An Updated Classic Don’t you love it when something that’s already good gets even better? Pearl Bush has been a garden favorite for generations, but now Snow Day Surprise (Exochorda Snow Day) sets the bar even higher. A spring flower power house, Snow Day Surprise puts on quite a show from April to early summer. The snow-white flowers are large and come on in such profusion you’d think a blizzard had hit your shrub overnight! This spectacular shrub is easy to grow. Full sun, water well and enjoy the compliments. It grows into a compact but broad shrub that fills in blank spaces nicely. It flowers on the previous season’s growth, so prune to shape soon after it flowers and before it sets buds for next year. Use Snow Day Surprise to cover a bank, fill up a border or spill out of a container. It also looks beautiful near the edge of a pond. Wherever it goes it will be a crowd pleaser. We know that you will love Snow Day Surprise. It is a classic in the American garden and we hope that you add some to yours today! • Easy to grow • Large white flowers • Bank stabilizer.
Compact Summer Blooming Perennial The Miss Manners Obedient Plant, Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners’, or False Dragonhead, has bright white spiked flowers that are 18” tall and a plant spread of 18-24”. ‘Miss Manners’ blooms from June to September and the waxy, dark green foliage make this plant a little different from other white blooming perennials. It is a noteworthy perennial that is respectful of space in the small garden because of its compact, non-suckering habit. ‘Miss Manners’ is well mannered and is not as aggressive as most other Physostegia! This plant needs a full sun area but will tolerate some afternoon shade, in well-drained soil. Use ‘Miss Manners’ in borders, mixed plantings, massed plantings (especially to separate other colors), in large containers or as cut flowers. Try planting it with darker colors such Hemerocallis ‘Little Business’, Platycodon ‘Balloon Flower’ or Veronica ‘Royal Candles’. You will find ‘Miss Manners’ a delight in the garden as it provides a summer-long display of pure white tubular flowers and clean, deep green narrow foliage! * Non-suckering habit* White blooms* Waxy foliage.
Perfect Purple Spikes on a Compact Plant This award-winning little plant will make a huge splash in your landscape. The Perovskia ‘Little Spire’ (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is an exciting newer variety to the time-tested sage family. It doesn’t get very big, growing only 2’ to 3’ high – the perfect size to fill in spots in your sunny border or foundation planting. It looks great next to a wall or fence combined with pink or yellow flowers. Try Pink Double Delight coneflowers or yellow Herbstonne Black-Eyed Susans for an instant eye-catching combo of color and texture. This plant thrives in the heat. Too much water or not enough drainage will cause it to lazily flop before the season is done. With good drainage, though, this water-wise plant is a flower machine from late spring to the first frost. The lavender purple spikes are butterfly magnets, but the deer won’t touch it. Since it is a member of the sage family, the leaves are very aromatic when you brush against them, with a kitchen-spice scent. Try planting this along a pathway to really enjoy this aspect. Little Spire looks great in pots as well, and makes a nice alternative if you have trouble growing lavender where you live. This charming compact Russian Sage from Nature Hills, with its wonderful purple flowers, will be a big hit in your garden. Order some now! * Aromatic * Drought tolerant * Winter interest* Great border plant.
Vibrant, Blue Flowers with Spring, Summer and Fall Interest If you’ve ever been lucky enough to drive through the prairies in the American Mid-West at peak wildflower bloom, then you need no introduction to this beautiful native flower. Blue False Indigo, Baptisia australi, is such a standout that people have brought it far and wide from its native fields and you can find it happily growing in town squares and neighborhood front yards all over the country. Blue False Indigo is a bushy perennial with vibrant blue-green foliage that will quickly grow to fill bare spots in your perennial border each year, but its blue spikes of flowers are what makes False Blue Indigo such a striking star amid other spring plantings. Once the flowers have faded, intriguing seed pods take their place. Blue False Indigo seeds roll freely in the pods and generations of kids have pulled them off and used them as toys since they sound like a rattle when they’re shaken. Blue False Indigo is a truly hardy native that will come back strong for you each year, getting bigger and more beautiful as time passes. It is long-lived, providing years of enjoyment for your landscape with its impressive spikes of vivid, blue flowers and attractive seeds. Order some of these native beauties today! * Blue flowers and decorative seeds * Lovely foliage * Long-lived * Great cut flower * Low maintenance * Drought tolerant once established.