Shrubs serve many functions in the landscape. They can be a solid green background for flowering perennials and annuals or they can provide lots of color and texture of their own. The leaves, flowers and berries come in many shapes, sizes and colors. 

Many shrubs provide food for birds and butterflies while those that bloom from spring until fall make a beautiful focal point. Shrubs are the “furniture” of the garden, a necessary element to any good landscape design. Evergreen shrubs (those that don’t lose their leaves in the winter) provide winter interest and they’re not just green anymore. 

Thanks to the breeding efforts of growers all over the world, you can choose evergreen shrubs like Lorapetalum with beautiful plum-purple leaves or Gold Mop Cypress with bright gold soft needles that have a weeping effect. 

Helpful Links:

Landscape Plants for Georgia UGA publication

Pruning Ornamental Plants in the Landscape

How To Grow Rhododendrons & Azaleas

Evergreen Hollies Have a Multitude of Uses- article by Fine Gardening Magazine

All About Hydrangeas

Shrub Care- fertilizing, watering, etc.

Viburnum: one of the most beautiful & versatile shrubs

The shrubs that we stock here at the nursery grow very well in our zone 7 climate. We do not carry plants that aren’t suited for our weather or soil. Some varieties that we carry are seasonal due to market availability. Shrubs with a * next to their name are native to the Southeast.

Abelia grandiflora- Glossy Abelia

            Edward Goucher (A. grandiflora x A. schumannii) 


            Little Richard

            Mardis Gras

            Rose Creek

Aspidistra elatior- Cast-iron Plant

Aucuba japonica- Japanese Aucuba

Buddleia davidii- Butterfly Bush

            Bi-Color- two tone orange/purple

            Black Knight- deep purple

            Buzz Purple- dwarf size

            Honeycomb- yellow

            Lo & Behold Purple Haze- violet blue/purple dwarf size

            Pink Delight- true pink

           White Profusion- white with yellow eye

Buxus microphylla- Boxwood

Callicarpa americana- American Beautyberry *

Calycanthus floridus- Sweetshrub or Carolina Allspice *

Camellia japonica- Japanese Camellia (blooms in early spring)

Camellia sasanqua-  (blooms in late fall/winter)

Cephalotaxus harringtonia- Japanese Plum Yew

Chamaecyparis obtusa- Hinoki Falsecypress


Slender Hinoki


Chamaecyparis pisifera- Japanese Falsecypress

Gold Mop

King's Gold Dwarf Gold Mop

Vintage Gold

Chionanthus virginicus- Grancy Gray-beard or White Fringetree *

Chionanthus retusus- Chinese Fringetree

Clethra alnifolia- Summersweet Clethra *

Cleyera japonica- Japanese Cleyera 

Cotinus coggygria- Smoketree or Smokebush

Cotoneaster dammeri- Bearberry Cotoneaster

            Moon Creeper

            Tom Thumb

Cryptomeria japonica- Japanese Cryptomeria

            Black Dragon

           Globosa Nana


            Yoshino- tree form

Eleagnus pungens- Eleagnus

Euonymous compacta- Dwarf Burning Bush

Forsythia x intermedia- Yellow Bells

Fothergilla gardenii- Mt Airy Dwarf Fothergilla *

Gardenia jasminoides- Gardenia 

            August Beauty


            Frost Proof

            Radicans or Creeping Gardenia

Hibiscus syriacus- Althea or Rose-of-Sharon

Hydrangea arborescens- Smooth Hydrangea


Hydrangea macropylla- Bigleaf or Mophead Hydrangea



            Endless Summer

            Nikko Blue

            Penny Mac


Hydrangea paniculata- Panicle Hydrangea


           Pinky Winky

           Strawberry Sundae- NEW

           Vanilla Strawberry- NEW

Hydrangea quercifolia- Oakleaf Hydrangea *


            Pee Wee

            Snow Queen

Ilex cornuta- Chinese Holly

             Dwarf Burford


Ilex crenata- Japanese Holly




            Sky Pencil

            Soft Touch

Ilex vomitoria- Yaupon Holly *

            Pendula or Weeping Yaupon

            Schillings or Dwarf Yaupon

Illicium floridanum- Florida Anise *

Illicium parviflorum- Yellow Anise *

Itea virginica- Sweetspire *

            Henry’s Garnet


Juniperus chinensis- Chinese Juniper

            Blue Point

           Gold Lace

           Hollywood or Torulosa

           Old Gold

           Sea Green

Juniperus conferta- Shore Juniper

            Blue Pacific

Juniperus horizontalis- Creeping Juniper


            Blue Rug

Juniperus procumbens- Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper


Juniperus virginiana

           Grey Owl

Ligustrum japonicum- Japanese Ligustrum



            Wax Leaf

Lorapetalum chinense- Chinese Fringe-flower

            Crimson Fire- NEW dwarf, 3 ft high at maturity



Nandina domestica- Heavenly Bamboo




            Harbor Belle

            Obsession- NEW


        Fragrant Tea Olive

            Goshiki variegated Tea Olive

            Orange Flowering Tea Olive

Pieris japonica- Japanese Pieris



Rhaphiolepis umbellata- Indian Hawthorne

Rhododendron (all Azaleas are now included in the Rhododendron genus). It is critical that the evergreen Rhododendrons be planted in loose soil that drains well. Carving out a hole in wet, sticky clay means death for Rhododendrons! A good technique is to till the area to loosen compacted clay, add organic matter, then leave about 1/3 of the root ball exposed above the existing soil line. Mound up good quality composted bark (like Nature’s Helper) around the root ball, creating a “raised bed” effect. Afternoon shade is a must in the South.

Rhododendron catawbiense- Evergreen Rhododendron hybrids *

            Chionoides- white with yellow center, dwarf to 4 ft.

            English Roseum- rosy pink, 6 ft.

            Nova Zembla- vibrant red, 5 ft.

            Roseum Elegans- lilac, 6 ft.

            Scintillation- lavender pink with gold throat, 6 ft.

            Vulcan’s Flame- bright red, 5 ft.

Rhododendron austrinum, R. canescens, and hybrids- (deciduous Azaleas)- 
Flame Azalea or Wild Azalea *

            Admiral Semmes- fragrant yellow

            Lisa’s Gold- fragrant gold, 10-12 ft.

            Stonewall Jackson- orange

            Tallulah Sunrise- orange/yellow

Rhododendron hybrids- Evergreen azalea 

          Assorted Encore Azaleas- repeat blooming

            Conversation Piecepink flowers have splotches of dark pink, red and white

            Fashion- orange red

            Flame Creeper- orange red groundcover type

            Formosa- purple

            G.G. Gerbing- pure white

            George L. Taber- two-tone orchid pink 

            Girard Crimson- purplish red

            Hilda Niblett- pink with red blotches, dwarf

            Midnight Flare- the deepest red of any azalea

            Pink Ruffle- coral pink

            Red Ruffle- vivid red

            Wakaebisu- salmon pink with deep pink blotch, dwarf

Rosa banksiae- Lady Banks Rose



Shrub Roses

            Carefree Celebration

            Double Pink Knock Out- bright pink, double blooms

           Double Red Knock Out- cherry red, double blooms

           Red Knockout- cherry red

           Pink Knockout- bright pink

           Sunny Knockout, NEW in 2009- blooms open lemon yellow then change to white

            Drift Roses, assorted colors- bloom like Knockout but dwarf size

Sarcococca confusa- Fragrant Sweetbox

Spirea x bumalda (cross between S. albiflora and S. japonica)

            Anthony Waterer



Spirea prunifolia- Bridalwreath Spirea

Syringa patula- Fragrant Lilac

            Miss Kim


Thuja occidentalis- Eastern Arborvitae (a good conifer for the South)

            Degroot’s Spire

            Emerald Green

            Fire Chief

            Woodward Globe

           Yellow Ribbon

Thuja plicita- Giant Arborvitae

            Green Giant- Excellent Leyland Cypress replacement

Viburnum macrocephalum- Chinese Snowball Viburnum

Viburnum opulus- Snowball Bush

Viburnum x Burkwoodii- Mohawk Viburnum (fragrant)

Viburnum plicatum- Doublefile Viburnum



            Summer Snowflake

Vitex agnus-castus- Chastetree

            Shoal Creek

Weigela florida- Old Fashioned Weigela

            Sonic bloom- NEW repeat bloomer

            Wine and Roses

Yucca filamentosa- Yucca

            Bright Edge, variegated

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Kaleidoscope Abelia
Bi-Color Butterfly Bush & Tiger Swallowtail. 
(Photo taken here at nursery)
Obsession Nandina- Fiery red in winter, new growth in spring and summer is also red. Very unique! Dwarf to 3 ft high.
Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'
Endless Summer Hydrangea
Mt Airy Fothergilla- fall color
Goshiki Tea Olive
Autumn Carnation Encore Azalea
Compacta Burning Bush
Carefree Celebration Shrub Rose
Grancy Gray-beard 
Blooms and fall color of Oakleaf Hydrangea
Newly planted shrubs
Proper watering is the single most important maintenance factor in the care of transplanted shrubs. Too much or too little water can result in injury. 

Check new plants often. Newly-planted trees, shrubs, and perennials are still establishing their root systems. Check the soil around their roots often to see if it has dried out. The plant draws all of its moisture from the root ball until it has time to establish itself which takes months. The root ball can dry out in only a day or two, even while surrounding soil remains moist.

Water both the root ball (right around the base), and the surrounding area. Water deeply and then let the water soak in to encourage new roots to grow deeper into the soil. Sprinkler systems DO NOT provide adequate water to the entire root ball of new shrubs. It is critical that you soak the entire rootball of the plant for the first few months so that sensitive roots do not die. How often you need to water new shrubs depends on the time of year, the type of soil, temperature, rainfall, etc. A general rule of thumb is to soak the rootball of newly planted shrubs every 3-4 days (including rainfall). Some shrubs such as mophead hydrangeas need more water than a shrub such as juniper. The more you garden, the more you will instinctually know what each type of plant needs from you to be happy.

Continue regular watering for the first few months. Plants in full sun will obviously require more frequent watering than those in shade. Check on sensitive trees and shrubs frequently. Drought-sensitive trees and plants that are likely to show the effects of reduced moisture include magnolias, Japanese maples, dogwoods, viburnums, azaleas and hydrangeas. They will suffer during dry weather because they're shallow-rooted and therefore drought-sensitive.

Spread mulch. A layer of organic mulch, such as shredded bark or leaves to insulates soil against extremes of temperature fluctuations and holds in soil moisture. Apply no more than three to four inches deep of mulch in a circle around trees and plants and in an even layer over garden beds. Do not let it touch the trunk or stems of the tree or plants.

Happy gardening!

Establishing New Plants
Snowball Viburnum
 Azalea Garden in Spring
When planted in the right location, Rhododendrons can be magnificent. They need good rich soil, moisture, and shade in the hot afternoon hours.
Todays landscapes provide a mix of different colors and textures of shrubs, grasses, ornamental trees and perennials, creating interest and eye appeal. 
Learn more on our Landscaping Ideas & Design Page.
Modern landscaping roses are excellent shrubs that provide months of non-stop color. 
Visit our Rose Page to see the varieties.
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