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Learn about several plant varieties and zone information for each.

'Emerald' Eastern Arborvitae

eastern arborvitae has tight pyramidal shape

Upright, large evergreen shrub noted for its tight pyramidal shape and green foliage

Plant in full sun to light shade in rich, moist, but well-drained soil
Water regularly first season and in times of dry weather
Fertilize in mid spring with acid-based fertilizer
Dog urine may leave brown spots on foliage
Height: 12-15 feet; Width: 4-6 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 2-7(8):
Zone 2: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first frost.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch in fall.

'Hetz Midget' Eastern Arborvitae

hetz midget eastern arborvitae bronzes in winter

Small, rounded evergreen shrub noted for its blue-green foliage, which bronzes in winter

Plant in full sun to light shade in rich, moist, but well-drained soil
Water regularly first season and in times of dry weather
Fertilize in mid spring with acid-based fertilizer
Dog urine may leave brown spots on foliage
Height: 2-4 feet; Width: 4-5 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 2-7:
Zone 2: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first frost.

Old Gold (Chinese) Juniper

Old Gold or Chinese Juniper is spreading evergreen

Small, spreading evergreen shrub noted for its golden scale-like foliage

Plant in full sun in moist, but well-drained soil
Drought tolerant once established
Fertilize in mid spring with water-soluble fertilizer
Prune as needed to maintain shape
Dog urine may leave brown spots on foliage
Height: to 3 feet; Width: to 4 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch after first frost; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch after first frost; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall.

Armstrong Red Maple

armstrong red maple has upright columnar habit

Fast-growing deciduous tree with upright columnar habit with red/yellow fall foliage

Smooth gray bark, red flowers in early spring followed by red seeds in summer
Plant in full sun to partial shade with moist, but well-drained soil
Drought tolerant once established
Fertilize in mid spring
Prune during winter to maintain shape and remove weak branches
Height: 45-50 feet; Width: 30-40 feet
Hardy in USDA zones (3)4-9:
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; may suffer some tip dieback in this zone.
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 to light shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; apply extra mulch in fall.

Weigela Wine & Roses

weigela wine and roses is small deciduous shrub

Small deciduous shrub with dark burgundy foliage and rose pink flowers in spring

Best foliage color is in full sun
Plant in rich, but well-drained soil
Water regularly until established; fertilize in spring; prune after flowering if needed
Height: 4-5 feet; Width: 4-5 feet
Hardy in USDA zones (4)5-8(9):
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; may languish in this warmer climate.

Gold Lace Juniper

gold lace juniper is noted for prickly foliage

Spreading evergreen shrub noted for its very golden, but prickly foliage

Plant in full sun in moist, but well-drained soil; needs space
Drought tolerant once established
Fertilize in mid spring with water-soluble fertilizer
Prune as needed to maintain shape
Dog urine may leave brown spots on foliage
Height: 2-3 feet; Width: 4-6 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch after first frost; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch after first frost; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall.

Hosta 'Sum & Substance'

hosta sum and substance has chartreuse leaves

Large, herbaceous perennial noted for its chartreuse leaves and pale lilac flowers in summer

Grown primarily for its foliage
Plant in partial to full shade in moist, but well-drained soil; needs space
Fertilize in mid spring with water-soluble fertilizer
Water to establish and then when dry
Divide, if needed, in spring when new growth appears
Height: 30-36 inches; Width: 36-72 inches
Hardy in USDA zones 5-10:
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in partial to full shade; prune away foliage and apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in partial to full shade; prune away foliage and apply mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; prune away foliage and apply mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; prune away foliage and apply mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; prune away foliage and apply mulch after first frost.
Zone 10: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; prune away unsightly foliage when necessary; mulch to conserve moisture.

Dwarf White Spruce

dwarf white spruce is conical evergreen shrub

Broad, conical evergreen shrub with light green needles radiating around stem

Plant in full sun in moist, but well-drained soil
Protect from harsh winds and hot sun
Watch for presence of spider mites
Water to establish and then when dry
Height: 10-12 feet; Width: 5-6 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 2-6:
Zone 2: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter winds.
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter winds.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter winds.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter winds.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in a sunny area but avoiding hot afternoon sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid exposure to harsh winter winds.

Perovskia 'Little Spire'

perovskia or little spire has silver foliage

Deciduous shrub with silver foliage and showy violet-blue flowers in late summer and early fall

Height: 3-5 feet; Width: 2-4 feet
Plant in poor to average garden soil that is well-drained
Plant in full sun; prune severely when dormant
Hardy in USDA zones 5-9:
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; avoid exposure to salt; prune back to 12 inches and mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; prune back to 12 inches and mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; prune back to 12 inches and mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; prune back to 12 inches and mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; prune back to 12 inches and mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring.

Becky Shasta Daisy

becky shasta daisy has large white daisy flowers

Herbaceous perennial with large white daisy flowers in early to mid summer

Height: 2-4 feet; Width: 1-3 feet, slowly spreading
Tolerant of most well-drained soils
Plant in full sun; prune foliage back after flowering
Fertilize in spring; divide in spring when new foliage appears
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun; avoid exposure to salt; mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun; avoid exposure to salt; mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.

Stormy Seas Coral Bells

stormy seas coral bells has plum colored foliage

Herbaceous evergreen perennial with plum, olive, pewter and white variegated foliage

Plant in partial shade
Fertilize in spring; divide in spring, if needed, when new foliage appears
Height: 9-12 inches; Width: 9-12 inches, slowly spreading
Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in partial shade; avoid exposure to salt; mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in partial shade; avoid exposure to salt; mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in partial shade; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in partial shade; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in partial shade; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in partial shade; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring.

Tickseed

tickseed is short lived perennial

Short-lived perennial or annual with fine threadlike leaves and tiny lavender/pink flowers in summer

Plant in full sun in well-drained soil; drought tolerant
Fertilize in spring
Height: to 16 inches; Width: to 30 inches, slowly spreading
Annual perhaps due to winter moisture in zones 2-7
Short-lived perennial in USDA zones (8)9-11: Although the straight species and several cultivars of this (i.e. Zagreb) are reliably perennial, both 'Limerock Passion' and 'Limerock Ruby' have been found to be annuals in many zones and short-lived perennials at best in zones 8 and above.
Zones 2-7: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; sheer back after flowering to encourage re-blooming.
Zone 8-11: Plant in spring; sheer back after blooming to encourage re-blooming; mulch in fall to increase chances of winter survival; avoid excessive moisture during winter.

Gold Mound Spirea

gold mound spirea noted for golden foliage

Spiraea japonica is listed as a non-native invasive shrub. But 'Gold Mound' is actually thought to be a sterile hybrid of Spiraea japonica var. alpina and S. x bumalda 'Gold Flame'.

Deciduous shrub noted for its golden foliage and pink flowers in early summer

Plant in full sun to partial shade
Plant in rich, but well-drained soil
Water regularly until established; fertilize in spring; prune 1/2 to 1/3 when dormant
Height: 2-3 feet; Width: 3-4 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.
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; gold foliage may fade and defoliate early in hot, dry weather.

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