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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.

 

Raspberry Perfection™ Abelia

Abelia chinensis 'Abesrpras' PP33516

The clusters of white blushed pink trumpet shaped flowers are held against a backdrop of long-lasting deep pink calyxes and a foil of dark green glossy foliage. Raspberry Perfection™ Abelia was selected for its neat, dense, rounded habit as well as for its deep green foliage, contrasting calyxes and flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds from summer to fall. 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 Raspberry Perfection™ Abelia with a full to mostly sunny position in most any well-drained soil for the best color and optimum flowering. Images courtesy of Star® Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12767

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Red Sprite Dwarf Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (a.k.a. 'Nana', 'Compacta', 'Macrocarpa')

Extra large, reportedly to nearly 1/2" in diameter, brilliant red berries literally cover up this dwarf and compact deciduous shrub throughout much of winter and may last into spring. Red Sprite Dwarf Winterberry Holly, a.k.a 'Nana', 'Compacta, and 'Macrocarpa', is a USDA release that won the 2010 Holly of the Year Award from the Holly Society of America. This adaptable native shrub drops its foliage early to better show of its display of colorful berries. It can be used en masse to great effect, as a low informal hedge, or as a specimen plant near the front of the garden or landscape. Red Sprite is even small enough to enjoy as a medium-sized container plant. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist acidic soil. Needs a male holly, of any species, for pollination that flowers at the same time. 'Southern Gentleman' and 'Apollo' are two males that are recommended. Item# 11887

Grows To: 3-5'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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Redneck Nation Alabama Witch Alder, Fothergilla

Fothergilla milleri 'Redneck Nation'

Dense bottlebrush-like flowers composed of fragrant frilly white to cream colored flowers are produced atop the tips of the bare stems in late winter or early spring. Redneck Nation Fothergilla or Witch Alder is a moderately dense growing small to medium sized deciduous suckering native shrub with showy gray-green and bronze new growth that matures to blue-green in summer and produces fall color in shades of red, orange, and yellow. This species is new to science as of 2020! The the cultivar name is in honor of its original discovery by botanist and naturalist Fred Nation in Baldwin County, Alabama and the species name honors Dr. Ron Miller. Provide an average moist, well-drained, acidic soil in full to partly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering. Redneck Nation Fothergilla can be used as a low growing and low maintenance informal hedge or as a specimen plant in the garden and landscape as well as in naturalistic settings. Flowers will be similar to those shown although this is an image of Mt. Airy Fothergilla. Item# 12165

 

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Reverend Ida Sasanqua, Red Shi-Shi Gashira Sasanqua

Camellia hiemalis 'Reverend Ida'

2-3" double rich near red flowers are born on this dwarf and compact evergreen shrub. An unusually small and compact growing Sasanqua Camellia whose habit it even more diminutive than its parent Shi-Shi Gashira. Excellent for small spaces, containers, or as a Bonsai specimen. Item# 3111.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Rosa's Blush Darrow's Dwarf Blueberry

Vaccinium darrowii 'Rosa's Blush'

Yes it fruits but it's fine textured evergreen foliage is fantastic! The bright pink new growth of spring matures to a dusty blue-green with hints of pink in summer, followed by deep purplish-blue in fall which deepens through winter. Clusters of 3/8" edible blue fruit that ripen in May-June, follow the light pink bell-shaped flowers of early spring. Rosa's Blush is grown mainly for its compact habit and beautifully colored, fine textured, ever-changing foliage as the berries ripen a few at the time over a long period. Pick the blue-black fruit once fully soft for the best flavor and like most blueberries a cross pollinator is required for the best fruit set. Item# 9206.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Rose Creek Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Rose Creek'

Glossy rich green new growth with pink overtones emerges in spring and matures to a glossy dark green in summer and returns to its colorful side in fall when it reverts to purple-green in fall and winter. Clusters of fragrant, 1/2'', white, bell shaped flowers are born from May to frost. A tough and durable evergreen shrub. An open pollinated seedling (along with 'Canyon Creek') of Abelia chinense and selected through Michael Dirr's breeding program at UGA. Compact habit. Item # 9196

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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2" glowing rose-pink saucer-shaped blooms are borne from spring to fall on this small shrub-like perennial. Rose Pavonia is a drought resistant Texas native that is exceptionally free flowering and adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions provided it has a well drained soil and 4 or more hours a day of sunlight. Item # 954

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Rosea Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Rosea'

Rich dark pink, double rose-like buds open to 2" wide fully double azalea blossoms that certainly resemble little roses. Rosea Azalea produces an abundance of flowers over an extended period in late spring on a medium to small growing evergreen. It has long been a favorite in our garden and seems to have been lost to the nursery trade and so we are excited to offer it and share its beauty again! Item# 10643.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Royal Purple Big Leaf Hydrangea (Mophead)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Royal Purple'

A compact hydrangea sporting large flower heads of rich purple to shades of magenta florets depending on soil ph. Royal Purple Big Leaf Hydrangea is still considered to be one of the darkest colored varieties around. It's compact habit lends it to confined spaces, smaller gardens and even container culture. Provide a humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil and grow it where it gets mid-day shade. Item# 629

Grows To: 4'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 52
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The dense medium-sized rounded mopheads to nearly 8" across are composed of rosy pink (in alkaline soils), purple (neutral soils), to deep blue (acidic soils) double sterile florets are produced beginning in late spring to early summer and continuing into fall. Ruby Blossom Bigleaf Hydrangea is a breakthrough in breeding resulting in this double, repeat flowering mophead Hydrangea with exceptional flower power! This deciduous shrub has a naturally compact rounded habit with deep green glossy foliage. The ability to flower on new wood versus old wood ensures that even in the hardest winters this new Hydrangea will still flower in the garden and landscape whereas some of the older Hydrangeas may freeze to the ground and not flower. This is a compact and densly branching deciduous shrub that grows to about as wide as high. As with other Bigleaf Hydrangeas provide 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# 12454

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 40
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Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

A 2020 Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit selection! A US National Arboretum introduction, Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea is designed to have a compact rounded form but with plenty of flower power producing loads of large, uniform elongated clusters of flowers that start out white, change to pink, and ultimately to a deep rosy pink. The beautiful velvety Oak-leaf like foliage is a rich medium green but deepens to purples and reds in fall. Images courtesy of the US National Arboretum website. Item# 10528.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 46
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San Antonio Red Hummingbird Bush, Flame Acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var wrightii 'San Antonio Red', A. quadrifidus

San Antonio Red is one of the reddest flowered Hummingbird Bushes producing rich red upward facing tubular flowers that are borne in spike-like clusters from summer to fall on this tough and durable Texas native. The Hummingbird Bush is a small deciduous shrub that loves the heat and sun. Quite drought tolerant once well established and it does prefer a well drained soil. An absolute Hummingbird magnet and its great for the butterflies too. Item# 10034.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Sassy Pink Confederate Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Sassy'

Just when you thought you had seen it all and then you encounter this rare form of Confederate Jasmine with its decidedly pink flowers and wonderful fragrance are produced over an extended period in spring! The rich dark green glossy foliage provides the perfect foil for the flowers and its evergreen too! A popular, and durable vine with a twining habit that is able to climb our southern pine species without any assistance. Requires minimal care once established. Item# 3038

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
Currently In Stock: 13
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Semmes' Hardy Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus 'Semmes Hardy'

Large deep red bottlebrush-like flowers are produced at the ends of the arching stems in spring and sporadically through summer on large established plants. Semmes' Hardy Bottlebrush was selected as much for its cold hardiness (large well-established plants have increased cold hardiness over young tender plants) as for its habit and flowering potential. Bronze tinged new growth follows the flush of spring flowers that are sure to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other garden beneficials. Semmes' Hardy Bottlebrush has a naturally compact and rounded 4-5' x 4-5' habit with somewhat arching evergreen branches. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11886

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade

Shi-Shi Gashira Sasanqua Camellia, Beni Kan Tsubaki Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia hiemalis 'Shi-Shi Gashira, C. h. 'Beni-Kan-Tsubaki, C. sasanqua 'Shi-Shi Gashira'

Shi-Shi Gashira Sasanqua is hands down one of the very best dwarf evergreen shrubs for the garden and landscape! It produces loads of 2-3" wide pink double flowers over an extended season beginning in October and the show can last well into December. This dwarf Sasanqua Camellia grows into a tidy 4' x 4' plant and has dark green glossy foliage. Sasanqua Camellias are much more tolerant of growing conditions than standard Japonica Camellias and can tolerate less than perfect soils and full sun to light shade conditions. Shi-Shi Gashira is a 2010 Louisiana Super Plant selection. Item# 639

Grows To: 4'H x 4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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An evergreen (semi-evergreen in cooler climates) mounding arching shrub or small vine producing clusters of deep yellow blooms. Typically the blooms do not open all at once, instead they open over a much longer period providing color from spring through summer. Showy Yellow Jasmine makes a great low evergreen groundcover or hedge once it is mature or allow it to grow up and cascade over a corner of a fence. It slow growth rate means that it will require minimal maintenance. Drought and pest resistant. Item # 10381.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Snow Girl™ Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides 'CP14ER789'

An exceptionally cold hardy and free flowering Gardenia, Snow Girl produces a big show of fragrant single flowers in early summer and continues to produce some flowers into late summer. This little beauty has deep green dainty foliage and a tight compact habit to help get her through the toughest of winters. Small enough to enjoy in containers or let this little gal perfume the summer garden and landscape. Item# 11121

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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Large pure white mopheads are borne in late spring and summer on this beautiful old favorite. The flowers of Sister Theresa change to green and often to red by fall. This Hydrangea is a good choice for an east or northern exposure, or any mostly shaded position as it does not tolerate full sun well. This has long been a favorite of ours where it's white flowers glow against its own rich dark green foliage and a bed of dark green English Ivy. Item# 10130.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Part shade, AM sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
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Solid Gold Dwarf Korean Forsythia, Green Stem Forsythia

Forsythia viridissima var koreana 'Solid Gold'

The bare winter stems are adorned with bright sunny yellow flowers in late winter and early spring attracting mainly bees as pollinators. Once the flowering season is finished this beautiful shrub is adorned with solid yellow foliage providing color until autumn when the foliage takes on purple tones until it falls away. The Solid Gold Dwarf Korean Forsythia, Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Solid Gold', is an Almost Eden introduction that we selected as a stable sport of the cultivar Ilwang. Ilwang was first shared with us by the late great nurseryman Sherwood Aikens of Minden, Louisiana. This is an easy to grow, low maintenance, compact growing deciduous shrub with an arching, fountaining habit growing wider than tall and maxing out at about 3-4'H x 4-5'W. Its golden foliage can tolerate full sun but may lighten some but this does not appear to affect the plant's vigor it. Provide a fertile soil with average or better drainage and average moisture. Item# 9742

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, *Mostly sunny, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot/ 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Masses of 2" wide starry white flowers with a green eye that shine against the deep green foliage are produced in spring with repeat flowering in summer and into fall. A dwarf hybrid developed by Dr. Tom Ranney at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, Star Flower Orion Anise Shrub or Illicium was selected not only for its showy white spring flowers and compact habit but also for its unique ability to repeat flower in summer and into fall. These adaptable evergreen shrubs are tolerant of moist to relatively dry shade as well as full sun conditions. Provide a moist to average moist soil until well-established. Illiciums are one the few shrubs that can be considered 'deer proof'. Foliage may be slightly yellowish to more of an olive green in full sun conditions whereas it is deeper green to almost blue-green in shade. Not a spice plant. Images courtesy of Star Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12002

Grows To: 3'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Light shade, Mostly sunny, Full sun

Star Flower Scorpio Red Anise

Illicium hybrid 'NCIH1' PP29939

The large dark maroonish-red starry flowers are produced multiple times per year beginning in early spring and are held against a foil of deep green foliage all on a compact plant. Star Flower Scorpio Anise was developed and introduced by Dr. Tom Raney at NCSU's Mountain Crop Improvement Lab for both its ability to flower throughout the growing season as well as a neat, naturally rounded bushy habit. Like its parent the Red Anise, Illicium floridanum, it will tolerate full sun but it seems to be at its best where it receives midday to afternoon shade in a moist to average moist, well-drained, fertile soil. Like most other species of Illicium, this is not a plant to be used as a spice even though the crushed foliage has the typical licorice or anise-like fragrance. Images courtesy of Dr. Tom Raney and NCSU MCIL, all rights reserved. Item# 12472

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Filtered shade, Deciduous shade, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Summer Sparkler Clethra, Summersweet, Sweet Pepper Bush

Clethra alnifolia 'NOVACLEEIN' PP27590

This Summersweet produces extra long, wavy spikes of fragrant white flowers that attract a variety of pollinators during summer. The white flowers of Summer Sparkler Clethra, previously offered as Einstein, contrast nicely with the deep green foliage on this compact selection of this easy to grow native shrub. Provide Clethras with a well-drained, moist to average moist soil with partial shade in hot summer climates. Tolerant of full sun in moist soils where summers are cooler. Images courtesy of Star Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11430

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, *Full sun in wet soils

Sunset Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Sunset'

Large red berries cover the bare stems of this native deciduous shrub beginning in fall and lasting throughout much of winter and possibly into spring. Sunset Winterberry Holly develops into a medium-sized well branched shrub with a an upright to vase-shaped habit when young broadening with age. The textured deep green foliage may provide some yellow fall color prior to leaf fall if grown in full sun. Winterberry Hollies are easy to grow adaptable shrubs that produce clusters of small white flowers in spring that provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators. Sunset Winterberry Holly is a female and so will need a male pollinator that flowers at the same time for maximum berry production. 'Southern Gentleman' and 'Apollo' are two males that are recommended. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist acidic soil. Item# 11888

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 8
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Sweet Fantasy Hydrangea boasts unusual bi-colored flowers composed of pink petals that are striped with deep rosy red in alkaline soils or with blue and deep blue in acid soils. It is exceptionally rare to see a Hydrangea with such beautifully variegated flowers! Sweet Fantasy Hydrangea has a naturally rounded habit and will prefer a moist, well-drained soil with shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 11416

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'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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Raspberry Perfection™ Abelia

Abelia chinensis 'Abesrpras' PP33516

The clusters of white blushed pink trumpet shaped flowers are held against a backdrop of long-lasting deep pink calyxes and a foil of dark green glossy foliage. Raspberry Perfection™ Abelia was selected for its neat, dense, rounded habit as well as for its deep green foliage, contrasting calyxes and flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds from summer to fall. 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 Raspberry Perfection™ Abelia with a full to mostly sunny position in most any well-drained soil for the best color and optimum flowering. Images courtesy of Star® Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12767

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
US$14.99

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