Leslie’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 Leslie Hammond to share her top plant picks. Here’s what she had to say:


Skeeter’s Broom Dwarf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’

This natural dwarf has delicate deeply lobed leaves emerging red which may fade a little over summer to burgundy green; upright growth habit, almost columnar; a sport of Bloodgood maple, ideal for general garden use


Aoi Japanese White Pine

Pinus parviflora ‘Aoi’

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


Oso Easy® Italian Ice® Rose

Rosa ‘Chewnicebell’

An amazing rose, blooming all season with abundant soft yellow flowers with bright pink edges; a low mounding habit makes it perfect for the garden, along walks, or as an informal hedge; all roses need full sun and well-drained soil


Bing Cherry

Prunus avium ‘Bing’

The most common commercial cherry variety featuring showy white flowers in spring followed by sweet deep red fruit, tall and upright, best for larger landscapes; needs full sun, well drained soil and a pollinator, be prepared to fight the birds for fruit


Lavender Bubbles Ornamental Onion

Allium ‘Lavender Bubbles’

Beautiful, dark, dusty purple flower globes are produced above attractive blue-green foliage in late summer to early fall; an excellent naturalizing plant that is also great in containers

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