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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.

 

Temple Bells Pieris, Lily of the Valley Bush, Andromeda

Pieris ryukyuensis 'Temple Bells', P. japonica

The large waterfall like clusters (racemes) of white, bell-shaped flowers that are produced in late winter and early spring and last for weeks, absolutely shine against the dark green foliage covering the upper and outer portions of this easy evergreen shrub. Temple Bells Pieris, Pieris japonica 'Temple Bells', is a small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a slow rate of growth. The glossy deep dark green ovate foliage that emerges in red to bronze shades and finally to medium green before deepening in color adding to this plants seasons of interest. This member of the Blueberry family, Ericaceae, is one of the more shade tolerant evergreens but it is perfectly happy in morning sun to filtered shade. Temple Bells Pieris will do best in a moist to average moist soil rich in organic matter, with average or better drainage and will happily grow anywhere that Azaleas, Camellias, and Japanese Maples thrive. It is more tolerant of calcareous soils than most members of this family, including in the midwest, but acidic soils are probably optimal. Provide an organic mulch and use slow release fertilizers that are labeled for acid loving plants. I pass by these shrubs in my mother's garden on the north side of her house twice a day and never tire of its welcome flowers during the dreary days of late winter when we are so ready for spring! Item# 1190

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, Part sun, Sun in N climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
US$14.99

Variegated Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'

Variegated Confederate Jasmine is a show off all year long with its nicely contrasting white to cream and rich green foliage. Late spring and early summer provide a show of sweetly fragrant, star-shaped, white flowers in loose clusters. A very low maintenance vine once well-established with a twining habit, although it is able to climb many of our southern pine species without any assistance. Item# 697.

Grows To: 30'H, 2'H as groundcover
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 33
US$14.99

Variegated Dwarf Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides radicans 'Variegata', G. radicans 'Variegata'

Creamy white is broadly splashed across the bluish-green foliage of this miniature growing dwarf Gardenia adding soft light to cool garden spaces. 2" highly fragrant, double white blooms are nearly lost among the variegation in summer. A hard to find selection of the popular Dwarf Gardenia. Item# 841

Grows To: 1-2'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: AM Sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$17.99
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Variegated Horned Gardenia

Gardenia cornuta variegata

The beautifully variegated foliage of this Gardenia make it a stand out. The rounded and often twisted rich dark green foliage is randomly streaked and splashed with cream and white creating a wonderful contrast. The plant is fairly upright and seems to be a dwarf to semi-dwarf making it a good choice for containers. Item# 9341.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Vibrant Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Vibrant'

The large 3-4" wide, funnel shaped, white flowers are neatly edged in a broad band of contrasting rich reddish-pink and seem to nearly glow against the foil of dark green, medium textured foliage. Flowering is in midspring attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Vibrant Evergreen Azalea, a Harris hybrid, is a rare dwarf with a dense and compact habit that lends itself to bonsai culture but is sure to be a low-maintenance conversation piece in the garden and landscape.  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# 12576

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 24
US$14.99

Vietchii Gardenia, Everblooming Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii'

With a dwarf habit and one of the longest blooming seasons of any Gardenia this is definitely a prized garden shrub or indoor plant. Produces an abundance of the highly fragrant, double white flowers are produced throughout much of the year when kept warm and in good health.  Item# 717

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

The medium to large mopheads are composed of deep blue to deep royal purple sterile florets that are edged in contrasting light blue to light lavender and are produced beginning in mid to late spring continuing into fall. Violet Crown Big Leaf Hydrangea is a vigorous yet compact plant with good branching habit and established plants can flower from summer to frost under good contidions. It is small enough to enjoy in medium to large containers as well as adding its vivid summer colors to the garden and landscape. Provide a moist, fertile, well-drained soil with shade during the hottest portion of the day in hot summer climates. Images courtesy of Star Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12815

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates

Watchet Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Watchet'

A Louisiana Super Plant selection! The large 3-4" wide, coral pink, funnel-shaped flowers are produced beginning in late spring with sporadic summer flowering and another nice show in fall with the flowers attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Watchet Azalea, an evergreen Satsuki type, has a neat and compact, densely branching, naturally rounded habit that lends itself to use in low-maintenance gardens and landscapes, including formal settings. Its small size also lends Watchet to use in bonsai as well as for low-maintenance container plants. Provide your evergreen Azaleas with a well-drained, average moist, humus rich, acid soil and topdress with an organic mulch for the best results. Item# 12575

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun

Wee Bit Giddy® Bigleaf Hydrangea (Dwarf Mophead, Repeat Flowering)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'SMNHML' PP32317, Can PBRAF

Large rounded clusters of flowers (sterile florets) in deep rosy pink or medium blue-purple, depending on your soil's acidity and the availibilty of aluminum, adorn the tidy compact well-branched plants with strong sturdy stems and dark green healthy foliage and are produced from summer to fall. Wee Bit Giddy® Bigleaf Hydrangea is a dwarf and compact, has good cold hardiness, and is a repeat flowering mophead that flowers both on this year's and last year's growth. Its tidy rounded, 2' high by 2 -1/2' wide size make it well suited for use in both containers and in gardens with limited space but it is no less useful in gardens and landscapes providing summer to fall color. As with other Bigleaf Hydrangeas, provide this Proven Winners® Color Choice® selection with a moist, well-drained, fertile soil in an area that receives morning sun with shade or filtered shade during the hottest portion of the day in areas with hot summer climates. In cooler climates Bigleaf Hydrangeas can tolerate full to mostly sunny sites. Some direct sunlight, preferably >4 hours per day, is needed for good bud and flower production. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners - www.provenwinners.com, all rights reserved. Item# 12911

 

Grows To: 2'H x 2-1/2'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Part sun, Full sun to Mostly sunny in cool summer climates
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 17
US$19.99

Large rounded clusters of flowers (sterile florets) in deeply saturated shades of rosy red or blue-purple, depending on your soil's acidity and the availibilty of aluminum, adorn the tidy compact well-branched plants with dark green healthy foliage from summer to fall. Wee Bit Grumpy® Bigleaf Hydrangea is a dwarf and compact, has good cold hardiness, and is a repeat flowering mophead that flowers both on this year's and last year's growth. Its tidy rounded, 2' high by 2 -1/2' wide size make it well suited for use in both containers and in gardens with limited space but it is no less useful in gardens and landscapes providing summer to fall color. As with other Bigleaf Hydrangeas, provide this Proven Winners® Color Choice® selection with a moist, well-drained, fertile soil in an area that receives morning sun with shade or filtered shade during the hottest portion of the day in areas with hot summer climates. In cooler climates Bigleaf Hydrangeas can tolerate full to mostly sunny sites. Some direct sunlight, preferably >4 hours per day, is needed for good bud and flower production. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners - www.provenwinners.com, all rights reserved. Item# 12910

 

Grows To: 2'H x 2-1/2'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Part sun, Full sun to Mostly sunny in cool summer climates
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 30
US$19.99

Woodlander's Blue Dusty Zenobia, Honeycup

Zenobia pulverulenta 'Woodlander's Blue', Andromeda cassinefolia

Grown mainly for it's beautiful silvery blue-green foliage, Woodlander's Blue Zenobia also produces large spikes of fragrant anise-scented, 3/8" wide, bell-shaped white flowers in spring and often golden, and sometimes even red and purple, fall color that may last well into winter. Excellent for mass plantings in moist acid soils that are well-drained. Item# 10154.

Grows To: 2-4'+H x 3-5'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Light shade

A rare and more robust Evergreen Chinese Hydrangea with larger leaves, thick sturdy stems, and larger individual flowers creating larger clusters of the unusual vivid blue blooms.  Easy to grow and an excellent choice for shaded gardens. Item # 9317.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, Filtered shade, Early AM sunlight
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$14.99
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Yellow Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine, Trader's Compass

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Lutea', (T. jasminoides 'Star of Toscane'?, T. jasminoides 'Mandianum'?)

Loose clusters of sweetly fragrant, creamy yellow, star shaped flowers are produced over a long period beginning in late spring and early summer on this vigorous and durable evergreen twining climber. This cultivar of Confederate Jasmine appears to flower a good deal longer than the more common white flowered selections. An excellent choice for arbors, trellises, and evergreen screening on a lattice work or fence. Confederate Jasmine can also be used as a deep groundcover that will grow to 12-24" high. Where not hardy they can be maintained as easy and low maintenance container specimens. This may be the same as Woodlander's 'Mandianum' which may yet be the 'Star of Toscane'. Item # 11020

Grows To: 30'H, 2'H as groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$14.99
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Temple Bells Pieris, Lily of the Valley Bush, Andromeda

Pieris ryukyuensis 'Temple Bells', P. japonica

The large waterfall like clusters (racemes) of white, bell-shaped flowers that are produced in late winter and early spring and last for weeks, absolutely shine against the dark green foliage covering the upper and outer portions of this easy evergreen shrub. Temple Bells Pieris, Pieris japonica 'Temple Bells', is a small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a slow rate of growth. The glossy deep dark green ovate foliage that emerges in red to bronze shades and finally to medium green before deepening in color adding to this plants seasons of interest. This member of the Blueberry family, Ericaceae, is one of the more shade tolerant evergreens but it is perfectly happy in morning sun to filtered shade. Temple Bells Pieris will do best in a moist to average moist soil rich in organic matter, with average or better drainage and will happily grow anywhere that Azaleas, Camellias, and Japanese Maples thrive. It is more tolerant of calcareous soils than most members of this family, including in the midwest, but acidic soils are probably optimal. Provide an organic mulch and use slow release fertilizers that are labeled for acid loving plants. I pass by these shrubs in my mother's garden on the north side of her house twice a day and never tire of its welcome flowers during the dreary days of late winter when we are so ready for spring! Item# 1190

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, Part sun, Sun in N climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
US$14.99

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