Fast-Growing Wind BreakIf you need a quick privacy hedge or windbreak, or need to screen out an unwanted view – sooner rather than later – then you want the Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’). This tree shoots skyward to 40 feet, 50 feet or more. And by shooting skyward, we mean that it rockets at a pace of 1 to 6 feet per year! Very few other screening trees will grow this fast.These stately trees have been used in public and private landscapes in Europe since the 1700’s. Andrew Jackson helped popularize them in America in the 1800’s. They were used then to dramatically line roadways or highlight garden edges. Can’t you imagine how they would add height and drama to your yard?In summer, the heart shaped leaves are green on one side and silver on the other, which makes for a shimmering effect in the slightest breeze. In fall the leaves turn a classic shade of autumn yellow.Tall and columnar, they create a memorable impact wherever they are planted, but especially if planted in a row. Planted at 5’ to 8’ apart, they will make a formidable windbreak in no time.Birds love the shelter and high protection the branches of the Lombardy offer, so you will have plenty of songbirds coming to visit.Go for high impact and don’t buy just one. These trees have got you – or at least that ugly view – covered! * Fast-Growing* Great Living Screen* Hardy.
Self-pollinating plum is perfect for smaller areasSome things are just so perfect that they don’t ever need to change. The design of a paperclip. A classic white T-shirt. Lemonade at a Fourth-of-July picnic.Add to that list – the Sugar Plum (Prunus domestica ‘Sugar’). This prune plum variety is one of the oldest in cultivation but still remains at the top of the ‘most-loved’ plum lists every year. Its great staying power is well-deserved, though. The medium-sized fruits maintain some of the highest sugar contents of any plum, new or old. That means that it truly lives up to its name!You can trace this plums heritage from Asia, though England and into Germany before it came with German immigrants to America where they spread it far and wide in the new Colonies.This self-pollinating tree stays relatively compact and works perfectly in today’s smaller urban gardens. It doesn’t need a partner to bear heavily for you, so if one is all you have room for, one is all you need – but trust us, if you have room for more than one, you’re going to want to get more than one!The white spring flowers alone are worth the price and precious garden space. But, thankfully, the flowers turn to fruit that you can enjoy eating fresh, dried or to use for preserves, jellies and canning. (This is an old-fashioned biennial producer. It will give you a bumper crop every other year with a smaller yield in between those years. Don’t let that keep you from getting this oldie-but-goodie, though. Once you taste one you’ll understand why!)The fruits are medium-sized, freestone with reddish-purple skin and greenish-yellow flesh. The tree tolerates just about any soil and often grows where other stone-fruits struggle. It just needs full sun and consistent water to help keep the fruit from cracking.This is the proverbial oldie but a goodie. Order your Sugar Plum trees from us today!* White spring flowers & super-sweet plums* Very easy care, often thriving where other stone-fruits struggle* Self-pollinating small tree, perfect for small gardens* Cultivated for centuries, so you know it’s worth your time.
Big true-blue flowers on a space-saving plant!Pugster Blue (Buddleia x ‘SMNBDBT’) is a totally new look in butterfly bushes! If you love butterflies in the garden then these pollinator magnets are going to be the biggest little thing to hit your garden this year. Proven Winners has developed a new line of buddleia that are true space-savers. Pugster only gets 2’ tall and wide which makes it just right for beds, borders and containers. All they ask for is full sun and steady water!But do you want to know the best thing? Even though the plants are small, the flowers aren’t! Pugster Blue is covered with full-sized panicles that are the same size as bigger butterfly bushes and that have the same honey-sweet scent. And do you want to know the second best thing? There is no deadheading required to keep them blooming all summer for you! Go ahead and cut all of the flowers you want – .you’ll still have plenty left to please the legions of butterflies, hummingbirds and bees that are coming to visit!Pugster Blue flowers are a bright true sky-blue with a tiny pop of orange in the center of each individual bloom. You can’t help but stop and look! Its beauty might make it seem fragile, but this is one tough plant! It laughs at even the coldest zone 5 winter.Add some color and motion to your garden this year and order your Pugster Blue Butterfly Bushes from us today! Don’t wait. These will go fast!* Full sized true-blue honey scented flowers * True dwarf at only 2’ tall* No deadheading required* Great in the garden or containers.
Lime-striped foliage all year! Do you want to add year-round motion and energy to your garden this year? Nothing does that as well as grasses and sedges. They are super easy to care for, they fit into just about any garden style and there are so many colors and forms to choose from. One of the very best is Evercolor® Everlime Carex (Carex oshimensis ‘Everlime’). Once you try it you will agree that it is such a great and adaptable plant. It stands out from other carex with eye-catching spring-green blades with a lime-green edge. It makes a magnificent ground cover or try it in your favorite container. It will bring light and texture to any garden combo. Everlime can also stabilize and beautify that hard-to-maintain slope, if you need it to. If you want easy to grow and low-maintenance, then you can’t beat Everlime. It forms a neat and easily controlled mound that looks fantastic in a row along the edge of a planter or in masses, filling in large beds under trees. Evercolor® Everlime keeps its shape and color all year, being cold hardy up to zone 5. It works equally well in sun or shade and is drought and deer resistant once it is established. Whether your garden is rustic or formal, Evercolor® Everlime will brighten it up all year. Order yours today! * Cold-hardy to zone 5* Distinctive lime-striped foliage* Super-easy care* Deer resistant.
Tough as nails and pretty too! How tough is tough? We can tell you that a plant is “as tough as nails”, but what does that really mean? Well, how about this – in Dallas and Los Angeles Oleanders are used as the shrubs in their freeway plantings since they are able to handle those impossible conditions so easily. Have you ever ridden on a freeway in Dallas or Los Angeles? If so then you know exactly how harsh a growing environment that is. Now compare that to your garden. If Oleanders don’t just grow, but thrive and profusely flower in the median of the busiest freeways in the world, then you know that they will grow in your yard with no problem! These tough shrubs are drought, heat and salt resistant. These are perfect accent plants in even the most aggressively warm climates. They are quick growers to their full height of 6 to 8 feet, and are perfect for fences, borders and property edges. In warm zones Oleanders are evergreen shrubs that don’t need to be pruned or fussed over. You can truly plant and forget them, once they are established. They are evergreens, so the deep green leaf color is on the plant year-round. They put on a flower show all summer long with gorgeous trumpet-shaped blooms. They are big enough to provide a sparkling background for other flowering shrubs in the border, too. Nature Hills ships strong field-grown plants that will arrive at your doorstep in mint condition, ready to plant in your garden. Order a few of these truly ‘tough as nails’ but beautiful Oleanders today and see for yourself! * Profuse summer flowers* Rich evergreen foliage* Super-duper hardy* No fussing required.
Full-sized flowers on a pint-sized plant!Butterfly Bushes are some of the most loved garden plants in modern gardens, and not just by gardeners, but by hummingbirds, bees and, of course, butterflies. Problem is that these plants can get to be pretty huge. Six feet tall and just as wide is pretty common. That alone will often take them out of the running for smaller, urban gardens.Until now!The Pugster line of buddleia that was developed by Proven Winners are bred to be naturally dwarf. They only get 2 feet tall and wide. This means that they can fit anywhere in any-sized garden.That is all well and good, but do you have to compromise flower size to get smaller bush size? We are happy to report that the answer is no! These little beauties pump out full-sized panicles of honey-scented blooms all summer and into the fall just like their big brothers. (And like all Proven Winners buddleias it doesn’t require deadheading to keep blooming all season for you!) You’ll have plenty for cutting to bring inside and still have tons left to invite your pollinator friends over for a visit.Pugster Periwinkle (Buddleia x ‘SMNBDO’) is a gorgeous shade of soft, true lavender, but don’t let the soft color fool you. This is a tough plant with thick, strong stems that can handle even the coldest of zone 5 winters far better than most other dwarf plants. Order your Pugster Periwinkle Butterfly Bushes from us today. Don’t wait until we sell out!* Full sized, honey scented lavender flowers * True dwarf at only 2’ tall* Full sun* Great in the garden or containers.
NEW Hypericum with 4 Seasons of ColorIf you’ve never grown Hypericum, or St. John’s Wort, then you owe it to yourself to get Cobalt-n-Gold Hypericum (Hypericum kalmianum ‘PIIHYP-I’) into your garden this year. This new Hypericum will give you a solid four seasons of truly interesting color and texture. In the spring Cobalt-n-Gold starts out with a flush of silver-green foliage that quickly grows into a 2-3 foot mound. Then, in late spring and early summer it is covered in ¾” sunshine-yellow pincushion flowers. Once the flowers are gone the fluffy foliage softens and cools borders, beds or containers the rest of the summer. In the fall the leaves transform into shades of red, orange and yellow and berries appear that are perfect for fall floral arrangements. In winter the leaves drop to reveal stunning exfoliating bark that brings texture and depth to the short days.Cobalt-n-Gold is a stunner all year. All it asks for is full sun and well-drained soil to be happy.Besides being beautiful, St, John’s Wort is also a beneficial herb. It has long been used as the main ingredient in teas, tinctures and tonics to relieve everything from anxiety to inflammation. (Check with a doctor or certified herbalist before taking.)This is a great shrub that makes a great hedge or showpiece. You can’t go wrong with Cobalt-n-Gold Hypericum in your garden. Order your today!* Mounding shrub* Finely cut silver-green foliage* Yellow flowers & fall color* Great in the garden or containers.
Triple shot of color for the shade! Coral Bells are always a treat in the shady garden, but Nature Hills has got a real ‘Triple Treat’ for you! We are offering three of your favorite heucheras in one container for an instant colorfest in your shady garden or on your shady porch or patio.We are pleased to offer a combo of:1. Lime Marmelade (Heuchera ‘Lime Marmelade’) – The super frilly leaves are a hot color of chartreuse lime that makes everything next to it pop. It really draws the eye during the day and practically glows in the evening.2. ‘Forever’ Purple (Heuchera ‘TNHEUFP’) – The purplest of the purples! The glossy and highly scalloped leaves of ‘Forever’ Purple are the brightest shade of this color to date. They have prominent veining that makes them look sweetly lacey.3. ‘Forever’ Red (Heuchera ‘TNHEUFR’) – This coral bell isn’t as ruffled as the other two, but it makes up for it with its ravishing color. It is reddest in the spring and in the fall when the weather is cool.Put together these three amigos put on a fantastic party! They are evergreen in all but the harshest climates and hold their color whether they are in the Deep South or the Great Northwest.Though they are prized for their leaf color they all shoot up spikes of sweet little bell-shaped flowers in the spring and summer – cream, purple and white respectively.You can plant them on them shady side of your house or under a big shade tree. They excel in pots or containers and make a gorgeous entry statement flanking the front door on the porch. We know that you will love this designer combination of colors and textures. Order a few and have an instant shade garden today! * Bright colored leaves year round * Easy care* Good under trees* Great for containers.
Tough and handsome!Dogwoods can often appear dainty, with their thinner limbs and beautiful, soft-petal flowers. Cherokee Brave Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Comco No. 1’) turns that perception on its head! This dogwood is one tough tree. Here are the reasons we love Cherokee Brave:1. It is super cold hardy. – It thrives up to zone 5 and will stand up to weather conditions that will make most other dogwoods shrivel in fear and die. Ice, snow and freezing temps won’t knock Cherokee Brave down.2. The flowers are unique – The big blossoms have an interesting red glow that fades to a white center. Stunning in the garden or vase.3. Early blooming – Cherokee Brave Dogwoods bloom reliably earlier in the spring than many other dogwoods. They also leaf-out earlier shaking off the gray days of winter.4. Great fall color – come Autumn the leaves turn a beautiful shade of maroon that really lights up the garden.5. Winter berries – after the leaves drop Cherokee Brave has red berries and soft grey bark that is striking in the winter landscape and provides food for birds and other wildlife.6. Low maintenance – very easy to care for once established. Pest resistant, disease resistant and drought tolerant.7. Small size – Cherokee Brave only grows 20 to 30 feet tall so it fits perfectly into any sized landscape.This will be a prized tree in your garden. Don’t wait and order yours today! * Very easy to grow* Color all year* Spring flowers* Fall foliage* Winter berries.
Delicious color on a new hybrid pink!Dianthus, or Pinks, have been cottage-garden staples since there have been cottages to have gardens around. These kissing cousins of the carnation are equally as beautiful and scented, catching the eye in the garden as well as the nose. Bumbleberry Pie Dianthus is from the new line of hybrids out of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious breeder of garden pinks. They have starred at the Oscar’s of the horticultural scene – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – and have won the high honor of the RHS Award of Garden Merit. But those are just a couple of the reasons to love this new introduction. Let us give you a few more:- Extra-large single blooms in a saturated rose-pink with a vivid hot-pink center- Sturdy, long stems don’t flop from the weight of the flower- Perfect for cutting with a long vase life- Great for containers, borders and beds- Both cold and drought tolerant- Excellent garden performance all the way to zone 5 (-20 degrees)Whether your garden is cottage, rustic or very modern, this clean perennial flower will shine in your landscape. The flowers are edible, so work it into your vegetable garden. They are fantastic for picking, so put a few in your cutting garden. They look great en masse, so try a big bed of them. Their silver foliage looks great with evergreens.Bumbleberry Pie Dianthus is a new flower that you need in your garden this year. Don’t wait until we sell out!* Single pink flowers* Full sun* Great in the garden or containers* Perfect for cutting.
This Rosemary is a Chef’s Favorite!Rosemary can elevate just about any dish it touches, which is why it’s been a favorite of chefs for centuries. It’s the quintessential rub for meats – chicken, steak, wild game, fish. It makes vegetables sing and raises roasted potatoes to a savory work of art. It adds zing to after-dinner drinks. It even works on fruit. (Don’t believe us? Next time you have some not-quite-ripe peaches, give them a few minutes run in the oven with a coat of rosemary and brown sugar and check back with us!)The problem is that you buy a bunch of rosemary at the store and you only intend to use it in one recipe, so what you don’t use languishes in the back of the fridge until it turns brown, then black, then to a nasty mush that may actually take on a life of its own.Let us offer you an alternative. The hands down favorite rosemary of top chefs worldwide is Tuscan Blue (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’). Nature Hills sells top grade Tuscan Blue that you can grow in your warm summer garden or on your kitchen windowsill. You’ll always have a fresh supply of the most flavorful rosemary you can buy available at your fingertips!Tuscan Blue is super easy to care for and very hardy. (It can’t abide cold weather or wet feet, though, so plant it accordingly.) In zone 8-10 it grows into a 6 foot tall shrub that will bloom sky-blue flowers in spring and summer. Use springs in olive oil. Use the firm stems as barbecue skewers. Dry the leaves for the winter.This is one herb that you really shouldn’t live without. Order yours today. We know your mouth is watering to try those peaches! * Hardy herb* Full sun* Great in the garden or containers* Harvest the leaves and stems year-round.
Great Alternative to a Boxwood Let’s be honest. Distylium isn’t a sexy plant. Even with a hot name like Cinnamon Girl, this is really just a hardworking hedge shrub. Even the Latin name – (Distylium ‘PIIDIST-V’ PP27,631) – is pretty dull.It is a stalwart option to traditional boxwoods and other evergreen hedges, especially in the south where other hedge shrubs are susceptible to bugs and diseases in the heat and humidity. This is the most cold-hardy of all the distylium shrubs on the market, withstanding winter temps that make other distyliums shudder.The new leaves emerge plum-purple and turn blue-green as they mature. It handles pruning well and makes a great backdrop in any garden. Cinnamon Girl Distylium isn’t the diva in the garden. She’s not the eye-catching centerpiece or the show-stopping specimen plant. She is dependable. She is sturdy. She is reliably green and very easy to care for.Wait a minute.Low maintenance. Always ready for action. There when you need her. Fits into any place and makes everything around her look better.What were we thinking? Cinnamon Girl may be the sexiest plant ever! Order enough to surround your house with the sexiest foundation planting in your neighborhood. Do it today!* Great alternative to boxwood * Evergreen foliage * Pest and disease resistant, even in the South* Very fast growing* Perfect for foundation plantings.
Big spruce style, little spruce tree!‘Blue Wonder’ Spruce Tree (Picea glauca ‘Blue Wonder’) has all of the form, color and style that you love in a classic spruce tree, but in a smaller package that makes it perfect for modern and urban gardens. It actually does the classic evergreen spruce one better by having truly beautiful blue-gray foliage all year. This unique color really stands out in the garden and shines amid other evergreens.It will fit in just about any garden, no matter what size, because it has a small footprint – it only gets about 6 feet tall and just 3 feet wide. If you have a bigger garden, use them in multiples to make a striking hedgerow or try it as a privacy screen around a swimming pool. If you have a smaller garden, it will add dramatic color and texture without taking up too much valuable space. Blue Wonder even does well in large containers so it can be located (and relocated) around your patio or balcony. For something different, use a pair by your door or garden gate for a show-stopping entryway.It grows into a natural Christmas tree shape that doesn’t require any pruning. It is very low maintenance and pest free. Blue Wonder is extremely cold hardy, too, so bring on the winter! It will still look great. It handles just about any soil type, even rocky and sandy soil, so put where you need it. Let Blue Wonder bring new wonder to your garden this year. Order soon, before we sell out! * Simple to grow * Stunning year-round blue-gray color * Great hedge or windbreak * Perfect conical shape without pruning * Drought, pest and disease resistant * Perfect for containers * Sized just right.
Stunning deep pink blooms on dark maroon foliage Crape Myrtles are queens in the gardening world. They are always dependable bloomers that come back year after year to fill the garden borders with color from both flowers and foliage. Black Diamond ‘Majestic Pink’ Crape Myrtle is a newer version of this favorite plant, with stunning maroon foliage that is so dark it is almost black and masses of gorgeous deep pink blooms that keep coming from spring to fall.‘Majestic Pink’ really shines in the landscape. The flowers are so striking against the foliage. Try it lining a fence or driveway. Let it grow to its full height for a screen or prune it hard for an unbelievably pretty hedge. It also makes quite a statement if you grow it in a large pot by the patio.Black Diamond crape myrtles are easy to care for, are bred to be disease resistant and drought tolerant once they are established and are prolific rebloomers. You will be stunned by the amazing color contrast this shrub brings to your home garden. Order yours today! * Dark, dramatic foliage spring to summer * Stunning pink flowers all season * Great in containers.
A fashion show in your garden! Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea (Spiraea media ‘SMSMBK’) is a three season kaleidoscope of color for your garden. It runs through the deepest and most rich colors of the rainbow for you throughout the year. In spring it covers itself with wine-burgundy new foliage. It then quickly turns to its formal suit of moody blue-green leaves. (There is such a richness in the colors that it seems the closer you look the deeper and more complex they get.) Then in the fall it puts on its holiday finery by turning vibrant red.To put the proverbial ‘icing on the cake’ it also wears very showy crisp white flowers in spring and then again in summer! It really puts on quite the fashion show in the landscape.This little mounding shrub is a sun-lover that reaches two to three feet tall and wide. It is the perfect size for any garden and has so many uses. It makes an eye-catching flowering hedge or fence row. Use it in large containers where you can see its color-show up close. It is beautiful in borders or beds, too. It looks great whether in wildlife gardens, cottage gardens or modern gardens. It is truly that versatile! It is perfect to cut and use as filler in bouquets. Hummingbirds and butterflies love the nectar from the flowers, so it will keep your garden buzzing all season.As an extra bonus, it is on the list of plants to use if you need to do firescaping around your house. Beautiful and practical!Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea is a little workhorse for your garden. Order yours today! * Very easy to grow* Stunning color changes* Flowering hedge* Great for firescaping* Disease resistant* Perfect for containers* Pollinator friendly.