10 Landscaping Plants

Learn about the characteristics of popular plants for landscaping projects, along with tips for their care.


'Techny' arborvitae

Considered one of the most winter-resistant arborvitaes, this needled evergreen shrub forms a pyramidal shape.
Grows 15-20 feet high and 4-6 feet wide
Grows well in full sun or light shade
Can be sheared to shape.
USDA Zones 3-8
Cost: $172

Witherod viburnum


This deciduous viburnum has creamy white flowers in early summer. Its fruit changes from green to pink to bluish-black.
Mature size: 5 to 10 feet tall and 5 to 8 feet wide.
It likes sun to partial shade.
It's native to the eastern U.S.
USDA Zones 3-8
Cost: $115

Spreading yew


This popular, dwarf spreading evergreen grows nearly twice as wide as tall.
Mature size: 3 to 4 feet tall with a 5-7 feet spread.
It produces red fruit in the fall.
USDA Zones 4-7
Cost: $386 for 4
Maintenance tip: It is tolerant of pruning, but do so selectively with a hand pruner.

Karen azalea


This evergreen azalea offers lavender flowers in May.
Mature size: Up to 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
Hardy to USDA Zone 4 (considered one of the hardiest azaleas available)
Cost: $603 for 15
Maintenance tip: Feed an acid fertilizer after it blooms.

Cranberry cotoneaster


Cranberry cotoneaster is a deciduous shrub that's prized for its bountiful red berries in winter. It has pink flowers in late May.
Mature size: 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide
Full sun to part shade
Low maintenance, but it can be pruned to shape
USDA Zones 4-7
Cost: $193 for 6

'Miss Kim' lilac


'Miss Kim' has purple buds that open to light blue flowers. Unlike most lilacs, 'Miss Kim' offers a little fall color in its foliage — a reddish purple.
Mature size: 6-7 feet high and 5-6 feet wide.
Blooms are more plentiful when planted in full sun
Resistant to powdery mildew
USDA Zones 3-7
Maintenance tip: This lilac requires regular watering. It's not drought resistant and if it gets too dry, it drops leaves.

'Guacamole' hosta


'Guacamole' hosta's huge ribbed leaves are apple-green with dark edges.
It bears very fragrant flowers in late summer.
It prefers shade to part sun.
USDA Zones 3-9
Cost: $189 for 5

Bigleaf hydrangea


Bigleaf hydrangeas are the most popular hydrangeas in the landscape. The flowers are generally pink or blue and occasionally white. It will flower pink in alkaline soil.
Mature size: Usually about 3-6 feet tall and wide, but can grow larger.
It prefers shade to partial sun.

Lace shrub


The lace shrub is a deciduous plant that has small yellow flowers in early summer and offers a fine-texture look to the landscape.
Mature size: Grows 1-3 feet high and 2-4 feet wide.
It's a fast grower.
Prefers full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil.
Resistant to powdery mildew
USDA Zones 4-7
Cost: $129 for 4

'Kallay's' juniper


'Kallay's Compact' juniper is a needled evergreen with deep green foliage.
Mature size: 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide
Females produce bluish berries
Can tolerate a moderate amount of drought once established
USDA Zones 4-9
Cost: $27

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