Garden Plans

Starting a garden from scratch is a thrill. There are so many possibilities! To help narrow those down and make the process feel less daunting, we offer two ways to approach your project. 

The first way is to consider your restrictions. Many of these pop up naturally, whether we like them or not, for example, how much light the space gets, your growing zone, soil type, the actual size you have to work with, and so on. In each garden design below, you’ll see a common element many gardeners have to plan around. This helps limit the palette and often makes the planting more interesting.

The second way to simplify garden planning is to take a cue from the house style it’s planted in front of. Many home styles have a distinct path forward when it comes to design. We have created garden plans crafted around 7 common home styles to inspire you. Below you’ll see plans for a townhouse, mid-century ranch, colonial, craftsman, cape cod, Mediterranean, and modern farmhouse.

( If you’d like to dive into what garden roles are and how to use them in your design, check out the digital version of Gardening Simplified to learn all about them.)

Townhouse Garden Plan

Townhouses come in many different styles and colors, but the yard size is typically pretty small. To make the most of the space, look for plants you love but in dwarf sizes or with narrow footprints. Use taller plants to emphasize the features you love about your home.

Now the restriction: salty soil. One of the most common culprits is sidewalk salt. Thanks to shoveling or snow blowing, that salt can sometimes end up in the garden. To be sure your garden stays healthy looking, only consider plants labeled salt tolerant and choose from that group.

Requirements:
part shade tolerant + salt tolerant

Aesthetic goals:
all white color palette

Garden roles used: 
specimen, edging, border

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Featured Plants

  • TATER TOT® Arborvitae

    Got a spot in your landscape that needs a little something to make it more interesting? Plant a Tater Tot® arborvitae! This cute little dwarf evergreen naturally grows in a dense ball shape without the need for pruning or training. Lush “fans” of evergreen foliage give it appealing texture and year-round interest. Tater Tot arborvitae works nicely as an edging in a landscape, providing structure and winter beauty in a flower garden, or in containers. It also provides excellent structure for lighting.

    Why grow Tater Tot arborvitae?

    • Naturally dwarf evergreen keeps its shape without pruning
    • Lush fan-like foliage provides texture
    • Native to North America
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  • LOW SCAPE MOUND® Aronia

    Stabilize soil, keep down weeds, and transform just about any spot – no matter how problematic – into a carpet of green with Low Scape Mound® aronia. Called “chokeberry” by some, this native flowering shrub has an unusual mounded habit that expands the applications for this durable species in the landscape. In spring, it is covered in white flowers; glossy green foliage carries it through summer, accompanied by attractive blue-black berries. Come autumn, the whole plant lights up in red and orange. Low Scape Mound aronia can be planted as an edging, Mass planting, or included in wildlife, pollinator, and native plant gardens. It does sucker somewhat, which increases the overall size of the plant over time, but suckers can be readily pulled or cut out if desired.

    Why grow Low Scape Mound aronia:

    • Multi-season interest in a durable, problem-solving package
    • Native to North America
    • Can grow in nearly any condition, even very challenging conditions
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  • GATSBY GAL® Oakleaf Hydrangea

    It’s amazing to see a native oakleaf hydrangea out in a woodland, but it can be hard to picture it in the garden. That’s where the Gatsby series of H. quercifolia comes into play. This lovely native species becomes accessible to ornamental, small-scale woodland, and any other garden imaginable. Gatsby Gal® in particular is a compact selection with extra showy, full panicles of white flowers and dramatic fall foliage. Its large flowers are held away from the plant in an exclamation style, giving it an exciting firework-like appearance.

    Why grow Gatsby Gal® oakleaf hydrangea?

    • Dense, white flowers look striking in the shade.
    • Compact habit makes it a good fit for many landscape roles.
    • A native that attracts pollinators.
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  • LITTLE LIME® Hardy Hydrangea

    Little Lime® panicle hydrangea has the same big blooms and cool green coloring you love from ‘Limelight’, but its space-saving stature means it can be planted in more gardens than ever! Its strong stems hold flowers strictly upright, creating a worry free, long lasting display. It performs well in containers and looks handsome when planted in foundation designs or as a low hedge.

    Why grow Little Lime® panicle hydrangea?

    • Useful dwarf size
    • Long-lasting flowers
    • Elegant color transition
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  • SUGARTINA® ‘Crystalina’ Summersweet

    A dwarf form of our native Clethra alnifolia, it has dark glossy foliage and a tight, dense shape. The fragrant white flowers are very attractive to pollinators.

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  • STONEHENGE SKINNY® Yew

    Similar to Stonehenge® Taxus, but even skinnier. There’s no pruning, shearing, and little to no spacing needed for this dense, dark green columnar yew. We’ve been watching this plant for over eight years, and it holds its dark color all year long and has never winter burned. It’s useful as a super-skinny, space-saving hedge or as a specimen plant.

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Mid-Century Ranch Garden Plan

Most mid-century homes are very long, which means there is a lot of potential gardening space. To keep the area manageable, plan a bed that’s long and pretty narrow. Choose plants that will bulk up nicely and take up garden space. Avoid planting a ton of small plants that will require a lot of individual maintenance. From there, ensure that the heights of the plants will vary against the backdrop of the home, an undulating line will break up the straight lines mid-centuries are known for.

Now the restriction: shade. Although true shade plants are available in less abundance than full sun options, it’s important to choose plants that will reliably perform in under 4 hours of direct light. That way your garden won’t look thin or unhealthy.

Requirements:
shade tolerant

Aesthetic goal:
pink, yellow, and white

Garden roles used:
hedge, border, specimen, edging

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Featured Plants

  • NORTH POLE® Arborvitae

    Whether you have a small yard or just don’t want to spare any more of your precious real estate, North Pole® arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is the perfect choice. Growing just 3-5′ wide but 10-15′ tall, it’s a space-saving evergreen that can be planted in so many different ways: as a distinctive specimen, in sculptural groups, as a narrow hedge, or paired for a touch of formality at entryways. This native arborvitae is very hardy (down to USDA zone 3)  and adaptable to various soils and conditions.

    Why grow North Pole arborvitae?

    • One of the most space-saving varieties – requires only 3-5′ square feet of ground space
    • Keeps a lush green color all year-round
    • Native to North America
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  • KODIAK® Red Diervilla

    A rugged plant with attractive red spring and autumn foliage, its new growth is tipped with red during the summer months, too. The yellow summer flowers support pollinators. One of the few plants to tolerate dry shade, it will have brighter color in Part Sun or Full Sun.

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  • GOLDEN SHADOWS® Pagoda Dogwood

    Make a memorable, elegant statement in your landscape with Golden Shadows® pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia). This small tree gets the name “pagoda dogwood” from its strongly horizontal branching which give it a distinctive look that does indeed resemble the famous pagodas of Japan. Bedecking these branches are elegant variegated leaves that emerge orange and soon develop a mélange of cheery yellow and emerald green. In spring, clusters of white flowers are held above the branches for a truly unforgettable display you’ll look forward to every year.

    Though it sounds like Golden Shadows dogwood would hail from a faraway place, it is native to North America and brings with it excellent durability, hardiness (down to USDA zone 3), and heat tolerance (through USDA zone 8). As it grows in the understory of the forests of the eastern half of the US and Canada, it’s also far more shade tolerant than one might expect, and its golden foliage lights up dim spaces. This spectacular small tree deserves pride of place in your landscape or garden, where it will get you compliments for a lifetime.

    Golden Shadows dogwood is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

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    GATSBY PINK® Oakleaf Hydrangea

    It’s amazing to see a native oakleaf hydrangea out in a woodland, but it can be hard to picture it in a garden. That’s where the Gatsby series of H. quercifolia comes into play. This lovely native species has become accessible to ornamental, small-scale woodland, and any other garden imaginable. With Gatsby Pink® you get true panache. Its flowers are perfect lacecaps, mounded into panicles that are larger than footballs. Let’s just say, they really stand out. In summer the blooms emerge pure white and slowly mature to a captivating dark shade of pink. Often by that time the oak leaf-shaped foliage has also started to gain its fall color, a rich shade of mahogany-purple. Together this makes an incredibly colorful show and looks perfect when used as a border plant, tall hedge, or in mixed borders with other whimsical natives.

    Why grow Gatsby Pink® oakleaf hydrangea?

    • Unbeatable fall color in flowers and foliage.
    • A native that attracts pollinators.
    • Very shade tolerant – finally a way to get big color into low-sun areas!
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  • BLACK HAT® Rhododendron

    Developed by Dr. Tom Ranney at NCSU, Black Hat® rhododendron is a small-leaved, compact ‘PJM’ type. What sets it apart, however, is that it is a triploid selection, making the rose-purple early spring flowers far longer lasting than conventional selections. Thick, dark, evergreen foliage takes on dramatic purple-black tones in cool weather.

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  • SCENTLANDIA® Sweetspire

    Fabulously fragrant. Sweetspire is beloved for so many reasons: it’s native, shade tolerant, deer resistant, has handsome foliage, amazing fall color, very showy flowers, and of course, delicious fragrance. So how could Scentlandia® sweetspire improve on the classic? Better hardiness, for one, so that even gardeners in the colder parts of its hardiness zone can enjoy the fragrance, year after year. It also boasts brighter, more consistent fall color, along with a compact, refined habit.

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Colonial Garden Plan

Many colonial-style homes are quite symmetrical. Windows are mirrored, the spacing between doors and windows is even, etc. This type of building is perfectly matched with a mirrored garden. A formal-style garden is a natural fit.

Now the restriction: deer. Deer cause trouble for so, so many gardeners. Only choose plants that are clearly labeled as deer resistant (or check them against this list). Consider installing the garden in stages. Only plant one or two of a new-to-you plant to see how the deer will respond.

Requirements:
deer resistant

Aesthetic goal:
blue, pink, chartreuse

Garden roles used:
low hedge, specimen, border

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Featured Plants

  • SUNSHINE BLUE® II Bluebeard

    For gardeners who love a colorful space! Sunshine Blue® II bluebeard has a baseline of cheerful yellow-y chartreuse foliage. Its springy rounded habit bears the color perfectly, presenting itself as a sunny little ball for the middle or front of the border. Thanks to its constant color, you could easily plant it in place of coleus! In late summer, the color display doubles! Its airy stems fill with little bunches of bright blue, flowers. This view is the reason for its other common name – blue mist spirea. From afar, it looks like a little blue cloud is hovering over the little mass of foliage. As a note, it’s not actually related to spirea one bit.

    Why grow Sunshine Blue® II bluebeard?

    • Very hardy and adaptable to many conditions
    • Great pollinator plant
    • Grows quickly to its mature size
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  • NORTH STAR® Boxwood

    North Star® boxwood is one of the most reliable plants you could ask for. It stays small without much, if any, intervention. It retains a healthy green color year round, but especially in winter when it matters the most. It has a dense habit, perfect for creating a uniform visual barrier as edging or a low hedge. When it comes to the ever-feared boxwood blight, it’s even shown rather good resistance. If no nonsense elegance is your aim, put North Star boxwood in the game.

    Why grow North Star boxwood?

    • Low maintenance
    • Reliable short height
    • Very dense habit
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  • PUGSTER BLUE® Butterfly Bush

    A smaller habit, but not smaller blooms. Pugster Blue® buddleia has the same impact as a full size plant, but with a much smaller footprint. You’ll love how its massive dark blue blooms (measuring up to six inches long) decorate the stocky habit. Each bloom pops up, almost like a firework. Its quirky habit cheers up the border, makes a fun low hedge, or integrates easily into a pollinator garden. After it’s established, it is extraordinarily drought tolerant and doesn’t need any deadheading to bloom from summer straight through to frost. You’ll only need to give it a quick trim in spring to encourage that vigorous new growth each season. Pugster Blue butterfly bush is a Blue Ribbon Winner for performance in the University of California low irrigation landscape trials.

    Why grow Pugster Blue buddleia?

    – Impressive bloom size
    – Impactful dark blue coloring
    – Very low maintenance

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  • PINPOINT® Blue False Cypress

    Space saving evergreen. With its appealing color, soft texture, and versatile habit, Pinpoint® Blue chamaecyparis makes an irresistible addition to the landscape. Feathery blue foliage persists all year, remaining bright and handsome even in winter. Narrow, columnar growth takes up little space in the landscape and needs no pruning to maintain.

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  • BLOOMERANG PURPINK® Lilac

    The perfect mix of purple and pink, Bloomerang Purpink lilac makes you question your eyes for more than its tricky coloration. When it was in the trial fields, we asked ourselves, “Is that really just one plant?” The number of blooms it can produce is pretty overwhelming, in a good way. It’s also one of the most prolific rebloomers in the Bloomerang series! So you’ll get to keep the nostalgia going with its classic beauty. Plant it near your windows to enjoy the fragrance or in a border by a well-loved pathway so you can gather some blooms each time you walk by. If you’re looking for a fabulous three-season plant, you’ve found your match.

    Why grow Bloomerang Purpink lilac?
    – Incredible bloom count
    – Lovely nostalgic fragrance
    – Nice, midsize habit

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  • Blue CHIFFON® Rose of Sharon

    Large puffed flowers would make Blue Chiffon® rose of Sharon special enough, but the rich blue color sends it beyond that. It’s a valuable addition to the late summer garden where it stands out as a specimen or ties the entire space together with other blue-flowered shrubs or perennials. With a tolerance for clay soil, black walnut trees, deer, drought, and heat it can bring beauty to many tough spots.

    Why grow Blue Chiffon® rose of Sharon?

    • eye-catching true blue flowers
    • easy care maintenace
    • low seed set and long bloom time
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    POLLYPETITE® Rose of Sharon

    Dwarf hibiscus with big impact. Pollypetite® is a dwarf hybrid hibiscus with a unique, useful habit – it naturally grows as a rounded ball, just 3-4′ tall and wide. Lavender flowers contrast with deep green foliage; very low seed set is a big plus.

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  • DOUBLE PLAY DOLLY® Spirea

    Perfectly walking the line between quirky and elegant, Double Play Dolly spirea has a whole new color story to enjoy. In its foliage you’ll find mature candy apple green leaves on the interior, chartreuse leaves near the outside, and orangey-red new growth perfectly peppering the top. It blooms from late spring until the last breaths of summer, adding complexity to this fabulous riot of color. Its flowers are bright purple and grow from reddish-green stems that match the color of the new growth nicely. You’ll love finding ways to use this new color combination in your gardens, the possibilities are endless. Beyond its obvious colorful appeal, its easy going nature has earned it a place in the front row. It naturally has a neat, compact habit, will draw in pollinators to observe for months on end, and doesn’t attract deer or wilt under drought.

    Why grow Double Play Dolly® spirea?

    • Totally new color combination with foliage and flowers
    • Extremely long blooming
    • Low maintenance with no need to prune or worry about deer
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Craftsman Garden Plan

With an artistic, highly detailed aesthetic, you’ll want a garden to complement it. Go with plants that draw from the colors you enjoy in your home, or complement the exterior colors. Often craftsman homes have interesting colored trim and differently colored details, draw those colors out with your plant selection! 

Now the restriction: you only grow plants native to North America. Easy! There are so many handsome native plants in a range of colors, as the example below shows!

Requirements:
native to North America

Aesthetic goal:
pink, burgundy, and white color scheme

Garden roles used:
edging, specimen, border

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Featured Plants

  • LOW SCAPE SNOWFIRE® Aronia

    Fire and ice, or in this case snow, are a classic combination, but seeing them perfectly embodied in a plant never gets old. Low Scape Snowfire® aronia exhibits these extremes perfectly. Among its fellows in the Low Scape® series, it is the heaviest bloomer yet! Its spring bloom is fluffy and white and almost obscures the shiny green foliage. You won’t be able to pass by the planting without hearing the steady hum of happy pollinators amongst the flowers. By late summer, an equally abundant crop of dark blue berries arrives, now to the delight of birds and other wildlife. It’s in fall though when the gardener’s gift is delivered – the foliage ignites in a jaw dropping color show of glowing red and burgundy. Altogether this plant is an incredible performer, it gives three solid seasons of interest with very little work to maintain it.

    Why grow Low Scape Snowfire® aronia?

    • Three seasons of interest
    • Native plant beneficial to pollinators and wildlife
    • Extremely low maintenance
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    PROUD BERRY® Coral Berry

    This selection of our native coral berry has very heavy fruit set and an attractive compact habit. Bright pink berries cover this plant in late summer and fall; a pollinator is not needed. Great for Mass plantings in gardens and parks or adding unexpected fall color to mixed borders. The fruit is not edible.

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  • KODIAK® Black Diervilla

    This is a showy selection of our native species. Burgundy-black new growth in spring turns dark green in summer, and purple in fall. The yellow summer flowers support pollinator populations. One of the few plants to tolerate dry shade, this is an adaptable, durable choice for landscapes. Color will be more pronounced in sun or Part Sun.

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    INCREDIBALL® Blush Smooth Hydrangea

    All the same strength and beauty of the original Incrediball®, but a lovely shade of blush-pink. In early summer a sea of dark pink buds float atop sturdy stems, flushing out into massive silvery-pink blooms for a long summer show. It reblooms throughout the season and into autumn, giving this plant a complex, months-long color show. Its convenient size suits it well for use in the middle of the border, as the thriller in container plantings, and just about any other landscape application you can think of!

    Why grow Incrediball® Blush smooth hydrangea?

    • Fantastic native for the cut flower garden.
    • Very strong stems.
    • Captivating coloring.
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  • INVINCIBELLE WEE WHITE® Smooth Hydrangea

    Invincibelle Wee White® smooth hydrangea doesn’t just do everything ‘Annabelle’ does, it does it better. It has stronger stems, a smaller habit, and it’s more floriferous. You’ll love its useful compact frame, growing just 1-2.5 feet tall and wide, you’ll be able to put it just about anywhere. Its best placement is near high-traffic areas though, so its summer-long output of fresh blooms can be easily enjoyed. It’s lovely at the front of the border as edging or a low hedge, looks precious potted up, and is at home in mixed beds with perennials.

    Why grow Invincibelle Wee White® smooth hydrangea?

    • Looks so perfect you might think it’s a fake plant.
    • Blooms for the entire summer and into fall.
    • A really tough native plant, it can thrive in heat and clay soil!
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  • TINY WINE® Ninebark

    The name “ninebark” derives from the peeling mature bark, which makes it look like there are multiple layers of bark on the plant. It is a very appealing winter effect. Ninebark is a rugged native plant that is very useful for cold, exposed landscapes. Tiny Wine® is smaller than other dwarf varieties in the market, with small, refined leaves. The dark bronze-maroon foliage is colorful all season, and contrasts with the dainty pinkish-white flowers that cover the stems in spring. It has superior disease-resistance, including resistance to powdery mildew. It adds durable season-long color to landscapes. Physocarpus will tolerate clay soils, and extablished plants will also tolerate some drought.

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  • MIDNIGHT EXPRESS™ Redbud

    This specimen tree provides more than one season of interest! Midnight Express® redbud has you covered from spring ’til fall with its fabulous color show. It starts with an impressive number of bright pink, pea-shaped blooms lining each branch in the springtime. From there, it grows large, heart-shaped foliage with dark burgundy coloring that shifts to a dynamic show in summer with emerald green hints. The leaf coloring is the same as or a bit darker than Black Pearl™ redbud. It grows in a more upright manner and fills out faster than Forest Pansy redbud. The most dramatic show is saved for fall when the interior foliage lights up with butterscotch yellow coloring while the exterior leaves remain burgundy and red. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this native, color-changing tree!

    Why grow Midnight Express redbud?
    – Dramatic foliage color for the entire growing season
    – Excellent flower coverage in springtime
    – Convenient size

    Midnight Express redbud is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

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    SIMPLY SCENTSATIONAL® Sweetshrub

    The nicest smelling native on the market! Simply Scentsational® Calycanthus is the result of thousands of sniffs and we’re proud to say this is the most intriguing scent you’ll find in any garden. Debate amongst your friends and relatives whether it’s melon, banana, strawberry, or even Juicy Fruit gum that your nose is picking up. And while you’re at it, you can admire its gorgeous velvety magnolia-like flowers.

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  • BRANDYWINE™ Witherod Viburnum

    Plant Brandywine viburnum (Viburnum nudum) and partake in one of the most beautiful berry displays in the plant kingdom! The show starts in late spring, when it bears clusters of foamy white flowers. Handsome, glossy green foliage carries it through summer. Late in August, the green berries, practically hidden among the foliage, turn ivory, then vivid pink, then blue. Each berry cluster often displays all three colors at once for a truly memorable effect! As the berries change color, so does the foliage, taking on a vivid red that makes the berries seem even more colorful.

    Brandywine viburnum is a North American native species that was selected for its more refined, compact habit (5-6′ tall and wide, versus 10’+ in the wild), and its abundant set of flowers and berries. Brandywine viburnum does not require a different variety to pollinate it, however, it serves to pollinate the variety ‘Winterthur’, in which case both plants will bear abundant fruit.

    Why grow Brandywine viburnum?
    – Uniquely colorful berries in fall: ivory, pink, and blue, often all at once
    – Bright red fall foliage makes the display truly unforgettable
    – Native to North America, with a compact, landscape-friendly habit

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Cape Cod Garden Plan

To play into the romantic charm of a Cape Cod or cottage style garden, embrace the blousiest or most intricate blooms with the richest scents and textures. Together these plants will create a welcoming view, worthy of a painting.

Now the restriction: you want a cut flower garden. Only choose plants that would look good together in an arrangement. So no matter the season or what’s in bloom, you’ll always have a vase filled with loveliness.

Requirements:
cut flower stems

Aesthetic goal:

Purple, white, and pink color scheme

Garden roles used:

groundcover, specimen, border

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Featured Plants

  • PEARL GLAM® Beautyberry

    Beautyberry (known botanically as Callicarpa) always lives up to its name in late summer/early autumn, when its elegant, arching branches are covered with a huge crop of the most unbelievably purple berries. However, most beautyberries are less than thrilling up until that point. Pearl Glam® beautyberry changes all of that, thanks to elegant dark purple foliage from spring through frost. It also boasts a neat, upright habit that takes up far less valuable garden real estate than the old sprawling varieties. Pearl Glam beautyberry does not need a separate variety to pollinate it – it is self-fruitful and will develop a showy crop of purple fruits even if you plant just one. This is a very nice choice for cut flower arrangements as well as in the garden or landscape.

    Why grow Pearl Glam beautyberry?

    • Dark purple foliage keeps it interesting all season, not just in late summer when it fruits
    • Tons of clusters of perfectly round purple berries in late summer/fall
    • Space-saving upright habit takes up far less space than conventional beautyberries
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  • WEE BIT GRUMPY® Bigleaf Hydrangea

    All the dramatic color your dream garden needs! Wee Bit Grumpy® bigleaf hydrangea is GLAD to show off its hot pink, magenta, or moody violet flowers (depending on your soil pH). These fully saturated mophead blooms are packed onto a tight, compact habit. Easy for tucking into the front of your border to deliver summerlong color with its Long blooming nature! You won’t have to lift a finger to keep this little beauty looking fresh, as it’s one of the most rugged hydrangeas you’ll find. It’s extremely disease resistant and will thrive in a range of soil conditions, from clay to salt to alkaline or acidic! This dwarf hydrangea is anything but cranky, and it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

    Why grow Wee Bit Grumpy® bigleaf hydrangea?

    • Luscious dark blooms
    • Petite habit
    • Matures quickly
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  • TINY QUICK FIRE® Panicle Hydrangea

    There’s always that one garden spot we treasure, but nothing seems to do it justice. Until now! Tiny Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea is the plant for the job. It’s the smallest, most prolifically blooming hydrangea imaginable. Easily tucked into just about any spot, you’ll find it looks lovely in groups, in pots, and even as a tiny little edging hedge. Like the other members of the Quick Fire family, it blooms early. Its foliage is practically obscured by brilliant white blooms in early July, and by September, they’ve matured to rich dark pink. This tidy hydrangea is so easy to care for that it will soon become your go-to plant. Just plan to water it regularly while it’s getting established its first year, water during droughts after it’s established, and prune its old flowers off in the spring. And voila, you’ll have a trusty flowering plant ready to impress any visitor from summer into fall.

    Why grow Tiny Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea?

    • Extremely small habit means infinite uses in the garden
    • Early blooms extend hydrangea season
    • Flowers on new wood = reliable performance
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    INVINCIBELLE LACE® Smooth Hydrangea

    There is nothing out there quite like Invincibelle Lace® hydrangea. It’s the very first smooth hydrangea that features warm purple lacy florets! The delicate beauty of these lacecap flowers is enjoyed by pollinators and humans alike, not least of all for their ability to remain visible through almost any weather thanks to their hard-working stems. Each strong stem is a lovely ruby hue, providing yet another facet of beauty to enjoy, and stands solemnly upright, only swaying gently in the wind. The combination of lacy flowers and long, spaced-out stems creates the most ethereal look, perfect for Mass plantings in meadow-style gardens, filling in the middle of a border, or settling into a pollinator garden to provide reliable summer pollen and nectar.

    Why grow Invincibelle Lace® smooth hydrangea?

    • Dual-purpose flowers – pretty for the garden and useful to pollinators.
    • Totally unique, a great addition for collectors or true plant geeks.
    • A fantastic cut flower, adds dimension to any arrangement.
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  • SCENTARA PURA® Lilac

    Scentara Pura® is a hyacinthiflora lilac, the most fragrant type on the market. It earns its name from its pure purple flowers and deep, true fragrance. Fresh green foliage resists disease and keeps the plant looking good even when it’s not in bloom. Warm climate gardeners should especially take note of Scentara Pura lilac: it requires less chilling than other lilacs, so performs better when winters are mild.

    Why grow Scentara Pura lilac?

    • Extremely fragrant flowers
    • Great bloom coverage
    • Does well in warmer gardens than other lilacs
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  • DOUBLE TAKE ETERNAL WHITE® Quince

    The impact that this continuously flowering, elegant beyond words quince brings to the garden will have you doing a double take. Truly, Double Take Eternal White quince’s big, camellia-like blooms are packed along its branches. Little lime-colored, pearl-like buds are tucked within these bunches of flowers and promise an even longer show. With each branch practically shining out of the garden, its wider-than-tall habit is nicely highlighted. It makes a lovely Ground cover or grouping in the middle of the border.

    Why grow Double Take Eternal White quince?
    – Long flower period
    – Useful wider-than-tall habit
    – Heavy flower set

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  • RISE UP LILAC DAYS® Climbing Rose

    The Rise Up® series of roses are the first-ever climbing roses from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs. We call them “mini climbers,” as they keep a neat, dense habit and can be grown as a climber or a shrub rose, depending on how you want to prune or train them. Coming to us from the rose breeding genius of Chris Warner in the UK, these vigorous, healthy, Long blooming roses create a range of new applications for Proven Winners ColorChoice roses. The flowers have a sweet semi-double form that attracts pollinators and an incredible fragrance you must sniff yourself to believe. The unique purple color hints at blue and blends beautifully with the color of your home or with other plants in your landscape.

     

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  • REMINISCENT® Pink Rose

    Reminiscent® roses represent a new day for rose lovers, combining the classic beauty and fragrance of old-fashioned roses with modern-day performance. They were developed in Serbia by a breeding team that is devoted to bringing out the best in color, fragrance, petal count, and flower power. Available in North America for the very first time, Reminiscent roses will be the roses everyone’s looking for at their local garden center.

    Reminiscent® Pink rose calls to mind the glory days of roses, with roots that metaphorically harken back to Joséphine’s Malmaison: those big, lush blooms, bursting with petals, pure color, and powerful fragrance. Yet it comes with none of the issues that plague old roses, and it blooms all summer without deadheading. Rediscover what you love about roses!

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  • THE VELVET FOG® Smokebush

    Not all smokebushes are created equal, as evidenced by the fabulous The Velvet Fog smokebush. Each early summer, it creates dozens of billowy blossoms that mature into those characteristic smoke-like puffs over the following weeks. Their vivid pink color contrasts delightfully with the waxy, blue-green foliage. Another feature that sets The Velvet Fog smokebush apart is its dense, lush habit – it naturally grows as a neat oval. It makes a stunning specimen or unexpected hedge option, and even plays nicely in perennial and flower gardens.

    Fun fact: The “smoke” that gives smokebush its name is not actually the flowers – it’s the seed heads. The flowers themselves are actually quite small and not all that showy, but as they age and develop into seeds, they take on that fascinating smoke-like puff.

    Why grow The Velvet Fog smokebush:

    • Sets more flowers than conventional smokebush
    • Brighter and better pink smoke color
    • Lush, dense habit is not awkward like older smokebushes
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  • WHITE ALBUM® Euonymus

    An improved form of ‘Emerald Gaiety’ with brighter leaves, stable variegation, and a neat, consistent habit. Tolerates black walnut.

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Mediterranean Garden Plan

Generally, you’ll see some long straight lines and stucco siding. Break this view up with nicely rounded plants filled with good texture. Look for plants with really small leaves or tiny little flower petals and plants with large blousy blooms that will contrast the solid sides of the home.

Now the restriction: drought tolerant. With drought being a big issue many gardeners face these days, you’ll find pretty clear notes on whether a plant can thrive through drought or not. Stick to these plants and save some water after they’ve gotten established in the ground in their first year.

Requirements:
drought tolerant + hardy up to zone 10

Aesthetic goal:
pink and orange color palette

Garden roles used: 
border, specimen

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  • CHICKLET® Orange Trumpet Bush

    Think of Chicklet Orange Tecoma as a long-blooming trumpet vine in a non-invasive, compact shrub form. Rich orange panicles provide a festive display of color, both as a garden shrub in hot areas or as a patio plant in cooler climates.

    Why grow Chicklet Orange esperanza:

    – Colorful orange blooms all summer
    – Great in containers in cold climates
    – Dwarf habit is easy to use anywhere

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    ESTRELLITA LITTLE STAR® Bouvardia

    Color so vibrant it’s almost unreal! The bright reddish-orangey-hot pink color of Estrellita Little Star® firecracker bush blows us away every time we see it. With such showy flowers, you might find it hard to believe, but it’s actually native to Southwest North America. Its long history of growing in those conditions gives it a rather rugged nature, perfectly suited for areas with drought, high heat, and even clay soil. It’ll look good while beating those conditions too, flowering continuously from spring ’til fall without a bit of deadheading. If you need constant color to raise your spirits and constant flowers to feed pollinators, plant Estrellita Little Star™ in your landscape!

    Why grow Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush?

    • Continuous color from spring to frost
    • Attracts pollinators
    • Tough and easy-care
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    La Vida Grande® Indian Hawthorn

    Lots and lots of showy, rich pink flowers on large panicles and dusky peach-colored new growth make this one of the most colorful Indian hawthorns we’ve ever seen. A top performer in our Florida trials, where the foliage remained clean and healthy. Live large!

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  • La Vida Mas® Indian Hawthorn

    Finally, an Indian hawthorn that blooms spring, summer, and fall! La Vida Más® rhaphiolepis was years in development, and it was selected not just for the sweet pink hue of its flowers, but its ability to rebloom and a useful, compact habit that expands the use of this long-time favorite for Southern gardens.

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  • WAXWING™ Lime Mirror Bush

    Enjoy color all year long with super glossy Waxwing™ Lime mirror bush. This New Zealand native is ideal for evergreen hedging, groundcover, and specimen plantings. It boasts vibrant foliage with each leaf a swirl of green, gold, red, and purple. Though quite tender, this vigorous shrub makes a nice choice for seasonal color in cold climates and can be brought indoors and grown as a houseplant in winter.

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Modern Farmhouse Garden Plan

A loose, meadow-like look perfectly matches the warmth of a farmhouse. Choose plants that will look good without a tight prune. If you’d like a dense look overall, keep the spacing between the plants pretty tight.

Now the restriction: must benefit pollinators. While each plant listing will let you know if it attracts pollinators, go the extra mile and choose different flower shapes and bloom times. This makes it easier for a range of pollinators to use your garden.

Requirements:
benefits pollinators

Aesthetic goal:
blue, yellow, and white color scheme

Garden roles used:
specimen, border

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    BEYOND MIDNIGHT® Bluebeard

    Send summer off on a high note with Beyond Midnight® bluebeard. Also known as blue mist spirea, this sun-loving shrubby perennial comes alive in late summer with spiky clusters of deep blue florets. The foliage is a very nice dark green for beautiful contrast that’s right at home in the landscape or flower garden. For best results, plant in full sun, well-drained (even dry) soil, and cut back each spring to maintain a dense and handsome plant. Flowers attract a parade of pollinators!

    Why grow Beyond Midnight bluebeard?

    • Deep blue flowers in late season
    • Handsome deep green foliage and neat habit
    • At home in flower gardens and landscape beds
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    BLUE DIDDLEY® Chastetree

    This dwarf chaste-tree is good for perennial gardens and mixed borders. In milder climates, it will be a small tree or shrub; in colder climates it behaves more like a perennial and will often die back to the ground. It has interesting texture, and brings cool blue color to summer gardens with its spikes of lavender-blue flowers.

    Why grow Blue Diddley chastetree?

    • Benefits pollinators
    • Plentiful showy blooms
    • Convenient dwarf habit
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  • SHOW OFF STARLET® Forsythia

    It has the same excellent flower display as the original Show Off® forsythia, but this dwarf variety grows just 3′ tall. It is ideal for smaller landscapes. Will tolerate black walnut. Tolerates occasional dry spells once it is established.

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  • ‘Scentsation’ Honeysuckle

    A very showy vine with extremely fragrant yellow flowers that bloom from mid-spring to late summer. The flowers are followed by bright red fruit. This variety is not invasive, and is a fun addition to casual landscapes when trained up a trellis or fence. Tolerates black walnut.

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  • TINY TUFF STUFF™ Mountain Hydrangea

    Closely related to H. macrophylla, H. serrata has very similar cultural requirements but better flower bud hardiness for improved blooming. Tiny Tuff Stuff is a Long blooming variety that will flower in early summer, then again on new growth later in the season. It has abundant, dainty lacecap flowers with doubled sepals. Flowers range from blue to pink to white – all soft delicate shades perfect for refined gardens. This is an excellent choice for climates where bigleaf hydrangeas struggle to overwinter.

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    ILLUMINATI TOWER® Mock Orange

    Illuminati Tower mock orange combines the old-fashioned charm of this all-time favorite with a totally new and modern habit! Reaching just 3-4′ wide compared to the more conventional 6’+ width, it will save space while also providing the jaw-dropping floral display and unforgettable sweet fragrance you expect. Deep green foliage has an appealing texture, and each stem naturally grows with a neat tower-like habit with a distinctive geometric appearance.

    Why grow Illuminati Tower mock orange?
    – The only mock orange with a space-saving narrow habit
    – Sweetly fragrant white flowers in late spring/early summer
    – Deer resistant and very cold hardy

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  • HAPPY FACE® Yellow Potentilla

    A very cold-hardy native plant, Potentilla is a durable, low-maintenance choice for landscapes. It will tolerate poor soils and clay soils, and has good rabbit-resistance. Established plants will tolerate some drought. Happy Face® Yellow has exceptionally large, clear yellow flowers that bloom from spring until late summer. Its dense habit and dark green foliage is very appealing.

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