Shrubs for Pollinators

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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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  • MUCHO GUSTO® Abelia

    You’ll be pleased to make the acquaintance of Mucho Gusto abelia. This tidy, easy-care shrub brings the color and pizazz of variegated foliage to your landscape or garden, providing color from spring through fall. It’s especially nice for brightening up shady spots. In summer, it is in bloom continuously, with fragrant white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Like other abelias, it’s heat tolerant and deer resistant. Little to no pruning is required, though it may be shaped if you wish.

    Why plant Mucho Gusto® abelia?

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

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  • SWEET EMOTION® Abelia

    Make spring even sweeter with Sweet Emotion® abelia! It’s not like any other abelia: hardy to USDA zone 4, with mid-spring flowers that give off the most intoxicating jasmine scent. Deep pink buds open to reveal white and pink flowers. They attract butterflies and make a very nice cut flower. In autumn, foliage turns a nice orange color. Grow this very special abelia as a hedge or specimen, or include it in your flower garden.

    Why grow Sweet Emotion abelia?

    • Hardy and heat tolerant: thrives in USDA zone 4 through 8
    • Mid-late spring blooms have a powerful jasmine-like fragrance
    • Deer resistant and durable

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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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    JOLENE JOLENE® Beautybush

    A plant so nice, we named it twice! If you’re on the hunt for something extraordinary, you’ve met your match with Jolene Jolene® beautybush. If you’ve ever seen a Kolkwitzia before, you might be familiar with its massive habit (up to 10 feet tall and wide), but this new one is half the size and can easily fit into any landscape. Its yellow-throated, star-shaped pink flowers appear down the length of each cascading branch, highlighting the fountain-like habit. This deer-resistant shrub is the perfect specimen plant for gardeners who like to make a splash and support pollinators at the same time.

    Why grow Jolene Jolene® beautybush?

    • Impressive specimen plant
    • Unique pollinator plant
    • Prolific flower show

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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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  • BAMBINO™ Burnt Orange Bougainvillea

    BAMBINO™ Burnt Orange bougainvillea is the cure for dull landscapes! Its unique orange-red flowers shine out in the landscape for months of easy-care color.

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  • BAMBINO™ Claret Red Bougainvillea

    Make a bold statement in your landscape with BAMBINO™ Claret Red bougainvillea. Its hot red-pink blooms nestle amid splashy variegated foliage for an unforgettable display.

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  • BAMBINO™ Lilac Bougainvillea

    Perfectly pretty, perfectly petite: BAMBINO™ Lilac bougainvillea brings year-round color to any sunny spot in your landscape. Drought tolerant and easy care!

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  • BAMBINO™ Purple Bougainvillea

    BAMBINO™ Purple bougainvillea combines classic color and a versatile shrubby habit so you can bring its super blooming ability to just about any space. Easy care and colorful!

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