Presenting: Plants that Greenbelt Gardeners grow and recommend to their neighbors – because the best plant recommendations are local. I’ve started off the list with some of my favorites, but please send me more-more-more via comments here on the blog or by email, and I’ll add them. Plants you’ve actually grown yourself, please, and that have done well in your garden.
Also, comments on these plants are welcome and will be added.
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Acuba (Acuba Japonica)
Evergreen to 10 tall and wide, with smaller varieties available. Either speckled with gold or solid green. Easily pruned. More here. SH
Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’.
Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’.) Evergreen to 8-12 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide, popular as hedge. Photos here of ‘Emerald Greens’ as hedges. SH
Evergreen or deciduous, colorful, popular. Heights vary – check the label. Prefers dappled shade, not afternoon sun. Asian and native varieties available. SH
Bottlebrush Buckeye ( Aesculus parviflora).
For large spots only. Deciduous shrub grows to 8-15 feet tall and colonizes. Bottlebrush-shaped flowers in summer. Native to our region. More here. SH
Old favorite evergreen with a choice of heights to 8 feet. Native and Asian options. More here. SH
Cherry laurels (Prunus laurocerasus)
Evergreen, varieties to 3-10 feet tall. Reliable, popular against foundations. More here. SH
Cryptomeria ‘Yoshino’ (Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’) Soft evergreen conifer grows quickly to maybe 30′ by 15′ in shade, larger in sun. Okay in sun, too – just needs more watering.
Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’ Small deciduous shrub native to the Southeast. Nice mounding shape to 5′ tall by 5′ wide. A popular variety for gardens. Labeled as happy with partial to full sun, I’ve seen it in pretty full shade, where it doesn’t bloom as vigorously but still looked good. Here’s more.
Koreanspice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) is a great size for small gardens – ultimately just 4-6′ by 4-6′. One of the most fragrant plants in the world. Less spectacular are its fall color or honestly, appearance in the summer (kinda dull), but there may be berries. Full sun to part shade. More here.
Nandina (Nandina domestica).
Evergreen with colorful foliage and most varieties have red berries. Heights from 2-6 feet and stays narrow, for tight spaces. Common name “Heavenly Bamboo” is misnomer – it’s not a bamboo. Invasive in other regions. More here. SH
Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Deciduous with large cylindrical flowers summer, drying nicely into winter. Nice exfoliating bark, too. Native to the Carolinas and south. More here. SH
False Holly Goshiki (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’)
Evergreen in green and white. Slow grower to 5 feet, eventually 10. Also likes sun (just needs more watering). More here. SH
Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’. Native deciduous shrub stays small, just 3-6 feet tall and wide, depending on how much sun it gets and other factors. Mine above stayed at 4′ in afternoon sun. Berries, and great fall color. Full sun to part shade. More here.
Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica).
Deciduous, 3-5 feet tall depending on the variety. Native to our region. More here. SH
Native to this region or Eastern U.S.: Bottlebrush buckeye, deciduous azaleas, Fothergilla, Oakleaf hydrangea, Virginia sweetspire.
Need evergreens for screening? Taller varieties of Acuba, Cherry Laurels, Nandina, Arborvitae and Cryptomeria.
Commenters: SH is Susan Harris.
Category: Our Gardens