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:


Hearts of Gold Redbud

A spectacular and hardy spring bloomer, with very showy fuchsia flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring; coarse gold leaves glow in spring maturing to soft green; a great small ornamental tree for specimen use in the northern landscape


Virginia Bluebells 

Virginia Bluebells features dainty nodding blue bell-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds. Its attractive pointy leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.


Emperor I Japanese Maple

A fast-growing small home landscape feature tree that commands a premiere location in the front yard; enduring royal purple foliage all season long and turning fiery red and orange in fall, wonderfully artistic growth habit


Emerald Green Arborvitae

The ubiquitous tall hedge evergreen always seen planted in rows, this is a narrow, upright accent evergreen, dense foliage held in vertical sprays remains bright green year round; hardy and adaptable, takes pruning well, protect from winter sun


Kansas Peony

Kansas Peony features bold lightly-scented ruby-red flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

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