AZALEAS -Spring blooming. Grow in acid soil with good drainage in shade or morning
sun with afternoon shade.
Girard Hybrids -Very hardy, always reliable, with spectacular blooms; the best for
southern Illinois: 'Crimson', 'Fuchsia', 'Hot Shot' (scarlet red), ‘Renee Michelle’,
'Pleasant White', and 'Rose'.
Compact Poukhanense - Very hardy Korean Azalea with beautiful lavender blooms. Good
for a naturalizing effect.
Deciduous Azaleas - usually taller and wider with larger blooms, very hardy, more
tolerant of sun. 'Rosy Lights', 'Orchid Lights', 'Mandarin Lights', 'Golden Lights',
‘Tri-Lights’, and ‘White Lights’.
BUTTERFLY BUSH Fragrant flower spikes bloom from July to September. Colors: purple,
pink, red, white. Dwarf (3-5') or standard (6-8'). Cut back to 6 inches from the
ground by March 1. Prefers a sunny location. Varieties include ‘Black Knight’ (deep
purple), ‘Pink Delight’, ‘Royal Red’, ‘Petite Indigo’, ‘Petite Plum’, and miniature
Lo & Behold™ Purple Haze (30-36” tall).
CRAPEMYRTLE Showy blossoms from July to September. Colors: red, pink, white, purple.
Dwarf (3-6'), semi-dwarf (6-8'), standard (8' and up). Grow as a shrub in our area
(Zone 6) or a few hardy varieties can be grown in tree form. It has beautiful bark
as it ages if tree grown. If a shrub form is desired, trim back by March 1. Crapemyrtles
prefer a sunny location.
LILACS Very fragrant lavender blooms in spring. Prefers alkaline soil so sprinkle
lime around the base of the plant each year for a higher pH soil. Prune after blooming
to thin out older stems. Plant in a sunny location.
Old Fashioned Lilac needs plenty of space (8'). Spray leaves in summer to control
Dwarf Korean Lilac grows 4-5' tall and wide with no powdery mildew problem.
Bloomerang® Lilac blooms in the spring and reblooms in fall. Grows just 3’ tall and
HIBISCUS (Rose of Sharon or Althea) Summer blooming from July-September on tall
(8-10') vase-shaped plants. Large single flowers in white, pink, lavender, or red,
some with contrasting eye. Blooms on new wood so prune back hard by March. Plant
in a sunny location.
‘Blueberry Smoothie’ and ‘Raspberry Smoothie’ are varieties with double blue or red
flowers, drought and rabbit resistance, and both are nearly seedless.
VIBURNUMS Spring blooming white flowers, red to blue to black berries, enjoyed
by the birds, but not messy. Excellent screening plants for a large hedge or shrub
border. Can be quite a specimen in full bloom. Sun to part sun. Blue Muffin® - white
flowers with clusters of blue berries; a favorite of birds. 5-7’ tall by 4-6’ wide
'Cayuga' - fragrant white flowers, pink in bud, grows 8' x 8'
'Winterthur' - spectacular red fall color, white flowers, grows 6' x 6' Prague
- evergreen leaves with white snowball flowers in spring. Makes a great screen 8-10’
tall and wide. Leatherleaf - Semi-evergreen leaves in winter; grows 8-10’ tall and
HYDRANGEAS A lovely group of shrubs, mostly for shade, hydrangeas are enjoying
a resurgence of popularity. Two types of flowers are available, mophead (snowball)
or lacecap, in blue, pink, red, or white. White blooming 'Tardiva', ‘Vanilla Strawberry’,
‘Limelight’, and ‘Mystical Flame’ have coneshaped blooms later in the summer and
grow in sun. Oakleaf hydrangeas are lovely in shade with white coneshaped blooms
and oak shaped leaves. Fall color is red.
Endless Summer™Hydrangea Blue (or pink) flowers are produced on new or old wood so
it doesn't matter if you prune at the wrong time of year or if the winter kills back
the stems. Add lime to turn the flowers pink, aluminum sulfate to keep them blue.
Bloomstruck® Hydrangea is the newest in the Endless Summer™ series with beautiful
dark purple stems, petioles, and veins making it even showier with the blue/pink
blooms. It is also disease resistant and heat tolerant.
Most shrubs flower during spring or summer, some blooming for a short period of
time, and a few delighting us with colorful flowers from July to September. A few
even rebloom in the fall. We have a great selection of Flowering Shrubs for sun