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Low Shrubs (to 4 feet high)

Evergreen and deciduous shrubs that generally stay below about 4 feet high without any pruning whatsoever or with only very minimal pruning. These plants are perfect where space is limited in the garden and landscape, as low hedges and accents, in front of or around larger shrubs and beneath trees and tree standards. Most of these small growing shrubs will make suitable long-lived low-maintenance medium-sized container specimens. Their smaller stature naturally lends many of these for use as Bonsai specimens.

 

Aglaia Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia hiemalis 'Aglaia'

Large fully double, rose form flowers in rich pink darkening to a near crimson center are produced over an extended period in fall. Aglaia is a compact growing Sasanqua Camellia with dark green foliage growing as wide as tall. Use as a hedge or en masse in the garden and landscape for a beautiful effect. A Green Nurseries introduction. Item# 11312

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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A compact and heavily flowering Mophead Hydrangea, the sterile florets of Akadama™ Hydrangea open deep pink in alkaline or neutral soils and a deep purple in acidic soils that contain Aluminum ions and darken as they age (click the "More Details and Growing Info" link or the image to learn more about Hydrangea flower color in relation to soil pH and Aluminum availibility). This is a compact growing Bigleaf Hydrangea with deep green disease resistant foliage that deepens into shades of purple during cool fall or spring weather.  Akadama™ Hydrangea's dense well-branching compact size lend it to use as a container plant as well as in gardens and landscapes of all sizes. As with other Bigleaf Hydrangeas provide Akadama with a moist, well-drained soil in an area that receives morning sun and shade during the hottest portion of the day. Images courtesy of Star® Roses and Plants, all rights reserved. Item# 12160

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates

All Summer Beauty Big Leaf Hydrangea (Mophead), French Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty'

All Summer Beauty is right! The large rounded clusters of pink, blue, or even purple flowers are born in spring as well as all summer as this Hydrangea produces flowers on new wood as well as old. Compact growth habit. Hydrangeas are easy to grow deciduous shrubs that prefer partly shaded areas of the garden with a rich, moist soil. Flower color is dependent on soil pH. Item# 9758.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates

Anna Mikkels Golden Variegated Fatshedera, Tree Ivy, Botanical Wonder

Fatshedera lizei 'Anna Mikkels', F. lizei medio-picta, F. lizei 'Lemon Lime', X Fatshedera lizei 'Annamieke'

Deep yellow is widely splashed across and along the edges of the rich green tropical foliage of this upright to semi-vine like evergreen shrub. Excellent for the shade garden or indoors.  Item # 421

Grows To: 2-6'H x 3-6'W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Early AM sun

Apple Perfection™ Abelia

Abelia hybrid '00-bc-47-7r' PPTBS

Deep apple-green glossy foliage adorns the dense rounded mound of stems and is topped by nectar rich, nicely contrasting white flowers that are subtended by bronze tinged calyxes. Apple Perfection™ Abelia was selected for its neat, dense, rounded habit as well as for its deep green foliage and clean white flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Abelias are evergreen to semi-evergreen shrubs renown for their toughness and adaptability and this selection is small enough to enjoy as a tidy container specimen as well as in formal and informal gardens and landscapes. Provide Apple Perfection™ Abelia with a full to mostly sunny position in most any well-drained soil for the best color and optimum flowering. Item# 12630

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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One of the most amazing Hydrangea's as each flower petal is slightly cupped producing a much different effect as the large, long lasting flower clusters of deep blue or pink emerge in late spring. A must for any Hydrangea lover and a beautiful cut flower! Ayesha is truly one of our favorites! According to Dr. Michael Dirr it may also be sold under the names Silver Slipper and Uzu Ajisai. item # 9379.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
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Baja Fairy Duster, Powderpuff

Calliandra californica

Deep orangey-red, up to 2" wide, mimosa-like blossoms are produced nearly every month of the year when grown under frost free conditions. The brilliantly colored flowers of the Baja Fairy Duster are rich with nectar and pollen attracting hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. It is reported that fairies like them too! The deep blue-green finely textured, nearly fern-like foliage is touch sensitive like the sensitive briar, if not quite as fast, and this one has no thorns. Considered to be one of the most cold hardy Powderpuffs, the Baja Fairy Duster develops into an informal fountaining shrub once mature that is nearly twice as wide as high. Moderately drought resistant once well established. This dwarf Powderpuff also makes a low maintenance container plant. Item# 838.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Blaumeise is considered by many to be one of the best of the Lacecap Hydrangeas producing very large flower clusters that are surrounded by some of the most deeply colored and themselves very large, showy sterile florets. In acidic soils the flowers are a deep royal blue and in alkaline soils the flowers are a dark rosy red. The foliage is large and shiny and is held on stout sturdy stems. The only drawback for this amazing Hydrangea cultivar is that it has limited cold hardiness and is will probably be best grown in zones 8 and warmer. An eastern or partially shaded southern exposure might be optimum even then. Item# 10731.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Empire™ Bluebeard, Spiraea, Caryopteris

Caryopteris x Blue Empire™ 'Elst01' PPAF

Boasting bigger blue and more beautiful whorled clusters of nectar rich tubular flowers in tall wands that extend well above the gray-green foliage and last for weeks in summer. Blue Empire™ Bluebeard or Caryopteris was selected for its noticeably larger and longer lasting clusters of flowers as well as for its nicely compact habit further highlighting the tall candles of flower clusters. In zones 5-6 Bluebeard tends to act more like a clump forming die-back perennial and becomes more shrub-like where winters are milder, although, it benefits from hard late winter or early spring pruning since it flowers on new growth. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established and prefers a sunny site in a well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 12248

Grows To: 30-40"H x 24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Blue Knight Butterfly Bush, Buddleia

Buddleja 'Blue Knight' PP28178

Large dense fragrant flower spikes to 12" long are composed of many hundreds of small orange-eyed flowers that open lavender and deepen to dark violet and indigo and are held atop a compact mound of blue-green foliage. The honey-mead like scented, nectar rich flowers of Blue Knight Butterfly Bush or Buddleia are adored by a host of pollinators and garden beneficials including butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and more! Provide a full to mostly sunny location in well-drained average moist soils for optimum health and flowering. Blue Knight is a Walter's Gardens introduction and is part of the Monarch® Butterfly Bush series. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11694

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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The widely flaring deep blue-purple fan shaped flowers open from tubular buds, and are very reminiscent of Scaevola or Half-Flower, open singly and in clusters held at the growing tips as well as in the leaf axils attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The 5-lobed flowers of Blue-Lips, Sclerochiton harveyanus, are produced most heavily throughout the warmer months of the year. This is a shade tolerant naturally spreading to scandent (vine-like) evergreen tropical shrub with rounded, glossy deep green foliage. Blue-Lips is considered to be frost resistant but not freeze tolerant and it is easily maintained as a shrub form for containers, including hanging baskets, in and around larger growing shade-loving tropicals in the garden as well as on a shaded porch or patio. Provide it with an average moist, acidic to neutral, well-drained soil in a site that receives at least some cool morning sunlight or filtered sunlight for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12268

Grows To: 2-6'H x 3-6'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Light shade

Brazilian Candles, Many Flowers, Red Pavonia

Pavonia multiflora, P. gledhillii, P. intermedia

Unusual fuchsia colored flowers with exerted purple stamens and pistil are produced throughout the year attracting hummingbirds along with occasional butterflies. Brazilian Candles, Pavonia multiflora, is an exceptionally free flowering, naturally evergreen tropical shrub with an upright to vase shaped growth habit and glossy dark green textured foliage. Provide a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. This rare tropical shrub is sure to be a conversation piece! Item # 544

Grows To: 4-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Buttons Gardenia

Gardenia 'Buttons' PP22429

Masses of 2" wide upward facing intensely fragrant flowers are composed of two neat rows of white petals that surround the golden anthers are produced in late spring or early summer. Buttons Gardenia develops into a densely branched small rounded evergreen shrub growing to about 1-1/2' high and wide. You can use this "cute as a button" Gardenia in a sunny garden or landscape but it is also small enough to be grown as a container plant. Gardenias will do best in a well-draining, moderately fertile to rich, acidic soil in a full to mostly sunny site. Images courtesy of Star Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11948

Grows To: 18-24"H x 30-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Buzz™ Velvet Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja davidii 'Tobud0703' (a.k.a. B. 'Buzz™ Velvet') PP23462

The orange-eyed, nectar rich, fragrant flowers open magenta and darken into purple shades as they age and are produced in dense conical spikes from spring to fall held against a foil of rich gray-green foliage on compact plants. Buzz™ Velvet Butterfly Bush or Buddleia was selected for its slightly smaller densely branching compact stature as well as its exceptional flower power and full-sized flower spikes. The Buzz series of Butterfly Bushes are small enough to be enjoyed as fragrant patio container plants where they can draw pollinators in close as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Plant Haven International, all rights reserved. Item# 12402

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Charm Red Big Leaf Hydrangea (Mophead)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Charm Red'

Dense, crowded clusters of intensely colored, serrated florets make up the medium to large, rounded deep reddish pink or intense blue-purple flower heads of this Big Leaf Hydrangea. Charm Red is an oldie but a goodie for those fortunate enough to live in mild winter climates as it is a little cold sensitive. In the northern portions of its range plant Charm Red on the east or a semi-shady southern location for additional protection for the flower buds. The plant itself is known to be hardy into zone 5 but it is best enjoyed in zones 8 and warmer or as a container plant. Item# 11125

Grows To: 4-5'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates

Cherry Explosion™ Bigleaf Hydrangea (Lacecap)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'McKay' PP28757

Big deep cherry red florets surround the smaller pink star shaped fertile flowers of this exceptionally cold hardy Hydrangea when grown in alkaline soils. In acid soils the colors tend toward lavender or purple hues. Cherry Explosion™ Hydrangea flowers on new wood and on seemingly every stem and thus extending its range into zone 4. Fall color ranges into deep burgundy on this compact naturally rounded growing Hydrangea. An exciting new introduction from McKay Nursery Company and Star Roses. Image courtesy of Star Roses, all rights reserved. Item# 11120

Grows To: 4'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
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Chestnut Burr Rose

Rosa roxburghii f. roxburghii

A relatively rare and uncommon heirloom species rose, the Chestnut Burr Rose produces very double, bright pink, cabbage-rose like, fragrant flowers over a fairly long period in summer. The delicate somewhat fine foliage and compact habit lend this rose to use in cottage garden settings. The unusual very prickly calyx and large prickly hips give the Chestnut Burr Rose its name. Easy, moderately disease resistant and reliable. Item# 362

Grows To: 3-6'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Chinsei Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Chinsei'

A very tiny azalea, with 1/4" long deep green rounded foliage and 1-2'' bright pink flowers in late spring. An excellent choice for bonsai. Item # 9505.

Grows To: 6''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Chinzan Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Chinzan'

Bright bubblegum pink 2" flowers contrast nicely with dark bronze green foliage of this dainty Azalea cultivar. Chinzan Evergreen Azalea develops into a low 2' high mound of evergreen foliage that spreads to about 3' wide. Excellent as an accent, a low evergreen border, and is considered to be a choice bonsai specimen. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Item# 10850

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Morning sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Light shade, *Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Masses of beautiful soft orange, 2" Camellia-like blossoms adorn this Quince in late-winter and early spring. Flowering Quince are easy to grow and long-lived deciduous shrubs with good drought tolerance once established. Cut stems of quince with well developed flower buds that are showing color can be brought indoors as cut flowers. Prune after flowering as Quince flower on old wood. Item# 9811.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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The Cityline® Paris Hydrangea produces deep rose colored mopheads (in alkaline soils) on compact plants with glossy disease-resistant foliage. The flowers (actually the large sterile florets) emerge with creamy centers edged in dark rose and mature to rich pink. Its exceptionally compact and well-branched habit lends this mophead Hydrangea to use as a container plant or near the front of the garden and landscape. In acid soils the flowers will lean toward rich blue to purple hues. Image courtesy of Proven Winners, www.provenwinners.com. Item# 11434

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates

The spikes of ball-shaped deep red-pink buds uncurl into deep rosy pink and cream flowers that may be produced throughout the year on mature plants and are sure to attract low-flying hummingbirds and some larger bees. Coastal Gem Grevillea is a very low growing nearly ground-hugging, evergreen, subtropical shrub that tops out at about 1' high and can reach 4-5' feet across at maturity. It makes an easy choice as an evergreen groundcover in tough situations where hardy or add it to rock and xeric gardens for a long-flowering specimen plant. Coastal Gem Grevillea is one of the few US hybrids and was developed at the University of California's Santa Cruz Arboretum and has proven to be cold hardy well into zone 8. It is tolerant of full sun to part sun conditions and needs little supplemental water once well-established in the garden and landscape. Grevilleas can be maintained as container plants where not hardy and the flowers make long-lasting cutflowers. Do not use phosphorous containing fertilizers, especially in soil-less potting mixes and soils low in Iron. Item# 12639

Grows To: 1'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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A broad stripe of contrasting sunny yellow runs down the center of each of the blue-green to green sword-shaped leaves creating a year round splash of color adding red, pink, and purple tinges in winter. Color Guard Yucca is a selection of the native Yucca filamentosa, or Adam's Needle, and develops into a low rounded mass of evergreen foliage on a deer, heat, and drought resistant plant eventually reaching about 2'H x 3'W. It may eventually produce small offsets colonizing the area under good conditions. This tough as nails plant makes a colorful, low-maintenance, reliable, evergreen addition to the garden and landscape and can also be used to good effect as low-maintenance and forgiving container specimens. Adam's Needle is found throughout much of the eastern and central US and as far west as Kansas and is common component in the Longleaf Pine understory. Provide a full sun to part sun site in average to well-drained soils. Item# 12628

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-5'W, flower stalks can reach 6-8'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Loose clusters of sweetly fragrant white, star shaped blooms are born in mass in late spring and early summer on this vigorous and durable evergreen twining climber. Well established plants can provide intermittent flowering through summer. An excellent choice for arbors. Can be grown as a deep dense groundcover. Item # 10364.

Grows To: 30'H, 2'H as groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Aglaia Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia hiemalis 'Aglaia'

Large fully double, rose form flowers in rich pink darkening to a near crimson center are produced over an extended period in fall. Aglaia is a compact growing Sasanqua Camellia with dark green foliage growing as wide as tall. Use as a hedge or en masse in the garden and landscape for a beautiful effect. A Green Nurseries introduction. Item# 11312

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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