Nature Hills offers wonderful, smaller Willows. Large or small, they are all part of genus ‘Salix’ which is where the pain relieving compounds in today’s Aspirin first originated.
But don’t worry, these shrubs aren’t a “pain.” People have loved easy-care Willows for a very long time. They thrive in poor - and even wet - soils and are a great shrub for beginning gardeners and experts alike.
These shrub form types offer a ton of benefits for today’s small yards. It has been reported that there are over 300 species of Willows and only about 40 are tree forms. Many landscapes can be enhanced by Willow shrubs because of their diversity of colors, sizes, and adaptability.
The Pussy Willow shrub is one of the first plants to give a very welcome sense of relief to winter-weary home owners. Cute, furry little “catkins” appear in very early spring before the leaves emerge. Kids of all ages are truly entranced by these.
Pussy Willows are a fast-growing shrub and can easily add several feet of growth in a single season! If you need privacy, you might consider this speedy shrub, especially if you have poorly draining soil. Pussy Willows tolerate wet soils better than most plants can.
You’ll love being able to cut your own decorative branches and use in seasonal floral arrangements. Just don’t be surprised if you start getting requests for them!
The French Pussy Willow (also called the “Goat Willow’) is another highly adaptable, fast and easy to grow larger shrub that can be grown in areas that are too wet for other plants. They should be pruned to help you usher in spring each year. The younger shoots have the best fuzzy catkins that can be pink and or gray in color.
A Pussy Willow shrub could even become a source of income for enterprising crafters. Sell armloads to local stores or dry them to use in long-lasting wreaths and arrangements. Bonus!
The Dappled Willow is a rounded, multi-stemmed shrub that grows to six feet tall. You will adore the incredible pink, white, and green variegated foliage, which is brightest in spring.
The new growth of this special shrub also offers pink and red stems. Prune your Dappled Willow back a bit in early spring. Early spring pruning will offer super colorful foliage and keep the plant smaller and more refined.
Pro Tip: Give Dappled Willow another light prune in June or July to encourage another flush of new, colorful foliage.
Do you have a difficult spot in your yard where nothing else will grow? A Dwarf Arctic Blue Leaf Willow may work beautifully for you.
Dwarf Arctic Blue Leaf Willow shrub grows fast, tolerates most any soils - including wet ones - and can grow in sun or part shade. The soft, silvery blue-green fine textured foliage is what makes this plant shine. This is perfect for a hedge, or a backdrop to shorter perennial plants. They move with the slightest breeze and bring motion and gentle sound to your garden. Fabulous!
All Willows tolerate pruning beautifully and it's quite easy. Simply prune out about 1/3 of the oldest branches back to the ground in spring. Repeating this process for three years will create an almost new shrub every year.
Enjoy shopping for these special plants. Give us a call at 1(888) 864-7663 if you have any questions about which variety is best for your yard.