Bailey’s Plant Picks of the Week

Every week we’re publishing a NEW Plant Picks of the Week story, showcasing our Plant Specialists’ top plant picks. Get ready to be inspired!

We recently asked Bailey Lackey to share her top plant picks. Here’s what she had to say:

October Glory Red Maple 

Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’

A popular selection of red maple with good form and excellent red fall color year after year; a shapely large shade tree, perfect for larger landscapes, makes a fine street or boulevard tree; intolerant of alkaline soils

Arctic Fire® Yellow Dogwood 

Cornus sericea ‘SMNCSBD’

A compact, very hardy shrub that is ideal for general garden use in northern landscapes; cheerful yellow stems add color to the winter landscape; excellent for massing; some suckering will occur

Red Dawn Full Moon Maple 

Acer shirasawanum ‘Red Dawn’

A vigorous tree with more upright habit and larger pointier leaves than others of this species; attractive burgundy foliage eventually fades to dark green throughout the summer; vibrant fall color; a shapely color accent for the garden

Angel Falls Weeping White Pine 

Pinus strobus ‘Angel Falls’

This is a refined version of the popular weeping white pine; extraordinary long narrow blue-green needles, a strong weeping habit, and a profusion of buds and branches make this one a superior pick as a garden accent

October Skies Aster 

Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’

A mounded, bushy variety, perfect for adding color to fall gardens; beautiful sky blue daisy-like flowers with yellow centers are featured on green, fragrant foliage; easy to grow, requiring little to no maintenance; drought tolerant once established

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