Health-Enhancing Apricots on a Hardy Tree Chinese Apricot Tree is a hardy, deciduous tree that produces delicious, early fruit. Be sure to plant one in view of a window so you can enjoy watching your harvest develop throughout the summer. Your Chinese Apricot Tree is sure to be a lovely addition to your yard. The branches posses an elegant spread, supporting many shorter branchlets for an appealing appearance even in winter. In the spring, pink-hued, white flowers will appear to be sprinkled across your tree’s branches, a lovely welcome to the warmth of summer. Serrated, oval green leaves cling to your Chinese Apricot’s branchlets by colorful, reddish stems through the warm months, clothing your tree in vibrant green. As the season progresses, the flowers give way to spherical, pitted fruit. Ripening to a yellow-orange brilliance, your fruit is sure to stand out in sharp contrast against lush, green foliage. The fruit of your Chinese Apricot is of superb quality, and generally freestone, making it easy to use in canning, drying, or in baked goods. Apricots contain carotenoids which are antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, reduce bad cholesterol levels, and protect against cancer. In fact, apricots and their stones have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. They are also high in fiber and considered by some to be a natural weight-loss food. The Chinese Apricot Tree is an early bearing, heavy producing variety that is recommended for difficult climates (especially those prone to late spring frosts). It blooms very early and is also one of the earliest ripening fruits. Chinese Apricot is considered semi-dwarf, growing up to 20 feet in height and is adaptable to many soil types. It doesn’t require a pollinator, so you can even try just one if you prefer. An apricot tree is hard to resist. Beneficial not just for its healthy, delicious fruit, but also valued for its ornamental appeal, Chinese Appricot Tree is a must have for your yard today. * Delicious fruit with health benefits* Ornamental appeal* Generally freestone* Heavy producing.
Huge Heart Makes Splash Hosta Queen of the Seas, Hosta ‘Queen of the Seas’, lets you make a statement in your garden. This new dynamic, vibrant, blue hosta has a tall, upright form and forms a huge 48” clump! The ‘Queen of the Seas’ displays large, blue-green leaves that have wavy pie-crust margins, and are heart shaped. The nearly white flowers are produced in early to midsummer. Hosta ‘Queen of the Seas’ won the Best of Show award at the 1997 American Hosta Society national convention! In midsummer, the ‘Queen of the Seas’ clumps are topped with 3′ spikes of nearly white flowers. Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. It is best to keep areas around hostas clear of excess leaf debris to reduce the presence of slugs and snails. Plant this low care plant in an area that receives the right amount of light. The leaves need some morning sun to bring out the best coloration; too much sun will burn the leaves. ‘Queen of the Seas’ is most at home in shady, woodland settings and often works well as specimen or edging plants. If you want to add some architectural interest and color to your shade garden, be sure to include ‘Queen of the Seas’! *Huge Wavy Edged Blue Leaves*Nearly White Flowers*Huge Clumping Habit.
Yellow Flowers for a Month The Golden Template Woadwaxen, Genista tinctoria, is an excellent xeriscape ground cover plant that has small, dark green leaves. The small bright yellow pea-like flowers last for over a month. It is a small Eurasian shrub and parts of the plant, especially the flowering tops, yield a good yellow dye. It matures to a petite 10 with a spread of 1′-2′. ‘Golden Template’ is a wonderful plant for containers or mass planting. This colorful plant does not require much water or maintenance! The bright green smooth stems, or branches, are erect, rather stiff, smooth, or only lightly hairy, and free from spines. The leaves are spear-shaped. It is an excellent edging plant for full sun and prefers dry, well-drained sites. This is a perfect edition to your xeriscape. If you are looking for a colorful ground cover that is easy to grow and maintain, ‘Golden Template’ is the one for you! *Bright Yellow Flowers*Dark Green Leaves*Loves Dry Soil, Great For Xeriscapes!.
Fushia Heads on Compact Plant Hydrangea – Cityline™ Venice, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Venice Raven’ (PP10,928), has a natural dwarf habit and this lovely Bigleaf Hydrangea from Germany. It is compact and dense, with far more flowering stems than most others. It is small enough for containers or any tight spot. Cityline™ Venice is an attention-getter with giant fuchsia blooms and fresh, attractive green foliage. Its place is front and center in the shrub border, patio garden, or your best container. Cityline™ Venice only reaches 1 to 3 feet in height and has a neat, tight habit so pruning is never required. Like all the Citylines™, it was bred for stronger stems to hold its large, heavy flowerhead. Large beautiful blooms are great for dried or cut flowers. It requires full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Moisture is a necessity for this plant. Zones 5-9. * Large Fushia Flower Heads* Strong Stems Support Flowers* Full Sun to Part Shade.
Hardy Rose with Months of Bright Pink Blooms The Pink Knock Out Rose is a vigorous shrub Rose with dark pink buds and medium pink, cup-shaped blossoms. Plant them as a short hedge along your driveway, or perhaps one or two near the front door for a colorful welcome to guests. Your Pink Knock Out Rose is a profuse bloomer, providing huge, double, bubble-gum pink blossoms from spring until fall. They’re perfect as a cut flower, or leave them on the shrub for a dramatic profusion of color unlike any you’ve seen before. Pink Knock Out is a 4 foot high rose with its own root. The advantage of this is that once established, they are very resilient. If winter’s freezing wind kill the top growth, the rose will grow back in the spring, looking the same as the original. Pink Knock Out Rose is disease resistant and can handle heat and drought once established. It can also thrive in humid conditions. Pink Knock Out has black spot resistance, and does not need to be deadheaded. It’s essentially a carefree shrub rose that won’t ask much of you but will provide a great deal of enjoyment each year. * Profuse bloomer * Disease resistant* Carefree.
Great native flower for cutting Magnus Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, is a gorgeous native plant that grows strong and true and makes a spectacular cut flower. A native of the dry prairies and open woodlands of North America, Purple Coneflower has long been a favorite of gardeners worldwide. Magnus was awarded the title of 1998 ‘Plant of the Year’ by the Perennial Plant Association. Magnus Purple Coneflower is a relative of the sunflower and features a central cone surrounded by wide, flat purple-pink petals that stick straight out – they don’t droop like other coneflowers are prone to do. The stems can be 2 to 4 feet long making Magnus an excellent cut flower and stately border plant. After they flower, the cones can be dried to use indoors or left on the plant for the birds to enjoy during the winter. Although ‘Magnus’ is slow to start in the spring, it loves the sun and grows quickly with the onset of hot summer weather. It prefers well-drained soil and will tolerate drought conditions, which makes it the perfect choice for summer gardens. ‘Magnus’ can be massed at the back of a perennial border or showcased as a single specimen, and it is equally at home in native gardens or in more formal plantings. Its brilliant purple-pink color works well with blues (like Perovskia) and its rounded shape nicely complements the linear lines of plants like Liatris. Order your award-winning Magnus Purple Coneflower from Nature Hills Nursery today! * Long bloom time* Easy care* Great cut flower.
Fast-Growing, Prolific Iris African Iris, Dietes iridioides, is an evergreen perennial with fantastic flowers. Plant a few in your rock garden or perhaps in a wooded area where African Iris plants will lend color and definition. These would also do terrific in some poolside containers, or mixed sporadically into a border. Iris’ always have the look of the exotic about them, but unlike many fancy perennials that require pampering, Iris’ tend to be hardy, easy-to-care-for plants…and African Iris is no exception. Your African iris is a magnificent Iris variety, with 3-inch blooms shooting up amid the lance leaf-like foliage from spring through fall. The gorgeous blossoms are pristine white, accented with shades of yellow and lavender. Each spectacular bloom lasts one day, but with the repeating nature of this Iris variety, you won’t miss out on enjoying its marvelous display. The dark green leaves of your African Iris are evergreen, so will provide some vertical definition to your landscape even when it’s not in bloom. Africa Iris plants will grow 2 to 3 feet tall with a 3 to 4 foot spread. It has a clumping habit and vigorous nature. African Iris is a very hardy perennial that requires no special care and adapts easily to a variety of conditions. Iris’ tend to be hardy, fast-growing perennials that not only produce fantastic, exotic-looking blooms, but maintain an evergreen nature. They’re perfect for almost any location. It’s the type of perennial you can plant and forget…but you’re sure to not forget this impressive Iris when it’s in your yard this year! * Summer flowers * Works well in containers * Profuse/repeat bloomer * Fast growing * Evergreen * Standing water tolerant * Cold hardy.
So Many Blooms, It’s Like a Ball of Blue! Beyond Midnight Bluebeard is a lovely shrub, with a rounded nature and deep green coloring. However its true value is seen as the season progresses. Long stems shoot up above the glossy, dark-green foliage in late summer, clothed in a multitude of delicate, deep-blue blossoms. The shrub is so populated with the long wands of dark blue color that it has the effect of turning the vibrant green shrub into a veritable “ball of blue” in the landscape. The remarkable flowers last into fall, providing a lively show at a time when other plants are fading. Beyond Midnight isn’t just a pretty face however. It’s also beloved by butterflies, bees and hummingbirds who are sure to appreciate its presence in your yard, and the late season nourishment it provides. Your Beyond Midnight Bluebeard, aryopteris x clandonensis ‘CT-9-12’, is a deciduous, ornamental shrub that will grow about 30 inches tall with a 36 inch spread. It has a compact form and dense nature. Beyond Midnight is adaptive to a variety of soils, salt tolerant and drought resistant once established. Even though wildlife love it, destructive deer will pass it by. Beyond Midnight Bluebeard would look great in a mixed border, or when used as a bright accent in your perennial bed. Beyond Midnight is even small and hardy enough to use in containers, where its versatile nature is even more pronounced as you can easily move them from patio to pool-side. Attractive blue flowers on a robust, hardy shrub makes Beyond Midnight Bluebeard a prime pick for your yard this year. * Fragrant, Blue flowers* Adaptive to a variety of soils* Works well in containers* Works well as cut flower.
Ornamental Shrub with Exceptional Features Hummingbird Summersweet is a deciduous, ornamental shrub. Plant several for a low-growing, colorful hedge along your garage, or perhaps just one in your butterfly garden where you’re sure to attract some of your favorite winged creatures. Your Hummingbird Summersweet is sure to astound you with the beauty of its bottle brush-style blooms. Each 6-inch long blossom of pristine white will further entice you with its delicious fragrance, a captivating call that’s hard to resist. Likewise, the 4-inch leaves are also delightfully attractive on this lovely shrub, each with an oblong shape and serrated edges. The dark green shade of the foliage and its glossy sheen will create an eye-catching display in your landscape even without the elegant, summer flowers. As autumn approaches, the foliage continues its vibrant appearance as it transitions to earthy shades of yellow and brown. As an added treat, 1/8-inch, brown seeds persist into winter for a bit of added decorative appeal and wildlife interest. Hummingbird Summersweet will grow up to 4 feet high with a 4 foot spread. It has a rounded manner and is adaptive to a variety of soils and conditions. Hummingbird Summersweet has a dwarf nature and more compact than some other varieties. It grows naturally lovely, but is amenable to pruning if you should prefer a more manicured appearance. With so many shrubs to choose from, it can be difficult to decide upon the perfect one for your home. Hummingbird Summersweet provides not only the expected green foliage and fall interest of a deciduous shrub, but also superb flowers and wildlife appeal. Why not try one in your yard this year and begin to understand why Hummingbird Summersweet is such a valued ornamental shrub. * Summer flowers* Fall interest* Fragrant* Adaptive to a variety of conditions* Seacoast tolerant.
Carefree Natural Privacy Screen Black Hills Spruce, Picea glauca ‘Densata’, is an ornamental evergreen conifer. These would be ideal for use as windbreaks, privacy screens and accent plantings in your yard. Your Black Hills Spruce tree is noted for its vibrant, dark green foliage and attractive, conical form. The density of its foliage will be a welcome addition to your landscape in those places where a little natural privacy is needed. Its dark green tone will augment lend some life to your dull, winter landscape. Unlike some evergreens, your Black Hills Spruce tree won’t prove difficult when it comes time to mow lawn near it or perform other routine lawn work. The needles are short and soft to the touch rather than abrasive. A truly cold-adapted tree, the Black Hills Spruce is resistant to winter injury and performs well regardless of many harsh winter conditions. It prefers rich, moist soil and full sun but will also thrive in dry, well-drained locations. You won’t have to fuss over it to enjoy a pleasing shape as it requires little or no pruning. Deer will even leave it alone, so no need to bother with pest control or similar concerns. Black Hills Spruce can reach a height of six feet within nine years and is very long-lived. In fact, some Black Hills Spruce have lived 150 to 350 years! Planting one today is not only a terrific choice for a high quality landscape planting, but also an investment in the future. * Evergreen, natural conical shape * Long-lived* Low maintenance .
Royal Purple and Silver Clematis ‘The President’ is a very popular cultivar with rich, purple-blue flowers; a very striking color! The large 7 flowers have a somewhat cupped shape with silvery undersides and striking dark red anthers. It reblooms in late summer to early fall. Clematis ‘The President’ needs a supporting structure to grow properly and it is easy to grow with a rich, porous, alkaline soil that has plenty of room for the roots to spread. Best performance for the Clematis ‘The President’ is when the tops are in full sunlight and the roots are shaded, but will thrive and bloom in shade. Apply generous mulch or a shallow-rooted ground cover near the base of the vine. Very reliable performers once established; they take a season or two. Plant this hardy, compact and free-flowering clematis for a burst of color in early fall; especially noticed while other plants begin to lose their luster! * Huge 7 Purple-Blue Flowers with Silvery Underside* Rebloomer* Compact Grower.
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Heavy Bloomer Attracts Hummingbirds Weigela Ghost, Weigela florida ‘Carlton’, features deer resistant foliage that is almost supernatural! The remarkable lemon-yellow foliage magically turns to a ghostly, iridescent butter yellow as the summer progresses. The striking blood-red flowers appear in spring and are preceded by equally impressive buds that are almost black-red in color. ‘Ghost’ sporadically reblooms during the summer into fall. A light pruning will encourage repeat flowering. Weigela Ghost™ is easy to grow and makes an excellent specimen plant in the landscape. The only thing this freaky plant will scare is the deer! It grows best in full sun to partial sun and prefers well-drained soil. Easy to grow and very heavy-blooming, this shrub deserves a prominent position in your landscape. Hummingbirds are attracted to the intense color and sweet nectar. * Heavy bloomer* Intense color* Excellent specimen* Deer Resistant .
Cold-Hardy, Early Apples Yellow Transparent Apple Tree is a deciduous, fruit-producing tree that was imported from Russia in 1870 and is widely grown in the northern states. Plant one in your backyard where it will be visible from a patio or window so you can enjoy watching your harvest grow. Your Yellow Transparent Apple Tree is a delight, with yellow-hued bark, and pink or white flowers appearing in early spring. It’s not long before the apples follow, their skin a clear yellow-green to yellow-white amid the lush, green foliage. The flesh of the Yellow Transparent Apple is tender white, with a juicy and mildly-acidic flavor that makes it a favorite for homemade applesauce and other culinary delights. Yellow Transparent will provide you with an early harvest, the apples ripening in early July, so it’s a great choice to plant amid other, late-maturity varieties. You can harvest the apples at their peek or pick some before maturity for better storage life. Yellow Transparent Apple Tree is a very upright, precocious and productive tree. Therefore, it’s also a heavy producer. It’s scab resistant as well, and considered relatively disease resistant. One of the Yellow Transparent’s prized features is that it’s very cold hardy (thus a favorite in northern climates). You can’t go wrong with a Yellow Transparent Apple Tree in your yard, especially if you live in a northern locale. It’s a lovely tree that will provide you with delicious fruit early in the season…and for years to come. * Excellent fruit * Spring display * Early ripening harvest * Cold hardy Recommended pollinators: Granny Smith, McIntosh, Pink Lady.
Makes a great groundcover! Bandana® Pink Lantana has flowers that start out with a yellow color and mature to rose. Bandana® Pink Lantana is a well branched plants that has a nice mounding growing habit. Lantana makes a nice groundcover for very hot, dry areas with poor soil conditions.Try Lantanas also in a hanging basket or in a mixed combo planter. Bandana™ series plants are very well-branched with a nice, uniform, mounding habit and offer significantly larger flowers than traditional Lantana varieties. These early flowering varieties come in a range of eye-catching colors. They bloom all summer long and will come back the next year if conditions are favorable. This plant can be a perennial in zones 9-11. In zones 3-8 it is an annual only. * Easy to grow* Blooms late spring through summer* Vivid color .