There is a wide assortment of Deer Resistant Shrubs that you can add to your landscape. No matter what type of climate you live in you’ll find plenty of deer resistant hedges and deer resistant evergreens in this comprehensive list of deer resistant perennials.
Deer Resistant Shrubs
Abelia Kaleidoscope – (Buy Online)
Create instant visual interest on your property and from the curb with our Abelia Kaleidoscope (Abelia X grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’) shrub. This a low-growing, compact shrub features amazing variegated leaves. This shrub does extremely well in small gardens, as a border plant, hedge, or even in containers on your patio or porch. You’ll love the study in color from spring through fall.
This is a shrub that truly adds to the aesthetic appeal of your landscape or lawn. The attention-commanding show begins in the spring when leaves begin to appear on brilliant red stems, a contrast that really has to be seen to be believed. The foliage features lime green centers with a bit of yellow around the edges to create an unusual specimen that draws the eye instantly from the moment it comes into view. Unlike some less unique shrub varieties, the color of this handsome shrub doesn’t go away with the spring.
The color just gets more intense and mature as the seasons unfold and summer progresses. When summer days turn to fall, the Kaleidoscope’s colors (in true kaleidoscope style) evolve. The colors will darken into resplendent and magnificent autumn colors. What a show! Abelia Kaleidoscope has some additional features that are also sure to delight you. In late spring, cute little pink buds will cover your plant. These will later blossom into white flowers that will continue to bloom into autumn. In fact, Kaleidoscope is considered the longest bloomer of the Abelias.
Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum) is the shrub you need when you want a super-hardy, totally dependable, tough-as-nails, doesn’t care about the soil or light or air kind of shrub. Whether you plant this as a specimen or better yet, as a hedge, Alpine Currant will work for you.
It forms a thick shrub with branches all the way to ground level. In the fall, it drops its leaves without much fanfare, and in the spring it greens up again in the blink of an eye. Alpine Currant will occasionally set small currant-like fruit, but not consistently enough to consider it an asset. And they aren’t edible currants, so they taste pretty nasty to humans, but the birds go crazy for them should you get a crop. Alpine Currant is a landscaper’s standby for a carefree shrub you can count on to provide reliable green color spring through fall and is a must-have for those landscape spots where you could use something simple and dependable.
Amber Jubilee Ninebark Tree
Amber Jubilee Ninebark Tree – (Buy Online)
Few shrubs are easier to grow than Ninebark. This North American native can handle just about anything you can throw at it. Unless you’re planting in beach sand, it will grow in your soil. It can handle droughts and torrential rains, even wet feet by a stream. Animal pests? They turn up their noses and walk away. Talk about easy to grow! Nature Hills sells the tree form of Amber Jubilee Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Jefam’.
This great little tree is a veritable rainbow of colors all year round. In spring and summer the leaves are shades of orange, yellow and gold and sweet little spirea-like flowers come on in clusters. In the fall, the leaves transform to red and purple. In winter, though, is when this tree really shines. As the tree ages the bark begins to peel back and reveal beautiful strips in tones of reds, tans, browns, greens and grays. This is why these shrubs are called ‘ninebark’, because of the amazing shades found on the trunks in the winter when the leaves have fallen. Amber Jubilee Ninebark tree was bred in Canada and named for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. (She even planted a few herself!)
Annabelle Hydrangea – (Buy Online)
Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’) makes a showy display of pristine, white, enormous mophead flowers. Plant them near a high traffic area. You won’t want to miss a moment of this plant’s spectacular blooms. Annabelle Hydrangea was discovered in 1910 and remains one of the most popular landscape plants grown, with good reason. It can be grown over a wide range of hardiness zones, is easy and carefree, and produces the most incredible flower heads of sterile florets that can be a foot across. The flower display is really the best. Massive, white, round balls are held above the foliage and are showy from summer into winter.
Fresh new green stems will produce massive flowers by June. Enjoy the flowers in the landscape on the plant and steal some blooms as needed throughout the summer for bouquets. This is a dependable, proven performer that delivers spectacular blooms every single year. Dark-green foliage and sturdy stems are the perfect contrast for the pristine white flowers. Annabelle Hydrangea begins to create its stunning blooms in June and continue to be showy until it gets buried in snow. You’ll be thrilled by the dazzling display of elegant flowers throughout most of the year. You’ll look and hard to find another low maintenance flowering shrub that grows as easily. It flourishes all across the country in just about any soil. Use it throughout your landscape as a classy, structure plant.
Anthony Waterer Spirea
The painterly tones of Anthony Waterer Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’) develops flowers that start out with an intense shade of carmine red. As the blooms age, they mellow into a deep rose pink. Even the foliage displays incredible variation as it matures. There will always be something interesting happening on this dwarf shrub. Watch for butterflies! They adore these flat-topped blooms and no wonder.
The pretty blooms go on and on, all season long. Encourage them to develop faster for you by taking a few seconds to snip away the old blooms. Get yourself a special pair of garden pruning snips, and call it me-time. How nice to enjoy a bit of time outside, enjoying your plants. Be sure to include the blooms indoors, too. They make very special cut flower arrangements! The lovely flower display is a striking contrast against the beautiful foliage. Fresh new growth emerges very dark red. The foliage color matures to blue-green for summer. During most years in some areas, the plants can develop a deep burgundy fall color. This small plant adds a new dimension and color when planted in the foreground of shrub borders.
Arctic Fire® Dogwood
Arctic Fire® Dogwood – (Buy Online)
Arctic Fire® Dogwood is a Proven Winners® selection that is a true dwarf of this beloved native shrub.Because this superior cultivar stays smaller than other members of the dogwood species, you can use it throughout your landscape. And who doesn’t love the amazing bright red young stems peeking up out of a white cap of snow? The cut stems are highly desirable because of the deep, dark red stem color during the winter dormancy period.
Cut stems can be used to great effect in urns and pots outdoors for winter and holiday decorations. They can also be cut and used indoors for winter and holiday decor. These classic, natural decorations are always in style.Pretty white springtime flower clusters develop on last year’s stems. They bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Try them in cut flower arrangements indoors, adding a branch or two to your bouquet.
These native shrubs are very versatile. They can be planted in full sun or part shade. They tolerate just about any soil, including areas that stay damp. Try them in those challenging wet areas and watch them thrive.Attractive, dark green foliage looks great all season long. The white flowers develop into small white berries. You might not see them, as the local songbirds love to eat the berries. They will take just as soon as they ripen.As the leaves turn and fall in autumn, you (and the neighbors!) will start to notice the bright red stems that are left behind. The beautiful, dramatic color of the cut stems is extremely popular for winter decorations.
Arthur J. Simmonds Bluebeard
Arthur J. Simmonds Bluebeard – (Buy Online)
The Arthur J. Simmonds Bluebeard, Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Arthur J. Simmonds’, is perhaps the hardiest of Bluebeards! It displays powdery light blue flowers that are produced in late summer when few other shrubs bloom. This wonderful specimen is also often referred to as a “Blue Mist Spirea.” It makes a shapely rounded bush, and its light-colored lance-shaped leaves visually blur with the blue of the flowers. Before flowering, Arthur J. Simmonds makes a fine foliaged, formal shape that combines well with golden grasses. This is a relatively small shrub that will die back to the ground during the winter. It is suggested that this Bluebeard be cut back to the ground to enhance the production of new wood on which the flowers will be borne.
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry – (Buy Online)
The native Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry (Amelanchier grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’) is a versatile and popular shrubby tree. It goes by Shadbush, Juneberry, Sugarplum, and Wild-Plum. George Washington planted this species at his estate, Mount Vernon. You can grow it as either a multi-stemmed privacy shrub or prune it into a single-trunked ornamental tree. The long leaves are prized for gorgeous fall color, but people also love the succulent summer berries, which are commonly referred to as “Juneberries”.
In spring, you’ll appreciate the beautiful, puffy clusters of white flowers, which simply cover this tree. It’s a wonderful harbinger of the growing season! It’s no wonder that butterflies love this tree. Soon you’ll see the flowers give way to small green berries that gradually deepen into red, and finally turn a deep, rich purple in early summer. Serviceberries look like large, dark blueberries and they taste like almonds and blueberries got married in your mouth. Yum! You can eat these berries raw, or bake them in pies or cook them into delicious jams.
Blue Satin Rose of Sharon
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Blue Satin Rose of Sharon is a deciduous shrub with an outstanding ornamental appeal. It would be a stunning accent plant near your porch or patio. The ability to shape Rose of Sharon also makes it a prime candidate for hedges. Your Blue Satin is a vigorous, bloom-happy shrub. It not only gives you plenty of flowers but boasts the most beautiful coloring in the Hibiscus world. It just doesn’t know when to quit! Blue Satin has larger flowers and better color, with more branching. All of which contributes to it providing an all-around longer show in your yard.
You’ll love its huge 3-inch blooms. The magenta throats and ivory center of each flower complements the strong royal blue tone of the petals for a simply dazzling effect. The flowers are exceptionally uniform in color as well, so you won’t have any “washed out” end-of-season blooms with your Blue Satin. Blue Satin is a profuse bloomer that not only blooms late, but it sets new leaves out late as well…prolonging your enjoyment of its beauty in your yard.
Cheyenne Privet – (Buy Online)
Cheyenne Privet (Ligustrum vulgare ‘Cheyenne’) is particularly hardy. Can you guess where it was developed? It was developed in the harsh climate of Wyoming, so will thrive in Zones 4 – 8. This pretty plant can be formal, trimmed and shaped into geometric straight lines. Or, you can choose to grow them loose and full, without trimming. Either way, you’ll get a huge boost of privacy and a welcome feeling of security, order, and charm.
Everything about this shrub speaks of its strength. The branches are multi-stemmed, the complex structure adding durability. Its dark green, lance-shaped leaves adhere to stiff upright branches. The leaves are known to cling to the branches longer than most, so you’ll still have green color into early winter. Privet has been grown as a hedge for centuries. It’s easy to grow and has wonderful features. In spring, incredibly sweet white blooms flower from the prior year’s growth.
If plants are left untrimmed, they can perfume your whole landscape. Untrimmed plants will even produce berries and provide a secure nesting place for local songbirds. Use this in place of a fence, or to increase the height of existing fences. It can be used as a long, continuous row or plant one or two to strategically boost your privacy.
Concorde Barberry – (Buy Online)
Concorde Barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Concorde’) makes a perfect, tiny accent shrub. Deliciously dark purple foliage provides a dramatic contrast to the everyday, hum-drum green of other plants. Pretty, teardrop-shaped leaves emerge in spring bright red, then turn an amazing royal purple color for the summer. The leaves intensify into deep red in the fall. The nice, rounded shape stays small, and very rarely needs pruning.
There is always space for the natural dwarf Concorde in any landscape. The compact size is so easy to incorporate into your foundation planting or to edge a border. No need to worry about invasive seeds or fruits with Concorde Barberry. This selection does produce yellow spring flowers, but they mature into very few red berries that are not considered viable.Concorde Barberry is not considered invasive.
Cranberry Cotoneaster – (Buy Online)
If you need a beautifully reliable plant that covers lots of ground and adds interest in a tough area, try Cranberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus). You’ll gain so many ornamental features from a durable, rugged little deciduous shrub. These small plants feature pretty pink flowers in late spring. They’ll slowly transition to showy, small red cranberry-like fruits, which develop in summer and hang well into winter.
It’s covered in very glossy green, round leaves all summer long. Starting in fall, they’ll burnish into beautiful bronze hues of purples and reds to color the end of the season. Of course, those bright, red berries will make it a standout in your winter landscape! When fruiting, this shrub looks like it’s decorated for the holidays. These fruits add exceptional interest and beauty while attracting local birds that feast on the bright fruit.
You can rely on Cranberry Cotoneaster for year-round interest. Even the informal, spreading form itself delivers a visual impact. Small branches arch up from the crown and then drop down, adding a sense of motion. As the arching branches touch the ground, they’ll root and slowly spread to reach their mature size. These ground covering small shrubs are easy to grow and maintain. Perfect for low-maintenance landscapes, the hardy Cranberry Cotoneaster will be an anchor for your garden design.
Fine Line® Buckthorn
Fine Line® Buckthorn – (Buy Online)
Fine Line® Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula), is a vastly improved cultivar of Fernleaf Buckthorn from the Proven Winners® collection. Like a living exclamation point, Fine Line becomes a magnificent architectural accent. With a strongly upright habit, it easily draws the eye. Use it to spotlight special features of your home or outdoor entertainment area. You’ll appreciate the versatility of this tall, narrow, feathery deciduous plant.
Create privacy in areas where space is at a premium. Fine Line is a fantastic backdrop for any shrub border. The airy texture and formal habit makes it excellent as a Thriller in exterior containers. The narrow form is beautifully juxtaposed with soft, lacy, green foliage. Overall, it gives the impression of soft strength. It’s beautiful all season long. The color turns golden-yellow in fall in years when the cooler weather comes on slowly.Fine Line provides a high-end, designer look, but it is so hardy and easy to grow. This drought-tolerant plant even does well in either sun or part sun conditions. It also has few insect or disease problems. It’s also a deer resistant shrub, s deer tend to leave it alone.
First Editions® Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle
First Editions® Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle -(Buy Online)
Cool Splash of Color Cool Splash Honeysuckle is a deciduous shrub with ornamental features. Plant several for a small hedge along your garage or use a couple as foundation plants. These are especially lovely in a naturalized area on a hillside or rough location that needs some definition. Cool Splash Honeysuckle will soon become one of your favorite shrubs for its exquisite, variegated foliage. The 4-inch, ovate leaves feature dark green centers surrounded by yellow-tinted, creamy white margins.
It’s a lovely presence in any setting! Panicles of trumpet-shaped blooms appear in late spring/early summer, their brilliant yellow an elegant contrast against the showy red stems. Cool Splash will lend a lush, full appearance to your landscape, with foliage reaching all the way to the ground so no facer plants will be required. It is densely-branched, with a rounded habit and arching nature. Cool Splash is low maintenance so won’t require much of your time or effort, but is amenable to pruning if you so desire. You can plant it almost anywhere, but you’ll have the best foliage color in full sun. It’s reasonably long-lived, reaching an age of 20 years under optimal conditions.
First Editions® Tiger Eyes® Sumac
First Editions® Tiger Eyes® Sumac
Tiger Eyes® Sumac looks dramatic, but it actually really easy care. It can be used as a small tree or single stem plant in large garden containers. Plant it in a sunny back yard along the back of your perennial or mixed shrub beds. It will pop against evergreens or the cool blue tones of Russian Sage and Blue Shadow Fothergilla.Train it into a small single stem tree in the lawn by removing the lowest limbs back to the main trunk. Keep the lawn mowed all around it to maintain that tidy form. Otherwise, if you have space, let this beautiful plant do its thing! While not as aggressive as the wild Sumacs.
Frost Proof Gardenia
Frost Proof Gardenia – (Buy Online)
The Frost Proof Gardenia is a low maintenance Deer Resistant Shrub then, and it’s one of the most cold-hardy gardenias. It would be beautiful as a hedge or potted for a stunning patio plant. Traditional Gardenias are finicky and hard to grow. The Frost Proof Gardenia is an easy to grow gardenia with dark green, shiny leaves and large, snowy white blooms.
The Frost Proof Gardenia is an upright, dense, evergreen. It will flower abundantly from spring to fall so you can enjoy the intoxicating scent for months, and it’s deer resistance. Easily maintained to a compact size, it would be perfect in a decorative container for a patio or even a balcony. Allowed to grow to its full height of five feet, it could be the most fragrant hedge in the neighborhood. Finally, a flowering Gardenia is not only easy to grow, but it can be enjoyed by more homeowners in colder climates than ever before.
Golden Vicary Privet
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‘Golden Vicary’, is a large, hardy shrub with dense branches. They would make a great specimen shrub as well as borders, privacy screens & hedges. The Golden Vicary Privet is valued for its golden leaves that gleam in the sunlight. This lovely golden-leafed Privet has a vase-like or oval shape. Upright stems are covered with bright, golden leaves in full sun, light green in shade.
Aromatic, tubular-shaped, white flowers arrive in late spring. The flowers on the Golden Vicary Privet attract butterflies & other pollinators. Late spring and into summer the blooms change to small, dark, berry-like fruits. They add a layer of contrast against the bright foliage. The Golden Vicary Privet tolerates dry soil and looks its best when not pruned, although it can be pruned if it is being used as a hedge. Golden Vicary Privet prefers sun to partial shade.
Goldflame Spirea – (Buy Online)
Landscape designers love using the easy-care Goldflame Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Goldflame’) in their designs as a small, tidy accent. They know their clients expect a command performance throughout the season, and they don’t want muss or fuss to get it, either. Goldflame Spirea is a reliable knockout. This dense, upright, compact, mounded deciduous shrub features color throughout the growing season. It features a really welcome springtime show. As the small leaves emerge, they showcase shades of coppery orange, rust, and yellow. It’s such a treat for the eyes to see the vivid color after the long winter season.
Green Mountain Boxwood
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If you want an elegant evergreen shrub to provide year-round interest and structure in your landscape design, take a good look at adding Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) to your landscape. Green Mountain Pyramidal Boxwood has handsome foliage with reliable green color. The small, dark-green leaves hold their color well against the winter winds.With a distinct pyramidal shape, it will develop into a wonderfully upright, vertical accent in your yard. This unusual form is a standout feature and is quite unlike many of its Boxwood cousin varieties which tend to develop rounded and spreading growth forms.
Green Velvet Boxwood
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Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’) is a cold hardy, full-bodied Boxwood variety.First introduced by Sheridan Nursery in Canada, Green Velvet Boxwood is a hybrid that takes the best characteristics from its parents. You’ll love the rounded habit of English boxwood and the cold hardiness of Korean boxwood all rolled into one excellent selection!This shrub never needs pruning. It will grow into a naturally rounded shape. Now, on the other hand, if you want to shear it, or prune it – go right ahead. That’s the beauty of Boxwood, after all.This evergreen will perform for you in a formal garden setting, or in a more modern landscape to give structure all year long.
Kerria Golden Guinea
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The Golden Guinea Kerria, Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’, is also known as the Japanese Rose because it originated in China and Japan. It is also known as the Easter Rose because it blooms about Easter.It is a tough, upright, rounded shrub with arching branches that will brighten up your sun or shade border. It matures to an impressive shrub width and height and is absolutely covered in gleaming blooms! After blooming, it can be trimmed to any size.
The ‘Golden Guinea’ has golden yellow, globe-shaped flowers that are borne from April through May. It is a twiggy, deciduous shrub with dark green, double-toothed, corrugated foliage that carries impressive character.The interesting bright green stems stay green all winter long. It does not have any serious insect or disease problems making it worry-free as well. If grown in sun, it does prefer protection from the late afternoon sun, and will grow from full sun to full shade. Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’ can be used as an accent plant, en masse, as a hedge, as a privacy barrier, or in a small space. Easily grown in average garden soils making it an easy-going shrub that is widely adaptable.
Hardy Boxwood with Ornamental Features Korean Boxwood is a broadleaf evergreen shrub. These are often used massed or as a specimen plant in a formal garden. Just imagine a row of these lining your driveway as a stately welcome to your home! Your Korean Boxwood is a compact, mounded shrub with an open habit. You’ll likely miss the tiny, greenish-yellow flowers that appear in spring, but you’ll easily notice the fragrance they emit to draw pollinators to your yard. The 3/4-inch, ovate leaves range from a lovely light-green to medium-green shade, their dense nature providing a full, robust appearance.
The evergreen leaves shift to a yellow-brown to purplish in winter, a little added color for your autumn landscape. It doesn’t require special care but if you prefer, you can easily shape it into precise shapes. Deer and rabbit pose no problem for Korean Boxwood and it’s a deer resistant shrub and it’s relatively resistant to the major pests that usually bother Boxwoods. It’s not necessary to plant Korean Boxwood in a sheltered location, but it would prefer to have a protected spot from harsh winter winds. All in all, the Korean Boxwood is a hardy variety of Boxwood that will ask very little of you, yet provide an abundance of value.
Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire
Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire – (Buy Online)
You can rely on Little Henry Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Sprich’) to really boost the visual appeal. This dwarf ornamental shrub features fabulous early summer flowers and leaves that turn vivid oranges and reds in the fall. You’ll also love its easy-care nature! This improved Proven Winners® cultivar stays smaller and more compact than the native species and other varieties. It is also truly adaptive to a variety of growing conditions. Durable, cute Little Henry Sweetspire grows beautifully in full sun, partial sun or full shade. It can grow in both boggy ground, but can also handle periodic drought.Let it delight you and your guests with its fireworks profusion of whimsical blooms in early summer. Your local butterflies and hummingbirds will also adore the 6-inch long, sweetly drooping racemes of fragrant flowers.
Magic Carpet Spirea
Magic Carpet Spirea – (Buy Online)
Magic Carpet Spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’), is a colorful, rounded shrub that fits almost anywhere in the landscape. If you want a color show all season long, try this easy-care rounded plant. You’ll love how easy it is to grow this little shrub. This pretty shrub is actually one tough little plant. Perfect for experienced gardeners and total newbies alike. And the color is absolutely remarkable!In spring, new growth is soft burgundy and the foliage quickly brightens to vibrant lime green and is decorated with an amazing June flower display of pink flower clusters. Get ready to watch the butterflies dance over this welcome nectar source! Once that first big flush is done, shear the whole plant back by 1/3 with hedge clippers. Tidy homeowners will love this crisp, clean look. This minimal pruning task takes just a few minutes and will encourage a large rebloom later in the summer.
Orange Rocket Barberry
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Orange Rocket Barberry (Berberis thunbergii Orange Rocket’) has many features that make it an outstanding choice for several garden applications – especially in tough climatic conditions. With a classic, strongly columnar growth habit, Orange Rocket can be used as an accent or specimen to define your space. It grows to a nice height but stays narrow. Use multiples in a shorter hedge or foundation planting.
This Barberry is easy to squeeze into almost any landscape space you have. You’ll love the bright orange leaf color as the new leaves emerge in spring. The first season’s leaves come on a pale, sweet apricot that ages into a deeper coral and finally into a brick red. Yes, all those hues are on the same plant at the same time! Orange Rocket Barberry is very showy.
As nights start getting cool, the fall foliage becomes a brilliant ruby red that lasts a long time. We swear, Orange Rocket Barberry looks and acts like an exclamation point!Use this easy-care shrub in garden containers. You can try them around the pool deck or punctuating your patio.Place one near that special work of garden art to call attention to it. Use Orange Rocket Barberry near your front entrance to boost your home’s curb appeal.
The Red Chokeberry is a deciduous shrub that typically grows to 10 feet tall and is perhaps most noted for its attractive glossy red berries and red fall foliage color. Clusters of white to pinkish flowers appear in spring. Flowers are followed by abundant glossy red 3/8″ diameter fruit which appears in dense clusters along the branches. The fruit ripens in late summer and persist throughout fall and well into winter. Best fruit production usually occurs in full sun. The glossy, dark green turns bright red in autumn.
‘Brilliantissima’ primarily differs from the species by being more compact, producing more lustrous foliage with superior red fall color, and producing larger, glossier, and more abundant fruit. It would be beautiful in a natural area, and stunning as a hedge. Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It has a wide range of soil tolerance, including boggy soils.
Rose Glow Barberry
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The Rose Glow Barberry is that rare triple threat in your landscape. Its color, ease to grow and usefulness is unmatched. This shrub is a show stopper for its stunning color. It has variegated leaves of purple, pink and rose shades. The more sun it gets, the more vibrant it appears, so choose your site accordingly. It can tolerate some shade but its color will be very different, tending toward green with pink and red accents. The sharp color stands out in the landscape even though it is deciduous, the leaves will fall off for the winter but the colors remain.
The Rose Glow Barberry is a breeze to grow, too. Once established, it is tough as nails – a foolproof plant to manage. It can stand on its own as a beautiful specimen plant. It also makes a striking grouping when planting in drifts or as a hedge. It can be left to grow as a thorny shrub or pruned to tidy it up. As beautiful as these Barberry’s are, they hide a sharp little secret. Quarter-inch thorns line the branches – a painful surprise to trespassers when planted as a barrier hedge or under a window.
Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) is a staple in just about all geographical locations. They are absolutely beautiful additions to any garden and are sure to brighten up any afternoon with the colorful birds the berries will attract. Smooth Sumac is a deciduous shrub that has short, crooked, trunks with charming, dark green leaves laid out in a symmetrical pattern along the branches. Interspersed throughout the bush are cones of petite red berries that add a wonderful splash of color.
The interest doesn’t end there though, as Fall takes hold, this bush will turn a stunning shade of red to add a second season of color! You’ll love the brilliant look of the Smooth Sumac as it transitions from green to scarlet in your garden! This plant has many uses, some dating back hundreds of years! Native Americans would collect young sprouts and use them as salads. Nowadays, the berries are more widely used than the plant itself as they can be chewed on to quench thirst or prepared as a drink similar to lemonade!
The Spirea ‘Tor’, Spiraea betuliflia ‘Tor’, is a compact Spirea. Its tiny white flower clusters are set against a backdrop of deep green leaves that are almost iridescent in the summer. The bright foliage turns a deep, purplish-red in the fall. The flowers are attractive to butterflies. After your ‘Tor’ is finished blooming, a light shearing will encourage repeat bloom. Tor blooms on new wood so pruning in early spring or late winter is recommended. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun, it also tolerates a wide range of conditions. Because of its small size and great attributes, ‘Tor’ makes a wonderful foundation plant. It can also be used as a specimen or grouped for rock gardens.
Wintergreen Boxwood – (Buy Online)
Wintergreen Boxwood (Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Wintergreen’) is an easy Korean Boxwood plant to grow in any landscape. The finely-textured, oval leaves are lustrous and dark green. They’ll stay on the plant all winter long. New foliage in early spring is soft, and a brilliant light green. Perhaps one of the best things about this durable, hardy plant is its adaptability to a variety of Growing Hardiness Zones. It is cold hardy, yet also performs beautifully in warmer zones, as well.
Deer tend to leave this deer resistant shrub alone. However, in deer country, it’s best to spray with a deer repellent on the day you first plant it to “train” them to avoid nibbling on it.
York Elderberry produces the largest fruit size and finest quality of any of the Elderberries. These deep, dark-colored berries are very special. York is recognized by the USDA Database for Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods as a super fruit because of its high concentration of vitamin C. Pick the entire cluster of fruit when fully ripe. You’ll strip the berries to remove them from the bright stems. Cook them down to bring out the sweet flavor. You may not even need to add sugar! In the wild, York is typically found naturalized along streambeds, in moist woodland settings, in thickets, and along roadsides throughout the eastern part of North America. You’ll be surprised to find out how versatile this native plant can be in modern landscapes.