Bill's Picks

This is an exciting time of year for me. In the last four weeks we have received over 300 varieties of maple trees and over 200 varieties of conifers. Among the reasons I love conifers are the variety of colors and textures that add color and interest to a garden year round. Here is a sample of plants received from just one supplier.

The price on these small plants ranges from $25 to $60. While some are merely young versions of large trees, most are dwarfs and miniatures that can serve as accents or foundations for potted arrangements, stand-alone displays or rockery plants.

I have been asked to designate which are my favorites. While the truth is that they are all my favorites at one time or another, I decided to to pick my top ten. However, I got down to eleven and could not find one to remove from the list. My criteria were:

  • Attractive and well-formed when small.

  • The color and/or form make it distinctive.

  • It is not likely to be found in many other nurseries.

  • We purchased at least 5 for sale (I have some super favorites that are onesies).

You will find these plants in the nursery with a green "Bill's Pick" sticker. We are doing this for both conifers and Japanese maples. I hope you will come into the nursery to see what I have "picked".

Here is my conifer list.

  • Abies koreana 'Blauer Eskimo'

  • Abies koreana 'Kahouts Icebreaker'

  • Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow'

  • Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata'

  • Picea mariana 'Aureovariegata'

  • Picea omorika 'Peve Tijn'

  • Pinus banksiana 'Uncle Fogy'

  • Pinus mugo 'Wintersoone'

  • Pinus parviflora 'Tanima No Yuki'

  • Pinus wallichiana 'Frosty'

  • Tsuga mertensiana 'Bumps Blue'

You'll find more information about these plants in our conifer database.

Here is my Japanese maple list.

Acer palmatum 'Fairy Hair'

Acer palmatum 'Lileeanne's Jewel'

Acer palmatum 'Manyo no sato'

Acer palmatum 'Mikawa yatsubusa'

Acer palmatum 'Moonfire'

Acer palmatum 'Radiant'

Acer palmatum 'Ryu sei'

Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo'

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Hana matoi'

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Orangeola'

Acer shirasawanum 'Moonrise'

You'll find more information about these trees in our Japanese maple database.