Tribute to Ruth

The late Ruth Pieper, fits the definition of a determined, and independent old lady. If only this old lady could have been our neighbor for 15 more years. Ms. Pieper, known to us as "good looking, grandma, current events specialist, weather broadcaster, and history guru", was born April 3, 1921 in Fayette County, IA. This … [Read More]

Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles are an incredibly destructive plant pest found throughout most of the eastern United States, stretching westward toward states along the Mississippi River, including Iowa. The Japanese beetles can be destructive toward plants in both their adult beetle stage and in their grub larval stage. As adults, they damage plants by feeding on foliage … [Read More]

Bella Anna Hydrangea

Say hello to Bella Anna, the newest addition to the Endless Summer Collection™, a remarkable reblooming magenta-pink Hydrangea Arborescens ('Annabelle'). This hydrangea is a color breakthrough for Hydrangea arborescens and the newest addition to the Endless Summer® Collection. This arborescens blooms from summer, through fall, just like the other hydrangeas in this extraordinary collection. Bella … [Read More]

Ruby Tears Crabapple

This beautiful crabapple has a graceful, weeping habit with rose-pink flowers in spring and bold, purple foliage in summer. It has great disease resistance, too, and 'Ruby Tears' holds onto its fruit so they are available for the birds. Width: 12-15', Height: 8-10', Zone: 4, Flower Color: Pink, Foliage Color: Med Green, Fruit: Dark Red [Read More]

Tiger Eyes Sumac

Tiger Eyes Sumac is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a stunning habit of growth, which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition, which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone. Tiger Eyes Sumac will grow to be about 6 feet tall … [Read More]

Candy Store Phlox

The best mildew resistant Phlox to date! From Bubblegum to Lollipops, the Candy Store™ series of hardy Phlox will bring months of tantalizing color to your summer garden! Clusters of deliciously scented flowers begin to bloom in early summer filling the garden with a sweet fragrance until fall. Available in 4 candy-coated colors, the Candy … [Read More]

Ash Leaf Spirea

A breakthrough in color and habit, 'Sem' is an improvement over other Sorbaria varieties in every way. Pinkish-red, fern-like spring foliage unfurls along deep pink stems. In full sun the foliage takes on a chartreuse tint and in autumn, bronze hues appear. In July and August, the neat round shrub covers itself with creamy white … [Read More]

Weeping Katsura Tree

This deciduous small tree initially has a pyramidal form, and later rounded. Cercis-like, opposite, heart-shaped blue-green leaves are borne on stiff, slender, pendulous branches that fan out from the crown and sweep the ground. Caramel-scented foliage emerges bronze or purple-red, turns blue-green, then fades to gold or apricot in autumn. Tiny red flowers emerge in … [Read More]

Invincible Spirit Hydrangae

The Invincibelle® Spirit Hydrangea is the first-ever pink Annabelle hydrangea. This plant is so special, some are calling it "The most important breeding breakthrough of the decade!" But what makes it really special is its mission to end breast cancer. $1.00 from each Invincibelle Spirit sold is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. We … [Read More]