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Ornamental Shrubs

Shrubs generally are priced as follows, with some exceptions:

1 gal...$18.95
2 gal...$29.95
5 gal...$47.95
7 gal...$59.95

For additional shrubs not listed here, see Montana Native Plants.

All plants must be picked up in person or delivered by nursery staff. We do not mail plants.

ALDER, Thinleaf (Alnus incana spp. tenuifolia): oval form with multiple stems; excellent choice for natural landscaping; attracts birds; of interest year round - we especially like its winter aspect: reddish buds noticeable for their contrast to gray bark, catkins, and attractive small cones; thrives in moist soil, but not limited to it; Montana native. (30') see another photo

ALMOND, Russian (Prunus tenella): medium to large size shrub with pink blooms in early spring; hairy fruit attract wildlife; wonderful red fall foliage. (6') see another image

BARBERRY, Burgundy Carousel and Ruby Carousel: burgundy-purple leaves add contrast in the landscape; small, inconspicuous yellow flowers; bright red berries in fall attract birds; needs sun and moist, well-drained soils. (3’)

BARBERRY, Cabernet and Concorde: dwarf, globe shaped shrubs with deep purple leaves, new growth is red giving the plant a glowing effect; low maintenance and tolerates a wide variety of soils; always a show stopper. (2-3’)

BARBERRY, Emerald Carousel: other than its prickly spines we can only rave about this plant - beautiful yet not commonly grown; very hardy; outstanding red fall foliage that persists; yellow flowers and bright red berries; attractive shape - rounded with arching branches. (4-5')

BARBERRY, Lustre Green: glossy, emerald green leaves in summer turn brilliant orange and red in fall; persistent red berries in winter. (4')

BUFFALOBERRY, Silver: silver-leafed, thorny shrub with orange-red fruits used for jellies...birds love them too! Suitable for a natural landscape setting; to assure fruit production, plant at least three. (8-12') see another image (Read more about Silver Buffaloberry)

CARAGANA, Globe: very compact, carefree, tidy shrub with attractive green foliage; extremely hardy. (2-3')

CARAGANA, Siberian Peashrub: yellow flowers in early summer; a favorite of hummingbirds; delicate leaves; withstands drought and alkaline soils better than most shrubs; makes nice hedge; very hardy. (12-15')

CARYOPTERIS, Dark Knight: blooms late summer with fragrant, purple flowers; silvery-green foliage; loved by butterflies; drought-tolerant. (2-3') see another image

CHERRY, Nanking (Prunus tomentosa): showy white flowers in spring before leaves appear followed by red berries appealing to birds and excellent for jams and jellies. (8-10')

CHOKEBERRY, Autumn Magic: continuous display of ornamental splendor: white flowers in May followed by edible black berries used for cooking and appealing to birds; leaves glossy green in spring/summer, turning a brilliant red in fall; not to be confused with chokecherry as they are quite different. (4-6') 'Iroquois Beauty' is a compact cultivar. (3-4')

CHOKECHERRY, Common: attractive large plant with fruit coveted by our "fine feathered friends" as well as ourselves; purple-red fruit makes excellent jelly, syrup and wine; extremely hardy; vibrant fall foliage; ideal for natural landscaping. (15-25') see another image; [2]

CHOKECHERRY, Canada Red: foliage emerges bright green and turns purpe mid summer; fruit attracts wildlife and is excellent for jelly, syrup, and wine; prefers well drained soil; drought tolerant once established; extremely hardy. (20-30')

COTONEASTER, Cranberry: a delightful, low growing shrub; small, shiny leaves, delicate pink flowers in spring followed by red berries in late summer/fall; ideal for tucking into a small space in your shrub bed. (2-3')

COTONEASTER, Hedge: dark green glossy leaves turn red in fall; black fruit; fast growing attractive hedge; very hardy. (8-10')

CURRANT, Alpine: makes a great hedge - responds well to shearing; grows happily in sun or shade; very hardy. (4-5')

CURRANT, Green Mound: leafs out early providing spring greenery; yellow flowers in the spring; makes a beautiful, low, dense hedge; responds well to shearing but requires little pruning; grows well in sun, also a great choice for shade; very hardy. (3-4')

CURRANT, Golden: see Vegetable & Fruit Plants

DAPHNE, Carol Mackie: small, compact shrub with variegated foliage; fragrant pink flowers. (2-3') see another imageRose Daphne also available.

DOGWOOD, Arctic Fire: compact form; dark red twigs; fragrant white flowers followed by blue-white berries; scarlet red fall foliage. (4')

DOGWOOD, Bud's Yellow: yellow-stemmed dogwood combines with Red Twig Dogwoods for maximum winter impact. (8-10')

DOGWOOD, Isanti: similar to Red Twig in all ways except smaller size, more dense and spreading to 8'. (5-6')

DOGWOOD, Red Twig: attractive all year; white flowers in spring; berries for birds in autumn, brilliant, red bark in winter, takes partial shade. (8-10')

DOGWOOD, Variegated Ivory Halo: similar to other red-twigged varieties but more compact and exciting; green leaves with creamy-white margins make this an especially elegant plant. (5-6') see another image

FORSYTHIA, Northern Gold: bright yellow flowers in early spring before leaves emerge; very hardy. (6-7')

HONEYSUCKLE, Arnold Red: deep pink tubular flowers in late spring followed by red berries; easy to grow in most soils; very hardy; makes a wonderful hedge. (8')

Annabelle Hydrangea

Annabelle Hydrangea 

HYDRANGEA, Annabelle: beautiful, white flowering shrub that thrives in shade; large flowers bloom from mid summer to frost; low growing with rounded shape. (3') see another image

HYDRANGEA, Tardiva: white flowers in long pointed clusters; late season bloomer; great for part shade; mid-size. (6-8')

HYDRANGEA, Pink Diamond: pink flowers in long pointed clusters; late season bloomer; dark green leaves; great for part shade; mid-size. (6-8') see another image

HYDRANGEA, Vanilla Strawberry: large conical clusters of white flowers turning deep pink; blooms from late summer to early fall. (6-8') see another image


LILAC, Common Purple: this is the lilac you see most often, with delicate, fragrant purple flowers in May; makes excellent hedge; very hardy. (12-15') We also have Common White Lilac. (12-15')

French Hybrid Lilacs

From bottom center in light pink clockwise: Beauty of Moscow, Common Purple, Katherine Havemeyer, Primrose, President Lincoln and Ludwig Spaeth.

Read more about Lilacs to Die For!

LILAC, Donald Wyman: non-suckering, extremely hardy Canadian hybrid; extends lilac season since lavender flowers appear two weeks later than common lilac; ideal for hedge. (8-10') see another image

LILAC, Dwarf Korean: spectacular, dwarf variety; profuse blooms at an early age; flowers are violet purple; foliage is delicate and very attractive; superb plant for its tidiness; Need we say more? (4-5')

LILAC, French Hybrid: most beautiful of all lilacs with large very fragrant blooms; non-suckering; hardy; many exquisite varieties: Agincourt Beauty: purple; Beauty of Moscow: double light pink; Charles Joly: double reddish purple; Katherine Havemeyer: double lavender pink; Ludwig Spaeth: reddish purple; Madame Lemoine: whiteMonge: reddish purple; President Grevy: double lilac blue; President Lincoln: true blue; Sensation: purple with white edge.

LILAC, James MacFarlane: clear pink blossoms; non-suckering; blooms two weeks later than Common Lilac; extremely cold hardy. (8-10')

LILAC, Lilac Sunday: new introduction from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; graceful, arching branches; fragrant, pale purple flowers produced at both branch tips and lateral buds, making flowers appear over 2' long. (10-12')

LILAC, Minuet: Canadian introduction; light purple flower buds opening to soft, whitish pink; very hardy - will survive where other lilacs won't. (6-8')

LILAC, Miss Canada: bright pink flowers appear mid to late June - we enjoy extending the lilac season with these profuse, late-blooming plants; non-suckering; vigorous and extremely hardy. (6-9')

LILAC, Miss Kim: hardy, dwarf form from Korea; compact growth habit; dark glossy green foliage turns burgundy red in fall; fragrant pale lilac flowers bloom when other lilacs have finished. (6')

LILAC, Mount Baker: blooms early with abundant single white blossoms. (10-12')

MAPLE, Amur: Bailey Compact (7-9'): very hardy shrub it would be hard to dislike; fragrant flowers; brilliant red fall foliage; graceful, spreading branches; disease-free; seeds attract birds. See Tree section for full size plants.

MOCKORANGE, Blizzard: beloved for their white, extremely fragrant flowers and hardiness. Blizzard, a selection of our native Lewis' Mockorange (Philadelphus lewisii), blooms profusely and is extremely hardy. (4-5') see another image

NINEBARK, Dwarf: compact shrub with green foliage in summer; white flowers in spring followed by red fruit; tolerant of shady locations. (4')

NINEBARK, Red Leafed: Little Devil (3-4'), Tiny Wine (3-4'), Summerwine (5-6'): very hardy varieties; whitish pink flowers in spring followed by red fruit in summer; burgundy/maroon summer foliage; low maintenance, pest free shrubs that provide excellent contrast in the landscape.

POTENTILLA, Cinquefoil: a profusion of yellow, white or pink blooms on compact bushy plants from summer to autumn; very hardy; many varieties to choose from, including Abbotswood: white (3'); Gold Drop: golden yellow (2'); Goldstar: golden yellow (2'); Jackman: deep yellow (4'); Katherine Dykes: soft yellow (3'); Mango Tango: yellow with orange and red tinges (2'); Pink Beauty Potentilla: pink (2'); Yellow Gem: bright yellow (2').

RABBITBRUSHNative woody shrub with attractive silver foliage; masses of yellow flowers in fall complement a variety of fall blooming asters; perfect addition to the drought garden. (3-4') see another image

RABBITBRUSH, DWARF: a compact variety of Rubber Rabbitbrush. (1-2')

Rose, Morden Centennial

Morden Centennial Rose


ROSE TREE OF CHINA/DOUBLE FLOWERING PLUM (Prunus triloba): if you love pink-flowering almonds, but are discouraged by their lack of hardiness, try this! Beautiful double pink blossoms on a vigorous plant. (6-10')

SAGEBRUSHNative plant with aromatic silver foliage; highly drought tolerant; varieties include Silver Sagebrush (Artemisia cana) 2-5', Wyoming Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata spp. wyomingensis) 2-4', and Basin Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata spp. tridentata) 4-8'.

SANDCHERRY, Purpleleaf: an outstanding plant for purple-red leaf color, fragrant pink flowers, and all-round attractiveness; excellent accent plant; very hardy. (6-8') see another image

SANDCHERRY, Westernfragrant white flowers in spring; purple-black edible fruit attract songbirds; silver green foliage turns red-purple in fall; drought resistant and extremely hardy Montana native. (5-6') 'Pawnee Buttes' is a groundcover selection only 18" high spreading 4-6', for large areas or banks.

SERVICEBERRYoutstanding native shrub with beautiful, graceful form; showy white flowers; black, sweet fruit that birds will devour if you don’t; attractive orange fall foliage; drought tolerant; Blake Nursery favorite. (10-12') See also serviceberry feature.

SILVERBERRY: extremely hardy silver-leafed native shrub; small fragrant yellow flowers; silver-green berries enjoyed by birds; native to river banks and moist slopes, but tolerates drought and poor soils; excellent alternative to Russian Olive if you like attractive silver foliage. (6-12')

SNOWBERRY, Whitelarge, white berries follow dainty pink flowers; excellent plant for moist, shady areas, also grows in full sun; very hardy; highly recommended for streambank stabilization because of spreading root system. (4-6')

SPIREA, Fairy Queen: superior foundation plant for small space; tidy shape with dark green lobed leaves and masses of white flowers. (3')

SPIREA, Fritschiana: Large clusters of white flowers; pleasingly mounded, tidy habit; purplish fall foliage; not well known yet it's one of our favorite plants; very hardy. (2-3')

SPIREA, Froebel: flat clusters of bright pink flowers in May-June; beautiful red leaves in autumn; similar to all Blake Nursery spireas, it's very hardy. (3-4') see another image

SPIREA, Goldflamespring foliage bright gold, turning green in summer and radiant copper-orange by fall; covered with light crimson flowers; colorful dwarf shrub; irresistible! (2-3')

SPIREA, Grefsheim: flowers early spring; delicate arching branches covered with beautiful white flowers; moderately shade tolerant; one of our favorites. (4-6')

SPIREA, Little Princess: refined, tidy plant with dainty pink flowers; irresistible once you see it! Dark red fall foliage. (2')

SPIREA, Neon Flash: vigorous grower with bright cherry red flowers throughout the growing season; new growth has a tinge of purple before turning green. (3')

SPIREA, Renaissance Bridalwreath: graceful arching branches covered in spring with a profusion of white flowers; very hardy. (5-7') see another image

SPIREA, Superstar: compact form of Froebel; pink summer flowers; new foliage opens red, then turns green; bronze fall foliage is a knockout. (2-3')

SPIREA, Tor Birchleaf: very hardy compact shrub; white flowers in the spring; orange and red fall foliage; one of our favorites! (2-3')

SPIREA, False (Sorbaria) 'Sem Ash Leaf': plumes of creamy white flowers in summer; pinkish and chartreuse fern-like foliage turns bronze in fall; will tolerate some shade, but best foliage color when at least half day of sun; very hardy; prefers moist, well-drained soil; will sucker, so place with this in mind! (3-4')

SUMAC, Gro-Low: fragrant flowers attracting butterflies adorn this low growing sumac; red, hairy fruits appeal to birds; spectacular scarlet fall foliage; wide spreading, suckering, thus great choice for groundcover on banks or large areas. (2.5')

SUMAC, Trilobe: superior Montana native plant noted for hardiness, wildlife cover, drought tolerance, and excellent fall color; aka Skunkbush Sumac. (3-4')

Blue Muffin Viburnum

Read more about Vibrant Viburnums!

VIBURNUM, Blue Muffin: compact variety with abundant white flowers; bright blue berries in summer; serrated leaves gives added summer interest; yellow fall foliage. (5-7')

VIBURNUM, Mohican: compact variety large, white flower clusters, red berries turn black and feed birds; prefers well drained soil; very handsome and hardy. (6-8')

VIBURNUM, Nannyberry: fabulous, informal and uncommon; white flowers; blue-black fruit good winter food for birds; striking red fall fall; sun or shade; extremely hardy. (20')

WILLOW, natives: see Montana Native Plants

YUCCA glauca: Native evergreen shrub; sword-like leaves arise from a clump; white flowers on a 2-3 ft. stalk; deer resistant. (2-4') see another image


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