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  • BRILLIANTINA™ Abelia

    If the details delight you, prepare to be truly dazzled. Brilliantina™ abelia is filled with little touches of beauty. Its foliage is a vibrant, watercolor-like blend of green and yellow, with orange new growth. Deep red stems and pretty little white flowers in the spring add complexity to the show. Altogether these slender stems beg to be used in an arrangement as foliage filler or as a fine textured flower filler. You’ll have plenty of time to notice all of these little elements due to a very easy care nature. You won’t have to be out pruning, as it was developed specifically to maintain a tidy habit without any of the random long shoots – also known as “dog legs” –  you might be familiar with from other abelias. It gets established quickly and will happily live under a layer of mulch and a bit of water now and then if there’s a drought.

    Why plant Brilliantina™ abelia?

    • Cheerful coloring
    • Very easy to care for
    • Useful mid-size habit for the border

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    FUNSHINE® Abelia

    The bright spot of any landscape! Funshine® abelia greets the season with bright caramel-orange foliage that matures to chartreuse. Throughout summer, fragrant lavender blooms pepper the plant, attracting myriad hummingbirds and butterflies. Shade tolerant and deer resistant, it’s a trouble-free way to add color to your yard.

    Why plant Funshine abelia?

    • Brightly colored foliage brings light and life to any spot in the landscape
    • Lavender flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies
    • Shade tolerance and deer resistance make it easy to grow and enjoy

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    TRES AMIGOS® Abelia

    Colorful, but elegant! Soft bluish-green, pink, and cream come together in elegant, variegated foliage. Throughout the season, you’ll see subtle shifts in the main color; in spring the creamy yellow is most dominant and by summer the pink margins take front stage, accented by bold pink new growth. Tiny white, fragrant flowers appear all summer long complementing the interesting foliage show and drawing in pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. Its continuous color and compact habit make it a great candidate for Mass plantings, filling in a border or a foundation planting, and even for containers on balconies.

    Why plant Tres Amigos® abelia?

    • Constant color
    • Tough, easy-care plant
    • Compact habit

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    GROUND HUG® Aronia

    You’re looking at a real problem-solving shrub. Ground Hug® aronia quickly covers problematic areas, thriving even in very difficult conditions and looking great while doing it. Spring brings clusters of white flowers that attract all sorts of pollinators, and these become black-purple berries by late summer. Come autumn, it lights up in tones of red, orange, and yellow for an unforgettable season finale, before taking a rest and doing it all again the following spring. Aronia is a North American native that can grow in just about any spot, including the worst: pH extremes are no problem, nor are excessive moisture or dryness. It can grow in sun or shade, though in shade, flowering will be diminished, and fall color not as vivid.

    Why grow Ground Hug aronia?

    • Transforms any area into a low-maintenance carpet of green
    • Spring flowers, summer berries, and colorful fall foliage
    • Native shrub supports pollinators and wildlife

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  • 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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    SUNJOY® Citrus Barberry

    If it’s low-maintenance color you’re after, Sunjoy Citrus® barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is the solution! This ground-hugging mounded barberry has bright yellow foliage that maintains its color even in full, hot sun. Pair it with something contrasting for an eye-popping effect, or play off the golden tones with white and green for a more subdued look. Thanks to its dense, compact habit, it needs no pruning or special care, and like all barberries, displays exceptional deer resistance.

    Why grow Sunjoy Citrus barberry?

    • Needs no pruning or maintenance
    • Very deer resistant
    • Bright gold foliage all season long

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    SUNJOY GOLD PILLAR® Barberry

    So colorful and so versatile! Thanks to its unique column-like habit, Sunjoy Gold Pillar® barberry can do some heavy lifting in the landscape yet it remains a very easy-care and durable shrub. Foliage is bright yellow in full sun and resists the burning that can plague other golden barberries, plus it develops very showy fall color. It can be planted as a low hedge or edging, used as a specimen in the landscape or garden, and also adds a nice touch of formality to containers.

    Why grow Sunjoy Gold Pillar barberry:?

    • Naturally grows as a dense, narrow column
    • Super easy to care for
    • Vivid color spring through fall

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    SUNJOY ORANGE PILLAR® Barberry

    Vibrant color and architectural interest any garden could use. With a narrow, upright (fastigiate) habit and color so bold it’s almost neon, Sunjoy Orange Pillar® barberry acts as an exclamation point in the landscape! It’s very easy to care for – no need to prune, no deer doing any unwanted pruning, and no need to water after it’s established. Just plant and enjoy the bold presence it brings to your garden.

    Why grow Sunjoy Orange Pillar® barberry?

    • Vibrant color
    • Interesting habit
    • Easy care regimen

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    SUNJOY® Mini Saffron Barberry

    Tiny, tidy, and super colorful! Sunjoy Mini Saffron® barberry just needs sun and well-drained soil – if you can give it that, it will give you bright gold foliage spring-fall and never need pruning or trimming. Like other barberries, it’s free of pests and diseases, including deer, and offers tremendous versatility in the landscape. Foliage has been extensively evaluated and proven to resist burning in full sun.

    Why grow Sunjoy Mini Saffron barberry?

    • Colorful yet easy care
    • Highly deer resistant
    • Does not burn, even in bright sun

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    SUNJOY® TANGELO™ Barberry

    Bright, bold Sunjoy® Tangelo™ barberry brings the color to your landscape or garden. In early spring, its foliage emerges a brilliant orange. As the season progresses, its leaves develop an appealing chartreuse ring around the edge which creates an eclipse-like effect and adds depth to the planting. Come autumn, the plant is ablaze in tones of red and orange. Sunjoy Tangelo barberry shines out in the landscape and it makes an excellent companion to conifers, especially those with blue tones like juniper and blue spruce. It needs no pruning to maintain its neat shape, and resists pests and diseases (including deer!) for a truly low maintenance experience.

    Why grow Sunjoy Tangelo barberry?

    • Vivid orange foliage brings color and cheer to the landscape or garden
    • Needs no pruning or fussing
    • Highly deer resistant

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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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    BEYOND PINK’D® Bluebeard

    Darling dark pink flowers on a BLUEbeard! Beyond Pink’d® caryopteris brings a bright pop of pink to the late summer landscape with tons of blooms on a compact habit. With an annual hard prune in late winter, it springs back up in the perfect rounded form. Hundreds of whimsical multi-tiered blooms act as a buffet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Trust us, they come in droves. Though it is not quite as hardy as other bluebeards, it is fast growing and beautiful enough to be grown as a patio plant in colder areas.

    Why grow Beyond Pink’d® bluebeard?

    • Dramatic flower display
    • Great pollinator plant
    • Grows quickly to its mature size

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    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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    LEGEND OF THE FALL® Bottlebrush

    Demand more from your fall color display with Legend of the Fall® fothergilla! It lights up with every gorgeous hue a leaf can be, starting with purples and reds, intensifying to oranges and yellows. Happily, it’s not just a one note plant. Its fragrant white flowers in spring are the ideal way to welcome the season, and provide sustenance to pollinators as they wake up or migrate back to the area. A rather neat habit makes this plant easy to work into your landscape or garden. Like other fothergilla, it may put out some suckers, but these can be easily controlled by pulling, cutting, or severing with a sharp spade. Plant in sun, shade, or anywhere in between, but fall color will be most vivid in spots that get at least some sun each day.

    Why grow Legend of the Fall® bottlebrush?

    • Super low maintenance
    • Spring pollinator plant
    • Quite shade tolerant

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    LEGEND OF THE SMALL® Bottlebrush

    Little habit. Little leaves. BIG fall color display. When you consider that a typical fothergilla can reach around 10 feet tall and wide, you might be rather shocked to learn that Legend of the Small® only grows to a third of that size. You get all the vibrant, eye-popping, jaw-dropping fall color, but in a manageable package. Plant it in the middle of your border or as a low hedge and watch it show off from spring until late fall. Spring is for milky white, bottlebrush shaped flowers, summer is for blue-green matte foliage, and fall is for the explosion of yellow, orange, and red leaf color. Like other fothergilla, it may put out some suckers, but these can be easily controlled by pulling, cutting, or severing with a sharp spade. Plant in sun, shade, or anywhere in between, but fall color will be most vivid in spots that get at least some sun each day.

    Why grow Legend of the Fall® bottlebrush?

    • Very small habit
    • Spring pollinator plant
    • Quite shade tolerant

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