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Shrubs for the fall season landscape

Shrubs Availability

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, naturally.

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, visually brighten the landscape.
Attracts Bees Blooming shrubs attract, and sustain, honeybees, butterflies, and other 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 allow us to enjoy the gardens from inside looking out as well as from a deck or patio. A screening design also gives homeowners privacy.

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Acer/Maple

Acer/Maple

Water-Wise Fall Foliage
Ginnala 'Bailey Compact' HT:8' SP:8' and 'Flame' HT:15' SP:20'

Tataricum 'Hot Wings' HT:20' SP:20' Clump/Shrub Form

Maples provide a dense growth of 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.



Amelanchier/Serviceberry

Amelanchier/Serviceberry Canadensis

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

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

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



Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Standing Ovation'

Amelanchier/Serviceberry 'Standing Ovation'

Attracts Bees 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.

A personal favorite as a garden backdrop/hedge since I like to watch the robins scout for the sweet fruit that they enjoy each summer. 



Berberis 'Orange Rocket'

Berberis/Barberry 'Orange Rocket'

Water-Wise Deer-Resistant 
HT:4' SP:2'

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 persist through fall and into winter. A personal favorite with its outstanding spring-fall coloration.

This Barberry fits well into the perennial garden providing a vertical element and structure to the winter landscape. Highly deer-resistant.



Cotoneaster Lucidus

Cotoneaster Lucidus

Water-Wise Fall Foliage
HT:8' SP:6'

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. Berries do not seem to be a preferred choice for songbirds.



Euonymus alatus/Burning Bush 'Compactus'

Euonymus Alatus/Burning Bush 'Compactus'

Water-Wise Fall Foliage
HT:5' SP:5'

Bushy, with a rounded habit, so an excellent choice for hedges, screening, or as a stand-alone specimen 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 'Northern Gold'

Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

Deer Resistant Attracts Honeybees
HT:7' SP:5'

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.



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.



Pinus/Mugo Pine

Pinus/Mugo Pine

HT:5' SP:5'

Dwarf variety that fits well into smaller landscapes. An attractive mounded shape can be maintained with light pruning late spring-early summer as "candles" appear. Very hardy and nice addition to the xeric landscape as an evergreen to provide color through the changing seasons.

This picture is a nursery stock photo but shows the compact, rounded habit that this Pine exhibits in the landscape.



Potentilla ''Goldfinger'

Potentilla 'Goldfinger' and 'Dakota Sunspot'

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/Purpleleaf Sandchery

Prunus/Purpleleaf Sand Cherry

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies
HT:6' SP:6'

Grown from cuttings, so plants do not sucker. Delicate pink flowers are fragrant and provide nectar and pollen for foraging honeybees. Light pink flowers are a beautiful contrast to the dark burgundy foliage. We prune by half in late fall or early spring every 4-5 years to keep full.

Also, Prunus 'Shubert Select' at HT:20' SP:25' as shrub form.


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' NEW FOR 2019

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

A newer 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 added another season of interest for this compact shrub.


Spirea 'Snowmound'

Spirea 'Snowmound'

Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric Fall Foliage
HT:4' SP:4'

An excellent choice as a border hedge or a stand-alone specimen with its mass of pure white flowers through early summer. Hardy enough to be grown as a container plant on the deck or patio as a structural planting.

Outstanding fall color can be enjoyed in the fall as we spend more time outside with cooling temperatures.


Syringa/Lilac

Syringa/Lilac

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies
HT: Varies by variety SP: Varies by variety

And then there are the Lilacs.

We will start the season with 6 varieties, and they're all wonderful! 

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


Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'

Viburnum

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Fall Foliage Attracts Birds
HT: Varies by variety SP: Varies by variety

Another popular shrub includes the Viburnums. We start the season with 4 varieties including:

'Compactum' HT:5' SP:6'

'Mohican' HT:8' SP:6'

And 2, Trilobum/American Cranberry at HT:10' SP:10'. Both provide spring flowers, dense foliage through summer, outstanding fall foliage, and red berries that persist through winter. 


Lonicera/Vine 'Kintzley's Ghost'

Vines-Lonicera/Honeysuckle 'Kintzley's Ghost' and

'Dropmore Scarlet'

HT:10' SP:10'

 These vines are easy to grow with few demands through the season. Vigorous climbers that cover chainlink fencing within 3-5 years. Provide privacy, can be used as a beautiful garden backdrop, or to provide shade. Do require supports early on. We use vinyl covered wire twist ties to get the plants started vertically. I have also seen these use effectively as a groundcover for sloped areas.

Clematis are listed under the Perennials Availability Page with 6 varieties this season.