resistant dark green leaves, are festooned with globular blood red berries, which eventually turn black and lend additional early season appeal. An 1887 discovery in central China by Scottish physician, Augustine Henry, easy-care Sarcococca ruscifolia endures deep shade as well as somewhat dry soil and can be hedged, planted near a well-traveled pathway or trained upwards on a patio wall as an evergreen espalier.

Blooms February–early April

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Inciting a hubbub of horticultural intrigue because of its house plant affiliations, this bold tropicalthemed broadleaf evergreen is surprisingly hardy. Low-branching Schefflera delavayi launches wide umbrellas of lobed Oak-shaped new growth cloaked with an alluring fawn-colored fuzz and mature, glossy green compound leaves that can reach a massive 3 ft. across, while long lacy sprays distinguished by petite white flowers make a luminous autumn display. An Aralia family member indigenous to southeastern China and Vietnam's higher regions, the Umbrella Tree needs dappled shade and rich well-drained evenly moist soil to sustain its gallant good looks.

Blooms October.

Size: 10' 0" – 15' 0" high x 5' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Sorbaria sorbifolia</i> <i>Sorbaria sorbifolia</i>

Ushering bold grandeur into the backdrop of a large shrubby planting or a woodland’s edge, this dramatic Spiraea cousin hails from eastern Asia. Stiff, thick suckering stems spawn tropical-looking, elegantly chiseled pinnate foliage with serrated and pleated deciduous leaflets beneath a creamy white explosion of giant Astilbe-like plumes. Tiny individual flowers feature cupped calyxes, prominent stamens and reflexed petals for starry appeal.

Reputed to contain valuable antioxidants, the lush growing Sorbaria sorbifolia favors rich, moist soil in cooler climates, while regular pruning and cane removal will keep its spreading nature curbed.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 5' 0" – 10' 0" high x 5' 0" – 10' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 2.

Spiraea

Spiraea

With attractive foliage and a graceful habit, these hardy, deciduous flowering shrubs belong to the Rose family, and are easily grown in any fertile, somewhat moisture-retentive garden soil.

Unique among other Spireas for its small oval Birch-like leaves, ‘Tor’s tightset orderly mounds make a reflective deep green foil for clustered purplish buds and a profusion of sprightly snow white blooms that charm butterflies. Autumn brings additional enticements when the refined foliage premieres orange, red and purple colors.

Employed as a mixed border or rockery specimen, or planted en masse along pathways and foundations, this compact deciduous shrub fancies sunshine and periodic pruning. It combines well with silver dappled Pulmonarias or Carex testacea, which provide compelling foliar contrast.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

An unsung heirloom hero that dates back to 1881, this diminutive darling deserves more attention. Close-knit twiggy growth clad in tiny crinkled dark green deciduous leaves sculpts a compact, yet broad tailored foundation with big clusters of lipstick pretty, deep rosy crimson flowers. Undemanding ‘Bullata’ is custom-made for patio containers, a rock garden or the front lines, either in a border or along a path.

Blooms June–July

Size: 16" – 2' 0" high x 20" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Spiraea thunbergii</i> ‘Ogon’

Among the first shrubs to bloom, ‘Ogon’s dainty, 5-petaled white flowers are arranged in abundant clusters along its wiry bare branches. Later, small and slender Willow-like foliage attires the numerous dark twigs. Illuminated in golden shades, this fine textured Japanese selection conveys a bright wispy presence in the midst of blue-flowering Geranium ‘Nimbus’, Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ and Euphorbias.

Blooms March–April

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

This well-loved sturdy shrub has been delivering reliable spring flowers since 1868, when it was first introduced by the French shrub enthusiast and nurserymen Joseph Billard. Dense clustered umbels of tiny white blooms fashion a scintillating mantle that nearly conceals the copious gracefully arching branches. Spiraea x vanhouttei’s shapely medium-sized habit hosts small rhomboid-shaped green deciduous leaves with coarsely serrated margins and yellow or violet autumn hues. A cross between S. trilobata and S. cantoniensis, Bridalwreath makes an ideal low-maintenance addition to foundation plantings as well as sunny woodland margins and mixed borders, where it can be grouped or planted as a prominent specimen amid perennials and grasses.

Blooms April-May

Size: 5' 0" – 8' 0" high x 5' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’ (S-0752)

Each $10.00

AVAILABLE SPRING 2020

A demure Japanese and Korean denizen, this dense low growing deciduous shrub imparts a quiet sophistication that belies its dogged constitution. Downward arching, slender, warm brown stems form an interlacing mound guised with crinkled, bright green Maple-like leaves and loose clusters of tiny star-shaped creamy white flowers. Effective for stabilizing banks and hillsides, and utilized as a fast spreading shrubby ground cover, low hedge, wall drape or foundation plant, ‘Crispa’ offers toasty soft orange and yellow shades in the fall, wards off deer and appreciates moist acidic soil plus judicious pruning, either in late winter or late spring.

Blooms May–June

Size: 12" – 2-1/2' high x 12" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Symphoricarpos albus</i> <i>Symphoricarpos albus</i>

Favoring dry rocky haunts from Nova Scotia west to British Columbia, south to California then east to Virginia, this bushy native possesses a neat rounded appearance. Anchored by sturdy roots, the dense easily grown deciduous thicket produces hollow arching branches with opposite, irregularly lobed green leaves and a bounty of clustered small bell-style pink flowers at the leaf axils, mesmerizing both hummingbirds and butterflies. Globe-shaped decorative white berries persist on naked twigs throughout the winter and provide welcome food for birds and other wildlife, while various plant parts have been used medicinally to alleviate morning sickness, skin rashes and sore eyes. Tolerant of most soil types, including wet ones, Snowberry can be massed or naturalized, where it easily restores riparian habitats, abates erosion and spruces up your garden.

Blooms June-July

Size: 2-1/2' – 5' 0" high x 2-1/2' – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Syringa

Lilac

<i>Syringa</i> x <i>laciniata</i>

Few purple blossoms have so inspired people to lend their name to a particular tint: heliotrope, lavender, violet, and of course, lilac. Distinguished by its uniquely shaped dark green leaves, this elegant Chinese native fashions a graceful mound of lacy, deeply cut foliage and 3 in. long, loose panicles of fragrant, single, pale lavender flowers.

Very heat tolerant, the Cut Leaf Lilac is perfect for hot summer areas and makes an excellent textural companion when teamed with broader leafed shrubs.

Blooms May

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Syringa meyeri</i> ‘Palibin’

‘Palibin’s profusion of delicately perfumed lavender-pink blooms bursts forth from dark purple buds. Thick, polished deep green leaves envelope the close-knit twiggy shrub, whose small appealing profile makes a verdant hedge all season long, with or without pruning, or becomes an alluring component for the rockery or a mixed border. Perhaps the most dwarf of all Lilacs, this refined jewel should be planted in well-drained soil and cut back after its flowers are spent to ensure the following year’s bloom.

Blooms May

Size: 3' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Syringa</i> ‘Miss Kim’

Few purple flowers have so inspired people as to lend their name to a particular tint: heliotrope, lavender, violet and of course lilac. With a charming floral display that bridges the gap between spring and summer, ‘Miss Kim’ flaunts a profusion of powerfully scented pinkish purple blooms that fade to light pink and then to white. Autumn finds the handsome foliage emblazoned by stunning shades of burgundy and red.

Plant in well drained soil and maintain a pleasing shape by pruning between December and February.

Blooms May

Size: 8' 0" – 10' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Hats off to the late Dr. Donald Egolf, who bred ‘Betsy Ross’ using a Chinese specimen of S. oblata and an unidentified Lilac from New York. For its bountiful supply of fragrant, fluffy-looking, snow white trusses, thick dark green deciduous leaves and compact rounded frame, this National Arboretum introduction merits a prominent spot in your garden.

Brimming with old-fashioned charm, ‘Betsy Ross’ wards off mildew, endures warmer weather and flourishes in a vast range of climates, from Minnesota to the deep south and both east and west coasts.

Blooms April

Size: 8' 0" – 10' 0" high x 9' 0" – 11' 0" wide.

Zone 4/5.

Taxus

Yew

Taxus baccata ‘Repandens’ (S-0065)

Each $10.00

AVAILABLE SPRING 2020

Arching, prostrate branches gracefully swoop down at the tips, sporting refined, soft-needled, saturated forest-green foliage. An uber-urbane landscape shrub, this short, tight set conifer is garnished with young, bright green shoots plus decorative small red berries that birds adore, but people and pets must not ingest. Applauded for its shade tolerance, tailored year-round aspect and superb response to pruning, pest-free ‘Repandens’ works well as a long-lived low hedge, medium-sized ground cover, or as a richly colored evergreen foil in mixed borders, woodland gardens and foundation plantings. Good drainage and protection from dry winter winds guarantee plush glossy growth.

Size: 2' 0" – 4' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Honored for their longevity since ancient times, Yews have always conveyed classic elements of design. Their amazing versatility affords an array of styles—topiaries, hedges or au natural—which easily enhances any garden scheme. Closely related to the popular Taxus ‘Densiformis’, this tidy verdant Taxus is distinguished by a fine texture, a compact rounded form becoming more dense with age, bright green needles and some drought tolerance once established.

We envision the evergreen Bonnie shaped into globes or bullets standing like sentinels, contrasted against silvery Teucriums or punctated amid boxwoods for a green-on-green textural contrast—all vignettes guaranteed to provide high drama.

Size: 3' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Teucrium

Germander

These evergreen shrubs and subshrubs are among the very toughest and therefore great for difficult situations; they thrive in heat and poor, rocky soils. They also offer versatility, fitting into formal or informal designs with equal ease.

<i>Teucrium chamaedrys</i>

Chamaedrys means “a gift on the ground,” and this Teucrium’s gifts include a compact form, small, shiny dark green leaves and spikes of pink flo­wers in the dog days of summer. It’s useful as a ground cover, edging or low hedge. Create your own knot garden by combining it with Barberry, Santolina and Boxwoods. A hard annual shearing will maintain a rich thicket.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18" high x 12" wide.

Zone 5/6.

<i>Teucrium fruticans (Select Form)</i>

Surprisingly light on its feet, this handsome ‘Select Form’ is smaller and more compact than Teucrium fruticans. Periwinkle-blue flowers embellish the downy white stems and gray-green, evergreen foliage which displays contrasting silver-gray undersides. Extremely durable, tolerating drought, wind and salt spray, this silvery mound makes an alluring backdrop for Muhlenbergia rigens.

Blooms January–July.

Size: 6' 0" high x 9' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Teucrium fruticans</i> ‘Azureum’

When you’ve got a trouble spot, ‘Azureum’ comes to the rescue. Half the size of Teucrium fruticans, and more of a shrubby ground cover, this vigorous, ruggedly charming cultivar bears eye catching lavender-blue flowers and evergreen foliage that’s gray-green above and silver-white beneath.

Blooms January–July.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Ulmus

Elm

<i>Ulmus parvifolia</i> ‘Seiju’ <i>Ulmus parvifolia</i> ‘Seiju’

This dwarf Chinese Elm presents an array of ornamental attributes: fissured corklike bark, delicate branches uniquely arranged in somewhat flattened sprays, petite dark green foliage—elliptic, toothed and lustrous—and bright new growth. Unsurpassed in a trough, a rock garden or as a bonsai subject, it is a stellar, disease resistant sport of the ultraminiature Ulmus ‘Hokkaido’ with small reddish flowers, slightly larger deciduous leaves and a faster growth rate.

Bred by Carl Young of Lodi, California, ‘Seiju’s no-fuss nature loves sun and ample moisture, while abiding an array of soils.

Blooms August.

Size: 2' 0" – 10' 0" high x 2' 0" – 10' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Viburnum

Viburnum

Viburnum, whether evergreen or deciduous, is certainly a shrub for all seasons: there’s ‘Diana’ to usher in spring and ‘Summer Snowflake’ adorning graduation and June weddings. Blazing with autumn color, and all bearing lustrous fruit through winter to attract feathered visitors, these graceful shrubs exhibit an enduring cold hardiness.

They prefer rich, moist soil and bloom best in full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade.

<i>Viburnum</i> x <i>burkwoodii</i> ‘Anne Russell’

A 1957 recipient of the RHS Award of Merit, dense mounding ‘Anne Russell’ boasts pink buds and copious, domed 3 in. wide, waxy white flowers, which exude the most divine scent. Glossy dark green leaves end the season with luscious crimson-purple autumnal hues. This well-loved Viburnum can be ensconced near a patio, or utilized as an informal hedge or semideciduous specimen in a shrubby border. Be sure to indulge in her sweet scent.

Blooms April

Size: 6' 0" high x 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Viburnum</i> x <i>burkwoodii</i> ‘Conoy’

This evergreen Viburnum was the last, and possibly the finest, of Dr. Egolf’s introductions. Dark red buds open as creamy white to pink flowers amidst the most lustrous of all Viburnum foliage. Later, persistent glossy red fruit brightens the fine textured, deep green leaves, which are pale olive-green underneath and tinged with deep maroon in winter.

We are fond of this compact, colorful, low spreading shrub in containers, as a dense informal hedge, or in mass plantings.

Blooms late April.

Size: 4-1/2' high x 7' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

An ornamental prodigy from Dr. Donald Egolf’s esteemed breeding program, ‘Mohawk’s allure spans several seasons. Its first offering begins in spring when glistening dark red flower buds appear, followed by the spicy gala of clove-scented snowball-like blooms amid polished foliage, and continues through its brilliant orange-red autumn finale. Anticipation builds as clustered shiny buds wait a few weeks to open, revealing enticing, rouge-backed, waxy white flowers.

Amenable to varied conditions, yet flourishing in moderately moist well drained soil, this compact deciduous shrub hosts disease resistant dark green leaves, and can be cast as a star specimen, planted en masse or transformed into a picturesque backdrop.

Blooms late April – May.

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Viburnum carlesii</i>

This much loved Japanese and Korean denizen has tantalized gardeners with its sweet vanilla-laden scent since 1906. First appearing in late autumn on naked light brown branches, the clustered red buds stir our interest as we eagerly await spring and the snowball-like 3 in. wide cymes of pink flowers, which mature to crisp white against broadly ovate dusty green deciduous leaves. Aside from the fabulously fragrant blooms, the grand slow-growing Korean Spicebush offers plenty of reasons to invite it into your garden: red and black fruit (a beckoning sight for hungry birds), wine-red fall color, attractive smallish rounded frame plus a trouble free low maintenance constitution.

Blooms March-April

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Some say her ambrosial fragrance can waft over 30 ft. away. We say you’ll want to plant this compact, medium-sized beauty as soon as possible. Tinged chocolate when young, the broadly ovate, serrated foliage matures to a dusty dark green with fuzzy gray-green undersides, and in fall broadcasts purple-red shades. Dome-shaped clusters of red buds herald the posh pink flowers which brighten to a satiny white, emitting the most irresistible Daphne-like perfume.

Mingling amid other broadleaf shrubs, positioned alone or employed as a hedge, the energetic deciduous ‘Diana’ should stay close to a well-traveled, moist sunny spot.

Blooms late March to mid-April.

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Pink buds burst forth into waxy white blossoms as spring’s tender greenery attires this relatively tightset Egolf cultivar. Rounded flower heads feature bud and blossom simultaneously, creating a lovely two-toned effect. Lining the spreading branches, handsome, semisheened dark green foliage gives way to an orange-red hue in fall. A stellar stand-alone in the mixed border, ‘Cayuga’ claims Viburnum carlesii and Viburnum carlcephalum lineage, and adapts to an array of growing conditions.

Blooms late April.

Size: 5' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Viburnum opulus</i> ‘Smnvodr’

Vibrant color is the hallmark of this captivating newly introduced Viburnum. Embellished with exquisite, flat white lace-caps, the robust rounded habit spawns handsome deciduous 5-lobed maple-like leaves, which emerge a vivid red, age to lambent golden yellow, then flush dark tangerine and burgundy hues in autumn. Bunches of translucent scarlet berries keep the birds happy and our interest sparked. A versatile eye-catching specimen, Cranberry Bush thrives in any reasonable garden soil, enjoys protection from hot afternoon sun and exhibits superior cold hardiness.

Blooms May–June

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum</i> ‘Molly Schroeder’

Headlining pretty pink, flat topped lacecaps poised on tiered horizontal branches, this sterling Viburnum selection from New Zealand promises a repeat autumn bloom and consistently pink flowers year after year unlike other cultivars that fade to white. Broad handsome deciduous foliage–dark green, prominently veined and purplish red come fall–cloaks her easy-going rounded frame. Full of rosy panache, ‘Molly Schroeder’ can be planted alongside Sambucus ‘Black Beauty’ and Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ with Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ blanketing the ground below for a festive springtime vignette.

Blooms late April–May.

Size: 5' 0" – 8' 0" high x 5' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Viburnum plicatum</i> var. <i>tomentosum</i> ‘'Shasta'’

The most outstanding feature of this deciduous Viburnum is its horizontal growth habit, with flowers and fruit in parallel rows along the branches. 'Shasta' boasts deeply veined, dark green foliage with a light fuzz on the underside, turning to glowing purple-red at summer's end. Profuse, white flower clusters and lustrous fruit abound in true Vibrunum style.

Blooms April–May

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 8' 0" – 10' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Viburnum plicatum</i> f <i>plicatum</i> ‘Popcorn’

Heralding summer, this densely growing Viburnum displays sprightly round clusters of clean white flowers, borne in such profusion they nearly obscure the good-looking deciduous foliage. Autumn brings brilliant scarlet hues to the veined deep green leaves. Let Geranium ‘White Ness’ brighten its base while echoing ‘Popcorn’s greens and snowy whites.

Blooms June.

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 5' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Viburnum plicatum f tomentosum</i> ‘Summer Snowflake’

The most exceptional attribute of this deciduous Viburnum is its horizontal growth habit, featuring flowers and fruit in parallel rows along the branches. Distinguished by a smaller stature, and foliage that’s not quite as large as Viburnum ‘Shasta’, ‘Summer Snowflake’ maintains a more rounded form and blooms well into summer with an extravagant offering of pure white lacecap flowers. It’s lovely in containers, grouped in a drift, or as a star specimen.

Blooms April – August.

Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Vitex agnus-castus</i> ‘Shoal Creek’ <i>Vitex agnus-castus</i> ‘Shoal Creek’

With cannabis-style palmate foliage and a virtuous history of helping both European monks and Demeter-devoted Greek women remain chaste, this woody Verbena relative is anything but modest. Late in the spring, young downy wood and numerous branching stems forge a broad swath clothed in 5-fingered, lance-like leaflets brightened by silver-felted undersides. Beat-the-heat colors distinguish the refreshing summer display as upright and spiky, nearly foot-long panicles of dense, lilac blue tubular flowers extend out from a stout rounded shrub or small tree. The aromatic, easy-to-grow Chaste Tree is a deciduous, sun-loving Mediterranean native whose stature depends on how severe the winters are or how far back its been trimmed. Enticing to hummingbirds and gardeners alike, it relishes well-drained soil and a hard cut in early spring, endures some drought once established and bestows a restful grace note to the mixed border.

Blooms August–September

Size: 8' 0" – 12' 0" high x 8' 0" – 12' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Weigela praecox</i> ‘April Snow’

Originating from seed collected in northern China’s Wutai Shan mountains by Bluebird nursery owner, Harlan Hamernik, this seldom offered fragrant Weigela flaunts a snowy avalanche of clustered pure white tubular blossoms. The graceful pendent spring flowers illuminate pointed medium green glabrous leaves plus entrance hummingbirds and other garden visitors. Tidy, undemanding and well-mannered, aptly named ‘April Snow’ is ideal for mixed borders, foundation plantings and deciduous summer-time screens. (pp#20,006)

Blooms April–May

Size: 6' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

The ‘wine’ is the glossy burgundy and purple foliage highlighted by lime-green midribs. The abundant ‘roses’ are red in bud, eventually becoming pink beauties that provide a stunning contrast to the leaves, and are great in cut arrangements. This truly superior cultivar holds its exquisite leaf color when other species will not, the rich shade intensifying as autumn approaches. (pp #10772)

Blooms May – June

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Westringia

Coast Rosemary

With soft silvery shades and a fine texture, this rugged Australian native has a smoky allure. Petite evergreen leaves—narrow, pointed and emargined in cream—crowd a well-mannered, low growing twiggy frame. Just right for a hedge that’s not so tall, ‘Smokey’s compact habit naturally sculpts a perfect globe, withstanding drought once established, and seaside conditions.

Let the versatile Coast Rosemary settle in amongst dry-loving companions such as Cistus, Lavandula, grasses, and Salvia ‘Aromas’, and enjoy the subtle charm of its two lipped white flowers nearly all year round.

Blooms May–November

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Xanthoceras sorbifolium</i> <i>Xanthoceras sorbifolium</i>

A hardy and versatile deciduous member of a mostly tropical family, this choice northern Chinese native headlines shiny, deep green pinnate leaves, defined by 9 to 17 serrated leaflets and lovely, white cupped flowers held in large Horse Chestnut-style clusters. A saffron-colored eye deepening to carmine-pink inscribes each sweetly scented, 5-petaled blossom. Come autumn, oval-shaped leathery capsules produce numerous, edible, large black seeds that supposedly taste like macadamia nuts.

Preferring a warm sunny locale, but also abiding a moist shady one, Yellowhorn’s upright and lacy silhouette possesses exceptional drought tolerance.

Blooms May.

Size: 12' 0" – 18' 0" high x 8' 0" – 10' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our featured plant: Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Our latest newsletter: Cercidiphyllum japonicum: A tree brimming with elegance; Autumnal Allure; Late Season Sale!

Cercidiphyllum japonicum: A tree brimming with elegance....

An inhabitant of China and Japan, Cercidiphyllum japonicum usually grows as a refined multitrunked tree with a pyramidal to rounded canopy. Cloaking gracefully structured branches, the lovely somewhat heart-shaped deciduous leaves unfurl in bronzy purple tones, and later exhibit medium bluish green hues for summer. The foliar grand finale includes brilliant yellow, apricot, orange or mauve colors plus a sweet strawberry-like scent that wafts some 15 feet or further on sunny, warm fall afternoons. This easy-care tree prefers adequate moisture as well as some protection from hot scorching sun and drying winds.

Autumnal Allure...

One of the greatest joys of gardening is witnessing the changes that occur in our landscapes throughout the year, and many deciduous woody plants pretty much top the list for affording dynamic seasonal transformations, especially in autumn. Most of the trees and shrubs featured in this newsletter are renowned for both their handsome habits and prismatic fall displays. We’ve also included a few of our favorite perennials that lend late season floral or foliar intrigue.

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