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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 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, 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 Ginnala 'Bailey Compact'

Water-Wise Fall Foliage
HT:8' SP:8'

$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 are less prone to snow load breakage and disease.

While adapted to our alkaline soils and dry conditions, maples are susceptible to iron deficiencies that manifest as yellowing foliage marked by dark green leaf margins. We topdress plants with Ironite.


Acer/Maple 'Flame'

Acer/Maple Ginnala 'Flame'

Water-Wise Fall Foliage
HT:15' SP:20'

$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. "Hardwood" varieties tend to be slow growing, but are less prone to snow load breakage and disease. While adapted to our alkaline soils and dry conditions, 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.



Caragana/Siberian Peashrub

Caragana/Siberian Peashrub

Water-Wise Deer Resistant
HT:14' SP:10'

Bright yellow flowers in May-June. Extremely hardy and drought resistant. Tolerant of pruning which helps to keep growth dense. Excellent choice as hedge, screen, or windbreak since it grows to a full 14'. Xeriscape plant. 

Highly deer-resistant.


Caryopteris 'Sapphire Surf'

Caryopteris/Bluebeard 

Water-Wise Deer Resistant
'Sapphire Surf' TM  HT:2' SP:3' $15

'Dark Knight' HT:3' SP:3' $8

Compact, low-maintenance shrub produces a swell of stunning flowers in late summer and fall when few other plants are blooming.

Xeriscape plant. Highly deer-resistant.



Cotoneaster Lucidus

Cotoneaster Lucidus

Water-Wise Fall Foliage
HT:8' SP:6'

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



Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

Forsythia 'Northern Gold'

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

$30

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

Hamamelis Virginiana

Deer Resistant 
HT:15' SP:15'

$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.

We suggest a layer of organic mulch to increase pH and protect roots through the heat of summer and through the winter as well.



Viburnum

Viburnum, 3 Varieties Remaining

Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Fall Foliage Attracts Birds
'Mohican' at HT:8' SP:6'

Trilobum/American Cranberry HT:10' SP:10'

Tribolum 'Red Wing' HT:10' SP:6'

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