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Henry Gardens are ablaze with color, surprises

Every day this Spring, it seems, The Henry Botanic Garden comes alive anew with magnificent plants.

As Matthew Ross, the Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens, puts it: “This is one of the most incredible collections of botanical curiosities. So many specimens at the Henry are from the plant collection of Mary Henry!!!”

Here is Henry Botanic Garden President Susan Treadway’s take on the bloom timing this year.

“The Camassias in the Rock Garden are spectacular. Never have I seen so many. As are the Halesia Diptera v. Magniflora. Plus the “Texas” halesia. Aesculus is blooming all over! And Magnolia fraseri have prospered in the Southern Garden.”

Message from the President

Greetings!
We’ve had a tremendous response to our on-line plant sale. So many of our members have written special notes of thanks, and we’ve had eager renewals and a few new members. All the plant sale deliveries have taken place even in the midst of what seemed like gale-force winds, and the plants look fabulous. Even the tomato plants are responding well to their reclaimed greenhouse space.

Of particular note is a letter + donation from a past visitor who wrote with effusive praise for the decision to hire Henry Ortmeyer as curator for this “magical place.”

It’s been an astoundingly beautiful spring with some extraordinary blooms – gorgeous purple phlox, I think a self-sown Trillium catesbei, & a phlox I’ve never seen. Even some day-lilies MGH named “Port”.

This week’s video features a walk around the area where Mary Henry’s writing cabin is situated. We also visit with curator Henry Ortmeyer as he conducts a plant survey and census.

Enjoy the film and bests regards,

Susan Treadway

How to get your Henry Spring sale plants

PLANT SALE ORDER FORM

Because of the current pandemic, the Henry Spring Plant sale will have a different format this year.

While our sale will offer the same great, garden-worthy plants we had planned to sell to you in person, you will not be able to browse the collection at the Henry Foundation. The sale catalog will be accessible only from our website, along with an order form.

Review the catalog, make your selections by filling out the order form and then print and mail the order form to Henry Foundation, P.O. Box 7, Gladwyne, PA 19035. Keep a copy for your records.

Please do not send payment with the form. We will contact you by phone or email when the order has been filled with the total due and to schedule your individual “curbside” pickup to comply with current health safety restrictions. Please have a check payable to Henry Foundation ready to drop off at the time of pickup.

We will do our very best to fill your request. We’ve ordered lots of plants! Priority will be given to current Henry Foundation members at the $100 level and above. Current members will be given preference over non-members. Current  members will receive a 10% discount on plant material. Renew your membership or join on our website.

We would like to take this opportunity to make sure we have the most up-to-date contact information on our membership. Please fill out the PLANT SALE ORDER FORM completely.

Henry Botanic Garden Spring Plant sale catalog

       ORDER FORM

Woody Plants

  Native to North America

  “Deer Resistant”

Note: Some of the woody plants we are offering this year are small, but promising, and priced accordingly.

Acer griseum                                       Aceraceae                          Paperbark Maple

Who hasn’t admired the stunning, cinnamon colored, exfoliating bark of this small ornamental tree? Its green leaves with their silvery undersides are among the last to turn scarlet in autumn and may persist into winter. Slow growing, it will reach 20-30 ft. tall, with similar spread, attaining an oval, upright shape.  Prefers moist, but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Zones 4-8. Central China.  $30

Aesculus pavia ✦⦸                           Sapindaceae                                   Red Buckeye

A spectacular sight in the May landscape when the panicles of cardinal red to coral flowers bloom against a background of shiny, dark green leaves. Grows in a shrubby, conical shape to 20 ft. tall with a 30 ft. spread. Plant in sun or light shade in deep, moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 6-9a. VA to FL, west to KY, AK and TX. PHS Gold Medal. Hummingbirds’ favorite. These are small plants grown from seed collected on Henry Foundation property. $10

Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’         Rosaceae                 Saskatoon Serviceberry

A compact, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, 4-6 ft. tall and equally wide, with small white flowers in spring, followed by edible, tasty blue-black fruit resembling blueberries. Of course, the birds love these too. In autumn, the dark green leaves turn various shades of yellow and red. Stoloniferous and will colonize. Easy to grow in woodland garden or naturalized area in sun to partial shade and average, moderately moist but well-drained soil. Attracts pollinators. Zones 2-7. Native to Alaska, western Canada, western and north central U.S. Moderately deer resistant. 4 qt. pot    $25

Aronia melanocarpa                         Rosaceae                           Black Chokeberry

Another excellent shrub for naturalizing. Somewhat rounded, with an upright, spreading habit, 3-6 ft. tall with equal spread. Pollinators frequent the clustered, white flowers in May and songbirds visit the dark purple berries in fall when the foliage turns purple-red. Sun or partial shade in average, well-drained soil. Tolerates damp soil. Zones 3-8. Newfoundland to northern GA and AL, north to MN and southern Ontario. These plants are from Long Island.    6 qt. pot   $28

Callicarpa americana ‘Plump and Plentiful’™     Verbenaceae      Beautyberry

Decorative cultivar for a naturalized garden.  Arching branches of light green foliage are covered with clusters of large purple fruits that encircle the stems and delight birds and flower arrangers. Grows with a rounded habit to 6 ft. tall, spreading to 4 ft. Full sun to partial shade in average, moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 6b-10. Coastal MA to FL, west to TX, AZ, CA, OR, and WA. $18

Ceanothus americanus                         Rhamnaceae                      New Jersey Tea

At the time of the Revolutionary War, colonists used leaves of this deciduous plant as a substitute (caffeine-free) for tea. Clusters of its fragrant, tiny white flowers  will attract butterflies to your garden in May and June. Easy to grow in sun or partial shade in dry to medium soil with excellent drainage. Drought tolerant. Reaches 3-4 ft. tall, spreading 3-5 ft. wide. Zones 4-8. Found in southern Canada and eastern, central and southeastern U.S. $30

Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Claim Jumper’                     Cercidiphyllaceae 

The leaves of the Golden Katsura Tree make a stunning entrance in spring, emerging chartreuse gold with a flush of pink. Summer brings a bright yellow color that deepens in autumn when the signature toasted sugar fragrance is evident, especially on dry days. Grows to 12 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide in ten years, eventually to a height of at least 24 ft. Best in morning sun and afternoon shade where the soil is moist, but well drained. Does not tolerate drought. Adequate moisture helps prevent leaf scorch. Shallow rooted and will benefit from a layer of mulch. Zones 4-8. Japan. $35

Chionanthus virginicus                               Oleaceae                  White Fringe Tree

Soft, snowy white flowers drift in fragrant panicles on a small, well-formed, multi-stemmed tree with waxy, dark green leaves. The foliage is late to leaf out. Black fruit for the birds in September. Grows 10-15 ft. tall with equal spread. Plant in full sun or partial shade in evenly moist, deep, acidic soil.  Will tolerate a drier location. Zones 4-9. NJ and southern PA to FL, MO and TX. $35

Cunninghamia lanceolata ‘Glauca’ (Prostrate form)                   Cupressaceae

The Blue China Fir is not a fir at all, but an evergreen conifer in the cypress family. Bushy and pyramidal, with sharply pointed, silver-blue needles, this wide, spreading shrub reaches 5 ft. after about 10 years. The new foliage is bright blue and ages to blue-green. Offers a good orange winter color and interesting exfoliating bark. Best in full sun with protection from the wind. Tolerant of most soils. Zones 7-9.  Central China.  Moderately deer resistant.     3 qt. pot   $35

Eubotrys racemosa                                     Ericaceae                           Fetter Bush

Formerly known as Leucothoe racemosa. Showy, dangling, white, bell-like flowers in May-June on a medium sized shrub, 3-8 ft. tall and 2-4 ft. wide. Native to damp woodlands, pond sides and stream banks from MA to FL to LA, it grows well on slopes as a bank stabilizer in partial shade and medium to wet, well-drained, cool, acidic soil. Michael Dirr wrote that “this native shrub has great landscape possibilities. Zones 5-9. These plants have a Long Island provenance. Moderately deer resistant.    6 qt. pot   $34

 Hamamelis virginiana ✦⦸                Hamamelidaceae                          Witch Hazel

Fall blooming from October-December, deciduous shrub or small tree displays fragrant, bright yellow flowers with crinkled, ribbon-like petals along the branches, usually after the leaves drop. Grows 15-20 ft. tall, with equal spread, in full sun to partial shade, and moist, acidic, humusy soil. Remove suckering shoots to prevent colonization. Fertilized flowers produce seed capsules that ripen slowly until the next autumn when they release 1-2 black seeds. Zones 3-8. Eastern North America. The name is either from the Middle English “wych”, meaning pliant or flexible, or from “wicke”, meaning lively, and referring to its use as a dowsing tool.     3 qt. pot   $28

Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’   ✦⦸      Grossulariaceae      Virginia Sweetspire

Lovely in mid to late June, with abundant racemes of fragrant white flowers. Sensational in autumn when the leaves turn garnet red. Rounded habit, 3-4 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide. Best in full sun to partial shade where the soil is moist and full of humus, but will tolerate average garden soil.  Mary Gibson Henry collected this selection in Fayette County, GA in 1954. Zones 5-9. PHS Gold Medal. $35

Kalmia latifolia ‘Firecracker’                Ericaceae                     Mountain Laurel

An outstanding selection, the result of five generations of hybridizing at Broken Arrow Nursery, with brilliant deep red flower buds that open to ivory and age to pale pink. Enjoy the bi-color display of red and white, offset by glossy, dark green leaves. Grows to 3 ft. by 3 ft. in partial sun to partial shade and well-drained, acidic soil. Excellent disease resistance. Zones 4-8. Species found from New Brunswick to Ontario, IN, KY, FL and LA. 2 gal. pot   $40

Lonicera pileata ‘Moss Green’                   Adoxaceae           Privet Honeysuckle 

Tiny, dark moss green leaves on an evergreen ground cover that grows 2-3 ft. tall, spreading to 3 ft. Valuable Chinese native thrives in sun, partial or full shade, in moist, but well-drained soil. Small white flowers in summer. Zones 6-9. PHS Gold Medal.    3 qt. pot   $20

Magnolia virginiana ‘Green Shadow’     Magnoliaceae            Sweetbay Magnolia

Shimmering dark green leaves with silvery undersides on a tightly oval tree selected by plantsman Don Shadow. Abundant lemon-scented, white flowers throughout the summer are followed by cones with red-orange seeds for the birds to enjoy. Narrow form, reaching 20-30 ft. tall and 15-20 ft. wide, said to be evergreen in Zone 7. Full sun to partial shade in average to evenly moist, slightly acidic soil. Zones 5-10. Species found from MA to FL and TX, along the coast. Said to be somewhat deer resistant.  $20

Pyrus communis ‘Seckel’                           Rosaceae                                  Seckel Pear

A naturally semi-dwarf fruit tree, with a history, makes a fine addition to an orchard or garden. Grows 8-10 ft. tall and 6-7 ft. wide in full sun and loamy, well-drained soil. The white blossoms in spring foretell   small, reddish brown to russet, fine grained fruit with a sweet and spicy flavor in mid-September. For the best yield, it requires cross pollination by a different variety. Zones 5-10. Europe. Discovered in the 1760’s on a farm south of Philadelphia belonging to George Lawrence Seckel, a great-great-great-uncle of Mary Gibson Henry. $28

Quercus alba                                           Fagaceae                                     White Oak

Pyramidal when young, a mature white oak can be 50-80 ft. tall with a thick trunk and a wide spreading, rounded crown. A host for many species of butterflies and moths, it thrives in full sun and rich, moist but well-drained, acidic soil. Adapts to drier soil, clay or rocky soil and tolerates drought. Moderately deer resistant. Zones 3-8.  Quebec, Ontario, ME to MN, TX, FL.  $25

Salix gracilistylis ‘Mt Aso’         Salicaceae                         Japanese Pussy Willow 

Plant this unusual willow for winter interest in the garden. Its large pink to violet-silver catkins are an arresting sight in late winter. Young stems are felted and the new leaves have a pewter cast. The textured underside of the bluish gray mature leaves is silky. Grows to at least 6 ft. by 6 ft. and often larger. Pruning will encourage a bushier shape and additional stems of catkins. Full sun and fertile, reasonably moist soil. Zones 4-8.  Mount Also-san is the largest active volcano in Japan. Seldom severely damaged by deer.  3 gal. $40

Stewartia malocodendron                   Theaceae                               Silky Camellia 

A large shrub bearing 2-3-inch white flowers, crimped at the edges, with deep purple filaments and bluish anthers, from late spring to June. Reaches 8-12 ft. tall, with equal spread and an open-branched habit. Prefers early morning sun followed by shade in acidic, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Slow growing and dislikes being moved once planted. Deciduous. Zones 6-9. VA to FL, west to MS, LA, AR and extreme east TX.  $20

Stewartia monadelpha                                                                             Tall Stewartia

Smooth cinnamon colored bark and an abundance of small, camellia-like white flowers in June on an ornamental deciduous tree that will reach 20 ft. with an equal spread. The young bark flakes decoratively in small pieces. Dark green foliage turns shades of brick and fire engine red in autumn. Will thrive in sun or dappled shade in well-drained, neutral to acidic soil. Zones 6-8. Japan. $20

Stewartia pseudocamellia                              Theaceae              Japanese Stewartia

This small ornamental tree delights throughout the year with its distinctive gray, rust and orange exfoliating bark. The bronzed purple new growth of spring changes to dark green to offset June’s white flowers with their deep gold anthers. In fall, the foliage can be yellow, orange, red and/or dark purple. To 30 ft. tall with a pyramidal shape. Best in dappled sun and moist, well-drained, slightly acid soil. Zones 5-8. Grows no more than 1 ft. a year until well established. PHS Gold Medal. $36

Syringa vulgaris ‘Tiny Dancer’™               Oleaceae                          Common Lilac

Compact, deliciously fragrant and heat tolerant, the perfect choice for foundation planting, borders or a small urban garden. Large panicles of violet-purple buds open to lavender flowers in May. Grows 4-5 ft. tall, spreading to 3-4 ft. Enjoys sun or dappled shade and moist, but well-drained, average soil. Zones 4-8.  Native to Eastern Europe. $25

Viburnum carlesii                             Adoxaceae                Korean Spice Viburnum

One of the most exciting signs of spring is the intoxicatingly spicy fragrance of this viburnum in March and April. A rounded, deciduous shrub, it generally grows 4-6 ft. tall with a slightly wider spread. The pink to white hemispherical flower clusters become blue-black fruit for the birds in late summer when the dark green foliage begins its transformation to tones of red. Full sun to partial shade in average, moderately moist but well-drained soil. Zones 4-7. $36

Wisteria frutescens var. macrostachya ‘Clara Mack’ ✦⦸                  Fabaceae

Why not try Kentucky White Wisteria? Consider the elegance of its dramatic clusters (to 18 in. long) of fragrant white flowers on a twining vine draped on a pergola, arbor or fence. The woody stems will reach 15-30 ft. tall with a narrower spread, 2-4 ft. They are not as thick as the stems of their Asian counterparts. Prefers sun and moist but well-drained, slightly acidic soil For the best flower display, trim the vine to four buds from last year’s growth just before this year’s growth begins. Zones 5-9. Species found in KY, TN, southern IL, MO and TX.  4 qt. trellised pot    $28

Native Wildflowers

  Native to North America

  “Deer Resistant”

Actaea racemosa ✦⦸                               Ranunculaceae                      Black Cohosh

Towering spires of fragrant, creamy white flowers in late summer form “Fairy Candles” on wiry stems above deeply cut, dark green leaves. Reaches 4-6 ft. tall with a 2-4 ft. spread in partial shade and average, moderately moist, humusy soil. For best flowering, 2-3 hours of morning sun are necessary. Pollinated by bees, flies and beetles and a larval host for at least two species of the beautiful azure butterfly. Zones 3-8. Western MA to southern Ont. and WI, south to GA and northern AR. “Black” refers to the color of the rhizome, which is dark brown. 4 in. pot   $9

Caulophyllum thalictroides ✦⦸                Berberidaceae                     Blue Cohosh

A choice shade plant with lacy, bluish green, meadow rue-like leaves. Yellowish green flowers in April-May are followed by blue fruit which splits open to reveal berry-like seeds in fall. Grows 2-3 ft. tall to become bushy at maturity in rich, moist, acidic soil. Zones 3-8. New Brunswick to TN and SC.  4 in. pot   $8

Delphinium tricorne ✦⦸                     Ranunculaceae                   Dwarf Larkspur

This woodland treasure grows in sun or shade and moist, very rich organic soil. Purple to violet-blue florets with spurs bloom in April. Finely cut foliage. Grows to 24 in. tall. Zones 4-8. Found on limestone areas and wooded slopes, PA to GA, west to AR, NE and MN. Long-tongued bees, including bumblebees, visit for nectar and may collect pollen. 4 in. pot   $8

Dicentra cucullaria   ✦⦸                Papaveraceae                   Dutchman’s Breeches  

White flowers, tipped in yellow, shaped like ballooning trousers above compact, fern-like foliage. Will go dormant after flowering in April-May. To 10 in. tall. Dappled shade or shade in rich, moist woodland soil. Zones 3-8. Nova Scotia to NC, west to KS. This plant depends on bumblebees, who are able to separate the inner and outer petals, for pollination. The seeds are spread by ants. 4 in. pot   $8 

Dodecatheon meadia                     Primulaceae                                  Shooting Star

Umbels of pale flowers, from pink to lavender to white, on a beautifully delicate treasure in mid to late spring. Reaches 16 in. tall in full sun or dappled shade and moist, but well-drained, humus-rich soil. Dormant by late summer. Zones 4-8. Found on moist to slightly dry cliffs and prairies from PA to Manitoba, south to GA and TX. Queen bumblebees are a frequent visitor, collecting pollen by rapid vibration of their thoracic muscles (”buzz pollination”). 4 in. pot   $8

Erythronium rostratum                         Liliaceae                        Yellow Trout Lily

Enjoy these bright yellow harbingers of spring next March when they stand above the long, tan and brown speckled leaves. Diminutive at 4-8 in. tall, they will self-seed if happy, but establishing a colony will take time. The flowers are temperature sensitive and do not open until the air is at 55 degrees F for maximum insect pollination. Plant these fairly deeply in dappled shade and well-drained, humus-rich, woodland soil among hostas or ferns since they go dormant in May. Zones 5-8. OH to TX.  “Seldom severely damaged by deer.” 4 in. pot   $7

Gentiana andrewsii (clausa)             Gentianiaceae                       Bottle Gentian

Brilliant blue-violet flowers open just enough to allow a strong, nectar-thirsty bee to enter and inadvertently deposit any pollen she’s carrying on the stigma. Grows 15-20 in. tall, spreading 12-18 in. Happiest in shade or partial shade with a little early or late day sun in moist, humus-rich soil. Resents transplanting once established. Zones 3-9. Found in damp meadows from Quebec to GA. 4 in. pot   $8

Hepatica acutiloba ✦⦸                      Ranunculaceae            Sharp-lobed Hepatica

A gift for pollinators in early spring, many-petalled pink, lavender or white flowers on woolly stems, 2-6 in. tall. Evergreen leaves with three lobes emerge after the flowers and persist through the winter. Plant this in partial shade and moist, but not wet, humus-rich soil, Zones 4-8. ME to MN, south to FL and northern AR. Does not appear along the Atlantic coast. The Iroquois used this plant’s roots in a compound given to forest runners to relieve shortness of breath. 3.5 in. band pot   $10

Iris cristata ✦⦸                                      Iridaceae                         Dwarf Crested Iris

Lavender blue falls (the sepals) crested with orange and white; the standards (petals) are pure lavender blue. The stem is sheathed by overlapping leaves. Small in stature, 3-6 in. tall. Happiest in partial to full shade in average to rich, well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. MD south to GA, west to LA. 4 in. pot   $9

Mertensia virginica   ✦⦸                 Boraginaceae                       Virginia Bluebells

Pink buds open to sky blue, trumpet-shaped flowers in mid to late spring. Gray-green basal foliage is strongly veined. To 20 in. tall. Dormancy follows blooming, so plant these among trilliums and ferns in dappled shade in moist, but well-drained, loamy soil. Zones 3-7. NY to TN, west to KS. Tolerant of Black Walnut. 4 in. pot   $8

Sanguinaria canadensis  ✦⦸                         Papaveraceae                       Bloodroot

Large, white, opalescent flowers with scalloped, leathery, bluish gray leaves in very early spring. Grows 6-12 in. tall in a shady location where the soil has a high organic content and good drainage. Zones 3-8. Nova Scotia to FL, west to ND, south to TX. The seeds are gathered and distributed by ants.  4 in. pot   $8

Stylophorum diphyllum ✦⦸                  Papaveraceae                   Celandine Poppy

Sunny yellow buttercup-like flowers in late spring offset by deeply-lobed, bluish-green foliage is easy to grow in partial to full shade and humusy, moist, woodland soil. Reaches 12-18 in. tall and 12 in. wide. The stems contain a yellowish-orange sap which can irritate the eyes and skin. The furry oval seedpod is a delicacy for chipmunks, snails, mice, slugs and woodchucks. Ants often spread the seeds. Will self-sow if happy. Zones 4-9. Western PA to WI and MI, south to VA, TN, AR and northern AL. $8

Thalictrum thalictroides ✦⦸                     Ranunculaceae                  Rue Anemone

Deceptively delicate, anemone-like white flowers and three-lobed dark green leaves resemble meadow rue. Grows to 9 in. tall in partial shade and average, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Blooms in April-May at the same time as Dicentra, Hepatica and Aquilegia. Produces no nectar, only pollen. Zones 4-8. Found from southwest ME to MN, south to northwestern FL, MS, AR and OK. Goes dormant in summer. Also known as Anemonella thalictroides. 4 in. pot   $9

Trillium cuneatum                         Melanthiaceae                                 Toad Shade

A sessile form, with deep maroon flowers resting in the axils of strongly mottled leaves in April-May. To 12 in. tall. Partial to full shade in deep, rich, humusy, moist, but well-drained soil. Purplish berry-like seed capsules are six-sided globes, designed to be dispersed by ants. Zones 5-9. NY to GA, west to MO. Band pot   $12

Trillium erectum                                                                                 Purple Trillium

Dark purple flowers are carried on stems above the broadly oval leaves in early spring. Grows strongly upright to 20 in. tall. Prefers a cool, moist, shady location with good drainage. Zones 4-9. Eastern Canada and U.S.  Band pot   $12

Trillium grandiflorum                                                                       Showy Trillium

Simply beautiful, large alabaster flowers in April on short stalks above broad, heart-shaped leaves. To 18 in. tall. Shade or partial shade in rich, moist soil with good drainage. Zones 3-9. Quebec and Ont, south to GA, TN, IA, KS. Band pot $12

Trillium luteum                                                                                  Yellow Trillium

A clear yellow flower with a mild lemon scent rests above wide, mottled, heart-shaped leaves in April-May. Grows 8-16 in. tall. Culture as above. Zones 5-9. Rocky woods and lower hillsides, western NC and TN, KY, AL, AR, MO.   $12

Trillium pusillum                                                                         Dwarf Wake Robin

Upward-facing white flowers, often ruffled, mature to deep pink. Foliage emerges deep purple-black-green before turning medium green. Grows 3-12 in. tall. Colonizes. Culture as for T. grandiflorum. Zones 5-9. Eastern MD to MO, south to west TX, east through AL and GA to SC.  Band pot   $12.

Trillium recurvatum                      Melanthiaceae                                Prairie Trillium

Deep maroon flowers grow above mottled green leaves to a height of 15 in. Culture as above. Zones 5-8. PA to WI, south to AL and TX. The common name is somewhat misleading, because this trillium appears in woodlands, rather than prairies. It does appear in states where prairies occur. The patterned leaves may help to camouflage this trillium and reduce browsing by deer.    Band pot   $12

Trillium viridescens                                                                             Ozark Trillium

A striking flower with long petals, described as Indian red or purple at the base and limey green above, sits upright in the juncture of the three darkly mottled leaves. Grows 6-14 in. tall by 6-10 in. wide in rich, clayey, limey woodland soil. Zones 5-8. KS, MO, OK, AR, TX, and LA.    Band pot   $12

Uvularia grandiflora                          Liliaceae                              Great Merrybells

Charming in a shady spring garden, with downward facing, ovate green leaves and clusters of tubular yellow flowers, both with a slightly twisting habit. To 18 in. tall with equal spread. April-May. Fertile, moist, but well-drained soil with plenty of humus. Zones 3-7. Quebec to Ontario, MI, GA, TN and KS. 4 in. pot   $9

Viola pedata ✦⦸                                    Violaceae                            Bird’s Foot Violet

Winsome little velvety purple flowers with a spur on the lowest petal. Each dark green leaf resembles a bird’s foot. Blooms in April-May and may re-bloom in early fall. Grows 3-6 in. tall and equally wide in sun or dappled shade in sandy or gravelly, dry to medium, well-drained soil. Good drainage in winter is essential. Zones 4-8. ME, west to MN, south to GA and eastern TX.  4 in. pot   $8

Perennials                                        

   Native to North America.                  “Deer Resistant”

Note: Perennials are mostly sold in 3 quart or 4 quart pots.

Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’                Asteraceae                          Yarrow

Dark rosy red flower heads hold their color well as the season progresses and compliment the medium green, aromatic foliage. Deadheading the lateral buds will encourage rebloom. At 24 in. tall, spreading to 48 in., this yarrow makes an excellent cut flower. Full sun in lean, well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Europe, Asia and most of temperate North America. A naturally occurring hybrid discovered growing within a population of A. m. ‘Summer Pastels.’ Patented. $12

Agastache ‘Pink Hazel’                               Lamiaceae                               Hyssop

Bring on the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds! This rosy branch sport of ‘Purple Haze’ offers densely flowered spikes, 24-36 in. tall, from mid-summer to early fall. The anise-scented, gray-green leaves repel deer. Spreads to 24 in. wide. Prefers full sun and lean, very well drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Interspecific hybrid. Zones 6-9. We will also offer A. ‘Spicy’, 30-36 in. tall, with violet-blue flowers.  $14

Alchemilla mollis ‘Thriller’                        Rosaceae                       Lady’s Mantle

A classic edging plant, with sueded, scalloped foliage beneath lacy sprays of chartreuse-yellow flowers. This clump-forming cultivar is slightly larger than the species and the leaves are distinctly green. To 24 in. tall, with similar spread. Dappled sun or partial shade in moist, but well-drained, good garden soil. Cut back and provide adequate moisture after first bloom to encourage new leaves. Zones 5-8. Caucasus and Turkey. $12

Amsonia illustris  ✦⦸                        Apocynaceae                         Ozark Bluestar 

Soft blue, star-shaped flowers on leafy stems with leathery, willow-shaped green leaves draw butterflies to your garden. In fall the foliage blazes yellow. Grows 2-3 ft. tall, spreading to 18 in. Sun or partial shade in average, well-drained soil. Tolerates some drought. When grown in shade or to create a tidier appearance, cut back by a half after blooming to encourage a bushier habit. Zones 5-9. AR, KS, MO, OK and TX. Honors 18th century physician, Dr. Charles Amson of VA. $15

Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Short Stack’ ✦⦸                                Eastern Bluestar

Even a tiny garden can welcome native bees, hummingbird moths and butterflies. This 12 in. tall by 18 in. wide selection features blue flowers, clean foliage with lemon yellow fall color, and a perfectly rounded habit. Originally introduced by Plant Delights Nursery. Tolerates heat, high humidity, and drought. Zones 5-9. Species found in MD and southeast VA to southern IL. $15

Anemone ‘Wild Swan’                            Ranunculaceae                          Windflower

A hybrid discovered in Elizabeth MacGregor’s nursery in Scotland was the RHS Chelsea plant of the year in 2011. Large white flowers with a blue band on the reverse bloom from June into autumn. Open throughout the day, the blooms close to form nodding bells at dusk. Vigorous, prolific plants reach 20 in. tall by 16 in. wide in partial shade and fairly moist, rich, well-drained soil. Zones 5-8.  $15

Asclepias incarnata ssp. pulchra ✦⦸         Apocynaceae           Swamp Milkweed        

Choose this Monarch-friendly milkweed to serve as a larval host and adult nectar plant in your garden. Best in a sunny location where the soil is moist. Blooms in mid summer, with pleasantly fragrant umbels of pink flower heads on stems that reach 3-4 ft. tall. Zones 4-9. Eastern NA. A selection from Long Island.  1 qt.   $8

Aster laevis (Symphyotrichum laeve)       Asteraceae                     Smooth Aster

If you’re planning a pollinator garden with seasonal appeal, consider the beautiful pale violet-purple flowers of this tall butterfly magnet. In September and October it’s a winning combination with solidago and helianthus. Grows 2-4 ft. tall, spreading to 2 ft. in full sun and a well-drained site. Tolerates shallow, rocky soil. Zones 3-8. ME to the Yukon, south to GA, SD, NM, and UT. Larval host for the Pearl Crescent butterfly, one of the most widespread in the eastern US.  $14

Baptisia australis var. minor ✦⦸                      Fabaceae                      False Indigo

Racemes of deep lavender blue, lupine-like flowers in late spring above blue-green, clover leafed foliage. Grows in an upright, shrubby shape to 24 in tall and 24 in. wide. Thrives in full to partial sun in average, well-drained soil. Trimming after bloom will help retain a rounded shape but eliminates the attractive dark seedpods. Zones 3-8. Drought tolerant. Central U.S., Ontario. A butterfly nectar plant. The genus name comes from the Greek “bapto” meaning “to dye.” $15

Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ ✦⦸                                                      Hybrid False Indigo

A standout from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s baptisia breeding program combines four species native to the northeastern U.S. The 3-ft. tall spikes of creamy white flowers in May turn lavender-blue as they mature. Young plants are vase-shaped, to 3 ft. wide, becoming garden focal points when they reach 5 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. Plenty of sun and sandy, well-drained soil. Tolerates a dry or dampish location. Zones 4-9.  Patented.  $16

Calamintha nepeta ‘Marvelette Blue’              Lamiaceae                     Calamint

It’s delightfully fragrant, compact, with long lasting bluish purple flowers. Perfect for the herb garden, in a perennial bed, or drifting over a wall. Re-blooms if cut back in mid-summer. Grows 12 in. tall, with equal spread in full sun. Zones 4-8. Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner in 2016. Species found from southern Europe to Great Britain. Extremely popular with pollinators, including many bees   $14

Campanula ‘Sarastro’  ✦⦸                      Campanulaceae                         Bellflower

This hybrid gets high marks for its long season of large, bell-shaped grape blue flowers on strong upright stems. Deadhead regularly from June until August to encourage rebloom. Reaches 18-24 in. tall and 24-30 in. wide. Sun or partial shade in average, slightly acidic soil. Zones 3-8. From Austria’s Sarastro Nursery. $15

Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ ✦⦸                   Plantaginaceae                       Turtlehead 

Strong-growing selection of dependable native plant for a damp spot in the border or a boggy site. In late summer upright stems of lance-shaped, dark green leaves are topped with brilliant pink flowers shaped like a turtle’s head. To 36 in. tall, spreading to 18 in. Sun or partial shade in deep, fertile, moist soil. Zones 3-7. Native to the mountains of southeastern U.S. $14

Convallaria majalis var. rosea           Asparagaceae               Lily-of- the-Valley

Native to northern temperate regions of Europe and Asia, this long-lived plant has naturalized in eastern and central North America. Fragrant bell-shaped flowers, in this case pale pink, dangle from an arching stem that rises from the center of each clump of 2-3 oval green leaves in April-May. Grows to 10 in. tall and 12 in. wide, spreading by rhizomes to form a ground cover in full or partial shade and moist, fertile, humusy, well-drained soil. Zones 2-7a.  Contains cardiac glycosides, so best not to ingest. $8

Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Sun Kiss’  ✦⦸      Asteraceae     Large-flowered Tickseed

Very large, very bright yellow flowers with wine red centers all summer long for the front of a sunny border. Easy to grow average, well-drained soil. Mounded plants to 14 in. tall with equal spread attract butterflies. Deadhead to ensure re-blooming. Zones 4-9. Species range: FL to NM and TX, to GA, MO and KS. $12

Dicentra spectabilis ‘Cupid’             Papaveraceae                       Bleeding Heart

A newcomer for the shady or sun dappled garden brings arching stems of delicate, soft pink, dangling, heart-shaped blooms in May and June.  Compact at 24 in. tall and equally wide, with feathery green foliage that forms a tidy mound. Prefers rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Dormant in summer, so works well planted among ferns and hosta. Zones 3-9. Siberia, Japan and northern China. $9

Digitalis purpurea ‘Snow Thimble’         Plantaginaceae                       Foxglove

Classic elegance:  cool pillars of large, pure white, hanging bells delicately spotted with chartreuse in the throat.  Reaches 36-48 in. tall, spreading to 18 in.  Sun or dappled shade in humus-rich, well-drained soil. Biennial; will self-seed and should come true from seed. Zones 4-8. Species native to western and southwestern Europe. A favorite of bees.  $14

Echinacea paradoxa ✦⦸                             Asteraceae               Yellow Coneflower

The paradox is that this is the only species in the genus to have yellow flowers instead of the usual purple. Plant it for native bees and goldfinches, preferably in groups of three for the best display from mid-June to August. Typically reaches 3 ft. tall, with spread to half that, and an open habit. Will take more than a season to reach its full size. Non-aggressive. Full sun is preferable, along with average, dry to moderately dry, well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. Identified in 1902. Native to the Ozark regions of MO and AR.  1 qt.  $9

Echinacea purpurea ‘Starlight’ ✦⦸                 Asteraceae                      Coneflower

An improved, reselected version of E.p. ‘Bright Star.’ Larger, more substantial, carmine-rose flowers with burnt orange cones from mid-summer to mid-fall. A great cut flower on sturdy stems. Grows to 36 in. tall and 18 in. wide in full sun and average, well-drained garden soil. Low maintenance. Attracts seed-eating birds. Zones 3-9. OH to MI and IA, south to LA and GA.  $12

Epimedium x youngianum ‘Azusa’           Berberidaceae                    Barrenwort

Fat little bright white flowers with very large spurs rise on wiry red stalks above deep green leaves with a silver overlay in early to mid-April. Deciduous. The foliage turns reddish in autumn. Crisp, tidy and diminutive at 12 in. tall by 15 in. wide. Prefers shade or dappled shade in average, well-drained, humus-rich soil. Zones 5-9. Hybrid of E. diphyllum and E. grandiflorum. Japan. $16

Eupatorium coelestinum ‘Wayside’           Asteraceae                       Mistflower

 Showy, fuzzy, deep sky blue flowers in September and October on a shorter version of the old garden favorite. Grows only 15-18 in. tall in full sun to partial shade where the soil is moist, but well-drained. Keep an eye on it in the perennial border because it does tend to spread. Zones 6-8. NY to FL, west to NE and TX. A great source of late season nectar for migrating butterflies and skippers. Also provides nectar and pollen for native bees. $14

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae         Euphorbiaceae    Leatherleaf Spurge

A good evergreen groundcover for dry shade. It spreads slowly by rhizomes and will do so more quickly if the soil is moist with a high organic content.  In late spring, chartreuse yellow flowers, backed by circular green bracts, rise above shiny dark green leaves. Grows 12 to 18 in. tall in full sun or partial or full shade. Zones 5-7. Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. Mary Ann Robb (1829-1912), a plant collector and botanist, found this plant in woods near Istanbul, Turkey and brought cuttings and seeds back to her Hampshire garden in a hat box in 1891. $14

Euphorbia ‘Galaxy Glow’                     Euphorbiaceae                              Spurge                                                      

Stunning E. characias hybrid with large rosy inflorescences and colorful new foliage growth in shades of rose and purple. Long flowering, April-June, and nicely compact at 20 in. tall by 20 in. wide. After several years, the plant may spread to 36 in. wide. Grow this in full sun with the very best drainage. Zones 6-8. Discovered as a chance seedling by NC nurseryman Pat McCracken.  $15

Geranium ‘Brookside’                     Geraniaceae                                    Cranesbill

Outstanding performer in trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden puts on a show with its white-eyed, sapphire blue flowers from mid-spring to late summer. Deeply cut dark green foliage turns reddish orange late in fall. Grows 24 in. tall with equal spread in full sun to partial shade in fairly moist, humus-rich soil. Zones 4-8. Introduced by the Cambridge Botanic Garden. AGM from RHS. $8

Geranium ‘Orkney Cherry’                   Geraniaceae                               Cranesbill

Dense mounds of bronzy green foliage and a profusion of pink flowers with reddish veins are decorative from May until frost. Compact at 10 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. in full sun or dappled shade in average, moderately moist, well-drained soil. If bloom is interrupted by high summer temperatures, cut them back a bit to encourage renewed growth in cooler fall temperatures. Zones 5-8. Hybrid of four species from a nursery in the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland. $15

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Asahi’         Asteraceae          Ox-eye Daisy

An unexpected form of this tough, drought-tolerant, long-blooming native with double flowers: a center packed with golden florets surrounded by rings of larger, more usual ray flowers. Useful in the border at 24 in. tall and 18 in. wide, in full sun and average, lean, well-drained soil. Blooms from late June into fall. Zones 3-9. Species found from Hudson Bay to FL, west to ND and NM. $15

Helenium ‘Short ‘n’ Sassy’                               Asteraceae                  Sneezeweed 

Boldly colored orange and yellow petals flare beneath chocolate brown central discs from July to September. Upright and compact in habit, 12-18 in. tall, spreading to 24 in., with well-branched green foliage. Happiest in sun and well-drained, fertile soil.  Zones 4-8. Patented selection discovered as a nursery seedling. North and Central American parentage. $14

Helleborus Frostkiss® ‘Molly’s White’             Ranunculaceae       Lenten Rose

An elegant hellebore to grace your garden with an abundance of large, white, outward-facing flowers offset by dark green foliage heavily netted with silver. Extremely vigorous and floriferous from February until April when the flowers turn shades of pale green. Reaches 16 in. tall and 28 in. wide. Sterile. Happiest in dappled shade and reasonably moist, humus-rich, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil. Zones 3-8. Complex hybrid (H. x iburgensis) from the UK. Named for the wife of the late, illustrious symphony conductor, Sir Neville Marriner . $20

Heuchera ‘Paris’                               Saxifragaceae                                       Coral Bells

“This is unquestionably the best flowering coral bell we’ve ever trialed,” wrote Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery. Tall spikes of small, rosy-raspberry flowers from April through early July above 9 in.-tall clumps of silvery leaves with dark green veining. Partial shade and well-drained, average soil with high organic content. Zones 4-8. Patented hybrid. Awarded AGM from RHS. $16

Liatris pycnostachya                 Asteraceae                         Prairie Blazing Star

Showy spikes, 2-5 ft. tall, of densely crowded, fuzzy, rose-purple flower heads. Short, grass-like leaves cover the lower portion of the stem. Full sun and lean, moist, well-drained soil. A butterfly magnet. Meriwether Lewis collected this plant in SD in 1804. Zones 3-9. WI to SD, south to LA and east TX. $15

Lunaria annua ‘Corfu Blue’                         Brassicaceae                                Honesty

An uncommon selection of Lunaria. Intensely bluish purple flowers in spring are followed by silvery seed heads with a purple cast. It also seems to be more perennial than biennial, but let it self-seed in the garden to be sure. Pretty, four-petalled flowers on purple stems to 36 in. tall in sun or dappled shade and well-drained soil. Zones 5-9. Central and southern Europe. This seed strain thought to have originated on Corfu. Perhaps it grew in the Durrells’ garden.  $15

Myosotis sylvatica ‘Victoria Indigo Blue’             Boraginaceae

A Forget-Me-Not with soft, medium green leaves and dainty, intensely blue flowers with yellow centers in May-June forms a 6-8 in. tall groundcover in sun or partial shade where the soil is moist and full of humus. Self-seeding biennial. Zones 3-8. Europe and Asia. A honeybee plant whose flowers meant faithfulness and enduring love in the Victorian language of flowers.  1 qt.  $8

Nepeta grossheimii                       Lamiaceae                                 Nepeta, Catmint

Stylish and refined, rounded, aromatic gray-green leaves on species native to the Republic of Georgia. Low and spreading, it grows 12-24 in. tall and equally wide. The blue flowers appear in May; shear the spikes afterwards to shape the plant and promote blooming until October. Full sun to partial shade in average soil with good drainage. Zones 5-8. Name honors a Ukrainian botanist and plant collector who was an expert on the flora of the Caucasus. $12

Origanum ‘Lizzie’                           Lamiaceae                       Ornamental Oregano

Large, shaggy, mauvy lavender flower heads atop fabulously fragrant, dark gray-green leaves bring butterflies and bees from July until frost. Forms loose mounds 16 in. high with wider spread. Grows best in sunny, well-drained location. Zones 6-10. Discovered as a garden seedling at Calflora Nursery. Thought to be a hybrid of O. laveigatum and O. vulgare, the culinary species.  Ideal for drying. $14

Orlaya grandiflora                         Apiaceae                              White Lace Flower 

A self-seeding annual with airy and delicate blooms adds a grace note to summer borders or bouquets. Charming bright white flowers float above full, yet compact fern like foliage. Perfect for a smaller garden or to mix among perennials, reaching 2-3 ft. tall and 12 in. wide.  Full sun or light shade in rich, well-drained soil. Long blooming, from early summer into fall.  Lasts well in a vase. Zones 2-11.  Native to Mediterranean regions. Attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinators.  $ 12.

Papaver ‘Beauty of Livermere’                    Papaveraceae             Oriental Poppy

Sumptuous scarlet poppies with crimped petals like thick silk. Each enormous bloom has a mysterious coal black center. May-June. Strong, upright plants, 36 in. tall and 24 in. wide. Full sun and well-drained soil are required. Handle the root ball carefully when planting. After blooming the plants go dormant, so plant them among later flowering perennials. Gertrude Jekyll liked to fill in the bare spaces with Gypsophila paniculata. Zones 3-8. Hybrid of species from eastern Turkey, Iraq, Iran and the Caucasus. Introduced circa 1903; named for a village in Suffolk. $14

Papaver ‘Queen Alexandra’                                                               Oriental Poppy

Scene-stealing, vivid salmon pink flowers with crinkled, satiny, rounded petals and a dark eye on wiry stems. Clump-forming and upright to 30 in. tall and 24 in. wide. May-June. Culture as above. Zones 3-8. Named for the Danish princess who was the wife of King Edward VII and a popular member of the royal family from 1863-1910.  $14

Papaver ‘Royal Wedding’                                                                 Oriental Poppy 

Serenely majestic, with couture-worthy, white silk petals and a dazzling jet black central blotch. Strong, wiry stems on plants with upright habit to 36 in. tall and 24 in wide. May-June.  Culture as above. Zones 3-8. A newer introduction.  $14

Phlox x arendsii ‘Babyface’                       Polemoniaceae             Arend’s Phlox

A first-class display of fragrant pink flowers with a darker pink center in late July, peaking in August. The attractive buds with dark calyxes add interest before the flowers open. Medium-sized at 24-30 in. tall and equally wide. Best in full sun and moist to average soil with good air circulation. Zones 4-8. Hybrid of P. paniculata and p. divaricata, both from eastern U.S. $14

Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ ✦⦸           Polemoniaceae               Creeping Phlox

Clear blue flowers and attractive light green, mat-like foliage, 6-8 in. tall. Works well as an edging or ground cover. April-May. Best in shade or partial shade in fertile, humus-rich, moist, but well-drained soil.  Drought tolerant once established. Trim back after flowering, but wait until spring to prune. Zones 4-8. Woods, southern PA and OH to GA. Selected by Mary Henry. Received Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.   1 qt.  $9

Pulmonaria ‘Twinkle Toes’                       Boraginaceae                           Lungwort

This beautiful shade perennial is easy to grow in a lightly shaded area with humusy, moist but not soggy, soil. The plant may enter dormancy if allowed to dry out. Recent introduction features medium green leaves dappled with silver and slightly drooping light periwinkle blue flowers opening on upright stems from medium pink buds. 12 in. tall by 12 in. wide. Zones 4-8. Garden origin, native to Europe. Plant these among hostas, brunneras and ferns. Patented.   $16                                                     

Pycnanthemum curvipes ✦⦸                 Lamiaceae        Stone Mountain Mint

A spectacular array of butterflies, bees, wasps and moths will visit this rare mint ©with light green foliage and corymbs of purple-spotted flowers in summer.  Grows 2-3 ft. tall in sun or partial shade and dry, even rocky, soil. Zones 4-8. Native to widely dispersed areas in AL, GA, NC and TN. $14 

Salvia azurea ‘Nekan’ (pitcheri)  ⦸         Lamiaceae                           Prairie Sage

The large, ethereal, sky blue flower spires of this prairie dweller belie its essential toughness. Native to the Midwest, it’s at home in sunny, hot and dry conditions, with upright stems of linear, gray-green foliage. Grows to 36 in. tall and wide. Blooms from August to October, breaking dormancy very late in spring. Zones 4-8. A seed strain named for a specific population found north of Lincoln, NE. $15

Solidago caesia  ⦸                             Asteraceae                    Blue-Stem Goldenrod

A clump-forming, more well-mannered species, that grows 18-36 in. tall and wide. Wiry greenish-purple stems are covered with loose clusters of tiny yellow, daisy-like flowers in late summer into fall. Leaves are lance-shaped and medium green. Attracts butterflies. Zones 4-8. Central and eastern NA. $12

Veronica spicata ’Royal Rembrandt’     Scrophulariaceae         Spike Speedwell

A staple of the flower border because it goes with everything, this newer introduction is perfect for the edge of the bed or a container. At 12-15 in. tall and wide, its vivid violet-blue spikes will bloom again if cut back after the first flush. Bushy, dark green foliage. Full sun or partial shade in average to moist soil with good drainage. Zones 4-9. Northern Europe and Asia. Patented. $14

Clematis                                                   Ranunculaceae

Note: Clematis plants are $15 each

General culture:  Full or partial sun with the roots and base of the plant in shade. Well-drained soil with high organic content. Mulch in late winter with compost or aged manure, keeping it away from basal wood of vine. Prune as below. Plant clematis 3 in. deeper than in the original pot, burying the first set of entire leaves so that strong shoots will emerge below soil level. Asia, Europe, North America.

Large-Flowered Clematis

C. ‘Avant-Garde’™   Very showy, with rosy red petals and pink petaloid stamens in a trumpet-like center. Blooms early summer and in early fall, 8-10 ft. tall. Prefers full sun. Prune hard in early spring to pair of strong buds about 18 in. above ground. Zones 4-9. A Raymond Evison introduction from Great Britain.

C. ‘Bonanza’™   Exuberant summer bloomer festooned with mauve-blue flowers and pale yellow anthers. Grows to 10 ft. up a trellis or when supported by a large shrub or wall.  Flowers from late June through September.  Sensational when grown with climbing roses. Prune as for ‘Avant-Garde’.  Zones 4-9. Another Evison hybrid.

C. ‘Duchess of Edinburgh’   Semi-double, sweetly scented, rosette shaped blooms with golden anthers grace this vine in May-June and again in September. To 10 ft. tall. Blooms first on old wood and later on new wood. Remove dead wood in early spring and prune lightly after first flowering. Zones 4-10. Introduced in 1874.

C. ‘Franziska Maria’™ Free-flowering, reliably double, beautifully shaped, deep blue, 4 to 6-inch flowers with pale gold anthers. Suitable for growing in a container. Reaches 5-7 ft. tall and prefers full sun. Blooms from June to September. Prune as for ‘Duchess of Edinburgh.  Zones 4-10. Evison hybrid.

C. ‘Henryi’   Very large, creamy white flowers with pointed petals, a pale green bar and mahogany anthers decorate a 10-15-ft. vine. Free-flowering in full sun, but will tolerate some shade. Blooms June and September. Zones 4-10. Prune as for ‘Duchess of Edinburgh.’ Introduced by Scottish lawyer and noted hybridizer Isaac Anderson-Henry in 1873. 

C. ‘Ines’™   Suitable for a container and tolerant of partial shade, a lovely vine with exceptionally pretty, star-shaped, gently ruffled, light lavender-blue  blooms accented with a cherry red bar and a crown of maroon anthers. Free flowering from late spring to summer and again in fall.  Strong grower to 4 ft. tall.  Prune as for ‘Avant-Garde.’ Zones 4-8. Recent introduction.

C. ‘Paulie’ ™   Handsome flowers offer elegantly pointed, lavender-blue petals marked with a red bar and deep red anthers.  Perfect for container growing at 3-4 ft. tall. Happy in partial shade. Blooms from late spring into summer and again in fall. Prune as for ‘Avant-Garde.’ Zones 4-8. From Raymond Evison’s Boulevard® collection.

C. ‘Rosemoor’™ Named for the RHS garden in North Devon, with glowing ruby red petals and shining golden stamens. Large flowers on a vine to 10 ft. tall. Prefers full sun. Blooms May-September. Prune as for ‘Duchess of Edinburgh.’ Zones 4-10. Stunning when grown with grey foliaged shrubs with blue flowers.

C. ‘Sally’™   Pretty pink, slightly ruffled flowers with a deeper pink bar from late spring into summer and again in fall. Petal colors are deeper when grown in full sun. Tolerates dappled shade. Container-appropriate, reaching 4-5 ft. tall. Prune as for ‘Avant-Garde.’ Zones 4-8. Recent introduction from Evison.

C. ‘Sapphire Indigo’™   Dark purple buds open to deep blue flowers with stunning dark anthers. Grows to 4 ft. tall if staked, or forms a mound to 36 in. wide with 24 in.-long, arched stems. June to September. Prune back in spring to within a few inches of the ground. Zones 4-8. Patented

Small-Flowered Clematis

C. ‘Duchess of Albany’   Small, pink, bell-shaped flowers with a central red bar. Mid to late summer. 8-12 ft. tall. Can be grown through a tree or shrub in partial shade. Prune as for ‘Avant-Garde.’ Zones 4-9.  C. texensis hybrid introduced in England in 1894 by George Jackman.

C. ‘Gravetye Beauty’   Clear red, tulip-shaped flowers open in a star shape to reveal yellow anthers in July-Sept. Reddish stems and shiny, dark green foliage. Grows 6-8 ft. tall, tolerating some shade. Zones 4-9. Bred in France with C. texensis parentage and given circa 1900 to famed gardener William Robinson, who named it after his home in West Sussex, England. Prune as for ‘Avant-Garde.’

Ferns

Native to North America     ”Deer Resistant”

Adiantum pedatum   ✦⦸            Pteridaceae               American Maidenhair Fern

Graceful arching stalks and finely cut fronds. Grows 18-24 in. tall in partial or full shade and moist, humusy, acidic soil with good drainage. Deciduous. Will form colonies by rhizomes.  Zones 3-8. Eastern and central U.S., Canada. 5 in. pot   $9

Athyrium angustum f. rubellum⦸     Woodsiaceae     

The Red-Stemmed Northern Lady Fern sports decorative lacy green fronds on deep maroon to arresting red stems, 30-36 in. tall. The reddish color becomes more apparent after a couple of years. Deciduous.  Bright shade to full shade.   Tolerates  dryish site. Zones 4-9. Greenland, south to ND, SD, MO.   5 in. pot    $9

 Osmunda cinnamomea ✦⦸             Osmundaceae                          Cinnamon Fern

Showy, with upright green fronds and bright cinnamon colored fertile fronds (sporanges). 24-60 in tall. Deciduous. Prefers moist location, but is adaptable. May be slow to establish. Culture as above. Zones 3-8. Found from Newfoundland to MN, Gulf States, NM, and in Mexico, Brazil, the West Indies and eastern Asia. Hummingbirds sometimes line their nests with the fuzz from immature fronds. 5 in. pot   $9

Osmunda regalis ✦⦸                                                                                    Royal Fern

Large and imposing, with graceful 2 to 5-foot long fronds forming symmetrical clumps. The spores are located on dark green, tassel-like, fertile leaflets at the tips of the fronds. After their release, those leaflets turn light brown. Deciduous. Easy to grow in moist soil and a shady location. Prefers rich, humusy, acid soil. Zones 3-8. Eastern and central U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa. 5 in. pot   $9

Polystichum acrostichoides  ✦⦸           Dryopteridaceae               Christmas Fern

Semi-evergreen, leathery fronds grow with an upright, arching habit, 12-24 in. tall. Prefers partial or deep shade and cool, moist, well-drained, acidic soil with plenty of humus, but adapts to other conditions. Will spread. Zones 3-8. Nova Scotia to Ontario and WI, south to TX and the Gulf States.  5 in. pot   $9

Sedges

Carex eburnea ✦⦸                 Cyperaceae                      Bristle-leaved Sedge

Grown for its foliage. Soft, thread-like leaves form attractive clumps 6-10 in. tall.  Part to full shade in moderately moist or dry soils. Cut to ground in late winter.  Zones 2-8. Eastern and central North America.  $4

Carex laxiculmis Bunny Blue™ ‘Hobb’ ✦⦸                         Creeping Sedge   Silvery blue, grass-like, evergreen leaves grow in a dense, rounded clump to 12 in. tall in part to full shade and medium to wet soil. Good in a rain garden. Cut back to ground in late winter. Zones 5-9. Easter North America.  $4

Annuals and Tender Perennials

Note: Most annuals come in 5-inch square pots and are $7 each.

 Abutilon ‘Biltmore Ballgown’

Agastache ‘Kudos Coral’, ‘Poquito Orange’

Angelonia angustifolia, ‘AngelFace Steel Blue’, ‘Serena Blue’

Arctotis ‘Wine’

Artemisia ‘Silver Bullet’

Asclepias curassavica

Bulbine frutescens ‘Hallmark’

Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells Terra Cotta’

Cleome ‘Senorita Blanca’

Coleus ‘Copper Coral’, ‘Dipt in Wine’, ‘Lime Shrimp’,

‘Wasabi’

Cosmos atrosanguineus ‘Chocamocha’, ‘Apollo White’

Cuphea ‘David Verity’

Eschscholzia californica ‘Orange’

Euphorbia ‘Starblast White’

Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’

Heliotropium ‘Marine’

Ipomea batatus ‘Marguarita’

Lantana camara ‘Bandana Cherry’, ‘Bandana Cherry Sunrise’, ‘Bandana Lemon Zest’, ‘Bandana Peach’ 

montevidensis ‘Luscious Grape’

Lobelia erinus ‘Regatta Sky Blue’

Nicotiana sylvestris

Petchoa ‘SuperCal Terra Cotta’

Phygelius x rectus ‘Salmon Leap’

Portulaca ‘Colorblast Mango Mojito’

Salvia cacliifolia, coccinea ‘Cherry Blossom’, discolor, dorisiana, farinacea ‘ Blue Bedder’, f. ‘Victoria Blue’, x ‘Fashion Orange’, greggii  ‘Peach’, guaranitica ‘Argentine Skies’, g. ‘Black and Blue’, involucrata  ‘Mulberry Jam’, i. ‘Pink Icicles’, mexicana ‘Tula’, patens ‘Cambridge Blue’,  splendens ‘Vanhouttei’,  ‘x ‘Indigo Spires’, x ‘Purple Majesty’, x ‘Ember’s Wish’, x ‘Love & Wishes’, x ‘Wendy’s Wish’

Senecio cineraria ‘Cirrus’

Tropaeolum ‘Tip Top Apricot’

Verbena bonariensis ‘Meteor Shower’, canadensis ’Homestead Purple‘, ’Lanai Lime Green’, ‘Lanai Peach’, ‘Superbena Stormburst’

Zonal Geraniums (Pelargonium) in pink, salmon and dark red are $7 per pot.

Sensational Salvias

Salvias are a welcome source of brilliant color in the garden, especially from August until frost. We’ve added some beautiful new selections this year. Salvias’ characteristic tubular corollas and bright hues make them attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies as a nectar source. Generally, salvias prefer a sunny, well-drained site. Deer resistant!

Salvia cacaliifolia – Guatemalan Leaf Sage is adorned with true blue flowers from mid-summer to late fall. Grows to 54 in. tall and 42 in. wide in partial shade and well-drained, rich soil. Attracts hummingbirds.

S. coccinea ‘Cherry Blossom’ – Salmon pink and white blooms open along the 18-24 in. tall, strong stems. Prefers afternoon shade. Deadhead.

S. discolor  – Andean Silver Sage’s midnight purple flowers contrast with its apple green leaves and their silver undersides. 24 in. tall and 36 in. wide. Full sun or partial shade. Favorite of William Robinson.

S. dorisiana – Fruit Scented Sage with big, fuzzy, light green leaves and large fragrant, magenta pink flowers reaches 48 in. tall and wide in full sun to partial shade and rich, well-drained soil. For hummingbirds.

S. farinacea ‘Blue Bedder’ – Dark blue flowers on upright stems 24-32 in. tall and 12-18 in. wide. Sun to partial sun. Use in containers or beds.

S. f. ‘Victoria Blue’ – Deep violet-blue blossoms. To 18 in. tall.

S. greggii ‘Peach’ – Autumn Sage with warm, rosy orange tubular flowers with peach highlights and yellow throat. Shrubby, 18-24 in. tall. Possibly hardy; don’t cut back in the fall.

S. guaranitica ‘Argentina Skies’ – Pale blue flowers into September.  To 5 ft. tall. This species will tolerate shade for part of the day.

S. g. ‘Black & Blue’ – Cobalt blue flowers with stunning black calyxes. Grows to at least 4 ft. tall. Excellent for hummingbirds!

S. x involucrata ‘Mulberry Jam’ – Graceful spikes of deep fuchsia pink blossoms. To 4-5 ft. tall in sun or partial shade. Hummingbird’s favorite!

S. x i. ‘Pink Icicles’ – Unusual soft pink coloring on large plant, 5-6 ft. tall. Prune back in early summer to shorten. Seedling discovered in Australia.

S. mexicana ‘Tula’ – For the bold and patient gardener, a stunning contrast of gentian blue florets with chartreuse-lime calyxes in September. Makes quite a statement at 5-6 ft. tall.

More Sensational Salvias

Salvia patens ‘Cambridge Blue’ – True blue, 24-32 in. for border or container.

S. splendens van houttei – Extraordinary burgundy-rose flowers on dark red stems. To 4 ft. tall.  Floriferous in moist, but well-drained soil.

S. x ‘Ember’s Wish’ –Large coral blooms and dark green leaves. To 3 ft. by 3 ft.

S. x ‘Fashion™ Orange’ – Upright to 40 in. tall by 30 in. wide. Heat tolerant. Sun or partial sun. Dark calyxes. S. splendens hybrid. Newer introduction.

S. x ‘Indigo Spires’ – Great for the back of the border, with large, dense, deep violet-blue spikes on 4-6 ft. plants. Summer until frost.

S. x ‘Love and Wishes’ – A cousin of ‘Wendy’s Wish’ with dark purple blooms.

S. x ‘Purple Majesty’– Regal purple flowers on strong stems reaching 4-5 ft.

S. xWendy’s Wish’ – Large, hot pink flowers with fluted tips and dark maroon stems. Dark green foliage with dense habit, 30-40 in. tall. Patented.

Butterfly Friendly Plants

Some of the best caterpillar host and/or butterfly nectar plants are listed below.  Herbs are also butterfly-friendly. 

Caterpillar Hosts

Asclepias, Aster, Birch, Black Cherry, Clover, Cottonwood, Dill, Dogwood, Hibiscus, Hollyhock, Magnolia virginiana, Milkweed, Mustard, Nettles, Parsley, Sassafras, Snapdragon, Spicebush, Tulip Tree, Violet, Willow

Butterfly Nectar Sources

Asclepias, Aster, Azalea, Bee balm, Blackberry, Buttonbush, Clethra alnifolia, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Eupatorium, Geranium, Goldenrod, Helianthus, Lilac,   Lonicera sempervirens,  Marigold, Phlox , Verbena, Vernonia, Zinnia

Herbs

Note: Most Herb plants are $4 each or 2 for $7.  Lavender plants are $7 each.

      H    Butterfly Host Plant

      N    Butterfly Nectar Source

Basil       African Blue, Emerald Tower, Thai HN

  Sweet Genovese

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) Topiary HN

Chives Classic N

Cilantro       ‘Santo’ HN

Dill                Fernleaf HN

Fennel Bronze HN

Lavender      Big Time Blue, Munstead, Phenomenal, Provence N

SuperBlue

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla) N

Marjoram  Compacta, ‘Za’atar’ N

Mint Spearmint HN

Oregano       Greek, Italian N

Parsley         Curly, Italian Flat Leaf HN

Rosemary    Foxtail, Hill Hardy, Prostrate Creeping N

Sage              Berggarten, Garden Grey, Pineapple HN

Savory Winter N

Tarragon French (Artemesia dracunculus var. sativa) H

Thyme          English, French,’ Sparkling Bright’ N

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 Vegetable Plants

Note: Vegetable plants are $4 each.

Tomatoes

Anna Russian

Better Bush

Big Zebra

Brandywine

Brandywine – Liam’s

Brandywine – Sudduth’s Strain

Chef’s Choice Black

Chef’s Choice Green

Chef’s Choice Pink

Cherokee Carbon

Cherokee Chocolate

Cherokee Green

Cherokee Purple

Chocolate Sprinkles

Early Girl

Genuwine

Gregori’s Altai

German Red Strawberry

Gold Medal

Green Berkeley Tie-Dye

Kellogg’s Breakfast

Mountain Merit

Mr. Stripey

Oxheart Pink

Pineapple

Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye

Rapunzel

Speckled Roman

Sun Gold

 Vegetable Plants

Eggplant

Fairy Tale

Hansel

Pingtung Long

Peppers

Ancho – mild

Corno di Toro – sweet

Giant Marconi – sweet bell

Jalapeno – medium heat

Mama Mia Giallo – sweet

Orange Blaze – sweet

Orange Marmalade – sweet bell

Poblano – mild

Roulette – mild

Tequila – sweet bell

Tricked You – mild

This catalog represents, to the best of our ability, plant material that will be available for sale.  We hope you will find this year’s sale another great opportunity to choose exciting selections you haven’t grown before, as well as tried and true favorites. 

Catalog prepared by Frederica Hammerstrom

©2020 Henry Foundation for Botanical Research

A message from the President

“What is a garden without people?” someone asked recently.

What happens in a garden with sunshine, fresh air, the sounds of birds & wind & rains when no one is looking or listening?

We miss all of you who would under normal circumstances be coming to experience the garden in spring-time.  Each day new flowers open.  Each chance to meander brings opportunities to see & hear & experience something new – a fallen tree, an overflowing creek rippling over rocks,  small hailstones on the greenhouse, self-sown seedlings popping up  sometimes where least expected, all amid the chatter of birds vying for nesting sites & the sight of bees awakening from their winter hives.

As we try to adapt to new protocols, we’ve started a virtual “show & tell” series of walks in & around the garden.  Just as you would if you were visiting, you’ll have a chance to learn about some of the plants here and see some in flower. You might even hear some birds & see some bees.

See you soon,

Susan Treadway

Website Sale Announcement

Repairs on Greenhouse and Portico columns proceed apace

The first phase of the Greenhouse repairs are nearly complete with only cosmetic issues outstanding. Renovators Doug Wolffe and Matt Golas are now looking at restoring the greenhouse entrance facing the terrace, which is in desperate need of attention. The Henry board has agreed that the work should continue on that section. We expect the work to be completed by mid April.  The four Portico columns, which had lost structural integrity due to rot on the bases are being pulled and rebuilt. Two rebuilt columns have been set back in place with pins and the remaining two will be rebuilt and set back in place by the third week of March. The Mary Henry writing cabin exterior work is nearly complete, including structural repairs on the left front corner, new window glass and new steps and a railing system. The interior of the cabin will be restored as a living museum.

First stage of Henry Greenhouse renovation nearly complete

A complete tear-down, rehabilitation and rebuild of the Henry Botanic Garden’s historically significant Lord & Burnham greenhouse is well underway, with a third of the structure re-glassed. With 180 hours of labor logged, Doug Wolffe and Matt Golas to date have replaced 42 panes of plate glass with new tempered glass, restored all the cypress framing and aluminum caps to factory fresh condition, rebuilt the vent windows and primed and painted and glazed the interior and exterior portions of the structure. The arduous work requires the skills of a carpenter, glazier, mason, welder, sheet-metal worker, plumber and electrician. Accompanying photos show the greenhouse section prior to the rebuilding as well as portions that remain to be addressed.

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2019-2020 Winter work: Mary Henry cabin rebuild under way, barn doors and wall redone, dead trees removed, back porch entrance rehab started

In late 2019, Doug Wolffe and Matt Golas shored up the Mary Henry cabin. We are happy to report that after the structure was stabilized under the entrance, all other engineering aspects passed muster. Broken windows were also replaced and parts of the siding that have insect damage will be replaced in 2020.

In the Fall of 2019, Highline Construction replaced the failing siding and main door material on the barn. The firm also shored up the structural support on west facing side of the barn and rehabbed that concrete aspects of the barn floor.

Also in the Fall of 2019, John B. Ward and Co. removed two dangerous trees over the driveway, a 100-year-old Hickory and a 60-year-old Cherry. The foundation thanks the Wards for their generous work.

In the Winter of 2019, Mack Oil Co. put a new, energy efficient heating system in the cottage that is attached to the barn.

In conjunction with the greenhouse renovation, Doug and Matt are also rehabbing the patio porch supports and gable on the east facing side of the house.

Lastly, the iconic Mary Henry Jeep is now back in service thanks to the repair skills of Billy Wolffe.