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:

Paint The Town Fuchsia Pinks

Dianthus ‘Paint The Town Fuchsia’

Breathtaking flowers are fuchsia with lavender centers, above mounds of glaucous blue foliage; great for flower arrangements; deadhead to rebloom; pair up with summer blooming perennials and annuals to time a continued flower display

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

Peve Minaret Baldcypress 

Taxodium distichum ‘Peve Minaret’

A compact narrowly pyramidal dwarf deciduous conifer, native to the Great Lakes and quite hardy; narrow, ferny green leaves turn a golden brown in fall, a wonderful color accent tree for a smaller landscape

Winter Gem Boxwood 

Buxus microphylla ‘Winter Gem’

This compact boxwood is great for smaller areas; foliage bronzes in winter adding seasonal interest; an extremely versatile shrub that’s ideal for small and formal hedges or topiary, takes pruning exceptionally well

Katsura Japanese Maple 

Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’

Striking small tree grown for its ever-changing foliage, starting yellow then to chartreuse and finally brilliant orange in the fall; most attractive when grown in a multi-stemmed form; a great accent tree for the front yard


  • Mary Kirkwood
    June 23, 2021 @ 4:43 pm

    We have a low area on our acreage that is generally wet, but not pond wet, that I would like to grow milkweed in for the monarchs, bees etc. It is flanked in the rear by a wood but the area I’m thinking of is generally clear of trees, shrubs etc. It does not get full sun however, so I am wondering if the the swamp milkweed would survive there. We do get some occasional feral cats through the area and we have a variety of birds and other wildlife. Thank you for your comments.

    • June 28, 2021 @ 9:33 am

      Hi Mary! Yes, the milkweed should do fine for you in this area. Try planting the milkweed a few inches higher since the ground is generally wet. The cats shouldn’t be a problem. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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