Brian Diemer’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 Brian Diemer to share his top plant picks. Here’s what he had to say:

Paperbark Maple 

This small ornamental tree is renowned for its exfoliating (peeling) bark in cinnamon red, pink and tan, along with good fall color; an extremely high value accent tree for the winter landscape.


Aoi Japanese White Pine

A slower growing selection that will maintain a uniform and densely branched upright form; silvery blue-green needles appear bright making this an impressive selection as an accent tree; often trained into bonsai forms


Wedding Party Dark and Handsome Hellebore

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


Crimson Sunset Maple

A lovely upright and compact ornamental tree with great form, producing deep purple summer foliage that matures to maroon-crimson in fall; a great accent tree for smaller home landscapes because of its narrow form


Peve Minaret Baldcypress

A compact narrowly pyramidal dwarf deciduous conifer, native to the Great Lakes and quite hardy; narrow, ferny green leaves turn a golden brown in fall, a wonderful color accent tree for a smaller landscape

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