Perennials, trees, and shrubs are natural eye-catchers and give show-stopping pops of color to your landscape. That is why our clients love them so much! Here in the state of Pennsylvania, there are certain types of vegetation that our clients just can't get enough of. Below are examples of the most popular perennials, trees, and shrubs that we plant frequently in the Washington area.

Popular Perennials in Pennsylvania

Perennials offer benefits to homeowners like the fact that they require less maintenance than annuals do. Instead of digging them up when they die and replanting them each year, perennials grow back and all you have to do is prune them to make sure that there is room for them to continue to grow. Below are the 2 most common perennials that we plant in our area.

Butterfly Weed

Monarch butterfly on blooming butterfly weed flowers near Washington, PA.

Butterfly Weeds get their name because they commonly attract butterflies to their bright color and production of nectar. These perennials can be orange, yellow, or red and bloom all summer long. Butterfly Weeds look best in rock gardens, in mass plantings, or as a border along your garden. Growing these perennials doesn't require a lot of effort, which is one of the reasons they are so popular. They are drought-tolerant and thrive in bright sunlight.


Columbine flowers in bloom near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Columbines are known for their bell-shaped flowers which can range from light pastel colors to bright reds, yellows, oranges, or purples. They might look like a delicate flower, but they are both deer-resistant and drought-tolerant! Plant your Columbines in full sun or light shade and take care of them by watering frequently. These perennials can grow up to 3 feet tall.

Popular Trees in Waynesburg and neighboring areas in Pennsylvania

Trees aren't usually the first thing people think of when they are choosing what to add to their landscape. However, trees make the perfect statement piece and offer great benefits such as shade and environmental impacts. Below are the 2 most common trees that we plant in our area.

Eastern Hemlock

Eastern hemlock tree planted in a McMurray, PA yard.

Eastern Hemlocks, also known as Canadian Hemlocks, are very common in eastern North America. In fact, they are actually our state tree here in Pennsylvania. You can't get any more native than that! Eastern Hemlocks have small, fragrant needles that give them a fine texture. These needles are dark green on top and a lighter color underneath. Once they grow and become more mature, their bark can be a cinnamon-red color or a reddish-brown.

Eastern Hemlocks have droopy branches, offering a different look than your typical tree. Their care entails protecting them from drought and disease. If they are watered properly and have regular disease control treatments, they can stand the test of time!

Blackgum "Wildfire"

Blackgum wildfire tree planted at a home in Washington, PA.

Another tree that grows great in our area is called Blackgum "Wildfire." These trees get their wildfire name from their breathtaking crimson color in the fall. Blackgum Wildfires are relatively low-maintenance, only needing a bit of pruning to stay healthy. They can grow to be about 50 feet tall, so be sure you plant them somewhere that gives them ample space.

Some of our most popular shrubs.

Shrubs are the perfect addition to landscapes that need a big pop of color. Shrubs come in all different sizes and colors, giving you room for creativity when planning out your landscape beds. Below are the two most common shrubs that we plant in our area.


Summersweet shrub in bloom near Canonsburg, PA.

Summersweet is a medium-sized shrub. They are so popular among our clients because they are extremely versatile and can grow in a lot of different conditions; They love growing in the sun but they can also survive the shade. Summersweets are commonly nicknamed sweet pepperbush, clethra, and coastal sweet pepperbush.

These shrubs usually grow around 3 to 6 feet tall, but it is possible that they grow up to 8 feet. To take care of them, all you need to do is make sure that their soil doesn't dry out!

Smooth Hydrangea

Smooth hydrangeas in bloom at a home in Amity, PA.

Smooth Hydrangeas are known for their large, cream-colored flowers. They offer a perfect and elegant way to balance out the different colors in your garden. To keep them healthy, water them frequently in the summer and offer them some shade in the late afternoon heat. It is best to prune them in late fall or winter while the shrub is dormant.

Did some of these catch your eye? Give us a call!

If you are looking to add some new color and dimension to your landscape, consider adding perennials, trees, and shrubs. Our team services the Washington, Waynesburg, and McMurray, PA area, as well as some surrounding locations such as Canonsburg. If you want professional help picking out your new lawn additions and installing them, give us a call today at (724) 350-1351!