ASPIDISTRA ELIATOR/ Cast Iron Plant

 ASPIDISTRA ELLIATOR/ Cast Iron Plant

ASPIDISTRA ELLIATOR/ Cast Iron Plant

 

 

Habit/Description:  This very hardy perennial is a favorite for containers or deep shady corners in the landscape. Tall evergreen fronds, easy care. Broad dark green leaves.

Size at Maturity: 2-3' tall x 2' wide

Flower:  Inconspicuous

Special Interest:  Many great attributes to this great perennial: Drought tolerant, evergreen, shade tolerant, and provides a large texture to the landscape. Great when used under trees, foundations and mixed borders.

Care Information: Easy to grow , however needs regular watering. Requires full shade for best growing conditions. Protect from harsh winds. Clean out old leaves as necessary.

Camellia X 'Winter's Star'/ Winter Star Camellia

 Camelia X 'Winter's Star' in full bloom.

Camelia X 'Winter's Star' in full bloom.

Habit/Description:  This cold hardy Camellia is a beauty for the winter landscape. The evergreen foliage is a dark, glossy green. Habit is upright and open.

Size at Maturity: 10' tall and about 6-8' wide.

Flower:  Single pink blooms surround a bright yellow center and last 4-6 weeks in fall.

Special Interest:  Besides the beautiful, butterfly attracting pink flowers in the fall, the large dark green leaves stay vibrant year-round. Best when used in a hedge, mass planting, privacy screen, border, cutting garden, containers, specimen and woodland gardens.

Care Information: Easy to grow, however, needs regular watering, especially during the first season. Requires full shade to partial sun. Will burn in full sun. Does not require dead-heading due to its natural, self-cleaning habit. Prune after flowering to shape. Mulch heavily and when necessary, provide acid fertilizer when the shrub is finished flowering in the fall.

HYDRANGEA paniculata 'Limelight'/Limelight Panicle Hydrangea

 'Limelight' Hydrangea in all of its summer glory!

'Limelight' Hydrangea in all of its summer glory!

Habit/Description:  This sun AND part shade loving Hydrangea has created awesome possibilities in the landscape world since its introduction. The large bright whitish/green blooms are spectacular and persist through frost. Upright growing deciduous shrub. Large medium green leaves.

Size at Maturity: 5-8' tall and wide.

Flower:  Green/White panicle blooms repeat from late summer through late fall.

Special Interest:  This beautiful shrub provides excellent fall interest with its large white blooms. Great for borders, containers, hedge, mass plantings, poolside, specimen, woodland gardens. Perfect for cut flowers. Dried flowers retain beautiful form. Naturalizing. Pretty yellow fall leaf color.

Care Information: Easy to grow and care for. Will tolerate full sun and would like part shade in the afternoon- in warmer climates. Panicled Hydrangeas do not like wet feet, so be sure to plant in well-drained soil. Can be pruned back to 1/3 its size in spring. You can fertilize at that time as well. Acidity/Alkalinity levels do not affect bloom color. Can prune into topiary/tree form.

MULENBERGIA Capillaris- Pink Muhly Grass

 Muhly Grass with its pink plumes in fall

Muhly Grass with its pink plumes in fall

Habit/Description:  Muhly Grass is native to Florida's coastal uplands. This tropical native has found a home in many southern landscapes. This perennial is easy to grow and has a dazzling pink fall display when its 3' plumes emerge.

Size at Maturity: Clump will reach a mature size of 24" x 24". Plumes will reach 36" ht

Flower:  Pink plumes in fall.

Special Interest:  This beautiful grass is mounding green from spring to summer and displays beautiful, water-color-like pink blooms in fall. Leaves turn a lovely tan in winter. Gives the illusion of water in the landscape with the grassy, mounding texture. Good for containers, erosion control, mass plantings, poolside, rock gardens, urban and wildlife gardens.

Care Information: Like most grasses, Pink Muhly needs full sun for best performance but can tolerate part sun. New plants will need to be watered regularly until established. After establishment, they are very drought tolerant. Plants can be cut back to the ground in late winter. Fertilize as they begin to emerge in the spring. A lovely white flowering variety is also available.

 

 

 

 

AUCUBA japonica 'Marmorata'/Marmorata Aucuba

 AUCUBA Japonica 'Marmorata' as seen at the nursery in a 3 Gallon Container

AUCUBA Japonica 'Marmorata' as seen at the nursery in a 3 Gallon Container

Habit/Description:  Yellow and Green mottled evergreen shrub with thick, glossy leaves. Grows best in shade. Upright rounded shrub with a moderate growth rate.

Size at Maturity: Will reach a mature size of 6’ tall by 4’ wide (in 10 years.)

Flower:  Purple, but insignificant. Blooms in March and April.

Special Interest:  The large glossy green leaves appear to have been sprayed with yellow paint. Perfect for borders, coastal plantings, containers, houseplant, specimen, foundation plantings, woodland garden and shaded areas. Foliage is wonderful for foliage arrangements. Drought tolerant. Female plant will produce attractive red fruit.

Care Information: Water weekly in extreme heat until established. Follow regular watering schedule for first growing season to allow proper root establishment. Feed with all-purpose fertilizer in spring. Prune in spring after blooming to maintain neat shape. Easy care.

 

Hemerocallis/Daylily

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description:  Beautiful mounding perennial. Dark green, grass-like appearance. Partial to full sun.

Size at Maturity:  1' tall and 2 1/2' wide.

Flower: lovely yellow, tubular lilies in summer to early fall.

Special Interest: This gorgeous favorite is an easy care perennial. Beautiful yellow flowers in spring. Perfect for borders, coastal, containers, cutting garden, edging, erosion control, firescaping, mass plantings, poolside, rock, woodland and urban gardens, erosion control and very wet areas. Grass-like mounding perennial.

Care Information: Does well in sunny conditions. Water thoroughly when first planted to create a deep rooting system. Tolerates some drought. Clean out old leaves and flowers when spent to help keep the plant healthy and encourage flowering. Needs well-drained soil. Adapts well to a variety of soils.

 

 

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Variegated Winter Daphne/Daphne odora 'Marginata'

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description: 

The winter daphne has yellow-margined leaves and blush-pink flower buds that open to fragrant white flowers bloom in winter into early spring. The mounding 'Marginata' cultivar is beautiful in the winter landscape.  Daphne odora is evergreen and shade loving.  Native to China and Japan.

Size at maturity:

3-4' Tall and Wide.

Flower:

Fragrant pinkish white flower in early spring.

Special Interest:

This beautiful little evergreen shrub is perfect for a mixed border, shady foundation, hedge, and variegated color in the landscape. The highly fragrant flowers are pleasing to have at entrances. They are also deer resistant, easy to care for and drought tolerant.

Care Information:  

Daphnes need to grow in fertile, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil. They prefer full sun or partial shade. Choose a spot with good drainage but not completely dry. Avoid transplanting and pruning. Does well under trees.

 

 

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Italian Cypress, Tiny Tower

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/ Description:

Strongly upright, columnar shape. Very tall and narrow habit. Evergreen. Full sun.

Size at Maturity:

Very slow grower to 25-30' and 3' wide.

Flower:

Insignificant. Conifer.

Special Interest:

Gorgeous upright evergreen tree. Extremely unique shape that allows it to fit into tight spaces, yet provides height to the landscape. Good for borders, topiaries, containers, privacy screen, coastal and urban areas, windbreak, mass planting, corner foundation for tall structures and buildings and poolside areas. Easy to care for-does not require much pruning.

Care Information:

Grows easily in a wide range of soil types, provided good drainage. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

 

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Gold Thread Mops

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description:

Mounding evergreen shrub with soft stringy needles. Yellow foliage. Full sun for best color.

Flower:

Conifer.

Size at Maturity:

Slow-growing- 3-4' tall and wide.

Special Interest: 

This easy-care evergreen provides a bright color to the landscape year-round. Great for borders, containers, mass plantings, rock gardens, urban gardens and foundation plantings.

Care Information:

Provide enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil; avoid wet, poorly drained soils or prolonged drought. Shelter from drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to develop an extensive root system. Fertilize in early spring. Prune only lightly to shape; remove no more than current season's growth.Pruning time: spring to summer.

 

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Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/ Description:

Dwarf evergreen shrub. Pyramidal shape. Full sun to partial sun. Soft needles.

Size at Maturity:

Very slow grower reaching a potential height of 8' with age and 4-5' wide.

Flower:

Conifer.

Special Interest:

Gorgeous, year-round interest evergreen. Does well in borders, rock gardens, woodland gardens, specimen and corner foundation plantings.

Care Information: 

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring

 

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‘Carolina Sapphire’ Arizona Cypress

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/ Description: 

Gorgeous pyramidal evergreen with bright blue needles. Maintains color in full sun.

Size at Maturity:

Fast growing to 40' tall and 15' wide.

Flower:

Insignificant. Conifer.   

Special Interest:

Beautiful stately evergreen tree providing amazing blue color and fine texture to a landscape. Great for mixed borders, specimen, woodland garden, windbreak, screen and vibrant foliage. Drought resistant when established. Fast grower.

Care Information:

Highly adaptable; best with average to lean, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates periodic drought. Apply a slow-release fertilizer when new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.

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Cryptomeria

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/ Description:

Pyramidal evergreen tree with soft needles. Has dark green foliage year-round. Partial to full fun.

Size at Maturity:

Quickly reaches 30-40' tall and 15-25' wide. Has the potential to be 50' with age.

Flower:

Insignificant. Conifer.

Special Interest:

Beautiful evergreen tree with lustrous green foliage and strong pyramidal shape. Wonderful as a specimen, screen, mixed border, background or woodland garden. Fast growing.

Care Information:

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

 

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Cryptomeria, Black Dragon

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/ Description:

Lime green, evergreen foliage. Pyramidal shrub/tree with soft needles. Part-sun to full sun.

Size at Maturity:

Slow growth rate reaching 6-7' tall and 3-4' wide.

Flower:

insignificant. Conifer.

Special Interest:

Stately evergreen shrub/small tree. Beautiful dense green foliage year round. Perfect for urban and coastal gardens, hedge, specimen, corner foundation, background plant, border and woodland gardens.

Care Information:

Provide fertile, slightly acidic, well-draining soil, rich in organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer before spring growth. Pruning time: spring, before new growth begins.

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Creeping Jenny

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description:

Amazing little ground cover with bright chartreuse foliage. Has brightest yellow color in full sun to muted green in part shade. 

Size at Maturity:

Very fast growing to 2-4" tall and spreading to 1-2' wide.

Flower:

Insignificant.

Special Interest:

Wonderful, easy-care, cascading ground cover with very bright yellow foliage. Perfect as a ground cover, in masses, borders and in containers as a filler. Roots extremely easily from cuttings. Can die during harsh winters.

Care Information:

Easily grown in average to rich, evenly moist soil; tolerates damp or moist places but not standing water. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun exposures in hot summer areas. For a tidy appearance, remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge.

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Crape Myrtle, Muskogee

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description:

Beautiful small flowering tree with rounded canopy. Glossy green foliage. Dark red exfoliating bark. Full sun- can tolerate part shade, but will not flower as heavily. Deciduous.

Size at Maturity:

Moderate grower to 15-20' tall and 15' wide.

Flower:

Gorgeous purple panicle flowers in summer.

Special Interest:

Stunning large purple flowers in summer, bright red/orange fall color in fall with dark red exfoliating red bark to show off in the winter make this a multi-interest tree. Perfect for corner foundations, mixed borders, masses, specimen, urban and woodland gardens, containers and fire-scaping. Easy care other than pruning. Drought tolerant.

Care Information:

Thrives in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees late winter to early spring; leave 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove suckers from the base of older trees.Pruning time: late winter or early spring. Prune selectively- DO NOT SHEAR or TOP. May require clean up of old seed pods if planted near a sidewalk.

 

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‘Tom Thumb’ Cotoneaster

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description:

Compact little evergreen shrub or groundcover. Semi-evergreen. Dark green leaves. Full sun.

Size at Maturity:

Moderate grower to 1-2' tall and spreads up to 5' wide.

Flower:

Little white flower in summer.

Special Interest:

The best feature of this plant is the bright red berries in the fall and persisting until winter. Best used as a barrier, border, ground cover, erosion control, espalier, firescaping, hedge, mass planting, rock and wildlife gardens. 

Care Information:

Grows easily in average, well-drained soils. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions, but does not do well in hot, humid climates. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: summer after flowering.

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‘Coral Beauty’ Cotoneaster

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description:

Beautiful evergreen groundcover. Glossy green, fine textured leaves. Mounding/Spreading habit. Full sun.

Size at Maturity:

Fast grower to 1-2' tall reaching 6' wide.

Flower:

Tiny white blooms in late spring giving way to bright red berries in fall.

Special Interest:

Stunning ground cover that quickly becomes a tight mat that produces beautiful red berries in fall and winter. Perfect for borders, coastal and urban gardens, erosion control, firescaping, ground cover, rock and wildlife gardens. 

Care Information:

Grows easily in average to poor, well-drained soils. Space 4 to 5 ft. apart as groundcover; control weeds with mulch until plants fill in. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. May be pruned annually to shape. Pruning time: spring after flowering.

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Moonbeam Coreopsis

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description:

Mounded thread-like leaf herbaceous perennial with mounding form. Dies back in winter. Best in full sun.

Size at Maturity:

Moderately growing to 12-18" and 2' wide.

Flower:

Bright yellow flowers from spring to summer.

Special Interest:

This mounded little perennial is covered with bright yellow flowers from spring to fall over the fine textured dark green foliage. Great in perennial gardens, borders, containers, hanging baskets, cutting gardens, firescaping, ground cover, mass planting and rock gardens. Sturdy perennial.

Care Information:

Grows easily in average, well-drained soil; thrives in poor, sandy or rocky soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Remove spent blooms to encourage prolific bloom and prevent unwanted self-seeding. Fertilize in early spring.

 

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Purple Coneflower/ Echinacea

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

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Habit/Description:

Perennial with mounded, clump-forming habit. Full sun.

Size at Maturity:

Flower:

Special Interest:

This beautiful perennial has many wonderful qualities. Tall, purplish/pink flowers appear on stalks in summer above the dark green, mounded foliage. Used often for its medicinal properties providing strength for the immunity and health in teas and medicines, when in a landscape Echinacea is great in perennial gardens, cut flower and woodland gardens, borders, pollinator gardens and firescaping. It attracts bees and butterflies prolifically. Dying back in the winter, the old cones and foliage can be removed after turning brown and the seeds scattered.

Care Information:

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Requires less water once established. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

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Yoshino Cherry

  Groundcover / Vines  |  Perennials  |  Trees  |  Shrubs

Habit/Description:

Beautiful ornamental tree with a rounded crown and arching branches. Glossy medium green, large textured leaves. Deciduous. Full sun.

Size at Maturity: 

Fast growing tree to 25' tall and wide.

Flower: 

Powdery pink flowers in spring before leafing out. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Special Interest:

Wonderful spring interest with soft pink flowers standing out before foliage. Fall brings creamy yellow leaves which fall in order to show the pretty, silver-grey bark underneath, heavily laden with lenticels. Great tree for a specimen, urban and woodland garden, mixed borders, patio tree, corner foundation and yard tree. Rapid growth rate and easy care. One of the first plants to bloom in the spring.

Care Information:

Water thoroughly when first planted and follow a regular watering schedule until established with an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth in the spring. Prune for shape and structure after flowering. Prune more heavily in winter.

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