May 1, 2023

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:


Shadblow Serviceberry

Amelanchier canadensis

A naturally beautiful small tree, ideal for small home landscapes; masses of showy white flowers in spring, edible berries in June, and amazing fall color add up to a versatile landscape plant


P.J.M. Rhododendron

Rhododendron ‘P.J.M.’

A pretty broadleaf evergreen shrub with showy purple-pink flowers in spring and a compact upright habit, very hardy, interesting fall coloration; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting


Fernspray Hinoki Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides’

Dark green sprays of ferny foliage grow in dense clumps on a pyramidal habit of growth; a perfect choice as a residential landscape accent, along the back of borders; or for screening


Girard’s Pleasant White Azalea

Rhododendron ‘Girard’s Pleasant White’

This elegant azalea shrub is bathed in clusters of incredible snowy white blooms that is an excellent choice to mass in groupings, or as an elegant focal point of the garden; must have rich acidic soil


Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Jefam’

Quite the colorful shrub, this garden beauty boasts yellow-orange-red new foliage in spring and summer, maturing to lime green then purple in the fall; a compact variety that will grow nearly anywhere

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