Specimen Magnolias-A Few of Our Favorite Varieties

Star Magnolia

When you think of magnolias, what first comes to mind? The cloud of white dinner plate-sized flowers, shiny evergreen leaves, and hundred foot plus heights of the iconic Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)? Or the pink tinged blossoms on the bare early spring branches of the Japanese Saucer variety (Magnolia x soulangeana)? Do you contemplate the […]

Variegated Aucuba (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’)


Shining, shimmering, splendid… are the gold and white spotted leaves of the variegated Aucuba (Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ and similar cultivars), also known as the variegated Japanese Laurel due to its look-alike waxy foliage. Aucuba are dioecious (separate male and female) evergreen shrubs with simple glossy leaves and arching stems. With insignificant purple flowers that appear […]

Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea tricolor’ or ‘Roseo-Marginata’)


Tree… tree… tree… Green… green… green… Wait, does that tree have pink edges on its leaves? Why yes, I do believe it does! Characterized by strikingly variegated leaves in shades of green, white, purple, and pink, the European Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea tricolor’ or ‘Roseo-Marginata’) has an arresting presence that certainly grabs your attention. […]

Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia)

Japanese Plum Yew

Hmmm…. What kind of plant can we put in that deep, dark corner of the yard over there? A question many of us ask ourselves time and time again when designing outdoor spaces, because finding plants to fill the gloomiest corners and deepest shade areas can be the ultimate challenge for gardeners and landscape designers […]