Native Shrubs for Sun

  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • KODIAK® Orange Diervilla

    A good alternative to burning bush, this selection of our native bush honeysuckle has vibrant orange foliage in fall. Bright yellow flowers contrast with the orange new growth, and support pollinator populations. One of the few plants to tolerate dry shade, it will have more vibrant color in partial shade and Full Sun.

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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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  • BERRY HEAVY® Gold Winterberry Holly

    Our native winterberry holly is an adaptable plant that will tolerate a variety of conditions, including clay soils, and may be used for Rain gardens as well as general landscaping and Cutting gardens. Berry Heavy® Gold produces an abundant display of large, bright gold fruit in fall. It makes a very showy Mass planting or cut branch. Use Mr. Poppins™ as a pollinator.

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    BERRY POPPINS® Winterberry Holly

    Our native winterberry holly is an adaptable plant that will tolerate a variety of conditions, including clay soils, and may be used for Rain gardens as well as general landscaping and Cutting gardens. Berry Poppins® is a heavy fruiting dwarf plant with better fruit set than ‘Red Sprite’. It is ideal for small sites that need winter color. Use Mr. Poppins® as a pollinator.

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    BERRY HEAVY® Winterberry Holly

    This mass of cheery red berries looks at home in a variety of gardens – wildlife, native, formal, and mixed beds, of course. If you need a big surefire success for your fall show, trust Berry Heavy winterberry. It has a nice large habit, with good branching. It loads up with tiny white flowers in the springtime and when pollinators cross back and forth between it and the male pollinator, Mr. Poppins™, it develops a profusion of berries. There are more than enough branches to gather some for floral displays and leave plenty for the birds. This plant drops its leaves early in the fall, which gives it a great landscape presence. Unlike older varieties that keep their leaves well into late fall, which hides the berries a bit and makes it a little tedious to clean up to display in a vase. Once a few frosts hit, the berries will soften up enough for the birds to eat them. Unlike the birds, deer won’t touch these plants, so you’ll get to enjoy watching this North American native grow uninhibited.

    Why grow Berry Heavy winterberry?

    • Tolerates a variety of conditions, including clay soils and rain gardens
    • Abundant fruit set
    • Easy maintenance
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  • MR. POPPINS® Winterberry Holly

    Our native winterberry holly is an adaptable plant that will tolerate a variety of conditions, including clay soils, and may be used for Rain gardens as well as general landscaping and Cutting gardens. Mr. Poppins is a male variety that is a suitable pollinator for Berry Poppins®, Berry Heavy® and Berry Heavy® Gold winterberries. It does not produce fruit.

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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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  • GATSBY MOON® 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. For an out-of-this-world flower show, look no further than Gatsby Moon®. Really, its flowers are so massive and so round that seeing it in bloom truly reminded us of seeing the big, beautiful glowing moon at night. When it’s in bloom this plant stops you in your tracks and its pillowy mophead-like flowers draw you in for a closer look. They open a creamy white, misted with green, and slowly mature to a lovely shade of green that persists throughout the rest of the summer. Come fall, the foliage lights into glowing burgundy color, giving it even more appeal. Use it as an informal hedge or tuck it into a woodland or native garden to WOW your visitors.

    Why grow Gatsby Moon® oakleaf hydrangea?

    • Densely packed, massive flowers.
    • Very sturdy, whimsically bent stems offer an architectural element.
    • Flowers mature to a handsome green color.
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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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    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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  • INCREDIBALL® Smooth Hydrangea

    Impressive. The massive white Blooms on Incrediball® smooth hydrangea are held aloft on extremely strong stems. Not a flopping flower to be found! These basketball-sized blooms open green, quickly turn white, and slowly mature to rich jade green. It isn’t only an improvement over the original ‘Annabelle’ for its massive flowers, but for its performance as well! These stems are so strong that they’ll hold up the dried flowers all winter long, providing an interesting view when the days are dreary. Come early spring, all you’ll have to do is give it a light trim, taking off just one-third of its height and width. And with that simple task done yearly, it’ll perform like a champion! Looks lovely as a foundation planting, in mixed beds, and when planted en masse it’s hard to look away from!

    Why grow Incrediball® smooth hydrangea?

    • Tons of extra large flowers.
    • Easy care regimen.
    • Very cold hardy, will grow in a range of locations!
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  • INVINCIBELLE LIMETTA® Smooth Hydrangea

    For those of us who simply cannot get enough green goodness in our gardens. Invincibelle Limetta® smooth hydrangea is the next step when it comes to the classic ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea, it has much stronger stems, a more manageably sized habit, and most importantly, it pumps up the green coloring! When it flowers in the summertime, blooms emerge a captivating jade-green hue and soften to a creamy green for a period of time before maturing to a cozy, soft green. All the while it is still putting out new flowers! With its ability to rebloom you’ll never be without a delightful blend of green flowers to admire, from early summer well into fall. This mid-size native fits easily into any color scheme or garden plan as a border filler, specimen, or even the thriller in a container.

    Why grow Invincibelle Limetta® smooth hydrangea?

    • Fantastic coloring, unique blooms all season long.
    • Reliable, hardy native.
    • Easy care regimen, no need to deadhead to encourage rebloom.
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