Ornamental Shrub is a Great Conversation Piece!A Pussy Willow is a deciduous shrub with ornamental appeal. One would look great just about anywhere in your yard. If you’ve ever held a cat’s paw and felt the cushy pads on her feet, you’ll understand how this ornamental shrub got its name.One-inch catkins form on the bare stems in late winter/early spring, turning into the light-grey, silky pads that the shrub is known for. They’re bewitching with their fuzzy appearance and soft grey hue. You won’t be able to resist touching the soft pads or cutting a few branches to bring indoors. They’re long-lasting, beautiful and unique. Pussy Willows usually grow as a 6-25 feet high, multi-stemmed shrub. Oblong, green foliage will fill out your shrub, giving it a pleasing appearance even after the fuzzy enchantment of the “cat’s paws” has passed. There are many birds and other animals for which the Pussy Willow is a valuable food source. They also provide excellent cover for many creatures. The Pussy Willow will be a valuable ornamental shrub and adorable conversation piece for your yard. They are a traditional harbinger of spring, and many people even purchase the stems from floral shops to brighten their homes. Plant more than one and share some of the adorable decorative branches with friends and neighbors. * Soft Fuzzy Buds in Spring* Green Foliage All Season* Fruit Attracts Birds and Wildlife.
Unique Willow with 4 Season AppealThe Dappled Willow, Salix Integra ‘Hakuro-Nishiki’, also known as Variegated Willow, is a small shrub that produces leaves that are variegated when they are young. It has flowers in spring, but they seem inconspicuous compared to the colorful foliage that really stands out.It will mature to 4′-6′ with an equal spread, but can be pruned to any size. The young branches grow out of the crown in all directions and will begin drooping slightly. Like all Willows, it thrives in moist soils and full to part sun. Prune in early spring to promote its elegant display and prune to promote variegated foliage.This plant displays good winter interest with coral and red stems that contrasts with the landscape. The Dappled Willow is a superb accent plant and it will be a focal point in beds and borders. The Variegated Willow is also used for foundation plantings, alongside water features, in natural areas, and in containers.* Variegated Young Foliage* Red Stems in Winter.
One of The Most Useful Plants In Your GardenSome plants may not be strikingly beautiful, but they’re still attractive and solve a problem. The Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow is one of those plants. There are no showy flowers in the spring, no glowing color in the fall.What makes it a truly useful plant, though, is that it LOVES the wet spots in your yard and it makes a great alternative to tall ornamental grasses in colder regions.The Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow has a nice willow-leaved texture and a soft, wispy look and will wave gracefully in a breeze. The leaves are shades of blue-green and silver and rustle in the wind. It is perfect for the back of the border and is a great companion to shrub roses and climbing roses. It offsets rigid conifers and flat fences with its swaying stems. Use it to soften the corners of your house or to flank a garden gate.Where this plant really shines is in the low, wet spots in your yard where other plants whither and rot. The Dwarf Blue Leaf Arctic Willow is often used by public works departments in swales and water treatment sites because of its easy breezy attitude and thirsty nature.Did we mention the slender purple branches that are left in late fall when the leaves drop off? These add nice winter interest to your landscape.Don’t wait to order this problem-solver from Nature Hills Nursery. It will become one of your most prized garden additions!* Silver Blue Wispy Foliage * Rounded 4′ Shrub * Tolerates Salt and Wet Soil .