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Henry Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale 2022

Thursday, April 28, 4 pm to 7 pm
Opening Reception for Benefactors, Patrons, Sponsors and Friends

Friday, April 29, 3 pm to 7 pm
Open to All
Note: these new Friday hours due to the road construction closure of Rte. 23, Conshohocken State Road, from 9 am until 3 pm on weekdays.

Saturday, April 30, 9 am to 3 pm
Open to All


Sunday, May 1 10 am to 3 pm
Open to All

Henry Foundation for Botanical Research, 801 Stony Lane (off Henry Lane only) P.O. Box 7, Gladwyne, PA 19035

(610) 525-2037 www.henrybotanicgarden.org

WOODY PLANTS

  Native to North America

  “Deer Resistant”

Acer pensylvanicum                           Sapindaceae                   Snakebark Maple

A shrubby, small understory tree with distinctive striped bark and the largest leaves of any maple. Usually reaching 15-25 ft. tall, it displays racemes of bell-shaped yellow flowers in May which mature to become seed-bearing, winged samaras. The green bark of young trees is marked with sinuous white stripes, which may disappear as the bark ages to reddish brown. Thrives exclusively in full to part shade and cool, moist soil. Zones 3-7. New Brunswick to Southern Ontario, through the Appalachians to the mountains of NC and northern GA.

Linnaeus misspelled the species name; the tree is native to PA.  John Bartram sent it to England where it was used in naturalistic landscapes.

Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Martin’          Rosaceae                Saskatoon Serviceberry

A strong, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, 8-10 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. 

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.      

Aronia melanocarpa Ground Hug®                                           Black Chokeberry     

One of two recent Aronia introductions from a team at the University of CT in our catalog. A prostrate and densely branched dwarf selection to 1 ft. tall, spreading 2-3 ft., with small white flowers for pollinators in May. Oval, glossy green leaves turn brilliant shades of red and orange in autumn when the round bluish black berries delight the birds. Sun or partial shade in average, well-drained soil. Will adapt to damp soil. Zones 3-8. 

Aronia melanocarpa Low Scape Mound®         Rosaceae            Black Chokeberry

Slightly larger than ‘Ground Hug’ at 1-2 ft. tall with a 3-4 ft. spread, this selection from the UConn team has the same attributes that appeal to pollinators, birds and gardeners: clusters of small white flowers in spring followed by darkest blue berries and stunning orange and red foliage in fall.  Sun or partial shade in average, well-drained soil. Will adapt to damp soil. Zones 3-8.

Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ ✦⦸         Calycanthaceae                                Sweetshrub

‘Aphrodite’ is a mighty plant hybridized by Dr. Tom Ranney at 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. Zones 4-9. (C. occidentalis x C. chinensis).

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.

Cephalanthus occidentalis ⯌⦸             Rubiaceae                                   Buttonbush 

Wetland shrub with fragrant spherical clusters of tiny white flowers that attract bees and butterflies, especially fritillaries and skippers, in early to mid-summer. The ball-like fruits persist through the winter on branches that form an open-rounded shape. Adapts to a wide variety of soils, except dry ones. Zones 5-9. Eastern Canada south to FL and west to the eastern half of the Great Plains.

Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’ ✦⦸    Clethraceae                     Summersweet

Fabulous fragrance and a lovely glow from upright spikes of white flowers during 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.

Cornus alba Halo®’Ivory’                      Cornaceae                      Siberian Dogwood 

Deceptively tough and adaptable despite its highly ornamental green and white     

variegated foliage and deep red branches. Clusters of white flowers at the branch tips in late spring are followed by white berries. This rounded, deciduous shrub grows to 6 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide, gracefully filling out to the ground. Sun or partial shade in moist or dry average soil. Tolerates urban pollution. Zones 3-7. Asia. The colorful stems are beautiful in winter against the snow.

Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’              Cornaceae                   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.

Cotinus coggygria Winecraft Black®        Anacardiaceae                     Smoke Bush

A stunning, semi-dwarf Smoke Bush with very dark purple, velvety foliage that holds its color until fall when the leaves turn shades of red, orange and yellow. Sprays of magical dark pink flowers provide the “smoke” in June. To 6 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. Best grown in full sun and well-drained soil. To shape and promote new growth, prune in late winter or very early spring. Zones 4-8. Species native to Asia. This selection originated in a program at NCSU from open-pollinated seedlings.

 Fothergilla x intermedia Legend of the Fall®    Hamamelidaceae     Fothergilla

A selection named for its fabulous fiery fall colors and a perfect size for a courtyard garden or for placement under a window. Manageable at 4-5 ft. tall and wide, it offers fragrant white, bottlebrush flowers to attract native bees in late spring. Easy to grow in full sun or partial shade in moderately moist, but well-drained soil with high organic content. Zones 5-9. Introduced by Dr. Tom Ranney and his team at the NCSU Mountain Horticultural Crops research station. “Seldom severely damaged by deer.”   (F. major x F. gardenii)

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’        Hydrangeaceae        Pee Gee Hydrangea

Crisp and clean lime green mophead flower panicles in July mature to rosy pink and burgundy in September. This smaller version of H. ‘Limelight’ grows 3-5 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide with an upright, mounded habit with dark green foliage. Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist, but well-drained, acidic soil with high organic content. Cut the panicles for fresh or dried flower arrangements or leave them on the plant where they will persist into winter. Zones 3-8. Japan, China.

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 with impressive panicles  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.

Itea virginica Fizzy Mizzy® ✦⦸                   Iteaceae                Virginia Sweetspire

With all the arresting attributes of the species, including sensational scarlet to burgundy foliage in autumn and tolerance for average or moist conditions, this compact selection will be covered with fizzy, upright spikes of fragrant, tiny white flowers in late spring. Reaching 2-3 ft. tall, with equal spread, it prefers a site with morning sun, afternoon shade and highly organic soil. Attracts pollinators and birds. Zones 5-9. NJ to FL, west to MO, LA and east TX.

Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’ ✦⦸              Iteaceae                    Virginia Sweetspire

Smaller in stature than ‘Henry’s Garnet’, but with similar racemes of white flowers and stunning deep red autumn foliage. Reaches 3-4 ft. tall and can be kept to 4 ft. wide with judicious severing of root shoots to restrain colonizing. Shear back to about 2 ft. after bloom in late spring or early summer.  Sun or partial shade in moist, highly organic soil; tolerates average soil. Zones 5-9. 

Itea virginica Scentlandia®  ✦⦸                                                  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.

Neviusia alabamensis ✦⦸                       Rosaceae             Alabama Snow Wreath

One of the rarest shrubs in North America and difficult to find in the trade, an understory plant that matures to a rounded shape with gracefully arching branches offering showy spikes of feathery white blossoms in mid-spring. The mature bark displays attractive exfoliation. Grows well in sun or partial shade in moist, but well-drained soil. Will form colonies. Zones 5-8. Southeastern U.S.

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.

Salix integra ‘Flamingo’                         Salicaceae                           Dappled Willow

Paint the landscape with subtle color by introducing this graceful deciduous shrub with pink, white and apple green foliage. The shiny red stems and showy catkins add interest throughout the season. Reaching 8-10 ft. tall and wide, it can be pruned easily to maintain a smaller shape. Happy in sun or partial shade and fertile, moist, but well-drained soil. Tolerates poor soils and wet sites. Zones 4-9. Species native to Japan. Patented.

Sambucus racemosa ‘Lemony Lace’✦⦸         Adoxaceae                  Mountain Elder A bold, golden specimen plant or addition to a mixed shrub border, with lacy leaves that turn an attractive shade of chartreuse as they mature. Large clusters of white flowers bloom in May-June before the foliage appears. Red berries in fall attract birds. Grows 3-5 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide in sun and average, well-drained soil. Remove weaker canes and prune lightly after flowering. Zones 3-7. Species native to Europe, northern Asia, Alaska, Canada and the U.S.

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis            Buxaceae                  Dwarf Sweetbox

A valuable groundcover that solves two common problems: it will grow on the north side of a building and it is deer resistant! Narrow, evergreen, dark olive leaves and small, very fragrant, creamy white flowers in spring. Black berries follow. Grows to 2 ft. tall, spreading slowly to 3 ft. and more. Shade or partial shade in moist, but well-drained, acid soil with added humus. Zones 5-8. Western Himalayas and Afghanistan. PHS Gold Medal.

Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’                       Rosaceae                                        Spiraea

In early spring the arching branches of this airy, upright deciduous shrub are covered with small corymbs of white flowers before the narrow, willow-like leaves emerge golden yellow, maturing to bright green, and turning beautifully orange in fall. Useful as a low hedge or as foundation planting. Grows 3-5 ft. tall and equally wide. Full sun or partial shade in average, well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Native to China and Japan.

Syringa vulgaris ‘Monge’                   Oleaceae                               Common Lilac

Introduced by the French Lemoine Nursery in 1913, a very fragrant classic that bears 9-in. panicles of large, deep purplish red flowers in May. The heart-shaped leaves have a bluish gray cast. Reaches 8-12 ft. tall, spreading 7-10 ft. Prune right after flowering. Best grown in full sun and fertile, moist, but well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Good air circulation insures health foliage. Zones 3-7. The common lilac is thought to have arrived in European gardens from Turkey in 1562.

Syringa vulgaris New Age™ ’Lavender’                                             Common Lilac

For a courtyard or small garden, full-sized, fragrant purple flowers on a shrub that matures to 5 ft. tall and 4-5 ft. wide. Easy to grow and resistant to mildew. Full sun and fertile, moist, but well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Zones 4-7. Patented.

Viburnum Sweet Talker®                          Adoxaceae                     Hybrid Viburnum

Spicily scented, pink, trumpet-shaped flowers in very early spring and handsome leathery foliage make this recent introduction from NCSU irresistible. Bred to offer early blooming beauty and tolerance for the heat of summer. The glossy forest green foliage deepens to burgundy in fall. Nicely proportioned at 8-10 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide, it’s easy to grow in full or partial sun or shade and average soil. Blooms on old wood. Zones 7a-8b. V. x bodnantense x V. suspensum. Asia.

Viburnum Yang™                                                                              Hybrid Viburnum

An elegant, evergreen compact shrub offering thick, glossy, bluish green leaves and showy round clusters of white flowers in spring. If Viburnum Yin™ is planted nearby as a pollinator, Yang™ will bear elliptical blue fruit. Grows 2-4 ft. tall and 2-4 ft. wide in full to partial sun and moderately moist, average soil. Heat tolerant.

Zones 7-9. V. davidii x V. propinquum. Duo developed by Dr. Tom Ranney at NCSU.

Viburnum Yin™   ⦸                                                                              Hybrid Viburnum

As above. Will bear fruit if pollinated by Yang™.

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. Best flowering with 2-3 hours of morning sun. Pollinated by bees, flies and beetles and a larval host for 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. Also known as Cimicifuga racemosa.  

Aquilegia canadensis ✦⦸                   Ranunculaceae                Eastern Columbine

One of the first flowers to supply nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds in spring, colorful lanterns of red and yellow on stems to 2 ft. tall. Sun or partial shade in a well-drained location.  Thrives in a wide range of soil types. Zones 3-8. Native to eastern and central North America. 

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. 

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. 

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). 

Erythronium albidum                           Liliaceae                          White Trout Lily

Enjoy these 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. 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 3-8. Southern Ontario to east TX.  “Seldom severely damaged by deer.” Seeds are designed to be dispersed by ants. 

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. 

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.

Hexastylis arifolia ✦⦸                            Aristolochiaceae                      Wild Ginger

An excellent evergreen groundcover for shady woodland areas. Anise scented, heart-shaped, dark green leaves to 5 in. long are variously mottled with silver. Clusters of small, reddish brown “jug” flowers hide beneath the leaves in mid-spring. Best planted in neutral to acidic, moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. TN to Carolinas. 

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. 

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. 

Pachysandra procumbens ✦⦸                       Buxaceae                 Allegheny Spurge

Dark grayish green leaves, marbled with bronzy silver, on a wonderful native groundcover that spreads to form clumps. Evergreen in warmer areas. Shade or partial shade in moist, acid, woodland soil with good drainage. Good air circulation reduces risk of rot and leaf blight. Zones 5-8. Southeastern U.S. 

Podophyllum peltatum ✦⦸                    Berberidaceae                            May Apple

Paired, umbrella-like leaves gave this plant its botanical name. Taxonomists saw a resemblance to the webbed feet of ducks; hence “podos” for foot and “phyllon” for leaf. A single creamy white flower appears beneath the leaves in May and will mature over the next three months to form a greenish yellow fruit. To 15 in. tall, use it as a groundcover or understory plant in a shaded woodland setting. The ripe fruit has been used to make jelly; the leaves, seeds and roots are toxic if ingested in large quantities. Zones 4-9. Ontario and Quebec to TX and FL.  

Polemonium reptans ✦⦸             Polemoniaceae                                Jacob’s Ladder

Native bees and butterflies are drawn to   the pale blue, bell-shaped flowers of this  late spring blooming beauty. Dark green foliage with narrow white margins forms leaflets along the stems, resembling a ladder. Forms mounded clusters of flowering stems, 12-18 in. tall. Blooms April-early June, The leaves stay green throughout the summer.  Zones 3-8. Eastern North America.  

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.   

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. 

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.   

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

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.  

Trillium flexipes  White Trillium

White flowers with pale yellow stamens bloom just above the whorl of leaves in mid to late spring. Grows 18-20 in. tall in partial shade and evenly moist, fertile, loamy soil. Zones 4-8. Great Lakes region, south to AR and GA. 

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

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.

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.    

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.    

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. 

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.   

 Osmunda claytoniana ✦⦸             Osmundaceae                         Interrupted Fern

While ferns are non-flowering and wind-pollinated, so not appealing to insect pollinators, they can provide shelter and structure for birds that feed on the ground. Spore-bearing leaflets “interrupt” the broad fronds and usually fall off in mid-summer. Grows in a wide vase shape to 2-3 ft. tall, but can reach 5 ft. with ample moisture. Prefers partial to full shade. Zones 3-8. North America, China.

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. 

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.  

CLEMATIS                                                  Ranunculaceae

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. ‘Hyde Hall’™   Large creamy white flowers with tints of green and pink and milk chocolate stamens. Blooms in late spring to early summer. Grows to 8 ft. tall.  Blooms on old wood so prune all dead stems back above the swelling leaf buds in early spring. Zone 4-9. From renowned British clematis hybridizer Raymond Evison.

C. ‘Parisienne’™   A repeat bloomer, from late spring to early autumn, with a consistent display of stunning large violet-blue star shaped flowers with a wavy wedge and a starburst of red anthers. Reaches 4 ft. tall so it’s perfect for a small garden space or a container. Requires at least 5 hours of sun. Cut back the sturdy stems to 6 in. in early spring because it flowers on new wood. Zones 4-9. Bred by 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. ‘Tekla’™   Eye-catching rosy red flowers with pale anthers and a slightly paler center stripe put on quite a show all summer long. Grows 5-7 ft. tall with a bushy, twining habit in full sun. Let it clamber over a nearby shrub or fill a container. Prune it back hard in early spring. Zones 4-9. From Raymond Evison.

C. ‘Zara’™   For the best color, grow this 4-ft. vine with large, wavy edged, pale periwinkle blue flowers in partial shade. It’s ethereal when grown with dark green or purple underplanting, whether in the garden or a container. Very free flowering, with a full, rounded habit. Blooms from May until September. Prune it back to a pair of strong buds in early spring. Zones 5-9. From Raymond Evison.

Small-Flowered Clematis

C. ‘Etoile Rose’ (Texensis Group)   Deep pink flowers, edged in silvery white, nod and dangle  like downward facing  lily-shaped tulips on an 8-12 ft. vine from July until October. Free flowering in full sun; will tolerate partial shade. Hybridized in 1903 by Lemoine et Fils Nursery from several clematis species, including C. texensis and C. viticella. Prune back to 6 in. in late winter.  Zones 4-9.

Bush Clematis

C. ‘Arabella’   A non-vining clematis with woody stems and abundant open-faced lavender blue flowers that mature to faded denim blue. Grows 3-5 ft. tall and 2-3 ft. wide. A good companion for roses or shrubs, it can ramble through a flower bed, be trained on a trellis or spill from a container. Best in full sun and moist, but well drained soil. Plant so the soil just covers the plant’s crown. Prune back to a pair of strong buds in early spring. Zones 4-10. Bred in the UK. Awarded AGM from RHS in 2002.

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.

PERENNIALS

  Native to North America

  “Deer Resistant”

Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’             Asteraceae                                 Yarrow

Corymbs of little flowers, the color of lemon peel, with silvery to gray-green, fern-like, aromatic foliage. Deadheading the lateral buds will encourage rebloom. Compact at 12-24 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. Full sun in lean, moderately moist, well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Europe. The flower stalks are suitable for drying.

Agastache ‘Serpentine’✦⦸                  Lamiaceae                      Giant Hyssop

Weave this willowy, floriferous, 3-4 ft. tall beauty into a naturalistic planting. The fragrant flowers are deep violet blue. Be aware the stems can run a bit and plant it accordingly. The bluish green leaves are anise scented.  Sun and neutral, average, well-drained soil. Won’t tolerate wet feet in winter. Wait until early spring to cut back the stems. Zones 6 – 9. E. Asia. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds!

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. 

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia      Apocynaceae            Bluestar

Southeastern U.S. native with pale blue, white throated flowers in May grows to 3 ft. by 3 ft. in full sun and moist, loamy soil. Narrow green foliage turns to gold in autumn. If grown in partial shade, cut back to ½ after flowering to encourage a tidier appearance. Zones 3-9. A nectar source for many butterfly species. 

Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’     Ranunculaceae                             Windflower

Blooming in early fall before the hybrid Japanese cultivars, with pale pink, single, slightly cup-shaped flowers on strong, wiry stems above lush, medium green basal foliage. Tall at 3-4 ft., spreading to 2 ft., in an open site with partial shade and evenly moist, rich, humusy, well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Northern China.

Asclepias tuberosa ✦⦸                        Apocynaceae                          Butterfly Weed

One of the best plants for butterflies, as a nectar source and a larval host, with 

orange, orange-red, or yellow 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.

Asclepias verticillata ✦⦸                  Apocynaceae                    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.

Aster novi-belgii Island™ ‘Bahamas’ ✦⦸      Asteraceae              New York Aster

From a recently introduced compact series of Michaelmas daisies, semi-double, radiant pinkish purple flowers from August to October. At 1-2 ft. tall and wide, it works well in containers, as well as the garden. Best in sun but will grow in partial shade, preferring average soil with good drainage. Friendly to bees and butterflies. Zones 4-8. Eastern seaboard from Newfoundland to GA. Asters have been renamed Symphyotrichum, though this catalog will use their former name.

Aster oblongifolius ✦⦸                           Asteraceae                        Aromatic Aster

Imagine a drift of violet blue asters in your early autumn garden. Large, yellow centered flowers attract bees, skippers and butterflies. The gray green foliage is pleasantly scented when crushed. Thrives in full sun and average to dry soil, and will grow in partial shade. The 2-3 ft. height with equal spread is useful in a border. Cut back in early summer to encourage bushiness. Zones 3-8. Central and Eastern U.S. (Symphyotrichum oblongifolius)

Astrantia major ‘Ruby Star’                Apiaceae                     Greater Masterwort

This cottage garden favorite is strongly upright to 30 in. tall and wide with dark red pincushion flowers in summer on branched, red-tinged stems. The basal clump of deeply cut, palmate foliage is darker when young. Happy in full sun or partial shade in almost any soil. Looks well with ferns, astilbe, Japanese iris and hostas. Zones 5-9. Central, eastern and southern Europe and the Caucasus. Boasts an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Baptisia australis ‘Pixie Periwinkle’ ✦⦸          Fabaceae         Lesser False Indigo

A newer introduction, selected for its small compact rounded form, gray green foliage, early flowering (May and June), and handsome light blue to light lavender flower spikes. Nicely sized at 24-28 in. wide and 24 in. wide. Easy and low maintenance in sun or partial shade and dry to medium, well-drained soil. The taproot-based root system resents disturbance once planted. Zones 4-9. Discovered in a nursery in IL. Native to the central U.S. and Ontario. Attracts bees and provides nectar for butterflies.

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.  

Brunnera macrophylla Alchemy™ ‘Silver’      Boraginaceae   Siberian Bugloss

The perfect plant for a shady garden with showy silver leaves veined with green and sprays of blue, forget-me-not-like flowers in April-May. Forms a clump 14 -18 in. tall and equally wide. Best in dappled shade and moist but well-drained, rich organic soil. Zones 3-8. Siberia and E. Mediterranean region.

Callirhoe involucrata                                 Malvaceae                           Wine Cups

A vigorous trailing plant with geranium-like green leaves and chalice-shaped, bright purplish red flowers in June and July. Grows 6-12 in. tall, cascading 2-3 ft.

in a rock garden or over a stone wall.  Prefers full sun and hot, dry conditions. Long tap root provides drought tolerance but makes successful transplanting more difficult. Zones 4-9. ND to WY, MO and TX.

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. 

Chelone glabra                                 Scrophulariaceae               White Turtlehead

Look closely to see the pink “nose” on the white blossoms in late summer. To 32 in. tall, spreading to 18 in. Sun or partial shade in moist, deep, fertile soil. The favorite food of the caterpillars of the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly. Zones 4-9. Newfoundland to GA.

Coreopsis verticillata ‘Firefly’ ✦⦸         Asteraceae                 Threadleaf Tickseed

Yellow flowers flickering with a scarlet center on compact plants to 12 in tall and equally wide from June until September. The finely cut foliage lends airiness. To avoid floppy stems, grow coreopsis in full sun and lean, well-drained soil. Zones 5-9. Species found from MD to SC, west to KY and TN. Attracts honeybees.

Coreopsis x Gilded Lace’ ✦⦸                                                              Hybrid Tickseed

Highly rated in Mt. Cuba’s Coreopsis Research Report, this tall selection was covered in small yellow flowers and pollinators from mid-summer until fall, primarily attracting bumblebees and dark sweat bees. Grows 3-5 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide in full sun and lean, rocky or sandy, well-drained soil. Attractive lacy foliage is mildew resistant. Zones 5-8. Thought to be C. verticillata x C. tripteris. 

Delphinium exaltatum ✦⦸              Ranunculaceae                       Tall Larkspur

From the woods of PA and OH to AL and NE, stalks of spurred blue flowers in July and August. 3-6 ft. tall. Plant in full sun and rich moderately moist, but well-drained soil. Once established, it’s quite drought tolerant. Zones 5-8. Slightly more tolerant of heat and high humidity than hybrid delphinium.

Dianthus plumarius ‘Rose de Mai’           Caryophyllaceae               Cottage Pink

Clove-scented, lavender-pink, fringed blooms above tidy mounds of blue green foliage, laced with silver. May to mid-summer. 10-12 in. tall, 12-18 in. wide. Sun and moderately moist, but very well-drained soil.  Zones 4-9. ‘Rose de Mai’,  a favorite since its introduction around 1820, is often used in perfumes. Species native to Austria, Croatia and Slovenia; introduced to Britain from France in the early 14th century. 

Dicentra spectabilis                        Papaveraceae                          Bleeding Heart

Great grandmother’s favorite – heart-shaped pink flowers on arching stems to 30 in. during May and June. Dormant in summer, it works well planted among ferns and hostas. Best in morning sun and afternoon shade in rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 3-9. Asia. Lamprocapnos spectabilis is the name most taxonomists use now to reference this plant, but it is still popularly known as dicentra.

Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’

As above, but with pendant white flowers.

Digitalis purpurea ‘Snow Thimble’             Plantaginaceae                  Foxglove                                           

Understated elegance:  cool pillars of large, pure white, tubular flowers.  Spires reach 36-48 in. tall and 18 in. wide.  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.

Echinacea purpurea ‘PowWow Wild Berry’ ✦⦸       Asteraceae            Coneflower

Award-winning, true color seed strain of the Eastern N.A. purple coneflower. Bright buds open to riveting deep rosy purple-pink petals surrounding a central spiny orange cone, from June through September. Stocky plants, 18-24 in. tall, equally wide, hold their bloom color very well as they mature. Full sun or partial shade in a medium to dry location. Water regularly until established. Tolerant of drought and high humidity. Zones 4-8. Pollinators will visit for nectar along with birds, especially finches, for seeds.

Epimedium sp. nov.  ‘Spine Tingler’              Berberidaceae                Barrenwort

Plantsman Darrell Probst discovered this exceptional selection on a remote cliff in Sichuan, China. The narrow, wavy, spiny new leaves with light chocolate-colored tips emerge in spring at the same time as the spikes of abundant pastel yellow flowers.  Slow growing, 6-9 in. tall by 18-30 in. wide, and “thoughtfully spreading” in partial to full shade in average, well-drained, humus-rich soil. Zones 5-8. 

Erigeron pulchellus ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’       Asteraceae            Robin’s Plantain

Pale lavender daisies and evergreen, fuzzy, gray-green leaves grow thickly, wall-to-wall on this drought and shade tolerant native groundcover. May-June blooms attract butterflies, bees and various skippers. Grows to 12 in. tall in partial sun to light shade, spreading slowly. Zones 5-8. Native from Canada to FL. Discovered in VA near the Lynnhaven River and subsequently named by PA plantsman Charles Cresson. 

Eupatorium purpureum Euphoria™ ‘Ruby’✦⦸        Asteraceae           Joe-Pye Weed

For every gardener who’s wanted to add this pollinator friendly plant 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 and bees from mid-summer into fall. Zones 5-9. Species native from Ontario and ME to FL, to MN and OK. A larval host for several moths.

Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’       Euphorbiaceae      Mediterranean Spurge

Regal and bold, with bluish gray-green foliage bordered in silvery white. Spikes hold clusters of small creamy white flowers in spring. Compact growth habit to 24 in. tall and 28 in. wide. Hardy to Zone 7b, it needs a sunny location in reliably well-drained soil. Species native to the hot, dry slopes of the northern Mediterranean from Portugal to Turkey. Beware the caustic milky sap. Patented.

Euphorbia x martini ‘Tiny Tim’                                                       Martin’s Spurge

Martin’s Spurge is a naturally occurring hybrid discovered growing in the wild in France in the late 1800’s. This dwarf selection from England is dome-shaped and grows to 12 in. tall and 12 in. wide in full sun and well-drained soil. The reddish stems bear dark green foliage and sprays of red nectaries with chartreuse bracts. Trim the flower stems back close to the base after flowering to encourage new growth. Hardy to Zone 7b. Patented. (C. characias x C. amygdaloides)

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Lohfelden’         Geraniaceae          Bigroot Geranium

Here’s a great plant to use in dry shade. Easy to grow, with very pale pink flowers, veined in darker pink, from mid-May until early July, and slightly sticky, aromatic, dark green foliage. Leaves turn orange/red in autumn. Reaches 8-12 in. tall by 18 in. wide. Zones 3-8. Southeastern Alps and the Balkans. Top-rated in trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Helleborus Ice N’ Roses® ‘White’           Ranunculaceae                Hybrid Hellebore

Large, elegant, outward-facing, alabaster flowers on reddish stems in early spring above lustrous dark evergreen foliage. This amazing interspecific selection comes from a  German hybridizer and is floriferous, but sterile. Clump forming, 15 in tall and 24 in wide, it thrives in deciduous shade and fertile, rich, reasonably moist, well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. (H. x ericsmithii (niger, lividus and argutifolius) x H. x hybridus

Helleborus ‘Peppermint Ice’                                                         Hybrid Hellebore

Nodding, lotus-like, icy pink flowers with deeper peppermint veining and a picotee edge. Bred by Marietta O’Byrne of Eugene, Oregon, for exceptional vigor, large double blooms and true color. Grows to 18-22 in tall, spreading to 24 in. Happiest in deciduous shade and fertile, rich, reasonably moist, well-drained soil.  Zones 5-9. Hellebores are native to Asia and Europe.

Heuchera americana Marvelous Marble™ ‘Silver’     Saxifragaceae      Alumroot

For the front of a shady border, leaves emerge purple in spring and mature to deep green with veining of reddish purple before the silver overlay appears a few weeks later. Butterflies will visit the tall stalks of creamy, bell-shaped flower clusters. Leaves form a mound to 8 in. tall with equal width. Ideally grown in partial shade where the soil is rich in organic matter, moderately moist, and well-drained. Zones 5-8.  CT to Ontario and MI, south to GA and OK.

Iris prismatica ✦⦸                            Iridaceae                                  Slender Blue Iris

Very narrow green foliage and lavender-blue flowers, often with white and yellow highlights on the falls, make this an attractive addition to a pond garden or other moist area. Blooms appear in June and July. Grows 1-2 ft. tall and in 5 years will spread by rhizomes to form a 5 ft. wide patch. Sun or partial shade in acidic soil. Zones 3-8. Found from Nova Scotia to PA, to TN and GA. This selection from Long Island.

Knautia macedonica ‘Red Knight’             Dipsacaceae                               Knautia

Brilliant deep red, domed, small scabiosa-like flowers on tall, sturdy stems, 2-3 ft. tall from late June into fall. Good color accent in the border in full sun and lean, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Drought tolerant once established. Useful as a cut or dried flower. Zones 5-9. Central Europe. A landing pad for bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

Leucanthemum x superbum Western Star™ ‘Taurus’      Asteraceae      Shasta Daisy

White daisies with golden eyes bloom from mid-spring to mid-summer. This selection works well in the garden or in a container, with a tidy habit to 16 in. tall and 20 in. wide. Full sun to partial shade in evenly moist, well-drained soil. Tolerates urban conditions. Zones 5-9. Patented garden hybrid. Do not overwinter outdoors in a container.

Leucoseptrum japonicum ‘Golden Angel’       Lamiaceae     Japanese Shrub Mint

A woody, shrubby perennial ready to illuminate a shady part of the garden in September and October when tiny yellow flowers bloom in bottlebrush-like spikes and complement the aromatic golden oblong leaves. Grows 2-3 ft. tall and equally wide in humusy, moderately moist, but well-drained, soil. Zones 5-8. Japan.

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.  

Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae                           New England Blazing Star

A tall tower for butterflies, long-tongued bees and songbirds, to 42 in.by 15 in., covered with purple “button” flowers in late summer and autumn. The narrow lower stem leaves are much longer than those above.  Easy to grow in sun or partial shade in average to dry, well-drained soil. Tolerates high heat and humidity, but abhors wet feet in winter. Zones 3-8. Found in dry woods or clearings from southern ME to NY, NJ and eastern PA. These plants are from Long Island.

Lobelia cardinalis  ✦⦸                  Campanulaceae                      Cardinal Flower

A favorite of ruby-throated hummingbirds and popular with butterflies, its intensely red tubular blossoms form on stout 3-ft. stalks from July to September. Sun or dappled shade.  Prefers damp soil with high organic content. Zones 3-8. New Brunswick to MI, to TX and FL. Toxic alkaloids in the plant repel pests.

Maianthemum dilatatum ✦. ‘Baby Moon’  Asparagaceae False Lily of the
Valley

For a dense groundcover in a woodland setting, try this little round-leaved native from the coastal Pacific Northwest. Picture a waxy, light green miniature hosta leaf, 2-4 in. wide, with a chartreuse border. Plants reach 4-10 in. high and spread by rhizomes to make a carpet. Small plumes of white flowers in May-June are followed by red berries. A moist, but well-drained, site in full to partial shade is
ideal. Zones 5-8. Species also found in the Aleutian Islands and in Russia’s
Kamchatka Peninsula, Japan and Korea.

Monarda didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’                 Lamiaceae                   Bee Balm

Tubular, raspberry red flowers with peak bloom in mid-July atop strong square stems 3-4 ft. tall, spreading 2-3 ft., with aromatic foliage. Thrives in sun to partial shade in rich, humusy, moisture retentive soil. Provide good air circulation to reduce the chance of powdery mildew. A beacon for bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Zones 4-9. ME to MN, south to MO and GA.               

Monarda punctata                                                                     Spotted Bee Balm

Unique flower form with tiers of showy, leafy bracts that persist after the purple-spotted, yellow flowers fade in late summer. Grows to 24-36 in. tall, spreading to 16 in., in full sun to partial shade and average, dry to moderately moist, well-drained soil.  Spreads by runners to form clumps, but isn’t too aggressive. Very attractive to beneficial predatory wasps that feed on grubs and pest caterpillars. A host plant for the Raspberry Pyrausta butterfly. Provides nectar to hummingbirds and many bee and butterfly species. Zones 3-8. Quebec to VT, south to FL, west to Ontario, MN, KS and NM.

Nepeta x ‘Joanna Reed’                       Lamiaceae                                          Catmint

This upright plant with local ties originated at Longview Farm in Malvern where the legendary Joanna Reed gardened for many years. Shimmering blue-violet flowers with pink throats cluster amid the gray-green foliage. To 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide in sun and well-drained, average soil. After the first flush of bloom in May, cut back to encourage new growth. A naturally occurring hybrid between N. sibirica and N. faassenii. Zones 5-9. Pollinator-friendly.

Penstemon digitalis ‘Onyx and Pearls’     Scrophulariaceae     Beard Tongue

Darkest purple leaves and statuesque stalks of tubular, pale lavender flowers with paler interiors; from a distance, the flowers look white.  A notable presence in the garden at 42 in. tall and wide. Full sun and average, neutral, well-drained soil.  Long blooming, beginning in early summer. Zones 3-8. A seed selection of P. ‘Pocohontas.’ Eastern Canada and eastern and southeastern U.S.  Hummingbirds!                 

Penstemon x ‘Elfin Pink’                                                                      Beard Tongue

Hardy and easy to grow in average, neutral, well-drained soil, with spikes of clear pink tubular flowers above a low clump of green foliage beginning in early summer. Compact at 12-18 in tall with equal spread. Hybrid developed in Nebraska. Zones 5-9. Attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. Makes a good cut flower.

Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’                     Polemoniaceae                      Garden Phlox

A standout in the Phlox Trials at Mt. Cuba for its excellent resistance to powdery mildew and its great flower power from mid-summer to early fall. Sweetly scented, lavender pink florets are densely packed on large terminal clusters along upright, multi-stemmed branches. Reaches 4-5 ft. tall and 2-3 ft. wide as an upright clump in sun and moist to average soil. Benefits from good air circulation. Zones 3-8. Found along the Harpeth River in Nashville, TN.

Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’                                                        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. 

Phlox stolonifera ‘Home Fires’                                                        Creeping Phlox

Glowing, vivid pink flowers on 6-12 in. stems. Culture as above. A top performer at Mt. Cuba’s Phlox Trials. Attracts butterflies and moths.

Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Cushion Blue’                                       Mountain Phlox                                                                         

Lavender-blue flowers in May with medium to dark green, needle-like foliage on plants with a prostrate habit. Stems will become woody with age. Grows 2-6 in. tall, spreading slowly. Shear back after spring flowering to encourage new growth. Fibrous roots help to retard erosion. Sun or bright shade in well-drained, fertile soil. Zones 3-8. Eastern U.S. Attracts bees, butterflies and moths.

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. Best grown in rich, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. From a series of new hybrids of Phlox species native to the eastern U.S. that offer large flowers, vigor, long bloom time, mildew resistance and cultural adaptability. Zones 4-9.

Phlox ‘Fashionably Early Crystal’                                                   Hybrid Phlox

Another desirable newer introduction with large clusters of fragrant white flowers with lavender eyes and thick, glossy green leaves. Mildew resistant. Loose columnar habit to 28 in. tall. Full sun and moist, but well-drained, humus-rich soil. Blooms from May into summer. Zones 4-8.

Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Astra Blue’       Campanulaceae              Balloon Flower

The unopened balloon-like buds burst into lavender blue, flat bell-shaped flowers from June until August. Low growing, clumping habit, 8-10 in. tall, spreading 12-20 in. Slow to emerge in spring. Full sun to partial shade on moderately moist, but well-drained, humus-rich soil. Deadhead to prolong blooming. Zones 3-8. China, Japan, Korea and Siberia.

Potentilla x tonguei                             Rosaceae                            Staghorn Cinquefoil 

For the front of a border, the edge of a wall or in a rock garden, a long-blooming beauty. Small, soft apricot flowers with deep red centers nestle among clumps of slightly spreading, foliage that resembles strawberry leaves and turns reddish late in the season. Cut back older stems after blooming for additional flowers in autumn. Petite at 6 in. tall, spreading 12-15 in. Sun or partial shade in light, moderately moist, but very well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. Heirloom hybrid, grown for more than 100 years, with P. nepalensis as one parent.

Primula sieboldii ‘Seneca Star’         Primulaceae                          Japanese Primrose

In Japan, this species is known as Sakurasoh, and sakura means “cherry blossom.”

Purple-pink petals, deeply serrated and with white eyes, on stalks to 8 in. tall. Blooms in mid to late April, forming a tidy colony if happy. Best in partial sun to light shade in deep, loamy, slightly moist, but well-drained soil. Will go dormant in summer. Zones 5-7. Southeastern Siberia to Japan. Introduced by the now closed Seneca Hill Nursery in 2007.

Pycnanthemum curvipes ✦⦸           Lamiaceae                      Stone Mountain Mint

For a meadow or a pollinator garden, a spreading plant for honeybees, wasps, skippers and butterflies. Pale green leaves with silvery bracts and corymbs of white flowers with purple spots. Grows 2-3 ft. tall. Try sinking a pot of it in the border to keep it in bounds. Sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Zones 6-9.

Rock outcrops, dry hillsides, open rocky woods and fields in AL, GA, NC and TN. 

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium ✦⦸                                     Narrow Leaf Mountain Mint 

Gracefully branched, bushy perennial with aromatic narrow leaves and short, tubular, white flowers that provide nectar to diverse insects in early to mid-summer. Reaches 20-30 in. tall and appears to be a well-behaved colonizer. Full sun and moist soil with good drainage are optimal. Zones 4-8. North American prairies and woodlands. Especially beneficial to bumblebees and honeybees.

Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii           Asteraceae         Deam’s Black-Eyed Susan

Another outstanding pollinator plant, this one with large, orangish yellow, daisy-like flowers with narrow petals and a dark brown central cone from August to October.  Grows to 36 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. with a clumping habit. The foliage is fuzzy. Full sun and moderately moist, but well-drained, humus-rich soil. Tolerates heat and high humidity. Deadhead flowers for additional bloom. Zones 3-9. IL, IN and OH. Awarded the AGM from the RHS in 1993. Somewhat deer resistant.

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. 

Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Pretty Carol’       Asteraceae                   Santolina

A rounded mound of dense, silvery gray, aromatic foliage to 20 in. tall and wide, with small, yellow, button-like flowers on tall stems in mid-summer. The pungent scent discourages deer and other browsers. This Mediterranean native prefers full sun and demands well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. Cut back severely in early spring to maintain a tidy shape and prevent splitting.  Zones 7-10.

Solidago caesia  ⯌⦸                             Asteraceae                    Blue-Stem Goldenrod

A clump-forming, generally 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. Lance-shaped, medium green leaves. Attracts butterflies. Zones 4-8. Central and eastern NA. 

Stokesia laevis ‘Mel’s Blue’               Asteraceae                                Stokes’ Aster

Large periwinkle blue, feathery, daisy-like flowers on strong stems in summer. The deep grass green leaves form a basal rosette. Reaches 12-18 in. tall by 6-12 in. wide in full sun and moderately moist, but well-drained soil. Wet soil in winter can be fatal. Deadhead to keep the flowers coming. Attracts butterflies and bumblebees. Zones 5-9. Species native from NC to FL and LA. Discovered as a chance mutation at a nursery in the Netherlands. Patented. Somewhat deer proof.

Tricyrtis ‘Empress’                               Liliaceae                                             Toad Lily

Plant this August and September-blooming beauty where the small white flowers with dark purple stippling can be admired at close range. Shade loving and happiest in moist, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil, it forms clumps of stiff stems 24-30 in. tall with equal spread. The common name refers to the warty bump-like nectaries at the base of the flowers. Stoloniferous, it colonizes in a non-invasive manner. Zones 5-9. Taiwan. Thought to be a hybrid of T. formosana. 

Vernonia noveboracensis ⯌⦸                  Asteraceae                    New York Ironweed

Visualize a late summer garden and consider this statuesque, 4-6 ft. tall, butterfly beacon with fluffy heads of deep violet-purple florets. Leave the showy seed heads to decorate the winter garden and feed the birds. Forms robust clumps. Plant this in full sun or partial shade in light, moderately moist, fertile soil. Zones 5-9. MA to MS and GA. Our plants have a Long Island provenance.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Adoration’  ⯌⦸       Plantaginaceae          Culver’s Root 

A strong vertical accent for a pollinator garden, meadow, or rain garden, with ethereal candelabra-like spires of lilac-pink florets in July-August on stalks 4-5 ft. tall. Pointed deep green leaves are whorled along the stems. Grows from a sturdy taproot, spreading slowly by rhizomes. Prefers a sunny, moist site with rich acidic soil.  Zones 4-8. Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia to ME to ND, south to the FL panhandle and east TX. This selection from Dutch plantsman and garden designer Piet Oudolf.

Zizia aptera ⯌⦸                                 Apiaceae                       Heart-Leafed Alexanders

Clusters of small, but showy, yellow flowers on a woodland and prairie native that’s an excellent companion for amsonias. Blooming in May-June, the colorful umbels top stems 12-24 in. tall. Basal leaves are heart-shaped. Full sun to partial shade in average, moderately moist, alkaline soil. Zones 3-8. CT to FL, west to the Rockies and the Canadian Northwest. The common name refers to a medicinal herb of the same family used by the Romans and first found near the city of Alexandria, Egypt.

ANNUALS AND TENDER PERENNIALS                   

  Native to North America

  “Deer Resistant”

Agastache ‘Kudos™ Ambrosia’✦⦸           Lamiaceae             Hummingbird Mint

Cheerful orange and pink blossoms with 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. Hummingbirds’ favorite.

Agastache ‘Kudos™ Mandarin’ ✦⦸

Tangerine colored flowers and licorice scented leaves on a tidy plant, 18 in. tall by 16 in. wide. Looks good all summer long. Sun and fertile, well-drained soil, especially in winter. Zones 5-10. Genus found in N. America and Asia.

Angelonia angustifolia ’Alonia™ Dark Lavender’             Plantaginaceae      

This Summer Snapdragon offers true blue flowers from late spring until frost. Dependable. Continues to grow in size once planted. Reaches 12-14 in. tall by 12-14 in. wide in sun and average soil. Zones 9-11. Central and South America.

 

Antirrhinum majus Snaptini™ ‘Peach’         Plantaginaceae           Snapdragon

Deliciously peach, pink and yellow and neatly sized at 6-8 in. tall with equal width.

These cool-season plants will do best in rich, moist, but well-drained soil in sun or dappled shade. With careful watering they can survive a hot summer.  Zones 8-11. Mediterranean region.

Artemisia x ‘Sea Salt’                 Asteraceae 

Soft, velvety, dissected silver leaves. Grows 6-10 in. tall by 10-20 in. wide. Full sun and well-drained, average soil. Does well in hot and dry sites. Zones 5-9. Japan.

Asclepias curassavica               Apocynaceae                        Tropical Milkweed 

Clusters of small red, orange and yellow flowers and narrow, lance-shaped leaves on sturdy stems to 4 ft. high. A good butterfly nectar plant and a host for Monarch caterpillars. Sun and a well-drained site. Zones 9-11. Can be poisonous to livestock. Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico.

 

Calibrachoa Cabaret® ‘Neon Rose’           Solanaceae                 Seaside Petunia

Vibrant deep pink trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats on mounding, trailing stems. Sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Fertilize from time to time and trim back to encourage new growth. Blooms all summer long. Grows 8-10in. tall and 16-20 in. wide. Zones 9-11. 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 Million Bells® ‘Terra Cotta’                                     Seaside Petunia

Stunning yellow flowers, infused with pink, on mounding, trailing stems. Sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Fertilize from time to time and trim back for new growth. Reaches 10-12 in. tall and 10-20 in. wide. Zones 9-11. South America.

Cleome xSenorita Blanca®’           Cleomaceae                                   Spider Flower

Birds, butterflies and hummingbirds adore these showy white flowers on upright stalks to 3 ft. tall. Summer until frost. Full sun and average soil. Sterile hybrid, so it won’t reseed, and thornless. Zones 10-11. Southern S. America.

 

Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apricot Lemonade’                 Asteraceae 

Pinwheels of pastel shades – soft apricot, pink to lavender and buttery yellow. Grows 20 -28 in. tall and 16 in wide. Full sun and average to moist, but well-drained, soil. Blooms from early summer until frost. Disease and heat resistant. Zones 9-11. Southern U.S. and Mexico. Attracts bees and lacewings.

Cuphea x ‘David Verity’                    Lythraceae                             Firecracker Plant

Tubular, fiery red-orange flowers are rich in nectar and attract hummingbirds, butterflies and a host of pollinators. Lance-shaped, dark green leaves on a rounded, bushy sub-shrub, 18-30 in. tall and wide. Full sun and moist, but well-drained soil. Zone 11. Blooms from summer to frost. Tropical Americas.

Euphorbia x Starblast™ ‘Snowdrift’ ✦⦸              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. Looks good all summer. Heat tolerant. Excelled in UGA plant trials. 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 sp. ‘Fireworks’                        Amaranthaceae         Globe Amaranth

Very long stems of hot pink, clover-like blooms, tipped with yellow attract butterflies and many pollinators. Flowers are held well above the basal foliage on a scaffolding of stems, unlike other gomphrenas. Full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Zones 9-11. Central America. Attracts butterflies.

Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’       Boraginaceae                         Heliotrope

The showy clusters of tiny dark purple flowers have a light fragrance of cherries, almonds and vanilla. Years ago, its common name was “Cherry Pie.” 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. Pollinators!

Hymenocallis x festalis ‘Zwanenburg’      Amaryllidaceae      Peruvian Daffodil

Citrus-scented, spidery, ivory flowers in mid to late summer on leafless stalks above strap-shaped basal foliage. 24-30 in. tall and 12-24 in. wide. Full sun or partial shade in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Plant these bulbs in a large pot or the border and lift in fall to overwinter in a cool, dry place. Zones 8-10. Species native to Southern U.S. and South America.

Ipomoea batatas ‘Treasure Island Makatea’         Convolvulaceae

This Sweet Potato Vine was developed by LA State University to offer a decorative vine with edible, fleshy roots. Heart-shaped, pointed, chartreuse leaves 6-12 in. tall, spreading 12-24 in. Sun or partial shade in moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 9-11. Central and South America. 

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. 12-24 in. tall and equally wide with mounded habit. Remove the berries to encourage continuous bloom. Zones 9-11.

Lantana camara Bandana® ‘Cherry’         

Dark cherry flowers with gold and peach centers. tones mixed with paler florets. 12-24 in. by 12-24 in. Lantana attracts birds and butterflies.

Lantana camara Bandana® ‘Peach’         

Florets open soft yellow, turn golden, maturing to soft pink. 12-24 in. by 12-24 in.

Nicotiana alata                                 Solanaceae                              Flowering Tobacco

Old-fashioned, cottage garden plant with starry white flowers on slender stems, 36-40 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.

Oxypetalum coeruleum             Apocynaceae                                           Tweedia

Clusters of sky-blue flowers and velvety oval leaves on a relative of milkweed from Southern Brazil and Uruguay. Grows 2-3 ft. tall and wide in sun or partial shade, preferring afternoon shade in hot summers. Average, well-drained soil. Protect from wind and rain. The flower color alone is worth the trouble. Will over-winter indoors in bright cool spot with reduced watering.  Zones 10-11.

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.

Florets open soft yellow, turn golden, maturing to soft pink. 12-24 in. by 12-24 in.

Nicotiana alata                                 Solanaceae                              Flowering Tobacco

Old-fashioned, cottage garden plant with starry white flowers on slender stems, 36-40 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.

Oxypetalum coeruleum             Apocynaceae                                           Tweedia

Clusters of sky-blue flowers and velvety oval leaves on a relative of milkweed from Southern Brazil and Uruguay. Grows 2-3 ft. tall and wide in sun or partial shade, preferring afternoon shade in hot summers. Average, well-drained soil. Protect from wind and rain. The flower color alone is worth the trouble. Will over-winter indoors in bright cool spot with reduced watering.  Zones 10-11.

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.

Petunia Crazytunia® ‘Frisky Violet’           Solanaceae

Eye catching blooms feature a creamy star framed with violet. Mounded habit is perfect for hanging baskets or containers, 6-12 in. tall by 12-18 in. wide. Best in sun and well-drained soil. Zones 9-11. South America.

Scaevola aemula ‘Brilliant’                 Goodeniaceae                                Fan Flower

Here’s a deep blue flowered, trailing plant that loves hot summers. Great in containers at 8-16 in. tall and 20 in. wide. Vigorous and drought tolerant. Full to partial sun in average, well-drained soil. Zones 10-11. Australia.

Torenia Summer Wave® Bouquet Blue      Linderniaceae          Wishbone Flower

As an edging or container, small, velvet blue flowers stand up to heat and humidity. Well-branched plants, 10-12 in. tall, trailing 12-20 in. Sun and good drainage. Zones 10-11. Tropical Asia, Africa and Madagascar.

Tropaeolum majus ‘Tip Top Apricot’         Tropaedaceae                 Nasturtium

Deep apricot-salmon, semi-double, spurred flowers and a mound of round, dark green leaves. Grows 12 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. 

Verbena Empress™ ‘Sun Violet’                 Verbenaceae                          Vervain

Bright purple flowers with semi-trailing, clean dark green foliage mix well with many other colors. Grows 12-16 in. tall, spreading 18-24 in. Full sun and average, well-drained soil.  Zones 6-10. Uniform habit.

Verbena Lanai® ‘Lime Green’  

 Another versatile verbena to use in containers. Soft textured foliage and creamy white flowers tinged with lime green. Compact at 10-12 in. tall by 12-18 in. wide.

Sun to partial shade and average, well-drained soil. Zones 9-10.

Verbena Lanai® ‘Peach’

Pale to medium peach flowers on a mounding plant, 10-12 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.

 

SENSATIONAL SALVIAS

Salvias are a welcome source of brilliant color in the garden, especially from August until frost. Members of the Lamiaceae or Mint family, their characteristic tubular corollas and bright hues make them attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds 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. Re-seeds. Bees!

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. Butterflies love this species.

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. x ’Cherry Queen’S. greggii hybrid with long season of bloom. 

Cherry red flowers. Mounded habit to 18 in. tall by 24 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 guaranitica Bodacious® ‘Hummingbird Falls’ – Dark blue flowers with black

calyxes. Mounded habit, 12-24 in. tall x 18-36 in. wide. Trailing stems suitable for use in hanging basket.

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. 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 oxyphora – Bolivian Hummingbird Sage is a beacon for all garden visitors with its large, fuzzy, watermelon-cherry flowers, broad green leaves and impressive 4-ft. height. Late summer to mid-fall.

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.

Salvia splendens Grandstand™ ‘Blue Bicolor’ – White tipped, dark violet blue flowers, 12-14 in. x 10-14 in. Compact, continuous bloom.

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 ‘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. 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.

HERBS

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.  

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 Garlic – Allium tuberosum   Flat, keeled leaves; umbels of white

sweetly scented flowers in late summer, 20 in. x 20 in.

Also called Chinese Chives.

Cilantro       Santo – Coriandrum sativum   One of the oldest known herbs; cultivated for more than 3000 years. To 24 in. x 12 in. Harvest seeds to use whole or ground after flowering. Attracts bees and other beneficial insects.

Dill                Fernleaf – Dwarf variety, to 18 in. x 18 in.  Flavorful and slow to bolt. All-America Selections winner. Host for larva of swallowtail butterflies, ladybugs and lacewings.

Fennel Bronze – Best grown among flowers, to 5 ft. tall. Host plant for

the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly.

Laurel (Bay) Laurus nobilis   Edible and ornamental. Dry the leaves to use

in sweet or savory dishes or train it in a decorative pot as a topiary. Zones 8-10.  

Lavender      Big Time Blue angustifolia. Fat spikes of lavender blue flowers

And gray-green foliage. 24 in. x 16 in.  

Phenomenal® – Vigorous newer introduction. Tolerates cold 

and high humidity. Purple flowers; to 3 ft. x 3 ft. 

Sensational® – x intermedia. New. Broad, thick silver leaves and intense purple blooms. 24-30 in. x 30-36 in. 

Lemon Grass       Cymbopogon citratus   Use the base of the leaves fresh in SE Asian dishes. Bring the plant inside to a cool, very bright spot in winter. Grows 2-3 ft. tall. Zones 9-10.

Lemon Aloysia triphyllaTropical subshrub from Chile and

Verbena                 Argentina. To 4 ft. tall. Strong lemon flavor and fragrance. Pick leaves in summer for oil extraction

flavoring, or for drying.

Marjoram  CompactaOriganum vulgare   Dwarf and dense, to 6 in. x 

                                         12 in. Good for containers and edging.

Mint Spearmint –   Mentha spicata   Garden mint with highly aromatic foliage for mint sauce or to garnish iced

tea.

Oregano       GreekOriganum vulgare var. hirtum   Spicy and pungent.

ItalianOriganum x majoricum  Hybrid with  sweeter flavor                 than Greek Oregano.

Parsley         Curly – Mild herb flavor, similar to celery.

  Italian Flat Leaf – More robust flavor.

Rosemary  Speedy – Fast growing, upright.  18-24 in. x 36-48 in. Hardy to Zone 7. Light purple f lowers.

Upright – Grayish green needles, to 3 ft. tall. Good for topiary.

                  Rosemary has been renamed Salvia rosmarinus.

Sage              Berggarten – Large, round, fleshy leaves.

Garden Grey – Use for cooking or as an ornamental.

Pineapple – Late blooming red flowers. Foliage has fruit scent. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Savory WinterSatureja montana   Makes an informal dwarf hedge.

                                              Dark green leaves; intense, peppery flavor. Hardy.

Tarragon FrenchArtemesia 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

Golden Lemon – Fragrant round green leaves edged in gold.

        Lavender flowers. Ornamental and edible.

TOMATO PLANTS Indeterminate, unless otherwise noted

Early Season

Early Girl VFF   6-8 oz. tasty red globes, reliable. Vines 6-9 ft. tall.

Mid Season

Bella Rosa VFFNA Hybrid   10-12 oz. delicious red fruit. Heat tolerant. Resistant to Spotted Wilt Virus and other diseases. Determinate.

Better Boy VFN  8-16 oz. red fruit. Prolific, juicy, meaty and disease resistant.

Cherokee Purple   10-12 oz. dark rose/purple fruit. Sweet and rich flavor.

Genuwine   10-12 oz. red fruit. Hybrid of Brandywine and Costoluto Genovese.

Mountain Merit VFFFN  8-12 oz. red fruit.  Disease resistant. Determinate.                             

Beefsteak

Brandywine Landis Valley   1-2 lb. red fruit. Hybrid with regular leaves.

Dester   German heirloom, 1-2 lb. succulent, pink fruit, good for slicing.  

Kellogg’s Breakfast   1 lb. orange fruit. Juicy heirloom. We offer both the regular and potato leaf varieties.

Small Fruited

Cherry Princess Sweetie   Red fruit.  Complex, sweet flavor.

Juliet    Early ripening, sweet, grape-like fruit. AAS Winner.

Rapunzel   Cascades of sweet, bright red cherries. Tall vines.

Sun Gold   Very sweet, bright orange cherries. Vigorous. 

Bi-Color

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. Sweet flavor.

Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye   8 to 12 oz. port wine and green striped fruit. Rich flavor.

Pineapple   1- 2 lb. red and yellow streaked fruit. Mild, sweet flavor. Low acidity.

Paste Type

Pozzano VFFT    4.5 inch-long, red fruit. Solid flesh and super flavor. Vigorous.

San Marzano   Almost seedless, rich flavor, one of the best

Speckled Roman    5 inch-long, meaty red fruit with golden stripes. So tasty it’s good for salads as well as sauce and paste.

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.   

Peppers

Sweet

Carmen   Red bull horn style, 6 in. long, early to mature

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

Mini Belle Mix     1 in. long, very sweet, variety of colors, 24 in. tall plants

Orange Blaze   3-4 in. long, very sweet, for salad or cooking

Orange Marmalade   4 in. long, sweet, disease resistant, quick to ripen

Rainbow Bell Blend   4 in. long, sweet, red, yellow, orange, green or purple

Mild

Holy Molé   7-9 in. long, dark brown, nutty, smoky and spicy for molé sauce  

Tricked You   4 in. long green fruit, jalapeno flavor without the heat

Hot

Ancho 101   4 in. long, green maturing to dark red, mildly hot, 500 to 3000 S.U.    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.

Eggplant

Fairy Tale    Dwarf, suitable for container, AAS Winner

Pingtung Long   12 in. long fruit, mild flavor

Cucumber

Marketer    Heirloom, 8-9 in. fruit, mild and sweet, heat resistant, AAS Winner

Sweeter Yet    Burp-free, 10-12 in. fruit. Thin skin is not bitter.

Fig

Ficus carica ‘Fignomenal’                   Moraceae                                Hybrid Fig Tree

Exciting introduction from Peace Tree Farm produces deep brown, medium-sized figs with a sweet, deep pink interior all year long. Compact at 28 in. tall by 28 in. wide, it can be grown in a container and taken indoors during colder months. Ever-blooming and self-fertile, it requires 4-8 hours of direct sunlight and well-drained soil. Provide ample moisture while it’s fruiting. Zones 7-9. Species native to the Mediterranean region. Deer will eat the new growth in spring, but not the fruit. Makes an attractive houseplant in winter.

This catalog represents, to the best of our ability, plant material that will
be available at the sale. One-of-a-kind plants may sell out quickly, but
you will find many other specially selected, interesting plants not listed
here.

Catalog prepared by Frederica Hammerstrom
©2022 Henry Foundation for Botanical Research

 

 

   

Walking the garden with Peter Zale, Part 2

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Walking the garden with Peter Zale, Part 1

The renowned plant breeder and botanical explorer joined the Henry staff in taking in the rehabilitation of a garden whose founder inspired his career. As Zale puts it: “In my opinion, Mary Gibson Henry is one of the most under-looked and underrated American botanists.” Stay tuned for segments on the Rock Garden and Southern Garden.

Saving Amaryllis x Henryae

Peter Zale, the Associate Director of Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections at Longwood Gardens, was kind enough to save one of the Henry Botanic Garden’s most prized plants, Amaryllis x Henryae. Peter took our last remaining specimen and propagated and returned hundreds of bulbs! Stay tuned for more coverage of the Henry Botanic Garden tour with Peter Zale, Henry Ortmeyer and Susan Treadway.

Rock Garden Renewal

The Rock Garden created by Mary Henry, a self-taught botanist, horticulturist and explorer, is the first to be designed and built to be self-sustaining with plants native to N. America. It graces a topography that offers superb collections of prominent plant families. With a strong focus on woody plants, visitors can expect to see Magnolias, Styrax, Hamamelis, Halesia, and Rhododendrons — as well as a notable collection of herbaceous plants.

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Enjoy looking back at a year full of Henry Botanic Garden plant and project news through photos and video.