Nigra Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra'

Zone 3-7

One of the best arborvitae varieties for cold climates, it retains its deep, dark green color in winter when many others look yellow-brown.  Grows to a height of 30' with a span of 10'. Prefers deep, well-drained soils and full sun.  Makes excellent hedges, accents or foundation plantings.

Pyramidal Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Pyramidalis'

Zone 3-8

This fast growing, hardy specimen is narrow and cone-shaped.  Its soft foliage is bright green and its shape is easily maintained through pruning.  It grows to a height of 25' and a width of 8'.  Prefers full sun.

Techny Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Techny'

Zone 3-8

A fast growing, dark green evergreen growing to 15' with a width of 8'.  It is excellent for screens and tall sheared hedges.  Very winter hardy and good in sun or light shade. 

Woodward Globe Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Woodwardii'

Zone 3-8

This rich green globular evergreen maintains its shape without trimming.  Growing to 5' it is good in full sun or light shade.

Labrador Tea

Ledum groenlandicum

Zone 1-6

A small woody shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada, its narrow, leathery dark green leaves are evergreen, but wilt in the fall releasing a strong evergreen aroma.  It bears a cluster of white flowers in spring and grows to a height of 1.5' with a span of 1.5'.  It prefers partial to full shade and moist to wet soils, but is tolerant of nutrient poor, acidic soils.