Sarah’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 Sarah Tjepkema to share her top plant picks. Here’s what she had to say:


Common Witchhazel

Hamamelis virginiana

A large shrub with an upright, wide-spreading habit of growth; fall is its season to shine, with fragrant bright yellow strap-shaped flowers and golden fall foliage (which often hides the flowers); grow where space is not a problem


Mikawa Yatsubusa Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa Yatsubusa’

This is a lovely dwarf variety that adds visual interest to the garden or walkways; rich green foliage all summer long; striking orange to scarlet fall foliage is captivating and brilliant; best in sheltered area


Caramel Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Caramel’

Dainty spikes of cream colored bells rise from a compact mound of peachy-gold foliage with reddish undersides, emerging red in the spring; amazing contrast to other plants; great versatility; keep soil moist in the heat of summer


Daisy May® Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Daisy Duke’

A delightful variety of the ever-popular shasta daisy; numerous beautiful white double blooms with yellow eyes rise above and graciously contrast the deep green glossy foliage; a wonderful choice to mass as a garden focal point


Green Velvet Boxwood

Buxus ‘Green Velvet’

A broadly mounded hybrid of this broadleaf evergreen that takes pruning exceptionally well; very versatile in the landscape, makes a great low hedge, also useful for topiary

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