Aromatic PlantThe Spicebush, Lindera benzoin, is a native deciduous shrub with a broad, rounded habit which typically grows 6-12′ high. It is used for shrub borders, shade or woodland gardens, moist areas along streams or ponds, native plant gardens or naturalized plantings. Clusters of tiny, aromatic, greenish-yellow flowers bloom along the branches in early spring before the foliage emerges. Thick, oblong, light green leaves (to 5″ long) turn an attractive yellow in autumn. Leaves are aromatic when crushed.Flowers of female plants give way to bright red drupes (to 1/2″ long) which mature in fall and are attractive to birds. Female plants need a male pollinator in order to set fruit, however. Drupes are very attractive, but are largely hidden by the foliage until the leaves drop.They are easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Fall color is best in sunny areas and the habit becomes more open and wide-spreading in full shadeThe caterpillar of the swallowtail butterfly feeds on the leaves of this shrub.* Fall Color* Red Fruit* Full Sun to Shade.
NEW Hypericum with 4 Seasons of ColorIf you’ve never grown Hypericum, or St. John’s Wort, then you owe it to yourself to get Cobalt-n-Gold Hypericum (Hypericum kalmianum ‘PIIHYP-I’) into your garden this year. This new Hypericum will give you a solid four seasons of truly interesting color and texture. In the spring Cobalt-n-Gold starts out with a flush of silver-green foliage that quickly grows into a 2-3 foot mound. Then, in late spring and early summer it is covered in ¾” sunshine-yellow pincushion flowers. Once the flowers are gone the fluffy foliage softens and cools borders, beds or containers the rest of the summer. In the fall the leaves transform into shades of red, orange and yellow and berries appear that are perfect for fall floral arrangements. In winter the leaves drop to reveal stunning exfoliating bark that brings texture and depth to the short days.Cobalt-n-Gold is a stunner all year. All it asks for is full sun and well-drained soil to be happy.Besides being beautiful, St, John’s Wort is also a beneficial herb. It has long been used as the main ingredient in teas, tinctures and tonics to relieve everything from anxiety to inflammation. (Check with a doctor or certified herbalist before taking.)This is a great shrub that makes a great hedge or showpiece. You can’t go wrong with Cobalt-n-Gold Hypericum in your garden. Order your today!* Mounding shrub* Finely cut silver-green foliage* Yellow flowers & fall color* Great in the garden or containers.
This diamond isn’t ‘in-the-rough’ at all! Purple Diamond Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinese ‘Shang-hi’ ) brings big loropetalum color in a perfectly-sized shrub that won’t swallow your house like other fringe flowers might!Only growing 4’-5’ tall and wide, this burgundy-leaved evergreen is a perfect foundation plant, hedge or back-of-the-border beauty. It never fades and even kicks it up a notch when the hot pink fringe flowers bloom in the spring. Purple Diamond is one of those plants that is beautiful on its own but really makes neighboring plants pop. Try it with chartreuse-leaved plants like nandina in the sunny border or with white-leaved plants like coral bells in dappled shade. It makes a striking hedge plant along a fence when you plant several together. Try it in your favorite large container flanking a doorway or the garden entrance. It is especially intriguing when the small but mighty flowers bloom in the spring. They will rebloom on and off throughout the summer, too. You’ll want it where you and your garden guests can examine the unique flowers up close.Purple Diamond Fringe Flower is sure to be a gem in your garden. Plant it where you can enjoy it. Once you plant this pretty shrub in your garden, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. Order yours soon! * Easy care* Shorter than other fringe flower shrubs* Reliable * Reblooming hot pink fringe flowers* Rich purple-colored foliage* Great shrub* Good in pots.
Unusual Flowers and Wildlife Appeal The Magical Moonlight Buttonbush is an ornamental shrub with unusual flowers and wildlife appeal. Plant a few along a pond or low area where moist soil might be a problem for other plantings. Your Magical Moonlight blooms in June with bright balls of color. Multitudes of tubular white flowers cluster together to form round spheres, their pristine color accented with protruding yellow-tipped stamens. The blossoms are certainly unique and lend your shrub an other-worldly appearance. As an added benefit, your flower’s intense fragrance will be a draw for hummingbirds and other pollinators who come in for a hearty snack. Magical Moonlight is an ornamental shrub that will stand out no matter where you plant it. It’s a compact form of Buttonbush that is adaptable but thrives in wet environments. It would be particularly happy next to a pond or low area on your property. The vibrant green lance-shaped leaves fill out your Magical Moonlight nicely, providing a lively backdrop for the compelling flowers. It has a rounded habit, providing an attractive shrub even without pruning. Later in the season your Magical Moonlight will provide you with the added benefit of golf ball-sized fruits that are full of seeds your birds will love. A unique shrub that provides unique ornamental appeal and a boon to wildlife, the Magical Moonlight is an excellent choice for your yard today. *Unique Flowers *Wildlife Interest.
Graceful Thicket for Your BordersIs there a place in your yard that you want a nice edge, but not a formal one? You don’t need an English boxwood hedge or a clipped holly border, but something that defines the space with a wild but still elegant look? Maybe along a fence or the edge of your property line? The Lace Shrub (Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’) is what you’re looking for.This lovely shrub only grows 2’ tall and features maple-like, deeply cut, bright green leaves, up to 3″ long, that turn yellow and orange in autumn. The red-purple to red-orange fall color is very attractive, too. The leaves are borne on arching branches which tend to weep downward which gives the plant great form in the winter when the leaves are gone.Lace Shrub forms a beautiful thicket when you plant it in multiples. The arching branches will root at the tips where they touch the ground when soils are moist and organic, so it spreads rapidly. (This habit also makes it easy to root and share with friends!)This plant is great for erosion control on steep banks and slopes. Lace Shrub will flower beautifully in late spring, though the flowers aren’t stand-outs.The Lace Shrub provides four season interest. The bright green maple-like leaves in the spring and summer, the very nice fall color and the arching branch habit in the winter. Bring this wild beauty to your landscape today!* Fall color * Arching Branches * Thicket-forming.
The Aucuba Gold Dust, ‘Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’, is a compact growing evergreen shrub 6 to 10 feet high and has slightly less in spread w ith large glossy dark-green leaves heavily sprinkled with yellow spots. This plant will brighten any shady location. The glossy foliage appears to splashed with yellow paint. Aucuba Gold Dust responds well to pruning. It can be kept severely pruned to a compact three foot by three foot shrub. Prune in the spring before new growth begins. It is ideal as a dense screen and in difficult spots in foundation plantings. It is excellent for urban sites and stands up well to inner-city pollution. Aucubas prefer shade and will thrive in the shadiest of spots, even under trees where no grass grows. Aucuba Gold Dust will flower in early spring and produce red berries in October.*Beautiful Speckled Variegation*Shade Loving .
Bronze MatThe Massachusetts Bearberry, evergreen shrub, Arctostaphylos u. ‘Massachusetts’, is a low growing, mat forming groundcover. It grows 6-12 inches tall, 2-4 feet wide, has small glossy leaves, and can cover a 15′ diameter area, but is not invasive.This green foliage turns a bronzy red in fall and winter. The bell shaped, dainty flowers appear in the spring.The fruit, that is bright red and highly decorative, appears in late summer, persisting into fall. This low ‘Massachusetts’ shrub thrives in a variety of soils, but does best in poor, infertile sandy acidic soil, and is salt tolerant.Do not fertilize, and pruning is not necessary. It is a beautiful, low maintenance groundcover, once established.Zones 3-7When looking for an evergreen ground cover, be sure to look at this plant!*Pale Pink Flowers in Spring*1′ Low Growing Evergreen *Bronze Red Foliage in Autumn.
Lingonberry – Koralle, Vaccinium vitis-idaea ‘Koralle’, offers an exciting addition of color and fruit for northern gardens. It has been well known in Scandinavia, but healthy berry is becoming popular in our country. This Lingonberry produces two crops of fine quality bright-red berries a year. This low, dense, evergreen shrub creeps to form a dense thicket; also produces white blooms twice: once in spring and again in summer! With adequate frost protection, both blooms will give way to fine crops of sparkling red, pea sized fruit very high in vitamin C and other fruity acids. Many different dishes and condiments can be made from this delicious fruit. The berries have a slightly tart taste when eaten fresh, but really excel in sauces, jams, jellies, and wines. Plant in full sun or filtered shade for areas with warmer summers. Can be used as a specimen, planted under trees or hedges, or planted together to form a solid groundcover..
An Herb For a HedgeGermander is a double-whammy of a plant. This evergreen is both an edible herb and a decorative shrub! It looks great and smells great lining a walkway or planting bed.The Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys) is a dwarf, shrubby plant that has leaves similar to boxwood. The growing habit is like boxwood, too, and you will often see this shrub used as a low growing hedge. It is the star of many European knot gardens because of this.Germander has great qualities that make it stand out from other hedge plants, too. If you aren’t keeping it tightly pruned, germander will grace you with beautiful rosy-purple flower spikes that bloom all summer into fall.The leaves give off a nice herbaceous scent when crushed. In the fall, the leaves get a sweet reddish cast to them – which is a nice touch considering that this is a broad-leafed evergreen, so even though they change colors, it doesn’t lose its leaves over the winter. Use Germander the same way you would boxwood – to edge a path or a flowerbed. It looks great in a mixed perennial bed, too. Another stand-out characteristic of germander is that is has creeping roots. This makes it excel at bank stabilization and erosion control.Plant Germander where you can enjoy it for its beauty and its scent. Add a few of these to your garden landscape today!* Easily pruned * Evergreen * Showy summer flowers and fall color * Great herb scent.
The Inkberry ‘Nordic Compact’, Ilex glabra ‘Chamzin’, is an outstanding, carefree, and compact shrub that matures at 3 to 4 feet high and wide.The evergreen leaves are a deep lustrous green and glisten in sunlight. It is excellent for foundation, hedges, masses, and as an accent plant. It is best to follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.’Nordic Compact’ is well suited to low hedges, but single specimens can also be sheared for topiary-like precision form. Because of wind resistance, it makes an excellent choice that helps with snow drift.This Inkberry prefers moist, well-drained, slightly-acidic soils, rich in organic matter. It is tolerant of continually wet soils and can be easily pruned to maintain size and shape.The Nordic is a male plant so it does not produce fruit. This plant is tolerant of poorly drained soils..
The Fothergilla ‘Blue Shadow, Fothergilla major ‘Blue Shadow’, displays bottlebrush-like ivory white flowers that are 1 to 2″ long, honey scented, and appear in feather like filaments at the ends of the branches in April-May. The summer foliage is an icy bluish-green. An outstanding fall show of rich yellow, red and orange lasts several weeks, usually coming on in late October to November. Blue Shadow is a medium-size deciduous shrub 5 to 6′ high and wide and easily adapts to sun or partial shade. It is tolerant to a wide range of soil and environmental conditions, needs little pruning and has no major disease or insect problems. This exciting new introduction originated as a branch sport from Fothergilla major ‘Mt. Airy’ and is blessed with the same vigorous constitution and well-structured habit..
Flowering Almond – Dwarf, Prunus glandulosa, is a lovely and delightful shrub that is small and multi-stemmed with thin stems that create an irregular, rounded form; sometimes called Chinese Bush Berry or Chinese Plum. For a neat and tidy looking plant, keep it pruned. Single or double, cherry-like ½” pink to white flowers appear along the stems in mid spring on this Prunus glandulosa. These charming flowers are followed by 3/8” dark red fruits on light green foliage. This plant prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soils; will not tolerate waterlogged soil, excessive heat, or dryness. Use in shrub borders or woodland margins. This shrub is for ornamental use only..
Bamboo – Green Panda, Fargesia rufa ‘Green Panda’, is a vigorous, cold hardy plant, forming new shoots in spring and quickly developing into a large clump.Green Panda™ thrives in full sun but tolerates quite a bit of shade. It is ideal for the smaller garden since its mature height reaches 6 to 8 feet and as wide.Green Panda™ is a non-invasive clumping bamboo, does not need to be contained, and makes a great accent plant. Native to western China, it is the favorite food of the Giant Panda.It prefers organic soils with good drainage; thrives in sun and also tolerates shade; plant in an area with shade during the hottest part of the day and protection from winter winds.Use in a variety of ways and at any place in the garden, as solitary specimen, as hedges or as a screen.This plant fits into a smaller garden, order yours today!* Zones 5 – 9* Cold Hardy!* Not Invasive!.
Florist Quality BerriesYou have seen Hypericum berries before. They are those lovely red, deep pink or bright orange berries that come in flower arrangements you buy at the store. They last for weeks in the vase and add that extra little ‘something special’ to the display. Well, now you can grow your own at home for your own flower arrangements to make them look as pretty as the professionals. Pumpkin Hypericum (Hypericum inodorum ‘Kolmapuki’) is a relatively new introduction from First Edition Plants, and it is a standout!As opposed to traditional red, pink or deep orange, Pumpkin has glowing orange/pink berries. The color looks great with almost any other flower color in your vases or garden.Pumpkin is covered with pretty yellow flowers in the spring and beautiful rich green foliage all summer. The great berries show up in fall, just in time for holiday decorating. Part of the St. John’s Wort family, different parts of the plant can be used for medicinal purposes, too. (Consult a good Herbology book before you attempt to use this plant medicinally.)These plants fit easily into your perennial borders or containers and is a must-have in your cutting garden.These are wonderful shrubs that will sell out quickly, so order yours from us today!* Spring flowers* Autumn berries* Great for cutting.
An American Native with Spring AND Fall Color Oftentimes shrubs that give you great flowers in the spring don’t give you a great show in the fall, and shrubs that have great fall color are not showy in the spring and summer. ‘Merlot’ Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica ‘Merlot’, is happy to do both! In the spring and early summer ‘Merlot’ Virginia Sweetspire blooms with long, arching wands of white flowers. Not only are the flowers pretty, but they smell good too! They give off a sweet, woodsy scent. Once the flowers leave in the heat of summer, the deep green leaves stay bushy on the plant, making it a great foundation planting. Then, in the fall, the leaves turn from green to wine colored (‘merlot’ – get it?) and provide a great compliment to other fall colors. You can also feel good that you are planting the Ithea virginica ‘Merlot’ because it’s a native species. Because it’s native it adapts well to many soil types, including heavy clay. It will grow and thrive in full sun to almost full shade, but remember that the more sun it gets, the deeper the fall color will be.’Merlot’ Virginia Sweetspire looks great in masses, so it make an excellent foundation planting or shrub border. They are native understory plants in the woods, so mass some around your trees for a woodland effect. It spreads by suckering which makes it a boss at erosion control, too. Virginia Sweetspire ‘Merlot’ will make an impact in spring, summer and fall and add an ever-changing palette to your home!* 3 seasons of interest * Shade or sun * Hardy and adaptable native.