Barberries are virtually carefree: no real problems with diseases or bugs. Deer leave them alone and pruning is strictly optional, making them an easy purchase decision. This Barberry is quite different from its other Barberry siblings: tall and slender, it matures into a vertical columnar shape, almost like a piece of living statuary. The strong structural lines of ‘Helmond Pillar’ lend it to a myriad of placements: in a perennial border, as a truly unique specimen plant or as a formal hedge, divider or screen. The rich purple foliage is dotted with tiny, bright yellow flowers in spring which morph into cute red berries in the fall. Likes full sun and well-drained soil, but will tolerate a little drought; it’s even known to withstand big-city pollution. As with all Barberries, its stems are thorny-but-effective varmint deterrents when strategically planted. Zones 4-8..
Great Privacy Screen or HedgeThe Blue Arrow Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum ‘Blue Arrow,’ is an easy to grow, columnar shaped conifer. It’s dense growth, unique deep colors and narrow shape make it a very versatile plant with many uses.This beautiful, silver-blue juniper is “evergreen,” giving your landscape color all year long. The branches stay compact, while the narrow habit of this juniper only spreads 2-4 feet wide. This upright grower can reach heights of 16 to 20 feet tall. Plant two beside entryways to create a stunning, formal look. Plant several to soften a corner of your yard or as a unique background for beds and borders.You can also use them to create a tight tall, narrow hedge or privacy svcreen.* Deep, blue-green color* Formal look* Deer resistant .
Unique Evergreen with Dramatic FlairThe Sky Pencil Holly, Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’, is an evergreen Holly cultivar. It would be a great way to give some vertical definition to your perennial bed, or use a couple as container plants on your patio for some decorative flair.No matter how small your yard, or how little planting space is available, there’s always room for a Sky Pencil Holly! Just as the name implies, the Sky Pencil Japanese Holly grows pencil-thin, up into the sky. The effect is dramatic, and sure to turn heads wherever you plant one. It grows to 8 feet tall, but only 2-3 feet wide, creating a tight, column effect. The 1-inch long, dark green elliptic leaves fill out the branches nicely. Small greenish-white flowers appear in spring and later develop into ¼-inch purple berries. Butterflies and bees will love the spring flowers and your birds are sure to gobble up the fall fruit. Your Sky Pencil Holly is truly a one-of-a-kind plant and a must-have for any discriminating gardener. Its evergreen nature and unique growth pattern makes it arresting in any landscape and any season, and it’s not even difficult to nurture. The Sky Pencil Holly will grow in sun or partial shade, transplants easily and requires no pruning to maintain its remarkable shape. However, it does adapt well to an occasional trim should you prefer to manage its size. If you’re looking for something different that will stand out in your landscape, then the Sky Pencil Holly is for you. A non-traditional Holly with extraordinary features, the Sky Pencil is sure to bring beauty to your yard in every season and for years to come.*Narrow Columnar Form*Berries Attract Birds*Evergreen.
Columnar Shrub That Provides Texture but Saves SpaceFine Line Buckthorn is a deciduous shrub. Use one as a foundation planting, or several as a backdrop for your perennial bed. It also makes an excellent privacy screen.If you need a versatile shrub and have limited space requirements, then Fine Line Buckthorn is for you. This Proven Winner’s selection features fern-like foliage for a wispy appearance that will add texture to your landscape. It’s narrow, columnar growth makes it a valuable addition to any area where you’d like a vertical accent in a small area. Fine Line Buckthorn will grow 5-7 feet tall, but only 2 feet wide. It doesn’t self-seed, so isn’t weedy and also isn’t invasive (as some similar varieties are). The foliage turns yellow for fall, so some autumn interest is an added bonus.A truly versatile, deciduous shrub, Fine Line Buckthorn will easily find a home in one or more spots in your landscape this year.* Tight, columnar habit * Adaptable to a variety of soils * Good container plant * Drought tolerant (once established) * Wildlife interest * Urban tolerant * Non invasive * Proven Winner selection * Deer resistant.
Makes the perfect Formal Hedge or WindbreakEmerald Arborvitae is a selection of White Cedar that has the most incredible vibrant green foliage all year round. Arborvitae are very urban savvy tolerating even clay soil and pollution and yet, still fast growing. Emerald Arborvitae makes the ideal formal hedge, screening plant, or windbreak. Specimen plants are great for softening the corner of a building or home. It is the ideal screening evergreen for homes in residential areas because it stays only 3-4’ wide and won’t use up your whole yard. Trimmed into a more formal hedge of most any size up to 12 or 15’, or plant them and just allow them to take their natural form. The beautiful emerald green color is almost waxy in appearance compared with other Arborvitae. We have noticed that this selection produces less brown seed remaining clean and fresh looking all year long. Water well at planting and so important to keep watered until they have roots in your soil. Always a great idea to water well in late fall before the soil freezes.Emerald Green Arborvitae is great for wildlife cover and protection for small birds. They make a terrific backdrop to a showy shrub border. Imagine some of our woody Hydrangea selections planted in front of them to really show off their pink and white flowers. Or, how about reblooming Lilacs or Azaleas? They also make a terrific backdrop to your flower and perennial gardens. *Hardy*Urban savvy*Narrow and upright*15’ tall and only 3-4’ wide (can be pruned to keep smaller if needed)What’s Going on With my Arborvitae?.