The Sun Mounds were created with the soil taken from the old tobacco field during the initial grading of the garden center. The grassy paths around and through the center of the mounds are the original grade of our gently sloping site. In the Fall of 1997 we began to plant an assortment of sun-loving plants with a wonderful specimen of Seven Son Flower (Heptacodium) the very first plant installed, followed by three Fruitless Sweetgum (Liquidambar), a clump form of Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), several Royal Purple Smoketrees (Cotinus) and a Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria). Some of the most asked about plants in this garden include three Green Grizzly Japanese Cedars (Cryptomeria), a Weeping Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum), a Contorted Mulberry (Morus), ‘The Bride’ Pearlbush (Exochorda) and a beautiful specimen of Cutleaf Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia').
Along the fence behind the mound is the “Walking Shrub Border” that offers a pleasant stroll between the south parking lot of the Garden Center and our Landscape Office. Noteworthy plants along this grassy path are Aucuba, Neillia, Pink-a-Boo Deutzia, Rusty Blackhaw (Viburnum rufidulum) trained as a tree, three Sourwood trees (Oxydendron), a tree form Warren’s Red Possum Haw and a nice clump of Annabelle Hydrangeas. You will also find a few of our favorite shrubs that share a popular theme displayed throughout the gardens – purple and gold foliage – Chardonnay Pearls Deutzia, Summer Wine Ninebark (Physocarpus) and Lime Glow Juniper (Juniperus).