A magical scented shrub border! Delavay Osmanthus (Osmanthus delavayi) is a magical plant. OK, maybe not really magical, but it comes pretty close. So close in fact, that centuries ago when it was first brought into cultivation in China, it was believed that the crater pattern you can see on the moon depicted an osmathus plant and each year it would shed its shiny seeds and they would fall to earth as shooting stars.So, perhaps this isn’t as magical as that, but any plant that has been tended and revered for centuries has got to have a little magic in it, right?Delavay Osmanthus is a great evergreen for your garden in zones 7-9. It grows densely to 6’ tall and 10’ wide and makes a smashing background for your mixed border or foundation planting. It has as outstanding jasmine-like scent that needs to be near windows and walkways for enjoyment. It grows dense enough that it can even be sheered for topiaries and formal clipped hedges. The branches are also highly prized in upscale florists displays for their beauty and fragrance.In China they are traditionally planted in temple courtyards where the sweet aroma is considered an offering to the gods and the flowers can be used in teas and potpourris.All of this rich beauty, rich scent and rich history can be yours…even if you’re not rich! Order some from us today and enjoy it all year.* Easy care * Dense foliage all year* Strongly scented flowers* Great cut flower* Hedges and topiaries.
African Lily – Storm Cloud, Agapanthus x ‘Snowball’, has a strong vigorous habit and produces balls of delicate white flowers that arise on long stout stems, providing a profusion of blooms all summer long; flower spikes to about 12 inches tall amidst the bright green strap-like leaves. With its stunning pure white blooms, Snowball is ideal for borders around tubs, containers and trees, or to edge pathways or driveways. Preferring full sun to a semi-shaded location, this agapanthus is an easy to grow, hardy plant that thrives in most conditions and requires minimum maintenance; poor drainage may rot the root system..
Not susceptible to boxwood blight! Boxwood has been the standard for garden hedges for centuries. It began in Europe and handily made its way across the Atlantic to America. You probably can’t throw a stick in your neighborhood without it hitting a boxwood shrub. Just because they are ubiquitous, doesn’t mean that they are bad, though. On the contrary, boxwood is a great plant that is easy to grow, prunes up well and behaves nicely in the home landscape. Unfortunately boxwood has been plagued by blight over the past few years and that makes it susceptible to spider mites and other unsavory pests that mean to do it harm. If you are planting a new garden or redoing an existing landscape, you might want to check into some of the newest of the bunch of shrubs that is being bred to replace boxwood. Pyracomeles Juke Box is one of the best. This is a remarkable new evergreen that you could easily mistake for a boxwood or a small holly. But even though it look remarkably like them, it has been bred to withstand the threat of blight and spider mites. It is naturally small and grows in a globe shape, but it can be sheared like boxwood into any shape you desire. It has dense branching so it always looks full. It is thornless and flowerless. All of its energy is spent on making thick, lush leaves for you. You will love this boxwood alternative in your landscape as it takes a lot of the disappointing work out gardening. Don’t wait. Order yours today! * Replaces boxwood * Full sun to part shade * Compact shrub fits any garden * Easy care * Bred to resist boxwood blight and spider mites.
A sunny flower for the front of the border! “What in the world are you doing?” she asked as she watched him trying to close the suitcase down over the huge sunflowers he had picked that morning.“I want to take these home with us. I think that they’re more yellow here than back home. Besides, you loved them so much and I liked the way you smiled when we walked by them every morning.”“You’re sweet,” she grinned at him, “but I have us covered.”Tuscan Gold Heliopsis (False Sunflower) is going to make your perennial beds and borders explode with color this year! This breeding breakthrough takes all of the saturated color in the 9 foot tall sunflowers you see in pictures of the Italian countryside and gives it to you in in a plant that only grow 2-3 feet tall. Perfect for borders, beds and even as the “thriller” in your mixed containers.The flowers are more daisy-like than sunflowers, but the rich golden color is unmistakable.You can cut them and cut them and there seems to be a never-ending supply of them for your vases. You don’t have to deadhead them, though, if you’re not inclined to.They are outstanding garden performers and will give you a huge shot of color wherever you put them!* Tons of golden yellow flowers* Great for cutting* Long blooming* Borders, beds and containers* Drought Tolerant* Fits smaller spaces.
Very rare and beautiful! Now is the time to take your garden to the next level. No more “common” plantings. Nothing that will make people smile politely as they’re stifling a yawn. Now is the time for you to be the first in your neighborhood – maybe the first in your city and quite possibly the first in your state – to plant Heptacodium Temple of Bloom.Heptacodium is native to China and is very rare. So rare that it might not even exist in the wild anymore. It has only recently become available in the nursery market and even then, only in small quantities. We are super excited to offer it to you, but please don’t hesitate to order yours early. They WILL sell out and we only have a limited supply.Heptacodium is a small tree (6’-10’ tall) that looks reminiscent of a crape myrtle when it’s in full bloom in spring and summer. The white flowers come in whorls on big puffy panicles. Each whorls contains 7 flowers, which is why in China this is known as “Seven Son Flower”. Unlike crape myrtles, though, after the white flowers are done blooming they are replaced with cherry-red bracts over the seed pods that look even more spectacular than the flowers! These pods last well into winter when the leaves fall. Then the peeling birch-like bark takes center stage. This is a true four season stunner! Birds, butterflies and bees appreciate the fall nectar and you will appreciate the flurry of activity. Do your part in helping preserve this rare beauty for the world. Order yours from us today and let us know how it does for you.* Very rare* White flowers* Long blooming* Cherry-red bracts in fall* Completely unique in the US.
Welcome to the land of sweet scents! Scentlandia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘SMNIVDFC’) is a new and improved version of a great landscape plant that every garden should have. There are several reasons why: *Scentlandia is fabulously fragrant. Sweetspire will perfume your garden for many weeks in the summer. *It is a hardy native, so it doesn’t have the same disease issues and weaknesses that other decorative flowering shrubs have. *It thrives in either sun or shade. *It has a fabulous fragrance. *Deer will leave it alone. *The foliage is beautiful, even when the shrub isn’t in flower. *It has amazing fall color. *More cold hardy than previous versions, so even gardeners in the coldest parts of its hardiness zone can enjoy it. *Did we mention the fabulous fragrance? The flowers are a creamy white and are lovely gooseneck spires that come out of the shrub like spiraling fireworks. The leaves turn fantastic shades of ruby red and smoky maroon in the fall, giving the plant a bi-colored look. Outstanding fall color! It grows up to 3’ tall, so it is perfect for borders and beds. Make sure that you plant it where you can enjoy the flowers in summer, the leaves in the fall and the SCENT! Buy yours today! * Fragrant white flowers * Sun or shade * Hardy native * Outstanding fall color.
A beautiful frothy confection for sun or shade! Purple Chablis Lamium (Lamium maculatum – common name Dead Nettle) is a stellar groundcover of silver and green leaves made all the better by the abundance of wine-purple turtle-head flowers that float above the foliage sporadically during the spring and summer. This sweet plant only grows a foot high but spreads two feet or more. It stays green in even the hottest weather and makes sunny areas cooler and shady areas brighter. Several will cover a large area quickly. If you put it in a container it spills over the edge and will soften the corners of any hardscape if you let it. Deer won’t bother it, so if you’re tired of having the neighborhood salad bar, then this might be your answer. For a really unforgettable look, plant Hosta Waterslide in the middle of a group of Purple Chablis. The two will play off of each other in color and form and we guarantee it will be traffic stopping! Order plenty today (and a hosta or two!) because we know that you will want more of this easy and beautiful plant. * Lovely bicolored leaves * Loads of purple flowers * Sun or shade * Hardy * Easy.
A stunning version of an award winner Loropetalum Jazz Hands is an award winning series of Chinese Fringe Flower that has been a best seller from the get go. It includes some plants that are mini, some that have dark leaves, some that have bright flowers, and others with various combinations of those things. But Loropetalum Jazz Hands ‘Night Moves’ (Loropetalum chinense ‘Suzuki’) is so distinctly different from all of them it should be in a class by itself! Night Moves has the same fringe flower form and flowers that you know and love. What makes this one-of-a-kind, though, is that the flowers are a pristine white and they practically glow against the dark maroon spring leaves of Night Moves. That look alone would be enough to sell this plant. But… The leaves have a trick up their (s)leaves. (Get it?) As the season wears on they get the most unusual variegations happening – mottled green on pink on maroon with cream thrown in the mix just for fun. You have to see it to believe it. This plant alone will bring new life and excitement to a tired garden. Sun or shade, bed or border, patio or porch, Loropetalum Jazz Hands ‘Night Moves’ will thrill you and you friends. Order yours today! * Amazing bicolored (Tricolored? Quadcolored?) leaves * Loads of white flowers * Sun or shade * Hardy * Easy.
Creamy color for the shade! Chantilly Lace Aruncus (common name: Goats Beard) is a shady garden dream plant. It is a challenge to find a plant that will give you a lot of spectacular flowers in the shade. You often have to choose between foliage and flowers. Not with Chantilly Lace! This lovely plant has nice mounding leaves spring, summer and fall, but in midsummer it is smothered in sprays of cream-colored flowers that look like antique lace. And when we say ‘smothered’ we mean that it is so floriferous that sometime all of the foliage is completely covered!Goats Beard look a lot like that shade garden stalwart, Astilbe, but it is much more drought tolerant so you can use it more freely. You’ll want to be patient with Chantilly Lace. It can be a slow-grower the first season or two. Once it is established, though, it will put on a fabulous show every year. Make sure that you plant it where you want it and give it plenty of room to grow. (It will get about 30” high and 40” wide.) It doesn’t like to be moved once it’s rooted in.Aruncus is a North American native, so you know that it is hardy and well-suited to our environs. It looks great planted with big leaved hostas and fancy-colored coral bells, and will absolutely make that shady corner ignite with texture and movement. (Bees and butterflies love it!)Chantilly Lace is a pretty face for your landscape, so don’t let it get away!* Shade tolerant* Loads of flowers* Easy care* Deer resistant* Container friendly* Attracts pollinators.
A great new look for Scotch Broom! You’ve probably seen Scotch Broom growing in someone’s garden or wild along the roadside. It heralds spring with sweet-pea shaped bright sunny yellow flowers in eye-popping profusion.Now comes along Sister Redhead Scotch Broom. She doesn’t herald spring with bright yellow flowers, but with bold orange-red flowers with a lick of yellow at their tips. She can’t be missed!Scotch Broom is semi-evergreen (it is evergreen in warm climates, deciduous in cold ones) and can grow from 4 to 8 feet tall. It is called ‘broom’ because of its slender broom-like foliage that adds an airy quality to landscapes. The seed pods mature to a dark brown/black at the end of the season. They are one of the most unique seed pods you’ll find in your garden. They explode open when ripe and dramatically shoot their seeds several feet away from the plant.They are famously deer resistant, so if you struggle with your garden being eaten by Bambi, this is the plant for you.Scotch Broom is also highly adaptable to many garden soils, so it will work in some of your hard-to-grow areas.Sister Redhead is one sister that puts on quite a show in spring. Make sure the show is in your garden this year!* Compact* Beautiful red-orange flowers* Unique seed pods add late season interest* Deer resistant* Drought Tolerant* Nice foliage.
This Scotch Broom will dance its way into your heart! Scotch Broom is a great garden plant if you’ve got the space for it. Some of us don’t though. For us, Sister Disco is making the scene!Sister Disco Scotch Broom welcomes spring with a profusion of bi-colored yellow and red sweet-pea-like flowers. They are so bright they can be seen from across the garden! You can’t miss her.Scotch Broom is semi-evergreen (that means it is evergreen in warm climates but loses its leaves in cold ones) and can typically grow up to 8 feet tall. Sister Disco has a semi-dwarf habit, though, so it only grows up to 3 feet tall. This makes it perfect for borders and a fantastic companion to tulips and daffodils since they are both blooming at the same time. The ‘broom’ part of the name is because of the broom-like foliage that adds a light texture to the border. They are highly deer resistant, so if Bambi treats your garden like a smorgasbord, then this is the plant for you.Scotch Broom adapts to many garden soils, so it is sure to work in some of your hard-to-grow areas.Sister Disco will dance into your heart this spring, so make sure to order a few right now! * Compact* Beautiful red and yellow bi-color flowers* Unique seed pods add late season interest* Deer resistant* Drought Tolerant* Nice foliage.
The blushing Scotch Broom! Lovers of Scotch Broom know how eye-catching the spring flowers are. That sunny yellow or bright red can be spotted from across the garden. But sometimes that color can be a little harsh. If that is the case for you, then you will be thrilled to see the new Sister Rosie Scotch Broom. Sister Rosie has dusty rose sweet-pea-like flowers accented with red and gold that adds a romantic touch to borders and containers. Sister Rosie Scotch Broom welcomes spring with a profusion of flowers. It’s not all about the flowers, though. The stems and leaves have the ubiquitous ‘broom-like’ look and feel that gives the plant its name. This semi-evergreen has a semi-dwarf habit so it only grows up to 3 feet tall which makes it perfect for borders and a great companion to tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs.They are super deer resistant, so if you’re tired of feeding your local deer herd then this plant is perfect for you!Sister Rosie is a reliable bloomer with a blast of elegant color for your beds, borders and containers. Let her grace your garden this year and enjoy the bevy of blooms. * Compact* Beautiful dusty rose flowers* Unique seed pods add late season interest* Deer resistant* Drought Tolerant* Nice foliage.