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2024 Tree Selection

Cercis species, commonly called redbud, are found growing throughout North America, regions of Europe, and Asia. It is an attractive, small to medium, tree growing up to 20-30’, but it can sometimes grow as a multi-stemmed large shrub. Leaves are heart-shaped, young bark is gray which contrasts nicely with the bright magenta flowers that appear before the leaves in spring. 

2024 Shrub Selection

Harry Lauder's Walkingstick
Harry Lauder’s Walkingstick or Contorted Filbert is a unique plant because of its curly, twisty stems and foliage. The contorted stems add interest to the garden, especially in winter after the leaves have fallen, when the contorted branches are best observed. Late winter flowers (female tiny, inconspicuous flower with red stigmas and yellow-gray male catkins which are somewhat showy) also add to the winter interest; fruits (nuts) are seldom produced. The unique stems are prized by florists.

2024 Perennial Selection

Narrowleaf Ironweed
Narrow-leaf or Letterman's ironweed is an upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial native to rocky outcrops, floodplains, and river scours in west-central Arkansas and adjacent areas of Oklahoma. Plants can reach around 2' tall with an equal spread. The finely textured leaves are thin and narrow. Flat-topped inflorescences of bright purple flowers appear in mid to late summer. Highly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

2024 Annual Selection

Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor
This gorgeous zinnia starts the season with a bold vibrant red center ring surrounded by golden-yellow outer petals. As the season progresses, the aging flowers morph into soft, beautiful shades of apricot, salmon, and dusty rose to bring a plethora of color to the garden, all from one variety! Trial garden visitors clamored over this floriferous and compact plant during the summer trials noting how well the plant continued to bloom new flowers over old so there was never a decline in the beauty presented by Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor.

2024 Collector's Choice

Pawpaw is a native, understory tree. It is native to Canada and the eastern U.S. where it grows in deep shade to full sunlight in moist, nutrient-rich forests. It will tolerate occasional wet or moist conditions but prefers good drainage and acidic soil.
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