March 10, 2011


The list of new woody plant materials our Tree and Shrub buyer at Gethsemane scours the country for is long so I'll just pick out a few of some that I think are special.

Fall color of Betula nana 'glengarry' - a dwarf bog birch that grows to only 2 feet.
Photo by Carol-Annie, Flickr photostream

Chionanthus retusus 'tokyo tower ' - a pyrimidal form  of the Fringe Tree, sure to be a hit for the urban garden.

Wow!  Similar to the Coral Bark Maple - Acer cirinatum 'Pacific Fire ' is sure to be a best seller.  It slowly grows 10 ' in 10 years.

Weigela florida 'shining sensation' -I've always loved this shrub for its long bloom - 6 weeks and deep burgundy foliage but now this beauty is a reliable repeat bloomer!

Garden seasoning kicks off soon - our Tree and Shrub department opens early in April.  Those of you in the Chicago area stop by and see our sensational selections and I'll be glad to give you a tour of our fabulous garden center, voted the best by the Chicago Reader and other media.

Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago All rights reserved


  1. Carolyn, those small trees and shrubs have me excited that they would fit in my garden. Everyone in the suburban areas seem to be looking for big!


  2. Love that Betula as anything that can handle wet soil is music to my ears! And only 2 ft to boot is awesome. Thanks for posting!


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