Cercis canadensis 'Ace of Hearts' (Ace of Hearts Redbud)
An exceptionally attractive, relatively new introduction from TN. With so many new redbuds in the trade, we have to wonder when they will start to look like re-runs, but this is clearly a fine variety. Smaller in stature (12-15 ft. at maturity) than the species, its foliage is set on its branches with Vegas dealer-like precision. This one will grab your heart.
Result of a 'Forest Pansy' x 'Covey' cross, this is a hardy, compact genetic "combo" of purple foliage in a redbud weeper. If you don't mind staking it until it gets to 8 ft. or more, it will reward your efforts with small stature and clearly unique character to make your clients proud.
Aptly named, its fragrant pink flowers are a delight to the senses. This plant delivers exceptional value in performance for price paid. It is a clean, easily grown plant worthy of a prominent spot where you can appreciate it. Extremely hardy.
Fothergilla x intermedia 'Mt. Airy' (Mt. Airy Dwarf Fothergilla)
A select American native, 'Mt. Airy' merits wider use as compared to its close relatives, the witchhazels, which are much larger in mature stature. Exhibits excellent hardiness, attractive summer foliage and spectacular autumn color. The white bottlebrush flowers are borne in showy abundance during April/May.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Queen of Hearts' (Queen of Hearts Oakleaf Hyrdrangea)
Another remarkable release from the U.S. National Arboretum's shrub breeding program in McMinnville, Tenn. in 2013 for which they should be rightly proud. Blooming a week later than other sections and holding its mature inflorescences even longer it really extends the season. The inflorescences are 9 inches long and age to pink while the plant grows to 6 ft. tall by 9 ft. wide.
A prolific bloomer, its stout stems ensure that the flowers don't droop. Although the coarse leaves give it an almost tropical appearance, the autumn leaf colors are a rich mix of red, burnt orange, and green. When the notably persistent foliage drops, the tan/brown exfoliating bark is a pleasing unexpected bonus.
The Oakleaf Hydrangeas share many desirable characteristics: white flowers with bold, trouble-free foliage that turns burgundy red in the fall. Double-flowered 'Snowflake' may have the largest inflorescences, which are usually upright. Prefers light shade.
With fruit color that is a major departure from the normal reds these golden hued berries are quite desirable. In our experience they don't set as many berries per stem as standard cut branch varieties but the color alone is enough to make them serviceable for the market.
Its autumn color, early spring flowers, small habit, ease of care, and fragrant foliage make this shrub highly ornamental. It is well-adapted in wet areas, great for naturalizing, and rarely taller than head-high.
Fairy Magnolia™ Cream is a new hybrid Michelia bred to produce masses of beautiful fragrant creamy-white flowers in early spring. With a little more yunnanensis in the parentage Cream's flowers are more cup shaped. These plants are so free flowering that they have a flower bud at each leaf axil and have been known to provide a light flush of flowers during summer too. The plants are bushy with rich evergreen foliage, which makes them ideal in the garden as a flowering hedge or specimen plant.
Magnolia hybrid Fairy Magnolia® White 'MicJur5' (Fairy Magnolia® White)
A new hybrid Michelia bred to produce masses of bright white flowers with intense fragrance in early spring. These plants are so free flowering that they have a flower bud at each leaf axil and have been known to provide a light flush of flowers during summer too. The plants are bushy with rich evergreen foliage, which makes them ideal in the garden as a flowering hedge or specimen plant. Tall than wide, 10' x 6'.
Imagine a 6-8 ft. evergreen shrub with a profusion of brown velvety buds that open to creamy-white, scented flowers. The dense habit of this variety puts it among the ranks of some of our favorite shrubs. Perfect for hedging.
Upright evergreen shrub with spiny leaves. Native in the Northwest, it benefits from occasional pruning to keep foliage clean and diminish its tendency to become overgrown. Native Americans used the stems and roots to make a yellow dye.
Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies' (Arthur Menzies Mahonia)
With its origins on the West coast you might think that is why we are infatuated with this selection but really it is because of its unique attributes. It blossoms later than Charity and has bolder, broader leaves that, unbelievably, are more architectural. Also the flower clusters are a little fatter and shorter.
A hybrid of M. japonica and M. lomariifolia. Beautiful across all seasons for its architecturally bold and symmetrical form. Bright yellow late winter flowers. Here in the wet-winter Pacific Northwest, our 'Charity' stock block is totally free of leaf spot that infects M. bealei so severely.
Evergreen shrub with rich forest-green foliage to accent its bright yellow early winter flowers. Upright growth and drought/shade tolerance make this a great focal plant when winter's arrival means fewer possibilities to brighten the garden. Offers bloom succession after 'Charity'.