These are plants of choice for many gardeners who want changing seasonal interest and eye-popping color throughout the year. Whether it's the tiny creeping thymes for planting among stepping stones, or giant crinums with foliage stretching across a 12' span, or the much butterfly-coveted panicles of bloom on the buddleis, there is a perennial out there for nearly every open spot in the border or herb garden.
For scrambling up fence posts and columns, or over walls of stone, vines give body and life to so many otherwise nondescript structures that we are constantly growing new varieties to intrigue the grower with seasonal blooms, evergreen or startlingly variegated foliage or exfoliating bark. Groundcover, too, offer an opportunity to explore everything from the evergren, textured matted look of the Creeping Raspberry to the delicately hidden berries amou the glossy, slow spreeding foliage of ardisia japonica.
This category includes a wide range of shrubs for added interest among evergreens along the foundation, such as the Hummingbird Clethra (Clethra alnifolia ''Hummingbird') and to naturalize areas along a woods border...try Mt. Airy Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii 'Mt. Airy'). This category is host to many of the old-timey flowering shrubs like the Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amablis), as well those that offer several seasons of interest with interesting blooms or foliage and fall color like Disanthus (Disanthus cercidifolius).
This category includes trees that range from large shad trees such as the Japanese Pagoda Tree (Sophora japonica) and Mexican Oak (Quercus risophylla) to smaller contorted specimens like the Contorted Filbert (Corylus avellana 'Contorta') and all other levels of appeal in between. We try to collect and grow plants with pronounced characteristics of interest. Whether it's the fall color of the Full Moon Maple (Acer japonicum acontifolium) or the spectacular bloom of the Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora), these plants offer great diversity for the home gardener.
A group of plants that reproduces by means of a seed bearing cone. Conifers add variety in color and texture that contrasts with and accents more traditional broad-leaved evergreens in the landscape. Blues, golds and all shades of green in sizes ranging from the petite 'Tansu' Cryptomeria japonica to the tremendous Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) offer you options in the world of conifers. Some varieties are grafted because of difficulty in propagation or to create terrific standards for patios and porches.
This area of plants is probably our favorite in July, when it helps to beat the heat by clamoring in and out of the water gardens. We carry a wide range of hardy plants, as well as a few tropical varieties. Who can resist the dark wine heart shaped Taro? The carnivorous plants, rushes and a number of other oddballs can be found hanging out in the "boggy" category of plants.
A favorite choice for foundation plantings, many evergreens now offer more than just lustrous green foliage. Look her for varieties that add fragrance such as one of the many Iliciums; showy blooms such as those of Rhododendron yakusimanum, or foliage ranging from red to burgandy or even the chartreuse of Baggesen's Gold Lonicera nitida to highlight an area. Berrying evergreens are always in demand, but now...not all berries are red. Look for varying shades of yellows, creams, oranges and blues in hollies, viburnums, mahonias. nandinas and more.