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Spiraea Gold Mound

Varieties we often carry:    Gold Mound, Little Princess, Magic Carpet

Specifics

Plant Type:     Deciduous

Zone:     4-9

Height:     2-3 feet

Spread:     2-6 feet (see specific variety for most accurate spread)

Light:     Full sun to partial sun

Soil:     Average, well drained soil

Uses:     Borders, containers, cut flowers, rock garden, cottage garden, accent shrub, low hedges, specimen.

Flower:     Clusters of small pink flowers bloom spring to summer.

Foliage:     Color depends on variety.  May be yellow, red, chartreuse, or a medium green.  All are vibrant and offer fall interest.

Pruning:     Late winter to early spring.  May prune back up to 1/3 of the plant to reshape and rejuvenate.

Deer Resistance:     Rarely damaged.

Attracts butterflies and birds.  Tolerates urban pollution.

Dwarf Red-Leaf Sand Cherry

Specifics

Plant Type:     Deciduous

Zone:     2-8

Height:     6-10 feet

Spread:     6-8 feet

Light:     Full sun

Soil:     Tolerates most soil types, however, grows best in organically rich, moist, well-draining soil.

Uses:     Hedge, container, specimen, wildlife garden, entranceways.

Flower:     Showy pink or white flowers throughout spring, berries mature in summer.

Foliage:     Dramatic deep red and purple leaves.

Pruning:     Prune annually in winter to shape.

Deer Resistance:     Occasionally severely damaged

Summersweet Clethra

Specifics

Plant Type:     Deciduous Shrub

Zone:     4-9

Height:     3-8 feet

Spread:     4-6 feet

Light:     Full sun – Full shade

Soil:  Does best in consistently moist, acidic, sandy soils.  Tolerates clay soils.  Soil should not dry out.

Uses:     Mass planting, borders, foundation, hedge.  Great flowering shrub for shade and woodland gardens or wet areas.

Flower:     Sweet scented, creamy white flowers bloom in mid to late summer.  These cone shaped flowers give way to interesting seed capsules through winter.

Foliage:     Deep green 2-4 inch serrated leaves turn to a golden yellow in fall.

Pruning:     Prune in late winter or early spring if needed (flowers on new wood).  Remove suckers as they appear unless a naturalized look is desired.

Deer Resistance:    Rarely damaged

 

This plant is native to the eastern US coast and attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and a variety of other birds as well as bees.

Lobelia

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Early Springs Dark Blue, Early Springs Magenta, Early Springs Sky Blue, Early Springs White, Riviera Marine Blue, Riviera Mix, Riviera White

Light: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Height: 5-14″

Spread: 6-14″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Resistant: Deer

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Hanging Baskets

Riviera Varieties bloom longer is cooler conditions and partial sun

Begonias

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Dragon Wing Pink, Dragon Wing Red, Gryphon, Jurassic Green Streak, Jurassic Pink Shades, Jurassic Silver Point, Jurassic Watermelon, Million Kisses Devotion, Million Kisses Honeymoon, Minstral Red, Mocca Mix, Nonstop Mix, Rex Autumn Ember, Rex Escargot, Rex Paso Doble, Rex Red Bull, Rex Spitfire, Santa Cruz Sunset, Sparks Will Fly

Light: Partial Shade, Shade

Height: 6-24″

Spread: 6-36″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds (Flowering Varieties)

Resistant: Deer, Rabbit

Uses: Beds, Containers, Hanging Baskets, House Plants

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Abutilon

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Lucky Lantern Red, Lucky Lantern Tangerine

Light: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

Height: 12-15″

Spread: 12-15″

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Birds, Hummingbirds

Resistant: Deer, Rabbit

Uses: Beds, Containers, Hanging Baskets

Heat and Drought Tolerant

Verbena

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Aztec Blue Velvet, Superbena Royale Chambray, Superbena Royale Cherryburst, Superbena Royale Iced Cherry, Superbena Royale Peachy Keen, Superbena Royale Red, Wicked Cool Purple, Wicked Hot Pink, Wicked Purple, Wicked Rad Red

Light: Full Sun

Height: 6-18″

Spread:12-36″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Resistant: Deer

Uses: Beds, Containers, Hanging Baskets

Heat and Drought Tolerant

New Guinea Impatiens

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Celebration Purple Star, Celebrette Bonfire Orange, Clebrette Cherry Stripe, Celebrette Frost, Celebrette Hot Pink, Celebrette Lavender, Celebrette Light Coral

Light: Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Height: 10-12″

Spread: 10-12″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Hanging Baskets

Rosebud Impatiens

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Fiesta Bonita Salmon, Fiesta Burgundy, Fiesta Deep Orange, Fiesta Lavender Orchid, Fiesta Purple, Fiesta Rose, Fiesta Sparkler Hot Pink, Fiesta Stardust Purple, Fiesta Sunrise Red, Fiesta White

Light: Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

Height: 10-12″

Spread: 10-12″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Hanging Baskets

 

Sunpatiens

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Compact Deep Rose, Compact Hot Coral, Compact Lilac, Compact Magenta, Compact Orange, Compact Pink, Compact Red, Compact White

Light: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Height: 14-28″

Spread: 14-28″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Hanging Baskets

 

Salvia

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Lighthouse Red, Victoria Blue, Vista Mix, Vista Purple, Vista Red, Vista White, Black and Bloom, Golden Delicious, Wendy’s Wish

Light: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Height: 10-36+”

Spread: 6-36+”

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Resistant: Deer

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Rock Gardens, Cut Flowers

Heat and Drought Tolerant

 

 

 

Zinnia

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Benary Giant Mix, Dreamland Mix, Queen Lime, Short Stuff Mix, State Fair Mix, Zahara Coral Rose, Zahara Double Strawberry, Zahara Double Yellow, Zahara Mix, Zahara Raspberry Lemonade Mix, Zahara Scarlet, Zahara Starlight Rose, Zahara Sunburst, Zahara Yellow

Light: Full Sun

Height: 6-36+”

Spread: 6-20″

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall

Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Resistant: Deer

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Cut Flowers.

Disease, Heat and Drought Tolerant.

Petunia

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Daddy Mix, Double Madness Blue, Double Madness Mix, Double Madness Rose, Double Madness Rose White, Easy Wave Beachcomber Mix, Easy Wave Blue, Easy Wave Burgundy Star, Easy Wave Burgundy Velour, Easy Wave Formula Mix, Easy Wave Pink Passion, Easy Wave Plum Pudding Mix, Easy Wave Red Velour, Easy Wave Salmon, Easy Wave Silver, Easy Wave South Beach Mix, Easy Wave Violet, Easy Wave White, Easy Wave Yellow, Pretty Grand Deep Pink, Pretty Grand Midnight, Pretty Grand Mix, Pretty Grand Red, Pretty Grand White, Pretty Grand Violet, African Sunset, Cascadias Indian Summer, Cha-Ching Cherry, Crazytunia Blackberry Cheesecake, Sophistica Lime Bicolor, Suncatcher Yellow, Sweetunia Green Tambourine

Light: Full Sun

Height: 6-12″

Spread: 8-36+”

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Hanging Baskets

Sun and Heat Tolerant. Fertilize once a week for best results.

 

Dianthus

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Floral Lace Cimson, Floral Lace Light Pink, Floral Lace Mix, Floral Lace Violet, Floral Lace Violet Picotee, Ideal Select Salmon, Sundae Blueberry, Super Parfait Raspberry, Jolt Cherry, Jolt Pink, Sweet Black Cherry

Light: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Height: 8-12″

Spread: 6-8″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Resists: Deer

Uses: Beds, Borders, Edging, Rock Gardens, Cut Flowers.

Dianthus performs best in cool temperatures around or below 70 degrees.  Tolerates Frost. May overwinter.

 

 

 

Gazania

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Kiss Flame Mix, Kiss Frosty Mix, New Day Mix, New Day Strawberry Shortcake Mix, Big Kiss Mix, Gazoo Mix

Light: Full Sun

Height: 6-12″

Spread: 6-12″

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Birds

Uses: Beds, Containers, Rock Gardens.

Salt, Drought and Heat Tolerant.  Gazania may be overwintered inside as a houseplant with good light.

Marigold

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: African French Vanilla, African Taishan Orange, African Taishan Yellow, Durango Bolero, Durango Mix, Durango Orange, Durango Outback Mix, Durango Red, Durango Yellow, Hot Pak Harmony, Hot Pak Mix, Hot Pak Orange, Hot Pak Yellow

Light: Sun

Height: 6-24″

Spread: 6-18″ (Height and Spread Vary by Variety)

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies

Resistant: Deer, Rabbit

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Cut Flowers.

Drought and frost tolerant. Can be used to help with pests in gardens including mosquitoes, thrips and white fly.

Snapdragon

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Rocket Mix, Snapshot Mix, Sonnet Mix

Light: Sun – Partial Sun

Height: 6-36″

Spread: 6-18″ (Height and Spread Vary by Variety)

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Resistant: Deer

Uses: Beds, Cut Flowers

Frost and drought tolerant.

 

Pansy

Cold weather tolerant flower with bi-colored, heart shaped, over-lapping petals. Edible!

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Delta Cotton Candy Mix, Frizzle Sizzle Mix, Matrix Clear Mix, Matrix Coastal Sunrise Mix, Matrix Mix, Matrix Yellow Blotch, Solar Flare

Light: Sun – Partial Sun

Height: 6-10″

Spread: 6-10″

Season of Interest: Spring, Fall

Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Edible Flowers

Frost Tolerant
This annual may self-seed

Lantana

Spectacular in containers and mass planted in borders. More vigorous varieties work well in hanging baskets. Vibrant flowers over a tropical scented plant. Commonly used in warmer locations as a shrub.

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Bandana Cherry Sunrise, Bandana Lemon Zest, Bandana Light Yellow, Bandana Orange, Bandana Peach, Bandana Pink, Bandana Red, Bandana Rose

Light: Full Sun

Height: 12 – 24″

Spread: 12-24″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer

Attracts: Butterflies, Birds, Hummingbirds

Resistant: Deer, Rabbit

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Rock Gardens, Hanging Baskets

Heat and Drought Tolerant

 

Dahlias

Vibrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, excellent cut flower. We carry a great variety of the popular Dinnerplate Dahlias, and light and dark leaf more compact dahlias. Remember the bulbs can be dug up in the late fall and stored until the following year.

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Figaro Mix, Bishops Children, Cactus Mix, Dahilietta Patricia, Dalaya Mix, Eye Candy, Fireworks, Harlequin Mix, Mystic Dreamer, Mystic Enchantment, Mystic Haze, Mystic Illusion, Mystic Wonder

Dinner Plate Dahlia Varieties: Babylon Red, Blue Boy, Bodacious, Bristol Stripe, Dazzling Magic, Emory Paul, Kevlin Floodlight, Maki, Mystery Day, Omega, Snow Country, Thomas Edison

Light: Full Sun

Height: 12 – 36+”

Spread: 12-24+”

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Resistant: Deer

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Cut Flowers

Bulbs can be dug up and overwintered.

Lisianthus

Striking flowers on strong stems that work well in cut flower arrangements. A very rare find in garden centers as it’s traditionally only grown for floral shops. Can be used as a cut flower or in the garden.

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include: Mariachi Blue, Mariachi Carmine, Mariachi Lime Green, Mariachi Pink, Mariachi Pink Picotee, Mariachi Pure White, Mariachi Yellow

Light: Sun

Height: 12-36″

Spread: 10-14″

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall

Attracts: Butterflies

Resistant: Deer

Uses: Beds, Containers, Cut Flowers.

Does not tolerate acidic soil.  May need to be staked

Cosmos

Large plants make a bold, beautiful statement in your flower garden.

Large, single flowers with yellow center bloom from midsummer on. Easy to grow. Graceful for backgrounds, borders and bouquets, with seed heads that attract birds. Tolerates poor soil and hot, humid conditions.

 

Specifics

Varieties we commonly carry include : Cutesy Mix, Seashells

Light: Sun

Height: 12-36″

Spread: 12-24″

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer

Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

Resistant: Deer

Uses: Beds, Borders, Containers, Cut Flowers