This marvelous pagoda dogwood in a tree form, offers foliage of bright golden yellow, marked with dark green at the center of each leaf. A spectacular show in spring, when the leaves first unfurl, fragrant white blooms flower in early summer. Some blue-black berries appear in autumn, attracting songbirds. A tree with multi-season interest, not to be missed. Plant in areas with filtered light or morning sun and afternoon shade. Own root.
This bright splash of color will light up any shady area and is just the right shape and size for today's smaller gardens. Emerges with pink, cream and light green foliage changing into a nice variegate with lots of white. Best suited to shade, shelter this maple from harsh conditions for best performance. Winner of the Award of Merit from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society, Netherlands. Budded on Acer campestre.
Skimmia japonica is a shrub for year round interest with its handsome, glossy foliage and fragrant white flowers in spring, followed by lustrous red berries in winter. Only female plants produce the showy berries. One male for every six female plants is necessary for good fruit production. This is a beautiful shrub to grow in an open woodland garden as well as in containers and window boxes. Make sure you site them where the fruit is in view during winter. Berries are not edible. Prefers moist, acidic soil rich in organic matter and part shade.
A dense, slow-growing, dwarf shrub with azalea-like, evergreen foliage. Highly prized for its unusual purplish-blue flowers. Desirable for its small size. Some protection from winter wind is helpful. Like all rhododendrons a well-drained, acidic soil is a must.
Selected by the originator of 'P.J.M.' as an all-around superior form. Latest of all 'P.J.M.' selections to bloom. Deep lavender pink blooms are held in trusses of 10-15. Said to be the most vigorous and upright growing of the 'P.J.M.' types. Mahogany winter foliage. American Rhododendron Society award winner in 2006.
This graceful evergreen has striking red stems and pink and cream mottled foliage that lends color to the border all year long. Fragrant, white, spring flowers hang in clusters from the arching branches and make good cut flowers. A natural companion plant to rhododendrons, this woodland native thrives in acid soil and full to partial shade, but will tolerate sun if soil is not dry.
Maple-like shaped foliage. Blooms with a spiky white inflorescence. Needs partial shade and does best in a woodland setting with cool, moist organic soil - great in a bed with hosta, ferns, etc. Forms a single clump.
Decorative fern-like leaves are neat and symmetrical, like most Jacob's Ladder, but with a colorful twist: foliage takes on a rich, dark purple hue in spring and again in fall. In between, the leaves turn greener depending on light intensity. Beautiful flowers of deep lavender-blue appear in late spring to early summer, rising on graceful, burgundy stems.
Tall spiky blue flowers, bloom in mid to late summer on top of a mound of round, bright green leaves. This plant can self-sow quite vigorously, so keep it deadheaded when it is done blooming. Requires partial shade and evenly moist soil conditions.
A Future Plants® introduction from Marco Fransen of the Netherlands. This is a dwarf variety of Ligularia, reaching a height of only 20". Because it is a tetraploid, the flowers are truly substantial with dark buds opening to bright yellow flowers in midsummer. Best grown in cool, moist locations in part shade, like the edge of a pond.
A color breakthrough for Ligularia. Golden-orange, daisy-like flowers bloom above chocolate foliage. A bold plant that prefers cool, moist soils. Protection from afternoon sun is a must. Perfect for a pond's edge.
A selection from Thierry Delabroye of France. Native to the Southeast U.S., this species is quite heat-tolerant, much more so than the other Heuchera species with gold or yellow foliage. New leaves emerge bright gold and deepen in color to caramel. Flowers appear later than other species as well, and are light pink.
Especially bred to withstand heat and humidity, 'Southern Comfort' looks like a marmalade mix of cantaloupe and peaches. With a dramatic look, this vigorous grower will add a bright splash of color to the shade garden. Creamy white flowers blossom in late summer as the foliage begins to change color from peach to burnished copper to amber.
Finally, a Heuchera superior even to 'Plum Pudding'. Blueberry colored foliage has a waxy sheen with a metallic overlay. Each individual leaf is quite large, up to 3-4" across. White flowers on slender stems seem almost insignificant as compared to the dramatic foliage.
Huge peach colored leaves with a showy white overlay forms lush clumps to highlight shaded perennial borders, rock gardens and containers. Foliage becomes rose to rose-purple from fall through winter. Creamy white flowers stand on wispy stems in spring. Evergreen in warmer climates. Thanks to the H. x villosa blood, will grow well in southern humidity or the damp Northwest.
A new color in the classic old-fashioned bleeding heart. Blooms in early spring with arching spikes of cherry-red blooms with white tips held on dark burgundy stems. Excellent for background height in the shade garden.
A clumping, deciduous grass with rich, bamboo-like foliage that reaches a height of 2-3'. The drooping, flat flower spikes are a pretty green in the summer and will mature to copper late in autumn while the foliage takes on lovely coppery brown tones. Northern Sea Oats is one of the few ornamental grasses that will tolerate some shade, preferring a part shade site. Not particularly fast growing, it will benefit from regular division every few years.
An excellent alternative to hosta in the shade garden. Slowly forms a mound of foliage by creeping rhizomes, but is not invasive. The 1" wide foliage is bright green, bordered by white and is very attractive. Combines well with hosta, ferns, astilbe and other shade loving plants.
The leaves of this beautiful new cultivar are silver with green venation all season long. It blooms in early spring with classic forget-me-not type blue flowers. Best in shady situations, mixed with hostas, astilbe and other shade lovers. This cultivar is a sport of 'Langtrees' which was discovered at Walters Gardens,Inc.