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    Carolina Silverbell is one of our loveliest native trees, becoming covered with 1" white bells hanging from branches in April and May.  The bark is an added element, varying from gray to brown with darker vertical striations.  The flowers are followed by interesting brown 4 winged fruits which are also pendent, persisting into the winter.  Halesia is a difficult B&B transplant, so we have focused on growing landscape sized plants in containers.  Carolina Silverbell grows particularly well in woodland settings and along stream sides.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 4
    'Jersey Belle' Carolina Silverbell has very large white bell-shaped flowers that hang thickly under the branches in May. Foliage turns an attractive yellow in fall and the bark adds winter interest with its contrasting striations. Halesia carolina (formerly tetraptera) 'Jersey Belle' was named and introduced by Princeton Nurseries.
    Height: 25 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5
    Grafted Witchhazels have often had a serious problem with the suckering of their understock. Our Hamamelis are all budded or on their own roots, specifically to avoid this maintenance problem. We carry a very large selection of beautiful species and cultivars of this essential winter landscape shrub.

    'February Gold' Chinese Witchhazel has bright yellow flowers, set off by red calyces. The fragrance is excellent, as is its habit of dropping its winter leaves well before it flowers. Credit for its reappearance in the gardening world goes to Paul Meyer of the Morris Arboretum of Philadelphia who had received it from our father, William Flemer III, a long time ago.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Sweet Sunshine' Chinese Witchhazel blooms profusely in February and March, with large lemon yellow fragrant flowers on last year's growth. The base of the flower is red, adding to the subtle appeal. The fall foliage color is yellow. The Chinese Witchhazels are generally the most fragrant of all the Hamamelis species.
    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Wisley Supreme' Chinese Witchhazel has bright yellow fragrant flowers in late winter and beautiful bluish-green disease-free foliage (cleanest leaves of all Hamamelis). Hamamelis mollis 'Wisley Supreme' came from England, named after Wisley Garden.
    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Amethyst' Vernal Witchhazel has fragrant lavender-purple flowers appearing in late winter and early spring, followed by coppery new growth. Good orange and yellow fall color. Hamamelis vernalis 'Amethyst' is also salt and wet site tolerant. Great as a cut branch in the house for a spring "pick-me-up". Found by Tim Brotzman of Ohio and named by Don Shadow.

    PRN Preferred:  The purple flowers are a very unusual color for Witchhazels.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Angelly' Witchhazel has light yellow fragrant flowers from February through March. It has a compact habit and yellow-orange fall foliage. From J.H.M. Van Heijningen in the Netherlands, and is considered by Tim Brotsman to be one of the best yellow Hamamelis.

    PRN Preferred:  One of the showiest yellow bloomers, compact habit.

    Height: 12 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Arnold Promise' Witchhazel has yellow fragrant flowers in early spring and yellow fall foliage. From the Arnold Arboretum. Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise' has a distinctive upright habit.
    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Barmstedt Gold' Witchhazel has large golden yellow fragrant flowers in late winter. The fall foliage on Hamamelis x intermedia 'Barmstedt Gold' is yellow. This is considered to be one of the finest yellow Witchhazels available, and we agree.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Birgit' Witchhazel is one of the darkest of the winter and spring flowering cultivars, with dark purple fragrant flowers from January to March. Hamamelis x intermedia 'Birgit' was introduced by Mr. de Belder, and Kalmthout Arboretum of Belgium.
    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Diane' Witchhazel has orange-red fragrant flowers in late winter and orange and yellow fall foliage. On occasion Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' will produce yellow flowers in the fall, just to confuse you.
    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Jelena' Witchhazel has copper-orange fragrant flowers in late winter and yellow-orange fall foliage.  It was named for Jelena de Belder, and has won numerous awards in Europe.  This is our freind Andrew Bunting's favorite Hamamelis.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Sunburst' Witchhazel has large lemon-yellow fragrant flowers in late winter and early spring and yellow fall foliage. An interesting note from Scott Canning of Wave Hill is that winter leaf retention in Witchhazels is a juvenile characteristic, and all Hamamelis outgrow it after 8 or 10 years.
    Height: 12 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Seven-Son Flower has fragrant white flowers, followed by striking red calyxes in mid summer and fall. The exfoliating bark of Heptacodium miconioides adds winter interest. A good substitute for a Crapemyrtle in a more northern climate.  We have found Heptacodiums thriving in both Vermont and Maine.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Annabelle' Smooth Hydrangea has white snowball flowers in June and July, a classic plant from Joe McDaniel. Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' is considered by many to be somewhat deer resistant! Bruce Cole recommends a late spring gentle trimming to delay the flower period and reduce the flopping.  Smooth Hydrangeas are salt tolerant.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Haas Halo' Smooth Hydrangea was selected by Rick Ray of Pennsylvania for its extraordinarily large white lacecap flowers.  They are produced for a long period in mid summer, and are displayed on sturdy stems which do not flop, unlike many mopheads.  'Haas Halo' is tolerant of full sun as long as good moisture is consistently present, and its 14" flowers make lovely cut or dried flowers.  Excellent for a natural look along woodland edges.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 3

    The very large white mophead flowers of Incrediball® ('Abetwo') Smooth Hydrangea appear in June and July. Flowers age to a lovely chartreuse-green before turning tan, and are great in dried arrangements.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Incrediball® 'Blush' ('NCHA4') Smooth Hydrangea is a color breakthrough, with large soft pink mophead flowers supported by strong stems.  As the blooms mature, they change to shades of light green.  Incrediball® 'Blush' is attractive as a cut flower as well as in dried arrangements.  All Smooth Hydrangeas benefit from a good pruning in late winter, since they bloom on new growth.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 3

    BloomStruck® Endless Summer® Bigleaf Hydrangea ('PIIH-II') has large blue or rose-pink mophead flowers, depending on the soil pH.  Since it is a rebloomer, the flower display continues all summer.  The blooms are held on red-purple stems, and the glossy green foliage is set-off by dark red petioles and veins.  An excellent new introduction from Dr. Michael Dirr showing good mildew resistance as well as great flower power.

    PRN Preferred:  The thicker leaf handles the heat/sun better than other macrophyllas, stronger stems and more intense flower color.  We prefer BloomStruck over Endless Summer®.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blue Wave' is a variety of Big Leaf Hydrangea that has large blue lacecap flowers in June and July. It is also salt tolerant. as are most Big Leaf Hydrangeas.  One of the great aspects of lacecap Hydrangeas is that, unlike 'Mopheads', their flowers never flop in the rain.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Endless Summer® ('Bailmer') The Original Hydrangea has large pink or blue mophead flowers and blooms all summer on new growth. The pH level in the soil largely determines the flower color.  From Dr. Dirr and Bailey Nurseries. It is also salt tolerant. 

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Glowing Embers' Bigleaf Hydrangea has larger crimson-purple mophead flowers over lustrous, thick textured leaves. Thought by many (including Dr. Michael Dirr) to be the same as H. 'Alpenglow' the depth of its flower color changes to more purple than red in the presence of higher soil acidity. Salt tolerant and sun tolerant.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Nikko Blue' Bigleaf Hydrangea has blue mophead flowers starting in June. It does beautifully at the shore since it is salt tolerant. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue' blooms reliably every year.
    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Pia' Bigleaf Hydrangea has big pink mophead flowers that cover this dwarf plant in July. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pia' is great for smaller gardens where space is an issue, and it is also salt tolerant.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Summer Crush™ ('Bailmacfive') Endless Summer® Bigleaf Hydrangea blooms throughout the summer, producing lots of raspberry red to vivid purple mophead flowers.  The habit is compact, with glossy dark green leaves that tolerate sun well.  Hydrangea Summer Crush™ is a new exciting rebloomer form Bailey Nurseries, resulting from the work of  Dr Michael Dirr with reblooming Hydrangea.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Tokyo Delight' Bigleaf Hydrangea is a beautiful lacecap with large white sterile florets on the edge and blue fertile flowers in the center of the flowers. Blooms age to a lovely, long lasting rose color. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Tokyo Delight' is tough as nails and a reliable bloomer every year.

    PRN Preferred:  Very tolerant of cold winters, consistently blooming lacecap.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    A new exciting offering from Dr. Michael Dirr and Bailey Nurseries, Hydrangea macrophylla Twist 'n' Shout® ('PIIHM-I') Endless Summer® is a cross between Endless Summer® and Lady in Red™ and is a reblooming deep pink lacecap with red stems. Fall color is also colorful, turning a striking burgundy-red. Bruce Cole of Jackson, New Jersey finds that it is a very floriferous rebloomer. It is also salt tolerant.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Bobo® ('ILVOBO') Hardy Hydrangea is dwarf in habit without sacrificing the number of flowers it produces.  The rounded blooms start as large lime green balls in late June and progress through clear white to shades of soft pink as they mature.  The flowers persist through most of the summer, and the dwarf habit of Hydrangea paniculata Proven Winners® Color Choice® Bobo® makes it an excellent addition to mixed perennial borders as well as foundation plantings.  Developed in Belgium by Dr. Johan Van Huylenbroek.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4
    Finally, a Pee Gee Hydrangea for a small garden space! Hydrangea paniculata 'Dharuma's flowers come very early in summer, and rapidly turn from white to rose. Like the plant, the flowers are smaller than other varieties of H. paniculata, and somewhat open. The RHS's recent trials put this as a hybrid between H. paniculata and H. heteromala.
    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Little Lime® ('Jane') Hardy Hydrangea has the lovely chartreuse-to-white flowers of H. 'Limelight', but on a more compact plant. Its diminutive size makes it a better choice for a small garden application without losing the striking effect of the large colorful panicles in July and August.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Little Quick Fire® ('SMHPLQF') Hardy Hydrangea is suited to smaller gardens because of its shorter statue.  The blooms start out white in June and age to dusty pink by late in the summer.  The color is more intense in cooler weather, so trimming Hydrangea paniculata Proven Winners® Color Choice® Little Quick Fire® back moderately in June will promote this by delaying the start of flowering.  Hardy Hydrangeas are valuable ornamentals because of their lengthy bloom period, and they also make excellent cut or dried flowers.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Quick Fire® ('Bulk') Hardy Hydrangea is a very early blooming Pee Gee Hydrangea. Flowers start out white in June and age to deep pink by mid summer. From Mark Bulk in Holland. Ronni Hock of Lawrenceville says it is her favorite because of the lovely red stems.  This is Dick Karkalits' favorite Pee Gee Hydrangea becasue it blooms very early and the aged panicles hold up well into October.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Strawberry Sundae® ('Rensun') First Editions® Hardy Hydrangea is a compact version of Bailey's beautiful Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry™. The white cone-shaped panicles appear in July and rapidly take on lovely shades of deep strawberry pink as they age. Hydrangea paniculata blooms for an extended period, often up to the start of fall, so the bloom display often includes both white and vivid pink. Strawberry Sundae™ originated in France, from the breeding work of Jean Renault.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Vanilla Strawberry™ ('Renhy') First Editions® Hardy Hydrangea starts its bloom cycle with enormous creamy-white, cone-shaped panicles that age through soft pink to a bright reddish rose. Since the plant produces new blooms for an extended period, Vanilla Strawberry™ has a three-toned effect. From Bailey Nurseries, Inc. of Minnesota, who got it from the Renault Nursery in France.

    PRN Preferred:  We love the intensity of the pink color as the flowers age.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Amethyst' Oakleaf Hydrangea has upright white panicles that age to a gorgeous wine red, retaining this color even when used as a dried cut flower. The branching is denser and more upright than other Oakleafs, making this cultivar more suitable for smaller gardens.  The fall color is an added asset, turning a lovely burgundy-red. Another great selection by the Hydrangea king, Dr. Michael Dirr, which we first admired at the Scott Arboretum.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee' has white panicle flowers in June and July and is a compact form of the Oakleaf Hydrangea. It has burgundy-red fall foliage. Introduction by Aldrich Nursery in Alabama. Daryl Kobesky's favorite Oakleaf Hydrangea, because the foliage is so neat and clean.

    PRN Preferred:  All the great attributes of an Oakleaf Hydrangea but in compact form.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Snow Queen™ ('Flemygea') Oakleaf Hydrangea has upright white panicle flowers and burgundy-red fall foliage. Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen™ was introduced by noted plantsman, William Flemer III. All the Oakleaf Hydrangeas show some deer resistance.

    PRN Preferred:  Flowers have an upright habit so they stand out above the foliage.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Snowflake' ('Brido') Oakleaf Hydrangea has sterile younger florets which emerge from the older florets for an extended period, resulting in a strikingly long, multi-colored panicle. The new florets are white and the older ones are a dusty pink, working well as a unique landscape plant. Red-purple fall foliage. Makes an extraordinary dried flower.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Blue Bird' Sawtooth Hydrangea has blue lacecap flowers starting in June. The leaves are larger and rounder than H. 'Blue Billow'.  A very hardy Hydrangea, with excellent cold tolerance.

    PRN Preferred:  Very cold tolerant so the Hydrangea blooms reliably even after a bad winter.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Preziosa' (syn. 'Pink Beauthy') Sawtooth Hydragea has pink mophead flowers in June and July, followed by good burgundy fall foliage. The cold tolerance of Hydrangea serrata 'Preziosa' is excellent, as is its sun tolerance.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha™ ('SMNHSDD') Sawtooth Hydrangea is a very showy reblooming lacecap in the Tuff Stuff series.  The short statue does not limit the number of large flowers, as Hydrangea Ah-Ha™ is a heavy bloomer on both old and new wood.  Since it is a serrata, its cold tolerance is also an advantage.  The double sterile florets vary in color from pink to purple, depending on the soil pH and amount of aluminum sulfate.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5
    Aaronsbeard St. Johnswort has blue-green foliage followed by small yellow flowers in summer. Once established, Hypericum calycinum is a good groundcover for poor, dry sites.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    The small yellow flowers of 'Gemo' St Johnswort are produced for an extended period through July and August, appearing in profusion on a neat compact shrub covered with narrow green leaves. The seed capsules sound like little rattles when brushed against or moved by the wind.  We love the delicate overall effect of this tough native.

    PRN Preferred:  Flowers for an extremely long period of time, a workhorse in the garden.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Dr. Paul Cappiello of Yew Dell Gardens in Kentucky selected Blue Velvet™ ('Cfflpc-1') St Johnswort, a blue-leaved seedling of H.kalmiatum. The attractive small-leaved foliage of Hypericum x Blue Velvet™ is set off by lovely bright yellow flowers for an extended period in mid summer.  The name 'Blue Velvet' fits the appearance of this lovely introduction perfectly.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4
    Large yellow flowers bloom for an extended period starting in June. 'Hidcote' St Johnswort benefits from hard pruning in spring. Hypericum x 'Hidcote' is salt tolerant and does well at the seashore.
    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 6
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