JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
Friday, April 10, 2015 – 4:00 pm–7:00 pm – Members-only Preview Sale
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 9:00 am–4:00 pm – Everyone Welcome
Ready for spring planting? We are, and we've got new releases, sparkling grasses, and shrubs to die for!
Our generous friends in the nursery industry are donating premium plants for the Arboretum's spring sale in conjunction with the 15th Annual Birdhouse Competition and Raulston Blooms! This is our sixth annual sale for which all proceeds will benefit the JCRA. Come see what we have to offer and get a jump on your spring planting!
JCRA members get a 10% discount on Friday and Saturday! And, only members can purchase plants on Friday evening. If you are not a member, what a great time to join.
Your purchase keeps the JC Raulston Arboretum growing strong! Each gift, membership, or purchase supports the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. (Tax ID #56-6049304) for the benefit of the JCRA.
Plant Availability List
We're still adding new plants to the list so please check back for new additions and other last minute changes to the list..
Some plants may be available in low quantities. Come early for the best selection.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'
variegated glossy abelia
Foliage is bright yellow and light green in the spring and golden yellow with a dark green center in the summer. Cool weather adds orange and red. White, tubular flowers bloom summer to fall.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Margarita'
Twist of Orange™ variegated glossy abelia
A fine textured, variegated glossy abelia with colorful foliage year-round and bright red stems. Like all glossy abelia, it will grow in sun or shade and is tolerant of most conditions once it is well-established. Look for pink-tinged, white flowers held by showy rose calyces over an extended period.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Radiance'
variegated glossy abelia
This brand new abelia selection has bicolored leaves, a compact form, and vivid red stems on new growth. Green new leaves have gold-yellow margins that become cream with maturity. It will make a compact mound, and is easy to grow in almost any garden spot.
Acanthus 'Holland Days'
Bear's breech has summer spikes of white flowers with purple calyces and a mound of green spineless foliage. Tony Avent (Plant Delights Nursery) suggests that it appears intermediate between A. hungaricus and A. spinosus and is probably a hybrid.
This unusual snakebark maple is native to Japan but never made its way into the horticultural mainstream. Despite the lack of recognition, it is widely coveted by maple lovers. It forms a small tree with attractive, deep green foliage that is brilliant red in fall. Bark is often bright red on young stems.
Acer palmatum 'Aratama'
Rare and highly sought after Japanese maple, whose name means "uncut gem". Showy red leaves emerge early in spring. In summer the leaf centers turn green with only a touch of red on the margins. In fall, the very tiny leaves turn yellow, orange and red on this incredibly beautiful plant.
Acer palmatum 'Baldsmith'
red lace-leaf Japanese maple
Finely dissected leaves that change from green, pink and orange eventually turning red. In autumn leaves are a vivid yellow/orange. It has a very lovely, mounded, flowing habit of growth.
Acer palmatum 'Crippsii'
dwarf Japanese maple
This dwarf Japanese maple ideal for a container or small garden. The deep green leaves have serrated edges and curl inwards. In autumn, they change color to blazing orange.
Acer palmatum Dissectum Viride Group
green lace-leaf Japanese maple
The classic green, lace-leaf Japanese maple which is perfect for just about any garden - sun or shade. It makes a gracefully, arching, work of living art. Plant in sun or part shade. Fall color is amazing.
Acer palmatum 'Flavescens'
weeping Japanese maple
Cascading Japanese maple with finely dissected leaves is an attractive garden addition. Lacy leaves are yellow-green when young, gradually darkening to green in summer. 'Flavescens' means yellow or golden, which this maple becomes in early fall, before eventually turning bright orange. Wider than tall, it ultimately forms a beautiful dome.
Acer palmatum 'Higasa yama'
variegated Japanese maple
One of the most distinctive of all Japanese maples, 'Higasa yama' has spring foliage with a green center, white outline, and pink edge. The variegation fades when temperatures soar leaving a faint white line.
Acer palmatum 'Ikandi'
variegated Japanese maple
This new and rare Japanese maple has spectacular pink variegated foliage. 'Ikandi' arose as a seedling from Acer palmatum 'Alpenweiss', itself a very colorful cultivar.
Acer palmatum 'Japanese Sunrise'
coral bark Japanese maple
Every garden needs at least one coral bark Japanese maple. Bark color is fantastic all year long, ranging from yellow to bright red. In winter the orange bark colors are unique and colors are always best in full sun. Lime green leaves emerge in spring and in fall they are bright yellow.
Acer palmatum 'Katsura'
This delightful Japanese maple tree is quite striking in its spring growth. Leaves emerge a pale yellow and then the margins turn to a bright orange. Fall color is bright yellow and orange. This is a small-leaved cultivar that will make a fine addition to your garden.
Acer palmatum 'Orangeola'
red lace-leaf Japanese maple
This hard to find, cultivar of Japanese maple is noted for its deep red-purple laceleaf foliage, appearing bright orange when first emerging in spring. Not as wide spreading as other laceleaf cultivars, it fits better into small gardens. Watch for its fiery orange to orange-red fall colors, too.
Acer palmatum 'Oregon Sunset'
red lace-leaf Japanese maple
Perfect for the small garden. This very compact Japanese maple has very graceful and colorful leaves from spring through fall. Soft red leaves emerge in spring and eventually darken to plum-red in summer. Bright sunset-red hues cover the tree in fall.
Acer palmatum 'Ōsakasuki'
green-leaf Japanese maple
Perhaps one of the most intensely bright Japanese maples for autumn display with small brilliant red leaves. Green summer foliage is a beautiful backdrop for the crimson seed pods.
Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'
red narrowleaf Japanese maple
Narrow maroon-red leaves will turn to green in the heat of the summer before returning to crimson in autumn. Adds an airy quality to the garden.
Acer palmatum 'Shaina'
dwarf purple-leaf Japanese maple
This classy Japanese maple has burgundy foliage and a unique dense or layered look. It forms a dense, small-sized tree, only to 8 ' tall, with bright red to red-purple leaves throughout the growing season. Locate this plant where you can appreciate its dwarf, upright habit.
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
Great foliage color, dark stems, and an unusual form are the key features of 'Skeeter's Broom'. Discovered as a witch's broom, it has typically dense, twiggy, growth. Leaves are bright red in spring, dark red in summer, and finally turn pure red again in fall. Dark stems add winter interest.
Acer palmatum 'Tamuke yama'
red lace-leaf Japanese maple
Widely acknowledged by Japanese maple experts as one of the best of the red, laceleaf, pendent cultivars of Acer palmatum, 'Tamuke yama' offers stunning architectural form and foliage color to any garden.
Acer palmatum 'Tsuma gaki'
An elegant Japanese maple, with spring leaves tipped with burgundy as though each lobe was painted with fingernail polish. Makes a small tree. Great fall color.
This rare maple has only recently found its way into the US where it is impressing everyone who tries it with it's drought and cold tolerance. In appearance it is similar to a Japanese maple with great fall color.
Acer shirasawanum 'Yasemin'
full moon maple
This full moon maple bears broad leaves deeply colored burgundy. The color holds well through the season while the texture is much bolder than the typical red-leaf Japanese maple.
Maries' maidenhair fern
No shade garden is complete without a maidenhair fern. The pale green fronds are held on thin black stems (rachis) and are completely DEER RESISTANT.
Bottlebrush buckeye is a deciduous shrub with a spreading growth habit to 10' and upright panicles of white flowers in summer. Since it does not lose its leaves to leaf scorch, it will reward you in the autumn with yellow fall color. This native is quite deer tolerant and is gorgeous when in full flower.
Agave americana 'Lemon Lime'
variegated century plant
Cool blue succulent leaves have a broad central stripe of yellow-green that will have you reeling like a drunken tourist in Tijuana. It is not reliably hardy, so it may be wisest to grow it at the coast or in a container that can be moved to a spot that doesn't freeze.
Agave parryi subsp. parryi var. truncata
mescal barrel agave
This is one of the loveliest and most reliable of all agave forming a squat, blue, succulent foliage tipped with black spines. In summer, a huge asparagus-like stalk emerges and quickly grows to 20' tall ultimately creating a tiered display of yellow flowers.
This small agave will fit into any sunny,
well-drained spot in the garden where the thin, sharp-tipped leaves make a tight ball of shimmering blue-green. In mid-summer, a tall, 8' bottlebrush flower spike erupts from the rosette much to the delight of gardeners and hummingbirds alike.
Ajuga 'Dixie Chip'
tricolor carpet bugle
This variegated seedling from the popular 'Chocolate Chip' carpet bugle has small, tidy leaves like its parent but differs in the brightly variegated foliage splashed with pink and white. It makes a lovely evergreen ground cover or can be grown at the base of shrubs to cover the bare stems.
This native climbing aster can be grown as a mounding shrub or encouraged to grow up a post or trellis. Pink flowers appear in October brightening the garden at the end of the season. Tolerant of dry or damp soils once established.
Ardisia japonica 'Hakuokan'
Marlberry is one of our favorites at the JCRA and have been since J.C.'s day. This evergreen groundcover has leaves margined white. The white variegation has a pink tint when first emerging. Pink flowers tucked under the foliage give rise to shiny red fruit.
Few plants are as great in dry shade as aucuba. These are compact forms of the popular 'Gold Dust' variety with heavily speckled leaves. Burgundy spring flowers give rise to bright red fruits.
Aucuba japonica 'Hosoba Hoshifu'
After growing more than our fair share of aucuba, this has risen to the top of all the gold speckled forms. Long leaves of deep emerald green are heavily spotted with discrete gold dots. It is fairly compact and quite distinct from other forms. A must for any shade garden.
Aucuba japonica f. longifolia
narrowleaf Japanese aucuba
Evergreen shrub for the shade with long, attractive, pointed leaves and abundant fruiting. Native to Japan and Korea.
Aucuba japonica 'Rozannie'
dwarf Japanese aucuba
This selection of aucuba was widely distributed and praised by J.C. for its self-fruiting traits. In the U.S., it has not been as free fruiting as in Europe but the dense form, glossy green leaves, and ability to thrive in dry shade still make it a great garden plant.
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'
Mounds of silvery-blue foliage are topped in summer by chartreuse caterpillar-like flowers. These lovely little flowers dance in the breeze over the long-lived and drought tolerant plants.
Buddleja 'Lilac Chip'
From the breeding program of NCSU's Denny Werner comes one of his newest additions to the dwarf butterfly bushes. 'Lilac Chip' has a compact form and won the ColourYourLife Award at the 2012 Plantarium show in the Netherlands. This award is given to the best gold medal plant over the last 10 years.
Buxus microphylla var. riparia
We received this boxwood variety from our friends at Hillier's Arboretum. It is a small-leafed plant forming a mid-sized shrub with a somewhat more lax and open habit than the typical species. It makes a lovely addition to the garden and is especially nice in a woodland setting.
Buxus sempervirens 'Unraveled'
This incredibly cool boxwood cultivar is unlike any other you have seen before. Its habit is outreaching and arching, a bit loose compared to other boxwoods. Best described as the "non conformist of the common boxwood (Buxus sempervirens).
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet'
variegated white beautyberry
Simply gorgeous variegated leaves are medium green and have distinct yellow margins becoming white. A unique introduction, since this is the the first stable variegated plant found in the genus. Look for clusters of small, white fruit in late summer on this low maintenance plant.
Sweetshrub is an easy native plant to grow with no serious insect or disease problems. In early summer, it is covered with flowers that have a sweet banana-apple fragrance. This deciduous shrub with its dense bushy habit is a nice addition to any garden.
Calycanthus floridus 'Athens'
yellow common sweetshrub
This yellow flowered form of the typically burgundy flowered native species is ideal for sun or shade, dry or damp. The blossoms have a fruity fragrance reminiscent of bananas and strawberries. Glossy foliage turns gold in fall.
Camellia japonica 'Dr. J.C. Raulston'
New bright, red hot camellia named by Ray Bond (Bond Nursery Corp., Dallas, Texas) to honor the founder of the JCRA. The flowers are medium sized, anemone form with mid-season spring blossoms. This camellia has an upright habit and makes a nice compact shrub.
Camellia sasanqua 'Green 99-031'
Susy Dirr™ fall blooming camellia
This vigorous fall blooming camellia was named in honor of famed plantsman Michael Dirr's daughter so you know it's good. Incredibly intricate, formal double pink flowers are among the most elegant of any camellia. Simply stunning.
Carex flagellifera 'Toffee Twist'
Architectural clumps of toffee brown, thin, grassy foliage adds a bit of flair to the garden whether in the ground or containers. The unusual color helps highlight other plants. Designers love this plant. Moist spots are best.
Carex laxiculmus 'Hobb'
Bunny Blue™ blue sedge
This easy native sedge for the shade garden makes a slowly spreading clump of relatively broad, blue, DEER RESISTANT, strappy leaves. Excellent in masses or scattered with other perennials.
Carex morrowii 'Ice Ballet'
'Ice Ballet' has a very wide creamy margin on the blade that really makes it pop in the landscape, especially in shady areas. It's upright, arching habit gives a showy, elegant, look. Growth is vigorous and forms a dense, compact clump that expands slowly via rhizomes.
Carex oshimensis 'Everlime'
EverColor® variegated sedge
A wonderful addition to the "Ever" line of sedges, this evergreen, shade tolerant grass is quite DEER TOLERANT and makes a lovely show of limey-yellow edged leaves. Plant out in masses for best effect.
Carex oshimensis 'Eversheen'
EverColor® variegated sedge
This evergreen, shade tolerant sedge is quite DEER TOLERANT and makes a bright show of gold leaves edged with deep green. Plant out in masses for best effect.
The woodland garden never looked so good. Our native oak sedge makes an awesome groundcover even in tough, dry spots. Semi-evergreen foliage politely spreads but mixes well with other garden perennials. And it's DEER RESISTANT to boot.
Caryopteris ×clandonensis 'Lisaura'
Hint of Gold™ variegated bluebeard
This is a fantastic perennial for southern landscapes where it will form a shrubby plant to 3' tall and wide with brilliant gold leaves. Deep blue flowers contrast elegantly with the bright leaves. Easy and drought resistant and DEER RESISTANT in full sun.
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Duke Gardens'
dwarf Japanese plum-yew
This much-loved, deep-green conifer makes a reliable year-round element in either sun or shade. Selected by our friends at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham.
Cercis canadensis 'Jn2'
The Rising Sun™ gold-leaf eastern redbud
This introduction from Tennessee has leaves that emerge apricot before turning gold and holding the color well through the season. Petioles on mature leaves are bright pink. The spring flowers are typical for a redbud. Easy in sun or shade but expect the best color in full sun.
Cercis canadensis var. mexicana
This form of southwestern redbud grows well in NC where its small glossy leaves have distinctive rippled edges that sparkle when wafted on a breeze. It tends to be somewhat smaller than our eastern species but with the same flowers.
Cercis chinensis 'Shirobana'
white Chinese redbud
This is the pure white form of the lovely Chinese redbud. Loads of white pea flowers are carried along the branches and trunks of this multi-stemmed large shrub or small tree. Heart shaped foliage follows.
The western form of our beloved eastern redbud, this small tree grows in California on dry, rocky slopes. Like most redbuds, the flowers appear in early spring before the heart-shaped leaves. Flower color is usually magenta and fruit pods, when formed, are attractively purple tinged.
Chaenomeles 'Orange Storm'
Double Take™ hybrid flowering quince
New breeding breakthrough from NCSU's
Tom Ranney! Huge orange, frilly, doubled flowers on thornless stems in very early spring will wake you from the winter blues. Great for shrub borders, foundation plantings, and slopes.
Chaenomeles 'Scarlet Storm'
hybrid flowering quince
A breeding breakthrough from NCSU's Tom Ranney! Showy double red flowers on thornless stems in very early spring will make your garden pop. Great for shrub borders, foundation plantings, and slopes.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Butterball'
dwarf Hinoki falsecypress
As its name suggests, this bright foliaged conifer makes a rounded mound that slowly makes a beautiful landscape plant. Great mixed in with other plants, in containers, or in a rock garden.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Saffron Spray'
dwarf Hinoki cypress
'Saffron Spray' is a slow growing conifer heavily speckled and splashed with creamy-yellow sectors. It grows well in part shade where it sparkles.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Stoneham'
dwarf Hinoki falsecypress
This very tidy compact conifer makes a rounded ball of mid-green foliage. Great in containers or as accents in the garden.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Thoweil'
columnar Hinoki falsecypress
This unusual form of Hinoki falsecypress makes an irregular living sculpture with a very upright habit. It makes a striking specimen growing to about 5' by 2' in a decade. Perfect for planting beside a door or in a pot.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Wells Special'
This Hinoki falsecypress grows distinctly upright with a graceful layered habit. It will slowly grow to 12' or more in 10 years.
Convallaria majalis 'Bordeaux'
This improved form of the fragrant lily-of-the-valley bears relatively large white flowers above the emerald green foliage instead of nestled among the leaves. This is a long-lived slowing spreading plant for years of enjoyment.
Convallaria majalis var. rosea
A twist on the typical lily-of-the-valley with soft pink flowers instead of the usual white. Fragrance, durability, and ease of growth are all the same as the better known white forms.
Coreopsis 'Cosmic Evolution'
Big Bang™ bicolor coreopsis
The large flowers of this brand new coreopsis are creamy white streaked and striped with violet-red. The flowers can be up to 3" across and last a long period. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, this is not your grandmother's tickseed.
Coreopsis 'Star Cluster'
Big Bang™ perennial coreopsis
Another of the truly perennial new tickseeds from Darrell Probst. This one has 2" flowers of creamy white with yellow centers and streaked with purple. It is exceptionally long flowering, often blooming for up to 5 months.
Cornus amomum subsp. obliqua 'Powell Gardens'
Red Rover™ silky dogwood
This selection of our native shrubby dogwood is quite happy in damp garden spots to ordinary soil. In the fall, the green leaves turn bright red before falling to display burgundy stems. Easy and reliable.
Cornus florida 'Little Princess'
dwarf flowering dogwood
This miniature form of our native flowering dogwood is welcome in any size garden. It is a very heavily flowering form with broad overlapping white petals followed by red fruit. The foliage is thick and dark green before turning brilliant shades in fall.
Venus® hybrid dogwood
This wonderful new dogwood comes to us from the great plant breeder Dr. Elwin Orton of Rutgers. 'Venus' has very large flowers, reaching 6"+ on established trees. Flowers later than native dogwoods and is resistant to anthracnose and mildew. It makes a stunning addition to your landscape.
Cornus kousa 'Kristin Lipka's Variegated Weeper'
variegated weeping kousa dogwood
This specimen tree will give you a bit of everything:
Showy flowers - check
Red fruits - check
Weeping habit - check
variegated foliage - check
Fall color - check
What else could you possibly be waiting for?
Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold'
variegated kousa dogwood
This distinctly upright form of kousa dogwood has a broad gold margin around each leaf which becomes creamy white as summer progresses. Showy flowers are followed by lovely red knobby fruits. The foliage turns flaming red in fall. This is an ideal plant for sun or shade where it will add drama to the summer garden.
Cornus stolonifera 'Neil Z'
Pucker Up!™ red osier dogwood
We love this funky red-stemmed dogwood from the Proven Winners line. As they say, "Its glossy, puckered foliage is distinctive as well as attractive. The thick foliage delivers a high degree of leaf spot resistance. Compact growth and bright red winter stems add to this native shrub's appeal."
This super tough tree makes a gorgeous flowering specimen which would make it worth growing alone. The glossy, bright red fruit that follows though is even better and the birds certainly will agree. Golden fall color adds to the charm.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'
'Globosa Nana' is a superb selection that remains a neat evergreen mound with little care. Foliage color is yellowish green in summer, then turns very slightly reddish in winter.
Cupressus arizonica 'Carolina Sapphire'
This blue form of Arizona cypress makes a quick growing and tough landscape plant. It is exceptionally drought tolerant once established and has a delightful fragrance. This tree is more blue and a bit faster growing than 'Blue Ice'.
One of the finest of broadleaved evergreen shrubs with arching branches and beautiful red winter fruit. Rarely seen commercially due to propagation issues and slow growth (six years to a quart from seed!) but highly desirable both as a no fuss shade plant and for cut branches which last for ages.
A deciduous daphne which is loaded in early spring with masses of fragrant lilac flowers. It makes an upright small shrub for sun to shade.
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'
gold-edged winter daphne
The classic winter flowering shrub with glossy green leaves edged with creamy gold. Pink winter buds open to pinkish-white flowers which are among the most fragrant of any plant. Best in sun or shade and very well-drained soil.
Daphne ×transatlantica 'Blafra'
Eternal Fragrance hybrid daphne
This reliable daphne makes a tidy mound of evergreen foliage which provides an ideal backdrop for the pink budded flowers which open to white. This is touted as the most fragrant daphne but its real claim to fame is 3 seasons of flowers - early spring, summer, and fall!
Diervilla sessilifolia 'Lpdc Podaras'
Cool Splash™ southern bush-honeysuckle
A native southern woodland shrub that has been used in its green form for tough spots like medians. This variegated form has good vigor and flowers with yellow trumpets in late spring.
shaggy shield fern
This makes a lovely clumping, evergreen fern with a vase-shaped habit of mid-green fronds. The base of the plant is covered in black hair-like scales which provide a lovely contrast.
Dixie wood fern
A naturally occurring hybrid fern from the southeast which makes a dramatically upright statement in the woodland. Although perfectly content in average garden soil, in damp spots it can reach nearly 4 feet tall.
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'
Autumn fern is a colorful ground cover with pink fiddleheads that turn coppery orange as they unfurl. Fronds age to a lustrous dark green and remain well into winter. New growth continues through the season, giving a colorful tapestry effect of copper and green into late fall.
Dryopteris labordei 'Golden Mist'
golden wood fern
This gorgeous evergreen relative of autumn fern sends up new fronds of gold which gradually turn green. Mature plants will be brighter than young ones so give it a year or 2 to settle into the garden before the real display begins.
Tokyo wood fern
An excellent 3' tall fern native to Japan and Korea that forms deep green clumps of DEER RESISTANT foliage. It is rarely encountered in gardens and not well known but is outstanding in a shady garden.
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Snow Cream'
No garden should be without a paperbush. Fragrant flowers in tight clusters at the end of every bare branch in late winter is a sight to behold. The perfectly shaped dome paperbush forms is ideal for the compulsive gardener. Fragrant.
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'
purple Abyssinian banana
A single trunked ornamental banana with purply-red foliage and stem. In the garden it makes a dramatic statement, where it can grow to 12' tall. Not reliably hardy, so it can be placed in a cool, dark spot such as a crawl-space for winter, or it can be mulched with the hope of surviving in the ground.
Epimedium ×versicolor 'Sulphureum'
This is a reliable and long lived perennial for the shade garden where it will form patches of mostly evergreen foliage. Spikes of yellow flowers emerge in spring and are followed by delicate appearing but very tough foliage.
Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus 'Lynnhaven Carpet'
This tough, spreading groundcovering perennial makes mats of silvery foliage. Palest lavender flowers rise above the leaves in late spring. An excellent choice for those tough dry shade spots.
hybrid pineapple lily
'Reuben' is a JCRA staff favorite of the pineapple lilies. Green rosettes of strappy foliage are topped in summer by flower spikes of burgundy buds which open to pinkish-purple flowers. The tuft of foliage atop the flower stalk is often delicately edged with burgundy.The two-tone flower/foliage effect is quite striking.
Cushion spurge makes a tidy mound of DEER RESISTANT foliage topped by brilliant chrome yellow flowers which retain color through most of the season, turning red in fall.
Exochorda 'Snow Mountain'
This exceptionally heavy flowering form of the old favorite is more compact than the species. It explodes in spring with masses of pure white flowers. When in flower, few plants can compete.
Japanese fatsia makes a dramatic statement with huge, star-shaped evergreen foliage. Fall flowers are golf-ball sized clusters of small white flowers followed by black fruit. Fatsia is very tolerant of dry shade once established.
Forsythia koreana 'Kumson'
gold-vein Korean forsythia
This Korean forsythia has it all, great flowers plus incredible unique foliage spring to fall. Leaves are dark green with a creamy white netting. Typical bright yellow forsythia flowers cover this shrub in spring. Discovered in Korea by Spring Meadow.
Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis'
dwarf green-stem forsythia
This low-growing forsythia has deep green foliage on stems that creep across the ground. In spring expect the typical gold spring harbinger flowers of forsythia.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Double Mint'
re-blooming Cape jessamine
This is a low-growing evergreen shrub with gorgeous, fragrant, double flowers. This breakthrough new selection is especially notable for its strong re-blooming habit putting out a succession of flowers from
mid-summer non-stop until fall.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Michael'
Glossy evergreen foliage on a mid-size shrub is a great background for the pure white rose-like flowers. Fragrance is unbelievable.
Geranium sanguineum var. striatum
This old garden favorite makes a mat of rounded, deeply divided foliage. Pale pink flowers with darker veins dance above the foliage from April to June. The semi-evergreen foliage often takes on some bright colors in fall.
Ginkgo biloba 'Gnome'
dwarf maidenhair tree
Gnome is a very dwarf seedling found by Ian Hiscock (Commercial Nursery) and has been a great addition to the garden. It fits into mixed borders, rock gardens, containers, and even fairy gardens. A must for the space-challenged gardener. Its gold fall color and fan-like foliage is beautiful.
Helenium 'Short 'n' Sassy'
Add some sass to the garden with this compact sneezeweed. Hot orange and gold flowers with a chocolate center flower over a long season, starting earlier than typical helenium but lasting just as long. Plant a bunch of these, the butterflies will thank you.
Hemerocallis 'Chicago Apache'
This great re-blooming daylily is one of the truest reds available in the trade. Large, 5", thick textured flowers are held on 24" stems starting in mid-summer. Easy and reliable in sun to part shade.
Hemerocallis 'Chicago Fire'
Brilliant red flowers often with a yellow stripe down the center of each petal are thick textured and up to 6" across. This is an easy and reliable performer in the landscape.
Daylilies are among the toughest of all garden perennials. Large, thick-textured flowers are purple-burgundy with a darker eye that brightens to yellow in the throat.
Hemerocallis 'Leebea Orange Crush'
This re-blooming diminutive daylily bears huge, 6" orange flowers throughout much of the summer. Easy to grow and reliable color all summer - what more could you need.
A re-blooming daylily with cheery yellow double flowers. The show starts early in the summer and continues re-blooming throughout the season.
Selected as a 2012 Choice Plant from the JC Raulston Arboretum. Bright yellow flowers and red maple-like fruits make a great display in the garden, when it is trained as a vine or allowed to sprawl.
Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'
This plant makes a mound of metallic pnk-purple foliage with spikes of white flowers on pink scapes in early summer. This hybrid has the heat tolerant Heuchera villosa in its parentage so it is exceptionally heat tolerant.
×Heucherella 'Buttered Rum'
Caramel colored leaves on a compact evergreen perennial turn burgundy with the onset of cold weather. Masses of white flowers dance above the foliage. Easy in shade.
Hibiscus paramutabilis 'Terri's Pink'
everblooming Confederate rose
This beautiful form of the everblooming Confederate rose has deep pink flowers over much of the growing season. The large, 8" flowers begin in late spring and don't stop until frost. Easy in any sunny spot.
Hosta 'Blue Umbrellas'
Thick textured foliage is almost slug-proof on this hosta. It makes a large mound with downward cupped leaves which shed debris unlike other hostas. Spikes of white flowers rise above the foliage in mid-summer.
Hosta 'Golden Tiara'
A "classic" hosta, the first small-sized cultivar with gold-margined leaves. This hosta first appeared in the 1970s and is still one of the best for the landscape. Summer spikes of lavender flowers add to the charm.
Hosta 'Praying Hands'
A most unusual hosta with narrow, upright leaves held in a distinctly folded way and margined with a thin, yellow edge. It was the 2011 hosta of the year and is surprisingly different. Lavender flowers in the late summer attract hummingbirds.
Hosta sieboldiana 'Frances Williams'
von Siebold's hosta
Huge, quilted, blue-green leaves are broadly edged with gold on this large growing hosta. Mid-summer spikes of large white flowers are an added bonus.
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
One of the all-time best hostas, 'Sum and Substance' makes huge mounds of broad chartreuse foliage in the shade garden. A great plant for adding oomph to the woodland.
Hydrangea 'After Midnight'
mophead hybrid hydrangea
This Hawksridge Farms introduction is a hybrid between the bigleaf hydrangea and Japanese hydrangea with large mophead flowers (blue in our typically acid soils) which age to purpley-mauve. Flowers are held on stems that are often tinted burgundy. A great new introduction.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer'
Endless Summer® re-blooming hydrangea
The re-blooming hydrangea that blew up the market when it was introduced. Blue clusters of flowers (pink in basic soils) in summer continue to fall if they are removed as they fade. If your plant dies to the ground over the winter it will still flower. It has great fall color as well.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Big Daddy'
Gigantic 12"-14" flower-heads are pink in alkaline soils and blue in acidic soils. Dark-green, glossy leaves on sturdy branches make this plant attractive even when the plant is not in flower. 'Big Daddy' reaches 5'–6' high and wide.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Grenan'
Nantucket Blue™ bigleaf hydrangea
Gorgeous, repeat blooming selection from the blue hydrangeas that adorn Nantucket. Best in afternoon shade or in dapple sunlight beneath large trees. Planting on the east or north a side of a home also works well.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac'
'Penny Mac' is a mophead cultivar with large blue (acid soils) or pink (alkaline) flower inflorescences in summer. Foliage is a bright medium green. First introduced by Penny McHenry, founder of The American Hydrangea Society. Makes a nice specimen or accent plant.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Smhmnufb1'
Free Bird™ bigleaf hydrangea
This small hydrangea won't disappoint with it's freely produced waves of richly colored flowers - blue in acid soils, pink in alkaline. A brand new selection from plantsman Tim Wood.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Spg-3-009'
Cabbage Patch™ bigleaf hydrangea
Talk about a great textural accent for the shade garden. Deep green, heavily serrated leaves wrap around the stem in a most unusual manner making this hydrangea stand out from the crowd. Summer lacecap flowers are blue in our typical acid soils but pink in more basic ones.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'
We love this panicled hydrangeas for its strong stems, heavy bloom, and progression of flower color from lime-green to creamy white, to rose-pink. Easy to grow and exceptionally long lived.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Renhy'
Vanilla Strawberry™ panicled hydrangea
This hydrangea bears large clusters of white flowers in mid-summer which turn pink-red. Flowers continue into fall so the plant will have several colors all at once. As a bonus,flower panicles are carried on red stems. It was voted the 2010 top plant American Nursery and Landscape Asso.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Smhppinka'
Pinkachu™ panicled hydrangea
This impressive new panicled hydrangea has large flowers on a dense plant that emerge brilliant white before transforming to hot pink. The flower color change starts at the bottom and works its way up for a
two-toned effect. Easy in sun as a shrub or pruned as a patio tree.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Smhppino'
Good Golly® panicled hydrangea
This great panicled hydrangea is best in full sun where it can be cut back each year or allowed to grow as a small tree. Huge clusters of white flowers on very sturdy stems keep it from flopping even after a summer downpour.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'JoAnn'
Gatsby Pink® oakleaf hydrangea
This new native hydrangea from Powell Gardens in MO is a large grower with big flower panicles which turn quickly from snow white to deep pink. Fall color is rich mahogany red. Grow it in full sun to deep shade.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Munchkin'
A dwarf form of oakleaf hydrangea released by the USDA (don't say all your tax dollars are misspent!) that makes a tight deciduous shrub with masses of conical flower heads for sun or shade.
Double Dare™ double hydrangea
Thick textured, durable foliage stands up well to the south's blazing heat, Hot pink, firework-like flowers cover the plant from late spring into late summer. Small growing and tough.
Hypericum ×inodorum 'Kolmapuki'
First Editions® Pumpkin hypericum
While hypericum are often grown solely for their flowers, some selections also have incredibly showy fruit. This form bears cheery gold late spring blossoms which are followed by clusters of glossy, orange fruits. Both flowers and fruits look great in the landscape and as cut stems. This selection is reportedly very rust resistant.
Red Star® First Edition hypericum
While hypericum are often grown solely for their flowers, some selections also have incredibly showy fruit. This form bears cheery gold late spring blossoms which are followed by clusters of glossy, candy-apple red fruits. Flowers and fruits look great in the landscape and as cut stems.
Castle Spire™ hybrid blue holly
The winter months will be a riot of happy color with this evergreen shrub. It will provide a bounty of bright red winter berries among the glossy foliage to either share with the birds or cut and bring indoors. Castle Spire™ is a female clone that will fruit.
Christmas Jewel® evergreen holly
This holly was selected for its dark, green foliage and heavy bright red fruit set. This intermediate sized holly is dense and grows upright. No pollinator needed for this female plant. Developed by Bob Head of Head-Lee Nursery (Seneca, SC).
Ilex 'Mary Nell'
McDaniel hybrid evergreen holly
A selection made by Tom Dodd in 1981, this I. cornuta × I. pernyi hybrid grows into a beautiful, pyramidal, evergreen shrub with shiny, olive green. The leaf color and shape is much preferred by those of us at the JCRA as compared to 'Nellie Stevens'. A female clone, and very heavy fruit set.
Ilex vomitoria 'Hoskin's Shadow'
A native evergreen shrub with glossy green foliage and brilliant red fruit. This compact form is especially noted for its extreme hardiness. Good for sun or shade, tolerant of most soils.
Iris ensata 'Variegata'
variegated Japanese iris
A deer resistant iris equally at home in average soils to bog gardens. It makes a bright statement with white edged foliage. Lavender-blue flowers appear in late spring.
Herbaceous perennial with lilac-blue or blue-purple flowers. Clump forming network of rhizomes. Very hardy, full sun, wet to dry conditions.
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'
Deciduous shrub reaching 4–6' high, with long white racemes of fragrant flowers in spring and brilliant reddish-purple fall color. Native to wet or moist soils, does well in full sun to shade.
Juniperus conferta 'Spg-3-016'
Golden Pacific™ gold shore juniper
Shore junipers are reliable evergreen groundcovers for any sunny spot although they are also among the most shade tolerant of junipers. This bright selection has gold needles for a stunning display. In shade or a greenhouse, they loose much of the color but it returns quickly in sun.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Victor'
dwarf crepe myrtle
One of the U.S. National Arboretum hybrids; dwarf stature (3'–5' tall) with rich dark red flowers.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'
Red Rocket® red crepe myrtle
A knock-out, long blooming, brilliant red flowering crepe myrtle. Long blooming, disease resistant, and drought tolerant, this small tree has it all. Great bark and fabulous fall color are an added bonus.
Enduring Summer™ Fuchsia Red Rooster® hybrid crepe myrtle
This small tree has some of the brightest, truest red flowers of any crepe myrtle making it a must have for any Wolfpack fan.
miniature crepe myrtle
This charming crepe myrtle is one of the true miniature hybrids (Lagerstroemia indica × L. fauriei) introduced from the U.S. National Arboretum. Its pedigree is complex, involving five original plants and their progeny, intercrossed for five generation. It is tolerant of powdery mildew.
Lagerstroemia 'Purple Magic'
purple crepe myrtle
This new addition to the ranks of compact crepe myrtles has exciting burgundy-purple foliage, darkest in spring and fading a bit over summer.The flowers are held in dense masses and are deep lavender-purple.This is reported to be extremely disease resistant, long-blooming, and compact.
Leucanthemum ×superbum 'Real Dream'
compact shasta daisy
This is a real dream with large, semi-double, creamy-yellow flowers on compact plants. Easy in sun, drought and disease tolerant. Attracts butterflies.
Ligustrum japonicum (ex. 'Rotundifolium')
These seedings of 'Rotundifolium' appear to be identical to their parent with stiffly upright branching and rounded, curled, whorled leaves. It makes a striking statement in sun or shade and is often found in Asian style gardens. White fall flowers in clusters are sweetly fragrant.
Liriope muscari 'Samantha'
This great CLUMPING liriope is an excellent evergreen plant for the landscape whether used individually or as an edging plant. Unlike other liriopes, this selection has spikes of pink flowers instead of the typical lavender. Great in sun or shade.
Lonicera ×heckrottii 'Gold Flame'
This moderate growing vine blooms over an extended period from late spring into fall on new growth. Pink flowers with creamy yellow interiors turning darker golden-orange with age attract butterflies and hummers. Perfect for a smaller pergola or fence or it can be pruned into a small shrub.
This native vine is a hummingbird magnet with clusters of long tubular flowers in spring and then sporadically the rest of the season. Flowers are red with yellow-orange interiors.
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'
yellow trumpet honeysuckle
This native vine is a hummingbird magnet with clusters of long tubular flowers in spring and then sporadically the rest of the season. Flowers on this selection are clear yellow.
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'
This selection of our native honeysuckle is perhaps the finest red flowering form available. The blue green foliage makes a great foil for the masses of tubular blossoms. This hummingbird magnet looks great on a trellis, fence, or arbor.
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Spg-3-002'
Ruby Snow™ white-flower, purple-leaf loropetalum
This has been much sought after ever since purple-leaf loropetalums hit the market. Deep burgundy foliage is highlighted by strappy-petalled, white flowers. Easy in almost any spot, color and flowering is best in sun. Take size predictions with a grain of salt. We have not been growing this plant very long at the JCRA.
Loropetalum chinense 'Shang-hi'
Purple Diamond® compact Chinese fringe-flower
Loropetalum are great landscape plants and this very dark leaf form is no exception. Mid-sized with brilliant flowers make it a real treat in the landscape. Best color and flowering is in full sun but it is very tolerant of low light conditions.
Magnolia laevifolia 'Inspiration'
This very upright, narrow form of shrubby michelia is the perfect plant for where a dense, mid-size evergreen shrub is needed as it only grows half as wide as it is tall. Fuzzy brown buds open to reveal creamy white fragrant flowers in spring.
Magnolia virginiana 'Mvhh'
Green Mile™ sweetbay magnolia
'Green Mile' is a selection of one of our native plants made by Alex Neubauer of Hidden Hollow Nursery (Tennessee). Its form is more upright and leaves are more dense than other sweetbays. White, fragrant flowers in summer are followed by red fruit. This low-maintenance, small tree is an addition to your landscape that you will enjoy for years.
Mahonia ×media 'Buckland'
We love this mahonia hybrid for its exceptional long flower spikes of fragrant gold winter flowers and its stately upright appearance. Grow in full sun or shade where it can either be allowed to grow tall and display the lovely, corky bark or cut the oldest stems to the ground every few years to keep it lower and bushier.
Nepeta 'Purple Haze'
We've been impressed with the performance of this catmint with fat spikes of purple flowers topping the low foliage in spring. It re-blooms some through the summer. This is definitely one of the most distinct and heavy flowering forms of catmint around.
This slow-growing species of Nolina will ultimately form a trunk but for many years it will be a ball of narrow, strappy foliage that provides a wonderful evergreen form and texture to the garden. Easy in sun and well-drained soil.
Among the most fragrant of all landscape plants is the sweet-olive a large evergreen shrub with white spring flowers. The scent floats on the wind and is a sure harbinger of spring. Blue-black olive-like fruit follow the flowers.
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki'
gold-dust holly tea-olive
A stunning showpiece for the garden, the holly-like foliage is heavily speckled with creamy white during the summer although new growth is tinted with pink - stunning. Fragrant white fall flowers are produced sporadically.
Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen'
This is one of the classic evergreen groundcovers for shady spots with whorls of glossy, jade green leaves atop upright stems.
Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata'
variegated Japanese pachysandra
This is one of the classic evergreen groundcovers for shady spots with whorls of white edged, jade green leaves atop upright stems.
Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'
common switch grass
This native grass selection is among the best-loved for its vertical accent of foliage and silvery-blue summer color which takes on red tints in fall. We think it a must have to mix into sunny flower beds.
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
common switch grass
A lovely native grass that emerges in spring green but the tips quickly turn red. Has a somewhat upright habit but can cascade more than some other species. Brilliant burgundy in fall. One of our absolute favorites.
Penstemon 'Dark Towers'
purple-leaf beard tongue
Sturdy stems hold burgundy leaves topped with good size lavender flowers. The foliage is exceptionally thick. This plant is head and shoulders above the older 'Husker Red'.
Iranian Jerusalem sage
This impressive Mediterranean perennial bears large leaves in a rosette at ground level before shooting up stems with progressively smaller leaves and accented by whorls of purple flowers. It is quite drought tolerant once established and prefers a well-drained spot. Dry seed heads are useful in flower arrangements.
Pieris japonica 'Katsura'
This lovely pieris boasts showy pink flowers in spring and new growth that is vivid red. Unlike some other pieris that flush red, this one will continue to put out new growth all summer long for a continuous display.
Pieris japonica 'Planow'
Mountain Snow™ Japanese pieris
This Japanese pieris was selected for its ease of growth in almost any conditions. Glossy, evergreen leaves are highlighted
in spring by masses of small white
bell-flowers hanging in long racemes.
Best in shade in a moist, well-drained soil.
Pinus densiflora 'Pendula'
weeping Japanese red pine
Stake this piece of living art to the desired height and then let it cascade down as an elegant tree or let it creep along the ground and over walls and slopes.
Pinus mugo 'Valley Cushion'
dwarf mugo pine
A dwarf mound of deep green unusually short (1" long) needles providing year-round interest and texture. The tiny new growth of whitish candles in spring look especially nice against the black-green older growth. It is a fine choice for a small urban garden, alpine or rock garden.
Pinus parviflora 'Gimborn's Ideal'
Japanese red pine
A dense, slow growing conifer with somewhat twisted, blue-green needles forming an upright pyramid with age. Very choice and tough
mid-size conifer. It is drought tolerant once established.
Pinus thunbergii 'Girard's Dwarf'
dwarf Japanese black pine
This exceptionally slow growing dwarf Japanese black pine makes an irregular mound to about 5' over time. It only grows about 4"-6" per year so there is little worry of it crowding its neighbors. It can be left to grow naturally or pruned artfully for a piece of living sculpture.
Pinus thunbergii 'Watnong'
dwarf Japanese black pine
This is one of several clones often lumped into the 'Yatsubusa' name which covers several different dwarf mounding Japanese black pines including 'Sayonara' and the popular 'Thunderhead'. Expect an irregular, low growing specimen, wider than tall, with dark forest green needles. Truly a beautiful and easy plant.
Needle-leaved totara is native to New Zealand and can reach up to 30' tall in its native habitat. Here, it is more of a shrub or small tree. Its leaves are straight, narrow, and needle pointed. They are green in shaded settings but yellow-green in open areas often turning orange-brown in winter.
This is a native evergreen fern that should be grown in any and all well-appointed shade garden. Deep green fronds stand upright through the summer, eventually mostly lying down flat in winter. The silvery, unfurling fiddle-heads are especially attractive in spring.
Beautiful deep green, shiny foliage helps brighten up a shady garden spot. Easy to grow in rich, moist, well-drained soil. This fern is semi-evergreen in Raleigh and a native of Japan and South Korea.
Punica granatum 'Wonderful'
This small pomegranate is one of the best fruiting forms for temperate gardens. It makes a 10' multi-stemmed, upright shrub with large, showy orange flowers in summer. The flowers give rise to medium-sized fruits which can be squeezed for juice or the tart seeds used in salads or as a super healthy snack.
This very rare native oak is often found as a small tree, occasionally shrubby but has the potential to grow to a medium-sized specimen. It is exceptionally drought tolerant and quite lovely.
Quercus greggii (La Siberica strain)
Mexican evergreen oak
This selection of oak was collected at high elevation in Mexico by JCRA friend Sean Hogan (Cistus Design Nursery). It forms very tough ,small trees bearing small, fuzzy, crinkled leaves. The silvery fuzz to the evergreen leaves is especially showy in spring as they emerge. It is very drought tolerant and has proven to be hardy in zone 7.
This hardy evergreen tree looks more like a Mediterranean olive tree than an oak. Native to the high regions of west Texas, it's exceptionally drought tolerant and surprisingly cold hardy. We've been very impressed with the beauty of the silver-backed leaves and easy performance of this southwestern oak.
A white oak from the southeastern US, 40-50 ' tall and wide. Russet, bronzy fall color, leaves are retained through most of the winter especially on young trees.
Rhaphiolepis indica 'Snow White'
This is a lovely dwarf evergreen shrub which makes a tidy mound of foliage absolutely smothered in spring with white flowers. Excellent as a single plant but even better planted en masse.
Rhaphiolepis indica 'Spg-3-003'
Redbird™ Indian hawthorn
A brand new introduction from the Southern Plant Group of the tried and true Indian hawthorn. This new selection makes a low, dense mound. New growth flushes out burgundy and spring flowers flush pink, turning white. We haven't tried this new selection yet, but we're excited to offer it.
Rhododendron 'Camilla's Blush'
Fragrant clusters of pink flowers top the tall stems on this deciduous suckering shrub. Often listed as a selection of the native R. canescens. Best in part shade, moist-well-drained, acidic spots.
Autumn Royalty™ Encore Azalea®
Encore™ azaleas are hard to beat with flowers in the spring, summer, and fall. These azaleas have BIG color and require little maintenance. Autumn Royalty™ has rich purple, single flowers that measure 3.5" across. Plant in well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Attracts butterflies.
Autumn Carnival™ Autumn Carnival™Encore Azalea®
One of the newer breeds of Encore azalea, this selection stays low and has masses of brilliant pink, semi-double flowers in spring and then again in fall. When not in flower, it is an attractive evergreen shrub good for woodlands and foundation plantings.
Exbury hybrid azalea
This represents perhaps the most well-known of all the Exbury azaleas. The bare winter stems are topped with fat buds which open in spring to form rounded clusters of vivid orange flowers that are truly breathtaking on a mature plant.
A compact growing evergreen azalea with masses of relatively large, late season
Rhododendron 'My Mary'
My oh my indeed! Brilliant yellow flowers with an orange throat adorn this deciduous azalea in spring. The butterflies will love the fragrant flowers almost as much as you will. Soft green foliage will help keep your shade garden cool in the summer.
Autumn Carnation™ Encore Azalea®
The Encore azaleas set the bar high in the azalea world with their repeat flowering habit. This selection bears showy double pink flowers for a new twist on these outstanding landscape plants.
Carla hybrid azalea
The Carla azaleas were developed here at NCSU and LSU to be especially adapted for high heat and humidity. Extra large, rose-red flowers make this one an outstanding landscape plant.
The "sacred lily of China" is an evergreen herbaceous perennial with lustrous, dark green leaves and red berries. It is a very special plant for that shady area in your garden.
Rohdea japonica 'Asian Valley'
variegated sacred lily
Good plant for borders or rock gardens. Also does well in mixed container gardens. This shade loving species spreads by rhizomes and has wide green leaves with silvery white edges. Prefers some shade and well drained soils.
Rohdea japonica 'Washit Aka Kuma'
variegated sacred lily
Tony Avent (Plant Delights) says, "The wide green foliage is highlighted by very large, pure white bands that often cover the entire leaf except for the dark green tips and leaf bases. The color patterning is strongest on the new foliage that emerges in June and July. In fall, the clumps are adorned with short stalks of large red berries."
Cape Diamond™ shrub climber rose
This rose is widely touted as one of the most disease resistant varieties to be found. Old-fashioned rounded and doubled flowers to 4" in diameter are carried in clusters and are spicily fragrant. Grow it s a tough shrub or train it as a climber along a fence or arbor.
Red Drift® groundcover rose
The Drift series of roses are low care spreading roses ideal for using as a tall ground-cover. This form bears showy red flowers.
Sunny Knock Out® shrub rose
From the ever popular Knock Out series is this great shrub with bright yellow, fragrant flowers which age to a creamy tone. Flowering continues all season and the disease resistance is exactly what you would expect from a Knock Out.
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
A rigidly upright rosemary with bright blue winter flowers. The leaves can be used for cooking or potpourri. This is considered one of the most cold hardy of all rosemarys.
A dwarf willow with velvety leaves and young stems. It is incredibly hardy (to zone 2!) but appears to grow fine in warmer climes. If happy, it makes a low mound of silvery foliage. Give it good drainage.
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
bicolor baby sage
"Hot Lips" is a beautiful shrubby salvia possessing flowers in shades of solid white, red and white bicolors, and solid red. Flower colors change with the spring and summer temperatures. Zone 7.
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Sarsid2'
Fragrant Mountain™ Himalayan sweet box
Fragrant Mountain™ sweetbox is a very uniform selection which grows tall enough to make an excellent shade replacement for Skimmia since it is more tolerant of varied conditions. Small, white fragrant flowers appear in spring above shiny, evergreen foliage. A fairly vigorous spreading groundcover for dry shade and it is DEER RESISTANT.
Perfect in the garden as a spreading perennial or small ground cover in shade or as a houseplant in a pot or hanging basket. Marbled leaves are topped by white flowers in late spring. An easy and reliable great garden plant.
Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium 'The Blues'
common little bluestem
This plant is an outstanding eastern native meadow species. Its leaves are a unique light blue coloring. Flowers in late summer are very erect fine-textured spikes. In fall, plants turn a showy coppery orange overall. This is one of the finest plants for repeating through a garden or planting in mass.
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'
The hottest new native grass on the market, this vertical accent plant has thick textured foliage that transitions from
green-blue to shades of reds, purples, and oranges in the fall. Great in tough soils and dry conditions.
Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'
Angelina ' is a brilliant, yellow-leaved stonecrop cultivar featuring spiky yellow leaves. Leaves turn reddish brown in winter. Easy to grow and forms a quick groundcover. Adds cheery color to containers, dry slopes, and flowering borders. Requires a well-drained soil.
This ferny evergreen perennial makes a slowly creeping mass for the woodland garden. It is exceptionally easy to grow and looks great weaving around hydrangeas, azaleas, and other woodland shrubs.
This little plant has spiky, flat, soft-textured leaves reminiscent of a miniature iris. It is topped in spring by lovely blue flowers. We received this plant without a name from a local nursery but are pretty sure it is our native
Spiraea japonica 'Smsjdg603'
Shazam™ Gold gold-leaf spiraea
This lovely low-growing shrub has gold foliage topped in summer by pink flowers over a very long period especially if old flower heads are removed. It is exceptionally easy in almost any sunny spot.
Spiraea japonica 'Smsjmc66'
Shazam™ Purple spiraea
This lovely low-growing shrub has purplish new growth topped in summer by rosy-pink flowers over a very long period especially if old flower heads are removed. It is exceptionally easy in almost any sunny spot.
Stokesia laevis 'Divinity'
white Stokes' aster
Stokes' aster is a prized garden perennial for its extra long lasting summer flowers. This form of one of our favorite native plants has pure white flowers over the deep green foliage.
Styrax americanus 'Baby Blue'
Our minds were blown when we saw this icy-blue foliaged form of our native snowbell. It makes a small tree, or more commonly a multi-stemmed shrub with sweet white fragrant flowers in spring. It is very tolerant of moist soils. We hope you are as excited by it as we are.
Bloomerang® re-blooming lilac
A selection of lilac that blooms in spring and again in fall. Small leaves on a small plant (4 '-5 ') make it easy to use. We were not impressed for the first couple of years but we've become converts and really love this plant.
Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim'
This is one of the best lilacs for the south where it has been grown for many years. It is compact and bears masses of fragrant lilac flowers in dense panicles at the tips of every branch. Fall foliage is often quite attractive as well.
Rhythm & Bloom™ re-blooming lilac
This lovely and heat tolerant lilac flowers heavily in spring with gorgeous, fragrant flowers. It is touted to flower again later in the season although we have not grown it yet in our trials.
Syringa vulgaris 'Elsdancer'
Tiny Dancer™ dwarf common lilac
This new lilac selection from noted plantsman John Elsley is a mildew resistant form that stays half the size of a typical common lilac. John says it performs well and flowers heavily in his South Carolina garden.
Tecoma stans var. angustata
This Texas native is not reliably hardy, but in a warm, protected spot, it makes an upright
shrub topped with tubular gold flowers continually until frost. We've found it will usually come back if mulched well and the winter is relatively mild. We've been growing this form for many years now.
Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire'
columnar American arborvitae
A dense column of deep green foliage makes this plant a striking accent or exclamation point in the landscape. Darker and smaller than 'Smargd' ('Emerald'). Great in containers as a young plant.
Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'
Emerald American arborvitae
The dark green foliage of the arborvitae makes an ideal focal point or screen in the garden where its columnar habit will never outgrow the space. A perfect replacement for hedging plants which have grown well beyond what their nursery tags said they would.
Tiarella cordifolia 'Running Tapestry'
This lovely form of our native foamflower makes a vigorous groundcover of serrate edged, pale green leaves centered with red speckling along the veins. Spikes of showy white spring flowers top the plants in spring. Perfect for a woodland or shady container.
Tradescantia [Andersoniana Group] 'Sweet Kate'
This well-behaved clumping spiderwort has the typical grassy foliage and blue flowers of its cousins but the resemblance ends there. The foliage is shocking gold which is especially nice against the flowers.
Tricyrtis formosana 'Spg-3-023'
Sunny Spirit™ toad lily
A new spreading toadlily with brightly gold margined foliage. In fall the cheery plants will be topped with purple-spotted, intricate flowers resembling little orchids. Toadlilies are must-haves for all shade gardens.
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Legacy'
A USDA bred blueberry especially noted for its semi-evergreen habit and heavy crops of fruit. The foliage turns brilliant orange and red and in mild winters will be retained until the new foliage emerges. The fruits were one of the best flavored selections in the USDA trials.
'O'Neal' is an excellent choice for the Southeast, since it requires fewer chilling hours to set fruit. As a bonus, it is self-fertile, so you do not need two different kinds of blueberry plants to set fruit. Fruit is very tasty and plants produce a good yield. With great fall color, what more could you want in a landscape plant?
Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade'
pink-fruited hybrid blueberry
This exceptionally vigorous blueberry makes a beautiful addition to the garden but has the added bonus of large, juicy, PINK blueberries (pinkberries?). Grow in sun and acid soils for best fruit set.
Viburnum awabuki 'Chindo'
A JC Raulston Arboretum selection with lustrous, waxy dark green leaves, 3"–7" long. White flowers on rounded cymose panicles in spring are followed by bright red fruit in large clusters later in the season. A fine choice for a hedge.
Viburnum ×burkwoodii 'Conoy'
Egolf hybrid viburnum
'Conoy' is an easily grown cultivar that should be a staple in any garden. It's perhaps the best of U.S. National Arboretum hybrid viburnums bred by the late Dr. Don Egolf. Selected for its dark green glossy leaves, dwarf stature, pink-red buds, and white flowers, it's a winner.
Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'
variegated Japanese viburnum
The glossy leaves of this easy-going plant are heavily and irregularly splashed with gold. White spring flowers are softly fragrant and are followed by showy red fruit. In winter, the creamy-yellow variegation turns pink and red.
Viburnum obovatum 'Raulston Hardy'
We think the world of this little guy that is similar to the fantastic dwarf 'Mrs Schiller's Delight'. This Raulston form is a bit more evergreen, mounded, and hardier. Makes a low semi-evergreen shrub with masses of white flowers in April with sporadic flowers from November through March.
Vitex agnus-castus 'Piivac-1'
Delta Blues™ chaste tree
This compact form of the gorgeous summer flowering chaste tree makes a small tree with palmately compound aromatic leaves and spikes of true blue flowers. Easy in any sunny soil.
Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek'
Gray-green, palmately compound leaves would make this small tree worth growing alone, but when it is topped in summer by long, erect spikes of blue flowers it is simply amazing. Butterflies love it and it adds color to the landscape when few other trees are flowering. Very drought and deer resistant.
Weigela florida 'Smwfms'
Midnight Shine™ purple-leaf weigela
A tidy little mounded spring flowering shrub with dark foliage and bright pink flowers. Very easy in any sunny spot.
Yucca gloriosa 'Lone Star'
Tony Avent has apparently said this fast growing reversion of Yucca 'Tiny Star' is the best green leaf yucca in his collection. The upright lance-shaped leaves make a tight symmetrical head. Vigorous and easy in the garden.
Yucca recurvifolia 'Gold Ribbons'
variegated curve-leaf yucca
This variegated form of the southeastern native yucca makes stems to about 6' tall with 2' strappy leaves that are bright gold with a green margin. In summer 3' spikes of large white flowers top the stems. Perfect for a well-drained spot in sun or light shade.