Friday Feature Plant – 10/13/17 – Long Island Pink Camellia
The Long Island Pink Camellia has become a stable for hedges and screens, containers, or as a specimen plant. A reliable mid fall bloomer, this camellia produces lovely soft, single pink blooms with golden stamens that appear through November. The foliage is striking with dark glossy deep green leaves and upright dense growth habit.
The Long Island Pink Camellia has a slow to medium growth rate to reach a mature height of 10 feet and 8 feet wide. This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and, like most camellias, will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location.
Friday Feature Plant – 10/6/17 – Autumn Bonfire™ Encore® Azalea
A new addition to the Encore® azalea family, Autumn Bonfire™ is fast-growing dwarf azalea with red blooms in the spring and fall. The numerous, true red, semi-double and single blooms set it apart from the close attributes of the Autumn Fire™. Where Autumn Fire™ shows off its spring blooms early in the season, the Autumn Bonfire™ waits to product 2.5″ flowers in the mid spring. The Autumn Bonfire™ is also slightly larger with a mature height of 3 feet and width of 3.5 feet. This shrub holds its bright green foliage year-round.
Autumn Bonfire™ is an excellent specimen on its own, or in mass plantings, showing off a field of bright red blooms. Mixed borders and containers are also good uses for this fiery addition. Check out our selection of azaleas in our store to see which one may catch your eye.
Friday Feature Plant – 9/29/17 – Munchkin Hydrangea
The Munchkin Hydrangea is a beloved addition to this flowering group with its many flowers and sturdy growth habit. Growing quickly to approximately 3 feet in height, even after heavy rains, the profuse flowers will hold strong. Abundant 6.5″ blooms are held upright above the foliage, opening white in early summer and gradually turning to medium pink. The Munchkin Hydrangea has oak leaf shaped dark green foliage turns a striking red in the fall.
Use the Munchkin Hydrangea as a specimen or accent for foundations or other locations near homes or patios. Group or mass in shrub borders or in open woodland areas.
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Friday Feature Plant – 9/22/17 – Spreading Japanese Plum Yew
The Spreading Japanese Plum Yew, also known as Cehpalotaxus harringtonia ‘Prostrata’, is the perfect choice for those large barren shady spots. This groundcover is evergreen, grows neatly and deer stay away. The glossy, dark green 4 to 6 inch needled leaves grow slowly but at mature height will grow 2 to 3 feet, with a spread of 3 to 4 feet.
In spring, the new growth on the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is a pale lime green, which is clearly defined against the dark contrasting green of the mature needles. The growth habit is low with arching branches, creating an attractive form that does not get out of control. This shrub is hardy from zones 6 to 9.
Friday Feature Plant – 9/15/17 – Autumn Amethyst™ Encore® Azalea
Attractive purple foliage in the winter and stunning pink-purple blooms in spring, summer, and fall make the Autumn Amethyst™ Encore® Azalea a true repeat performer. The Autumn Amethyst™ has an upright growth habit and prefers the shade over direct sunlight. This evergreen beauty is cold hardy, mildew, disease and heat resistant making it a great addition to any garden or landscape.
Autumn Amethyst™ Encore® Azalea will grow up to 4 feet in height and 4 feet wide. This plant an easy-care azalea that can withstand some light pruning will enhance its bloom. Azaleas are great for mixed borders, as a foundation planting or look terrific in containers on your front porch or patio.
Friday Feature Plant – 9/8/17 – Mr. Goldstrike Aucuba
Dry woodland shade can be intimidating. Between the lack of water and various varmits, it seems almost impossible sometimes to find a plant to thrive in the area. Mr. Goldstrike Aucuba is here to help!
Considered one of the most beautiful of all aucubas, the striking golden leaves brighten any dark corner of your garden. This evergreen shrub is a slow grower, reaching 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide at maturity. Mr. Goldstrike’s rounded habit makes it a great addition providing beautiful winter interest; uses include border, planters and containers, coastal exposure, woodland garden, house plant, specimen, screen, background, window boxes, accent, and mass plantings.. This plant looks its best when sheltered by the sun, which burn the leaves.
Check out Mr. Goldstrike Aucuba in our store!
Friday Feature Plant – 9/1/17 – Boursault Rhododendron
The Boursault Rhododendron has large bell shaped flowers of a pinkish purple with spots of green on the throat that appear in spring and early summer. This rhododendron is a medium sized evergreen shrub that has large, glossy, dark green leaves. Growing to a mature height of 6 to 8 feet tall and wide, this deer-resistant plant is a perfect addition to a lightly shaded woodland gardens or foundations facing north. The Boursault Rhododendron pairs nicely with other woodland plants, such as hydrangea, bleeding heart, astilbe, and coral bells.
Most rhododendron thrive in part shade and moist, acidic soil that is well drained. They are susceptible to a wide variety of fungal diseases and insect pests and will be more at risk if not provided with the correct growing conditions. Leaves can sometimes experience sun and wind damage if exposed to harsh winter conditions.
Friday Feature Plant – 8/25/17 – Tiny Gold Barberry
Tiny Gold Barberry is a powerhouse of color in a tiny package. Little gold leaves cover the rounded habit plant for 10 months of the year! Leaves gain best color in full sun, though this dwarf shrub also will tolerate partial sun with yellow green leaf color. Thorny branches have deep texture and a zig-zag appearance. Tiny Gold Barberry grows slowly to a mature width of 12 to 15 inches and 15 to 18 inches high.
Northern gardeners will be happy to learn that Tiny Gold Barberry has small flowers in the late spring that do not set viable seed and therefore keep this plant from being invasive.
Extremely adaptable, Tiny Gold Barberry grows in USDA Zones 5 to 9 in a wide range of soil types, average water needs, preferring well-drained soils. Tiny Gold is grown for its foliage color and dwarf size.
Some landscape uses for Tiny Gold Barberry include mixed perennial borders, smaller more detailed gardens, miniature landscapes, and inclusion in containers for color.
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Friday Feature Plant – 8/18/17 – Icee Blue® Juniper
A standout among groundcover junipers, the Icee Blue® Juniper shows off the best silver blue evergreen foliage throughout the season. The fine delicate foliage offers great possibility to contrast texture, height and color. Only growing to a height of 4 inches, the Icee Blue® is highly adaptable to heat, easy to grow in poor soils. This easy care shrub will grow to 8 feet wide. Its adaptable nature makes it a perfect addition for mass planting, rock gardens, border edging, groundcover and general garden use.