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Berberis

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A genus of hundreds of species of shrubs, found throughout the temperate and subtropical regions of the world (apart from Australia). Our selections are Black Barberries, Berberis thunbergii.

<i>Berberis thunbergii</i> ‘Concorde’

Draped in deep maroon velvety purple foliage, this splendid diminutive shrub maintains a dense rounded slow growing profile. Small bell-shaped yellow flowers, enhanced by warmly colored sepals, sparkle against opulent deciduous leaves, eventually giving way to a wintertime showing of bright red berries. Perfectly sized for edging, responsive to pruning and unyielding to deer or drought, ‘Concorde’ is a refined and easily maintained contender for containers, border frontage, low hedges and knot gardens, especially when paired with silver and green companions.

Blooms March–April.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea</i> ‘Helmond Pillar’

Imprinting a remarkable architectural aspect upon the landscape, this adaptable cultivar sculpts bold upright columns of rounded deep reddish purple leaves, which transmute brilliant red fall color. Multiple staunch ruddy brown stems sport richly colored deciduous foliage, plus clustered small yellow flowers followed by shiny bright red persistent berries. Utilized as a first-rate hedge or small screen, ‘Helmond Pillar’ is equally at home in an urban setting or a country garden, where it can frame a vista or entrance way, or stand sentinel in the mixed border.

Blooms April–May

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’

A sprightly spring prelude, Fetching February flowers and foliage!

Shrubs for a sprightly spring prelude...

The dainty late winter blossoms of the following deciduous shrubs are a hopeful signal that spring is around the corner. Corylopsis pauciflora offers dangling fragrant primrose-yellow blooms amid graceful branches, while the Flowering Currant produces long-lasting richly colored flowers followed by bird-friendly berries. 

In the realm of evergreen shrubs, Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’ celebrates some of the most vibrant brick-red foliage among the species. Dusted in blue, The Dwarf Port Orford Cedar’s finely dissected gray-green needle-like leaves sculpt a dense slow-growing mound of artfully cascading branches. Both shrubs furnish a deer-resistant small-statured year-round presence that appreciates adequately moist, somewhat acidic niches.

Fetching February flowers and foliage...

While the blooms of Teucrium, Correa and many Hellebores open in January, they're still dressing up our garden in February. A handful of Brunnera flowers peek out by the middle of the month against a backdrop of welcome unfurling foliage. Of course, once the dazzling pendulous Corydalis flowers appear they tend to steal the show. We hope you'll be smitten by at least one or perhaps many of the plants that we featured in this newsletter.

All of us plant wranglers at the nursery, along with Boobah, our wee greeter and self-appointed nursery manager, and shy kitty, Parker, wish you countless happy hours digging in a garden of your own! 

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