Shrub Love

Here at Annie’s we LOVE SHRUBS for their beauty, longevity and overall usefulness in the garden. And, just like shoes, there’s a shrub for every occasion – which in garden-speak means microclimate, soil type, size, color palette and style. Shrubs are a key component of every garden ensemble. They provide shade, improve soil stability, attract pollinators, enhance air quality and offer habitats for wildlife. Heck, well established and maintained shrubs can even boost your property value (ask a realtor if you don’t believe us).

In addition to offering the tried-and-true favorites, our research and propagation teams are always seeking out and testing new and interesting shrub varieties to grow. Right now we have over 90 different shrubs available online and many more in the retail nursery. Here we’ve picked a few unusual one’s that are sure to have your neighbors “Oohhing,” “Aahhing,” and asking “what’s that?”

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Cantua buxifolia
"Sacred Flower of the Andes"


Brilliant magenta flowers cover this amazing evergreen shrub in spring and intermittently throughout the year. Hardy to 20 degrees F with pretty bright green foliage, it grows quickly to a multibranching 6’x6’. The 3” long flaring trumpets are held in clusters of twelve or more and display bright blue pollen on the stamens. Adored by hummingbirds! Can be pruned to a shorter size and grown in a large container (15 gal. or larger) or espaliered. It enjoys rich soil (tolerates worse) and a sunny sheltered spot. Native to the Andes. Does not fare well in hot and humid climates.

Perennial USDA zones 9b-11

Chrysocephalum apiculatum
‘Silver Sunburst’


A winning highlight for the dry, well-drained garden, this Australian native creates a compact mound of arresting and luminous silvery-white furry foliage. In spring, it bursts into a spectacular plentitude of papery 1” bright yellow aging to orange-gold pom-poms that last for months and months! Held in clusters on furry silvery stems, you’ll love the intense colorful contrast they display against the foliage. Just the coolest for edging a rock garden, succulent garden or in a container (5+ gal.) and surprisingly EASY for something so unusual and gorgeous.


Perennial USDA zones 8b-10

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Clerodendrum ugandense
"Blue Butterfly Bush"


Grow your own bush of non-stop butterflies! It’s simple with this quick-to-establish. Easily reaching 4-5’ tall and wide in its first year and displaying a nice multi-branching form with pretty, glossy, oblong leaves, it’s LOADED with blooms from late spring to late fall. Captivating two-toned blue and lavender-blue 1.5” flowers can only be described as “butterflies”! Definitely non-invasive, it’s a show-stopping, make-your-neighbors-jealous garden focal point! And a bee magnet!

Perennial USDA zones 8-10

Cuphea hybrid
‘Starfire Pink’


Such whimsy! Tough, versatile, easy, fast and evergreen in mild climates like ours. With countless charming 1” bunny-faced blooms year-round and a dense shrubby habit to 3’ high and wide. It’s heat and shade tolerant, too! Hummingbird heaven! This effervescent Cuphea is useful and cheery in a wide variety of situ­ations. Given part to full sun and rich soil with average water, the plant can bloom so much the foliage becomes almost entirely obscured. Wow! Great in pots!

Perennial USDA zones 8-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'

We get more positive feedback for this most floriferous of Geraniums than almost any other plant we grow! Delightful, deep purple-blue blooms present a cloud of color, 15” tall x 20” across – just like the photo on the right - from spring thru fall. Reliably perennial, it happily self-sows to fill in bare spots with its ever-present color. BEST in rich soil and half day sun, but not required. Also heat tolerant. The individual flower petals are heart shaped and very cute in a pressed-flower context. Great in containers and perfect under yellow roses!

Perennial USDA Zones 5-10a
(Annual Elsewhere)
Incarvillea arguta "Himalayan Gloxinia"

Loads of fragrant, soft pink, flaring trumpets and elegant finely cut foliage make this RARE Chinese sub-shrub a sophisticated highlight in the summer garden. Creates a bushy 3’ x 3’ form with dense clusters of pretty pink blooms held on 7” long graceful arching stems summer thru fall. Cutting back spent blooms keeps ’em coming like crazy! Most luxurious when grown in part sun and rich soil. Prune the whole plant back to about 10” tall in fall to keep its lovely form and prevent woodiness.


Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Lynn’s Variegated'

Need a hard-to-kill, drought tolerant, deer resistant shrub with rich blue-purple flowers from spring to fall? Dream shrub right here! “Variegated Potato Bush” abounds with handsome 1.5” sweetly scented yellow-eyed saucer blooms in wonderful contrast to the wavy, white edged foliage. EASY and FAST, to a multi-branching 8’ x 6’. Tip prune every so often to promote a dense, tidy shape or it can be easily pruned into a pretty, small patio tree.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-10

Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’

This handsome native shrub or small tree is attractive in so many respects: it requires little water to thrive, has lovely true-blue flowers, attracts bees, butterflies and birds, and has a lovely fragrance. It’s also evergreen, fast growing, long lived (in Ceanothus terms), heat tolerant, and low maintenance. It’s a most agreeable plant! ‘Ray Hartman’ is a hybrid of two species parents – Ceanothus arboreus and Ceanothus griseus. Hardy to 10 degrees F.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11


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