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Henry Ortmeyer, Lynn Cherry and David Lauer have used the label maker Morris Arboretum has graciously shared with us. They also found a neat way to find old plant labels. A metal detector. And they are finding quite a few, which include some valuable information.
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✦ Native to North America
⦸ “Deer Resistant”
Aronia melanocarpa Low Scape Mound® ✦ Rosaceae Black Chokeberry A first-rate plant for naturalizing in a smaller garden, 1-2 ft. tall with a 3-4 ft. spread, this selection from the University of Connecticut has 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. Newfoundland to northern GA and AL, north to MN and southern Ontario.
Calycanthus floridus ‘Simply Scentsational’® Calycanthaceae Sweetshrub Choose this newer cultivar for the sweet, fruity fragrance, as well as the deep claret blossoms from May until July. Upright, to 6 ft. tall and 4-5 ft. wide, with oval, fresh green leaves. Deciduous. Native to open woods and stream banks from the Mid Atlantic to the Southeast, it will thrive in sun or dappled shade in moist, but well drained, acidic soil. Tolerates other soils. Zones 4-9. Prune after blooming because it flowers on old wood.
Chamaecyparis pisifera Soft Serve®⦸ Cupressaceae Sawara False Cypress Graceful branches and feathery foliage make this compact, conical conifer very appealing. The foliage is bright green on top with silvery blue highlights on the underside, and retains its vibrant color throughout the year. Tiny reddish brown cones form on short stalks. Grows 6-10 ft. tall, with equal spread, and requires very little pruning. Soft Serve can be planted in sun or partial shade and prefers fertile, moderately moist, but well-drained, soil. Zones 5-8. Central and southern Japan.
Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ ✦⦸ Clethraceae Summersweet Fabulous spicy fragrance from masses of upright spikes of bottlebrush white flowers from July into August. This compact selection reaches 2-4 ft. tall by 3-5 ft. wide in full sun or partial shade and has a mounded shape. Prefers moist, acidic soil with plenty of organic matter. Prune in late winter. Deciduous and rhizomatous. Zones 4-9. A favorite bee plant from ME to coastal FL, MS and TX. PHS Gold Medal and RHS AGM award winner.
Cornus sericea Arctic Fire® ✦⦸ Cornaceae Red-Osier Dogwood The deep dark red stems of this fine compact shrub flame in the winter landscape, especially when backlit by the sun. There are small white flowers for pollinators in spring and attractive green foliage until late autumn. At 3-4 ft. tall by 3-4 ft. wide, it works well in smaller gardens. Full sun to partial shade in fertile, rich, moist soil with high organic content. Prune in early spring to remove the oldest, thickest branches. The remaining thinner, younger stems will give the best winter display. Zones 3-7. This selection does not have the species’ stoloniferous, spreading habit. Found across North America, except in the lower Midwest and the deep South.
Cytisus scoparius Sister Disco® ⦸ Fabaceae Scotch Broom A great companion for daffodils and tulips that bloom in mid-Spring, cytisus offers distinctive, upright sprays of red and yellow, pea-shaped flowers on green cascading stems. Grows 1-3 ft. tall and wide in full sun and lean soil with very good drainage. Tolerates a hot, dry location. Zones 5-8. Western and central Europe. The twigs and branches of cytisus are useful for making brooms and it has been used in the north of England and Scotland for thatching cottages.
Deutzia x Yuki Snowflake® ⦸ Hydrangeaceae Slender Deutzia A low mounding deciduous shrub, covered with small white, bell-shaped blooms in April and May. The arching branches root easily where they touch the soil, forming a beautiful ground cover. Compact at 12-24 in. tall and equally wide. Thrives in sun or partial shade in average, moist or dry locations. In autumn the foliage turns deep red, especially in a sunny site. Zones 5-8. Hybrid of Asian species developed by Dr. Tom Ranney of NCSU.
Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’ ✦ ⦸ Hamamelidaceae Dwarf Fothergilla Outstanding selection of a versatile deciduous shrub native to southeastern North America. In late spring honey-scented white bottlebrush flowers bloom in terminal spikes among the leathery dark green leaves with gray-blue undersides. Autumn foliage turns reddish purple, yellow and orange. Grows 3-5 ft. tall with equal spread in full sun or partial shade in fairly moist, but well-drained, slightly acidic soil with high organic content. Zones 5-8. Michael Dirr discovered this hybrid at the Mt. Airy Arboretum in Cincinnati. Thought to be (F. gardenii x F. latifolia.)
Heptacodium miconioides ‘Temple of Bloom’⦸ Caprifoliaceae A more compact selection of the Seven-Son Flower, this small many-stemmed cultivar blooms earlier than the species and provides all-season interest. Panicles of fragrant white flowers in mid-summer are followed by showy rose-pink calyxes surrounding the small purple-red fruits. In winter the exfoliating brown and tan bark is remarkable. Best grown in sun and moderately moist, but well-drained, soil. Grows 6-10 ft. tall and wide. Prune during winter before the buds have formed. Zones 5-9. First collected in 1907 by E.H. Wilson in China.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’® Hydrangaeceae Pee Gee Hydrangea Opulent creamy white, upright flower heads on strong stems from July to September. The blooms age to rosy pink. This compact cultivar developed in Belgium grows 30-36 in. tall with equal spread. Thrives in sun or partial sun in moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Species native to Japan. Awarded the PHS Gold Medal in 2021.
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.
Ilex glabra Gem Box® ✦⦸ Aquifoliaceae Inkberry If you like the look of boxwood, you’ll appreciate this dependable native alternative with small dark green leaves and a well branched habit. Maintaining branches right to the ground, it forms a dense globe of foliage, 24-36 in. tall and wide. Prefers light, moist, but well-drained, acidic soil in sun or partial shade. Salt tolerant. Zones 5-9. Nova Scotia to FL, west to 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.
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Zeblid’ ✦⦸ Ericaceae Mountain Dog Hobble Denser and more symmetrical than the species, this broadleaf evergreen selection has leaves tapering to a long point and trailing spikes of waxy white flowers in May. The new foliage is bright scarlet, contrasting nicely with the existing deep green clumps of leaves. The burgundy fall color matures to bronze in winter. Prefers partial to full shade in humusy, cool, sandy to clay, well-drained loamy soil. It will sucker to form colonies over time. Zones 5-8. NY to AL and GA.
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.
Physocarpus opulifolius Tiny Wine® ✦⦸ Rosaceae Ninebark An underutilized native shrub with attractive exfoliating bark on mature branches for winter interest and spirea-like clusters of pine or white flowers in late spring to attract honeybees and butterflies. The small leaves range in color from maroon to bronze. This dwarf selection, 3-4 ft. tall and wide, tucks neatly into any garden. Partial sun to partial shade in average, slightly acidic, dry to moderately moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 3-8. Species found from NY to MN and SD, south to FL, AR and KS. Tolerates drought, clay soil, rocky soil and Black Walnut trees.
Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ ⦸ Ericaceae Japanese Pieris Brilliant red new growth appears above the lustrous evergreen leaves in spring, while clusters of small, fragrant creamy white flowers in March and April complete the picture. Grows to 6 ft. tall, spreading 4 ft. wide, in dappled or full shade in evenly moist, but well-drained, humus-rich, acidic soil. Zones 5-7.
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’ ✦⦸ Anacardiaceae Fragrant Sumac This dense, low growing native shrub makes an effective groundcover in hot, dry conditions. Glossy green foliage warms to reddish orange in fall. Spring’s yellow flowers become red fruit. Spreads easily in sun or shade. Grows to 2 ft. tall, spreading by root suckers to 6-8 ft. wide. Well suited for stabilizing slopes. Deciduous. Zones 4-9. VT to Ontario and MN, south to FL and LA. A non poisonous plant that attracts butterflies and birds.
Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ ⦸ Saliaceae Variegated Willow Bring grace and beauty to the landscape with the green, pink and white variegated foliage of this stunning deciduous shrub. Reaching 6-9 ft. tall with a 5-8 ft. spread, it grows with a loose, upright habit. Prune it back in spring to encourage coloration. In July it can be cut to maintain a desired height. Mature leaves are predominately shades of cream and green. Happy in sun or partial shade and fertile, moist, but well-drained soil.. Zones 5-8. Japan.
Syringa vulgaris New Age™ ‘White’ ⦸ Oleaceae Common Lilac Full-sized, heavily scented white blooms in May on a shrub that matures to just 4- 5 ft. tall and wide. The full-sized flowers belie the scaled down size of the plant, which is perfect for a courtyard or a small garden. Exhibits a strong resistance to powdery mildew. Easy to grow in full sun and fertile, moist, but well-drained, soil with plenty of organic matter. Good air circulation insures healthy foliage. Zones 3-7. The common lilac is thought to have arrived in European gardens from Turkey in 1562. Colonists brought it to the Americas in the early 1600’s.
Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ ⦸ Oleaceae Common Lilac Attracting attention since its introduction in 1938, with dense panicles of unique deep lavender flowers bordered in white. Sweetly fragrant. Reaches 8-15 ft. tall and 6-12 ft. wide in a sunny location with fertile, moist, but well-drained, organically rich soil. Good air circulation insures healthy foliage. Zones 3-7. Prune after flowering and remove the faded flower heads.
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.
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.
✦ Native to North America
⦸ “Deer Resistant”
Actaea pachypoda ✦⦸ Ranunculaceae Doll’s Eyes Clusters of tiny white flowers above the green, fern-like foliage in late spring mature to round white fruit, marked with a dark eye, on bright red pedicels. This decorative woodland beauty reaches 2-3 ft. tall, with equal spread. Prefers shade or part shade in moist, but well-drained, fertile soil with plenty of organic matter. The roots and berries are poisonous to humans, livestock and pets. Birds are immune to the toxicity. Zones 3-8. S. Canada to GA, west to OK and MN.
Cardamine diphylla ⯌⦸ Brassicaceae Crinkleroot Blooming before deciduous trees leaf out, this member of the Mustard family 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.
Claytonia virginica ✦⦸ Portulacaceae Virginia Springbeauty A beautiful, very early spring blooming plant with loose clusters of pink or white flowers striped with darker pink. A pair of grass-like leaves appears halfway up the 4-12 in. stem. Prefers part shade and moist, rich, acidic soil with high organic content. Goes dormant after seed set. Grows from an underground tuber that Native Americans and colonists used as food. Valuable food source for native bees. Zones 3-9. Nova Scotia to GA, west to MN, southeastern NE, eastern KS and TX.
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.
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 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.”
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.
Hypoxis hirsuta ✦⦸ Hypoxidaceae Yellow Star Grass This small (3-8 in. tall), grass-like plant grows from a corm and will colonize, though not aggressively. The bright yellow, star-shaped flowers are borne on slender stems among the hairy leaves. Grows in sun or partial shade and rich, acidic, well-drained loamy soil. Zones 3-9. S. ME to FL, west to Manitoba, eastern CO and eastern TX.
Iris cristata ✦⦸ Iridaceae Dwarf Crested Iris Lavender blue falls (the sepals) are 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.
Iris cristata ‘Powder Blue Giant’ ✦⦸
A larger form of the above, discovered in Litchfield, KY and introduced in 1998. The light blue flowers are 3 in. wide and appeal to hummingbirds. Grows to 12 in. tall, spreading 12-15 in.
Jeffersonia diphylla ✦⦸ Berberidaceae Twinleaf The large bluish green leaves of this interesting plant unfurl as the white, cup shaped flowers start to open on 8-in. stems in April. It continues to grow to 18 in. tall until the small, green, pear-shaped fruit ripens. Tolerates heavy shade. Best grown in moist, but well-drained, humusy soil. Will go dormant in mid to late summer. The seeds are distributed by ants. Zones 4-9. NY and southern Ont. to WI and northeastern IA, south to MD and the mountains from GA to TN.
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.
Tradescantia ozarkana✦ Commelinaceae Ozark Spiderwort Lance-shaped medium green leaves and small white to pink or lavender flowers in April-May and later in the season if deadheaded. Forms clumps, 12-14 in. tall and wide. Best in partial shade and moist, acidic, humusy soil. Considered a vulnerable plant in MO, AR, and OK where it is found in rich, rocky areas, including woods and bluffs. Zones 5-8. Grown from seed.
Thalictrum diocium✦⦸ Ranunculaceae Early Meadow Rue A small meadow rue, 12-24 in. tall, with lacy gray-green leaves and panicles of tiny pale green to pale lavender flowers. April-May. Best grown in dappled sun and rich, moist, soil with high organic content. The species name refers to the fact that male and female flowers are on separate plants. Zones 4-7. GA and AL, north to AR, north to New Brunswick, southwestern Que., southern Ont. and MN.
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 ✦ 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.
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.
✦ 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 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.
Dryopteris marginalis ✦⦸ Dryopteridaceae Marginal Shield Fern Deeply cut, leathery, evergreen fronds with a bluish-gray cast form a vase-shaped clump to 30 in. tall. Prefers shade to partial shade and moist, rich, acidic soil with plenty of humus. Furry, golden fiddleheads appear in spring. The name refers to the placement of the spore producing receptacles on the underside of the fronds. Zones 5-7. New England to eastern Ont., south to GA, TN, AR, eastern OK and eastern KS.
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.
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.
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. ‘Diamantina’ ™ An excellent repeat-flowering vine with fully double, blue purple flowers that last up to four weeks. Suitable for a container or grow it through a shrub. Reaches 5-6 ft. tall and blooms in late spring, then again in early autumn. Free-flowering in full sun to partial shade. Cut back the new growth by one-third in late winter. Zones 4-9. From renowned British clematis hybridizer Raymond Evison.
C. ‘John Huxtable’ Showy, bowl-shaped, pristine white flowers with pale stamens on a vine that climbs 8-12 ft. Blooms from June to September in full sun or partial shade. Cut back to the lowest pair of buds in late winter. Zones 3-8. A chance seedling of C. ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’. Received AGM from RHS.
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 edge and a starburst of red anthers. Reaches only 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. ‘Sarah Elizabeth’™ Glowing pink flowers bloom from the bottom to new growth on the top of the vine for a stunning effect. At 4-5 ft. tall, it’s suitable for a container in shade to partial shade to preserve the distinct pink color. Cut back the stems to 6 in. in late winter/early spring. Zones 4-9. Bred by Raymond Evison.
C. ‘Taiga’ ™ Deemed 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 flowers on new wood. Zones 4-9. Hybridized in Japan.
C. ‘Tekla’™ Rosy red flowers with pale anthers and a slightly paler central stripe are eye-catching 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. ‘Princess Diana’ (Texensis Group) Tulip-shaped, deep pink flowers with paler margins are followed by silky ornamental seedheads. Grows 6-8 ft. tall, blooming from mid-summer to early fall. Tolerates some shade. Prune back hard in late winter. Zones 4-10. Received AGM from RHS. This cross of C. texensis and C. ‘Bees Jubilee’ was introduced in 1984 to honor the Princess of Wales. C. ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ (Viticella Group) Bright wine red flowers with paler undersides and golden stamens on an 8-12. ft. vine from June to September. Perfect for a trellis or for climbing on a fence. Full sun or dappled shade. Prune back hard in late winter. Zones 4-10. Hybridized in France in 1900 and then lost to cultivation until it was rediscovered by plantsman Christopher Lloyd of Great Dixter.
✦ Native to North America
⦸ “Deer Resistant”
Achillea millefolium ‘Oertel’s Rose’✦⦸ Asteraceae Yarrow A well behaved and drought tolerant selection, with deep rose flowers that mature to palest pink. Compact and upright, 12-16 in. tall, spreading to 36 in. Best grown in sun and well-drained soil. Zones 4-9. Yarrow millefolium is found in Asia, Europe and North America. ‘Oertel’s Rose’ was discovered in a ditch in the Midwest and introduced by the University of GA. It hosts many species of Lepidoptera.
Achillea millefolium ‘Terra Cotta’✦ ⦸ Asteraceae Yarrow A long season of colorful flowerheads turn from peach to orange to russet hues and compliment the silvery foliage. Deadheading the lateral buds will encourage rebloom. At 30-36 in. tall, spreading 24-30 in., this yarrow makes a fine cut flower. Full sun in moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 4-8.
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.
Agastache rupestris ‘Rosie Posie’ ✦⦸ Lamiaceae Giant Hyssop A fragrant bouquet of hot pink flowers with magenta-purple calyxes blooming at the top of the stems creates a buzz in the border in late summer. Well-proportioned at 18-22 in. tall and 24-30 in. wide. Full sun and average, well-drained soil. Zones 5-9. Hybrid; species native to AZ and NM. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds!
Amsonia tabernaemontana ✦⦸ Apocynaceae Bluestar Southeastern U.S. native with pale blue flowers in May-June. These plants are seedlings of A. t. ‘Short Stack’ so they should grow to 12-18 in. and 12-18 in. wide 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 nemerosa ‘Dee Day’ ⦸ Ranunculaceae Wood Anemone A spring ephemeral that will spread and cover the ground when happy. Lavender blue, daisy-like flowers and deeply divided, three-part leaves on long stems. Rhizomes colonize close to the soil line. To 6 in. tall, spreading 10-24 in. wide in humusy, slightly acidic soil under deciduous trees where the flowers will open in sunlight. Blossoms close in cloudy weather. Dormant in summer. Zones 5-8. Northern and central Europe and Turkey. This selection introduced in 1918 by British plantsman Frank Waley.
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’ ⦸ Ranunculaceae Windflower From late summer into autumn, double, deep pink flowers dance on dark stems to 30 in. tall above the deeply divided, dark green foliage. Spreads by rhizomes to 30 in. wide. Full to partial sun in evenly moist, but well-drained soil with high organic content. Zones 5-8. Award of Garden Merit from RHS. Hybrid from Germany; species native to China.
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ ⦸ Asteraceae Wormwood Grown for its silvery, fern-like foliage and shrubby, mounding habit, 2-3 ft. by 3-4 ft. wide. Prune for shape in spring and autumn. Rarely flowers. Requires full sun and well-drained soil. Tolerates drought. A hybrid propagated to line the walls and terraces surrounding Powis Castle in Wales and introduced in 1972 to promote National Trust gardens. Zones 6-8. Hybrid of Mediterranean and European/Asian species.
Aster ageratoides ssp. obovatus ‘Adustus Nanus’ Asteraceae Japanese Aster This short (6-8 in. tall) aster with lavender/pink flowers is an impressive performer from late summer into fall. It spreads to 30 in. wide, with a mounding habit, so it’s perfect for edging. Full to partial sun in average, well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. Great for bees and butterflies, too.
Aster dumosus ‘Wood’s Blue’ Asteraceae Rice Button Aster Plant now for a colorful autumn by choosing the showy blue-purple blooms of this compact selection with clean green foliage and an upright habit to 16 in. tall and 18 in. wide. Flowers provide late season nectar and pollen for butterflies and other pollinators. Happy in full sun in evenly moist to wet, well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Eastern and central North America, Haiti and Dominican Republic. Recently renamed Symphyotrichum dumosum.
Baptisia ‘American Goldfinch’ ✦⦸ Fabaceae Hybrid False Indigo A big, bold baptisia with spikes of bright yellow pea-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer. Needs plenty of room at 40 in. tall and 50 in. wide. Sun and average to lean garden soil. Attractive round seedpods follow the blooms. Easy to grow and dependable. Zones 4-9. Hybrid of B. sphaerocarpa which is found in AR, LA, MO, MS, OK, and TX. Beneficial to bumblebees and other native bees.
Campanula poscharskyana⦸ Campanulaceae Serbian Bellflower To tuck in a wall, a rock garden or use as a ground cover, a charming and very hardy Balkan native with periwinkle blue, funnel-shaped flowers and downy, heart-shaped leaves. May-July. Partial sun and well-drained, moderately moist soil. To 8 in. tall and 24-36 in. wide. Zones 3-8.
Chelone glabra ‘Lederhosen’ ✦ ⦸ Plantaginaceae Turtlehead This recent introduction is a sport of the dependable late summer flowering native. Strong dark red stems holding distinctive white blooms make a stunning contrast with the narrow, dark green leaves. Reaches 24-36 in. tall and 16-20 in. wide. Sun or partial shade in deep, moist, fertile soil. Zones 4-9. Newfoundland to GA. A favorite food for caterpillars of the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly. Discovered at a nursery in IL.
Coreopsis x ‘Gilded Lace’ ✦⦸ Asteraceae Hybrid Tickseed Highly rated in Mt. Cuba’s Coreopsis Research Report, this tall selection will be covered in small yellow flowers and pollinators, primarily bumblebees and dark sweat bees, from mid-summer until fall. 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.
Coreopsis palustris ‘Summer Sunshine’ ✦⦸ Swamp Tickseed Late blooming, from September until frost, this introduction from Plant Delights Nursery and the NC Botanical Garden provides valuable food for pollinators when other perennials are waning. Gorgeous bright yellow daisies and lustrous dark green foliage to 30 in. tall and equally wide. Sturdy and dense. Disease resistant. Spreads slowly. Sun and average to moderately moist soil. Tolerates clay soil, heat and high humidity. Zones 6-9. Top-rated in Mt. Cuba’s Coreopsis Trials. Swampy forests, NC to FL.
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 resilient in heat and high humidity than hybrid delphinium.
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 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.
Echinacea paradoxa ✦⦸ Asteraceae Yellow Coneflower The paradox is that this is the only species in the genus to have yellow flowers instead of the usual purple. Plant it for native bees and goldfinches, preferably in groups of three for the best display from mid-June to August. Typically reaches 3 ft. tall, with spread to half that, and an open habit. Will take more than a season to reach its full size. Non-aggressive. Full sun is preferable, along with average, dry to moderately dry, well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. Identified in 1902. Native to the Ozark regions of MO and AR.
Echinacea purpurea ✦⦸ Asteraceae Eastern Purple Coneflower Bright buds open to purplish pink petals surrounding a spiny, orange central cone, from June through September. Grows 2-5 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide with stiff stems and coarse, dark green foliage. Sun or partial shade in a medium to dry location. Tolerant of drought and high humidity. Zones 4-8. OH to MI to IA, south to LA and GA. Leave the spent flowerheads so that birds, especially finches, can enjoy the seeds. Trials at Mt. Cuba found this species the most preferred by pollinators.
Echinacea Artisan™ ‘Soft Orange’ Hybrid Coneflower Well-branched plants with large, warm orange flowers that soften to papaya as they mature. An early bloomer. Reaches 2-3 ft. tall and 1-2 ft. wide in sun and well drained average soil. Zones 4-9. Garden hybrid. Single flower form attracts the most insects.
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Queen Esta’ ⦸ Berberidaceae Barrenwort Very large, nodding purple flowers with long lavender spurs in April/May when the new heart-shaped foliage emerges flushed with similar tints. Grows to 12 in. tall and 18 in. wide in partial to full shade in average, well-drained, humus-rich soil. Zones 5-8. Japan, Korea and Manchuria. Selected by and named for his wife by the late Harold Epstein, a renowned horticulturist and expert on the genus.
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.
Gaura lindheimeri ‘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.
Geranium ‘Azure Rush’ ⦸ Geraniaceae Cranesbill Large light lavender-blue flowers from late May until frost. This sport of the popular ‘Rozanne’ displays a neatly mounded, compact habit, 12-18 in. tall, spreading 24-28 in. Prefers a sunny site, with some afternoon shade, and average, well-drained soil. Zones 5-8. Discovered and introduced in Germany in 2007.
Geum Tempo™ ‘Rose’ ⦸ Rosaceae Avens Blush pink, upward-facing, semi-double flowers really do resemble small roses on dark stems above the deeply lobed, medium green foliage. Grows 8-20 in. tall, with equal spread, in sun or dappled shade in good, fertile soil with excellent drainage. Late April to June. After flowering, the foliage expands to form a dense, rounded clump. Spent flowers become wispy seedheads. Zones 5-8. Garden hybrid; native to northern Turkey and the Balkans.
Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Bleeding Hearts’ ✦⦸ Asteraceae The False Sunflower will bloom from July until frost in the middle or the back of the border. New flowers are vivid orange red, maturing to golden orange with red centers, while the deep green leaves are highlighted with bronze. Full sun or partial shade and average soil. To 40 in. by 40 in. Zones 3-9. Eastern and central North America. Attracts butterflies and bees.
Helleborus Frostkiss® ‘Dorothy’s Dawn’⦸ Ranunculaceae Lenten Rose Abundant outfacing, lavender-pink flowers with pale yellow stamens above handsome deep green leaves marbled with silver. Grows to 12 in. tall and 24 in. wide in partial shade to shade in rich, moderately moist, well-drained soil. February to April. Sterile. Zones 5-9. Complex hybrid (H. x iburgensis) bred by the UK’s Rodney Davey, “the most uncompromising, rigorous plantsman you’ll ever meet.” Hellebores are native to Asia and Europe.
Helleborus Wedding Party® ‘Flower Girl’ ⦸ All dressed up in ruffled, double, blush to light pink blooms with occasional striation or speckling. From a series by Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens (MN) with great vigor, rich colors and showy floral displays. Thick, leathery evergreen leaves. Early spring. Grows 18-24 in. tall, with equal spread, in partial shade to shade in rich, moderately moist, well-drained soil. Zones 4-9.
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.
x Heucherella ‘Solar Eclipse’ ✦ Saxifragaceae Foamy Bells A shady, green garden might benefit from a dash of color and pattern. ‘Solar Flare’s’ broadly scalloped, dark purple leaves, outlined in lime green, will provide the necessary punch. Forms a clump to 16 in. wide, with 16-in. spikes of starry white flowers in late spring. The color intensifies as temperatures rise. Sun, partial shade or shade in well-drained, humus-rich soil. Requires more water than heucheras. Zones 4-9. Hybrid of our native heuchera and tiarella.
Monarda fistulosa ‘Claire Grace’ ✦⦸ Lamiaceae Wild Bergamot Highly ranked in Mt. Cuba’s Monarda Trials for sturdiness, flower color, better resistance to powdery mildew and clean green foliage compared to the species. A prolific display of light violet-purple flowers for three weeks in July. Grows to 50 in. tall, spreading to 38 in. in three years. Full sun and well-drained soil. Zones 4-8. Found in most of eastern Canada and the U.S. east of the Rockies. Attracts specialist bees, bumble bees, predatory wasps, hummingbirds and hawk moths, according to the Xerces Society.
Nepeta racemosa ‘Amelia’ ⦸ Lamiaceae Catmint A distinct form with clouds of airy lilac-pink flowers and bluish gray aromatic foliage. Reaches 24-40 in. tall, with equal spread, to form an attractive mound. Summer until early fall. Trim back after the first flush of bloom to encourage another. Sun and well-drained, average soil. Zones 5-9. Caucasus, Turkey and N. Iran.
Papaver orientale ‘Pizzicato’ ⦸ Papaveraceae Oriental Poppy Dwarf poppies on very strong stems to 20 in. tall in shades of red, scarlet, orange, salmon, mauve, pink and white. Large, substantial flowers with black centers in May and June. Eye-catching for the middle of the border where the foliage will be hidden when it goes dormant in midsummer. Best in full sun and moist, but well drained soil. Zones 3-8. This seed strain won the Fleuroselect Gold Medal. Eastern Turkey, Iraq, Iran and the Caucasus.
Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ ⦸ Appealing salmon-pink blooms, with petals like crisp silk, in June on strong upright plants 24 to 30 in. tall. Each spectacular flower has a dark purple center. Best in full sun and moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 3-8. Named for the only daughter of the last German Kaiser Wilhem II (the great granddaughter of Queen Victoria) who is said to have been as popular as Princess Diana in the early 1900’s.
Patrinia scabiosifolia ⦸ Caprifoliaceae Golden Valerian For contrasting texture in the border, try this tall, airy, long-blooming beauty with corymbs of tiny bright yellow flowers. Reaches 3-6 ft. tall, spreading to 2 ft. from a basal rosette. June to September. Best in full sun and well-drained, humusy soil. Tolerates heat and high humidity. Zones 5-8. Eastern Asia. Attracts bees, flies and wasps. One caution: it is an alternate host for Daylily Rust.
Penstemon Dakota™ ‘Burgundy’ ✦⦸ Plantaginaceae Beard Tongue Compact at 12 in. tall and 24 in. wide, 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.
Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ ✦⦸ Plantaginaceae Beard Tongue A hybrid of P. ‘Husker Red’ but with darker red foliage and better color retention. Tall (30-36 in.) with a 24-in. spread, it offers loose racemes of light pink flowers in early to mid-summer. Full sun and average, neutral, well-drained soil. Zones 3-8. Developed at the University of Nebraska. Penstemons are a valuable early summer source of pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Phlox paniculata ‘Glamour Girl’✦ Polemoniaceae Garden Phlox This long-legged beauty is not just for show, though her panicles of fragrant, hot coral-pink flowers will attract a lot of attention from early July into September. One of the most mildew resistant cultivars, she was an award-winning finalist in Mt. Cuba’s Phlox Trials. Lush bright green foliage on strong stems to 3 ft. tall with spread to 2 ft. in sun or partial shade and moist to average soil. Sought by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Zones 4-8. NY to IA, south to GA, MS and AR.
Phlox paniculata FLAME™ ‘Violet’✦ Dwarf Garden Phlox A newer introduction, short and sweet at 12-16 in. tall and equally wide, with an impressive display of fragrant violet-purple flowers with a darker purple eye in midsummer. Suitable for the front of the border or a container in full sun or partial shade and average to moist soil. Zones 3-9. Vigorous, with good resistance to powdery mildew and attractive to butterflies.
Pulmonaria ‘Shrimps on the Barbie’ ⦸ Boraginaceae Hybrid Lungwort A large spreading plant with masses of glowing, deep pink flower clusters adds some sizzle to the garden in April/May. The deep green leaves, which hold their color, are sprinkled with silver dots. Mildew resistant. Grows 8-10 in. tall, spreading 18-24 in. Plant this in full to partial shade in average or moderately moist, but well-drained soil. Cut back hard after blooming to encourage new foliage. Zones 4-9. (P. saccharata x P. officinalis x P. rubra). Europe and Asia.
Pycnanthemum virginianum✦⦸ Lamiaceae Virginia Mountain Mint A wonderful plant for many species of flies, wasps and bees, as well as the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Its name is a bit misleading, as it prefers moist sites and is found from ME to ND, south to western NC, MO and KS. Erect stems of narrow, grayish green leaves with terminal clusters of small white flowers from July to September. Strongly aromatic. Grows 2-3 ft. tall, spreading to 1.5 ft. in full sun. Zones 3-8. Discovered in Pennsylvania and named by French botanist André Michaux.
Rudbeckia ‘Glitters Like Gold’✦⦸ Asteraceae Black-eyed Susan A wealth of 3-inch yellow flowers from July through September. The thinner and more hirsute foliage of this newer hybrid is reported to be much more resistant to septoria leaf spot disease than its relative ‘Goldsturm.’ Grows to 3 ft. tall by 2 ft. wide in full sun and evenly moist, but well-drained, average soil. Zones 3-9. Rudbeckia species are widely distributed in North America.
Salvia azurea ‘Nekan’ (pitcheri) ⯌⦸ Lamiaceae Prairie Sage The large, ethereal, sky-blue flower spires of this prairie dweller belie its essential toughness. Originating in 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. Breaks dormancy very late in spring. Zones 4-8. Seed strain named for a specific population from north of Lincoln, NE. It attracts both bumble bees and butterflies.
Salvia nemorosa ‘Wesuwe’ ⦸ Wood Sage Native to western Asia and central Europe, long-blooming and drought tolerant. The basal foliage of this selection is grayish green, with spikes of small deep purple flowers and reddish-purple bracts from June to September. Forms an upright, many-branched clump 12-18 in. tall and 18-24 in wide. Happiest in full sun and moderately moist, but well-drained, sandy or gravelly soil. Aromatic leaves repel deer and rabbits. A good plant for bees and butterflies. Zones 3-8.
Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’ ⯌⦸ Asteraceae Short’s Goldenrod Goldenrods offer food and shelter to many species of butterflies and moths, as well as sustaining native bees and Monarch butterflies. Arching stems of small golden yellow blooms in September and October reach 30 in. tall, spreading by short rhizomes to 24 in. Less aggressive than other goldenrods. Sun or partial sun in moderately moist, gravelly, well-drained soil. Developed by a program at the Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Garden to save the species, which is known only in populations in KY and IN. Zone 6-9.
Spigelia marilandica ‘Little Redhead’ ⯌⦸ Loganiaceae Pinkroot A low maintenance plant with upright stems of upward facing, trumpet-shaped red flowers with yellow interiors that attract hummingbirds in June and again late in the summer. Forms a clump to 30 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. Full sun to partial shade in moderately moist, but well-drained, humusy soil. Deadhead after the initial bloom to encourage repeat performance. Zones 5-9. Southeastern U.S. This selection originated at Woodlanders Nursery.
Stachys officinalis ‘Pink Cotton Candy’ ⦸ Lamiaceae Betony Pastel pink flowers above low growing clumps of medium green foliage in mid summer. Works well as a ground cover or at the front of a border. To 24 in. tall, spreading to 20 in. Sun or dappled shade in moist, but well-drained soul. Zones 4- 8. Native to Europe and Great Britain. This selection was introduced by the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ ✦⦸ Saxifragaceae Foam Flower Frothy soft to medium pink flower spikes in April-May above strongly dissected, shiny green leaves with attractive dark red veining. Grows 6-12 in. tall and 12 in. wide in partial or full shade in cool, moist, but well-drained soil with lots of humus. Remove the flower stalks after blooming, Zones 4-9. Garden origin; found in the wild from New Brunswick south to the mountains of NC and also in Asia.
Tricyrtis macrantha ssp. macranthopsis ⦸ Liliaceae Toad Lily With its arching stems of glossy, dark green leaves and nodding, bell-shaped yellow flowers in late summer, this toad lily deserves a well-chosen place in the garden. Reaches 12-18 in. tall, with equal or occasionally slightly more spread. Prefers partial to full shade in moist, slightly acidic soil with high organic content. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Native to Japan where it can be found growing near waterfalls and over rock faces. Zones 6-8. Very limited supply.
Veronica gentianoides ‘Barbara Sherwood’ ⦸ Ranunculaceae Speedwell Charming, pale blue flowers striped with darker blue embellish the 12-16 in. spikes of a lovely plant suited to a cottage or estate garden. Textured green leaves form a low rosette, 12-18 in. wide. Full sun or partial shade in loamy, moderately fertile, moist soil with good drainage. Zones 4-7. Iran to Turkey. Attracts bees and butterflies.
ANNUALS AND TENDER PERENNIALS
✦ Native to North America
⦸ “Deer Resistant”
Abutilon ‘Biltmore Ballgown’⦸ Malvaceae Flowering Maple Lantern-shaped buds open to pendant, golden bell flowers with scarlet striping. Maple-like leaves. Grows 4-6 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide in full to partial sun and rich, loamy, moist, but well-drained, soil. Zones 8-10. Introduced by the Biltmore Estate in NC. Hybrid of S. American species.
Agastache ‘Kudos™ Coral’ ✦⦸ Lamiaceae Hummingbird Mint Warm coral pink 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 ‘Kudos™ Mandarin’ ✦⦸ Tangerine colored flowers and licorice scented leaves on a tidy plant, 18 in. tall by 16 in. wide. Keeps its good looks all summer long. Sun and fertile, well-drained soil, especially in winter. Zones 5-10. Genus found in N. America and Asia.
Ageratum ‘Bumble™ Blue’ ✦ ⦸ Asteraceae Floss Flower Hybrid selection of an old standard displays vivid blue/purple flowers that hold their color throughout the summer. Grows 8-12 in. tall and 12-16 in. wide. Sun or partial shade. Tolerates drought and high humidity. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Zones 8-10. Mexico.
Angelonia angustifolia ’Serena Blue’ ⦸ Plantaginaceae This Summer Snapdragon boasts bluish purple flowers with a white eye from late spring until frost. Dependable. Reaches 16-20 in. tall by 12-14 in. wide in sun and average soil. Zones 8-11. Central and South America.
Antirrhinum majus Twinny Peach™ ⦸ Plantaginaceae Snapdragon Deliciously peach, pink and yellow double flowers, neatly sized at 12 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.
Begonia x boliviensis ‘Groovy Rose’ Begoniaceae Semi-Trailing Begonia For a hanging basket or window box+, rich deep rose, uniformly sized blossoms with handsome dark green foliage. Succulent stems and substantial tubers. Grows 12-18 in. tall by 18-20 in. wide in shade or partial shade. Zones 9-11. From the cloud forests of the Andes in Bolivia and Argentina. Hummingbirds and butterflies!
Calendula resina (officinalis) ⦸ Solanaceae Pot Marigold Bright yellow daisy-like blooms, occasionally orange. Edible, favored by herbalists, useful as a natural dye, and attractive to pollinators. Grows to 24 in. tall, spreading to 18 in. Sun and well-drained soil. Zones 8-10. Mediterranean region.
Calibrachoa Callie® ‘Apricot’ ⦸ Solanaceae Seaside Petunia Rich apricot trumpet-shaped flowers with a rosy eye 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 4-8in. tall and 12-16 in. wide. Zones 9-11. South America.
Calibrachoa Callie® ‘Blue’ ⦸ Solanaceae Seaside Petunia Deep blue blooms on mounding, trailing stems. Culture as above.
Calibrachoa Callie® ‘Pink with Eye’ ⦸ Solanaceae Seaside Petunia Glowing pink flowers with a deeper eye on mounding, trailing stems. Sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Fertilize from time to time and trim back for new growth. Reaches 4-8in. tall and 12-16 in. wide. Zones 9-11. South America.
Cleome x ‘Senorita 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 ‘Apollo White’✦ Asteraceae Garden Cosmos 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.
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apricot Lemonade’✦ Asteraceae Garden Cosmos 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.
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. We will also offer the slightly smaller and equally wonderful E. ‘Beach Bum Blue.’
Gomphrena ‘Raspberry Cream’⦸ Amaranthaceae Globe Amaranth Very long stems of rich pink, clover-like blooms attract butterflies and many pollinators. Flowers are held well above the basal foliage on stems 18-28 in. tall. Full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Zones 9-11. Central America.
Heliotropium arborescens ‘Fragrant Delight’ Boraginaceae Heliotrope Large clusters of tiny dark purple flowers have a heady fragrance of cherries, almonds and vanilla. Years ago, its common name was “Cherry Pie.” With roughly textured, dark green leaves, plants reach 15-24 in. tall with equal spread. Full sun and moist, organically rich, well-drained soil. Zones 10-11. Peru. Pollinators!
Impatiens Bounce™ ‘Violet’ Balsaminaceae Hybrid New Guinea Impatiens Eye-catching color and lots of bloom power on this mildew resistant introduction. Grows 14-20 in. tall and equally wide in shade or dappled shade and moist, but well-drained soil. Zones 10-11. We will also offer I. Sonic® ‘Salmon’, 12-14 in. tall and wide.
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 Lucky™ ‘Lavender’ ⦸ Lavender, white and yellow florets accented with dark green leaves. Compact at 12-16 in. tall and 12-14 in. wide.
Lobularia x ‘Dark Velvet’ ⦸ Brassicaceae Sweet Alyssum Native to the Mediterranean region, this small, trailing beauty likes average, well drained soil and moderate moisture. Reaches 4-6 in. tall, spreading 18-20 in. Prefers dappled shade in warm climates. Deadheading results in more blooms. Zones 9-11.
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.
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.
Pelargonium ‘Vancouver Centennial’ Geraniaceae Stellar Geranium Star-shaped red-orange flowers and pointed, lobed chartreuse and bronze leaves on a classic container plant with an Award of Garden Merit from RHS. Grows 12- 16 in. tall and equally wide in sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Makes a good houseplant. Zones 9-11. Bred in the 1970’s in Australia.
Petchoa x SuperCal® ‘Blue’ Solanaceae Hybrid Petunia Heat tolerant and disease resistant plants 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. Hybrid of petunia and calibrochoa.
Petunia Crazytunia® ‘Blue Picotee’ Solanaceae Eye catching, violet blue blooms with bright white edges have a nautical flair. 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.
Plectranthus ‘Velvet Elvis’ ⦸ Lamiaceae Spur Flower Spikes of profuse lavender flowers in late summer with handsome deep green, velvety foliage. Useful in containers or planted out in full or partial shade. Reaches 28 in. tall with equal width. Bring it inside before frost because it makes a good houseplant. Easy to propagate from cuttings. Zones 8-10. Native to South Africa.
Rudbeckia hirta Minibeckia™ ‘Flame’ ✦⦸ Asteraceae Gloriosa Daisy Compact at 26 in. tall and 34 in. wide, with large yellow blooms ringed with red around the central black cone. Sun and well-drained, average soil. Zones 6-9, but often treated as an annual. Eastern and Central North 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.
Senecio cineraria ‘Cirrus’⦸ Asteraceae Dusty Miller Silvery elliptical grey leaves edged with delicate lobes form a perfect background for colorful annuals in containers. Forms a mound 6-18 in. tall and 6-12 in. wide. Sun and well-drained soil. Zones 8-10. Mediterranean region.
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™ ‘Flair Lavender Blue’ ⦸ Verbenaceae Vervain Bright purple flowers with semi-upright habit and clean dark green foliage mix well with many other colors. Grows 8-12 in. tall, spreading 12-18 in. Full sun and average, well-drained soil. Zones 6-10. Uniform habit. V. officinalis is native to Europe.
Verbena Empress™ ‘Sun Pink’ ⦸ Large pink flowers and dark green foliage. Grows 8-12 in. tall and 12-18 in. wide. Full sun and average, well-drained soil. Zones 6-10.
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. Zonal Geraniums (Pelargonium) in pink, salmon and scarlet.
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. chamaedryoides – ‘Germander Sage’ thrives in a very well drained site with fairly lean soil in sun or partial sun. Woody sub-shrub with small gray- green leaves and dark blue flowers. Grows 12-18 in. tall, spreading to 36 inches. Drought tolerant once established.
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. A favorite of William Robinson.
S. farinacea Sallyfun™ ‘Bicolor Blue’ – Mealy-cup Sage offers deep blue corollas with a white accent. 15-24 in. tall and 12-22 in. wide.
S. farinacea Sallyfun™ ‘Blue Lagoon’ – Rich blue flowers on a well-branched plant. 8-18 in. tall and 15-24 in. wide.
S. greggii Mirage™ ‘Rose Bicolor’ – Newer introduction with long season of bloom. Large rose and cream flowers. 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!
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.
S. patens ‘Cambridge Blue’ – Gentian Sage with true deep blue flower spikes, 24-32 in. tall. Attracts hummingbirds. Containers or flower beds.
S. splendens ‘Van Houttei’ – Extraordinary burgundy-rose flowers on dark red stems. To 4 ft. tall. Floriferous in moist, but well-drained, soil.
S. x ‘Ember’s Wish’ –Large, 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 ‘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.
S. Fashion™ ‘Orange’ – Brilliant tangerine blooms. Very floriferous plants, perfect for containers. 20-24 in. tall and 12-16 in. wide.
S. Salgoon™ Series ‘Lake Baikal’ – Bright blue flowers with dark calyxes on compact, bushy plants to 18 in. tall and wide. Recent introduction. S. Salgoon™ Series ‘Lake Garda’ – Medium pink flowers on well-branched plants for containers or border. To 18 in. tall and wide.
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.
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 triphylla – Tropical 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 Compacta – Origanum vulgare Dwarf and dense, to 6 in. x 12 in. Good for containers and edging.
Mint Spearmint – Mentha spicata Highly aromatic foliage for mint sauce or to garnish iced tea.
Mojito – Large leaves with hints of citrus.
Oregano Greek – Origanum vulgare var. hirtum Spicy and pungent. Italian – Origanum 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 fruity scent. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Tricolor – Grey-green leaves are marbled with pink and white.
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.
Sparkling Bright – Light green foliage with creamy margins and bright pink flowers.
TOMATO PLANTS – Indeterminate, unless otherwise noted
Early Girl VFF 6-8 oz. tasty red round fruit, reliable. Vines 6-9 ft. tall. 60 days.
Better Boy VFN 8-16 oz. red fruit. Prolific, meaty, disease resistant. 70 days. Cherokee Chocolate 10-14 oz. mahogany fruit. Complex, rich flavor. 80 days. Cherokee Purple 10-12 oz. dark rose/purple fruit. Sweet, rich flavor. 85 days. Genuwine 10-12 oz. red fruit. (Brandywine x Costoluto Genovese). 75 days. Mountain Merit VFFFN 8-12 oz. red fruit. Resists disease. Determinate. 75 days. Sunset’s Red Horizon 4-6 in. heart-shaped fruit. Early to produce and keeps on producing into fall. Huge flavor. Russian heirloom. 75 days.
Brandywine Landis Valley 1-2 lb. red fruit. Hybrid with regular leaves. 78 days. Brandywine Sudduth’s Strain 1-2 lb. pink fruit. Rich, intense flavor. 75 days. Dester German heirloom, 1-2 lb. succulent, pink fruit, good slicer. 80 days. Kellogg’s Breakfast 1-2 lb. orange fruit. Juicy and meaty heirloom. 80 days.
Chocolate Stripes 3-4 in. mahogany fruit with dark olive striping. Sweet, earthy tomato flavor. Taste Test finalist. 79 days.
Chef’s Choice Series
Chef’s Choice Orange 9 to 12 oz. fruit with heirloom flavor. Holds color when cooked. Tobacco Mosaic Virus and anthracnose resistant. 75 days. All America Selections Winner.
San Marzano Almost seedless 4 oz. fruit. Rich flavor. Crack resistant. 80 days.
Sun Gold Very sweet, bright orange cherries. Vigorous. 65 days. Sweet Million Prolific clusters of sweet red fruit. Crack resistant. 65 days.
Dwarf For containers of at least 5 gallons or plant in the garden. 3-4 ft. tall. Dark green, rugose, potato (non-serrated) leaves and a strong central stem.
BrandyFred Dwarf 10-16 oz. purple fruit with rich, well-balanced flavor. High yields. 75 days.
Dwarf Purple Heart 6-16 oz. heart-shaped, purple fruit. Ripens fairly early. Complex, rich, well-balanced flavor. 70 days.
Sweet Scarlet Dwarf 10-16 oz. red fruit with sweet, intense, tangy flavor. High yields. Fleshy with small seed cavities. 75 days.
Jimmy Nardello Bright red, 6-8 in. long, 1 in. wide, very sweet. 80-90 days. Mad Hatter Flattened disc shape, 2-3 in. wide, red, crunchy and sweet, grows to 48 in. tall. 65 days.
Mini Belle Mix Very sweet, 1 in. long, variety of colors, to 24 in. tall. 60 days.
Mild to Medium
Shishito 2-4 in. long; mild, smoky citrus flavor until they turn red. 50-200 S.U. 60-75 days. Usually eaten when they are green and mild. Ancho Poblano 4 in. long, green to dark red, 500 to 3000 S.U. 65-85 days.
Marketer Mild and sweet, 8-9 in. fruit. Heat resistant, AAS Winner. 65 days. Salad Bush Tasty 8 in. slicers. Containers or garden. AAS Winner. 60 days.
Asian Delight Slender, 8-10 in. bright purple fruit. Good yields. 60 days. Rosa Bianca Round, violet and white heirloom. Mild and creamy taste. 73 days.
Ficus carica ‘Fignomenal’ Moraceae Hybrid Fig Tree Exciting introduction from Peace Tree Farm produces dark 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.
Strawberry Fragaria vesca ‘Mara des Bois’⦸ Rosaceae Wild Strawberry Grow these sweetly flavorful, fragrant small berries (about the size of an acorn) in sun to dappled shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Planted in spring, ‘Mara des Bois’ will produce fruit during the summer. The following year look for a heavy spring crop and berries throughout the summer. Makes an informal groundcover at 12-18 in. tall and 18-24 in. wide. Spreads by runners. Zones 4-7. From a French breeding program using four older European garden type strawberries.
This catalog represents, to the best of our ability, plant material that will be available at the sale. Selections with limited quantity may sell out quickly, but you will find many other interesting plants not listed here.
Catalog prepared by Frederica Hammerstrom
©Henry Foundation for Botanical Research
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A major Fall undertaking involves staff and volunteer efforts to clear all invasives, protect heritage plants and invigorate growing conditions.
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