shrub

Yew

Taxus cuspidata There is a yew for you--no matter what size or shape you need, sun or shade--when you want a low maintenance hardy evergreen shrub. Yew species and varieties have vastly different growth characteristics, so be sure to check a yew’s tag carefully. They vary from 50’ tall to dwarf,...

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...

Willowleaf Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster salicifolius repens Have a slope or hard-to-mow area? Willowleaf cotoneaster is an easy groundcovering shrub, pest resistant, and fast growing. In full sun it rewards the grower with bright red berries in the fall and into the winter. With increasing shade, there are fewer berries. In...

Groundsel bush, High-Tide bush, Sea myrtle

Baccharis halimifolia In late summer/early fall when little else is in bloom, this multistemmed shrub takes center stage in your landscape. From September into October female plants produce fluffy white seedheads resembling silvery paintbrushes above its gray-green coarsely toothed foliage...

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...

Deutzia

Deutzia gracilis An absolutely carefree shrub, deutzia delights with graceful sprays of delicate white flowers in midspring. At the highly-sought-after height of 2-4 feet, deutzia quickly grows to a broad flowing mound that reaches down to the ground and won’t need mulching. Its slender leaves...

Sweet box

Sarcococca hookerana var. humilis This groundcover shrub is prized for its impeccable good looks and restraint but it also provides a little surprise. In late winter, its small white blooms open. Not showy but they pack a potent honeysuckle-like perfume, hence its name. The thick foliage is a...

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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