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:

Prairifire Flowering Crab 

Malus ‘Prairifire’

A highly regarded accent tree smothered in rich red flowers in spring and persistent small purple fruit in fall, upright habit of growth; the definitive ornamental feature tree for the home landscape, needs well-drained soil and full sun

Wedding Party® Dark and Handsome Hellebore 

Helleborus ‘Dark and Handsome’

This attractive variety produces vigorous mounds of thick evergreen leaves; flower stalks, held occasionally above the foliage bear showy black to black-purple flowers with yellow-green centers; an outstanding selection for shade gardens

Amber Ghost Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Amber Ghost’

The lovely leaves of this compact variety emerge bright pink, changing to pink-orange, soft amber for summer, then turning fiery scarlet-orange in fall, interesting branching habit; an ideal selection for gardens or containers; protect from afternoon sun

Black Dragon Japanese Cedar 

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Black Dragon’

A popular loosely pyramid-shaped evergreen with very deep green foliage, slow-growing and graceful; an excellent choice for an accent with a distinctively Asian feel in the home landscape

Mountain Fire Japanese Pieris 

Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’

A popular ornamental broadleaf evergreen shrub with delicate and showy chains of small white bell-shaped flowers and fiery red emerging foliage, extremely colorful in spring; performs best in moist, organic and acidic soils


  • Ralph
    May 10, 2021 @ 9:27 pm

    I love Baileys picks! Can you do this every month??? I would love to see more house plants and some “how to” articles on successful planting/gardening

    • May 11, 2021 @ 6:45 pm

      Hi Ralph! Yes! We will be updating the “Plant Picks of the Week” every Monday. There are also previous ones you can access as well if you click on the “Plant Picks of the Week” on the right side of the page. We are definitely hoping to start publish articles soon :). Thanks for your feedback!

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