Archive for the ‘Shrubs’ Category

Shade doesn’t have to be dark and drab, there are so many great colorful choices for your shade gardens. Color comes in a few different forms. For some, color means that the plant has to have a colorful flower. In that case my top two annual picks for shade are Impatiens and Begonias. Many shade gardeners will say ‘but I have used those plants every year’. Is that a bad thing? I would have to say ‘NO’!  My absolute favorite is Impatiens they give such a huge impact of color that lasts ALL SEASON. Why would that be a bad thing? Impatiens come in a wide range of colors from white, red, salmon, orange, and an array of pink colors.

Another option for color comes in the form of foliage. The top choice for shade gardens is the Hosta, but for many they feel that Hosta is just ‘to plain’. Hosta do come in a wide range of size, texture, and variations of blue, green, yellow and white but for many this is just not enough. So for those of you who want to take foliage color to the next step I recommend trying Heuchera.  Heuchera offer a rainbow of color in foliage with chartreuse, purple, orange, green, burgundy, and variations in between. Also many varieties of Coral Bells offer a unique bell shaped flower that stand tall above the foliage for an added splash of color.

Now if shrubs are more your style, I would recommend trying any of the Proven Winners Color Choice Euonymus. The variegated foliage comes in shades of white and green, yellow with green edging, and green with chartreuse edging. These shade loving shrubs stand about 2-3′ tall with an equal spread.

So don’t think that shade has to be boring take a look at all of the plants we recommend for your shade gardens.

L.A. Dreamin’™ Hydrangea  ’Lindsey Ann’

L.A. Dreamin’ Hydrangea is a brand new  ’can’t go wrong’ macrophylla Big Leaf Hydrangea. It offers the best of both worlds-blooms on new and old growth  AND blooms both pink and blue with no soil altering! L.A.Dreamin’ is a very reliable bloomer, you start off by getting blooms from the previous seasons growth and then as new growth emerges, you will get blooms from the new growth.  This also means that you will have a longer bloom cycle. Another REALLY cool feature of L.A. Dreamin’ is that it flower both pink & blue. This happens naturally on this plant and does not require any acid to turn the blooms blue. Standing 24″-30″ this compact bloomer does not require alot of valuable space in your garden. This mass when you think L.A Dreamin’, what a lovely sight it would be to have a whole border or garden full of the wonderful blue and pink flowers. Hydrangea also make for a wonderful cut or dried flower. Enjoy the beautiful blooms in a vase on your table or hang them to dry so you can enjoy them all season in a beautiful dried flower arrangement. No matter how you dream it, L.A. Dreamin’ is a sure bet dream come true!

As a side note, as of this writing Garden Crossings is one of 2 companies to carry this exclusive variety for 2012.





Sonic Bloom™ Weigela

The bells shaped flower of  Weigela are a beautiful addition to the spring landscape. But what would you think of the idea of enjoying the blooms all summer long? Well now you can! Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Shrubs has added three wonderful colors of  Weigela that bloom all summer, they are Sonic Bloom Pearl, Sonic Bloom Red, and Sonic Bloom Pink. The Pearl(white), red and pink blooms contrast beautifully with the bright green foliage. These new additions are easy to grow and would make a great hedge. Their reblooming qualities would give you season long color from a shrub. The  Sonic Bloomseries stand 4 to 5 foot tall and wide. Be on the lookout for butterflies enjoying a tasty treat.

Much of the flower color for the holiday season comes in the form of the Poinsettia.  Poinsettias now come in such a vast array of colors, it is no longer the traditional Red, White, and Pink. They have speckles, have been died, and even come in peach, burgundy, a white and pink mix and so much more. Every Christmas we like to have Poinsettias around for their color and the joy they add to the season. But this year we wanted to add a little spice to the plants that we bought ( yes bought, we do not grow Poinsettias). We found a decorative pot that we carry at Garden Crossings and added a little flare. For the center piece in this combination planter we choose Amaize n’ Blue™ ChamaecyparisAmaize n’ Blue™ is an evergreen variety that generally is planted outdoors. The soft silvery blue foliage is very ‘touchable’ as it does not poke. This is a compact evergreen growing only 1-3″, it would make a very cute border plant.  In addition to the Chamaecyparis, we added 4 boxwood plants, 2 of each variety North Star™ & Wedding Ring™. North Star™ Boxwood is an evergreen shrub that has a nice mounding habit and reaches only 3″ tall, little to no pruning is needed with this variety. Also in the mix is the second Boxwood, Wedding Ring™.  Wedding Ring™ has shiny green foliage with a chartreuse green edge, in the summer it turns to gold. A great variegated choice for both planters and in the landscape. Again, this Boxwood only reaches only 1-3″ tall.  All the great shrubs that we used in this colorful combination  A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Evergreen Shrub.

The reason I wanted to share with you my holiday combination is to just show you that sometimes when decorating( for any season) you have to think outside the box and put together some not so traditional arrangements. The first person who came over to our house and saw this said “Wow! Where did you get that? I want one!”  and that my gardening friends in the comment we all want to hear when we are planting our gardens and containers!

Peace, Love & Joy!  Merry Christmas!

How to Spice Up Your Holiday Arrangemets

Cityline™ Paris Hydrangea

Cityline Paris Hydrangea

With all the Hydrangeas starting to show their colors, Cityline™ Paris Hydrangea (Big Leaf Hydrangea) is the one that is sporting the darkest of pinks.The compact habit of the Cityline series allows them to fit into almost any garden space you have available. Cityline™ Paris Hydrangea standing a mere 3foot tall and getting the same width this little girl has loads of big flowers that display a lot of color. The Cityline Series blooms on old wood so be sure not to trim them back in the fall or spring. Cityline™ Paris Hydrangea is another great introduction from Proven Winners Color Choice Plants.

Hydrangea Cityline Paris