Kayla’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 Kayla VerWoert 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 


Forever Goldy Arborvitae

Thuja plicata ‘4ever’ 

A stunning accent tree which features rich golden sprays of foliage generously flecked with yellow and a narrow upright pyramidal habit; an excellent choice for color accent or articulation, performs best in moist, humid locations, but is adaptable 


Honeycrisp Apple 

Malus ‘Honeycrisp’ 

An exceedingly crisp hardy red apple with a sweet and juicy flavor, keeps extremely well; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree, needs well-drained soil and full sun 


Morning Light Maiden Grass  

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ 

This variety has very narrow green foliage with a white edge; an upright cascading habit that is quite symmetrical; copper plumes rise above in fall over tan foliage and produce cream seeds; great winter interest 


Dwarf October Daphne  

Sedum sieboldii ‘Nana’ 

A compact version of this popular groundcover, identical to the species in every way except for the smaller size; dusty gray-blue succulent foliage is edged in pink, rich pink flowers in late summer 

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