One of the best plants for winter interest is this classic Scotch Heather, highly prized wherever it is grown and now available at last to our customers! 'Blazeaway' is perfectly named, for this foliage is yellow from spring until fall, when it turns orange, scarlet, and deep red and remains that way all winter long!It's impossible to find this little shrub "out of bloom," because even though it DOES offer attractive lavender flowers in late summer, the foliage is as bright and pretty as in blossom. New spring leaves arise with flushes of orange and red, a little preview of the color show to come. The yellow base remains all summer, even in hot climates. And then, with the first breath of cold autumn weather, comes the blazing color!Just 12 inches high and about 18 inches wide, 'Blazeaway' makes a neat little planting in any sunny to very lightly shaded spot. (It needs sunshine to bring out the best color.) The habit is upright, dense, and spreading, and benefits from a good hard prune in late winter each year. Other than that, there is no maintenance needed to this hardy little marvel. Deer leave it alone, and it has a naturally symmetrical shape that is pleasing without looking constrained. What more can you ask?!An excellent choice for a meadow garden or other open planting site, 'Blazeaway' is a good landmark plant in any setting. Enjoy finding just the right spot for this attention-getter! Zones 4-8.
Descended from the rare Japanese D. peregrina and the easy-care American D. formosa ssp. Oregana and D. eximia, this plant bears rosy-pink, heart-shaped flowers very heavily in late spring and again in late summer, with occasional rebloom all summer long. It is a mainstay of the shade garden, adding bright color to the cool blues and greens of the shade.These nodding carmine-red blooms arise on 10- to 15-inch flowerstems that lean outwards from the center of the plant, creating an elegant effect. Very long-lasting, they are excellent as cutflowers as well as garden standouts. The ferny blue-green foliage forms the perfect base for the blooms, remaining dense and lush all summer in moist to slightly damp soil. (Too much dryness will cause the plant to go dormant in summer, though it will reappear next season.)'King of Hearts' reaches 6 to 8 inches high when not in bloom, with the flowerstems adding another 4 to 7 inches to its height. It spreads 15 to 18 inches wide. Plant 'King of Hearts' in part shade and rich, moist soil. Zones 4-9.
Plant Patent Applied For.Love Catmint but hate the flop?! 'Purrsian Blue' is the solution! This dense, heavily floriferous new variety offers "flop-proof" color all summer long in a neat, tidy habit!Naturally rounded, this fragrant little plant covers itself in bright blue blooms from the first hint of warm summer weather until autumn arrives. The flowers themselves are periwinkle-blue, surrounded by a darker violet calyx. Showy, intensely bright, and so profuse, they really pop in the perennial border or herb garden!'Purrsian Blue' reaches just 16 to 18 inches high, and spreads 24 to 28 inches wide in the sunny garden or container. The foliage is tiny, dark green, and deliciously scented with a spicy mintish aroma. Cats aren't the only ones who find this plant irresistible!Butterflies and hummingbirds are drawn to 'Purrsian Blue' for its nectar, while rabbits, deer, and other nibbling creatures avoid it because of its fragrance. It's the perfect combination!Our friends at Walters Gardens came up with this fantastic new plant (don't you love the name?), and we think 'Purrsian Blue' is destined to be a success. After all, we all love the idea of Catmint in the garden, and now we can show off a plant that won't look tired by midsummer, no matter how many times Freckles and Mittens roll in it! Zones 3-8.
Plant Patent #20,289. At last, a new look for Periwinkle! '24 Karat' is an absolutely stunning new cultivar with leaves that open bright yellow-gold and keep their color for weeks. They continue to open throughout the growing season, so there is a lovely play of yellow and green on this easy-to-grow groundcover.Evergreen and content either in full shade or partial shade, '24 Karat' sets masses of pale blue blooms in late spring and early summer, adding another color to the brilliant display. It is a densely set, compact plant that spreads (or trails) 12 to 15 inches wide but reaches only about 3½ inches high. Ideal in the front of the border, edging pathways, or accenting containers, it is a versatile and very robust performer.Almost any green- or blue-leaved plant looks superb beside '24 Karat.' Use it in front of Digitalis, Penstemon, and Phlox, among many others. It makes a great foreground planting to ornamental grasses as well.'24 Karat' was introduced by Itsaul Plants of Georgia, so you know the breeding is superb. You will find it very easy to grow, tolerant of heat, humidity, and cold, untroubled by most pests and diseases, and long-lasting. Cut it back in late winter to make way for fresh growth, or leave it alone and let the shining gold leaves emerge above the older growth. Foolproof and always lovely, it's a must-have. Zones 4-9.
Please note: Because mushroom kits are very temperature-sensitive,.In little more than a month, you can begin harvesting your own button mushrooms. No store-bought variety compares in taste and texture with a fresh-picked mushroom, and you'll be picking plenty -- over a period of at least 4 to 5 weeks -- from this highly-productive kit!Here's what you get in the Button Mushroom Kit: a lightweight box, preplanted with fine fresh mushroom spawn in a rich mixture of compost and topsoil, plus easy-to-follow instructions. It's very easy to grow indoors in any cool, dark spot with temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.When your kit arrives, be sure to start it immediately. It weighs about 8 pounds, and will yield about 3 pounds of delicious mushrooms. (If you want a larger crop, we also offer a)Sorry, we cannot ship this kit to Hawaii.
Please note: Because mushroom kits are very temperature-sensitive,.In little more than a month, you can begin harvesting your own button mushrooms. No store-bought variety compares in taste and texture with a fresh-picked mushroom, and you'll be picking plenty -- over a period of at least 4 to 5 weeks -- from this highly-productive kit!Here's what you get in the Button Mushroom Kit: a lightweight box, preplanted with fine fresh mushroom spawn in a rich mixture of compost and topsoil, plus easy-to-follow instructions. It's very easy to grow indoors in any cool, dark spot with temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.When your kit arrives, be sure to start it immediately. It weighs 13 pounds and will make approximately 6 pounds of mushrooms. (If you want to start smaller, we also offer a 3-pound kit.)Sorry, we cannot ship this kit to Hawaii.
Begin the Peony season with one of the most colorful and fascinating varieties ever to come along -- semi-double 'Abalone Pearl' from master Peony breeder William Krekler. These coral-to-pink-washed blooms begin as fat 3-inch coral globes, then burst open to reveal colorful yellow anthers in the center of 6 inches of glorious color-drenched petals!Coral buds begin to swell on this plant in mid-spring, and the blooms continue right up to summer. Perfect for cutting, they are borne on long, sturdy stems and keep both their color and form beautifully indoors or out.'Abalone Pearl' reaches 32 inches tall over 5 to 10 years, then continues to bloom for decades.One of the longest-lived perennials in the world, Peonies are slow-growing and easy to care for in any sunny, well-drained spot. Because they are very time-consuming to propagate, their prices are a bit high, but if you consider that they have the lifespan of many flowering trees, they become quite a bargain!If you like the soft sunrise colors of 'Abalone Pearl,' take a look at double-floweredBoth are at home in the border, as accent plantings, or as choice specimens. Space plants 3 feet apart. Zones 2-8.
One of the best evergreen Azaleas for multi-season bloom on a grand scale, 'Abbey's Re-View' offers brilliant lavender-pink blooms in both spring and fall, plus dense, rich foliage year-round. A selection of the classic 'P.J.M. Hybrid,' it offers superior heat resistance and a leafier habit than its famous parent.In early spring, this broadleaf evergreen sets big clusters of bright blooms among the dark blue-green foliage. Very heavy-blooming, it puts on a huge show, first in spring and again in early fall in most climates. Reaching 6 to 8 feet high and wide, this is a fine Rhododendron to use as a hedge, privacy screen, foundation accent, or border standout.'Abbey's Re-View' was developed by Georgia plantsman Roger Flotta, so it comes by its heat resistance honestly. Compact and rounded, it packs a lot of greenery and blooms into its space. Very pest- and disease-resistant, it is a carefree accent for sun to partial shade. Consider it behind more compact varieties, such as lavender-flowered 'Elsie Lee,' or alongside similar-sized Azaleas such as 'Northern Hi-Lights,' which shares its fragrance with 'Abbey's Re-View.' It is also a great choice for a mass planting.Reblooming Azaleas are few and far between, and 'Abbey's Re-View' is especially valuable for its stellar parentage and lovely blooms. Trouble-free and easy to grow, it's a good choice for many climates, particularly the warm southern and southwestern regiions. Zones 5-9.
Slugs leave this Hosta alone, which would be reason enough to grow it -- but luckily it's beautiful and distinctive to boot! Taking its name from the fascinating cup shape of its huge 8- by 8-inch leaves, 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' is a stunning blue-green Hosta for any exposure from light shade to deep shade. The unusual shape and cool tones of this large Hosta make it attention-getting in the border, along the foundation, or as an accent planting in any setting. And you'll love its slow growth and wonderfully textured foliage, which improves with each passing year!Reaching 16 to 18 inches high and 24 to 36 inches wide, this Hosta sports creamy-white flowers in early to midsummer, but the real show is its foliage. These giant leaves won't lose their shape or rich, shimmering color, even in the hottest August weather! They form a rounded cup shape up to 3 inches deep, trapping rainwater beautifully.Introduced by Walden West in 1989, this cultivar is the brainchild of plantsman Chuck Purtymun. A cross of'Tokudama' xit is the recipient of numerous awards, and is among the most popular for American gardens. Once established, 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' is so easy to grow, too, with a very heat-, humidity-, and even drought-resistant nature that means all you have to do is stand back and admire! Long-lived and distinctive, this is one Hosta youhave for the garden. Zones 3-8.
One of the best blues in the Tall Bearded Famlly is this gorgeous bi-tone violet-red! Boasting a velvety texture, nice ruffling and lacing, and bright tangerine beards to offset the two shades of purple, 'About Town' lives up to its name in elegance!Descended from I. 'Bubble Up' x I. 'Electrique,' this Iris reaches about 40 inches high, with silver highlights on the mauve standards and a thin silver edging on the deep violet-blue falls. Magnificent!Introduced by Barry Blyth in 1997, 'About Town' already has the status of a classic, and makes a fine companion to yellow- and orange-toned Tall Beardeds. It blooms in early midseason, and like all Tall Bearded Iris, is quite drought-tolerant once established. Deer leave this plant alone, and it spreads over time, asking only to be divided every few years. Easy to care for, beautiful, and distinctively different, 'About Town' is the rich blue you've been looking for to complete the border or cottage garden! Zones 3-8.
Plant Patent Applied For. cv. 'IB2401.' Perennial Candytuft has always been nothing but white, so this purple-flowered cultivar is a breeding breakthrough! The outer flowers in these large clusters are lighter lavender, while the center flowers are richer violet. They arise profusely above fresh green foliage on evergreen plants that make excellent edging and groundcover. A good choice for the space between paving-stones or the edges of large containers as well, this plant is quite drought tolerant once established. Zones 4-9.
Remember the old saying about the weather -- if you don't like it, just wait 5 minutes and it'll change? Well, that's about the case with 'Corallinum', too! The leaves change more frequently than the seasons on this splendid little Japanese Maple, making it one of the most beloved small trees for the home landscape. If you like brilliant color and plenty of it, you MUST find a place of honor for this showstopper!The show begins in early spring, when the new leaves unfurl a dazzling shrimp pink! 5- to 7-lobed and just begging to be pressed between the leaves of a book and photographed madly, they are exquisitely colorful in the bright spring sunshine. As the weather warms, they burn rich shades of red shot with light green -- no two alike, yet all beautiful. And in fall they turn a uniform scarlet so dazzling you'll reach for the sunglasses!The best thing about 'Corallinum' is that even if you've only got a few available feet of garden space, you can squeeze it in! Just 5 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide at maturity, it's ideal for the patio, either side of the entryway, the foundation planting, or the front-yard accent bed. And it makes an unforgettable impact even in large gardens -- nothing else can compare with its foliage changes! The habit is compact and dense, so it makes a big color show in a small space.'Corallinum' was introduced in England about 100 years ago. It grows slowly, is very tolerant of heat and humidity, and fares best in light shade to protect its leaves from burn. Zones 5-8.
Acer griseum is the much sought-after Paperback Maple. This is one of the finest specimen trees for the small property. Rich green leaves and exfoliating bark revealing gleaming orange-red new bark, turning green for summer before burnishing bright orange and red for autumn. An exceptional multi-season Maple!Easy to establish, this tree eventually reaches 25 feet tall and 18 feet wide. This Acer is difficult to propagate, so supply is often limited.
This gorgeous dense, compact Japanese Maple is most known and loved for its dazzling spring foliage. The small, palmate, 5-lobed leaves emerge chartreuse with orange-tinted margins and mature to a brilliant green once summer arrives. The color show continues into fall, with the foliage finally turning pastel shades of orange and yellow. Springtime also brings small, reddish blooms that are attractive up close but not particularly showy at a distance.'Katsura' usually grows into a 4-6', vase-shaped form within the first ten years, then slowly becomes more rounded as it matures to its full 10-12' height. It makes a stunning specimen or accent and is simply spectacular when planted in a group around your house or patio. Because of its small size, 'Katsura' is also a good candidate for container growth.'Katsura' easily grows in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It takes well to sandy loams. If you're in the northern parts of its growing range, you can grow it in full sun, but if you live in the southern areas (including St. Louis) of the range, provide it with some part afternoon shade. New foliage can scorch if grown in full sun in areas that have particularly hot summers. Try to avoid hot, dry sites, and protect it from strong winds. Mulching is also suggested, as it helps the soil retain moisture and keeps the roots cool. Keep pruning to a minimum, and any that must be done should be done in late fall to mid-winter. Zones 5-9.
Plant Patent #18,768. cv: 'Emily Saul.'Just a foot high and wide, this new Big Sky™ Echinacea is packed with color that will draw the eye from across the garden. The strongly fragrant, brilliant magenta blooms are large, arising on long, stiff black stems that stand out in the vase as well as the garden. Even the central cone is showier than usual, sporting reddish-black hues.Developed by Itsaul Plants of Georgia, the Big Sky™ series of Echinaceas are crosses of E. purpurea -- the traditional Purple Coneflower -- and E. paradoxa. They are heavy-blooming, unusually long-lasting, and sport a range of brand-new colors for the family. In addition to After Midnight™, try new Summer Sky, as well as the earlier varieties, available in an economical collection. After Midnight™ reaches no more than 12 inches tall and nearly as wide. It is ideal for containers, as well as in the Echinacea garden in front of its taller cousins. Butterflies and bees adore its huge central brown cone in summer, while songbirds feast upon its dried seeds in fall and early winter. Deer tend to leave this plant alone, making it a fine choice for open gardens and meadows as well as the border. Plant After Midnight™ in any moist, well-drained garden soil exposed to full sun, and keep it very well-watered and fed the first season or two. Once established, it is wonderfully tolerant of heat, humidity, poor soil, cold, and even drought. Zones 4-8.
For a seemingly endless show of color and scent in the sunny garden, you cannot improve upon 'Bolero.' This cultivar is a combination of native southwestern American species, bringing all the easy care and pest resistance of traditional Agastache into your garden in a new longer-blooming, boldly colored form.The show begins in spring, when the new foliage emerges a deep shade of bronze. Licorice scented, it is very lush on compact plants. By midsummer the plants are topped with rosy-purple blooms that attract every honeybee, butterfly, and hummingbird in the neighborhood. Deer, slugs, and other nibblers leave this aromatic plant alone, and the blooms continue all the way into autumn. Magnificent!Adaptable to dry soil, 'Bolero' craves only sunshine and good soil drainage to thrive for many years. Try it in the sunny border or along the driveway amongandA thoroughly delightful perennial you will treasure for seasons to come! Zones 5-10.
Ah, the lovely white-flowered form of the typically pink Cape Lily! These huge, trumpet-shaped blooms become larger and more numerous with each passing year! Marvelously fragrant, this South African hybrid asks for nothing more than well-drained soil soaked in sunshine. It's a treat for border, meadow, and even specimen planting in small areas.Crinum x powellii originated in England in the Victorian age, when plant breeders crossed two South African lilies:and Crinum moorei. As is so often the case, the offspring proved more gardenworthy and popular than the parents! In particular, it showed better cold-hardiness. And unlike many other Crinum varieties, the Cape Lilies are solidly colored, either white or (more usually)The flowers arise in late summer and fall, measuring 4 inches across (easily!) and held in big candelabra-like clusters of about 6 to 10, just prime for the cutting. They are sweetly fragrant, and last a long time in both garden and vase. They appear on leafless stalks that shoot up to 4 feet above the 12- to 24-inch mound of basal foliage. Striking!In warm climates, the lush, strappy foliage lasts through winter, whereas in temperate and cooler areas it dies back in cold weather, only to reappear next season. This plant does not need to be divided, and benefits from staying in one place, where it will spread 3 to 4 feet wide over time, replete with blooms and lavish foliage. It also fares well in containers, spreading to fill the available space.If you have been unable to grow Crinum lilies in your garden before, give the Cape Lily a chance! You will be delighted by the results. Zones 6-10.
Like bright Christmas ornaments, the deep pinkish-red buds of this marvelous new Daphne nestle among glossy evergreen leaves in late winter. As they open, releasing a pervasive aroma into the garden, their interior petals gleam appleblossom-pink, while the remaining buds and exterior petals retain the purplish cast -- a wonderful two-tone effect! Best of all, they keep blooming for weeks, right into early spring!Much quicker to mature than its parent, D. odora 'Aureomarginata,' 'Alden's Regal Red' grows vigorously to 4 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet wide in partial shade. Just the right size for a foundation planting, low hedge, edging, accent, or back of the border, this hard-working Winter Daphne remains colorful year-round, and demonstrates better cold tolerance than the species.The plentiful bloom clusters measure about 1 1/2 inches across and contain a dozen or more tightly packed small blossoms, each powerfully scented and magnificently colored. The sight of a fully blooming shrub in the dead of February is enough to make you toss off your mittens and hat and imagine that spring has arrived! The sweet fragrance is also particularly valuable in the late winter garden.To create a winter-to-spring blooming garden, consider grouping 'Alden's Regal Red' with bloom-happy. As winter turns to spring, be ready with a good stand of some early-blooming Narcissus.For best flowering, site 'Alden's Regal Red' in acidic, very well-enriched organic soil. Partial shade is preferred, particularly further south. If planting several, space them about 3 feet apart. Zones 7-9.
Have you always wanted to grow Clematis in your garden, but you don't have anywhere to place a climbing plant? 'Alionushka' is the answer! This beautiful Clematis is a non-climber, instead happily sprawling across the ground or over a lanky shrub or even spilling out over the edges of a patio container!You'll fall in love with the 2- to 3-inch, rose-pink, bell-shaped flowers with pale yellow anthers that arrive in late spring and keep coming until late summer, when they're replaced with attractive seed pods. The blooms are pendulous, with elegantly flaring petals, showing up beautifully against the medium green foliage and bringing in hummingbirds all summer long.'Alionushka' was bred in the Ukraine, so it's very hardy, and received a BCS Certificate of Merit in 1998. It tends to be ignored by deer and rabbits and is suitable for a variety of locations, even proving to be rather shade tolerant, although it does prefer fun sun.'Alionushka' is a Group III Clematis, meaning it flowers later in summer and into fall in cooler climates, and may start blooming sooner in warm climates. Its flowers form on new growth each spring, so it should be pruned back hard every spring to about two feet off the ground. Check for healthy, thick buds on sturdy canes and be sure to cut just above them. Dead or damaged branches can be removed at any time. Zones 4-8. Pruning Group III.
Brighten the shade naturally with this splendid Golden Hakone Grass, an upright, vigorous cultivar that grows slowly but surely into a large, magnificent clump. 'All Gold' is the most spectacular Hakonechloa yet, delighting with its exquisite foliage color and its elegant habit.Less cascading and far brighter than 'Aureola,' 'All Gold' adds gleaming yellow tones to the shade. This slow grower shows its best color in partial sun, but grows readily in any moist soil, even dense shade (where it will be more chartreuse than golden). In late summer to early fall, tiny russet-brown flower spikes top the plant. These may be trimmed or left alone, according to your taste; they are not particularly ornamental.'All Gold' reaches 14 inches high and 18 inches wide in most climates. Unpalatable to deer, it is a good choice even for open and woodland settings. Zones 5-9.
Most Hydrangeas offer only a month or so of magnificent blooms, but this compact variety keeps the flowers coming all summer long. Pink in alkaline soils, blue in acidic, these giant bloom heads make excellent cuts for fresh or dried arrangements.
This beautiful Elephant Ear boasts large, broad leaves which are held horizontally, with the tips pointing, more-or-less, upwards. An easy-to-grow plant, it's quite striking, bringing a welcoming tropical atmosphere to the setting!
An excellent taller variety that withstands wind and cold weather quite well, Alpha Centauri displays large, lightly fragrant, ruffled, six-inch blooms of a lovely gold color that's almost yellow-orange, with a small green heart. Their form is wide and rounded, with heavy substance and a corduroy-like texture. The scapes have excellent branching.These gorgeous sunny blooms grow on stems 30 inches tall, accented with rich green linear foliage. Expect this new Daylily to put on a show for several weeks in midseason. Zones 3-9.
Cultivar name: 'EVIpo043'A showstopping Clematis with giant blooms that mature from light purple to rich lavender-blue, Amethyst Beauty™ is one of the most impressive climbers for the garden. You will find it very floriferous all summer, its subtle color changes bringing new interest to the display with each passing week!Bred by master Clematarian Raymond J. Evison, Amethyst Beauty™ reaches the height of its season in early summer, but continues to toss out blooms all season long. A very free bloomer, it sets wide open flowers with ruffled edges and red anthers. Before long, all hues of purple and blue are present on the plant at once, for a truly remarkable show.Amethyst Beauty™ reaches about 6 to 8 feet tall, a compact size just right for today's smaller garden spaces. It's perfect for the mailbox, the lamppost, or a porch railing, as well as large containers and the sunny border. Enjoy this English beauty!Clematis is easy to grow in a rich, porous, alkaline soil with plenty of room for the roots to spread. Best performance is when the tops are in full sunlight and the roots are shaded, so apply a generous mulch or a shallow-rooted groundcover near the base of the vine. Very reliable performers once established, they take a season or two to get going. Amethyst Beauty™ is a Group II Clematis for pruning purposes, which means that in early spring you should cut back the vine 6 or 8 inches to the nearest pair of strong leaf axil buds. Zones 4-9.
'Amethyst Falls,' like other Wisteria, is a strong grower, reaching 30 feet or more. It is, however, not invasive like its Asian cousins. This native variety is less vigorous and easier to manage, refraining from choking out trees over time, as some Wisteria are wont to do - a distinct advantage in the South, where Wisteria can run wild! All of these things make it an ecologically sensitive choice.'Amethyst Falls' flowers sooner than the Asian types (some of which can take 10 years or more), blooming its first season with fragrant, vividly blue flowers on 4- to 6-inch racemes that appear in spring and repeat all summer. Its bloom also arrive about two weeks later than others, so late-winter frosts seldom affect flowering.The many attributes of 'Amethyst Falls', which include its deer and drought tolerance and its disease-resistant foliage, earned it a Georgia Gold Medal in 2006. This gorgeous vine is a perfect choice for pergolas, trellises, fences, arbors, and containers, attracting butterflies to your garden all summer long. It can also be trained as a free-standing tree - tie it to a sturdy 5- or 6-foot stake and prune the top to encourage branching.Pruning should occur in late winter to shape and remove any undesirable growth. Another light trim after the first flush of flowers will improve branching and produce an encore bloom. Zones 5-9.