Know Your Plants

March 04 2020
cedar tree

Japanese Cedar

Growing in a classic pyramid shape when young, Japanese cedars (Cryptomeria japonica) mature into tall, straight evergreens with tapered trunks and slightly drooping branches. Favored for their ornamental value, these graceful conifers are a distinctive blue-green color with soft needles that spiral toward branch tips like foxtails. In winter, the needles take on a bronze […]

February 11 2020
HoopsiBlueSpruce

Hoopsii Blue Spruce

Known for its shimmery color and long, pointy needles, the Hoopsii spruce stands out as the “truest blue” of the spruce family. While spruce trees are native to the central and southern Rocky Mountains, the Hoopsii variety originated in Germany in the 1950s. The cultivar was then introduced to the nursery industry via the Netherlands—and […]

January 23 2020
cypress tree

Cypress

From coast to coast, cypress trees are a mainstay of the American landscape. They live for hundreds of years, grow to towering heights, and produce some of the world’s finest wood. While there are 14 different species of cypress that exist, only a handful grow in the U.S. The Monterey cypress, for example, is synonymous […]

December 04 2019
sea green juniper

Sea Green Juniper

Sea green juniper is a needled evergreen that is easy to grow and maintain. Perhaps best of all, it holds its lush foliage through winter. Many people say it actually gets greener as the days grow colder. Well-drained soil and full sun will get you the best results with this compact shrub. Enjoy year-round green […]

December 04 2019
emerald gold euonymus

Emerald ‘n Gold Euonymus

Don’t fear the name, “wintercreeper”— Emerald ‘n Gold euonymus brings gorgeous ground cover to your winter landscape. It gets its nickname from its stems, which grow roots wherever they touch the ground as the plant spreads. Again, it sounds ominous, but it’s quite the opposite. Emerald ‘n Gold is one of the best plants you’ll […]

November 05 2019
know your plants Verigated

Variegated Boxwood

In botany, “variegated” usually means a mix of white and green in the leaves, which is exactly what variegated boxwood brings. The contrast is striking from afar, and fascinating up close, as dark green and cream swirl together. In addition to its year-round color, variegated boxwood also takes well to clipping; you can shape it […]

November 05 2019
gold thread cypress

Gold Thread Cypress

A bright shade of golden-green makes gold thread cypress a surprise standout in the garden. This low- and slow-growing shrub has stringy leaves and a full stature, with year-round interest and longevity. It can take 10-plus years to reach six feet tall. Gold thread cypress must be planted in full sun in order to thrive […]

October 04 2019
know your plants RoyalBurgundy

Royal Burgundy Barberry

The majestic name doesn’t disappoint, as Royal Burgundy Barberry brings deep crimson foliage to your garden. Velvety leaves hold their color through summer, darkening in fall before giving way to shiny berries in winter. This shrub is one of the most versatile plants you will find. Plant it around your home’s foundation, along pathways, in […]

October 04 2019
GoshikiOsmanthus

Goshiki Osmanthus

The first time you see Goshiki Osmanthus’ leaves, you will be amazed. Yellow, orange, pink, cream, and white swirl into many pointy edges, creating a unique shape, palette, and texture all at once. The leaves eventually turn green while retaining spots of the other colors. Perhaps better known as Goshiki False Holly, this evergreen shrub […]

September 05 2019
know your plants BurningBush

Burning Bush

Burning bush certainly earns its name. Even amongst the bright colors of fall, this fiery shrub is an absolute standout with its deep crimson hue. Despite its controversial image—many consider it to be an invasive plant—burning bush’s aesthetic value is undeniable. It can also grow in just about any conditions (almost to a fault) with […]