Shade-Loving Evergreen with Winter Flowers Soft Caress Mahonia is a fall-flowering, evergreen shrub. Plant one for a lovely accent in your Asian garden or in a shady spot for some subtle color and definition. It’s small enough for a container on your front porch, yet large enough for a decorative border. There are plenty of evergreens to keep your landscape looking warm and vibrant through the long winter months, but most of those require full sun. Your Soft Caress Mahonia, Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’, provides winter interest, but does so in those shady spots of your yard that can be difficult to find plants for. Unlike other Mahonia varieties (with their sharp-edged foliage), your Soft Caress Mahonia seems to invite you to “caress” its soft, feathery foliage of fine-textured leaves. The long, deep-green leaves are almost fern-like and reminiscent of bamboo. The graceful foliage is reason enough to value this beautiful shrub, but it offers even more decorative interest for the autumn and winter months. In late fall/early winter, long racemes of delicate flowers will emerge from your Soft Caress Mahonia, like candles of lemon yellow, shining their brilliance for 2-3 weeks of bloom. As the flowers fade, diminutive berries will appear, their deep blue/black hue lending further decoration through the winter months. Soft Caress Mahonia will grow up to 3 feet in height with a 3.5 foot spread. It is a dwarf variety with a compact habit. Soft Caress is a tough little shrub overall, and is even pest and disease resistant. Gardeners revere Mahonia plants for their remarkable features, but bemoan their harsh foliage. An award-winning variety, Soft Caress Mahonia allows you to enjoy the good features without the bad. Imagine one of these gracing your yard this year! * Soft, evergreen foliage* Year round interest* Fall/winter flowers* Deer resistant* Pest & disease resistant.
Low-growing, Juniper Groundcover Compact Andorra Juniper, Juniperus ‘Andorra Compacta’, is an evergreen Juniper often used as a groundcover. Use a few of these to blanket a barren slope, fill in around trees or place one as a low-growing accent in your perennial bed. Your Compact Andorra Juniper is, just as the name implies, a “compact” version of the popular Andorra Juniper. It is a lovely, low-growing Juniper with a lot to offer. Its fine-textured, evergreen foliage has a delicate, blue-tinted green hue, lending a decorative touch to your landscape. The foliage transitions throughout the seasons from the bright green of new spring growth to a deeper blue/green summer foliage, and a bronze tint for autumn. As autumn progresses, Addorra’s foliage takes on a slight purple hue that persists into the winter months. Your Compact Andorra Juniper will grow 18 to 24-inches in height with a 5 foot spread. It has a low-growing, branching form with a spreading habit and is adaptive to a variety of conditions. Urban conditions don’t bother it, and even deer tend to pass it by. It’s always easy to find a place for Compact Andorra Juniper. This compact, evergreen groundcover will not only fill in those annoying bare spots in your yard, but do so in a colorful and hardy manner. Andorra is even long-lived. Under optimal conditions you can expect to enjoy your Compact Andorra Juniper for up to 30 years…so it’s even a great gardening investment. * Evergreen * Adaptable to a variety of conditions * Fall color * Urban tolerant * Deer resistant * Long lived * Salt tolerant.
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.