What to Plant This Spring


Tough weather requires tough plants. This winter whiplash is hard on us, and even harder on plants. Japanese Maples? Holly? Wisteria? European Mountain Ash? We think not. Natives are always a good choice. Here are a few of our favorite underutilized trees for Nebraska and Iowa.

  • Native Chinkapin Oak: tough, large shade tree. Smaller leaf than most oaks (easier raking!)
  • Native Swamp White Oak: upright, stately trunk and leader, uniform branching. Holds its leaves all winter—which we think makes it cool!
  • Native Northern Pecan: large shade tree, upright, bright yellow fall color, and you get to eat pecans!
  • Red Jewel Crab: great for small areas with early blooming white flowers.

Buy your trees today! $319 picked up! 2″ caliper 8-10ft tall.


Choosing plants that grow well in our area is key to creating a beautiful landscape year-round that will also be around for the long-haul. Jensen Gardens can help you choose plans that have proven their strength over the years. Consider planting one of these great, tough plants!

Indestructible Shrubs

  • Hydrangeas: ‘Quick Fire,’ ‘Bobo,’ & ‘Limelight’
  • Dwarf Korean Lilac
  • Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’
  • Chokeberry ‘Iroquois Beauty’
  • Dogwood ‘Arctic Fire’
  • Birchleaf Spirea
  • Juniper ‘Calgary Carpet’
  • Nine Bark ‘Copper Amber Jubilee’


Need help? Our Healthy Landscapes Program is designed to maximize the health and natural beauty of your landscape and trees. The Healthy Beds program maintains the ornamental beds and controls weeds, while the Healthy Lawns program includes mowing, fertilization, and weed control.

The Healthy Landscapes Program is the ultimate solution to the maintenance-free landscape all year long. Call Jensen Gardens to help with the leg work and handle everything from clearing out debris to refining the bed edges to pruning and shaping. Call 402.253.8880 or email info@jensengardens.com.