Sprinter boxwood (Buxus microphylla) is a fast-growing shrub with excellent hardiness. For years, ‘Winter Gem’ boxwood has set the standard for boxwood hardiness, and Sprinter is an improved version of that. Choose Sprinter boxwood for your hedge, and plants will fill in quickly. This boxwood grows 2 to 4 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
Northern gardeners revel in the hardy redbud known as ‘Minnesota’ or ‘Northern Strain.’ Hardy to Zone 4, it was developed at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Like other redbuds, this cold weather favorite doesn’t attract Japanese beetles.
Also known as torch lily, this drought tolerant perennial sends up flaming flower torches in shades of coral and yellow from early to late summer. A hummingbird favorite, ‘Fire Dance’ fits easily into small gardens, growing to 20 inches high and wide. This is also the hardiest red hot poker. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Botanical name: Kniphofia hirsuta ‘Fire Dance’