American Nursery magazine recently polled nearly 200 landscape industry professionals to determine their favorite plants in a number of categories.
Here are the results:
Bedding plants: impatiens, marigolds, begonias.
Coniferous shrubs: mountain pine (Pinus mugo), Norway spruce (Picea sabies "Nidiformus"), Alberta spruce (Picea glauca var. albertiana).
Coniferous trees: white pine (Pinus strobus), blue spruce (Picea pungens "Glauca"), hemlocks (Tsuga species).
Deciduous flowering shrubs: arrowwoods (Viburnum species), forsythias (Forsythia species), spirea (Spiraea species).
Deciduous shade trees, large: sugar maple (Acer saccharums), red oak (Quercus rubra), red maple (Acer rubrum).
Deciduous shade trees, small: amur maple (Acer ginnala), Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana "Bradford"), Japanese maple (Acer palmatum).
Evergreen shrubs: rhododendrons (Rhododendron species), yews (Taxus species), boxwoods (Buxus species).
Ground covers: spurges (Pachysandra species), periwinkles (Vinca species), bugleweeds (Ajuga species).