Colorscapes, Logo

Bringing the beauty of nature to Northern Nevada Since 1991

Closed for the season:
Re-Opening April 2020

Check out the local 
5 Day Forecast

 

Shrubs 2020 Availability Page

As an incentive for you familiarize yourself with our plants, by looking through the Shrubs and Perennials Availability Pages,  I'll take 15% off the price of the plants that make it to your wish-list when you shop on Fabulous Fridays.

Our shrub selections are 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 large 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. Our belief is that diverse landscapes that include fruiting shrubs provide both food and shelter to attract and sustain beneficial insects and birds, adding an element of interest and aesthetic value to the landscape while keeping pests in check.

While many of the shrubs we offer are natives, we don't disregard noteworthy plants adapted to our regional climate and soils. Zones are not listed; when customers ask, my stock answer is "We grow for this area." 90% of the shrubs we offer are tried and true and growing in my own landscape. The other 1 in 10 (new), are listed as zone 3-4, putting them at the -30 degree potential. 

Water-Wise Xeric (zer-ik) plants with a water-wise symbol do well in a xeriscape grouped together with other water-wise plants. The plants, once established, (second-third year after planting) will thrive with less-frequent, but thorough watering applied to the plant's drip-line. Keep in mind that all newly planted shrubs will require more frequent watering than those that are established. Through the heat of summer, 5 gallons, twice a week, applied directly to the rootball is the rule of thumb.
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. We tend to spend more time outside once daytime temps are more moderate, and being in the gardens through fall, doing those seasonal chores, is more enjoyable when surrounded by beautiful foliage colors. Shades of yellow and orange especially brighten the landscape.
Attracts Bees Blooming shrubs attract, and sustain, honeybees, butterflies, and beneficials.
Birds Shrubs that provide fruit for birds add to the sensory pleasures of gardening and spending time being outside.

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 provide 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. After all, wouldn't you rather look at a colorful garden than a roadway?

View From Window



Ginnala 'Bailey Compact'

Acer/Maple

Water-Wise Fall Foliage
Ginnala 'Bailey Compact' HT:8' SP:8'

Provides dense, glossy green foliage through summer, followed by the outstanding fall foliage that maples are famous for. Beautiful as a hedge, garden backdrop, or as a stand-alone specimen.

Maples and other "hardwood" varieties are less prone to snow load breakage and disease. While adapted to our alkaline soils, maples are susceptible to iron deficiencies that manifest as yellowing foliage marked by dark green leaf margins. We topdress plants with Ironite each spring.


Ginnala 'Ruby Slippers'

Acer/Maple 

Water-Wise Fall Foliage
Ginnala 'Ruby Slippers' HT:15' SP:15'

'Ruby Slippers' is a rounded form selected for its dense canopy and showy samaras. The abundant bright red samaras are persistent, hanging in pairs like ballet slippers. Dark green foliage turns brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red through fall. Thrives in heat and very cold hardy.



'Autumn Brillance'

Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Autumn Brillance'

Attracts Honeybees Attracts Birds Fall Foliage
HT:20' SP:15'

This Amelanchier provides four-season beauty with a mass of white, fragrant flowers in spring, summer fruit, and outstanding fall foliage. Berries are popular for making jelly and wine. 

Easy to grow and a personal favorite with dramatic yellow-orange leaves, for which it's named, through fall. Sweet fruit attracts birds that feed on harmful insects, including grasshoppers, providing natural pest control.



'Standing Ovation'

Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Standing Ovation'

Attracts Honeybees Attracts Birds Fall Foliage
HT:15' SP:4'

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.

Produces less fruit than its cousin, Canadensis, but also an excellent choice as a small tree in the landscape and large garden design.



Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Regent'

Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Regent'

Attracts Bees Attracts Birds Fall Foliage
HT:5' SP:4'

White spring flowers produce a bounty of edible fruit through June. Berries are popular for making jelly, and they attract birds into the landscape. A 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.

Fun to watch the robins as they scout for the sweet fruit that they enjoy each summer. 


Berberis 'Orange Rocket'

Berberis 'Orange Rocket'

 Fall Foliage Deer-Resistant
HT:4' SP:2'

In my opinion, the best berberis available. New growth emerges radiant with orange-red tones that deepen to dark red through summer. Light yellow flowers in spring followed by crimson fruit through summer. Foliage intensifies in fall lighting up the landscape.



Berberis 'Lambrusco'

Berberis 'Lambrusco'

 Fall Foliage Deer-Resistant
HT:3' SP:5'

Densely arranged leaves coupled with a spreading habit make this new berberis one worth trying. New foliage emerges red and deepens to burgundy through summer. Looking forward to adding this to our gardens.



Caragana/Siberian PeaShrub

Caragana aborescens/Siberian Peashrub

Water-Wise Deer-Resistant
HT:12' SP:10'

Bright yellow flowers in May-June. Extremely hardy (zone 2) and drought resistant. Forms a dense hedge quickly. Upright habit and well-suited as a hedge, privacy screen, or garden backdrop.


Caragana/Pigmy Peashrub

Caragana pygmaea/Pigmy Peashrub

Water-Wise Deer-Resistant
HT:3' SP:5'

Fine-textured, graceful foliage with small, pea-like, yellow flowers May-June. Suckers to form a dense hedge, foundation planting, privacy screen, or garden backdrop.


Cotoneaster lucidus

Cotoneaster lucidus

Water-Wise Deer-Resistant Attracts Birds Fall foliage
HT:8' SP:5'

Common hedge planting since it responds well to pruning. Best-suited for areas where it can attain a height of 6-8'. Small pink flowers in spring produce black fruit that persists through winter. Food for robins, not their favorite, but an important source as they arrive in late winter-early spring. Dark green foliage turns to shades of orange and reds in fall.
Suckers to form a dense hedge, foundation planting, privacy screen, or garden backdrop.



Euonymus Alatus/Burning Bush 'Compactus'

Euonymus Alatus/Burning Bush 'Compactus'

Fall Foliage
HT:5' SP:5'

Bushy, with a rounded habit, so an excellent choice for hedges, screening, or as a stand-alone with its outstanding fall color.

Will tolerate some shade, but shows best fall color in full sun. Planting in a garden setting will reduce exposure to hot summer winds that can cause leaf scald.


Forsythia

Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

HT:7' SP:6'

Upright shrub has gray-yellow branches and golden yellow flowers in early spring. Produces flowers from top to bottom in this area.


Kolkwitzia/Beautybush

Kolkwitzia/Beautybush 'Pink Cloud'

HT:8' SP:10'

Though listed as zone 5, this shrub has thrived in my gardens for decades. Graceful, arching branches are loaded with clusters of delicate, lightly fragrant flowers through May and June. 'Pink Cloud' was selected in 1946 from a seedling at Wisely in the UK.


Lonicera 'Arnold Red'

Lonicera 'Arnold Red'

Water-Wise

HT:7' SP:7'

Profuse flower display and brilliant show of fruit each year. Darkest red blossom of any honeysuckle. Fragrant flowers in May are followed by large, bright red berries through June and July. Easy to grow as privacy screen or garden backdrop.



Philadelphus/Mock Orange 'Blizzard'

Philadelphus/Mock Orange 'Blizzard'

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies
HT:4' SP:3'

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 mid-section of the mixed garden. Dramatic hedge planting.



Physocarpus/Ninebark 'Amber Jubilee'

Physocarpus/Ninebark 'Amber Jubilee'™

Deer-Resistant Fall Foliage
HT:5' SP:4'

Selected for its striking foliage in glowing tones of orange, yellow, and gold. Rounded and dense in habit, this shrub with its bold array of colors is a stand out in the landscape. Delicate white blooms in spring, fall shades of foliage with tones of red and purple, and woody stems through winter make this ninebark appealing through the changing seasons.


Physocarpus Fireside

Physocarpus/Ninebark 'Fireside'™

Deer-Resistant Fall Foliage
HT:5' SP:5'

Selected for its striking foliage. Reddish new growth matures to deep red-purple all summer. Powdery mildew resistant and does not brown out late in the season. Pinkish-white flowers are beautiful against the striking red foliage. New for us this season.



Potentilla ''Goldfinger'

Potentilla 'Goldfinger'

Water-Wise Deer-Resistant Attracts Bees
HT:3' SP:3'

We prune these plants in late fall, so twiggy stems can form new growth through spring. Produces a profusion of bright yellow flowers that bloom all summer. Easy to grow and highly deer-resistant, so a popular choice for this area.

Must have full sun to do well.



Prunus/Nanking Cherry

Prunus/Nanking Cherry

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Attracts Birds
HT:8' SP:10'

Showy light pink flowers are fragrant and provide nectar and pollen for foraging honeybees. Since flowers appear before the foliage, they are a real standout. Tasty red fruit (like pie cherries) ripens through June and July and are excellent for jams, jellies, and eaten fresh. 



Sorbaria

Sorbaria 'Sem'

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies
HT:4' SP:3'

A breakthrough in color and habit, 'Sem' is an improvement over the Sorbaria offered several years ago. Pinkish-red, fern-like spring foliage unfurls along deep pink stems. By late summer, the foliage turns to dark green, and white blossoms appear that attract honeybees and mason bees as well. Attractive enough to use as container garden planting.

Suckers, so can also be used as a hedge planting. We prune to outside shoots in early spring to keep full.


Spirea 'Neon Flash'

Spirea 'Neon Flash' 

Deer-Resistant Water-Wise/Xeric Fall Foliage
HT:3' SP:3'

Spiraea cultivar with a vigorous growth habit. Covered with bright cherry red flower clusters throughout the growing season.

New growth has a tinge of purple before turning green. Fall foliage is dark burgundy, adding another season of interest for this shrub.


Syringa/Lilac

Syringa/Lilac

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies
And then there are the Lilacs.

'Declaration; HT:7' SP:7' Upright, Reddish-purple
'Sensation'; HT:10' SP:12' Suckering, Purple with white edge
Common; HT:12' SP:12' Suckering, Lilac
'Donald Wyman'; HT:10' SP:8' Upright, Reddish-purple
'Miss Kim'; HT:6' SP:6' Rounded, Lilac

Shop early for these 'cause they are the most popular shrubs we offer and tend to sell quickly.


Viburnum 'Mohican'

Viburnum

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Fall Foliage Attracts Birds
Another popular shrub includes the Viburnums. We start the season with 2 varieties including:

'Compactum' HT:5' SP:6'
'Mohican' (shown) HT:8' SP:6'

Both provide spring flowers, dense foliage through summer, outstanding fall foliage, and red berries that persist through winter.