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From Us to “Yew”

YEW

Yew is a low-maintenance, upright evergreen shrub that will add color and height to any winter container. This multi-stemmed evergreen will provide brilliant green foliage all winter turning a more bluish-green come spring. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture making it a great accent feature. We especially love it paired with cool weather annuals like, Pansies and Dusty Miller and trailing Vinca.

Yew is so easy to maintain, performing well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water, so ensure that there is adequate drainage when planted in a container. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Enjoy this columnar-shaped thriller in containers to welcome guests this season.

Join us this Sunday at 2pm at our Winter Container Workshop. We'll show you how to assemble a truly porch-worthy holiday container featuring Yew, Pansies, Dusty Miller and Trailing Vinca. $50 per person. Cost includes plants, pot and instruction. Held at all locations.

Whipcord Arborvitae

This one make look a bit like Cousin It... but nope, it's actually Whipcord Arborvitae! A unique evergreen shrub that is a must-have with a most unusual shape and texture. We love its long, thick glossy tendrils and a distinctive cord-like texture. Gracefully arching downward, the cascading branches provide an interesting shape for the landscape. In the winter it will have a warm bronze hue. It is slow growing in a multi-branch globe shaped mound. Plant in full sun for top performance.

Try planting alone as a specimen plant, add to your landscape planted near perennials or annuals, or even plant in a container for your porch or patio. This beauty is also deer resistant.

True Blue

BLUE CHIFFON ALTHEA

These blues will make you happy! We love the newest Althea variety... Blue Chiffon, and we think you will too. Althea (sometimes called Rose of Sharon) is ideal if you have a sunny entrance way begging for the right shrub.This stunning variety features huge double blue flowers with lacy centers that blooms profusely from July through September, providing much needed color in the midsummer and fall garden. This deciduous shrub grows 8 to12 feet high with a spread of 4 to 6 feet in peak season. It is drought tolerant and loves the sun, but does just fine in part shade. Plant and prune into a hedge or simply place it in sunny spot for an explosion of beautiful blooms that are sure to provide you with many years of enjoyment!

There are lots of other varieties to choose from as well making the Althea shrub a versatile & beautiful choice for your summertime landscape. With an interesting choice of colors, this beautiful shrub is best known for it's large, showy flowers in single or double flower form that bloom all summer long. In white, red, mauve, violet or blue, you're sure to find the perfect variety for your garden.

Tip: Since Althea blooms on new wood each summer, this shrub is easily controlled and it's size can be maintained by cutting it back in late winter or early spring.

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