Stunning Summer Bloomers

Crape Myrtles can’t be beat for providing summer color in sunny spots.  We are well stocked with small to large Crape Myrtles.

If you want it to stay small try the Pocomoke Crape Myrtle.  

 A unique dwarf-sized, multi-stemmed shrub with panicles of dark rose pink flowers that bloom throughout the summer.  The dark green foliage turns bronze-red in fall.

Our larger Crape Myrtles include the Dynamite, Pink Velour and Tonto.  These range between 8 to 20 feet tall.  The multi-stemmed form is ideal for use as an accent shrub or small tree. 

If you need to fill a shady spot with summer color consider a Hydrangea.  Here are three that are sure to please.

Cherry Explosion Hydrangea is new to the market and sure to impress.  It is a perfect color to liven up those shady areas of your garden.  It is one of the brightest reds available in hydrangeas. 

Quickfire Hydrangea has flowers that open white then turn magenta as the summer progresses.  This very hardy shrub is perfect as an accent, in mass plantings or as a hedge, or cut flower.

Tuff Stuff Hydrangea is a fantastic new hardy, re-blooming Hydrangea that will provide months of enjoyment in the garden!  Lovely reddish-pink lacecap flowers create a mass of color in early summer, and continue to bloom right up until frost.


ANNUAL PERIWINKLE "VINCA" - Low maintenance, profuse bloomer that loves the sun and heat!  Fertilze occasionally. "BUTTERFLY RED" PENTAS - Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!  Heat tolerant. MANDEVILLA VINE - Sun and heat loving vine that provides all summer color.  Deer resistant. "KNOCK OUT" ROSE - Blooms from spring till frost!


It's fall and if you've been out walking or jogging or even driving, you may have noticed a small somewhat unkempt arching shrub that is displaying a massive amount of purple berries.

ZONE 5 or ZONE 6?

You probably hadn't noticed, but while the debate over whether or not our climate is changing and our planet is experiencing a general warming trend, the nation's hardiness zone maps were reconfigured several years ago. So, as you read this while looking out over another fresh coating of snow, and feeling single digit temperatures for the umpteenth time this winter, keep a wary mind over what I'm about to tell you!

Trees for small or narrow spaces

In the urban community, we are finding, more and more, that the desire to plant trees in smaller, more confined spaces is becoming more popular. Folks with smaller yards are still seeking to obstruct a view or provide shade to a deck or patio but think they are limited because the space they have available won't handle a large shade tree. We have recently stocked our nursery with several choices of trees that lend themselves to situations such as this. For planting in the strip between the street and sidewalk, we are recommending the versatile Upright European Hornbeam.


Ahhh...nothing quite like the smell of lilacs in the spring! Try planting one right outside a window-you won't regret it!

Spring Forward

It's that time of the year when we all anticipate the first color of the fresh, new year in the landscape! As the end of one of the mildest winters in recent memory nears, our enthusiasm is no less significant. Witchhazels (Hamamelis spp.) are typically the first hardy shrubs to bloom in this area. We, in particular, like the Arnold Promise variety as its bright yellow blossoms stand out cheerfully in the otherwise bleak planting.

Think Spring with Witchhazel 'Arnold Promise'

It's that time of year...with so much springtime anticipation that you will start to notice the striking witchhazels in full bloom! The bright lacey yellow flowers help to make this shrub often mistaken for forsythia, but don't be confused, witchhazel flowers appear much earlier in the season. We like 'Arnold Promise' because this cultivar consistently blooms yellow and usually begins its winter show some time in February. Give witchhazel ample room as they can grow 10-12'; tall with a similar spread. Best flower occurs in bright sun but they will still perform in a semi-shady situation. Golden yellow fall foliage color can add a second season of interest.