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exciting selections in the catalog and we hope you’ll find many to
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Henry Foundation for Botanical Research
801 Stony Lane (off Henry Lane only) P.O. Box 7, Gladwyne, PA 19035
(610) 525-2037 www.henrybotanicgarden.or
✦ Native to North America
⦸ “Deer Resistant”
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 arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ ✦ Rosaceae Red Chokeberry
A good plant for hedging that also provides cover for wildlife. Clusters of white to pale pink flowers in April are followed by glossy red berries, which provide late season food for birds. This selection is noted for its compact habit and handsome scarlet fall color. Deciduous, growing 6-8 ft. tall with 3-4 ft. spread. Full sun and moist, but well-drained soil. Tolerates wet and poor soils. Zones 4-9. Newfoundland to FL, west to TX. 3 gal. $30
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 Pearl Glam® ✦ Verbenaceae Beautyberry
This decorative introduction offers bold color with dark purple foliage, white flowers and clusters of bright purple-pink berries that encircle the arching stems in late summer. Compact, at 4-5 ft. tall and 2-3 ft. wide, it will prosper in full sun to partial shade in average, moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. Deciduous. Food source for songbirds and small mammals. Hybrid of Asian species from Dr. Tom Ranney at NCSU. 3 gal. $38
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ ✦⦸ Calycanthaceae Sweetshrub
‘Aphrodite’ is another mighty plant from NCSU. With a strong reblooming habit and lightly scented, red, magnolia-like flowers from May to July, it reaches 6-8 ft. tall with equal spread. Lovely when planted at a woodland edge. Sun, partial shade or dappled sunlight and well-drained soil with plenty of humus. Tolerates clay and sandy soils. Deciduous. Zones 4-9. C. occidentalis x C. chinensis.3 gal. $38
Camellia ‘Long Island Pink’ Theaceae Fall Blooming Camellia
Discovered growing on Long Island, a nicely compact selection with handsome, highly polished dark green leaves and charming, single pink flowers, 3.5 in. in diameter. New foliage emerges bronze. Grows to 5 ft. by 3 ft. Place this in partial shade with protection from winter sun and wind in well-drained soil high in organic matter. Water well during the first year until the roots are established. Often listed as C. sasanqua, an evergreen native of China and Japan. 3 gal. $38
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides’ Cupressaceae Fernspray False Cypress
A smaller variety of Hinoki, which grows slowly to 12 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide, broadly upright with an open habit. The graceful branches taper to a point, and the fern-like, rich evergreen foliage is especially pleasing. Full sun to partial shade and moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Japan. 3 gal. $28
Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’ ✦⦸ Clethraceae Summersweet
Fabulous fragrance and a lovely glow from upright spikes of white flowers from July into August. Grows to 4-5 ft. tall by 2-3 ft. wide in full sun or partial shade. Prefers moist, acidic soil with plenty of organic matter. Prune in early spring. Zones 4-9. A favorite bee plant from ME to coastal FL and MS. Deciduous. Also available: C. a. ‘Ruby Spice’, rosy pink flowers, 4-6 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide; and C. a. ‘Hummingbird’, prolific white flowers and a tidy habit at 4 ft. x 5 ft. 3 gal. $30
Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ ✦ Hybrid Dogwood
A strong and floriferous selection that can be trained as a tree or a shrub. Very large white floral bracts make a spectacular display against the dark green leaves. Autumn foliage is red. Erect habit, to 16 ft. tall by 10 ft. wide in dappled shade in moist, but well-drained soil. Good disease resistance. Zones 5b-8. Garden hybrid (C. nuttallii x C. florida) of western and eastern North American species. $40
Fothergilla gardenii ✦ Hamamelidaceae Dwarf Fothergilla
A good looking and useful deciduous shrub native to southeastern North America. New leaves emerge green and rapidly mature to a vibrant powdery blue. In late spring the fragrant, soft white, bottlebrush flowers attract native bees. Autumn foliage turns brilliant red-orange. Easy to grow in full sun or partial shade in fairly moist, but well-drained, soil with high organic content. Will reach 1-3 ft. tall and 2-4 ft. wide. Zones 5-8. 3 gal. $30
Franklinia alatamaha ✦ Theaceae Franklin Tree
A small deciduous tree, 10-20 ft. tall, with glossy, dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers with yellow anthers that resemble camellias. The remarkable fall foliage color is brilliant red or orange. Discovered by John and William Bartram in Georgia in 1765 and not seen in the wild since. All Franklinias are descended from Bartram’s stock. Plant in sun or dappled shade in moist, perfectly drained, slightly acid soil that’s rich in organic material. May be slow to leaf out in spring. Zones 5-8. Named for Benjamin Franklin and the river near where it was found. $25
Hydrangea quercifolia Gatsby Gal® ✦ Hydrangeaceae Oak Leaf Hydrangea
A wealth of very large, layered, cone-shaped white flower heads on a trim plant that grows 5-6 ft. tall and equally wide. The impressive panicles are held upright above the foliage. As the season progresses, the white bracts turn pink and the deep green foliage becomes deep and brilliant red. Thrives in sun or partial shade in moist, but well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter. Blooms on old wood. Zones 5-9. GA to FL and LA. 3 gal. $40
Ilex crenata ‘Soft Touch’ Aquifoliaceae Japanese Holly
Consider this distinctive, densely mounded evergreen shrub when planting along walkways or as an accent. Soft textured shiny green leaves with a silvery midvein, cream flowers in spring and black ornamental berries make it appealing close at hand. Grows 2-3 ft. tall, with equal spread, in sun and loamy, acidic, well-drained soil. Zones 5-9. A pollinator plant for the native plasterer bee (Colletes banksi). 3 gal. $32
Ilex glabra Strongbox® ✦⦸ Inkberry
Here’s an excellent substitute for boxwood and pruning is not required! Lustrous narrow leaves on a vigorous evergreen shrub with white flowers followed by ornamental black fruit. Forms a mound 2-3 ft. tall and wide and keeps its leaves all the way to the ground. Can be pruned or left to grow in its own natural shape.
Sun or partial shade in light, moist, but well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Salt tolerant. Zones 5-9. Nova Scotia to FL, west to LA. 3 gal. $40
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. 3 gal. $30
Itea virginica Scentlandia® ✦⦸ Grossulariaceae Virginia Sweetspire
A very fragrant, compact introduction with prolific white flowers, a rounded shape and consistent bright orange and red fall color. Grows 2-3 ft. tall with equal spread. Trim to shape after flowering. Sun or partial shade in moist, highly organic soil, but tolerates average soil. Zones 5-9. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators. NJ to FL, west to MO, LA and east TX. 3 gal. $38
Juniperus scopulorum ‘Moonglow’ ✦⦸ Cupressaceae Rocky Mt. Juniper
Remarkably showy, silvery blue foliage qualifies this small, pyramidal tree for placement as a landscape accent. Its dense, compact branching habit allows it to work well as a hedge or screening, too. Under strong moonlight, it is said to create a silvery reflection. Reaches 20 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Full sun and a well-drained site. Zones 3-7. Rocky Mountain areas of U.S. and Canada. 3 gal. $30
Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ Magnoliaceae Star Magnolia
Beautiful small specimen tree or large rounded shrub is covered with showy star-shaped, many-tepalled, fragrant white blooms in March-April. Compact, 10-15 ft. tall and 10-12 ft. wide. A sunny site results in more flowers. Requires moist, but well-drained, soil with high organic content. Protect from winter winds and avoid a southern exposure, which may encourage the buds to open too early. Zones 4-8. Japan. Perfect for a courtyard, entry court or town house garden. 3 gal. $32
Magnolia virginiana var. australis ‘Northern Belle’ Sweetbay Magnolia
Shimmering dark green leaves with silvery undersides on a tightly oval tree. Abundant lemon-scented, white flowers throughout the summer are followed by cones with red-orange seeds for the birds to enjoy. Impressive form, reaching 20-30 ft. tall and 20-30 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. $22
Oxydendrum arboreum ✦ Ericaceae Sourwood
This small ornamental tree delights in summer with panicles of creamy white, urn-shaped flowers followed by whitish seed capsules. Grows to 30 ft. tall by 20 ft. wide. In late September the leaves turn a vibrant red to plum color. Best grown in sun and rich, moist, acidic soil. Zones 5-9. PA to IL, south to FL and Al. $25
Philadelphus coronarius Illuminati Arch® ⦸ Hydrangeaceae Mock Orange
Add a little romance to the springtime garden with the sweet, orange blossom fragrance of this elegant, svelte cultivar of an old-fashioned favorite. Masses of white blossoms on arching branches of handsome, rugged foliage that retains its color throughout the season. Nicely sized at 4 ft. x 4 ft. Full sun to light shade in moderately moist, but well-drained, organically rich soil. Zones 4-7. Prune after flowering. Europe. We also offer the more petite P.c. Illuminati Tower® (4 ft. x 2 ft.) 3 gal. Each priced at $38
Rhododendron viscosum ✦ Ericaceae Swamp Azalea
Fragrant white, occasionally pink, flowers in June and July. Deciduous, with an open, multi-stemmed habit, reaching to 7 ft. and spreading to 4 ft. Easy to grow in average to moist to swampy acidic soil with high organic content. Dappled to full shade. Zones 4-9. Native to Northeastern U.S. These from Long Island. $22
Stewartia pseudocamellia Theaceae Japanese Stewartia
A small ornamental tree with distinctive gray, rust and orange exfoliating bark. The bronzed purple new growth of spring changes to dark green to offset June and July’s white flowers with their deep gold anthers. Fall foliage can be yellow, orange, red and/or dark purple. To 30 ft. tall; pyramidal shape. Best in dappled sun and moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Zones 5-8. PHS Gold Medal. $35
Syringa Bloomerang Purple® Oleaceae Hybrid Lilac
A compact, reblooming lilac with fragrant lavender-purple flowers in May. After deadheading and a rest, it will rebloom more lightly from mid-summer into fall. Manageable size, to 5 ft. tall and 3-4 ft. wide. Mildew resistant leaves. Best grown in sun and fertile, moist, but well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Zones 4-7. Garden origin. 3 gal. $38
Viburnum dentatum ✦ Adoxaceae Arrowwood Viburnum
Enhance a woodland garden with the graceful, arching stems of arrowwood. Lacy white blooms in early summer add interest and plentiful deep blue fruit follows. In fall the foliage turns to wine red. Grows 6-10 ft. tall with equal width in sun or filtered shade and average, moderately moist, but well-drained, soil. Blooms on old wood. Zones 2-8. Eastern N.A. Serves as a pollinator for V.d. Blue Muffin®. Both will attract birds and host the larva of the Spring Azure Butterfly. 3 gal. $30
Viburnum dentatum Blue Muffin® ✦ This more compact cultivar of arrowwood grows 5-7 ft. tall and equally wide. It’s suitable as a specimen plant or for a hedge and offers the same blooms, fruit and fall color as the straight species. It’s best to plant a different selection of V.dentatum nearby to cross pollinate the flowers and improve fruit production. Culture as above. Zones 3-8. 3 gal. $38
✦ 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. Best flowering with 2-3 hours of morning sun. 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 Ont. and WI, south to GA and AR. “Black” refers to the color of the rhizome. Grown in American gardens since the late 18th century. 4 in. pot $9
Cardamine diphylla ⯌ Brassicaceae Crinkleroot
Blooms before deciduous trees leaf out and is a larval host and nectar source for the West Virginia white butterfly. Terminal clusters of white or light pink flowers. The paired leaves have 3-5 palmate sections. Grows 8-16 in. tall, in partial shade where the soil is acidic, moist but well-drained, and full of humus. Mulch lightly with leaves in fall. Zones 3-8. Western Que. to MN and NE, south to Gulf States and eastern KS. Also known as Dentaria diphylla. 4 in. pot $8
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. 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 do not open until the air is at 55 degrees F for maximum insect pollination. The seeds are designed to be dispersed by ants. Plant these fairly deeply in dappled shade and well-drained, humus-rich, woodland soil. Zones 5-8. OH to TX. “Seldom severely damaged by deer.” We will also offer the white E. albidum, which is found from Southern Ontario to east TX and is hardy in Zones 3-8. 4 in. pot $7
Gillenia trifoliata ‘Pink Profusion’ ✦⦸ Rosaceae Bowman’s Root
A Mt. Cuba introduction of Porteranthus trifoliatus, with glossy green, serrated foliage on branching, reddish stems dotted with small, soft pink flowers in late spring. The leaves often turn deep red in fall. Shade or partial shade in moist, but well-drained, average soil. To 30 in. tall and wide. Useful in the border for its airy texture. Drought tolerant once mature. Zones 4-8. Woodlands from Ontario to NY, MI, GA and MO. 3 qt. pot $20
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. 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. April. 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. 4 in. pot $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. 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
Tiarella wherryi ⯌⦸ Saxifragaceae Pink Foamflower
A charming woodland plant useful along border edges or in a rock garden. Showy spikes of tiny pink flowers float above attractively mottled foliage in April-May. Reaches 14 in. tall, spreading to 12 in. Partial shade and humus-rich, moist, acidic soil. Zones 4-8. Discovered by botanist and mineralogist Dr. Edgar Wherry in the mountains of TN. Received RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993. 3 qt. pot $15
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 ✦ Melanthiaceae 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 ✦ 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. Patterned leaves may act as camouflage to 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 flowers, the upper petals deep violet and the lower light, lavender, with a spur on the lowest petals. 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
✦ 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 a 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 Mexico, Brazil, West Indies and E. Asia. 5 in. pot $9
Osmunda regalis ✦⦸ Royal Fern
Large and imposing, with graceful 2-5-ft. 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 form clumps. Zones 3-8. Nova Scotia to Ontario and WI, south to TX and the Gulf States. 5 in. pot $9
Clematis plants are $16 each, except the native species which
are priced at $18.
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.
C. ‘Asao’ Strong growing, compact cultivar with 6-8 inch intensely pink, star-shaped flowers, banded at mid-petal with white. Blooms in May-June and again in Aug.-Sept. Flowers form on old wood; cut out all dead material above the swelling leaf buds in late winter or early spring. Best in partial sun. Grows 6-8 ft. tall; suitable for containers. Zones 4-8. Introduced in 1971 in Japan.
C. ‘Diana’s Delight’™ Free flowering, rich lavender-blue petals with light and dark tones and a creamy yellow center. Grows to 6 ft. tall in a container, on a trellis, or through a shrub or other climber. Blooms in June through September. Buds form on old wood, so cut back all the dead bits above the new buds in late winter. Zones 4-9. Patented. Named for Lady Rowland, the wife of a former Bailiff of Guernsey, who helped nurseryman Raymond Evison with many of his books on the genus.
C. ‘Guernsey Cream’™ Flowering in late spring and again in late summer,
elegant ivory blooms brushed with a pale green central bar resemble fine porcelain. Stunning gold seed heads remain after the flowers fade. Reaches 6-8 ft. tall in sun or partial shade. Prune as for ‘Diana’s Delight.’ Zones 5-8. An Evison introduction.
C. ‘Nubia’™ Glamorous bright red flowers, a rare color among clematis, 5-6 in. in diameter, on a bushy plant well suited for a container at 3-5 ft. tall. Blooms in late spring and again later in the season in full sun or partial shade. Prune it back to 6 in. in late winter since it blooms on new wood. Recent introduction. Zones 4-9. Can be trained on a fence or trellis. Plant 2-4 in. deeper than the current crown.
C. ‘Sarah Elizabeth’ ™ Lush, bubble gum pink blooms, 6 in. across, in May and June and again in September. Perfect for container growing at 4-6 ft. tall with a full habit. Best in partial shade. Prune it back to 6 in. in late winter or early spring. Zones 4-9. Another newer selection from Raymond Evison.
C. ‘Taiga’ Judged the most admired plant at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show, fully double form displays blue-purple petals splashed with cream on the pointed tips.
Resembles a Passion Flower or cactus dahlia. Grows 6-8 ft. tall in sun or partial shade. Blooms from early to late summer. Prune it back to 6 in. in late winter because it blooms on new wood. Zones 6-9. Hybridized in Japan.
C. ‘Tranquilité’ ™ Watercolor blue, star-shaped flowers with crimped and wavy edges, a white bar and a crown of ruddy anthers. Compact and container appropriate at 4-5 ft. tall. Include this in a meditation garden in sun or partial shade. Prune it back to 6 in. in late winter so it can bloom on new wood. Zones 4-9. Introduced by Raymond Evison in 2018.
C. heracleifolia ‘New Love’ Upright clusters of dark periwinkle blue flowers on a non-vining plant for containers or the perennial border. Substantial foliage. Lightly fragrant and makes a good cut flower. Prefers sun and 4-6 hours of sun a day. Grows 2-3 ft. tall, spreading to 2 ft. Blooms throughout the summer. Silvery seed heads follow. Zones 4-9. Bred in the Netherlands. Patented.
C. x ‘Betty Corning’ Lightly fragrant, lilac blue bells and lacy foliage on a prolific bloomer. Grows 8-10 ft. tall. Best in sun but tolerates some shade. Zones 5-9. RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002. Found in an Albany, NY garden. (C. crispa x C. viticella)
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. Hybrid introduced in England in 1894 by George Jackman with C. texensis as one parent.
C. ‘Princess Diana’ Another C. texensis hybrid, this with pale pink flowers with a deep pink bar. Grows 6-8 ft. tall, blooming from mid-summer to early fall. Flowers on new growth. Zones 4-11.
C. x ‘Rooguchi’ Bell-shaped, vivid blue-purple flowers in June on a great clamberer. Weave it through shrubs or perennials. Gorgeous! Grows to 6 ft. tall and dies back to the ground each season. Zones 3-8. Hybrid from Japan.
Small-Flowered Native Clematis (Very limited quantities)
C. albicoma ✦ Whitehair Leatherflower
A low-growing, clumping clematis, distinguished by its gray-green leaves and the white to pale lavender, bell-like flowers with a spectral, downy covering that bloom in April and May. Grows to about 2 ft. tall. Found only in the shale barrens of VA and WV, it requires partial shade, lean soil and extreme drainage. Zones 5-7. This species was named by UPenn botanist Dr. Edgar Wherry in 1931 after years of controversy over its identification. It was first collected in 1877 on Kate’s Mountain in Greenbrier County, WV.
C. occidentalis ✦ Purple Virgin’s Bower
One of two vining, woody species in eastern North America, the large, drooping, purple petals and fluffy whorled seed heads make it well worth growing. Reaching 12 ft. tall, it will clamber over shrubs, a small tree or a trellis. Requires a cool site in our area, with full sun to partial shade in moist, humus-rich, neutral to limy soil. Zones 4-6. Southern Canada and northern U.S. These plants were grown from a VA ecotype.
C. viorna ✦ Leatherflower
From May to July this vining species displays thick, leathery, muted rose to purple, bell-shaped flowers. Reaches 4-10 ft. tall in partial sun and moist to medium, but well-drained, rich, neutral soil. Intriguing, large, feathery seed heads follow the blooms. Zones 4-9. Found on stream banks, moist wooded slopes and in thickets in the Mid Atlantic, Southeast and parts of the Midwest. May be slow to establish.
Most perennials come in 3 qt.
or 4 qt. pots.
✦ Native to North America
⦸ “Deer Resistant”
Achillea millefolium ‘Terra Cotta’ ⦸ Asteraceae Yarrow
Expect a long season of colorful flowerheads that turn from peach to orange to russet hues and compliment the silvery foliage. Deadheading the lateral buds will encourage rebloom. At 24 in. tall, spreading to 48 in., this yarrow makes a fine cut flower. Full sun in moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Europe. $12
Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ ⦸ Ranunculaceae Monkshood
No staking is required for this handsome fall bloomer with its strong stems, leathery deep green foliage and dark violet hooded flowers. To 4 ft. tall, in partial shade and cool, moist soil with plenty of organic matter and a light sprinkling of lime in spring. Zones 3-6. Europe. $18
Agastache ‘Morello’ ⦸ Lamiaceae Hyssop
Bring on the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds! Top winner in many plant trials, its densely flowered, deep burgundy rose spikes, to 27 in. tall, bloom from early summer to October. The anise-scented, gray-green leaves repel deer. Spreads to 32 in. wide. Prefers full sun and lean, very well drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Interspecific hybrid. Zones 5-9. We will also offer A. ‘Spicy’, 30-36 in. tall, with violet-blue flowers. $14
Alchemilla mollis ‘Auslese’ ⦸ Rosaceae Lady’s Mantle
A classic edging plant, with sueded, scalloped foliage beneath lacy sprays of chartreuse-yellow flowers in late spring to early summer. This clump-forming cultivar is said to be more robust and upright than the species. The leaves are gray-green. Grows 12-16 in. tall, spreading to 20 in. 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. $14
Amsonia hubrichtii ✦⦸ Apocynaceae Arkansas Amsonia
Steel blue, star-shaped flowers on thread-leaved stems draw butterflies to your garden in spring. In fall the delicate foliage burns with brilliant orange-gold. Full sun is best, preferably in moist, but well-drained soil. Shear back after flowering to encourage fullness. Will tolerate some drought. To 3 ft. tall, with equal spread. Zones 5-9. AR and OK. $14
Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ ✦⦸ Apocynaceae Blue Star
Thought to be a natural hybrid of A. tabernaemontana and A. montana, this cultivar is compact and long blooming. Dark blue buds open to periwinkle flowers in May-June. Willowy leaves turn butterscotch in late summer. 15-18 in. tall, 18-24 in wide. Full sun is best, preferably in moist, but well-drained soil. Tolerates drought. Zones 5-9. Southeastern U.S. Butterfly nectar source. $14
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. $16
Aruncus aethusifolius ⦸ Rosaceae Dwarf Goat’s Beard
Perfect as an edging to woodland areas, this astilbe lookalike thrives in partial shade and rich, moist, fertile soil. Only 12 in. tall, with fine, fern-like leaves and spikes of feathery ivory flowers from May to June, it’s beautiful when tucked into a small area of a shade or rock garden. The autumn foliage is yellow and orange. Zones 3-9. Korea. 1 qt. $9
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. The noxious flavor Monarch caterpillars acquire after ingesting milkweed protects them from predators. 1 qt. $8
Asclepias tuberosa ✦⦸ Butterfly Weed
One of the best plants for butterflies, a nectar source and a larval host, with yellow, orange, or orange-red flowers from July to September. Medium green leaves spiral around the thick stem. Grows 2-3 ft. tall. Long taproot makes it difficult to move once established. Prospers in full sun and well-drained soil. Heat and drought tolerant. Zones 4-9. Eastern and southern North America. $12
Asclepias verticillata ✦⦸ Whorled Milkweed
In mid-summer the sweetly scented white flowers beckon to bees and butterflies. In autumn needle-like leaves on 1-2 ft. stems turn yellow, then orange, and the slender decorative seed capsules split open. Culture as above. Spreads by runners, but unwanted stems are easy to pull up. Zones 4-8. Native to the prairies, open woods and meadows of eastern and central North America. A late season host plant for Monarch larvae. $15
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 Lesser False Indigo
Racemes of lavender blue, lupine-like flowers in late spring above blue-green, clover leafed foliage. Grows 18-24 in tall. 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 seed pods. Zones 3-8. Drought tolerant. Central U.S., Ontario. A butterfly nectar plant. $18
Baptisia x ‘American Goldfinch ✦⦸ False Indigo
Newly introduced hybrid with B. sphaerocarpa parentage brings weeks of dramatic golden yellow flower spikes on a broadly mounded plant, 3-3.5 ft. tall x 4.5-5 ft. wide from late spring into summer. The flowers maintain their golden yellow color throughout bloom. Handsome round seed pods are formed in fall. Full sun or partial shade in poor to average, well-drained soil. Zones 4-9. Drought tolerant. Species native to central U.S. Attracts bees and butterflies. 6 qt. $24
Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta ⦸ Lamiaceae Calamint
2021 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year™
Tiny white flowers from early summer until frost and aromatic, mint-scented gray-green foliage on a bushy plant that attracts pollinators and repels deer and rabbits. Low growing at 12-18 in., spreading mat-like to 24 in. Dry the leaves for potpourri or sachets. Happiest in well-drained soil in full sun, but tolerates light afternoon shade. Zones 5-7. Southern Europe to Great Britain. $14
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides ⦸ Plumbaginaceae Leadwort
Reddish bronze fall foliage contrasts with gentian blue, small, phlox-like flowers to make this wiry stemmed, deciduous groundcover worth growing. Mat forming and rhizomatous, 8-12 in. tall, easily grown in average soil with good drainage in sun to partial shade. Zones 6-9. Introduced in Europe and Great Britain from China in 1845. Growing on the terrace here since 1927. AGM from RHS. $14
Chelone glabra ‘Pink Lips’ ✦ Plantaginaceae Turtlehead
Distinctive pink blossoms in late summer on a dependable native plant for a damp spot in the border or a boggy site. To 32 in. tall, spreading to 18 in. Sun or partial shade in moist, deep, fertile soil. A favorite food of the caterpillars of the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly. John Bartram sent seed of the red and white forms of chelone to his patron Peter Collinson in 1750. Zones 4-9. Newfoundland to GA. $16
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 in 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
Coreopsis Li’l Bang™ Riding Hood’ ✦⦸ Hybrid Tickseed
Densely branched, compact plants with long summer bloom for waves of warm red flowers. At 8-12 in. tall and equally wide, they’re great for containers or flowerbeds. Disease resistant foliage. Sun and average to sandy, well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. Native to North America. From hybridizer Darrell Probst. $12
Digitalis grandiflora ⦸ Plantaginaceae Yellow Foxglove
Established in American gardens by 1800, a perennial species that prefers partial shade and fairly rich soil with moderate moisture and good drainage. Soft yellow tubular flowers dotted with brown markings inside on spikes, 24-36 in. tall and 12-18 in. wide, in late spring to early summer and thereafter if deadheaded. Will self-seed. Lovely in open woodlands, naturalized areas or a border. Zones 3-8. Central Europe to Turkey and Siberia. $15
Digitalis purpurea ‘Snow Thimble’ ⦸ 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. $15
Echinacea purpurea ‘Mellow Yellows’✦⦸ Asteraceae Hybrid Coneflower
Twenty years of research have resulted in this true color seed strain of the Eastern N.A. purple coneflower. Bright buds open to a spectrum of yellow shades, from warm ivory to warm gold, all with a central burnt orange cone, from June through September. Vigorous plants vary in flower color and height, from 28-36 in. tall by 16-20 in. wide. Full sun or partial shade in a medium to dry location. Water regularly until established; drought tolerant when settled in. Tolerant of high humidity. Zones 4-8. Pollinators will visit for nectar and birds for seeds. $15
Echinacea tennesseensis ✦⦸ Asteraceae Coneflower
Get back to basics with the long blooming, no longer federally endangered Tennessee species. Medium sized flowers with slightly upturned, narrow, purplish pink petals around a dark cone. The flower heads follow the sun just as sunflowers do. To 24 in. tall, spreading 12-18 in. wide. Full sun or partial shade in average to moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 5-9. Drought tolerant. Very attractive to pollinators. 1 qt. $9
Epimedium x warleyense ⦸ Berberidaceae Barrenwort
Named for the garden where it was found as a seedling, a resilient ground cover with coppery orange flowers with yellow spurs in early spring, soon followed by heart-shaped, light green leaves blushed with red. 12-16 in. tall., spreading by rhizomes. Easy to grow in partial to full shade in average, well-drained, humusy soil. Zones 4-8. Native to Asia. Warley Place in Essex was the home of Ellen Willmott (1858-1934), whom Gertrude Jeykll called “the greatest of all living gardeners” at the time. $18
Eupatorium purpureum Euphoria™ ‘Ruby’✦⦸ Asteraceae Joe-Pye Weed
For every gardener who’s wanted to add this pollinator friendly beauty to a small space, here’s the solution. Compact at 24-32 in. tall and 24-28 in. wide, early-flowering and very pretty in pink. Sun or light shade in moist or well-drained, rich soil. Clusters of vanilla scented rosy blooms attract butterflies from mid-summer into fall. Zones 5-9. Species native from Ontario and ME to FL, to MN and OK. $15
Gaura lindheineri ‘So White’ ✦ Onagraceae Wand Flower
A tidy grower, with clean green foliage and a swarm of pure white butterfly-like flowers fluttering on graceful 18-inch stems in mid to late summer. Plant in full sun where the lean soil is extremely well-drained to encourage overwintering. Add a bit of lime if the soil is sour. Best not to cut back in autumn. Zones 6-9. Species native to LA, TX and Mexico. Opinions differ on its appeal to deer. $14
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. Flowers in late summer. 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. Damp meadows, Quebec to GA. $10
Geranium wlassovianum ⦸ Geraniaceae Cranesbill
An outstanding ground cover with a long season of interest beginning in spring with bronzy new foliage. In June the lobed, velvety green leaves compliment the pink-purple flowers, veined in deep purple, with a white eye. By fall, the foliage has turned to glowing shades of red and purple. Grows to 24 in. tall with equal spread in full sun to partial shade and average, well-drained soil. Keep it watered during a drought and divide every three or four years in late winter. Zones 4-8. From damp grasslands in eastern Siberia, Mongolia and northeast China. $18
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ ⦸ Geraniaceae Cranesbill
A worthy addition to any garden, with large sapphire blue-violet flowers from June to October on tall stems to 20 in. Spreads equally. The contrast between the vivid flowers and the coppery red fall foliage is very pleasing. Will thrive in sun or dappled shade in moderately moist, rich soil with good drainage. Zones 5-7. Patented. Naturally occurring hybrid. $15
Helleborus Frostkiss® ‘Penny’s Pink’ ⦸ Ranunculaceae Lenten Rose
Named for the plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse, this clonal selection presents large, long blooming, outward facing rose pink flowers above leathery deep green leaves heavily marbled with silver. February to April. Grows 22 in. tall and 24 in. wide. Partial shade to shade in rich, reasonably moist, well-drained soil. Sterile. Zones 5-9. Complex hybrid (H. x iburgensis) from the UK. $20
Helleborus Winter Jewels® ‘Sparkling Diamond’ ⦸
A work of art with fully double, very large white flowers, the petals draped in overlapping layers around a green eye. Blooms profusely from February to April. The accompanying foliage is bushy and emerald green. Short at 15 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. Partial shade to shade in rich, reasonably moist, well-drained soil. Hand-pollinated seed strain from Oregon’s Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne. Zones 5-9. Complex hybrid. Hellebores are native to Asia and Europe. $20
Helianthemum ‘Wisley Primrose’ ⦸ Cistaceae Sun Rose
For a sunny location with excellent drainage year-round, small yellow rose-like flowers and diminutive gray-green matte leaves in late spring and early summer. Perfect for a rock garden or to cascade over a wall. Tolerates drought and salt spray. Grows 8 in. tall by 18 in. wide with woody stems. Shear immediately after blooming to shape and encourage reblooming. Zones 5-8. Mediterranean region. Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. Pollinator friendly. 2 qt. $15
Heuchera ‘Frosted Violet’ ⯌ Saxifragaceae Coral Bells
Lobed, rounded leaves emerge pinkish purple in spring before maturing to darkly veined silvery to plum purple. Their downy surface displays a metallic cast in sunshine. Spikes of airy pink flower reach 30 in. above a 12 in. by 24 in. clump of basal foliage in June and July. Best grown partial shade where the soil is rich in organic material, moderately moist and well-drained. Zones 4-9. Rated “outstanding” in Mt. Cuba’s recent Heuchera Trials. Heuchera are found throughout North America. $15
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. $18
Iris x robusta ‘Gerald Darby’ ✦⦸ Iridaceae Gerald Darby Iris
A hybrid of two native iris species, perhaps grown more for its colorful foliage than its flowers, this selection prefers a home in full sun and moist, sandy, humusy soil on land or at the water’s edge. Sword-shaped leaves to 24 in. are flushed with dark purple as they emerge in spring, then fade to green. In June, tall dark purple flowering stalks display 2-3 violet blue blooms on each stem. Spreads by rhizomes which are poisonous, so wear gloves when dividing. Zones 4-9. (I. versicolor x I. virginica). Named in honor of its British hybridizer. $16
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Coconut’ Asteraceae Shasta Daisy
Large, deliciously double, fringed white flowers on a compact, upright plant to 20 in. tall with a mounded habit. The central ray florets are yellow, as are the buds. Happy in sun and average, well-drained soil. Attracts pollinators. Zones 5-9. Patented garden hybrid. $14
Liatris pycnostachya ✦ ⦸ Asteraceae Prairie Blazing Star
Showy spikes, 2-5 ft. tall, of densely crowded, fuzzy, rose-purple flower heads in July and August. Short, grass-like leaves cover the lower portion of the stem. Full sun and lean, moist, well-drained soil. A magnet for butterflies. Meriwether Lewis collected this plant in SD in 1804. Zones 3-9. WI to SD, to LA and east TX. $15
Liatris spicata ✦ ⦸ Dense Blazing Star
Butterflies, bees, moths, hummingbirds – they’ll all come if your garden offers a stand of these bright, feathery, rosy purple flower spikes in July and August. Birds will enjoy the ripening seeds in fall. Grows 3-4 ft. tall, spreading to 18 in. Best in full sun and average to moist, well-drained, fertile soil. Blooms open from the top down. Zones 3-8. NJ to MI and IL, south to FL and LA; naturalized northeastward. $15
Lychnis coronaria ✦ Caryophyllaceae Rose Campion
Thomas Jefferson documented Rose Campion growing at Shadwell, his childhood home, in 1767. A useful, clump-forming perennial with wooly gray basal leaves and neon bright, small rose magenta flowers on strong, upright, 2-3 ft. gray stems from late spring to early summer. Full sun or partial shade in moderately moist, well-drained, average soil. Tolerates drier location. Self-seeds generously. Zones 4-8. Southeastern Europe. Sometimes included in the genus Silene. $14
Monarda didyma ‘Purple Rooster’ ✦⦸ Lamiaceae Bee Balm
A top performer in Mt. Cuba’s trials, with excellent resistance to powdery mildew, this cultivar has feathery, deep, true purple blossoms on rigid, upright stems and rough textured, matte green leaves. Flowering begins in June. Grows to 44 in. tall, with equal width after 3 years. Prefers a sunny location in moist soil. Deadhead for repeat bloom. Zones 3-8. Native to the northeastern U.S. $15
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ ⦸ Lamiaceae Catmint
Chance seedling, found in the Irish garden of a Mrs. Walker in the 1970’s, is not really low growing at 24-30 in. tall, spreading about equally wide. Bright gray-green leaves and lavender blue flowers from May until early fall. Trim back after the first flush of bloom to encourage another. Sun and well-drained, average soil. Zones 5-9. Cats prefer true catnip, Nepeta cataria, but may find this appealing also. $12
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 ‘Helen Elizabeth’ ⦸ Papaveraceae Oriental Poppy
Deeply crinkled, shell pink blooms float on tall stems, 24-40 in. tall, with fern-like foliage in early summer. Deceptively delicate looking plants, their deep tap roots make them long-lived and drought and heat tolerant once established. Best in full sun and moist, but well-drained, soil. They go dormant in mid-summer. Zones 3-8. Hybrid from species native to eastern Turkey, Iraq, Iran and the Caucasus. $14
Penstemon ‘Blackbeard’ ✦⦸ Scrophulariaceae Beard Tongue
Darkest purple leaves and upright flower stems holding lilac blossoms with flared white tubes. To 34 in. tall and 24 in. wide in full sun and average, neutral, well-drained soil. Blooms early to mid-summer. Attractive dark burgundy seed pods follow. Zones 3-8. Hybrid selection. Native to Western U.S. Butterflies! $18
Penstemon Dakota™ ‘Burgundy’ ✦⦸ Scrophulariaceae Beard Tongue
Compact at 12 in. tall and 24 in. wide, on a durable and beautiful perennial beloved by hummingbirds and butterflies. Lavender to violet tubular flowers in June are complemented by shiny, deep purple foliage. Showy seed heads in the fall. Full sun and average, neutral, well-drained soil. Zones 3-8. Hybrid selection. Native to western U.S. $18
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
Phlox Earlibeauty® ‘Daughter ofPearl✦ Polemoniaceae Hybrid Phlox
New and exciting hybrids of Phlox species native to the eastern U.S. offer large flowers, vigor, long bloom time, mildew resistance and cultural adaptability. ‘Daughter of Pearl’ reaches 36 in. tall and boasts dense, conical panicles of round, fragrant white flowers with a purple eye and a sweet scent. Glossy green foliage. Mid- June and July. Best grown in rich, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Zones 4-9. You may remember her mother, Phlox carolina ‘Minnie Pearl.’ $15
Phlox Earlibeauty® ‘Rose Bouquet’ ✦ Hybrid Phlox
Very floriferous, spreading clumps of vigorous and clean (no mildew) foliage to 16 in. tall topped with large, fragrant, clear pink blossoms from May well into summer. Zones 4-9. Culture and origin as above. $15
Phlox ‘Fashionably Early Princess’ ✦ Hybrid Phlox
Another enchanting newer introduction with large clusters of fragrant light lavender-pink flowers with a darker eye and thick, glossy green leaves. Mildew resistant. Loose columnar habit to 28 in. tall. Full sun and moist, but well-drained, humusy soil. Blooms from May into summer. Zones 4-8. $16
Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’ ✦⦸ Polemoniaceae
A splendid ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ with bright, light green and white variegated foliage and abundant light blue flowers. Stylish in the spring woodland garden, it will thrive in shade or partial shade and fairly moist, but well-drained soil. Reaches 18 in. tall with equal spread. Zones 3-8. Eastern North America. Patented. The common name refers to the structure of the compound leaves. $15
Ratibida columnifera ‘Red Midget’ ✦ Asteraceae Mexican Hat Plant
Flowers to delight a child – reddish orange petals decorate the base of 2-inch tall, greenish brown central cones. The little “hats” rise on slender stems to 18 in. high above finely cut green leaves from mid-summer into fall. Sun to partial sun and average garden soil. Zones 3-9. A nectar plant for bees and butterflies. Alberta to MN, south to AK, NM and Mexico, most commonly on the Great Plains. $14
Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’ ✦⦸ Asteraceae Black-Eyed Susan
Winner of the 2020 All America Selections Perennial Award, a compact cultivar with profuse radiant golden yellow flowers and highly disease resistant hairy leaves. Reaches 18-24 in. tall with similar spread. July to September. Prefers full sun and average, evenly moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 3-9. Open pollinated seedling of R. fulgida var. deamii. Species native to IL, IN, OH. Native bees, small butterflies, flies and beetles seek its nectar. Host plant for some moth caterpillars. $15
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Blue Hill’ ⦸ Lamiaceae Wood Sage
Hardy, hybrid salvia grows 18 to 24 in. tall, with spikes of small medium blue flowers from June to July and wrinkled, aromatic basal foliage to 18 in. wide. Thrives in full sun and dry to moderately moist, but well-drained, soil. Cut back after flowering. Zones 4-8. Attracts butterflies. Europe and west central Asia. Received AGM from RHS. $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
Salvia nipponica var. glabrescens ‘Shi Ho’ ⯌ Japanese Woodland Sage
Vivid dark purple flowers glow in the October woodland garden on short spikes with glossy dark green leaves. Forms a clump. 18 in. by 18 in. Best grown in partial shade and moist, rich soil. Zones 5-8. A stunning contrast with the red and gold shades of autumn leaves. $14
Sanguisorba hakusanensis ‘Lilac Squirrel’ Rosaceae Burnet
A whimsical plant with fat, feathery lilac pink flower “tails” from mid-summer to early autumn. Attractive gray-green fern-like foliage. Grows 20-30 in. tall and 15-18 in. wide in sun and a moist location. Zones 4-8. Japan. $18
Saruma henryi Aristolochiaceae Upright Wild Ginger
Unlike its cousin asarums, Saruma henryi holds its showy yellow flowers above the rounded, softly downy, heart-shaped leaves. The foliage is fragrant when bruised. Best grown in partial to full shade and rich, humusy, moist, but well-drained soil. Reaches 18-24 in. tall and 18-36 in. wide. Spreads slowly. Zones 5-8. Central China. $18
Sedum ‘Carl’ Crassulaceae Stonecrop
Clusters of brilliant deep fuchsia flowers with reddish stems and leaf margins will energize your garden from late summer on. This compact and sturdy English selection grows to 18 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. Full sun and average soil. Zones 3-9. Found as a seedling in a Cambridgeshire nursery. Bee and butterfly friendly. $12
Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Cobweb Joy’ Crassulaceae Hens and Chicks
These little succulents will thrive on neglect. Happy in full sun and a well-drained site, their leaf color will be more vivid in poor soil. Heavily webbed, olive green leaves with red tips form small to medium sized rosettes. Purplish red flowers to 12 in. tall in mid-summer. Zones 4-9. Mountains of Southern and Central Europe. 1 qt. $9
Silene dioica ‘Clifford Moor’ Caryophyllaceae Variegated Catchfly
To brighten a shady, cool spot: handsome long, dark green leaves edged in cream to chartreuse. Mounding habit, 12 in. tall and wide. Summer brings pretty light pink flowers on 15-18 in. stems. Bright shade and well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. Northern Europe. Named for the site of a 1569 battle in Scotland. $14
Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ ⯌⦸ Asteraceae Rough Goldenrod
Doug Tallamy considers solidago one of the best “super food” plants for insects. This cultivar earned top marks in the Chicago Botanic Garden goldenrod trials. Showy panicles of yellow flowers open in September. Easily grown in sun and average to wet soil. Rust and mildew resistant. Zones 4-8. Newfoundland to Ontario and MI, south to MO, TX and GA. $14
Thalictrum dasycarpum ⯌⦸ Ranunculaceae Purple Meadow Rue
For the back of the border at 3-6 ft. tall and 3-4 ft. wide with purple stems, lacy foliage and sprays of tiny purplish white flowers in early summer. Prefers dappled sun in moist, but well-drained, humus-rich soil. Zones 4-7. Alberta and Ontario south to AZ and OH. 6 qt. $20
Vernonia lettermanii ‘Iron Butterfly’ ✦⦸ Asteraceae Iron WeedBlooming in late summer and fall, with finely textured, needle-like foliage topped with delicate deep violet-purple flowers. Grows to 3 ft. tall. For a shorter, fuller plant, cut back in early June. Happy in sun and average to dry soil with good drainage. Zones 4-9. Selected by Dr. Allan Armitage in trials at the University of GA. Native to Arkansas. $14
Annuals and Tender Perennials
Most annuals come in 5-inch square
pots and are $7.00 each.
✦ Native to North America
⦸ “Deer Resistant”
Abutilon ‘Biltmore Ballgown’⦸ Malvaceae Flowering Maple
Lantern-shaped buds open to pendant, yellow-orange bell flowers with red veining. Maple-like leaves. Grows 8-10 ft. tall if happy in bright to filtered shade. Zones 8-10. Introduced by the Biltmore Estate in NC. S. American species hybrid.
Agastache ‘Kudos Coral’ ✦⦸ Lamiaceae Hummingbird Mint
Warm pinky orange blossoms and aromatic foliage, 18 in. tall by 24 in. wide from June to September. Sun and fertile, well-drained soil, especially in winter. Zones 5-10. Genus found in N. America and Asia.
Agastache Poquito™ ‘Orange’ ✦⦸
Bright orange flowers and licorice scented leaves on compact plant, 12 in. tall by 15 in. wide. Sun and fertile, well-drained soil, especially in winter. Zones 5-10. Genus found in N. America and Asia.
Angelonia Serena® ‘Blue’ ⦸ Plantaginaceae Summer Snapdragon
Bluish purple flowers with a white eye from late spring until frost. Dependable. Grows 16-20 in. tall by 12-14 in. wide in sun and average soil. Zones 8-11. Central and South America.
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ ⦸ Asteraceae
Shrubby, mounding, silvery, fern-like leaves, 2-3 ft. tall by 1-2 ft. wide. Full sun and well-drained, average soil. Rhizomatous; keep cut back to maintain desired size. Hybrid from the National Trust’s Powis Castle in Wales. Zones 6-9.
Browallia Endless™ ‘Illumination Blue’⦸ Solanaceae Bush Violet
Earned an almost perfect score in Penn State’s Flower Trials for continuous bloom. Starry, violet-blue flowers. Grows 6-12 in. by 6-9 in. in shade and rich, well-drained soil. Zones 10-11. Hybrid of species from Central and South America.
Calibrachoa Million Bells® ‘Crackling Fire’ ⦸ Solanaceae Seaside Petunia
Deep orange blooms on mounding, trailing stems. Sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Fertilize from time to time and trim back to encourage new growth. Grows 10-12 in. tall and 10-20 in. wide. Zones 9-11. South America.
Calibrachoa Superbells® ‘Double Amber’ ⦸
Like little rosebuds, golden orange, on compact plants 6-12 in. tall and 12-24 in. wide. Culture as above.
Cleome hassleriana Sparkler™ ‘White’ ⦸ Cleomaceae Spider Flower
Birds, butterflies and hummingbirds adore these showy white flowers on upright stalks to 4 ft. tall. Summer until frost. Full sun and average soil. Self-seeds freely. Southern S. America.
Coleus Colorblaze® ‘Dipt in Wine’ ⦸ Lamiaceae
Large crimson leaves with a lime green edge. Grows 20-36 in. tall by 12-14 in. wide in full sun to full shade and moderately moist soil. Zones 10-11. Southeast Asia.
Coleus Under the Sea® ‘Electric Coral’ ⦸
Ruffled, lobed red leaves with chartreuse borders on compact plants 12 in. by 12 in. This series of hybrids was developed by students at Saskatchewan University.
Coleus Under the Sea® ‘Yellowfin Tuna’ ⦸
Mounding plants with finely textured, deeply lobed, puckered, chartreuse foliage, upright to 18 in. tall. Zones 10-11.
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apollo White’✦ Asteraceae
Upward facing, round, pure white flowers with overlapping petals. Freely branching, 18-26 in. tall and 20-24 in wide. Full sun and average to moist, but well-drained, soil. Disease and heat resistant. Zones 9-11. Southern U.S. and Mexico.
Eschscholzia californica ✦ Papaveraceae California Poppy
Small, single, orange to orange-yellow blooms and ferny, bluish green foliage. The flowers close in rain, cloudy weather and at night. Delicate at 12-18 in. tall, with equal width. Best in full sun and sandy to poor, well-drained soil. Zones 8-10. State flower of CA. Pacific Northwest to NV, NM and northern Mexico.
Euphorbia Diamond Frost® ✦⦸ Euphorbiaceae Spurge
A great filler for containers or the border with tiny, airy white flowers throughout the season. Grows 12-18 in. tall by 10-12 in. wide in sun or partial shade and well-drained, average soil. Zones 10-12. Southern U.S. to South America.
Evolvulus Blue My Mind® ⦸ Convolvulaceae Dwarf Morning Glory
Diminutive, true blue blossoms, offset by silvery green leaves on a heat tolerant plant to 8 in. tall and 16 in. wide. Full sun and average garden soil with good drainage. Zones 9-11. South America.
Gomphrena globosa ‘All Around Purple’⦸ Amaranthaceae Globe Amaranth
Deep purple globes on strong stems to 24 in. tall attract butterflies. Full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Zones 9-11. Central America.
Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight’ ⦸ Asteraceae Licorice Plant
Trail this over a window box or plant in the border for the heat-shaped, woolly lime gray foliage that releases a mild licorice scent when crushed. 8-12 in. tall by 18-20 in. wide. Best with afternoon shade to retain the color, but tolerates full sun in average soil. Do not overwater. Zones 9-11. Native to South Africa.
Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’ ⦸ Boraginaceae Heliotrope
The renowned British plantsman E. A. Bowles (1865-1954) said he grew two beds of heliotrope at Myddelton House for his nose’s sake. The showy clusters of tiny dark purple flowers have a powdery fragrance of cherries, almonds and vanilla. With roughly textured, dark green leaves, plants reach 12-18 in. tall with equal spread. Full sun and moist, organically rich, well-drained soil. Zones 10-11. Peru.
Lantana camara Bandana® ’Cherry Sunrise’ ⦸ Verbenaceae
Full sun and a well-drained site for these long blooming, dependable summer standbys from Central and South America. This one has yellow centers with apricot accents, surrounded by crimson petals. 18-24 in. tall and equally wide with mounded habit. Remove the berries to encourage continuous bloom. Zones 9-11.
Lantana camara Bandana® ‘Lemon Zest’ ⦸
Bright yellow tones mixed with paler florets. 18-24 in. by 18-24 in.
Lantana camara Bandana® ‘Peach’ ⦸
Florets open soft yellow, turn golden, maturing to soft pink. 18-24 in. by 18-24 in.
Lantana camara Lucky™ ‘Lavender’ ⦸
Lavender, white and yellow florets accented with dark green leaves. Compact at 12-16 in. by 12-14 in.
Lobelia erinus ‘Regatta Sky Blue’ ⦸ Campanulaceae Lobelia
Light blue flowers with a white eye could cascade from a hanging basket. Compact, trailing habit, 6-8 in. tall, spreading 8-10 in. Sun or partial shade and excellent drainage. Zones 9-11. Award of Garden Merit from RHS. Plant is somewhat toxic; best not to ingest. South Africa.
Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ Solanaceae Flowering Tobacco
Popular in Victorian gardens, starry chartreuse flowers on slender stems, 30-36 in. tall, above a large cluster of leaves at the base. Early summer to frost. Full sun to partial shade in good garden soil with adequate moisture. Zones 8-10. Flowers are more fragrant at dusk. South America. Moderately deer resistant.
Petchoa x SuperCal® ‘Terra Cotta’ ⦸ Solanaceae Hybrid Petunia
Charming trumpet-shaped peach flowers, blushed with copper, are perfect for window boxes or hanging baskets. Vigorous trailing form, 14-28 in. tall, spreading equally. Sun and good drainage ensure success. Zones 9-11.
Phygelius x rectus ‘Moonraker’ ⦸ Scrophulariaceae Cape Fuchsia
A semi-shrub requiring a fair amount of room, 3 ft. by 3 ft., with long, luminous, tubular, soft yellow flowers and dark green, pointed foliage from June to September in partial sun to light shade and moderately moist soil. Zones 7-9. Species native to South Africa.
Portulaca oleracea Pazazz™’Tangerine’⦸ Portulacaceae Purslane
Spruce up a dry and sunny garden spot or plant these with your favorite succulents in a colorful glazed container. Glowing orange blooms and shiny green foliage, 6-12 in. tall, trailing to 24 in. Zones 9-11. Tropical regions worldwide.
Tropaeolum majus ‘Empress of India’ ⦸ Tropaedaceae Nasturtium
An old-fashioned favorite with brilliant scarlet-orange spurred flowers and a mound of round, dark bluish green leaves. Grows 12-28 in. tall and wide in full sun and dry, well-drained or sandy soil. Zones 9-11. Species native to the cool highlands of South America. Named in honor of Queen Victoria.
Verbena bonariensis Meteor Shower™ ⦸ Verbenaceae
Terminal clusters of lilac-purple flowers on upright stems, 20-30 in. tall. Narrow at 12 in. wide. Sun or partial sun in average soil. Drought and heat tolerant. Zones 7-11. Tropical South America. This selection sets very little seed. Butterflies!
Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’ ✦⦸
Bright purple flowers with trailing, clean dark green foliage mix well with many other colors. Grows 10-12 in. tall, spreading 18-24 in. Full sun and average, well-drained soil. Benefits from deadheading. Zones 6-10. Found blooming on a homestead in GA and thought to be a hybrid of V. canadensis. More butterflies!
Verbena Lanai® ‘Lime Green’ ⦸
Another versatile verbena to use in containers. Soft textured foliage and creamy white flowers tinged with lime green. Compact at 4-6 in. tall by 12-14 in. wide. Culture as above. Zones 9-10.
Verbena Superbena Royale® ‘Chambray’ ⦸
Periwinkle blue flowers on a mounding plant, 6-12 in. tall by 18-24 in. wide, that easily trails over the side of a container. Vigorous, heat tolerant and mildew resistant. Culture as above. Zones 8-11.
Zonal Geraniums (Pelargonium) in pink, salmon and scarlet are $7 per pot.
Salvias are in 5-inch pots and cost
Salvias are a welcome source of brilliant color in the garden, especially from August until frost. We’re offering some well-trialed 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. They are native to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Treat most of these ornamental salvias as annuals. 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 ‘Cathedral™ Blue Bicolor’ – Mealy-cup Sage with deep blue corollas and bright gray calyxes. 12-18 in. tall and 12-16 in. wide.
S. f. ‘Victoria Blue’ – Dark violet-blue flowers on upright stems to 24 in. tall and 12-18 in. wide. Sun to partial sun. Use in containers or beds. Long season of bloom.
S. greggii Mirage™ ‘Salmon’ – Newer introduction with long season of bloom. Salmon pink flowers with dark purple calyxes on equally dark stems. Mounding habit, 12-14 in. tall by 14-16 in. wide. Full sun and good drainage. Do not cut back in fall; it may overwinter.
S. guaranitica ‘Argentina Skies’ – Anise Sage offers pale blue flowers well into September. To 5 ft. tall. This species will tolerate shade for part of the day.
S. guaranitica ‘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!
More Sensational Salvias
S. leucantha ‘Purple’ – Mexican Bush Sage becomes a 3-4 ft. sub-shrub by the time it blooms in late summer. Vivid purple florets in velvety purple calyxes are offset by long, narrow, gray-green leaves.
S. mexicana ‘Tula’ – For the bold and patient gardener, a stunning contrast of gentian blue florets with chartreuse-lime calyxes in September. Majestic at 5-6 ft. tall.
Salvia patens ‘Cambridge Blue’ – Gentian Sage with true deep blue flower spikes, 24-32 in. tall, attracts hummingbirds. Containers or flower beds.
Salvia splendens Grandstand™ ‘Salmon’ – Continuous bloom and large soft salmon flowers. Tolerates heat and humidity. Suitable for containers at 12-18 in. tall and 12-14 in. wide. Recent introduction.
S. s. ‘Van Houttei’ – Extraordinary burgundy-rose flowers on dark red stems. To 4 ft. tall. Floriferous in moist, but well-drained, soil.
S. x ‘Big Swing’ – Electric blue flowers attract hummingbirds. Grows 36-48 in. tall and 24 in. wide. Fuzzy stems and large, bright green, velvety leaves. Betsy Clebsch hybrid (S. macrophylla x S. sagitata). Deadhead.
S. x ‘Ember’s Wish’ –Large, tubular coral blossoms and dark green leaves. To 36 in. by 36 in.
S. x ‘Love and Wishes’ – A cousin of ‘Wendy’s Wish’ with luminous dark rosy purple blooms, 32-36 in. tall by 36 in. wide.
S. x ‘Mystic Spires’ – Large, dense, deep bright blue spikes on compact plants, 18-30 in. tall. Free flowering. (S. farinacea x S. longispicata)
S. x Rockin® ‘Blue Suede Shoes’™ – Medium blue flowers with dark calyxes and dark green, textured foliage. Excellent reblooming habit. 30-40 in. tall and 24-30 in. wide. Tolerates partial shade.
S. x Rockin® ‘Deep Purple’™ – as above, with intensely purple blooms and black calyxes.
S. x Rockin® ‘Fuchsia’™ – 24-36 in. tall, with bright fuchsia, tubular flowers and black calyxes.
S. x ‘Wendy’s Wish’ – Large, hot pink flowers with fluted tips and dark maroon stems. Dark green foliage with dense habit, 30-40 in. tall. Patented.
Herbs are $4 each or 2 for $7, unless marked
otherwise. They come in quart pots.
Basil African Blue – Hybrid can reach 3-4 ft. tall and wide; aromatic foliage. Purple flowers attract many bees. Ornamental and edible, with camphoraceous flavor. $ 6 per pot
Holy – aka tulsi, Pungent, peppery leaves. 18-24 in. x 30-36 in. A sacred plant for Hindus. Attracts bees.
Sweet Genovese –Italian strain considered best for pesto and garlic dishes. Slow to bolt. 18-24 in. x 12-15 in.
Thai – Anise and licorice flavors. Purple stems and flowers; smaller, pointed leaves. 12-18 in. tall and wide.
Chives Classic – Allium schoenoprasum Clump forming; purple or pink flowers, 12-24 in. x 12 in.
Garlic – Allium tuberosum Flat, keeled leaves; umbels of white, sweetly scented flowers in late summer, 20 in. x 20 in.
Cilantro Santo – Coriandrum sativum One of the oldest known herbs; cultivated for more than 3000 years. To 24 in. x 12 in. Harvest seeds after flowering.
Dill Fernleaf – Dwarf variety, to 18 in. x 18 in. Flavorful and slow to bolt. All-America Selections winner.
Fennel Bronze – Best grown among flowers, to 5 ft. tall. Beneficial to the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly.
Laurel (Bay) Laurus nobilis $9
Lavender Hidcote Blue – Compact, erect, strongly scented gray leaves. Flowers in early summer, to 24 in. x 12 in. $6
Phenomenal® – Vigorous newer introduction. Tolerates cold and high humidity. Purple flowers; to 3 ft. x 3 ft. $7
Provence – Bushy, with long grey leaves and dark purple flowers. To 3 ft. x 3 ft. Grown in France for the perfume trade. $6
SuperBlue – Deep blue flowers in early to midsummer. Cold and heat tolerant. Compact. To 12 in. x 12 in. $7
Lemon Verbena Tropical subshrub from Chile and Argentina to 4 ft. tall. Victorian favorite. Strong lemon flavor and fragrance.
Marjoram Compacta – Origanum vulgare Dwarf and dense, to 6 in. x 12 in. Good for containers and edging.
Za’atar – Origanum syriacum Very aromatic. To 3 ft. tall.
Mint Mojito – Mild, with hints of citrus. Large leaves for muddling.
Spearmint – Garden mint with highly aromatic foliage.
Oregano Greek – Origanum vulgare var. hirtum Spicy and pungent.
Italian – Origanum x majoricum Sweeter flavor, a hybrid with marjoram.
Parsley Curly – Mild herb flavor, similar to celery.
Italian Flat Leaf – More robust flavor.
Rosemary Barbecue – Very fragrant and flavorful.
Foxtail – Fresh, piney scent; plumed habit.
Prostrata – Trailing habit; can be grown on single wire shape.
Speedy – Fast growing, upright. Hardy to Zone 7.
Upright – Grayish green needles, to 3 ft. tall. Good for topiary. Rosemary has been renamed Salvia rosmarinus by taxonomists.
Sage Berggarten – Large, round, fleshy leaves.
Garden Grey – Use for cooking or as an ornamental.
Pineapple – Late blooming red flowers. Foliage has fruity
scent. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Savory Winter – Satureja montana Makes an informal dwarf hedge. Dark green leaves; intense, peppery flavor. Hardy.
Tarragon French – Artemesia dracunculus var. sativa Mint-anise flavor.
Thyme English – All-purpose thyme with robust flavor and good cold tolerance. Needs excellent drainage year-round.
French – Slightly sweeter flavor. Narrow gray-green leaves often used in classic French cuisine
Highland Cream – Mat-forming, with white edged leaves and tiny pink flowers. Tolerates moderate foot traffic.
Vegetable plants are $4
Indeterminate, unless otherwise noted
Bella Rosa VFFNA Hybrid 10-12 oz. delicious red fruit. Heat tolerant. Resistant to Spotted Wilt Virus. Determinate.
Big Beef 10-12 oz. red fruit. High yields, old time flavor. Disease resistant.
Big Brandy 12-16 oz. pink beefsteaks. Brandywine x New Big Dwarf.
Genuwine 10-12 oz. red fruit. Hybrid of Brandywine and Costoluto Genovese.
Mountain Merit 8-12 oz. red fruit. Disease resistant. Determinate.
Brandywine Liam’s 1-2 lb. pink fruit. Hybrid with regular leaves. Flavorful! Brandywine Sudduth’s Strain 1-2 lb. pink fruit. Complex, rich, sweet flavor.
Kellogg’s Breakfast 1 lb. orange fruit. Juicy heirloom.
Cherry Princess Sweet Surprise Red fruit. Complex, sweet flavor.
Rapunzel Cascades of sweet, bright red cherries.
Sugary Reddish pink, oval shaped fruit. Very sweet. Compact vines.
Sun Gold Very sweet, bright orange cherries. Vigorous.
Green Berkeley Tie-Dye 8 to 12 oz. red, green and amber striped fruit. Tangy!
Mr. Stripey 12-24 oz. red fruit with yellow-orange stripes. Tangy flavor.
Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye 8 to 12 oz. port wine and green striped fruit. Rich flavor.
Pineapple Up to 2 lb. red and yellow streaked fruit. Fruity, rich, sweet flavor.
Pozzano 4.5 inch-long, red fruit. Solid flesh and super flavor. Vigorous hybrid.
Speckled Roman 5 inch-long, meaty red fruit with golden stripes. So tasty it’s good for salads as well as sauce and paste.
German Red Strawberry 10-16 oz. meaty fruit with tangy flavor. Tall growing.
Orange Oxheart 10-12 oz. sweet and juicy fruit. Vigorous vines.
Chef’s Choice Series All America Selections Winners
Chef’s Choice Bicolor 8 oz. yellow fruit. crimson-striped interior. Sweet and savory flavor.
Chef’s Choice Black Hybrid 8-10 oz. beefsteak fruit. Juicy and sweet.
Chef’s Choice Orange 9 to 12 oz. fruit with heirloom flavor. Holds color when cooked. Tobacco Mosaic Virus and anthracnose resistant. Chef’s Choice Pink 12-16 oz. beefsteak fruit. Heirloom flavor. Crack resistant.
Chef’s Choice Red 8 oz. fruit. Balanced flavor. Disease resistant. 5 ft. vines.
Cherokee Carbon 10-12 oz. deep purple fruit. Great flavor. High yields.
Cherokee Purple 10-12 oz. dark rose/purple fruit. Sweet and rich flavor.
Vegetable plants are $4
Carmen Red bull horn style, 6 in. long, early to mature
Cornito Giallo 5-6 in. long, bright yellow fruit, sweet and fruity
Giant Marconi 8 in. long, red, good for grilling and roasting
Gypsy 3-5 in. long, very sweet when matures to orange-red
Jimmy Nardello 6-8 in.-long, 1 in.-wide, bright red, very sweet.
Mama Mia Giallo 7-9 in. long, golden, eat fresh, grill or roast
Orange Blaze 3-4 in. long, very sweet, for salad or cooking
Orange Marmalade 4 in. long, sweet, disease resistant, quick to ripen
Holy Molé 7-9 in. long, dark brown, nutty, smoky and spicy for molé sauce
Pasilla Bajio 8-10 in. long dark brown fruit, dry them for their smoky flavor
Tricked You 4 in. long green fruit, jalapeno flavor without the heat
Ancho 101 4 in. long, green maturing to dark red, mildly hot, 500 to 3000 S.U.
Early Jalapeno 3 in. long, pungent green to red fruit. 2500 to 5000 S.U.
Poblano 5 in. long, dark green fruit, 600 to 1800 Scoville units.
Vegetable plants are $4
Fairy Tale Dwarf, suitable for container, AAS Winner
Gretel Compact, for large container, AAS Winner
Pingtung Long 12 in. long fruit, mild flavor
Vegetable plants are $4
Armenian Thin skin, no peeling necessary, harvest at 12-14 in.
Marketer Heirloom, 8-9 in. fruit, mild and sweet, heat resistant, AAS Winner
Straight Eight Heirloom, 8 in. fruit, prolific, mild and sweet AAS Winner
Trial Garden redo, new sand barn roof, more greenhouse restoration and more.
Given the restrictions in place on visitation as we wend our way through the pandemic, we thought it would be fun to create a virtual garden tour for our followers. Enjoy the photo presentation of flora and fauna put together by our curator Henry Ortmeyer. We look forward to seeing you in person soon.
The rehab work on the iconic Henry Botanic Garden sand barn is well under way. A new cedar shake roof is nearly installed. The fireplace has been rebuilt. Please stop by and check out the progress during your next visit.
Bring the colors and textures of autumn into your home with an easy to create flower arrangement using flowers and foliage from your garden. Jane will gather plant material from our fields and woods and teach you how to make a graceful, garden style design in the video presentation.
On October 7, Jane will host a Zoom session to answer your questions and discuss pictures of any designs you might want to share. Register to receive the Zoom link by calling (610) 525-2037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Godshalk teaches floral design at Longwood Gardens and lectures and presents workshops across the country. Her book, “Flower Arranging Secrets”, demystifies the art of flower arranging in an eco-friendly way. She received the prestigious Katharine Thomas Cary Medal from the Garden Club of America in 2017 for outstanding achievement in the field of floral design education. Visit Jane on her website at www.janegodshalk.com and Instagram: janegodshalk.
As summer wanes Henry Botanic Garden curator Henry Ortmeyer explains the principles of the “Three Sisters” planting model that he has used in the farm garden.
As our thunderous, steamy days give way to the sure signs of autumn and its soft Italian light, I am delighted to report that the summer so far has been a most productive and happy time at the Henry Botanic Garden.
Henry Ortmeyer, our new curator, has in a little over three months, put his touch on every aspect of the property.
He has created a 2,000 square foot farm plot between the garden nursery area and our eastern (lower) meadows. Most of that space this year has been devoted to a “three sisters” planting of corn, beans, and squash, with two varieties of corn, four varieties of squash, and two varieties of beans. There is also a plot for sunflowers and watermelons, a space for tomatoes, with over twenty varieties, and a section for amaranth.
In terms of other new endeavors, as curator, Henry has implemented a plant mapping, record keeping, and registry program that will make our collections available to any interested visitors.
He is also establishing a collections management policy with guidelines to manage new volunteers more effectively.
Invasive control is also well under way. Much of the weeding effort has been in the South Garden and Gibson Glen, two areas of the garden that were heavily overgrown. Those spots are now getting much cleaner, with new and old paths open for walking again. This effort is due in no small part to our employees and volunteers.
In terms of infrastructure, staff and volunteers have focused on rejuvenating some key facilities. One fenced-in structure called the lath house is being used again as a potting area and seedbed. The lower greenhouse has been rehabbed and the upper greenhouse is being reglassed and rebuilt (and the misting system is back in active operation). The Mary Henry Cabin restoration is nearly complete.
As fall fast approaches, we are also focusing on propagating seeds collected from the most important plants in the garden collection and establishing a replanting effort for various parts of the garden.
I’ve attached some stunning photographs of the property in full bloom, including the always gorgeous terrace garden.
Please stay safe and visit the garden during these last days of summer.
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.”
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,