Shrubs, trees, and conifers form the backbone of a landscape, creating the feeling of permanence and advancing maturity. Their flowers, leaves, berries, and bark herald the changing seasons.
Few if any tree can equal the year round beauty and majesty of a mature specimen Beech! Lovely foliage and striking light grey bark that is very smooth with a distinct, refined character. The Common or European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) exhibits an extraordinary wide range of form and color. For a beautiful, tapestry-like hedge, choose varieties with foliage in different colors, plant together and prune to create a dense row.>Fagus Varieties
Bamboo is a grass with woody stems; they are surprisingly hardy. Most bamboos thrive in partial shade in moderately acidic loamy soils. Organic matter may be added if soils are less than ideal. Bamboos are forest plants and do best if mulch is kept over the roots and rhizomes. If the bamboo is planted late in the year, they should be mulched heavily and given extra protection from cold, drying winds. In colder climates where bamboos may be marginal, successful growers usually protect their bamboos through the winter with heavy mulch. Provide ample water to newly planted bamboos. Infrequent or non-thorough watering will result in yellowing leaves and/or leaf drop. Bamboos do benefit from fertilization, especially a fertilizer high in Nitrogen, such as found in lawn fertilizers.>Fargesia Varieties
A picturesque deciduous tree, closely related to the conifers, with an ancient history that can be traced back in the fossil record. Ginkgos are easily grown and tolerant of a wide range of conditions, including air pollution. Ginkgos are instantly recognizable by their thick, leathery unique fan-shaped leaves that turn a beautiful yellow in fall. Our selections are desirable male forms with an amazing number of distinct selections that display variable sizes, form, and growth habit with various shaped and colored leaves. Many of the smaller selections are ideal for small home landscapes. Ginkgos are immune from insect and disease predation.>Ginkgo Varieties
Few groups of shrubs create such a floral impact in the landscape from mid to late summer, as do Hydrangeas. They are reliable, easily grown, and tolerant of sun or light shade and can be grown as individual specimens or massed in formal or informal groups. The large bold flowerheads can also be enjoyed indoors in cut arrangements. Bold attractive foliage frequently enhances the floral display and extends seasonal ornamental interest. Two North American native species, the Oakleaf Hydrangea (H. quercifolia) and the Smooth Hydrangea (H. arborescens) are represented by several outstanding selections with the strikingly shaped foliage of the Oakleaf Hydrangea assuming beautiful fall colorations.>Hydrangea Varieties
Spectacular, breathtaking spring blooms qualify Magnolias as aristocrats of the landscape. We offer the finest new introductions, including many from North American hybridizers, plus a choice selection of time proven classics. In addition to their beautiful flower forms and colors, many varieties are also fragrant. We grow all of our Magnolia on their own roots. Plant a Magnolia and watch the gorgeous floral display unfold each spring!>Magnolia Varieties
Among the most beloved of all flowering shrubs, lilacs evoke positive memories of times past. Noted principally for their early display of intensely fragrant flowers, they can be equally enjoyed in both the garden and in arrangements. Our selections represent both choice classics and the outstanding recent advances in lilac breeding.>Syringa Varieties
For over 40 years Father John Fiala worked as a scholar and plant breeder to enrich the horticultural world. His two great interests were Lilacs and Crabapples. Also crowning his horticultural achievement, towards the end of his life he wrote two internationally acclaimed books: Lilacs-The Genus Syringa and Flowering Crabapples-The Genus Malus. All his remarkable horticultural achievements were accomplished in addition to his professional life as a Parish Priest, High School Principal, and College Professor. Father Fiala Lilac hybrids set new standards with their improved disease resistant foliage, superb floral features, and outstanding form. They were bred to thrive in North America's range of climates and succeed as a component of smaller home gardens.
Song Sparrow offers many of his "Excellent" rated varieties, which is his highest ranked category. Likewise his Crabapple introductions are representative of the finest choices for American gardens displaying outstanding floral and fruiting characteristics, excellent disease resistant foliage, and pleasing growth habit.>Father Fiala Crabapple or Lilac Varieties
Enjoy fresh cut blooms right from the garden! Experiment and have fun: store-bought blooms need to withstand storage and shipping, but home gardeners can use almost any flower for bouquets.
Tips for cut flowers: Cut blooms in the cool of the day. Leave plenty of stems and foliage to nourish the plant for future growth, (cut no more than 1/3 of the plant's growth). Re-cut stems at an angle under water just before putting in a vase. Change water in the vase frequently. Pick both large and small bouquets - even a single flower adds a nice, fresh touch.
We are happy to offer our customers new plant varieties including many that are exclusive to Song Sparrow or rare and hard to find. Our selections are based upon many outstanding features including flowers, foliage, form, and extended seasonal interest, combined with ease of culture. We hope you enjoy these new plant selections!>New in 2015 Varieties
Evergreens in the garden offer year-round color and beauty, create structure and a sense of permanence, and provide beautiful texture from a variety of foliage.
Choose from a wide range of ultimate sizes for the perfect addition to your garden. Use large growing evergreens to create stately, prominent focal points. Mid size evergreens are excellent to anchor mixed plantings of shrubs and perennials, or to create stunning low evergreen borders with a mix of forms, texture, and colors. Small and miniature varieties are perfect for containers, bordering patio gardens, and as design elements in railroad and other miniature settings.
Grasses are a versatile group with selections for sunny or shady areas.
Grasses for sunny spots add lovely arching forms to the flower and shrub border. They range in height from tall, back of the border plants to smaller varieties for the front edge of a planting. They can add fine linear texture, dramatic height, color that changes with the seasons, or decorative seedheads that sway in the slightest breeze. Many of the varieties we offer are selections of native grasses known for their beauty, toughness, and, when established, their drought tolerance. They complement each other when planted in groups, and also are wonderful with Echinacea, Salvia, Veronica, and other sun lovers.
Grasses for shady areas add a flowing, graceful touch to borders and containers. We offer choice varieties of the shade grass Hakonechloa, known as Japanese Forest Grass. Their slim, linear foliage looks great with the broad leaves of shade lovers such as Hosta and Heuchera. They add a finishing touch along the shady side of a shrub border, and look especially lovely growing near the base of Japanese Maples and Tree Peonies. They prefer a loamy, compost-enriched soil. In the northern parts of their range, provide them with mulch in winter.
Leave grasses in the garden for fall and winter interest, cut back in early spring to make room for new growth.>Grass Varieties
These evergreens are shipped in a smaller, "Junior" pot size compared to our other evergreen pots. Their ultimate size can vary from miniature to large, please check individual listings. Their unique characteristics will enrich areas such as rock gardens, troughs, containers, raised beds, and outdoor railroad gardens.
Japanese and other smaller growing, ornamental-type Maples are among the most desirable of small specimen trees. Their foliage choices include a spectacular and broad range of textures and colors throughout the growing season. Fall color effects are especially outstanding. In addition to the foliage, they exhibit a variety of graceful forms, plus uniquely colored and textured bark to create year-round ornamental interest in home landscapes. Give these deciduous trees well-drained soil and a sunny to partly shaded location.>Ornamental Maple Varieties
Shrubs fill the intermediate niche in the garden. Larger than than perennials, they have a woody structure that gives them a year-round presence. Shrubs offer a variety of beautiful traits to choose from: flowers, fragrance, fall color, fruit, and attractive foliage. There is a shrub to fit every garden, even patio gardens with containers as planting beds can include a dwarf selection or two. Shrubs can be planted on their own to enjoy as a specimen, as wonderful anchors for perennial beds, natural supports for Clematis, or to create a lovely screen when privacy is appreciated. We offer a fine selection of colorful shrub choices to enhance your garden.>Shrub Varieties
Trees add not only beauty from foliage, flowers, fruit, form, and bark, the larger selections also offer restful shade and coolness. Woody plants have a structure that grows in beauty every year, no landscape is complete without a tree to add a feeling of permanence to the setting. We offer a fine selection of smaller ornamental trees, trees to provide shade, and unique specimens known for their small stature or unusual form. Choose trees to enjoy now and for many years to come.>Tree Varieties
Vines add vertical interest and can provide a big impact from a small footprint. Find more vines in the Clematis section.