Great all-around blackberry Chester Thornless Blackberry (Rubus fruiticosus ‘Chester’) is a champion for the home edible landscape. Easy to grow and tolerating a wide range of temperatures and soil types, Chester was designed to please. This is the most productive plant of its kind, giving you weeks of fresh berries in July. You’ll have plenty of fresh goodness to share with your neighbors. Strong-willed Chester is easily grown in the challenging heat and humidity of the south and the mid-west. The big berries are firm and sweet without a trace of tartness. Perfect for fresh eating and jams. They will stay firm on vine, too, without getting soft and leaky like other blackberries are prone to do in high heat and humidity. They also have good disease and pest resistance and rarely need spraying or coddling once they are established. Chester is self-pollinating so it doesn’t need a pollinator – a single vine will produce for you. But we’ve never heard of anyone being satisfied with just one Chester vine! Order two or three to really enjoy the bounty. Nature Hills ships out strong, thick-stemmed Chester vines that guarantee a good beginning to your berry patch. Don’t wait to order yours! * Thrives in humid heat* Juicy sweet berries stay firm on the vine* Easy care for the home garden.
Shiny Black Spot The Coral Bells Obsidian, Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ (PP14,836), with its jet black, smooth round leaves, has the darkest foliage to date of the Coral Bells; closer to true black than any other Heuchera. This wonderful deep purplish-black foliage also has a polished glassy luster! In early summer, 24” smoky purple buds appear on tall shoots and then open to cream colored flowers. Pair the Obsidian with Coral Bells Lime Ricky or Marmalade for a fantastic color contrast! Coral Bells are grown more for their foliage color but the small blooms that they contain will attract hummingbirds. Like most Coral Bells, Obsidian’ thrives in partial sunlight but once established it will also grow in shade. Use this coral bell as a ground cover, in rock gardens, as a border plant or as an edging along paths and walkways. This 12” mounded plant will set off perfectly any bright flower in the garden or a container! Cold and drought tolerant and withstanding heat and humidity, nothing seems to phase this plant. But to keep ‘Obsidian’ looking its best, be sure to water in hot, dry weather, giving the plant about one inch of water per week; divide clumps in fall. Heuchera adds a bit of flavor to any perennial garden with its texture, vigor, and vibrant color. Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, ‘Obsidian’ will surely become a “must have” as it contrasts dramatically with brighter colors in your garden! * Black-Purple Leaves* Shiny Round Foliage* Full to Part Shade.
Timeless Plant With Dark Foliage All Winter Some plants are so much a part of garden culture that it’s hard to imagine a landscape without them. Boxwood (Buxus) are plants like that. From the palace gardens of Versailles to the Victorian Painted Ladies in San Francisco, boxwoods are in the picture. A plant doesn’t attain that status without good reason. Boxwood North Star (Buxus sempervirens ‘North Star’™) is a superb new hardy boxwood that lives up to the legend. North Star™ features very dark foliage with a dense globe shape that requires little if any pruning. North Star™ is perfect for the classic boxwood hedge of English garden fame that so many gardeners crave. This boxwood would be perfectly happy being the formal gatekeeper to any garden bed. Perhaps, though, you aren’t interested in a formal hedge, but lean more toward plants shaped like hearts or bunnies or frogs. North Star™ Boxwood can be sheared into just about any shape and responds well to harsh pruning. This boxwood stays emerald green all year, providing a beautiful counterpoint to a dreary winter and a refreshing sharpness to the dog days of summer. It does fine in full sun or part shade and isn’t picky about soil. It has its preferences, of course, and does best in an alkaline bed. If your vision of a garden includes classic lines and timeless plants, you can’t go off course having North Star™ as your guide. * Dark Green Foliage All Winter * Globe Shape* Little Pruning Required* Great for Topiary.
Full Sun for Purple Blooms Monarda (Bee Balm) Purple Rooster, Monarda didyma ‘Purple Rooster’, is a native, clump-forming plant of the mint family. ‘Purple Rooster’ will really “strut its stuff” in the landscape with its deep wine colored flowers that appear as raspberries in bud stage. This Bee Balm is easy to grow to 36, multiplies quickly, and is native of eastern North America; has minty aromatic foliage often used to flavor teas multiplies quickly. The purple flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden, but is rabbit and deer resistant. Bee Balm has a tendency to become invasive, so in order to keep plants healthy and vigorous, division is necessary every few years, and should be done in the spring. Although it will grow in average soil, it does enjoy the rich organic moist soil along riverbanks. In spring, remove dead foliage only. In fall, cut back to 6 and dead-head spent flowers. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time. ‘Purple Rooster’ will offer its extravagant presence when planted in your garden! * Wine Red Blooms All Summer* Hardy and Adaptable* Attracts Bees and Butterflies* Deer and Rabbit Resistant.
About the Anchor Arrow Kit: The Arrow is driven into the ground about 24 with a 4′ length of 1/2 pipe. Once driven, The Arrow has to be ‘set’ or angled underground to maximize holding power. This is attached to the tree with the Tree-Tie webbing guy lines..
Dark Purple Foliage and Pink Flowers The Dark Horse Weigela, Weigela florida ‘Dark Horse’ PP14381, is a new cultivar that is characterized by a superior compact habit, dark purple leaves, and pink flowers that contrast with the dark foliage. In combination, these traits set ‘Dark Horse’ apart from all other existing varieties of weigela. This is an ideal choice for late spring color in combination with conifers and broadleaf evergreens. Will attract hummingbirds! This old-fashioned, flowering deciduous shrub has very dark foliage and deep pink flowers that contrast well with the foliage. ‘Dark Horse’ makes a great landscape plant, and it retains its color interest throughout the season. It is quite attractive when grown as a hedge. It will mature to a 2′-3′ mound in full sun. ‘Dark Horse’ is easy to grow, and adapts to most conditions. Feed once a year with a slow release fertilizer. * Deep Pink Flowers* Dark Purple Leaves* Attract Hummingbirds.
Dwarf Hydrangea with Magnificent White Blooms Bobo is a dwarf Hydrangea with magnificent white blooms. Plant one as an accent plant, or use a few of them in those small spaces where a dramatic splash of color is needed. If you love Hydrangeas but just don’t have the room for one, Bobo is for you. Its diminutive nature makes it the perfect choice to neatly tuck into those small spaces in your yard. Small in size however, does not mean small in bloom. Strong stems support its huge, white flowers from mid-summer through fall, virtually covering the plant in pristine blossoms. The stems continue to grow as the flower blooms, and the blossoms can take on a slight pinkish hue in the fall. Bobo tends to flower in a symmetrical manner, lending it toward the appearance of a big ball of flowers when in full bloom…something you really have to see to believe! Bobo is a deciduous shrub with a dwarf habit. It’s a hardy little guy so easy to grow and care for. The cut flowers are terrific fresh or dried and you’ll have lots to choose from as the deer leave this plant alone. A compact, easy to grow Hydrangea with magnificent blooms, Bobo is an outstanding choice for your landscape this year. *Dwarf*Huge flowers*Hardy.
Shade Loving, Fast Growing with Year Round Appeal Red Twigged Dogwood has amazing winter appeal. It is perfect for a shady spot, near a tree line or on the north side of a house. It will also do equally well in full sun as a hedge or in a group. Like licks of fire rising up against the white, winter snows, your Red Twigged Dogwood will be an eye-catching stand-out amid your dreary winter landscape. The red bark on the Red Twigged Dogwood makes the winter a lot less dreary. Even though its main attraction is its winter appeal, this lively Dogwood has a lot to offer year-round. Milky white flowers appear in spring and soothing green foliage fills out your plant in spring and summer. Cabernet-wine colored leaves will transform your Dogwood in the fall until its signature deep red bark appears in winter. As an added bonus, in late summer drupes appear which are low in sugar and attractive to birds. In fact, this shrub is the favored nesting place of American goldfinches. Your Red Twigged Dogwood grows fast, so it won’t be long until it reaches its mature height of 10 feet. In early spring, cut the shrub back to four to six inches from the ground to ensure a perennial show of red stems over the coming winters. Other than that, your Dogwood doesn’t require much care and is a generally hardy plant. * Brilliant Red Twigs* White Flowers in Spring* Attracts Birds and Wildlife* Fast Growing .
The King of Raspberries Are succulent raspberries picked fresh from the vine limited to people with country estates or acres of farmland? Absolutely not! You can fulfill your own dream of stepping into the backyard and picking juicy, ripe raspberries for yourself when you plant a few vines of Royalty Raspberry. Royalty Raspberry is a strong grower, suitable for backyards across most of the country. It is a healthy cross between a purple raspberry and a red raspberry and has the best qualities of both. It has the large fruit size and vigor of the purple hybrid and the high quality fresh-eating flavor of the red. Royalty ripens in mid-July with huge amounts of fruit on established vines. You’ll have plenty to share with neighbors (and the neighborhood birds if you don’t get to them first!). The vines are impressively disease resistant and super-hardy. They have even been grown successfully in cities as high as 7,000 feet. (We’re looking at you Denver and Santa Fe!) Just give them plenty of summer water, a winter blanket of mulch and some winter wind protection and they should perform like the legends they are. The fruit is perfect for eating fresh, making jams or pies and freezing for later. Order at least two for pollination, but the more you order the more fruit you’ll have. They’re fast-sellers at your local farmer’s market, too. Order yours soon! * Hardy and healthy* Juicy sweet berries * Great for the novice.
Petite Lavender Blooms All Season Periwinkle, Vinca minor, is also known as Trailing Myrtle, Dwarf Periwinkle and Creeping Myrtle. This species of Periwinkle is one of the most popular and widely used ground covers. Trailing stems with smooth, evergreen leaves (to 1.5 long) root at the nodes as they go along the ground and quickly spread to form an attractive ground cover. Tubular, lavender blue, phlox-like flowers (to 1 inch across) appear in the leaf axils in spring and continue to flower intermittently throughout summer into fall. Foliage will mound up to 6 tall. Periwinkles are used as a versatile ground cover and provide good cover for bulb beds. Effective on slopes or banks to stabilize soils and prevent erosion. Easily grown in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It tolerates full shade, but it prefers moist, humusy soils in part shade. Plant 12-18 apart to cover large areas. This evergreen perennial is similar in all ways to Vinca Major except the flower is a little smaller. * Lavender Blue Flowers Throughout the Season* Evergreen Viny Groundcover* Dry or Moist Soils in Part Shade .
Violet Flowers Irresistible to Butterflies Long-blooming, fast-growing, drought tolerant, non-invasive, deer resistant…the list goes on and on! Miss Violet Butterfly Bush seems to have it all as a hardy perennial shrub, but then consider the addition of brilliant, fragrant blooms and you have a plant that is nothing short of amazing! Miss Violet, Buddleia x ‘Miss Violet’, is a butterfly bush variety with long, clustered spikes of violet blossoms that reach out above the dark green foliage in late summer and continue their show into fall. The irresistible fragrance and color acts like a beacon to pollinators, including the butterflies that will hasten to your yard in droves to partake of Miss Violet’s delicious nectar. Your Miss Violet Butterfly Bush is a deciduous, ornamental shrub that will grow up to 5 feet in height with an equal spread. It has an upright habit and semi-compact nature. Miss Violet would be perfect for a wildlife garden but is certainly a welcome addition to any spot where you can sit back and witness the floral show and pollinator-heaven it creates. Butterfly Bushes have always been beloved by gardeners, with worries about invasiveness seeming to be the only significant downside. The “miss series” removes this concern, providing you with options (such as Miss Violet), that can provide all the wonderful features you want in a butterfly bush, but in a non-invasive variety. Plant a Miss Violet Butterfly Bush today and begin to reap the rewards of this amazing selection. * Long-blooming & fragrant* Deer & rabbit resistant* Drought, heat and humidity tolerant* Works well as a cut flower.
Early Harvest of Golden Fruit Golden Sweet is an apricot variety that produces very sweet fruit. Plant one in a sunny location near a window or patio so you can enjoy not only the sights of the harvest, but the ornamental features of this exceptional tree. Firm, and very sweet, this freestone variety of apricot will gift you with its harvest early in the season, so you won’t have to wait long to sample its delights. Late June/early July will find you with a sumptuous harvest of fruit that not only tastes delicious, but is also healthy. Rich in antioxidants and other health benefits, Golden Sweet apricots are an easy way to bring healthy, wholesome food direct from your garden to your family’s table. Your Golden Sweet goes beyond producing superior fruit by also being ornamental. Pink-hued, white blossoms cover the tree in spring, a strong call to pollinators. The foliage has a romantic, heart-shaped appearance that’s glossy enough to shine in the summer sun’s rays. The golden skin of the fruit has a soft blush, a gorgeous accent against the vibrant, green leaves. Golden Sweet Apricot will grow up to 15 feet in height with an equal spread. It has an upright form, medium growth rate and enjoys full sun exposure. Golden Sweet is self-fertile, but will do best when other apricot trees are nearby. Apricots are so much fun to have in the yard. They’re not only pretty to look at, but provide a harvest of tiny fruits that make up for their size by having a robust flavor. Golden Sweet is an excellent example of an apricot tree that’s easy to enjoy…as I’m sure you will this summer. * Petite, sweet apricot * Spring flowers * Self-fertile * Drought tolerant (once established) * Antioxidants .
Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers, by Greg Star, focuses solely on 75 species of this gorgeous succulent. Who knew that there was so much to learn about agave? This guide covers all aspects of each of these agave varieties including full growing requirements, detailed descriptions, and propagation procedures. Full of colorful photos, this book is the best way to get to know the wonderful agave plant. ISBN-13: 978-1-60469-198-6Cover Type: Hardcover.
Outstanding Peach with Unique Features Scarlett Halo Peach is a variety of peach noted for its superb flavor and scarlet-colored flesh. Plant one where you’re sure to enjoy the daily view of your delicious fruit ripening on its branches. This variety is particularly great for lawns with limited space, or if you’d like to plant several together. Its columnar shape ensures that it can fit well even in a small yard. Often considered the most popular fruit in the nation, peach trees are always a delight to behold, and your Scarlett Halo Peach is no exception. The tree itself maintains an upright form with gorgeous pink-tinted, spring blossoms. The flowers bloom before the tree leafs out, ensuring an eye-popping display of floral brilliance. As the season progresses, you’re sure to enjoy witnessing those blooms transform to a bountiful harvest, resplendent in the scarlet-hued brilliance of your succulent fruit. Peach trees usually produce round fruit, but your Scarlett Halo is unique in that its fruit has a more compressed appearance, resulting in it being referred to as a “doughnut” peach. This special shape, coupled with the bright scarlet coloring of both the skin and flesh of your fruit, adds to the allure of this one-of-a-kind peach variety. Your peaches are ripe and ready to eat in early August, as sweet and juicy as any peach you’ve ever tasted. Enjoy them right off the tree, still warm from the sun’s rays, or use them in pies, preserves or any number of other culinary delights. The Scarlett Halo Peach is certainly a delightful tree for almost any landscape, and a must-have for any peach-loving gardener. * Delicious, uniquely-shaped fruit * Columnar-shaped tree.