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.
Long Blooming Bush with Variegated Foliage Summer Skies is a deciduous shrub with variegated foliage and a long-blooming nature. It would do well in your mixed border, or as a specimen plant in your yard. Your Summer Skies features long spikes of clustered lavender-blue flowers that are a show-stopper in summer and last through fall. However, perhaps even more valuable in this Butterfly Bush variety is the variegated foliage that will create an eye-catching image in your garden even when not in bloom. The light yellow edging against the dark green centers of the leaves has a dramatic effect on the foliage of your Summer Skies, and visually brings this shrub to the forefront of any setting it’s planted in. As the foliage ages, the leaf edges soften to a creamy white. Unlike some varieties of Butterfly Bush, Summer Skies won’t take on a weedy, wild look. While it still has some spread to it, Summer Skies tends to maintain a natural yet more restrained appearance. It’s easy to care for, and the fragrant flowers are excellent cut flowers to bring indoors. Butterflies and hummingbirds will love you for planting a Summer Skies, but the deer will take little notice. It is heat and drought tolerant, and the variegated leaves are even resistant to scorching. All in all, Summer Skies is s truly exceptional Butterfly Bush variety for your yard. *Exceptional foliage*Long-blooming flowers*Hardy*Wildlife interest.
Swells of Ocean-blue Flowers All Summer and Fall! You definitely want to catch this wave! Sapphire Surf Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Blauer Splatz’) is a bright new introduction from First Edition Plants that will turn your garden on its head this year! Sapphire Surf requires very little care for it to produce its striking purple-blue flowers from top to bottom in late summer and throughout fall when there are very few other plants blooming. It is very compact and looks fantastic when massed. Plant it in place of fickle lavender for equally beautiful borders and paths. Groups of Sapphire Surf tucked into a border of yellow or pink flowers creates a stunning summer display that you – and you neighbors – won’t soon forget. In spring, cut your Sapphire Surf down to the ground and watch it shoot up new growth each year. It blooms on the new growth so this pruning makes it stronger every year. It will totally liven up your garden – not just with its cowabunga color and flowers, but because it attracts bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects by droves! A truly beautiful plant, Sapphire Surf will thrill you in your border, in pots or in perennial beds. Low maintenance, deer-resistant and beautiful. What more could you ask for in a garden flower! You will love this plant. Order yours from us today! * Bountiful blue flowers in the fall* Super easy care* Great in containers.
Blooms on Old and New Wood! Is it time for a change in your shady borders and beds? Tuff Stuff™ Hydrangea is here to help you. This is a stunning new version of the classic lacecap Mountain Hydrangea. Since it blooms on old AND new wood, it is an almost non-stop bloomer from early summer all the way into fall. Almost an “everbloomer”, you really need to see Tuff Stuff™ to understand its sheer flower power. The blooms are semi-double to fully double in the classic lacecap pattern – tiny dark red or deep purple flowers are in a cluster surrounded by larger florets that are magenta pink or lavender blue (depending on the soil ph). The flowerheads are much bigger than you might expect from a shrub this size, and it has a dense branching pattern. This gives you more blooms than you’d ever think possible! The large heart-shaped leaves are bright green all spring and summer but turn magenta and burgundy in the fall – while the flowers are still on the plant! Talk about a great color show! Tuff Stuff™ is also considerably more compact than other Mountain Hydrangeas, only reaching 2 to 3 feet high and wide. This makes it the perfect choice for containers, low foundation plantings, surrounding a patio or ground-level deck, and dotting the perennial border. Let Tuff Stuff™ shake up your borders this year! Order today. * More blooms thatn you can imagine* Fall color* Great flowers in vintage colors for cutting and drying.
Prolific, Lavender Blossoms Buzz Lavender Butterfly Bush, Buddleja hydrida ‘Buzz Lavender’ ,is an ornamental shrub with a dwarf nature and long-blooming, gorgeous flowers. Plant a few for a short, showy hedge or even just one or two in your perennial bed, where they’re sure to make an impression. Buzz Lavender would even do well in a few containers on your patio. Your Buzz Lavender has all the remarkable features of a Butterfly Bush but with a smaller stature. It’s the perfect way to bring the color and fragrance of this remarkable shrub to your yard without the need for a lot of space. Buddleja Buzz Lavender will astound you each year with its prolific bloom of soothing, lavender flowers that begin in late May and will last right up until your first frost. Each collection of delicate, lavender blossoms are clustered upon long, 6-inch spikes that rise above the elliptic, grey-tinted green foliage. Buzz Lavender Butterfly Bush will grow up to 4 feet tall (a bit smaller if used as a container planting). It has an upright, somewhat bushy nature and has a more compact nature than some other, larger varieties. Buzz Lavender is adaptable to a variety of conditions and overall quite hardy. Fast-growing, prolific flowers and a hardy nature…Buzz Lavender Butterfly Bush is not only easy to grow but also a remarkably beautiful shrub. With the added advantage of its allure to butterflies and other pollinators, the addition of a Buzz Lavender Butterfly Bush to your yard is an almost a magical addition to your home that you won’t want to miss. * Fragrant, lavender flowers * Adaptable to a variety of conditions * Deer resistant * Works well in containers.
An Unusual Blue Adds Romance to Your Garden The blue and purple bi-colored tropical-looking flowers of Azurri Blue Satin (Azurri Blue Satin Hibiscus syriacus ‘DVPazurri’ USPP 20,563) are like individual Monet paintings in your garden. They catch your eye and then draw you in deeper with their unusual blue hues. This very hardy Rose of Sharon hibiscus (winter hardy to zone 5!) will be the centerpiece of a large container planting or the talk of the neighborhood as a driveway hedge. Mix it into your perennial border or use it as a patio specimen plant – you really can’t go wrong with this beauty. Azurri Blue Satin is the first seedless Rose of Sharon. That means it spends all of its time and energy pumping out amazing flowers for you. The single blue flowers make a gorgeous backdrop to yellow and pink flowers, so splash them liberally in your mixed beds for a show stopping garden all summer long. Azurri Blue Satin is a real beauty that will add depth and a bit of tropical glamour to your garden. Buy a few and see for yourself this year! * Tropical looking blue flowers all summer* Seedless* Great in containers.
Huge, re-blooming Flowers and Fall Color Penny Mac Hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Penny Mac’, is a deciduous, ornamental shrub with outstanding blooms. Plant one beside your front door for a welcome that guests won’t soon forget, or use several as a eye-popping hedge along your driveway. This is an amazing shrub with a lot of options for showcasing its remarkable features. Your Penny Mac is a big leaf variety of Hydrangea. You’ll be astounded by the large, mophead clusters of delicate florets that adorn your Penny Mac Hydrangea from summer through fall. Each bundle of exquisite blossoms reaches a majestic 7-inches in diameter, and will re-bloom repeatedly, blanketing the 8-inch long, dark green foliage in brilliant color. As with other Hydrangeas, blooms will tend to be more blue in acid soils and pink in alkaline soils. However, whatever the color, your Penny Mac Hydrangea is sure to dress your landscape in exquisite color summer to fall, as well as draw butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. As the weeks pass, you’ll see that the blooms tend to age with a reddish tint for some additional fall color. Penny Mac’s foliage transitions to shades of burgundy and purple for a lovely autumn display. Penny Mac Hydrangea will grow up to 6 feet in height with a 4-foot spread. It has an upright, arching form, lending elegance to the huge heads of flowers atop the stems. Penny Mac Hydrangea is a vigorous grower, so you won’t have to wait long for it to establish itself in your yard. Buds set on new wood so this is especially a great Hydrangea if you live in a colder climate. If you’re looking for a Hydrangea, Penny Mac is a terrific choice. You can’t go wrong with a Hydrangea with 7-inch flowers that just go-and-go right until fall…and then provides fall color too! Plant one today and you’ll soon see just how amazing this gorgeous Hydrangea is. * Massive flower heads * Long blooming * Fast growing * Great for containers * Wildlife interest * Great for cut or dried flowers.
Fragrant Blooms for Months! Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Blue Chip® Lo and Behold, Buddleia davidii ‘Blue Chip Lo and Behold’, forms a tidy, compact mound of true blue flowers. It is the first in a new series of miniature butterfly bushes with flowers that continuously bloom from early summer till late fall. ‘Blue Chip’ is an outstanding and remarkable miniature plant with fragrant reblooming flowers; does not need pruning or deadheading! It should be cut close to the ground in late winter each year. Being a butterfly magnet, it is also drought tolerant and deer resistant. Plants tolerate some soil dryness, but perform poorly in wet conditions. This charming butterfly bush can be a wonderful ground cover or low hedge since it stays shorter, growing to only 36 inches tall! ‘Blue Chip’ is a must have for your patio containers, and it is also a perfect companion for ornamental grasses! * Outstanding miniature plant* Fragrant* Continuous blooms.
Small Shrub with Large Appeal Blue Chip Jr. Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii ‘Blue Chip Jr.’ has a small stature but incredible blooms. Plant a few along an outbuilding for a decorative hedge, or just one in any spot for a lively focal point that’s sure to enliven even the most drab location. The outstanding feature of your Blue Chip Junior Butterfly Bush is of course the profusion of fragrant flowers that repeatedly bloom from mid-June and continue re-blooming right up until the first frost. Each long, floral spike consists of a clustered gathering of tiny florets of delicate blue coloring. The oval leaves provide a dressy accent to the flowers, including a silver tint to the vibrant, green shade. Perhaps best of all, Blue Chip Jr. is (just as the name implies), a smaller version of Blue Chip with a more compact nature. It will fit snugly into many locations in your yard but still perform just as beautifully as its larger relative. Of course another outstanding feature is its irresistible allure to wildlife, including hummingbirds, butterflies and bees that will bring their beauty and delightful nature to your yard (as well as provide their pollination skills). Blue Chip Jr. Butterfly Bush will grow up to 2 feet in height with an equal spread. It has a gentle, rounded nature and compact habit. It’s a fast-growing bush that won’t take long to establish, and won’t demand your time and effort to maintain. May people admire butterfly bushes but simply don’t have the room for one. Blue Chip Jr. is an opportunity to introduce your yard to all the amazing features of a Butterfly bush without the usual need for space. Try one today and you’ll soon see why the Butterfly Bush is a favorite among gardeners. * Fragrant, re-bloomer * Fast growing * Drought tolerant * Works well in containers * Cold hardy.
A Gorgeous Ball of Blue Flower Spikes! Chaste Trees (Vitex) are highly sought after because they are one of only a handful of winter-hardy trees that bloom with true-blue flower spikes all summer long. Unfortunately not everyone has room for one of these beauties in their landscape. But now we are very proud to carry the Blue Diddley Chaste Tree (Blue Diddley® Vitex agnus-castus ‘SMVACBD’ USPP 26,614) for you! It is a dwarf version that only grows to 3 feet tall and wide, but still has the same striking blue flowers that you’ve come to love in the tree form. It is hard to find a more beautiful plant with such outstanding qualities. Wonderful whether in bloom or not, Blue Diddley is great as a specimen or in mass. It makes a truly eye-catching hedge along a driveway or property line. The handsome and aromatic green foliage has a subtle silver sheen all spring. As summer heats up, Blue Diddley will astound you with its impressive blue spikes that bloom right up until autumn. In zones 5-6 Blue Diddley will die to the ground in the winter, but it regrows quickly in the spring and flowers like a butterfly bush (buddleia). It’s a fast-growing, easily-pruned shrub. You don’t need any special skills or knowledge to grow this eye-catcher in your yard. It’s easy to grow, drought-tolerant and disease resistant. (Deer steer clear, too!) You’ll be amazed at the great return you get on your limited investment (both of time and money!) with Blue Diddley. Order yours before we sell out! * Handsome foliage * True-Blue Summer Flowers * Hardy and Easy.
Shift from pink to blue with ease! Blue? Or pink? Blue? Or pink? The choice is yours with the new Let’s Dance Rhythmic Blue Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla’SMHMES14′ USPP 25,836). This latest addition to the Let’s Dance hydrangea series has flowers that are truly amazing. They easily shift from deep pink to vibrant blue, depending on how you treat the soil. (Adding aluminum sulfate to the soil encourages the bluest of blue flowers.) You can also get a remarkable range of pink/blue/lavender colors, if you want. Play around with the soil ph and watch the magic happen! This is a super hardy macrophylla with flowers that cover the shrub from top to bottom. The florets are a distinctive geometric shape and are closely packed forming big, rich, colorful mopheads that are held high on sturdy stems. Rhythmic Blue is a reliable performer. It has good wilt-resistance and a tidy habit. It does well in a variety of light and soil conditions, but likes moist soil and protection from the hottest afternoon sun. Let’s Dance Rhythmic Blue only grows to 2’-3’ high and wide so it works in the smallest garden. Try it in a container, too! Don’t miss out on the magic and order this choice hydrangea for your garden today! * Deep pink or vibrant blue flowers * Flowers all season* Small enough to fit into any garden.
This Russian Sage Thrives on Neglect! Denim ‘n Lace Perovskia (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ PPAF) is the Russian Sage you have been waiting for. It is shorter than other Russian Sages so it won’t be overpowering to your garden. The strong stems are able to withstand the strongest winds and heavy rain without drooping. This is one versatile plant for your garden. Denim ‘n Lace is great for the novice gardener. Long-time gardeners will tell you that the more you neglect it, the better it grows! Denim ‘n Lace is a sun lover, but besides that it requires very little care. It is drought tolerant and prefers minimal water. Just leave it alone and watch it do its thing! No pruning is necessary for it to keep its upright shape, either. The purple-blue blooms cover this shrub all summer and into the fall, giving what could be a wispy plant a very full appearance. Once the flowers have faded in fall they are replaced with silver seed heads that just add to the show until winter. Denim ‘n Lace looks great in garden beds or containers. It stays under 3’ high and the flowers play nice with almost any garden companion. Don’t let your garden be without this wonderful sage for one more season! Order yours today. * Fool proof plant * Naturally tidy * Scented.
Fragrant clear blue flowers draw butterflies from near and far! Psychedelic Sky Butterfly Bush will turn any garden into a haven for butterflies and hummingbirds! Psychedelic Sky (Buddleia davidii) is a 6 to 8 foot tall shrub covered in huge (six to ten inches long!) spikes of fragrant clear blue flowers that are an instant draw to butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers are strikingly colored and come in droves, ensuring that you will have plenty of great cuts for inside as well as plenty of food for butterflies and hummingbirds outside. Take care to deadhead this beauty and you will have flowers well into autumn. Once winter hits, Psychedelic Sky will die back to the ground in cold winter places. In warmer climates, prune it back in spring to 12 inches to rejuvenate the entire plant. Like all butterfly bushes, Psychedelic Sky does best in full sun – otherwise it will get leggy and sparse. It doesn’t like wet feet, either so give it a place in your garden with good drainage. Psychedelic Sky flowers are a fresh color in buddleais. Plant it with other butterfly attracting plants in shades of yellows, oranges and reds or lavenders and whites. Psychedelic Sky will grow quickly to fill in bare spots in your foundation plantings, borders and beds and they will reach their full height every year. Order yours today! * First Editions® Plants* Fragrant clear blue flowers* Butterfly and hummingbird magnet* Perfect in the herbaceous border.