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    FLUFFY® Arborvitae

    Fluffy® Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata) is a beacon of color and touchable texture in the landscape or garden. It naturally grows as a narrow pyramid of shiny “fans” of golden foliage that have an unusual braided look to them. As a Western arborvitae, it is more resistant to deer damage than the standard Eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), but it should still be protected in areas where deer visit, especially as a young plant. Though it resists burning, a good 2-3″/5-7cm layer of shredded bark mulch over the roots is recommended to help retain soil moisture, especially in winter.

    Why grow Fluffy arborvitae?

    •  Evergreen foliage is a bright, cheerful gold all year-round
    • Thick, glossy foliage has a braided texture
    • Equally suited to being grown as a dramatic specimen, paired at an entryway for formality, or as an unexpected hedge or screen

     

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    SPRING GROVE® Western Arborvitae

    Spring Grove® arborvitae might be the largest shrub in the line of Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs, but it has a lot to offer! It’s a fast-growing selection of the beautiful, striking North American native Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata). That makes it an ideal choice for planting a lush privacy hedge that creates a storybook setting for any home, business, museum, or church. Though Western arborvitae aren’t quite as hardy as their Eastern counterpart (Thuja occidentalis), they do show better deer resistance, so with protection, may be a better choice as for an evergreen hedge for those who struggle with deer damage to their plants and landscapes.

    Why grow Spring Grove arborvitae?

    • Fast growing for speedy coverage
    • Evergreen foliage has a thick, glossy, “braided” look
    • Tall, broad habit provides privacy from the side and from above
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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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    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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    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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    CESKY GOLD® Dwarf Birch

    Delightfully durable! Look to Cesky Gold® dwarf birch to bring color, texture, and year-round interest to your garden or landscape, without asking for much of anything in terms of care. This shrubby birch reaches just 2-4′ tall and wide, and grows well in sun or shade. Plant one as a small but eye-catching specimen, or plant several to make a neat low hedge or edging. You can leave it to grow naturally or shear or cut to shape if you’d like something more formal. Look for its neatly toothed yellow leaves to emerge a glorious glowing orange in spring. Cesky Gold dwarf birch is a plant for cool climates – it’s hardy down to USDA zone 2 and heat tolerant through USDA zone 7.

    Why grow Cesky Gold dwarf birch?

    • Easy-care color and texture
    • Thrives in cold climates
    • Versatile habit can be used many different ways in the garden or landscape
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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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    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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    ESTRELLITA™ Scarlet Bouvardia

    Enjoy the reddest of reds with Estrellita™ Scarlet firecracker bush. Truly red. Startlingly red! As you may know, hummingbirds are very drawn to the color, so they practically swarm this dazzling little shrub. Thankfully you won’t have to fight with them to get in there and maintain it. It doesn’t need deadheading to bloom continuously. If you are the type of garden who enjoys shaping, snipping, trimming, etc. then you will enjoy just how quickly it bounces back. With a super fast growth rate, you can plant it and watch it quickly fill in over the span of one season. Use it as edging, low hedging, filler in pollinator gardens, and even as seasonal color for your containers if you live in a cool, northern climate.

    Why grow Estrellita Scarlet firecracker bush?

    • Continuous color from spring to frost
    • Native to Southwest United States
    • Super compact habit
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    ESTRELLITA LITTLE STAR® Bouvardia

    Color so vibrant it’s almost unreal! The bright reddish-orangey-hot pink color of Estrellita Little Star® firecracker bush blows us away every time we see it. With such showy flowers, you might find it hard to believe, but it’s actually native to Southwest North America. Its long history of growing in those conditions gives it a rather rugged nature, perfectly suited for areas with drought, high heat, and even clay soil. It’ll look good while beating those conditions too, flowering continuously from spring ‘til fall without a bit of deadheading. If you need constant color to raise your spirits and constant flowers to feed pollinators, plant Estrellita Little Star™ in your landscape!

    Why grow Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush?

    • Continuous color from spring to frost
    • Attracts pollinators
    • Tough and easy-care
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    ‘Miss Violet’ Butterfly Bush

    These true purple blooms attract pollinators in droves! Each long spire is packed with little blooms, creating a feast that allows insects to conserve energy and stay in one place. The feeding opportunities don’t stop there! Like other butterfly bushes, each flower opens from the bottom up, meaning that one bloom lasts for over a week. These long lasting blooms result in a floral show that spans from June to October! And not a single one of those blooms will result in a seedling, so you can plant ‘Miss Violet’ anywhere you’d like knowing that it will stay put. A more compact habit than the typical butterfly bush also helps with placement. Its 4-5’ tall and wide frame is snug, but not overwhelming in the middle of the border.

    Why grow ‘Miss Violet’ butterfly bush?

    • Rich purple coloring
    • Long feeding time for pollinators
    • Super tough landscape performance
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    PUGSTER PINKER™ Butterfly Bush

    A smaller habit, but not smaller blooms. Meet Pugster Pinker™ butterfly bush blooms non-stop from early summer through frost with very rich pink flowers. Each tiny bloom has a bright orange eye in the center, a detail humans love and pollinators appreciate. This shocking pink little show belongs at the front of the border, in containers, or even as a fabulous little hedge along your walkway. It offers summer long cheer in a low maintenance package.

    Why grow Pugster Pinker® butterfly bush?

    • Large blooms
    • Compact habit
    • Tough landscape performance
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    BLUE DIDDLEY® Chastetree

    This dwarf chaste-tree is good for perennial gardens and mixed borders. In milder climates, it will be a small tree or shrub; in colder climates it behaves more like a perennial and will often die back to the ground. It has interesting texture, and brings cool blue color to summer gardens with its spikes of lavender-blue flowers.

    Why grow Blue Diddley chastetree?

    • Benefits pollinators
    • Plentiful showy blooms
    • Convenient dwarf habit
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    JAZZ HANDS BOLD® Chinese Fringe-flower

    In a series known for bright colors and exciting habits, why does this particular plant deserve to have the word bold in its name? Very large flowers and foliage, of course! Jazz Hands Bold® Loropetalum will not fade into the background of any garden. It has a nice midsize habit, which nicely displays its supersized features. Place in the middle of the border or use as a hedge to let its easy beauty do the work for you.

    Why grow Jazz Hands Bold Chinese fringe-flower?

    • Stately burgundy black foliage
    • Vibrant fuchsia flowers
    • Useful midsize habit
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    PROUD BERRY® Coral Berry

    This selection of our native coral berry has very heavy fruit set and an attractive compact habit. Bright pink berries cover this plant in late summer and fall; a pollinator is not needed. Great for Mass plantings in gardens and parks or adding unexpected fall color to mixed borders. The fruit is not edible.

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