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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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  • 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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  • METAMORPHOSA® Acer

    Ever-changing color and intricate leaf texture make Metamorphosa® Japanese maple a fascinating specimen. It’s the kind of plant you’ll want to visit throughout the season to admire each subtle shift. In spring, the leaves emerge bright yellow and quickly develop a pink margin. The margin slowly shifts to white while the inside of the leaf changes to reddish-orange. For the finale in fall, the overall color deepens to a lovely shade of reddish-violet, which really pops when paired with plants that turn yellow or red. Its shrubby habit is quite versatile; you can easily leave it alone or train it into a small multi-stemmed tree. For a specimen that looks high maintenance, but performs well with very little effort, choose a Metamorphosa®.

    Why grow Metamorphosa® Japanese maple?

    • Colorful, changing foliage
    • Interesting texture for foliage
    • Versatile habit
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  • CHEER DROPS® Arborvitae

    Tired of all of the same choices among evergreens? Cheer Drops® arborvitae brings new energy to the market! It naturally grows with a droplet-like shape that works well in gardens and landscapes, as well as for windbreaks and hedges. It needs no pruning to keep this handsome form, and grows well in sun or Part Sun.

    Why grow Cheer Drops arborvitae?

    • Unique teardrop-like shape
    • Versatile habit
    • Lush coral-like foliage
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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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  • 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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  • POLAR GOLD® Arborvitae

    Hard working and colorful, Polar Gold® arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is the ideal evergreen for all sorts of landscape and garden applications, from a hedge, to screening off an unsightly view, to creating an anchoring, eye-catching specimen. This hardy native arborvitae naturally grows as a tall, dense pyramid of golden foliage yet is durable, adaptable, and easy to grow.

    Why grow Polar Gold arborvitae?

    • Nice golden foliage all year-round
    • Naturally grows as a tall, dense pyramid
    • Durable and hardy native evergreen
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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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  • TATER TOT® Arborvitae

    Got a spot in your landscape that needs a little something to make it more interesting? Plant a Tater Tot® arborvitae! This cute little dwarf evergreen naturally grows in a dense ball shape without the need for pruning or training. Lush “fans” of evergreen foliage give it appealing texture and year-round interest. Tater Tot arborvitae works nicely as an edging in a landscape, providing structure and winter beauty in a flower garden, or in containers. It also provides excellent structure for lighting.

    Why grow Tater Tot arborvitae?

    • Naturally dwarf evergreen keeps its shape without pruning
    • Lush fan-like foliage provides texture
    • Native to North America
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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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  • 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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  • AVALANCHE™ Birch

    Want your garden to give the immediate impression of simplicity and elegance? Plant an Avalanche™ birch tree. This multi-stemmed specimen first pops out of the landscape as a juvenile specimen with creamy tan bark and hints of pale pink. As it matures, its relatively smooth bark brightens to a handsome stark white. Plant it as a specimen to provide structure to the space or as a group to give your landscape a naturalistic aesthetic. You’ll enjoy its easy-care nature, with good resistance to bronze birch borer and its seeming invisibility to deer, as they don’t care to eat its bark. In fall, its presence in the landscape intensifies as emerald green foliage develops a uniform golden color.

    Why grow an Avalanche™ birch?

    • Disease resistant
    • Durable for a landscape with deer
    • Handsome color show with bark and fall foliage
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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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  • TASTE OF HEAVEN™ Thornless Blackberry

    Growing fruit in your backyard seems like a good idea – until you put in the work and get only small crops that aren’t even all that tasty. Plant Taste of Heaven blackberry and let it surprise you! We tasted literally hundreds of blackberries and this one was a clear winner. Its big, juicy fruits aren’t just sweet, they also boast a unique, rich flavor that’s nothing like you’ve tasted in a supermarket (or even wild) blackberry. Thornless stems make it easy to care for and a joy to harvest as the delicious berries ripen in mid-summer, and the sturdy canes don’t require staking. Like most backyard fruits, it does take a bit of know-how to prune and care for it properly, but we’ve got you covered with easy-to-follow instructions that help you understand not just what to do but why you’re doing it, making the process straightforward and rewarding.

    Why grow Taste of Heaven™ blackberry?

    • The most flavorful and sweetest variety on the market
    • Thornless for easy care and harvesting
    • Can be grown without a trellis
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