trees and shrubs for garrett county md

Ornamental Shrubs For Garrett County

Below you will see a list of our most recommended and tested plant materials for Garrett County.  Yes, there are more plants that will do fine here…..but not without maintenance.  This list includes the best species for low maintenance landscape planting in Garrett County, Maryland.

To our collective dismay, many of these plants are not stocked by local plant retailers (they should be).  However, we typically make 2-3 trips per season to large nurseries in Ohio that have everything you see here.   If you need something let us know and we will find it or add it to a load when we go.   Before we make a trip like that, it’s necessary to have a large enough “list” to offset the $700 trucking cost of a tractor trailer load.   Keep an eye on our facebook feed for notification of when we are going so you can include your requests at that time.  We hand pick them for the healthiest plants and make sure they come from a NORTHERN nursery (which is important).  Email us your list and we will reply with pricing.  Standard 3 gallon shrubs are typically $35-40 each.

One final thought.  The key to planting success is soil quality.  We quote so many jobs throughout the year….and the immediate knee jerk reaction is to cut cost by removing the soil due to the heavy trucking and general cost of good agricultural dirt.   If you go this route….be warned….nothing is going to grow in the mountain clay.  It will cause growth to be painfully slow and maintenance will seem overbearing.   Start the job out right and bring in good dirt.  We currently have a huge 200 ton pile of true Garrett Coutny agriculture topsoil sitting at the farm for the 2015 season.  This dirt was stockpiled after scraping off a large area for grain bin installation.   This dirt is actual topsoil…not screened clay.   Topsoil is $55 per ton + delivery if we supply it.  We can also deliver and install manure and mushroom soil amendments if you like.  If you start with good soil… these other ingredients may be overkill.    Moral of the story….start with quality dirt.

Ajuga ‘Burgundy Glow’

ajuga reptans ‘burgundy glow’

  • Mature Height: 4″
  • Mature Width: 20″
  • Light: Full Sun – Dap Shade
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4
  • Deer Proof: YES

Ajuga is a bulletproof groundcover for Garrett County.  Plant it in good soil at a 10″ trianglular pattern and let it grow.  The key to successful ajuga is planting a large enough area with many plants.  There are also other cultivars that color differently.

Alberta Spruce

Picea glauca ‘albertiana’

  • Mature Height: 6′
  • Mature Width: 3′
  • Light: Full Sun – Dap Shade
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4

The standard Alberta Spruce is a classic evergreen accent tree for Garrett County.   You can expect the species to top out around 6′ tall over your lifetime.  In fall of 2014, we cut back some of the largest and nicest Alberta Spruce in the County that were growing in front of St. Peters Catholic Church in Oakland.   The color is a beautiful sea-green and the needles are sharp deterring deer from grazing.  Use the standard Alberta Spruce for corner accents.  The photo here was taken at the sod farm in 2014.

Beauty Bush ‘Dream Catcher’

Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘dream catcher’

  • Mature Height: 5′
  • Mature Width: 5′
  • Light: Full Sun – Shade
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4
  • Deer Proof: YES

In recent years this plant has become one of my top 5 favorite landscape plants for Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland.  The Dream Catcher Beauty Bush has beautiful chartreuse to bright yellow leaves with pink highlights.   It flowers in late spring with tiny pink flowers and it grows wonderfully in wooded shade.    The plant will tolerate a little sun but it really prefers dappled shade.   This kolkwitzia will grow to reach 5 feet tall and wide.   The best thing… it’s deer proof at Deep Creek Lake.

Blue Spruce

Picea Pungens ‘Glauca’

  • Mature Height: 30′
  • Mature Width: 15′
  • Light: Full Sun – Dap Shade
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4

The Blue Spuce species is extremely popular in Garrett County.   The photo here was taken at the sod farm in 2014.  These trees have reached the mature height of 30′ or so.   The Blue Spruce tree is characterized by bright blue to blue-green coloration and razor sharp ‘spikey’ needles.   Because of the sharp needles, deer leave it alone.   Today there are multiple cultivars of Blue Spruce available.  Consider the small shrub form or even smaller varieties of the species.

Concolor Fir

Abies ‘concolor’

  • Mature Height: 25′
  • Mature Width: 15′
  • Light: Full Sun – Full Sun
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4

In my opinion the concolor fir is the nicest evergreen conifer for Garrett County; there simply isn’t a nicer looking tree.   The concolor fir comes in various shades of green from a bold forest green to the teal-blue aqua like a blue spruce.  The needles are long and soft to the touch which is one of the major differences between this selection and the spruce.  The longer needles give the tree a unique soft texture that looks amazing.  Plant this tree in good soil in a dry location.  They will die where the root ball stays wet.  This includes heavy clay soils that “pool” water.

Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty’

Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Coral Beauty’

  • Mature Height: 12″
  • Mature Width: 3′
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 5

Cotoneaster is a fantastic ground cover type shrub for use in Garrett County, Maryland.  The photo at left is from the subdivision entry sign for “Timbers On The Yough.”  This patch of coral beauty cotoneaster is one of the nicest around.  You will also see it installed to cover huge areas out at the mega mansions in Holy Cross.  Cotoneaster requires full sun and good soils.  It will struggle in clay and take quadruple the time to fill in.  The deer won’t bother this one.

Doublefile Viburnum

Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’

  • Mature Height: 5′
  • Mature Width: 5′
  • Light: Sun – Filtered Shade
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 5

There are very few plants, if any, that rival the beauty and flower display of a doublefile viburnum in June.    The photo at here is a landmark of sorts at the intersection of Mayhew Inn and Lakeshore Drive.  This is a “naturalistic” plant.  It does best when you let it grow and don’t try to shape it into a meatball.   There should be a doublefile viburnum in every landscape in Garrett County.

Forsythia ‘Gold Tide’

Forsythia ‘Courtasol’

  • Mature Height: 18″
  • Mature Width: 5′
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 5

Forsythia ‘Gold Tide’ is another one of my top 5 plants.   We planted this in mass around the epic stone wall at Marsh Hill Road.  Many out there will be familiar with traditional forms of forsythia.  The old ones get huge! This is a relatively new cultivar that works more like a ground cover.  The branches grow until about 12″ tall then start to arch and weep.   Over time, one plant will expand out to cover a 4-5′ diameter area.

Kousa Dogwood

Cornus ‘kousa’

  • Mature Height: 12′
  • Mature Width: 6′
  • Light: Filtered Shade
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4

You have several choices of Dogwood trees in Garrett County.   The kousa dogwood is one of the best.  It’s extremely hardy and flowers beautifully in early summer.   The photo here was taken at one of our construction jobs in the Deep Creek Highlands subdivision at the top of Wisp Resort.  The flowering here is so heavy it is seemingly weighing down the branches.  This is an excellent low maintenance small tree for your landscape.

Little Lime Limelight Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘little lime’

  • Mature Height: 3′
  • Mature Width: 3′
  • Light: Full Sun – Full Shade
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4
  • Deer Proof: NO

An amazing looking hydrangea with clean and subtle white flowers.   The stems on this one are more like wood branches because it’s a paniculata hydrangea or hardy hydrangea.  These are tough and take the cold winters.

Pieris Japonica

Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’

  • Mature Height: 5′
  • Mature Width: 3′
  • Light: Full Sun – Full Shade
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4

Are you looking for a plant that will grow in the dense shade and have better deer resistance than a Rhododendron or Mountain Laurel?   Then this is it.   The photo here represents a mature Pieris located on Skipper’s Point Road.   This is maybe the best looking Pieris I have seen.  Use it as an alternative where you can’t get rhododendron to work because of deer browsing.   This is somewhat of an upright grower.  It naturally gets a bit taller than it does wide.  Mature height is about 4′ for the mountain fire variety.  There are other cultivars available that get taller.

Potentilla ‘Pink Beauty’

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Pink Beauty’

  • Mature Height: 2′
  • Mature Width: 2′
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 4
  • Deer Proof: YES

The mighty potentilla is 100% Deer Proof and it flowers all summer long.   If you have a sunny area in a deer problem area…use the potentilla in a mass planting.

Red Trumpet Vine

Campsis radicans

  • Mature Height: 20′
  • Mature Width: n/a
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 3

This vine is aggressive!  We have it installed at the bottom of the 6×6 posts which hold up the family outdoor seating area at the sod farm.   The vine looks beautiful in summer with heavy flowering.  We have a video over on our youtube channel that gives you a better look.  If you need something to climb and cover your trellis…..this one doesn’t mess around.

Rose of Sharon Hibiscus

Hibiscus syriacus

  • Mature Height: 5′
  • Mature Width: 4″
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 3

The Rose of Sharon Hibiscus is known for its heavy flower show in August. The late flowering makes it a standout in the landscape because not much else is typically in bloom at the same time.   Deer don’t bother this one and it is available in many fantastic cultivars.  Figure out what color you would like to have, then start looking for the right variety.  This photo is from the sod farm.  I planted several of these purple ones at the Catholic Church Parish Hall in Oakland as well.

Taylor Juniper

Juniperus virginiana ‘Taylor’

  • Mature Height: 12′
  • Mature Width: 24″
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Cold Tolerance: zone 3

Elegance, is the one word to describe the taylor juniper.   The photo here was taken back in fall 2013 when I planted some three-pack arrangements in front of the St. Peters Catholic Church Parish Hall in Oakland.  These are easy to view as you drive passed the Church on Rt. 135.   The taylor juniper will top out at about 12 feet tall for a mature height and it stays fairly narrow.  Mature width of this plant won’t exceed 24 inches.    I prefer planting these in groups of 3 for a dynamic effect with lots of shadow and depth.  I think you will agree once you see the ones installed in front of the parish hall.