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


Paperbark Maple

Acer griseum

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


Venus Flowering Dogwood

Cornus ‘Venus’

A fabulous hybrid covered with huge white blooms in spring, and foliage that changes to a rich red in the fall; vigorous grower with an erect habit and slightly pendulous branches makes it a great choice for a front yard accent tree


Dolce® Cherry Truffles Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Cherry Truffles’

Compact mounds of beautiful, bright red, heavily ruffled leaves that mature to burgundy-red in summer; light pink flowers; amazing contrast to other plants; great versatility; keep soil moist in heat of summer


Trautman Juniper 

Juniperus chinensis ‘Trautman’

A narrow columnar evergreen shrub, makes a great accent or articulation plant in home landscapes; interesting blue-green needle-like foliage and extraordinary, large silver-blue berries; a very versatile landscape plant, needs full sun


Canaan Fir 

Abies balsamea ‘var. phanerolepis’

A delicate spire-like evergreen producing soft dark green needles, very upright and open; will grow in areas not well suited to other firs; resistant to spring frost injury

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