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, often breathtaking floral displays qualify Magnolias as aristocrats of spring landscapes. Their display is guaranteed to improve as years pass. Our offerings represent some of the finest new introductions, many from North American hybridizers. Planting a Magnolia is truly an investment in the future!>Magnolia Varieties
In full bloom, few small trees can surpass the beauty of a crabapple. Today's modern hybrids are especially suited for the small landscape, exhibiting growth habits ranging from upright to weeping and rounded to spreading. All exhibit excellent disease resistance and a prolific floral display followed by attractive fruits during late summer and fall, which frequently retain their appeal well into winter. The fruits can attract a range of birds and wildlife into the landscapes. Healthy foliage often develops stunning fall colorations. Year round ornamental appeal can be achieved by the selection of specific varieties.>Malus 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
Most popular with our customers! It is always interesting to see what plants other enthusiastic gardeners choose most frequently. Some best sellers are new this year, some are returning favorites, but each has something special to offer in your garden.>Best Seller 2014 Varieties
Cut blooms in the cool of the day. Do not cut more than one third of a plant's stems and foliage, leave plenty to nourish the plant for future growth. Re-cut stems at an angle just before putting in a vase. Make the fresh cuts under water for best water uptake. Change water in the vase frequently.
Experiment and have fun: store-bought blooms need to withstand storage and shipping, but home gardeners can use almost any flower for bouquets.
We are happy to offer our customers new plant varieties including many that are exclusive to Song Sparrow or extremely difficult to locate. 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 selections!>New in 2014 Varieties
We have many more plants than we are able to fit into our catalog! Please browse here to see the plants that are listed only online and to find new items that have been added through the year.>Only Available on the Web 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 Maples are among the most desirable of small, specimen deciduous trees for an open or lightly shaded location. Their foliage exhibits a spectacular and broad range of form and color throughout the growing season. Fall color is especially outstanding, equal to or exceeding the fall effect of any shrub or tree. In addition to the foliage, a wide range of growth forms and textures, plus uniquely colored and textured bark create year-round ornamental interest in home landscapes.>Ornamental Maple Varieties
Vines add vertical interest and can provide a big impact from a small footprint. Find more vines in the Clematis section.