Nativars provide home gardeners and professional contractors with needed solutions in the landscape. Bred to fit smaller spaces, nativars provide more flowers, deliver vibrant color and have strong disease and pest resistance. They also do the heavy lifting when it comes to ecological benefits.
Cultivars of native species, nativars are part of the production mix at Loma Vista Nursery that includes native plants and cultivars. Nativars deliver on consumers’ expectations that plants will provide habitat and food sources for pollinators, birds and beneficial insects while meeting their landscape needs for versatility, maintenance and beauty.
If you’d like to learn more about nativars, take a look at our article in a recent issue of Nursery Management. In addition to ‘Balmy Pink’ Bee Balm (Monarda ‘Balbalmink’) pictured above, here are a few selections that we grow on our nursery.
Tiny Wine® Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Tiny Wine® Ninebark
With pinkish-white flowers and purple foliage, Tiny Wine® Ninebark is a dream in the landscape. Dainty flowers bloom up and down the stem for a lush display. This ninebark requires almost no maintenance, is drought tolerant and adapts to most soils. Smaller than other ninebark shrubs, this dwarf variety matures to about 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
Tiny Wine® Ninebark blooms principally in spring on old wood and is a good border plant. It covers bare spots in the garden and enjoys coneflowers, phlox and daylilies as companion plants. Prune after bloom if desired. Plant in the sun, in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 7.
Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum
If you’re looking for a flowering hedge or specimen shrub, Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum is very low maintenance and perfect in residential and commercial landscapes. It likes part sun and full sun, and attracts birds and butterflies. White flowers appear in early- to mid-summer and give way to blue fruits in fall if a different variety of Viburnum dentatum is planted to cross pollinate.
Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum adapts to a variety of soils and weather conditions. This shrub flowers on old wood and does not require pruning. Mature height and spread is 7 feet. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8.
Solidago ‘Dansolitlem’ Little Lemon Goldenrod (Asteriscus asteraceae)
Little Lemon Goldenrod
Native to North America, Little Lemon Goldenrod blooms from summer to fall, bringing bright yellow to the garden as other blooms fade. Cut back the flowers after they bloom in summer to encourage fall rebloom. Goldenrod pairs well with sedum, fall asters and perennial grasses.
Little Lemon Goldenrod requires no maintenance and likes the sun. Use it as a border plant in the landscape, or in mass plantings in larger areas. Mature height is 1.5 feet and spread is 2 feet. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Tiger Eyes® Sumac
A dwarf staghorn sumac, Tiger Eyes® is a game changer for its compact height and width (at maturity, between 3 to 6 feet tall and wide). It has a showy display featuring deciduous foliage that turns from green to gold, and then to vibrant red and orange. Because of its size and coloring, this sumac is beautiful in the landscape and as a thriller in containers.
Loved by birds and pollinators, Tiger Eyes® has no significant pest problems in production or in the landscape. It adapts to most soil conditions and is a fast grower. This sumac likes full sun or partial shade. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.
‘American Gold Rush’ Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hybrid)
‘American Gold Rush’ Black-Eyed Susan
With its distinctive black centers and cheery petals, ‘American Gold Rush’ Black-Eyed Susan is a joy in the garden and a thriller in a container. It is resistant to Septoria leaf spot. Blooming from mid-summer to early fall, this Rudbeckia hybrid attracts pollinators.
The upright perennial likes sun or shade. It reaches a mature height of about 2 feet with a spread of 3 to 4 feet. ‘American Gold Rush’ Black-Eyed Susan requires average soil and is easy to grow. It makes an excellent border plant and is striking when planted in groupings. Add it to cutting and pollinator gardens. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
Kodiak® Orange (Diervilla x)
Durable, this native North American shrub will thrive in sun or shade and is drought tolerant and deer resistant. Kodiak® Orange attracts pollinators and hummingbirds. Bright yellow flowers in early summer give way to vibrant orange foliage in fall. Plant on slopes and in areas where erosion control is needed.
Kodiak® Orange is striking in mass plantings and is a good choice as a border plant. Sometimes called “bush honeysuckle,” this Diervilla is not invasive. It is easy to grow and maintain. Trim in spring and apply a controlled-release fertilizer. With a mounded habit, Kodiak® Orange reaches about 4 feet tall and wide when mature. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 7.
Arctic Fire® Red – Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)
Arctic Fire® Red – Red-Osier Dogwood
The compact nature of this red-twig dogwood makes it a perfect choice for small gardens and residential landscapes. It is a welcoming shrub near the front entryway of a commercial business. It blooms on old wood and has delicate white flowers in late spring. Make no mistake about its hardiness. Arctic Fire® Red – Red-Osier Dogwood is a tough shrub that can stand up to winter and sparkle in arrangements and holiday décor.
Arctic Fire® Red – Red-Osier Dogwood has beautiful red stems and produces berries in late season. It is shade tolerant and performs well in sun. This dogwood tolerates a variety of soil conditions. It matures to a height and spread of 5 feet. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 7.
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