Spiraea nipponica ‘Golden Glitter’ (syn. ‘VERSPI 1’) – This variegated sport of ‘Halward’s Silver’ features abundant rounded clusters of pure white blooms in early summer (late May into June). The new leaves emerge almost entirely gold, maturing to green with irregular yellow freckles. Contour prune after flowering. Deer resistant. Grows 3-4′ high and wide. Zone 4.
Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Obelisk’ (syn. STANDING OVATION) – An upright columnar form of Serviceberry or Saskatoonberry which is sure to be useful in edible ornamental gardens. It features white Star Magnolia-like flowers in spring, followed by abundant edible blue berries in June. The rounded green foliage shifts to orange and red in fall. Grows 12′ high by 3-4′ wide. Z2.
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Sundance’ – A deciduous shrub with five-petaled clear yellow blooms starting in late spring and continuing right through the summer. These are borne over fine-textured light green foliage that forms a tight mound. ‘Sundance’ looks great in mass plantings and is very cold tolerant. Grows 2 to 3′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Weigela florida ‘Verweig 3’ (syn. MINOR BLACK) – A sister plant to Weigela MONET with glossy new growth of burgundy-red (in spring and fall) that shifts to a deep olive green by midsummer. It bears abundant trumpet-shaped purplish-pink flowers from late May into June. This deciduous shrub works well in mixed borders or containers. Grows 2 to 3′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Ceanothus x ‘Blue Jeans’ – A hybrid California Lilac that has deer resistant deep green Holly-like foliage (borne on arching branches) and is quite drought resistant once established. It flowers late spring to early summer with pale blue flowers that are the colour of faded denim. This evergreen shrub provides shelter for wild birds. Grows 4-6′ high by 6′ wide. Zone 7.