May 9, 2022

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:


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


Weeping Norway Spruce

Picea abies ‘Pendula’

An artistic specimen or accent tree for the discerning landscape, featuring an erratic central leader and gracefully trailing branches that hang pendulously; narrow habit, but give adequate room for it to stand apart


Heart Throb Chinese Dogwood

A magnificent flowering dogwood with rich pink flower bracts that last one to two months, much longer than other varieties, the deep pink hue is uncommon in this species; forms a small tree, ideal as an accent in the landscape


Kobold Blazing Star

Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’

Kobold Blazing Star has masses of beautiful spikes of violet flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.


Let’s Dance® Blue Jangles® Hydrangea 

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘SMHMTAU’

A dwarf compact shrub producing airy lacecap, blue blooms in acidic soil; pink in alkaline; blooms on both old and new wood; ideal for the shrub border or foundation garden; perfect for patio containers; soil pH affects bloom color

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