Virtues: We love this mix of five spring-flowering bulbs from Colorblends. The Woodland Blend combines five different early-blooming, mostly deer-proof bulbs that stand up to squirrels and rabbits, too. They also survive shade, provided they receive sun in early spring. … Read Article
Virtues: Tall border phlox bring cheerful color to the garden in late summer, but their foliage can become marred with powdery mildew. Happily, there are mildew-resistant phlox with leaves that stay clean and green, setting off their bright blossoms. Phlox … Read Article
Virtues: ‘Filip’s Magic Moment’ is a small arborvitae that provides exciting and dependable foliage color all year-round. It can be grown in large containers or in the ground. Topping out at 6 to 8 feet tall, this small arborvitae makes … Read Article
Virtues: False sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides) are great perennials for adding bulk to the border, providing long-lasting color and drawing bees and butterflies. We love the selection Summer Sun for its height, strong stems and its ruffly golden flowers that can … Read Article
Virtues: If you’re looking for a coneflower that’s exciting yet still maintains some of the simple grace of the species, check out Sombrero Baja Burgundy coneflower. This selection has the flower structure of the species: a central cone surrounded by … Read Article
Virtues: Small-space gardeners will delight in Blue Puffball chastetree (Vitex agnus castus ‘PIIVAC-II’ or Blue Puffball). This long-blooming shrub stays short and compact, making it an easy addition to city gardens or tight corners in established beds and borders. Flowers … Read Article
Virtues: Draw bees and butterflies to your garden with ‘Beedance Painted Red’ bidens, which blooms spring through fall. Heat doesn’t stop these flowers, but it does have an effect on them.
Virtues: L.A. Dreamin’ bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla L.A. Dreamin’ or ‘Lindsey Ann’) delivers big, colorful flowers even after a frigid winter or a pruning mishap.
Virtues: ‘Summer Jewel White’, an award-winning tender salvia, draws hummingbirds, bees and butterflies with its tubular flowers. Meanwhile its compact size and pure white color makes it an easy addition to garden beds and containers alike. This ornamental sage makes … Read Article
High Country Gardens is a fan of ‘Dallas Blues’ switchgrass, stating, “Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’ is among the finest of our native ornamental grasses.” And Plants Delights calls it “among the most stunning forms ever selected.” This vase-shaped blue-hued grass … Read Article
Dianthus ‘Jolt’ is an interspecific dianthus. Jolt is the most heat-tolerant dianthus available to gardeners today. It is very durable with few diseases. And to add to its beauty, it continues to flower throughout the season without setting seeds. … Read Article