10 Landscaping Plants

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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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
Cost:$64
Maintenance tip: This lilac requires regular watering. It's not drought resistant and if it gets too dry, it drops leaves.

'Guacamole' hosta

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'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

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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

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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

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'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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