The Tomato Better Boy, Solanum lycopersicum ‘Better Boy’, is a popular all around hybrid, featuring high yields of smooth textured fruit with excellent flavor. The Better Boy tomato has been a household name among home gardeners for years. Better Boy tomatoes consistently produces good yields of smooth, large, flavorful tomatoes that weigh about 1/2 to 1 pound each. The Better Boy tomatoes are deep red and meaty and have dense foliage cover so fruits are less likely to get sun scald.Tomatoes should be planted outside after the last average frost date. In warm winter/hot summer areas, tomatoes can be planted in early fall for winter harvest. Tomatoes prefer well drained soil that is high in organic matter. Tomatoes need at least 1 inch of water a week. Soak to depth of 6 to 10 inches when watering. They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.* Very popular tomato* High yielding* Easy to grow.
The Clematis Ernest Markham has dark red, magenta blooms that flower in July and range in height of 10-12’ and has a spread of 1-2’.The red flowers are approximately 4-6” wide. The foliage is dark green and makes a great contrast with the flower color.Clematis Ernest Markham prefers full sun but will tolerate shade in the morning in a well-drained area. It is best to avoid heavy pruning on this perennial until it is fully established.Clematis Ernest Markham needs a supporting structure to grow properly but will also grow over large shrubs.The tops of Ernest Markham Clematis prefer full sun while their roots prefer a cool, shady area.It is best to heavily mulch the root zone or plant a shallow rooted ground cover to provide this cool, shady area at the base of the plant.* Deciduous* Deer resistant* Red, red, flowers.
Fastest Growing Holly The Nellie Steven Holly, Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’, is a very fast growing evergreen that provides year-round privacy. With a growth rate of up to three feet a year, it is an ideal choice for privacy screens and hedges. The Nellie Stevens Holly is naturally dense and grows to a large pyramidal shape, maturing at 15-25 feet with a spread of 8-10 feet. However, it can be easily shaped into a tall box hedge or even a small tree.Its leaves are a beautiful, glossy dark green color all year long, even in the heat of summer. You’ll love the petite, creamy white flowers in the spring, a sure sign that your holly will produce an abundance of brilliant red berries. The crimson berries against dark green leaves makes for a stunning winter display.The winter interest is the main reason for owning a holly. Cut branches to decorate your home during the holidays. You can also watch as the birds enjoy the berries right off the shrub.The Nellie Stevens Holly is as durable as it is beautiful. It is becoming more popular with landscapers for its’ fast growth rate and hardiness. It also can withstand more shade than any other evergreen. They can also withstand poor soil, drought, summer heat and even neglect.Plant the Nellie Stevens Holly five to six feet apart to achieve complete privacy with a living wall, or use it as an accent to create texture and color in your yard. * Fast Growing Holly* Abundant Brilliant Red Berries* Shade Tolerant* Great for Privacy and as a Hedge.
Arborvitae – Grune Kugel, Thuja plicata ‘Grune Kugel’, is a Western Red Cedar that grows slowly into a small neat mound, with shiny mint-green foliage.Grune Kugel forms a dense, lush shrub that can be used to line walkways, in the front of shrub borders, or plant in groups to fill small areas.It is easy to grow and useful for many landscapes!The tips of Grune Kugels foliage turns a bronze cast in winter which protects from winter winds.This shrub needs regular watering weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.This arborvitae will tolerate wet areas in your landscape and it can fit into just about any landscape!* Dwarf arborvitae* Easy to care for* Year-around interest.
The original classic shade tree is back!There was a time when Elm trees lined America’s streets by the thousands – ‘Elm Street’ is the most popular street name in the US. Then, in the 1930’s a fungus in a shipment of lumber from Europe turned into Dutch Elm Disease and wiped out tens of millions of elm trees across the country.Decades passed and it wasn’t until the mid-1990’s that a nurseryman noticed one street in Princeton NJ was still lined in towering, magnificent elm trees. They were completely unaffected by the blight from the 30’s.These 75 year-old American natives were standing strong. Thanks to that sharp-eyed nurseryman the Ulmas Americana ‘Princeton’ has been cultivated and is back on the market and we are very proud to offer it to you.Princeton Elm is a beautiful shade tree that grows up to 100’ tall in the classic elm vase shape. The large, leathery foliage turns yellow in the fall. It can be planted virtually year round from the bitter cold of the Northern Plains to the humid heat of Central Florida and anywhere in between.It handles any condition including wet, dry and windy. It can grow 3-6 feet a year. It can survive salty air, partial shade and is super tolerant of harsh, polluted urban conditions. This is a bulletproof tree that you need to have if you’re looking for a tall, statuesque shade tree for your landscape.We ship healthy top grade trees. Order yours from us today!* Beautiful Elm tree shape* Yellow fall foliage* Easy, quick-growing, disease resistant native .
Fragrant Pink Peacock Attracts ButterfliesThe Butterfly Bush Peacock, ‘Buddleia ‘Peacock’, a Proven Winners selection, is a new cultivar that will not crowd its neighbors in your garden.They are about one third the sizes of most Butterfly Bush varieties, maturing to 4′-5′ with a spread olf 4′-5′. The butterflies and hummingbirds still love them.Fragrant Pink Peacock Butterfly, also known as English Butterfly(TM), are extra bushy and are loaded with colorful flowers. The pink flowers are good sized and have that delightful fragrance.This plant is perfect for smaller gardens and the mixed border. They can also be used as container plants in milder climates.Treat this plant as a perennial in cold climates and cut it back in the late fall or early spring. The Peacock exhibits deer resistance.* Spikes of Fragrant Pink Flowers* Blooms All Summer* Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds* Heat Tolerant* Drought Tolerant * Deer Resistant .
Sweet Flavor Like a Berry! We don’t mean to get all existential on you here, but does orange juice have to be orange? Can an orange taste like a berry? Can it look like a grapefruit?The answers to these questions are yes, Yes and YES! Say hello to the Cara Cara Sweet Orange. Only discovered relatively recently in the 1970’s, the Cara Cara didn’t hit American markets until the 80’s and even then it was only in specialty grocers. It still isn’t widely known or widely grown, but we here at Nature Hills want to change that. We don’t think we’re overselling it to say that Cara Cara could be life-changing for you!Cara Cara is a hybrid navel orange that looks like a regular old orange on the outside. Once you cut into it, though, you will never forget it! The flesh is pink – not the dark red of a blood orange, but the sparkling rose of a pink grapefruit. It is super juicy and the juice is pink, too.As amazing as the color is, it is the taste that is going to knock your socks off! Cara Cara doesn’t taste like your traditional orange. Some people say they taste raspberry, blackberry and cranberry when they bite into it. Others say it tastes like orange candy. They all say, “Can we have more, please?!”Perfect for citrus growing regions of the US, Cara Cara is also great in pots by a sunny window in cold winter climates.These trees are just now hitting the home gardening scene and are going to go fast this year. Don’t be left out! Order your today and after you’ve bitten into your first slice of Cara Cara give us a call and thank us. We promise we won’t say “we told you so”.* Sparkling pink flesh and pink juice * Sweet flavor with a berry taste * Low Acid and Seedless* Perfect for pots.
Compact Stars All SummerDelphinium Summer Stars, Delphinium ‘Summer Stars’, is graced with elegant white star-shaped flowers nearly all summer long. Like its cousins, ‘Summer Nights’ & ‘Summer Mornings’, Delphinium ‘Summer Stars’ has lush, finely-dissected foliage that remains compact at only 12″ high. Plant all three colors in the landscape or a mixed container for a wonderful display! ‘Summer Stars’ Delphiniums grow best in rich, well-drained soil with a basic pH. If your soil is naturally acidic, adding lime will help to provide these conditions. They are also heavy feeders. The addition of compost or manure to the soil, as well as a granular fertilize, will result in healthier, stronger plants. Cut back the first flush of blooms quickly to stimulate rebloom.*Compact White Spires*Great Container Plant or Border*Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds.
No Pruning Needed With This Hardy, Compact ShrubBoxwood – Green Ice, Buxus ‘Green Ice’, has glossy dark green evergreen foliage and is considered super hardy, maintaining a deep-green winter sempervirens color. The new spring growth is blue-green which turns a glossy, deep green in the summer. Green Ice is an attractive medium-sized evergreen shrub that exhibits a dense upright mounded and compact growth habit. No pruning is required to maintain this compact and mounded shape, and it reaches 3′-4′ tall and wide at maturity.It prefers full to part sun, is slow growing, and its winter hardiness is exceptionally good. Green Ice Boxwood is capable of providing attractive ornamentation in the landscape, even during the coldest winter months.It makes a nice compact hedge or works well for foundation landscaping.*Blue Green Foliage Matures to Deep Green*3′-4′ Compact Growth*Evergreen.
The Rose Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora, ‘Rosa sp. ‘Queen Elizabeth’, produces beautiful pink flowers. The blooms have a moderate fragrance and are usually about 4 inches in diameter. The flowers are borne on mostly solitary stems which usually appear in small clusters. This rose blooms in flushes throughout the season. The flowers appear on foliage that is glossy and dark green. The Queen Elizabeth has been a very popular rose for over 40 years.Grandiflora roses produce tall elegant plants that bloom repeatedly during the season and they generally feature clustered blossoms with stems which are slightly shorter than those of hybrid tea roses..
The Aster Honeysong Purple, ‘Stokesia laevis’, has leathery, strap-like leaves that form a clump at the base with huge true royal purple daisy-like flowers with a hint of red at the end of the stem. The powdery blue flowers bloom from July until frost and have a plant height of 14” and a plant spread of 18-24”.This aster is an exciting introduction from the late hosta guru, Alex Summers and his son, Alan, of the former Carroll Gardens. Stokesia ‘Honeysong Purple’ boasts large, vivid, dark purple flowers with a contrasting reddish-pink center on a nice, compact grower. This is truly one of the most stunning colored stokesia on the market!‘Honeysong Purple’ Aster will do best in well drained soil, and a full sun area with morning shade; should not stay wet while in dormancy. This aster is wonderful for summer color in beds, borders or containers, and it makes a beautiful vase of lovely cut flowers. Deadhead after the first initial flowering in order to increase bloom time.* Powdery blue flowers* Container plant* Deadhead .
A Large, Sweet and Virtually Seedless OrangeThe Midknight Valencia Orange is an early fruiting Valencia. It produces larger fruit than the Valencia, but it’s just as sweet and virtually seedless.It is slower growing than the Valencia making it a wonderful container plant in colder climates. Plant this hardy tree in a decorative container and enjoy its fragrant flowers and fruit on your patio, deck or balcony during the warmer months.Move it indoors before the first frost and you can enjoy fresh home-grown oranges even in the coldest regions.The Midknight Valencia Orange produces large, high quality fruit. It has a nice round shape and a very smooth skin. Its high sugar and juice content in addition to its low acid content creates an excellent orange for snacking or juicing.During fruiting it appears to produce a smaller crop than the Valencia. The yield is similar; however the much larger fruit makes it seem less productive.The Midknight Valencia is a hardy, upright tree with wonderfully sweet fruit. This tree would be just as happy in the yard or in the house making it a great choice in any growing zone.* Seedless* Large Juicy Fruit* Great indoors or outdoors.
A Cure for the ‘Common Old’ Tired of the same old, same old in your garden? Ready for something new? Ever heard of Distylium? You’re not alone if you haven’t. Distylium is a member of the witch hazel family, but they have been virtually unknown here in America. They are native to China but are beginning to make their way into landscapes across the country. This is a good thing. These are such versatile and graceful plants, you won’t want your garden to be without one! Distylium ‘Vintage Jade’ is a nifty alternative to common (dare we say ‘overused’?) species like Cherry Laurels, junipers, hollies, Indian Hawthorn and even boxwood. This shrub is shockingly hardy – it is pest and disease resistant, drought tolerant, thrives in full to partial sun, in wet soil or dry.Distylium ‘Vintage Jade’ is evergreen, with a beautiful dark blue-green color year round. In the winter small maroon-colored flowers bloom on the arching stems, bringing winter color when not much else is blooming. It is low growing, reaching only 2 feet high or so, but it spreads a good 5 feet. The ‘Vintage Jade’ Distylium stays in neat, graceful mounds adding a touch of ‘formal wildness’ to your hedges. Catch the wave before the rest of the country does! This is bound to be a favorite plant of landscapers and home gardeners soon. Don’t wait and order yours now before we sell out of our limited supply.* First Editions® Plants * Evergreen foliage and maroon winter flowers * Graceful mounding shape * Super hardy and super easy.
Alstroemeria Mauve Majesty (Peruvian Lily), Alstroemeria ‘Mauve Majesty’, boasts bright pink azalea or orchid-like flower clusters that are accented by dark speckling and a creamy yellow throat. These lovely flowers appear atop beautiful green foliage. It is not fragrant and botanically it is not a lily.The ‘Mauve Majesty’ will surely attract attention along your perennial border. If you want to try something different, you can watch the clump start flowering in May and lasts through frost. The sturdy, upright stems average 15 florets per umbel!This Peruvian Lily performs best in well-drained, humus-rich soil under full sunlight. If you provide uniform soil temperatures, the bloom period will be extended. This can be done by adding a layer of mulch to keep the soil cool and moist.‘Mauve Majesty’ is one of the first in its color class to be hardy to zone 6. Florists love this Alstroemeria for its long lasting cut flower that can last up to two weeks in a vase!* Bright pink flowers* Clumping habit* Hardy.
Small Tree with Big Splash of ColorProfusion Crabapple is a flowering Crabapple tree. It does well in both country and urban settings and should be planted where you’ll never miss a moment of its superior attributes throughout the seasons.Profusion Crabapple is an exceptional tree for your yard, but particularly stunning in the spring when red buds pepper its branches with color. The buds open into 1.5-inch blossoms that blanket the tree in a brilliant splash of vibrant hot-pink. It’s a “profusion” of color that’s not to be missed! The effect is eye-catching from even long distances, and sure to draw the attention of friends and neighbors. Even without its spring display, Profusion Crabapple is a sight to see. The 3-inch, oval leaves pop out amid the branches in a delightful red shade. As time passes, you’ll see those bright leaves transition to green and then bronze for autumn. The foliage is a perfect accompaniment to the rounded form of your Profusion, lending it a full, vigorous appearance all summer long. When fall approaches, small red crabapples will appear, dangling amid the ornamental leaves and persisting into winter as a special boon for your wildlife. As an added bonus, harvest a few Crabapples for yourself as they’re a popular choice for homemade jellies. Your Profusion Crabapple is a small tree that will grow 24 feet tall with a 25 foot spread to its somewhat rounded, weeping shape. It has good disease resistance and is extremely hardy. Deer tend to overlook Profusion Crabapple and it even does well in a variety of soil types. Plant a Profusion Crabapple anyplace you’d like a strong, ornamental focal point in your landscape. You won’t be disappointed with this exceptional, ornamental tree!* Deep Red Flowers That Change to Dark Pink* Adaptable, Hardy, and Disease Resistant* Small Wide Tree.