Blue Muffin _Viburnum_ and 14 Other Plant Varieties

Learn how to take care of 15 plants in different zones.

blue muffin viburnum has bright blue berries

Blue Muffin Viburnum

Blue Muffin Viburnum

Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'--Blue Muffin Viburnum

  • Deciduous shrub with flat clusters of white flowers in spring and bright blue berries in fall
  • Plant in average to moist soil
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade; flowering and fruit are better in full sun
  • Height: 5-8 feet
  • Width: 5-8 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Zones 3-5: 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 to partial shade; avoid contact with salt.

Zones 7-9: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

Mary Rose

mary rose blooms then repeats later in season

The Mary Rose has a mild fragrance.

Rosa 'Ausmary'--Mary Rose®

  • Shrub rose with medium pink, cup-shaped blooms that repeat later in the season
  • Mild Fragrance
  • Disease Resistant
  • Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; fertilize regularly during the growing season
  • Plant in full sun for all zones; prune in late winter
  • Height: 4-5 feet
  • Width: 4-5 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 6-10

Zone 6: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves around the crown; prune back 1/3 to ½ in late winter.

Zone 7: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves several around the crown; prune back 1/3 in late winter.

Zones 8-9: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; prune back 1/3 to 1/2 in late winter.

Zone 10: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; prune back 1/3 to 1/3 in late winter.

Madam Galen Trumpet Vine

madam galen trumpet vine attracts hummingbirds

The Madam Galen Trumpet Vine attracts hummingbirds.

Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'--Madam Galen Trumpet Vine

  • Woody, deciduous climbing vine with dark leaves and orange-red trumpet-shaped flowers from summer until fall
  • Attractive to hummingbirds
  • Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; tolerant of poor soils
  • Plant in full sun for all zones; prune in late winter
  • Height: 25-30 feet
  • Width: 2-5 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 5-9

Zones 5-6: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; mulch after first hard frost, prune to desired size in late winter.

Zones 7-9: Plant in spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; mulch after first hard frost, prune to desired size in late winter.

President Grevy Lilac

president grevy lilac is grown for fragrant blooms

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The President Grevy Lilac is fertilized in spring.

Syringa vulgaris 'President Grevy'--President Grevy Lilac

  • Large, upright deciduous shrub grown for its fragrant double blue flowers in spring
  • Plant in full sun to light shade
  • Plant in rich, but well-drained soil; fertilize in spring; prune after flowering
  • Height: 10-12 feet
  • Width: 10-12 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-7

Zone 3: Plant in spring; mulch after first hard frost for protection; avoid contact with salt; plant in full sun; water regularly the first season.

Zones 4-5: Plant in spring; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; plant in full sun; water regularly the first season.

Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch after first hard frost; plant in full sun to light shade; water regularly the first season.

Zone 7: Plant in early fall; mulch in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; water regularly the first season; flowering may be reduced after warm winters.

Gold Standard Hosta

gold standard hosta is a popular golden hosta

The Gold Standard Hosta is a popular Hosta that's hardy in zones 3-9.

Hosta fortunei 'Gold Standard'--Gold Standard Hosta

  • Popular golden Hosta
  • Plant in partial to full shade for all zones
  • Watch for presence of slugs
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Zones 3-5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.

Zone 6: Plant in spring or fall; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.

Zone 7: Plant in spring or fall; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.

Zones 8-9: Plant in spring or fall; mulch lightly in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.

Sonic Red New Guinea Impatiens

sonic red new guinea impatiens grown for blooms

The Sonic Red New Guinea Impatiens has bright red bloom and lush foliage.

Impatiens x hawkeri Sonic Red New Guinea Impatiens

  • Herbaceous annuals grown for their lush foliage and profuse red blooms
  • Plant in light to partial shade; more sun tolerant than regular impatiens with moisture
  • Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil
  • Water regularly until established; fertilize regularly during growing season
  • May re-seed to produce plants the following spring
  • Height: 1-2 feet
  • Width: to 2 feet
  • Annual zones 2-9 (10)
  • Tender or perennial in zones 10-11

Zones 2-7: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in light shade; mulch to conserve moisture and warmth in colder zones; remove after first frost.

Zones 8-9: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in light to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; remove after first frost.

Zones 10-11: Plant in spring; plant in partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; can be removed in fall or cut back 1/2; may survive winter in these zones.

Brookside Geranium

brookside geranium grown for palmate foliage

The Brookside Geranium has a good fall color.

Geranium 'Brookside'--Brookside Geranium

  • Hardy perennial grown for its palmate foliage and 1.5-2 inch blue flowers in summer and good fall color
  • Plant in rich, moist, but well-drained soil
  • Plant in full sun to light shade
  • Divide in spring as needed
  • Height: 16-18 inches
  • Width: 18-24 inches
  • Hardy in USDA zones (4) 5-8

Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; may be marginally hardy in this zone if not protected.

Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.

Zones 6-7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost.

Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade.

Limelight Hydrangea

limelight hydrangea has lime green blooms

The Limelight Hydrangea's lime green flowers change to pink during summer.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Zwijnenburg'--Limelight Hydrangea

- Deciduous shrub with lime green flowers that change to pink during summer
- Tolerant of most soil conditions with moderate moisture
- Plant in full sun to light shade; prune while dormant in winter
- Height: 8-10 feet
- Width: 8-10 feet
- Hardy in USDA zones 3-8

Zones 3-5: Plant in spring; apply additional mulch after first hard frost; plant in full sun to light shade; avoid contact with salt; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.

Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; apply additional mulch in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.

Zones 7-8: Plant in early fall; apply additional mulch in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.

America Rose

american rose is a strongly scented flower

The America Rose has a strong fragrance and comes in coral, pink and salmon.

Rosa 'America'--America Rose

  • Large-flowered climbing rose with 3.5-4 inch pink, coral and salmon, strongly scented flowers
  • Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; fertilize regularly during the growing season
  • Plant in full sun for all zones; prune after flowering in spring by removing oldest canes
  • Height: 10-12 feet
  • Width: 6-8 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 5-9

Zone 5: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves around the crown; pull back mulch and prune out dead wood in the spring.

Zone 6: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves several around the crown; pull back mulch and prune out dead wood in the spring

Zones 7-9: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; mulch in late fall; pull back mulch and prune out dead wood in the spring.

Winter Gem Boxwood

winter gem boxwood has dark green foliage

The Winter Gem Boxwood maintains its green color during winter.

Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Winter Green'--Winter Gem Boxwood

  • Compact boxwood with dark green foliage
  • Plants maintain green color in winter
  • Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil; fertilize in spring; prune in early spring
  • Plant can tolerate exposure to salt
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
  • Height: 3 feet
  • Width: 3 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 5-9

Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.

Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.

Zones 7-8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost.

Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade.

Nearly Wild Rose

nearly wild rose is a shrub rose with pink flowers

The Nearly Wild Rose is disease resistant.

Rosa x 'Nearly Wild'--Nearly Wild Rose

  • Shrub Rose with single pink flowers from spring until fall
  • Disease Resistant
  • Moist, but well-drained soil; prune back in late winter
  • Plant in full sun for all zones
  • Height: 36-42 inches
  • Width: to 36 inches
  • Hardy in USDA zones 5-9

Zone 5: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves several inches above crown; prune back 1/3 to 1/2 in late winter.

Zone 6: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves several inches deep above crown; prune back 1/3 to 1/3 in late winter.

Zones 7-8: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; prune back 1/3 to 1/2 in late winter.

Zone 9: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; watch for fungal diseases year round; apply light fertilizer in November; prune back 1/3 to 1/2 after blooming which can continue into December.

Sonic Light Pink New Guinea Impatiens

sonic light pink new guinea impatiens love shade

The Sonic Light Pink New Guinea Impatiens can tolerate some sun in cooler zones.

Impatiens x hawkeri 'Sonic? Light Pink'--Sonic Light Pink New Guinea Impatiens

  • Clump forming annual grown for its large pink blooms
  • Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil
  • Plant in light to partial shade; can tolerate some sun in cooler zones
  • Height: 12-20 inches
  • Width: 12-14 inches
  • Annual in zones 2-9
  • Hardy in USDA zones 10-11

Zones 2-9: Plant outside or in containers after danger of frost has passed; plant in light to partial shade; water freely during growing season; pinch to increase bushiness; fertilize monthly while outdoors; discard plants after frost; will sometimes reseed.

Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water freely during growing season; pinch to increase bushiness; fertilize monthly while outdoors; will sometimes reseed.

Easy Wave White Petunia

wave white petunia has a profusion of white blooms

The Easy Wave White Petunia has white flowers from spring through fall.

Petunia x hybrida 'East Wave White'--Easy Wave White Petunia

  • Trailing annual grown for its profusion of white 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.

White Dome Hydrangea

white dome hydrangea has prolific white lacy booms

The White Dome Hydrangea can grow up to six feet tall.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Dardom'--White Dome Hydrangea

  • Deciduous shrub with prolific white large, lacy flowers that are dome-shaped
  • Plant in full sun to light shade; prune while dormant in winter
  • Height: 4-6 feet
  • Width: 3-5 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:

Zones 4-5: Plant in spring; apply additional mulch after first hard frost; plant in full sun to light shade; avoid contact with salt; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.

Zone 6: Plant in spring; apply additional mulch after first hard frost; plant in full sun to light shade; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.

Zones 7-9: Plant in early fall; apply additional mulch in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.

Dense Spreading Yew

dense spreading yew is a dwarf evergreen conifer

The Dense Spreading Yew produces red fruit in the fall.

Taxus x media 'Densiformis'--Dense Spreading Yew

  • Dwarf, spreading evergreen conifer that forms a dense broad conical shape
  • Produces red fruit in the fall
  • Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry; tolerant of pruning
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
  • Height: 5-7 feet
  • Width: 3-4 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 4-7

Zones 4-5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; water during dry periods, even in winter; avoid exposure to harsh winter winds; mulch after first hard frost; avoid exposure to salt; prune as desired in early spring.

Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; water during dry periods, even in winter; avoid exposure to harsh winter winds; mulch after first hard frost; prune as desired in early spring.

Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in light to partial shade; water during dry periods, even in winter; avoid exposure to harsh winter winds; mulch after first hard frost; prune as desired in early spring; may struggle in warmer areas of this zone.

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