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  • 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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    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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    SPRINTER® Boxwood

    Sprinter® boxwood is the perfect choice for evergreen beauty in any style landscape. As a manicured ball it’s at home in formal settings, and left unpruned its springy habit fits perfectly into informal settings! It also manages to thrive in any lighting condition, although it will grow a bit more slowly in full shade. Even at its slowest though, it matures to its full size remarkably quickly. You can’t go wrong with this improved classic beauty! Plus, it doesn’t have the notorious boxwood odor, so your visitors won’t be greeted by a mysterious, and frankly unpleasant, scent before you have a chance to make it to the front door.

    Why grow Sprinter boxwood?

    • Fast growing
    • Steadfast evergreen interest
    • No boxwood smell

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  • ‘Miss Molly’ Butterfly Bush

    Bring in the drama with ‘Miss Molly’ butterfly bush! Its large, but not too large, habit is filled with dark, sangria-red flowers all throughout the summer. If you’re a fan of butterfly bushes, this is the closest to red you’ve probably ever seen! And if you happen to live in the south, the red color may be even more pronounced. This butterfly bush is non-invasive, so you’ll get to enjoy all the blooms and the pollinators without worrying one bit.

    Why grow ‘Miss Molly’ butterfly bush?

    • Dark pink coloring
    • Useful full habit
    • Super tough landscape performance

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  • PUGSTER® Amethyst Butterfly Bush

    A smaller habit, but not smaller blooms. Pugster® Amethyst buddleia is bursting with massive pale purple blooms non-stop from early summer through frost. Each tiny flower has a yellow-orange eye in the center, acting as a bullseye for pollinators and adding handsome detail to its overall appearance. Thanks to thick, sturdy stems, the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush.

    Why grow Pugster® Amethyst buddleia?

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

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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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    Dainty little blooms bunch all over Yuki Cherry Blossom™ deutzia in the springtime. It’s celebrated for vibrant two-toned coloring, medium pink on the outside of the petals and creamy white at the centers. This coloring is quite a triumph! It took ten years to develop a pink version of the beloved ‘Nikko’ that we still see in many gardens today. This pink coloring presents a whole new world of opportunities for plant pairing! Looking lovely at the front of the border, where it would combine nicely with summer flowering shrubs and perennials with similar coloring. Imagine it massed as a groundcover in front of a group of panicle hydrangeas, hinting at the dark pink color show the hydrangeas will bring later on in the season. When positioned as edging, it keeps the border looking lush even if deer are in the area, as it’s quite deer resistant.

    Why grow Yuki Cherry Blossom deutzia?

    • Useful dense habit can be a groundcover
    • Abundant spring flower show
    • Interested two-toned bloom coloring
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    This is an improved form of Deutzia ‘Nikko’ with a much heavier spring bloom. It has a neat, mounded habit that is very useful for landscaping, and good fall foliage color.

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  • BLACK LACE® Elderberry

    This cutleaf elderberry has the color and texture of Japanese maple, but is much more adaptable. The pink flowers will produce black fruit in fall that can be used for jams or wine, or left for songbirds to enjoy. This durable plant can be used as a specimen in mixed borders or Rain gardens. If cut back in early spring it can be used like a perennial for foliage interest (flowers appear on old wood.) This adaptable plant will tolerate clay soils, black walnut, and occasional dry conditions. It is deer-resistant.

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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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  • GEM BOX® Inkberry Holly

    Unlike other I. glabra, this dwarf variety maintains its good branching all the way to the ground. It is an excellent alternative to boxwood. It has dark green evergreen foliage with attractive red tips during the spring flush. Use this adaptable native plant as a small hedge or a container specimen.

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    LET’S DANCE CAN DO!® Reblooming Bigleaf Hydrangea

    Let’s Dance Can Do! hydrangea is an excellent rebloomer, requiring only a short period of vegetative growth in order to create new wood blooms. However, it has another trick up its sleeve: it sets its flower buds along the entire length of the stem, not merely at the tips. This means that if this hydrangea is cut back, or damaged by cold temperatures, those lower old wood buds will still develop into flowers. It’s a huge leap forward in achieving success with hydrangeas for landscapers, home gardeners, growers, and retailers alike. Abundant, semi-double, star-like florets make the lacecap flowers very showy.

    Why grow Let’s Dance Can Do!® Long blooming bigleaf hydrangea?

    • incredible flower coverage
    • easy maintenance
    • very long bloom time
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  • TUFF STUFF™ Mountain Hydrangea

    Extremely cold hardy and extremely beautiful. Tuff Stuff™ is the founding member of the Tuff Stuff™ series, a group of hydrangeas known for their reliable beauty! Its electric pink, or purple, lacecap flowers are faithfully present from early summer well into fall. Staking or supporting its stems isn’t necessary because they naturally stand strictly upright. These vibrant flowers and healthy dark green foliage look right at home in mixed perennial beds, in containers with annuals, and planted in groups in the border. You can expect the flower color to change depending on your soil pH, you’ll get pink with alkaline and neutral soil, and purple with acidic soil. So, if you’ve been having trouble getting bigleaf hydrangeas to overwinter and bloom, give this relative of theirs a chance.

    Why grow Tuff Stuff™ mountain hydrangea?

    – Bright pink or purple lacecap flowers from early summer into fall.

    – Reliable bloom and rebloom thanks to great winter hardiness.

    – Petite habit fits in many different garden roles.

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  • ‘Limelight’ Panicle Hydrangea

    A landscape classic, ‘Limelight’ has large lime-green flowers that are held upright on strong stems. The flowers mature to pink and burgundy in autumn. Whether used as a specimen plant or planted en masse, this is an easy-to-grow, durable plant that provides beautiful flowers every year. This hydrangea flowers on new wood, so it will bloom even after harsh winters.

    Why grow ‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea?

    • Reliable blooms every year
    • Unique coloring
    • Easy care maintenance
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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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    LIMELIGHT PRIME® Panicle Hydrangea

    Everything you love about ‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea, but with a boost. Limelight Prime® has a more compact habit, so more of us can fit it into our gardens! It has darker, healthier-looking foliage that makes an impressive backdrop when it isn’t in bloom. Most importantly, you’ll love the stronger stems! Each bright lime green flower is held sturdily aloft for its entire flower show and well into the fall, when it has finished to a rich punch pink color. If flowers are left standing for the winter, they’ll continue to bring interest to the garden. This long-blooming favorite works nicely when planted as a specimen plant, in containers, and especially as hedges!

    Why grow Limelight Prime® panicle hydrangea?

    • Stronger stems
    • Handsome dark foliage
    • Brighter mature blooms
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