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Here we list useful information about what we grow, including our Woody Ornamentals, Vines, Perennials, Grasses and Ferns. The plants are listed by both botanical and common name, so you can sort the list by either one. In order to get more detailed information about a specific plant, just click on the image.

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Botanical Name     Common Name
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    Abelia x grandiflora 'Rose Creek' provides a wonderful presence in the landscape with its plentiful fragrant white flowers and red-tinged stems on new growth. 'Rose Creek' Abelia will bloom beginning in May and last through the summer into September.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 6
    A spreading, rounded shrub, 'Little Richard' Abelia has glossy dark green leaves that sometimes will be tinged bronze. Provides wonderful white, fragrant flowers through the summer until frost.
    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Tropical looking, Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia offers ivory and green large palmate leaves on a tough dry site tolerant low maintenance plant; somewhat spiny. As wonderful plantsman Fred Spicer of The Chicago Botanic Garden says, "For your Garden of Pain".  New name to be Eleutherococcus.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Acanthus mollis offers unusual pink-mauve flower spikes with white interior petals and purple calyces in July, held 3' to 4' above large shiny leaves. Bear's Breeches needs a shady, moist protected spot in the landscape.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 6

    The pinkish mauve flower spikes with white interiors of Spiny Bear's Breeches look the same as those of Acanthus mollis, but the leaves look more spiny (they aren't) and the plant is more cold tolerant. This plant makes an amazing show for 2 months in the summer on the north side of our house.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 6

    Few trees are as showy as the Paperbark Maple, with its cinnamon colored exfoliating bark. The fine-textured leaves have 3 leaflets and change from dark green with silvery undersides in summer to shades of red and bronze in fall. Acer griseum makes a neat oval-shaped small tree which fits into both small and large scale landscapes well.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    October Glory® Red Maple has green leaves following the attractive red flowers which are one of the earliest signs of spring for us in the Northeast. The fall color of October Glory® is a deep rich red and occurs 2 weeks later than other cultivars. This oval-shaped, wet site tolerant tree was found by our father, William Flemer III and has proved to be one of the best cultivars for Southern hot summers.

    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Redpointe® ('Frank Jr') Red Maple is an attractive introduction of this very adaptable native tree, developed by J Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery in Oregon.  They chose this selection because of its broad but upswept branching pyramidal habit.  Acer rubrum Redpointe® has a strong central leaded and leathery dark green foliage.  The crowning glory is the vivid red early fall color, followed by a regular tidy silhouette in winter.

    Height: 45 Feet
    Spread: 30 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Winter Gold' Snakebark Maple is a small shade loving Asian Maple which is admired for its striking bark color. The green delicate foliage is held on greenish yellow branches in summer. As the leaves turn yellow in fall, the bark takes on colors of orange and gold, set off by vertical white stripes. Acer rufinerve 'Winter Gold' is particularly stunning in winter, where the bark's color deepens to reddish orange on the new growth.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Saucy Seduction™ Yarrow blooms from June to August, with rosy pink flat-topped flowers above fine fern-like leaves.  Achillea millifolium Saucy Seduction™ spreads slowly by rhizomes to form a broad patch eventually, so it works well as a groundcover for dry sites.  The blooms are held on long stems and make an attractive fresh or dried cut flower.  One of the Seduction™ Series, originating in the Netherlands and introduced by Blooms of Bressingham®.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Strawberry Seduction’ has bright red dome-shaped flowers starting in June. The blooms sport bright yellow eyes, and the flowers turn creamy yellow as they mature. The strong stems make them an excellent cut flower, and deadheading will result in a longer blooming season. A Blooms of Bressingham® introduction, and hybridized by Sahin in the Netherlands. All Yarrows are not only deer resistant, but also very dry site tolerant.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    The bright yellow flat flowers of 'Moonshine' Yarrow appear in mid to late summer above ferny silvery gray foliage. Salt and dry site tolerant, Achillea x 'Moonshine' is a Blooms of Bressingham® selection.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    The cobalt blue flowers of Azure Monkshood appear in late summer and early fall. Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii' blooms for a long period, and Dr. Alan Armitage says "it's the best late flowering Monkshood in cultivation."

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Dwarf Golden Sweet Flag is a wonderful plant for walkways as well as rain gardens and stream edges, because it is tolerant of foot traffic as well as significant moisture. The evergreen foliage is like tiny thick bladed grass tufts and when crushed, it releases an attractive sweet scent. The tufts slowly expand to make a short yellowish green mat. Although it looks like a grass, Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus' is actually more closely related to the Iris family.

    Height: 4 Inches
    Spread: 8 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Ogon' Sweet Flag has bright yellow stiffly upright leaves that are a vivid addition to a wet site in the shade. The clumps of Acorus 'Ogon' get larger with age. This Sweet Flag is evergreen so it provides great winter interest.  Introduced into the US by Barry Yinger.  Per Diane Guidone formerly of Rumson, NJ, Acorus withstood salt inundation in the recent hurricanes really well.

    Height: 15 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Snakeroot or Cohosh is a spectacular addition to the late summer flower garden with tall, rocket-like spires of ivory white, fragrant flowers which are held high above the green foliage. The bloom period is longer than a month and insects love it (great for nature photographers). Actaea racemosa is best in moist, shady locations.

    Height: 72 Inches
    Spread: 48 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Chocoholic’ Bugbane is shorter than other dark purple Actaeas, but what it lacks in stature it makes up for in the beauty of its foliage. The leaves emerge in the spring as a dark bronzy purple and turn more green by mid summer. The fragrant white flower spikes tower over the foliage in the late summer, attracting all manner of pollinators. This is particularly attractive when paired with shade tolerant gold foliage plants. Consistent moisture is necessary for the best performance.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Five Finger Maidenhair Fern is a lovely woodland native, thriving in moist humus rich soils.  Preferring cool summer temperatures, Adiantum pedatum is hardy all the way to zone 2.  The bright green airy fronds are made more attractive by the shiny wiry black stems.  Since Maidenhair Fern spreads by rhizomes on the surface of moist soils, it can eventually form an excellent woodland groundcover.  This fern will not perform well in full sun or hot summer sites.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 2

    Creamy white flowers on Aesculus parviflora appear in summer on long panicles. Bottlebrush Buckeye offers golden yellow fall color. Aesculus parviflora is a wonderful addition to the landscape to attract hummingbirds. Our neighbor nurseryman Dick Karkalits says it is an absolutely foolproof plant for just about any location, and we agree.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Rogers' Bottlebrush Buckeye has long white panicles that bloom even later than A. serotina. Aesculus parviflora var. serotina 'Rogers' is a wonderful J.C. McDaniel selection. These plants are on their own roots. A. parviflora var. serotina 'Rogers' is wet site tolerant, and the best blooming Bottlebush Buckeye by far.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 4

    The Red Buckeye is named for its striking showy 5" red upright flower panicles, which appear on the ends of its branches in May. Aesculus pavia's foliage is dark green in summer, turning to yellow in early fall. It produces the lustrous brown chestnuts that we all loved as children and squirrels go crazy for them. It can be grown as a very large wide shrub or as a small slow growing tree.

    PRN Preferred:  We have selected for cleaner foliage and showier flowers.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 4

    We grow our own selection of Red Buckeye, selected by us from a field of mature trees at Princeton Nurseries.  The characteristics that guided our choices were clean, disease-free foliage, very dark showy 5" upright panicles in May, and a strong tree-form habit.  We propagate our selection 'Splendens' from the seed of the five trees we moved to Pleasant Run Nursery.  The resulting plants have the outstanding qualities of their parents, and we grow them as tree-form.  Aesculus pavia 'Splendens' makes a tough beautiful small tree. Besides the flower display and the attractive dark green summer foliage, the fall color is a clean yellow and the brown chestnuts feed the wildlife.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Black Adder' Anise Hyssop has prolific deep blue bottlebrush flowers from mid summer to fall. Compact habit and excellent hardiness make this a very exciting Agastache. Dry site tolerant with deliciously fragrant foliage. From Coen Jansen.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 6

    'Blue Fortune' Anise Hyssop has blue flowers mid summer to fall, and fragrant foliage. From the Trompenberg Arboretum in Holland. Agastache bloom time is prolonged by dead heading. Loved by butterflies and other insects.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 6

    Kudos™ 'Yellow' Anise Hyssop starts blooming in June and will continue to flower almost all summer.  The fragrant yellow flowers are produced in dense spikes over disease resistant fragrant green foliage.  Pollinators love these beautiful flowers, and deadheading after the original flush will keep them coming all summer.  Sharp drainage is critical to overwinter.

    Height: 20 Inches
    Spread: 22 Inches
    Zone: 5

    The smoky bluish violet racemes of 'Purple Haze' Anise Hyssop start in July and keep going until fall. Agastache x 'Purple Haze' is a real butterfly and bee magnet, from those plant gurus of North Creek Nurseries. Hybridized by Coen Jansen of the Netherlands.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 6
    The deep purple shiny leaves of 'Black Scallop' ('Binblasca') Bugleweed have ruffled edges. Deep blue flower spikes appear on Ajuga in late spring. From Mike Tristram of the UK.
    Height: 3 Inches
    Spread: 6 Inches
    Zone: 6
    The foliage of Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' is composed of stunning shades of pink, white and purple, with blue flower spikes adding to the show in late spring.
    Height: 3 Inches
    Spread: 6 Inches
    Zone: 6

    'Catlin's Giant' Bugleweed has bronze leaves that are much larger than other Ajugas, sporting blue flower spikes in late spring. A rapid-spreading evergreen groundcover.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Chocolate Chip' ('Valfredda') Bugleweed has tiny purplish chocolate foliage with violet-blue flower spikes in late spring. This Ajuga makes an excellent groundcover around stepping stones. It came to the US from Italy.

    Height: 2 Inches
    Spread: 4 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Thriller' Lady's Mantle blooms in May and June, producing airy delicate chartreuse yellow flowers held above fuzzy bluish green leaves.  'Thriller' has somewhat larger pleated leaves than the species, and like all Alchemilla mollis, the hairy leaves repel rain water so that the foliage has attractive silver water drops on if after a gentle rain.  'Thriller' performs best in shady, moist conditions.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Millenium' Ornamental Onion blooms in July and August, producing lots of 2" purplish lavender round clusters of flowers like drumsticks on 15" stems. The onion scented leaves are glossy and strap-like, making a thick clump from which the long lasting blooms arise. Many insects and butterflies feed off them but deer and rabbits will not touch them. All Ornamental Onions do well under Black Walnuts. Allium 'Millenium' is the product of Mark McDonough's hard work with Ornamental Onions. 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    PRN Preferred:  A long blooming selection with clean foliage, simply stunning in bloom.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Rising Star' Garden Chives combines beautiful blooms with edible grayish green foliage.  The spherical flowers are lavender purple, and bloom from late spring to early summer.  The spent flower heads are also attractive, and can be added to dried flower arrangements.  Like other edible chives, Allium 'Rising Star' will seed itself readily in not deadheaded.  This ornamental Onion is totally deer resistant, and we introduced by Intrinsic Perennials.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Snowcap' Chives produces delicate white flowers above tubular foliage in early to mid summer.  The bloom period is prolonged if Allium 'Snowcap' is deadheaded, which also keeps it from seeding itself in flowerbeds.  The leaves are edible (this is a cultivar of edible chives), but are not touched by deer or rabbits.  Alliums are bulbs, so 'Snowcap' is easily divided when dormant.  A Mark McDonough introduction.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'In Orbit' Ornamental Onion blooms from June to September, producing large 3" globular flowers of lavender purple.  The "Drumstick" blooms are 16" tall over green, deer repellent foliage.  'In Orbit' Allium is a very attractive cut flower, and the spent flower heads make a lovely addition to dried flower arrangements.  Pollinators flock to all Alliums when they are in bloom.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Allium x cernuum, or nodding Pink Onion, is a tough deer resistant bulb plant which is crowned by multiple pink flower umbels. The blooms appear above the green strap-like leaves in July and August. These are followed by attractive tan seedheads. The clumps increase in size as time goes on and the bulbs can be divided and spread to make a lovely addition to short meadows in mid summer.  Self-seeds vigorously in the garden.  We are grateful to Mark McDonough for helping us with the confusing nomeclature.

    Height: 15 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    ‘Summer Beauty’ Ornamental Onion produces a quantity of flat refined strap-like leaves in spring, topped by soft pink round umbels on long stalks starting in June. Allium x lusitanicum 'Summer Beauty' continues blooming almost all summer, and the dried round seedheads add interest to the winter landscape as well. Try them spray painted cool colors (as our good friend Simple does), or added to dried arrangements. Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm loves using ‘Summer Beauty’, and told us he had first seen it thriving in someone’s driveway.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Amelanchier laevis has white flowers in early April. The reddish purple fruit of Allegheny Serviceberry is loved by birds. Good reddish orange fall color of Amelanchier laevis makes it a wonderful landscape choice to provide interest for each season. A wet site tolerant plant.

    Height: 25 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Small white flowers of Amelanchier x grandiflora Autumn Brilliance® emerge from pink buds in April. Apple Serviceberry has berries in June that will turn magenta to purple. Its brilliant red foliage brightens up the landscape in fall. A wet site tolerant plant introduced by nurseryman Bill Wandell of Illinois.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 4

    The delicate light blue flowers of Arkansas Amsonia appear in May. It also has stunning orange and yellow fall foliage. This tough multi-season plant can handle a broad range of site conditions. 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year, and Dr. J.C. Raulston's favorite perennial.

    PRN Preferred:  Excellent fall foliage display, makes an impact when planted in mass.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Storm Cloud' Blue Star is the prettiest Amsonia we have seen, with large terminal clusters of bright sky blue star shaped flowers set off by almost black stems, the stems are particularly showy as they emerge in the spring, looking like thin black Asparagus,  The narrow leaves open to an attractive dark green.  Amsonia 'Storm Cloud' was found in moist shade in Alabama by those extraordinary plantsmen, Tony Avent and Hans Hansen, and they picked a particularly apt name for this beautiful native.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 4
    The medium blue blooms of 'Blue Ice' Blue Star Flower appear in May and June, with the darkest flower color of the Amsonias we grow. Fall foliage color is yellow. Found at White Flower Farm by famed plantsman Michael Dodge. This is one of Stephanie Cohen's favorite plants, and it makes a great groundcover.
    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Red October' Big Bluestem is an exciting color breakthrough for this tough native grass.  The leaves are tipped with burgundy and held on tall upright green stems in summer.  The fall the foliage turns a bright scarlet red for several weeks after the first frost.  'Red October' also has red turkey-foot-shaped seed, particularly showy when backlit.  The sturdy upright stems are an attractive tan in winter.  An important food source for winter birds.  Introduced by Intrinsic Perennials.

    PRN Preferred:  Spring foliage emerges with reddish highlights, strong red fall color.

    Height: 60 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Snowdrop Anemone or Windflower blooms in April, with single white flowers on delicate stems above the dissected green foliage.  The single flowers have showy yellow anthers in the cupped center and are lightly fragrant.  Anemone sylvestris spreads by rhizomes to make an attractive underplanting groundcover, and is an excellent naturalizer in woodland settings.  The lovely flower display is followed by interesting wooly seedheads.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Anemone x 'Honorine Jobert' is a Japanese Anemone with tall single white flowers, fall blooming. It prefers moist, humus-rich sites, and will make a large clump in time.  2016 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 5

    The semi-double pinkish lavender flowers of 'Pamina' Japanese Anemone appear on compact plants. Fall blooming and showy.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'September Charm' Japanese Anemone has a silvery cast to its tall pinkish rose single flowers. One of the hardiest of the Anemones, it expands gradually to make an impressive group. Fall blooming.

    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Cinderella' Windflower is another compact beauty from the Pretty Lady™ series of Anemones.  The flowers appear in August and September, with thick textured single soft pink petals.  Anemone 'Cinderella'  has thick short flower stems so the blooms do not flop.  Blooming for an extended time in mid summer to early fall, this introduction from Plants Nouveau also produces interesting fluffy white seedheads after flowering.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Pocahontas' Windflower is a lovely compact introduction from the Pretty Lady™ Series of Anemones.  The large double flowers are a bright bubblegum pink, making quite a show in July, August and September.  The blooms are followed by cottony white seedheads in the fall.  Anemone 'Pocahontas' is a heavy bloomer, so it is showy in the front of a mixed boarder and in late summer containers.  The strong stems make 'Pocahontas' a useful cut flower, as well as resistant to flopping.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Lucky Charm' Windflower blooms in September and October, with dark pink single flowers held on dark purple stems.  The foliage is a dark green, often with purple and plum undersides to the leaves.  Native pollinators and honeybees love the pollen which provides much needed sustenance in fall.  Each plant of Anemone x 'Lucky Charm' will slowly spread to make a compact mounded clump eventually, making it a great candidate for naturalizing in moist shady sites.

    PRN Preferred:  A more compact mound with tons of flowers.  We love that the undersides of the foliage has a purple cast.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 20 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns' is a dwarf selection of our native Columbine that has a lot of flower power. 'Little Lanterns' Columbine has downward facing flowers of red and yellow in April and May, a favorite for hummingbirds.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Sun King' Golden Aralia is a very large showy perennial, producing chartreuse yellow compound leaves which hold their striking color all summer. The 2' tall white flower spikes appear in late summer, and are followed by purplish black berries. Barry Yinger found this Aralia in Japan (in a department store's garden section!) and brought it to the US. This is a great plant to light up the back of shady perennial beds.

    Height: 60 Inches
    Spread: 48 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Massachusetts' Bearberry has small shiny evergreen leaves with small pinkish white bell-like flowers in April and May, often followed by red fruits. Arctostaphylos is best in acid soil and sandy, well drained sites.  Grows well in poor infertile soils.  There are large colonies of Bearberry in the NJ Pinelands.  Selected by Bob Tichnor of Oregon from seed collected in Massachusetts. It is also salt tolerant.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' is a deciduous shrub with white flowers in May. The bright red fruit of this Red Chokeberry ripens in late summer and persists into winter. The glossy foliage turns brilliant red in fall. This cultivar forms a suckering colony and is wet site and salt tolerant.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Low Scape® 'Hedger' Black Chokeberry ('UCONNAM166') is a selection of our native Aronia, chosen for its compact upright habit. In mid spring Low Scape® 'Hedger' produces a quantity of showy white racemes held above the lustrous green foliage. During the summer the dense habit makes a good choice for short hedges. In the fall the leaves turn striking shades of orange and red, brightening up the landscape for a prolonged period before dropping. Fruit production is limited, but native pollinators benefit. Developed by Dr. Mark Brand and Dr. Bryan Connolly of U. Conn.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Low Scape® 'Mound' Black Chokeberry ('UCONNAM165') is an unusual Aronia melanocarpa form produced by Drs. Mark Brand and Bryan Connolly of U. Conn.  Low Scape® 'Mound' performs as a groundcover instead of an upright shrub, so it works well as an erosion control plant as well as an edger.  The green spring foliage is topped by lots of attractive white racemes.  The showy flowers are followed by shiny black fruit in late summer, providing important food for wildlife.  The fall color is a deep red, persisting for several weeks.

    Height: 2 Feet
    Spread: 2 Feet
    Zone: 3

    'Viking' Black Chokeberry has glossy dark green leaves which turn a striking red in fall. The white, spring flowers are followed by large purplish black fruit, which birds love (and they are full of anti-oxidants). The site adaptability (Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking' likes both wet and dry conditions) and the suckering habit make it an excellent shrub for reclamation use, as well as an attractive landscape plant. Dr. Mark Brand of Connecticut found this native beauty.

    PRN Preferred:  A good shrub for wetland reclamation plantings, a more compact variety with very large glossy foliage.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Silver Mound' Artemisia is one of the most striking examples of silver leaved perennials.  The fine, feathery foliage makes a tight cushiony mound in dry sites, and retains the attractive habit throughout the summer if periodically given a light trim.  Artemisia 'Silver Mound' does bloom periodically, but the flowers are insignificant and should be removed to maintain the silver cushion look.  The low compact size of 'Silver Mound' makes it a good candidate for rock gardens and summer containers.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Powis Castle' Wormwood has showy silver foliage with a finely textured appearance, and prefers a dry site. The foliage is sharply aromatic.
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 6

    Miniature Goat's Beard has delicate Astilbe-like spikes of creamy white above deeply cut green foliage, blooming in June. Dr. Alan Armitage feels that Aruncus aesthusifolius is more heat tolerant than the bigger Aruncus, and he's right, from our experience here in New Jersey.  Miniature Goat's Beard often produces attractive fall foliage in shades of bronze and purple.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Goat's Beard has large white Astilbe-like flowers in June, held well above the plant. It prefers moist, shady locations and is particularly gorgeous planted in masses.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Chantilly Lace' hybrid Goatsbeard blooms in late spring and early summer, producing masses of airy creamy white sprays above the attractive green foliage.  Aruncus 'Chantilly Lace' is an excellent addition to shade gardens, with strong vigor and increasing clump size over many years.  This showy native is part of the Proven Winners® perennial program, from Walters Gardens.

    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 40 Inches
    Zone: 3

    The soft green leaves of Canadian Ginger appear in pairs in spring and are followed closely by weird, hairy, burgundy brown 3-lobed flowers. Asarum canadense spreads rapidly in forest understory sites. Deciduous.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 3

    The lustrous green leaves of European Wild Ginger are evergreen and leathery in texture. The flowers are small, inconspicuous 3 lobed burgundy brown hairy oddities. Spreads well in shady moist sites.

    Height: 8 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 4

    The large shiny dark green leaves of Chinese Ginger have heavy silver mottling. The interesting burgundy brown flowers are found beneath the leaves. It is semi-evergreen and slow growing. Prefers a dry site.

    Height: 8 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 6
    Swamp Milkweed is a great addition to wet site gardens, with fragrant white-to-pink milkweed flowers appearing in July and August. The flat cymes are followed by interesting seed pods. Asclepias incarnata is an important Monarch butterfly food source, and it tolerates dry sites as well as wet conditions.
    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3
    Lovely orange and yellow flowers in June and July, followed by small milkweed pods. Butterfly Weed is an important food source for Monarch butterflies in particular. Must have dry site, seeds well on sunny slopes or gravelly sites.
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Mango' Pawpaw is a slow growing tropical looking tree which bears delicious yellow fruit in October.  The fruit is large and smooth skinned, with delicious soft flesh surrounding a few brown seeds.  All Pawpaws are significant hosts for butterflies and moths, and are still commonly found in patches in old farmyards because settlers depended on Asimina triloba for the delicious fruit.

    Height: 25 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Pennsylvania Golden' Pawpaw is an early ripening form of our largest native fruit. The flesh is yellow and the taste is reminiscent of mango, banana and pineapple. Pawpaw ice cream is one of the greatest desserts we have ever eaten. Asiminas are important hosts for the larvae of the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly, as well as the Pawpaw Sphinx Moth. Pawpaws are often found colonizing shady riverbanks along the Mid Atlantic and Southern plains.

    Height: 25 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5
    The soft blue flowers of 'Wood's Light Blue' Fall Aster appear on disease resistant foliage in August to September. Forms a large mat eventually. Hybridized by Ed Wood in Portland, Oregon.
    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Wood's Purple' Fall Aster has magenta purple flowers, disease resistant foliage, and blooms August to September. Forms a large mat eventually. One of the Wood's hybrids.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Eastern Star' White Wood Aster is shorter than the species and has dark burgundy stems to set off the white daisy-like flowers better. 'Eastern Star' blooms in September and October, and tolerates poor soils. An introduction from Canyon Creek Nursery from a plant from coastal Rhode Island (New name is Eurybia divaricata).

    PRN Preferred:  More compact than the species, flowers even in dry shade.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Bluebird' Smooth Aster has lots of showy bluish violet flowers in late summer and early fall over clean foliage. 'Bluebird' is a great introduction from the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware. Ranked as the #1 Aster in an evaluation study at Mt. Cuba Center. Strong stems do not need staking if cutback somewhat in June. (New name is Symphyotricum laeve)

    PRN Preferred:  Tons of flowers with no staking required.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Lady in Black' Calico Aster is an unusual native Aster because the foliage is just as showy as the flower display.  The narrow leaves start the summer as a deep plum or purple, gradually changing to bronze when 'Lady in Black' blooms in late summer and early fall.  It becomes covered with delicate white daisies with rosy pink centers, complimenting the dark foliage and attracting all types of butterflies and other pollinators.  The open habit can be impproved by cutting plants back to 6" in June.  This native selection was found in Holland. (New name is Smyphyotrichum lateriflorum.)

    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 3
    The stunning deep purple daisy flowers of 'Purple Dome' New England Aster appear in August on compact upright plants. A wonderful introduction from a wonderful plantsman, Dr. Richard Lighty, and the Mt. Cuba Center (New name is Symphyotricum novae-angliae).
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 3
    'Vibrant Dome' New England Aster is similar in habit to its parent 'Purple Dome', but is somewhat taller, with large brilliant pink flowers in August and September. The other parent is thought to be 'Alma Potschke', and it was found in a garden as a spontaneous seedling. Introduced by our pals at North Creek (New name is Symphyotricum novae-angliae).
    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'October Skies' Aromatic Aster has medium blue flowers in September and October. 'October Skies' is tolerant of dry, poor soil sites. A Primrose Path introduction (New name is Symphyotricum oblongifolium).

    PRN Preferred:  Shorter height and denser growth than the species. Long bloom time.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Masses of delicate clear blue flowers appear on 'Raydon's Favorite' Aromatic Aster in September and October. 'Raydon's Favorite' is tolerant of dry, rocky sites which makes sense because it was found in San Antonio, Texas by Raydon Alexander. One of famed plantsman, Rick Darke's favorites (New name is Symphyotricum oblongifolium).

    PRN Preferred:  A consistantly excellent performer.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Aster tataricus 'Jin-dai' is a Tatarian Daisy with bluish lavender flowers which bloom from September through November. A. 'Jin-dai' sports large tropical leaves all summer. Found in Japan by Rick Darke and Skip March. An exceptional long-blooming, dramatic perennial, with a spreading habit.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Dwarf Chinese Astilbe has pinkish lavender flowers in July, and blooms later than most Astilbes. Makes a large mat eventually, and tolerates drier sites than many Astilbes.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Visions' Chinese Astilbe has vivid pink flowers in July, over attractive lustrous foliage, late blooming.

    PRN Preferred:  Better drought tolerance than most other Astilbes, perfect choice for dry shade.  Compact variety.

    Height: 14 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Visions in Pink’ Chinese Astilbe has upright soft pink flower spikes in June and July. Because of the density of the blooms, the flower display is very impressive. Astilbe chinensis cultivars have lustrous dark green foliage, and are more dry site tolerant than earlier flowering Astilbes. The excellent deer resistance makes this a wonderful addition to the woodland garden.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Visions in White' Chinese Astilbe blooms in June and July, producing dense creamy white spikes over glossy green foliage.  'Visions in White' is exciting because of its good tolerance for drier conditions.  Like other Astilbe chinensis cultivars, 'Visions in White' extends the bloom time for Astilbes into early summer.  Excellent for shade gardens and woodland edges.

    Height: 28 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Bridal Veil’ Hybrid Astilbe blooms throughout May, with lots of gracefully arching white plumes held above light green foliage. Astilbe 'Bridal Veil’ is a good addition to a small shade garden, or is lovely in masses in woodland landscapes.

    PRN Preferred:  Flower spikes are very large and full.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Cappuccino' Hybrid Astilbe produces dark bronze lustrous foliage in early spring, topped by airy white flower spikes in May and June.  The combination is remarkable, and would be showy in mixed spring containers.  After the flowers have faded, the leaves take on green hues for the rest of the summer.  This exciting new color breakthrough would be an excellent addition to shade gardens.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Deutschland' Hybrid Astilbe has lots of white flowers in May and June above light green leaves. A vigorous selection for shady spots, with a strong delightful fragrance.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Erika' Hybrid Astilbe has tall light pink plumes in May and June on reddish stems, bronzy new growth, and an upright habit.
    Height: 32 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Red Sentinel' Hybrid Astilbe has red flowers in May and June on red stems over dark green foliage. A dependable heavy bloomer.
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Rheinland' Hybrid Astilbe has fluffy pink flowers in May and June over green foliage. A tough, reliable Astilbe.
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Ghost' Lady Fern is a hybrid of A. filix-femina and A. nipponicum 'Pictum'. This fern combines the best of its parents in its brilliant silvery coloring on a light green background. The habit of Athyrium x 'Ghost' is somewhat upright and the color lights up dark spots amazingly. A deciduous clump which slowly widens, 'Ghost' was found in a garden in Richmond, Virginia as a spontaneous seedling.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Emily Rose' Aucuba is a dark green female selection with superior cold tolerance.  The slender lustrous leaves are evergreen , and make a great setting for the large shiny red fruit.  The berries color up in mid to late winter, and are retained well into the summer, providing a log lasting show.  Any male form planted nearby will provide adequate pollination.  Aucuba 'Emily Rose' was an introduction from Hines Nursery of California.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Rozannie' Aucuba is a compact evergreen form which has large, very lustrous green leaves.  They look almost artificial because they are so shiny and perfect.  Even more amazing are the enormous bright red berries which remain on 'Rozannie' for several months.  Since birds (and deer) do not eat the fruit, the show goes on for a long time.  A compact female form, tolerant of a wide range of soils. 

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6
    Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' has shiny green leaves sprinkled with gold spots, and is evergreen. Variegated Japanese Aucuba is often called 'Gold Dust' Aucuba.
    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 6
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