A great native with eye-catching flowers and berries! Is it possible for a plant to be both subtle and eye-catching, graceful and spiky, muted and colorful? Yes, yes and yes! Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium) is all of this and more.This great native shrub is one of those plants that can be either the supporting actor in the garden or the star player. It has a wild character with its tall thin shape and leathery spiky leaves. It can blend into plantings and fill in odd gaps in your shady spaces. It can cover your utility boxes and water pipe valves and squeeze between your garage and your neighbors wall and live quite contentedly. But it can also stand against your wall or fence where it will glow all season with its bronze leaves that turn deep green and then rich purple in the fall, and its bevy of Big-Bird-yellow flowers followed by loads of dark purple berries all summer. This beautiful evergreen shrub is a valuable plant native to western states, but will grow all over the US in zones 5-9 with proper care. It naturally lives under the high canopies of pine and fir forests in the Pacific Northwest, so it is a shoe-in for your naturalized shady garden. But it is also common in those beautiful Japanese gardens so famous up there, so it fits into more formal spaces well, too.This is a great plant that is underused in many places. Bring this beauty to your neighborhood today!* Easy care * Great foliage color all year* Flowers and berries* Birds love it, deer don’t* Hardy native.
A magical scented shrub border! Delavay Osmanthus (Osmanthus delavayi) is a magical plant. OK, maybe not really magical, but it comes pretty close. So close in fact, that centuries ago when it was first brought into cultivation in China, it was believed that the crater pattern you can see on the moon depicted an osmathus plant and each year it would shed its shiny seeds and they would fall to earth as shooting stars.So, perhaps this isn’t as magical as that, but any plant that has been tended and revered for centuries has got to have a little magic in it, right?Delavay Osmanthus is a great evergreen for your garden in zones 7-9. It grows densely to 6’ tall and 10’ wide and makes a smashing background for your mixed border or foundation planting. It has as outstanding jasmine-like scent that needs to be near windows and walkways for enjoyment. It grows dense enough that it can even be sheered for topiaries and formal clipped hedges. The branches are also highly prized in upscale florists displays for their beauty and fragrance.In China they are traditionally planted in temple courtyards where the sweet aroma is considered an offering to the gods and the flowers can be used in teas and potpourris.All of this rich beauty, rich scent and rich history can be yours…even if you’re not rich! Order some from us today and enjoy it all year.* Easy care * Dense foliage all year* Strongly scented flowers* Great cut flower* Hedges and topiaries.
Eye-catching Hot Pink Flowers and Two-toned Leaves Twist of Pink Oleanders bring a fantastic new dimension to the oleander world. A true connoisseur’s oleander. The flowers are an impossible-to-miss shade of hot pink, which alone would make these plants worthy of a spot in your garden. But add to that the amazing variegated green leaves with a cream edge and you’ve got a showstopper on your hands. These tough shrubs are resistant to drought, heat and salt. These are perfect accent plants for more aggressive climates. They quickly grow to their full height of 6 to 8 feet, making them perfect for fences, borders and property edges. Places like Texas and California use them in freeway plantings since they are able to handle those impossible conditions with ease. Twist of Pink Oleanders are evergreen shrubs that don’t need to be pruned or fussed over. These are truly plants that you can plant and forget, once they are established. They are evergreens, so the stand-out leaf color is on the plant year-round. They provide a sparkling background for deeper colored shrubs and flowers. For a garden that practically shimmers, try planting hot pink ‘Twist of Pink’ with orange flowered shrubs like butterfly bush and daylilies. Nature Hills ships strong field-grown plants that arrive in mint condition, ready to plant in your garden. Order a few of these show-stoppers today!.
Unique Ever-yellow Arborvitae!When people call us asking for advice on their landscaping, one of the most often asked questions is “What will look good in my garden all year?” Typically, people are asking about evergreens and the like – shrubs that don’t lose their leaves in the winter.On the short list of favorite evergreens used in American gardens, Arborvitae is probably close to number 1.Some version of these super-hardy needle evergreens grow in almost every state and are true “plant-it-and-forget-it” foundation plants. You see them everywhere. Some people see this as a sign of overuse and unimaginative. We see it as a sign of a fantastic plant that does its job really well!So, what if you want an evergreen, just not one that is…well…green? Have we got the plant for you!Sunkist Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Sunkist’) has all of the traits of the classic arborvitae – dense, aromatic, needle-like leaves on a pyramidal shrub that never needs pruning. They can grow to 10’ tall and 8’ wide before you know it and make great screens, hedges or fences. All of this in a great plant that has beautiful yellow leaves year round. They are extra lemony-yellow in the spring and a more orangy-yellow in the fall, with a mellow-yellow green the rest of the year.Sunkist will light up next to dark-green evergreens and make perennial flowers pop against its pretty color. Don’t spend another minute wondering. Order yours today and see how beautiful Sunkist is yourself!* Very easy care * Ever-yellow * No pruning needed for it to keep its pyramid shape * Great for foundations, borders and beds.
Red Tip Photinia, ‘Photinia X fraseri’, produces leaves that are brilliant red at first then turn deep green after several weeks. This evergreen shrub is a traditional hedge shrub in the southern United States. Red Tip Photinia is also know as Fraser’s Photinia or Red Top Photinia. The Photinia produces small white flowers in the spring. This plant is extremely tough and vigorous and grows in almost any well drained soil. Red Tip makes for tall, dense hedges. If a formal hedge is desired, it can be sheared. Prune in the winter. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape. Pick your color….
Lives and Blooms in DroughtThe Adams Needle Yucca, Yucca filamentosa, has stiff evergreen rosettes and are part of the native flora in hot dry Central and North American scrublands. Adams Needle Yuccas are hardier than they appear. They are heat, cold, drought tolerant and diesase and insect resistant. They only fail in cold wet exposed inland positions where they are better grown as container plants. Otherwise, they are handsome architectural foliage plants for dry, sunny borders. The mound of lance like leaves will mature to 2′-4′ with a spread of 3′-5′.This variety has a white edge on the stiff green lancelike leaves. The leaves stay green throughout the winter.Yucca filamentosa makes dense clumps of stiff leaves 30 inches or so long and edged with fine curly hairs. The remarkable 6′ spikes of white tulip shaped flowers in late June last for more than an month. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. The flower spikes do not appear until the plants are five years old. Yuccas may live for 60 or more years. They do not transplant well and have a very deep taproot, but are a carefree perennial that will bloom for years.* 6′ Spikes of White Flowers* Lance Like Leaves Stay Green All Winter* Long Lived and Hardy.
Easy to Grow Tiny Spruce with Unique ShapeThe Bird’s Nest Spruce is a dwarf evergreen. This plant would work well in a low-maintenance garden, or make a good foundation plant along your house or side building.It would also do well as a distinctive container plant for your patio or front porch.Your Bird’s Nest Spruce is a variety of Norway Spruce. However, this adorable evergreen stays small.As the plant grows, the outside grows taller than the center, creating a unique, decorative appearance in an evergreen (and resembling the nest of a bird).Dark green needles (much shorter and daintier than those of the typical Spruce), are a delightful contrast to the light green foliage that grows on the spreading branches. These light edges gracefully rise up slightly with nodding tips for an additional decorative feature.The Bird’s Nest Spruce will grow to 3 feet in height with a 3 foot spread. It has a pyramidal growth habit when young, becoming columnar when mature.It has no significant insect or disease issues and is extremely hardy. Bird’s Nest Spruce is even wind resistant. It’s an easy-to-grow evergreen that rarely outgrows its space, but is amenable to pruning if need be.Evergreens are excellent plants for adding structure, color and texture to your yard or garden, and Bird’s Nest Spruce is an outstanding choice for a petite variety that also has a unique, distinctive appearance.* Unique form * Dwarf * Easy to grow.
Daphne – Eternal Fragrance, Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’ PPAF, will display a profusion of blush pink blossoms in clusters; heaviest in spring; again in summer through fall. This compact Daphne provides long-lasting beauty and fragrance in the garden! A wonderfully fragrant plant, this Eternal Fragrance Daphne is the longest blooming of the Daphne and grows quite happily in dappled sunlight, but prefers some shelter from cold winds; mulch to keep roots cool in summer. Eternal Fragrance is a tidy landscape shrub that works great for group plantings, borders, or containers. Can be grown in soil that may be acid or alkaline; good drainage is important.Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs in Southern Regions.