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)
Viburnums [vi-BUR-nums] are very easy to grow. Most viburnums offer ornamental interest almost year round. They boast showy blossoms, berries and interesting leaves. The bushy Judd hybrid viburnums that were developed back in the earlier 1900ís are still among the best viburnums to plant for fragrance in a home landscape.

Size: Judd viburnums are fairly large shrubs that will grow from 6 to 8 feet tall at maturity. Typically they spread equally as wide in a full rounded habit.

Foliage: Judd viburnum leaves are dull green, toothed and hairy. They are from 1 to 4 inches long and about half as wide, and are arranged in pairs opposite each other along the stems. This viburnum is deciduous; its leaves drop in the fall.

Flowers and Fruit: From late April to early May, Judd viburnums are in full bloom with domed clusters of flowers 3 inches across, creating a spectacular effect. The "semi-snowball" blossoms are pink when in bud, opening to white, and are delightfully fragrant. In late August or early September, red berries appear and ripen to black, but they are not very conspicuous.

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
Family: Caprifoliaceae
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
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low


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.

Award Winner
Heat Tolerant
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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.

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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
Bloom period: summer
Height: 10-15'
Spread: 6-10'
Zones: 7-9

CLIMBING HYDRANGEA (Hydrangea anomala sub. petiolaris)

  • primarily a large climbing vine; occasionally found as a slowly spreading groundcover, usually at the base of the existing vine, but sometimes planted specifically as a non-traditional groundcover
  • maturing at up to 50' high, but often much shorter
  • either a twining and clinging vine growth habit, or an arching and mounding groundcover
  • initially a very slow growth rate, but becoming medium to rapid once established

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.


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')

'Sixteen Candles' is a dwarf Summersweet growing to about 3 feet by 3 feet. It is very compact and floriferous. It differs from 'Hummingbird' in that its flower stalks are held stiffly upright, they do not spread out or dip. It prefers full sun and some moisture. Fragrance is heavenly in mid to late summer and fall color is a good yellow

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!


2-3 Feet


2-3 Feet

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Mauve Pink

Nelly Stevens Holly


    Nellie R. Stevens holly (Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens')

    Statewide; prefers well-drained, slightly acid soil.

    Sun to part shade. Evergreen. Lustrous green leaves and brief display of showy red berries. Fruit set can occur without pollination. Ht.: 30 ft.

Thuja Green Giant Arborvitae

Giant Arborvitae (Thuja plicata)*

Statewide; rich, moist, well-drained, acid to alkaline soil; native to the West Coast where it occurs naturally on river banks, swamps, and bogs.

Sun to shade. Evergreen conifer. Upright, conical to pyramidal habit with strong, horizontal branching. Fragrant needles. Resists deer-browsing. Ht.: 70 ft. Numerous desirable cultivars, particularly 'Excelsa,' 'Hogan,' and 'Virescens.' Thuja 'Green Giant' (T. standishii x T. plicata) adapts to a wide variety of climate conditions and tolerates a wide range of soil types, from sandy loams to heavy clay soils.

Hosta 'Francee'

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!

Echinacea 'Magnus'

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 )

Fortuneís Osmanthus (Osmanthus x fortunei)

Statewide; prefers moist, well-drained acid soil.

Sun to part shade. Evergreen. Hybrid of Holly Osmanthus and Fragrant Tea Olive. Train/prune to produce a tree form. Bears extremely fragrant white flowers in October-November. Ht.: 20 feet. Devilwood (O. americanus)*, Fragrant Tea Olive (O. fragrans), and Holly Osmanthus (O. heterophyllus) are other desirable species.


Crapemyrtle, (Lagerstroemia hybrids)

Statewide; prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Sun (for best flowering). Deciduous. Showy display of flowers in summer; flowers come in all shades of white, pink, red, or lavender; exfoliating bark and attractive fall color. Dwarf forms are available. Recent crosses of crapemyrtle with Japanese crapemyrtle (L. fauriei) at the U. S. National Arboretum have led to the development of about 20 hybrids, most of which exhibit increased hardiness and better powdery mildew resistance than the species. Ht.: 30 ft.

 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.

Grow in rich soil in full sun. Plants generally die back to the ground in winter and benefit from a 5-inch layer of protective mulch in the fall.

Great ornamental shrub for the garden. Berries attract songbirds in the fall. Also provides cover for birds and small mammals.

48 to 60 inches

36 to 48 inches

Deep Pink/Rose

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 quercifolia

The 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 Cedar

With 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 Viburnum

Hardiness Zones: 7b to 10
    Habit: Evergreen
    Growth Rate: Moderate
    Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil
    Height: 6 to 12 feet
    Width: 6 to 10 feet
    Texture: Medium
    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
    Habit: Deciduous
    Growth Rate: Rapid
    Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
    Height: 4 to 6 feet
    Width: 3 to 5 feet
    Texture: Medium
    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
    Cultivars: --

Yoshino Cherry

Ligustrum - Wax leaf

Rosey Glow Barberry

Forsythia - Lynwood Gold

Mount Airy Fothergilla

Burford Holly

Spreading St. John's Wort - Albury Purple

Hosta - So Sweet

Azalea Formosa

Oakleaf Hydrangia - Alice

Gulfstream Nandia

Natchez Crape Myrtle

Abelia Edward Goucher

Autumn Joy Sedum

Red Sunset Maple

Hoogendorn Holly

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Bicolor Iris





Hardy Kleims Gardenia

Miscanthus Sinesis Gracillimus

Adagio Grass

Carissa Holly

Indian Hawthorne Spring Sonata

Itea Virginica - Henry's Garnet

Black Eyed Susan - Rudebeckia

Stella Doro Lily