Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Native St Johns Wort / Hypericum densiflorum April 21, 2019


A beautiful native shrub / small tree, with lacy foliage and bright yellow flowers in summer.  Mature trunks develop a shiny bark that looks almost metallic.  Great for winter interest.  Full to part sun, 6 feet tall.  Suckers when mature.


Kerria ‘Honshu’

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This shrub has graceful, arching branches just smothered with buttery yellow booms in April, with delicately veined, bright-green foliage.  Blooms the same time as Forsythia but has so much more grace about her, and she blooms in shade as well as sun.  Grows 5 feet high and wide, suckers freely when mature.  Awesome cut flower to bring inside or share with friends.


Yellow Twig Dogwood / Cornus ‘Arctic Fire’ April 8, 2018

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Awesome color for the winter garden.  Grows 4-6 feet tall but is easily pruned to the ground each spring.  Color is most vivid on new growth.  Lime green foliage and white flowers in spring.  Full to part sun, grows in average soil and also loves moisture.


Bridal veil (Spiraea) March 21, 2017

bridalwreath This shrub is smothered with plumes of white flowers in the spring.  Grows about 4-5′ high.  Part to full sun.  Makes a fantastic cut flower.


Sweet shrub / Calycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’ April 20, 2016

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Sweet shrub / Calycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’

This shrub grows beautifully in full sun to part shade, gets 10′ tall x 6′ wide, and is covered with these large, gorgeous blooms in mid-spring.  Totally drought-resistant once established and easily pruned after blooming to a smaller size if need be.


Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina) February 2, 2012


Red berries and cascading evergreen foliage last all winter

Red berries and cascading evergreen foliage last all winter


One of my favorite shrubs in the garden.  A stalwart backbone shrub for every garden!

Glossy evergreen leaves cascade gracefully.  White flowers panicles in summer, followed by enormous clusters of bright red berries which cheer me up all winter and look fabulous in holiday swags, bouquets, and wreaths.  New growth is colorful, ranging from chartreuse to pink to red to maroon.  A real four-season plant.

Prefers sun but will tolerate even deep shade, with fewer flowers and berries.  Highly drought-tolerant once established.


Winter honeysuckle / Lonicera x purpusii April 13, 2011

Lusciously fragrant flowers in March, which linger for weeks.  This is prized as one of the earliest blooming and most fragrant shrubs known.  Grows to be a large, sprawling shrub 6′ high and wide, so give it plenty of room.  Flowers best in at least half-sun.

Great article this shrub here, including different ways to prune it into a small tree, espalier, or vigorous shrub.