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  • ANNA’S MAGIC BALL® Arborvitae

    Dwarf conifers are cute, space-saving and so versatile in the landscape – and Anna’s Magic Ball® is the epitome of all of these things! This super-hardy selection of our native arborvitae naturally grows as a dense little globe of golden yellow foliage. It’s a fantastic choice for landscapes and gardens, as well as containers.

    Why grow Anna’s Magic Ball arborvitae?

    • Dwarf conifer provides year-round beauty in very little space
    • Versatile habit works in ings and gardens
    • Native plant for sun or Part Sun
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  • NEATBALL™ Boxwood

    Neatball boxwood (Buxus microphylla) is a tidy evergreen that’s surprisingly tough. As its name implies, it naturally grows in an irresistible globe shape, but it also keeps its dark green color through winter better than other boxwood. No worries about bronze or pale leaves bringing down your winter landscape! Neatball boxwood also exhibits better hardiness than many boxwoods, thriving even in USDA zone 4b.

    Why grow Neatball boxwood?
    – No pruning required for that classic round boxwood shape

    – Keeps its nice dark green color, even in winter

    – More cold tolerant than other boxwoods – grows even in USDA zone 4b

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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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  • 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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  • ARCTIC FIRE® Red Red Twig Dogwood

    Arctic Fire® dogwood is a magical addition to any garden, but especially those that embrace a winter display or native plants. It produces tiny white flowers in the springtime, supporting local pollinators first and later on supporting wildlife with little berries. Thankfully it doesn’t support deer, however, as it rarely suffers from browsing damage. This selection is much smaller than the typical option, growing half the size of the gigantic red twig dogwoods you see out in nature. It’s perfect for building up borders, cut flower gardens, or using in drifts to create an impressive display for fall and winter.

    Why grow Arctic Fire® dogwood?

    • Deer resistant
    • Very compact size
    • Supports pollinators
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    ARCTIC SUN® Red Twig Dogwood

    A compact version of ‘Winter Flame’, its colorful stems flicker yellow, orange and red across the winter landscape. Fits well into smaller landscapes.

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  • ARCTIC FIRE® Yellow Red-Twig Dogwood

    Arctic Fire Yellow red-twig dogwood was a selection of the native species found here in North America, Cornus sericea (syn. Cornus stolonifera). It has all the same durability as the red-twig dogwoods you might be familiar with, but in a lovely shade of yellow instead! When grown in a mass or as a hedge, its bare yellow branches make an unforgettable view in late fall and all throughout winter. In spring, it’s dotted with groupings of fluffy white flowers, which, if pollinated, turn into bright white berries in late summer or early fall. It’s a great plant for cutting gardens as its stems make a great presence in fall and winter displays. It also enjoys semi-regular pruning, so harvesting stems will not disfigure your plant.

    Why grow Arctic Fire Yellow red-twig dogwood?

    • Great appeal in winter landscapes and arrangements
    • Native to North America
    • Attracts pollinators
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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.

    Why grow Golden Shadows dogwood?

    • Very shade tolerant
    • Super colorful foliage
    • Pretty spring flowers

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

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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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  • LET’S DANCE ¡ARRIBA!® Reblooming Hydrangea

    Our most prolific and reliable blooming mophead hydrangea to date. Let’s Dance ¡Arriba!™ hydrangea is an H. macrophylla x H. serrata hybrid with large, dense mophead flowers. The rich flower color ranges from hot pink to purple to blue depending upon your soil pH, phosphorus and aluminum levels. The blooms age to an attractive mauve pink.

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  • LET’S DANCE® BLUE JANGLES® Reblooming Bigleaf Hydrangea

    Let’s Dance® Long blooming hydrangeas flower on both old and new wood, so they flower even after harsh winters or untimely pruning. If the early summer bloom is compromised by late freezes or a pruning mistake, the plants will flower again in late summer. This is a compact selection with a sturdy frame and abundant mophead flowers. The blooms are rich blue or pink, depending on soil.

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    LET’S DANCE BIG BAND® Reblooming Bigleaf Hydrangea

    An endless drive for improvement is what motivates our big-leaf hydrangea breeding, so for us to make a new introduction, a plant has to be significantly better than what’s already available. That’s why Let’s Dance Big Band hydrangea has been added to the line: it combines bodacious, big mophead flowers with pure, true colors (pink in neutral/basic conditions, blue in acidic conditions) on a plant that survives winter better and reblooms better. That means more flowers, from the beginning of hydrangea season until the snowflakes fly!


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  • LET’S DANCE® RHYTHMIC BLUE® Reblooming Bigleaf Hydrangea

    Let’s Dance® Long blooming hydrangeas flower on both old and new wood, so they flower even after harsh winters or untimely pruning. If the early summer bloom is compromised by late freezes or a pruning mistake, the plants will flower again in late summer. Rhythmic Blue is a very strong rebloomer with full, rounded mophead flowers. The flower color shifts very easily from pink to blue.

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    LET’S DANCE SKY VIEW® Reblooming Hydrangea

    Usually, when you plant a bigleaf hydrangea, you have a specific color in mind that you’d like the flowers to be. We think Let’s Dance Sky View® will change your mind. In any kind of soil pH, it has the loveliest sky-colored hue, just like a sunrise. Breezy light blue, soft lavender, or icy pink. Sometimes you’ll even get all three colors on one plant! Its floral show starts out honeydew-green, with the edges of the sepals tinged blue, pink, or lavender.  For gardeners who yearn for a blue hydrangea, this one is very easy to turn. The light hue makes a perfect companion to other blue flowering plants, adding depth to your color palette. Its mid-size habit fits nicely into container displays, mixed beds, and at the front of the border. When it comes to garden planning, perhaps it’s time to reach for the sky?

    Why grow Let’s Dance Sky View® hydrangea?

    • Unbelievable flower color
    • Strong stems easily hold up large flowers for the entire season
    • Easy care regimen
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