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Frostproof Gardenia

The Frostproof Gardenia bears shiny, dark, medium-sized green leaves that are considered evergreen and contrast nicely with the intensely fragrant, double white flowers that bloom in late spring and through the early summer. The flower buds, that set in late July and early August and carry through winter, are resistant to late spring frosts that can damage them. This is an excellent choice for a lower-growing hedge or foundation planting. This gardenia can thrive with more direct sun than most other varieties and prefers well drained, acidic soils. When the soil is not acid enough, the plants cannot absorb needed iron appropriately and this can lead to a yellowish cast of the leaves known as Iron Chlorosis.

Summerwine Wisteria

Blooming vines are a great way to jazz up a trellis, fence, or arbor while adding color and fragrance to your landscape. This woody twining vine fits that bill perfectly! The evergreen leaves are a leathery dark green, and inn summer, reddish-purple, pea-like flowers bloom in large clusters. The blooms are highly fragrant and the plant itself is not as invasive as the more common lavender Wisteria. Deadheading (removing spent flowers) can encourage your vine to keep blooming throughout the warm weather season.

Color Guard Yucca

The green and yellow foliage of Color Guard Yucca is stiff and produces snowy white flowers on a tall spike in late spring to early summer that are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Sold here at Creekside Nursery in a 5 gallon container, it is ideal as an accent or container specimen, or planted in mass. It is tolerant of wind, heat, humidity, and drought and is considered as deer and rabbit resistant. As long as it is well-draining, Yucca does not care what type of soil you plant it in, and while they do prefer full sun, they can be tolerant of some light shade. Sharp-tipped leaves mean you should consider planting yuccas away from sidewalks, paths, mailboxes and driveways. Plants can quickly reach 3 to 4 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide, so plan to give yourself plenty of space to move around your Yuccas.

Horsetail Reed

Horsetail (Equisetum hyemale), also called rough horsetail or scouring rush, is a non-flowering evergreen perennial. It has vertical green stems with horizontal bands, similar to bamboo, but the stems are skinny, like tall grass, and it reproduces through spores (not seed), like ferns. However, horsetail is not related to bamboo or grass or ferns. Horsetail grows in wet conditions and can even grow in standing water. For this reason, it is commonly used to decorate water gardens or swampy areas where few other plants can survive. It's also commonly grown as an accent along borders or in large patio pots, similarly to ornamental grasses. Sold here at Creekside in a 1 and 3 gallon container.

Fig Ivy

Fig Ivy is a creeping perennial vine that adheres to surfaces by way of aerial roots along the spreading stems. The leaves are heart-shaped and bright green when young, maturing to dark green. It can have many shades of green on the same plant. Climbs quickly and can grow up to 25’ tall with a 3+’ spread per plant. Trim back old growth to promote new growth. Great for covering a brick or concrete wall, an arbor, a trellis or fences. Also can be used on topiary wiring to create shapes and designs. Considered an evergreen in protected areas and thrives in Zones 9-11.