2018 brings new selections of North American natives for small spaces. Add flashes of seasonal color and structure to perennial beds with these new choices. For those looking for a statement, check out some of the larger hydrangeas, winterberries, and viburnums available.
Small Space Shrubs
Lowscape Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
12-24" tall, 18-24" wide. Low, tidy, mounding form on this tough North American native. It blooms in the spring with hundreds of tiny white flowers, followed by dark purple fruit in the fall, set off nicely by brilliant red fall foliage. It can handle just about any landscape situation: dry to wet, hot to cold, full sun to part shade.
Berry Poppins Winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'FARROWBPOP') + Mr. Poppins Winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'FARROWMRP')
3-4' tall and wide. This dwarf deciduous holly looses its leaves each fall, allowing the berries to stand out in the winter landscape. A North American native that supports birds and other wildlife during the winter. Plant at least one Mr. Poppins per five female Berry Poppins to ensure good berry production. Partial sun to full sun.
Lemony Lace Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa 'SMNSRD4')
3-5' tall and wide. The lacy foliage of Black Lace Elderberry in a new, bright chartreuse color. Large clusters of white flowers bloom in the spring, followed by a flush of new growth that emerges red before fading to chartreuse. This cultivar of a North American native can handle full sun to partial sun and wet soils.
Mid Sized Bloomers
Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen')
4-5' tall, 5-6' wide. Huge, 8" white flowers bloom on oak leaf-shaped foliage that turns deep red in the fall. Flowers deepen to rose pink as the season progresses. Exfoliating bark adds to winter interest. Performs best in partial shade.
Large Massing Shrubs
Berri Magic Kids Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Girl' & 'Blue Boy')
6-8' tall, 3-6' wide. Male pollenizer is planted with berry-producing female to ensure production. These species are among the hardiest of hollies. Dense, mounding evergreen shrub. Partial-shade to shade.
Berry Heavy Winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'Spravy')
6-7' tall and wide. This large cultivar of a North American native produces tons of red berries on bare stems that stand out against the winter landscape. Berries are perfect for cut arrangements and supporting winter wildlife. Plant with Mr. Poppins winterberry for berry production. Partial sun to full sun.