Malus sutyzam Malus ‘Indian Magic’

Height: 6 m (18 – 20 feet) Spread: 5 m (12 – 15 feet) Bloom: early spring before foliage Exposure: Full sun Pluses: four seasons of interest from early spring blooms to healthy foliage to crab apples that remain on the tree October through January. Indian Magic begins with red buds that open to dark… Read more »

Malus sutyzam ‘Sugar Tyme’

Height: 6 m (18 – 20 feet) Spread: 5 m (12 – 15 feet) Bloom: early spring before foliage Exposure: Full sun Pluses: four seasons of interest from early spring blooms to healthy foliage to crab apples that remain on the tree October through January. Sugar Tyme flowering crab apple buds start out light pink… Read more »

Magnolia x ‘Susan’

Height: 2.5 m (8 – 10 feet) Spread: 2.5m (8 – 10 feet) Bloom: fuschia pink in April Foliage: glossy green Fall Colour: bronze-yellow While they are a sight for sore eyes in early spring, the flowers of both Saucer Magnolia and Star Magnolia are susceptible to frost, especially in southern Ontario. For the last… Read more »

Lonicera tatarica (Bush Honeysuckle)

Height: 3 m (10-12 feet) Bloom: pink in May Fall Colour: none Tatarian Honeysuckle is a large shrub with an erect, vase shaped habit. Lonicera tatarica has heart-shaped, bright green leaves and remains healthy throughout the season although it offers no fall colour. Flowers are abundant, pink (occasionally white) and appear in mid-May in my… Read more »

Itea virginica (Sweetspire) ‘Little Henry’

Height: 1 m (3 feet – see below re hardiness) Spread: 1.25 m (4 feet) Bloom: Arching fragrant white flowers in early summer Exposure: Full sun to part shade Foliage: green, great scarlet fall colour Pluses: fall colour For me the jury is still out on this one. Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’ (Sweetspire) is a… Read more »

Hydrangea paniculata (Pee Gee Hydrangea)

Height: 2 m (6 feet) Spread: 2.5 m (8 feet) Bloom: Large cone-shaped white to pinkish flowers in late summer Exposure: Full sun to part shade Foliage: large dark green leaves Pluses: large fall blooms, winter interest Hydrangea paniculata (Pee Gee Hydrangea) flowers late summer to early fall bearing large cone-shaped flowers that start out… Read more »

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ (Endless Summer)

Height: 1.2 m (4 feet) Spread: 1.0 m (3 feet) Bloom: Large pink or blue mopheads Exposure: Full sun to part shade, prefers part shade Foliage: Large medium green Pluses: long bloom period, large flowers Endless Summer Hydrangea is a repeat blooming hydrangea that blooms on both old and new growth. It’s large mop-head type… Read more »

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

Height: 1.2 m (4 feet) Spread: 1.2 m (4 feet) Bloom: Large, globe shaped heads June to Frost Exposure: Full sun to part shade Foliage: large medium green leaves Pluses: long bloom, winter interest Annabelle is a stunning performer with huge white round flowers all summer long. It is easy to grow in most soil… Read more »

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Westerstede’ (Witch Hazel)

Height: 3 m (10 feet) Spread: 2 m (6 feet) Bloom: primrose-yellow with copper red centre, very early spring before foliage Exposure: Full sun Foliage:green Pluses: blooms even in the snow, an early start to the season Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are a cross between H. japonica (Japanese witch hazel) and H. mollis (Chinese witch… Read more »

Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Fothergilla)

Height: 80 cm (32 inches) Spread: 65 cm (24 inches) Bloom: white in spring Foliage: blue-green, textured Exposure: part shade Pluses: unusual flower, nice texture, fall colour It’s surprising that Fothergilla gardenii is not used more often in gardens. A small shrub, it bears white bottlebrush-like flowers in spring before leafing out. The small one-inch… Read more »