Large blue flowers in late summer. May be pruned to shape in spring. Adaptable and easy to grow. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.
Tom - Plant Guide
PRAGUE HYBRID VIBURNUM (Viburnum x pragense)Prague Viburnum (V. x pragense): This species has shiny, 2 to 4 inch long leaves on a fast growing, upright, oval shrub, growing to 10 feet tall or more. It is a good choice where a rapid growing screen is needed. Occasional pruning will help encourage density. Pink buds open to creamy white, lightly fragrant 3-to 6-inch wide, flower clusters in March to April. It will grow in the Piedmont or Midlands in moist, but well-drained soil, in sun to part shade.
JUDD VIBURNUM (Viburnum x juddi)
Judd Viburnum (Viburnum x juddii)
HINOKI FALSECYPRESS (Chamaecyparis obtusa)
Leaf: Evergreen, fine scale-like foliage, dark shiny green above, glaucous margins between scales form a distinct "x" shape pattern beneath.
Flower: Monoecious; not showy, males small (1/8 inch) reddish brown terminal cones; females sightly larger, round, yellow-green.
Fruit: Small, round cones (1/3 inch across), borne singly, orange-brown, numerous wrinkled scales, ripen in the late summer in one year.
Twig: Flattened foliar sprays, pendulous at ends, eventually turning brown as foliage dies.
Bark: Gray topped scaly, long ridges with reddish brown furrows and inner bark, peels in long, narrow strips.
Form: Large, straight tree in its native habitat of Japan where it reaches over 120 feet tall and has a narrow pyramidal crown. Many cultuvars (e.g. 'Nana') grow very slowly, reaching only 6' tall by 3-4' wide.
FINE WINE(TM) WEIGELA (Weigela florida 'Bramwell')Common Name: weigela
Zone: 4 to 8
Plant Type: Deciduous shrub
Missouri Native: No
Native Range: None
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Bloom Time: April - June Bloom Data
Bloom Color: Rose pink
Sun: Full sun
DOUBLE KNOCK OUT HYBRID ROSE (Rosa x 'Radtko')Benefits: Double, candy-apple red flowers with a slight spicy fragrance are the main attraction of this maintenance-free rose. Excellent resistance to black spot and downy mildew.
Container Size: #3
Form: Bushy, compact
Exposure: Full sun
Average Height: 3-4'
Average Width: 3-4'
Available Height: 12-14"
Available Width: 16-18"
LIMELIGHT PANICLE HYDRANGEA (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight')
BLUE SATIN(R) ROSE-OF-SHARON (Hibiscus syriacus 'Marina')
Large blue flowers in late summer. May be pruned to shape in spring. Adaptable and easy to grow. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.
Garden Height Minimum:96.00 Inches
Garden Height Maximum:144.00 Inches
Spacing Minimum:60.00 Inches
Spread Minimum:48.00 Inches
Spread Maximum:72.00 Inches
Blooms On:New Wood
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.
Grows in any soil unless it is either very dry or very wet. Prune in late winteror early spring. Can be heavily pruned, although this is usually unnecessary. Prefers medium moisture. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application. A supplemental dose of liquid fertilizer may be needed in mid-summer.
KALEIDOSCOPE ABELIA (Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope')
Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' is a highly ornamental form of this popular and reliable landscape shrub. This new glossy abelia is steps above the older varieties. It was bred for its leaf color and dense, compact form. The mounded, and tightly-branched shrub remains small, with a height of 2 to 3 feet tall and slightly wider. The leaf variegation of 'Kaleidoscope' is dramatically defined and is truly a year long changing event.
In early spring the leaves emerge on bright red stems with lime-green centers and bright yellow edges. When summer arrives, the yellow matures to golden and the variegation does not burn or scorch in the hottest of weather. In fall and winter the foliage color deepens to shades of orange and fiery red and the winter foliage hangs on better than other abelias.
GRO-LOW FRAGRANT SUMAC (Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low')This vigorous shrub hugs the ground (to 2 feet tall) and spreads out to 8 feet, making it an excellent choice for stablizing a bank or smothering weeds. It has small yellow flowers, hairy red fruits, and glossy leaves that change to gorgeous orange-red in autumn.
Noteworthy characteristics: Beautiful fall color; fast, compact growth.
Care: Grow in average, moist but well-drained soil in full sun (for best fall color).
Propagation: Divide suckers when dormant or sow seed in autumn. Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer or root cuttings in winter.
CARDINAL RED TWIG DOGWOOD (Cornus sericea 'Cardinal')'Cardinal' is a fast-growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with cherry red winter stems. The stems are especially showy against a snowy backdrop. Tiny white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters in late spring. Flowers give way to clusters of creamy white fruit in late summer. Fruit is very attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers. Dark green leaves turn an attractive red-purple in autumn.
BLUE SHADOW FOTHERGILLA (Fothergilla major 'Blue Shadow')
What it is: A native flowering shrub that gets white bottle-brush flowers in early spring. Summer foliage is blue-green, then leaves turn a brilliant blend of red, orange and yellow in mid-autumn.
Size: 5-6 feet tall, 4-5 feet wide.
Where to use: Fairly shade-tolerant so Blue Shadow is useful along north or east house foundations, in shade gardens, under trees or in any dappled-shade setting. Also competes well with tree roots. Part shade ideal but can do full sun.
Care: Scatter acidifying organic granular fertilizer such as Holly-tone around base in March. Keep damp the first season, then water only if drought hits. No need to prune in early years, then thin out or cut back as needed right after plant finishes blooming in April. If runners creep out where you donít want them, sever and dig up anytime. Rooted runners can be transplanted.
STEEDS JAPANESE HOLLY (Ilex crenata 'Steeds')# Botanical Name: Ilex crenata 'Steed's'
# Height: 5-6' +
# Spread: 3-4' +
# Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
# Care: None, trim to shape as desired; may be pruned into a hedge
# Somewhat Deer Resistant
# Japanese Hollies resemble Boxwoods, and have similar uses. Steed's is an upright form that is useful as a hedge or an accent in a foundation planting. It responds well to shearing, and may be maintained at a smaller size if desired
ANISE-TREE (Illicium parviflorum)
Native to moist areas in GA and FL, Small Anise Tree is an evergreen treasure for Southern gardens. Form is typically a 10-15' pyramid (it may sucker and form colonies in moist locations) covered with shiny, olive-green, anise-scented leaves. Insignificant flowers give rise to interesting star-shaped seed pods. Growing well in sun or shade and wet or dry, Small Anise Tree adds a wonderful presence in the winter garden and is handsome for screening. For a fragrance treat, crush a few leaves as you pass on your daily garden rounds. Native.
Bloom color: yellow-green
CLIMBING HYDRANGEA (Hydrangea anomala sub. petiolaris)Form
NEON FLASH JAPANESE SPIRAEA (Spiraea japonica 'Neon Flash')The cultivar name, 'Neon Flash' indicates the brilliance of this plant's deep pink flower clusters. Flowers bloom in early summer. Neon Flash sends multiple stems (covered with dense green foliage) straight up from its base and reaches 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Leaves have a bit of reddish color in them in spring; that same color reappears in fall, only darker. The foliage offers a relatively delicate texture and can form a contrast with larger-leafed plants such as oakleaf hydrangea.
CHOCOLATE SUNRISE CANNA LILLY (Canna 'Chocolate Sunrise')Key features include warm, sunshine yellow blooms and a tight clumping habit (48 inches x 36 inches). Its liners are produced from virus-free TC, and it is hardy to USDA Zone 7b.
BLUE VELVET(TM) ST. JOHN'S WORT (Hypericum x 'Cfflpc-1')This attractive shrub has beautiful blue foliage and golden yellow flowers in mid-summer. Tolerates most soil conditions, but must be well drained. St Johns Wart is a sun loving, mounding, and densely branched shrub with lustrous blue green foliage. Bright, clear yellow flowers blanket this disease resistant plant. St. Johns wart is easy to grow, and adapts to most conditions.
ELLEN'S BLUE BUTTERFLY BUSH (Buddleja davidii 'Ellen's Blue') Deep blue flowers with bright orange eye; early flowering; fragrant; grayish silver leaves
SHENANDOAH RED SWITCHGRASS (Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah')'Shenandoah' is truly a plant for all seasons. In early summer, its leaf blades are tipped in red, and by autumn, the entire leaf is a rich burgundy color, topped by pink plumes. In winter, the leaf color fades to beige; the blades persist and offer cover to birds. 'Shenandoah' is a compact selection of an American native prairie grass.
Noteworthy characteristics: Colorful foliage and frothy flowers on a cultivar of a U.S. native warm-season grass.
Care: Grow in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Cut back to the ground in late winter or early spring.
SIXTEEN CANDLES SUMMERSWEET (Clethra alnifolia 'Sixteen Candles')
SUMMER WINE(TM) COMMON NINEBARK (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward')This almost indestructible shrub is a standout for the summer garden. The mahogany foliage is deeper and holds its color better than other varieties and the overall growth is more uniform and compact than others as well. Grows to 4-6' tall and wide and is best in full sun. Tolerates most average garden soils. Propagated easily as summer softwood or fall cuttings without rooting hormone (Dirr says best in sand:peat medium). Seeds germinate immediately without stratification or scarification treatments.
MUHLY GRASS (Muhlenbergia_capillaris)
This native's tidy clumps of very fine blue foliage provide color and texture to the garden, but in late summer or fall they explode into bloom with clouds of airy pink flowers that last for many weeks. Stunningly beautiful, even in heat, humidity or drought!
Bloom ColorMauve Pink
Nelly Stevens Holly
Thuja Green Giant Arborvitae
Francee is one of the finest Hostas ever introduced described by many gardeners as "perfect". It is easy to grow, vigorous, and remains beautiful throughout the growing season. Leaves are somewhat glossy and dark green with narrow white margins. The plants form a wide, low growing mound making them perfect for edging or as a ground cover. Plants are considered to be sun tolerant as long as they are provided with moist growing conditions. A perfect Hosta!
A classic purple coneflower. Beautiful rose-pink ray petals with a coppery-brown, spiky central cone comprise the huge, flat flower heads of E. 'Magnus'. Newer blooms are more intense in color and lighten to pale rose as they age, lending a bicolor effect to the entire clump of Echinacea.
Praised for their large, daisy-like flowers which appear from midsummer thru fall, after many other perennials have finished blooming, Coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. If deadheaded, the bloom cycle will be extended. However, some spent blooms should be left on the plants in fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.
Fortune's Osmanthus ( Osmanthus x fortunei )
Beauty Bush 'Callicarpa americana'
Small pink blooms in summer are followed by clusters of brilliant fuschia berries in the fall. Berries color in early October and remain until they are eaten by birds and small mammals in late November.
LIRIOPE 'Big Blue'
Liriope Big Blue is an attractive, tufted evergreen perennial groundcover with arching, grass like foliage. Liriope Big Blue as abundant blue flower spikes rise above the foliage in summer followed by clusters of black berries. Big Blue is superior for edging or borders for partially shaded areas. Liriope Big Blue prefers moist, but not wet soils, and tolerates drier conditions when established. It grows 12 - 15 inches tall and wide in partial sun or shade. Once established these plants are virtually maintenance free.
BURNING BUSH 'Euonymus alata "Compactus"'
Mature Height: 6-10 ft. for 'Compactus' (other varieties can get much larger)
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Average, well-drained
Light Requirements: Sun/partial shade
Foliage: Medium green 1" to 3" in. long leaves, turning to vibrant red in the fall
Flower/Fruit: Small orange-red seeds in the fall
Pruning: No pruning is necessary! The most attractive shrubs are those that have not been pruned or sheared. except for cutting out older branches immediately following blooms. It can be cut to the ground following bloom time if you feel that it needs renewal.
OAKLEAF HYDRANGIA - Hydrangea quercifoliaThe oakleaf hydrangea forms a broad-ranging mound, supposedly four to six feet but usually getting much larger (usually wider) as it ages. Shrubs of 10 to 12 feet are common. Beginning in late spring or early summer, panicles of white flowers appear and, as the season wears on, fade to pinkish and later to brown; the cultivars usually have showier flowers than the species. The large leaves resemble the plant's namesake and are deep green in summer, turning reddish-orange to purple in fall. Exfoliating bark gives the shrub some winter interest. Overall texture is coarse, both in summer and in winter.
Cypress 'Carolina Sapphire
Carolina Sapphire is the fastest growing conifer we've seen for making a privacy screen! Faster growing than Leyland Cypress, the Carolina Sapphire adds 3' to 5' per year and will reach a height around 40 feet.
The attractive foliage is bluish-grey in color and contrasts well with plants nearby. The foliage is also extremely aromatic. Carolina Sapphire also does better in marginal soils than Leyland cypress. Has the same longevity of the native red cedar.
Cedrus deodara Deodar CedarWith its pyramidal shape, soft grayish-green (or blue) needles and drooping branches, this cedar makes a graceful specimen or accent tree. Growing rapidly to 40 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide, it also works well as a soft screen. The trunk stays fairly straight with lateral branches nearly horizontal and drooping. Lower branches should be left on the tree so the true form of the tree can show. Allow plenty of room for these to spread. They are best located as a lawn specimen away from walks, streets, and sidewalks so branches will not have to be pruned. Large specimens have trunks almost three feet in diameter and spread to 50 feet across
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny mac'Penny Mac An extraordinary hydrangea blooming on new wood, with a tight growth habit. This 6 foot plant produces blue flowers in acidic soils and pink flowers in alkaline soils. Blooms consistently, even if the first buds are killed by a late frost.
Height: 5-6 Feet
Spread: 5-6 Feet
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Tinus ViburnumHardiness Zones: 7b to 10
Growth Rate: Moderate
Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil
Height: 6 to 12 feet
Width: 6 to 10 feet
Form: Upright rounded, dense
Flower/Fruit: Pink buds; 2 to 4" waxy, flattened white flowers in late winter to early spring; fragrant; metallic blue-black to black fruit; persists into spring
Foliage: Opposite, simple, lustrous dark green leaves; 1.5 to 4" long
Comments: Tolerates coastal conditions; drought tolerant
Cultivars: Bewley's Variegated; Variegata: creamy yellow variegation
Reeves Spirea (Spiraea cantoniensis)Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8
Growth Rate: Rapid
Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Height: 4 to 6 feet
Width: 3 to 5 feet
Form: Upright; arching branches; produces new stems from the base
Flower/Fruit: 2" cluster of white, pompom-like flowers in spring
Foliage: Alternate, simple dark green leaves
Comments: Drought and heat tolerant; prune after flowering
Ligustrum - Wax leaf
Rosey Glow Barberry
Forsythia - Lynwood Gold
Mount Airy Fothergilla
Spreading St. John's Wort - Albury Purple
Hosta - So Sweet
Oakleaf Hydrangia - Alice
Natchez Crape Myrtle
Abelia Edward Goucher
Autumn Joy Sedum
Red Sunset Maple
Bloodgood Japanese Maple
Hardy Kleims Gardenia
Miscanthus Sinesis Gracillimus
Indian Hawthorne Spring Sonata
Itea Virginica - Henry's Garnet
Black Eyed Susan - Rudebeckia
Stella Doro Lily