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Sun Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides Coleus in a sunny bed? Unheard of…until now. Long grown for colorful foliage in shade, newer varieties pass the hot sun test with flying colors, literally. In red, lime, peach, yellow, burgundy, pink--all shades at the warm end of the spectrum--plus patterns and frilly-...

Allegheny pachysandra

Pachysandra procumbens This native pachysandra is earning more fans as Marylanders add native plants to their landscapes. Its serrated leaves of a slightly bluish-green grow atop erect 6–10” stems. As foliage matures, it develops a pleasing two-tone mottled effect. Clumps of white bottle brush...

Baldcypress

fall coloration bald cypress
Taxodium distichum (fall color) If you have a sunny, damp area, lots of space and want a strong focal point, baldcypress could be the plant for you. This unusual native looks like a lofty needled evergreen in summer, but drops its foliage in the fall, giving it the name “bald”. Foliage is soft and...

Bird’s Nest Spruce

Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’ This dwarf conifer looks good throughout the year, but proves invaluable in the winter landscape when the short fine-textured needles remain a dark rich green. In spring, new growth appears a cheery yellow-green at branch tips. This flat-topped, spreading spruce has a...
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Wood Spurge

Wood Spurge
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae Wood spurge makes a low maintenance evergreen perennial groundcover for a wide range of conditions. Dark green, glossy leathery leaves grow in tight rosettes on the stems. In early spring, lime green bracts appear on stalks 12 inches above the foliage and almost...

Rose of Sharon ‘Helene’

Hibiscu s syriacus ‘Helene’ P hoto by Ellen Nibali Rose of Sharon has been beloved for centuries for its prolific bloom during summer doldrums when most flowering shrubs grind to a halt. However, due to nuisance seedlings, it was banished from many gardens. Thanks to the U.S. National Arboretum, we...

Spirea ‘Pink Parasols’

Spirea fritschiana ‘Pink Parasols’ This improved spirea has much to offer beyond its extra-large pink “umbrellas” of flowers in early summer. At only 2-3’ in height and a generous 4-5’ wide, it can be grouped to create a tall groundcover or used singly as a specimen plant. Plus its neat blue-green...

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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