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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • New Shrubs for 2014!

    We are so excited to introduce 19 new and spectacular plants to the Shrub Source online catalog. From gorgeous new Clematis vines to shrubs with four-season interest, there’s something for everyone. Check out the new varieties here.

    When you’re shopping, keep in mind that most of our shrubs are available in two sizes: a landscape-ready 1 QT Pot - 1.0 qt/946 ml size container shrub (pictured below left), and also in an 8" Jumbo Pot - 1.0 gal/3.78 L. (pictured below right). Our Jumbo plants are ready to hit the ground running and give you a more filled-out look, faster.

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    Big Bloomers

    Lots of flowers with a compact growth habits are hallmarks of the new big bloomers on offer.

     Yuki Cherry Blossom™ Deutzia

    Yuki Cherry Blossom™ Deutzia

    With all of the beauty of a cherry tree at a diminutive size and with blooms that last much longer, the Yuki Cherry Blossom™ Deutzia provides weeks of color in the spring. Plant in a container near the doorway to enjoy the fragrance of the blooms!

     Blue Diddley™ Vitex

    Blue Didley Vitex

    Blue Diddley™ Vitex agnus-castus, the blue-flowered Chaste Tree is a must-have for your shrub border or landscape bed. The long blue bloom spikes are a welcome sight in early summer. Hummingbirds and butterflies are big fans, too!

     Let's Dance® Blue Jangles Hydrangea

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    Let's Dance® Blue Jangles Hydrangea is a gorgeous and compact-growing hydrangea with blue (or pink) flowers. Ensure that the large flowers stay blue by lowering the pH of your soil. Plant this shrub in partial shade in moderately moist soil for best results.

    Four-Season Interest

     Berry Heavy® Gold Ilex verticillata

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    Get the most out of limited space by planting shrubs with four season interest. These hardworking shrubs need to have lovely foliage, pretty flowers, interesting bark, or eye-catching fruits. Berry Heavy® Gold Ilex verticillata is a Winterberry Holly that has yellow-gold fruits in the late fall and early winter. At a mature height of 6 feet, these make excellent specimen shrubs.

     Castle Gold™ Ilex

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    Castle Gold™ Ilex is an evergreen holly with bright chartreuse leaves that add light and depth to the garden all year long. In addition to the lovely loves, this holly has a big berry display as long as it has a pollinator (male) plant nearby. 

    Fantastic Foliage

     Lemon Lace™ Sambucus racemosa

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    One of our favorite new specimen plants, Lemon Lace™ Sambucus racemosa, has show-stopping chartreuse foliage with the lacy look of a Japanese Maple. You plant this elderberry primarily for the leaves, though the flowers and fruits are beautiful too!

    Marie Gold™ Ceanothus

    Marie Gold™ Ceanothus

    Another prolific bloomer, Marie Gold™ Ceanothus, also called “New Jersey Tea,” has yellow-green leaves and pink flowers that emerge mid-summer and continue to open through fall. Seedheads provide fall and winter interest.

     Golden Ticket™ Ligustrum

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    This isn’t your grandma’s privet. Golden Ticket™ Ligustrum has gorgeous foliage and beautiful flowers that do not develop into invasive seedheads. Great for a bright hedge plant.

    Growing Up!

    Don’t miss our new vine varieties!

    Clematis ‘Diamond Ball’ 

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    Clematis ‘Diamond Ball’ is a breathtaking new clematis with almost peony-like white flowers with blue tinges and highlights. It is a showstopper that deserves a prominent place in the garden!

    Parthenocissus 'Yellow Wall'

    Parthenocissus Yellow Wall

    While Virginia Creeper might not be first on your list when you think of a new vine to grow, ‘Yellow Wall’ is a showstopper with bright yellow fall color. Plant it where you need a living screen or a pop of color.

  • Welcome to the NEW Shrub Source Website!

    New Shrub Source Website

    We are thrilled to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website that has been reorganized to make it easier for you to find the shrubs you’re looking for to complete your new landscape project or refresh your garden.

    There are many new features to introduce you to. How about a quick tour?

    Navigation

    In fancy website lingo, this is called the “nav.” Good navigation means the difference between you finding what you need on a website and not finding anything at all. On the new Shrub Source website you can search through all shrubs, vines, and edibles from handy drop-down menus. You can also shop shrubs by searching by common name and shrub attributes.

    Shrub Source Website Navigation

    New “Wishlist”

    Create an account on Shrub Source (it’s free!) and you can start building your wishlist. Every shrub on the website has a link that you can click that says “Add to wishlist.”

    Add to Wishlist

    Once you click, you’ll be taken to your wishlist Add comments to each shrub as you add it to the wishlist so you can remember where you’re planning to plant it and what you want to get to plant with it. It’s also a handy way to let someone know what you might like for a gift!

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    Compare Shrubs

    You can also hit a link that says “Add to Compare.” This will add a shrub to your compare list. You can then click on the right-hand column and “Compare Products,” which will bring a up a screen like this:

    Compare Shrubs

    You can view pictures of the shrubs, see the prices, view hardiness zones, etc. It’s a great feature if you’re trying to decide between different plants, or look at plants together. By comparing them, you can check to make sure that all of their growing requirements are compatible.

    Learn!

    Are you new to gardening? Want to learn about some new shrub types? Need to figure out some information about how to care for your newly-planted shrubs? Visit the new “Learn” section that puts everything you need to know about growing shrubs in one convenient place.

    Keep an eye on that tab and check back frequently for new information!

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    Why a website devoted entirely to shrubs?

    Shrubs are the unsung backbone of the garden. They are the workhorses. But, they can be so much more than just filler. Shrubs can be specimen plants—the plants that visitors look at and say “Wow!” Shrubs can attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife. Shrubs provide necessary cover for native birds and songbirds. You can plant shrubs for privacy hedging or to help with storm water management in low-lying areas of the yard.

    Shrub Source only carries and delivers the best-quality name brand shrubs. You can find the newest varieties of shrubs from your favorite growers long before they hit the retail shelves in your area. We offer shrubs in quart and jumbo pots. These plants are ready to hit the ground growing!

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