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Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum Although bald cypress grows well in wet places, it also does nicely in well-drained sunny locations with acidic soil. The woody protuberances that arise around bald cypress, known as knees, are only formed in water or very moist soils, so they won’t pop up in an average yard...

Blue Star Juniper

Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ As ground cover or shrub, Blue Star juniper proves to be a champ in the landscape. Its starry needles grow slowly to form a tidy, slightly undulating blue mound 3 to 4 feet wide. Although it can reach 3 feet, it is usually less than 2 feet high. Barely a pest or...

Sapphireberry

Symplocos paniculata Native to Asia, some consider sapphireberry to be one of the handsomest of fruiting shrubs. White fragrant flowers grow in panicles in spring, and bright blue to lapis berries are prolific in the fall until birds get them. Ten to twenty feet tall and wide, two must be planted...

Fothergilla

Fothergilla major Nothing but pleasure rewards you for planting this native shrub. Fothergilla has virtually no diseases or pests. White spring flowers are short perky bottle-brushes, actually not comprised of petals but myriad stamens with a honeyed fragrance. Fall foliage in a dazzling palette of...

Purple Smokebush ‘Royal Purple’

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ Purple-pink haze lights up in your garden when smokebush comes into bloom, especially when backlit by the sun. The flower itself is unspectacular; it’s the tiny pinkish hairs on the big 6-8 inch flowerheads that capture light for a long period June to August...

Rugosa Rose

Rosa rugosa Planning the multi-season garden, an unusual choice is rugosa rose, with leaves puckered like seersucker, summer flower show, fall color and, to top it off, red rose hips into winter. Their hips (seed capsules) are substantial enough to stand out in the landscape. Like all roses, look...

Drift Rose 'Pink Drift'

Drift Rose 'Pink Drift'
Rose x ‘Meijocos’ (Pink Drift) Roses once had a rep as so fussy, needy, and high maintenance, gardeners left them out of their landscapes. New roses have come a long way, however--and not just the “Knock-Out” shrub roses. ‘Drift’ and ‘Carpet’ roses also flower repeatedly throughout the growing...

Fountain Grass ‘Karley Rose’

Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’ When drought hits a summer garden, the rosy pink plumes of ‘Karley Rose’ are as perky as ever. This ornamental grass can be used as the backbone of perennial beds or a low dense screen. Clumps grow about 3-4 feet tall and wide. Above its clean disease-resistant...
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