Staff Picks 8/20

Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 8:48 pm

As fall approaches it gets harder to source quality material. In an effort to keep you in the loop and introduce you to new material, we’re introducing Staff Picks – A short weekly to biweekly list of plants we love!

Sarah Bottner – Buxus ‘Green Mountain’ 30″ (Green Mountain Boxwood)

sarah_bottner – “Fresh Batch […] Very Consistent!” (Prairie View)

For an evergreen hedge 4-5 feet tall, Green Mountain Boxwood is a great pick. It’s easily shaped and pruned and these new ones we just received in Prairie View are very healthy and robust.


Mike Kwiatek – Aronia melanocarpa ‘Viking’ #5 (Viking Black Chokeberry)

michael_kwiatek – “My favorite Chokeberry. It’s not as leggy as other Aronia, the foliage is great, and the fruit isn’t too bad either! More people should use this one!” (Chicago)

‘Viking’ grows to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide with abundant white flowers in spring and large juicy fruit that is attractive to birds and used in Europe as an orchard plant. Aronia is commonly used to make Jams and Jellies in Europe, and with more antioxidants than blueberries, you can spread a little extra on your toast without feeling so guilty.


Alex Head – Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Alice’ and ‘Snow Queen’ #7 and #10 (Snow Queen and Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea)

alex_head – “Sweet! […] No flowers but large and juicy. Good fall color, which is pretty uncommon in Hydrangeas.” (Prairie View)

The unique foliage of Oakleaf Hydrangea can’t be beat; oak-like lobed leaves up to 8 inches long transition to scarlet shades in fall. Foot-long panicles of white flowers are a treat in early summer. Alex recommends them for full sun to part shade areas with moist well drained soils. Great as a backdrop or specimen plant. Grows to about 8 feet tall.

Colleen Mulhern & Robert Colin – Juniperus chinensis ‘Hetzii Columnaris’ 5′ (Green Columnar Juniper)

“Full shape throughout” “Good Fruit” (Chicago)

Unlike some other upright Junipers, Hetzii Columnaris has a more steady growth rate both horizontally and vertically. Maturing to 15 feet tall and 5 feet wide, this juniper seems to fruit abundantly, creating quite a spectacle which will attract birds that appreciate it for both fruit and shelter.



A few other favorites…

Tyler Kilvickis – #15 Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ & 42″ Conical Green Mountain Boxwood (Prairie View)
Brian Dulian – 6-8′ Cercis canadensis, Zelkova, Autumn Blaze Maple, Cornus kousa 
Robert ColinViburnum trilobum ‘Bailey Compact’ (Chicago)

This was just a small sampling of our favorites. Stay tuned for more as the season continues!

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