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Our shrub selections are based on seasonal attributes in the landscape. Available in a range of mature sizes, foliage coloration, and bloom times so they work well as hedges and screens, as a backdrop for a garden, and as stand alone plantings in the landscape. Shrubs provide privacy and a sense of enclosure as we avoid views and noises from intrusive surroundings by creating spaces to relax and enjoy being outdoors. Diverse landscapes provide a range of food and shelter to attract beneficial insects and birds adding an element of interest and aesthetic value to the landscape. While many of the shrubs we offer are natives, we don't disregard noteworthy plants adapted to our regional climate and soils. Notations are included with plants that sucker. 

Water-wise Plants with a water-wise symbol do well in a xeriscape grouped together with other water-wise shrubs and perennials. The plants, once established, (second-third year after planting) will thrive with less-frequent, but thorough watering applied directly at the roots.
deer-resistant  Deer move freely through our landscape. We both have that same "What are you doing in my yard?" expression when we see each other. Look for the Deer-resistant symbol to minimize frustration.
 Fall foliage  Fall foliage is a sought after quality adding seasonal interest.
Attracts bees Blooming shrubs that attract, and sustain, honeybees, butterflies, and other beneficials.
 Shrubs that provide fruit for birds add to the sensory pleasures of gardening and keep pests in check.

Garden designs have moved from foundation to curb since they are often viewed from inside the home. Mixed gardens that include shrubs, perennials, and annuals provides a screen from roadways and allows us to enjoy the gardens from inside looking out as well as from a deck or patio and give homeowners a sense of privacy.
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Acer/Maple

Acer/Maple Ginnala 'Bailey Compact'

 HT:8' SP:8'
Water-wise Fall foliage  $40

Maples provide a dense growth of glossy green foliage through summer followed by the outstanding fall foliage that maples are famous for. Acer ginnala is well-suited for planting as a hedge, garden backdrop, or as a stand alone specimen. Maples and other "hardwood" varieties tend to be slow growing, but less prone to snowload breakage and disease.
While adapted to our alkaline soils and dry conditions, our water pH of 7.9 causes maples to be susceptible to iron deficiencies that manifest as yellowing foliage marked by dark green leaf margins. We topdress plants in the nursery with Ironite and suggest another application by mid-summer. 


Amelanchier/Serviceberry

Amelanchair/Serviceberry Canadensis 

HT:4' SP:4'
Attracts Honeybees Attracts birds Fall foliage $30

White spring flowers produce edible fruit through June. Berries are popular for making jelly and they attract birds into the landscape. Native plant that's easy to grow and provides outstanding yellow-orange leaves through fall. Suckers so it's best suited as a hedge or as a border garden backdrop away from lawn areas where it will spread into. This amelanchier has a mass of white, spring flowers, summer fruit, and outstanding fall foliage.

Does sucker, so best for a naturalized area. Sweet fruit attracts birds that feed on harmful insects, including grasshoppers, providing natural pest control.



Amelanchir/Serviceberry 'Standing Ovation'

Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Standing Ovation'™  

HT:15' SP:4'
Attracts Honeybees Fall foliage  $30

Adds height and seasonal interest with bright white flowers in spring and dark green leaves that change to red and orange through fall. Very hardy, zone 2, can be used as a small tree in the landscape with its narrow, upright habit.



Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Regent'

Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Regent'
 
HT:5' SP:4'
Attracts Honeybees Fall foliage  $30

White spring flowers produce edible fruit through June. Berries are popular for making jelly and they attract birds into the landscape. Native plant that's easy to grow and provides outstanding yellow-orange leaves through fall. Suckers so it's best suited as a hedge or as a border garden backdrop away from lawn areas where it will spread into. This amelanchier has a mass of white, spring flowers, summer fruit, and outstanding fall foliage.
Does sucker, so best for a naturalized area. Sweet fruit attracts birds that feed on harmful insects, including grasshoppers, providing natural pest control.


Berberis 'Orange Rocket'

Berberis/Barberry 'Orange Rocket' 
 
HT:4' SP:2'
Water-wise Fall foliage $40  

Selected for its upright growth and unusual foliage color in vivid shades of red-purple and orange. Light yellow flowers in spring are followed by small crimson fruit that persis through fall and into winter. A personal favorite since this Barberry fits well into the perennial garden providing a vertical element and structure to the winter landscape. Highly deer-resistant.
 


Berberis/Barberry 'Ruby Carousel'

Berberis/Barberry 'Ruby Carousel' 
 
HT:4' SP:4'
Water-wise Fall foliage $30  

Selected for its foliage color in vivid shade of red-purple. Light yellow flowers in spring are followed by small crimson fruit that persis through fall and into winter. A personal favorite since this Barberry fits well into the perennial garden and adds structure to the winter landscape. Highly deer-resistant.
 


Caragana/Siberian Peashrub

Caragana/Siberian Peashrub 
 
HT:14' SP:10'
Water-wise Deer-Resistant   

Bright yellow flowers in May-June. Extremely hardy and drought resistant. Tolerant of pruning to keep growth dense. Excellent choice as hedge, screen, or windbreak. Xeriscape plant.
Highly deer-resistant.
 



Cornus/Dogwood 'Ivory Halo'

Cornus/Dogwood 'Ivory Halo'
 
HT:5' SP:5'
Part-Shade $40

'Ivory Halo' is a compact selection with variegated foliage through summer. Brightens part-shade areas and lends well to areas where a smaller form of dogwood is needed. 'Ivory Halo' provides outstanding bright red winter twig color that can be maintained when older wood is pruned to ground level every 3-4 years.

Slightly suckering and requires ample water to maintain good-looking foliage through our hot summer months.




Cotinus/Smokebush 'Golden Spirit'

Cotinus/Smokebush
 
HT:8' SP:6'
Deer-Resistant Part-Shade Fall Foliage $40

This yellow-leaf smokebush will bring a unique hue to the border. New foliage emerges with just a touch of red. Smoky yellow flowers in June-July, followed by a fiery orange-red fall color.

Large, round leaves prefer part-shade, so a great addition to a north or east facing garden. Brightens part-shade areas.

Highly deer-resistant.


Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster Lucidus
 
HT:8' SP:6'
Water-wise Fall foliage $30  

Forms a dense hedge quickly. Upright habit with small, pink flowers in spring, outstanding fall color, followed by black fruit through winter attracting birds into the landscape. Very easy to grow. Well-suited in size for planting as a hedge, privacy screen, or garden backdrop. Responds well to pruning so desired height and fullness can be maintained.
 


Euonymus alatus/Burning Bush 'Compactus'

Euonymus alatus/Burning Bush 'Compactus' 
 
HT:5' SP:5'
Water-wise Fall foliage $40  

Bushy with a rounded habit, so an excellent choice for hedges, screening, or as a stand-alone specimen. Outstanding with its brilliant fall color. Will tolerate some shade, but best fall color in full sun. Plant in a protected area to reduce full exposure to wind-prone areas of the landscape. Selected for its foliage color in fall.
 



Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

 
HT:7' SP:5'
Deer-Resistant    

Forsythias bloom before the foliage comes on, so the flowers really stand out and provide high-impact and low-maintenance spring color. Easy to grow in full sun. Nice as a hedge planting with its upright habit and dense summer-frost foliage.

Chosen for its hardiness as well as its ability to hold its flowers for several weeks despite our cold, wet springs.


Hamamelis Virginiana
  
HT:15' SP:15'
Part-Shade
   Deer-resistant Honeybee $35

Was drawn to unusual flowers with fragrant, yellow, ribbon-like petals in late fall. Does well in areas of a naturalized landscape with other shrubs as a screen or garden backdrop.


Itea virginica/Sweetspire 'Morton'

Itea Virginia/Sweetspire 'Morton'
  
HT:3' SP:3'
Attracts Honeybees Fall foliage $30  

Lightly fragrant white flowers in dense clusters of 3" long panicles in mid-summer when few other shrubs are in bloom. Fall colors are vibrant sarlet red and deep oranges that peak in late fall. Excellent tolerance to our alkaline soils and cold winter temperatures.
 


Juniper 'Blue Chip'

Juniperus/Juniper Horizontalis 'Blue Chip'
  
HT:10" SP:5'
Water-wise/Xeric $30  

Low growing Juniper that roots as it grows. As a result, it's able to cover ground quickly spreading to a full 5' within 5 years.
Maintains excellent blue color all season.
Use as full sun, low-growing groundcover between other xeric plants, or to soften edges adding curves to otherwise straight lines.
 


Philadelphus/Mock Orange

Philadelphus/Mock Orange 'Blizzard'
 
HT:4' SP:3'
Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies $30  

Chosen for its fragrance and hardiness, 'Blizzard' was selected from a seedling population collected in Alberta, Canada that has proven to be hardy in zone 3. Clusters of bright white, fragrant flowers appear through June. This is an upright, medium sized shrub that fits well into the the mid-section of the mixed garden. Dramatic hedge planting.


Potentilla Citris Tart

Potentilla 'Citrus Tart'™
 
HT:3' SP:3'   $30
Water-wise Deer-resistant Honeybee 

From the Morden Research Center in Manitoba, the double golden flowers and slightly uprigh habit make this all season bloomer an exciting new variety for us to offer.


Prunus/Nanking Cherry

Prunus Tomentosa/Nanking Cherry
 
HT:10' SP:10'  $30
Honeybee 

Delicate, fragrant, light pink flowers appear in very early spring before the foliage just when the honeybees are foraging. Fruit appears in early summer and attracts robins into the landscape.
Best when grown where you can enjoy its full size.



Salix

Salix Purpurea/Dwarf Blue Leaf Artic Willow
  
HT:4' SP:4' $30

Attractive plant that is popular for its steel-blue foliage and fine textured twigs that are purplish through winter. Nice as a hedge planting, screen, or as a stand alone specimen.

Like most willows, this variety does not tolerate drought conditions, so plant where it can receive a reliable, scheduled watering through the heat of summer. Does not sucker.



Symphoricarpos Albus

Symphoricarpo Albus/Snowberry
  
HT:5' SP:5'  $30
 Water-wise Deer-resistant Honeybee


Easy to grow and forms dense growth for privacy screen.

Delicate looking pink flowers in late summer followed by the large, white berries the they are named for. Pruning keeps the plant looking full, and as is with other late flowering shrubs, the best time to prune is in early spring so current season's growth can produce flowers and fruit.


Viburnum Trilobum

Viburnum 'Bailey Compact'
  
HT:5' SP:5' $30
 Fall foliage    

Comapact form of the American cranberrybush, so fits well into a full sun shrub border. Spring foliage is tinted with striking red edge, white flowers appear in late spring, and ornamental, bright red fruit through winter that stays on (persists). Fall color is outstanding shade of burgundy.