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Plant Patent Applied For. CBRAF. Cultivar name: Abetwo. Your eyes do not deceive you -- the flowers really are more than a foot lo...ng and perfectly round on this stunning new Hydrangea! A new selection of a native species, this is without a doubt the largest-flowered mophead type in the world, its blooms approaching the size of beachballs! Incrediball® arose, like so many great inventions, as an accident -- it was part of a breeding program designed to improve the stem strength of Hydrangea, so that the blooms would stand up rather than flopping. Well, it worked -- but who could have imagined the blooms would emerge so enormous and so packed with florets? It is descended from Hydrangea Annabelle, a beloved favorite for decades, but each of Incrediballs® flowerheads contains 4 TIMES THE NUMBER OF BLOOMS as Annabelles. Its simply amazing. The blooms open a very pale shade of green to cream, maturing to pure white. Like most Hydrangea, they begin blooming when the warm summer weather arrives, and continue all season, often generously extending into fall. Cut the blooms for fresh or dried arrangements; they last for months indoors, their petals acquiring a lovely papery texture. Incrediball® reaches 4 to 5 feet high and wide in sun (in the north) to partial shade (farther south). A moisture lover, it should receive regular watering to grow and bloom its best. You will find it easy to grow, eager to bloom, and breathtaking in the foundation, as a hedge, or in the border. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: Minsens Love vines and climbers but dont have the blazing sunshine required for most of t...hem to be successful? Rose Sensation? is the solution, a False Climbing Hydrangea that loves shade and flowers heavily from late spring into midsummer! Deciduous and very fast-growing, this vining shrub takes off and makes itself at home against your north-facing wall, up those shady arbors and trellises, and through chain-link fences. Its not invasive in the least, but it needs space -- expect it to eventually reach 40 to 50 feet long and 6 to 9 feet wide. It needs no pruning, but if this size is a little more than you bargained for, cut it back in late winter and it will stay smaller and even more lush and dense. The best part of this climber, though, is its blooms. They look like lacecap Hydrangeas, with larger florets surrounding an inner cluster of tiny sterile flowers. The leaf-like outer florets are pink at the center, shading to creamy white, while the inner flowers are ivory to palest green. There will be nothing else in the garden like them, and youll love cutting a big armful for the vase, too! The foliage on Rose Sensation is deep green and very abundant, keeping this climber attractive whether or not the blooms are present. A deciduous plant, it looks fresh and vibrant from spring through fall. Find a place of honor and prepare to be wowed by the lush, verdant transformation of the shade garden by Rose Sensation?. Zones 5.9. read more

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Discovered in an Anna, Illinois, garden, Annabelle is perhaps the most popular old-fashioned flowering shrub grown in American gar...dens. Once established, it produces enormous, 12-inch, globe-shaped flowerheads of snowy white starting in early summer and increasing in size until mid- to late summer -- truly spectacular! Growing to 4 feet high and wide, it is a splendid landscape plant that never gets out of bounds and complements every other color in the garden beautifully. It thrives in shade, but also tolerates heat and humidity. Very easy to grow once established, it is a lovely source of fresh and dried arrangements as well as a useful border, hedge, foundation, or accent planting. H. arborescens is a native species, far more cold-hardy than most other Hydrangea species. Recently another cultivar has been added to the family: spectacular pink-flowered Invincibelle Spirit. Try them together for a breathtaking pink-and-white hedge, border, or accent planting! Zones 4-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For, Cultivar Name: PIIHQ-I?. Lush wands of white florets come on in the spring and age to a deep raspberry r...ed, darkening from the bottom upwards, reaching the peak of its color in summer. But lots of Hydrangea have lovely blooms; what separates Jetstream? from the pack is its exceptional habit! The foliage grows naturally in a mid-sized, rounded form, growing a dense bush with strong stems that will resist wind without flopping. The large oakleaf foliage adds its own charm throughout the year, but really gets your attention in the fall, when the leaves burnish a brilliant orange-scarlet! This colorful cultivar is even gorgeous in the winter, where the peeling tawny bark adds its own appeal. This healthy native is a low-maintenance, reliable performer for borders, foundations, and hedges. Like all Hydrangeas, it benefits from frequent watering and doesn?t mind ?wet? feet. It prefers soil on the acidic side?if your soil is too basic, add some <#prodlink#?35871?>Soil Acidifier and watch the bloom color change! 1 Quart Container. Zones 5 to 8. read more

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PPAF. Cultivar: ILVOBO. This dwarf Hydrangea is an undeniable asset for any garden, especially those with limited space. Reaching ...a height of 2½-3 and a width of 3-4, Bobo? covers itself with large white blooms in summer, the flowers held upright on strong stems and taking on a pinkish blush in fall. They appear so abundantly, you can barely see the leaves! Bobo? blooms from midsummer until early fall, the flowers growing increasingly larger and fuller over time. And since it blooms on new wood, there will always be blossoms ready to put on a show, even after a hard winter. Very reliable and easy to grow, this lovely Hydrangea won the Gold Florall award in 2010 for best novelty plant. Blooming regardless of climate, soil, pH, or pruning, Bobo? even tolerates drought! Plant this charming dwarf Hydrangea in full sun to part shade. Its adaptable to many soils, but prefers good, loamy areas and required moderate moisture. Bobo? is an excellent choice for mixed borders or a foundation plant and makes an extremely showy specimen or container plant. Prune it in late winter or early spring and fertilize in early spring with a slow-release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Zones 4-8. read more

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Apricot-orange blooms--what a fantastic treasure for your garden! Westerland is a vigorous and versatile rose! Classified as a shr...ub, this rose can also be trained as a climber--what more could a rose lover ask for? It presents small clusters of flowers that reach a diameter of almost 5 inches and perfume the air with a strong clove, rose, spicy fragrance. The soft-colored, double blooms open from attractive ovoid buds, boasting 17 to 25 ruffled petals that are nothing short of breathtaking! Youll love how the various shades of apricot and orange blend into each other across the petals, creating an artistic look that barely seems real. Westerland is a wonderfully versatile rose as well. Growing from 5 to 12 feet high and about 4 feet wide, its great for landscaping or growing in containers (in mild climates) and can even be trained as a climber. And of course, the blooms are wonderful for cutflower arrangements! Hardy and vigorous, its shown excellent disease resistance, so its large, dark green foliage will stay clean and healthy all season long! Plant in moist, well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. Var: KORlawe. Zones 5-10. read more

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Keep bugs away for good with this revolutionary tree and shrub drench. This systemic insect control works for up to 12 months, kil...ling insects on contact, then working its way up plants from the soil to the roots, then the trunk and the branches, fighting off insects at each stage. No spraying is necessary, as this mixture is simply added at the base of the plant like a fertilizer. This compound gets absorbed into the plant, keeping it from washing off or wearing out for months. The 1.46% imidacloprid mixture will not harm plants and is safe to use around pets. This mixture kills and controls numerous pest species, including: Adelgids, aphids, black vine weevil larvae, roundheaded borers, flatheaded borers, Japanese beetles, lacebugs, leaf beetles, leafhoppers, leafminers, mealy bugs, pine tip moth larvae, psylids, royal palm bugs, sawfly larvae, scales (armored and soft), thrips, and whiteflies. Directions: Add 6 to 30 ounces of this formula (based on the plants size) to a gallon of water, mix thoroughly, and then pour the mixture around the base of the plant. Caution: Avoid contact with the formula, as it can cause eye or skin irritation, and is harmful if swallowed. Cannot ship to Long Island, NY. 1 Gallon. read more

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Plant Patent #16,198. Cultivar name: PROse. This delightful Floribunda has the beauty and fragrance of an Old Rose with the modern... vigor, disease resistance, and bloom strength of a modern hybrid. Burgundy Iceberg? is prepared to flower all summer long, filling garden and vase with a strong honey-like scent and adding rich, dark, highly unusual color to the Rose display. Each of these blooms is fully double-flowered, with 20 to 25 petals that sport a deep pink reverse (exterior) to complement their dark burgundy interior. The coloration is purple to red-burgundy depending on the climate, with darker coloring in cooler temperatures. Measuring 3 to 4 1/2 inches wide, they arise in large clusters from late spring until the cool fall weather sets in. Very tolerant of heat and humidity, they are a superb choice for the south and southwest, but also content in shorter and cooler summer climates. Burgundy Iceberg? has won numerous awards in its native Australia, and we believe it will be a success here as well. This color is simply unavailable in most other Roses, and the rich fragrance and floriferousness make this shrub very valuable. Best of all, it has disease-resistant foliage, so you can plant it right into the crowded border (or in containers) without worrying about mildew and blackspot. If you have never grown a Rose before, Burgundy Iceberg? is a splendid way to begin. If youre a seasoned Rosarian, you can count on this cultivar to be one of the highest-performing and most trouble-free varieties in your garden! Zones 5-9. read more

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This superior clone of the Blue Mist Shrub was selected at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania for its upright growth, long bloomtime..., heavy flower production, and superb silvery foliage. A garden standout that needs little attention to look its best for years, Longwood Blue is a fine addition to the sunny to partly shaded garden! This shrub is 2 to 4 feet tall and wide, creating a big impact even in a small space. As a long, glorious hedge (as pictured here at Longwood Gardens), it is breathtaking. Butterflies cant resist these blue blooms, adding even more color to the garden! Longwood Blue blooms most heavily from midsummer into fall, continuing through those late-summer doldrums that can make a garden look spent. Its flowers are a rich, hard-to-find shade of blue, and make fine cut flowers. Theyre nicely complemented by the silvery hues on the foliage! Upright and never sprawling or rangy, Longwood Blue is an altogether superior selection of the beloved Blue Mist Shrub. Give it a try in your garden this season! Space shrubs 3 to 4 feet apart in well-drained soil in full sun in the North or partial shade in the South. Zones 5-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: Janice Like a ray of sunlight, this yellow-leafed Bluebeard glows in the border! The gold...en leaves, glossy and abundant, remain true all summer and fall, refusing to green out. And the soft, fuzzy plumes of blue flowers arise all over this rounded, compact plant, adding hard-to-find azure tones. A cross of Petit Blu? and Sunshine Blue®, this newcomer is drought-tolerant, unpalatable to deer, and a magnet for butterflies. Certain to be a standout in any setting. This shrub is 30 to 36 inches tall and wide, creating a big impact even in a small space. As a long, glorious hedge, it is breathtaking. Butterflies cant resist these blue blooms, adding even more color to the garden! Lil Miss Sunshine? blooms most heavily from late summer into fall, continuing through those late-season doldrums that can make a garden look spent. Its flowers are a rich, hard-to-find shade of azure, and make fine cut flowers. Theyre nicely complemented by the silvery hues on the foliage! Give Lil Miss Sunshine? a try in your garden this season! Space shrubs 3 feet apart in well-drained soil in full sun in the North or partial shade in the South. Zones 5-9. read more

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Midnight Marvel earns its name with every leaf and flower it sets! The darkest Rose Mallow yet -- its foliage is even more violet-...purple than Kopper King -- it is a standout in any setting. After a brilliant purple show in spring and summer, the leaves turn a fiery orange for fall! But the foliage is just part of its glory. It also sets huge, deep red blooms from midsummer until frost, simply covering itself in color for 3 months or more each year! The handsome, maple-shaped leaves on this fast-growing Rose Mallow reach nearly a foot long, and are very abundantly borne on this well-branched, imposing perennial, which reaches 5 feet high and 6 feet wide. Absolutely show-stopping, they make Midnight Marvel an excellent choice for a specimen as well as a hedge, accent planting, or border standout. And the color refuses to green out in summer, even in fiery heat. By midsummer the plant is studded with long, elegantly twisted buds, which open to beautifully veined carmine-red blooms 9 to 10 inches wide. A true red Hibiscus is a rarity, and Midnight Marvel offers a dark, pleasing shade of crimson that sets it apart from all others. The flowers continue until the first hard frost, recovering nicely from those light frosts that dot autumn nights in many areas. With the first run of cooler fall weather, the foliage turns brilliant shades of orange, remaining on the plant for many weeks before dropping. This adds a whole new dimension to the color palette, the red blooms combining boldly with the orange leaves. Talk about fall color! H. moscheutos is native to the southeast United States, thriving in swamps, marshes, and wet meadows. If grown in very moist soil, it will probably be somewhat larger in size and heavier in bloom, provided it receives full sun and good hot summers. It can withstand short periods of drought, but the flower count will be affected. It doesnt mind heavy or clay soils, and needs heat and sun to grow its best. Low maintenance, very long-blooming, and so colorful, it is a must-have for the garden! Zones 5-8. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. The Double Take? series of Flowering Quinces features fully double, downy soft blooms that open in early... spring, before the foliage. As full and bright as Camellias, the exquisite orange 2-inch blooms of Orange Storm stand out magnificently in the early-season garden. Compact shrubs set no fruit, expending all their energy on large, radiant flowers. Developed by NCSU Extension Service, these are the brightest and most beautiful Chaenomeles cultivars we have ever grown. Zones 5-8. read more

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If youre already a lover of Hydrangeas, this gorgeous variety is a must-have. If youre new to gardening, you might as well start w...ith an easy-to-grow shrub with blooms that will absolutely blow you away! From late spring or early summer through fall, youll be dazzled by wide bloom heads filled with petals of lime green accented with deep pink. You truly do have to see these flowers to believe them! Extremely eye-catching and unique, this member of the Next Generation series of Hydrangeas looks simply amazing anywhere you place it. Plant one as a focal point in your partly shaded garden or place a few in containers around your patio for a display that will have the entire neighborhood talking! Zones 5-9. read more

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Cultivar name: Lynn. Its the breeding breakthrough weve been waiting for! Just 2 to 3 feet high and wide, this container-sized Hyd...rangea blooms on both old and new wood, giving northern gardeners a lovely season and southern and western gardeners 2 glorious bloomtimes every year. But thats not even the innovation: its that the blooms arent the usual mophead, summer snowball rounded type. Theyre the far more unusual lacecap variety, with an outer ring of large open florets circling a core of tiny closed flowers! Now there is absolutely no barrier to growing Hydrangea wherever you live, for this super-compact variety thrives in containers that you can bring indoors for winter! You will love these blooms. The petals are triangular, for an exotic sort of look, and they will be colored with a rosy pink or deep blue, depending on the pH of your soil. They surround a big bouquet of inner flowers that may remain fairly green, with flashes of blue or pink. But either way, the big outer petals gradually mature to bright green : the complete opposite of the usual pattern for mopheads, where the flowers start green and then get their color! The foliage is large, toothy, and bright green on this tight little shrub, banking the blooms beautifully. Lets Dance? Starlight really knows how to fill a container, with giant blooms and big leaves tumbling from all sides. Of course, it doesnt have to go in containers (except north of zone 5, for winter protection), and it makes a fine foreground planting for the foundation, shrub border, and larger Hydrangea varieties. If you like lacecap Starlight, you must grow it among its cousin mophead Moonlight. Lets Dance? Starlight is the ideal Hydrangea for zones 5 and 6, where many other varieties suffer in late spring frosts. In these climates, even if a late frost should freeze the buds of the first early- to midsummer blooms, a second set will appear in summer for late season flowering. Thats the beauty of reblooming Hydrangea: it guarantees you at least one fabulous season every year! This mini shrub thrives in moist soil in full sun in the North, partial shade farther south and west. The Hydra part of its name indicates its love of water, but it needs good soil drainage too, so it is not a shrub for boggy or wet soils. Keep it well watered, especially during the summer heat, and it will grow and bloom for decades. Certain to become your favorite shrub, this versatile little beauty deserves a special place in your landscape! Zones 5-9. read more

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Everything that is new and wonderful about Hydrangea can be found in All Summer Beauty, a delightful new Bigleaf mophead. Unlike o...lder varieties, this super-floriferous shrub is hardy right through zone 5 in the north. And because it blooms on both old and new wood (well explain that in a second!), it wont be nipped back by a late frost or freak cold snap! This compact, deciduous shrub is among the most free-flowering Hydrangeas we have ever grown, and thats not just because its season is so long. Well-branched and vigorous, it sets masses of big round snowballs of pink (in alkaline or lime soil) or blue (in acid soil) among its toothy, bright green leaves. The larger blooms reach 6 inches in diameter, the smaller about 4 inches, but all are magnificent in fresh or dried bouquets as well as on the plant. Very long-lasting, they lose their color only very gradually, so you can leave them on the shrub through autumn if you like. The flowers begin in early summer in most climates (sometimes late spring in hotter areas), and thats as far as it goes for most Hydrangeas -- one big bumper crop and its done. Thats because Hydrangea traditionally blooms on old wood, meaning last years growth. But All Summer Beauty is one of a new breed that reblooms on the current years growth as well! So ideally you get your usual heavy show in early summer, followed by a big encore in late summer! Where this rebloom really comes in handy is in the north, where late frosts can freeze all the flower buds on the old wood. Even if this happens, youre guaranteed at least one good showing on the current years growth! Gardening offers few certainties, but this is a nice little insurance policy! And then of course in those years when spring is mild, you have two full seasons of bloom. Cant beat it with a stick! All Summer Beauty has one more trick up its sleeve: its foliage turns bright yellow before dropping in late fall. This is nice. Its not the breathtaking show that some plants put on, but its more than most Hydrangeas can muster, and youll love the look of these big, serrated leaves turning buttery yellow in the cool days of early fall. Expect All Summer Beauty to reach 3 to 4 feet high and 3 to 5 feet wide. You can put it in a big container, if you like, where it will grow a bit smaller. Its also terrific in the foundation, because even though its deciduous, the branchy upright silhouette in winter is interesting, and the flowers last forever in summer. It needs partial shade in the south, but does well in full sun farther north. And take that Hydr- prefix seriously in its name: keep it watered well, but with good soil drainage! Zones 5-9. read more

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(Syn. Alpengluhen) Sunglasses are optional for this beauty! Abundantly produced over a 2- to 3-month growing season that begins in... midsummer, its immense flowerheads (8 inches or more across) start out white, then turn pink and slowly shade to a deep pinkish-red or purple, with tints like a fading sunset. Hydrangea macrophylla Alpengluhen (Glowing Embers) was developed almost 50 years ago, and is still considered the finest mophead. This German classic has often been difficult to find and, like all of our Hydrangeas, is among the showiest of summer- and autumn-flowering woody plants. Compact Glowing Embers is quite vigorous, only 3 feet tall and wide, with large, bold green leaves little troubled by pest or disease. Easy to grow in moist, well-drained soil in full to part shade, it performs well on the coast. Zones 6-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: Wims Red Find a special place for this thrilling new Panicle Hydrangea! Fire and Ice chan...ges bloom color every few weeks, creating a season-long play of hue that never ceases to fascinate. This ultra-compact Hydrangea is just right for garden or large container, delighting with long wands of brilliant color. The blooms open cream-colored in early spring, standing out beautifully against the bright green foliage on plants 6 to 10 feet high and wide. By midsummer blushes of pink have overtaken the florets, and soon the entire plume is a rich shade of cotton-candy pink. Then, beginning in late summer and continuing throughout autumn, the flowers acquire a deep, intense shade of magenta-burgundy. Stunning! Best in part shade, Fire and Ice will become the focal point of any setting. Its a good choice for the foundation or along the driveway, where its bloom changes can be followed on a daily basis, but it also works well in border and woodland garden. Truly unique, it deserves a place of honor! Zones 3-8. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: Hortmoc These big mophead blooms begin so softly, with fringed petals of creamy pink to p...ale lilac. Gradually the petals acquire pale green hues, then turn to a deeper shade of rose or purple. Meanwhile, the green moves upward from the base of each petal, eventually turning the entire bloom bright lime with vivid pink edges. Wow! Ocean is a reblooming, ultra-compact Hydrangea great for containers as well as the border, and absolutely showstopping in the vase. If you live in an area where late frosts and dropping temperatures have nipped your Hydrangea blooms in the bud, youll be assured of at least one season of color every year! And elsewhere, you get a fall wash of color to complement the long early-season bloom. Everlasting? is a Dutch series, and it was originally bred for the cut-flower market, so the emphasis is entirely on the blooms. The flower stems are stronger and straighter than those of many other Hydrangeas, ensuring that the blooms wont flop or twist. The flowers are ultra long-lasting and quite large, especially when seen on the plant, which is just 3 to 4 feet high and wide. Give this mophead consistently moist soil and a bit of shade in every climate except the most northern. Do not allow it to dry out completely, but make sure the soil drainage is good. Ocean grows quickly and easily, its large, toothy leaves keeping the shrub handsome even when it isnt blooming. This may just become your favorite Hydrangea of all time! Zones 5-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: Hokomathyst Changing from solid green to either fuchsia or violet-blue with green edges a...nd then finally to rich lime green, the petals on this new reblooming mophead are different nearly every time you look at them! Held on big, rounded trusses all over super-compact plants, these flowers are showstopping in garden, container, and vase! Everlasting? is a Dutch series, and it was originally bred for the cut-flower market, so the emphasis is entirely on the blooms. The flower stems are stronger and straighter than those of many other Hydrangeas, ensuring that the blooms wont flop or twist. The flowers are ultra long-lasting and quite large, especially when seen on the plant, which is just 3 to 4 feet high and wide. But the best part is the color changes these blooms undergo. The beginning and ending color is solid green -- pale as the flowers first open, vivid lime as they mature! Between these two cycles is a period of bright interior petal color: violet-blue in acidic soils and fuchsia-pink in alkaline. The green remains on the petal edges throughout, creating a wonderful bicolored look that is different from any other Hydrangea we know! And just as a bonus, this is a reblooming variety, with a heavy flowering period in late spring and early summer followed by an encore in autumn. If you live in an area where late frosts and dropping temperatures have nipped your Hydrangea blooms in the bud, youll be assured of at least one season of color every year! And elsewhere, you get a fall wash of color to complement the long early-season bloom. Give this mophead consistently moist soil and a bit of shade in every climate except the most northern. Do not allow it to dry out completely, but make sure the soil drainage is good. Amethyst grows quickly and easily, its large, toothy leaves keeping the shrub handsome even when it isnt blooming. This may just become your favorite Hydrangea of all time! Zones 5-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: Hokomarevo The color changes on a single Revolution shrub are simply incredible! Expect c...ombinations of deep pink, maroon and blue blooms, all with green highlights as the flowers mature. Every color can be present at once on this heavily reblooming shrub, creating an unforgettable look in garden and container! You simply wont believe it as one bloom turns a combination of magenta and true blue, while another blazes fuchsia-pink! Its as if all the colors and combinations possible in the Hydrangea family have come together in a single shrub! Revolution is super heavy-blooming as well, with a generous encore in autumn. If you live in an area where late frosts and dropping temperatures have nipped your Hydrangea blooms in the bud, youll be assured of at least one season of color every year! And elsewhere, you get a fall wash of color to complement the long early-season bloom. Everlasting? is a Dutch series, and it was originally bred for the cut-flower market, so the emphasis is entirely on the blooms. The flower stems are stronger and straighter than those of many other Hydrangeas, ensuring that the blooms wont flop or twist. The flowers are ultra long-lasting and quite large, especially when seen on the plant, which is just 3 to 4 feet high and wide. Give this mophead consistently moist soil and a bit of shade in every climate except the most northern. Do not allow it to dry out completely, but make sure the soil drainage is good. Revolution grows quickly and easily, its large, toothy leaves keeping the shrub handsome even when it isnt blooming. This may just become your favorite Hydrangea of all time! Zones 5-9. read more

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Its appropriate that this reblooming Hydrangea has the word sensation in its name. When you see the blooms appear in summer displa...ying a lovely shade of lime green, then watch as they slowly age to red, before fading to purple in the fall, Sensational! is what youll say! Growing to a size of about 3 feet high and wide, this is one little shrub youll want gracing your shade garden or decorating your patio in a favorite container! Zones 4-8. read more

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An extremely aptly named Hydrangea, Tiny Tuff Stuff? is small enough for containers and covers itself with elegant, delicate-looki...ng blooms, but it offers a very tough nature. Very bud-hardy, it produces an abundance of lacecap blooms made up of doubled sepals. This robust rebloomer starts flowering in late spring, continuing into mid-fall. The flowers start off from blue to pink to white, aging to an attractive pink and tipping down in a very distinctive arching fashion. It looks fantastic in any style garden, no matter how refined or sophisticated. The Mountain Hydrangea grows to a wonderfully manageable size of 18 to 24 inches high and wide, making it ideal for even the smallest garden. It will be happy in full sun or part shade and flowers on both new and old wood. Zones 5-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar Name: Hydrangea paniculata SMHPFL. Fire Light? is a new cold-hardy Hydrangea paniculata that di...splays large red and white flower heads in midsummer and blooms reliably regardless of climate. Fire Light? makes an impressive display, reaching up to 6 feet high and wide, boasting 12- to 16-inch blooms held upright on strong red stems that will not droop. This commanding perennial dominates the summer and fall landscape, demanding the attention of all who look upon it. The lush color-shifting blooms are a great focal point for a single accent planting or a striking row. The pinks and whites also beautifully complement Roses and other perennials, making Fire Light? an excellent source of mid-to-late season color in the back of the border. If you do not have a 6 x 6 area available for these Hydrangeas to reach their full majesty, you can train them to a more compact size with moderate pruning. Fire Light? blooms in midsummer, earlier than other paniculatas that delay their blooms until late summer or even early fall, but its flowers remain striking well into cool weather. The blooms arise on new wood, so it is best to prune in late fall or early spring.? Fire Light? is adaptable, working well with most soils, as long as it is well-drained and gets some sun. The enormous pink and white blooms are resolute, appearing reliably each year regardless of climate, pruning, or soil pH! Zones 3 to 8. read more

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Theres no place like home when this exciting new dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea is waiting in the garden! Developed by the National Arbor...etum from a hybrid of the classic H. Snow Queen and dwarf Pee Wee, it offers astonishing 9-inch inflorescences packed with florets that turn from white to pale pink and finally to rich ruby-red over their long summer season. Large oakleaf-shaped leaves turn from deep green to russet-mahogany in autumn, adding another season of glory to this petite shrub. Highly recommended for year-round appeal. Zones 5-6 in full sun/Zones 7-8 in part shade. read more

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Enjoy a wealth of attractive, deep blue, globe-shaped flowerheads all summer with Nikko Blue! This is the most reliable of the blu...e-flowered selections, with exceptionally large bloom that are consistently truer blue in a wide range of soils. Most striking color is acheived in acid earth. In neutral soil, both pink and blue flowers appear. Hydrangeas are among the showiest of summer- and autumn-flowering woody plants. Shade-tolerant, they grow well under trees or on the shady side of a building. Plant singly as focal points, or mass together for stunning borders. Forms of H. macrophylla are also splendid for coastal plantings. Dry heads for beautiful arrangements. Nikko Blue reaches a mature height of 4- to 6- feet tall in just 3 to 4 years. Zones 5 (with protection) -9. One-quart. read more

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Thuja Green Giant is one of the fastest growing of all Conifers. This very rare Western Red Cedar will put on 3 to 5 feet of growt...h per year. An excellent evergreen privacy screen or windbreak, its also tremendously dense, weather-resistant, repellent to deer, and marvelously fragrant! This is the tree you want outlining your property, shielding you from noise, neighbors, or rough wind! Elegant and uniform, the conical habit of Green Giant needs no shearing or pruning, and is cloaked in dense, dark, evergreen foliage clear to the ground. Of course, you can also shear the foliage into any desired shape, and keep the plant trimmed to just the size you want. And this is a very easy plant to grow, tolerating almost any soil type and resistant to damage from ice and snow, as well as deer and most other pests. Green Giant is able to withstand drought well, and once established in your yard is very resistant to heat, humidity, and cold. The most vigorous growth will be in full sun and enriched soil with plenty of water and fertilizer, especially the first few years. Green Giant can also tolerate a bit of shade. Expect it to eventually reach 30 to 50 feet tall, 10 to 12 feet wide. Zones 5-9, plus 10 on the West Coast. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar Name: Hydrangea quercifolia Doughill. Gatsbys Star? puts out enchanting white double blooms, ri...ght at eye level! This Oakleaf Hydrangea has a compact habit, with blooms that are anything but! 12 inches long (or more), these panicles of double blooms make a very impressive show, especially in groups, where they appear to create a whole country night skys worth of stars. The moderate size of Gatsbys Star? also makes it a gorgeous addition to the back of the border or to your homes foundation. The tasteful white blooms will complement almost any other plant in the landscape, making this Hydrangea exceptionally versatile. And the whimsical blooms are the perfect touch in a woodland garden! If you dont have 5 to 6 feet of space for Gatsbys Star? to reach its full height, you can prune it to keep it tidy and (even) more compact. This native blooms in midsummer, but its flowers remain striking well into cool weather. The blooms arise on new wood, so it is best to prune in late fall or early spring. In the fall the green foliage and white blooms both take on a burgundy tinge for a flush of late-season interest. Gatsbys Star? is adaptable, working well with most soils, as long as it is well-drained and gets some sun. In the south it prefers some shade, and in the north it likes full sun and some shelter from the chilliest winds. The enormous white blooms are resolute, appearing reliably each year regardless of climate, pruning, or soil pH! Zones 5 to 9. read more

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Plant Patent #20,176. Cultivar name: PIIHM-1. Here it is -- the one and only reblooming lacecap Hydrangea, and it can be yours! (O...rder now, though. Were seriously low on quantity already.) The first lacecap cultivar in the amazing Endless Summer® series of reblooming Hydrangeas from Dr. Michael Dirr, this ultra-compact shrub is just the right size for large containers as well as the shade border. It will regale you with two seasons of beautiful blooms every year -- and if you live in an area where springs can be late and unexpectedly frosty, it will guarantee you a late-summer to fall flower show even if the first round of blooms gets nipped in the bud! Bred from Penny Mac x Lady in Red, Twist-n-Shout® comes by its good looks, vigorous growth, and dependable rebloom honestly. Just 3 to 5 feet high and wide, it leafs out in spring with a profusion of bright green foliage, very showy and dense. By early summer the first blooms are already opening, each with an inner circlet of tiny fertile flowers surrounded by a large, loose ray of sterile florets. Both the flowers and the florets may be pink or blue, depending on the pH level of the soil. And as if all this color werent enough, the flower stems are a bright pinkish-red! Talk about gilding the Hydrangea! The second wave of flowers occurs toward autumn, just when the garden is looking a bit threadbare and between times. These flowers are superb in fresh or dried arrangements, and also mature beautifully right on the plant, drying into antique hues as autumn becomes colder. . . . But still theres more! The foliage gets into the act on Twist-n-Shout®, turning from green to orange, then rosy-red, and finally maroon in autumn. This is truly a multi-color, multi-season, multi-appeal shrub, and we highly recommend that you reserve one immediately for your garden. It may just be your favorite new plant of 2011 . . . and if you want, get all of its siblings, too: Endless Summer®, white-to-pink Blushing Bride, and rosy-pink H. arborescens Bella Anna?. Zones 4-9. read more

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Plant Patent #22,696. Cultivar Name: Hokomano. Perfect for a container, shady border, or even a vase, Everlasting® Noblesse boasts... large, full blooms colored a refreshing mixture of snow white, celery green, and pure violet. These mophead blooms are outstanding, each one their very own bouquet! They open white with spots of bright purple on their eyes, then mature to more of a whitewashed green with some tinges of pink. The sepals add lovely texture to the display with their ruffles and their crenate margins. And since foliage is hidden within and beneath the mopheads, there are few leaves at the base of the plant: the result is an incredible hydrangea that looks like it is almost all flower! The Everlasting® series is remarkable for how strong and flop-proof the stems are and, of course, for the length of the bloom season. Noblesse gets started as early as May and reblooms on into September! And because it blooms on new wood as well as old wood, this display happens reliably, bouncing back from harsh winters and forgiving errant prunings. Plant Noblesse in rich soil in a shady, well-drained spot. Like other Hydrangea, it appreciates frequent watering, and it will tolerate more sun if the soil is kept consistently moist. 2 Quart Container. Zones 5 to 9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: RENsun Its an irresistible combination: big blooms on a compact shrub. Add the fact that ...these particular flowers open lime-green, then quickly turn creamy white, soft pink, and finally darkest red, and you have the makings of a showstopping garden or container display. Welcome Strawberry Sundae?, a compact, heavy-blooming, easy-care PeeGee Hydrangea! Strawberry Sundae? is just 4 to 5 feet tall and not quite as wide, just right for the foundation or driveway planting as well as the partly shaded border. You could even put it in a large container -- its that compact! Well-branched, rounded, and bushy, it makes a huge impression in not much space, with large, bright green, toothy leaves that keep it handsome long before and after bloomtime. But the flowers completely steal the show on this beauty. Beginning in early summer, long, thick, pointed wands begin arising, packed with florets. They keep coming for several months, so youll see all flower colors present at the same time on the shrub. Cut all you like for fresh or dried bouquets, but save a few for garden enjoyment too. Magnificent! This hydrangea is a PeeGee type, one of the cold-hardiest of all, and also very tolerant of urban pollution. Of course, like all hydrangeas, it loves moisture (that hydra in the name is the tip-off!), so plant it in good, continuously moist garden soil, or water the container regularly. Untroubled by pests and diseases, it is among the easiest of shrubs to grow. Give it full sunshine only in the northern edge of its hardiness range, opting for dappled or afternoon shade farther south and west. Strawberry Sundae? comes to us from French breeder Jean Renault, who is also responsible for the larger, weeping-habit Vanilla Strawberry®. Long-blooming, ever-changing, and easy to grow -- you just cant beat PeeGees! Zones 4-8. read more

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Plant Patent # 20,998. Cultivar Name: Kompeito. Every aspect of this bigleaf Hydrangea is desirable: the habit is conveniently com...pact, the leaves are large and lush, the lacecap blooms are picoteed and perfectly formed, and last but not least, this low-maintenance plant blooms tirelessly on old and new wood alike for a long, dependable season of color! Hybridized by T. Yamamoto in Japan, this reblooming lacecap hybrid is the kind of cultivar that early hydrangea breeders would have killed to get their hands on. This compact, disciplined variety will astound you with its lush foliage, tireless blooms, and exceptional tolerance of Hydrangeas biggest enemies: cold and mildew! H. macrophylla usually blooms on old wood, developing its buds in fall. These buds require protection through frigid weather if they are to survive and open up in spring. But Star Gazer is the exception to this rule! Blooming on old and new wood alike, Star Gazer is much more forgiving of harsh winters and ill-timed pruning than other Hydrangeas: it simply insists on blooming! Plant Star Gazer in rich soil in a shady, well-drained spot. It will tolerate more sun if the soil is kept sufficiently moist. Hydrangea is famous for its reaction to soil pH: if your soil is acidic, Star Gazer will produces blue picotee blooms, while if your soil is basic the flowers will be pink and white. You can control the color and richness of the blooms by adding lime to make your soil more basic or Soil Acidifier to make it more acidic. 1 Quart Container. Zones 5 to 9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. cultivar name:SMHPLQF. One of the first paniculatas to bloom, this Proven Winners®/Color Choice® variety... is remarkable for its diminutive frame and its fluffy flower spikes, the white florets accented with deep carmine tones, regardless of soil pH! With blooms on old and new wood alike over a long season, this is a little workhorse in the cutting garden! Little Quick Fire? is a gardeners dream come true. This very vigorous, lovely shrub sets masses of white-to-rosy-pink flowers at the first breath of hot weather, and continues the show through summer and into fall. Our gardens could all use an extra 4 to 5 weeks of color, and thats exactly what it delivers -- even in areas with cold winters and late spring frosts! These large, loosely-held blooms open creamy-white, then quickly turn a deep rosy-pink that is a bit unusual in hue and very eye-catching. Their color isnt affected by soil pH, so you can plant Little Quick Fire? alongside your blue H. macrophyllas in acidic soil and still be assured of rosy blooms. And since this Hydrangea flowers on new wood, they will continue to arise even late in the season -- a real boon for those of us in climates prone to late-spring frosts that kill the buds of our Hydrangeas! Little Quick Fire? is a compact German introduction, topping out at 3 to 5 feet high and wide at maturity. It thrives in full sun in all but the very hottest climates, and grows quickly. Treat yourself to an extra month of fine color with this exciting new introduction! Zones 4-8. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar Name: HQOPR010. A cultivar of the native Oakleaf Hydrangea, Ice Crystal improves on the species... with its greatly improved bloom time, adding snow-white blooms to your landscape from spring until the first frost! These brilliant blooms open continuously in conical cluster over their magnificent season. And when the blooms finally fade in fall, the foliage takes over the show by adopting a rich red tone. These small, oak-like leaves are attractive all season long thanks to their form and finely-toothed margins, but they reach the height of their beauty during leaf senesence in autumn. Thanks to in vitro propagation, Ice Crystal stays very juvenile, maintaining its bushy, compact form and its proportionate leaves for its whole life! This smaller size makes it much better suited for garden use than its wild cousins. This North American native is highly adaptable to heat, cold, and all different types of soil. Like most Hydrangea, it prefers acidic soil, but it will also do well in neutral pH soil. Plant it in a well-drained, partly shaded spot (more sun in the North, more shade in the South), and let Ice Crystal do the rest! 2 quart container. Zones 5 to 8. read more

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Hibiscus syriacus Azurri Satin®, Cultivar Name: DVPazurri, PP#20,563. This seedless Rose of Sharon grows an even larger body with ...even bigger flowers. The rich blue single flowers are as big as dinner plates, and they arise on lush plants 6 feet wide and 8 to 12 feet tall! This thriller is sure to become the focal point of you whole garden. And because this cultivar is sterile, it will not take over your yard (and beyond) like other Hibiscus can. Azurri Satin® is a carefree joy youll want for the hot, sunny summer garden. Few shrubs are more heat- and humidity-tolerant than Hibiscus, which basks in temperatures that make others wilt and brown out! Give this shrub plenty of water and nonstop sunlight and youve got a bloom machine 5 months out of every year! The showy, tropical blooms are a powder blue with a crimson eye that bleeds outward. The stunning, gigantic blooms open from late summer until late fall, attracting attention for months. Even though this variety is seedless, it still produces enough nectar to attract plenty of butterflies! The alluring blooms are all the more impressive because they are borne high in the air on plants with a graceful, narrow habit. Azurri Satin ® is a great choice for a foundation planting, accent in the patio or other garden nook, or hedge. It makes a fine companion to Plum Fantasy, and a nice background planting to Dwarf Russian Sage and other low-growing shrubs, as well as colorful annuals and perennials of all description. No shrub is easier--this is one tough plant, untroubled by pests and disease and able to maintain itself through good weather and poor alike. Space these shrubs about 4 to 5 feet apart for a dense wall of showy color. Zones 5-9. read more

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Ballerina wants to be the last rose blooming in your garden this fall, and it has the flower power to make good on that ambition! ...Blooming from early summer well into autumn, this lovely old hybrid musk rose delights with graceful 2- to 3-inch blooms of pink-edged white, held wide open like old-fashioned tutus. Fragrant, floriferous, and long-blooming, Ballerina is a gardeners treasure. Arising from fat, rounded buds of bright pink, these small cupped, single blooms open in giant clusters (the hydrangea has nothing on Ballerina!), each flower dotted with a round eye. This robust Rose reaches about 5 high and 3 feet wide as a shrub, or can be trained as a climber reaching up to 10 feet high! In either form, a fully-blooming plant is an amazing display of soft color, repaying a closer look with a sweet, delicate scent. And its light green foliage is attractive even when it isnt covered in the charming blooms. Ballerina was introduced in 1937 from an R. multiflora seedling. It remains one of the most attractive, long- and late-blooming roses ever grown. Enjoy! Plant in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. Zones 5-10. read more

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This dense-growing evergreen shrub is ideal as a stand-alone accent or in a hedge, if several are placed in a row, where they can ...serve as a privacy screen or beautiful sound-absorbing barrier. Its large 4-inch trusses of brilliantly pink flowers make a bold but elegant statement in the late spring garden, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds and mixing well with other bloom and foliage colors. Anna Rose Whitney grows to 5 to 7 feet high and wide and prefers cooler regions, but protection from winter wind is recommended. This eye-catching, deer-resistant Rhodie performs best in acidic soils and is quite at home under the canopies of conifers and around woodland home sites. Needing an area of partial shade, it is great for blending into pre-existing wooden environments. Provide well-drained, organically rich soil, and follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to allow it to establish a deep root system. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep the roots cool, and feed it with an acidic fertilizer after blooming. Prune in spring after flowering. Zones 4-7. read more

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Plant Patent #20,506. Cultivar Name: Green 98-009. The pillar-like shrub of foliage is evergreen in its hardiness zone, and while ...other plants are dropping their leaves in October, it decides to bloom instead! The color, form, and profusion of these wondrous fall blooms are all reminiscent of the Floribunda rose, hence the name. Commonly referred to as dwarf sasanqua, the species C. hiemalis is both smaller and more cold hardy (up to zone 6 or 7) than sasanqua, but offers the same profusion of gorgeous medium-sized blooms. The October Magic® series is a Green Nurseries introduction offered through the Southern Living Plant Collection. This series represents a great improvement over the species, with plants that are more vigorous, disease resistant, and that continue the fall blooming season later into the winter. October Magic® Rose is unique in the series for its very upright columnar habit of growth, which lends itself to being pruned in a pillar rose form, the spire of coral red color adding a bright exclamation point in the garden! Like other Camellias, October Magic® Rose will tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions, but they really thrive in organically rich, acidic soil. Their shape tends to be naturally beautiful and relatively compact, making pruning unnecessary. If you choose to prune, do so in very early spring before the buds have formed. Broken shade is ideal: it will tolerate full sun well, but only if it stays well watered. Zones 7 to 9. read more

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Unbeatable for show and stately presence. A welcoming sight in the classic garden. The lilac-blue flowers are large, showy and dra...ped on foot-long racemes in enormous grape-like clusters. The fragrance is sweet, intense, habit-forming. Vigorous, quick to grow and tirelessly floriferous, this wisteria blooms three times a year, fragrantly flowering from early summer until fall defers to winter. Cold-hardy to -40 F with no loss of flowering ability. read more

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Create the perfect area for intimate conversations or fun gatherings with our Oxford Tree Bench. Constructed of beautiful, sustain...ably harvested Eucalyptus, this tree bench has a natural oil finish that provides years of low-maintenance beauty. Eucalyptus is naturally resistant to decay and pests, so you can feel confident it will bring you joy for years to come. This tree bench has a very classic design, with a vertically slatted back rest, a slatted seat, and a curved armrest on the left-hand side. The top of the back rest is accented with a line of carved chevrons, a subtle artistic touch that immediately adds to its beauty. Connect four benches to encircle your favorite tree, and it will undoubtedly soon become one of your favorite spots to sit and unwind! (Encircles a 32 tree). Dimensions: 18½ L x 54¾ W x 42 H inches ; 51 pounds. read more

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Monument is a natural dwarf selection of the European Hornbeam. Very slow-growing, this cultivar offers dense, attractive foliage ...on an upright, pyramidal habit. Ideal for small gardens, it sports bright butter-yellow autumn leaves. At full maturity, Monument is no more than 8 to 9 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide. After about a decades growth, expect it to have achieved just 3 to 4 feet in height and about 2 feet in width. Amazing! Content in any well-drained soil, this Dwarf European Hornbeam is easy to grow and very showy in garden or container. Introduced by Viva Nord in Italy. Zones 5-7. read more

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Get your trees off to the best possible start in the garden -- or perk up an established tree that is not performing as you expect... -- with Tree-start Spikes, the slow-release formula for better growth and healthier, stronger life. No other fertilizer is as simple to use, and the effects can last a lifetime! Just push a Tree-start Spike into the soil beside your tree at planting time or whenever an existing planting needs a pick-me-up. The 30-10-7 blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is released slowly to be absorbed by the trees roots, preventing burning or over-applying. As the season progresses, your tree feeds at just the proper rate -- and your work is done in mere seconds! Tree-start Spikes are great for all types of trees, from conifers and evergreens to flowering ornamentals. They contain a low-salt formula, promoting only healthy growth. So economical and easy -- keep them on hand for every spring and fall planting season! Pack of 18. read more

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From the makers of our popular line of Soil Moist products comes this revolutionary self-watering and preserving formula for Chris...tmas trees and other cut branches! Tree Moist? Plus keeps your tree fresh and vibrant far longer by storing water in its crystal-like granules, which can then be released (along with a tree preservative) just when your tree or cut branch needs it most. Tree Moist? Plus is composed of water-absorbing polymers. Perfect for cut branches (such as forsythia and cherry in early spring) as well as Christmas trees, they extend the period of beauty you can expect from your indoor cuts. And theyre so easy to use! With Tree Moist? Plus, youll never have to worry about watering or feeding the Christmas tree and other cut branches. Give it a try this season and were convinced youll make it part of your regular planting process from now on! 2-oz. bag. read more

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Truly one of the finest landscaping subjects, Bottlebrush Buckeye is too little used in the United States but widely appreciated i...n Europe. Ideal for many uses -- as an isolated lawn specimen, or planting in mass on difficult banks and slopes -- it provides a graceful, airy look PLUS dense coverage! This spreading, mound-shaped plant grows up to 10 feet tall and wide, with large, deep green leaves held out almost horizontally, for a nicely tiered look. In midsummer, masses of 8- to 12-inch white flowerspikes appear, poking up and out in all directions! Their interesting shape gives the Bottlebrush its common name. And when Fall arrives, the showy leaves turn yellow and light orange! Remarkably disease-resistant, Bottlebush Buckeye grows well in sun or part shade in a moisture-retentive, slightly acidic soil. For dense coverage, space the shrubs about 8 feet apart. Zones 4-9. read more

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Plant Patent 4145. All Magnolias are adaptable and vigorous, but Elizabeth is the expert at handling temperature extremes! Survivi...ng -20 degree Fahrenheit temperatures without injury, just months later it basks in 100+ degree heat and humidity over a long, sweltering season. And in early spring, before the new foliage emerges, this lovely tree is dotted with bright, fragrant yellow blossoms from base to tip! The unusual clear yellow color of the blooms is as remarkable as their heavenly scent. 3 to 4 inches across, they are held straight up on bare branches, reminding me a bit of the old-fashioned tradition of setting candles onto the boughs of a Christmas tree. Very bright and abundant, they begin the Magnolia season in many neighborhoods. This robust tree begins blooming at a very early age, and is easily pruned to desired shape -- including a multi-trunk form for increased horizontal beauty, or even a compact size for container growth! Left alone, it reaches 15 to 18 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide in 10 years. Mature height is 20 to 30 feet. Very tolerant of urban pollution and a variety of growing conditions, Elizabeth is ideally sited in partial shade and in somewhat acidic, well-enriched, well-drained soil. It appreciates protection from harsh winds, and does not thrive among competing roots. read more

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Have you ever dreamed of planting a Dove Tree (Davidia), only to learn that it wouldnt start blooming until it was at least 10 yea...rs old? Even for those of us planting our legacy garden, thats pushing delayed gratification too far! Enter Sonoma, the early-blooming variety with bloom clusters more than twice the size of the species -- as astonishing 10 to 12 inches long! This magnificent flowering tree has blooms -- actually bracts -- like no other. Theyve been compared to handkerchiefs, crepe paper streamers and, of course, doves, for they flutter alluringly in the late spring breezes. No flash-in-the-pan flowers, they begin in late spring and hang on for 2 to 3 weeks. And Sonoma is so much more floriferous than the species that it might as well be a whole new plant! Your tree will simply be draped in color! Even when its not blooming, Sonoma is beautiful. The leaves are broad, oval, and lightly toothed, with soft silky undersides that practically asked to be brushed past! Growing quickly in any sunny location, Sonoma reaches 15 feet tall after just 5 years, and eventually tops out at 20 to 30 feet tall and about 25 feet wide. And the best part is that we will ship you a 2-year-old tree, so you may get blooms the first spring -- certainly the second! -- after planting! Dove Trees have never had it so good . . . nor the gardeners who love them! Sonoma thrives in temperate to warm climates, happy in any well-drained garden soil receiving full sun. It is very tolerant of heat and humidity, needing only water during the summer months and during dry spells. Ideal for the border or as a specimen. Zones 6-8. Note: Because we have such limited quantities of this choice tree, I ask that each customer purchase no more than one, please. read more

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PPAF. Cultivar: PIIVAC-I. If youre looking for a large shrub or small tree that combines fantastic fragrance, eye-catching foliage..., and sensational blooms with easy growth and adaptability, look no further than Delta Blues?. More compact than the species, this First Editions® Chaste Tree produces aromatic bluish-purple flowers that appear on new growth in summer. Plus the foliage itself is highly fragrant. It also displays showy, small red-colored fruits that persist into winter. Delta Blues? adapts well to most conditions, accepting either acidic or alkaline soils, as long as the area is well-drained. This salt- and drought-tolerant tree grows to a height and width of 8 to 10 feet, making it far more manageable than the species and more conducive to garden settings. Its a great choice for a variety of applications, from mass plantings to landscape specimens, and it even makes a good understory planting as it doesnt grow too tall. Delta Blues? can be planting any time and has a medium growth rate. It prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. We recommend placing is somewhere youll be able to enjoy its color as well as its fragrance and the hummingbirds and butterflies it will attract. For best results, feed a slow-release fertilizer once a year. Zones 6-9. read more

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The beloved Hornbeam is a European street tree less commonly used in American gardens than it should be. Deciduous and nicely shap...ed (so that it needs no pruning, unless you wish to shape it into a dense hedge), it greets early spring with charming catkins, followed by serrated foliage of bright green that turns muted shades of yellow and gold in autumn above smooth gray bark. Altogether pleasing, it makes a pleasant specimen, an effective windbreak, and a useful border accent in the sunny to partially shaded landscape. Native to Europe and Asia, this tree thrives in moderate climates where winters and summers are not too punishing. Upright and naturally symmetrical, it forms an egg-shaped or pyramidal silhouette that eventually (after several decades) reaches 40 to 60 feet high and 30 to 40 feet wide. In its youth, it is more tall and slender than full, creating a lovely columnar look. Hornbeam is known for its foliage, but it also offers both catkins and fruit for the sharp-eyed gardener! The charming catkins appear before the foliage in late winter and earliest spring, just an inch or two long and colored yellow to green. They are followed by tiny 3-lobed fruits in summer, resembling nuts and held in 5-inch clusters. While they may not have tremendous ornamental impact, these features are attractive to pollinators and songbirds, adding even more value to your garden. This tree eventually reaches 40 to 60 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide, with dense branching. But you can also keep it pruned much smaller, forming an effective hedge, privacy screen, or windbreak at whatever size you desire. Pest- and disease-free, Hornbeam is a carefree presence youll treasure for decades! zones 4-8. read more

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With its bumpy green fruit, glossy leaves, and thorny stems, this dwarf lime tree is certainly beautiful. But its also much more: ...the highly fragrant peel and zest are delicious additions to food and drink. Whether you grow it indoors year-round, bring it out to the patio during the warm months, or grow it in the garden in zones 9-10, Kieffer LIme is a stunning presence in any setting. Also known as Kaffir, Thai Lime, and Makrut (and even occasionally Wild Lime), this dwarf citrus tree has a charming habit. The central trunk is quite thorny, protecting the plant from potential nibbling pests, and the leaves grow in a unique double pattern, as if one had sprung from the tip of another. Ranging from 1 to 3 inches long, they are glossy, dark green, and magnificently scented. Expect them to remain year-round on the tree. And finally, the fruit. Widely used in Asian cuisine from Thailand to India, these bumpy green limes are about 2 inches wide, with very little juice but thick, strongly flavored rind and zest. Grate them into curries, soups, and stews, or cut the peel micro-thin for drinks. The flavor is strong and refreshing. You can even use them in cleaning! The Kieffer Lime is easy to grow. Give it good, well-drained potting soil and bright light indoors, turning it so that all sides are exposed to light regularly. Humidity is welcome, and winter temperatures of 60 degrees or higher a necessity. In other words, room temperature in most houses is just perfect! But this tree also flourishes in the much hotter weather of summer outdoors, adding fragrance and beauty to any spot in the garden. Expect the Kieffer Lime to reach 4 to 5 feet tall and about 3 feet wide, a good size for indoor display. You will love experimenting with the fruit in new dishes, and enjoying the sight and smell of this citrus tree year-round. Zones 9-10. read more

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When life gives you lemons, rejoice! Eureka is a dwarf lemon with very big yields of ultra-acidic, golden-yellow fruit packed with... flavorful juice. It sets white blooms (terrifically fragrant) in spring and summer, with the fruit ripening year-round among handsome, glossy evergreen leaves. As an ornamental fruit for your best container, it cannot be beat! Eureka is among the least cold-hardy of lemon varieties, thriving only in the subtropical climates of zones 9 and 10 in this country. However, this makes it far more suited to indoor growth than many others. It likes temperate weather with plenty of sunshine, so find a bright window or skylight and grow it year-round indoors. Or, if you have a spot in the sun, bring it outdoors during the warmer months and enjoy it on the deck, balcony, patio, or porch as well as the garden. With a spreading, well-branched but not ultra-dense habit, Eureka can reach 10 to 20 feet high and wide, though container growth is more likely to be 8 to 12 feet. It begins fruiting at quite a young age, its lemons boasting a thick, soft skin, few seeds, and a high amount of juice. For that old-fashioned real lemon tang, you cant improve on Eureka! The stems of this dwarf tree are nearly thornless, and the new spring foliage unfolds in bright shades of bronze and purple before quickly turning dark green. As ornamental as it is useful, Eureka is a must-have for the sunny window! Zones 9-10. read more

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It sounds so futuristic, doesnt it -- an orange that doesnt need as much heat as others to set fruit, yet also fruits heavily in t...he baking desert climate?! Yet Trovita is nearly 100 years old, and has stood the test of time for decades, setting big crops of thin-skinned, ultra-juicy, mild oranges that refuse to go bitter (unlike their navel cousins!). And now were delighted to offer a dwarf Trovita which, unlike other orange varieties, you can grow year-round indoors! In its zone 9-10 hardiness range, Trovita grows happily to 20 or 25 feet high, with a rounded shape and excellent branching. But if you live in a cooler climate, now you can still grow this unique orange. Just pot up the dwarf tree and either enjoy it outdoors during the warmer months or bring it indoors permanently. Either way, it loves full sunshine and consistent moisture. Find a bright window or skylight and begin enjoying this evergreen tree! Trovita fruits and flowers in early spring, so you often have fragrant white blooms (the scent is absolutely fantastic!) as well as fruit maturing at once. Its such a splendid way to begin another season of growth: with an indoor flowering garden delight! Expect this tree to reach 7 to 10 feet tall and as wide in the rounded canopy of branches and leaves. The foliage is glossy, evergreen, and quite dense, a rich dark green that is attractive all by itself. Be sure to keep the tree in sun at all times; it is not shade-tolerant. And if you live in a coastal area, do not put it outdoors in the direct line of ocean spray; it does not like salt. Other than this, however, it is quite trouble-free, growing readily in good potting soil with consistent moisture. What could be easier or more delightful? Zones 9-10 or everywhere indoors. read more

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