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.
Shade-Loving Evergreen with Winter FlowersSoft Caress Mahonia is a fall-flowering, evergreen shrub. Plant one for a lovely accent in your Asian garden or in a shady spot for some subtle color and definition. It’s small enough for a container on your front porch, yet large enough for a decorative border. There are plenty of evergreens to keep your landscape looking warm and vibrant through the long winter months, but most of those require full sun. Your Soft Caress Mahonia, Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’, provides winter interest, but does so in those shady spots of your yard that can be difficult to find plants for. Unlike other Mahonia varieties (with their sharp-edged foliage), your Soft Caress Mahonia seems to invite you to “caress” its soft, feathery foliage of fine-textured leaves. The long, deep-green leaves are almost fern-like and reminiscent of bamboo. The graceful foliage is reason enough to value this beautiful shrub, but it offers even more decorative interest for the autumn and winter months. In late fall/early winter, long racemes of delicate flowers will emerge from your Soft Caress Mahonia, like candles of lemon yellow, shining their brilliance for 2-3 weeks of bloom. As the flowers fade, diminutive berries will appear, their deep blue/black hue lending further decoration through the winter months.Soft Caress Mahonia will grow up to 3 feet in height with a 3.5 foot spread. It is a dwarf variety with a compact habit. Soft Caress is a tough little shrub overall, and is even pest and disease resistant.Gardeners revere Mahonia plants for their remarkable features, but bemoan their harsh foliage. An award-winning variety, Soft Caress Mahonia allows you to enjoy the good features without the bad. Imagine one of these gracing your yard this year!* Soft, evergreen foliage* Year round interest* Fall/winter flowers* Deer resistant* Pest &disease resistant.
4-Season Interest in a Decorative, Hardy ShrubPieris Mountain Snow, Pieris japonica ‘Planow’, is an ornamental shrub with year-round interest. Use one as an elegant accent plant near your perennial bed, or group several together for a casual, naturalized affect in a lesser-used area of your yard. It’s drought resistant and also renowned for its shade tolerance, so you can even use it in areas where other plants might fail to thrive. Your Mountain Snow Pieris seems to have it all—beautiful foliage and delicate flowers all wrapped up in a versatile, hardy nature. You can plant one of these and just sit back and enjoy the show! Mountain Snow’s new foliage emerges with a vibrant bronze tint that gradually transitions to a rich, deep green as spring progresses into summer. Delicate flower buds appear in summer and hang on, adding some gentle elegance through the harsh, winter months. When spring arrives, the delightful buds unfurl in the growing warmth of the sun’s rays. Your bees and butterflies will flock to its showy clusters of cascading blossoms when the white, bell-like blooms open in spring.Mountain Snow Pieris will grow up to 5 feet in height with a 4-foot width. Its natural growth is quite lovely, but will accept pruning if you’d like to shape it a bit. It’s a low-maintenance shrub, and can even be fast-growing under the right conditions. Mountain Snow Pieris is heat-tolerant than other varieties, so this is a step-up from others you might see at your local nursery. Of the many varieties of Pieries, Mountain Snow is certainly an exceptional choice. You can’t go wrong with its colorful foliage, delightful blossoms and year-round interest! * Year-round interest* Heat & drought tolerant * Fast to moderate growth * Great for containers * Adaptable to a variety of soils * Year-round interest.
Show-stopper Thrives in Partial Shade!Pieris Mountain Fire (Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’), also know as Japanese Andromeda Mountain Fire, is a partial-shade garden show-stopper! Pieris Mountain Fire offers many interesting features: from late winter into spring the foliage has flaming red tones, and in summer as it ages it turns burgundy. In winter it is thoroughly evergreen and stays that way until spring’s red leaves arrive. The spring foliage is always mixed with the previous year’s leaves of pure green, so it looks almost like red flowers blooming on the bush. It doesn’t take long, though, for the red leaves to give way to fragrant clusters of pinkish-white flowers that form in unusual hanging chains and dangle from the plant. Pieris Mountain Fire is a beautiful shrub that will cause a lot of garden chatter! This slightly arched shrub can easily be shaped into a lovely low privacy hedge, or it fits nicely into tight spots as a foundation plant. Try it in your mixed border and with spikier evergreens like holly or juniper for a great year-round show.Pieris Mountain Fire thrives in moderately fertile, humus-rich, acidic soil in full sun to partial shade. You might need to give it a little TLC and protect it in winter until it is established. Although it is hardy from zones 5 through 9, you’ll have the most success in zone 9 with good soil moisture, additional organic matter and a more acidic soil.Mountain Fire Japanese Andromeda often becomes a garden’s stand-out specimen plant. Don’t miss having one of these beauties in your garden this year! * Great in partial shade * Evergreen * Fragrant flowers.
Holly – Goshiki, Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’, is truly a beautiful accent plant that is also extremely tough and durable with remarkable variegated leaves.Goshiki means ‘five colored’ in Japanese and refers to the various colors found on each leaf. The leaves will show off five colors; cream, pink, orange, yellow, and white appear in attractive spots or swirls that combine together to create an eye-catching display!Use Goshiki to brighten up a shady corner or for a colorful informal hedge. It can also be kept in a large container for many years.Because of the bright year-round color and easy cultivation, Goshiki makes a great choice for landscapes in the colder climates.But select a location that provides an area with some sort of winter protection against cold wintry winds for cooler locations. Mulching is strongly recommended.Shear this plant annually to keep a neat appearance or to maintain desired shape of size. Pruning time is best done in the spring.This plant is also called False Holly.* Evergreen * All Season Interest.
Fast Growing Privacy or Screening ShrubCreate a living privacy fence with a splash of color! Red Tip Photinia, ‘Photinia X fraseri’, produces leaves that are brilliant red at first then turn deep green after several weeks. This evergreen shrub is a traditional hedge shrub in the southern United States. Red Tip Photinia is also know as Fraser’s Photinia or Red Top Photinia. The Photinia produces small white flowers in the spring. This plant is extremely tough and vigorous and grows in almost any well drained soil. Red Tip can handle full sun. Commercial landscapers frequently use them in the south aling highway medians because they can handle the full sun. They can also be pruned & are used as specimen trees by urban landscapers.Red Tip makes for tall, dense hedges. If a formal hedge is desired, it can be sheared. Prune in the winter. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.For a fast growing privacy shrub that offers spring flowers and a splash of vibrant red color, you need the Red Tip Photinia. Order yours today!* Fast growing evergreen* Thrives in most conditions* Commonly used as a hedge.
Lives and Blooms in DroughtThe Adams Needle Yucca, Yucca filamentosa, has stiff evergreen rosettes and are part of the native flora in hot dry Central and North American scrublands. Adams Needle Yuccas are hardier than they appear. They are heat, cold, drought tolerant and diesase and insect resistant. They only fail in cold wet exposed inland positions where they are better grown as container plants. Otherwise, they are handsome architectural foliage plants for dry, sunny borders. The mound of lance like leaves will mature to 2′-4′ with a spread of 3′-5′.This variety has a white edge on the stiff green lancelike leaves. The leaves stay green throughout the winter.Yucca filamentosa makes dense clumps of stiff leaves 30 inches or so long and edged with fine curly hairs. The remarkable 6′ spikes of white tulip shaped flowers in late June last for more than an month. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. The flower spikes do not appear until the plants are five years old. Yuccas may live for 60 or more years. They do not transplant well and have a very deep taproot, but are a carefree perennial that will bloom for years.* 6′ Spikes of White Flowers* Lance Like Leaves Stay Green All Winter* Long Lived and Hardy.
Deep Burgundy Foliage Year-round Tired of evergreens? Why not try an ‘Ever Red’ Loropetalum, Loropetalum chinese ‘Chang Nian Hong’? This robust and colorful Chinese fringe flower (Loropetalum chinese) has richly colored burgundy leaves all year round. First discovered in Asia, this beautiful plant is compact, mildew and disease resistant and even drought tolerant once it’s established. Its colorful leaves are showy year round, but in the spring it really struts its stuff. From late winter through early spring ‘Ever Red’ Loropetalum is covered in delicate spidery fringed flowers. If it’s happy where you plant it this bush will even bloom on and off throughout the rest of the year! Its leaves are small and oval with a leathery feel. It grows upright but the branches will arch a little giving it a very graceful silhouette all season. ‘Ever Red’ Loropetalum grows best in moist fertile soil that is well-drained. It thrives in partial shade, but will tolerate full sun and even full shade if it needs to. It does fine through all but the harshest northern winters where you may want to give it a little TLC during the worst of the cold. ‘Ever Red’ Loropetalum makes a great specimen plant if you plant it alone, but its beauty is multiplied if you plant several together. Try in as a foundation plant, or in a mixed border. It also will thrive in a container with other plants that will play off of its color and texture. Make sure to order a your ‘Ever Red’ Fringe Flowers from us today! * Thrives in partial sun * Show-stopping spider-like red flowers * Year round burgundy foliage* Showy Flowers* Repeat Flowering .
An ‘Ever-Purple’ Shrub! There are hundreds of evergreens in the landscape world, but very few ‘ever-purples’. Loropetalum ‘Chang Ruby’ has leaves in various shades of a gorgeous purple-red and it stays that color all year round! Loropetalum fill a gap in your landscape – they are leafy year round, drought resistant, deer resistant, and tolerate a wide range of garden conditions. On top of all that, they bloom profusely with fuchsia-pink, almost fuzzy flowers starting in early spring. Chang Ruby can be used in a wide variety of gardening situations. Use it as a hedge. It can be pruned to look formal or left to look more naturalistic and informal. It only grows 3-5 feet tall and wide, so it won’t overtake your yard. Use it as a backdrop to your perennial bed. Espalier it against a wall. Screen you’re A/C unit. This plant will be such a beautiful and versatile addition to your garden. You can grow Chang Ruby in full sun for the best color, but it does great in partial shade too. Plant it with yellow tipped conifers like junipers or cypress, or yellow roses or forsythia for a traffic-stopping color combo. Don’t wait to add great year round color to your garden or landscape! Order Chang Ruby from us today. * Year round purple leaves * Partial shade or sun * Hardy and adaptable.