Proven Winner Plants

 

OUR PROVEN WINNER® COLLECTION

Please note:  Inventory changes daily thus we cannot promise that a particular plant will be in stock when you arrive to shop. Because of the labor involved and fairness to other shoppers, we cannot pull inventory or hold plants for pick up.  

 

THE Bloomerang® SERIES (REBLOOMING LILAC)

Bloomerang® Purple

Bloomerang® Dark Purple

Bloomerang® 'Pink Perfume'

 

Zone 3 - 7

Height 4 - 5'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses A classic addition to foundation plantings and mixed borders.

Features Reblooming lilac blooms from spring and again from mid-summer to frost. Small habit fits into any garden. Good for cutting. Fragrant. Deer resistant.

Soil Moist, well-drained soils.

Pruning Trim after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Rebloomer

Flower Color Blue-Lavender

Foliage Color Green

Awards 2014 Green Thumb Award, Direct Gardening Association

 

Lo & Behold® SERIES (BUDDLEIA)

Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip' (24"-30" TALL)

Lo & Behold® 'Ice Chip' (18"-24" TALL)

Lo & Behold® 'Pink Micro Chip' (18"-24" TALL)

Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr.' (20"-28" TALL)

 

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses It's great for perennial gardens and container gardens. 'Blue Chip' also makes a fantastic mass planting.

Features Dwarf. Non-invasive. Reblooms without deadheading. Fragrant flowers. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Soil Best in well-drained soils.

Pruning Generally not needed, but may be trimmed in spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Exposure Full sun

Awards Best new plant, Salon due Vegetal; Best New Plant, MidAm '09; 2010 Showstopper Plant, NC Coop Extension Service; Top Buddleia, RHS; Gold Medal, Plantarium '09; Bronze Medal, Green for Life, Poland

 

Sonic Bloom™ (REBLOOMING WEIGELA)

Pearl

Sonic Bloom™ Pink

Sonic Bloom™ Red

 

Height 4 - 5'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Shrub borders; mixed borders; foundation plantings

Reblooms until frost without deadheading. Attracts hummingbirds.

Soil Adaptable to most well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring to fall

Zone 5 - 8

 

Bloom-A-Thon® REBLOOMING AZALEAS

Bloom-A-Thon® White (30"-36")

Bloom-A-Thon® Red (3'-3')

Bloom-A-Thon® Lavender (42"-54")

Bloom-A-Thon® Double Pink (42"-54")

 

Height 3 - 3'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Partial sun

Hardy Temp -5°F (-20°C)

Uses Grouped or in mass plantings, mixed borders, containers, specimen plant.

Flowers in spring and again in summer and fall. Evergreen. Disease resistant.

Soil Prefers fertile, well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Evergreen

Bloomtime Reblooming

Zone 6 - 9

 

Clematis 'Diamond Ball'

 

Height 5 - 6'

Spacing 2 - 3'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Features Prolific bloomer; easy-to-grow

Soil Prefers moist, deep, well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune minimally in spring, no more than 3' from the base.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White-blue

Zone 4 - 8

 

Clematis Pink Mink®

 

Height 9 - 10'

Spacing 6 - 6.5'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses specimen plant, borders, trellis

Features Pink flowers; rebloomer; easy-to-grow

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 4 - 8

 

Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love'

 

Height 10 - 15'

Spacing 6 - 10'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Specimen plant; trellis; mixed borders

Features Cranberry-purple flowers. Fragrant. Vine. Long bloom time

Bloomtime Summer to fall

Flower Color Purple

Zone 4 - 9

 

Abelia Sunny Anniversary™

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -10°F (-23°C)

Uses Mixed borders, foundation plantings.

Features Yellow flowers. Reblooms. Deer-resistant.

Soil Prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Yellow

Zone 6 - 9

Berberis Sunjoy® Gold Beret

 

Height 0.5 - 1'

Spacing 1.5 - 2'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Features Dwarf, low mounding golden barberry with red fall color. .

Soil Prefers well drained soils.

Pruning Little needed. May be shaped in summer.

Type Deciduous

Foliage Color Yellow

Zone 4 - 8

Berberis Sunjoy® Tangelo

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Full sun

Prefers well-drained soils.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime N/a

Flower Color Yellow

Foliage Color Orange

Zone 4 - 8

 

Buddleia 'Miss Molly'

 

Height 4 - 5'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Full sun

Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Compact. Fragrant and deer resistant.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Magenta

Zone 5 - 9

Buddleia 'Miss Ruby'

 

Height 4 - 5'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Full sun

 Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Fragrant. Deer resistant.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Magenta

Zone 5 - 9

Buxus Sprinter®

 

Height 2 - 4'

Spacing 2 - 4.2'

Exposure Plant in sun or shade

Features Evergreen. Deer-resistant. Fast-growing.

Soil Moist, well-drained soils.

Pruning Seldom needed, but may be shaped in summer if necessary.

Type Evergreen

Zone 5 - 8

Buxus Wedding Ring®

 

Height 1 - 3'

Spacing 1 - 4'

Exposure Plant in sun or shade

Features Variegated evergreen foliage. Deer resistant. Very hardy.

Soil Prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Type Evergreen

Bloomtime N/a

Flower Color

Foliage Color Variegated

Zone 5 - 8

 

Cephalanthus occidentalis Sugar Shack®

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Features Native. White flowers. Fragrant. Red fruit. Dwarf.

Soil Best in moist soils.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Zone 4 - 10

 

CHAENOMELES DOUBLE TAKE™

Double Take™ 'Orange Storm'

Double Take™ 'Pink Storm'

Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm'

 

Height 4 - 5'

Spacing 4 - 6'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Features Huge flowers. Thornless. Good for cut branches - may be forced in winter. Deer-resistant.

Soil Moist, well drained soils. Fertilize in early spring,

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Zone 5 - 9

 

Chamaecyparis pisfera Soft Serve® False Cypress

 

Height 6 - 10'

Spacing 6 - 10'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Shrub borders, hedges, specimen, perennial borders and containers.

Features Evergreen with soft, bright green leaves flecked silver blue underneath. Compact. Elegant soft texture. Deer resistant.

Zone 5 - 8

Deutzia gracilis Creme Fraiche®

 

Height 1 - 2'

Spacing 1 - 3'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Mass plantings, groundcover.

Features Variegated foliage. White flowers. Deer-resistant.

Soil Best in moist, well-drained soil.

Pruning Prune after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Variegated

Zone 5 - 8

Deutzia Yuki Cherry Blossom™

 

Height 1 - 2'

Spacing 1 - 2'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Features spring flowers; colorful fall foliage; deer-resistant

Soil Best in moist, well-drained soil

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Zone 5 - 8

Exochorda Snow Day® 'Blizzard'

 

Height 5 - 6'

Spacing 6 - 7'

Exposure Full sun)

Features White spring flowers. A traditional favorite for beds and borders. Easy to grow.

Soil Prefers acidic soil but is adaptable

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Zone 4 - 9

Forsythia Show Off® Sugar Baby

 

Height 1.5 - 2.5'

Spacing 2 - 3'

Exposure Full sun.

Features Bright yellow early spring flowers. Dwarf habit. Outstanding flower display. Deer resistant.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Zone 4 - 9

Genista lydia Bangle®

 

Height 1 - 2'

Spacing 2 - 2'

Exposure Full sun

Features Electric yellow flowers in late spring. Great en masse for the spring garden. Excellent texture. Deer resistant. Drought and heat tolerant.

Soil Prefers well-drained soils. Needs good drainage.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Zone 4 - 9

Let's Dance® Reblooming Hydrangea macrophylla

Let's Dance® Blue Jangles®

 

Height 2 - 3'

Spacing 2 - 3'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Foundation planting; specimen

Features Reblooming hydrangea with pink or blue flowers.

Soil Moist, well-drained soils.

Pruning Generally not needed, but may be trimmed immediately after the early summer bloom.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Blue or Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Let's Dance® Diva!

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Mixed borders, foundation plantings.

Features Large pink or blue summer flowers. Rebloomer.

Soil Prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune after early summer flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Let's Dance® Moonlight

 

Height 2 - 3'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Great landscape plant adds a dash of bright color to the garden. Good in groupings or masses, in a perennial or shrub borders, as a specimen, screen or hedge. Use in mixed containers, containers, and as a cut flower. Plant in the ground for the winter.

Features Large, vividly colored mophead flowers in summer. Reblooming. Blooms every year. Soil pH affects flower color. Good fall color.

Soil Prefers moist, well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Various

Foliage Color Dark Green

Zone 5 - 9

Let's Dance® Rhythmic Blue™

 

Height 2 - 3'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Mixed borders

Features Pink or blue summer flowers. Rebloomer.

Soil Prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune after early summer flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Blue-Lavender

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

 Hydrangea macrophylla Cityline®

Cityline® Berlin

 

Height 1 - 3'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Great landscape plant adds a dash of bright color. Good in groupings or masses, in a perennial or shrub borders, as a specimen, screen or hedge. Use in mixed containers and transplant into the ground in fall.

Features Large pink summer flowers change to green with age. Compact. Disease resistant. Soil pH will affect bloom color.

Soil Prefers moist, well drained soils. May need winter protection in northern climates.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Dark Green

Zone 5 - 9

Cityline® Mars

 

Height 1 - 3'

Spacing 2 - 4'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Compact variety does very well in both containers and landscapes. May be used in mixed borders and perennial gardens. If grown in a container it should be planted in the ground in fall.

Features A small plant with showy magenta and white summer flowers. Long lasting flowers. Mildew resistant. Soil pH affects bloom color.

Soil Prefers moist, well drained soils. May need winter protection in northern climates.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Magenta

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Way Hot 100 Garden Design Magazine

Cityline® Rio

 

Height 2 - 3'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses A dramatic centerpiece for mixed container designs. Also great for mixed borders and perennial gardens.

Features Small to medium sized early blooming hydrangea with large, longlasting flowers. Mildew resistant. Flower color is affected by soil pH. Compact.

Soil Prefers moist, well drained soils. May need winter protection in northern climates.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Blue-Purple

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Way Hot 100 Garden Design Magazine

Cityline® Venice

 

Height 1 - 3'

Spacing 2 - 4'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Great landscape plant adds a dash of bright color. Good in groupings or masses, in a perennial or shrub borders, as a specimen, screen or hedge. Use in mixed containers, containers, and as a cut flower.

Features Big hot pink summer flowers change to green with age. Compact. Disease resistant. Soil pH will affect bloom color.

Soil Prefers moist, well drained soils. May need winter protection in northern climates.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Way Hot 100 Garden Design Magazine

Hydrangea macrophylla

 Abracadabra® Orb Bigleaf Hydrangea

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 4 - 5'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses An excellent summer color item for the mixed border. The distinctive black stems add interest even when the plant is not in bloom.

Features Vivid mop-head flowers perch atop black satin stems in summer. Flowers emerge green and peach, then mature to hot pink. Flower color affected by soil pH. Good for cutting. Unusual black stems.

Soil Prefers moist, well drained soils. May need winter protection in northern climates.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Hydrangea macrophylla

 Edgy® Hearts Bigleaf hydrangea

 

Height 2 - 4'

Spacing 3 - 5'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Excellent for mixed borders and cutting gardens.

Features Large, distinctive summer flowers. Good cut flower. Glossy foliage. Bloom color is affected by soil pH.

Soil Prefers moist, well drained soils. May need winter protection in northern climates.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

 

Hydrangea paniculata Bobo®

 

Height 2.5 - 3'

Spacing 4 - 5'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Excellent as part of mixed borders, or as a foundation plant. It can also be a showy specimen plant, or grown in a container.

Features Abundant white summer flowers. Blooms every year. Hardy. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.

Soil Adaptable to most well-drained soils. Bloom color is not affected by soil pH.

Pruning Prune back in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 3 - 8

Awards Gold Florall

Hydrangea quercifolia Gatsby Star™ Oakleaf hydrangea

 

Height 5 - 6'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Mixed borders, woodland gardens

Features Native. White flowers. Burgundy fall foliage.

Soil Best in moist, well-drained soil.

Pruning Prune after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Hydrangea arborescens

 Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea

 

Height 4 - 5'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Landscapes, naturalizing, perennial gardens. Also makes a very dramatic cut flower.

Features Massive flowers bloom in summer, and are held up by very sturdy stems. Very hardy and reliable. Good for cut flowers. Native.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Dark Green

Zone 3 - 9

Awards Bronze Medal, Plantarium 2011

Hydrangea arborescens Invincibelle® Spirit Smooth Hydrangea

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 3 - 5'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Pink summer flowers add rich color to summer landscapes. Excellent native plant for mixed borders or perennial gardens.

Features Rich pink flowers bloom from early summer to frost. Dark pink buds open to hot pink flowers which then turn soft pink as they mature, finally changing to green at the end of their life cycle. Very hardy. Reliable bloomer. Native.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 3 - 9

Awards Bronze Medal, Plantarium 2011; Best in Show, IGC 2010; Medal, Salon du Vegetal

Hydrangea paniculata  'Limelight'

 

Height 6 - 8'

Spacing 6 - 8'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Good in groupings and masses, in perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen, screen, or hedge. Good in containers, mixed containers, and as a cut flower.

Features Reliable, soft green summer flowers change to pink in fall. Great for cuts. Blooms every year. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.

Soil Adaptable to most well-drained soils. Bloom color is not affected by soil pH.

Pruning Prune back in late winter/early spring.

Type

Bloomtime

Flower Color Green

Foliage Color Green

Zone 3 - 8

Awards Gold Medal Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; 2008 Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit; Plant of Merit 2011, Missouri Botanic Garden

Hydrangea paniculata  Little Lime®

 

Height 3 - 5'

Spacing 5 - 7'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Excellent for the mixed border or foundation plantings. This compact, hardy hydrangea fits easily into smaller landscapes.

Features Dwarf hydrangea produces green summer flowers that turn pink in fall. Dwarf 'Limelight'. Blooms every year. Hardy.

Soil Adaptable to most well-drained soils. Bloom color is not affected by soil pH.

Pruning Prune back in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Green

Foliage Color Green

Zone 3 - 8

Awards 2011 Best New Plant ANLA Management Clinic; Bronze Medal - Green is Life (Poland), 2013; Gold Medal Plantarium 2013

Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky®

 

Height 6 - 8'

Spacing 6 - 8'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses An outstanding specimen plant or element in the mixed border. It can also be grown in the cutting garden.

Features Large summer flowers open white and change to pink. Blooms every year. Hardy. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.

Soil Adaptable to most well-drained soils. Bloom color is not affected by soil pH.

Pruning Prune back in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Dark Green

Zone 3 - 8

Awards 2008 Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

Hydrangea serrata Tuff Stuff

 

Height 2 - 3'

Spacing 2 - 4'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Mixed borders; foundation plantings.

Features Very hardy reblooming hydrangea. Lacy pink or blueflowers.

Soil Prefers moist, well drained soils. Flower color is affected by soil pH.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards 2012 Gold Medal Plantarium

Hibiscus syriacus Chiffon™ Series

Blue Chiffon™

 

Height 8 - 12'

Spacing 6 - 7'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Late season color for hedges, perennial or shrub borders, specimen plantings. This is a nice addition to the mixed border.

Features Large blue flowers in late summer. Adaptable and easy to grow. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Blue-Lavender

Foliage Color Dark Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Silver Medal from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society; 2012 RHS Award of Garden Merit

Lavender Chiffon

 

Height 8 - 12'

Spacing 6 - 7'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Great large shrub for landscape use, young plants can be used in containers but will need to be moved to the landscape as they mature. Also incredible when pruned into a small tree. This is a great addition to the mixed border, or can be a nice specimen

Features Lavender flowers in late summer. Adaptable and easy to grow. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Lavender

Foliage Color Dark Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards 2003 Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit; Gold Medal Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society; Mail Order Gardening Association Green Thumb Award; Top Pick Dallas Arboretum

Pink Chiffon 

 

Height 8 - 12'

Spacing 6 - 7'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Great large shrub for landscape use, young plants can be used in containers but will need to be moved to the landscape as they mature. Can be trained into a small tree. This is an excellent plant for the mixed border or as a specimen plant. The pink flo

Features Large, lacy pink summer flowers. Adaptable and easy to grow. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

White Chiffon 

 

Height 8 - 12'

Spacing 6 - 7'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Great large shrub for landscape use, young plants can be used in containers but will need to be moved to the landscape as they mature. Can be trained into a small tree. This is an excellent plant for the mixed border or as a specimen plant.

Features Large, pure white summer flowers. Adaptable and easy to grow. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Dark Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Silver Medal Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society. Dallas Aboretum Approved Winner. 2002 Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit; Top Pick Dallas Arboretum

Hibiscus syriacus Azurri Blue Satin®

 

Height 8 - 12'

Spacing 6 - 8'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Use as the centerpiece of large container designs or incorporate into mixed borders in the landscape. Good for hedging.

Features Rich blue summer flowers add unique color to the garden. Deer resistant. Attracts hummingbirds. Seedless.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Blue-Purple

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Silver, 2014 Floral

Hibiscus syriacus Blue Satin® 

 

Height 8 - 12'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses An excellent hardy hibiscus for the landscape. Can be trained into a small tree. Excellent for use in mixed containers and then removed for fall planting. Good for hedging.

Features Large blue flowers in late summer. Adaptable and easy to grow. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Blue-Purple

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Top Pick Dallas Arboretum; Award of Recommendation Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society

 

Hibiscus syriacus Sugar Tip®

 

Height 8 - 12'

Spacing 5 - 7'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Late season color, hedges or screens, perennial or shrub borders, specimen and containers. May be planted in a container as a patio plant and then transplanted into the ground in fall.

Features Variegated foliage is attractive all season, and soft pink blooms in summer. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies. Non-invasive.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Variegated

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Bronze Medal, Plantarium 2009

Hibiscus hybrid

 Summerific® 'Summer Storm'

 

Height 48-60"

Spacing 48-60"

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Late season color, hedges or screens, perennial or shrub borders, specimen and containers. May be planted in a container as a patio plant and then transplanted into the ground in fall.

Soil Adaptable to most well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Hypericum Sunny Boulevard St. John's Wort 

 

Height 2 - 3'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Groupings, masses, perennial or shrub borders, hedges. Great for adding bright summer color to the garden.

Features Bright yellow flowers from July to September. Long bloom time. Deer resistant. Native.

Soil Best in moist, well drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Yellow

Foliage Color Dark Green

Zone 4 - 7

Awards Bronze Medal, Plantarium

 Ilex verticillata Berry Poppins Winterberry

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 3 - 5'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Hedges, cutting gardens, mixed borders

Features Native. Red fall fruit. Good for cuts. Compact.

Soil Moist to damp soils.

Pruning Prune in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Early summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 3 - 8

 Ilex verticillata Mr Poppins Winterberry

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 3 - 5'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Specimen for pollination for Berry Poppins

Features Native. Compact. Pollinator.

Soil Moist to damp soils.

Pruning Prune in late winter/early spring.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Early summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 3 - 8

Ilex x meserveae Castle Gold Blue Holly

 

Height 5 - 6'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Great as a foundation plant, specimen or hedge, can be used as a replacement for pyramidal yews. Good in groupings and mass plantings, perennial and shrub borders, can be used as a screen or hedge. An outstanding plant for the winter landscape.

Features Year-round color; red berries

Soil Prefers moist, acidic soils. Protect from winter sun and wind in the north.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Evergreen

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Gold

Zone 5 - 7

 Itea virginica Little Henry®

 

Height 2 - 3'

Spacing 2 - 4'

Exposure Plant in sun or shade

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Great for grouping and for massing on large banks, in beds, and perennial and shrub borders. This is a good plant for woodland gardens or at the front of the mixed border. Its small size makes it perfect for smaller borders and beds.

Features Fragrant white summer flowers attract butterflies. Bright red fall foliage. Deer resistant. Native.

Soil Moist to damp soils.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 5 - 9

Awards Top Selection, Ohio Plant Selection Committee

Juniperus horizontalis

 Good Vibrations® Gold

 

Height 1 - 1'

Spacing 9 - 11'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Mass plantings; rock gardens; slope and bank plantings.

Features Soft-textured evergreen with colorful foliage. Spreading habit. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant.

Soil Good in sandy, rocky soils.

Pruning Prune to shape in early spring.

Type Evergreen

Bloomtime N/a

Flower Color N/a

Foliage Color Yellow

Zone 4 - 9

 Kolkwitzia amabilis

 Dream Catcher Beauty Bush

 

Height 6 - 9'

Spacing 7 - 10'

Exposure Partial sun

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Gorgeous in the landscape as a specimen plant or in a container. Plant in the ground in fall if kept as a patio plant. Good in shrub borders and woodland gardens. Does best in filtered sun.

Features Golden foliage is attractive all season. Light pink spring flowers. Orange red fall color. Deer resistant.

Soil Prefers medium, well drained soils.

Pruning Prune after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Chartreuse

Zone 4 - 9

Awards Way Hot 100 Garden Design Magazine

Laurus nobilis Sicilian Sunshine Sweet bay 

 

Height 6 - 20'

Spacing 6 - 22'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp 10°F (-12°C)

Uses Specimen, herb gardens

Features Gold foliage. Fragrant. Deer-resistant.

Soil Well-drained soils

Pruning Prune in late winter/early spring.

Type Evergreen

Bloomtime N/a

Flower Color Yellow

Foliage Color Yellow

Zone 8 - 10

Lonicera caerulea Sugar Mountain® Eisbar

 Sweetberry honeysuckle 

 

Height 5 - 6'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Home gardens; fruit production

Features Hardy; edible fruit

Soil Moist, well-drained soil.

Pruning Generally not needed. Older plants may be thinned up to 25% in winter.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 3 - 6

Lonicera 'Scentsation'

 Honeysuckle

 

Height 10 - 10'

Spacing 5 - 6'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Specimen plant trained up a trellis

Features Yellow flowers. Fragrant. Vine. Long bloomtime.

Soil Adaptable to most soils.

Pruning Seldom needed, but may be trimmed after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Yellow

Foliage Color Green

Zone 4 - 9

Physocarpus opulifolious

 Coppertina® Ninebark 

 

Height 6 - 8'

Spacing 7 - 10'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Great foliage stunner in the landscape. Good in groupings and mass planting, perennial and shrub borders. This is a very tough plant that is ideal for difficult sites.

Features Coppery-orange foliage all season long. White flowers in early summer. Adaptable. Easy to grow. Native.

Soil Adaptable to most soils.

Pruning Prune about a third of the branches to the ground in late winter.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Early summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Bronze

Zone 3 - 7

Awards 2011 Cut Flower of the Year - Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers

Physocarpus opulifolious

 Tiny Wine® Ninebark

 

Height 3 - 4'

Spacing 4 - 5'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Mixed borders, hedges, foundation plantings.

Features Native. White flowers. Bronze-maroon foliage. Very hardy.

Soil Adaptable to most soils.

Pruning Prune about a third of the branches to the ground in late winter.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Early summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Purple

Zone 3 - 7

Awards Silver Medal, Plantarium

 

Rhamnus frangula Fine Line® Buckthorn 

 

Height 5 - 7'

Spacing 2 - 4'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -50°F (-45°C)

Uses Great for a wide range of uses including narrow hedges or screens, accent specimen, patio planters, and combination planters. Good in perennial and shrub borders. Can be used to frame doors and pathways.

Features Fernlike foliage turns yellow in fall. Ideal for containers and narrow beds. Do not eat the berries. Non-invasive. Deer resistant.

Soil Adaptable to most soils.

Pruning May be trimmed in late fall.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 2 - 8

Awards Silver Medal Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society; MOBOT Tried and True

Sambucus nigra Black Lace Elderberry 

 

Height 6 - 8'

Spacing 7 - 9'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Great as a shrub in the landscape or as a potted shrub on the patio. Good in groupings or masses, or perennial and shrub borders. Makes a nice specimen or screen. Tough enough for roadsides or naturalizing. Good in wet soils.

Features Distinctive lacy foliage all season and soft pink early summer flowers. Season long color and texture. Fall fruit attracts birds. Deer resistant.

Soil Prefers moist soils, but will adapt to dry ones.

Pruning Prune after flowering. Prune hard as a young plant to develop a good habit.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Early summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Black/Purple

Zone 4 - 8

Awards ANLA #1 New Variety for 2006; Silver Medal, Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society; 2012 Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

Spiraea Double Play® Big Bang

 

Height 2 - 3'

Spacing 3 - 4'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses This is an outstanding landscape plant! It is perfect for mass plantings or as part of the mixed border.

Features Massive pink flowers bloom against the bright yellow foliage. Glowing orange spring foliage. Season long color. Deer resistant. Easy to grow.

Soil Adaptable to most soils.

Pruning Trim after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Yellow

Zone 3 - 9

Thuja occidentalis Anna's Magic Ball Arborvitae

 

Height 0.8 - 1.3'

Spacing 0.8 - 1.5'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses Borders; foundation plantings; accent plant

Features Evergreen. Dwarf. Yellow foliage.

Soil Prefers deep, well drained soils.

Pruning May be trimmed in early summer.

Type Evergreen

Bloomtime N/a

Flower Color None

Foliage Color Yellow

Zone 3 - 7

Thuja occidentalis North Pole® Arborvitae

 

Height 10 - 15'

Spacing 5 - 7'

Exposure Sun or partial sun

Hardy Temp -40°F (-40°C)

Uses The tight, columnar habit makes this a great specimen or screen for narrow sites. Use as a bold accent plant in mixed borders.

Features Narrow upright columnar habit is perfect for narrow sites as a specimen or screen. Little care is needed. Evergreen. Hardy, resists winter burn. Excellent landscape plant.

Soil Prefers deep, well drained soils.

Pruning Shear in early summer after spring growth has expanded.

Type Evergreen

Bloomtime N/a

Flower Color N/a

Foliage Color Green

Zone 3 - 7

Viburnum bracteatum All That Glitters Bracted Arrowood Viburnum

 

Height 4 - 5'

Spacing 4 - 6'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Mixed borders, wildlife gardens, foundation plantings.

Features White late spring flowers. Blue fall fruit. Deer-resistant. Native. Shiny foliage.

Soil Moist, well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 4 - 8

Viburnum bracteatum All That Glows Bracted Arrowood Viburnum

 

Height 4 - 6'

Spacing 4 - 7'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Mixed borders, wildlife gardens, foundation plantings.

Features White late spring flowers. Blue fall fall fruit. Deer-resistant. Native. Shiny foliage.

Soil Moist, well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 4 - 8

Viburnum carlesii Spice Ball Koreanspice Viburnum

 

Height 3.5 - 5'

Spacing 3.5 - 6'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Mixed borders, foundation plantings.

Features Fragrant. White flowers. Compact. Deer-resistant.

Soil Moist, well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Zone 4 - 8

Weigela florida Ghost 

 

Height 4 - 5'

Spacing 4 - 5'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Shrub borders, grouping, masses, specimen plants, and containers.

Features Chartreuse foliage transforms to iridescent buttercream in late summer. Red spring flowers often rebloom. Deer resistant.

Soil Adaptable to most well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color Red

Foliage Color Chartreuse

Zone 4 - 8

Weigela florida Midnight Wine®

 

Height 0.8 - 1'

Spacing 0.8 - 1'

Exposure Full sun

Hardy Temp -20°F (-28°C)

Uses Use in shrub borders, grouping, masses, as a specimen or in containers (plant in ground in spring.) Very nice along walkways or other narrow sites.

Features Pink spring flowers and dark purple foliage all season. Season-long color. Dwarf. Deer resistant.

Soil Adaptable to most well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Black/Purple

Zone 5 - 8

Awards Way Hot 100 Garden Design Magazine; MOBOT Tried and True

Weigela florida My Monet®

 

Height 1 - 1.5'

Spacing 2 - 2.5'

Exposure Plant in sun or partial shade

Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)

Uses Great for use in landscapes as an edging plant, mixed in the perennial border or in a container (plant in ground in fall.)

Features Pink spring flowers and green and white variegated foliage all season long. Great for mixed beds and borders. Season long color. Dwarf. Deer resistant.

Soil Adaptable to most well-drained soils.

Pruning Prune to shape after flowering.

Type Deciduous

Bloomtime Spring

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Variegated

Zone 4 - 6

Awards MOBOT Tried and True; 2006 Best of Show FarWest Trade Show; Gold Medal Boskoop Royal Horticulture Society; 2007 Hot Shrubs People Places and Plants; 2007 New ‘Fashioned’ Plants, Chesapeake Home Magazine; 2006 Gold Medal Plantarium