CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Thunderhead Japanese Black Pine

Pine Needles

Thunderhead Japanese Black Pine Specimen evergreen shrub Irregular growth habit Long, stiff needles Dark green foliage If you plant ten different Thunderhead Japanese Black Pine shrubs, you will end up with ten very different shrubs. Unique and individualistic, the Thunderhead’s shape will be determined by a number of variables including sun exposure and branch development. It’s […]

CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Winter Red Winterberry Holly

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Winter Red Winterberry Holly Deciduous shrub Thrives in wet soils but can tolerate dry sites Brilliant red berries in fall and into winter Needs male pollinator nearby for berry production While, the Witch Hazel might be the first to bloom and the Little Rocket Ligularia can get stretch into the fall, the Winter Red Winterberry […]

CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Princeton Sentry Gingko Biloba

ginkgo tree

Princeton Sentry Gingko Biloba Deciduous tree Fruitless cultivar Narrow/columnar growth habit Vibrant yellow fall leaf color As arborists, we often talk about trees as investments, and the Princeton Sentry Gingko Biloba might be a good one for people with larger properties. Growing to approximately 40’ tall, the tall, slender Princeton Sentry is known primarily for […]

The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Little Rocket Ligularia

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Little Rocket Ligularia Herbaceous perennial Yellow flowers in mid-to-late summer 3-4’ tall and wide Can tolerate wet soils Anyone can find plants that bloom in spring and thrive in full sun, but we want to enjoy our landscaping all summer long. The late-blooming Little Rocket Ligularia is a perfect solution. It is native to wooded […]

The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Northern Sea Oats Grass

northern sea oats grass

Northern Sea Oats Grass Ornamental grass Very adaptable Foliage resembles bamboo leaves Very unique seed heads There isn’t much that Northern Sea Oats Grass can’t do. It thrives in moist sites, but it can tolerate dry soils. It loves full sun, but can tolerate some shade. It grows tall enough to conceal an outdoor HVAC […]

The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Dragon’s Eye Pine

dragon's eye pine

Dragon’s Eye Pine Ornamental evergreen tree Banding of yellow and green in the needles resemble a dragon’s eye Exfoliating bark Grows in an irregular habit From the tips of its needles to the bark on its trunk, every part of the Dragon’s Eye Pine is distinct. When viewed as a whole, the Dragon’s Eye Pine […]

The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Little Lime Hydrangea

flower bush

Little Lime Hydrangea Deciduous shrub Whitish green summer flowers that turn pinkish in fall Sturdy stems great for flower cuttings Smaller form of the popular Limelight Hydrangea The hard truth is that not everyone has a green thumb. If you’ve struggled to keep plants alive in the past or if you’re just looking for a […]

The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Caesar’s Brother Iris

caesar's brother iris

Caesar’s Brother Iris Herbaceous perennial Thrives in moist soils Dark purple spring blooms Grows to approx. 2.5-3.0 feet tall By the time May comes around, so many plants are in bloom that even the prettiest of them can get lost in the landscape. The Caesar’s Brother Iris is a perennial late bloomer whose dark purple […]

The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Tricolor Beech

Tricolor Beech

Tricolor Beech Deciduous tree Purple and pink variegated leaves Foliage is most vibrant and dramatic in spring with its new growth Orange/Copper fall leaf color This attention-getter is in its full glory during April and May when its purple and pink variegated leaves are coming out. The new leaves of the Tricolor Beech are bright […]

The CVTS-L Landscaping Plant Guide: Mount Airy Fothergilla

mount airy fothergilla

Mount Airy Fothergilla Deciduous shrub White early spring flowers that look like cotton balls, before foliage breaks Orange and red fall leaf color Deep blue-green leaves If you are thinking about spring flowers, you would do well to consider the Mount Airy Fothergilla. That’s when this shrub produces its beautiful white flowers, which are said […]