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Pollinator Magnet! I like the Buzz series of Butterfly Bushes because they give you the long lasting blooms and deliver them in a dwarf, manageable plant. What more can you ask for?
Butterfly Bush Hot Raspberry
Buddleia davidii 'BUZZ Hot Raspberry'
• Vibrant Raspberry pink flowers - long bloomer makes this a pollinator magnet
• Compact size 36” H x 30” W • Tolerant of most soil; full sun; will die back to ground each winter
• Not just the flowers, plant emits a honey fragrance that attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and many other beneficial pollinators to your garden
Photo by Creek Hill Nursery
I just think this plant would have made for a great country song title. Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
• A very unique flowering shade lover!
• Grows best in woodlands with humus rich will drained soil. Grows really well in our local sandy woodland beds.
• Very Deer Resistant
• Good to mulch each fall
• Best to avoid high winds
• Blooms late Spring 30 to 36 inch height and spread
Photo by Walter's Gardens Inc.
Folks sometimes ask me where to start? "I love perennials and want them in my landscape, but I'm too busy right now to fuss. What would you recommend?" My answer is the daylily. Very easy to grow, adaptable to most conditions, looks good all season, terrific colored blooms, and easy to dig and divide. Try planting a large bed of these choices. Enjoy!!
Daylily Desert Flame
Hemerocallis Desert Flame
• Set your garden ablaze with this fiery red/orange reblooming gem
• Taller Daylily with strong stems
• 36”H x 20” W
• This Daylily is a clumper – will not spread like other daylilies
• VERY easy to grow. Is drought tolerant, salt tolerant, can grow near walnut tree
• Prefers Full Sun, will tolerate partial sun. More sun, more and better flowers
Photo by Walters Gardens Inc.
This gal gives you the beautiful hydrangea panicles you would expect, but the oak leaf makes it a good looking shrub when not flowering. Very dependable. Not too large.
Ruby Slippers Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'
• Large coarse oak leaves makes this an outstanding hydrangea choice – wait. I love the large white to ruby red flowers
• Dwarf Oak Leaf 40” H x 40” W
• Prefers full sun to dabbled shade in consistently moist well-draining soil; best to mulch well and give it some winter wind protection
• Firm, upright stems hold panicles up to 9” long; blooms on OLD WOOD. Little pruning needed, but best to prune in fall just after flowering if needed
Photo by Spring Meadow Nursery
I'll be carrying this Proven Winners shrub this spring primarily due to it's dwarf size. Viburnums (sometimes called snowball bushes) are fantastic boarder/privacy shrubs - much like ninebarks. They can easily become a 6 foot x 6 foot shrub. This variety allows it to be planted near your home in a much more manageable size but still gives you those spice smelling snowball spring flowers.
Spice Baby Viburnum
Viburnumcarlesii 'Spice Baby'
• This is a dwarf of the popular Korean Spice – it’s size makes it a perfect fit in your landscape
• Spice smelling white spring flowers! • 42” H x 42” W
• Prefers moist well-draining soil in Sun to partial shade conditions
• Deer Resistant tough petite shrub
Photo by Proven Winners Inc.