Beautiful Flowers and Shrubs

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

Lavender 'Hidcote'

lavender hidcote has spikes of purple flowers

Evergreen perennial (sub-shrub) with gray-green foliage and spikes of purple flowers in summer

Prune just as new growth appears
Plant in full sun
Plant in average to poor but sharply drained soil; drought tolerant
Plants may be short-lived in areas with high rainfall
Height: 2-3 feet; Width: 2-4 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 5-8(9):
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; plants may languish in this zone.

Dwarf Fescue

dwarf fescue is an evergreen clumping grass

Evergreen clumping grass with gray-blue foliage and spikes of blue-green flowers in summer

Prune to 3-4 inches before new growth appears; divide every few years
Plant in full sun for better foliage color
Plant in average to poor, but well-drained soil; drought tolerant
Height: 12 inches; Width: 12 inches

Hardy in USDA zones 4-8(9):
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; plants may languish in this zone.

Stella D'Oro Daylily

stella d oro daylily has bright yellow flowers

Bright yellow flowers in spring through summer; repeat blooming in early fall

Remove spent flower stalks to encourage continuous blooming
Plant in full sun to light shade
Prune back after first frost; divide and fertilize in spring
Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil; drought tolerant once established
Height: 12 inches; Width: 18 inches

Hardy in zones 3-10:
Zone 3: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 10: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.

Rose Glow Japanese Barberry

rose glow japanese barberry can be invasive

This plant is non-native and can be invasive in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, New England and Midwest.

Mounding, deciduous shrub with red leaves flecked with white, yellow flowers and thorns
Remove spent flower stalks to prevent unwanted seedlings
Plant in full sun to light shade; foliage color better in full sun
Prune back after first frost; divide and fertilize in spring
Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil; drought tolerant once established
Height: 3-5 feet; Width: 3-4 feet

Hardy in zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.

Emerald Magic Holly

emerald magic holly has small blue green foliage

Evergreen broadleaf shrub with small blue-green foliage that turns burgundy in winter

Dense, rounded habit; male cultivar (no berries)
Plant in full sun to partial shade; plants will be more dense in full sun
Fertilize in early spring; prune if needed in late winter
Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil
Height: 3-4 feet; Width: 3-4 feet

Hardy in zones (4)5-9:
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall.

Skyrocket Juniper

skyrocket juniper is a columnar, evergreen conifer

Columnar, evergreen conifer with gray-green foliage that turns purple in winter

Very narrow and upright
Plant in full sun to light shade
Fertilize in early spring; prune if needed in late winter
Plant in average, moist but well-drained soil
Height: 8-12 feet; Width: 2-3 feet

Hardy in zones (3)4-9:
Zone 3: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring; plant may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.

Royal Star Magnolia

royal star magnolia has fragrant white star blooms

Shrub or small multi-trunked tree with fragrant white star-like flowers in very early spring

Buds are pink before opening
Late frosts may damage flowers
Plant in full sun to light shade
Plant in rich, but well-drained soil
Fertilize in late spring with acid-based fertilizer
Height: 10-12 feet; Width: 10-15 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 4-8(9):
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; pruning is rarely needed, but can be done after flowering; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; pruning is rarely needed, but can be done after flowering; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; pruning is rarely needed, but can be done after flowering; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; pruning is rarely needed, but can be done after flowering; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; pruning is rarely needed, but can be done after flowering; mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; pruning is rarely needed, but can be done after flowering; mulch in fall; flowering may be reduced in this warmer zone.

Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine

ornamental sweet potato is vigorous trailing vine

Vigorous trailing annual vine with black bold foliage

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry
Tolerates heat
Plant in full sun
Height: 6 inches; Width: to 48 inches or more

Annual in USDA zones 2-9
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11:

Zones 2-9: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; fertilize with water-based fertilizer twice monthly during growing season; cut back foliage and dig tubers for indoors before frost or discard plants after killing frost.
Zones 10-11: Plant in spring; mulch in fall; prune away old foliage in early spring; fertilize twice monthly during spring and summer.

Million Bells

million bells is compact, mounding perennial

Compact, mounding or trailing tender perennial grown as an annual with lemon yellow flowers

Plant in rich, moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry
Plant in full sun to light shade
Height: 7 inches; Width: 12-18 inches

Annual in USDA zones 2-8
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11:

Zones 2-8: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; fertilize with water-based fertilizer twice monthly during growing season; cut back foliage and dig tubers for indoors before frost or discard plants after killing frost.
Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; mulch in fall; prune away old foliage in early spring; fertilize twice monthly during spring and summer.

Silver Sceptre Sedge

silver sceptre sedge has grass like foliage

Evergreen clumping perennial with grass-like foliage of bright silver and green

Prune to 3-4 inches before new growth appears; divide every few years
Plant in partial to full shade
Plant in rich, moist, but well-drained soil
Height: 12 inches; Width: 15 inches

Hardy in USDA zones 6-9:
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch in fall.

Speedwell

speedwell has deep blue candle shaped flowers

Deciduous mounding perennial with deep blue candle-shaped flowers in summer and fall

Plant in full sun to partial shade
Plant in rich, but well-drained soil
Fertilize as new growth appears in spring
Height: 15-18 inches; Width: 12-15 inches

Hardy in USDA zones (3)4-8:
Zone 3: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in spring; plant may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring.

Wave Blue Petunia

wave blue petunia is grown for blooming profusion

Trailing annual grown for its profusion of blue flowers from spring through fall

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry
Plant in full sun
Height: 4-7 inches; Width: 36-48 inches

All Zones:
Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; cut back foliage and bring indoors or root cuttings indoors before frost or discard plants after killing frost.

Wave Purple Petunia

wave purple petunia is profuse bloomer

Trailing annual grown for its profusion of purple flowers from spring through fall

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry
Plant in full sun
Height: 4-7 inches; Width: 36-48 inches

All Zones:
Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; cut back foliage and bring indoors or root cuttings indoors before frost or discard plants after killing frost.

'Limelight' Coleus

limelight coleus has bright chartreuse foliage

Annual grown for its bright chartreuse foliage with maroon veins

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry
Plant in full sun
Pinch plants to encourage bushiness
Height: 24-36 inches; Width: 24-36 inches

Annual in USDA zones 2-9
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11:

Zones 2-9: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; cut back foliage and bring indoors or root cuttings indoors before frost or discard plants after killing frost.
Zones 10-11: Plant in spring; mulch in fall; prune away old foliage in fall.

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