JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Hopleys'
Twist of Lime™ variegated glossy abelia
'Hopleys' will fill your garden with beautiful gold and cream variegated evergreen foliage which turns pink in autumn. Dainty pale pink flowers from July to October. A plant introduction from Hopleys Nursery, United Kingdom. Some leaves may drop depending on severity of the winter.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Mardi Gras'
variegated glossy abelia
Plant introduction from Hawksridge Farms, Hickory, N.C. In spring, the new foliage growth is pink. Leaves mature to green with white variegation and a tinge of pink. Covered with delightful small white flowers in summer and fall. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Minduo1'
Sunny Anniversary™ glossy abelia
Sunny Anniversary™ is a glossy abelia with a brand new flower color! Buttery yellow blossoms are flushed with soft orange and pink. It reblooms from summer to fall and the foliage is green. Great for attracting butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, but unappealing to nibbling deer.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Radiance'
variegated glossy abelia
New form of variegated abelia just released by Panoramic Farms, the NC nursery that also brought us 'Kaleidescope'. We expect it to be a similar grower with white leaves, red stems, and white flowers. Makes a compact mound, and is easily grown in almost any garden spot.
Abelia ×grandiflora 'Rika1'
Bronze Anniversary™ glossy abelia
Great compact plant for four-season interest in the landscape, border or containers. Colorful, bronze-golden variegated foliage matures to an attractive lime-gold as the season progresses. White flowers begin in spring and continue intermittently throughout the summer.
Pinky Bells™ large flowered dwarf abelia
Large, pendulous, lavender-pink flowers bloom from mid-summer to fall. This compact plant has some of the the largest flowers of any abelia! Reddish new growth, great fall color, and a tough constitution make this plant a winner.
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.
Acer palmatum 'Hefner's Red'
Developed right here in North Carolina, this Japanese maple can really take our heat and humidity. Great red spring color which deepens to purple as it ages. It holds its color well, even in the shade. Brilliant fall color caps off the season on this elegant small tree.
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
lion's-mane Japanese maple
A favorite of many, this Japanese maple is quite unusual and attractive. It grows slowly and is upright, with tufts of deep green foliage that hug each branch. Like a ferocious lion's fiery mane, fall colors are a vibrant golden-yellow, brushed with red orange. Adds a sculptural feel to the garden and makes a great container plant.
Acer palmatum 'Tsukasa Silhouette'
upright Japanese maple
We love this new Japanese maple cultivar that is extremely upright, vigorous and has simply brilliant red fall color. Perfect for any landscape, taking up only minimal space yet still offering superb ornamental features.
Acer pseudoplatanus Puget Pink Group
Puget pink group sycamore maple
Heronswood Nursery brings us this fine small, deciduous tree, so very attractive in spring with its salmon colored leaves. By summer, the leaves become mottled pinkish-green, eventually turning yellow with highlights of orange in fall.
Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala 'Flame'
'Flame' turns a brilliant, fiery red in autumn and is an easy to grow small tree. In spring small yellowish white flower clusters are followed by red, two-winged fruits (samaras) which often persist into late autumn or winter. Unlike most other maples, the flowers of Amur maple are fragrant.
California buckeye is native to California and southwest Oregon. Spring flowers are white with a pinkish tinge, fragrant, and occur in 4"–8" panicles. Typically, it drops leaves early, but the white branches make a beautiful silhouette and can nicely support flowering vines. Drought tolerant.
Midknight Blue® lily-of-the-Nile
An exciting introduction with deep blue-violet flowers that bloom from June to August. 'Midknight Blue' is cold hardy to Zone 6 (-10 F); all other varieties only to Zone 8 (10F). Lush strap-like foliage is bright green. Great for borders and containers.
Agave 'Crazy Horse'
This agave has become a real star at the JCRA. Broad, succulent leaves of shimmery blue with wavy edges tipped with dark spines make it a standout. It offsets readily forming a nice mass in a sunny, well-drained garden or a pot. Especially nice surrounded by soft grasses.
Agave lophantha 'Splendida'
One of the easiest agaves to grow in our area, this compact one spreads by underground rhizomes forming a beautiful mass of multiple crowns. Each dark green leaf has a central gold stripe. Native to the higher elevations of Mexico, it can withstand temperatures to 0°F.
Andropogon gerardii 'Lord Snowden's Big Blue'
Native to North America, this low maintenance species offers a lot for your landscape. Its attractive blue foliage stands tall in the warm seasons reaching nearly 6' when in flower. In winter it stands stately providing great dried flowers.
Anemone ×hybrida 'Königin Charlotte'
Queen Charlotte windflower
One of the best perennials for late season color. Large light pink, semi-double flowers are held on graceful stems. Flowers are long lasting and held above a clump of dark green foliage. Prefers rich, well-drained soil of consistent moisture. Spreads slowly by rhizomes.
What a truly excellent four season plant, flowering and fruiting during the fall and winter months with year-round glossy, evergreen foliage. White urn-shaped flowers in late fall through winter months followed by bright red, strawberry-like fruits.
Easy to grow Asian species of Jack in the Pulpit is perfect for your woodland garden. The leaf emerges with radial leaflets like an umbrella, each with a long drip tip. The pitcher-like flowers are deep purple and almost other-worldly and followed by bright red fruits.
Arundo donax 'Golden Chain'
golden giant reed
'Golden Chain' is a colorful, undemanding, specimen plant. This variety of giant reed is rare in the U.S., but you might spot it at the London Zoo or in an English garden. Its gorgeous, golden, variegated color remains constant in our hot summers.
This unusual South African asparagus makes an upright "broom" of airy, wiry foliage. It is great for adding texture to the garden or using in floral arrangements. Small red berries adorn the fine stems in fall. We think this plant makes a great garden performer.
A knockout plant when the large golden flowers open in late spring for an extended period. The bluish-green, grassy foliage is nice also, but the tall spikes of flowers are the main claim to fame. Easy to grow perennial, does best when planted in a relatively well-drained spot.
Aster ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki'
'Ezo Murasaki' is an outstanding Japanese selection of Asian aster. It has incredible medium-purple, frost-resistant fall flowers. Forms a low mat of foliage and spreads fairly quickly by underground stolons. Be prepared, because it will fill a large area (10' in 10 years) in your garden.
Astilbe chinensis 'Visions'
Astilbes are the mainstays of the shady garden. 'Visions ' is a compact cultivar with bronze-green leaves and upright panicles of raspberry flowers. Chinese astilbes have better sun and drought tolerance. For best results, plant in soils that are well-drained, moist, and organically rich.
Good plant for boarders or rock gardens. Also does well in mixed container gardens. This shade loving species spreads by rhizomes and has half-inch wide green leaves with silvery white edges. Prefers some shade and well drained soils.
Athyrium 'Lady In Red'
red lady fern
This striking selection from the New England Wildflower Society has unique, dark red stems. Each spring, there is a fresh flush of lacy new fronds. Lady ferns are slowing spreading (3' in about 5 years), dependable, and easy to grow garden plants.
Aucuba japonica 'Cecil-Alice'
A wonderful aucuba introduced by Plant Delights nursery. The copact shrub is heavily mottled and streaked with gold. The female plant supposedly has white fruits as well. A truly distinct form of aucuba. Japanese aucuba is one of the best evergreen shrubs for dry shade.
Aucuba japonica 'Pacman'
dwarf Japanese aucuba
A Plant Delights nursery introduction of a Paul James seedling. This compact male aucuba has rounded somewhat distorted leaf on a very tight mound. Japanese aucuba is one of the best evergreen shrubs for dry shade.
Baptisia 'Solar Flare'
Tall spikes of pea-like flowers open bright lemon-yellow then blush to orange tones as they mature – standing like dense, broad bouquets above blue-green foliage.
Berberis thunbergii 'Maria'
Sunjoy™ Gold Pillar upright golden Japanese barberry
Beautiful upright, columnar barberry with bright golden foliage and red new growth. Bright orange-red fall foliage is stunning. Requires no pruning and is proven to be burn resistant. Best used in shrub and perennial borders or as an accent in containers.
Berberis thunbergii 'Orange Rocket'
upright Japanese barberry
Distinctive upright growth habit, columnar when young becoming broader with age. Unusual rust-orange foliage is perfect for creating some hot color combinations—a designer's dream plant.
Brugmansia suaveolens 'Little Angel'
dwarf angel's trumpet
This dwarf angel's trumpet has enormous white, pendulous fragrant trumpet flowers in the summer.
Brunnera macrophylla 'Emerald Mist'
variegated Siberian bugloss
Brunneras are treasured for their shade tolerance and lovely flowers. "Emerald Mist' has an especially attractive silver pattern on its leaves, mounding habit, and baby blue forget-me-not type flowers.
Buddleja 'Asian Moon'
A new, full size butterfly bush that is completely sterile, elininating any unwanted seedling from popping up around the garden or elsewhere. Purple flowers still attract hordes of butterflies to the garden. The fragrant flowers top the 6' shrubs from early summer until frost.
Buddleja 'Ilv Oargus 2'
Inspired™ Violet butterfly-bush
New InSpired™ Violet is one of three colors of new seedless (noninvasive) buddlejas. In the summertime, fragrant dark purple flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Buddleja 'Ilv Oargus01'
Inspired™ White butterfly-bush
New InSpired™ White is one of three colors of new seedless (noninvasive) buddlejas. In summertime pure white, fragrant flowers are enjoyed by hummingbirds and butterflies and the gray-green foliage arches with blooms.
Buddleja 'Podaras #13'
Flutterby Petite™ Tutti Fruitti dwarf butterfly-bush
A butterfly bush that can also be used as a groundcover! Fragrant fuchsia-hot flowers bloom from early summer until frost. Drought and heat tolerant.
Buddleja 'Podaris #12'
Flutterby™ Flow Lavender dwarf butterfly-bush
Flutterby® Flow Lavender features bright lavender flowers from summer to frost, and a low-growing, spreading habit. Flutterby® varieties are sterile so they are not invasive in areas where reseeding of butterfly-bushes is a problem.
Buddleja 'Summer Frost'
Introduced by the JCRA from Denny Werner's breeding program, this gracefully arching shrub bears branched panicles of soft lavender flowers over cool, silvery foliage. A real winner.
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'
dwarf English boxwood
The classic English boxwood with a softly rounded outline. Perfect for foundation plantings but also one of the best evergreens for shade gardens.
Calamagrostis ×acutiflora 'Eldorado'
gold feather reed grass
Gold feather reed grass has variegation that is unmistakably golden and green. In addition, its stems maintain a honey hue. Elongated inflorescences top off the stems, which can reach six feet. It shares characteristics of one of the nursery world's all-time favorite grasses.
Callicarpa japonica 'Inagali'
variegated Japanese beautyberry
This lovely little variegated beautyberry was brought to us from plantsman Sean Hogan of Cistus Design Nursery. It has leaves heavily splashed and splotched with white which contrasts beautifully against the darker stems. We haven't seen berries yet, but are told they will be pale lilac.
Callicarpa 'Purple Pearls'
Distinctive pink flowers produce very large purple-violet berries for fall floral arrangements and for the birds. Leaves are often tinged with purple, adding long-lasting color to gardens. It's a hybrid between the popular C. dichotoma and the beautiful foliaged C. kwangtungensis.
This Australian native has unusual, bright red fuzzy looking flowers composed mostly of stamens. Leaves are narrow, leathery,with a distinctly citrus aroma. Performs best in a well-drained site.
Newly released, a sweetshrub with bright red magnolia-like flowers plus fragrance! Glossy foliage and flowers in both spring and fall make this a wonderful choice for a mixed shrub border. Thank NCSU's Dr. Tom Ranney for this triumph in sweetshrub breeding.
Camellia japonica 'April Remembered'
'April Remembered' is one of the new April Series of camellias that are noted for having excellent winter hardiness (to USDA Zone 6b). Cream to pink shaded, semi-double flowers flowers form over a long period. Plant is a vigorous upright grower with spreading branches.
Camellia japonica 'April Tryst'
'April Tryst' is one of the new April Series of camellias that are noted for having excellent winter hardiness (to USDA Zone 6b). Fragrant, red anemone-form flowers form over a long period. Plant is nicely shaped erect form and a medium growth rate. Fantastic!
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 japonica 'Grace Albritton'
'Grace Albritton' is a light white-pink formal double with a pink center and border. Flowers are miniature to small. Plants are vigorous and have upright growth.
Camellia japonica 'Kramer's Supreme'
Magnificent peony-like, rosy-red blooms of 'Kramer's Supreme' make a dazzling contrast with its glossy, dark evergreen leaves. Flowers are delightfully fragrant. This is an old favorite for the milder regions of the U.S.
Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Cameo'
'Nuccio's Cameo' has a long season of formal, double coral-pink flowers of outstanding beauty and quality. It is a well-branched and dense camellia with medium, bushy, upright growth. One of the best camellias around.
Camellia japonica 'Spring Awakening'
This very lovely Camellia Forest Nursery(Chapel Hill, N.C.) introduction adds tons of color to your garden in early spring. 'Spring Awakening' is such a very profuse bloomer that foliage can be hidden by small, double, pink flowers during the peak of bloom.
Camellia japonica 'Yours Truly'
Two plants for one! Both are potted in the same pot for a color double play. Enjoy spring flowers of 'Yours Truly' and fall flowers from 'Ashton's Ballet'. 'Yours Truly' are semi-double, pink streaked, bordered with white margins. October to December enjoy pink, double 'Ashton's Ballet'.
Camellia ×williamsii 'Taylor's Perfection'
'Taylor's Perfection' has large, semi-double, light-pink flowers from winter into spring. This large, rounded, evergreen shrub has upright, oval, glossy, medium-green leaves. The first Camellia × williamsii cultivars were developed by J. C. Williams of Caerhays Castle in Cornwall in the early 1920s.
This is a stunning lily for shadier conditions, with large, attractive heart-shaped leaves even in the years before they flower. Flowers are creamy white with a delightful fragrance, particularly in the evening, providing a fragrant background to an evening walk.
Cardiocrinum giganteum var. giganteum
giant Himalayan lily
This plant makes a huge statement in the garden with large heart shaped leaves in a large clump for several years. Once it decides it is going to flower, it will send up a stout stalk to 12' tall with big, thick-textured lilies. The main plant will die after flowering but will set plenty of offsets which start the process all over again.
Red Rooster™ Red leather-leaf sedge
Red Rooster™ brings texture to mixed plantings and keeps its color throughout the year, making it a fine addition the fall and winter landscape.Leaves are copper-bronze with a reddish cast, long, and fine-textured. It forms an attractive upright tuft that reaches 2 feet tall.
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 morrowii 'Silver Sceptre'
variegated Japanese sedge
Good plant for boarders or rock gardens. Also does well in mixed container gardens. This shade loving species spreads by rhizomes and has half-inch wide green leaves with silvery white edges. Prefers some shade and well drained soils.
Caryopteris ×clandonensis 'Summer Sorbet'
Bluebeard is a low-mounded, deciduous shrub that is valued for its aromatic foliage and late summer flowers which resemble clouds of blue smoke. 'Summer Sorbet ' is a variegated selection, noted for its green leaves with gold edging and its blue flowers in late summer.
This uncommon oak relative from China makes a lovely thick trunked tree ultimately to about 50' tall. The serrate evergreen leaves are quite attractive. The acorn-like fruits mature in their second year and are reportedly edible. Plant in protected spot or under high shade.
Marie Rose™ summer lilac
Finally, a hardy ceanothus with real pink flowers! Numerous rich pink flowers appear in mid-summer and again in early fall, followed by attractive red seed capsules. It is a compact plant with glossy foliage, great drought tolerance and is simply adored by butterflies.
Cedrus deodara 'Electra'
This mid-sized Deodar cedar makes a dense pyramidal plant with vivid, cool blue needles. The color will make a serious statement in the garden.
Cedrus deodara 'Feelin' Blue'
spreading Deodar cedar
A unique dwarf spreading evergreen with icy blue needles. This lowest of the dwarf Deodar cedars rarely develops a leader. A wonderful specimen for smaller spaces, rock gardens and containers.
Cedrus deodara 'Prostrate Beauty'
prostrate Deodar cedar
Glittering blue needles cover this conifer that stays low and spreads along the ground instead of forming a tree. Plant it as a groundcover or plant it in a container as a specimen.
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
purple-leaf eastern redbud
Redbuds in bloom are a true sign of spring! 'Forest Pansy' has heart-shaped, purple-red new leaves, which fade to purple-green during the summer. Splendid, rose-purple, pea-like flowers bloom on branches in spring, just before the leaves emerge. This small, deciduous, understory tree has a spreading, flat-to-rounded crown.
Cercis canadensis 'Jn2'
The Rising Sun™ gold-leaf eastern redbud
A new introduction from Tennessee with leaves that emerge gapricot 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.
Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls'
weeping eastern redbud
Introduced by former JCRA director Denny Werner, 'Ruby Falls' was selected for its attractive, purple-leaf color and weeping growth habit. Cheery lavender flowers are produced in abundance. Great as a specimen in the garden or in a large container.
Cercis chinensis 'Don Egolf'
seedless Chinese redbud
This redbud is a prolifically flowering but fruitless release from the US National Arboretum. In spring it is covered with vivid, rosy mauve flowers. The slow-growing, compact habit of 'Don Egolf' makes it an excellent choice for the smaller garden.
Chaenomeles 'Orange Storm'
Double Take™ hybrid flowering quince
A 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 'Pink Storm'
hybrid flowering quince
'Pink Storm ' is an early spring knockout, developed by Dr. Tom Ranney of NCSU's plant breeding program. Bold, double pink flowers (to 2" diameter) bloom profusely before the dark green leaves unfold in early spring. Also it is thornless and has an attractive broad-rounded form.
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.
Chaenomeles ×superba 'Jet Trail'
hybrid flowering quince
'Jet Trail ' has loads of white flowers with soft yellow centers in early spring and is very easy to grow. It's compact and somewhat wide-spreading. Birds are attracted to the apple-like, yellow fruits in the fall. Excellent choice for a specimen, informal hedge, bonsai, or cut flowers.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold'
golden fernspray Hinoki falsecypress
This conifer makes a broad cone of gold foliage. The fern-like fronds are brightest in full sun, changing to green wherever they are shaded.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lemon Twist'
golden threadleaf Hinoki falsecypress
A strangely beautiful specimen with brilliant lemon colored foliage, especially in winter, on a plant which twists and contorts while forming a small to medium sized upright shrub... that is very striking.
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 beside a door or in a pot.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdon'
dwarf Hinoki falsecypress
This a venerable selection of Hinoki falsecypress with gold foliage and a tidy rounded habit. It is one of the most reliable and easiest selections to grow.
This drought-tolerant native grass produces a multitude of oat-like seed heads in July and August. Flowers are connected to long stalks that rise above loose, mounding foliage. Found in woods, meadows, and wet areas of the southeast. Grows well in full sun or shade.
smooth sepalled rock rose
A lovely evergreen shrub for a sunny well-drained spot. The low mound of mid-green foliage is topped all summer long by single white flowers with a central boss of gold stamens.
Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love'
Producing over 1,000 highly scented, vibrantly colored blossoms, 'Sweet Summer Love' Clematis could become the most sought after Clematis of all! Like Autumn Blooming Clematis but blooms earlier and longer with flowers that start deep red, then mature to purple-red.
This cloud forest relative of our native clethra is a large tree in its native habitat, southern Mexico. We're not sure how hardy this plant will be, so plant in a protected spot and cross your fingers, or grow it in a pot and bring indoors in the winter. Big showy clusters of white flowers in summer.
Coreopsis 'Cosmic Eye'
A recent addition to the Big Bang™ Series, selected for compact, well-branched habit, long bloom period and gorgeous two-toned flowers. Bright yellow centers are accented by claret petals rimmed in golden yellow. Foliage remains clean through the growing season, blooming summer through autumn.
Big Bang™ dwarf coreopsis
All the same great qualities as 'Cosmic Eye' with a semi-double, golden yellow inflorescence. Medium green, lanceolate foliage remains clean and habit is compact. This selection is very easy to grow.
Cornus alba 'Regnzam'
Red Gnome™ compact redosier dogwood
A compact and dense red-twig dogwood with a uniform habit and brilliant winter stems. White spring flowers and burgundy fall color complete the show.
Cornus elliptica 'Elsbry'
Empress of China™ evergreen flowering dogwood
This vigorous evergreen dogwood is very heavy-blooming and fruiting. Flowers two to three weeks after Cornus kousa, and often on plants as young as two years old. It has great disease resistance and hardiness.
Cornus florida f. rubra
pink flowering dogwood
The popular pink form of our native flowering dogwood makes an excellent specimen in sunny and shaded gardens. Red fall fruit combine with burgundy autumn color for another spectacular season of interest.
Cornus florida subsp. urbiniana
Mexican flowering dogwood
Outstanding! In spring, flowers cover the tree, and look like Chinese lanterns with their 4 white bracts curved upward and fused at their tips. Mexican dogwood was introduced to us by our friends at Yucca Do Nursery. It was brought to the U.S. from northeastern Mexico back in the 1980s.
Cornus kousa 'Akatsuki'
red moon variegated dogwood
'Akatsuki' is rarely available and incredible. Selected as a sport on 'Satomi ' at Shibamichi Nursery in Japan. Foliage is white-variegated, but the flower bracts are irregularly specked with pink. May do best in partial shade or on a north facing slope to protect it from the worst of late afternoon summer heat.
Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea'
yellow twig dogwood
Outstanding characteristic of 'Flaviramea' is the bright yellow winter stems which are particularly showy. Tiny white flowers appear in late spring. In fall, birds enjoy the fruit and leaves become an attractive reddish-purple. Grows best in medium to moist conditions.
hybrid crinum lily
One of the most popular perennials in the South. Blooms all summer long with little care. Flowers are borne on leafless stalks, arising from a mound of aching strap-like leaves. It has huge lily-like trumpet flowers in summer, with an incredible afternoon and evening scent.
Crinum ×powellii 'Album'
white crinum lily
'Album' is a pure white form of crinum lily. Crinum lilies are one of the most popular perennials in the South. Bloom all summer long with little care. Flowers are borne on leafless stalks, arising from a mound of aching strap-like leaves.It has huge lily-like trumpet flowers in late summer, with an incredible afternoon and evening scent.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Chapel View'
Chapel View is a beautiful evergreen shrub with blue-green needles discovered from a witches' broom by Paul Jones, horticulturist, Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Its naturally compact habit forms an attractive, broad raindrop shaped outline. Color persists year-round. Nice!
Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans Nana'
This irregularly mounded form of Japanese cedar makes a tidy appearance in the garden with it's short branchlets of deep green. In the winter it will turn plummy purple.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Giokumo'
This slow growing form of Japanese cedar makes an upright shrub to 8' tall with bright green foliage. Excellent as a specimen or a low-care hedge.
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.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Gyokuryu'
The interesting irregular pyramidal habit creates a unique silhouette in the landscape. A slow growing conifer which will eventually grow to about 10'. The fresh green foliage color does not bronze during the winter like some other conifers.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Spg-3-014'
Dragon Prince™ compact Japanese-cedar
This small form of the excellent Japanese cedar is a brand new introduction making a tight mound to about 3' tall. This plant is proving to be an outstanding specimen for the southeast where it performs exceptionally.
Palm relative from southern Japan usually grown as a pot plant. Can survive in very protected areas, but will often lose all fronds. Grows in sun to shade, needs very well-drained soil with some organic matter for fertility. Makes a very attractive specimen.
Nothing has a fragrance like the sweet lemony scent of daphne flowers in February. Grow in shady spots with excellent drainage as excess water can lead to quick death.
Daphne odora 'Hewreb'
Rebecca™ variegated winter daphne
A daphne with wide creamy gold margins around each leaf. Pink buds open to pink-white flowers in winter which fill the garden with fragrance. Plant it in full sun to part shade in a well drained location.
Delosperma 'Eye Candy'
This cool new series of small-flowered ice plants comes to us from breeders in Japan. In late spring, bicolor flowers emerge carmine with a white center and mature to orange.
Fire Spinner™ blazing hot iceplant
Hardy ice plants are native to South Africa but are amazingly hardy in North America, provided they are grown in the sun and in very well-drained soil. Fire Spinner™ has stunning tri-colored flowers with a bright apricot perimeter, magenta at the base, and a white eye.
tufted hair grass
This small handsome grass with pleated foliage has a clean look in the garden. Does well in moist spots with light shade. Flowers emerge in May in shades from yellow to purple, and are showy well into the summer.
Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko'
dwarf slender deutzia
This dwarf deutzia has been a garden mainstay for quite a while, but is still one of our favorites. The fine texture, low growth habit, and masses of white flowers make it great for spacing among low perennials or as a mass in the garden. So easy even the horticulturally handicapped can grow it.
Spring Sensation™ deutzia
Initially bred for the cut-flower trade, 'Spring Sensation™ ' is a heavy bloomer from the ground to the very tips of the arching branches. A carefree shrub with dark green foliage and sprays of white flowers in spring.
Yuki Snowflake™ deutzia
New Yuki Snowflake™ deutzia is a very showy, compact shrub adorned in hundreds of tiny white, fragrant, star-shaped flowers in the spring. Red fall foliage adds color to autumn gardens. Excellent as a mass planting or in the border.
A low cushion of fine foliage topped in spring with fragrant flowers. The plant
can be somewhat short-lived so divide it regularly to keep it going in the garden.
For sun and well-drained soils.
Dianthus 'Devon Xera'
Fire Star™ hybrid sweet william
Vivid fire red flowers have a deeper crimson eye, making this a "saturated red bicolor". The evergreen, glaucous grey-green foliage provides a stark contrast for these shockingly bright flowers. Even more wonderful, they exude the spicy scent of cloves.
Dianthus 'Wp08 Mar05'
Early Bird™ Radiance Cheddar pink
True to its name, the new Early Bird™ series of Dianthus, flowers very early in spring. Radiance has crimson red, double, fragrant flowers and blue-green foliage. Enjoy Radiance as a fancy cut flower, in the border, or in a container.
Dianthus 'Wp10 Sab06'
Early Bird™ Chili Cheddar pink
True to its name, the new Early Bird™ series of Dianthus, flowers very early in spring. Chili has bold, double pink, fragrant flowers and blue-green foliage. Enjoy Chili as a fancy cut flower, in the border, or in a container.
Dianthus 'Wp10 Ven06'
Early Bird™ Frosty Cheddar pink
True to its name, the new Early Bird™ series of Dianthus, flowers very early in spring. Frosty has pure white, double, fragrant flowers and blue-green foliage. Enjoy Frosty as a fancy cut flower, in the border, or in a container.
In late spring through early summer, this evergreen shrub produces beautiful clusters of star shaped, blue flowers. The flowers emerge quite slowly from very attractive round buds of pale blue. Bright indigo-blue berries in the autumn can persist on the shrub for many months.
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.
Emerald Heights® hybrid isu
Distyliums are evergreen members of the witchhazel family and are very underused in Southern gardens. Emerald Heights® is an attractive dense and compact selection with an upright habit. Foliage is dark green and glossy. It has small reddish-maroon flowers in winter.
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.
Small deciduous shrub with nodding terminal clusters of very fragrant yellow flowers clothed with silky hairs. Blooms in winter. Plant in sun to shade in a site with moist, rich, well-drained soil.
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Gold Rush'
Few other shrubs generate the interest of this plant during winter and early spring. Stout, smooth branches hold white buds all winter before opening to reveal round clusters of white flowers with gold interiors. Large blue-green foliage follows. Vigorous and reliable selection.
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Snow Cream'
Good plant for boarders or rock gardens. Also does well in mixed container gardens. This shade loving species spreads by rhizomes and has half-inch wide green leaves with silvery white edges. Prefers some shade and well drained soils.
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee'
One of the best groundcovers for shade, even dry shade. Forms a canopy of green leaves with bronzy tones in spring and fall. Lavender flowers are held above the foliage in spring. Looks delicate, but it is tough.
Euonymus japonicus 'Ovatus Aureus'
golden Japanese euonymus
This evergreen shrub forms an upright mound with new growth emerging bright gold. As the foliage matures it becomes green with a gold edge. Winner of the coveted Award of Garden Merit in the UK.
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
A grass perfectly suited for edging borders or mass planting as a ground cover. It grows in tight, icy-blue tuffs that last well through the heat of summer. Buff colored flowers rise above foliage in summer on mature plants, creating eye-catching contrast.
Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'
This is perhaps the most reliable and widely grown edible fig in the southeastern US with large, sweet brown figs. The plants are attractive with a bold texture both in winter when the stout stems are on display and in summer when the huge, lobed foliage covers the plant.
Forsythia ×intermedia 'Spectabilis'
Avoid a dull spring next year with this showy forsythia in your landscape. Bright yellow flowers arrive each spring from this vigorous and easily grown shrub. Cutback after flowering.
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.
Once native to southern Georgia on the banks of the Altamaha River, but now considered extinct and only known in cultivation. Showy white flowers in summer to fall, often coinciding with rich scarlet fall color. Can be used in the landscape as a deciduous shrub or a small tree.
If you do not have this fine native tree on your property already, you certainly need one. The bark alone is reason enough, smooth and gray on young trees, becoming thick and fissured with age. Fall color is bright golden. Great habit for birds and shade for your landscape.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Buttons'
Lowering growing gardenia that is very fragrant and loves the heat! Enjoy an abundance of semi-double, white blooms all summer.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Crown Jewel'
A very reliable compact and cold hardy evergreen shrub with masses of double, extremely fragrant pure white flowers. Bred and selected here in North Carolina at Oakmont Nursery.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Fragrant Pathways'
This delicate little gardenia has fine, narrow foliage on a very low growing plant, generally staying under a foot tall. Lovely double flowers pack all the fragrant impact of a full size gardenia.
Gaura lindheimeri 'Walgaupf'
Pink Fountain wand flower
Open, airy masses of pink blooms from late spring until frost. Excellent in the perennial border or for use in patio containers.
Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita'
This very cold hardy form of our native Carolina jessamine has large golden flowers in spring and one of the very best aromas in southern gardens, competing easily with gardenias. Its vigor and evergreen foliage and make it ideal for covering fences and scrambling up arbors.
Gladiolus dalenii 'Halloweenie'
parrot beak gladiolus
Late flowering parrot beak gladiolus that has spectacular deep orange with yellow lip blossoms. A beautiful display from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Perfect as a cut flower for your Thanksgiving table!
Chinese coffee tree
Deciduous tree of exquisite texture and form, appearing almost tropical by the unique arrangement of its many small leaflets. Cousin to North America's Kentucky coffee tree and is one of the rarest trees. Almost extinct in China.
This unusual evergreen shrub, hakea, is native to eastern Australia. Easily grown, it does well in seasonally wet areas or to help control drainage. Gray-green leaves and creamy-white flower clusters attract birds and insects, who use it as a habitat and nectar source. Prune to promote branching.
Hemerocallis 'Diamond Anniversary'
This showy perennial has huge (6.5"), thick textured flowers in stunning melon-peach soft blended colors. It blooms in early summer on 30" scapes. Daylilies are some of the toughest perennials for the garden.
Hemerocallis 'Purple Magic'
A wonderful reblooming daylily with light purple flowers and a lemon yellow throat. The tall scapes stand above the foliage. Daylilies are some of the toughest perennials for the garden.
Hemerocallis 'Southern Summer'
A somewhat shorter daylily with salmony-orange flowers with a darker halo around a green eye. Expect a good rebloom on this early season bloomer. Daylilies are some of the toughest perennials for the garden.
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 (subshrub).
This daisy relative makes a woody-based subshrub with fine, needle-like foliage more reminiscent of a conifer than a flowering plant. The foliage is highly aromatic and is topped by golden flowers. Plant in sunny, well-drained spot.
hybrid coral bells
Springtime brings spikes of magenta flowers and medium green leaves with maroon veins. Foliage color gets even better in fall with colors ranging from green to yellows and pinks. Graceful flower spikes add a touch of class to flower arrangements.
Hibiscus syriacus 'Minspot'
Fiji First Editions™ rose-of-Sharon
Beautiful exotic islands come to mind from the colors and texture of its flowers. Semi-double, pink flowers, slowly fade to light pink and are attractive to butterflies. A splash of red colors the center. Bred and introduced by Minier Nursery in France.
Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'
The drinking gourd hosta has blue-green upright leaves that are cupped and puckered with a spread to 2'. In early summer, the clumps are topped with white flowers.
Hosta 'Broad Band'
World Premiere in 2012! 'Broad Band' has heart-shaped medium green leaves that have extra wide creamy yellow margins. It forms a medium to large very attractive mound in the garden. White flower scapes rise about 8" above the foliage.
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.
A large hosta to 2' tall with thick, bluish green leaves bordered widely with creamy gold. It makes a statement in the garden when the 40" tall flower spikes erupt in summer attracting hummingbirds to the shade garden.
Hosta 'Mayflower Moon'
You will feel simply elated when the chartreuse leaves of 'Mayflower Moon' turn bright yellow as the summer progresses. The rounded leaves have a very attractive crinkly texture. Forms a medium sized clump with spikes of purple flowers in summer.
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.
Blue green leaves with a cream center that extends down through the stem with white, bell shaped, early summer blooms. Selected by North Carolina's own Hawksridge Farms.
Hydrangea aspera 'Burgundy Bliss'
Large velvety leaves emerge deep burgundy on this showy flowering shrub. In cooler climates, the foliage retains this color but turns greenish in central NC. Large lacecap flower heads open from large buds in mid-summer. Different from your grandmother's hydrangeas.
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 'Masja'
A showy form of bigleaf hydrangea with massive flower heads in deep tones from pink to mauve. Best in a rich, moist soil.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra'
black-stem bigleaf hydrangea
Noteworthy for attractive blackish-purple color of its young stems, bright pink to blue hortensia blooms, and glossy dark green leaves. Soil pH affects flower color. A National Arboretum Selection obtained during 1985 expedition to Japan. Released to American nursery trade in 1993.
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 paniculata 'Le Vasterival'
First Editions® Great Star panicled hydrangea
This recent introduction from the celebrated woodland garden of Princess Sturdza in Normandy, France is unusual for its graceful display of large, starry blooms. It bears almost round clusters of creamy white flowers, up to 4 in wide, with wavy, elongated petals. With an upright, arching habit, this low-maintenance shrub has an elegant air worthy of its royal heritage.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lamb'
'Little Lamb' is an easy to grow, compact, hardy hydrangea with reliable flowering. Its flower petals are the smallest and most delicate of any hydrangea. Tight, but delicate, flower heads look like little lambs floating above the plant. Soil pH does not affect flower color.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Piihp-I'
Baby Lace™ dwarf panicled hydrangea
Baby Lace™ is a new dwarf, compact hydrangea that is perfect for the smaller garden. Flowers are white and are held upright on sturdy branches. Plants grow to 3.5 feet tall and wide in about five years.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ellen Huff'
Abundant, showy, upright, white flowers contrast beautifully against the green foliage. Fall color is outstanding, as the leaves turn burgundy, red, and orange. Enhances any combination of plants with its distinct foliage and stature, plus interesting dried flower heads.
Hypericum calycinum 'Nchc1'
Golden Rule™ St. John's wort
Golden Rule™ has colorful orange new growth and attractive yellow foliage. Yellow summer flowers are up to 2" across. It is an excellent ground covering subshrub for shady areas.
Hypericum galioides 'Brodie'
bedstraw St. John's-wort
Superb evergreen shrub with stunning golden-yellow flowers with puffball-like stamens. However, add to this mix, glossy, dark green, elongated leaves, combined with a spreading growth form, and you have a real winner.
shrubby St. Johnswort
A native of China, this compact shrub has golden flowers in summer and crimson fall color. It is incredibly drought and deer tolerant and is good choice for containers or mass plantings. Best grown in full sun to part shade.
Ilex crenata 'Dwarf Pagoda'
dwarf Japanese Holly
This beautiful, extremely dwarf Japanese holly was developed by Dr. Elwin Orton from Rutgers University, N.J. Grown for its distinctive form and tiny dark green leaves. It looks particularly good in a patio container, bonsai, or your rock garden.
Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
upright Japanese holly
Grow your own privacy screen! 'Sky Pencil' is an upright, tough, evergreen shrub that is outstanding for use as vertical accent, near entryways, or as a privacy screen. Planted in a large container, it makes an elegant formal appearance.
Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'
Nellie Stevens holly
The standard bearer as a broadleaf evergreen hedge. Dense, with an attractive conical form, but it can get very large without pruning. Can also be trained to grow as a small tree. Abundant amounts of berry-like bright red fruits ripen in fall and last all winter.
Illicium floridanum 'Shady Lady'
variegated Florida anise
Stunning variegated form of Florida anise, perfect for a woodland garden or an unused shady corner. Soft lavender-pink blooms in early spring and leaves with an intoxicating anise-like fragrance. Discovered and named by Tom Dodd and introduced through Carolina Nurseries.
Illicium mexicanum 'Aztec Fire'
This superior selection of Mexican anise is a noted for exceptional flowering. Found by J.C. Raulston and the Yucca Do Nursery explorers in northeastern Mexico. Flowers are larger and borne on longer stalks than the species making them more showy. Best grown in some shade.
Iris 'Grace Duhon'
This gorgeous iris was developed from a cross between 'Full Eclipse' and 'Ann Chowning'. Masses of deep, dark reddish-violet flowers with bright yellow signals bloom in late spring.
Iris 'King Creole'
Louisiana iris is hardy well beyond the border of it's name state. It has graceful, erect, narrow foliage and very showy flowers. Plant in any soil that stays moist or a hard to drain area of your garden. This form combines violet falls with yellow highlights and white standards.
Iris 'Starlight Starbright'
A clear bright white semi-double "cartwheel" bloom with yellow-green signals. Keep an eye out for some interesting variations of flower form on the same plant!
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.
Itea virginica 'Merlot'
One of the outstanding features of Virginia sweetspires is the burgundy color of their autumn leaves. Fragrant, white flowers on arching racemes during the early summer are a really nice bonus. 'Merlot' is more upright with compact branching and growth habit.
Itea virginica 'Shirley's Compact'
miniature Virginia sweetspire
A tiny witch's broom, congested enough to plant in a trough garden. Flowers aren 't too exciting, but the bun-shaped form is cool. It was discovered by Shirley Speight from the Biltmore Estate.
Juniperus communis 'Gold Cone'
gold-column common juniper
A beacon in the landscape, this outstanding upright form of juniper has gold new growth. 'Gold Cone' juniper will not outgrow its site quickly, since it has a moderately slow growth rate. It is hardy throughout North Carolina.
Juniperus horizontalis 'Wiltonii'
blue rug creeping juniper
The classic groundcover juniper with flttened sprays of silvery blue foliage. Great draping over the edge of a pot or creeping around other shrubs. Very drought tolerant.
Lagerstroemia 'Gamad I'
Cherry Dazzle™ compact crepe myrtle
'Cherry Dazzle ' is the first true red compact crapemyrtle. Shiny red buds open to dazzling, cherry red flowers and blooms from summer into fall. The emerging bronze leaves turn dark green and eventually turn orange-red-purple in autumn.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'
Dynamite® crepe myrtle
Cherry red flowers adorn this low maintenance beauty mid-summer through frost. Crimson leaves emerge in spring, changing to dark green, and then orange for great fall color. Drought tolerance and disease resistance highlight this crepe myrtle from breeder Carl Whitcomb.
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit III'
Pink Velour® crepe myrtle
Bright pink flowers adorn this low maintenance beauty mid-summer through frost. Wine-colored leaves emerge in spring, changing to dark green and then orange-brown in fall. Drought tolerance and disease resistance highlight this crepe myrtle from breeder Carl Whitcomb.
Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Gold Heart'
golden leaf bleeding heart
This golden form of the common bleeding heart is a fabulous addition to a shade garden. Radiant yellow foliage emerges from the ground in spring, followed by pink, heart-shaped flowers suspended on graceful, arching stems. Makes a great plant to use for contrast in the garden.
Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk'
Dark violet flower spikes are long flowering, starting in summer and continuing through fall. Ideal for border plantings, edges, or in small containers. 'Anouk' has evergreen foliage that tolerates drought, once it is established. This species is the best lavender for the southeast.
Leucothoe keiskei 'Royal Ruby'
A lovely Asian relative to our own native drooping leucothoe which grows to only about 2' tall by 3' wide. The leathery leaves emerge deep burgundy red all season before turning dark green for a 2-tone effect.
Year-round golden foliage and compact growth is perfect for making exciting combinations. Medium sized shrub can be clipped into any shape or allowed to grow naturally. Cut to the ground if it gets too large. This selection has never flowered or fruited so it is not invasive like some others.
Outstanding flowering vine for arbor or fence. The long tubular flowers, deep orange-red on the outside and paler orange inside are produced in masses in May and early June. This hybrid is a prolific bloomer, vigorous grower, and heat and cold tolerant. Hummingbirds will thank you too.
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Chang Nian Hong'
Ever Red™ purple-leaf loropetalum
Ever Red™ is a prolific bloomer with deep, vivid red fringe-like flowers. Leaves are evergreen and hold their dark burgundy color all summer long. A great plant that is deer resistant, disease resistant, and drought tolerant. The foliage and flower color is deeper than any other selection.
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Spg-3-017'
Garnet Fire™ purple-leaf Chinese fringe-flower
Red fringe-like flowers are incredible on this lower-growing (4'-5') Chinese fringe-flower. Leaves are evergreen and hold their dark burgundy color all summer long. A great plant that is deer resistant, disease resistant, and drought tolerant.
red spider lily
A champion in the garden for its clusters of brilliant red flowers held on leafless stalks in late summer to early autumn. Plant one bulb and it will come up year after year, dividing itself into additional bulbs. Strikingly beautiful and easy to grow. What more can you ask for?
Magnolia grandiflora 'Southern Charm'
Teddy Bear® Southern magnolia
'Southern Charm' is a superb small specimen tree or accent in the landscape. A very compact, grower with shiny, green leaves with a heavy reddish-brown felt beneath. Dotted with large 6"-8" fragrant, white flowers in the warm months.
This evergreen Asian species has handsome leaves like Magnolia virginiana and pink to white flowers in spring. It is a very rare and choice tree.
smiling forest michelia
Enjoy the intoxicating fragrance of pristine white flowers in late winter. Flowers are large (4"-6") and it has been described in bloom as "one of the greater surreal experiences of horticulture." Plant in a location that has protection from cold north winds.
Umbrella magnolia is a common native on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. Eye-catching, large, lime green leaves reach up to 2' long. Creamy white flowers have 6 to 9 tepals, and each flower is 6" to 10" across when open. Red fall fruit is very attractive.
Malus 'Ueb 3358-3'
Golden Treat™ columnar apple
Urban Apples® grow straight up, creating an elegant tree for small landscapes. Golden Treat™ is a sweet golden, normal size apple fruiting the first year planted. A choice of two varieties is required for cross pollination. Mature height 8-10' by 2' wide.
Malus 'Ueb 3812-2'
Tangy Green™ columnar apple
Urban Apples® grow straight up, creating an elegant tree for small landscapes . Tangy Green™ is bright green, normal size apple which fruits the first year planted. A choice of two varieties is required for cross pollination. Mature height 8'-10' by 2' wide.
One of few deciduous conifers, the dawn redwood can reach 80', but under the best conditions it will take 20 years to attain half that height. This ancient species has survived 100 million years on planet earth. Plant this tree in your garden and continue the legacy.
Monarda 'Petite Delight'
This is a great compact beebalm that works great especially when massed. The sweet but spicy fragrance is intoxicating and typically pretty deer resistant. Best in sun for lots of color in mid to late summer.
Native to central Texas this is an elegant, large-scale specimen grass, large enough for screening. It has a soft-texture and blue-green leaves and lacy autumn panicles. Makes a great alternative for pampas grass.
This is a truly aristocratic small tree or large shrub with lovely olive toned evergreen foliage. New growth in spring is covered in golden-orange shimmering hairs which just beg to be petted. Must be seen to be appreciated. Cheery yellow spring flowers give rise to blue-black fruit.
Nepeta 'Early Bird'
early bird catnip
Early blooming Nepeta with flowers starting in early spring and lasting up to six weeks! Gray-green, aromatic foliage and a compact habit, make it an excellent groundcover.
This is a lovely evergreen perennial or sub-shrub with flat, grey-green leaves and loads of early spring gold flowers. We've found this to be easy and showy in well-drained, sunny sites.
Paeonia 'Scarlett O'Hara'
This American Peony Society 2009 Award of Landscape Merit award winner is among the easiest to grow. Large, fragrant scarlet red flowers with gold stamens bloom in springtime. Attractive rich green leaves are compound and deeply lobed, persisting until frost.
Panicum virgatum 'Thundercloud'
Rising to 8 feet with an impressive crown of airy, open panicles, tall switchgrass makes a majestic presence in the landscape. Panicles persist into the winter, making a great addition to cut flower arrangements. Upright, blue-tinged foliage resists flopping, even under heavy winds.
Phlox subulata 'Red Wing'
The classic southern evergreen perennial which brightens spring landscapes. The fine evergreen foliage provides the perfect foil for the brilliant deep red-pink flowers. This is an easy and reliable native for sunny banks or shady nooks.
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Donna May'
Little Devil™ dwarf purple-leaf ninebark
This little mound of deep purple foliage makes a tidy shrub for the garden. Pink buds which open to white flowers are especially showy against the dark foliage. This is one of the nicest small, native shrubs for bringing color to the garden.
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Jefam'
Amber Jubilee® amber-leaf ninebark
Amber Jubilee® has beautiful foliage with glowing tones of orange, yellow, and gold. Clusters of white blooms are produced in spring and again in fall. Foliage becomes tinged with hints of red and purple in autumn.
Physostegia virginiana 'Pink Manners'
'Pink Manners' is adorned by tubular flowers in shades of pink-lavender from mid-summer–fall. This easy-to-grow native will not spread in the landscape aggressively like other forms. A great choice, with strong stems that do not require staking, and an upright, clump forming habit.
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.
Pinus thunbergii var. corticosa
cork-bark Japanese black pine
This small, picturesque pine is prized in Japanese landscapes and by bonsai artists. The slow growth and excessively thick, corky bark give the appearance of great age even on relatively young plants. This is a choice plant for the disciminating gardener.
This evergreen shrub is as lovely as it is tough. It has very narrow foliage on a large mounded shrub. The little bell-shaped flowers are deliciously fragrant. It can be allowed to grow as a large shrub or can be cut back after flowering each year to restrain the growth.
Platycladus orientalis 'Van Hoey Smith'
golden Oriental arborvitae
This oriental arborvitae is bright gold with green flecks making a spectacular specimen in the landscape. It makes an upright conical plant. Expect it to take about 2 years before it becomes dense but it is worth the wait.
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'
contorted hardy orange
Hardiest of all citrus trees with deep green stems and thorns on curled, contorted branches. White,deliciously fragrant flowers give rise to orange fruits slightly larger than a golf ball. Fruit is tart, but with plenty of sugar can be made into marmalade or perhaps used in a whiskey sour.
dwarf flowering almond
This is an old-fashioned multi-stemmed shrub loaded with cheery pale pink spring flowers on bare stems. It has graced gardens from the mid-Atlantic throughout the southeast for decades and continues to be a popular landscape plant.
Prunus persica 'NCSU Dwarf Double Red'
dwarf flowering peach
A dwarf peach with a nearly shocking display of carmine red flowers in spring. It is also a striking foliage plant, and its heavily budded coarse branches are of winter interest. It comes true from seed. Fruit are not table quality.
Upright deciduous conifer with the best color of any in this group. The conical form erupts in spring with soft, fresh, lime green foliage which gradually darkens somewhat as the season progresses. In fall, the foliage turns a glorious gold-orange, shining like a beacon.
Punica granatum 'Salavatski'
An exceptionally cold-hardy pomegranate with large pinkish-red fruit. The sweet-tart juice is refreshing and full of anti-oxidants. The crunchy seeds make a delightful snack or add crunch to salads. In the garden, the showy orange flowers add pop to the landscape and the fruit are attractive as they ripen. A tough and versatile shrub.
Overcup oaks are some of the most stately native specimens that can be planted in the garden. It resembles a white oak in many ways but does not grow as large.
Chinese evergreen oak
We love evergreen oaks and this is one of our favorites. This evergreen oak from China makes a very handsome round-headed tree. New growth emerges deep purple-black before turning dark green. A truly aristocratic small to medium sized tree.
northern red oak
One of our classic native woodland trees in the eastern Unites States. It forms a large tree and its acorns are beloved by wildlife. It will make a beautiful specimen over time with warm, russet-red tones in fall.
A tough, but lovely evergreen shrub with a rounded habit and showy white flowers in late spring to early summer. Best in sun and tolerant of dry soils once established.
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 Amethyst™ Encore Azalea®
Autumn Amethyst™ is the most cold hardy of the Encore® Azaleas. This repeat bloomer has dark pink, single form flowers in spring and fall with sporadic blossoms throughout the season. It has lustrous green foliage in summer and purple foliage in winter.
Rhododendron 'Delaware Valley White'
This is one of the classic white azaleas with a touch of green in the throat. The foliage retains a great look even over the winter. This reliable performer will add a touch of class to the garden.
Girard hybrid azalea
This lovely upright evergreen shrub has bright orange-red flared flowers that attract hummingbirds to the spring garden. Easy and reliable for the shade garden.
The cheery red spring flowers of this evergreen azalea have a slight purplish cast. The plant makes a lovely small shrub and retains nice foliage throughout the year.
Savannah Sunset™ repeat flowering azalea
One of the newest of the reblooming azaleas with lovely coral colored flowers appearing in spring and then throughout the summer and again in fall.
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.
Bloom-A-Thon® Red azalea
High summer temperatures don't stop these beauties from producing late summer and fall flowers. Large, red flowers start in April, rebloom in early July, continuing through fall until frost. Foliage is disease resistant and color excellent year-round.
Bloom-A-Thon® Pink Double azalea
High summer temperatures don't stop these beauties from producing late summer and fall flowers. Large, pink flowers start in April, rebloom in early July, and continue until frost. Foliage is disease resistant and color is excellent year-round.
Winchester Cathedral shrub rose
PWinchester Cathedral poduces masses of elegant flowers at regular intervals throughout the summer season. This is a very robust rose with a delicious and strong old rose fragrance. It is a sport of the beautiful 'Mary Rose'.
Sophy's Rose shrub rose
Rosette-shaped flowers have an attractive light red or deep pink color. There is a light tea fragrance. 'Sophy 's Rose ' forms an upright, bushy shrub with beautiful foliage. It is an excellent repeat-bloomer.
Easy Elegance® Day Dream shrub rose
This series of roses were bred to provide long season flowers on low maintenance plants. This low, mounding plant spreads wider than tall and makes a lovely dwarf shrub or can be trained along a low fence. Easy to grow in any sunny garden spot.
Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'
Lady Banks' rose
Clusters of small double primrose-yellow flowers open before most other roses. Be prepared with plenty of support and space for this very large climber. It has nearly thornless canes and disease free foliage.
Livin' Easy™ floribunda rose
A wonderful landscape rose, Livin' Easy™ will let you live a bit easier too with its low maintenance. Vigorous, low-growing, with huge clusters of large, double, colorful flowers and a nice fruity fragrance. Excellent flower production and good disease resistance make it a winner.
Coral Drift® groundcover rose
Incredible, vibrant coral-orange blooms cover this small mounding shrub starting in late spring. Flowers continue until to mid-fall. Drift® roses are a cross between full size groundcover roses and miniature roses. They are tough, disease resistant, and virtually maintenance free.
This large shrub or small tree is best grown as a cut back shrub so the brilliant orange-red stems can brighten the winter landscape. Fall color is bright gold. This quick growing plant is easy in any soils from dry to constantly wet.
big red sage
Once thought to be extinct in the wild, but rediscovered in a few locales in Texas during the 1980's. This tall sage has spikes of rosy-red flowers visited by hummingbirds in summer. Makes a dramatic presence in the garden and deserves to be more widely grown in gardens. Plant in well-drained soil.
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Sarsid1'
Fragrant Valley™ Himalayan sweet box
Fragrant Valley™ has a low, spreading habit with glossy deep green foliage. Sweetly scented white blooms tipped with pink appear in late winter. It's an excellent shade plant with much more vigor than other varieties of Sarcococca. Ideal for shady, dry sites, plus deer resistant.
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Sarsid2'
Fragrant Mountain™ Himalayan sweet box
Fragrant Mountain™ sweetbox is a very uniform selection from Canada 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 which 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.
Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'
'Butterfly Blue' pincushion flower is an international favorite. Over forty years ago Farplants (UK) grower, David Tristram, admired this exceptional plant in a garden in Ireland. Lacy lavender-blue, flowers bloom from late spring through early fall. Deadhead flowers for the best show.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Ivory Majik'
variegated false hydrangea vine
A bright new vine with leaves margined in pure white. White lacecap flowers bring even more white in mid-summer. This is one of the best vines for brightening a shady spot. This climber will cling on its own, clambering up trellises, walls, fences, or trees with ease.
Serissa japonica 'Sapporo'
Japanese snow rose
'Sapporo ' is a very cold hardy and compact selection of Japanese snow rose, and is a favorite of several JCRA staff members. It's an attractive, dense, evergreen shrub, with tons of little, white, funnel shaped flowers from spring to fall. Dark green leaves are held close to the stems.
Silene caroliniana subsp. wherryi 'Short and Sweet'
A great selection of our native catchfly growing only to about 6"-8". Bright pink flowers top the low plants for more than 6 weeks in the spring. Easy to grow in almost any soil or situation.
Wilson's Chinese false hazel
A rare and choice shrub closely related to witchhazel with attractive foliage and interesting greenish-yellow flowers followed by unusual beaked fruit. Gold fall color is lovely. This plant is considered as a near endangered species.
Spiraea japonica 'Galen'
Double Play® Artist Japanese spiraea
The Double Play spraeas combine bright new spring foliage and lovely summer flowers for season long color. This plant makes a tight mound with deep burgundy-purple new growth. The bright rose flowers follow in early summer and are attractive to butterflies and people alike. Easy in any garden setting.
Spiraea japonica 'Lemon Princess'
'Lemon Princess ' is a late spring flowering shrub with a compact, mounding habit that makes it a popular choice for gardens and shrub borders. Its bright-pink flower clusters flowers attract butterflies, and its bright golden-green leaves contribute both form and color.
Frost grass is a clumping grass known for flowers that shimmer when backlit by sun. As a specimen plant, in borders, or planted in mass, it provides a clean, interesting look. Foliage turns a beautiful deep purple-burgundy in fall. Great for areas with moist soil and light shade.
Stauntonia is a large vigorous evergreen vine with big bold handsome palmately compound leaves, edible fruit, and fragrant flowers. Origin is Korea and Japan.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
New England aster
A small bun of foliage growing to about 2' tall and topped in late summer with masses of purple flowers lasting into fall. This native aster is an easy perennial for any garden.
Tinkerbelle® dwarf lilac
A wonderful new dwarf lilac with wine-red buds that open to deep pink flowers with a pleasing spicy fragrance. Based on its parentage, it should be more heat tolerant than the common lilac. Makes a stunning specimen or can even be used as a hedge. Leaves show good mildew resistance.
Taxus cuspidata 'Dwarf Bright Gold'
gold-flush Japanese yew
'Dwarf Bright Gold' yew glows with brilliantly colored gold and green variegated foliage. Ferny foliage emerges yellow in spring, remains green through the winter months, and gives the plant its refined texture. Easy to grow as long as excessively hot and dry locations are avoided.
This is an attractive large, rounded shrub with grey,aromatic foliage. Blue-lavender, small flowers make a nice contrast. It's very drought tolerant and deer-proof. Performs best in well-drained sites. Been in cultivation for over 300 years.
Thuja plicata 'Roger's Aurea Sport'
golden western redcedar
This is a very unusual and beautiful, dwarf yellow form of Western arborvitae. Outer foliage is a bright golden yellow, turning to an attractive dark green on inner portions of the plant. In winter, it's a very attractive dark golden orange-bronze. Great as a specimen planting or in groups.
This shade tree is uncommonly grown in the US but makes an attractive tree with heart shaped leaves. The new foliage can be harvested and used in salads where they add a spicy flavor. The summer flowers are sweetly fragrant. Tea made from the flowers can be used to soothe coughs. The flowers also are prized by honeybees and other pollinators.
A lovely, mid-sized tree with a nearly perfect crown on mature plants. Heart-shaped foliage is soft green above and has silver hairs on the back. The 2-tone effect is especially nice when blown by a gentle breeze. Summer flowers are deliciously fragrant. Drought tolerant once established.
Vaccinium ashei 'Columbus'
'Columbus' is a southern type blueberry introduced in 2005 from NC State. A high yielding, superior flavored fruit, ripening a few days earlier than 'Powderblue'. Berry quality judged by many as the best with excellent keeping qualities. More than one rabbiteye variety must be planted to provide cross-pollination required for maximum yields.
Vaccinium ashei 'Powder Blue'
Blueberries are both great ornamental plants with lovely foliage which turns brilliant oranges and reds in fall, showy pink or white flowers, and of course edible fruits. This variety is one of the best performers in the south. Plant 2-3 different varieties for best fruit production.
Vaccinium ashei 'Premier'
'Premier' is an early season release from North Carolina State University with excellent fruit production. A great edible addition to your landscape with attractive spring flowers and orange and crimson foliage in the fall. More fruit is produced if more than 1 cultivar is planted.
Vaccinium ashei 'Tifblue'
Fruits are large, light blue, and ripen late in the season. The bush is vigorous and very productive. 'Tifblue' is more cold hardy than most rabbiteye blueberries varieties. More fruit is produced if more than 1 cultivar is planted. Beautiful flowers in spring add to its appeal as an edible landscape shrub.
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Flx-2'
Bountiful Blue® blueberry
This award winning selection has the bluest foliage of any blueberry! Pink-blushed white flowers produce a large crop of large, sweet, juicy berries each season. Full, yet compact, rounded habit is perfect for massing in the landscape or featuring in large containers. Self fertile but adding a pollenizer such as 'Sunshine Blue' will yield a more prolific harvest.
Vaccinium 'Sunshine Blue'
One of the best low-chill varieties for the south, this semi-dwarf selection is perfect for smaller gardens and ideal for large patio tubs. Blue-green foliage and showy hot pink to white flowers provide great ornamental value, followed by an abundant crop of great tasting fruit. Self fruitful, but yields best when planted with another variety.
'Nantucket' is a 2008 release from the U.S.National Arboretum 's breeding program. Selected for large, mildly fragrant, abundant flowers that cover it in spring, dark semi-evergreen leaves, and upright relatively compact form. The size is easily controlled by pruning after it finishes flowering.
Viburnum plicatum 'Popcorn'
Japanese snowball viburnum
A lovely evergreen shrub with showy pink buds all winter before opening to reveal fragrant clusters of small white flowers. Metallic blue berries follow the flowers in summer. A reliable and easy performer in the garden.
Weigela 'Praecox Variegata'
This winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit in England form a restrained mound of creamy-gold edged leaves with pink flowers. Hummingbirds are attracted to the tubular flowers as well. Very easy to grow in any sunny spot.
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'
'Amethyst Falls' is a great vine with intense blue flowers in spring. Being a cultivar of our native species, its growth rate is more restrained. It flowers later than the invasive Asian species, so flowers are rarely lost to frost. This plant is super adapted and disease resistant.
Oriental chain fern
A gracefully arching, clumping fern with bold fronds. Plantlets form along the frond margins and can be removed and planted or given to friends.
Zantedeschia 'Super Gem'
A small calla lily with many bright violet flowers over narrow green leaves. Best with plenty of summer moisture. Plants are only marginally hardy and bulbs can be lifted in fall and overwintered indoors.