Fragrant Flowers and Fall Interest Little Henry Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica ‘Sprich, is a dwarf ornamental shrub with summer flowers and fall color. Plant several en masse for a naturalized look to brighten up a drab side yard, or use just one as a foundation planting. With its small stature, Little Henry Sweetspire would even do well in a container for your patio. Your Little Henry Sweetspire will delight you with its profusion of whimsical, spring blooms. The 6-inch long, bottle brush-like spikes of flowers will virtually blanket your Little Henry Sweetspire in pristine white color during the summer. Its subtly-sweet fragrance creates a clarion call to your yard’s butterflies and hummingbirds, and is certain to call in for a closer look as well. Little Henry’s vibrant green foliage will present a flaming-red display for fall, a last gasp of color before resting for the winter months.Little Henry Sweetspire will grow to about 3 feet in height with an equal spread. It has a smaller and slightly more compact nature than other varieties, and is adaptive to a variety of conditions. Your wildlife (pollinators), will love it yet potentially destructive wildlife (such as deer), will leave it alone. Under optimal conditions, Little Henry Sweetspire will live 40 years or more. Overall, it’s generally a trouble-free, ornamental shrub. If you’re looking for summer flowers and fall color on a carefree, ornamental shrub then look no further. Little Henry Sweetspire is a dwarf variety that still maintains all the expected Sweetspire features, and would certainly be a welcomed addition to your yard this year. * Fragrant, Summer flowers * Dwarf * Fall color * Adaptive to a variety of conditions * Erosion control * Works well in containers.
Well-behaved color for southern shade gardens!Those of you who live in warm southern states know that shade is a good thing. It provides a place to rest out of the blazing southern sun and heat. Unfortunately it can also be a challenging place to grow colorful and interesting things to make that resting place more…restful. To help with that Nature Hills is proud to offer Bananappeal Small Anise Tree (Illicium parviflorum ‘PIIIP-I’ PP28,887).This is a compact form of native anise that has been bred to be better-behaved than other versions of illicium. (It is really a mid-sized shrub more than a small tree.) It won’t shoot out long gangly stems at random and the leaves won’t fade out in the winter. Instead, it stays in a nice round 3’ mound and has golden yellow leaves that practically glow in the shade.The leaves smell like licorice when crushed or brushed so you’ll want to plant it somewhere where you can touch it and release the great smell into the garden. Deer resistant, easy care and luminescent! This is a must have for your southern shade garden.Because of its smaller stature and compact habit it makes a great container plant and works well on the shady patio or porch. It doesn’t tend toward suckering like other illiciums do, either, so it will stay where you put it in your shade garden. Once Bananappeal is established it is totally low-maintenance, which makes your restful shade garden even more restful.People love it, but deer do not, so you don’t have to worry about it becoming part of a wildlife buffet.Let Bananappeal Small Anise Tree bring hot color to your cool shade garden. Order yours today!* Evergreen loves shade* Colorful all year* Easy, low-maintenance native* Deer resistant.
Perfect evergreen for dry shade! Some areas are tough on plants. One of the most difficult has always been dry shade. You know the spots – under the old tree in the back yard, the spot where the street tree has become overgrown, the small area in the side yard between your house and the neighbors. It is hard to find a plant that will not only thrive there, but look good doing it. And if that plant can actually produce scented flowers – wow!You know what? We have the perfect plant for you! Fragrant Sweetbox (Sarcococca ruscifolia) will happily live in these tough conditions. Not only will it live there, but it will give you weeks of small but intensely scented flowers that will perfume your garden with the scent of hyacinths. Fragrant Sweetbox will slowly grow to 3’ – 5’ tall and wide. It is a great plant to naturally espalier against a wall. It is densely covered in lush deep green foliage that makes it a nice backdrop to garden elements like statuary or fountains or intensely colored flowers. It is perfect for foundation plantings to cover vents, utilities, footings or other unsightly spots around your home or business. Fragrant Sweetbox is resistant to both deer and rabbits and is disease resistant, too! It is water-wise and doesn’t need coddling at all. It is easy to grow and easy to maintain.Stop looking at that eyesore spot in your garden. Order Fragrant Sweetbox from us today!* Shade* Fragrant flowers in late winter* Showy berries* Espalier* Easy care and hardy* Disease resistant.
Fragrant flowers in the shade! Do you need to give your shady garden areas a refresh? Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box (Sarcocca hookeriana var humilis ‘Fragrant Mountain’) is an easy-to-grow shrub that will give your shady spaces the jolt of new life that they need.Fragrant Mountain loves the shade and has a neat, clean look that shines in the landscape. It has rich evergreen leaves that cover the large bush all year. It can handily reach 5’ tall and 6’ wide, but can also be pruned and used as a great groundcover. In the spring fragrant flowers in a pure satin white emerge that perfume the air with a hyacinth-like scent. If you can plant it near a path, door or window, you should. The scent alone is worth the price of the plant. The flowers are followed by glossy black fruit that attracts birds. Fragrant Mountain doesn’t shrink in the shade and will give your shady areas a huge punch of life in both form and fragrance. They do well in those challenging north-facing spots as well as the dry shade of some woodland gardens. It handles urban conditions as well – compacted soils, road salt and smog don’t seem to faze it. Deer tend to avoid it too.Don’t let those hard-to-fill areas of your garden or landscape go bare for another year. Order your Fragrant Mountain Sweet Box from us today!* Shade* Fragrant flowers in spring* Bird friendly* Groundcover* Easy care and hardy* Disease resistant.
Brilliant Foliage and FruitCompact American Cranberrybush, Viburnum trilobum ‘Alfredo’, is a deciduous shrub with bright green foliage. Plant several for a dense screen or hedge along your property line.Your Compact American Cranberrybush has (just as the name implies), a denser, more compact form…but still provides all the color and charm you’ve come to expect of an American Cranberry. Four-inch clusters of white, lacecap flowers bob above the foliage in spring, a delicate welcome to the new season. Your Cranberry’s serrated, lobed leaves emerge red-hued, but later transition to bright green for summer. They again change as fall approaches, turning to an appealing purple/red for autumn. It’s an assortment of 3-season color on one plant! As if all this wasn’t enough, clusters of red fruit ripen in fall, persisting into winter for even more ornamental interest. The fruit can be used for jellies, jams, chutneys or simply eaten fresh. The birds and wildlife also enjoy them throughout the autumn and winter.Compact American Cranberrybush will grow to 6 feet in height with an equal spread. It has a multi-stemmed, upright spreading habit, and fills out right to the ground (so you won’t need to couple it with facer plants). American Cranberrybush is tolerant of soil types and will even thrive in urban pollution. With optimal conditions, it can live up to 40 years. Even though birds and other wildlife will enjoy the dense foliage and fruit of your American Cranberry, more destructive wildlife (such as deer), tend to leave it alone.Amazing flowers, fruit and 3-season foliage color make Compact American Cranberrybush a truly remarkable shrub for the home landscape. Why not bring one to your yard today!* Colorful foliage * Spring flowers and fall color * Edible fruit * Wildlife interest.
Bayberry is Ideal for Fragrant GardensNorthern Bayberry, also known as Southern Wax Myrtle, is often used as a mass planting item. Bayberry also creates attractive hedges, thickets, and privacy borders, but it may also be successfully integrated as a focal point planting.Bayberry is extremely tolerant of sandy soil and even high salt content. Bayberry has long been used as a candle-making ingredient as the drupes carry a coating appropriate for making wax. Deer resistant, Bayberry leaves offer a pleasant fragrance throughout the spring and summer, and this fragrance makes them useful, too, as natural insect repellant. Including Bayberry in your garden scheme ensures safe harbor for a variety of desirable creatures from birds to butterflies. Order yours today to create attractive wildlife habitats. * Very aromatic* Semi-evergreen* Attracts butterflies* Also known as Southern Wax Myrtle .
Color, ease and reliability! People often contact us here at Nature Hills asking for ways to bring color into their garden. More often than not they come with a preconceived idea that flowers are the only ways to bring vibrant color and reliable interest to the landscape. Then they also go on to want the plant to work in any setting, have leaves all year, never need pruning, not get too big or stay too small and not need a lot of attention while bringing a lot of attention to wherever they put it. Oh, can it work in a container too?We smile when we get these calls and point them to this little gem of a plant. Little Flames Leucothoe (LEUCOTHOE FONTANESIANA ‘LEAFSCAPE™ LITTLE FLAMES’)This little evergreen shrub is impressive. It is native to America, so it is reliably hardy and is very adaptable. It keeps its lovely green foliage all year long, and twice a year (in spring and again in fall) it lights up with new growth than turns as red as an iron brand. It completely energizes the garden when it changes colors.Little Flames only grows 2 feet high and wide and keeps a nice compact round shape that doesn’t require any pruning.Low maintenance. Great color shifts. Beautiful form. Works anywhere (even in containers!) This might just be the perfect plant for your garden. You can call us if you want, we love to talk! But it might be quicker to go ahead and order this little beauty today. (Then you can call us and tell us how much you love it!)* Low maintenance* Fast Growing* No pruning needed* Showy color in spring and fall* Great for containers* Sun or part* Shade* Evergreen.
Great flowering evergreen low-grower! Spring Bouquet Viburnum (Viburnum tinus ‘Compactum’) is true to its name, providing your garden with a lovely living bouquet of blushing white flowers in the spring. They are a perfect complement to other spring blooming flowers and shrubs. The beauty of Spring Bouquet Viburnum is that it is an evergreen, so even after the flowers fade it still provides great structure and form in your garden all year.This pretty, low-grower is dense and compact which makes it a favorite choice for small foundation plantings, hedges and screening. Try is as a border in your perennial beds. It makes a great mixed planting in places like the corner of the drive where you want a nice planting, but need to be able to see over it as you pull out.Viburnam is an easy plant to mix with other shrubs. It blends in and adds without overpowering the surrounding shrubs in both leaf and flower. It makes a nice backdrop to tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs. It looks great in all kinds of garden styles, too. It can look formal in a contemporary setting or wild in a rustic setting. It is especially pretty in the mixed borders of a cottage garden.The flowers are lightly fragrant and you can cut the stems – whether flowering or not – as nice filler in your own home-made bouquets.Make sure to add this beauty to your own garden this year and order a few today!* Compact* Lightly fragrant spring flowers* Berries* Waterwise* Easy care and hardy* Year-round interest.
Dwarf beauty for sun or shade! Any time a shrub will perform well in sun or shade, flower profusely and is evergreen all year, we feel the need to celebrate it!Pieris Cavatine (Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine’) is just such a plant. In the spring it is dripping with green buds that open to the classic bell-shaped flowers that pieris is known for. The rest of the year it is covered in glossy green leaves that give richness to any shrub planted near them. Here’s the beautiful thing about Cavatine, though. Unlike other pieris, which can grow 3-4 feet tall and wide, this little gem only gets 2 feet tall in 10 years and maintains its sweet rounded shape without any pruning necessary. That means that this is the perfect evergreen flowering shrub for the front of the border or for the patio container. Cavatine will grow in just about any lighting condition – full sun to full shade. (It flowers best in full to dappled sun, though. Deep shade brings out more of the rich leaves than the bright flowers.)Try planting this in cottage garden borders. It also brings a heady dose of romance to woodland garden settings. Plant a few in your favorite pots to have on the balcony or plant a couple in containers flanking the front entrance for a casual–yet-formal welcome.However you use it, Cavatine Pieris is sure to draw oohs and ahhs. Don’t miss out and order yours today! * Easy care * No pruning necessary* Sun or shade* Evergreen* True dwarf* Year-round interest* Beautiful spring flowers.
Low Growing Evergreen for the Shade! In late winter, you will smell Fragrant Valley Sweetbox long before you see it. It helps to wake up the garden after the long winter. With it’s very strong hyancinth-like scent, Fragrant Valley Sweetbox is a perfect harbinger of spring.This sweet little evergreen shrub is much smaller than other sweetbox shrubs, only growing 18” tall, but it is a quick spreader to 3’ across. It is densely covered in well-branched, deep green narrow-leaved foliage that gives it finer texture than other sweetbox and a lushly full look. Because the foliage is so pretty, Fragrant Valley is attractive year round, but in late winter, when it is dotted with white blooms, it really sings in the shade garden. The blooms last for several weeks and perfume the whole landscape. It makes a grand statement when massed. We’ve seen beautiful ribbons of evergreen color under trees and in woodland gardens made of Fragrant Valley. Because of its low growth habit, it doesn’t require any pruning, either. Fragrant Valley Sweetbox is a great plant for challenging areas like dry shade. It is very disease resistant and both deer and rabbits steer clear. It is easy to grow and easy to maintain.You will want to give this sweet sweetbox a try in your garden this year. Order some from us today!* Shade * Fragrant flowers in late winter * Bird friendly * Groundcover * Easy care and hardy * Disease resistant.
Ornamental Shrub with Unique 3-Season ColorBeautyberry shrubs are aptly named, producing a beautiful display with fall berries that add to that decorative view. Purple Pearls’ purple-tinted, dark green foliage appears in spring and summer, darkening even more for autumn (its purple/black a sharp contrast to the brighter reds and yellows of autumn leaves).In summer, the Purple Pearls Beautyberry, Callicarpa x ‘NCCX1’, had delicate pink blooms that appear amid the long branches, transitioning to berries for autumn. The deep purple berries appear like “purple pearls” in large, dramatic clusters along the branches. Your songbirds will relish the feast and in return treat you with the enjoyment of watching them harvest their fall bounty. Cut a few of the fall branches for your home. The dark foliage and purple berries will bring a unique accent to any of your floral arrangements.Your Purple Pearls Beautyberry is a deciduous shrub that will grow up to 5 feet tall with an equal spread. It has an upright, mounded habit and is quite hardy. Resistant to disease and pests, Purple Pearls can maintain its colorful show with little needed from you in return. Plant several en masse in a naturalized area where their show-stopping color can be magnified. Place a few in containers to spruce up less-flashy plantings. Even just one in your side yard is sure to draw the eye of every passer-by.Purple Pearls Beautyberry is sure to maintain its beloved stature through the years as a fast growing shrub with amazing color. However, unlike many beautyberry varieties, Purple Pearls also tends toward an upright nature, requiring a bit less space than others in your yard. With so much to gain, and so little space needed, why not try a Purple Pearls Beautyberry today!* Fast growing* Summer flowers* Fall color and berries* Drought tolerant.
Bright Golden Globes on Arching BranchesThe Golden Guinea Kerria, Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’, is also known as the Japanese Rose because it originated in China and Japan. It is also known as the Easter Rose because it blooms about Easter.It is a tough, upright, rounded shrub with arching branches that will brighten up your sun or shade border. It matures to 8′ height a 4′ width, but can be trimmed to any size. It is a twiggy, deciduous shrub with dark green,double-toothed, corrugated foliage.Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’ has golden yellow, globe-shaped flowers that are borne from April through May. The interesting bright green stems stay green all winter. It does not have any serious insect or disease problems.If grown in sun, it does prefer protection from late afternoon sun , and will grow from full sun to full shade.Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’ can be used as an accent plant, in masses, as a hedge, as a privacy barrier, or in a small space.Easily grown in average garden soils.*Masses of Bright Yellow Blooms*No Serious Insect or Disease Problems*Green Foliage All Winter.
Pea Shaped WindBreakThe Siberian Peashrub, ‘Caragana arborescens’, is large rounded 10′-15′ shrubby tree that is well adapted to exposed, cold, dry and other difficult sites. It is a native to Mancheria and Siberia where it is used as a windbreak. Its’ dense root system can be used for erosion control.It has showy yellow pea like flowers that appear in late May. The mature fruit is edible and has been used medicinally.It can be left to grow into a rounded shrub or pruned into a small tree. It matures to a mounded shrub of 15′ high with a spread of 12′. It grows well in full sun and adaptable to any soil.The bark of the trunk and stems retain a greenish color for several years. The small leaflets are medium green in color. Often used as a windbreak or tall informal hedge.The Peashrubs are cold and drought tolerant. When planting for hedge, place plants about 4-5 feet apart. Siberian Peashrubs are deciduous and have low water requirements, and a moderate salt & alkali tolerance.* Yellow Pea Like Flowers* Edible Fruit From Pods* Can be used for in Cold, Dry, Exposed Areas.
Stunning Pink Blossom Spring, Summer & FallThis compact Daphne provides long-lasting beauty and fragrance in the garden!Daphne – Eternal Fragrance, Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’ PPAF, will display a profusion of blush pink blossoms in clusters; heaviest in spring; again in summer through fall. A wonderfully fragrant plant, this Eternal Fragrance Daphne is the longest blooming of the Daphne and grows quite happily in dappled sunlight, but prefers some shelter from cold winds; mulch to keep roots cool in summer. Eternal Fragrance is a tidy landscape shrub that works great for group plantings, borders, or containers. Can be grown in soil that may be acid or alkaline; good drainage is important.* Fragrant pink blooms for months* Compact shrub is great for borders* Grows well with partial sun & shadePruning Spring Flowering Shrubs in Southern Regions.
The Beautyberry ‘Purple Pride’, Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’, is an outstanding Japanese selection with lilac-violet berries. Issai means “fruiting at a young age”.It does best if planted in a protected location (from winter wind and sun), preferably in an east exposure. ‘Purple Pride’ has colorful berries that last long into winter and are eaten by a variety of wildlife.Pruning makes ‘Purple Pride’ even a more attractive, pretty plant. Cut it back to within 4-6” of the ground in early spring since it flowers and fruits on new wood.Beautyberry looks best planted in masses, and it is especially beautiful under pine trees or placed in a shrub border.* Plant for winter color!* Zones 5-9* Fast-Growing.