Ornamental Shrubs Guide

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DECIDUOUS SHRUBS

ALMOND, DWARF RUSSIAN (Prunus tenella) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Attractive upright shrub with masses of single rose-pink appearing in early spring. Narrow leaves 1-3” long. An excellent ornamental shrub for cold climates. Produces a small disc-shaped fuzzy greenish fruit in fall. Can sucker aggressively and would be useful for bank stabilization.
ALMOND, PINK FLOWERING (Prunus glandulosa ‘Rosea Plena’) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Pink, carnation-like flowers appear all along the stems of this shrub in early spring, followed by bright green leaves. Use near a house or patio to enjoy the blooms in the spring.
APACHE PLUME (Fallugia paradoxa) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Attractive, fine textured, western native shrub. Excellent choice for dry, sunny locations. White rose-like spring flowers followed by round, feathery silver-pink seed heads all summer. Though the foliage is semi evergreen it is inconspicuous throughout the winter.
BARBERRY, BURGUNDY CAROUSEL (Berberis thunbergii ‘Bailtwo’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. This is a selection of Japanese Barberry sporting slightly larger burgundy-purple leaves. An attractive accent shrub. Slightly wider than tall spreading habit.
BARBERRY, CONCORDE (Berberis thunbergii ‘Concorde’) Ht 1½-2 ft, Spd 2½-3 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. The Concorde Barberry is a dwarf globe-shaped barberry with deep purple, velvety foliage and red new growth making it an attractive plant for the perennial garden or the front of a shrub border. There are sparse red fruit. It can tolerate dry conditions.
BARBERRY, CRIMSON PIGMY (Berberis thunbergii ‘Crimson Pigmy’) Ht 1½ -2½ ft, Spd 1½ -2½ ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. Lowest growing form of Japanese Redleaf Barberry with dense, rounded habit and burgundy–red summer foliage
BARBEREY, EMERALD CAROUSEL (Berberis x ‘Tara’) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. A cross between Japanese Green Barberry and Korean Barberry introduced by Bailey Nurseries. A compact plant with glossy dark green foliage. The outstanding orange to red fall color appears early and remains late before leaves drop. A better barberry choice for more alkaline sites.
BARBERRY, GOLDEN ROCKET (Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Rocket’) Ht 3-5ft, Spd: 1-2ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. It is a narrow, upright growing, deciduous shrub with showy, bright yellow foliage. Pale yellow, insignificant flowers in spring are followed by bright red berries in fall which persist through the winter. The berries attract birds and other wildlife through the fall and winter.
BARBERRY, HELMOND PILLAR (Berberis thunbergii ‘Helmond Pillar’) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 1-2 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. This barberry has reddish-purple leaves that will turn a brilliant red color in the fall. There are tiny sharp thorns on the red bark. The small yellow flowers appear in early spring but are often hidden by the foliage. It has a noticeable erect and narrow form maturing to 5’ tall and less then 2’ wide.
BARBERRY, JAPANSES REDLEAF (Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. Showy reddish-purple summer foliage. Small yellow flowers appear in spring followed by persistent red fruits. Irregular rounded habit with thorny branches. Orange to red fall color. Does best in well drained soil.
BARBERRY, ORANGE ROCKET (Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’) Ht 3-5ft, Spd 1.5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. Vibrant coral-orange new foliage ages to mid-green, then turns ruby red in autumn. This award winning, compact, upright growing deciduous shrub has a vigorous growth habit and improved resistance to rust. Use to brighten the landscape in mass plantings, as a specimen plant, or in a container.
BARBERRY, ROSE GLOW (Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. Selection chosen for its unique foliage. New growth appears with a pink variegation that matures to a darker rose-red. Deer tend to stay away (or at least they used to!)
BARBERRY, RUBY CAROUSEL (Berberis thunbergii ‘Bailone’) Ht 3-3½ ft, Spd 3-3½ ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Selected by Bailey Nurseries for uniform habit and red leaf color. Purple color accent on a compact rounded shrub.
BROOM, ROYAL GOLD COMPACT (Genista Tinctroia ‘Royal Gold’) Ht 1-2 ft, Spd 2 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Green leaves with yellow flowers. Compact low shrub that will do well in rocky/course soils.
BROOM, SPANISH GOLD (Cytisus purgans ‘Spanish Gold’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade. Tight, dense broom with bright yellow flowers in late May to early June. Selected from the Alpine Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens. Native to North Africa and Southern Europe. Far superior to other brooms available because of minimal winterkill and ability to thrive in heavy soils. Benefits from some winter water. Plant select in 2000.
BUCKTHORN, COLUMNAR (Rhamnus frangula ‘ Columnaris’) Ht 12-15 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. Tall, columnar shrub with handsome glossy green foliage and purple fruit in late summer. Yellow fall color. The unique vertical habit of this shrub makes it great for a dense hedge or screen. In spite of its name, this shrub is thornless.
BUCKTHORN, SMITH’S (Rhamnus smithii) Ht 6-10 ft, Spd 10-14 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A native of central Colorado. Handsome, glossy dark green leaves and black fruits to 1.5” long. Tolerant of dry conditions. Golden-yellow fall color. There is a very nice specimen at Denver Botanic Gardens. Plant Select designate.
BUCKTHORN, TALLHEDGE GLOSSY (Rhamnus frangula ‘Columnaris’) Ht 8-12 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. These shrubs are multi-stemmed and upright in form with medium texture. They have a dark green, shiny leaf. Flowers have an extremely long bloom time. The fruit is a showy reddish-black to purplish-black. Fall color is yellow.
BUFFALOBERRY, SILVER (Shepherdia argentea) Ht 10-15 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Tree-like shrub with silvery foliage. The branch tips are generally thorny. Its small edible, orange-red berries can be used to make jelly or left as a treat for birds. Needs male and female plants to produce fruit.
BURNING BUSH (Euonymus alatus) Ht 10-15 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This shrub has interesting winged stems with a dense form. Dark green leaves turn a radiant, show-stopping crimson in the fall. The fruits look like red popcorn and are showy throughout much of the winter. This is a favorite large accent plant that can be pruned into an interesting small tree. It is tough and disease resistant.
BURNING BUSH, DWARF (Euonymus alata ‘Compactus’) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A more dwarf form of the species. Crimson fall foliage. Dark green leaves turning a radiant, show-stopping crimson in fall. Fruits look like red popcorn and are showy though much of the winter. Excellent use as a hedge specimen. Tough and disease resistant.
BUTTERFLY BUSH (Buddleia davidii) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. It is attractive to butterflies. Prune in the spring as flower clusters will bloom on new growth each year. Come in pink, purple, blue, red, and white flowers.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, ATTRACTION (Buddleia davidii) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large red flower spikes from July through September. Prefers a well-drained, moist, loamy type soil and tolerates heat and drought after it becomes well established. Will attract hoards of bees and butterflies to your garden. Prune in the spring as flower clusters will bloom on new growth each year. The more you trim, the more it blooms. Best if cut back to 10” in the spring.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, BLACK KNIGHT (Buddleia davidii) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. It is attractive to butterflies. Tops can die back in northern areas, but will bloom on new wood each year.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, DARK KNIGHT (Buddleia davidii) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large dark purple flower spikes from July through September. It is attractive to butterflies. Tops can die back in northern areas, but will bloom on new wood each year.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, BLUE (Buddleia davidii ‘Blue’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. Prefers a well-drained, moist, loamy type soil and tolerates heat and drought after it becomes well established. Will attract hoards of bees and butterflies to your garden. Prune in the spring as flower clusters will bloom on new growth each year. The more you trim, the more it blooms. Best if cut back to 10” in the spring.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, BOUQUET 3 IN 1 (Buddleia davidii ‘Bouquet’) Ht 5-8 ft, Spd 4-7 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This deciduous shrub has fragrant, midsummer blooms that flower in dense, slender clusters of multiple colors (white, pink, and purple). Best flower production in full sun. Remove dead flowers to promote repeat bloom. Prune back to ground in spring. Butterflies love this shrub!
BUTTERFLY BUSH, ELLEN’S BLUE (Buddleia davidii ‘Ellen’s Blue’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-4ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. It is attractive to butterflies. Tops can die back in northern areas, but will bloom on new wood each year. Silver green foliage with an electric blue flower.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, NANHO BLUE (Buddleia davidii ‘Nanho Blue’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This deciduous shrub has fragrant long tapering flowers all summer, often referred to as the summer lilac. Best flower production in full sun. Remove dead flowers to promote repeat bloom. More compact leaf then other varieties. Prune back to ground in spring. Butterflies love this shrub.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, NANHO PURPLE (Buddleia davidii ‘Nanho Purple’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 2-4 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This deciduous shrub has fragrant long tapering flowers all summer. Best flower production in full sun. Remove dead flowers to promote repeat bloom. Prune back to ground in spring. Butterflies love this shrub.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, PETITE BLUE HEAVEN (Buddleia davidii ‘Fly PT Blu Hvn PP22069’) Ht 24-30 in, Spd 24-30 in. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This is more of a ground cover form of butterfly bush. It is great for embankments or places where a lower growing butterfly bush is wanted. The blue blossoms bloom well through the summer into fall. The leaves have a silver color to them. This plant is great for attracting humming birds and butterflies.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, PETITE TUTI FRUITI (Buddleia davidii ‘Fly PT Tutifrti PPAF’) Ht 24-30 in, Spd 24-30 in. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This is more of a ground cover form of butterfly bush. It is great for embankments or places where a lower growing butterfly bush is wanted. The pink blossoms will bloom well through the summer into fall. This plant is great for attracting humming birds and butterflies.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, PINK DELIGHT (Buddleia davidii) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large pink flower spikes. Large, fragrant flower clusters emit a delicate scent that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Pink Delight Butterfly Bush blooms summer to fall; for best result cut back to 6-8″ each spring.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, PRINCETON PURPLE (Buddleia davidii ‘Princeton Purple’) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. It is attractive to butterflies. Prune in the spring as flower clusters will bloom on new growth each year.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, PURPLE (Buddleia davidii) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. It is attractive to butterflies. Tops can die back in northern areas, but will bloom on new wood each year.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, RED (Buddleia davidii) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. It is attractive to butterflies. Tops can die back in northern areas, but will bloom on new wood each year.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, ROYAL RED (Buddleia davidii) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. It is attractive to butterflies. Tops can die back in northern areas, but will bloom on new wood each year.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, SILVER FOUNTAIN (Buddleia alternifolia ‘Argentea’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. A shrub that does well in a variety of soils and forms a striking vase-shaped mound. The twigs are long and thin, giving the plant a wide spreading and pendulous habit. The foliage is blue gray or sometimes silver, and finely textured. Fragrant early June flowers are a bright lilac and spiral along the previous year’s branches in candy-cane fashion. Very attractive to butterflies. Plant Select winner 1998.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, TRI-COLOR (Buddleia davidii ‘Tri-Color’) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This butterfly bush has white, pink, and purple flowers.
BUTTERFLY BUSH, WHITE PROFUSSION (Buddleia davidii ‘White Profusion’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub is a vigorous grower with large flower spikes from July through September. Prefers a well-drained, moist, loamy type soil and tolerates heat and drought after it becomes well established. Will attract hoards of bees and butterflies to your garden. Prune in the spring as flower clusters will bloom on new growth each year. The more you trim, the more it blooms. Best if cut back to 10” in the spring. The profuse blooms are white with a yellow center.
CHERRY, CANADA RED (Prunus virginiana ‘Canada Red’) Ht 20-25 ft, Spd 18-20 ft. Low to moderate water needs, full to part sun. New growth is bright green, turning to burgundy-red as the leaves mature. Fragrant white flowers in 3”-6” long drooping racemes appear in late April to early May. The tart but edible small fruit ripens to black in late summer. An attractive, fast growing plant, great for a quick screen. May be trained into a tree.
CHERRY, NANKING (Prunus tomentosa) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 10-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A densely branched large shrub with pubescent green foliage. Edible red fruit that attracts birds follows showy white spring flowers. The tan to red-brown bark is exfoliating. Interesting when used in mass plantings or pruned to a small tree. A picturesque large shrub that should be used more.
CHOKEBERRY, BLACK (Aronia melanocarpa) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Small white flowers in May followed by ¼” small black fruits that may persist into winter. Summer foliage is glossy green turning to a radiant red in fall.
CHOKEBERRY, IROQUOIS BEAUTY BLACK (Aronia melanocarpa ‘Iroquois Beauty’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This is a more compact form of the Black Chokeberry with great interest throughout the seasons. It has beautiful white flowers in the spring followed by an abundance of black berries in the summer. The fall color is a beautiful wine-red. Plant can sucker for naturalized look, or can be pruned if growth needs to be restricted.
CHOKEBERRY, PURPLE (Aronia x prunifolia) Ht 8-12 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. A hybrid between A. arbutifolia and A. melanocarpa thought to be naturally occurring. Displays hybrid vigor, as it grows taller than both its parents. White flowers bloom in terminal clusters in early May, followed by purple fruit in fall. Outstanding red fall color
CHOKECHERRY, GREEN (Prunus virginiana) Ht 15-25 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Large native shrub. Fragrant white flowers in pendulous racemes appear in early May, followed by edible black fruit that attracts birds. Fast growing plant that spreads by suckers. Useful as a quick screen.
CHOKECHERRY, YELLOW FRUITED (Prunus virginiana ‘Yellow Fruited’) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 15-20 ft. Low to moderate water needs, full sun. A green-leaved selection of chokecherry having bright yellow edible fruits in late July and August that give the plant the appearance of a second bloom. This large hardy shrub was first discovered in Wyoming and then rediscovered at the USDA Experimental Station in Cheyenne.
CISTENA, PRUNUS (Prunus x cistena) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Low to moderate water needs, full to part sun. Can be a large multi-stemmed shrub. Denser and more compact than Newport. Leaves are a brighter purple. An excellent shrub for our climate.
CORALBERRY, HANCOCK (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii ‘Hancock’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun to part shade. Low to moderate water needs. Light blue-green, fine textured foliage with small, pink spring flowers followed by red berries that hold into winter. The spreading habit creates an excellent groundcover for erosion control on banks and slopes. Benefits from aggressive rejuvenation pruning every few years.
CORALBERRY, RED (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun to mostly shade, low to moderate water needs. Upright, arching growth habit with slender branches. Profusion of creamy white summer flowers. Heavily fruited with large clusters of ¼” coral red berries that last all winter. Good for erosion control, or groundcover.
COTONEASTER, CORAL BEAUTY (Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Coral Beauty’) Ht 1 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This low-growing shrub is a great ground cover. It has long prostrate branches with dark green foliage and white flowers in the spring. Showy dark red berries add color in the fall and winter. This can be considered an evergreen.
COTONEASTER, CRANBERRY (Cotoneaster apiculatus) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 5-7 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A cotoneaster with small glossy green leaves on arching branches. Large red berries in late summer. Orange-red fall color. Has a fine texture when in leaf and a coarse silhouette in winter. Use in masses as a ground cover or as an accent plant.
COTONEASTER, HEDGE (Cotoneaster lucidus) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 5-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Large shrub with glossy dark green foliage and upright growth. Black fruits follow small inconspicuous pink spring flowers. Outstanding orange-red fall color. Tolerates shade well. Good screen or hard hedge that can be pruned for a formal look.
COTONEASTER, SPREADING (Cotoneaster divaricatus) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. An ornamental shrub with arching branches. Summer leaf color is an attractive, glossy dark green. Fall color can be a striking combination of yellow, orange, and red. Small pink flowers appear in late spring but tend to be hidden behind the leaves. The small bright red fruit ripens in September and persists into late fall. Useful as a screen or large hedge.
COTONEASTER, SZECHUAN FIRE (Cotoneaster ignavus) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. An extremely hardy cotoneaster with dark red ¼” fruit. The leaves are heavily pubescent, giving them a blue cast. Yellow fall color. Selected from the USDA Experimental Station in Cheyenne, WY and a favorite of Mr. Howard who was a superintendent of the station. A great hardy cotoneaster.
CREAMBUSH (Holodiscus discolor) Ht 5-7 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Northwest native plant with creamy white flowers in panicles, blooming in midsummer. Erect to arching basal stems with reddish brown exfoliating bark. Hairy leaves are light green, broadly ovate and coarsely toothed. Flowers have a sweet aromatic cream-like scent. Reddish tan seed heads in fall. The wood had many uses for the native peoples of the Northwest, as well as the flowers, which were used medicinally. Drought resistant, but if given regular water may get larger that the listed size.
CURRANT, ALPINE (Ribes alpinum) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Compact rounded bush excellent for small hedges or as a backdrop for flowers. Requires very little shearing to maintain a neat, tidy appearance. Glossy dark green summer foliage.
CURRANT, GOLDEN (Ribes aureum ) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Cinnamon-scented, yellow flowers in May. Green, lobed leaves turn scarlet in fall. Makes a nice accent or hedge.
CURRANT, HARDY RED FLOWERING (Ribes x gordonianum) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). A hardy red flowering currant blooming in April with pendulous racemes up to 6” in length. Dark green leaves and fruitless.
CURRANT, WAX (Ribes cereum) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 2-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). This is a densely branched native shrub with gray-green leaves. The bright red fruit ripens in late summer and is prized by the bears. This selection of currant has minimal fall color but useful for mass plantings especially for naturalized areas. It tolerates dry conditions well.
DAPHNE, CAROL MACKIE (Daphne x burkwoodi ‘Carol Mackie’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Part shade to shade, low to moderate water needs. A densely branched, semi-evergreen shrub. Narrow medium green leaves are edged in cream white. Clusters of intensely fragrant, ½ “ tubular pink flowers bloom in April. Fruit is 1/3” red berry. Does not like to be planted in hot-spots such as south or west exposures. Plant select 1997.
DOGWOOD, BAILEY REDTWIG (Cornus sericea var. ‘baileyi’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. A large shrub with medium green foliage and dense, upright growth. Blue-black fruits follow cream white late spring flowers. Stems turn a showy burgundy in winter. Burgundy-red fall color. Good screen or hardy hedge that can be clipped for a formal look.
DOGWOOD, ISANTI (Cornus sericea ‘Isanti’) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. It is a denser and lower growing dogwood than the Bailey Redtwig with the same bright red stems in winter. Creamy white flowers bloom in late spring, followed by abundant white fruit. Fall color is a dark purple-red. This combination makes for a striking winter silhouette.
DOGWOOD, IVORY HALO (Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Part Shade, moderate water needs. A selection of Variegated Dogwood with the same attractive variegation and winter twig color but has a more compact form.
DOGWOOD, YELLOWTWIG (Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd. 8-10 ft. Part shade, moderate water needs. Dogwood with bight yellow branches in winter. Clusters of white flowers in late spring followed by a white fruit. Summer foliage is dark glossy green turning reddish-purple in fall. Needs protection from winter sun.
DOGWOOD, VARIEGATED (Cornus alba ‘Argenteo Marginata’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 5-8 ft. Part shade to shade, moderate water needs. Dogwood with showy variegated green and white foliage. Stems turn blood red in winter. Creamy white flowers appear in late May to early June. Does best in moist shady areas or eastern exposures, does not tolerate full sun well. All the red stemmed dogwoods require pruning of the oldest branches to ensure vibrant winter color.
ELDERBERRY, BLACK BEAUTY (Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty’) Ht 8-12 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This shrub has intriguing black foliage and massive lemon scented pink flowers that appear in June. The flowers contrast wonderfully with the foliage. The dark purple berries emerge late summer and are very attractive to birds.
ELDERBERRY, BLACK LACE (Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’ (PP 15,575)) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A totally new type of Elderberry. The dark purple, finely cut foliage has an exotic appeal usually found only in Japanese Maples. Pink buds open to lacy white blossoms in May to June. Excellent specimen plant and also attractive in large containers.
ELDERBERRY, GOLDEN (Sambucus canadensis ‘Aurea’) Ht 8-12 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Rapidly growing shrub with bright golden foliage. Fragrant, white, flat-headed flower clusters in early summer, followed by black, juicy, edible fruits. Good shrub for fast screening and color contrast. Fruit is great for jelly, wine, and for wildlife but requires more than one plant for pollination and fruit set.
ELDERBERRY, SUTHERLAND GOLDEN CUTLEAF (Sambucus racemosa ‘Sutherland Golden’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This is a Golden Elder with deeply incised leaves creating a lacy texture. ‘Sutherland Golden’ is the most tolerant of bright sun suffering minimal scorching. It has fragrant white flat-headed flower clusters that bloom in the early summer and are followed by bright red fruit. If there is another variety of elder planted nearby this is considered a pollinator.
FERNBUSH (Chamaebatiaria millefolium) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Small gray-green pinnately compound foliage gives a fine texture to this delicately aromatic, drought tolerant plant. Small white flower clusters in upright panicles appear throughout the summer. Blooms late into fall. During severe winters, may die to snow line, but will quickly grow back.
FORSYTHIA, KUMSON (Forsythia viridissima koreana ‘Kumson’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A new variegated forsythia with dark green leaves that have white veins. This forsythia was discovered in Korea by Spring Meadow Nursery. The flower buds are not as hardy and the ‘Northern Gold’, but this plant is worth a try for its striking variegation.
FORSYTHIA, NOTHERN GOLD (Forsythia x ‘Northern Gold’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 5-7 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Upright form. Outstanding yellow flowers with excellent bud hardiness. Lower growing than other Forsythias.
HONEYSUCKLE, ARNOLD RED (Lonicera tatarica ‘Arnold Red’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Attractive, dark blue-green foliage on graceful branches. Profuse flower display of fragrant dark red blooms in May, followed by large bright red berries through June and July. Easily grown in any soil. Very effectively used for borders or informal hedges.
HONEYSUCKLE, BLUE VELVET (Lonicera korolkowii ‘Floribunda’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. An experiment from the Cheyenne station that is very, very hardy. Pubescent light blue foliage in spring matures to gray-green. Pale pink flowers bloom in profusion during May to early June. Plant select winner in 1999.
HONEYSUCKLE, CHEYENNE PINK VELVET (Lonicera korolkowii ‘Cheyenne Pink Velve’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A seedling ‘accidentally’ found while collecting cuttings of Blue Velvet honeysuckle at the Cheyenne station. It blooms with profuse medium pink flowers in the spring. An added bonus to this honeysuckle is that it is resistant to the witches’ broom aphid. This excellent plant was originally referred to as ‘Brand X’ but is far superior to the normal generic brands.
HONEYSUCKLE, CLAVEY’S DWARF (Lonicera x xylosteoides ‘Clavey’s Dwarf’) Ht 6 ft, Spd 4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Yellow flowers in May, red berries in fall, good compact foliage. Makes a good hedge.
HONEYSUCKLE, DWARF BUSH (Diervilla Ionicera) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Dwarf mounding shrub with handsome foliage. Throughout the season this is a multi-colored plant with the leaves emerging a reddish-purple, then turning green as they mature. No known insect or disease problems. Reddish-purple fall color. Small yellow flowers add additional interest during early summer. Excellent for mass planting and slopes.
HONEYSUCKLE, EMERLAD MOUND (Lonicera xylosteum ‘Emerald Mound’) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Shrub with low arching branches forming a compact mound. Insignificant pale yellow flowers are followed by attractive dark red berries in fall. Dark green leaves appear very early in spring. No significant fall color. Excellent in foundations plantings or as a ground cover.
HONEYSUCKLE, HONEYROSE (Lonicera ‘Honeyrose’) Ht 10 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. The honeyrose honeysuckle is a hardy shrub that is great for making hedges, screening, or windbreaks. It has an upright broad growth habit with a medium textured deep blue-green foliage. The flowers appear in spring on old growth and are followed by a small red fruit. The flowers attract humming birds and butterflies.
HONEYSUCKLE, TINY TRUMPETS (Lonicera syringantha wolfii) Ht 3-6 ft, Spd 6-9 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. A dense, finely branched shrub with a horizontal growth habit. The narrow blue-green leaves contrast nicely with the red stem color of new growth. Extremely fragrant pale violet flowers are borne in clusters in late spring. A plant worth growing for its sweet flowers.
HYDRANGEA, ANABELLE (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-6 ft. Tolerates full to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Dense shrub with large medium green leaves and stout stems creating a coarse texture. Huge, 12” wide globe-shaped clusters of flowers, opening pale green and maturing to white, are borne July through September. Generally dies to the ground and should be pruned just above the soil in late fall or early spring. Prefers well-drained soil.
HYDRANGEA, PEEGEE (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) Ht 6-12 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Tolerates full to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Hydrangea with large, 6”-8” long by 6”-12” wide, conical white flower clusters in July. Flowers open white, then age to a pale purple-pink. Large green leaves give this shrub a very coarse texture. Fall color is minimal. Over time, in a sheltered location, this plant will become a small tree to 1”-2” in caliper. To encourage larger flower heads prune to 5-10 shoots. Prefers well-drained soil.
HYDRANGEA,VANILLA STRAWBERRY (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’ (PP 20,670)) Ht 6-7 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Tolerates full to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This hydrangea is a relative of the PeeGee Hydrangea. It has beautiful full cone shaped blossoms that start in the late spring and usually blooming until the fall. The buds are white opening with a pink blush. As the blossoms mature the flowers become a deeper richer pink-red color.
LEAD PLANT (Amorpha canescens) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 2-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Nitrogen fixing native shrub with 3-4” spikes of purple flowers appearing mid to late summer. Open habit with arching stems. Pinnately compound leaves having small, oval gray-green leaflets. When in bloom one of the more showy western plants. Tolerates dry soils.
LEAD PLANT, DWARF (Amorpha nana) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 2-4 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). This is a dwarf native shrub with a rounded compact habit similar to A. canescens but blooms 2-4 weeks earlier and has greener foliage. The long slender spikes of small purple flowers emerge in June to July. They are naturally found up at 7200’ and are very drought tolerant.
LILAC, ASSESSIPPI (Syringa x hyacinthiflora ‘Assessippi’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This lilac has profuse, fragrant, lavender blooms. It is the first to bloom of the hycinthifloras. It is well formed shrub suitable for many locations.
LILAC, BEAUTIY OF MOSCOW (Syringa vulgaris ‘Beauty of Moscow’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Pale lavender pink buds open to double white flowers whose pointed petals give a star-shaped look.
LILAC, BLOOMERANG (Syringa x ‘Penda’ P.P. #20,575) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. The Bloomerang Lilac is a new type of lilac that has a much more significant bloom time. It will bloom first in the spring and then can bloom throughout the summer as well. There is a rest break between blooms (usually during the heat of the summer). It has a compact mounding form and is a great plant for any garden.
LILAC, CHARLES JOLY (Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Double, dark reddish-purple. An old time selection from France.
LILAC, CHEYENNE LITTLELEAF (Syringa microphylla ‘Cheyenne’) Ht 6-9 ft, Spd: 9-12 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A dense broad shrub that spreads nearly twice as wide as it is tall with long wispy branches that droop under the weight of its blooms. The medium green leaves are approximately half the size of the Common Lilac. Flowers are a dark pink and fragrant, appearing in late May into June. Often there is a sporadic secondary bloom in September. This plant grows late into the year and can show some tip dieback due to an early freeze. Ft Collins Wholesale produces a selection of these lilacs from the Cheyenne Experimental Station.
LILAC, COMMON PURPLE (Syringa vulgaris) Ht 12-15 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Large panicles of lavender purple flowers appear in May. Great for informal hedges or screens. Tolerant of alkaline soil and drought conditions.
LILAC, DWARF KOREAN (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’) Ht 5-7 ft, Spd 5-7 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Small, wavy, dark green leaves and fragrant lavender flowers. Blooms well at an early age. Full, evenly-shaped plant. It is excellent as a foundation or border plant, alone or in masses.
LILAC, FRENCH PURPLE (Syringa vulgaris) Ht 12-15 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). French hybrids are strong, sturdy plants that have no problems with suckers from the understock. They will give a lifetime of satisfaction.
LILAC, ISABELLA CANADIAN (Syringa x prestoniae ‘Isabella’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Lavender flowers. Profuse bloomer even as a young plant.
LILAC, LEMOINE (Syringa vulgaris) Ht 12 ft, Spd 8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). An excellent double pure white. Victor Lemoine, the French nurseryman and lilac breeder named this lilac after his wife.
LILAC, MINUET CANADIAN (Syringa x prestoniae ‘Minuet’) Ht 6-9 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. A dwarf stature of 5’ in 10 years with a dense, upright form. Fragrant lavender flowers
LILAC, MISS CANADA (Syringa x prestoniae ‘Miss Canada’) Ht 6-9 ft, Spd 6-9 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. This lilac has true deep pink flowers. It is a smaller, more rounded form then the other Canadian Lilacs
LILAC, MISS KIM (Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 10-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Hardy late blooming lilac with dark green foliage. Good burgundy fall color. Pale blue lilac flowers appear after other lilacs have finished. A selection made from a lilac native to the Korean mountains and named after the most common name in Korea. Prefers a moist, but well drained soil. Fragrant.
LILAC, MONGE (Syringa vulgaris ‘Monge’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Large, single, deep purple florets are borne on long, loose, symmetrical panicles. Profuse bloomer.
LILAC, MONTAIGNE (Syringa vulgaris ‘Montaigne’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Lavender pink buds open to double, pale lavender pink florets. Panicles are long, narrow, and open.
LILAC, MOUNT BAKER (Syringa x hyacinthiflora ‘Mount Baker’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Large snowy panicles of single white florets. A very fragrant lilac.
LILAC, NOCTURNE CANADIAN (Syringa x prestoniae ‘Nocturne’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Lavender blue. This is the easiest lilac to train into a single stem specimen
LILAC, POCOHONTAS (Syringa x hyacinthiflora ‘Pocohontas’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Single, deep violet blooms cover this lilac in a cloud of fragrance. A tough and showy lilac that has one of the best flower displays as a young plant.
LILAC, PRESIDENT GREVY (Syringa vulgaris ‘President Grevy’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Buds of lilac open to pale blue double florets. Panicles are large, loose and pyramidal. Very nice blue.
LILAC, SAUGEANA CHINESE (Syringa x chinensis ‘Saugeana’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Fast growing, with smaller leaves than most other lilacs. Profuse bloomer with a deeper purple color that the regular Chinese Lilac. Wonderful hedge or screen plant because it holds its foliage down to the ground.
LILAC, SENSATION (Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’(PP1242)) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This lovely unusual lilac boasts large single florets of purple edged with white. Plant this lilac where its unique flowers can be enjoyed up close, very striking!
LILAC, TINKERBELL (Syringa x ‘Bailbelle’) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A new lilac introduced by Bailey Nurseries resulting from a cross between S. meyeri ‘Palabin’ and S. microphylla ‘Suberba’. A compact lilac with a later bloom time then the French hybrids. Wine-red buds open to pink trumpet shaped florets with a spicy fragrance.
MOHOGANY, CURL LEAF (Cercocarpus ledifolius) Ht 10-20 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A drought tolerant large shrub or small tree native to the foothill regions of the West and Southwest. Upright growth habit. Lance-shaped leathery leaves are dark green in color with edges that curl under, giving this plant its common name. During most winters foliage is evergreen. Attractive, curled, fuzzy “seed tails” provide fall interest.
MOHOGANY, HARIY MOUNTAIN (Cercocarpus breviflorus) Ht 8-12 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A large shrub native to the Southwest. Small narrow gray-green foliage stays evergreen in protected sites. Inconspicuous flowers are followed by slender fuzzy seed “tails”. Tolerant of poor soils, heat, and dry conditions.
MOHOGANY, LITTLELEAF MOUNTAIN (Cercocarpus intricatus) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A very dense and rounded shrub with stiff intertwining branches. Tiny almost needle-like evergreen leaves. Very drought tolerant and slow growing.
MAHOGANY, TRUE LEAF (Cercocarpus montanus) Ht 4-9 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). This is a native shrub with dark gray-green, deeply veined leaves. It produces an inconspicuous flower and fuzzy twisted “seed tails” in the fall. These seed tails provide winter interest. It is hardy up to 9000’.
MOCKORANGE, CHEYENNE (Philadelphus lewixii ‘Cheyenne’) Ht 6-9 ft, Spd 5-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Broad rounded to upright shrub. Numerous dense racemes of 1”-1.25” pure white flowers appear in early summer. Flowers have a sweet fragrance. This is the only mockorange at the Cheyenne Station that is still blooming and doing well after many years of neglect. Plant Select 2001
MOCKORANGE, LITTLELEAF (Philadelphus microphyllus) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-5ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Slow growing native species of mockorange that can reach 6ft in height. Pure white starry flowers bloom in June and are quite fragrant. The ½” leaves are small for the species and give this plant a unique fine texture.
MOCKORANGE, MINIATURE SNOWFLAKE (Philadelphus ‘Miniature Snowflake’) Ht 2.5-3 ft, Spd 2-2.5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This is a dwarf, compact shrub with dark green foliage and prolific producers of double white, extremely fragrant flowers in early summer. Their neat, dense growth habbit and showy blooms make this an excellent small accent or low informal hedge. Keep away from reflective surfaces on western or southern exposures.
MOCKORANGE, MINNESOTA SNOWFLAKE (Philadelphus virginalis ‘Minnesota Snowflake’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun, moderate water needs. Very double, sweet scented, white flowers in early summer. A well branched shrub retaining its foliage better than most mockoranges.
NINEBARK, CENTER GLOW (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Center Glow’ (PP16,894)) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 7-9 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub has a bold array of colors that lends excitement to the shrub border all seasons. It is much like the Diablo Ninebark except the red color is far brighter and the new foliage emerges a glowing yellow-green. It has creamy-white flowers in the spring.
NINEBARK, DART’S GOLD (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Small, dense upright shrub. Foliage emerges golden-yellow then matures to a bright yellow-green. White flowers open in late spring. One of the best performing yellow foliage plants for alkaline soils.
NINEBARK, DIABLO (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A ninebark selected for bright maroon leaf color. Cream white flowers accent the red-purple foliage in early summer. Needs full sun for best foliage color. Its upright arching habit and leaf color make this an excellent plant for a hedge of a shrub border.
NINEBARK, DWARF (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Nana’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Attractive plant with small green leaves on a dense, bushy form. White flowers in May to June are followed by small reddish brown seed pods. Useful as a hedge plant.
NINEBARK, LITTLE DEVIL (Pyhsocarpus opulifolius ‘Little Devil’) Ht 3-4ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Little Devil™ packs color and texture into a compact, easy to care for ninebark. It features beautiful, deep burgundy foliage throughout the season and small white-pink clusters of flowers in June.
NINEBARK, MOUNTAIN (Physocarpus monogynus) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Compact native shrub with medium green foliage. Clusters of ¼-½” white flowers, tinged with rose, appear in late May to early June. Bark is exfoliating. Orange to red fall color. Effective for massing and low hedging.
NINEBARK, SUMMER WINE (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Summer Wine’) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 5-6ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. A new improved Ninebark, combines the fine texture and compact branching of ‘Nana’ with the dark foliage of Diabolo. Pinkish-white button-like flowers in mid-summer.
PEASHRUB, GLOBE (Caragana frutex ‘Globosa’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). This small, slow-growing, dense shrub does not sucker. Useful as a low formal hedge or small specimen. The tight, round shape and soft light green foliage gives a boxwood like appearance in summer.
PEASHRUB, SIBERIAN (Caragana arborescens) Ht 12-15 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Pinnately compound bright green leaves emerge on copper-green branches in spring. Showy yellow pea-like flowers appear in late May followed by pea-like pods. Excellent as screen, hedge, or windbreak, but will become open at base as plant ages. Tolerant of a wide range of soil types.
PEASHRUB, SUTHERLAND (Caragana arborescens ‘Sutherland’) Ht 12-20 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). A unique fastigiate from of C. arborescens found at the Cheyenne Research Station. An extremely hardy columnar shrub or small tree that could be used for screens or strong vertical statements in the landscape. Glossy sienna brown bark adds winter interest. Yellow, pea-like flowers appear in late spring.
PEONY, DUTCHESS DE NEMOURS (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Duchesse de Nemours’) Ht 2.5-3 ft, Spd 2.5-3 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This robust peony has deep green oval to lancet shaped leaves and a large double pure white flowers in the spring. The blossoms are very fragrant.
PEONY, KARL ROSENFIELD (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Karl Rosenfield’ ) Ht 2.5-3 ft, Spd 2.5-3 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. The large, bright, deep red, flowers bloom midseason. The blossoms can get up to 4 to 5 inches across. The stems are hairy with mid-green hairy leaves.
PEONY, SARAH BERNHARDT (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’) Ht 3 ft, Spd 3 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This peony has very large, fragrant, double, pink flowers in late spring to early summer. The leaves are a mid-green color on erect stems.
PLUM, AMERICAN (Prunus americana) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Small native tree or large shrub with very fragrant 1” white flowers that open before leaves emerges in early April. 1” yellow to red fruit ripens in August and can be used for jams or jellies. Can be grown as a large multi-stem shrub or a single stem small tree. Will tolerant dry alkaline soils, and thrives on neglect. In the wild it suckers and spreads to form lovely drifting colonies.
PLUM, DOUBLE FLOWERING (Prunus triloba) Ht 6-10 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Beautiful and abundant double pink flowers to 1” in April and May make this plant a crowd pleaser. Often confused with the Pink Flowering Almond, but Double Flowering Plum is a larger plant with larger, darker pink flowers. Prefers well drained soils. Can be pruned into an attractive small tree
POTENTILLA, ABBOTSWOOD (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Abbotswood’) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 2-4 ft, Full sun, low to moderate water. Blue-green foliage with large pure white flowers. Dense growth habit. Makes a fine foundation plant. One of the best white potentillas.
POTENTILLA, DAKOTA SUNSPOT (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Fargo’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Compact variety with deep golden 1” flowers produced profusely all season. Dwarf plant with large flowers.
POTENTILLA, FOREVER GOLD (Potentilla fruticosa var. ‘prudomnii’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 2-3ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A selection from the Cheyenne Experimental Station. A potentilla having an erect habit with leaves that are light green above and gray-green below. Pale yellow flowers. An early flowering variety with one of the longest and most profuse bloom periods of any potentilla.
POTENTILLA, GOLD DROP (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Gold Drop’) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water. A compact and finely textured potentilla. Abundant 1” bight yellow flowers bloom steadily all summer. Medium green foliage.
POTENTILLA, GOLDFINGER (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. An improved variety with an erect habit and consistent bloom cycle. The 1.5” golden-yellow flowers bloom all summer. Medium green foliage. The best tall-growing, bright yellow potentilla to date.
POTENTILLA, JACKMAN (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Jackman’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Larger leaf than other potentillas with a more upright habit. Dark green foliage. Bright golden-yellow 1.5” blooms throughout the summer. One of the most attractive potentillas in the collection at the USDA Experimental Station in Cheyenne.
POTENTILLA, KATHERINE DYKES (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A potentilla with a wide spreading habit and gray-green foliage. Spring bloom is heavy, with moderate bloom throughout the summer. The pale yellow flowers are striking against the gray-green pubescent foliage.
POTENTILLA, McKAY’S WHITE (Potentilla fruticosa ‘McKay’s White’) Ht 2 ft, Spd 3 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A mound-shaped potentilla. Long blooming period in summer produces white flowers.
POTENTILLA, PINK BEAUTY (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Pink Beauty’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Foliage is bright green and lush. Pink flowers through summer are best kept when used on eastern exposures.
POTENTILLA, PRAIRIE SNOW (Potentilla fruticosa va. ‘davurica’) Ht 1-2 ft, Spd 3-6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. The parent plant is located at the USDA Experimental Station in Cheyenne. It is nearly fifty years old, about 2’ tall and 6’ wide. When in bloom it is a striking mound of white flowers. This plant is tough and long lived. Bright green foliage gives it a lush look when out of bloom.
POTENTILLA, YELLOW GEM (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Yellow Gem’) Ht 1-2 ft, Spd 3-6 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A potentilla with a unique procumbent habit ideal for the rock garden. The new twig growth is red contrasting with the pubescent gray-green foliage. Bright yellow flowers all summer.
PRIVET, CHEYENNE (Ligustrum vulgare ‘Cheyenne’) Ht 8-16 ft, Spd 4-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Dark green foliage is an attractive feature of this plant. Upright, rapid grower with extremely fragrant clusters of small white flowers in early summer. An excellent shrub for screens and formal hedges.
PRIVET, GOLDEN VICARY (Ligustrum x vicary) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Bright golden foliage that holds late into fall and winter. Fragrant white flowers followed by purple berries.
PRIVET, LODENSE (Ligustrum vulgare ‘Lodense’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 2-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. An excellent low-growing hedge plant that makes a great formal look. Glossy green foliage holds on well late into the season, though it has no significant fall color. Very compact, dense, slow growth keeps this plant in bounds.
PRIVET, NEW MEXICAN (Forestiera neo-mexicana) Ht 8-15 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Small yellow flowers appear before leaves, followed by 0.8” dark blue fruit in late July to August. The fruit is usually consumed by birds. Silky smooth blond bark adds interest when lower branches are removed to create a small multi-stemmed tree. Native to the southern Rock Mountain region. A great aspen alternative.
QUINCE, CHEYENNE FLOWERING (Chaenomeles japonica) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. One of the most durable and alkaline tolerant of the genus on the market today. Glossy green foliage with deep rosy red blooms in May. They have an exotic southern mountain or oriental garden look.
RABBITBUSH, DWARF BLUE (Chrysothamnus nauseosus nauseosus) Ht 1-4 ft, Spd 2-4 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Smaller, more compact form of rabbitbush with blue-gray leaf color.
RABBITBUSH, TALL BLUE (Chrysothamnus nauseosus albicaulis) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Bushy, semi-evergreen native shrub with thin blue-green leaves and showy golden-yellow flower clusters in fall. Tolerates poor soils and grows naturally in very dry sites.
RABBITBUSH, TALL GREEN (Chrysothamnus nauseosus graveolens) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). A Rabbitbrush with a brighter green leaf color than the Tall Blue Rabbitbrush. Tolerates poor soils and grows naturally in very dry sites.
ROSE OF SHARON (Hibiscus syriacus) Ht 10 ft, Spd 5 ft. Full Sun to part shade, low to moderate water. Upright bushy shrub starts blooming midsummer, persists into fall. Very hardy once established. Flowers come in red, blue, burgundy, lavender, and white.
ROSES- More varieties available. Ask for list and availability.
ROSE, ADELAIDE HOODLESS (Rosa x ‘Adelaide Hoodless’) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. This rose is from the Parkland Series. It is an extremely floriferous and vigorous shrub rose. It flowers in clusters of up to 25 slightly fragrant semi-double red blooms. The fine-textured, glossy dark green foliage appears on arching stems. It is resistant to mildew. The blossoms are recurrent.
ROSE, AUSTRIAN COPPER (Rosa foetida ‘Bicolor’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water. Easily recognized shrub rose with single coppery-red and yellow bicolor flowers. This tall, upright plant blooms with large, flowering masses in June. A rose that has been enjoyed in gardens in Europe since the 1500’s. Some branches may produce all yellow blooms resulting in both yellow and coppery-red blooms. A hardy specimen. Non-recurrent
ROSE, BLAZE (Rosa ‘Blaze’) Ht 10-15 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. This is one of the best climbing red roses. The scarlet blossoms are a neatly cupped form opening to a fairly full-petal bloom with a light fruity fragrance. The blossoms appear in large clusters on strong canes. The bloom time is usually from early summer to fall.
ROSE, BONICA (Rosa x‘Bonica’ (PP5,105)) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water. Masses of pale pink, double flowers on sturdy arching stems. Glossy, dark green foliage. Bright orange-red hips last into winter. Winner of the prestigious All American Rose Selection award in 1987. Ever-blooming.
ROSE, CUTHBERT GRANT (Rosa x ‘Cuthbert Grant’) Ht 3 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. This rose is an upright medium sized shrub from the Parkland Series. The 4” double flowers are a velvety crimson red and very fragrant. The foliage is a lush dark green color. This is a very hardy recurrent rose.
ROSE, CAREFREE CELEBRATION (Rosa carefree celebration) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. This shrub rose has cup-like double blooms with dazzling shades of orange, orange-red, and peach. This is an ever blooming rose blooming from late spring to fall. The matte foliage is a medium green color. This plant has excellent disease resistance.
ROSE, CAREFREE SUNSHINE (Rosa ‘RADsun’ (PP 13,063)) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A new everblooming shrub rose with bright, non-fading, single lemon-yellow blooms. The flowers get up to 3½” across. This shrub rose is very disease resistant. It has glossy medium green foliage.
ROSE, DARLOW’S ENIGMA (Rosa x ‘Darlow’s Enigma’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water. A lovely heirloom rose of unknown origin. Two inch white blooms are borne in clusters of 20 or more and have a very intense rose fragrance with a hint of citrus. The single to semi-double blooms open to expose a golden yellow center, and are accented by beautiful glossy dark green foliage. This rose tolerates alkaline soils. The habit is shrub-like to rambling. Recurrent.
ROSE, DOUBLE KNOCK OUT (Rosa x ‘Radtko’ P.P.# 16202) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. The Double Knock Out Rose is a low maintenance shrub rose that produces showy candy apple red blossoms that have a spicy scent. This rose makes a beautiful accent shrub or hedge. It has excellent resistance to downy mildew leaf disease and black spot.
ROSE, GOLDEN SHOWERS (Rosa x ‘Golden Showers’) Ht 12 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. This rose has elegant buds opening to a semi-double flower with a mild licorice scent. The flowers appear bright yellow fading to light cream color with loosely ruffled petals. Deep green glossy leaves grow on thorny canes. Recurrent bloomer.
ROSE, GOLDEN WINGS (Rosa x ‘Golden Wings’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water. A large shrub rose that blooms throughout the season with single yellow blooms. The flowers often reach 4-5” in diameter and have a spicy fragrance.
ROSE, HANSA (Rosa x ‘Hansa’) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 5-7 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. This is a rugosa hybrid vigorous shrub rose with unique fuschia-pink blooms having sweet fragrance. Medium glossy green foliage gives this plant a nice texture. Large tasty red hips ripen after flowers fade in the fall. Recurrent bloomer.
ROSE, HENRY KELSEY (Rosa x ‘Henry Kelsey’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. Explorer series: A pillar type rose with trailing branches. Flowers are medium red with a bright yellow center. Spicy fragrant blooms are borne in clusters of 9-15 flowers with up to 25 petals each. Removal of old flowers encourages repeat blooming. Branches can be left up on a trellis with only minor spring pruning. Recurrent.
ROSE, HOPE FOR HUMANITY (Rosa x ‘Hope for Humanity’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. This low growing rose has striking, double 3” deep red blooms, and medium green glossy disease resistant foliage. It was named in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Red Cross Society. It is an everblooming rose.
ROSE, ICEBERG (Rosa ‘Iceberg Climbing’) Ht 12 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. This rose is a very successful climbing sport of Floribundas. The semi-double white blooms have a gentle honey scent and the stems can easily be trained over arches or other structures.
ROSE, JEANNE LAJOIE (Rosa ‘Jeanne Lajoie’) Ht 6-10 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. This is a miniature climbing rose with fully double pink roses and deep green foliage. The small flowers bloom profusely throughout the growing season. The have a soft tea fragrance. These can also be used as a self-supporting shrub.
ROSE, JENS MUNK (Rosa x ‘Jens Munk’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. Explorer series: A tall plant with fragrant light pink 2” to 3” flowers. Foliage is a glossy medium green. Has some of the showiest rose hips. Recurrent.
ROSE, JOHN CABOT (Rosa x ‘John Cabot’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. This explorer series rose is a pillar type with strong arching canes up to 10’ tall. This plant can be grown as a pillar or a climber. Some pruning is required. Double, 2 ½” fuschia-pink blooms appear throughout the summer. This is a recurrent rose.
ROSE, KNOCK OUT (Rosa x ‘RADrazz’ (PP11836)) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. 2000 AARS winner. Deep red buds open to large, single, cherry-like blossoms. The very disease resistant foliage dark green tinged with burgundy. Bright orange-red hips add great fall interest. Everblooming.
ROSE, LINDA CAMPBELL (Rosa x ‘Linda Campbell’ (PP8199)) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. Rugosa hybrid: Dark velvety red semi-double blooms, 2 ½” across are borne in clusters from June till frost. Arching habit. Recurrent.
ROSE, MORDEN CENTENNIAL (Rosa x ‘Morden Centinnial’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. Parkland series: Large, 4” medium pink double flowers with a light fragrance. One of the best producers of showy orange hips in fall. Excellent disease resistance and attractive foliage. Recurrent.
ROSE, MORDEN SUNRISE (Rosa x ‘Morden Sunrise’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Parkland series: This is the first orange blend flowering member of the Parkland series. Bright yellow-orange buds open to 3”, fragrant, semi-double blooms with a yellow petal base that blends to orange at the petal tip. Dark green glossy foliage with improved resistance to blackspot. Everblooming.
ROSE, NEARLY WILD (Rosa x ‘Nearly Wild’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 3-5ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water needs. Shrub rose with fragrant, 2-2 ½” single pink flowers from June until frost. Attractive plant with a bushy habit. Vigorous and disease resistant. Useful in mass plantings as a ground cover. Everblooming.
ROSE, RED CASCADE (Rosa ‘Red Cascade’) Ht 5 ft, Spd 5-8 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water. This rose has tight clusters of fully double, dark red blossoms. The leaves are dark green. The blossoms have a mild fragrance. This rose can be used as a climber or trained as a hedge.
ROSE, REDLEAF (Rosa glauca (rubrifolia)) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 5-7 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. This rose has an attractive foliage that is purple in sunny locations turning a gray-green with a mauve tinge in shadier locations. The stems are a red-violet color. It has very fragrant light pink 1 ½” flowers in June followed by bright red hips that hold into winter. This a non-recurrent rose.
ROSE, RUBY VOODOO (Rosa ‘Ruby Voodoo’) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This rose has a large upright form that works great in pairings of taller grasses and other roses. Very fragrant purple pink flowers that have a recurring bloom through most of the summer. A great specimen to add some vibrant color and fragrance to your garden!
ROSE, SEA FOAM (Rosa x ‘Sea Foam’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 3-5ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Glossy, dark green, disease resistant foliage. Double white blooms have a light fragrance. Recurrent.
ROSE, SUNRISE SUNSET (Rosa x ‘BAIset’ (PP 16,770)) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. As the name implies, Sunrise Sunset is a stunning blend, with bright fuchsia-pink petals, blending to apricot near the centers. Blue-green foliage is disease-resistant on this everblooming shrub rose. Its dense, spreading habit makes it an ideal ground cover and is also well suited to mass plantings. A vigorous grower even in zone 4.
ROSE, WESTERLAND (Rosa ‘Westerland’) Ht 8 ft, Spd 4 ft. Full Sun, low to moderate water. This rose produces bright double apricot-orange flowers in clusters. The blossoms are very fragrant. It has large dark green soft leaves. Can be used as a climber or a shrub.
ROSE, WINNIPEG PARKS (Rosa x ‘Winnipeg Parks’ (PP9122)) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Parkland series: Low growing shrub rose. Medium green disease resistant foliage is accented by red new growth. Double 3” blooms are a bright light cherry-red. Seems to do well in alkaline soils. Recurrent.
ROSE, WOODS (Rosa woodsii) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Arching shrub with delicate, fragrant, single pink flowers in June followed by small, red rose hips that on into winter. Spreads to form dense thickets. Develops an orange to red fall color. A Rocky Mountain native. Nonrecurrent.
SAGE, FRINGED (Artemisia frigida) Ht 6-18 in, Spd 2-3 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). The silver-green aromatic leaves are evergreen. Small yellow flowers bloom in late August. Young plants are compact and may form a dense, soft mat. Cut back if plants become rangy.
SAGE, FURMAN RED (Salvia greggii ‘Furmans Red’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. This variety of sage has beautiful crimson flowers June through September. It attracts lots of humming birds. Best if cut back when dormant.
SAGE, RUSSIAN (Perovskia atriplicifolia) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Herbaceous shrub with downy silvery-green foliage. Bright blue-violet flower spikes appear August through September. Quite showy, especially when used in masses. Needs to be pruned back to live wood in early spring. Tolerant of alkaline soils.
SAGE, SILVER (Artemisia cana) Ht 2-5 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Small mounding shrub with stout, upright branches that may become gnarled with age. Leaves are 1-3” long, slender, and light gray in color. Yellow flowers appear in late summer. A Colorado native of mountain meadows.
SAGE, TALL WESTERN (Artemisia (seriphidium) tridentata) Ht 3-10 ft, Spd 3-6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Native to the Rocky Mountain region. Silver-gray foliage on dull gray branches. The bark becomes exfoliating as plant ages. Yellow flowers bloom in August. Tolerates dry conditions and poor soil. An interesting hardy accent plant. Very aromatic foliage.
SALTBRUSH, FOUR WINGED (Atriplex canescens) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A native shrub with dark gray-green foliage and an upright spreading habit. A four-winged fruit appears in late summer, on the female plants, turning to a rose color in the fall. This plant is very tolerant of poor soils and is useful for soil stabilization.
SANDCHERRY, PAWNEE BUTTES (Prunus besseyi ‘Pawnee Buttes’) Ht 12-18 in, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Differs from the species in that is has a low, creeping form. Parent plant was discovered near Pawnee Buttes in eastern Colorado. Plant Select 2000.
SANDCHERRY, WESTERN (Prunus besseyi) Ht 5-6 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Masses of single white flowers in May are followed by edible ¾” black cherries, great for attracting birds. Showy glossy silver-green foliage turns to a soft red in fall. Prefers hot, dry conditions.
SERVICEBERRY, AUTUMN BRILLIANCE (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 10-15 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Rounded growth habit with moderately spreading branches. Clusters of showy white flowers appear in April, followed by a tasty purplish-black fruit. Fall color is bright orange-red. Strong branching resists ice and snow breakage. Can be grown in a small single stem, or attractive multi-stemmed tree.
SERVICEBERRY, REGENT (Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This is a selection of the Saskatoon Serviceberry that has a larger and heavier fruit set. The large white flowers appear in April or May before the leaves completely emerge. The edible fruit is blueberry-like in appearance and ripens in early summer. This plant has a flashy orange to red fall color.
SERVICEBERRY, SASKATOON (Amelanchier alnifolia) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Elegant mountain native with billowy cluster of white flowers in spring followed by edible blueberry-like fruit. Green foliage turns yellow to red in fall. Good for attracting birds. Can be grown as a large shrub or multi-stemmed small tree. A good specimen for dry, alkaline, soils.
SERVICEBERRY, SHADBLOW (Amelanchier canadensis) Ht 6-20+ ft. Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs. Large shrub or small tree. There is a great variation in size within the species. Showy white flowers appear in early spring before foliage. Purplish-black berries were favorites of Native American tribes. Good yellow to red fall color.
SERVICEBERRY, UTAH (Amelanchier utahensis) Ht 6-12 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A rounded shrub native to the Western Slope of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Texas. Blanketed with fragrant white flowers in early spring followed by wooly gray-green leaves. Yellow fruit ripens and dries to bluish-black in mid summer. Tolerant of heat and drought.
SMOKEBUSH, ROYAL PURPLE (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Handsome, oval purple leaves on this large shrub are interesting enough, but the clouds of tiny beige flowers that resemble puffs of ‘smoke’ in midsummer make this plant stand out. Subject to winter dieback, though it recovers quickly to make a fine plant each year. Best in a protected location.
SNOWBERRY, WHITE (Symphoricarpos albus) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 5-7 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Petite pink flowers appear against blue-green foliage in early summer, followed by showy ¾” white berries which hold into winter. Useful for wildlife habitat. Arching, spreading growth habit. Suckers profusely which creates problems in the wrong situation, or helpful in holding soil on steep banks.
SPIREA, ANTHONY WATERER (Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’) Ht 3 ft, Spd 3 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Magenta flowers in early summer. Useful as a small hedge with good fall color.
SPIREA, ASH LEAF (Sorbaria sorbifolia) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. An extremely hard large shrub with attractive dark green compound leaves. Large plumes of creamy-white flowers up to 1’ in length bloom in midsummer. Will add lush tropical look to a shrub border. Prune out older stems in early spring to promote blooming, or periodically cut down to ground line.
SPIREA, BLUE MIST (Caryopteris x incana) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Soft, fragrant, silvery-green foliage and upright branches. Light blue flowers appear in July and August. A beautiful xeric addition to any landscape.
SPIREA, CHEYENNE SNOWMOUND (Spiraea nipponica var. tosaensis) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Similar to “Snowmound” with slightly smaller flowers and larger leaves. The hardiest of all the nipponicas. Survived well at the Cheyenne station.
SPIREA, DAPHNE (Spiraea japonica ‘Alpina’) Ht 18-14 in, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Spirea that forms a low spreading mat of slender, dense branches covered by medium green small leaves. Clusters of light pink flowers are borne in corymbs midsummer. An attractive fine-textured groundcover.
SPIREA, DARK KNIGHT (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Form of Blue Mist Spirea with darker gray-green foliage and darker blue flowers. An attractive alternative.
SPIREA, FAIRY QUEEN (Spiraea trilobata ‘Fairy Queen’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A compact spirea with dark green lobed leaves. Profuse flat topped flowers in May and June. Resembles a compact form of VanHoute Spirea. Develops an attractive red fall color.
SPIREA, FROEBEL (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Froebeli’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This low growing shrub boasts flat clusters of pink flowers in late May or June. Good for hedge or foundation planting. New foliage appears as purplish tips on a green background. Purplish red fall color. Best when pruned back for flowering each spring. Stays more compact than the Anthony Waterer Spirea.
SPIREA, GOLDFLAME (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Goldflame’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Spring foliage is bright gold with red tips, turning yellow green in the summer. Coppery-orange fall color. Dark pink flower clusters in summer. Great foundation or border plant with many accenting color changes throughout the season.
SPIREA, GOLDMOUND (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Gold Mound’) Ht 18-24 in, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Bushy, mounding shrub with yellow-gold leaves throughout the season. Pink flowers in June-July. Good for accent or contrast in a foundation planting or shrub border.
SPIREA, GREFSHEIM (Spiraea cineria ‘Grefsheim’) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A dense shrub with finely textured narrow gray-green leaves. Has an arching habit that ultimately becomes more broad then tall. In late April to early May there are cascades of abundant small white flowers that bloom all along the branches. An excellent medium sized shrub.
SPIREA, GUMBALL (Spiraea x bumalda ‘Gumball’) Ht 2-2.5 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A compact selection of Froebel Spirea that keeps its dense rounded shape even under the weight of blooms. Dark pink flower clusters bloom in early summer against medium green foliage. An overall superior form of summer spirea.
SPIREA, LITTLE PRINCESS (Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess’) Ht 18-24 on, Spd 2-3 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Small, dense shrub with slender branches and medium green foliage. Good border or specimen plant with a dainty, fine texture. Corymbs of dark rose flowers bloom in early summer. Purplish red fall color.
SPIREA, MAGIC CARPET (Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’ (PP 9,363)) Ht 15-18 in, Spd 24-30 in. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. The new growth emerges red in the spring and matures into a rich bronze, re-tipped foliage. The clusters of deep pink flowers cover the plant in early summer and contrast nicely with the leaves. The foliage turns a russet color in the fall that remains well into November.
SPIREA, NEON FLASH (Spiraea japonica ‘Neon Flash’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Vivid red flowers grace this attractive spirea in early summer. The new growth appears with a purple tint, matures to dark green, then takes on a lovely burgundy color for fall. Compact rounded habit.
SPIREA, RENEISSANCE (Spiraea x vanhouttei ‘Renaissance’) Ht 5-7 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A large spirea with long arching branches that become laden with fragrant cascades of white flowers in spring, creating a striking display. Dark green lobed leaves. A vanhoutte spirea selected for its more disease resistant foliage.
SPIREA, ROCK (Holodiscus dumosus) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). A Rocky Mountain native shrub with sprays of white to pink flowers in late June. The flowers dry to a russet color in fall and persist throughout the winter. The finely textured foliage turns reddish in the fall. The crushed leaves have a spicy odor. Tolerant of dry conditions.
SPIREA, SKINNER’S STRAIN ASH LEAF (Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Skinner’s Strain’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Compact form of the Ash Leaf Spirea. An extremely hardy large shrub with attractive dark green compound leaves. Large plumes of creamy-white flowers up to 1’ in length bloom in midsummer. Prune out older stems in early spring to promote blooming, or periodically cut down to the ground line. Maroon fall color. Makes a great backdrop plant.
SPIREA, SNOWMOUND (Spiraea nipponica var. tosaensis) Ht 3-5ft, Spd 3-5ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Produces profuse clusters of pure white flowers in May against small dark green leaves. Dense, mounding habit with fine texture.
SUMAC, AUTUMN AMBER (Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’) Ht 6-18 in, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A prostrate form of R. triloba which forms a dense groundcover and will cascade over walls. Much more prostate then the more common Gro-Low Sumac. Inconspicuous flowers, and no apparent fruits. They turn a yellow to russet color in the fall. This form was discovered growing on limestone outcroppings near Littlefield, Texas.
SUMAC, CUTLEAF (Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 12-16 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Form of Staghorn Sumac with attractive, deeply cut leaves creating a fine textured look. Orange to red fall color. Tolerant of alkaline soils.
SUMAC, FRAGRANT (Rhus aromatica) Ht 6 ft, Spd 5 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Aromatic shrub with small, yellow flowers in May, followed by small red berries. Brilliant, atutumn foliage.
SUMAC, GRO-LOW (Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Tiny, inconspicuous yellow flowers in May are followed by small red berries. Brilliant scarlet to orange autumn foliage. Leaves have a pungent citrus-like fragrance. Its low, spreading form and fast growth rate make this plant excellent for mass plantings as a ground cover, or for erosion control.
SUMAC, ROCKY MOUNTAIN (Rhus glabra cismontana) Ht 3-6 ft, Spd 3-10 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Native shrub with shiny dark green leaves turning brilliant red in fall. Decorative red fruit. A western sub-species that grows to only half the height of the species. This hardy plant suckers to form colonies making it a great groundcover.
SUMAC, SMOOTH (Rhus glabra) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Very similar to Staghorn Sumac except the leaves and branches are not pubescent. More shrubby than other sumacs. Brilliant red leaves and velvety dark red fruits in autumn. Tolerates alkaline soils. They will spread making them well suited for group plantings.
SUMAC, STAGHORN (Rhus typhina) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 12-16 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Large compounded leaves give this plant a tropical look. Pyramidal clusters of velvety crimson fruits appear in late August and persist into winter. The branches are covered with dense, velvety hair and resemble stag’s horns, giving rise to the common name. The fall color is a brilliant red. Spreads by suckers.
SUMAC, THREE-LEAF (Rhus trilobata) Ht 6-10 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Very hardy native shrub of the Rocky Mountains. Three-lobed dark green leaves turn red to orange in the fall. Bright red berries follow dainty yellow flowers. Medium spreading plant that makes an irregular hedge. Height will very depending on available water.
SUMAC, TIGER EYES CUTLEAF (Rhus typhina ‘Baitiger’ (PP 16,185)) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun, moderate water needs. A Bailey Nursery introduction, Tiger Eyes is a beautiful golden-leaved form of the Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac. The new growth is a lively green, quickly changing to yellow. Both of the colors contrast nicely with the rosy-pink leaf stems. The Fall color is a striking red to orange.
VIBURNUM, ALLEGEHNY (Viburnum x rhytidophylloides ‘Alleghany’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. The Alleghany is a beautiful rounded shrub with rich dark green leaves that remain evergreen well into most winters. Abundant clusters of white flowers bloom in the late spring and are followed by large clusters of red berries that mature to a glossy black color by September.
VIBURNUM, BLUE MUFFIN ARROWWOOD (Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’) Ht 4-7 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Glossy green foliage with creamy white flowers in spring. Intense blue berries in late summer with spectacular fall color. An exciting new selection of compact Arrowwood Viburnum! Makes a great hedge or foundation plant. Prefers well-drained conditions, but adapts well to a variety of soils.
VIBURNUM, COMPACT EUROPEAN CRANBERRY (Viburnum opulus ‘Compactum’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Flat-headed, creamy-white spring flowers followed by a brilliant show of red fruit. Light green foliate turns purplish-red for a lovely fall display. Glossy fruit persists into late winter. Great small shrub for seasonal change and interest, especially in mass plantings.
VIBURNUM, COMPACT AMERICAN CRANBERRY (Viburnum trilobum ‘Compactum’) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Compact form of the Highbush Cranberry Viburnum. Hardy shrub with light green foliage turning a dark red in the fall. White, flat-headed spring flowers when well established. Dense, well-shaped shrub with slender upright stems that add visual interest in winter. Nearly as striking in full fall color as burning bush, but more adaptable to alkaline soils. Excellent as a foundation planting, or a shrub border.
VIBURNUM, JUDD (Viburnum x juddii) Ht 5-8 ft, Spd 5-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A hybrid between V. carlesii and V. bitchiuense from Arnold Arboretum and thought to be much hardier than V. carlesii. Clusters of small pink buds open to highly fragrant flowers that are virtually indistinguishable from its marginal Korean Spice parent. Dark green leathery foliage may develop an uninteresting red-purple color.
VIBURNUM, KOREANSPICE (Viburnum carlesii) Ht 6 ft, Spd 6 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Intense fragrance emitted by pinkish red buds open to round clusters of white flowers. Foliage is soft gray-green turning bronze-red in the fall. Dense, round growth habit. This shrub surrounds the rose garden at the White House
VIBURNUM, MARIES DOUBLEFIRE (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’) Ht 8 ft, Spd 10 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Creamy white flowers of 1½” rise above the foliage in clusters, creating a milky way effect among horizontal branches. Leaves turn reddish purple in fall. Showy red berries turn dark and persist into winter
VIBURNUM, MOHICAN WAYFARING TREE (Viburnum lantana ‘Mohican’) Ht 8-9 ft, Spd 8-9 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A variety of V. lantana selected for its more compact form. Fruit turns orange red in early July and retains color for several weeks to a month instead of turning black like others of the species.
VIBURNUM, NANNYBERRY (Viburnum lentago) Ht 12-16 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun to part shade. Low to moderate water needs. Glossy green foliage becomes brilliant orange-red in fall. Flat-headed, creamy-white flowers in spring followed by blue-black fruit. Very hardy plant with upright growth. Can be pruned to small tree shape.
VIBURNUM, NOTHERN BURGUNDY ARROWOOD (Viburnum dentatum ‘Morton’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 10-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A viburnum with 2”-4” cluster of small creamy white flowers in summer followed by blue black berries favored by birds. Glossy dark green summer foliage. Fall color is a striking burgundy purple which contrasts beautifully with the display of fruit. Upright stems on a vigorous grower.
VIBURNUM, SARCOXIE (Viburnum x ‘Sarcoxie’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. This is an extremely fragrant, semi-evergreen Viburnum that blooms earlier then the V. burkwoodii and the V. carlesii. It is also hardier. It is a cross between V. burkwoodii and V. carlesii that was introduced by Sarcoxie Nurseries in Sarcoxie MO in 1972. It is a rare plant in the trade but more will be produced in the coming years.
VIBURNUM, WENTWORTH AMERICAN CRANBERRY (Viburnum trilobum ‘Wentworth’) Ht 10-12 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Tolerates full sun, low to moderate water needs. Cultivar of V. trilobum selected for its profuse flowering and heavier fruit set. Fruit changes from orange to bright red as it matures with an excellent flavor, ideal for preserves. Fall color is a beautiful red.
WAXFLOWER (Jamesia Americana) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). This is a charming native plant that grows among boulders in a shady location along the eastern slope of the Rockies. Thick, 1” oblong leaves are green above and whitish below. Orange to rosy-pink fall color. Dainty, waxy white flowers in showy clusters appear in late spring. It prefers dry soils with good drainage.
WEIGELA, DROPMORE PINK (Weigela florida ‘Dropmore Pink’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A hardy weigela introduced form the Morden Research Station in Canada. Dark green summer foliage and trumpet-shaped rose pink flowers in June. Has proven, so far, to be the hardiest weigela in our tests.
WEIGELA, RED PRINCE (Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A small shrub that is almost as wide as it is tall. The trumpet shaped flowers demonstrates a rich red color that does not fade. Recurrent flowering particularly if there is sparse late spring bloom. The leaves are dark green on slender stems with a coarse winter texture. This shrub is useful in mass plantings or as a background plant in a shrub border.
WEIGELA, JAVA RED (Weigela florida ‘Java Red’) Ht 4 ft, Spd 5 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Deep green foliage with an overcast of purplish red. Red buds open to a deep pink bloom in spring.
WEIGELA, WINE & ROSES (Weigela floria ‘Alexandra’ PP10772)) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. A low growing rounded shrub. Notable for its very dark burgundy-purple foliage. Dark pink flowers show off against the foliage in early summer.
WILLOW, BLUE CREEK (Salix arenaria) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. Densely pubescent leaves on this low-growing shrub give the Blue Creek a unique silvery velvet appearance in the spring. The leaves turn gray-green as they mature. Also know in the trade as S. repens argentea. Some tip dieback can occur during the winter.
WILLOW, BLUE STEM (Salix irrorata) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd. 16-18 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. The new stems emerge a blue purple color with a waxy bloom that gives attractive winter texture. The narrow leaves are medium in size with a glossy green top and blue green undersides.
WILLOW, COYOTE (Salix exigua) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 6-12 ft. Tolerates full sun, moderate water needs. Shrubby native willow growing along the banks and sandbars of rivers up to 9000 ft. Fine textured silver green leaves and yellow stems.
WILLOW, DWARF ARTIC (Salix purpurea ‘Nana’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, moderate water needs. This shrub has a rounded, dense form with linear gray-green foliage. They have supple, slender stems that are purplish in color when young. Branches turn reddish as they mature providing winter interest. This makes an attractive hedge plant.
WILLOW, FRENCH PUSSY (Salix caprea) Ht 15-20 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Tolerates full sun, moderate water needs. Hardy upright shrub best known for large silvery catkins which appear before the leaves in the spring and are used for indoor decoration. Grows best in moist soils, but once established, does well on drier sites. Fast growing. Makes good privacy hedge.

EVERGREEN SHRUBS

JUNIPER, ARCADIA (Juniperus sabina ‘Arcadia’) Ht 2-3 ft. Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Bright green lacy scale-like foliage, with a tiered horizontal habit. Resistant to juniper blight.
JUNIPER, ARMSTRONG (Juniperus chinensis ‘Armstrongii’) Ht 4-5 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). The gray-green foliage has a fine lacy texture and holds its color well in the winter. The branching form is horizontal with a slight arch. Selected by Armstrong Nurseries in 1932.
JUNIPER, BAR HARBOR (Juniperus horizontalis ‘Bar Harbor’) Ht 6-12 in, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A low growing spreading form that hugs the ground. Summer foliage is a soft gray-blue becoming a silvery plum color in winter.
JUNIPER, BLUE STAR (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). This is a very attractive, dwarf juniper that is useful in rock gardens. It has an irregular growth habit with spreading and mounding branches. It is a very slow growing juniper. The steel blue awl-shaped needles are star like in appearance. It needs protection from intense winter sun.
JUNIPER, BROADMOOR (Juniperus sabina ‘Broadmoor’) Ht 1-2 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Bright medium green foliage. Dense mounding form with horizontally spreading branches that make an interesting ground cover.
JUNIPER, BLUE CHIP (Juniperus horizontalis ‘Blue Chip’) Ht 8-12 in, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Blue foliage on a prostrate spreader with a high center. The branchlets are upright giving a more feathery appearance. The winter color is an attractive silvery plum-purple.
JUNIPER, BUFFALO (Juniperus sabina ‘Buffalo’) Ht 1-2 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Feathery, bright green foliage. Mounding habit. A female which produces attractive blue berries. Probably one of the most planted juniper on the face of the earth.
JUNIPER, CALGARY CARPET (Juniperus Sabina ‘Monna’) Ht 1-2 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A low growing broad spreading selection with light green, feathery foliage. The branches radiate out from the center of the plant creating a spray effect. “Sierra Spreader” is another common name.
JUNIPER, COMPACT PFITZER (Juniperus chinensis ‘Pfiteriana Compacta’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 6-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Medium, compact, spreading Pfitzer with light green awl-like foliage. Dense form with lower more horizontally spreading branches then other Pfitzers. One of the most prickly Pfitzers, making it a great choice for traffic control.
JUNIPER, EFFUSA (Juniperus communis var. depressa ‘Effusa’) Ht 9-12 in, Spd 6-12 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Effusa is a broad low prostrate juniper. The small needles are a rich dark green underneath with a very prominent silver band above. It will hold its color fairly well in winter.
JUNIPER, GOLD LACE (Juniperus chinensis ‘Gold Lace’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). This juniper is considered a derivative of the Pfitzer Juniper, but doesn’t usually get as large. It has a vibrant yellow color with a brighter yellow color in full sun. It is sometimes referred to as the most golden of all junipers. Great plant as a specimen or as mass planting.
JUNIPER, GOLD TIP (Juniperus chinensis ‘Pfitzeriana Aurea’) Ht 5-8 ft, Spd 8-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Gray-green foliage with bright golden yellow new growth tips. A larger and more arching juniper than Old Gold Juniper. Color becomes yellow-green in winter.
JUNIPER, GREEN SARGENT (Juniperus chinesis ‘Green Sargent’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Low spreading, densely branched. A beautiful Juniper for our area. This juniper has a soft needle-like foliage with showy blue berries. Great for a ground cover and mass plantings.
JUNIPER, HOLBERT (Juniperus chinensis ‘Holbert’) Ht 2-4 ft, Spd 6-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Silvery-blue foliage on a low-growing, widely spreading form. Retains its attractive thought he winter. Mostly scale-type foliate. A beautiful and underused spreader.
JUNIPER, HUGHES (Juniperus horizontalis ‘Hughes’) Ht 12-24 in, Spd 6-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Silvery-blue foliage that may develop a light purplish-bronze tint in the winter. Radial branch pattern. This is a very fast growing spreader.
JUNIPER, NEW BLUE TAMI (Juniperus sabina var. tamariscifolia ‘New Blue’) Ht 18-24 in, Spd: 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). The New Blue Tami Juniper is bluer in color then the Tami juniper. This plant forms a wide mound that gives a nice variety to the flatter growing junipers.
JUNIPER, OLD GOLD (Juniperus chinensis ‘Old Gold’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 6-12 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A juniper with a compact form, which also boasts a slight graceful arching to the tips of the branches. New growth has a bright golden-yellow color that deepens in the winter. Full sun will result in its best color.
JUNIPER, PRINCE OF WALES (Juniperus horizontalis ‘Prince of Wales’) Ht 4-6 in, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). An attractive low growing mat forming juniper. It has dense, medium green foliage with a purple cast in the winter. Center of plant opens with age.
JUNIPER, SEA GREEN (Juniperus chinesis ‘Sea Green’) Ht 5-8 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Lush, dark green foliage with fountain-like arching branches. The growth habit is a dense, upright vase-shape. The same juniper as the trademarked plant “Mint Julep”.
JUNIPER, TAMI (Juniperus sabina var. tamariscifolia) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Bright medium green foliage in an asymmetrical mound with a tiered branching habit.
JUNIPER, WILTON SPREADING (BLUE RUG) (Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltoni’) Ht 4-6 inches, Spd 6-10 ft. Full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Ground hugging, spreading juniper with silver-blue foliage and berries. Foliage turns a purplish color in winter. Excellent evergreen groundcover for hot, dry areas, and slopes. Will cascade over retaining walls.
PINE, DWARF MUGO(Pinus mugo ‘Pumilo’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs(XERIC). Small rounded multi-stemmed evergreen. It maintains attractive green color throughout all seasons.
PINE, MOPS MUGO (Pinus mugo ‘Mops’) Ht 2.5-3 ft, Spd 2.5-3 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). A small and densely compact selection of Mugo Pine. It will not require any candle pruning to keep the compact globe shape. It is a great plant for a rock garden.
PINE, SLOWMOUND MUGO (Pinus mugo‘Slowmound’) Ht 3-3.5 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. This is another dense compact form of Mugo Pine that gets slightly larger then the Mops Mugo. It is a very slow growing pine that is ideal for tight spots.
PINE, TYROLEAN MUGO (Pinus mugo ‘Tyrolean’ ) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd: 4-8 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs(XERIC). Compact, mounding, evergreen shrub with short, stiff, dark green needles. This evergreen used in rock gardens, mass plantings and in groupings. Also makes a great container plant and is excellent for use as a bonsai plant. Has salt tolerance and can withstand some drought.
PINE, WHITE BUD MUGO (Pinus mugo ‘White Bud’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-6 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). This is a low mounding mugo selection with dark green needles. This variety is named for the waxy winter buds that make a bright contrast to the dark foliage. It is a little larger and faster growing than other true-dwarf selections.
SPRUCE, BIRDS NEST (Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’ ) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full sun or part shade, low to moderate water needs. The Birds Nest Spruce is a slow growing dense shrub. It has a finer texture then most spruce. The name ‘Birds Nest’ comes from the trees habit of developing a depression in the middle of the plant. The needles are a green color with more of a lime-green new growth. Typically will keep its branches all the way to the ground.
SPRUCE, COMPACT COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE (Picea pungens ‘Compacta’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun, low to moderate water needs. Add a touch or the Rocky Mountains in your garden. ‘Compacta’ is a silvery-blue, slow growing from of Colorado Blue Spruce that develops into a broad cone as it matures. This extremely hardy spruce performs best in a sunny location. Use this where you don’t have the room for a full-sized tree.
SPRUCE, ELEGANS DWARF (Picea abies ‘Elegans’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Part sun, low to moderate water needs. A dense, low, nest-shaped conifer with dark green foliage. Earlier bud break than Bird’s Nest Spruce. Performs best on a north or east exposure.
SPRUCE, MESA VERDE (Picea pungens ‘Mesa Verde’) Ht 10in-1.5 ft, Spd 5-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A unique selection of Colorado Spruce with a groundcover habit. Medium green needles on stiff radiating horizontal branches. Will tolerate a full south or west exposure. Great alternative to junipers in areas where a specialty conifer is desired but conditions exclude the shade preferring varieties.
YEW, DENSE SPREADING (Taxus x media ‘Densiformis’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water. This evergreen shrub has dark green foliage with emerald colored new growth in the spring. It has a dense mounding growth habit and can tolerate shearing. The female cultivar produces scarlet berries instead of cones. It can be used for a border, hedge or screen.
YEW, HICK’S UPRIGHT (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water. This evergreen shrub has glossy dark green foliage on long upright branches. It has a columnar growing habit. It is an excellent selection for taller hedges, or as accent plants. A bright red seed appears in late summer, the seeds are poisonous to humans.

BROADLEAF EVERGRENS

BOXWOOD, GREEN VELVET (Buxus ‘Green Velvet’) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water. The Green Velvet Boxwood maintains its rich green color throughout the winter. It will maintain the green color best if protected from winter sun and wind. It has a nice round form when not pruned back.
EUONYMUS, EMERALD GAIETY (Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ (PP1,960)) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water. Dwarf dense evergreen shrub with mounding habit. The dark green leaves have well-defined white borders. They are a slow growing shrub but useful for some color in shady areas.
EUONYMUS, EMERALD ‘N GOLD (Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald N Gold’(PP 2,231)) Ht 1.5-2 ft, Spd 2-3 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water. Tightly branched erect habit that forms a low, mounding evergreen shrub. The foliage is emerald green with yellow margins that turn pink to reddish in winter. In dense shade, leaf margins may become more light-green than yellow. This is a slow growing plant.
EUONYMUS, MANHATTAN (Euonymus kiautschovicus ‘Manhattan’) Ht 4-6 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water. Upright growing evergreen shrub with very glossy, dark green, 2”-2.5” leaves, which are larger that those of other evergreen Euonymus. Moderate to fast grower. Needs to be planted in location protected from winter sun.
EUONYMUS, SARCOXIE (Euonymus fortunei ‘Sarcoxie’) Ht 6-8 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water. A vigorous and hardy Euonymus fortunei cultivar with an upright form and dark green glossy leaves. Prefers a north or east exposure. Can be trimmed into a shrub, or will climb on supports. Moderately fast growth rate.
HOLLY, COMPACT OREGON GRAPE (Mahonia aquifolium ‘Compacta’) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 4-5 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This is a more compact form of the Oregon Grape Holly, with a spreading habbit. A great foundation plant for a protected shady spot. The leaflets are glossy green, spiny-toothed on an upright shrub. The young growth is bronze-red. Yellow flower clusters appear in late spring followed by blue-black fruit.
HOLLY, CREEPING OREGON GRAPE (Mahonia repens) Ht 12-18 in, Spd 3-4 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This Rocky Mountain native makes an excellent groundcover, spreading through underground stolons. Evergreen leaves turn red in fall and make wonderful Christmas decorations. Yellow flowers appear in late May to June followed by blue berries.
HOLLY, OREGON GRAPE (Mahonia aquifolium) Ht 3-6 ft, Spd 3-5 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water needs. The leaflets are glossy green, spiny-toothed on an upright shrub. The young growth is bronze-red. Yellow flower clusters appear in late spring followed by blue-black fruit. The height and form can be controlled by pruning. This plant can spread by underground stems. A north or east exposure is preferable.
KINNIKINNICK, SQUEEK POINT (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Squeek Point’) Ht 6-12 in, Spd 4-5 ft. Full to part shade, low to moderate water. Squeek point is a Colorado selection of Kinnikinnick that has better evergreen color than the straight species. Pink flowers are followed by berries. It’s unique name comes from the location at a tight corner in the road (where many people make their breaks squeak!)
MANZANITA, CASCADE (Arctostaphylos x coloradensis ‘Cascade’) Ht 1-2 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). This is a selection of Manzanita with a pronounced cascading habit and grows slightly larger than the Mock-Bearberry. It has smooth cinnamon-red to purplish exfoliating bark and bright green oval leaves. Alan Taylor made this selection, it is known for its pink flowers that appear in late April to early May that are followed by a red berry in September-October.
MANZANITA, CHIEFTAIN (Arctostaphylos x coloradensis (Chieftain) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 8-10 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). A larger selection of manzanita than other ones. It has smooth cinnamon-red to purplish exfoliating bark with oval green leaves. The flowers appear in April to May and are followed by a red berry in September-October.
MANZANITA, COLORADO (Arctostaphylos x coloradensis) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Dense rounded form with smooth cinnamon-red to purplish exfoliating bark, and bright green oval leaves. Pink or white flowers appear in late spring followed by a dry red berry in Sept-Oct. A drought tolerant plant with a lush green appearance.
MANZANITA, MOCK-BEARBERRY (Arctostaphylos x coloradensis) Ht 6-8 in, Spd 4-6 ft. Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Dense prostrate plants have smooth cinnamon-red to purplish exfoliating bark with bright green oval shaped leaves. The flowers appear in late spring and are followed by a dry red berry in September-October.
MANZANITA, PANCHITO (Arctostaphylos x coloradensis) Full sun to part shade, low water needs (XERIC). Dense rounded form with smooth cinnamon-red to purplish exfoliating bark, and bright green oval leaves. Pink or white flowers appear in late spring followed by a dry red berry in Sept.-Oct. A drought tolerant plant with a lush green appearance.
YUCCA, BANANA (Yucca baccata) Ht 3-4 ft, Spd 3-4 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). This yucca has thick, agave-like, evergreen leaves with huge spikes of ivory white flowers in the spring. It is known as the Banana Yucca because of its banana-shaped and flavored (the flesh is edible!) seed pods.
YUCCA, BRIGHT EDGE (Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge’) Ht 2.5-3 ft, Spd 2.5-3 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). The bright edge yucca has yellow margins with curled filaments on the leaves. The large panicles of white flowers grow above the spiky leaves. This is a great plant for a xeric garden.
YUCCA, RED (Hesperaloe parviflora ) Ht 3-5 ft, Spd 2-4 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). This plant tolerates a wide range of temperatures and needs very little water. It has long, thin, leaves coming out of the center of the plant making it look like a fountain. The pink to red flowers look similar to coral bells. The flowers can last May through October. This plant is not actually a Yucca, the leaves have fibrous threads along the edges and are not spine-tipped.
YUCCA, SOAPWEED (Yucca glauca) Ht 2-3 ft, Spd 3 ft. Tolerates full sun, low water needs (XERIC). Native plant of the Rocky Mountains. Sharp-pointed, narrow, bluish-green leaves with curling fibers on leaf margins. Greenish white flowers bloom in spring on 3’ to 4’ spikes.

VINES

CLEMATIS, POLISH SPIRIT (Clematis ‘Polish Spirit’) Ht 8-12 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. The Polish Spirit Clematis is a beautiful easy to grow clematis. It blooms heavily with velvety purple flowers in the late summer and fall. This smaller vine will work well in containers, window boxes, or even to climb on a wall.
CLEMATIS, SWEET AUTUMN (Clematis terniflora) Ht 10-20 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A vigorous and fast growing deciduous vine that is native to Japan. It climbs with twisting petioles and twining stems that need support as they can become quite large. It is great for trellises, buildings and training into small trees. Fragrant, 1” four-petaled, cream-white flowers bloom profusely in September through October followed by feathery seed heads. The fragrance is most noticeable in the morning and evening. The flowers on new wood can be heavily pruned after bloom. They can spread by reseeding.
HONEYSUCKLE, DROPMORE (Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet’) Ht 20 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. A vigorous, twining vine, typically grown on a trellis, or other support. Without support, Dropmore becomes a sprawling, mounding shrub useful as a distinctive groundcover. The fragrant, orange-red blossoms bloom abundantly in June and sporadically throughout the rest of the season. Fast growing.
HONEYSUCKLE, GOLDFLAME (Lonicera heckrotti) Ht 10-20 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Woody vine with blue-green leaves. Light carmine-red buds open to flowers having a yellow corolla and pink outer petals. These fragrant, showy, bi-colored flowers bloom abundantly in June, and sporadically throughout the summer.
HONEYSUCKLE, HALLS (Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’) Ht 15-30 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. This honeysuckle has a light green foliage that creates a nice backdrop for creamy-white flowers that mature to a pale yellow. The extremely fragrant blossoms appear June through August. This is a fast growing vine, that could be used for climbing on a fence or trellis, or as a groundcover.
HONEYSUCKLE, HECKROTTI (Lonicera tatarica ‘heckrotti’) Ht 8-10 ft, Spd 6-8 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Attractive, dark blue-green foliage on graceful branches. Profuse flower display of fragrant dark red blooms in May, followed by large bright red berries through June and July. Easily grown in any soil. Very effectively used for borders or informal hedges.
IVY, ENGLEMAN (Parthenocissus quinquefolia var. engelmanni) Ht 30-50 ft. Full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Hardy vine with handsome, dense green foliage that turns bright red in the fall. Blue-black fruit hangs on well into winter. Climbs with its own tendrils, but may need some support. Also make s a good groundcover that spreads quickly. Less vigorous than the species with smaller leaflets.
TRUMPET VINE (Campsis radicans) Ht 20-40 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Vigorous, tropical-looking climber with glossy, dark green, pinnately compounded leaves. Orange to scarlet 3” trumpet-shaped blooms are borne in clusters midsummer. Climbs with clinging tendrils.
WISTERIA, AUNT DEE (Wisteria sinensis ‘Aunt Dee’) Ht 25-30 ft. Tolerates full sun to part shade, low to moderate water needs. Vine with twining branches that can be trained to a trellis. Lavender-purple flowers are borne on one year old wood in drooping 7”-10” racemes in May. Often dies back to frost line for the first three years after planting, but once established will survive -25 degree and bloom the following year. Not a profuse bloomer.

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